Tag Archives: Missouri

Enjoy Nature During Eagle Days

Enjoy eagle sightings all over the state of Missouri during December through February.

From December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. Because of its big rivers, many lakes and wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate ... Read More »

Enjoy a ‘Christmas Castle’ in Independence

The holiday kitchen inside the Vaile Mansion.

Maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel to Disneyworld to see the famous Sleeping Beauty castle or even King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein fantasy palace in Germany, the inspiration for the famous Orlando symbol of Mickey’s kingdom. Happily, I’ve been lucky enough to do both in my lifetime. But the next best thing to be found in Missouri is, ... Read More »

A New Take on Cranberry

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The cranberry is one of few fruits native to America that are grown commercially. [Fun Fact: Several popular Missouri grape varietals are also American natives; Catawba, Concord and Norton.] The fruit was used as food, fabric dye and a healing agent long before the settlers arrived. However, the cranberry’s primary claim to fame these days is in the form of ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season for a Weston Candlelight Home Tour

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For those who love history, creativity and the joy of Christmas, there is a quaint 175 year-old town set amongst the beautiful countryside north of Kansas City, where the Holiday Season is brought to life! For 32 years, the small town of Weston, Missouri, with its historical preservation and distinction, has offered up five of its unique homes for the ... Read More »

Show-Me Five: Restaurants in Missouri to Stuff My Face

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You know what’s best about some restaurants in Missouri? They really let you stuff your face. They don’t skimp on the quality either; big plates serve bigger portions of food your eyes wish they could taste. Sorry, eyes, these tasty goodies are mouth and tummy only. No worries though. The next time you’re looking to curb your hunger, any one ... Read More »

The District: A Columbia Shopping Wonderland

Shopping in The District is always a necessity in Columbia.

The first snow hasn’t fallen, but that doesn’t stop Columbia from getting dressed up for the holidays. For visitors who are hoping to check some gifts off their list, Columbia has some fantastic and unexpected ideas for anyone on your list.  Expect the Best Columbia shopping wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t go shopping in The District. It is always ... Read More »

Missouri Winter Events

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Across Missouri, seasonal celebrations take place in large cities and small towns, offering visitors an array of choices, from parades and drive-through light parks to live music and regional cuisine. Here’s a look at Missouri winter events designed to get you in the mood for this splendid season.   Read More »

Deer Hunting Safety Tips

Photo courtesy of the Lake of the Ozarks CVB.

Missouri’s tradition of hunting thrives in the weeks after the successful 2013 Youth Firearms Deer Hunting Season, where hunters ages 6-15 harvested 18,676 deer in just two days. Missouri has experienced an increase in youth participation from 40,000 in 2001 to 70,000 in 2012. With the youth season behind us, it’s time get prepared for one of the most-popular outdoors ... Read More »

Gluten-free Dining: It’s a Breeze in Missouri

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Dining out on vacation can be one of the best parts of a trip. What better way to get the pulse on local culture and experience a city’s charm and creativity? It’s that one fantastic meal, that one great craft cocktail, that one friendly server that can help make memories on a trip. But for the gluten-free traveler, dining out on ... Read More »

The Weirdest Shows and Attractions in Branson

Billy Billee, Billy Bob and Billy Joe. If you like caricatures of backwoods hayseeds and Maria Callas arias you could do a lot worse.

As long as I can remember, the weird, freaky, outré, bizarre, macabre, mysterious and different have appealed to me. I’ve always preferred dusty used book shops to chain retailers; antiques, pawn shops, thrift stores and flea markets to big-box stores; and horror/sci-fi/suspense/mystery/true crime books and movies to action movies, romantic comedies and “literature.” I suppose it’s that predilection that always ... Read More »