Tag Archives: Missouri

Fall Fun Abounds in Springfield

When it comes to fall festivals, Springfield is one fantastic place to visit. Around the area, you find car shows, cultural celebrations, food tastings, a multi-day fitness festival and more lined up for 2012 fall season. Need proof? Here’s some of what’s in store for August, September and October. Aug. 11 – 2nd Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & ... Read More »

Guests Can Go Gluten-Free at Chaumette

Ready for some Missouri wine country action, I recently skipped out-of-town and took a mini-getaway to Ste. Genevieve. On the agenda: Route du Vin, downtown Ste. Genevieve and of course, some wine tastings. After a lovely afternoon touring downtown Ste. Genevieve, we headed out to Chaumette Vineyards & Winery to check in to one of their villas for the night. ... Read More »

Saddle Up for Fun at Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

Are you looking for a convenient location that promises some of the best, fun-filled activities in the region?  Look no farther; the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, Aug. 8-11, brings you nationally ranked rodeo talent with the very best in live country music entertainment. Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, The Band Perry, takes the Rodeo stage followed by Jerrod Niemann on Thursday, ... Read More »

Maggards Cherish Ties to Current River Valley

When the federal government acted to preserve America’s pristine rivers, the Current, and its sister river, the Jacks Fork, were the first to receive protection. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was formed in 1964 to create a national park along 134 miles of the two rivers, establishing a bluff-lined, green corridor that today attracts more than 1 million annual visitors. ... Read More »

Five Ways to Cool Off in Missouri

High temperatures across Missouri have been breaking records for the last couple of weeks; as of this writing, the forecast high today in Jefferson City is 107. The hot weather has people wondering where they can go and what they can do to beat the heat. Fortunately, there are plenty of options in Missouri to help you stay cool on ... Read More »

Whooooo’s There?

This summer, many families will take extended float trips that involve camping overnight. A lucky few may see or hear owls.  These majestic creatures are an essential and beautiful part of Missouri’s forests and wildlife areas, and it’s important that they are not killed, captured or disturbed. If it weren’t for owls, animals such as mice, rats and rabbits could ... Read More »

Memories Made on Missouri’s Rivers and Streams

Summer is here and there is a river nearby just waiting for you to explore! Some of my favorite childhood memories are from family camping and float trips. I learned how to skip rocks across the water’s surface and chase tadpoles through the water. I learned how to fish, kind of, and how not to get pinched by a crawdad. ... Read More »

Relaxation in Excelsior Springs

An almost daily occurrence in the Missouri tourism industry is reading about, seeing pictures of, or meeting representatives from destinations that immediately make my “gotta see that” list. The Elms Hotel and Spa, a landmark resort located about 30 minutes northeast of downtown Kansas City, was near the top of said list, and I recently had a chance to visit. ... Read More »

Travel Pros Enjoy Travel, Too

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” This quote from “Tom Sawyer Abroad,” a la Mark Twain, is on my business card. The other day I was asked “What do people in the vacation and tourism industry DO on vacation? Go work in ... Read More »

Heading Outside? Here’s an Inside Look at Camping in Missouri

So if Missouri is the best spot for camping, what are some of the prime state parks to pitch a tent or pull in a camper? In a recent nationwide poll at About.com, readers voted Missouri the best state for camping. Montana and Colorado were next in the online voting. Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, credits the state’s ... Read More »