Tag Archives: Missouri

The Magic Tree: Enjoy a Little Holiday Sparkle in Columbia

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The Magic Tree has been a part of Columbia’s holiday tradition for 19 years. It was started by a man named Randy Fletcher, aka Will Treelighter, who continues to light the tree every year. Last year he spent about 50 hours putting approximately 50,000 lights on an ordinary tree to make it extraordinary. This year he hopes to outdo himself. ... Read More »

Kansas City Theaters: What to Watch this Winter

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Make a list (and check it twice) … here are the hottest tickets of the season. FOR YOU AND YOURS | Now arriving at the Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts … the no. 1 Christmas music artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, and its 30th anniversary tour. NOV 23 REINDEER GAMES | TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars ... 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 »

Missouri Botanical Garden Glow

Photo by Daniel Doelling.

It’s officially the season of twinkling lights and hot cocoa. At the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, it’s also the season of kettle corn and roasted marshmallows, Christmas-light-covered hedge mazes and magical mistletoe photo ops, lit Christmas tree forests and a singing dance-party to pull it all together.   Garden Glow, aka the most wonderful walk-through winter wonderland light ... Read More »

Kansas City: An Affordable Destination

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The results are in and Travel + Leisure has selected Kansas City as America’s Most Affordable Getaway. This is Travel + Leisure’s 8th annual America’s Favorite Cities survey. Respondents to the survey rated their choice of 1,209 destinations in up to 67 categories, using a scale of one to five (with five being the highest score). At the closing of ... Read More »

5 Perfect Holiday Events in St. Joseph

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Celebrate the holiday season in St. Joseph this year. With a variety of one-of-a-kind shops, such as the Glass Eye Art Gallery at Tobiason Stained Glass Studio, Mod Podge, The Lucky Tiger vintage store, St. Joseph Avenue Antiques, and Jamie’s Secret Garden, St. Joseph is brimming with unique shopping opportunities. Couple this with our local accommodations decorated for the holidays, ... Read More »

Winter Birding: Missouri is for the Birds

Trumpeter Swans, photo by Rick Smotherman.

I love birding. Or bird watching. Whatever you call it, Missouri is a hotbed of activity, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Smithsonian magazine just listed a spot in the northwest corner of the state as one of the seven best places in America to see fall bird migrations: “In the autumn months, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in ... Read More »

Missouri-Made Gifts Guide

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Let’s face it: It’s easy to buy products without putting any thought behind it during the holidays. But isn’t it special when you purchase something that means something to you and the recipient? What about giving something you took the time to make? There are places in Missouri that make it easy to give something unique while making the purchase ... Read More »

Best of Show: Two Southeast Missouri State Parks That Take Your Breath Away

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Enjoy Mother Nature’s backyard by visiting two magnificent parks located in southeast Missouri’s Arcadia Valley. According to the Missouri State Parks, Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park has about one billion years of geological history. The 8,549-acre park was formed through a combination of erupting volcanoes and natural erosion caused by wind and rain. Camping, swimming, horseback riding and taking a walk ... Read More »