Tag Archives: outdoors

Hiking One of Missouri’s Prettiest Parks

Hawn State Park

One of Missouri’s most scenic and unspoiled landscapes, Hawn State Park is known for pine trees and wild azaleas. Ste. Genevieve, Mo. – The rocky trail leading to the top of Evans Knob will get your attention. But the reward is a panoramic view of the wooded hills of hardwoods and pines – a mosaic of color in fall – ... Read More »

Fall Festivals of Missouri

Fischer Farms, Jefferson City

Autumn: crisp weather, colorful leaves, fall festivals.  Lots of fall festivals.  If you were to throw a dart at the state of Missouri, just about wherever it landed, you’d likely find a celebration of some kind.  But don’t let yourself be misled by a picture in your head: Show-Me State fall festivals come in all shapes, sizes, themes and flavors. ... Read More »

A Rocheport Road Trip

Missouri River and Katy Trail

Satisfying an itch to travel doesn’t necessarily mean hopping the next flight to New York City, booking an African safari or boarding a Caribbean cruise. Sometimes you just need to get out of town for a day. Kansas City-based blogger Kimberly Winter Stern (@kimdishes) has just the ticket. The best part? It’s a one-tank trip with romantic appeal—and enough activity ... Read More »

Patio Season in Columbia

Bleu Patio

When spring rolls around, I get excited about being able to hear the hostess at my local restaurants say “Would you like to sit inside or outside?” That means it is patio season once again! Nothing is more relaxing to me than sitting on a patio and enjoying the weather and great friends, and of course, a wonderful meal! Being ... Read More »

Five Fun 5Ks in North Missouri

2009 Hannibal Cannibal 10K and 5K Run/Walk, Hannibal

Hundreds and thousands of people running 3.1 miles may not sound like a fun activity to you. Yet, many people enjoy the activity and pay to be in organized races, relays or fun runs. I am one of them. The purpose of the fun run is to raise money for a worthy cause, the free T-shirt is a just a ... Read More »

Missouri Wines Pair Well with Summer Adventures

winerys people

Alive! That is the best description of grape vines during the summer. The grapes are beginning to change color from green to deep purple and golden hues, taking on the characteristics that will be used to make delicious, award-winning wines. What sounds better than a summer stroll through a beautifully vibrant vineyard? After seeing where the grapes come from, the ... Read More »

Bird’s-Eye View of Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks becomes even more beautiful from the air.

As much as I would love for “thrill seeker” to be my official profession, I, unfortunately, can only claim that title on the weekends. From cliff jumping to para-sailing above sharks, I have done it all. But nothing quite prepared me for the thrill ride at Lake Ozark Helicopters, Inc. Ever since I can remember, riding in a helicopter has ... Read More »

The Weekend Guide to Farmington

Catch beautiful views while relaxing at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Marler

With its prized wineries, multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities and proximity to state parks, Farmington has a lot going for it. Visitors can experience the exhilaration of a water slide, the beauty of a scenic hiking trail or the challenge of a unique golf course. In addition, a wide variety of stores and more than 400 hotel rooms provide shopping ... Read More »

We’re Dry and Ready for the Fourth of July!

Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band billow through Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.

Here in St. Charles, we’re all about events, especially given we played host in 2012 for more than 130 event days. By our last count, that breakdown comprised 18 parades, nine festivals, 29 sporting events and another 17 special events and activities of various shapes, sizes and duration. Recently we’ve been worried, as many folks have across the Midwest, about ... Read More »

Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks.

As Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield offers guests a variety of reasons to visit. You can catch a class AA Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field, shop the “Granddaddy of all outdoors stores” at Bass Pro and experience unique Missouri flavors at places such as Askinosie Chocolate and Mother’s Brewing Company. But that’s just the beginning of a Springfield adventure. ... Read More »