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Stephen Foutes 
Brisk conditions and an early snowfall signaled a seemingly early (and unofficial) start to winter, but that doesn’t mean an end to outdoor adventure in Missouri. From skating to ski slopes, shopping to nature’s beauty, winter fun is heating up for all ages in the Show-Me State – it’s a magical time of year. While the Lake of the Ozarks is best known as a summer getaway, one of the area’s newest attractions is designed for winter fun. The Ice at Old Kinderhook is at the Old Kinderhook Resort, ...Read more
Enjoy Cave Exploration in BransonMarvel Cave, part of Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, is believed to have the largest tour cave entrance room (the Cathedral Room) in the U.S.; fifth largest in the world. The cave entrance room is 204 feet high, 225 feet wide and 411 feet long. The cave entrance is through the overhead opening by way of a winding stairway, to the debris pile 94 feet below. The cave is the deepest (505 feet) in Missouri. Thanks in part to its impressive cave ...Read more
This is the first of a two-part interview with Missouri native and musician Rhonda Vincent, a six-time Grammy nominee and one of the most well-known performers in the bluegrass genre.Rhonda Vincent wasn’t born with a mandolin in her hands, but she’s been a musician since childhood.Growing up in tiny Greentop, Mo., (located north of Kirksville), Vincent’s family was well known in music circles, serving as the hosts and stars of The Sally Mountain Show, a local TV and radio program featuring ...Read more
For 2014, St. James Winery is included in the top 15 wineries on the annual list of the 100 Top Wineries in the World by the World Association of Wine and Spirits Writers and Journalists.In 2014, St. James Winery won three, major international wine competitions, received 13 Best of Class awards and earned more than 70 gold medals. This record makes St. James Winery one of the most awarded wineries around the world, not just in the United States.“Our goal is for our grapes and wines to reflect ...Read more
It’s more and more difficult to stretch a dollar these days, and there’s nothing harder to deal with than bored kids who just want “something to do.” Well, there are lots of things to do in Missouri that don’t cost a dime and will keep the kids happy and occupied. You just need to know where to find them. The St. Louis Art Museum, is one of the nation’s leading museums, with exceptional works from virtually every culture and time, including Oceanic art, ancient Chinese bronzes, and 20th Century ...Read more
Wine aficionados around the world praise Missouri's vineyards and wineries; not only are the wines delicious, they are produced in some of the most picturesque areas of our state. When you visit a Missouri winery, you get more than just an excellent glass of vino – you get a memorable experience. Anticipate a grand time at Seven Springs Winery, in Linn Creek. The winery is situated on 160 well-kept acres, surrounded by verdant Missouri hills. Pair your wine, sangria and microbrew with a ...Read more
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Missouri Division of Tourism 
Across the Show-Me State, some 59 waterways are said to be worthy of float trips. Here’s a quick look at just a few of those waterways and what makes them special.Take note: Most of these locations are found in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. The first two make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a national park devoted to the preservation of these streams.Current River – The top stretches beginning at the river’s headwaters in Montauk State Park are the best. Baptist Camp to Cedargrove, ...Read more
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Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau 
Carthage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) reminds us that Carthage is packed with family activities and attractions. Established in the 1840s; burned to the ground during the Civil War; reconstructed during the turn of the twentieth century. Carthage boasts progress at every turn. During the mining boom, Carthage had more millionaires per capita than any other city in America. Carthage offers individuals and families a variety of opportunities for fun in and out of the sun. Check the ...Read more
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Missouri Division of Tourism Staff 
Located along city streets and winding country roads, on perches overlooking running rivers and set amid peaceful valleys, a relaxing experience and great Missouri wine is never far away. Of more than 25 choices, here’s a look at seven spots to enjoy a taste of Missouri – just to whet your whistle.1: For 2014, St. James Winery is included in the Top 15 Wineries on the annual list of the 100 Top Wineries in the World by the World Association of Wine and Spirits Writers and Journalists. ...Read more
Summer is over. Before you know it, fall will have given way to winter. Contrary to what you might think, that doesn’t mean an end to the excitement of trout fishing in Missouri. The Show-Me State boasts some of the best trout-fishing locations in the Midwest, with specialized trout parks for anglers, even in the coolness of fall and winter. The parks are well stocked with trout, meaning they make a great option for your fall weekend getaway. The regular trout season runs March through October ...Read more
A House With Three DoorsOn a visit to Arrow Rock in 2011, Diane Benedetti saw a house with many doors. Vacant for seven years, the house sported a distinctive front facade that instantly intrigued her. On Aug. 1, 2011, Benedetti, with her daughter, Dana Ripper, and her daughter’s partner, Ethan Duke, purchased the 1890s home. The trio planned to open a wine bar in the 120-year-old space.Two years and countless hours of renovations later, in June 2013, Chez Trappeur opened its three front doors. ...Read more
Great wineries are found in every region of Missouri, along city streets and winding country roads, on perches overlooking running rivers and set amid peaceful valleys. In short, no matter where your travels take you, you’re never far from a relaxing experience at a Missouri winery. St. James Winery is located just off historic Route 66 (Interstate 44) in St. James. Missouri’s top producer makes some 500,000 gallons of estate-bottled wines each year and is consistently one of Missouri’s ...Read more
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Charles Scott 
Have a Nature Adventure on Missouri’s Beautiful Hiking TrailsMissouri's gorgeous scenery and plentiful trails draw hikers from around the nation to enjoy Midwest hiking opportunities. Old-growth oak trees, bubbling streams, striking rock formations, plus vibrant plants and flowers make any Missouri hike a camera worthy experience. Phenomenal Midwest HikingThree Creeks Conservation Area, located midway between Columbia and Ashland, provides great views on its eight-mile, multi-use trail and on ...Read more
Missouri could almost be renamed The Park State, thanks to the multitude of gorgeous green spaces within its borders. Missouri's parks come alive with natural wonder and history, certainly in plentiful supply at Watkins Mill State Park and State Historic Site, on Route 92, east of Interstate 35. The on-site structure is a historic treasure, as it is the only 19th century American woolen mill with its original machinery intact. Each day, visitors are welcome to take tours of the mill and the ...Read more
Ziplining and Other Adventure Tours in MissouriNeed a break from the usual routine? Tired of walking everywhere? Missouri holds plenty of not-so-usual adventures, on the ground, on the water and through the air.Zip Lines in Missouri – Feel The AdrenalineMissouri is one of the best zipline destinations in the Midwest. Feed your need for adrenaline above majestic Missouri terrain at these great ziplines in Missouri. Zipline Tours in New Florence In New Florence, see the world from an entirely ...Read more
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