You and the boys are getting together for a few days. You don’t have a set itinerary, but you know your time together involves sports, food and drink.
Let’s take a look at some of the awesome, on-topic things to do during your guys’ getaway in Missouri.
Missouri takes sports seriously
• Baseball games: See the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals in action at their home stadiums (Kauffman and Busch), or check out up-and-comers playing for the Springfield Cardinals.
• Football: Coming to the Show-Me State in the fall? The Kansas City Chiefs play in one of the best (and loudest!) venues in the NFL, Arrowhead Stadium. If major college football is your thing, enjoy SEC play in Columbia at the University of Missouri.
• Hockey: The St. Louis Blues play their home games in the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis. It's a great venue for watching the fast-paced action of pro hockey.
• Museums: Missouri has a bevy of museums devoted to sports, from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Get your sports fix and learn a little history while you’re at it!
• Golf: Tee it up on Missouri's excellent golf courses. From municipal tracks like Rivercut in Springfield to golf resorts such as Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, a day on the links is always exciting in Missouri.
There's never a bad time for meal time
• Barbecue – Kansas City’s reputation as a barbecue lover’s dream is not over exaggerated and is backed up at Char Bar and any of the other 100 barbecue joints in town. Other areas of the state also know a thing or two about the art of barbecue, including Lutz’s Barbecue in Jefferson City, Danna’s in Branson, Sugarfire Smokehouse in St. Louis and Dexter Queen in Dexter.
• Missouri originals – There are several popular dishes invented in Missouri, but it’s hard to top toasted ravioli. Popularized on “The Hill,” the traditionally Italian neighborhood of St. Louis, toasted ravioli is great dish served as an appetizer or a full meal. Another Missouri original, cashew chicken, was first served in Springfield, where the inventor’s son carries on a family tradition at Leong’s Asian Diner.
Let's have a drink
• Craft breweries: There are dozens of craft breweries in Missouri, ranging from those you’ve probably heard of, such as Boulevard and Schlafly, to smaller makers such as Piney River Brewing in Bucyrus, Ninja Moose Brewery in Hamilton, Public House Brewery in Rolla and Logboat Brewery in Columbia.
• Distilleries: The only wood-fired still in the U.S. is found in Montgomery County, Mo., at Wood Hat Spirits, where they make an assortment of bourbons, cordials and corn whiskeys. Elsewhere around Missouri, don’t miss the flavors at Copper Run Distillery in Walnut Shade (north of Branson), Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven, J. Rieger & Co., in Kansas City, and Square One Distillery in St. Louis.
• Wineries: Wine drinkers feel right at home in Missouri, home to about 130 wineries and 10 different wine trails. Whether you’re sipping vino at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann or soaking in the surroundings at Jowler Creek Winery in Platte City, you’re never far from the great taste of Missouri-made wines.