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Sandwiches, Shakes, And Shade – Catalpa Restaurant

Who else looks forward to sampling the flavors of a new destination? For us, one of the best parts of travel is the new tastes we encounter. As foodies, each dish holds unique possibilities no matter how many versions we have savored. A day trip to Arrow Rock, Missouri offered a chance to enjoy a midday meal at Catalpa Restaurant. Even the partial lockdown due to the corona-virus couldn't stop our chance to take in some sandwiches, shakes, and shade. Cozy Comfort While this village has a couple of dining options, we discovered that J. Huston tavern was closed due to a recent [...]

By |2020-06-24T04:16:54-06:00July 7th, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Stopping The Spread – Sappington Museum

It has been said that history tends to repeat itself. During a visit to Arrow Rock, Missouri, we stumbled upon a small museum dedicated to the life of Dr. John Sappington. His name was unfamiliar to us, but as we explored the space, we soon realized the important role he played in history. This little known pioneer doctor would be key in stopping the spread of malaria across the new western frontier. Our visit took place during the midst of the Covid pandemic, which finds us hoping that another great mind will unlock the key to stopping the spread of this current plague. [...]

By |2020-06-24T04:23:33-06:00June 30th, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Take It Outside – Avalon Cafe

With the lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, we decided to experience our first dine-in lunch at Avalon Cafe. As we explored Weston's downtown, we spotted the huge outdoor deck floating above the landscape. With our lunchtime hunger tugging at us, it was decided to dine at a place where we could take it outside. This upscale eatery seemed to be the perfect solution, as it combined delectable dishes and amazing views in one stop. Empty Spaces As we stepped through the doorway, we were greeted by the hostess. She informed us that they were offering dining inside or out on the patio. Looking [...]

By |2020-06-18T03:59:40-06:00June 26th, 2020|Missouri, Weston|0 Comments

Life In The Boone’s Lick – Arrow Rock Visitors Center

Traveling the interstate between Kansas City and St. Louis takes you through Boone's Lick Country. If you are like us, you were completely unaware of this. On a sunny Saturday, we decided to make a day trip to Arrow Rock, Missouri to learn more about this area with an unusual name. While this small village is just located inside of the region, it is home to the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center. We made this our first stop since we wanted to educate ourselves on life in the Boone's Lick. Early Inhabitants It's nice visiting museums that deal with events in [...]

By |2020-06-23T06:21:23-06:00June 23rd, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|12 Comments

A Stitch In Time – National Silk Art Museum

Visiting Weston offers a mix of new and old. This somewhat sleepy little river town holds its secrets close to the vest. Those who take the initiative to explore will be rewarded with unexpected finds. A good example is the National Silk Art Museum. This local treasure is situated squarely on the main drag and even has the denotation of 'Museum' on the front of the building. Even with that, it still seems to be overlooked by the majority of visitors. We popped in on a bright sunny morning to find out what we would find inside and to learn about this particular [...]

By |2020-06-06T07:10:52-06:00June 12th, 2020|Missouri, Weston|16 Comments

Sunshine and Social Distancing – Ha Ha Tonka State Park

As I sit and write this article, we are currently under self-imposed isolation called "social distancing". While the subject is near and dear to everyone at this stage, I have to wonder what readers will think when they return to this particular article in two or three years. How will our daily interactions change, once this quarantine period ends? We are only a couple of weeks in and people are already becoming anxious to return to some semblance of normal life. Knowing that we wanted to limit human interaction, we chose a day trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park. This excursion would [...]

By |2020-03-31T06:29:20-06:00March 31st, 2020|Daytrips, Kansas City, KC Fun, Midwest, Missouri|16 Comments

Past To Present In Jefferson City

To think that we have lived within a short three-hour drive of Missouri's capital, yet it has taken us so long to visit. When we realized this oversight, we reached out to Visit Jefferson City, to arrange a day of exploration. Wanting to get a better understanding of the history of the city, from past to present in Jefferson City, we planned a day filled with unique stops. We have learned that local tourism bureau's websites are one of the best resources for building a solid itinerary. Even if you like to just wing it, having a basic knowledge of a city's sites [...]

By |2020-03-13T06:57:19-06:00January 10th, 2020|Daytrips, Guides, Jefferson City, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Walking The Block At The Missouri State Penitentiary

Tours are a good way to get some background information at new destinations. While we will usually rely on our exploration, this doesn't mean we are against guided excursions. Some places are limited to this type of visit, and we happily join in the group fun. This was the case when we stopped at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. With a good selection of options, we chose the 2-hour history tour. Our turn for walking the block would introduce us to one of the most notorious penitentiaries in America. It would give us a chance to hear a wide range of [...]

By |2019-12-27T07:56:05-06:00December 27th, 2019|Jefferson City, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments

The Grand Cafe – A Peek Behind The Curtain

Visiting a new destination brings so many fun surprises. All of the sightseeing can work up quite an appetite. Fortunately, almost every downtown has an assortment of locally-owned eateries to choose from. Jefferson City is no exception, and we were filled with anticipation to take a peek behind the curtain at The Grand Cafe. When we spotted this restaurant, we immediately loved the look of charm and elegance. The curtained entryway exuded an aura of suspense, which drew us in for a look-see.   We want to thank Visit Jefferson City and The Grand Cafe for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are [...]

By |2019-12-18T04:54:47-06:00December 20th, 2019|Jefferson City, Midwest, Missouri|2 Comments

Sizing Up Some History – Missouri State Museum

Whenever we visit a state capital, we try to include a stop at the state museum, as well. While each city and town will usually show a local perspective, these state-sponsored destinations have an overarching view. The unusual thing about the Missouri State Museum is that it resides inside of the capitol building. Since we had already determined that we would see this historic dome from the inside, now we could tackle two stops in one. Once we cleared the security checkpoint, we were prepared for sizing up some history in the "Show Me" state. As we approached the capital, we noticed that [...]

By |2019-12-16T20:33:51-06:00December 13th, 2019|Jefferson City, Kansas City Vicinity, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments
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