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

Sampling The BBQ Scene – Sweet Smoke BBQ

Exploring Jefferson City would never be complete without sampling a couple of downtown restaurants. While they have a variety of cuisines to select from, sampling the BBQ scene is often a priority for us. Fortunately, we found an option sitting within easy walking distance from the capital building. After a day of exploring, we were looking for a meal that would fill us up, before our drive home. Earlier in our visit, we had spent some time strolling through the area, and had caught sight of Sweet Smoke BBQ. Seeing the satisfied faces of lunchtime diners had us anticipating our turn. As dusk [...]

By |2019-12-15T17:23:54-06:00December 6th, 2019|Jefferson City, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Storied History At Jefferson Landing

On August 10, 1821 Missouri officially became a state. At that time the capital was in St. Charles, but plans for a new state capital were in the works. From what we could ascertain, Jefferson City was the only place specifically created to serve as the capital of a state. After the Missouri state legislature commissioned the new capital in 1821, it was ready for occupancy in 1826. Many in the state of Missouri did not like the new location and worked to get the capital changed. Our visit to Jefferson City would help us gain a better understanding of the storied history [...]

By |2019-12-16T20:41:12-06:00November 29th, 2019|Jefferson City, Kansas City Vicinity, Midwest, Missouri|12 Comments

11 Things That Make St. Louis The True Gateway City

One of the things we most enjoy about traveling is the people that we meet. By interacting with the residents, we get a better understanding of what drives them through their lives. Our extended stay in St. Louis, Missouri gave us an excellent chance to mingle with some of the locals, as well as observe them in action. While a of city of millions will certainly contain just about every type of person possible, there were some take-aways that we gleaned from our trip. Here is a list of the Top 11 Things We Learned About St. Louis. We hope you enjoy! We [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:34:45-06:00July 18th, 2018|Destinations, Guides, Missouri, Route 66, St. Louis|0 Comments

Sample The Flavors Of St. Louis Dining

For five years we ran a local restaurant blog, before moving into the travel arena. Through that time, we came to realize that every dining establishment has its redeeming values. Some may have more flavorful dishes, but they all have at least one that they excel with. The key to successful dining when traveling is to find those specialties and enjoy them. St. Louis is a huge metropolitan city that has an over abundance of restaurants to choose from. Before our visit, we reached out to some food loving groups to get their recommendations. With over 600 comments, it was apparent that our [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:40:36-06:00July 11th, 2018|Destinations, Guides, Midwest, Missouri, Route 66, St. Louis|2 Comments

Five Zones Of Free Fun At The St. Louis Zoo

As we have said on numerous occasions, we are zoo people. We rarely pass up an opportunity to visit a new location, and enjoy returning to ones we have already seen. The ever changing exhibits usually offer a new view on something or at least a different perspective. When we planned our St. Louis trip, a visit to their world famous park was a must. For those who are unaware of this amazing destination, the St. Louis Zoo is regularly voted as one of the top parks in the U.S. and certainly the best FREE zoo. Let's check it out! We want to [...]

By |2019-12-12T12:56:31-06:00June 27th, 2018|Destinations, Midwest, Missouri, St. Louis|6 Comments
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