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Amtrak Escape – All Aboard For Hermann, Missouri

It's hard to believe we had never taken a real train trip. The stories that friends have told, about experiencing the views along the rolling tracks, have intrigued us. It is just that we have always fallen back on the reasoning that we would need our car for convenience. The day finally came when we had to set aside the excuses and planned our first Amtrak escape. It seemed that a day trip would be best so that we could ease into the idea of going carless. As we planned for the excursion, our minds were filled with the romanticized perceptions of the [...]

By |2021-09-09T14:14:11-06:00March 5th, 2021|Daytrips, Guides, Hermann, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments

Wine And Wurst – Hermann Oktoberfest

Hermann, Missouri is steeped in the German heritage that the founding fathers brought from the east. While time has certainly allowed a variety of new tastes to enter the scene, the old world still holds a place in the hearts of residents and visitors alike. Strolling through the downtown, one can almost imagine themselves being whisked away to the bank of the Rhine. The slower pace is a good match for the ages-old architecture that dominates the landscape. With Oktoberfest in full swing, we were on a mission to find the wine and wurst that this river town has made famous. Lay of [...]

By |2021-02-22T18:40:56-06:00February 26th, 2021|Hermann, Midwest, Missouri|2 Comments

Taming The Wilderness – Hermann History Museum

In the mid-1800s, much of the land west of the Mississippi River was still untamed. Land agents in the east offered immigrants promises of fertile lands teeming with possibility. Upon arriving in their new locations, the dreams of milk and honey would often sour. Such was the case for a group of German farmers who were sold a patch of land along the Missouri River. Being of hearty stock, they set out to the task of taming the wilderness. Building a life would not be easy, but they faced the challenge by using what they found around them. The Hermann History Museum offers [...]

By |2021-02-13T15:36:11-06:00February 19th, 2021|Hermann, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Tasty Treasures – Doxie Slush

Living in the landlocked Midwest used to mean that good seafood meals were few and far between. These days, the ability to move fresh supplies worldwide has made fantastic dishes available almost anywhere. On a beautiful Fall Saturday, we traveled to Hermann, Missouri to check out their annual Oktoberfest. The lure of music, wine, and good food provided the opportunity to discover some tasty treasures in the heart of wine country. Slushy Sips Where we would usually have a road trip, this time we substituted the Amtrak. After a four hour trip, we were definitely in the mood for a good meal. Some [...]

By |2021-02-05T07:25:30-06:00February 5th, 2021|Hermann, Midwest, Missouri|12 Comments

Where Twain Meets – Hannibal, Missouri

The river town of Hannibal, Missouri rests along the banks of the "Mighty Mississippi". Growing up in such a world, during the mid-1800s, would have surely presented an adventurous world to any boy. This was certainly the case for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who would seal his fame with the pen name of Mark Twain. Born the sixth of seven children, Samuel would lose three siblings at an early age. His parents uprooted their family to move to Hannibal when Samuel was four-years-old. This new wonderland would serve as the backdrop for many of his stories and characters and end up being where Twain [...]

By |2021-09-09T14:13:38-06:00January 12th, 2021|Guides, Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

River Town Tastes – Hannibal, Missouri Eats

For many, us included, you cannot get the real flavor of a destination without including visits to some of the local restaurants. Hannibal, Missouri has a distinct connection with the "Mighty Mississippi", so we certainly wanted to experience the river town tastes that can be found there. Obviously, we would want some variety  and knew that we would be dedicating our time to the downtown section of town. It is worth noting that our visit to Hannibal allowed us plenty of sights and tastes all within walking distance of their historic district. Mark Twain Dinette Driving into Hannibal from the north, one of [...]

By |2020-12-28T08:06:23-06:00January 5th, 2021|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

Hidden History – Hannibal Legends

Hannibal, Missouri is known far and wide for its connection to Samuel Clemens. Many of you know him best by his pen name of Mark Twain. His stories reflect the life and struggles of growing up in a river town in the mid-1800s. While many of his tales are based on moments and memories from his life, there are hidden history stories that are less well known. During our visit, we had the fortune to hear some of these stories and walk the sites where they may have occurred. This experience helped us feel like we were drawn into one of Twain's tales. [...]

By |2020-12-16T17:49:42-06:00December 29th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Drawing From Life – Becky Thatcher

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an American classic that has been cherished by readers for generations. From its first publication, in 1876, this adventure into childhood has captured the imagination of Mark Twain fans. As we had already discovered, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) was a master of drawing from life, when creating his memorable characters. Tom Sawyer was one of his greatest accomplishments, as it appealed to a broad base of readers. While the youth find the exciting adventures captivating, adult readers will have moments of nostalgia for the days of their own youth. This particular tale brings to life Becky [...]

By |2022-10-04T04:22:40-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

Tied To The Road – Karlock’s Kars

The cars we drive say a lot about us, and it is interesting to see how they have changed over the generations. We are sure the early automobile builders never imagined how much cars would change over time. Each new model seems to bring breakthroughs in comfort, style, and luxury. Of course, there are many who yearn for the autos of yesteryear, which brings a bit of nostalgia with them. During a visit to Hannibal, we stopped by Karlock's Kars to get a peek at some classics from days gone by. What we found was more than just a garage filled with automobiles, [...]

By |2022-03-22T08:07:07-06:00December 15th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

Triumph Over Oppression – Huck Finn Freedom Center

The mere mention of the town of Hannibal, Missouri evokes images of Mark Twain. It seems his iconic identity goes hand-in-hand with this river town. Most of us have grown up on the literary works of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who penned the books we read in school. The characters he created kept us entertained with their riveting adventures. Many of the people in his books were fashioned from citizens he had known during his youth. One that stands out from the rest is Jim, the African-American slave of Miss Watson, who is a character in the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". During our Hannibal [...]

By |2020-12-08T04:41:18-06:00December 8th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|14 Comments
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