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Best of Old Kinderhook A striking location where meetings become meaningful and gatherings come to life. Let Old Kinderhook serve as the perfect backdrop for your special event. Located in Central Missouri on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

A destination well known for championship golf, outstanding dining, and impressive amenities.

573.317.3500 | info@oldkinderhook.com | 678 Old Kinderhook Dr. | www.OldKinderhook.com


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MISSOURI Magazine Cheri Bullard, Publisher

Angie Decker, Creative Director

Kelsie Ferguson, Contributing Writer

Morgan Champion, Contributing Writer

CJ Thomas, Contributing Writer

Aaron J. Bass, Sports Writer

Jazmin Decker, Contributing Writer

Crystal French, Photographer

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A Truly Unique Shopping Experience

A quaint shop filled with Apparel, Jewelry, Fragrance, Luxury Skin Care, Home Decor, Vintage & More

Shabby Girls Live in a Beautiful World Located at the Landing on Main Street (next to Main Street Music Hall)

573-348-1507

Shabby Chic Boutique is truly a unique shopping experience Thank you Missouri for voting us Best Boutique in Missouri. Shabby Chic Boutique sells Women’s Clothing & jewelry as well as vintage furniture and unique home decor! The shop is staged from ceiling to floor with unique displays made from vintage furniture, there is not one traditional rack in the store. The first word uttered from new customers is usually “Wow” as they stand and just look around in aww at all there is to see! They specialize in Shabby Chic painted furniture which is used to display their merchandise. Their clothing is romantic & fun! Their accessories are truly unique, most of them handmade by small cottage industry.


Winners Arts & Entertainment Art Exhibit City Museum Art Gallery Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art Attraction Main Street Music Hall Cultural Event Pumkin Chunkin Palooza Entertainment Venue Ozarks Amphitheater Family Entertainment Main Street Music Hall Female Vocalist Melani Biggers - Main Street Music Hall Festival Pumkin Chunkin Palooza Fundraising Event Ozarks Amphitheater Live Music Venue (Large) Ozarks Amphitheater Live Music Venue (Medium) Main Street Music Hall Live Music Venue (Small) Main Street Music Hall 8

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Live Theater Group Main Street Music Hall Local Band Mitch Shields Local Event Ozarks Amphitheater Male Vocalist Mitch Shields Musician Mitch Shields Outdoor Event Ozarks Amphitheater Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark at Tan-Tar-A Resort Places to Get Married Bridal Cave Old Kinderhook Lodging Scenic Spot Ha Ha Tonka State Park Tourist Spot Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Auto & More Aftermarket Auto Repair DJ’s Auto & Trailer Repair, Brinkley Rd, Marshfield


Winners Auto Body Repair Brown’s Body Shop Auto Service / Repair Don Vance Ford Eagle Valley Automotive Maywood Auto Repair Nance’s Auto Repair Privitt Auto Service Center S & S Auto Repair Boat Sales / Service Performance Boat Center Dealership Service Department Don Vance Ford Mechanic James Pickel Don Vance Auto Group, Marshfield Motorcycle Shop Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson New Dealership Riley Toyota Oil Change Kwik Kar Wash Detail & Lube Tire Shop Crawford Tire Shop Used Car Dealership Don Vance Ford

Business Accessories Store Wonder Studios Accounting Firm BKD LL Accounting Firm Campbell, CPA Osage Beach Accounting Firms Davis Associates Hagan Tucker, Schmitt & Gintz LLC Kessler Accounting Marberry & Eagle, CPA’s Rick Rognan Baby Store Babies R Us Bank Central Bank of the Lake of the Ozarks Barber Don’s Barber Shop - Independence Elite Barber Shop Hudson Hawk Barber Shop Modern Barber Shop - Rolla Tiger Barber Shop Boutique Store Vintage Soul Bridal / Formal Wear Something White Bridal Boutique

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Winners Cab Company Away We Go Cab Company Branson Yellow Cab Company Call Airpot Cab King James Taxi Cab Springfield Royal Taxi Toofat Taxi Service Uber Cable/Satellite Provider Spectrum Car Wash Brite Worx Car Washery Carpet Cleaning Missouri Rug Cleaners Sappington’s Carpet Care Spectrum Cleaning and Restoration Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner - Lake Ozark SteamPro Carpet Cleaning - Osage Beach Steampro Carpet Cleaning - Springfield Tiger Carpet Care & Water Restoration Computer & IT Services ITS Computers Contractor Rieke Construction Criminal Attorney Bruntrager & Billings, P.C. Neil J. Bruntrager Daniel Dodson Law Office

Law Office of Dee Wampler & Joseph Passanisee The Law Firm of Haden & Haden The Law Office of Adam Woody The Law Office of John M. Lynch, LLC The O’Connor Law Firm Worsham Law Firm Flooring / Carpet Store Goetze Bros Carpeting & Furniture Florist Janine’s Flowers & Gifts Marshfield Blooms River City Florist Hair Salon T Lafata’s Salon Hair Stylist Sarah Madson, Paint Box Sarah Sharon Leigh, Marshfield Heating & Air Conditioning Company Chapman Heating & Air Conditioning Midwest Heating Cooling & Plumbing Smith Heating & Cooling Star Heating and Air Conditioning Hotel Camden on the Lake Resort, Spa & Yacht Club Insurance Agency Jonathan Shinkle, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance MISSOURI’S BEST 2017

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Thanks for Voting!! I’m honored to have been voted:

BEST Male Vocalist BEST Musician BEST Local Band To catch all my 2018 dates.... Please like and follow me on Facebook! Visit MitchShieldsmusic.com to learn more.


Winners Insurance Provider Jonathan Shinkle, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance Kitchen & Bath Remodeler Jeremy Zimmerman, Camdenton MO Law Firm / Lawyer Rick Barry LAW Offices Pc Local Construction Company Thomas Construction Marina Glencove Marina Pet Groomer About Paws Pet Salon Bev’s Diamonds in the Ruff Grooming Canine Cottage Pet Grooming Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Pampered Pooch Pet Grooming Petco Animal Supplies Petco Animal Supplies Photographer (Business) Ashley Wills Photography & Salon Place to Work - Large (100+ employees) Tan-Tar-A Resort Place to Work - Small (>25 employees) St. Louis County Fire Academy Plumber Central MO All Service Plumbing

Preschool Imagination Station of Marshfield Radio Station 88.3 The Wind KMOX KS95 100.9 The Pulse Channe - Camdenton Real Estate Agent Judy Gault Matt Schrimpf, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lake Ozark Realty Realtor Chris Winter, Osage Beach Realty Company Jacobs Real Estate Partners Resort Old Kinderhook Retirement Facility / Independent Living The Living Center Roofing Above & Beyond Roofing RV Sales and Service Complete Auto Body - St. Charles Tanning Salon Aria Beach Spa Hawaiian Glo Tanning Spa Orlando Sun MISSOURI’S BEST 2017

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CHEERS & THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR SHAWNEE!

Come see for yourself why MissouriMagazines.com just named us 2017 Missouri’s Best Local Winery and Wine Selection. Whichever location you choose, when it comes to wine, music, food, and incredible views, there’s only one place to be – Shawnee.

Shawnee Bluff Winery

Shawnee Bluff Vineyard

2430 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark

8 Tolwood Road, Eldon

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The Winery at Shawnee Bluff is the perfect spot for celebrating the every day. We offer a tapas menu, brick oven pizza, and wine tastings by the glass or bottle. Enjoy any of our offerings in our indoor tasting room and bistro, or on our outdoor patio and decks with amazing views of the Lake of the Ozarks.

reception venue offers everything you need for an incredible day: space for up to 300 guests*, separate bride’s and groom’s changing areas, restrooms, kitchen, and a wine tasting bar. The outdoor wedding ceremony location offers a breathtaking view of our vineyards – an ideal backdrop for photos.

For small weddings, parties, or events, our intimate Tasting Room at the Winery can accommodate up to 30 guests (15-20 seated). We can also accommodate a large wedding under the tent on Studio Hill overlooking the lake with a 14 mile panoramic view and have on-site guest rooms with beautiful lakefront views and access to the pool. Rates start at $119, visit our accommodations page to learn more.

The Vineyard is located on over 40 acres with sweeping views along the growing grapevines. More varietals are to be planted in 2016 to continue our efforts of providing Missouri estate grown wine. We also have a wine-bottling facility on-site.

Just seven miles down the road, the Vineyard at Shawnee Bluff is the perfect location for larger events. Our newly renovated 5,000 square foot

Both of our Shawnee Bluff locations offer live music and other great events year round. Check out the events section of the website for more details – or better yet, come visit us and see for yourself why Shawnee Bluff is Missouri’s most beautiful winery.

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Find a need and fill it! Find a hurt and heal it!

We are a non-profit organization focused on serving & meeting the needs of our community & its members. While we have been serving in our local community for several years, we are extending our vision to include meeting the needs of our neighbors, both locally & globally. We desire to establish iServe affiliates all across the United States & around the world. Our organization exists to love others by helping individuals & families around & among us in any manner possible. Our dream is to encounter a world where we serve together globally to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Thank you for voting us as Missouri’s Best 2017 and Thank you for your support.


Winners Perfect Tan Simply Red Salonspa Sun Tan City Tan Spot Tantique Tanning Salon The Hot Spot Tanning Salon Wave Salon and Tanning

Church Four Rivers Church The Tree 197 Ministries Library Camden County Library District Neighborhood Panoramic Street, Camdenton MO

Tattoo Studio Bad Donkey Tattoo Bleeding Heart Compass Point Tattoo Studio Glory Bound Tattoo Living Canvas Tattoo, Body Piercing & Art Gallery Rabbit’s Foot Tattoo Parlor Stone Crow Studio

Non-Profit Organization Children’s Learning Center H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, Fenton, Missouri iServe Global Young Life Lake of the Ozarks

Veterinarian Osage Animal Hospital,

Place For Kids To Have Fun Silver Dollar City

Community & Education

Public School Marshfield R-1 School District

Apartment Community Kinsley Forest Apartments One Light Luxury Apartments Power & Light Apartments Booster Club Young Life LOZ Committee Charity Event Young Life LOZ Golf Tournament

Networking Group BNI Lake of the Ozarks

Technical College State Fair Community College University University of Missouri

Food & Cocktails Bagels St. Louis Bread Company

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Winners Bakery Amycakes, Springfield Changes N Time Cafe Charity Fent Cake Design Missouri Baking Co Sugar & Spice Bakery and Catering Sugar Leaf Treats The Upper Crust Bakery, Cafe & Catering Barbecue Restaurant Wobbly Boots Roadhouse Bed & Breakfast Branson House Bed and Breakfast Hawthorn, A Bed and Breakfast The Gathering Place Bed & Breakfast Walnut Street Inn White Cliff Manor Bed & Breakfast and Gardens Beer Selection Macadoodles Breakfast The Pancake House Catering A Catered Affair Andy’s 417 Catering Argyle Catering Company As You Like It Catering Catering Creations Happy Chef Catering Co. Simply Delicious Catering Sugar & Spice Catering Table of 5 Catering 18

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Tan-Tar-A Resort The Pasta House Catering Co The Upper Crust Bakery, Cafe and Catering Two Sisters Catering Chicken Wings Buffalo Wild Wings Mattingly’s Chinese Restaurant Chinese Wok Express King’s Asian Chef Red Sky Chinese Bistro Wok-N-Roll - Lake Ozark Zen - Osage Beach Cocktails Backwater Jacks Bulldog’s Beach House Trail Smokehouse Coffeehouse Brew House Coffee Fretboard Coffee Old Drum Coffehouse and Bakery Picasso’s Coffee House Starbucks - Osage Beach Starbucks - Sedalia The Grind Coffe House Travellers House Coffee and Tea Deli Blues City Deli - St. Louis Firehouse Subs


Winners McAlister’s Deli - Jefferson City New York Deli - Columbia Old Brick House Deli - Jefferson City Queen City Deli - Springfield Distillery Ozark Distillery Donuts Old Town Donuts Family Restaurant Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Food Truck Fat Boyz Barbecue Restaurant & Food Trucks Irish Bar Tuckers Place Local Winery Shawnee Bluff Winery Locally Owned Restaurant Trail Smokehouse Mexican Restaurant Veracruz Jr. Most Romantic Restaurant Windrose Restaurant on the Water at Tan-Tar-A Resort Outdoor Patio The Trophy Room at Old Kinderhook Trail Smokehouse

Pizza Pappos Pizzeria And Pub Pub Food Cugino’s Italian Restaurant Missouri Bar and Grille Riley’s Irish Pub & Grill Ruins Pub Restaurant Server Sandy Hulett, Windrose Restaurant on the Water at Tan-Tar-A Resort Salad Cugino’s Italian Restaurant Seafood Restaurant JB Hooks McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks Windrose Restaurant on the Water at Tan-Tar-A Resort Soul Food Gourmet Soul Son Ja’s Soul Food Sports Bar Mattingly’s Sunday Brunch Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill Old Kinderhook Sushi Love Sushi MISSOURI’S BEST 2017

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Winners Wine Selection Shawnee Bluff Winery

Health & Fitness Assisted Living Facility Carnegie Village Senior Living Community Phoenix Home Care Day Spa Windjammer Spa and Salon at Tan-Tar-A Resort Dentist King Jerry D OD

People & Faces of Missouri Local Cause BackStoppers Local Legislator Keith English State Rep Local Meteorologist Brigit Mahoney Local TV Sports Anchor Andrew Kauffman Place to Work St. Louis County Fire Academy Teacher Emmy Zimmerman Karmen Moore Lori Herring 20

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Shops of Missouri Boutique Shabby Chic Boutique Gift Store Chestnut Ridge Golf Shop Old Kinderhook Grocery Store Dierbergs Lakeview Pointe - Osage Beach Woods Supermarket Home Furnishing Store Missouri Furniture Inc

Sports & Recreation Bowling Alley Tan-Tar-A Lanes at Tan-Tar-A Resort Golf Course Old Hickory Golf Club Local Sports Team St. Louis Cardinals Sports Leagues Sports Monster Waterpark Big Surf Waterpark


Missouri's Missouri's Best Best RealReal Estate Estate Company Company Jacobs Jacobs RealReal Estate Estate Partners Partners 

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When trying to de try taking the road places that you ma be historical, exciti attractions that are bucket list!

by Jazmin Decker For those who enjoy a day full of shopping, dining, and entertainment, Crown Center is the place for you. The three-leveled Crown Center shops feature more than 50 shops and restaurants. Theatergoers can enjoy a community oriented show at the Coterie or a musical at the Musical Theater Heritage. Alongside the many shops and restaurants, the center also hosts many children’s exhibits, puppet shows, and multiple other free activities year-round. 2450 Grand Blvd. | Kansas City, MO. www.crowncenter.com

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The City Museum located in St. Louis is an incredible building that is difficult to describe if you haven’t been to experience it yourself. Contradictory to the name, it is not much like a museum at all but more like a 600,000 square foot fun-house attraction. Built in a former International Shoe Company, The City Museum is a giant children’s playground, funhouse, and architectural masterpiece allin-one. Whether you’re five or thirty-two, I guarantee there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. 760 N. 16th St. | St. Louis, MO. www.citymuseum.org

This Anheuser-Busch Brewery is the largest and oldest brewery site located in St. Louis alongside the Mississippi River. While taking the complementary tour, you get to observe the seven-step brewery process and visit the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales located in the historical stables. The complementary tour is offered year-round and is a refreshing way to escape the summer heat while also learning about the rich brewing heritage. 12th & Lynch St. | St. Louis, MO. www.budweisertours.com

The home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is located on 206-208 Hill Street in Hannibal, Missouri and is the inspiration for many of his stories, including the renowned white picket fence. While wandering through some of his famous novels, children of all ages can ride a raft with Huck and Jim or explore a cave with Tom and Becky. Many of Twain’s memorabilia and personal artifacts are also displayed on site. Enjoy a Mark Twain performance or Music Under the Stars every Thursday night throughout the Summer.

This historical house in St. Louis was plagued by a series of suicides committed by family members involved in a successful brewing company back in the late 1800’s. The only remaining child of the family, Edwin Lemp, never moved back into the mansion after the series of events which allowed the Lemp Mansion to be made into a restaurant and inn by the Pointer family. The mansion now offers tours, both historical and haunted, murder mystery dinner theatre shows, and yearly Halloween parties.

120 N. Main St. | Hannibal, MO. www.marktwainmuseum.org

3322 Dememil Pl. | St. Louis, MO. www.lempmansion.com

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ecide on things to see or do in Missouri d less traveled and discover some unique ay not see anywhere else. Whether it ing, or extremely weird...here are a few e must-sees to check off your summer

One can’t talk about exciting attractions located in Missouri without bringing up the world-famous Gateway Arch. This 630-foot monument in St. Louis is made from stainless steel and is the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. Near the top of the arch, passengers load onto a tram and ride up to the observation area. The observation area is over 65 feet long and can hold up to around 160 people at a time. The breathtaking view and the enticing ride to the top makes this attraction a definite must do this summer. In the heart of St. Louis, MO. www.gatewayarch.com

Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum is an oddities sight that you won’t want to miss out on this summer. This wax museum fills three floors, a basement, and a sub-basement of a building that is hundreds of years old. This building involves winding hallways, multiple staircases, and is more like a fun house than an actual museum. The museum’s three floors are devoted to celebrities and historical figures, while the basement and sub-basement is reserved for the Chamber of Horrors. This under-ground collection is gruesome without actors coming in and trying to grab you. If you’re looking for a unique oddity that can’t be found everywhere you go, then definitely check out this roadside collection. 720 N. 2nd St. | St. Louis, MO. www.stlwaxmuseum.com

This 1880’s theme park located in Branson is a thrilling mixture between history and adventure. Home to the world’s most daring wooden rollercoaster, this theme park encompasses around 2 acres of family rides for all ages to enjoy. Alongside the rides and attractions, Silver Dollar City also provides culinary classes, craftsmen demonstrations, dining options, and multiple shows that change throughout the year. With many different entertainment choices, this park is full of fun for the whole family. 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy. | Branson, MO. www.silverdollarcity.com

This breathtaking state park is in the Saint Francois area in the Ozarks and encompasses Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in all of Missouri. This park provides a beautiful, wooded area for hikers and a series of trails that lead through the Ozarks and up the mountain. The park also has a 12-site campground and multiple picnic areas to relax in and enjoy the scenery surrounding the area. While visiting the top of the mountain, make sure to visit the Mina Sauk Falls, the highest waterfall in Missouri descending Taum Sauk Mountain. Hwy CC | Ironton, MO. www.mostateparks.com

Branson, Missouri is commonly known for their huge music scene, but not all of it revolves around Broadway-style stage productions. Once the sun goes down, several of Branson’s nightclubs offer great music and ways to unwind with your favorite drinks or cocktails. Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day in the sun, or dance until dawn, Branson has a wide variety of pubs, nightclubs, and comedy bars to cater to a wide variety of people. Branson, MO. www.explorebranson.com MISSOURI’S BEST 2017

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Above and Beyond Roofing

Company profile

Above and Beyond Roofing

ABOVE&BEYOND R O O F I N G SERVING LAKE OF THE OZARKS AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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SERVING LAKE OFosage THE OZARKS Valley Rd., Beach AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Phone 573-302-0354, 573-280-7159 Website www.lakeozarkroofing.com Facebook Location 1212 Spring Above & Beyond Roofing Valley Rd., osage Beach

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GETTING MARRIED IN 2018? CHOOSE ASHLEY WILLS PHOTOGRAPHY, VOTED MISSOURI'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Ashley's photography studio in Saint James, Missouri offers professional makeup and videography with their packages. They specialize in wedding and senior photography. Wills is an world renown, award-winning photographer that serves clientele Statewide. Their clients call them a "dynamic husband and wife team." www.ashleywills.com 


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Branson, Missouri, also known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, is located in Taney and Stone county nestled down in the Ozark Mountains. The community was named after Reuben Branson, the operator of the local general store back in the 1800’s. Branson is a popular vacation destination for both in state and out of state travelers. Besides the numerous entertainment theaters located around Branson, the city also contains many other entertainment options including the Hollywood Wax Museum of Branson, Silver Dollar City, White Water, Mount Pleasant Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Ride the Ducks, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, ziplining, cave tours, go-karts, mini golf, and much more. If you’re searching for some fun with the family, try visiting the Ripley’s Odditorium or the Titanic Museum. The Odditorium is a multi-roomed fun house created to look like it has been cracked open by an earthquake and offers interesting and odd facts around every corner. The Titanic Museum is a half-scaled replica of the famous ship that struck an iceberg offers an interesting insight into the mysteries and horrors of that dreaded night on April 14th, 1912. Branson, Missouri receives an estimated amount of around eight million travelers per year. With over 200 restaurants, 185 lodging facilities, 50 theaters, and 10 championship golf courses all located within the city limits of Branson, you won’t want to miss out on the fun and entertainment this city has to offer.

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Springfield, Missouri is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and is known as the “Birthplace of Route 66”. Springfield is home to several universities including Missouri State University, Drury University, Ozarks Technical Community College and Evangel University housing a population total of around 159, 498 people living in the city. Although Springfield may not be a big entertainment city like Branson, the city definitely has its sights and landmarks to visit as well. If you enjoy visiting specialty museums, try visiting either the Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks, the Route 66 Car Museum, the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum or the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Outside of the Museums are famous sights and landmarks located all around Springfield including Fantastic Caverns to explore, the Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield National Cemetery, the World’s Largest Fork, and the Pythian Castle. The SpringfieldBranson National Airport serves the city with direct flights to 13 cities around the United States including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Ft. Myers, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa. Either by train, airplane, or simply by car, don’t be afraid to stop by Springfield, Missouri and visit one of the famous landmarks, museums, or college sporting events. Springfield, MO

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St. Louis, Missouri, famously known as the “Gateway to the West”, is an independent city built along the western bank of the Mississippi River and has an estimated population of around 311, 404. St. Louis is the 19th largest city in the United States and is commonly identified with the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch located in Downtown St. Louis. Famous entertainment attractions to visit while in St. Louis besides the notorious Gateway Arch is the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, Union Station, the Old Courthouse, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the St. Louis Art Museum. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your family on a hot summer day, try taking them to either the City Museum or the AnheuserBusch historical landmark. The City Museum is a play house museum, consisting of repurposed architectural and industrial objects and can be found in the former International Shoe Wearhouse in the Washington Avenue Loft District. It’s an amazing museum for children and adults of any age to discover and explore on the multi-floored fun house. The Anheuser-Busch building is an amazingly beautiful landmark to visit as well as it offers tours of the Budweiser Museum fun for the adults and displays their incredible Clydesdale horses for your children to view and visit. This city, operating with more than 100 centerpiece parks located all around St. Louis, is a beautiful city to visit and has access to multiple historic buildings and attractions fun for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for a trip to the Gateway Arch or simply visiting Forest Park, make sure to drop in and dabble in all the beauty this city has to offer.

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Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in Missouri and is the sixth largest city in the Midwest. With an estimated population of 481,420, Kansas City has many attractions to offer and is well known for its exquisite cuisine and its craft breweries. One of the most wellknown and visited buildings in Kansas City is the Crown Center. Crown Center is the headquarters of Hallmark Cards and is a major downtown shopping and entertainment complex. The Country Club Plaza, also just known as “The Plaza”, is an upscale, outdoor shopping center surrounded by multiple condominiums and high-rise buildings and was the first built shopping district in the U.S. Alongside the shopping centers are many entertainment opportunities as well. The Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts is an architecturally stunning building known for its beauty and the symphony that preforms there. Kansas City is well-known for its local jazz notables and is the home of the “Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival” as well as the American Jazz Museum. Whether you enjoy the blues and jazz of the city or you would rather visit a Kansas City Chiefs or a Kansas City Royals game, there’s plenty of places for everyone to check out. With 152 ball diamonds, 10 community centers, 105 tennis courts, 5 golf courses, 30 pools, and 5 museums and attractions, there’s plenty to check out and explore around Kansas City.

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COLUMBIA

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Founded in 1821, Columbia, Missouri is home to the University of Missouri and is the fourth most-populous city in Missouri with an estimated population of 120,612 people. The city is well-known for its powerful journalism, politics, art, and its education. The Missouri Tigers, Missouri’s only major college athletic program, play football at Faurot Field and basketball at Mizzou Arena as members of the SEC. The cultural institutions of the city include the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Museum of Art and Archaeology, and the annual True/False Film Festival. The University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology displays 14,000 works of art and archaeological objects in five galleries for no charge to the public. The 9th Street Summerfest closes part of Central Missouri’s streets several nights each summer to hold outdoor performances and has featured famous artists such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Weird Al Yankovic and many others. Other top sights to travel to while visiting Columbia are the Mizzou Botanical Garden, Rock Quarry Park, the Devil’s Icebox Trail, Francis Quadrangle Historical District, and the Albert Oakland Park. Albert Oakland Park is great for children as it offers a seasonal aquatic center, lighted athletic fields, a disc golf course, and a fitness trail.

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Jefferson City, Missouri is the fifteenth largest city in the state and is the capital of the state of Missouri. With a population of around 43,079 people, most of the city’s primary employers fall within the service and manufacturing companies. Jefferson City, named after the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, currently holds the title of “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town” per Rand McNally. If you enjoy exploring historic sites or museums, then Jefferson City is a perfect city to visit. Located in the heart of the city lies the Missouri State Museum, the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, the Lewis and Clark Monument, the Fountain of the Centaurs, and the Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art. To add a little excitement and mystery, consider visiting the Missouri State Penitentiary, the prison of Missouri that operated from 1836 to 2004. Serving as the state’s primary maximum security institution, the architecturally beautiful prison serves as a wonderful and famous piece of history. Lincoln University, located in Jefferson City, is a public, historically black university with open enrollment, certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate programs. Columbia College, William Woods University, Metro Business College, and Merrell University also have campuses in the city with varying degree levels and options. Alongside the Universities lies multiple public schools and private schools providing education to many different students from around the state.

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Lake Ozark, Missouri is a small city in Camden and Miller county located near the Lake of the Ozarks. Estimating a population of around 1,586 people, Lake Ozark has multiple water related activities and plenty of fun for everyone. Between the boat tours, parasailing, paragliding, water sports, and boat rentals, there are plenty of lake related activities to enjoy at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you’re someone who would rather spend a little bit of time inside rather than outside, checking out the Shawnee Bluff Vineyards, spas, bars and clubs, or room escape games are the way to go. Multiple activities located in Lake Ozark, Missouri is based around the Lake of the Ozarks, but with a ginormous, beautiful lake like this one it provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy a day out at the lake with the family. Lake Ozark has a humid climate with hot summers and multiple thunderstorms. Winters are generally cold with mild periods, but the temperature of the lake can alter the climate with heavy fog and milder weather. With the heated summers constantly ablaze, summers on the lake are the best way to pass time in Lake Ozark, Missouri. St. Charles, MO

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With a population of 65,794, St. Charles, Missouri is the ninth largest city in Missouri and lies on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is the third oldest city in the state and played a significant role in the United States’ westward expansion. St. Charles was considered the last civilized stop by the Lewis and Clark Expedition as they traveled through the western territory back in 1804. If you’re looking for a cool insight into history, try visiting the Lewis and Clark Boat House. This exhibit includes full-scale replicas of the boats used by Lewis and Clark and it also walks you through their 1804 expedition. For some adult fun with either your friends or your spouse, there are multiple places to visit such as the Hollywood Casino St. Louis, Kokomo Joe’s Entertainment & Escape Rooms, the Escape on Main, and Cracked. For a more relaxing and laid-back day, try checking out the Fraser Lenoard Art Gallery, the Frenchtown Heritage Museum, or the St. Charles Borromeo Log Church. No matter what you decide to do either with friends, family, or your spouse, there’s plenty of entertainment for everyone. The Riverfront and Main Street area in the St. Charles Historic District is a central gathering place and is the ultimate focal point for the community. The main features of the riverfront and Historic Main Street are residences and businesses with features such as shops, restaurants, and offices frequented daily by visitors and locals. St. Charles is a town full of history and beauty that you won’t want to miss out on.

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Lee’s Summit, Missouri is located within the counties of Jackson and Cass county and has a population of about 91,364 people, making it the sixthlargest city in both the state of Missouri and in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. In 2006, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Lee’s Summit 44th on its list of the “100 Best Cities to Live in the United States” which was then improved to 27th on the 2010 list. Lee’s Summit is full of recreational activities for the whole family. Lake Jacomo and Longview Lake are both freshwater reservoirs that are perfect areas to bring the family on a hot summer day and provides full access to the public. If you would like to find out more about the history of the town and what lies within it, I recommend visiting Missouri Town 1855, the Harry S. Truman Farm Home, or the Rice-Tremonti Farm Home. For a little action and adventure, try out the Exit Room and see if you have what it takes to escape.

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Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake in The Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas. The lake was constructed between 19541958 on the White River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is one of the popular draws for the nearby town of Branson, Missouri. There are several marinas along the lake while Table Rock State Park is located on the east side, both north and south of Table Rock Dam. The Missouri Department of Conservation operates a fish hatchery, which is used to stock trout in Lake Taneycomo through Table Rock Lake as well. The cold water let out from the dam creates the perfect trout fishing environment in Lake Taneycomo. Table Rock State Park provides public access to the lake with facilities that include a boat launch and full-service marina, a cafe, a boat rental and scuba dive shop, a campground with full RV hookups and a yurt, fishing access, swimming access, picnic areas, an amphitheater, hiking and mountain bike trails, and a dump station.

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Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake in The Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas. The lake was constructed between 1954-1958 on the White River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is one of the popular draws for the nearby town of Branson, Missouri. There are several marinas along the lake while Table Rock State Park is located on the east side, both north and south of Table Rock Dam. The Missouri Department of Conservation operates a fish hatchery, which is used to stock trout in Lake Taneycomo through Table Rock Lake as well. The cold water let out from the dam creates the perfect trout fishing environment in Lake Taneycomo. Table Rock State Park provides public access to the lake with facilities that include a boat launch and full-service marina, a cafe, a boat rental and scuba dive shop, a campground with full RV hookups and a yurt, fishing access, swimming access, picnic areas, an amphitheater, hiking and mountain bike trails, and a dump station. MISSOURI’S BEST 2017

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Missouri’s Best Realtor Christine Winter Chris has been selling real estate at the Lake for over eight years. She loves meeting new people, and helping match the right home with the right buyer. She credits her success as a Realtor to the effort she makes in listening to her buyers and her knowledge of the real estate market at the lake. She lives in TanTar-A Estates with her husband and enjoys golfing, boating, and quiet walks in the Estates when she’s not in the office.

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Chris has enjoyed the status of selling more houses in the Estates than any other Realtor for the past six years. Are you ready to list your house? Stop by the office and she will be happy to help you find the perfect formula for selling your house quick and easy, and at a fair market price. Chris is looking forward to 2018 with the belief that it will be a great year for buying your dream house at the Lake.


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Places to Stay: One incredible hotel that is worth experiencing is the Lodge of Four Seasons located on 315 Four Seasons Drive, Lake Ozarks, MO. This family owned, waterfront resort, is especially known for their unique artwork, championship golf courses, and spa. The average suite ranges from around $149 per night and is available with plenty of space for the whole family. Another resort especially made for families with children is the Tan-Tar-A Resort located on 494 Tantara Drive, Osage Beach, MO. This resort is full of endless recreational activities for all ages. Cool off at the Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark, explore the local horseback trails, or spend a day relaxing at the Windjammer Spa. With rooms starting at $109 per night, you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity. No matter what adventure you decide to embark on, this resort is bound to help you create a truly memorable experience.


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an escape with your significant other away from work and the kids? he tourist attractions are amazing, and the hotel staff is outstanding. nation for you. Places to Eat:

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Dining out with your family while on vacation can sometimes end up being a pricy situation. Shady Gators and Larry’s on the Lake both offer exquisite Cajun cuisines, live music, and expansive lakeside bars for great prices. For the quality of the food offered, both restaurants are amazing choices for both you and your family to attend. During the summer, Shady Gators provides an epic concert series that you won’t want to miss out on!

If you’d like to escape the resort for a little while and discover more of what Missouri has to offer, look no further because Super Dave’s Paddle Craft Adventures provides an adventurous day for families of all ages. This company provides a variety of paddle crafts including kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, and paddle boards! Each rental includes a short lesson and a photo of your family that they will post on their Facebook page. For the families looking to reach outside their comfort zones, Zippy’s Ziplines at Turtle Hill Eco-Park is an adventurous choice as well. Whether you’re 6 or 66, you are bound to have a unique and exciting learning experience that provides unforgettable thrills on one of the three innovative ziplines.

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If you’re looking for a place to get away for a few days with your spouse, a unique and interesting experience to stay in would be in the Treehouse Loft located on Osage Beach, Lake Ozarks, MO. This beautiful, two-story condo is located right on the beach and includes a large, upstairs loft bedroom with two swimming pools and a beach swim area. Renters can rent this space out for $200 per night. With the amazing amenities included, it’s a great deal for any couple looking to vacation on the Lake at the Ozarks. If you would rather stay in a hotel with your spouse, then the Country Club Hotel & Spa is a comfortable resort choice to choose from. Located on 250 Racquet Club Drive, Lake Ozark, MO, these polished rooms located next to a tranquil spa offers a quiet and scenic location just minutes away from a few local wineries, beaches, and multiple shopping centers.

If you and your spouse are looking for a nice, quiet dining experience, J. Bruner’s Restaurant & Red Room Lounge is the perfect setting for any special occasion. Enjoy a savory steak or seafood alongside a cocktail or two in the warm and inviting dining areas of the restaurant. If you’re looking for more of an upbeat restaurant with live music and a beautiful lake view, then check out the Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. This award-winning barbeque joint is a delicious destination that is fantastic for any date night.

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When away with your spouse, escaping the resort and participating in some fun and relaxing activities tend to be the highlight of the vacation. For the more adventurous couple, take a ride on a horse of your choice at the Old Family Farm Trail Rides. All the horses are adopted and are open for half an hour to an hour guided trail rides. If you’re looking for a peaceful evening through a beautiful trail, this activity is definitely worth participating in. For the couple who would rather participate in an exciting activity indoors rather than outdoors, try out the Lake Escape rooms. The Lake Escape recently opened this past spring and has already created multiple opportunities for families or couples to work together to crack codes, find clues, and solve puzzles in order to escape the room in under 60 minutes.


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