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sports and outdoors

Happy Trails

You can’t turn around in Columbia without bumping into a trail, park or conservation area that you can easily learn to love. We’ve wrangled together some insider info, tips, resources and reflections to help you explore the natural beauty…

For The Love Of Smoke

Whatever you call it, however you spell it — barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, Bar-B-Q, Bar-B-Que, barbie or braai — there’s one constant: “Barbecue is probably the world’s oldest cooking method, and that is the only thing about it that is beyond…

Down the Garden Path

L.G. PATTERSON It’s high summer and life is beautiful — especially in a 5-acre paradise just off West Broadway. For the past 40 years, Columbians have found respite in Shelter Gardens, a botanical oasis nurtured by its corporate owner in…

Getaways

Eight Great Show-Me State Daytrips  You don’t always have to get far away to have a memorable getaway. Missouri offers vacation adventures to suit the laid-back traveler looking to while away a lazy day or the daring adventurer who wants…

Good, Healthy Fun

It’s summertime in Columbia, and the livin’ is easy. Turns out it can be a little too easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to summer fitness. There’s more to healthy living in Columbia than jogging around the neighborhood before work.…

Help Your Outside Match Your Inside

Not too many decades ago, the humble picnic table was the epitome of outdoor furniture. But those days are long gone. “Outdoor dining has always been around, but now it’s more about options and seating,” says Jerome Rackers, owner of…

Spring Landscaping 101

Pack up your parkas and grab your gardening gloves: Mid-Missouri springs may not be all sunshine and beautiful days, but the darkest depths of winter have finally passed and springtime landscaping might at last be possible. If you’re…

Missouri Wine Trails

Photos courtesy of Missouri Wine & Grape Board Anyone can run to the store and pick up a bottle of wine, but to really get a feel for the vineyard experience, you should visit a winery or two — or a half-dozen or so. With 128…

Beat Summer Boredom

All winter long (and there’s no doubt it was long), it seemed like CoMo’s hot summer days might never return. Now that school’s out and we’re soaking up the sun’s rays once again, it’s time to capitalize on Mother Nature’s temporary mercy.…

Splash!

“When that summer sun starts to beatin’ down … drive until the map turns blue.” — “Water” by Brad Paisley The best part of hot summers in Missouri is fun on the water, and Columbians don’t have to drive far to find some blue. Finger…

The Battle For Stewart Park

Almost every year for the past 50 years, a pack of bicycles, tricycles, scooters, wagons, dogs, friends, parents, neighbors and guests have congregated at Garth Avenue and East Parkway Drive on the Fourth of July. Everything is decorated in…

Calling All Daredevils!

Columbia offers plenty of heart-pounding outdoor adventures for those seeking new and unexpected thrills. From kayaking a flooded creek in the middle of the city to revving up an ATV on a rugged, reclaimed strip mine, the unusual outdoor…

Off The Beaten Path

As summer fades, staying active in Columbia becomes more enjoyable with the pleasant fall weather. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, south of Columbia on Highway 163, offers a variety of trails to explore outdoors. Most Columbians know about…

Cache In!

Adults who have long since outgrown the annual Easter egg hunt but still seek the adventurous thrill of treasure hunting have a fun alternative: geocaching. What is geocaching? Put simply, geocaching is technological treasure…

And Lift Off

PHOTO COURTESY OF TRACY SINES It takes about 15 minutes to inflate a hot air balloon. After it is fully filled by an oversized fan, riders climb over the side of the basket and into a cozy cabin. The pilot blasts the propane-fueled…

Missouri Day-Trips

Ever wake up and feel like having some adventure — nothing outlandish, just a day to escape routine and do something different? That’s the delight of day-trips. Without requiring a lot of effort or forethought, such escapes can deliver…

On The Bike Trail

It takes balance, determination and continuous movement of your legs in a circular motion — those are the essentials of riding a bike. But the wind in your face, the blue sky above you and the world flying by is what makes biking more…

CoMo Cool

Sleet storms and icy sidewalks and snowflakes that stay on our noses and windshields … these are not some of our favorite things. If you stop to think about it, though, there’s a lot to love about wintertime in Columbia, and we’ve put…

Chill Out!

Just because the temperature has dropped and Christmas is around the corner, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside for the next few months. Resist the urge to hibernate and bake cookies all winter because Columbia has plenty of winter…

Eats And Art

Tellers in Columbia, MO// // // // // // // “The spot was open and it was a little bit of the right space at the right time,” Rust says.The two opened Tellers Gallery and Bar in May 1998. Since then,