Paddleboarding in the Show-Me State: Where, How, and Why

“Stand-up paddling is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world,” says Don Dutton, owner of Going Coastal, a stand-up paddleboard retailer at the Lake of the Ozarks. “A decade ago, paddleboarding was virtually nonexistent in Missouri. In 2012, Going Coastal was the first company to sell paddleboards at the Lake of the Ozarks.”


You Want Fries With That?

These are no ordinary french fries. Across Missouri, chefs are putting a hot new spin on the humble spud. Sure, you could dip 'em in ketchup, but these restaurants are bringing something much more exciting than that to the table.


Missouri’s Largest Things

The Show-Me State—where we have to see it to believe it—boasts not one but three giant balls of twine, the world’s largest rocking chair, and a gargantuan goose amongst a host of other roadside stops. So get out your camera, fuel up, and take a road trip across the state to see Missouri’s largest attractions. 


13 Cool Stops For Ice Cream

Our guide to cool techniques, innovative flavors, choice custards, nectareous nostalgia, scholarly scoops, global goodies, and spirited sweets.


3 Missouri Lighthouses You Can Visit (And 1 You Can’t)

As a landlocked state, Missouri isn’t exactly a hub for lighthouses. Yet there are a few places within our borders to experience these iconic pieces of nautical life. All of Missouri’s lighthouse structures are ornamental, but they still offer up interesting history, a study in architecture, great views, or at the very least, a fun photo-op.


Your Guide to Food, Wine, & Sweets in Columbia

Wine, chocolate, barbecue … whatever fare you fancy, you’ll find it in Columbia. The city has attracted talented purveyors and restaurateurs who take pride in satisfying even the most particular palate. Here are just a few of the businesses that give the city its flavor.


5 Campfire Recipes You Can Make All Summer Long

These recipes by Chef Liz Hu— can be prepared ahead and cooked right in the coals of your campfire, or your backyard fire pit, in foil packets.


The Missouri Life Guide to Summer Camping

Here's our guide to Missouri campsites for summer 2018. Where are you pitching a tent this summer?


12 Eateries That Cater to Special Diets

Our writer, who is affected by Crohn's disease, takes us around the state in search of eateries that can accommodate special diets including paleo, vegan, and gluten-free options.


Show-Me Birdwatching: Where to Look & What to Look For

Last week we broke down the basics of birdwatching in Missouri. This week, we're back with a regional guide to species, and a helpful map that points out some natural areas worth checking out when you're looking to spot some feathery friends.