Archive | March, 2013

Get Outside! Our Splendid State Parks.

March 29, 2013


Earlier this week, we gave you some great ideas for hitting the road (ok, trails) on your next visit to Columbia. Our city is known for its fantastic parks and trails system, but there are also plenty of nearby Missouri State Parks, many with exciting and unexpected adventures waiting to be had!

Check out these activities…all an hour or way less from Columbia!

-Rev your engine and explore the 10-acre motocross track at Finger Lakes State Park.

-Explore the shady serenity of the Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site.

-Step back in time and check out the beauty and architecture of the village of Arrow Rock.

-Take a hike and learn about one of Missouri’s first industries at the Boone’s Lick State Historic Site.

-Chill out in caves, hike wood-planked trails and enjoy the scenic environment of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

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Get Outside! Our Tremendous Trails

March 27, 2013


One of Missouri’s most popular features is the Katy Trail, a statewide trail that connects west to east, with a short spur called the MKT that lands you right in downtown Columbia. Once you’re here, there are so many other trails to explore it’s tough to know where to start! Here are a few options sure to be a hit.

Bear Creek Trail


With multiple access points, Bear Creek Trail winds nearly five miles through northern Columbia and connects two of the city’s most popular parks, Cosmo and Albert-Oakland. The trail is crushed limestone and runs through wooded areas, wetlands, open spaces and residential neighborhoods. The trail also follows the general direction of its namesake water system, Bear Creek.

Rhett’s Run


Have mountain biking on your mind? Head to Rhett’s Run. This 2.4 mile dirt run is a challenging one and was designed by  Brian Stickel and John Bailey of Mountain Designs, key course designers for the 1996 Olympic mountain bike courses. The trail originates in Cosmo Park and runs through 75 acres of beautiful wooded area.

County House Trail

CHTCollageCounty House Trail is a two-mile long trail in the southwest area of the city that extends from Stadium Blvd. at College Park Drive to the MKT Trail at Twin Lakes Recreation Area. It is an 8-foot-wide concrete trail with a gravel side path between Stadium and the Twin Lakes Recreation Area entrance. Once inside Twin Lakes Recreation Area, the trail routes through the parking lot and around the lake where it connects to the the MKT Trail on the southeast corner of the park.

These are just three options of dozens here in Columbia. Check out the list of community and neighborhood trails here and pick one to explore every time you visit Columbia!

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Psst…We’re about to do something exciting!

March 25, 2013


For years, you’ve know Columbia as the smart, innovative, artsy, eclectic, clever, savvy, vibrant, too-dynamic-to-fit-into-a-short-tagline city.


We’re definitely all of those things (and more!), but the time has come for something new and fresh! The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau has been working hard to research and create an authentic new brand that embraces the true personality of our destination.

After all this work, we couldn’t be more excited to share our new identity with all of you! On April 4th, we’ll celebrate our unveiling and you can see all of the details right here.

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Uniquely Columbia: Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library

March 12, 2013


Some people just get up and get dressed, but then there are those who live fashion.

Since 1958, Stephens College in Columbia has been collecting stunning pieces of clothing and accessories. Donations from alumnae, friends and designers have resulted in the collection growing to over 13,000 pieces. The pieces within the collection date back to the 1730s and  range from everyday wear from many decades, representations of ethnic wear and priceless pieces from designers. These archival pieces allow students to study textiles, construction and design dating back to the very beginnings of America and from around the world.

While most of the collection is housed in Stephens’ archival space, rotating exhibits allow visitors to enjoy thoughtfully curated experiences based on a designer, a time period or an emotion.

The current collection, titled Emergence, will let visitors experience the emergence of spring through one imaginary socialite’s closet as it evolved from 1947 to 1990. At the beginning of the exhibit, the collection will consist of winter wear: White, silver, taupe suits and heavy garments. Like any woman of the time, our muse will swap out her winter pieces to make room for a spring wardrobe, consisting of lighter fabrics in pinks, greens and yellows. The second phase of the exhibit will emerge over spring break during the last week of March.

To visit this beautiful exhibit, head to the Historic Costume Gallery in Lela Raney Wood Hall on the Stephens College campus. The exhibit is open Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Take a step back in time to see where the fashion we wear today originated and perhaps get a sneak peek into what’s next.

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Columbia…now a CTA city!

March 8, 2013

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Joining over 100 destination marketing organizations across the country, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to be an official Certified Tourism Ambassador destination! Introducing the Columbia Tourism Ambassadors program…


CTAs strive to give every visitor to Columbia a memorable and positive experience. Columbia has always been known for being warm, friendly and welcoming, so now we’re taking it to the next level. We’ll be certifying front-line hospitality workers and tourism enthusiasts from all over mid-Missouri to be knowledgeable, to exceed customer expectations and to keep people coming back.

The next time you’re in town, keep you eyes open for people wearing the gold star CTA pin. Anyone wearing one has been specially trained and certified to help your visit be the best it possibly can. We are so proud to be a CTA city and we hope that on your next trip to Columbia, you’ll notice an even more welcoming community than ever before.

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A fond farewell to True/False 2013

March 5, 2013


It was with a mixture of joy and sadness that Columbia bid farewell as the curtains closed on True/False 2013. In its tenth year, the festival was as incredible as ever. Thousands descended on downtown Columbia to enjoy films, music, parties, coffee, conversation, parades, panels and the unparalleled atmosphere generated by the event.

Not only were citizens of Columbia able to enjoy the festival, but visitors and filmmakers from around the world were able to feel the True/False magic. With a 12% increase in ticket sales over last year, it seems the festival won’t be slowing down any time soon.

Already, press coverage is rolling in and raves about Columbia, the festival and the film lineup are plentiful. Here’s just a sampling of what we’ve seen…

Why True/False 2013 Rocked (And Why True/False Always Rocks)

#AFridayIn True/False Film Fest, Columbia, Mo.


The True/False crew is taking a couple of days off to rest, but they’re sure to be kicking off plans to True/False 2014 soon. We can already promise it’s a weekend you won’t want to miss.

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Columbia Snapshot

March 4, 2013



In our new Columbia Snapshot posts, we feature photos from around Columbia captured by our staff or by our readers to share little corners of our city that you might not always see. Have a snapshot you’d like to share? Send it to and you might be featured on our next blog!

In the past couple of years, Columbia has been lucky enough to have an influx of popular food trucks. This particular day was sunny but frigid. Still, crowds braved the cold to get lunch from the Sunflower Waffle Company truck! Their small but delectable menu features signature chicken and waffles as well as waffles with toppings (like Nutella!) that hit the spot anytime day or night.

Want to grab a waffle next time you’re in town? Follow them on Twitter @SunflowerWaffle to get info on their spot for the day. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

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