Paul Newton

Hercules Southern BBQ

Hercules Southern BBQ

Smoked favorites in southeast Missouri Smoke fills the air on the back patio as Alfea Crenshaw tends to the seemingly endless rows of chicken, ribs and pork steaks. He checks to make sure the smoked meats are about ready to be pulled off the heat in time for his...

Winery

Winery

1st: St. James Winery, St. James; 800-280-9463 St. James Winery has again claimed our readers’ top spot for Missouri winery. The winery has been around for more than 50 years and produces 500,000 gallons of wines annually. Head to the winery on a nice afternoon and...

Brewery or Distillery

Brewery or Distillery

1st: Sweetwater Distillery, Monroe City; 573-406-4051 Andy and Heather Utterback started with the intention of making wine, however they traded their fruit mashes in for grain mashes and now create spirits in their craft distillery on Highway 36. They use a 1950s...

Made-in-Missouri Product

Made-in-Missouri Product

1st: Burgers’ Smokehouse, California; 800-345-5185 Since the first Ham House was built on the Burger Family farm in 1952, locals have been turning to the family for deliciously cured meats. Today, Burgers’ Smokehouse ships more than just ham to customers across the...

Fair or Festival

Fair or Festival

1st: Missouri State Fair, Sedalia; 800-422-FAIR The Missouri State Fair looked much different this past year due to the pandemic, however, Missourians are already gearing up for the much-anticipated return of the statewide agriculture showcase in August. From carnival...

Getaway Without the Kids

Getaway Without the Kids

1st: Hermann; 800-932-8687 A trip to this Missouri River town will let you spend your afternoons frequenting the many one-of-a-kind boutique shops or mouthwatering restaurants for a quiet weekend. If you’re looking to imbibe, visit one of Hermann’s many wineries where...

Place to Take the Kids

Place to Take the Kids

1st: Silver Dollar City, Branson; 800-888-7277 A trip to Silver Dollar City has been an annual ritual for many Missourians since the 1880s-themed park first opened more than six decades ago. The park has just the right mixture of down-home family fun, rides,...

Museum

Museum

1st: Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, Springfield; 888-222-6060 For the second consecutive year, Rural Missouri readers have voted Wonders of Wildlife as the top museum in the state. And for good reason: the 4-year-old, 350,000-square-foot experience...

State Park or Historic Site

State Park or Historic Site

1st: Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton; 573-346-2986 It’s an annual tradition for Ha Ha Tonka State Park to bring home the top state park spot for fishing, hiking, swimming and much more. The park may be best known for its meandering trails that take you around the...

Golf Course

Golf Course

1st: Top of the Rock; Ridgedale; 800-225-6343 The Branson area is not so slowly becoming a Midwest golf mecca. The courses under the Big Cedar Lodge umbrella have grown to five total, but Top of the Rock stands out for our readers. And with good reason. Every inch of...

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