Saturday, April 19, 2014

Western Missouri Summer Vacations ideas, K.C. to Branson

The blog post is dedicated to much of what travelers can see and do on the western half of Missouri during the 2014 summer vacation season when visiting Missouri.  In next months post, we will talk about the eastern half of the state.

black amish buggy being pulled by a brown horse on a gravel road
Jamesport, Mo
So, lets get started out west and begin the journey in one of Missouri's largest Amish communities of Jamesport where visitors can find many activities such as shopping for antiques, specialty shops and other Amish businesses.

Places like Anna's Bake Shop with lots of fresh baked goodies for sale, Rustic Cedar Furniture with its beautiful hand made furnishings, and the Amish Produce Auction Barn can be some of the unique stops in Jamesport.  For more information and to find tour maps, please visit their website: Jamesport Missouri

man dressed in pioneer clothes riding a horse as part of a reenactment of the Pony Express
Pony Express reenactor.
Next lets travel a little to the west and stop into St. Joesph where the nations Pony Express first began and the notorious outlaw Jesse James met his end.

St. Joseph has many wonderful museums, art galleries, restaurants and shops where a person can spend more than just a few hours sightseeing.  For history buffs, take a Civil War self-guided tour or Jesse James driving tour.  For more information aboSt. Joseph Visitor's Center website.
ut the area, please visit the

Now lets travel south to a city everyone knows.  Kansas City.  Shops, Nightlife, BBQ....Need we say more?  This is one of the 'anchor' cities of the state with so many things to see, do, and experience that it would take multiple blog posts to write all about it.  But here are some key highlights about the city.

Brick and glass building known as the Kauffman Center for the Arts
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
For family friendly fun-in-the-sun, be sure to check out Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun amusement parks and the Kansas City Zoo.  Other family orientated attractions are the Arabia Steamboat Museum, The City Market, National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum where you will find greats like the legendary Jackie Robinson and many other pioneers of the Negro League enshrined.

Of course with professional sports a big part of K.C., there are the Kansas City Royals and later in the summer/into autumn the Kansas City Chiefs.  For those looking to go golfing, K.C. has that too, lots of golf courses for those looking to tee up and practice their swing.

You may also want to check out one of the many special events or festival that take place during the summer months in Kansas City.  For more information and to plan your Kansas City itinerary, which you can find on the Visit Kansas City website.

As we travel further south, we come to the Lake of the Ozarks region where again, there is so much to do at the lake that you will want to plan an extended stay in this area.

Golfers along creek lining up for their next shot
Tan-Tar-A Golf Course
They have one of the largest Outlet Malls in the area on the east side of the lake and many outdoor activities such as Ha Ha Tonka State Park and underground caves to be explored or spending a day on one of the many golf courses.

For fun in the water, there is Big Surf Waterpark or...well...the lake.  Lake of the Ozarks offers many fine boat cruises that can be booked and taken as well as places for people to launch their own watercraft.

For more information about fun at the lake, please visit their website- Lake of the Ozarks

As we conclude our journey down the western portion of the state we come to the Branson and Springfield area's.  Here in the historic town of Springfield people can visit the historic downtown district with it's shops, restaurants, art galleries and more.  For the outdoor enthusiast, you wont want to miss one of Bass Pro Shops largest stores in Springfield or the Archery Hall of Fame.

You can also visit the Missouri State University campus or take in a minor league baseball game with the Springfield Cardinals.  For Civil War historians, visit the Battle of Carthage Historic Site or take the Battle of Springfield driving tour.

To see more of what to do, please visit the website for Springfield Tourism.

40 minutes to the south of Springfield you come to Branson Missouri which became famous many decades ago as the place to go and hear favorite country artists, many of which left the Nashville scene to build huge and beautiful concert halls in Branson.

Airial view of water slide at Branson Missouri
White Water in Branson
For outdoor recreation we recommend looking at Table Rock Lake State Park or Silver Dollar City which is a wonderful amusement park with fun and exciting rides for the whole family.

There is also lots of shopping, antiquing and wonderful restaurants in Branson and for more information about the area, please visit the Branson Visitors website.

No matter where your vacation this summer takes you in the Show Me state of Missouri, you need to book your lodging at one of the many fine Bed and Breakfast of Missouri today.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vacation at Missouri State Parks & other tourist sites

Come and spend your family Summer Vacation at one of the many Missouri State Parks & other tourist attractions across the state when you book your Missouri Bed and Breakfast lodging.

The Show-Me state has lots to offer visitors
and with the busy summer travel season beginning to heat up, there are many great travel packages that visitors to the state must take advantage of.

Some of the locations where you will find vacation deals might be Kansas City
attractions such as Worlds of Fun Park, Kansas City Zoo, the Harry S. Truman's Home & Museum and Professional sports such as Soccer (Sporting Kansas City) and Baseball with Kansas City Royals.

There are many things to do in St. Louis such as visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Zoo the St. Louis Art Museum, Six Flags St. Louis or the iconic Gateway Arch as well as Professional Baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals.

Places to visit in Missouri also could be one of the many Caves like the Mark Twain Cave in Mark Twain's boyhood home of Hannibal or the Fantastic Caverns just north of Springfield Missouri

How about one of the many MO State Parks like the Civil War memorials of Battle of Carthage State Historic Site and the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.  Other well known parks are Bennett Spring State Park, Elephant Rocks Sate Park, Lake of the Ozarks State Park and Table Rock State Park.

Once you have picked your destination, book your lodging at Missouri Bed and Breakfast where you will find over 80 member Inns all waiting to provide you and your family with exceptional accommodations.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Missouri Bed and Breakfast association celebrates 25 Years at Spring Conference

BBIM annual Spring Conference is almost here and members are signing up fast for this special 25th Anniversary celebration as the state of Missouri's only recognized statewide Bed and Breakfast association.

In a few more weeks, members, friends and association vendors will come together to celebrate a huge milestone amongst member run organizations when they celebrate 25 years in operation during their annual get together on March 17th and 18th, 2014.

The first meeting took place at the Lake of the Ozarks back in November 1989 and it is only fitting that the group returns to the 'birth-place' of it's founding to celebrate the occasion that will include a banquet, workshops, trade-show and association meeting.

BBIM since that time has grown to be 80 Inn's strong with each member passing an independently inspected and approved criteria before becoming a member.  It has been that standard that has kept guests coming back time after time because they know the quality of BBIM's members.

For more information about the BBIM 2014 Spring Conference & Anniversary Celebration, please visit the event webpage by CLICKING HERE.

For more information about Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri, please visit their webpage by CLICKING HERE.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Spring Break vacations to Missouri accomodate all members of the family

Do you have cabin fever?  Are you looking to get out with Spring on it's way?  Come to the great state of Missouri for your Spring Break vacation where there are family fun things to do for everyone!

You will find there is a Bed and Breakfast for all family types from romantic couples to those who have kids.  Innkeepers can help to find activities and fun things to do in their area and in some cases they can be your guide to things like a fishing trip.

The state of Missouri has the Ozark mountains, Zip lines, hiking, fishing Caves and more just waiting for you to come and experience.

You will find your Spring Break 2014 lodging here at Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri by CLICKING HERE.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Impress your Valentine with a special night of romance in a Bed and Breakfast

Valentines Day is just over a month away, most importantly, it falls on a Friday and what better way to impress your Valentine with a special weekend night of romance in a Missouri Bed and Breakfast.

Begin to book your Valentines Day guest room at one of the many luxurious Missouri Bed and Breakfasts before it is too late.

Many Missouri Bed and Breakfast are also offering specials such as champagne, chocolates, roses and more in your room.  Just ask your Innkeeper when you book.

For more information about Missouri Bed and Breakfasts, please visit Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri website by CLICKING HERE.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Book your Missouri New Years Eve lodging at a BBIM member Inn

Book your Missouri New Years Eve lodging at a Bed & Breakfast Inns of Missouri member Inn this holiday season and get you start to 2014 started off on the right foot by staying in a B&B!

You might even find that the B&B of your choice is having a Special that they are offering for New Years Eve.  What more could you ask for.  A fun and festive night celebrating the new year, a restful night's sleep and a wonderful breakfast the next morning.

When planning your vacation to the Show-Me state, let Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri Show-You a Better Way to Stay.

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Blog post submitted by Brian Slind, Owner of the University Avenue Bed and Breakfast in Columbia Mo.  Come and visit us!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Buy Bed and Breakfast Certificates on Small Business Sat. or Cyber Mon.

Buy Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates from BBIM on Small Business Saturday (November 30th 2013) or Cyber Monday (December 2nd 2013) and you will be helping to keep your money in the communities where your gift certificates get redeemed.

Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri gives 100% of the money used to purchase the gift certificate right back to the Innkeepers where the gift certificate gets used and with over 80 members strong and all of BBIM's members are independently inspected and approved prior to membership, the guest using the gift certificate will be very happy.

Missouri is a wonderful state with many things to see and do.  We have member Inns in every corner of the state and encourage you to look at our website to see all that we have to offer visitors to Missouri.

For more information about purchasing your Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates, please CLICK HERE.