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Well, here we are – only two days left until 2017. It seems that everyone is ready to leave 2016 behind and get started on the new year but before we do, let’s take a look back at our 12 most-liked Instagram photos of 2016:

January

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The Big Tree looks extra magnificent surrounded by snow. Photo from @brittpepper.

February

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Alley A 📷 by @nickeymonaghan

March

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Awesome photo of the big tree from @schaeferpix.

April

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Columbia = pot of gold. Photo by @imadiehere.

May

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We heard it was National Garden Day…

June

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90° temps = Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream 📷 by @christa_jane.

July

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Check out that CoMo sunset! 📷: @sugarwhips

August

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We don’t think The Big Tree has ever looked so beautiful 📷: @johnbecksroommate

September

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It’s starting to look like fall on the MKT! 📷: @dr_marge18

October

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Raise your paw/hand if this is how you get your good luck before exams. 📷: @finleythefierce

November

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Check out this amazing shot from last night! [Photo by @wenbozzz] Did you see the super moon?

December

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We’ve had a rough couple of days here in Columbia but at least the snow made for some great photos! 📷: @wgwinfrey


It looks like everyone really loves photos of The Big Tree, Jesse Hall, and The District! Do you have a favorite photo from 2016 you’d like to share with us? Tag us on Instagram (@VisitColumbiaMO), Twitter (@ColumbiaMOCVB), or use #ShowMeCoMo to share.

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Hi, I’m Megan. I do Marketing and Communications here at Visit CoMo and I’m also a Columbia native!  I love traveling, the Mizzou Tigers, live music, ice cream, my cats and a good nap. I’m also lucky enough to get to promote my hometown every day. There are so many different ways to enjoy Columbia and each month I’ll be bringing you some of my favorites. Let’s go!


I don’t mean to brag (yes I do), but I finished holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. I also wrapped all of my presents last weekend…I hardly know who I am anymore. But there’s no doubt that before the holidays pass, there will come a moment when I realize that there’s someone I forgot – a last minute gift that needs giving. I’m guessing the same might happen to you, too. Sure, you could go with an old standby like a candle or a picture frame or socks, but what about something uniquely Columbia for that person who has everything? Here are a few different fun ideas that will definitely get a sincere thank you!

Get Locked Up

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Photo from Breakout CoMo Facebook

If the person you’re gifting is into puzzles and intrigue, Columbia is home to three different escape rooms! These fun facilities give you and your group an hour to escape from rooms themed in all sorts of ways, including Pirate Adventure, Double Agent and Mark Twain Museum. These rooms are a great group activity and perfect for the competitive friend or family member. I know I’m still mad I didn’t escape from Double Agent and it has been months.

-Kick Off a Resolution

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Photo from Nourish Cafe & Market Facebook

Have a friend who’s a health nut or someone who’s going to get back in shape in 2017? Help them reach their goals with a gift certificate to Nourish or Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café. Both spots serve up delicious food that will probably make them forget how healthy it is. On a cold day, the Buddha Bowl from Main Squeeze really hits the spot.

-A New Night Out

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Photo from Barred Owl Butcher Facebook

Always head to the same spot for date night? This year, try out something new in CoMo. We’re hearing great things about Barred Owl Butcher and Table, which serves up a variety of sandwiches, small plates and charcuterie, or Flyover, which is home to a wood-fired oven. Both have a great cocktail menu and a focus on seasonal, local ingredients. You may just find a new favorite.

-Plan for some Festive Fun

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Give your recipient something to really look forward to by purchasing their passes to next year’s True/False Film Fest or Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival. Both events promise an incredible Columbia weekend for the film or music enthusiast. I pretty much plan my life around True/False and Roots ‘n Blues is my fall oasis, so these passes are a can’t-miss gift.

-Winter Warmies

Photo from Route Facebook

Photo from Route Facebook

It seems that winter has finally arrived here in CoMo…it even snowed yesterday! This means that bundling up must now commence. One of my favorite places to get hats, gloves and scarves is Route in the District. They specialize in fair-trade, handmade goods, and their winter accessories are so warm and comfy that it almost makes it ok when you have to go outside. Need a gift for someone who never puts their phone down (like me)? Get them a pair of glove/mittens. The wool gloves leave the fingertips exposed but you can also fold a mitten cover over before you lose feeling in them. It’s a win-win.

-For the Beer Snob

Photo from Craft Beer Cellar Facebook

Photo from Craft Beer Cellar Facebook

Everyone has a beer snob in their life. On the negative side, they make fun of you for drinking your light beer. On the positive side, you can always hit up the Craft Beer Cellar and have them a gift in no time. Their super friendly staff will help you pick out the perfect variety that will make your friend forget (at least for a few minutes) that you don’t know the difference between porter and a stout, and that makes a better holiday for everyone.

-Smelly Goodness

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Three of my family members (who will not be named here because it’s not Christmas yet) will be getting goodies from Makes Scents. They have high-end skin care items, Butter nail polish (stocking stuffers!), holiday soaps, custom-scented items and my favorite candles in the whole world (Seeking Balance, if you’re shopping for me. I’m just saying). The staff will also put together an awesome gift set for anyone doing that last minute shopping…I know you’re out there.

Now that you’re down to only 20 shopping days until Christmas, I know you can feel the time crunch. Hopefully when you feel like you’ve run out of ideas, these will help jump start your shopping list and check even those picky people off your gift list. You can thank me with candles.

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See a show

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December performances include family-friendly shows, holiday specials, and adult comedy:

Elf Jr.
December 3-4 at Warehouse Theatre

Moscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcracker
December 1 at Jesse Auditorium

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche
December 8-11, December 15-18 at Columbia Entertainment Company

See our calendar of events for a complete list.

Take a photo at the Magic Tree

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The Magic Tree is a favorite Columbia holiday tradition, and although there’s now several of these completely lit trees around town, you should still make a trip to the original Magic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. There is even a festival for the ‘lighting of the tree’ on December 1st with Santa, food trucks, and holiday fun.

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We have all the usual shopping options where you can pick up gifts for everyone on your list but you should also check out these special events:

1st Annual Christkindlmarkt – December 2 at Gunter Hans, 5:30-8:30 PM
Battle FBLA Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair – December 10 at Battle High School, 8-12 PM
Holiday Gift Boutique – December 10 at Columbia Independent School, 9 AM
Columbia Winter Farmers Market – December 3, 10, 17 at Parkade Center 9-12 PM

Attend a festival

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The first weekend of December is packed with festivals: head downtown on Friday, December 2nd, for First Fridays in the North Village Arts District and Living Windows, when shopkeepers stage live performances in their shop windows. On Saturday, join Columbia Parks and Rec at Progressive Missionary Baptist for the City Kwanzaa Celebration. And Sunday? Check out the first annual Chocolate Festival at Parkade Center – pick up some holiday gifts from local vendors while enjoying chocolatey treats.

Listen to live jazz

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“We Always Swing” Jazz Series is bringing two great holiday performances to Columbia this month:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis+ Special Guest Vocalist, Catherine Russell
December 4th, 7 PM at Missouri Theatre

Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas
December 11th, 3:30 PM and 7 PM at Murry’s

Check out a tractor parade

If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, look no further than the annual Centralia Christmas Tractor Parade. See floats, tractors, lawn mowers, and other farm equipment decked out in holiday lights and decorations. Santa might even be there on his Christmas tractor.

December 16th, 7 PM in Centralia

Take in the holiday lights

You could drive around town looking for lights OR you could make plans to attend one of these events:

51st Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting | December 1st, 6 PM
Santa and holiday music included.

Friends of Rocheport Christmas Tree Lighting | December 4th, 6 PM
Christmas carols will follow the tree lighting and then head to Community Hall for refreshments and a visit with Santa.

Candy Cane Crib | 115 W. El Cortez Dr.
You can’t miss the famous Candy Cane Crib! Santa will be there on December 10th.

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour | December 16th, 6:15 PM and 7:45 PM
Meet Columbia Parks and Rec at The ARC and enjoy holiday lights from a mini-bus. Cost is $7.50, and pre-registration is required.

It’s a Wonderful Ride: Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour | December 18th, 5:30 PM
Join GetAbout Columbia at Lucky’s Market and see holiday lights in and around downtown.

Go back in time

Stephens College’s A Dickens Victorian Christmas is an annual favorite. It’s a family-friendly, authentic recreation of a 19th century English Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Dickens that includes refreshments, period dance, music, and more. You have four days to choose from so don’t miss out!

December 4-7 at Stephens College, Historic Senior Hall

Run (or walk) for a cause

The Jingle Bell Run is the perfect excuse to break out those ugly holiday sweaters, tie jingle bells to yourself, dress up like Santa or an elf… the cheerier, the better!

December 10th, 8 AM at Silverthorne Arena

Brew ‘n View

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Beer and holiday movies – enough said. The Blue Note has two Christmas Brew ‘n Views planned: Home Alone December 15th and Elf, December 22nd.

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Our friends from Visit Knoxville put some information together for our Tiger fans heading to Tennessee this weekend:


Even the visiting team is treated like a local. Someone suggested we put that in an ad for Knoxville and well, we did. Cause it’s true. The locals may not say, “good luck” but they’ll always say “have a great time” – and we know you will. Knoxville is a favorite town for SEC fans, but it’s gotten even better since you were here in 2014.

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Photo from Maple Hall Facebook.

Since then, the city has added several new downtown restaurants, including Maple Hall – a bowling alley/restaurant, a Brew Tour to give you a true taste of our expanding craft beer scene, and Pretentious Beer Glass Company- a one-of-a-kind spot where you can not only try a local beer, but watch your very own beer glass be crafted by glass artisans. And the best part? It’s all in and around Market Square – within walking distance of campus – so you can work a few things in before and after that 3:30 kick off.

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Photo from Zoo Knoxville Facebook.

We expect (and hope) you’ll be here for an extra day or two, so plan now for a trip to Zoo Knoxville  (home to more than 800 animals, including 3 adorable baby gorillas) or our popular Urban Wilderness (a 1000-acre stretch with 50 hiking and biking trails just minutes from downtown). Bike rentals are available if you don’t want to haul your own. Just contact us ahead of time; our Visitors Center will point you in the right direction.

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Photo from Ijams Nature Center Facebook.

Speaking of our Visitors Center… Let’s talk about that for just a minute. This is not your typical ‘maps and gifts’ Visitors Center. Yes, we have all of that (including the appropriately sized clear bags you’re going to need at Neyland Stadium; and no, they aren’t ALL orange), but we also have live music. Yes, The Knoxville Visitors Center, located at 301 Gay Street – across from the Crowne Plaza where some of you are no doubt staying – is home to WDVX, a very popular independent radio station well-known for its mix of Bluegrass, Americana, Classic and Alternative Country, Western Swing, Blues, Old Time and Appalachian Mountain Music, Bluegrass Gospel, Celtic and Folk. Whew! Every Monday – Saturday at noon, the WDVX broadcasts “The Blue Plate Special” – a free, live concert. So make plans to stop by!

11889456_10150569814169984_4197037888638829159_nWhile you’re at the Visitors Center, you can find out more about all of the other music, entertainment, history and culture this city has to offer. If you haven’t been here, you’re going to be surprised at how much you’ll find. If you HAVE been here, you’ll be surprised by how much more you’ll find. Head to VisitKnoxville.com to learn more.

So travel safely and good… er, rather… have a great time.

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 2:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

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PRE-GAME

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call us at 573-875-1231 and ask for hotel availability.

How to get to the stadium:

  • Park downtown [parking garages are free on Saturdays] and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, and beverages/coolers are not allowed so be mindful of that before boarding}

Throw on your black and gold. Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch before the game or dinner afterward.

Weather: As of today (Wednesday), the forecast is calling for a sunny day with a high of 55, so you should grab your sunglasses and a jacket.

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Where to watch: If you didn’t get tickets or would rather watch the game on TV, see our list of sports bars.

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • (12 PM) Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off at the pedestrian bridge over Providence
  • (1 PM) The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Remember to keep any pets on a leash
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Our Tiger Tailgating Pinterest board has ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips and games, and more.

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Lighter Spinach & Artichoke Dip

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream, divided
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 (8 ounce) packages 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 1 1/2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, sour cream, 2 Tablespoons Parmesan, pepper, garlic, artichoke hearts, cream cheese and spinach in a large bowl. Stir until well-blended. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella and the remaining 2 Tablespoons Parmesan.

3. Bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Serve with vegetables or chips (extra calories for the chips!)

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We have a lot more events than just the game going on this weekend. You can find more information on live music, on-stage performances, farmers markets, sporting events, and more on our calendar of events. We would love for you to spend some extra time here with us!


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call us at 573-875-1231
Tweet us @ColumbiaMOCVB

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Hi, I’m Megan. I do Marketing and Communications here at Visit CoMo and I’m also a Columbia native!  I love traveling, the Mizzou Tigers, live music, ice cream, my cats and a good nap. I’m also lucky enough to get to promote my hometown every day. There are so many different ways to enjoy Columbia and each month I’ll be bringing you some of my favorites. Let’s go!


As a Columbia native, one of the things I’ve always loved about our city is how many diverse dining options we have here. Cuisines from all over the world are represented, and chefs are adventurous with their ingredients. They also focus on procuring items from local purveyors, which really takes CoMo’s food to the next level. When your job is promoting Columbia, trying out as many of our restaurants as possible is research, right? So, I’ve done my research and here are ten of my favorite CoMo bites (in no particular order).

 

  1. The ½ Veggie on Wheat with Cheesy Tomato Soup from Sub Shop

sub-shop-editedSub Shop has been serving up sandwiches since 1975, and they’re a rainy day staple for me. Their veggie sandwich also comes with plenty of mayo and cheese and their homemade bread is toasted on the outside and soft on the inside. When it’s chilly, I have to add an order of their tomato soup. It’s thick and full of big chunks of melted cheese. And if you really want to take it up a notch…add bacon to that veggie sandwich and thank me later.

  1. The Pretzel Bites from Room 38 
Photo from IG user @taco_bout_someyummyfood.

Photo from IG user @taco_bout_someyummyfood.

Room 38 has an incredible menu that ranges from flatbreads to steaks to small plates and an incredible brunch. But one thing I have to get every single time is an order of the Pretzel Bites. They’re hidden at the bottom of the sharing plates section, but do not overlook these nuggets of amazingness! The bites themselves are soft and salty and drenched in honey butter. As if that wasn’t enough, they come with a side of spicy cheese dip. Room 38 has a nice lounge feel and the darker lighting means no one will see you stuffing your face with these super quickly.

 

  1. The Sweet Potato Fries with Spicy Herb Aioli at Billiards on Broadway

billiards-editedThis pool hall knows how to do food! Their burgers have won the hearts of visitors and citizens alike, but my favorite things to add on the side of my burger are the sweet potato fries. Are the fries delicious? Yes, but it’s the aioli that really makes them. Truly you could put this aioli on just about anything they serve (ahem, grilled chicken sandwich) and be happy, but the sweet crispness of the fries really goes with the aioli so well that you might as well stick with how they serve it.

  1. The Oreo Speedwagon at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream
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Photo from Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream Facebook.

Here’s the thing about the Oreo Speedwagon. I can’t promise that it will always be on the menu at Sparky’s. They always have a wonderful variety of flavors rotating in their case and you can’t go wrong, but for me the Oreo Speedwagon is where it’s at. It’s basically a cookies ‘n cream ice cream but made with coffee ice cream instead of vanilla. Such a sweet pick me up! And you can say that ice cream isn’t as good when it’s cold out, but you would be wrong.

 

  1. The Blue Chips Cheese Bread at Murry’s

murrysI have been going to Murry’s for as long as I can remember. In my family, you got to pick where you wanted to eat for your birthday and both of my parents always picked Murry’s. Now the entire meal was always delicious, but it was the order of the Blue Chips Cheese Bread that really got the night started. Thick slices of bread are topped with blue cheese and shrimp and then covered with another melty cheese that I’ve never been able to pin down. Then everything is toasted and melted together and it’s just perfect. Murry’s brings back so many great memories for me and those memories definitely include this appetizer.

  1. The Bulgogi Taco at Seoul Taco
Photo from @SeoulTaco Instagram.

Photo from @SeoulTaco Instagram.

Seoul Taco started out as a food truck in St. Louis and now has a shared space with Strange Donuts right here in downtown Columbia. Whether it’s lunch time or late at night, I am in love with their Bulgogi Tacos. They’re so simple…just meat, greens, sesame seed and delicious Seoul sauce, plus a lime for some brightness, but their complex flavor is beyond. Their menu is small but the flavor is big!

  1. The Reuben at Uprise Bakery 
Photo from IG user @drewjkoch.

Photo from IG user @drewjkoch.

Things I don’t like: sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, rye bread.. But somehow, when Uprise Bakery combines their house made ingredients (seriously, everything on the sandwich is made right there), it’s a dream come true. This is another rainy favorite and is perfect as a meal with a beer from the bar before seeing a movie at Ragtag, which shares a space with Uprise. I’m so glad I went outside my comfort zone and tried this sandwich.

  1. The Glazed Salmon from Coley’s
Photo from @ColeysBistro Instagram.

Photo from @ColeysBistro Instagram.

This is a more recent discovery of mine and it quickly made my top list. Coley’s is another spot downtown with a great menu, and this dish is one that won’t make you feel like you overdid it at dinner. The salmon filet is cooked perfectly and served over vegetables that are cooked but still crisp. The soy honey glaze that finishes everything off makes this one of my new go-to’s that never lets me down and keeps it light…so I can go to Sparky’s after.

  1. The Brussels Sprouts at Kampai
Photo from Kampai Alley Facebook.

Photo from Kampai Alley Facebook.

Kampai is tucked in Alley A in downtown and specializes in delicious sushi. But my favorite bite from Kampai is actually on their hot tasting menu. I’m a sucker for anything involving Brussels sprouts, but these are now my favorite in town. The sprouts are flash fried and then drizzled in lemon chili oil. It’s a simple dish, but the crunchy sprouts along with the spicy and bright oil are the perfect combination and a great lead up to some of their sushi.

  1. The Beet Salad at Sycamore
Photo from Sycamore Facebook.

Photo from Sycamore Facebook.

Ok, so I had to throw one salad in here! No matter what entrée I get at Sycamore, I always have their beet salad to start. The mixed greens are always super fresh and well dressed, and you can put a roasted beet on just about anything and I’m game. But then they had to go and add goat cheese and now I have to get it every time I go, which is often. I love Sycamore’s cozy atmosphere, great drinks list and fantastic service. And I love their beet salad.


I can’t tell you how difficult it was to narrow down this list, so you can probably be sure that I’ll do another one at some point in the future.  For now, I’d love to know what your favorite CoMo bites are…we may even share them online! I’ll be back next month with my version of a CoMo gift guide.

Remember to tag us in your Columbia photos and use #ShowMeCoMo to share.

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where to eat in columbia mo on thanksgiving or christmas

If you’d rather go out for an easy meal instead of cooking on Thanksgiving or Christmas, try these restaurants:

11Eleven, 1111 E. Broadway (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – normal hours

Applebees, 2010 I-70 Dr. SW (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 4-10 PM

Bob Evans, 3000 Clark Lane (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 8 AM – 8 PM

Broadway Brewery, 816 E. Broadway (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – bar only

Cheerleader Pub and Grill, Holiday Inn Express (Thanksgiving) – 11 AM – 10 PM

Denny’s, 1100 Knipp St. (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 24/7 with reduced menu

Flat Branch, 115 S. 5th St. (Christmas Eve) – closes at 4 PM

Glenn’s Cafe, 29 S. 8th St. (Thanksgiving) – 12-8 PM with limited menu and Thanksgiving plate special

Golden Corral, 3421 Clark Lane (Thanksgiving) – 10:30 AM – 5 PM

Grand Cru, 2600 S. Providence Rd (Thanksgiving) – 11 AM – 2 PM

Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I70 Dr. SW (Christmas) – Buffet seatings at 11:00, 11:15, 11:30  AM and 1:00, 1:15, 1:30 PM

IHOP, 51 Conley Rd (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – regular hours, closes at 2 PM on Christmas

McDonald’s, 415 N. Stadium Blvd (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – regular hours

Pizza Hut, 715 E. Nifong Blvd (Thanksgiving) – regular hours

Ruby Tuesday, 2010 Bernadette Dr. (Thanksgiving) – 11-9 PM

Stadium Grill, Hampton Inn & Suites (Thanksgiving) – 3-10 PM

Starbucks, 2901 W. Broadway, #117 (Thanksgiving) – 6AM – 6 PM

TGI Fridays, 3030 I-70 Dr. SE (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 11 AM – 11 PM

Truman’s, 3304 W. Broadway Business Park (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 2 PM – 1:30 AM

The Upper Crust, 3107 Green Meadows Way (Thanksgiving) – reservations available between 1-5 PM; Thanksgiving buffet


We’ll update the list as we find out more. Happy Holidays!

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2016 was another awesome year for the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! The fest drew in over 32,000 fans over the weekend from 46 states, three Canadian provinces, Norway, Japan and Belgium. There were 26 food vendors, 19 craft and not-for-profit vendors, and over 30 artists. Find out more by reading the articles listed below:

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Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Rocknworld.com

The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter set to headline Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, MO AXS, 8.9.16

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, MO: Local music included! AXS, 9.16.16

Columbia, Missouri’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival brings the soul on opening night AXS, 10.1.16

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival gets tasty on Day 2 with food, roots music AXS, 10.2.16

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival closes with a surprise jam AXS, 10.3.2016

By the numbers: Roots N Blues N BBQ Vox Magazine, 10.5.2016

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Turns the Fun Up to 10 American Blues Scene Magazine, 10.5.2016

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Wannabe at the Fest: A review of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Wannabethecomic.com, 10.11.2016

Live Review: Columbia, Missouri’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Turns 10 in Style Popdose.com, 10.17.2016

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Don’t miss the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival – September 29 – October 1

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There’s plenty of time before and after Saturday’s game to get out and explore some of Columbia’s offerings! Here are some suggestions from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau to give you a jump-start on making your weekend plans:

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(Photo courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Soda City Market

Get a feel for Columbia culture at Soda City Market! Locals and visitors alike flock to Main Street every Saturday for the downtown farmer’s market. Fuel up for the big game with delicious food items from local and regional vendors and shop the stalls for some art or handmade products to take back home with you.

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(Photo courtesy of The Southern Belly BBQ)

Barbecue

For a hearty sandwich with an array of toppings and sauces, stop in to The Southern Belly BBQ located right by the stadium on Rosewood Drive. For a lunch with no limits, check out the buffets at Doc’s Barbecue or Palmetto Pig. For traditional barbecue passed down from generations before, settle in to one of The War Mouth’s picnic tables and dig in to their Heritage Pork Barbecue Plate. Although our barbecue can stand on its own, round out the meal with some collard greens, mac-and-cheese, hash and fried okra.

Models kayak on the Congaree River, under the Gervais Street Bridge, near the West Columbia Riverwalk on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (© 2012 Brett Flashnick/flashnick visuals, llc.)

(Photo courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy the fall weather and spend some time outside! Go hiking in Congaree National Park, mountain biking at Harbison State Forest or kayaking on the Congaree, Saluda or Broad Rivers. Or simply take a walk at Riverfront Park and admire the fall foliage!

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(Photo courtesy of River Rat Brewery)

Craft Beer and Cocktails

Win or lose, an after-game celebration will definitely be in order! Sip on something from one of our local breweries – River Rat, Conquest, Swamp Cabbage and Twisted Spur – or hop on the Columbia Brew Bus and try them all. Not a fan of beer? Not to worry, Bourbon, The Oak Table, Motor Supply Co. Bistro and The War Mouth serve up expertly crafted cocktails.

Dining at the Gourmet Shop in Columbia's Five Points, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (© 2009, Brett Flashnick/ flashnick | visuals)

(Photo courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Brunch

You can’t leave town without indulging in the best meal of the week! Dine on Hangover Hashbrowns and Cinnamon Pancakes at Café Strudel, Three Potato Hashbrowns at 116 State, a Breakfast Panini at The Gourmet Shop, the Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Waffle at Henry’s or the Biscuit of Champions at Bourbon. You’ll be stuffed and satisfied for your journey back home.


Thanks to our friends at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for the tips! 

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, 11:00 AM at Memorial Stadium against the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Photo from Mizzou Football Facebook.

PRE-GAME

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call us at 573-875-1231 and ask for hotel availability.

How to get to the stadium:

  • Park downtown [parking garages are free on Saturdays] and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, and beverages/coolers are not allowed so be mindful of that before boarding}

Throw on your gold! This weekend is Gold Rush so get your gold ready. If you need new gold gear check out these options:

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Grab a bite to eat: look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch before the game or dinner afterward.

Weather: As of today (Wednesday), the forecast is calling for sunshine and a high of 76 – unseasonably warm for this time of year in Missouri. Take advantage of the beautiful day and enjoy the weather.

Where to watch: If you didn’t get tickets or would rather watch the game on TV, see our list of sports bars.

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • (8:30 AM) Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off at the pedestrian bridge over Providence
  • (9:30 AM) The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Remember to keep any pets on a leash
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Our Tiger Tailgating Pinterest board has ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips and games, and more.

breakfast-sliders-1-w-300x300We found an easy tailgate breakfast recipe for you: sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sliders with syrup glaze. All you need is:

2 – 12 roll packages of Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
2 – 16 oz Jimmy Dean Sausage, Original flavor
12-14 large eggs
1- 11 count package Great Value colby jack cheese slices
¼ cup butter
¼ cup syrup
 

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We have a lot more events than just the game going on this weekend. You can find more information on live music, on-stage performances, farmers markets, sporting events, and more on our calendar of events. We would love for you to spend some extra time here with us!


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call us at 573-875-1231
Tweet us @ColumbiaMOCVB

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