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Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so we’ve put together some ideas on how you can celebrate with your dad in Columbia: 

For the Competitive Dad

Strawn Park Course map

Is your dad always trying to win? Let him show off his skills this weekend (we won’t tell you to let him win but it IS his day). Hit opens in a new windowLazer Lanes for bowling and laser tag or opens in a new windowMidway Golf Complex for mini golf and go-karts. Another option is disc golf: Columbia is home to  opens in a new windowHarmony Bends, a course designed by renowned disc golf course designer, John Houck. This course is sure to get the competition going, but easy on the trash talk – it’s a special occasion.

Gift: Pick something out at opens in a new windowRally House that represents dad’s favorite team or gift him with some opens in a new windowlocally-brewed beer. (It works in this category because then he can brag to his friends about how his daughter/son is the best. Win-win.)

For the Art-Loving Dad

Art Landish Gallery

For the art-lover, schedule a time at opens in a new windowPaint the Canvas to create your own masterpiece together. Even the least creative person can follow along with the instructor! If your dad is more into performing arts, catch “ opens in a new windowDirty Rotten Scoundrels” this weekend at Columbia Entertainment Company.

Gift: Take dad to one of our many fantastic opens in a new windowart galleries and let him pick out a piece of art to own.

For the Foodie Dad

Coffee cups with popcorn spilling onto a table.

Father’s Day weekend is timed perfectly for foodies this year. Design your own ‘culinary tour’ downtown to take advantage of opens in a new windowRestaurant Week (June 12-18). You can also check out the opens in a new windowSavory Summer Kickoff on Saturday at Bur Oak Brewing, which will include food samples from 30+ local chefs, live music, and drinks.

Gift: Buy dad a pair of SEC Beer Fest opens in a new windowpasses or order gourmet popcorn and a cute ‘Pop’ mug from Gopo (pictured).

For the Outdoorsy Dad

Rock Bridge State Park

Of course, Columbia offers tons of options for opens in a new windowoutdoor activities. You and dad can go hiking, fishing, bird-watching, or rent a canoe/kayak at opens in a new windowFinger Lakes State Park.

Gift: Pick up something for dad to use in the great outdoors at opens in a new windowAlpine Shop (spend $150 on dad and get $25 back for yourself) or opens in a new windowBass Pro – we’re a fan of this opens in a new windowfolding hammock and opens in a new windowBug-A-Salt Salt Gun, both currently available at the Columbia location.


If none of the above ideas are your thing, you can always go with the tried-and-true dinner and a movie:

Grab a bite to eat:

Salad Bowl

Where to go to get the best:

What to see:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The team unravels the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy. (PG-13)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. (PG-13)

Baywatch – Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. (R)

All Eyez On Me – The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. (R)

Cars 3 – To get back in the game, Lightning McQueen will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. (G)

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This year, treat your mom to a delicious brunch and some awesome gifts from Columbia.

Where to Brunch

Missouri Wines

opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro – 10 AM-3 PM | reservations: 573-698-2300

opens in a new windowThe Roof and Eleven Eleven – reservations: 573-818-6207

opens in a new windowHoliday Inn Executive Center – brunch in the Windsor Ballroom 11 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-445-8531 or email opens in a new windowtthompson@holidaycolumbia.com

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Glenn’s Cafe – brunch available from 10:30 AM-3 PM

opens in a new windowThe Upper Crust – brunch buffet 9 AM-3 PM in the Champagne Ballroom | make your reservations opens in a new windowonline or by calling 573-874-3033

Grand Cru – buffet 10:30 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-443-2600

opens in a new windowThe Tiger Hotel – brunch buffet | reservations: 573-875-8888 or email opens in a new windowfrontdesk@thetigerhotel.com

opens in a new windowThe Heidelberg – buffet 10 AM-1 PM | reservations for parties of 8 or more: 573-449-6927

Where to Shop

Recipe Box

 

opens in a new windowPoppy | 920 E. Broadway
Locally made gifts, beautiful jewelry, cute paper products, candles, and so much more to choose from. You can find something that any mom would love at Poppy.

opens in a new windowStrawberry Hill Farms | 3770 E. Highway 163
If your mom has a green thumb, check out Strawberry Hill Farms. Pick out something you know she’ll love or head over together after brunch and offer to buy her favorite.

opens in a new windowThe Candy Factory | 701 Cherry St
So many chocolatey options! Even if chocolate isn’t really your mom’s favorite, there’s other candy choices, plus great candles and cute home accessories.

opens in a new windowMakes Scents | 19 S. 9th St
Take mom to make her own signature scent at Makes Scents. Bonus: it’s right next to Sparky’s.

opens in a new windowColumbia Culinary Tours
For the foodie mom! Purchase a gift certificate if your mom has a busy schedule, or you can pick out the best time for you to take the tour together.

Various gifts for mom, Fringe Boutique bottle holder, momma tried hat and wander lust box.

opens in a new windowFringe Boutique | 914 E. Broadway
Does your mom love cowboy boots or clothes with a western edge? Check out this brand new boutique, owned by a local mom and daughter trio!

opens in a new windowRoots N Blues N BBQ
Advanced admission tickets are available now! Go ahead and get tickets for mom AND yourself.


Enjoy your time with mom! Tag your photos #ShowMeCoMo to share your experience with us.

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travel and tourism 16It’s the best week of the year – National Travel and Tourism Week! Every year, tourism professionals use this week to show off how awesome tourism is and the effect it has on our economy. According to opens in a new windowUSTravel.org, “Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $650.8 billion in 2015.” In the US, 15.1 MILLION jobs are supported by travel expenditures – that’s 1 out of 9 jobs that depend on travel and tourism. Seems like a good enough reason to celebrate to us!

This week, get out and experience tourism for yourself; you can be a tourist right here in Columbia, whether you live here or not! Visit the locations on the form below for a chance to win great prizes AND get to know Columbia. You can pick up a copy at the CVB (on the corner of Providence and Elm), print the form below, or email Rachel at opens in a new windowRachel.Grant@CoMo.gov if you’d like a copy emailed to you. Once you have visited as many of the locations as you like, you can submit the form in person to our office or by email to Info@CoMo.gov.

NTTW Flyer

Want to know how tourism impacts Missouri and Boone County? Take a look at the 2015 numbers:

  • Total visitors to Missouri: 40.4 million
  • Total economic impact of Missouri tourism industry: $15.9 billion
  • Number of Missourians directly employed by tourism businesses: 297,129
  • Tourism-related employment: 11,404
  • Total tourism-related expenditures: $395,907,381

For more information:

Missouri Division of Tourism opens in a new windowResearch and Reports

opens in a new windowUS Travel Association:

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Therapeutic.  Adventure. Freedom. Jobs.

This year, to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, our industry is using the theme “Travel is ___” to highlight why tourism is vital to our economy and what it means to different people and communities.

Travel and Tourism Week 2015

 

Travel can be anything to you – family time, a chance to get away, a way of life, and, possibly most important, 15 MILLION U.S. jobs. The opens in a new windowU.S. Travel Association says, “travel to and within the United States provides significant economic benefits for the nation, generating more than $2.1 trillion in economic output in 2014, with $927.9 billion spent directly by travelers.” That’s a lot of zeros.

Travel is essential to the U.S. economy, and it’s no different here in Columbia. In 2014, Boone County’s total tourism-related expenditures came out to over $368 million and tourism-related employment was over 11,000. What does that mean? Well, it means travel is a big deal.

This week, we’d like to know what travel is to YOU! DSC00663edit

Come by the Convention and Visitors Bureau and fill out a card to share what travel is to you. There are also cards ready to be filled out at the visitor center in the City Hall lobby and the airport. Take a look at what we have so far. (Parks and Recreation Director, Mike Griggs, stopped by and added to the wall – can you guess which one?)

If you can’t stop by, we’d still love to know what travel means to you: tweet us at opens in a new window@ColumbiaMOCVB or tag us on Instagram opens in a new window@VisitColumbiaMO, and use the hashtag #NTTW2015.

Let’s do more than celebrate – let’s show everyone why travel is important to us and our communities. And in case you needed an excuse for a weekend getaway… well, it IS National Travel and Tourism Week.

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