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With the trees turning green and flowers starting to bloom, it’s a great time to visit Columbia and experience its outdoor dining options. Last year, we told you about our opens in a new windowperfect patios, but we have a few more suggestions for your next trip. Relax with some of Columbia’s most delicious food and enjoy the gorgeous spring weather!

In opens in a new windowthe District, there’s never a shortage of places to stop and have an incredible meal.

For al fresco dining, check out Teller’s. It only has a few tables out on the sidewalk and they go fast, but it’s a prime location for both food and people watching.

Teller’s in downtown Columbia decked out with Homecoming decorations.

Also in the District, Shiloh Bar and Grill is the perfect spot to sip a drink on their expansive patio, enjoy local music and have a great meal. The large shaded area is perfect for those hot days and the restaurant itself is a restored train station.

Food, fun and festivities.

Heading to the south part of town, a variety of outdoor options await you.

opens in a new windowLas Margaritas is a family-friendly and festive place serving up fantastic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant opened this fall, so this spring marks the first time patrons will be able to enjoy their beautiful lakeside patio. Take happy hour outside and take in the view at Las Margaritas.

Fresh and fantastic at Las Margaritas.

If something from across the pond is more your speed, head over to opens in a new window44 Stone Pub, where a seat on the patio and an extensive beer selection make for a wonderful experience. Dive into welsh rarebit, signature burgers and fish & chips. Be sure to get a side of colcannon. This mix of smashed potatoes, cabbage, bacon, butter and chives is absolute perfection.

44 Stone in south Columbia. Image from the Columbia Business Times.

Now that we’ve introduced you to a few more great Columbia patios, it’s time to come check them out! Did we miss any of your favorites?

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Just because the temperatures get colder in the winter months doesn’t mean you can’t still get outside and enjoy yourself! Maybe you want to put jingle bells on your shoes and run a 5K or perhaps cross country skiing on a quiet trail is more your speed. No matter your interests, get outside on your next winter visit to Columbia!

Cross Country Skiing

There are few spots more peaceful after a snowfall than the opens in a new windowMKT Trail. The trail is made of crushed limestone, so instead of plowing snow, the trail is open for cross country skiing. Take in the beautiful scenery throughout Columbia and enjoy the quiet of the MKT.

Sledding and Ice Skating

If you’re looking for a little more noise, head to opens in a new windowStephens Lake Park to check out Columbia’s home for winter sports. On the east side of the park, hit the sledding hill when snowfall is at least 4-6 inches deep. Also, when the lake is deemed to have thick enough ice, it opens for skating! Check out the outdoor winter sports safety tips and be sure to check online to find out if the lake is open to the public for skating.

Winter Races

Ready to run? Columbia has three races coming up this holiday season, so lace up your shoes for one of these!

opens in a new windowAdvanced Radiology Turkey Trax 5k – Columbia

Thursday, November 22, 8:30 am – 10:00 am at Rock Bridge High School

Thanksgiving can challenge any routine, whether it be cooking, family events or travel. The TurkeyTrax 5K Run provides friends and family a chance to do something active before they start their traditional Thanksgiving celebration. More importantly, the TurkeyTrax Run is designed specifically to benefit a select group of local charities – you choose the one you want to support! This year’s charities are Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri, Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run, and Children’s Miracle Network.

opens in a new windowJingle Bell 5K for Arthritis – Columbia

Saturday, December 8, 8:00 am – 9:30 am at 6th and Ash St.

Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving

First Night 5K – Columbia

Monday, December 31, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 19 S 6th St

Ring in 2013 with this downtown 5K put on by First Night Columbia. Weave your way through downtown and the University of Missouri campus then join the celebration of First Night!

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Now that you know what your options are, bundle up and head outside for some winter fun in Columbia!

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It’s finally time!

This Friday and Saturday, downtown Columbia will be transformed as the opens in a new windowRoots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival takes over! Whether it’s your first time at the festival or you’ve been coming since the beginning, Roots ‘n Blues has something new to offer each year. Here’s a few things to not miss at this year’s festival…

  1. Take a stroll through BBQ village, where competitors set up early and stay up late. The smell alone is reason enough to check out these festive folks.
  2. Were you at the opens in a new windowTrue/False Film Festival this year? Did you love ‘Searching for Sugarman?’ Then don’t miss your chance to see Rodriguez live at Roots ‘n Blues! He’ll be performance on the MO Lottery Stage at Peace Park Friday evening.
  3. Take the time to look down as you wander the festival. This year, festival organizers partnered with local artists to create stunning storm drain art to raise awareness for what litter does to our water system.
  4. Singing for a Cause. As a park of the Blues in the Schools program, a resident artist visits local schools to teach them the importance of music each year. This year, TJ Wheeler will be performing with those very students at the free stage in Flat Branch Park on Saturday morning.
  5. Give a Cheer. Have a few spare minutes Saturday morning? Head down to Flat Branch Park to cheer on the racers as they finish their 10K and Half Marathon. Sure they’ve gotten to experience a beautiful course, listen to music and get free barbeque, but they’ve also been running. Who knows, maybe they’ll share their BBQ with you.
  6. Al Green. Enough said.

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