Silver Dollar City

By Kathleen Somers When you think of Branson, you think of showstopping performances, right? Fair enough. But when you think of Silver Dollar City, you should think of one thing: SHOPPING. And not just any ordinary shopping, either. Sure, the words “unique shopping” are ubiquitous in the group travel world, but the shopping in Silver… Read more »

Shop Across Missouri

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Expect the unexpected as you shop your way across southwestern Missouri. With downtown shopping districts, outlet malls, and antique stores galore, your group has countless opportunities to find exactly what they’re looking for. DAY ONE – Joplin, MO Welcome to Joplin! Centrally located at… Read more »

Why Shopping? Why Not?!

Shopping is the number one activity for groups when traveling. In fact, I’d wager that if your next tour didn’t include some shopping, your group might be a bit bewildered or even disappointed. From souvenir shopping at the museum gift shop to a more hands-on experience such as make-your-own pottery at a local ceramics store,… Read more »

History and Joy in Southern Illinois

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Williamson County welcomes your groups! Explore beautiful lakes and natural areas; discover rich history and attractive shopping; or unwind at a locally owned restaurant or winery. With a variety of lodging accommodations, your groups will feel right at home among southern Illinois’ hospitality, charm… Read more »

Central Minnesota Shopping

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. DAY ONE 5 – 7:00pm Wine and dine this evening at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery in Kimball, MN. Choose from a variety of food items to accommodate your group, take a ride through the vineyard, explore the process of winemaking, and end with… Read more »

Nordic Ware Factory Store

A Well-Known Name in Minnesota and Around the World St. Louis Park, MN Founded in 1946, Nordic Ware is a family-owned, American manufacturer of an extensive line of quality cookware, bakeware, microwave and grilling products, and specialty kitchenware that is distributed worldwide. Do you own a Bundt® pan? Nordic Ware is most famous for their… Read more »

Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2018

Open Weekends: Mid-August – Early October Labor Day & Festival Friday (Rain or Shine) Bring your groups to the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States! With endless shopping, nonstop entertainment, never-ending food, demos, themed weekends, and the feeling you’ve stepped back in time, there is never a dull moment here in Shakopee, MN. The… Read more »

Iron Spike Interactive Model Train Museum

Washington, MO Remember Christmas time as a kid? Setting up the electric train for Santa, or visiting a holiday train display in your favorite storefront window? It’s like that every day here at the Iron Spike! Bring your groups to this museum to enjoy a sense of wonder as the train chugs around the track,… Read more »

Historic Downtown Liberty

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Discover a timeless blend of fascinating American history along with upbeat cotemporary shopping and dining. Historic Downtown Liberty has a delightful mix of old and new stores located in architecturally beautiful buildings on the square, in addition to unique shops nestled on side streets… Read more »

Cultural Tourism: What’s In It For Your Group?

By Kathleen Somers What’s your surefire, guaranteed-to-not-miss strategy for a successful and sold-out group tour? I’m betting many of our readers have a “secret weapon,” a trip that works every time. I am equally sure we can all use more ideas that work that powerfully. So let’s talk about cultural tourism. Attempts to define cultural… Read more »