March 27, 2012

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The Fine, The Fun

In the heart of Missouri is Fulton, voted one of the top 10 places to visit in the Midwest and Callaway County’s gem.

Named after steamboat inventor Robert Fulton, Fulton has a rich history with exciting sites and sounds all wrapped up in small-town charm. Fulton’s downtown, made famous in the Ronald Reagan movie Kings Row, has kept its historic charm with brick streets, elegant architecture, 67 buildings on the historic register, great restaurants, romantic B&Bs, antiques and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Whether you are looking for a handcrafted gift, local art, great food or outstanding museums, you will find that and more in Fulton.

The newly renovated Churchill Museum at Westminster College features interactive displays that engage and educate visitors of all ages. In addition, you can walk through actual pieces of the Berlin Wall as you explore Edwina Sandys’ magnificent Breakthrough sculpture for another look back at living history. For those interested in the local art and music scene, Kemper Center for the Arts at William Woods University is a must-see, and The Lighthouse Theater in nearby Millersburg offers live gospel and bluegrass concerts.

For outdoor lovers, there are Tanglewood and Railwood golf courses. Or rent a bike and tour the Stinson trail crossing a covered bridge and meandering below the lover’s leap bluffs. Or hike the historic Katy Trail. While you’re exploring the outdoors, enjoy the view and taste some distinctive Missouri wines and a creative bistro menu at Summit Lake Winery. Enjoy the view and unwind on the outdoor terrace or relax indoors by the snug fireplace.

Museums offering everything from whimsical to wheels are a draw for visitors to Fulton. The new Backer Auto World Museum displays an impressive collection of 84 historic automobiles in Hollywood-style sets for their era. Capture a sense of local history at the Historical Society Museum or pay your respects at the Missouri Firefighters Memorial. A museum of sorts, the whimsical collections at Nostalgiaville will also entertain all family members as will the Treasure Hill Doll House Miniatures museum and shop. Crane’s Museum in Williamsburg has been voted 3rd best in off beat attractions with over 4,000 square feet of regional history.

Before you head out, stop by Marlene’s restaurant. A pulled-pork sandwich and slice of seasonal fruit pie will put a smile on your face. Whether you prefer down-home country or uptown gourmet, you’ll savor scrumptious dining.

Try Bek’s restaurant for a unique blend of old and new where Internet and espresso meet 1902 architecture. In addition to fabulous food, including amazing Parmesan Artichoke Dip and decadent homemade desserts, Bek’s has a welcoming atmosphere, and on Saturday nights, there is live jazz.

You can even revisit the 1930s by sharing a shake made with locally made premium ice cream at Sault’s authentic soda fountain.

For overnight stays, great getaways, unique weddings and fabulous pampering breakfasts, Fulton has two of Missouri’s top ten inns, the historic Loganberry Inn where Margaret Thatcher stayed, or create a romantic memory at Romancing the Past Bed and Breakfast in the historic Jameson home.

For your next getaway or family vacation, visit Fulton and Callaway County.

www.visitfulton.com

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