Lush trees, sand, stone, and tall grasses encroach the banks of the Meramec River. Recognizing the area as an idyllic setting for camping, hunting, boating, and fishing, Green's Canoe Rental & Campground's owners determined it was also the optimal place to set up shop. They equipped their campgrounds with restrooms, hot showers, hiking trails, and a country store to give visitors a comfortable place to stay while participating in area activities. As deer, raccoons, and birds wander bankside, fishermen wade into the semitransparent waters to catch rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and the attention of passing pastoral painters. Guides with firsthand knowledge of the river point visitors to the best spots to find fish, such as large catfish and rock bass, just as they help hunters locate the best spots along the 6,000 acres of wooded land to find deer and wild turkeys. Staffers rent canoes, rafts, and kayaks for leisurely floats to riverside picnic spots or nature walks. They can also help curate family stays with adventure packages that include camping, all-day floats, bonfires, and barbecued pork-steak dinners.
All plants are gathered from native Missouri fauna that have consented to have their clippings or seeds donated to science, and are grown in high-quality potting soil that does not contain peat moss, which can make it more difficult for plants to adapt to their new homes. For shipped orders, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery guarantees that your plants or seeds will arrive in good condition, and that all species are true to their name and professed veganism.
Rocky Creations Boutique unites fashionable boutique accessories and hand-painted artwork within a cozy, purple-walled interior. Purses in shoulder, tote, and clutch varieties bear embellished tassels, metalwork, and zippers as armor in the never-ending fight to usurp pockets ($13–$50). Wallets range from women's alligator- and snakeskin-patterned clutches to men's flat billfolds ($12+). Bedeck bare limbs with fluttering scarves, clinking jewelry, and implacable watches, or makeover domestic interiors with hand-painted rock ($10+), wood ($10+), tile ($5+), and terracotta pots ($10+), each daubed with natural or religious themes.
With its enormous and diverse fleet of watercrafts, Iguana Watersports, Inc. can equip sailors for outings on Lake of the Ozarks, whether the plan includes a day of fishing or a chartered cruise on a 44-foot yacht. Many of the company’s watercrafts can accommodate large groups of 14 or more, and come equipped with amenities such as iPod-compatible stereo systems, waterslides, and wet bars. In addition to renting out pontoons and power boats, and even condos and cabins, Iguana stocks a retail shop that can outfit visitors with everything from wakeboards to flip flops and coolers to keep six packs of juice boxes cold.
The grapes that grow fat on the vines at St. Jordan Creek Winery sit on land that has been in the same family for nearly a century. Harvested in micro-lots, the grapes are eventually transformed into tasty reds and whites that are available for sale in the shop. Visitors can sip samples inside the tasting room, or take tours of the winery riding inside an open-air wagon.
Mister Bulky doles out the largest selection of Jelly Belly jellybeans in the Midwest as the headliner to a gargantuan cast of confectionery classics. Rock-candy sticks ($.90) and Pop Rocks ($1.25) turn mouths into scrumptious excavation sites for mining bicuspids and spelunking molars. Classic offerings of candy corn ($6.99/lb.) and salt-water taffy ($6.99/lb.) evoke feelings of childhood bliss, and one-pound Jawbreakers prompt mouthwatering studies in diameter and circumference ($7.50/piece). Chocolate Ice Cubes ($11.99/lb.) melt in your mouth before a flapper-garb-wearing Charleston Chew dances across your taste buds ($1.25). Both Mister Bulky locations don candy-themed wall décor and end-to-end bins of sweets that, similar to child-run gambling rings, strike a playful balance between organization and childlike bliss.