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Jun 17 2020 Take A Mini Vacation & Explore the Ozarks BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

 

Though restrictions are lifting and we’re able to go out and enjoy more activities and expand our social circles, concern about potentially spreading COVID-19 any further continues to keep people close to home. Luckily, here in Springfield, we’ve got the beauty and adventure of the Ozarks right in our own backyard. You won’t have to travel far for a mini-vacation full of fun!

Roaring River State Park
Scenic Roaring River State Park offers trails, camping, cabins, a swimming pool, a nature center, picnic sites and shelters, and dining. Though the availability of amenities can vary depending on state restrictions, the park is located just about an hour southwest of Springfield and you can easily prep for a day trip. We suggest packing sunscreen, bug spray, comfy shoes, swimming or floating supplies, and a picnic lunch for the family. Bring along some fishing supplies to join other avid trout fishers! 

Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
If you’re interested in learning more about the natural history of the Ozarks, check out the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, featuring artifacts, images and interactive exhibits that walk you through the development of the Ozarks. The museum is located about an hour south of Springfield at Top of the Rock. You’ll likely pass through Branson on the way down, so you can stop by your family’s favorite locally owned Branson restaurant for lunch or dinner.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Known for the towering remains of an early 1900s European-style stone castle located on it’s grounds, Ha Ha Tonka State Park features majestic views of the Lake of the Ozarks and more than 15 miles of winding trails. Take your time and explore caves, a spring, a natural bridge and the lake. Ha Ha Tonka is a gorgeous spot for a picnic lunch as well!

Bridal Cave
Another great locale in the Camdenton area is the gorgeous Bridal Cave. A stalactite adorned Bridal Chapel is the star of the caves, but they also offer guided tours of the cave system, a rock shop, a sportswear shop, and observation decks. They even offer lantern tours Saturday nights Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends by reservation. Camdenton’s downtown is also less than 10 miles from the caves, offering a wide selection of artisan gifts and foods for sale in several small businesses.

Stockton State Park
If a day trip to the lake sounds ideal, check out the hidden gem of Stockton Lake at Stockton State Park. The clear waters of Stockton Lake inspire visitors to water ski, scuba dive, swim or fish. Two boat launches make it easy to get in the water, as does a swimming beach. Want to stay on land? The park is great for photographing wildlife, picnicking with the family, hiking or just reveling in the beauty of the Ozarks. The park also offers a range of lodging from campsites to cabins.

Whatever your choice of mini vacation, you’re sure to enjoy gorgeous sights wherever you travel in the Ozarks. And whenever you’re ready to go further, the Springfield-Branson National Airport will be here to help you get there, ready to serve as your connection to the world.

 

 


 

 

Though most travel plans for summer 2020 have had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still experience a little bit of life abroad right in your own home. We’ve compiled a few ideas for how you can recreate some famous global getaways and enjoy a fantastic stay-home vacation.

Inspiration: Riviera Beach, Tulum, Mexico
There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than laying by the beach, reading a good book and enjoying a cool beverage. While the sands of Riviera Beach may be many miles away, you can bring a bit of beach-style ambience into your own backyard with the help of a beach chair, your favorite shades, and of course a good book. Want to take it up a notch? Hook up the sprinkler system or even bring home a sandbox for the kids to play in.

Inspiration: The Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Your dream vacation to Paris may be postponed, but you can still enjoy many of the artistic wonders the famous Louvre Museum has to offer via their online tours. For more art-immersion at home, consider setting up a virtual paint night with friends. Follow along to an online painting tutorial, or freehand paintings of the Eiffel tower and have a contest to see who can paint the most realistic, most creative, and funniest paintings! Be sure to follow Springfield Regional Arts Council on Facebook as well to see what the art community here in Springfield is up to, and visit our online gallery for a selection from the current installation of local artists’ work at the ArtPort.

Inspiration: Caffé Florian, Venice, Italy
Many travelers enjoy taking time during their trips to visit local coffeeshops and restaurants, enjoy the ambiance and get some work done. One of the most famous cafes in the world is the gorgeous Caffé Florian, one of the oldest cafes of Italy, historically frequented by writers, poets, and even Casanova. Recreate the ambience of this café at home with your favorite luxurious beverage, an espresso-inspired candle or two, and Spotify’s “Your Favorite Coffeehouse” playlist and get to work on your next piece of art.

Inspiration: Euphoria Retreat, Mystras, Greece
Vacations are a time for relaxation and rejuvenation and there’s no better way to reach that kind of tranquility than with a spa day! Take your inspiration from globally top-ranking Euphoria Retreat and treat yourself to an at-home spa day. Be sure to include a long soak in an Epsom salt bath, a healthy and well-balanced brunch, and gentle yoga or meditation. Get the kids involved by experimenting with homemade facemasks or bath bombs!

Inspiration: Mount John Observatory, South Island, New Zealand
On a clear night, you can see the whole universe from New Zealand's ultimate mountaintop stargazing experience at the world-renowned astronomical center: UC Mt John Observatory. Though the summit isn’t currently accessible due to the pandemic, you can recreate this experience in your own backyard or deck. Spread out a blanket, pull up a map of the stars, point out constellations and learn their stories. And don’t forget your telescope!

While restrictions are lifting and more options are available for travelers, it’s still a different world out there than it was before the pandemic, and the safest choice for now is continuing to stay home. However, when world travelers find themselves ready to go global again, we’ll be here and ready to serve as your connection to the world.

 

 


Jun 04 2020 Busier Times BY sgf-adminTAGS General, How the Airport Works

 

It’s getting busier around here, but it’s not exactly busy.

Here’s another way of putting it …

In early April we frequently had less than 100 outbound passengers per day. Last week the average number was up to about 550 per day. That sounds really good until you consider that last year at this time we had between 1700 and 2000 outbound passengers per day.

Bottom line: passenger numbers are way down but starting to creep up. People are flying now because they have to, or because they’ve decided that it’s safe enough to fly. Regardless of why, it’s our job to make sure the airport is as safe and clean as possible. Here’s what we’re doing …

Airport staff installs sneeze guard at ticket counter.

SHIELDS UP!

Thursday morning marked the rollout of our newest safety initiative: sneeze guards at all airline counters. Our sneeze guards are plexiglass shields which separate customers from airline staff. Take a look at the photo. You can see airport staff installing them on lobby ticket counters.

Here’s a list of things the airport community is doing for our customers:

  • Deep cleaning all the time (at times we smell hospital clean).
  • Hand sanitizing stations at strategic locations throughout terminal.
  • Sneeze guards on airline and rental car counters.
  • Social distancing messages on video screens and public address system.
  • TSA staff wearing masks at security checkpoint and cleaning gray bins after every use.
  • Most airlines requiring passengers to wear face masks on aircraft.
  • Gift store has face masks for sale (in case you forgot to bring one).
  • Restaurant workers have their temperature taken every day; wearing masks at all times; continually cleaning counters. ­

Thank you, and remember — if you must fly, be safe!