Spring Bucket List- Hogan Style!

It's official!  Spring is here and we can’t wait to get out and enjoy all of the great things the Ozarks has to offer!  This got us thinking, “What is something new or different things we haven’t tried as a group?” We asked our Escrow Officers what their springtime bucket lists includes and these seven activaties made the top of the list!

One:  Hiking

It's that time of year where we are ready to get out of the house and get some fresh air!  What better way of doing so than going on a hike!  We are very fortunate that there are so many great hiking places within a two hour drive (or less) of the Springfield area.  One of our favorite spots is Ha Ha Tonka State Park.  Just an hour and a half away in Camdenton, Missouri, Ha Ha Tonka is filled with sink holes, a natural bridge, castle ruins and caves.  It also includes the 12th largest spring in Missouri.      

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Two:  Floral Design Class

Flowers always bring life and color to whatever room they are in.  What’s better than getting out one afternoon or evening and creating your own floral arrangement?  This trend has been on the rise the past year and we are on board! 

Check out Queen City Blooms, a newer floral design company that is on the rise in the greater Springfield area!  Reach out to these ladies if you're interested in creating an arrangement or their new flower crown making class.  Their garden-inspired designs will give you all the springtime feels!



Three: Dogwood Canyon

Whether you have never been or just haven’t been in a while, Dogwood Canyon is a must this spring!  Nestled in Lampe, Missouri there are enough activities to keep you busy from sun up till sun down.  Biking, walking, fishing, horseback riding and tram tours are just a few of the trail activities to take you winding through the beautiful Ozarks hills.  While you’re there, don’t forget to eat at Mill & Canyon Grill Restaurant while enjoying the views of waterfalls crashing into Indian Creek below.

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Four:  AR Workshop

A change of season can make you want to change things up around the house.  Yes, you can go buy new décor, but how about something more personal, maybe something handmade? AR Workshop in Springfield, Missouri is a place where you can do just that.  They were established in 2010 but it wasn’t until 6 years later they opened their workshops to the public.

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Five: Eureka Springs

If you’re in need of a day trip or a weekend getaway, Eureka Springs is a great getaway location that isn’t too far from home.  An hour and 45 minute drive will fly by as you wind through the Ozark Mountain hills of northwest Arkansas.  There is fun for all ages whether it is shopping downtown, haunted tours of the Crescent Hotel and Spa or lunch looking over the downtown streets at Basin Park Hotel.



Six: Persimmon Hill Farm

We’re headed back to Lampe, Missouri and it’s time to pick some berries!  Okay, that is just one of the many things you can do at Persimmon Hill Farm.  The farm was founded several decades ago and quickly became a go to spot for quality berries, fruits and mushrooms.  You can pick your own berries, dine in for breakfast or lunch and of course feast amazing berry desserts.  After you pick berries or enjoy a meal, make sure you swing by their store for take homes such as jams and fruit butters, muffins and syrups, handmade pottery dishes and even berry-loving cookbooks! 



Seven: Crystal Bridges

It’s time to hit the trails again.  The trails of Crystal Bridges are kid friendly and educational with plant guides.  Spend some time playing a game of I-Spy with seasonal flowers in bloom.   If that’s not your thing, you can always view the incredible American art inside at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Lunch or dinner at Eleven Restaurant will inspire you with the incredible views of outside and architecture inside.  Be sure to check the Crystal Bridges website or Facebook page for current and upcoming exhibits in the gallery!

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Emily Laurie