Van Till Winery

"How have I never heard of this place?" Is what I asked myself over and over as I strolled through the Van Till Winery. Upon arrival, you will notice rows of greenhouses filled with fruits, vegetables, and flowers. If there is a wait for a table, well, you'll just have to go do a wine tasting to fill the time. Right after the wine tasting and right when you think this place can't possibly get any better, they bring you a farm to table wood-fired pizza made by cooks and servers who are paid a living wage (no need to tip at Van Till, if you do it will go to a charity of their choosing.)

Van Till Winery is one of Missouri's best kept secrets, and only a 15-minute drive from The Elms Hotel and Spa. This combo is actually what started the staycation movement. 

Giving Back - Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

When you love something, let it grow. We love our state and are proud to see the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes grow. 

The nonprofit organization helps students discover, develop and communicate the stories of individuals who, often at great personal risk, took actions to improve the lives of others, the Center inspires each and every one of us to make a positive difference in the world.

At an appreciation dinner, we were able to see how the center has changed the lives of students in our area. They told us about their current research projects, how their discoveries have affected their personal lives and the lives of the individuals they chose to research. After dinner, we were shown a private screening of "Teach Us All" a captivating documentary (available on Netflix) that explains how our public schools are more segregated than ever, and what we can do to make a change.

Kansas City helped us grow from a one-woman show to a full dream team; now it's our turn to give back.