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November/December 2015 Issue

The curtain goes up on new hotel

Springfield, Mo., is a city rich in cultural offerings. With the theatrical season now in full swing, fans planning to visit Springfield Little Theatre will want to check out its new neighbor, the Vandivort Hotel.

This luxury boutique hotel was built in 1908 as a Masonic Temple. Fifty rooms – including 14 suites – boast spacious baths, premium bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, and mini bars stocked with local products.

However, the Vandivort is more than a hotel; it's a downtown Springfield gathering place. Owners say the hotel's lobby was designed to function as Springfield's living room, and it does so with great style.

Multiple lounge areas – including seating near the fireplace – provide comfortable spots for conversation, as well as a place to enjoy food and drink from the outstanding restaurant, The Order. Communal work tables, made from 100-year-old wood reclaimed from the building, are the setting to get a little work done or check email.

Make dinner reservations at The Order prior to a Little Springfield Theatre performance; stop by for small plates or dessert after the show. Because the hotel is next door to the Landers theater, there's even time to pop in for a cocktail during intermission.

Springfield Little Theatre's holiday show is a musical adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street, followed by A Few Good Men in January. Season details are on the theater's website.

The Vandivort Hotel is located at 305 E. Walnut. Call (417) 832-1515 or visit For show information, visit


The Hotel Vandivort offers great desserts after the theater.



AAA Travel events set in November

There may be a nip in the autumn air, but you'll warm up to these travel ideas that will be the focus of upcoming AAA Travel events.

AAA will hold the following events at several branch offices throughout November. Participants will hear about cruising opportunities, Disney park vacations, and worldwide destinations, such as Europe.

The presentations are free, but reservations are recommended.

Pirates and Princesses Party by Disney, from 1:30–3:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the new AAA Wentzville branch, 1126 W. Pearce Blvd. Call (636) 327-0570, Ext. 119, to reserve space.

Cruising with Holland America, 6 p.m. on Nov. 11 at AAA Wentzville branch, 1126 W. Pearce Blvd. Call (636) 327-0570, Ext. 119, to reserve space.

Cruising with Holland America, 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 at AAA South St. Louis County branch, 9005 Watson Road. Call (314) 962-2282, Ext. 0, to reserve space.


Holland America's ms Zuiderdam in the Caribbean. Holland America photo


Holiday Travel

Let's talk turkey about traveling over Thanksgiving weekend.

AAA last year estimated more than 46 million people traveled 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving. Although 90 percent traveled by car, a record number of Americans used air transportation. These tips bear repeating:

  • Get to the airport two hours before your flight
  • If possible, drive the interstates during off-peak hours. Never drive drowsy.
  • Make hotel reservations far in advance of your trip.

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