Welcome to an outdoorsman’s paradise! Mostly known for its main attraction, trout fishing, this park also offers hiking, camping, and picnicking – making it a must visit! I know what you’re thinking, “I’m not an avid fisher though, will I still enjoy this park?” Honestly, we’re not either, but its nice getting out and enjoying nature and all the things it has to offer. Plus, how can you not enjoy it with views like these:
Montauk State Park offers many lodging options within the park itself! Inside the park, you will find single, duplex and fourplex, 1-3 bedroom cabins, and motel rooms. We rented a 1 bedroom cabin and paid an additional pet fee for the weekend. Also, if you’re planning on staying inside the park most of your stay, the park offers a dining lodge, snack bar, and store.
This trip was our first time trout fishing so of course we had a few things we needed to get before we started. First things first, we had to obtain Missouri Fishing Licenses and daily trout tags – both of these can be purchased inside the park’s store by the dining lodge. We also needed the appropriate lures, bait, and waders. In some fishing areas, waders are definitely a must have, especially during the early spring and fall as the water temps tend to drop. If we’re being honest here, I had no idea what I was doing at first, but by the end of the weekend, I ended up catching the biggest trout of our group. So, yes I’m kind of proud 🙂
Missouri has a TON of state parks, but this one is definitely one of my top favorites I’ve visited so far! If you’re looking for outdoor fun, relaxation, and views this is the place to go. The only con is there is little to no cell service but who cares when you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a brief break from the world.
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” I love Nashville. It seems like everywhere you walk, there’s great music coming out of every wall.” -Imelda May
If you’ve never experienced Nashville, then you’re in for a treat! Known as Music City and one of the main bachelorette party hotspots, Nashville has SO much to offer and you will definitely stay busy during your visit. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed this lively city!
Where to Stay
First thing’s first, where should you stay? Nashville is known for the brightest, most creative Airbnbs so you should have no problem finding a place that fits your style and needs! My friends and I needed somewhere to fit 10 people, and we also were trying to stay relatively close to Broadway since we knew that’s where we would mainly be at for the weekend.
Located about 4 miles from Broadway, it was a quick Uber ride and easy to find. This Airbnb was phenomenal and surpassed all of our needs! We went for a bachelorette party, so if you’re planning one also to Nashville, then I HIGHLY recommend this spot! You can check it out at the link below!
Like I mentioned above, I went on a bachelorette party so of course we had to check out a dance class! The dance studio was called Studio Goddess and also had a mural tour that consists of over 30 photo opportunities! When you book your class, the mural tour is included with it, which makes for the perfect spot for you and your girls to get your selfie game on! This dance studio is conveniently located close to several Nashville hotspots such as Kittenish, Uncommon James, The Nashville Wings Mural, and much more!
If you’re down for a fun dance session, then check out the link below!
What’s a trip to Nashville without a party bus?? This party bus was SO much fun and I HIGHLY recommend doing this with your group of friends! It’s BYOB (no glass) and consists of a 2 hour time slot. The bus has a bartender who ices down your drinks, pours them, and controls your playlist that you give to him/her.
At the end of your ride, make sure to show some love to your bartender and driver and tip them for their services! Check out the Honky Tonk Party Express Bus below at the link:
Nashville has SO many great food choices, but most importantly they’re known for their hot chicken. If you’re looking for a low-key spot, with great food and slushy boozy drinks, then check out Party Fowl! This place has the BEST frozen drinks and hot chicken and is located in the heart of The Gulch.
To check out more about Party Fowl, click on the link below!
If you’re looking for food and fun, this is the place to be! These two side-by-side buildings are a must visit, especially if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Broadway. On the “Winners” side, you’ll find a sports bar and full service restaurant. If you’re looking to have a more “chill” night, then Winners will be for you. On the “Losers” side, you’ll find a dive bar that has all the live music your heart will ever need. If you want to get in the door and get a table though, I recommend getting there at a decent time as it gets pretty busy, especially since it is on the smaller side.
As one of the most famous streets in the country, Broadway certainly does not disappoint with its nightlife! We made a goal to try and visit most of the bigger bars such as Tootsie’s, Jason Aldean, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, and Dierks Bentley. Honestly, there’s no way to possibly visit all of the bars in one weekend, but no matter which ones you do visit, you are guaranteed to have a fun time! Also, if you’re out and about at night and need a late night snack, grab a hot dog from one of the street stands, you will not be disappointed!
These bars are must visits, especially if it’s your first time in Nashville! Check out the links for each below:
I’m a huge music lover, so this trip was a 10/10 for me! What better way to celebrate my friend getting married than by enjoying all the things Nashville has to offer with our closest friends! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to check out my Nashville experience and I hope you continue to read about my next adventures!
All I can say about this place is WOW! Tucked away on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, sits a BEAUTIFUL piece of history. This state park is free to the public and is approximately 3,700 acres – located about five miles south of Camdenton, Missouri. The park includes abandoned castle ruins (shown below) overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri’s 12th largest spring, numerous trails and boardwalks, and picnic sites. It is also dog friendly, and we saw a ton of dogs along the way!
When we first planned this day trip, the castle ruins were the main reason why we wanted to visit. We were both so amazed at how much history was here (dates back to 1905!) and needed to see it for ourselves. When we first arrived in Ha Ha Tonka State Park, we went by the visitor’s center first to grab a map and then drove about .5 miles down the road to the first parking lot. From there, the ruins are about a .5 mile walk. The first ruins you walk upon are the Carriage House Ruins and then to your right, up a slight hill sits the Castle Ruins. It’s so amazing seeing it for the first time, and honestly pictures do not do anything in this park justice. Everything is truly breathtaking! At the bottom of this section, I have the castle history linked so you can read more about it!
After leaving the castle ruins, we made our way towards the Water Tower Ruins. This place was breathtaking as well, with impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks. This boardwalk eventually leads you into the Spring Trail, so it was nice to be able to stop and see this along the way!
This state park has SO many trails to choose from! There’s no way to do them all in a day unless you’re superman or something. We hiked most of them, but were struggling when we left (it was well worth it though!) The main trail that I wanted to do was the Spring Trail, it’s about 1.4 miles from the Castle Ruins. This trail is the most strenuous trail, as it has a LOT of stairs to get to the spring. Obviously going down them wasn’t an issue, but going back up after you’ve hiked other trails, was definitely a challenge. Each trail eventually leads to new trails so we got turned around a few times but managed to see mostly everything. There are 2 springs: the first spring we walked to was at the bottom of the stairs and was a smaller spring that ran into a stream; the second spring backed up to the Lake of the Ozarks and was much bigger. This spring was my absolute favorite and was so breathtaking! Below this section, I linked the numerous trails. Be sure to check out my pics below!
I’m a lover of all things history and nature so this park definitely gets a 10/10! The state of Missouri has done a great job in keeping it clean and efficient for visitors, and super easy to navigate (unless you’re like us and are use to GPS’ instead of an actual map). Thank you SO much for taking time to read about this adventure and I hope you continue to follow along with me! Follow me on Instagram (linked below) to keep up with our next adventure and get more of a personal experience!