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Food and Fun at the Dixie Stampede

dixie-stampede-riderThere are loads of opportunities to have fun in Branson, and just as many opportunities to have some great food as well. Silver Dollar City or White Water are legendary around the world for their fun factors, for example, and there is great food to be had at restaurants like the White River Fish House and The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks. But what if you are looking for great food AND great fun at the same time? You are in luck – because Branson, Missouri, is home to Dixie Stampede!

If you have driven down Highway 76 (known around town as The Strip), chances are that you have seen the huge theater designed to resemble a Southern mansion. This eye-catching theater is the home of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, one of Branson’s most popular shows! In fact, Dolly Parton has been known to say, “It’s the most fun place to eat in Branson – I guarantee it!”

In an era where dinner theater is nowhere near as popular as it once was, Dolly Parton has brought it back in the form of her Dixie Stampede show in both Branson and Pigeon Forge. Dolly owns the show, and World Choice Investments LLC manages it. This company is a joint business venture between The Dollywood Company, Fred Hardwick, and Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, a name that is well known around Branson! The first Dixie Stampede Show opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in 1988, not far from where Dollywood is located. The Branson location of the show made its debut and opened to the public in 1995.

The Dixie Stampede show starts with all the guests being seated in a ‘Carriage Room,’ where an opening act is performed. This can be anything from acrobatics to juggling to singing to playing music and dancing – you never know what you might get! After this act, guests then file into the main theater for a Wild West performance featuring 32 beautiful horses and their riders that will wow you with tricks like Roman Riding and jumping through a fiery hoop! There will also be music, dancing, and some friendly ‘North and South’ competition that encourages audience participation.

And don’t forget the food! This is dinner theater, after all. You get an amazing five-course meal along with the show! The meal, which is made fresh on site for each and every show, consists of a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecue pork loin, creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuit, corn on the cob, herb-basted baked potato, an iced apple turnover, and Pepsi products, tea, or coffee. The vegetarian option is identical, except that the meats are replaced with 'Country Garden Hillbilly Pasta'. And here is where the food gets fun – there are no dining utensils, so you have to eat with your fingers! Dixie Stampede is the whole package – great food and great fun, all at an affordable price and conveniently located in Branson. So the next time you are wondering where to get some fun with your food (or vice versa!), look no farther than Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede!

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TV History in Branson

Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, has quite a rich history in many different areas. Hideout for outlaws? Check. World famous theme park that starting out as a way to entertain spelunkers? In the books. World famous fishing? You got it. Branson has a history for generally being awesome – and they’ve even got a long standing reputation for being on TV, or hosting television famous celebrities! Check out some highlights of the Branson TV history that has happened here in town below.

The Beverly Hillbillies: Many folks have fond memories of watching the classic television show ‘The Beverly Hillbillies,’ an on air comedy written about a backwoods family who strikes it rich when the neighboring oil well offers to buy them out – with their newfound wealth, Jed Clampett and his family set out to move into Beverly Hills, California – where they are a bit out of place at times! – in this comical rags to riches show. In the late 1960’s, five episodes of the eighth season of The Beverly Hillbillies were filmed in Branson, Missouri, at the world famous theme park, Silver Dollar City. The publicity that surrounded the filming and airing of these five episodes of the popular show actually prompted many folks from out of town to come visit Branson, and Silver Dollar City!

Yakov: Many people are familiar with Yakov’s hilarious but still patriotic live entertainment show in Branson. But you may not know that Yakov used to be a TV personality! Born in the Soviet Union, Yakov immigrated to the United States in 1977. He went right to work performing as a stand-up comic, and in the 1980’s, he caught a few breaks performing in films and television shows. He was first given a small role in the movie ‘Moscow on the Hudson’ with Robin Williams, and began to frequently appear on ‘The Night Show.’ This led to his own TV show, a comedy called ‘What a Country,’ that featured him acting as a Russian immigrant that was constantly confused and delighted by life in the United States. Yakov still continues to make people laugh wherever he goes, and makes him a popular Branson TV star that the town is thrilled to host!

The Price Is Right: The Price Is Right is a game show that folks have loved for years, and in 2014, this well-known show became a part of Branson TV history! Hosted by TV personalities Jerry Springer and JD Roberto, folks from Branson and the surrounding areas had the chance to come on stage and play favorite games like Plinko, The Big Wheel, Cliffhanger and others for cash, home appliances, vacation packages, and even cars!

These are just a few of the Branson TV history moments and stars that the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest has played host to. Branson is also home to the RFD-TV Theater, where live entertainment programming is produced and performed. Be sure to watch your screen for more glimpses of Branson, Missouri!

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Shepherd of the Hills: A Must-Visit Spot in Branson


When Harold Bell Wright went to Missouri, he was inspired by the beauty of the Ozark Mountains. He wrote a book entitled “Shepherd of the Hills” and this was what put Missouri on the map. Today, Shepherd of the Hills does not only pertain to the book written by Wright but also to the place in Branson, Missouri. Shepherd of the Hills has gathered its fame through the years.

The Shepherd of the Hills did not start as how most people think; its history started with an ill minister, great flooding of the White River, a beautiful homestead, and a book – all wrapped by the culture of the Ozark Mountains.

In 1986, Harold Bell Wright, an ill minister suffering from consumption from Kansas, arrived in the area of the Ozark Mountains seeking a better climate condition for his health. He was amazed by the beauty of the place. But due to the great flooding of the White River, he temporarily transferred to the homestead of the couple, John and Anna Ross, which was bought during the 1800’s. He set up a campsite and through the years was immersed in the people and the rich culture of the Ozarks, which inspired his book, Shepherd of the Hills. The book was published in 1907 and became a hit. This drew dozens of visitor’s to the Ross’s Ozarks homestead and started the fame of the place.

In 1910, the Ross’s sold their homestead to and M.R. Driver, who then turned the homestead into an inn where tourists could stay and dine. It gathered more attention and made the place more famous. Because of this, the area started to change and was transformed into a tourist destination. The tourist destination had theaters as one of its biggest draws as a Ms McDaniel began re-enacting plays of the Shepherd of the Hills book in the 1920’s. And during the 1960’s, the theater business was already booming. More shows and attractions were added in the 1970’s. In 1989, a 230-foot tower on the exact site of Harold Bell Wright’s first campground to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writer’s first visit. The tower is known as the Inspiration Tower and its location is known as the Inspiration Point. The place was getting more and more famous each year, attracting thousands of tourists to the area.

Today, the Shepherd of the Hills still is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Branson, Missouri. One of the most popular features it has is the nightly show Outdoor Drama, which is an epic story of love, tragedy, and redemption in the Ozarks. The Inspiration Towers still continues to inspire people with the view it comes with. People in search for good food and good music go to The Sons of the Pioneers Chuckwagon Dinner Show, which features Grammy Hall of Fame performers and an authentic chuckwagon meal. And for some adventure, there is a horseback trail ride through the 160-acre homestead that started it all and the Vigilante Extreme Ziprider. During the holidays, the Shepherd of the Hills invite tourists to drive through the trail of lights, which is one of the longest and most festive Christmas light displays in the Ozarks.

Whatever time of the year it is, the Shepherd of the Hills never fail to give tourists a great experience! For more information about the Shepherd of the Hills, please visit

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Lakefront Real Estate in Branson, Missouri


When people go on a vacation, Branson, Missouri is one of their chosen destinations because of all the fun and excitement that can be found in the entertainment capital. From live musical shows to awe-inspiring museums, Branson has all kinds of entertainment. And when it comes to beautiful scenery and amazing outdoors, the city has them as well. That’s why there is no doubt that more and more people choose Branson as their home.

Thousand Hills Sales Company, a part of Thousand Hills Golf Resort, has made a way for people to own units in Branson. It’s having your own luxurious place to stay while being only minutes from area attractions and entertainment. But what’s significant with this real estate in Branson is that you can choose to participate in the nightly rental program. With that, tourists can rent your unit when you are not using it. That’s having your own place to stay whenever you want it and rental income when you’re away! With an offer like that, you should not look anywhere else.

One of the real estate in Branson is The Majestic at Table Rock Lake Condominiums located just north of the Chateau off Highway 265. These luxurious lakefront condominiums range from two to four bedrooms with the newest and latest designs and appointments. You can have the luxury of beautiful granite tops, large jetted tubs in every bathroom, a spacious living room and balcony for that lazy afternoon or just anytime of the day, and a breathtaking view of the main channel of Table Rock Lake right from your sun porch. These units will not only give you a beautiful place to stay but also take you away from the busy streets of the city and let you rest, relax, and recharge that mind and body.

The project is built on 10 pristine lakeside acres within minutes of downtown, Branson, Missouri and will be built in a total of 6 phases. Phase I with 32 units is already completed and sold out – a proof that our units truly appeal to people. Phase II, which connects with Phase I, has 36 units completed and has a remaining 20% ready for you. Phase III is not yet for sale but has 32 units. But if you want to tests the water, Phase IV is a great starter condo. Phases V and VI are to follow and will absolutely be as great as the first four phases.


The Lakefront Real Estate in Branson is a fabulous opportunity for you to start a life in Branson. These units including amenities such as an outdoor pool and gazebo are complete and are all waiting for you. If you are looking for a lakefront property in Branson, this is simply the perfect place to start your search and purchase you next home. For more information, dial 1-800-495-4653.

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Delve into the Wonders of Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum


If you are looking for entertainment, Branson, Missouri should be the first place that pops in your mind. There are unique live musical shows, different thrill rides and attractions, fun and exciting outdoor and water activities, educational museums and establishments, and also commemorative places to give recognition to different people who have served the country. There is no room for boredom in Branson! But if you find yourself looking for unusual, out-of-this-world things, visit the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum in Branson.

The Ripley’s Believe it Or Not did not start as how it is today. Robert Ripley is originally a famous person in the world because of his craft during the early part of the 20th century. He was an artist and a cartoonist. If you are wondering how “Believe it Or Not” came to be, it was the name of a sports cartoon. The sports cartoon was so famous that it gave him the opportunity to travel around the world.

When Robert Ripley travelled around the world, he started collecting unique and odd things and items. And every place he goes to, he never fails to find something. He had a growing collection in his hands already. Thus, he established a museum in Branson, Missouri to hold some of his collection and opened it to the public so that people would find them amazing just as how he did.

The Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum is housed by a unique building. The building has a story of its own and there is also something odd about it. The building is like the ruins of a once beautiful and strong one. It is a reflection of a massive earthquake that hit Missouri in the year 1812. This earthquake caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for three days and made the church bells in Philadelphia ring. Robert had definitely found a way to display his unique finds in this eye-catching building.

After your trip to the Ripley’s Believe it Or not Museum, head to the Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is not far from all the Branson attractions you could see during your trip to Missouri, including the Ripley’s museum. Have that much needed rest at Thousand Hills. The resort offers you various Branson lodging and accommodation options. You can choose from a Branson Condo, Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. Whichever you choose, Thousand Hills will make sure that your stay will be worth it. This resort not only provides you with a majestic place to stay but also a place to rest and relax during your Branson trip. For ticket reservation, or more information, or lodging reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.


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Own An Address at Thousand Hills


Branson, Missouri has a wide variety of attractions and entertainment in all forms. Its location in the Ozark Mountains makes it a perfect vacation destination for locals and tourists from all over the world. And when talking about the best place to stay, the perfect home away from home, the most luxurious Branson lodging and accommodation, Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort has been by far one of the most famous of its kind in Missouri. Thus, Thousand Hills Sales Company has made it possible to own an address at Thousand Hills. Thousand Hills Sales Company, a part of Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort, is proud to present you perfect vacations homes in the Ozark Mountains for sale.

The Branson real Estate Market, including the condominium market, continues to grow as more luxurious and more spacious projects are made. And through the years, Thousand Hills Sales Company has become the premier sales and marketing force bringing the very best Missouri and Ozarks real estate projects to the said market. With Thousand Hills’ golf front/lakefront units, it remains number one in existing Branson condominium sales. Thousand Hills Real Estate is simply the best among the best and gives you its popular investment options.

The Thousand Hills Real Estate Listings present to you investment opportunities on Golf Condominiums, Golf Homes, Log Cabins, and Table Rock Lake Condominiums for sale at absolutely affordable prices. These interesting investment opportunities even offer the option of participation in a nightly rental program wherein you can have rental income when you are not using your property. Just imagine having rental income and a great vacation home in the beautiful Ozark Mountains for you and your family whenever you want to use it! Our wide selection of properties is popular in the Branson, Missouri real estate and will never do you any wrong.

If you want to learn more about the premier Thousand Hills Real Estate investment opportunities and explore all the possibilities of owning an address at Thousand Hills, click the links below.

Golf Condominiums 

Golf Homes

Log Cabins

Table Rock Lake Condominiums

There is no need to search anywhere else because Thousand Hills Sales Company has got everything for you. Luxurious condos, cabins, villas, home sites, you name it! And all of these are located in center-city Branson with the beautiful Ozark Mountains looming the background. We look forward to working with you as you choose us as the best place to start your search and purchase your vacation home in Branson, Missouri! For more information, contact us today by calling 1-800-495-4653 or email us at Thousand Hills Sales Company.

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Experience Hot Winter Fun Only in Branson


The Winter Season is a great time to visit Branson, Missouri. From January to February, you can enjoy Branson’s Hot Winter Fun, which is Branson’s answer to the winter blues! It has many special offers throughout town. There will be a great number of shows and shops that will stay open through the Hot Winter Fin season for your enjoyment. This is how you’ll be getting more than what you pay for and have a whole lot more than what you expect!

Hot Winter Fun is Branson’s perfect opportunity for value-minded visitors and tourists to experience Branson’s attractions. You can enjoy live musical shows, area attractions, thrill rides, after-Christmas shopping, educational museums and establishments, premier Golf, world-class fishing, lakeside activities, outdoor excursions, luxurious lakeside hotels & resorts, and so much more! With Hot Winter Fun, you would not want to leave Branson anymore. This is just the perfect time of the year to have fun and enjoy the company of your family or loved one in Branson.

Here are the shows you can see in January and February of Hot Winter Fun:

  • Amazing Pets

  • Baldknobbers

  • Branson Country USA Late Show

  • Comedy Jamboree

  • Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction

  • Good News Gospel Hour

  • Jim Stafford’s Rockin’ Comedy Show

  • The Haygoods

  • The Twelve Irish Tenors 

If you want to know the schedule of events and festivals during Hot Winter Fun or more information, please visit


After having so much fun in Branson’s Hot Winter Fun, you would want to have that much needed rest. Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort is the perfect place to do that. The resort offers you different Branson Lodging that will suit your lifestyle. If you want a fresh view of the world-class Thousand Hills Golf Course and feel the aura or the lush green grass, check out the Branson Golf Condos. Another one from the Branson lodging is the Branson Log Cabins at the Cabins at Grand Mountain. The secluded and romantic wooded setting will definitely surpass your expectations as you will feel that you are one with nature. And if you want to have luxury on a whole new different level, try out The Majestic – Branson Table Rock Lake Condos. You will be only minutes from one of the most pristine lakes in Branson, Missouri. You can have luxury and comfort all in one unit at the Majestic. For more information or for reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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How To Spend a Weekend in Branson

Branson, Missouri, is one of the nation’s most popular vacation destinations. Folks plan all year to take their weeklong (or sometimes two weeklong!) vacations here in the Ozarks. You can spend a week or two in Branson and still not see and do everything there is to be done! But you don’t have to spend a week or more in Branson to have an enjoyable time; you can come for a weekend and still get a great taste of what the Ozarks have to offer with a mini Branson vacation! Read on for an example itinerary of what a weekend Branson vacation might look like – then use it to create your own!

Friday: Branson is within driving distance of several major U.S. cities, so if you and your family head out at a reasonably early time in the morning, you can arrive in Branson by late afternoon or early evening. Then, you can head straight to Thousand Hill’s Hotel and Golf Resort to check into a room, condo or cabin! (Traveler’s tip: booking your lodging in advance can help you save time – and time savers are a must for a weekend trip! Thousand Hill’s offers online or over the phone booking.) No matter how big or small your family is, Thousand Hills has lodging options ranging from cozy to roomy and everything in between!

Once you are all checked in, some time spent resting is always a good plan. The rooms at Thousand Hills come fully prepared for your stay with shower supplies, linens, and even washing machines and ironing boards! Once you’ve freshened up and rested, you can enjoy the rest of your evening in Branson. Consider catching a movie at the Branson Meadows Cinema or the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex, or even a live entertainment show like SIX or the Presley’s Country Jubilee. Then round out your night by grabbing a bite to eat at a great restaurant like Chile’s or Garfield’s Pub.

Roller Coasters Abound at Silver Dollar CitySaturday: With a bright and early start, you can be ready to spend a day at Silver Dollar City, one of Branson’s most famous theme parks! This old time park features rides, shows, shopping and food, and is a great attraction to spend some time at. Ride the coasters, check out the entertainment at the Red Gold Hall, and then grab some lunch at a park restaurant like the Dockside Grill, Molly’s Mill or the Lucky Silver Mine. All feature good home cooking that is sure to satisfy! (And stop by Brown’s candy shop for dessert!) After a tasty meal and some time to recharge, spend the afternoon browsing Silver Dollar City’s shops and watch the craftsmen at work.

After a day exploring Silver Dollar City, treat yourself to a nice dinner at one of the fashionable restaurants at the lakeside Branson Landing – Cantina Laredo, Waxy O’Shea’s, and the Black Oak Grill are all great choices. Round out the day with a little Landing style shopping and a twilight walk along Lake Taneycomo!

Sunday: Sundays are a great day to sleep in a little – and the luxurious condos and cabins at Thousand Hills make that easy! After resting up, head over to The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks for brunch – it’s an amazing meal on an amazing campus! You can tour the college after brunch – you won’t want to miss seeing the on campus dairy, the mill, the fruitcake and jelly kitchen, and the Ralph Foster Museum!

If you have time, be sure to make a run to Table Rock Lake State Park – it’s known for great fishing, swimming, bird watching and hiking, and is well worth a glimpse before you head home!

Branson is a fantastic destination no matter how long you can stay – and rest assured, you will always be welcomed back!

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Stay Warm in a Branson Cabin This Winter

cabin-snow-tallBranson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, is a beautiful place to visit in the wintertime. Many people tend to think of Branson as a summer vacation destination, but in fact, this great Ozarks town is stellar getaway at any time of the year! Visiting Branson in the winter certainly has some benefits – like smaller crowds, for example. Many Branson attractions have discounted rates in the ‘off’ season, and some attractions are seasonal only, which can be a real treat! Of course, visiting Branson in the winter can be a bit chilly…so stay warm in one of Thousand Hill’s beautiful Branson cabins!

The Branson cabins at Thousand Hills are the perfect blend of luxury and rustic charm – you won’t regret making one of them your headquarters for a wintertime Branson visit! One of the very best things about staying in a Thousand Hill’s log cabin is that they are so close to all the best that Branson has to offer – and that means you don’t have to venture out too far into the cold to enjoy yourself! Want to hit some of the famed outlet malls to shop for some fashionable winter gear? Your cabin is just a short jaunt away. Planning a day trip to Silver Dollar City? It won’t take you long to return to your cabin at the day’s end to warm up! Fancy catching one of Branson’s popular live music shows? You’ll have minimal cold exposure with such a short distance to travel!

Another great thing about staying in one of Thousand Hill’s Branson cabins in the winter months are the wonderful amenities. Each luxurious log cabin features the comforts of home, plus enough additional bonuses to make your stay over the top enjoyable! The Thousand Hill’s cabins all sport a Jacuzzi or a whirlpool tub, all the necessary linens, private decks, televisions and DVD players, Wi-Fi and more. For a real wintertime treat, make some hot cocoa after a cold day on the town in the fully equipped kitchen, and relax in the comfortable living room area while watching some cable TV with all your favorite channels!

There is a real nostalgic feel to staying in a cabin in the winter, to add to the ongoing list of benefits – who wouldn’t want to spend a snowy afternoon tucked away in a log cabin in the woods? Time spent in a Thousand Hill’s cabin is sure to create warm memories for the whole year.

The Thousand Hills Branson cabins are the perfect winter lodging, whether you have a large family, or just a couple of folks. With cabins that sleep two up to cabins that can sleep sixteen, Thousand Hills certainly has you covered for warm and cozy winter getaways!

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Holidays in a Thousand Hills Condo

4-bedroom-branson-condoBranson is a great place to live, visit or vacation at any time of the year, but it is especially enjoyable to be in Branson during the holidays. Folks in Branson LOVE the holiday season, and tend to go all out with fun holiday decorations, special Christmas shows, parades, light festivals, winter comfort foods, and more! If you are planning a seasonal trip to Branson, you’ll certainly want to book a stay in a Thousand Hills condo for some of the best holiday lodging that Branson has to offer.

If you want a cozy place to head back to after a day of Branson holidays fun, look no further than Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort – their condos will meet all of your expectations. You’ll love the amenities offered at Thousand Hills – everything from Jacuzzi tubs and Wi-Fi to fully equipped kitchens and clean linens! Condos at Thousand Hills fit great into your holiday budget as well. Whether you want a cozy Christmas getaway for two, or a family reunion for the holiday season, Thousand Hills has the perfect condo option for you this holiday season.

Looking for some holiday fun outside of your cozy Thousand Hills condo? You are just a short jaunt away from some of Branson’s best holiday attractions! One of the most popular Branson holidays activities is visiting Silver Dollar City for the Old Time Christmas Festival! Imagine the magic of Silver Dollar City lit up with over four million Christmas lights, just for you. You’ll enjoy rides like Outlaw Run and the Giant Barn Swing so much more when the whole park is lit up like a Christmas tree. Be sure to grab some hot chocolate and catch the Christmas parade on Main Street! If you just can’t get enough Christmas lights, head on over to Shepherd of the Hills to drive through the Trail of Lights, or take a trip to Kimberling City down the road to check out the Port of Lights. If you are more of an indoor holiday person, you’ll want to go to the Butterfly Palace on West 76 in Branson to experience White Flight – hundreds of brilliant white butterflies fluttering through the air like snowflakes, complete with a Poinsettia Christmas tree and holiday carols!

Your Thousand Hills condo is also conveniently close to some great holiday shopping here in Branson. For a one stop shopping trip for everyone on your list, venture over to the Tanger Outlet Mall. Here you’ll find everything from Rue 21, to The Loft, to American Eagle, to Osh Kosh. There is no shortage of Christmas presents here! If you want something a little less name brand or a little more unique, check out the Branson Craft Mall, where you can purchase dozens of handmade gifts from local craftsmen. There are also a variety of great stores and shops on the Branson Landing.

A Thousand Hills condo is sure to be your perfect holiday stay headquarters in Branson, Missouri. Visit their website to book your holiday condo today!

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