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World-Class World Fest at Silver Dollar City

 

The fun and festivities in Branson never end! The Live Entertainment Capital of the World is now a place where you can have a world-class experience through its festivals. No matter what season or month you choose to visit Branson, you are sure to be in time for a major festival in the area. This April to May, come and visit Branson to be part of one of the biggest international festivals in America.

The World-Fest in Branson Missouri is one of the most anticipated and most attended festivals in Branson Missouri. This festival is hosted by Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous adventure theme park. World Fest has a simple objective in mind – to unite the seven continents into one festival. For years, World Fest has been able to do just that, and that is one reason why people have been coming back to this festival, and new tourists are also attracted to it.

Every year, Silver Dollar City’s World Fest promises to bring something new and fresh, through the talents and cuisines from different countries. From April 9 to May 3, 2015, prepare to travel around the world even if you just stay in one place. Performers from different countries and cultures will share with you their own art forms through music and movements. This year, don’t miss out on performances by Ireland The Show, Cirque Zuma Zuma, Ansambel Navihanke, Stix of Steel, Island Fire, Ecuador Manta, and a lot more! Aside from the amazing performances, you can also keep your tummy happy by having a food trip around the world, too. The Tastes of the World features international dishes. Some of the foods that you can have are chicken fajitas, Italian calzone, moussaka, tiramisu torte, baklava, and apfel dumplings with cinnamon ice cream. These tempting delicacies from different parts of the world will make you satisfied and will also recharge you with energy for more festivities ahead in the World Fest.

Another bonus is that the Silver Dollar City’s Culinary and Craft School will be offering classes to teach the participants about the culinary secrets of legendary home-style cooking. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art kitchen showroom and Craftsmen Showcase room. Even as the World Fest goes one, you can still enjoy Silver Dollar City’s rides and attractions. Have fun riding the thrilling roller coasters, stem engine train rides, and a lot more.

 

Silver Dollar City’s World Fest is certainly one festival that you should not miss. Plan your trip to Branson now. Joining in the World Fest is not yet too late. Book your stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort now for comfortable and convenient accommodation choices. Plus, you also get to stay very ear Silver Dollar City! Book now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Why Should I Live in Branson?

Branson, Missouri, is a town with an awful lot to offer. It’s not only the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, and it’s not just a vacation hotspot, or the home of bluegrass and world famous theme parks. Branson is also an outstanding place to live – whether you are an individual, a family, or a retiree, Branson has something to appeal to you and yours. So why not make your home here in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area? Living in Branson could be the best thing that could ever happen to you!

So what exactly is so great about living in Branson? Branson is a safe, friendly, growing community located in a beautiful setting – the Ozark Mountains. Rich in history, it’s easy to see that the citizens of Branson take pride in their hometown heritage. Branson is very patriotic, and celebrates both their local and visiting veterans and active military. And if you are someone who pursues the Christian lifestyle, Branson has dozens of churches and missions programs for you to participate in. Branson also has a great school district, if you will be living in Branson with a family. All grades are taught in Branson by professional, knowledgeable teachers who want to see their students succeed. Your child will be proud to be a Branson Pirate! And if you have older teens that will be off to college soon, there any multiple prestigious universities in the area – College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, and Missouri State, Evangel, and Drury University in Springfield.

A LakeView Condo Home near BransonBranson is big into local commerce – this, in turn, creates many jobs for Branson citizens. Since the town offers so much to tourists, there are many seasonal jobs available here (especially in the summer) – great for the teenager who needs a summer job, or the adult who is looking for a part time job to supplement household income. And of course, there are great year round jobs available here too – everything from crafting to bank tellers to restaurant management to teaching, and more can all be found in Branson. Branson also has a plethora of opportunities for volunteer work too, if you are a retiree or an individual needing some community service hours.

Another plus to living in Branson is the multitude of real estate options available to you. Branson offers everything from condos and apartments, to subdivisions and mansions, to country estates and homesteads in the woods. Any local real estate agent would be happy to help you find your dream home, or the land to build one.

Yet another all-around great thing about living in Branson is the variety – in case you can’t tell, there are no shortage of things to do! Outdoorsmen and women can fish, hike and hunt, while city dwellers can shop, catch a movie, and walk along the landing. Fitness gurus can take advantage of many walking paths in the city, and even bike to work – nothing is far away when you live in Branson!

All said and done, Branson is a wonderful place to live. So what are you waiting for? Start living in Branson – it will be a decision you won’t regret!

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Gone Fishing in Branson

Branson, Missouri, is known for a lot of things. The town is known for being called the ‘Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest,’ for example. Most folks are aware that Branson got its start as a tourism town from the book, ‘The Shepherd of the Hills’ by Harold Bell Wright. Lots of people also know that there is a world famous theme park (Silver Dollar City) with world famous thrill rides (think Outlaw Run!) in Branson. And Branson is also known for bluegrass, great shopping, and super fun attractions like The Promised Land Zoo and Ride the Ducks. But one thing that makes Branson really stand out is the fishing – and with three area lakes, the fish are always biting somewhere! Read on for some information you’ll want to remember when you’re fishing in Branson.

Fishermen Below Table Rock DamLocation: Branson is part of what’s known as the ‘Tri-Lakes’ area. That is because there are three great fishing lakes around town, all with different fish and scenery awaiting your inner outdoorsman (or woman!). The most well-known lake for going fishing in Branson is Table Rock Lake, named for a large rock formation that resembles – can you guess? – a table about a mile or so from the famous Table Rock Dam. The dam was constructed in the 1950s as a mean of flood control along the White River. Over the years, Table Rock has become a popular lake for bass fishing tournaments. The next lake in the Branson area is Lake Taneycomo (short for Taney County Missouri). This much colder neighbor of Table Rock has some beautiful scenery and hiking trails bordering its shores; Taneycomo is a real hotspot for trout fishing. And last but not least is Bull Shoals Lake. Bull Shoals is dotted with coves that make for great places to reel in bass, catfish, crappie, and bream.

Equipment: Every fisherman has his preferred style, size, and brand of fishing equipment – but just about everybody who casts a hook into the water can agree on the basic necessities of fishing. Like a fishing pole, of course! Your pole will need to be equipped with a reel and fishing line. It’s always a good practice to bring a fishing net too. Then you will require some smaller items like hooks, sinkers and bobbers. It is helpful to have a tackle box to store these items in, so that loose tools don’t fall into the water. Pliers and scissors are good additions to your tackle box, as is some sunscreen and water bottles! Of course, you can’t catch fish without bait. This can be as simple as digging for some worms, or as complex as fishing with a bass rig or a rooster tail lure. The possibilities are endless!

Safety: Fishing in Branson is a lot of fun and a great way to make memories – but you need to remember some basic safety rules too. It is a good practice (especially when fishing with kids) to wear a life jacket around the water – and if you are fishing off of a boat, you MUST wear a life jacket; it is required by Missouri law. Always be mindful of where you cast – check behind you before bringing back your pole to throw your hook in. Many fishing trips have been ruined by lack of observation and people getting stabbed with sharp hooks. Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen while fishing – and of course, have fun! Because that’s what fishing in Branson is all about.

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Copper Run Distillery

Server at Copper Run DistilleryThere are a lot of tastes that are unique to the Ozarks – like fried fish, for example, or funnel cakes from Silver Dollar City. But how about the taste of real moonshine? There are many stories of moonshine stills being hidden in the hills and hollers of the Ozarks in days of old, when law enforcement would try and outsmart the native people who were making and running shine. These days, though, making and being in possession of moonshine isn’t a crime as long as it’s from a legal still – and Copper Run Distillery is known to have the best tasting shine around!

Copper Run Distillery, located in Walnut Shade, Missouri (just a few minutes off of Highway 65 and about 15 minutes from Branson), is an artisan distillery that brews small, handcrafted batches of Ozark Mountain Moonshine, whiskey, and rum. Copper Run is owned by Jim Blansit and Aris Aristidou. Jim is also the Master Distiller at Copper Run. The distillery is open daily from 11am to 7pm, and tours are offered at 12, 2, 4 and 6pm. The tours give visitors a chance to admire the beautiful rustic facility, with a bar, lounge and open air patio upstairs, and the actual distillery downstairs. Tours include sampling of the unforgettable Copper Run spirits! The lounge at Copper Run often features live music, and can also be booked for any special occasion.

The spirits at Copper Run Distillery include: Overproof Ozark Mountain Moonshine (distilled from separate batches of corn, wheat and barley, this 120 proof crystal clear white whiskey is truly an Ozarks experience!), Ozark Mountain Moonshine (this spirit is un-aged and comes straight from the still, just like the moonshiners of old would have made it), Hopped Wheat Whiskey (this is a limited edition spirit, aged for two years in Missouri Oak barrels), Small Batch Spirit Whiskey (with hints of vanilla and caramel flavors), White Rum (made from brown sugar and blackstrap molasses and great in cocktails!) and Island Gold Rum (a robust rum with hints of raisin flavor).

Copper Run Distillery crafts their spirits using techniques that are literally thousands of years old – a 140 gallon direct fire copper pot is what they refer to as the ‘centerpiece’ of their operation. Copper Run also likes to keep their equipment local - the barrels that age the spirits are handcrafted from young Missouri oak trees, and the water comes from the property’s well. Using hard work and time honored tradition, Copper Run Distillery continues to handcraft one of a kind spirits that are truly an experience!

The moonshine, whiskey and rum made by this local artisan distillery can be purchased from Copper Run itself, or can be ordered online at www.copperrundistillery.com. Copper Run Distillery also has a booth at the Saturday Farmers Market of the Ozarks, located in Springfield, Missouri on Republic Road, where they offer tasting samples and Moonshine Bloody Marys!

For a taste that is truly unique to the Ozarks, check out Copper Run Distillery during your next Branson visit – it will be an experience to remember!

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The National Tiger Sanctuary

The Ozarks are home to a lot of really neat animals – like whitetail deer, or black bears, for example. These rugged hills are full of things like turkeys, eagles, foxes, squirrels, songbirds, minks, turtles, rabbits and…tigers? That’s right; there are real live tigers here in the Ozarks! And the best part is that you and your family can visit them at The National Tiger Sanctuary near Branson, Missouri. Get ready to meet some of the coolest critters in the Ozarks – this is one attraction you really won’t want to miss.

White Tiger at the National Tiger SanctuaryThe National Tiger Sanctuary is located about twenty minutes from Branson in Chestnutridge, Missouri, just a short drive off of Highway 65. Here you will find some of the world’s most beautiful big cats, living in a natural, outdoor environment. The National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit organization operating under the Global Resources for Environmental Education and Nature. The sanctuary was established in 2000 with the goal of creating a safe and protected environment to connect with the diversity of creation. This impressive facility, inspected annually by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and the Missouri Department of Conservation to ensure the well-being of both the animals and the visitors, was built entirely with private funding from individuals and membership support. The National Tiger Sanctuary hosts interns from all across the globe through their internship program, creating a place of learning and experience through their big cats.

The National Tiger Sanctuary is currently home to more than twenty exotic cats, as well as several domestic felines (and dogs!). One of these exotic beauties is Jaycee, a white tiger who was rescued from smugglers in Texas, and then obtained by NTS from the Gladys Porter Zoo, along with another white tiger named Tigger. Another NTS resident is a big Bengal tiger named Max – he is a classic orange and black striped tiger that most people picture when they think of these big cats! Niara is one of several African Lionesses that calls NTS home, along with Leo, a thick maned African Lion. NTS is also proud to be the caretakers of a cougar, panthers, and numerous other cats!

NTS is open Wednesday through Sunday, and guided tours are offered at 10am, 1pm and 3pm. They also offer multiple tour options: The Awareness Tour (where visitors can meet the cats and learn about their personalities), The Feeding Tour (where visitors can not only meet the cats but watch them being fed), The You Feed Tour (where you can feed the big cats yourself!) and The Behind The Scenes Tour (where visitors can get a behind the scenes look at animal care and food preparation, including feeding the big cats.) The only tour requiring reservations is the Behind The Scenes Tour. NTS also has options for birthday parties, weddings, field trips and group discount rates!

The National Tiger Sanctuary is a great place for learning about not only big cats, but also about conservation and caring for one’s environment. Don’t miss visiting NTS during your time in Branson!

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The Ralph Foster Museum – Not Your Ordinary Museum

If you have spent any amount of time around the Branson area, chances are that you have heard folks mention a unique little campus called College of the Ozarks. The college is a matter of community pride – many locals have had several generations of family graduate from this institution. College of the Ozarks is also known as Hard Work U – so named because the students that go there do not pay tuition. Instead, they work their way through school at one of the campus’s work stations. Students can work anywhere from the dairy barn to The Keeter Center to the gym – the campus boasts a huge variety of work stations to give students the work experience they will need upon graduating. One of these work stations just happens to be the Ralph Foster Museum – it figures that this unordinary college would also have an unordinary museum!

Beverly Hillbillies Car at the Ralph Foster MuseumThe Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks is known as The Smithsonian of the Ozarks. It is very aptly named – there is so much Ozarks history inside, you can’t see it all in one visit! The museum came about in the 1920s, when the current president of the school, Dr. Robert M Good, was inspired to have a unique museum on campus. He made room to display items in the basement of Abernathy Hall, one of the men’s dormitories. When the dorm was later vacated, financial aid was provided to turn the entire building into the beautiful museum you can see today.

There are often traveling exhibits hosted at the Ralph Foster Museum, along with an Artifact of the Month. People love to come back to see what new things are displayed here. One of the most famous exhibits is the original Beverly Hillbillies car that was used in the popular television show – the museum is proud to give the car its home! Other exhibits include taxidermy exotic animals and birds, a large gun display, a full size blacksmith shop complete with blacksmithing tools, a miniature replica of a cabin that visitors can walk through, pioneer dolls, paintings, rare art, and more!

The mission of the Ralph Foster Museum is as follows: “The Ralph Foster Museum, as an integral part of the College of the Ozarks, seeks to actively support the academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals of the College. The Museum strives to provide a quality educational experience for the campus family and the community at large by focusing on the dynamic culture of the Ozarks region.” The students, faculty and staff at College of the Ozarks constantly strive to achieve high goals – and one of those will always be sharing the Ralph Foster Museum with the community. Don’t miss a chance to explore this unique and beautiful campus, and to learn about the Ozarks heritage at this totally unordinary museum!

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Military Veterans Are Always Welcome in Branson

Where would we be without our military veterans? These are the people who have sacrificed so that we don’t have to go without. Who have left their families so we can be with ours. Who put in sleepless nights so we can sleep in peace. They are the reason America is the great country she is. They are everyday heroes whom we can never thank enough. They are friends, family and loved ones. And they are always welcome in Branson.

Branson, Missouri, is recognized not only as the Live Entertainment Capitol of the Midwest, but also as one of the most patriotic Midwestern town you will ever find. In fact, Branson is known as the Veteran Capitol of the Nation. Patriotism is a matter of pride in Branson – homes and businesses proudly display the American flag, veterans discounts are offered at many of the area shows and attractions, and of course there are the events held annually, like hosting the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the Veteran’s Day Parade. The whole community gets behind these events, so that those who have paid the price know that they are appreciated, and loved.

A big role in Branson veterans appreciation is played by the Branson Veteran Task Force, and Branson Veterans Events and Reunions Inc., both not for profit organizations who seek to honor veterans through patriotic events, military reunions, and community functions. The Branson Veterans Task Force offers membership to those interested in assisting veterans and helping with their needs; they also help circulate a veterans email newsletter. Branson Veterans Events and Reunions Inc. keeps veterans abreast of local events happening in the area, provides sponsorship information to the community, and also provides veterans with a list of businesses that offer special discounts.

Another big part of the Branson veterans support is the Veterans Memorial Garden, located at the intersection of Highway 76 and Roark Valley Road. The garden was established in 2008 by a nonprofit gardening group who wanted a unique way to say ‘Thank You.’ The Memorial Garden features flowering trees, colorful shrubs, and plants and flowers of all kinds set into the Branson hillside. This beautiful garden has brought many a smile to a visitor’s face; if you’d like to consider being a volunteer for the Veterans Memorial Garden, you can find more information on their website, www.veteransmemorialgarden.com.

These are just a few of the ways that Branson veterans, both visiting and local, are honored for their service by the community. Be sure to thank a military veteran when you see them – they are the reason we can be proud to call the United States of America home.

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A Grand Vacation in a Five Bedroom Branson Townhouse

 

Branson Missouri is home to many attractions, activities, and festivities. Especially this spring season, there are a lot of festivals that you can attend. Anytime would be a great time to be in the Live Music Capital of the World. So why not bring along the whole family, and there is even more space for your friends!

The attractions and activities in Branson are best enjoyed when you are with the most important people in your life. Good thing Branson now gives you the chance to go on a vacation with your family and friends, and it also lets you stay in one place with all of them. No more renting multiple hotel rooms, no more room hopping. Come to Branson’s Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort and have the best time of your lives. Thousand Hills offers you a five bedroom Branson townhouse – perfect for large groups. These townhouses are roomy, large, and spacious. Lots of space to move around, plus it also has the best amenities for you. This unit can accommodate as much as 12 people.

The bedrooms in this five bedroom Branson townhouse all have queen sized beds plus a sofa sleeper, too. It also has five spacious bathrooms, with the master bathroom having a whirlpool tub and a separate walk in shower. From the master bedroom, you can find a winding staircase that leads up to the other four bedrooms. All rooms in the townhouse have cable TVs equipped with premium cable channels like HBO, ESPN, etc. You also get to enjoy free high-speed wireless internet so you will never miss out on that all-important e-mail or updates from your friends via social media. A formal dining area and a kitchen bar area also lets you cook meals on your own. Just bring your food with you because the kitchen already has dishes, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, oven/range, and cooking wares.

This five bedroom Branson townhouse in Thousand Hills is located in a gated community within the resort to assure you of the highest security that you can’t find in any other place in Branson. All the townhouses in Branson have two car garages with remote entry and a private patio.

One advantage in choosing Thousand Hills to be your lodging place is you get to stay near Branson’s theaters, malls, restaurants, theme parks, and museums. Yet you never have to worry about the city noise because you are situated close to nature. Reserve your very own five bedroom Branson townhouse now in Thousand Hills for your vacation. These units typically sell out fast, so inquire now or make a reservation as early as you can. For inquiries and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Have a Branson Condo Rental for your Luxury Vacation

 

You have planned for a vacation in Branson Missouri, and now you need the perfect lodging place for you. Being in the Live Music Capital of the World is a lot of fun. There are so many things to do and attractions to enjoy that a day would not even suffice for you to experience all these. You are in the most popular vacation place in the Midwest so better experience everything that Branson can give you.

What is the perfect lodging place for you? It should be a place that is close to everything you need and want. It is a place where recreational places should be accessible and at the same time, a place where you can have complete rest and relaxation to get ready for another day of adventure. When in Branson, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort because of the various lodging options that you can have. One of the most popular lodging choices among guests is the Branson condo. A Branson condo rental in Thousand Hills has a lot of perks in store for you. 

Having a Branson condo rental means that you will not be renting multiple hotel rooms anymore. That’s big savings for you, plus you also get to be with the entire family. A Branson condo rental also gives you top-of-the-line amenities. You have a fully furnished bedroom and bathroom, with a king-sized bed, luxurious linens, and a Jacuzzi tub. The condo also has a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook your good ol’ homemade recipes that your family loves. Entertainment is also complete in the Branson condo because you have cable TVs with premium cable channels, access to the swimming pool, free high-speed wireless internet, and a spacious living room for fun, family bonding activities. The condo also has a private porch or deck so you can have some private time to yourself.

The advantage of choosing a Branson condo for your lodging is that you get to choose the view you can have. You can have the rustic wooded setting just like in the log cabins in Thousand Hills, or you can have a condo fronting the award-winning golf course, or you can choose to have a condo facing one of Branson’s most pristine lakes, Table Rock Lake Resort. Whatever unit you choose, you are guaranteed to have a great time staying in Thousand Hills.

Thousand Hills is situated just minutes away from Branson theaters, outlet malls, restaurants, and theme parks, yet it also assures you that the lodging places are close enough to the arms of nature so as to give you a very relaxing stay. A luxury vacation is what you and your family truly deserve. Make your simple vacation turn into a luxurious one by staying in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Inquire about the condo rentals and other lodging options in Thousand Hills by dialing 1-877-262-0430. 

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Have a Branson Condo Rental for your Luxury Vacation

 

You have planned for a vacation in Branson Missouri, and now you need the perfect lodging place for you. Being in the Live Music Capital of the World is a lot of fun. There are so many things to do and attractions to enjoy that a day would not even suffice for you to experience all these. You are in the most popular vacation place in the Midwest so better experience everything that Branson can give you.

What is the perfect lodging place for you? It should be a place that is close to everything you need and want. It is a place where recreational places should be accessible and at the same time, a place where you can have complete rest and relaxation to get ready for another day of adventure. When in Branson, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort because of the various lodging options that you can have. One of the most popular lodging choices among guests is the Branson condo. A Branson condo rental in Thousand Hills has a lot of perks in store for you. 

Having a Branson condo rental means that you will not be renting multiple hotel rooms anymore. That’s big savings for you, plus you also get to be with the entire family. A Branson condo rental also gives you top-of-the-line amenities. You have a fully furnished bedroom and bathroom, with a king-sized bed, luxurious linens, and a Jacuzzi tub. The condo also has a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook your good ol’ homemade recipes that your family loves. Entertainment is also complete in the Branson condo because you have cable TVs with premium cable channels, access to the swimming pool, free high-speed wireless internet, and a spacious living room for fun, family bonding activities. The condo also has a private porch or deck so you can have some private time to yourself.

The advantage of choosing a Branson condo for your lodging is that you get to choose the view you can have. You can have the rustic wooded setting just like in the log cabins in Thousand Hills, or you can have a condo fronting the award-winning golf course, or you can choose to have a condo facing one of Branson’s most pristine lakes, Table Rock Lake Resort. Whatever unit you choose, you are guaranteed to have a great time staying in Thousand Hills.

Thousand Hills is situated just minutes away from Branson theaters, outlet malls, restaurants, and theme parks, yet it also assures you that the lodging places are close enough to the arms of nature so as to give you a very relaxing stay. A luxury vacation is what you and your family truly deserve. Make your simple vacation turn into a luxurious one by staying in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Inquire about the condo rentals and other lodging options in Thousand Hills by dialing 1-877-262-0430. 

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