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Top 5 Cleaning Tips From the Pros

With over 300 condos, cabins and townhomes to clean, our housekeeping staff has to be among the best in the business. Tara, our Director of Housekeeping has these top 5 tips for you that her staff uses to good effect daily.

Housekeeping Tips From the Pro1) Does your shower head have a hard water film on it? Then try this. Take a bag of vinegar and tie it to your showerhead; let set for 30 minutes; take bag off scrub shower head, and then rinse it will be squeaky clean!

2) To remove grease on microwaves, door handles, light switch plates and other surfaces use some dish liquid and hot water with a magic eraser. It comes right off. Do this regularly and the buildup will not be as bad.

3) To eliminate pet odors use white vinegar to cover the solid areas then cover with baking soda let set until dry. Vacuum or sweep up excess baking soda. There will be a strong pet odor but that means its lifting the odor up!

4) Do you have white grout that gets stained easily? Take vinegar and spray on the grout. Let set for 5 minutes then take a brush and scrub the grout and it will immediately go back to its original color. Wipe up excess vinegar.

5) To get red wine stains out of clothing or carpet try spraying peroxide on stain. Let it set for a couple minutes then wash.

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Gotta Love Nature in Branson’s Busiek State Forest


Branson Missouri is very well known for a vast playground for nature lovers out there. It may be a small town but the experience you can have in Branson is totally limitless. Of course, you may have heard or read about Branson’s live music shows and that it is the live entertainment capital of the world, but there is certainly more to Branson than that. For your Branson vacation, dare to do more by keeping in touch with nature. Visit Branson’s Busiek State Forest to experience nature at its best.Branson Busiek State Forest

The Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area is located off of Highway 65. It is one of the best places you can go to so you can see Missouri’s rugged landscape. This breathtaking forest will surely leave you at awe whether you are a hiker, trail rider, bird watcher, naturalist, or something else. For the activities that you could do in Busiek Stare Forest and Wildlife Area, let this serve as a guide for you.

Hiking is one of the famous activities in Busiek State Forest. This beautiful forest is every hiker’s heaven. It has a range of 2,505 forested acres, and it also has fourteen miles of trails. It doesn’t matter whether you are a novice hiker or a professional one, because the Busiek State Forest has several trails varying in their length and difficulty to suit every hiker’s skill. The trails are also marked very well so you can navigate easily inside the forest. Just a heads up for those who are planning to go hiking, be careful of the loose rocks in some of the trails as these might get you injured. Also, if you are hiking during a warmer season, be careful of the snakes that come out in some trails. Nevertheless, you have every reason to enjoy these trails and get a thrilling hiking experience in Branson.

You can also do some horseback riding in Busiek State Forest. You also get to choose which trail will you ride, and tehse trails also differ in their degree of difficulty. The most challenging trail is the Silver Trail and the trail which is fit for beginners is the Red Trail. There will also be obstacles along the way such as creek crossings, mud holes, and many others to make the trail even more exciting.

For the naturalists, the Busiek State Forest is a perfect site for camping to observe the plethora of flora and fauna in the area. Some of these are seasonal so you are sure of something new to see for every season you visit. For the spring season, you can find Redbud and Dogwood trees. For the summer, you can find sycamores. Busiek State Forest also serves as a home to many different species of birds like the Red Tailed Hawks, finches, Blue Jays, and many more. If you want to go camping in the area, you must secure a camping permit from the conservation department of Busiek State Forest.

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Catch the Daniel O’Donnell Shows in Branson


Branson is all about music and that is one major reason why you should be in Branson. It is only in Branson where you can experience the best music with the freshest renditions and performed by the best musical talents in Branson. For your Branson vacation, make sure that you get to catch the live music shows in Branson that made it very famous around the globe.Daniel O'Donnell Shows in Branson

One musical talent in Branson that you should not miss out on is the show of Daniel O’Donnell. Daniel O’Donnell is also known as Daniel Bosco. He grew up in Donegal, Ireland which is a small town on the coast. As there were many O’Donnell’s in the area at that time, Daniel’s family chose the surname Bosco so as to distinguish themselves from the others. As a child, Daniel O’Donell had an affinity for music. He began playing music at an early age. His musical influences was his older sister, Margaret O’Donnell, who began her musical career at the early age of twelve. Daniel would always travel with his mother to lots of places to watch his sister perform. Then, Daniel got his own chance at performing his music when Margaret invited him onstage to sing with her. And as they say, the rest is history.

Daniel’s musical career started with Irish country music. He was still a teenager back then and he became an overnight success. He was a musical prodigy at his age. Daniel O’Donnell is not only known as a great singer but also as someone who values his fans very much. After his shows, he would be more than willing to stand for hours to sign autographs and for photo op with the fans. He would even invite his fans to his house on the Donegal Coast to have tea and a good conversation with him. This is his own way of saying thank you to the fans who have made him into what he is now. The people adore him because of his talent, and a big heart at that, too. What’s not to love in Daniel O’Donnell?

Daniel O’Donnell is a huge music star in Ireland, Australia, and America. But you do not have to go all these places just to catch him performing in his shows. You can just come over to Branson Missouri and watch Daniel O’Donnell. The shows of Daniel are being held next winter at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater, which is located in Highway 76, Branson’s entertainment district.

To make your stay in Branson more convenient, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort which is located just a few blocks away from Branson’s entertainment district. Thousand Hills has various lodging options that you can choose from to give you a break from the usual hotel rooms and motel rooms for your vacation. Make your vacation in Branson a blast by staying in Thousand Hills and seeing the live music shows, especially those by Daniel O’Donnell. For more inquiries and information, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Choose Right. Choose Thousand Hills Real Estate.


Having a home is one of the goals of everyone. May it be your primary home or a vacation home, choosing the perfect place for it is no joke.  With a decision as big as this, you have to consider a lot of factors to make sure that you make the right choice.Branson lake condos

If you are considering having a home in Branson Missouri, then you have come to the right place. A home in Branson lets you live in the live entertainment capital of the world. You can enjoy any live music show or play that you want to watch anytime you like to have it. Fun and exciting activities and attractions abound the area so you can always have a good time. Branson also has the best restaurants and outlet malls, so staying in Branson not only can let you save some bucks, it also guarantees you the best food and fashion finds.

Living in Branson is so much more convenient when you are in some place that is close to entertainment and nature. Having a home from one of Branson’s real estate leaders is the best decision you can make for yourself and for the family. Thousand Hills Golf Resort, one of the leaders in the real estate industry in Branson, brings you the perfect vacation homes. Choose from golf condos, golf homes, log cabins, and lakefront condos near Table Rock Lake, one of Branson’s most beautiful lakes. These real estate options in Branson are perfect for all the adventure lovers and nature-seeking people out there. The location of Thousand Hills Golf Resort is just minutes away from the entertainment district, and some of the best outlet malls and restaurants in Branson. For golf enthusiasts and those who want to learn more about the sport, you can also have a grand time in Thousand Hills because it houses on of the best golf courses in the Midwest. The 18-hole golf course caters to different skill levels of golfers, too. Thousand Hills is also located near Branson theme parks and the TriLakes Area. Have as much adventure as you can in Branson. Living in Branson would feel like you are on a vacation everyday.

Don’t miss the chance of getting the perfect vacation home for you in Branson. Thousand Hills gives you the best choice for you and your family. Get to know more about the real estate choices in Thousand Hills by calling 1-800-495-4653. You can also visit their website at

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Lots of Love in Branson this Valentine’s Day


Branson is a city that takes pride in celebrating momentous occasions in the grandest and most memorable way possible. It is also a prime vacation destination for families, friends, and couples because of the countless attractions and activities that people of all ages will truly enjoy. For the coming month of February, come and celebrate Valentine’s Day in Branson with your loved one.Valentine's Day in Branson

Branson Missouri, the live music capital of the world, gives you a fun and romantic experience this February 14. Show your loved one just how much they mean to you by treating them to a grand vacation in Branson Missouri. Valentine’s Day in Branson is regarded to be a special and joyous celebration of love. You can choose to come to Branson the weekend before or on Valentine’s Day itself to catch the love month specials of several establishments here.

During Valentine’s Day in Branson, the restaurants offer a special menu for the couple. You can also avail of the Valentine’s Day promos in Branson’s outlet malls. While shopping may not be what Branson is famous for, the outlet malls in the area are the places you should visit for great discounts and the latest fashion finds. Bring your date to Branson’s entertainment district in 76 Country Music Boulevard to witness the best live music shows. During February, most, if not all, of these shows serenade you with love songs of yesterday and today. If you and your date are lucky, you might even get to have ticket discounts. You can catch a movie also with your date, and February 14 is the perfect time to see a romantic movie. The theme parks in Branson are also ready to offer you added thrills and adventures. Feel like a kid again in the Track Family Fun Parks, Xtreme Racing Center, and a lot more. There are also a lot of nature parks if you want a more calming experience. Branson museums also join in the fun of celebrating Valentine’s Day with you and your sweetheart. Museums like the Titanic Museum have Valentine’s specials, which could also make for an interesting and unique date.

While you are in Branson for your Valentine’s Day getaway, make sure that your stay is comfortable and convenient at the same time. Choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for your lodging place because it is situated close to the Branson’s theaters, malls, restaurants, and parks. Thousand Hills also offers you various lodging options to choose from. Choose from a log cabin, golf front condo, or a lakefront condo to make your Valentine’s Day a memorable one. Reserve your vacation home for Valentine’s Day now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Going Fast and Furious at Branson’s Xtreme Racing Center


Are you the daredevil type who would want to spend a lot of time going full speed? Good news for you, because you still can enjoy that kind of thrill even while you are on a vacation. If you visit Branson Missouri, you will have the most thrilling vacation of your life. There is never a dull moment in Branson because you will never run out of things to do here. You can go swimming in the TriLakes Area, play mini golf, watch the world-famous live music shows, and a lot more.Xtreme Racing Center

One of the thrills that you can get in Branson is racing. The Xtreme Racing Center in Branson will give you just that. It is located in 76 Country Music Boulevard, which is also known to be Branson’s entertainment district. Xtreme Racing Center has brought high speed fun to Branson guests by letting them experience world-class Sodi racing karts that can go at speeds of at most 40 mph. This Branson attraction draws in crowds of all ages. However, it has certain requirements that racers should comply to in order to ensure the safety and full enjoyment racers in the Xtreme Racing Center.

Adult and youth racers should be at least 51 inches tall for them to be able to ride. For kid racers, they must be at least 42 inches tall. After these requirements are met, the racers can then have their own Racing License issued by Xtreme Racing Center. The Racing Licenses are $7.99 for adults and kids. There are also required safety wears for the racers. A helmet with a head sock underneath should be worn whenever you are racing. Visitors of Xtreme Racing Center are allowed to bring their own helmets, but it must be approved by Xtreme Racing Center.

The racers can try riding three types of karts in this race park – the kid karts for kid racers, GT5 and RT8 for adults. For adult racers, they must start with the GT5 first, and must move up to using the RT8. For kid racers, they should start with the kid karts, and move up to GT5, and on to RT8. You can also upgrade your license by showing your timing sheet at the ticket counter, and you can have the upgrade for free.

In order to race, you must purchase credits. One credit is to one race. Adult credits are for $18.99 and kid credits are for $11.99 each. When you buy bundles of three, five, ten, or more, you also get to have discounts. VIP Driver Memberships are also available at the Xtreme Racing Center.

You are in for a thrilling time in Branson. Make your vacation even more memorable by staying close to the tracks. Choose to stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort, which is located very near Branson’s entertainment district. Choose from various lodging options to suit your vacation needs. For more inquiries and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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A Fun Experience at Branson’s Greatest Adventures Minigolf


Branson may be known worldwide for its live music shows, but there is more to this place than just the live music shows. It is also home to the best theme parks that the whole family will surely enjoy. With activities and attractions for people of all ages, you can bring along the family, your friends, and your special someone for a grand vacation time in the premier vacation destination in the Midwest.Greatest Adventures Minigolf

One of the attractions in Branson is its outstanding and award-winning golf courses, which draw in a lot of golfing enthusiasts every year. These golf courses in Branson are suitable for any skill level – may you be a novice or a golf expert. An example of this golf course in Branson is the Thousand Hills Golf Course which features 18 holes, and also caters to three levels of difficulty so anyone can raise their game to a higher level. The Branson golf experience has become popular, which is why it has become a top golfing destination in America, too. To extend the golfing experience of the guests, Branson gives everyone the newest and the largest Branson minigolf experience at the Greatest Adventures Minigolf.

The Greatest Adventures was built in 2008, and since then it has been a staple destination for the golf enthusiasts. Built with quality time for the family in mind, each of the 36 holes of Greatest Adventures Minigolf is designed for fun and also to pose a challenge for every member of the family. Some of the exciting scenarios that you can encounter in the Greatest Adventures Minigolf are a waterfall cave, jungle animals, and Egyptian artifacts. To make the experience even more thrilling, you can also encounter a smoking dragon as you play a game of golf.

Greatest Adventures also gives the guests a chance to take home something for them to remember the wonderful time they had here. A large gift shop can be found inside where you can buy Branson souvenirs and toys. If the minigolfing experience is too much for you already, you can chill, take a break, and grab a snack in the patio and snack bar, which is located next to the waterfall. For the guests who are not that fond of the outdoors, you can also opt to stay inside and enjoy entertainment from the flat screen TV. People of all ages are truly welcome in Greatest Adventures Minigolf!

Make your stay in Branson a convenient one by choosing Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort as your lodging place. Thousand Hills is located minutes away from Greatest Adventures so you can have that much needed rest after spending a long day in the golf park. Thousand Hills also offers you affordable lodging options to suit your needs, a breathtaking view of the Ozark woods, golf course, and Table Rock Lake, and proximity to Branson’s entertainment district. Plan your vacation now and let Thousand Hills be your partner in making this a memorable one for you. For reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Come To Branson Table Rock Lakes For A Fun Water Adventure


The lakes area in Branson Missouri may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Branson. But the Branson TriLakes Area are here to prove that Branson is not just about the magnificent live music shows. It is also a place where families, friends, and couples can spend some quality time and have the best memories that they can have.Table Rock Lake

The TriLakes Area in Branson is composed of Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, and Table Rock Lake. In spotlight for now is Branson Table Rock Lake, which is also known to be one of the most pristine and tranquil waters in the Midwest. Table Rock Lake is 52,000 acres of pure water fun for you. Now, the lake is a hotspot for people who are craving for water activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, diving, and a lot more. Let us back track to how Table Rock Lake came to be the famous lake that it is at present.

Table Rock Lake’s history all began with the building of the dam in 1958. The dam was built for flood control purposes, and also to provide the Branson locals with water and hydroelectric power. Originally, the site for the dam was in Table Rock Mountain but the place was found out to be unstable for the dam, so it was transferred to its present location today. As soon as the dam was completed across White River, Branson Table Rock Lake was brought to life.

Your visit to the Table Rock Lakes in Branson is never a boring one. You can hop aboard the Showboat Branson Belle and enjoy a breathtaking cruise of the lake. You also get to have a sumptuous dinner and live entertainment while on the cruise. Table Rock Lake is also a famous site for bass fishing. Fishing enthusiasts can catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish in this lake. The lake’s temperature is also a perfect habitat for trout.

The surroundings of Table Rock Lake is so calming that the lodging places around here has become a favorite for Branson guests. You can choose from over a hundred resorts for your home away from home when you visit the lakes area in Branson. One of the popular choices for you is Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills gives you more lodging options to choose from so you can find one that really suits your needs. Choose from a log cabin, golf front condo, or you can stay close to Table Rock Lake by choosing the lakefront condo in Thousand Hills.

Make your stay in Branson a very special one by visiting Table Rock Lake and staying at Thousand Hills. For reservations and inquiries on Thousand Hills’ lodging, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Cool Branson Treats for Hot Summer Nights

Brace yourselves, Branson locals and Branson visitors. Summer will be here before you know it! And in the Ozarks, summer tends to be hot. Very hot. Summers in Branson may get toasty, but don’t worry! There are plenty of places that serve some cool treats that are sure to help you get through the heat wave ahead. Branson is known nationally for its great food – and lucky for you, ice cream is on the list! Read on for some great venues to get cool Branson treats for hot summer nights.

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Andy’s makes it fun to be a kid for a while! That famous Andy’s jingle can put anybody in the mood for a cool treat – especially in the summertime. Good thing there is an Andy’s Frozen Custard in Branson, located right on The Strip! Get ready for cold treats like Snowmonster Concretes, Root Beer Floats, Custom Concretes, and Take Home Pints. The frozen custard at Andy’s is made fresh every hour, so you know you are getting a good quality treat. Be sure to look for seasonal favorites like the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae and Key Lime Pie Concretes!

Cakes n Creams

Everybody likes a little 50s with their dessert, right? Then come on over to Cakes n Creams, located on The Strip! They have the biggest ice cream selection in Branson. Here you can get delicious flavors like classic vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, and Cotton Candy, Cheesecake, Amazon Storm, Chocolate Rainforest, and more! And if you want a really sweet ice cream treat, try The Famous Cakes n Creams Supreme – a funnel cake topped with your choice of ice cream, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and a cherry!

Coldstone Creamery

For some of the best ice cream around that comes with a show, visit Coldstone Creamery, located on (you guessed it!) The Strip! Your custom ice cream creation is made on a frozen granite stone (hence the name) and is served by singing waiters and waitresses who can juggle ice cream. Coldstone Creamery likes to call this experience ‘the 10 minute vacation’ for their customers. The made fresh ice cream at Coldstone can be customized to suit your taste, or you can order one of their Signature Creations – like Oreo Overload, Birthday Cake Remix or The Pie Who Loved Me!

Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery

Get ready for ice cream EVERYTHING at this tasty treat shop on The Strip! Flavors like Banana Rum, Cotton Candy, Black Cherry and Vanilla Bean are served alongside frozen yogurt, Ice Cream Dream Cakes, Ice Cream Pizza and Ice Cream Cupcakes!

Branson has no shortage of sweet ice cream treat shops. Stop in and get a scoop near you today!

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Celebrate America at Silver Dollar City

It is no secret that America is a great place to live. Here we have the freedom to vote in a democracy, worship how we choose, and enjoy privileges like air conditioning and clean water. The things we enjoy as Americans should never be taken for granted, and we should always take every opportunity to celebrate our great country. And there is no better place to celebrate America than Silver Dollar City in the summertime in Branson, Missouri. Old fashioned and patriotic, Silver Dollar City is an all American theme park that you will be glad to celebrate in!

All American Craftsmanship

If you have ever heard of Silver Dollar City before, chances are that you’ve heard about the outstanding craftsmen and women making and selling products throughout the park. The craftspeople at Silver Dollar City are proud to celebrate America and her heritage through their work. The skills showcased at Silver Dollar City are time honored practices that have been handed down through generations of American craftsmen. You will hear the sound of hammers ringing on steel at the blacksmith shop, and feel the heat from a kiln on your face as you watch skilled tradesmen make delicate blown glass. Woodworkers, potters, leatherworkers, jewelry makers, painters and more are stationed around the park to help you celebrate America and appreciate the culture of this great nation!

All American Food

Americans love food – there is no question about that. At Silver Dollar City, America’s culinary heritage is celebrated year round! Get ready for some timeless treats and good old fashioned comfort foods. The city is well-known for their hot and tasty funnel cakes – nothing is more all American than these fried treats that come dusted with powdered sugar! Kettle corn is also a park favorite, and it makes a good snack any time of year. Hamburgers, barbeque and skillet meals make for some hearty park fare, and coffee, cocoa, tea, lemonade and soda are there to top it all off.

All American Rides

Nobody does theme park rides like America. And nobody in America does theme park rides like Silver Dollar City! Their latest and greatest roller coaster, Outlaw Run, broke records around the world and put Silver Dollar City in the history making spotlight- again. If barrel rolling on a wooden coaster isn’t quite your style, fear not! The park has lots of other ride options for you! Take a float down the Lost River, perfect for a hot summer day! Or let the breeze from sailing high on the Giant Barn Swing cool you down. The American Plunge, Thunderation, and even the Silver Dollar City Train make for some great rides as well. Silver Dollar City also features a playground/ride area for younger kids, so nobody has to miss out on the all American fun!

Silver Dollar City is the perfect place to celebrate America this summer. Pack some sunscreen, grab the kids, and head to the city for a patriotic celebration you will never forget!

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