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Come and Enjoy Silver Dollar City’s World Fest


Silver Dollar City is a famous theme park in Branson not only because of its unique 1880s vibes, but also because of the attractions and festivals in the park. Any season or month would be a great opportunity to visit Silver Dollar City since there is always a new festival for you to enjoy. Visit Silver Dollar City from April to May to enjoy one of the biggest festivals in the park – the World Fest.

If the thought of going to Silver Dollar City itself is exciting enough already, wait until you get to experience the World Fest. Who would not get excite with the thought of high flying Kenyan and Chinese acrobats, Irish step-dancers, Trinidadian drummers, Italian flag-throwers, Russian circus performers, and so much more? This April 9 to May 3, all roads lead to Silver Dollar City for the biggest International Festival in America.

You can experience different cultures from around the world in World Fest. Watch exciting and awesome performances from talents across the globe. This year, you can see new performances from Cirque Zuma Zuma, which is a combination of African traditional dances and death0defying acrobatics. There is also Ireland The Show, which is oftentimes referred to as the next generation of Riverdance because of the world-class Celtic dances. An award-winning all-female group will also visit World Fest. The Ansambel Navihanke from Slovenia will perform for the guests, showcasing their folk melodies. Duo del Sol, an incredibly talented pair of musicians, will also treat the audiences to a show of Latin, jazz, folk, and classical music. Other shows like Stix on Steel, Island Fire, and Ecuador Manta will also return this year in the World Fest to amaze the audience.

Aside from the shows, another great thing about the World Fest is the food. If you want to feel like you have gone for a food trip all over the world, come to Tastes of the world in Valley Road. Tastes of the World features exotic and delectable cuisines from different countries. Taste different dishes and learn more about the colorful heritage that surrounds that particular dish.

Experiencing the world is not as difficult as it may seem because Branson’s World Fest brings the countries closer to you. Plan your Branson trip now to have a blast at Silver Dollar City. For your lodging needs, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills offers you affordable and comfortable lodging options, and it is also located very near Silver Dollar City so you can be home in just minutes after a long day of adventure in the World Fest. For more inquiries on the lodging options and for reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430. 

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Where The Best Branson Cabins Are


Branson has gained popularity mainly for its live music shows. That is also why it is called the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Aside from the music shows, Branson also houses the best theme parks and nature parks in the area. Branson is also one of the places where you can get your much-deserved rest and relaxation. De-stress, unwind, and chill in Branson Missouri whenever you want to.

All year round, Branson is filled with many exciting and fun activities and attractions. Each season sees a brand new list of activities that will surely make the tourists coming back for more. One of Branson’s attractions is Silver Dollar City. This theme park features lots of world-class rides and shows for people of all ages. Branson also has three of the most pristine lakes in Missouri in its TriLakes Area. Have a good time in Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Table Rock Lake, where you can do several water activities such as swimming, diving, fishing, and boating. Aside from the adventure-filled places in Branson, it is also a good place to visit if you want to have a great shopping and dining experience. Eat at the best restaurants and shop until you drop in Branson’s outlet malls.

While this may seem like a perfect mix of the outgoing city life and the chill vibes of nature, your vacation is yet to be made even more memorable with the right lodging choice. For your Branson lodging, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills has lots of lodging options for you, but if you want a very laid-back and rustic atmosphere for your vacation, get a Branson cabin in Thousand Hills. The log cabins in Thousand Hills are made of Colorado cut spruce logs, and the rustic ambiance of the cabin complements well its modern interior design. The amenities of the Branson log cabin are also top-of-the-line, because Thousand Hills believes you deserve nothing but the best of the best.

Your rental of a Branson cabin in Thousand Hills includes a fully furnished bedroom and bathroom. The cabin also has a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook your own meals and snacks. You can also have quality moments with your loved ones in the cabin’s spacious living room. There is also a private deck where you can have some quiet time to yourself, too. Plus, Thousand Hills makes it even more convenient for you since it is located just minutes away from Branson’s entertainment district and theme parks!

Enjoy your Branson vacation even more by staying in Thousand Hills’ log cabin. Comfort and convenience are yours when you choose Thousand Hills as your lodging place. For inquiries and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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A Tale of Two Bransons

When many folks hear ‘Branson,’ they often think of the popular Midwestern tourist destination, located in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. But there just happens to be another Branson – a ‘Sir Branson.’ This Sir Branson, more specifically, Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, is an English businessman, investor, and billionaire. According to Forbes magazine, Sir Richard Branson is the seventh richest citizen in the United Kingdom; after starting his first business at 16 years old, Sir Branson has continued to grow his wealth and his companies underneath the Virgin brand and now, he’s got his eye on the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest – it’s time for a Branson family reunion of sorts.

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What exactly led Branson to Branson? It started when Sir Richard Branson began to do a little digging into his ancestral roots, a pastime he became interested in when he became a grandfather, or a ‘grand-dude,’ as he prefers to be called. In his research of the Branson line, Branson found, well, Branson. Sir Richard just happens to be the great-great nephew of Rueben S. Branson, the founder of a once wild town full of wild cats and outlaws, known for its vigilante clans and good fishing – Branson, Missouri. “While I have been fortunate to build more than 400 companies, Reuben built a whole city,” Sir Richard admiringly notes in a self-written article on He mistakenly thought that his family’s roots were firmly entrenched in British soil – but once this entrepreneurial knight realized he was wrong, he turned his thoughts to the now civilized town that many people call home and even more vacation to.

In tweets posted on Twitter, Sir Richard Branson said that he was “exploring opportunities in Branson – want to paint the town red” – red is the color of all of Sir Richard’s Virgin companies, like Virgin mobile and Virgin Airways. The Chamber of Commerce and other citywide organizations are all very excited to see what the man worth $4.8 billion might be bringing to town – “I think first and foremost, the PR value across a greater, broader demographic --across the world, is huge to Branson," said Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Seifried in an interview with OzarksFirst news. He also noted that the economic benefits for Branson, from Branson, could be extremely positive.

There is still speculation about what Sir Richard might have planned for the booming Midwestern town – but whatever it may be, the eye of the public is going to remain on Branson…both of them!

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A Foodie Adventure in Branson Restaurants


Who doesn’t love food? Especially if it is the one you are craving for, or it looks to sumptuous that no one can ever resist? Food is also one of the things that can make a place as memorable as it is for you. So for your vacation, why not consider food tripping, too?

A good spot for a vacation during this time of the year is in Branson Missouri. Branson is known to be the premier vacation destination in the Midwest because of a lot of factors – the live music shows, theme parks, outlet malls, and restaurants. Branson restaurants are the secret to making your tummy happy while enjoying Branson as much as you can.

Are you a fan of steaks and barbecues? If you are, Branson has the best steakhouses and barbecue shacks you can find in the Midwest. Try the Lone Star Steakhouse and Salon, which is located in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. This restaurant offers big servings for your big appetites. They are also known to have the best steaks in town, so it is up to you to prove that. Another must-try steakhouse is the Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse. Savor legit Texas flavors in their steaks and seafood dishes. Another restaurant where you can have that Texas flavor is Gilley’s Texas Cafe

Seafood cravings are best satisfied in Branson Missouri. Try the various seafood restaurants that abound the area. Joe’s Crab Shack is one place that is perfect for kids and adults as it offers you tasty seafood dishes, and you also get to have your meal in a spot that is overlooking the beautiful Lake Taneycomo. The Red Lobster is another seafood place for you to try.

You can also explore dishes from different parts of the world in Branson restaurants. For Italian dishes, try dining in Olive Garden to experience legit Italian cooking. For Mexican dishes, you must try Cantina Laredo. Cantina serves authentic Mexican dishes and is located in Branson Landing.

If all you want is some simple home cooking, the ones that your mom make best, Branson still has the perfect restaurants for you. Eat in Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub, a comfortable place where you and your family and friends can enjoy special gatherings. Garfield’s also offers a diverse cuisine to suit everyone’s taste. The Farmhouse Restaurant in Branson also boasts of its home cooking meals. It is a mom and pop type of restaurant located in historic downtown Branson where you can enjoy simple yet delectable meals.

Whatever your cravings are, Branson has the answer to that. It is not only a place of music shows and parks, but Branson can also make your tummy happy. Visit Branson now and get ready for a foodie adventure! 

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Watch One of Branson’s Hottest Groups – The Cat’s Pajamas


Branson is very well known for its live music shows and it has also been one of the top tourist destinations in the Midwest. The success of its live music shows can be attributed to the individual efforts of the talented musicians and performers who never fail to delight their audiences every show. There are a lot of Branson shows for you to enjoy, so you better see most of the shows to maximize your Branson experience.

One of the hottest Branson groups is The Cat’s Pajamas. If this is the first time that you have heard or read their name, then you should get to know more about this amazing group of performers. The Cat’s Pajamas is a group of five guys who sing all their songs in a Capella. Even without the help of musical instruments, The Cat’s Pajamas are very much appreciated and adored because they are that skilled. These Branson Cats have been the talk of the town since 2005. They also appeared on NBC’s Sing-Off. The Cat’s Pajamas were once frequently seen performing on cruise ships as guest entertainers, but now they already have their very own show in one of Branson’s famous theaters. This group offers the Branson audience more than 200 shows per year. At times, they also do road shows as they travel across the country to promote their own brand of music. You can catch the Cat’s Pajamas also in school tours, which is their way of supporting the choirs and bands in the schools’ music programs.

People of all ages are definitely going to love their shows since it features timeless chart-toppers, and head-bopping and sentimental hits for the last 60 years. You can hear your favorite songs in the best acappella version. This show can also be a throwback experience to the time when you first heard a song at your school dance, your first puppy love, or any memorable moment you had. The Cat’s Pajamas will win you over with their charm, wit, and talent. The show itself is pretty simple. No grand bands here, just the wonderful tapestry of the voices of five men. In fact, The Cat’s Pajamas was voted as the best show in Branson in 2011. Watching this show is a unique experience, so better not miss out on this opportunity to experience world-class talent right here in Branson.

For your Branson vacation, choose the right lodging place. Choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you can choose from log cabins, golf condos, and lakefront condos to be your home during your vacation. Thousand Hills is also situated very near the Branson theaters so watching shows like the Cat’s Pajamas would be less of a hassle for you. Reserve your units in Thousand Hills now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Have A Vibrant April by Spending It in Branson


The month of April usually sees the vibrant colors of nature back after the winter chill. It is also a great time to spend a few days on vacation. For your vacation this April, make sure that you go to a place where you can get to appreciate the gifts of nature. One such place is Branson Missouri. Branson is mostly known for its spectacular live music shows, but it is also famous for the unique festivals and celebrations. No matter what time of the year you decide to come to Branson, there would surely be a festival waiting for you.

April in Branson is no exception for fun and excitement. And the good thing is, the crowd in Branson is not very large. You get to enjoy all the attractions and you get to spend less time falling in line, unlike in the peak months. Most of the shows in Branson ends their season in December, and begin a new season in the months of March to April. Come April, you will be one of the firsts to see a brand new show in Branson. Rave about the new acts, performers, and gimmicks that the artists will be performing. During April, the show tickets are also less expensive because there are not much tourists in town. If you happen to visit Branson around April 15 to 24, you will get the privilege to enjoy more Branson shows at a much lesser price with the Springtastic Show Spree. You can enjoy ten different Branson shows for one low price! This is one way to make the most out of your Branson experience while saving some bucks.

There are also special events in store for you this April in Branson. Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous theme park, brings you one of its most anticipated festivals – the World Fest. From April 17 to May 5, you can enjoy experiencing different cultures and several exciting performances from talents all over the world. Aside from the World Fest in Silver Dollar City, people can also participate in the US Open Bow Fishing Championship on April 6, and the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce Spring Gold Tournament on April 19.

It is always a fine day in April here in Branson. The daytime temperature ranges from 45 to 68 degrees – a perfect time to be outdoors and one with nature. So for your April vacation in Branson, get the right lodging place to be right where all the fun is. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you can get various lodging options and stay close to the entertainment district of Branson. For inquiries and reservations in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Choose Only The Best Branson Lodging


Your trip to Branson would not be the best one if you don’t get to enjoy all the activities and attractions in the area. Some of these includes watching a live music show, doing water activities in the TriLakes Area, visiting the museums, and having fun at the nature parks and theme parks in Branson. For you to enjoy more in Branson, your choice of a place to stay would also be a crucial one. You deserve nothing less than the best Branson lodging, and Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort is set to give you what you need.

Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort gives you Branson lodging that has luxury, variety, and convenience. Say goodbye to having hotel rooms for your vacation, because Thousand Hills offers you homier options such as the secluded Branson cabins, golf front condos, and the lakefront condos. The Branson cabins are situated in the wood of the Ozarks so you can have a peaceful and rustic ambiance. The golf front condos are perfect for the golf enthusiasts since it is located very near the greens of the 18-hole golf course in Thousand Hills, which is also considered to be the best in Branson. The lakefront condo, on the other hand, is located near Table Rock Lake to give you a breath of fresh air and a spectacular scenery. All these lodging options in Thousand Hills gives you free wireless internet, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, cable televisions equipped with premium channels, exercise facilities, and many more. These lodging options also have fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, with king-sized beds and Jacuzzi tubs. Fully equipped kitchens are also a nice feature of these units so you can opt to do your own cooking instead of going out to Branson restaurants. The lakefront condo units also has a private boat dock and has swimming access to Table Rock Lake.

Imagine staying here for your Branson vacation – you get to have all the things you need and want, and let the Ozarks take care of the peace and quiet that you deserve. Yet, these units are not located far away from the city. In fact, it is only minutes away from Branson’s entertainment district. You can enjoy your favorite artist’s concert or show, and be in the comforts of your own home in just minutes. How good would that be?

When planning for a Branson vacation, keep in mind that you deserve the best Branson lodging, and you can have this only in Thousand Hills. Book your trip to Branson now, and get ready for one awesome adventure only in the Live Entertainment Capital of the World! For more inquiries and reservations, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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The Ozark Empire Fair

Just about everybody loves going to the fair. It is an event so full of excitement and fun and new things to see and do that you almost can’t help but love it! Most people have fair memories full of things like cotton candy, Ferris wheels, livestock shows, corndogs, concerts and more – and the Ozark Empire Fair, held annually in Springfield, Missouri, about an hour north of Branson, has all that and then some. If you happen to be visiting Branson during the fair season and are looking for something fun to do, you are in for a treat!

The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds are always a host site to a fun and interesting event – but the biggest and the best is, of course, the annual Ozark Empire Fair. For seventy-eight years, the fair has been bringing joy and excitement to the Ozarks community. Ozark Empire Fair (OEF) has grassroots beginnings in the early 1900s. What began as a traveling display of handwork and crafts that was always held somewhere in Springfield soon grew in popularity so that the fair needed a more permanent location. A location was found next to the grounds of the city zoo, and once it was approved, stock shares in the new endeavor were offered; thanks to the monetary funds from the stocks, along from many financial gifts from those in the community, construction was soon underway.

The first official Ozark Empire Fair held at the OEF Fairgrounds and Event center was held in October of 1937. The popularity of OEF continued to grow and today, the event attracts thousands through its gates each year. Visitors can enjoy a carnival put on by Wade Shows, where you can ride all those thrillers that only the fair can offer. Pig races, petting zoos and camel rides are also favorites – after all, who wouldn’t want to cheer on a pig or find out what it’s like to perch on a camel’s hump? Music, art displays, a local market, and plenty of kid activities are also on hand for your OEF enjoyment. Be sure to catch a livestock show while you are there – no fair is complete without seeing a few cute kids showing cows and sheep.

OEF is constantly adding new rides, exhibits and activities. You’ll want to come back year after year to continue making great fair memories with your family!

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Lambert's Cafe is an Ozarks Institution

There are a lot of good places to eat in the Ozarks, and many different types of cuisine showcased here. There are restaurants serving Mexican food, or cubbyhole sandwich shops, or fine dining Italian venues. You can find Chinese food (Springfield, Missouri, is actually the birthplace of cashew chicken!), Greek food, American food (think fried chicken or hamburgers and milkshakes!) and every sort of food in between. Many of the restaurants that serve food around here are quite well know and have been at it for some time. But none are as popular, or as famous, as Lambert’s Café in Ozark, Missouri. It’s well worth the drive if you are staying in Branson – so get ready to catch some throwed rolls, folks!

Lambert's Cafe, Ozark MO"We hope you come hungry, leave full, and hopefully have a laugh or two!" This is the motto of Lambert’s Café, the only home of throwed rolls. Folks who are from out of town and visiting Lambert’s for the first time are often amazed by the generous portion sizes of hearty, home cooked food – and of course, the fact that food is regularly thrown around the restaurant! Most people will agree that Lambert’s Café is certainly one of the most fun and filling places to eat in the Ozarks!

Lambert’s Café came about on March 13, 1942, when Earl and Agnes Lambert made a business transaction that would later make history as the home of throwed rolls. With a mere 14 cents between them both, they borrowed $1,500 from an acquaintance, hired 5 people to work from them, and opened for business in a small building on South Main Street in Sikeston Missouri. The café could seat a total of 41 people, and served meat, vegetables and sweet treats. The café was establishing a foothold during the difficult years of World War II, and rationing of supplies made for a tough break in the restaurant and food service industry. But through perseverance and dedication, Lambert’s Café came out on top and today, boasts three locations: one in Sikeston, Missouri, one in Ozark, Missouri, and one in Foley, Alabama.

This historically rich and tasty café does not accept credit cards, but instead prefers to deal in cash and checks. Chances are, if you arrive at meal time, you may have a long wait ahead of you! But don’t worry – this cool, old fashioned restaurant has plenty to look at while you pass the time. Once you’re seated, get ready to enjoy foods like fried okra, chicken and dumplings, taters, macaroni and tomatoes, black eyed peas, and of course, those throwed rolls. Save room to polish off your big meal with some tasty dessert! You can even order a few things to take home, like a cinnamon roll or some house BBQ sauce.

With such a long history and such a great eating experience, it’s no wonder that so many folks will go out of their way to visit Lambert’s Café. Be one of their next guests – you are sure to leave full and happy!

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One of the Original Shows in Branson - The Baldknobbers

The BaldknobbersIt is no secret that Branson has been around for a long time. It has a rich history behind it, one full of bluegrass and wooded hills and dreams. Branson was first made famous when author Harold Bell Wright wrote and published the book ‘The Shepherd of the Hills’ in 1907 – after the novel was released, everyone wanted to see this backwoods town. Branson’s fame and size of township continued to grow and today, Branson is home to world famous theme parks, fantastic lakes, and of course, those amazing shows. The shows are what draw people to Branson year after year – but how did the show circuit get started in Branson? The answer would be the Mabe Brothers, an old skating rink, and a show called The Baldknobbers – the show that started it all.

In 1959, Jim, Lyle, Bill and Bob Mabe decided to make history in the Ozarks with a show that would feature timeless country music and down home comedy that would help make the town of Branson famous. Using the name of the vigilante group of old, the Mabe brother’s show became known as ‘The Baldknobbers’ – and they were an almost instant hit. Locals, tourists, and fisherman who came to test the waters fell in love with The Baldknobbers musical, funny and authentic show. The Mabe brothers show grew so popular that they decided to relocate their production to an old skating rink in town – this rink became Branson’s first live entertainment theater.

In 1968, the now famous show expanded again, this time into The Baldknobbers Theater on Highway 76. The current theater has been renovated a whopping six times, and now proudly seats an audience of 1,500 guests who come to see the show. After the fame of The Baldknobbers, other shows began popping up in Branson and today, the town has more live theater sets than Broadway!

Second and third generation family of the original four Mabe brothers are proud to carry on their family traditions. They play music from modern hits to old country classics and back again, making sure to mix lots of side-splitting comedy in between! With a talented Christian cast (many of whom performed at other well-known venues before coming to rest at The Baldknobbers Theater) and great special effects, you will see why The Baldknobbers has always been a favorite in Branson.

Now that you know the history and the inspiration that still rings true today behind The Baldknobbers, the show that started it all, you won’t want to miss catching this great Branson show. Chances are, you will end up wanting to see it again and again! So book your tickets to see The Baldknobbers today.

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