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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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Retiring to Branson? There Are No Shortage of Activities to Keep You Busy!

Many newly retired folks, or folks preparing to retire, often question one of two things – or maybe even both! What are those questions? Number one is “where will I live?” and number two is “what will I do?” People who have spent their lives in the workplace are often uncomfortable with the thought of not having something to occupy their time, and sometimes worry about having an affordable place to live. If these are questions on YOUR mind, relax! Branson, Missouri, and the surrounding area is the perfect place to spend your retirement. Branson is highly affordable – with numerous real estate options to fit any style and budget (check out Thousand Hills condos!) and even strictly seasonal options, this town has you covered. And what about the activities for retired folks in and around Branson? Well, you can…

Take Up Fishing

Let’s face it – most men like to fish. Most men probably wish they could fish nearly 24/7. While retirement may not give you quite that much time to spend fishing, it will give you plenty of free hours to spend with a line in the water! The Branson/Tri-Lakes area is famous for its fishing – so now is the time to buy that fishing vest, dig out that dusty tackle box, and hit the water. Table Rock Lake is a prime bass fishing spot and is home to several bass tournaments. Lake Taneycomo is a grand place to fish for trout in the cooler waters – especially right below the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery! If you are more of a creek or stream person, the local fishermen would be happy to direct you to several area streams that make beautiful fishing settings. Not only is retirement the perfect time to start fishing more frequently, it is also the perfect time to buy a boat. Bass Pro in Springfield or on the Branson Landing has a big selection of quality boats to outfit any fisherman (or woman)!

Ride a Reining Horse

Many people who had an interest in horses when they were younger often revisit that interest in retirement. What better time to get involved in a discipline like reining? Unlike many other equine sports, reining is geared more towards adults than children. Bobby Avila, of Avila Performance Horses LLC in Rogersville (fifty minutes north of Branson) is your go to guy if this is an activity you would like to get into. The sport of reining is all about smooth partnership and control. Judges want to see athletic horses with good attitudes and smooth movements, and a rider that is in control of the horse – and nobody understands this as well as Bobby. He has won and placed in several national competitions, and is ready to help you achieve your reining goals! Bobby trains horses for individuals, coaches riders, and also rides horses for investors (so if you want to be involved, but may not want to ride in competitions, Bobby rides the horse for you). Retirement is a great time to get back in the saddle! You can get started by visiting

Volunteer Your Time

Now that you have more time on your hands, retirement may be a point in your life where you want to start giving back! There are numerous opportunities to volunteer to help your community in and around the Branson area. You can volunteer at the local libraries, sign up to help at special events like the NAIA Tournament held annually at College of the Ozarks and events held to honor veterans, or even be a lunch buddy for a child at area schools.

Branson is a great place to retire – you will never run out of things keep you occupied and involved! So check out Branson and start your retirement journey today.

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Buying Healthy and Delicious Bison Meat in Branson!

Are you looking for a different red meat option to bring to your table? Do you want a healthier red meat, or maybe just something with a different flavor? Are you searching for a more sustainable protein source to feed your family, or just something unique to bring to your next neighborhood barbeque? Then get ready to give bison meat a try! Bison meat is a delicious, healthy and sustainable red meat option that you and your family will love. Now, you’re probably wondering where in the world you can purchase bison meat in Branson. (a sister company of Miller Bison at Elkhead Ranch in Bruner, Missouri) is the answer! You can order online and have it shipped directly to your door. So what are you waiting for? Try some bison meat today!

The bison meat from comes with a promise to consumers – a Responsibly Ranch Raised promise. The bison that come off of Randy and Jane Miller’s Nebraska and Missouri ranches are raised in a low stress environment with plenty of room to roam and graze naturally. The bison are never exposed to steroids, growth hormone or antibiotics, making this product a responsible choice for both you and the animals. This product not only tastes great, it’s sustainable too!

The bison meat you will find at is all dry aged. This ensures a final product that is more flavorful and tender than meat that has been wet aged. During this process, the bison meat is hung in a refrigerated cooler and is never injected with added fillers or wet down with chemicals. This process allows natural enzymes to break down tissue in the muscle, tenderizing the meat and causing moisture to evaporate, creating greater flavor. Bison meat has 2.42 grams of fat per 100 grams – choice beef, however, hits the health charts at 18.54 grams of fat per 100 grams. Bison has fewer calories than other meats, and a higher amount of protein as well. It not only has great flavor, but it’s healthy too!

There are a variety of cuts to purchase at – everything from bison steaks to beef jerky to ground burger to roasts to dog treats. also features recipes, videos and cooking tips for bison meat – so if you are a little unsure of how to get started, the information is all there. also offers specials on products periodically, so be sure to check back often.

Some people wonder if eating bison meat is morally responsible because they think that bison are endangered. Good news! Bison herd numbers today are strong, and by purchasing Responsibly Ranch Raised bison meat, you are ensuring that there will be a reason to keep adding to the herds of this majestic animal. So head on over to to purchase your delicious and healthy bison meat today!

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Dogwood Canyon – A One Of A Kind Nature Park

The Ozarks are full of beautiful places to visit. Towering oak forests, sparkling blue lakes, ridge tops with panoramic views, meadows dotted with wildflowers – you name it, the Ozarks probably have it. But if you really want to see some of the Ozarks most beautiful, breathtaking, rugged, natural, one of a kind scenery, plan a visit to Dogwood Canyon! Here you will find a ten thousand acre natural paradise that is just as lovely as its name. So grab your camera – you won’t want to miss this one of a kind nature park in the Ozarks!

"Preserve, promote, and protect the natural environment of the canyon’s wildlife and plant life." This is the mission statement of Dogwood Canyon, located in Lampe, Missouri, about forty-five minutes south of Branson. The beginnings of the park property were put in place in 1990 by Johnny Morris, eco-philanthropist and the founder of the Bass Pro Shops empire. Today, the park is owned, operated and maintained by the Dogwood Canyon Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the canyon’s natural plant and wildlife environment. They share this goal and their visions with the public through many different outdoor activities and workshops.

The activities offered at Dogwood Canyon are as one of a kind of the park. Set against a backdrop of land that has been virtually untouched by human hands, you won’t want to miss a chance to participate! Dogwood Canyon offers guided tram tours, hiking and biking trails, fishing opportunities, and LOTS of horseback riding – you can take a trail ride through the wilderness, or even participate in a real cattle drive! Dogwood Canyon also offers a two day fly fishing school for those wanting to hone their fly fishing skills.

If you fall in love with Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and want to hold a special day there, you can rent the Wilderness Chapel! Built from local lumber and replicated to resemble an 1800s chapel, this is the perfect place to hold a wedding, special services, vow renewals, and meetings. The back wall of the Wilderness Chapel is made entirely of windows, so that you and your guests will have a view of one of Dogwood Canyon’s most beautiful waterfalls. It’s definitely a one of a kind place to say ‘I do!’

While Dogwood Canyon is wild and rugged, it also has a spot or two to attend to your basic needs! Check out the Outdoor Café after a day of hiking, fishing or horseback riding for some great outdoor grub like Elk Burgers, Trout BLTs and more!

Dogwood Canyon is a nature park beyond compare – and their mission is one worth supporting. So make Dogwood Canyon Nature Park a spot you and your family visit often! Then you too, can help preserve, promote, and protect one of the Ozarks most unique hotspots.

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Hiking and Fishing at Miller Bison at Elkhead Ranch

Lots of folks come to the Branson/Tri-Lakes area for the outdoor activities. Fishing, hiking, nature watching and boating are just some of the things that people come to this area looking for. If you want a truly unique fishing and/or hiking experience near Branson, pack your tackle box and hiking boots, and head up to Miller Bison at Elkhead Ranch – because where else in the area can you hike and fish in the presence of the American Bison? Make sure to pack your camera – this is one outdoor trip you will definitely want to photograph!

elkhead-ranch-fishingFishing: Elkhead Lake, or ‘The Pond,’ as it is commonly referred to, is a beautiful place to cast a line or to nature watch. Located at one of the higher points on the ranch, you will have a gorgeous panoramic view of the landscape – and maybe even a glimpse of a herd of buffalo off in the distance! The fishing pond is roughly forty feet deep, and spans a few acres. A permanent fishing dock is located on the eastern shore of the lake. The dock sits in a prime location for watching wildlife, catching a fish, or even catching a nap, if you are the kind of fisherman who dozes with a finger on the line! The pond at Elkhead Ranch is fully stocked with fish like catfish, bass and bluegill, all looking for a tasty worm or lure to nibble on. While you are waiting for the big one to bite, there is plenty of wildlife to keep you interested – geese, ducks, green and blue herons, hawks and bald eagles all like to hang out on the pond. If this sounds like the fishing spot for you, call the Elkhead Ranch office today at 417-683-7058 for available fishing dates and to set up a fishing package!

Hiking: If you want to see more than just the pond on this beautiful Southwest Missouri bison ranch, consider spending an afternoon hiking through the hills at Elkhead Ranch. With several miles of hiking trails, you will find something new and interesting at everything twist and turn! During your hike at Elkhead Ranch, you will see much of the flora and fauna that the Ozarks are so well known for. Oak trees, dogwoods and cedars line the hillsides, and a beautiful rushing stream hugs the edge of the forest. Some of the trails top out with a lovely view of the ranch vista, and some lead down into open meadows that have been planted as food plots for wildlife. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, squirrels and birds of all kinds might reveal themselves to you during your hike! You can also see old homestead sites, a hand hewn log cabin, and even an old family cemetery. For your safety, guests at the ranch are asked to stay out of pastures containing bison and other livestock – but if you would like a better look at them, Elkhead Ranch offers guided tours to introduce guests to the mighty bison! Call today for available hiking dates.

Elkhead Ranch offers some very unique hiking and fishing options for the outdoor adventurer – not to mention a glimpse of bison! So the next time you are looking for a place to fish or a new trail to explore, be sure to put Elkhead Ranch on your list of hotspots.

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A One Bedroom Branson Cabin For A Branson Family Vacation


The fun and excitement that anyone can get in a place like Branson may just be the reasons why people keep on coming back to what is known as the premier vacation destination in the Midwest. Branson Missouri has also gained much popularity by being the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. People love the live music shows in Branson so much because of its variety and high energy performances. Whether you might be a music lover or not, you are sure to find the perfect show to keep you entertained.

The live music shows are not the only attractions in Branson to rave about. There are also the theme parks like Silver Dollar City, the world-famous 1880’s inspired theme park in Branson. The TriLakes Area in Branson is also the best spot for some water activities with the whole family. Some of the activities that you can do in the lakes area are boating, fishing, swimming, diving, and a lot more. Of course, a family vacation is not complete when you can’t have the best meals and great souvenir deals. Branson also boasts of its restaurants which offers you and your family a wide array of choices. You can choose from steaks, barbecues, Italian cooking, and even home cooked meals. Shopping in Branson has also become an attraction since you can find unique items at the lowest price in Branson’s outlet malls and souvenir shops.

Have the most memorable Branson vacation ever with the family by getting a one bedroom Branson cabin in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located near Branson’s entertainment district, outlet malls, theme parks, and restaurants so you can have a new adventure anytime that you like. The one bedroom Branson cabin in Thousand Hills is made of Colorado cut spruce logs and has that rustic feel on its façade. The modern interior of the cabin also blends well with the rustic ambiance. Having a breathtaking view of the Ozark woods and a tranquil atmosphere around you, you would not think that you are living very close to the city at all. Waiting for you as you rent your cabin are fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. Family time is made even better with a spacious living room with a cable television and a DVD player. The bedroom also has a cable TV for you to enjoy. Free high-speed internet, use of a swimming pool, and a private deck in the cabin will make your family vacation even more memorable.

Get ready to have a vacation adventure with the family as you take on Branson and Thousand Hills. For reservations and inquiries on Thousand Hills lodging, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Stay in a Queen Suite in Branson for your Vacation

In every vacation, people are always looking to having new adventures and experiences. Your vacation in Branson Missouri could give you just that. It is called as the live music capital of the world, and because of its many activities and attractions, it has also become the most popular vacation destination in the Midwest.

One thing that you could not miss in Branson is its collection of live music shows in the Highway 76 Strip. These shows are a favorite among the guests of Branson because these are not only about reviving your favorite songs. These shows also provides you with more – comedy, energetic performances, and a lot more. Branson also has the best theme parks for people of all ages to enjoy. There is the Silver Dollar City, which houses the world’s most daring wood coaster. There is also the Tracks Family Fun Parks for exciting activities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The shopping malls in Branson have also become an attraction in themselves because guests can have great discounts here. Souvenir shops like the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex, The Shoppes, and Downtown Branson also gives the guests the chance to take home and purchase unique gift items for their loved ones back home.

A perfect vacation in Branson is topped off with the best lodging place, too. For your vacation, always choose to stay in the leader in Branson lodging – Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills offers several lodging options that will suite anyone’s needs. If you are coming to Branson as a small family, as a couple, or as a small group, then the Queen Suite in Branson is the right one for you. You don’t have to rent a pricey hotel room anymore just to feel comfortable. A Queen Suite in Branson’s Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort gives you comfort and convenience all in one. Having the best location in town, the Queen Suite in Thousand Hills are just a few feet away from the award-winning golf course, and just minutes away from Branson’s entertainment district. A tranquil view and a homey atmosphere in the condo unit is so good to come home to after a day full of adventure.

The amenities that comes with your rental of a Queen Suite in Branson also compare to none. You can enjoy a swimming pool, private patio or deck, free high-speed wireless internet, and use of the exercise facility in Thousand Hills. The suite’s bedroom and bathroom are also fully furnished with linens, pillows, and a Jacuzzi tub. A fully equipped kitchen is also yours for your stay so you can cook your meals if you want to. The rooms, including the living room, also has a cable TV and a DVD player, too. There is also ample parking space for you.

Reserve your very own Branson Queen Suite now as you plan your dream vacation in Branson Missouri. For reservations and inquiries, just call 1-877-262-0430.



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Bring Your Date to Sweetheart Month at the Titanic


The month of February is known to be the month of love. Show your romantic side as you bring your date to the most exciting vacation destination in the Midwest. Branson Missouri is known to be the live entertainment capital of the world, so it would be a perfect venue for a fun, yet romantic date with your special someone. Enjoy the live music shows, theme parks, restaurants, outlet malls, and museums that Branson can offer you. One thing is for sure: you will never have a dull time with the love of your life here in Branson.

If you are looking for a unique date idea, then going to Branson’s Titanic Museum on Valentine’s Day is definitely what you need. From February 1 to February 28, 2015, Branson Titanic Museum is celebrating the Sweetheart Month. This February, expect the Titanic Museum in Branson to go all out in making you, their guests, feel special aboard the museum. You can celebrate your love stories and feel the inexplicable joy of being in love. The Titanic Museum in Branson has been a witness to surprise proposals, wedding engagements, weddings, and marriage vow renewals as officiated by Titanic’s Captain Smith. All these ceremonies are held in the museums’ Grand Staircase to give off that majestic feels for your special ceremonies. For those who have seen the hit movie Titanic, you may have remembered the scene in the Grand Staircase, and Branson Titanic Museum lets you recreate that scene if you want to!

Taking a look back at history, the Titanic has twelve couples aboard it when it set sail on April 10, 1912. Nine of these couples were in first class, and some of these couples are also young women who are just about to be married. This February, join the Branson Titanic Museum as they celebrate love and also to pay tribute to the great love of the couples in the Branson area.

If you want to take your date to the Branson Titanic Museum this month of February, it is always best to make a reservation ahead of your scheduled visit. The Sweetheart Month at the Titanic Museum has been a popular event through the years, so you can expect t appointment book to fill fast.

For your trip to Branson this February, choose a lodging place that will give you convenience and comfort. Thousand Hills Golf Resort lets you stay close to Branson’s entertainment district, restaurants, theme parks, and museums, too. Every night would be date night as you wish. Its lodging options are also situated in the calming and tranquil surroundings of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake. Get your very own Branson lodging for your vacation. Just dial 1-877-262-0430 for reservations and inquiries.

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Bison Hunting Near Branson

bison-near-bransonIf you live around the Ozarks, chances are that you or someone you know might be into hunting. Hunting has been a way for mankind to provide food for themselves for thousands of years and done responsibly and sustainably, fewer pursuits are nobler. Hunting is a great way to connect with nature and the world we live in, and to gain respect for life, no matter what kind. Families often bond over hunting lessons and stories, and let’s face it – everyone looks good in camouflage! If you want a unique hunting experience near Branson that will connect you with Nature like no other, consider booking a bison hunt with Miller Bison at Elkhead Ranch in Bruner, MO – it will be a hunt you will never forget.

The bison hunt experience at Elkhead Ranch (an hour north of Branson) is truly without parallel. You have the option to select from a Trophy Hunt package, or a Meat Hunt package, depending on what your needs and wants are. The Trophy Package is geared towards folks who want to take home a trophy wall mount, and/or a bison hide, along with the meat from the animal. For this hunt, a bull weighing up to a full ton is selected from the herd. These hunts are typically conducted during the winter when bison hides are thick and full. A Trophy hunts starts at $5,000. The Meat Hunt is for those who are interested in stocking their freezer with delicious, healthy, and responsibly ranch raised bison meat. A young bull or heifer is the animal of choice for this hunt, and hunters will receive all the meat (including prime cuts) from the animal. Meat hunts start at $2,950. Both hunts can be carried out at any time of year, and Elkhead Ranch can customize a hunt to suit your needs. Hunting groups can receive discount rates and, services such as trophy preparation, meat processing and shipping are available for an additional fee.

Prior to the hunt, the selected bison is released onto a part of the ranch that is set aside specifically for hunting. Your guided hunt can be carried out with a rifle or a bow, depending on your preference and skill level. Your hunt guide will remain with you at all times during the hunt, both for your safety and convenience. Other than just the hunt and the animal you harvest, other amenities include a stay in the hunting cabin, a fully stocked kitchen, a home cooked supper and all the recreational activities the ranch has to offer, like fishing and hiking.

Elkhead Ranch also offers hunt packages for Whitetail Deer and Wild Turkey. These hunts are semi-guided; hunters are offered the use of the ranch’s deer stands that are strategically placed near prime wildlife traffic areas. These hunts can be conducted with a bow or a rifle, and offer the same amenities as the bison hunts.

Hunting a bison is an opportunity that few people will ever get to experience. If you’d like to be one of those few, call Elkhead Ranch at 417-683-7058 or visit them on the web at to book your hunt today!

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Join in this 2015 Polar Bear Plunge


A new year has come for us, and we all have our New Year’s Resolution. This year, why not resolve to travel often and have the best fun in your life? Let Branson Missouri help you with that. Branson is known to be one of the most popular and exciting destinations in the Midwest. Aside from being the “live music show capital of the world”, Branson also has a great line-up of restaurants, outlet malls, and a lot more attractions. It also has thrilling activities that you can catch all year round.

For this February, Branson gives you the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge. This event allows you have fun, enjoy, and at the same time, lend a helping hand to a brother or sister. This February 14, 2014, the Polar Bear Plunge will treat you to thrilling sports action as support to the athletes of the Special Olympics. This event is lets you show your unfazed support to these special athletes by walking, running, or crawling into the ice cold waters of Missouri. The proceeds of the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge will be of great help to the sports programs of Missouri’s Special Olympics. The funds will be used for the training and competition of the children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Not only will you have fun with the entire family, with your friends, or with your special someone this Valentine’s Day; you also get to contribute to the development of Missouri’s special children and adults.

Those who are willing to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge should at least be 10 years old and above. Each participant should also be willing to raise a minimum of $75 by the day of the event. The Polar Bear Plunge is hosted by the police departments, highway patrols, correctional centers and other law enforcement agencies in the state of Missouri. This event is also a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Ruin for Special Olympics Missouri.

Since the Polar Bear Plunge will be held at the Table Rock Lake, why not book a stay with a lodging place near the lake? Table Rock Lake is known to be one of Branson’s pristine lakes, and one of the nearest lodging place to it is Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills offers you various lodging options, one of which is the lakefront condo so you can joy the view and ambiance of the lake even more. Thousand Hills is also situated near Branson’s entertainment district, restaurants, and outlet malls. For more inquiries and for reservations in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430. For more information on the Polar Bear Plunge, visit

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