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Handmade Crafts Are Right at Home in Branson

Nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, Branson is home to some of the best restaurants and entertainment in the world. But crafters have also found a place for themselves in this bustling little city.

The Branson Mill Craft Village is just one example of how crafters have started bringing their beautiful art to center stage. In this 40,000 square foot shopping center is a working craft village where wood and leather carving, pottery, loom weaving, drawings, embroidery, mosaic, and more can be found every single day. The best part is – shopping comes with a show! Crafters are always demonstrating their skills. There are two restaurants in the Branson Mill Craft Village as well, so you have a one-stop experience without adding expense to your time in Branson. For more information about the Branson Mill Craft Village, visit

Another option for handmade crafts in Branson is the Branson Craft Mall. Surrounded by restaurants and hotels, this 16,000 square foot facility houses a fudge shoppe, gourmet coffee, candle makers, a silversmith, fresh roasted nuts, and a brass engraver. There are a number of working craftsmen on site who specialize in different areas, including woodcarving and pottery. The Branson Craft Mall is also home to Hillbilly Fruit and Nut Co. They have a large selection of fruits, nuts, jams, jellies, salsas, and soup mixes, so you’re almost certain to find something you like. Stop by any day of the week, any day of the year, and see what’s going on at the Branson Craft Mall. For more information about the crafters and the facility, visit

Last but certainly not least are the craftsmen that Silver Dollar City is famous for. The craft possibilities are incredible in the park, with glass blowing and cutting, pottery, homemade candies, blade smiths, and furniture makers. Crafters are located in workshops throughout the park and demonstrate their artwork and crafts daily. Stop by and talk with the crafters, and even sign up for a class at the Midwest Living Culinary and Craft School. These classes bring traditional recipes to life and marry them with some of today’s favorite foods. The classes are taught in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse with a beautiful view of Echo Hollow Amphitheatre.

So give any one of these craft villages a try and see what the creative minds of Branson have in store for you. From blown glass to furniture and pottery to leather carving, there’s a craft for everyone in Branson.

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Restaurant Options Abound At the Landing

Branson is known for its variety, whether it be shows, hotels, or go kart tracks. One thing Branson isn’t short of is restaurants. At the Branson Landing, not only is there a variety of shops, but also a variety of restaurants and eateries. The best part is that the restaurants at Branson Landing cater to every taste.

Black Oak Grill celebrates the American tradition every day by offering you a variety of delectable dishes. Using fresh, local ingredients, Black Oak Grill brings you a smoked chicken and avocado club sandwich between slices of multi-grain bread smeared with chipotle mayo. They also offer iron skillet trout, grilled salmon, and center-cut sirloin steaks from Certified Angus beef. The restaurant also has an extensive cocktail, beer, and wine menu. For more information and to view menus, visit

Cantina Laredo BransonIf you’d rather travel south of the border for lunch or dinner, stop by Cantina Laredo for dinner. With a wide variety of authentic Mexican cuisine, there are many tastes to be had. One of Cantina’s claims to fame is their fresh guacamole, made right at your table. Additionally, there are many types of tacos and enchiladas. One example is the tacos de pescado, which are stuffed with Mahi Mahi, along with marinated veggies, queso fresco, and chipotle aioli. Try the enchilada de cangrejo, an enchilada filled with crab, chili de arbol cream sauce and served on a bed of marinated vegetables. Also check out Cantina Laredo’s house-made margaritas. For more information and to view menus visit

Let the luck of the Irish be with you when you step in the door of Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub. This restaurant serves a variety of American and Irish dishes, like bangers and mash, a dish of Irish sausages and mashed potatoes. Shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and classic corned beef are also on the menu. And don’t miss Waxy O’ Shea’s scotch eggs – they’re pub food at its best! Four hard boiled eggs are wrapped in a sausage mixture, fried to golden brown, and served with honey and hot mustard sauces. Sandwiches and salads are also options for less adventurous palates, and there’s a selection of burgers for the all-Americans in your group too. For more information and to view menus, visit

If you’re on the Landing and needing a bite to eat, don’t miss these great restaurants. From all-American foods to Mexican to Irish and back again, there is bound to be something to tantalize your taste buds.

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Simplify Your Branson Vacation With the Best Prices

Face it. Many tech-savy travelers revel in scouring the Internet for coupons, promotions, last minute deals and value packages to secure the best possible rates for our lodging and entertainment needs. You truly can spend hours comparing, evaluating and strategizing for that perfect deal. Is that REALLY how you want to spend your time? Let’s make it simple…

2-bedroom-branson-cabins-livingThousand Hills Golf Resort rewards you for longer stays through our progressive discount program. This is a year-round program with savings starting from 5% up to 35% based upon the number of nights you stay. There are no gimmicks, just a straight-forward approach to reward you for staying longer. You will receive the lowest published rate EVERY time. We reward you even further! Stay in a least a two bedroom condo/cabin or larger, for two nights or longer and you qualify for our Platinum Experience. This is exclusive to our guests and includes special offers for a variety of area shows, attractions, restaurants, golf, marina and spa treatment. Call ahead or after you arrive and our Concierge will put together a hassle-free itinerary saving you time and money! Call our toll free reservation number at 855-353-0886 for personalized service. Or, if you choose to book on-line be assured that you will receive the same progressive discount every time. Our guests also receive reduced green fees to Thousand Hills Golf Course saving more than $20.00 per round.

It’s quick, it’s easy and you can spend more time thinking about the great time you will have with your family and loved ones! Stay at one of our three properties: Thousand Hills Golf Condos, Cabins at Grand Mountain or Lake Condos at The Majestic. These well-appointed options are available from modest budgets to high-end appointments with Majestic views. Try each location. Thousand Hills can offer you a unique vacation experience year after year. Many lodging options include full kitchens, washer/dryers, king beds, lake views or fireplaces. Stretch your vacation dollars with the use of on-site amenities. Amenities are located throughout our properties and include outdoor/indoor pool (s), basketball, tennis, shuffle board, Exercise Facility and a boat slip is available at a nominal fee.

So, why are you spending hours again searching on the web? Call 855-353-0886 or visit to secure your reservations. No hassle, straight-forward reservations and your savings are automatic. Tech-savy is great, but sometimes we can all use a little simple.

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Plan For Your Winter Season in Branson


Winter time has set once again in Branson. Those who have spent their winter in Branson before would definitely want to come back again because the winter season here is so much fun. Winter season in Branson is also the season for a lot of new activities and attractions that people of all ages can participate in. The post-Christmas winter season may be a good time for you to be in Branson because the Christmas crowd has lessened. That would mean not falling in long lines in malls, theaters, and theme parks.

Find a cure to your winter blues by joining in the Hot Winter Fun in Branson Missouri. The Hot Winter Fun in Branson begins on January 2015 until February 2015. Watch out for new shows and shops that will be open all throughout the Hot Winter Fun season. Aside from being known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World because of its music shows, Branson is also popular to the people for its unique collections of museums. During the season of Hot Winter Fun, you can also visit the Branson museums for a special treat. Visit the Branson Titanic Museum, The Hollywood Wax Museum, the Veteran’s Memorial Museum, and many more for a wonderful learning experience.

Shopping may not be the first thing that people would think about when they hear the word Branson. However, the big discounts and great deals in Branson’s outlet malls made shopping an attraction in itself. Shop from various outlet malls such as Branson Landing and Tanger Outlet Center. Branson Landing houses your favorite retail brands such as Belk Department Store, White House/Black Market, and many others. You can also find your favorite fashion brands in Tanger Outlet Center. Get great buys from shops like GAP, Old Navy, Skechers, Aeropostale, Van Heusen, Izod, and a lot more. Branson also has craft malls where you can find antique items, jewelries, and personalized souvenir gift ideas. The Branson After Christmas Sales start December 26, and to get even bigger discounts, stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort to get coupons that you can use in the malls.

Movie lovers will enjoy the winter season in Branson because of the month-long celebration of the Branson IMAX Festival. This festival features cutting-edge technology and IMAX presentations. Catch this festival on March to April 2015 at Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex. For sport lovers, your trip to Branson this winter also brings you to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship. This event usually happens in mid-March at the Keeter Gym at the College of the Ozarks.

Make your winter vacation in Branson even more enjoyable by choosing the right lodging place. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort where you can choose to stay in Branson cabins, golf front condos, or lakefront condos. Thousand Hills is located very near Branson’s entertainment district to make your vacation much easier and convenient for you.

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Have The Best Christmas Season in Branson


Christmas is just weeks away now, but it isn’t too late to plan something special for your family, sweetheart, or even your group of friends. This Christmas, make the best memories that you will all remember for a very long time.

Spending Christmas in Branson might just be the best celebration that you are looking for. Instead of spending the holidays at home, why not try to twist it up this year and spend it in the prime vacation destination in the Midwest? Bring along your loved ones because all the activities and attractions in Branson are sure to delight people of all ages.

Christmas comes early in Branson. As early as November 1, Branson already has several events and festivals to celebrate the coming of Christmas. Evens and festivals such as the Branson Festival of Lights, Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights, and Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas all begin on November 1 and ends in the last day of December. The Branson Area Festival of Lights features magnificent Christmas lights and display all around Branson. The best way to enjoy this with your family is to take a tour of Branson by car, or by taking the unique Branson tours by riding the Trolley or Ride the Ducks. Shepherd of the Hills Homestead also holds the Trail of Lights festival. Visit Shepherd of the Hills to have a great experience with the Christmas lights and dioramas in the one-mile expressway. You can also ride to the top of the Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills to be able to see the entire city of Branson covered in Christmas lights. After your trip to the tower, you can but souvenir items and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the souvenir shop and café at the ground floor of the Inspiration Tower. Silver Dollar City, Branson’s famous theme park, also brings you its annual Christmas celebration – the Old Time Christmas. Old Time Christmas lets you celebrate Christmas the old-school way. You can see booths around the theme park from different craftsmen, and you can also have your gifts personalized. At the center of the park, you can see a giant Christmas tree covered in millions off Christmas lights. The park also features musicals such as It’s A Wonderful Life and The Nativity. Silver Dollar City is also known to have the best theme park food in America, so joining the Old Time Christmas festival is also a big food festival for everyone.

Christmas in the Live Entertainment Capital of the World means that you get to have access to the live music shows in Branson. Since it is Christmas, the shows in Branson theaters have a Christmas theme, too. Book your stay in Branson for the coming Christmas season. For your lodging place, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you have various choices for your vacation home. For inquiries and reservations on the lodging options in Branson, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Enjoy the View at the Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills


As one of the most famous vacation destinations in the Midwest, Branson Missouri certainly lives up to it by offering the guests a lot of activities and attractions to enjoy. There are theme parks, nature parks, TriLakes Area, museums, restaurants, and outlet malls. With all these places to go to, you would want to take a complete tour of Branson to see everything there is to be seen.

If you want to see all these attractions in Branson in just one place, then head on up to the Inspiration Tower at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. This place is the second highest point in the whole state of Missouri, and from here, you can have a 360 degree view of the Ozarks. On a clear day, you can even see all the way across the state line to Arkansas. This Inspiration Tower is very hard to miss when you are in Branson. It is tall enough to be seen from a lot of locations around Branson. The only way to get to the tower is through the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, where you can drive through the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway to the top of the tower. The tower is 230 feet tall, and will definitely give you a breathtaking view of Branson.

Built in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright’s first visit to the Homestead, the Tower was to serve as a landmark on the horizon to Wright’s Inspiration Point. The Inspiration Point is where Wright set up his first campsite on the homestead. Up to the present times, the Inspiration Tower still serves as a tourist attraction for those who want to get a good view of the entire city of Branson. Going to Branson this holiday season is the perfect time to be on top of the Inspiration Tower because you can see the entire city of Branson enveloped in Christmas lights and displays. It is a truly breathtaking sight to be in the Inspiration Tower. The tower is lit up like a giant Christmas tree with thousands of Christmas lights.

The Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is open to all anytime of the year from 9 AM to 5 PM. Aside from the great view at the top of the tower, you can also enjoy the specialty gift shop at the ground level. There is also a snack shop to fill your tummy if you get hungry on your trip. Plan your trip to Branson’s Inspiration Tower now. For convenience, book your stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort so you can stay close to Branson’s attractions. For inquiries and reservations on Thousand Hills’ lodging options, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Christmas Shopping Made Even Better in Branson


The holiday season makes everyone shop until they drop. Everyone has that long list of Christmas presents for their loved ones. And who wouldn’t want completing their Christmas shopping list and saving as much bucks as they can? Christmas shopping in Branson Missouri can give you great savings as you complete your list.

While shopping may not be Branson’s trademark, it still is a favorite activity among the tourists and locals here in Branson. Branson is known for its magnificent live music shows, theme parks, and festivals all year round but there is also the outlet malls in Branson that make the tourists come back for more. You can find unique items here such as jewelries, musical instruments, artworks, souvenirs, and the latest fashion finds, too. Try shopping in Branson outlet malls to learn more about it.

One of the best outlet malls in Branson is the Branson Landing. This mall is an experience in itself. It houses popular national retailers such as Bass Pro Shops, Belk department Store, White House/Black Market, Chico’s, and Ann Taylor Loft. As you stroll around the mall, you can also see a water and fire show that will keep you entertain as you shop around the mall. To keep you more entertained, Branson Landing also hold live concert events.

Another mall to visit is the Tanger Outler Center. You can find shops like New York & Company, Polo Ralph Lauren, Torrid, Aeropostale, Levi’s, Haggar, Izod, GAP, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Rockport, Skechers, and a lot more. There are also stores for the kids such as Tommy Kids, The Children’s Place, Osh Kosh, Disney Store Outlet, Gymboree, and Carter’s. Tanger Outler Center is your one-stop mall for the latest fashion trends and for big savings, too.

There is also Downtown Branson where you can find one of a kind shops and the best deals. Shop in a wide range of historic shops, retailers, and a lot more.

If you would like your gifts to be more personal, visit the IMAX Entertainment Complex, Branson Craft Mall, and The Shoppes at Branson Hills. IMAX Complex features movie posters, limited edition prints, soundtracks, and IMAX films on video. This mall also has grandfather clocks, leather apparels, jewelries, and other unique gift items. For the ultimate craft shopping experience, head out to Branson Craft Mall and The Shoppes. In Branson Craft Mall, you can see candle making, basket weaving, brass engraving, decorated shirts, leather works, pottery, and a lot more. The Shoppes at Branson Hills can give you big box stores, books, beauticians, boutiques, and many others.

Christmas shopping in Branson is certainly something that you can enjoy with your friends, special someone, or family. Not only do you get to save more money that you can spend on other things; you also get to spend quality time with your loved ones in Branson Missouri.

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A Branson Real Estate for your Christmas Home


Celebrating Christmas in the Live Entertainment Capital of the World is always a pleasant thing to experience. What’s more enticing is the thought that you can always celebrate Christmas in Branson without the hassle of finding a lodging place for your entire stay in Branson. Yes, you can have a place which you can call home right here in the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest.

Getting a vacation home in Branson is really convenient for you especially during the peak seasons in Branson where the influx of tourists from all over America is extremely high. Finding the perfect lodging place for your family during these seasons can take up much of your energy, given the competition posed by other tourists. The Christmas season is one of those times when a lot of lodging places are fully booked. To avoid this, why not get your very own Branson property so you can have a grand vacation here anytime you want.

One of Branson’s leader in the real estate market is Thousand Hills Sales Company. It has become a frontrunner in the sales and marketing aspect to bring the best and grandest real estate projects to the market. These real estate projects are also sold mostly by Thousand Hills Sales Company. You need not look further because Thousand Hills already offers you the best available Branson real estate listings and detailed information on the upcoming projects of Thousand Hills.

Branson is a city that it very easy to fall in love with. It has the best live music shows, thrilling theme parks, interesting museums, outlet malls, and restaurants. Just imagine all the perks that you can have if you live close to all these attractions. During the peak season, you don’t have to travel far to reach Branson. You can enjoy Branson right away, thanks to the Branson real estate options in Thousand Hills.

Living in Thousand Hills means living close to Branson’s entertainment district. It also means never having to miss your favorite live music shows. One real estate option is the golf homes where you get to stay close to one of the best golf courses in Branson – the Thousand Hills Golf Course. There are also the log cabins where you can live right in the peaceful ambiance of the Ozark woods. These cabins are made of Colorado cut spruce logs to achieve having a rustic ambiance with a modern architecture. Lastly, you can also choose the Table Rock Lake condos as your Branson home for a very relaxing atmosphere since it is very close to Table Rock Lake – one of the best lakes in Branson.

Choose the real estate option in Thousand Hills that best suits you. If you have inquiries regarding the real estate offerings in Thousand Hills, kindly call 1-800-495-4653.

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Why Spend Your Christmas in the Ozarks


Branson is very much known worldwide for its amazing live music shows that are second to none. This holiday season, give yourself one more reason to smile with a vacation in the Ozark Mountains. Christmas has never been this cooler. And the Ozarks is here to add some twist to your usual Christmas vacation. Whether you are with your family, special someone, friends, and even if you are going alone, the Ozarks promises you a fun and exciting Christmas that is sure to go down in memory lane.

A lot of people prefer to spend their Christmas in Branson because of the many activities and attractions that you can exclusively see during the Christmas season. Get the whole family pumped up by planning a Christmas vacation in the Ozarks. For first timers here in Branson, you will be surprised at the many things that you can do and see. There is never a dull moment here in Branson, which is why people who have been here can attest as to why a Christmas in the Ozarks is certainly the best thing to happen to your holidays.

The Ozark Mountain Christmas has been a tradition in Branson for more than 25 years now. Christmas starts early here in the Ozarks as there are celebrations which begin as early as November and extends up to New Year’s Day. If you are used to waiting for Thanksgiving for the air to feel like Christmas, then come over to Branson to cure you of your waiting woes.

Christmas in the Ozarks offers you lots of things to do. One is to catch the famous live shows in Branson. Since you are in the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, make the most out of it by seeing a live music show every chance you get. for a list of the live music shows this Christmas in Branson, visit Another thing to be excited about is the lights display in Branson. The Branson Area Festival of Lights is a drive-through lane, where you can see more than 175 displays along a 1-mile road. If you are looking for more light displays in the area, visit Silver Dollar City, the premier theme park of the Ozarks. Here you can find 5 million light and a giant Christmas tree that will surely delight the kid in everyone. You can also catch the new Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade for more fun in the park.

These are just glimpses of what awaits you in the Ozarks this Christmas. There are a lot more to do and you are always welcome to visit and explore new stuff. For your lodging place, choose to stay in Thousand Hills where you have various lodging options. A vacation in the Ozarks plus a pleasant stay in Thousand Hills is definitely the formula for one unforgettable Christmas vacation! For inquiries and reservations in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Visit the Branson Hollywood Wax Museum this Christmas


The holiday season in Branson guarantees a lot of tourists and locals coming out to celebrate. There are added attractions and activities this Christmas, which is why people come and stay here for more than a day. With the Christmas sales in malls and the crowded lines at the theme parks of Branson, why not explore more and go to one of Branson’s unique museums?

The Branson Hollywood Wax Museum is the only one of its kind in Branson. This museum shows us that there are many uses for wax aside from candles. The Branson Hollywood Wax Museum uses wax to turn your favorite Hollywood actors and actresses into life-sized replicas. Since the 1990s, the Hollywood Wax Museum has been impressing the guests with the Hollywood figures in the museum. The building itself is not easy to miss, since you can see a replica that is similar to Mount Rushmore but featuring Hollywood stars instead of the American presidents. This figure is known as Mount Hollywood. Right next to the museum’s building is a skyscraper with the Great Ape of Branson on top of it. This tourist attraction in Branson has become famous in the area being the only museum in the Midwest that is entirely devoted to Hollywood celebrity figures.

When you are inside the museum, you will see how the wax figures closely resemble the celebrities. These lifelike figures were created by Hollywood wax artists who turn old globs of wax and clay into these masterpieces. Take a photo with Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, and a lot more celebrities. If you can’t score a photo with your favorite star, then taking a photo with a realistic looking figure of them in the Hollywood Wax Museum will do for now. The museum also tells the stories of the stars – their lives, accomplishments, and trivia you didn’t know about them.

The wax figures are not the only attraction that you can find in the Hollywood Wax Museum. You can also go next door to the Castle of Chaos, which is a big hit for the teens. It is a video game ride with special effects as you go on a gun battle with evil ghouls. Another attraction that kids will love is Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. Here, you get to find your way into the maze in a race to save Princess Hannah.

The Branson Hollywood Wax Museum is open all year round. Special discounts for group tickets are also available. For the museum hours, ticket prices and availability, visit After a day of exploring Branson, you will need a good night’s sleep away from the city noise and in the warmth of your home. For nightly rentals in Branson, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort, which is located close to Branson’s entertainment district and museums. Thousand Hills is also situated close to Ozark Mountains so you can have a very relaxing ambiance. For reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430. 

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