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It's Time For The National Harvest Festival


Branson is a place known worldwide for the unique adventures and the endless fun it offers its guests. Apart from being known in the music scene as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, Branson also has become one of the most famous vacation destinations in the Midwest because of its activities and attractions. What makes Branson even more exciting for its guests are the year-round set of festivals happening in the area.

For the months of September to October, Branson celebrates the National Harvest Festival which is hosted by Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City is known to be Branson’s premier theme park so expect nothing but the best as they once again bring you the National Harvest Festival. This festival is all about crafts and music. There are over a hundred of the best craftsmen and women from all over the world to showcase their crafts making skills in this festival. Some of the skills you may witness are glassblowing, basket weaving, painting, and a lot more. There is no doubt that Silver Dollar City is indeed the Home of American Craftsmanship. To make your National Harvest Festival experience even more memorable, you can also take home a souvenir!

Entertainment all throughout the park for the National Harvest Festival is well taken care of by Silver Dollar City. Be ready to see performers such as the Texas Trick Riders. There will also be Roman riders, roper, comedians, and many more. You can also witness the original production The Pinkerton Man to be performed in the Echo Hollow Amphitheater. You are in for a heart-stopping show which has three-story falls, rappels, and street fights. Providing the musical score for The Pinkerton Man are The Sons of the Silver Dollar.

The National Harvest Festival also gives you a taste of good music by paying tribute to the American cowboys. Catch some performers in Silver Dollar City, such as Riders in the Sky, the Carolyn Martin Swing Band, Kristyn Harris, and Jimmy Burson.

Another attraction that you should see in Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest Festival is Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium. You will certainly have a great time visiting this gallery, especially to those who are fans of the TV show Gunsmoke. From September 18 to October 26 at the Frisco Barn in Silver Dollar City, this gallery will feature cowboy art at its finest.

There is also a Culinary and Craft School, if you want to learn new skills like tailgating, BBQ smoking, and cooking southeast Asian cuisine. These classes will be held in the Midwest Living Culinary and Craft School.

Seems like a ton of activities to do? Stay in Branson for a couple of days or even weeks to enjoy most of the events in the National Harvest Festival. For your stay in Branson, choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort to be your home away from home. Thousand Hills is located close to Silver Dollar City, yet the lodging places are perfectly secluded so you won’t be bothered by the city noise. You also have several options for your lodging – Branson cabins, Branson golf front condos, and Branson lakefront condos. Book now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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See the Famous Grape Stomp at the Grape Festival

Grape Stomp at the Grape Festival LogoThe 15th Hollister Fall Grape Festival is a big annual event that will be held in Downing Street in the city of Hollister. This annual event welcomes thousands of visitors to see the wonderful time of grape stomping during Branson fall. Another annual event to be held on October 31, 2014 during Branson fall is the Monster Mash Street Dance hosted by Branson Landing. The wonderful street dance event starts at 6:30pm and party continues after 8:30 pm. Be sure to attend this annual festival with the whole family so you all enjoy exciting evening of fantastic shows and lots of amazing acts and surprises.

The Annual Hollister Grape and Fall Festival is presented by the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hollister which is held in Downing Street in the historic downtown Hollister on October 11, 2014 from 10 am to 6pm. This grape and fall festival features great food, children’s activities, crafts, live music, and entertainment from some of Branson’s world famous performers, and a wine tasting garden. The world famous Grape Stomp competition which highlights the event is sponsored by Branson Ridge Winery, where teams compete to win the Ugly Monkey Trophy.

This annual fall festival is one of the most popular events in the region where number of visitors exceeded 5,000 people from previous years. In this year’s fall season, the grape and fall festival promises to be the most interesting and well-attended event ever. The most anticipated event of the year in Hollister this fall season is the Grape Stomp competition. Stomping teams are clad in unique costumes. Judging the competition are toga-clad local elected officials together with Hollister Mayor David Tate. There will be five teams that will be competing this year for the award. During the competition, the teams are encouraged to influence the judge’s favor with pies, baked goods, and other treats.

This grape stomping at the Grape Fall Festival is a celebration of 100 year history of Hollister. In the early days of transporting agricultural products, Hollister was an important stop during fall season when people brought agricultural products and other goods to Hollister for transportation to other places with larger markets. Hollister’s centennial celebration was in 2010. Up to this time, there are still plenty of events being planned to commemorate the important milestone in Hollister’s history.

The Fall Grape Festival features a 12-mile bike ride that starts at 7:30 am. The riders will leave from Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park in downtown Hollister at 8:00 am and will go through Hollister to Branson Creek and back.  The main event of the festival is scheduled from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The event features great food, crafts, and live music from some of the best performers on historic Downing Street in downtown Hollister.

If you want to experience a wholesome fun of unique and exciting activities in the Grape Festival this fall season, enjoy the fun of watching five teams compete for the coveted Grape Stomping Competition Award.  


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Rent a Cabin and Start Playing the Family’s Favorite Horror Movies this Halloween!

Branson Cabins entertainment set LogoStaying in Branson cabin at Thousand Hills Golf Resort this Halloween can be a wonderful vacation where you can have the opportunity to enjoy the delightful colors of the foliage around the Ozark Mountains. Each Branson cabin is fully furnished with cable TV, DVD, and free wireless internet access. Branson cabin offers state of the art entertainment system that can give you the chance to watch with your family favorite horror movies. Right inside every Branson cabin, you can have your Halloween movie marathon the whole day as Thousand Hills offers bunches of DVD horror movies that you can borrow for free.

The following are some of the 2014 horror movies that you can watch with your family inside your Branson cabin accommodation. Jessabelle (2014) is a horror movie starring Sarah Shook, Mark Webber, and Joelle Carter. When she returned to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a terrifying car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Shook of Sleeping Beauty) have come face to face with a long-tormented spirit that sought her return – and had no intention of letting her escape.

A Haunted House 2 (2014) movie is comedy and horror, starring Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, and Cedric the Entertainer. The movie is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starred by Marlon Wayans as Malcolm. After Malcolm exorcised the demons of his ex, he started with his new girlfriend and her two children. When they moved to their dream home, Malcolm again plagued by unusual paranormal events. The hilarious punch-lines and spine-tingling tension made the film the most innovative supernatural horror movie.

Oculus (2014) is a horror movie, starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, and Katee Sackhoff. About ten years had past, tragedy had struck the Russell family, leaving teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie. Tim changed forever when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents. When Tim was released from protective custody, he wanted to move on with his life. But Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful incident, is convinced that her parents’ deaths were caused by a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the antique mirror in their childhood home. When he wanted to prove Tim’s  innocence, Kaylie tracked down the mirror, and learned similar deaths happened from previous owners of the antique mirror over the past century.

The Quiet Ones (2014) is a horror movie starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, and Olivia Cooke. The movie comes from the producer who brought The Woman in Black and Let Me In. Professor Coupland who was tucked in estate outside of London conducted an experiment along with a team of university students about Jane Harper, a young girl who hides unspeakable secrets. They uncovered dark forces which were terrifying than any of them expected. The movie is directed by John Pogue based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

If you want to see a wide variety of horror movies for your Halloween movie marathon with your family, come to Branson and get a cabin accommodation at Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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See the Beauty of Autumn in Ozarks Mountain’s Bird’s Eye View

Branson Balloon LogoTaking a hot air balloon ride this autumn in Branson will give every passenger the opportunity to float peacefully over the valleys, trees, and the lakes. The only hot air balloon ride business in Branson, Missouri area, Branson Balloon has two balloons to serve passengers who wish to take a balloon flight. The first balloon has a maximum of four passengers and three in the other balloon. Guests who want to participate in hot air balloon ride can be picked up at any place of stay in Branson and will be brought back after the flight.

Depending on the weather, Branson Balloon offers flights seven days a week. To book your hot air balloon flight, you need to reserve in advance. Branson Balloon has a goal to create an enjoyable adventure for all participants. Experience the thrill of challenging the gravity and the fantastic floating in a hot air balloon on a beautiful morning in this exhilarating ride above the breathtaking landscapes of the Ozarks. Safety is a very important thing to consider when taking part in hot air balloon flight. So, Branson Balloon is making sure that your pilot is certified Hot Air Balloonist, and the balloon is properly inspected and registered.

The pilot will be studying the winds the evening before the flight and decide the best place to meet, then the pilot and passengers will come together in the launch site. Passengers are advised to wear casual clothing like you are going on a hike in the woods. Temperature in the hot air balloon is not any cooler than it is on the ground, so we suggest passengers to wear a comfortable clothing on that particular day’s weather. Before planning to participate in a hot air balloon flight, don’t forget to bring along a camera to record this once in a lifetime experience.

Ballooning is a sport that depends strictly on a fair weather. For safety reasons, there are some conditions that a balloon flight will not push through. A bad weather condition, continuous rain pour, and high winds are typical weather conditions that will cause to postpone a scheduled hot air balloon flight. If wind speeds exceed 10 mph, balloon flight will not take place because strong winds may cause unsafe landing when the pilot lands the balloon.

Hot air balloon flight usually lasts about an hour or slightly longer. So, you should expect your entire balloon flight adventure to last about two hours or more. Most hot air balloon flights are flown at a minimum of 500 ft. to a maximum of 2000 ft. Many passengers prefer low level flights as many panoramic views can be seen clearly. However, the pilot will fly higher or lower in search of the most favorable wind direction.

If you want to experience a hot air balloon flight that will let you see the beauty of the autumn in Branson, come to Branson and enjoy the fun to float calmly over the valleys, trees, and the lakes.


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Come To The Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum for Awesome Facts


If music is all that comes to your mind when you think about Branson, then think again. Branson is all about the activities and attractions that people of all ages will like. Aside from the live music shows, theme parks, and nature parks that offer you family friendly fun, there are also the museums in Branson that will bring you delight as you learn about new stuff.

The usual museums show you artifacts in glass cases and give you a short back story to it. Too cliché? Well, then you have come to the right place. You can have a unique museum experience in Branson Missouri with its museums with out-of-the-box concepts. One such museum in Branson is the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. This is the museum to go if you want to see strange and weird stuff.

The main catchphrase of this museum is “Believe It Or Not”. This came from Robert Ripley, a creative and adventurous man whose claim to fame is being an artist and a cartoonist. “Believe It Or Not” was the name of a sports cartoon. Little did Robert Ripley know that this specific cartoon would grow in immense popularity and make him travel the world. During his travels all throughout the world, he was continually searching for more odd things that he could add to his collections. And so his collection grew and grew. The museum in Branson Missouri now holds some of the unique items in his collection.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Branson has a very distinct appearance. There is no way that one can get lost when looking for the building. It is not your usual building design. The awry façade of the building has a story of its own. It is a reflection of a high magnitude earthquake that hit Missouri in 1812. The earthquake was so massive that it had caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for three days and made the church bells in Philadelphia ring. But there is not a thing to worry about as this building is as safe as the normal looking buildings that you usually see.

There is no fun if all that there is to be seen in this museum can be read in just one piece of article. Go out and head on to Branson to amaze yourself of these puzzling facts in this museum. For your stay in Branson Missouri, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort as your lodging place. This is the perfect place to call home as you embark on a whole new adventure in Branson. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Festivities of Colors at the Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

Craftsman LogoSilver Dollar City in Branson features exciting events and festivals during autumn season. One of the festivals held in Silver Dollar City from September 19 to 21 is the Autumn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival. This popular craft festival in Silver Dollar City features more than 150 craftsmen and artisans displaying their handmade crafts. During this festival in autumn season, visitors will find sidewalk sale in downtown Branson which is usually open from 9 am through 6 pm. Items displayed in the event are mostly goods that are handmade craft items which are the best creations of Ozarks. This Autumn Daze Arts and Craft Festival displays no other factory produced items but only hand crafted items made by skilled craftsmen.

One of the most popular vacations destinations in the Midwest is Silver Dollar City in Branson because of its great festivals and other exciting attractions offered to visitors. This popular vacation spot has been known as the most visited tourist destination in the Ozark region where many of the visitors seek exciting attractions and great outdoor adventures. In Branson, you can surely enjoy all these during your autumn vacation.

Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival which is held in Branson every year during autumn season is a fantastic form of celebration where visitors will be able to see the new perspective of the festival that gives visitors the chance to participate in the event. Joining the festival will give you some knowledge about the Ozark region when it showcases the unique creations of handmade crafts that are skillfully and finely made by talented craftsmen and artisans.

This festival in autumn season celebrates the heritage of people in the Ozark region and their craftsmanship. Many visitors will find this annual festival interesting as many craftsmen and women gathered together in Branson to show their unique creations of handmade crafts. This exciting event comes with the show of skills and talents of craftsmen that give local visitors and tourists a glimpse of how craftsmen from the Midwest do their crafts skillfully.

Many of the items displayed during festival are mostly unique products made by craftsmen like toys, quilts, collectible items, and many more. Your autumn vacation in Branson will not be complete if you can’t take home with you souvenir items and other unique things. You can take also for yourself one-of-a-kind items so you can have a great souvenir of your memorable autumn vacation in Branson.

This annual autumn festival in Branson gives you the chance to see colorful tents set up exclusively at the vendors’ area. You can see lots of shopping opportunities as you move around from tent to tent. There are also food vendors in the area where you can savor sumptuous foods for your hungry stomach.

If you want to spend a wonderful vacation and experience the fun of autumn festival, come to Branson and stay in one of the best accommodations of Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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Enjoy Your Vacation with a Branson Cabin Rental


Who doesn't want a grand vacation in one of the most entertaining places in the world? A grand vacation is what you definitely deserve with all the hard work that you have been doing these past months. And where can you have that much needed vacation to give you world-class entertainment and a whole lot of fun? Go to Branson Missouri - the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest!

Branson is known to be the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Its claim to fame are the spectacular live music shows featuring the local musical geniuses of Branson, as well as guest artists from other parts of the globe. Branson enchants its visitors not only with its music; it is also a heaven for the nature lovers because of its nature parks and lakes. It is home to the TriLakes Area, which is composed of three pristine lakes - Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, and Table Rock Lake.

Now, you got a perfect place for your vacation. The next question is where to stay to complete the grand vacation experience. You're feeling lucky because Branson offers cabin rentals - a much more homier option for you. For the trusted cabin rentals in Branson Missouri, there is only one place to go to - Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located near Branson's entertainment district. The Branson cabin rentals in Thousand Hills have nothing but good reviews from satisfied guests from different parts of the world. The cabins in Thousand Hills are made of Colorado cut spruce logs that give off a rustic vibe. The cabin's interiors; however, is everything modern. To give you peace and quiet away from the city noise, these cabins are situated in the woods of the Ozarks. This location is pretty much refreshing and relaxing.

When it comes to the amenities, these Branson cabin rentals do not fall short of giving you luxury. It has fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, complete with king-sized beds, luxurious linens, and a Jacuzzi tub. It also has a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook your own snacks and meals if you want to. There is also a spacious living room in the cabins that is perfect for any group activity. Your entertainment needs are also addressed by the cabin by providing cable televisions in every room, a DVD player, swimming pool access and free high speed wireless internet. The cabin even has a private porch for some qualitu time with yourself.

Everything you can ask for in a lodging place is offered by a Branson cabin rental in Thousand Hills. Make your vacation even more memorable by spending it in Thousand Hills. For more inquiries and for reservations, just contact 1-877-262-0430.

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Spend Your Family Vacation in a Three Bedroom Branson Condominium


Branson is very much popular for being the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest. And with this, it also offers the best lodging options for a family vacation. Whether you are a small family, or a large one, there is always a lodging place that is fit for everyone. Your vacation in Branson deserves nothing but the best lodging, too. And there is only one place to go to - Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort.

Have you ever felt like it's a hassle renting multiple hotel rooms for your vacation? You'd have to go room hopping just so you can check up on everyone. Here's good news for you! You can still have that luxury living and feel like you have never left home. Introducing the three bedroom Branson condominium of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort! This option is perfect for a large family who wants as much space for everybody, or a small family who wants to have individual rooms of their own. The three bedroom Branson condominium in Thousand Hills also gives you the privilege to stay near the entertainment district of Branson. Thousand Hills is also near the theme park Silver Dollar City and near Table Rock Lake. You can take on any adventure you want with the whole family in these recreational areas near Thousand Hills. Peace and quiet are also not an issue even if you are near the entertainment district because the condominium units are situated in the serene greens of the Ozarks. In Thousand Hills, you will find yourself in the comforts of the lush greens of the golf course, which is also considered to be one of Branson's best.

When it comes to the amenities, the three bedroom Branson condominium gives you nothing less than the luxury you deserve. A three bedroom unit has fully furnished rooms and bathrooms, complete with king-sized beds and Jacuzzi tubs to make it more relaxing for you. There is also a fully equipped kitchen so the whole family can enjoy your home cooked meals. The condo unit also has a spacious living room, where you can share stories with your family members, or have a movie marathon. If you want some quality time alone, the condo unit also has a private porch overlooking a breathtaking view of the Ozarks. There are also cable televisions and a DVD player available for you to use. To top it all off, you also get to enjoy swimming pool access and free high speed wireless internet!

What more can you ask for in a Branson lodging option? Book your stay now in Thousand Hills for your family vacation. For more inquiries and for reservations, call 1-877-362-0430. 

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Silver Dollar City And How It Came To Be


There is no doubt that Silver Dollar City has made its name known worldwide because of the world-class entertainment it offers. It has been Branson’s most famous theme park because of the variety of entertainment it offers, and the right mix of relaxation and excitement it brings. A unique theme park like Silver Dollar City is full of its own history and heritage that is worth knowing. For sure, a theme park this great would be nothing if it did not come from something great, too. Get to know more about Silver Dollar City and how it came to be.

When talking about the history of Silver Dollar City, one cannot help but also talk about the history of the Herschend Family. This family was the brains behind the birth of one of the world’s most famous theme park. The Herschends, husband and wife Hugo and Mary Herschend, together with their sons, Jack and Pete, went on a vacation in the Ozarks and they instantly fell in love with the beauty and the rich heritage of the area. It was in 1951 when the Herschends decided to settle in the Ozarks. It was also in that year when Hugo had a long term lease on the famous Marvel Cave. The long term lease lasted for 99 years. After Hugo died in 1955, Mary and her sons continued to improve the cave. They made improvements such as putting up electricity, walkways, and a cable train for the guests to take part in a cave tour. Marvel Cave then became a popular attraction in the Ozarks. More tourists and visitors flocked to the cave attraction in Branson. A small replica of a town was built outside the cave so that the visitors can be entertained as they wait for their turn.

The name Silver Dollar City was then coined to attract more visitors. Back then, a silver dollar was given to the guests so they could spend the money and tell other people where that silver dollar came from. Word spread quickly and from then on, Silver Dollar City was a huge success.

In the present, the Herschend Family Entertainment already owns 26 theme park enterprises in 10 states. Some of these are Dollywood, The Harlem Globetrotters, Adventure Aquarium, Dixie Stampede, and White Water.

It all started with passing around silver dollars. If it wasn’t for that, then Branson would not have known its phenomenal theme park that will become the standard of all theme parks. Silver Dollar City has a rich history. It is also guaranteed to give you loads of fun! Visit Silver Dollar City now and have memories to keep for a lifetime.

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See the Bird’s Eye view of the Ozark Mountain

Chopper Charter LogoIf you want to experience a wonderful Branson vacation this autumn season stay at Thousand Hills Hotel and take a helicopter tour. As you fly high above, you have the chance to see fascinating views of numerous theaters, fantastic landscapes, and the beautiful Table Rock Lake. To have a wholesome enjoyment on your helicopter ride, don’t forget to bring camera with you as you always have unobstructed views of the city of Branson and sprawling landscapes for a perfect photo souvenir. You can’t completely appreciate your Branson vacation until you’ve taken to the sky and enjoy the numerous panoramic views around the city and the Ozark Mountains.

If you take a Chopper Charter Branson Helicopter Tour, you can make your dream come true of taking a flight that soars above the great city of Branson. Chopper Charter Tour can fly you to wonderful places in Branson and as far as Springfield, Missouri. Sip champagne onboard the luxury helicopter as it takes you to your dinner destination. Some other options available on this helicopter dinner flight tour is a private pickup at your home. This Chopper Charter Dinner Flight Tour costs $250 per couple.

On the Trailer Helicopter Flight Tour you can surround yourself with the sights of the wide open lake scenery. You have the option to choose between an aerial view of the wonderful Table Rock Dam or a flight over the majestic Branson Landing. Either option, allows you to see more of the beautiful lakes of Branson. This tour costs $45 for adults and $35 for children. Another exciting helicopter tour in Branson is  a 12-minute Matinee Helicopter Flight Tour where you can experience the depth of the Ozark Mountains as you soar above the fascinating Inspiration Tower. This tour costs $85 for adults and $75 for children.

Another beautiful helicopter tour is the 17 minute Main Feature Flight Tour that cruises from Branson Strip and journey to the majestic Chateau on the Lake. The flight tour will allow you to see Shepherd of the Hills, Silver Dollar City theme park, and even the calm valleys of Lake Taneycomo. This tour costs $109 for adults and $99 for children. The Encore Flight Tour is a 22-minute exciting tour that hovers above natural lake waters in Branson. See the hillsides of the Ozark Mountains that are covered by colorful autumn leaves. This tour costs $139 for adults and $129 for children.

Once you have experienced the thrill of helicopter flight, you will understand how each moment in the sky is getting better. The Director’s Cut Flight Tour offers 5-course meal that won’t leave you hungry above the sky. This tour allows you to spend half-hour in the air and can be customized for whatever flight destination you like. This long flight tour costs $199.50 for adults and $189.50 for children.

If you want to see from above the sky fascinating views of fantastic landscape, the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves of the Ozark Mountains, try a thrilling helicopter flight tour in Branson.


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