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Table Rock Lake - Dam Tours

Table Rock Lake BransonWith the new Dewey Short Visitor center opening soon at Table Rock Lake, we wanted to take a look at one of the most prominent features of the Tri-Lakes area--Table Rock Dam.

Table Rock Dam was constructed as a way to control the frequent and unpredictable flooding of the White and Mississippi Rivers. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers was in charge of building the dam and still operates it to this day. Table Rock Dam, the outcome of the desire for flood control, was constructed in about 4 years time and completed in 1958. The construction of the dam caused the formation of Table Rock Lake, a popular destination for both locals and tourists with a variety of activities and boating opportunities.

Tours are also available of Table Rock Dam which give visitors a rare glimpse at the inner workings of a dam. Visitors are led through the dam by knowledgeable personnel and are able to see how the flow of water turns turbines that eventually lead to the generation of electricity. The inside of the dam is only available to visitors on the official tour or employees.

Even when the weather is hot outside, the dam tends to keep cool, so the tour can be a great break from the summer heat. Otherwise, a light jacket might be useful. Visitors are able to see some of the actual machinery that helps in the process of electricity generation, and walk through areas that only other employees see. After the tour of the dam, there is also Dewey Short Visitor’s Center that is located in close proximity to the dam where educational activities and information are available for those who are interested in learning more about the area. Table Rock Lake themed merchandise is generally in stock there as well.

Table Rock Dam is a very unique dam located in the beautiful Ozarks. The official tour through the inside of the dam is a great way to learn a little bit about the history of the dam and also how it and Table Rock Lake work with the environment.

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Lake Taneycomo - The History of Branson Missouri

Lake Taneycomo from Branson MissouriDid you know Branson is turning 100 this year? In honor of Branson Missouri's 100th anniversary, we're looking back at the history of the town and area. Our first look is at one of Branson's most prominent features, Lake Taneycomo.

Lake Taneycomo is situated on the White River around the resort town of Branson Missouri. This artificial lake came in to existence in 1913 with the construction of the Powersite Dam just a few miles below Branson on the White River. Initially this was a warm water lake but in the fifties it changed into a cold water lake when Table Rock Dam was constructed just upstream. Now the temperature of the lake remains a consistent 48 degrees Fahrenheit (this can fluctuate some depending on the number of Generators working on Table Rock Lake).

The fresh and low temperature of the water makes this lake and ideal place for Trout breeding. The Missouri Department of Conservation set up a Trout Fish hatchery near the headwaters of Lake Taneycomo. It's name is "The Shepherd Of The Hills Hatchery", named after the novel "The Shepherd Of The Hills(1907)". Free tours are available of this trout hatchery for visitors to see the process for themselves.

Whether you're fishing on the lake or walking on the Branson Landing riverfront, you'll appreciate what Lake Taneycomo brings to the Branson Missouri area.

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Branson Condo Financing in 2012

When purchasing a Branson condo or a Table Rock Lake condo, one of the major obstacles is the financing. Back a few years ago when Branson real estate was hitting it’s peak, there were no money down loans floated out there with Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, but those are ancient history. Now you need all cash to make the purchase or at least a substantial down payment.

Branson Real Estate on Table Rock LakeGetting a real estate project approved is a nightmare as the following items must be met; the project must be complete with 90% of the units sold and 51% owner-occupied, of course there should not be any nightly rental within the project and the common area and the project should have been turned over from the developer for more than one-year. 

To be honest, I was a bit surprised the difference between the states is so little. This tells me that lending standards are tightening up, borrowers are having enough skin in the game to protect the banks from losing too much in Branson foreclosures, and that the lending environment is becoming healthier.

If you'd like to discuss the latest Branson Real estate market in more depth, I'd be happy to talk to you. Either visit us online or call Doug at 417-243-2210.

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Branson Missouri February Festivities

Do you have any plans of visiting Branson and the surrounding areas this winter? If not, maybe you should reconsider because in many ways February is the best time to be there.

If you dislike crowds you'll be pleased to know that the tourist flow in this time of the year is comparatively less so that restaurants and shopping venues are not crowded. Another upside to visiting Branson during the off-season is prices are normally cheaper, so you can find affordable Branson cabins and condos waiting for you.

Branson Romantic CabinOf course, February and Valentine's Day also leads to thoughts of romance. Many shows in Branson are providing special romance themed shows and packages on Valentine's Day, in addition to restaurant specials and promotions perfect for a couple's night out on the town. Returning to a Branson cabin with a jacuzzi tub and a romantic weekend alone in Branson doesn't sound too bad either, does it?

Many special events are happening in town. As we've blogged about before, the National Ice Carving championships are being held at the Titanic musuem the weekend of February 4th & 5th. February Branson visitors will be able to see the best ice carvers and sculptors in America compete for the title.

So now maybe you can see why February in Branson just might be the hottest vacation ticket yet!

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Branson Shows Update: Andy Williams Announces 2012 Schedule

Andy Williams Moon River Theatre hosts some of the most popular Branson shows75 Years of Andy Williams, and they've recently released their 2012 schedule. Highlights include 75 Years of Andy Williams, Branson's favorite a capella performers, "America's Sweethearts of Song", American Idol and more!

The first and most important announcement was the celebration of 75 years of Andy Williams entertainment. In 2012 Andy will have been performing for an adoring public for 75 years, and to honor this he will have a 7 week engagement this fall with special guests including Dick Van Dyke, Pat & Debby Boone, Ray Stevens and more.

Andy has always been known for his Christmas Branson shows, and 2012 is no exception. In addition to the usual Andy Williams Christmas, the amazing Lennon Sisters will also have a Christmas show at the Moon River Theatre. You may have seen them grow up on the Lawrence Welk Show and now you can see them in person as "America's Sweethearts of Song" perform their Christmas favorites.

Speaking of favorites, The Cat's Pajamas have found a new home for their Branson show. Andy welcomes 2011's Best Group in Branson to his theater for their upbeat a capella stylings of current and classic songs of the last 60 years.

If classic music is what you love then you'll also want to see "Oh What a Night!" This tribute to Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons is straight from Vegas and are back again in Branson. See this quartet harmonize on your next Branson, Missouri visit.

And finally, American Idol fans have a once in a lifetime opportunity in 2012 to see the Top 10 finalists from their favorite show live & in person this summer. See the American Idolists live!

As you can see, Andy's got some great Branson Shows lined up for us this year. Be sure and tell him happy 75th year of entertaining next time you see him!

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Remodeling for Our Branson Groups!

Thousand Hills Golf & Conference Resort is remodeling the meeting/banquet rooms for the new season. We pride ourselves on having the best Branson Groups facilities in the area, and want to keep our look fresh for your next event. If you're looking to book your next meeting, here are some of the choices we offer:

For a small family gathering for 50-60 people the Golf View room with a patio overlooking the beautiful eighteen hole golf course is a perfect fit.

The Legacy place adjoins a patio and indoor pool, has two grills so families can cook out and will seat 60-70 members. It is plenty of parking, walk in, kitchen, bathrooms and lots of window. It has a marquee  that welcomes your family reunion and a sixty five inch plasma screen so you show family videos.

The Club House room will seat 140 people for a catered meal, has a dance floor, sound system, complimentary Wi-Fi and patio overlooking the golf course.

We’re excited to have new carpet and drapes says Wanda Nicol, director of group sales and she invites you to call her direct 417-243-2245 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for your next Branson meeting.

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Branson Titanic Hosts National Ice Carving Championships

February 3-5th will be a cool time to visit Branson, literally! That weekend the best ice carvers and sculptors will be gathered in Branson, Missouri to compete for $25,000 in prizes and the title of NICA National Champion.

Branson Titanic Ice CarvingThe NICA is the National Ice Carving Association, which sponsors this tournament every year. The festivities will take place in the parking lot of the Titanic Museum Attraction, and spectator admission is free. So bring the whole family out to see the best ice sculptors in the world compete.

There are two levels of competition, Professional and Master. Each level consists of two competitions, and the carver with the highest overall score wins the prizes. In addition, there will be a competition for speed - where the contestants are given one block of ice & 15 minutes to make the most of it. So be sure and miss that if you want to see some high speed art created right in front of your eyes!

For more information , visit our website to find out more about the National Ice Carving Championship.

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Branson Lake Condos, Get Them Now!

Come enjoy Branson lake condos with us here at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. We just finished a string of beautiful January days with seventy degree weather! The January weather is a lot more traditional now, but it will warm up soon. So be thinking about the perfect time to come play on our golf course and enjoy some of the year’s lowest rates for lodging before the busy season kicks back in.

We have many different options ranging from an upscale townhouse with a private back patio and personal BBQ grill to our newest Branson lake condos out at the Majestic which have a breathtaking view of Table Rock Lakefrom their large glassed in (heated and cooled, so you can enjoy your lake view whatever the weather!) and outdoor patios.

Make your Branson lake condo reservations online or by calling 1-877-262-0430. Just because it's winter doesn't mean it's not a good time to visit Branson, Missouri!

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The Best Branson Real Estate is Majestic!

Branson Real Estate at the MajesticIf you are looking for a perfect weekend retreat in Branson Missouri with all the comforts of home then this Table Rock Lake front Branson real estate in Branson, Missouri has been perfectly situated on the water to gain the maximum open water view—you will never have to worry about the direct sunlight faded furniture or heating up the interior to an unbeatable level.

The three bedroom, three bathroom penthouse condo was built in 2009 and is known as The Majestic at Table Rock, according to it’s the website. It sits on the Branson-side of Table Rock Lake and has 18 foot ceilings and a patio, crown molding, hardwood floors, wood staircase, and an optional oversized garage and boat dock.

The Majestic at Table Rock has had units on the market since 2007 and this penthouse condominium lakefront real estate is the last one priced at $343,400 with over 1900 square feet.  Only 10 minutes from the famous Highway 76 and most of the Branson Missouri music shows and attractions like the Titanic, White Water and Silver Dollar City.  This Table Rock lake property overlooks the Chateau on the lake its next door neighbor, Table Rock Dam and offers nightly rates well below that of its neighbor.  

If you'd like to find out more about this or any other Branson real estate, be sure and give Doug Fast a call at 1-877-262-0430.

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Romantic Branson Cabins for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming soon! Have you considered what Branson cabins have to offer for your romantic getaway? Our Jacuzzi Suite condos are another great options as well!

For a truly romantic experience that will provide a lifetime of memories there is very little that can beat a Branson cabin at the Cabins at Grand Mountain. Nestled in the woods they provide the ideal setting for a new couple or an experienced couple to enjoy the beauty and majesty of nature in complete privacy. These cabins come with a large jacuzzi and a gas fireplace that are perfect for intimate evenings. They are also fitted with fully-equipped kitchens that you can use to spend a whole day in the privacy of your cabin.

The Branson cabins are tastefully appointed and blend in harmoniously with the surroundings. And you will discover very soon that there's nothing like starting a day waking up to the chirping of wood birds outside your window.

If it's the Ozark view that you are coming for then you'll also want to consider staying in a one bedroom condo. You can choose from the Jacuzzi suite - perfect for honeymooners or anniversaries - which indulges you with a jacuzzi in the bedroom and a private patio and is fitted with a mini-fridge and a microwave for midnight snacking.

branson cabins romance resized 600Or you can choose the One Bedroom Condo which is ideal for an extended romantic vacation. It has a fully furnished kitchen that you can use to cook each other your favorite meals. We also don't forget to pamper our couples with little thoughtful details. Don't forget to reserve your box of chocolates (truffles or strawberries) and when you ask for champagne to celebrate a romantic evening, we send you souvenir flute glasses that you can take away and keep it as a reminder to the wonderful memories you created at the Thousand Hills Resort.

Reserve your Branson cabins or condos online today at thousandhills.com, or by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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