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End of Summer Branson Vacation Giveaway!

The weather's still hot, but as the back to school sales at every shopping mall tell you, summer's almost over. We at Thousand Hills aren't quite ready to let it go, so we're offering you one more chance to get that Branson vacation getaway you've been putting off for too long. And to make that vacation even more special, we've teamed up with The Track Family Fun Parks to make sure the whole family will have a Branson vacation they won't ever forget.

How do I enter?

That's simple! Simply "Like" Thousand Hills on Facebook using the button above, then follow the link to "Like" the Track Family Fun Parks on Facebook and fill out the entry form. Qualified entries will be entered in the End of Summer giveaway drawing and one lucky winner will win the grand prize! Which brings us to...

What can I win?

Thanks to our friends at the Track Family Fun Parks, we are giving away a full Branson vacation getaway to one lucky family. This includes:

  • Branson Vacation Cabins2 night stay in one of Thousand Hills two bedroom log cabins or golf front condos any 2 nights September 10 through October 21, 2012. These two bedroom condos and cabins have room for the whole family to relax, and then some, all located in the heart of Branson, Missouri.
  • The Thousand Hills Platinum Experience. The platinum experience features over $750 in complimentary tickets, gifts, meals and more from many of the hottest shows, attractions and restaurants in the area. 
  • Two Track Family Fun Parks "Go Cards". These Go Cards are preloaded with 160 credits each, good for games, rides & fun at any of the four Track locations in Branson. In addition, each card comes with one free G Force Ride, a complimentary Pizza buffet at Pizza World, and a free one topping Sundae from Andy's Frozen Custard.
Sounds like the perfect end of summer family vacation, doesn't it? But hurry and enter now, the contest won't last forever--in fact;
When can I enter?
Right now! The Thousand Hills/Track Family Fun Parks Summer Vacation Giveaway is open for entries through the month of August. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualified entries on September 3, 2012 and notified via phone or email. So don't waste time, "Like" Thousand Hills, "Like" The Track Family Fun Parks and enter to win!
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Missouri Sales Tax Holiday - Great For Back To School Savings!

Missouri Sales Tax Holiday & Branson ShoppingIt's August and it's time to shop for back to school again, and if you shop this weekend in Missouri, you'll be able to save even more money! The Missouri Sales Tax Holiday is taking place today, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th. During this sales tax holiday the state of Missouri won't be collecting it's usual 4.225% tax on several categories of school related items. If that's not enough to tempt you, many Branson shops and stores are running additional sales on top of the tax discount. Here are some more details to see why it makes sense to start your shopping trip in Branson!

During the Missouri Sales Tax holiday in Branson, the following types of items are offered without having to pay state sales tax. 

  • Clothing - Visit your favorite clothing outlet store in Branson and save on clothing. Any clothing less than $100 can be purchased tax free.
  • School Supplies - Stocking up on crayons, glue, paper, notebooks, or more? Up to $50 per purchase will be tax free this weekend.
  • Computers and computer software - In 2012 almost every college bound student will want their own personal laptop or desktop computer, and the software to go with it. The 2012 Missouri Sales Tax Holiday allows up to $350 in software, computer peripherals up to $3,500, and a computer up to $3,500 to be purchased without paying the usual sales tax. 
  • For more details on what is, and isn't included in the MO Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue website

Of course, in Branson we always take things to the next level as well. A number of our shops and shopping centers are having expanded hours and additional sales & promotions to coincide with this year's sales tax holiday.

  • Tanger Outlets - Tanger outlets are having expanded business hours for the weekend- 8 am to 10 pm Friday & Saturday, and 9 am to 7 pm on Sunday. Many of the shops involved will also be running sales to increase your back to school savings in Branson.
  • The Branson Landing will be open Friday & Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 8 pm
  • Shoppes at Branson Meadows from 10 am to 7 pm Friday & Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
  • Many other stand alone businesses and malls in Branson will be holding special events and promotions for this year's Sales Tax Holiday.

In Branson, Missouri shopping has long been the recreational sport of choice for many - with a number of outlet malls, high end retail, one of a kind boutiques and more there has always been something for every taste and every budget. With the addition of the Missouri Sales Tax Holiday August 3-5th, 2012 - The sport of shopping in Branson will become even more lucrative!

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Why Branson Condos?

While Branson may be king when it comes to Live Entertainment, it is also king when it comes to nightly or weekly condominium rental.  Branson, and the surrounding area, has many, many options when it comes to condo accommodations.  Just check on the internet for Branson Condo Deals and see what pops up. It is enough to make you scratch your head and say “What’s the difference in product, experience, location, and price”? The answer is quite frankly “a lot”. 

Let’s start with price.  This is a good place to remember the old adage “you get what you pay for” and at the same time look for the best deal.  If a price is too good to be true, it probably is.  Condominium rental is a business, or should be, and a profit is necessary to maintain a unit in proper condition.  If something is renting for less than a hundred dollars a night, you might not be getting a unit that is up to your normal standards.  Cleanliness, bedding, appliances that work, are a must for any successful vacation or getaway.  If the price is low, it may be you are stepping into a timeshare situation that requires you sit through a lengthy presentation or tour.  Are you interested in owning a timeshare week?  If not, you might want to avoid the scenario. 

Location is another very important part of your decision.  Are you wanting to partake of the Branson,Missourientertainment?  Many condominiums are available along the famous76 Music Boulevard.  Would you like your condominium to be near a golf course?  Thousand Hills Resort provides the perfect location for proximity to the Strip (local term for the Boulevard) and an eighteen hole public golf course.  Multiple couples can save significantly when staying in larger condos.  Most condos (better check beforehand) have a private bath per bedroom.  Common areas are only the living/dining and kitchen areas.  Are you lake folks?  Want a condo with a view of Table Rock Lake?  There are not all that many condominiums on the lake that are still close to the Branson activities.  The Majestic at Table Rock provides a panoramic view, new units, while only being five miles from the Strip.  Be careful when booking a condo that you are not so far out that you spend too much valuable time in the car going to and from your primary destination. 

Condo nightly rental in Branson, Missouri has become a very popular alternative to the traditional hotel stay.  When making reservations, it is always best to talk to a live person.  Be cautious when your only contact is by internet or mail.  You will want a contact person that can help you during your stay if any issues were to arrive.  If you are looking for a truly unique condominium experience, look for cabin rentals in Branson, Missouri and you will be pleasantly surprised how you might be staying in the woods and in Branson all at the same time.  

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Branson Golf Courses Improving in 2012

Despite being regularly voted as one of the best Branson golf courses, we're always trying to improve. That's why when we heard a lot of requests from golfers about improving access to hole #12, we listened!

Hole #12 on Thousand Hills Golf Course is challenging and has a great view. The only problem? The cart path didn't reach the green, during inclement weather, when we had to restrict carts to the path only, it became difficult for golfers to reach the green. To fix this, our Branson Golf Courses design team went to work designing a path that would let golfers reach the green without damaging the integrity of the course. And that's just what they did!

Construction began in June, coincidentally right as the unforgettable heat wave of 2012 set in. Despite the record breaking temperatures, our construction crew worked hard to finish the cart path so that golfers could take advantage of it for the rest of the summer. 

Branson Golf Courses - Opening New Cart Path

On July 13th, 2012 the ribbon cutting ceremony took place, officially opening the cart path to use. While we've still got some final grading and landscaping to do, the cart path is officially open and ready to take you to the greens on Hole #12 no matter the weather. To assist us in the ribbon cutting we had on hand our golf pro, Matt Dillman, co-owners of Thousand Hills - Dan & Mark Ruda, and special golf guests who had the privelege of being the first ones to drive down the new path--in addition to a gift of free rounds of golf at Thousand Hills if the recognition alone wasn't enough.

If you're ever in the area of Hole #12, don't forget to look down--thanks to a frequent guest to the course who just happened to stop by when we were pouring concrete we have the autograph of one Mr. Mickey Gilley immortalized on Hole #12 (home of 2 of Mickey's 4 holes in one at Thousand Hills!)

Mickey Gilley at Thousand Hills Branson Golf CoursesThanks again to our golf guests, our landscaping & construction crew, all of our golfers for being patient during construction and for anyone else involved in making this project a success. Come play at Thousand Hills, the most popular Branson golf course!

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Branson Events - Branson at The Bridge

Branson Events at the BridgeSaturday, July 7th is one of the most anticpated Branson events of the year - the day for Branson at the Bridge! Celebrate 100 years of Branson with a large list of free events! Festivities all take place at the new Lake Taneycomo Bridge in historic downtown Branson, Missouri.

Live music and entertainment starts at 5:00 pm with a number of Branson acts including The World Famous Platters, The Cat's Pajamas, Dance Branson & many more! During this time a number of popular Branson restaurants will be providing signature food & treats. The Branson Arts Council will also be featuring a tent with a large amount of high quality art from local artists. 

At 8:00 pm this Branson event kicks into high gear with the first "Blessing of the Fleet" and "Boats Aglow". Led by local favorite, Bob Hubbard of the Foggy River Boys, more than a dozen boats from local docks including Ride the Ducks, Kanakuk Camps, Bass Pro Shop and more will follow the Branson Lake Queen Paddle Wheeler. Local dignitaries will be on board leading the fleet.

Last but not least, at 10:00 pm prepare for a spectacular fireworks show, coordianted with music. Watch the fireworks reflected over the lakefront celebrating a century of the Live Music Capital of the World.

Come enjoy the music, fun, food & friendship and prepate to kick off the next 100 years of Branson Events! 

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Branson Independence Day Celebrations

Branson Independence Day Fireworks

The Fourth of July is coming up next week, and as usual Branson is pulling out all the stops for spectacular and memorable Independence Day Celebrations. To help you decide which festivities you should attend, Thousand Hills has put together a list of Fireworks shows and celebrations that you might want to visit.


2012 Branson Independence Day Schedules 

From Hollister, to Kimberling City, to the Branson Landing and many more you'll find fireworks all over the Tri-Lakes area. My personal favorite show takes place at the Chateau on the Lake, which has a great show overlooking Table Rock Lake. You can get a great view of this show from the Majestic at Table Rock--imagine sitting in the air conditioned sunroom with a panoramic view of the lake and the fireworks all around!

Since 2012 has been especially hot and dry, burn bans are in effect in many parts of the country to prevent fireworks and other fires from getting out of control. So why not leave the fireworks up to the professionals this year & sit back and enjoy a Branson Independence Day!





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Branson Missouri Foreclosures For Sale

Branson Foreclosure Real EstateBranson, Missouri - The Residence at Thousand Hills Foreclosure - Started in early 2009 this project located in the Heart of Branson just two blocks off the famous Country Music Blvd offered just 30 families this opportunity. 

113 Residence Lane.  This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath 1650 square foot patio home/condominium is your perfect Branson getaway.  The unit is priced at $100,000 lower than the last sale and has been a very busy listing with monthly association dues of $181 per month which takes care of outside insurance, maintenance and long-term maintenance.  Don’t wait if you have been looking because deals like this are few and far between.  Price furnished at $178,500

 Call Doug Fast at (417) 243-2210 for details on this unit.

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Branson Missouri Condo Rentals

If you are looking for the perfect area to observe the beauty, history and excitement of the Ozarks, then Branson, Missouri is your ideal destination. Once a sleepy, little, fishing town along the White River, Branson, Missouri has quickly become a favorite getaway for the weekender, business traveler or family interactive vacation. You will find that in Branson there is always something very old, very new, and just down right entertaining. Branson offers renowned entertainment, Branson condo rentals, quality shopping with discount malls to designer stores, fine dining and accommodations plus.

branson condo rentalsWith so many things to do and see in Branson, try for an extended stay. Kick back and take your time visiting the many museums, natural areas, and local lakes. Where you stay will become one of the most important decisions of your trip. Spacious Branson condominium rentals are available for small or large parties. You may choose to stay in the heart of the entertainment district or on the outskirts of town on Table Rock Lake. Whether you are traveling with loved ones or coming for a business conference, Branson condominium rentals will fit your needs. You will be surprised to find how affordable a two bedroom, fully equipped condominium is compared to the mundane hotel room. Branson condo rentals are equipped with all the essentials of home, plus whirlpool tubs, a bathroom for every bedroom, a television for every bedroom and A+ bedding.

If you are looking to make your vacation unique, memorable and still cost effective, then a comfortable, stylish Branson condo rental is the right choice. A major benefit of our Branson condo rentals is their location; close to dining, shopping, golf courses, the lakes and more. No longer is the Branson traffic an issue. Branson condominium rentals are adjacent to the new routes that will quickly skirt you around the city. Your destination, whether the excitement of downtown or a thrilling ride on a zipline, will be only minutes away.

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Branson Vacation Plan - 4 Perfect Days

Have you entered our Summer Giveaway yet? If not, like us on Facebook and enter to win 2 nights free in Branson! Until you win, here's a sample itinerary to help you plan your next Branson vacation!

11:00am You arrive in at the Branson Airport, on time and only 20 minutes from Thousand Hills Golf Resort in the heart of Branson, MO. The sounds of your children clamoring excitedly as you passed over Branson and Table Rock Lake still resonating in your ears. Your spouse’s warm assuring smile reminds you why you’re here and the glorious long weekend ahead. And you smile to yourself knowing your kids will cherish the time with you.

At 11:30 you make a detour to State Park Marina – and only now do you share the secret with the family! You’re spending the afternoon on Table Rock Lake and have reserved a big tri-troon with a slide and upper deck for the afternoon

12:00 you are pulling out of the cove, gassed, and lunch from Danna’s BBQ (best bbq in town) ready to enjoy a great afternoon, after a quick wave to the folks on the Showboat Branson Belle, you are off. A picnic lunch on the boat and then a dip and your enjoying the clear waters of Table Rock.

4:00 you come off the lake grab a shaved ice from the marina and drive to Thousand Hills Golf Resort for check-in and a quick cat nap but no rest for the weary. The kids want to try dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack at the Branson Landing, but not before stopping by the concierge desk at Thousand Hills Clubhouse to pick up some Silver Dollar City tickets for the next morning. Oh, you don’t really mind because the pancakes at Billye Gayle’s are on call for breakfast.

9:00 Wow. And that’s day 1. Dreaming of Day 2 and your heart hasn’t even stopped thumping!

6:00am Open curtains. Golf. A quick 9-holes before the kids wake up. Still Thousand Hills. Pat yourself on the back. A great day is ahead, and this condo location makes you want to come back. Courtesy of the cool new Platinum Experience program at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. What a deal!

9:30 Drop the kids at Geyser Gulch. And now you and your wife can spend some alone time strolling thru the 60 Unique & Inspirational Shops within the city.

10:30 And now the dividend. You see the biggest smile ever on your sons face. Wet, wild, and a big day ahead. And only Day 2. Man, SDC is dependable. Check out the video on beforehand. You can almost taste it!

12:30 Still lots of the park to see, but lunch beckons. The kids are in good hands on the City's Square at Wagon Works Grill enjoying their own lunch. Going to try the grilled turkey leg, have an epic appetite!

1:45 Ready for some world class entertainment. It’s Kidsfest at the city and it all begins with spectacular shows designed with your family in mind. From breathtaking feats of skill and courage to lighthearted laughter, National KidsFest entertainment is not to be missed! First off its Discovery Channel superstar and Guinness World-Record high-wire walker, Nik Wallenda returns with The Fabulous Wallenda Family Circus! then • SpongeBob & Patrick, Dexter & DeeDee, Tom & Jerry, George Jetson & Astro, Backyardigans, Fred, Barney & Dino, Scooby Doo & Shaggy, Yogi Bear & Boo Boo, and Dora & Diego, there all here and can’t wait to meant your kids.

5:00 Just enough energy left for a cool down in what started Branson “Marvel Cave” a constant 60 degrees and a great end to this day.

7:00 because the condo you booked has a full kitchen you give the wife a night off and prepare dinner.

7:30am Open curtains. Thousand Hills. Close curtains, open again. Still Thousand Hills. Yikes. Feeling the quads a little. Stop by the workout room its free and much needed.

8:15 the kids loved their day yesterday, and are already talking about how great is to have you with them. Think we’re going to stay inside today. Open your Platinum Experience booklet and check out all the savings. Call the concierge

8:30 Done. That was easy. The children are ecstatic. The Titanic?, the Ralph foster museum at School of the Ozarks, Ripleys Believe It or Not, Hollywood Wax Museum and some indoor mini golf. Stop by the clubhouse to pick up your tickets and here you go again.

12:30 lunch, in keeping with tradition, Dobyn’s at School of the Ozarks serves only the finest, freshest ingredients available, many of which are grown locally. Our tomatoes, green beans, and some other vegetables are grown in campus gardens in season, by students. And it’s awesome.

3:30 Now the wife and I both need the masseuse. What a day. Where’s that Spa number when we need it! The only number you need is the concierge as she arranges an inroom massage for us both all while the kids catch up with the antics of Tom and Jerry on the big 47” plasma in the condo of course, it is Thousand Hills remember. Twist our arms!

6:00 So it’s our last night. And it’s a beautiful night. And we are headed to Sight and Sound theatres for Joseph the kids love it, and so are we. But it’s back to the real world tomorrow. Wow. Stylish, but friendly enough for the kids. Life is getting pretty good right now.

7:30am Open curtains. Thousand Hills. Close curtains, open again. Still Thousand Hills. Pretend we’re not flying back this afternoon! Hmmmm. Not working. Maybe get on the lap top and take a look at Thousand Hills Golf Resort Reservations for weekend last minute deals next month! Good idea. Getting here is less expensive and easier than we thought!
8:15 Half day at White Water for the kids, remember that free ticket you got with the Platinum Experience booklet.

8:30 Note to self. Treat aching thighs and rest of body to the best Breakfast in Branson at McFarlains and you get one free with your Platinum Experience booklet . Mmmmm. That worked. Should have been a doctor!

9:30 Alas, the sun has subsided but at White Water is sunny every day. Best of both worlds if you ask us! Lazy river here we come!

1:30 Collect the children, mind you, unwillingly. Late check out. luggage safely stored by the hotel, Yellow Cab dutifully waiting, and we, begrudgingly head back on the too short ride to Branson Airport. We remind ourselves that the kids once again are the reason, and that we’ll be home in time for dinner.

Life can be really good if you make it so.

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Summer Giveaway 2012 - Win a Branson Vacation!

Want to win a Branson Vacation? Who doesn't? Simply follow this link, Like us on Facebook, and fill out the entry form to be eligible to win your own Branson vacation this summer!

Thousand Hills Summer GiveawayEligible entries will be entered into the contest with the Grand Prize being 2 nights in a two bedroom condo or log cabin (winner's choice!) any time from August 6th to September 15th, 2012. Included in this stay is the Platinum Experience Book that includes over $750 in complimentary tickets, gifts, meal vouchers and more! 

Entering is simple, follow the link:, like us on Facebook, and fill out the form. The winner will be announced July 2nd, 2012.

Good luck to all who are entered, and tell your friends--maybe they'll invite you along on their free Branson vacation!

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