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3D Virtual Tours? Coming Soon to The Thousand Hills Website

We're always looking for more ways to improve our website and make it more useful to guests. One often requested feature is 3D walkthroughs of our various room types so guests can choose the condo or cabin that is best for them. Towards this end, we are working with a partner to create a 3D Virtual Tour that you can visit in your browser. This is just our first attempt at a project like this, so please give us all your feedback so we can evaluate it!

At the top of this page, you should see a small box along the top with the words Thousand Hills 3D Virtual Tour"Click Here for 3D Tour" or "Full 3D" click this link and begin exploring one of our 2 bedroom cabins! You will be able to use an onscreen character to explore the cabin as if you were there yourself.

Please note, this project is still in the very early stages, and your feedback will help us improve it! Please leave a comment below or on The Thousand Hills Facebook Page and let us know what you like and dislike. Also, if you have trouble seeing the 3D tour (especially with Internet Explorer 7 or earlier), please let us know what browser you are using and what problems you're having so we can have our team working on it.

Here's how to take control of your 3D tour!

  • Movement: Arrow Keys
  • Interaction: Use the mouse to interact with items in and around the cabin
  • Enjoy!

Thanks for helping us improve the website and make it more user friendly all the time!

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Connecting With Your Family in Branson, MO Cabins

For many American families, the ability to set off on a fun family vacation may seem like an impossible dream. In order to afford the attractions you'd like to visit, your family is forced to stay in a cramped hotel, but if you book a five-star hotel, your budget is spent on lodging! What if you could have your cake and eat it too? When you choose to visit the Branson, MO cabins you will receive luxurious accommodations with plenty of cash left over to have fun with your family! Here are four ways that you can expect to connect and bond with your family during your stay in the Branson, MO cabins.

1. Talking Rocks Cavern - Whether rain or shine, Talking Rocks Cavern is the place to go for a day of family fun and learning near the Branson, MO cabins. With caves to explore, gemstones to mine, and mini golf to play there is truly something for everyone! Tours run from 9:30AM to 6PM every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, which means you can explore the stunning underbelly of the Ozarks all year long! As you discover the dazzling stalactites, stalagmites, and more you will also learn about the fascinating history of the rock's formation. When you're done wandering the caves, your family can bond over a picnic lunch, a round of mini golf, or searching for precious stones in the gemstone mine.

2. Acrobats of China - Looking for a show near the Branson, MO cabins that the whole family will enjoy? You will all love the exhilarating performance art of the Orient when you check out the Acrobats of China, put on by the New Shanghai Circus. Featuring over forty highly talented dancers, acrobats, and other performers, the entire family will be left mesmerized by the many thrilling acts which include hoop-diving, trapeze, ariel ballet, the lion dance, jar juggling, and so much more! You will hardly believe you're still in Branson as the show transports you to China. For those visiting the Branson, MO cabins this winter, be sure to reserve your seats to the Acrobats of China Show running now through 12/31/2012!

Silver Dollar City and Branson, MO Cabins3. Silver Dollar City - A favorite of locals and tourists alike, Silver Dollar City should be a "must" on your vacation itinerary. You will have a blast with your family as you enjoy the thrilling rides and roller coasters or stop in to see one of the forty live shows that occur daily within the park! As you explore the 1880s craft village, you will truly feel as though you're in another place in time. Is your family planning to stay in the Branson, MO cabins before the end of the year? You won't want to miss out on "An Old Time Christmas" - Silver Dollar City's holiday festival! With over four million holiday lights, this spectacular display will create warm Christmas memories that your family will cherish in the years to come. 

4. Your Cabin - Your family bonding doesn't have to end when you leave your favorite Branson attractions! Unlike a stay in a small hotel room, a visit to a luxurious Branson cabin provides the space to enjoy non-stop family fun. Why not pop in a DVD and enjoy a movie night in your cozy family room together? Many families also enjoy connecting with one another by playing board games in front of their cabin's fireplace on on their private, screened-in back porch. When it's time to turn in, everyone can have their own bed and privacy with sleeping accommodations for up to twelve, and a separate room for Mom and Dad!

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Branson Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Plan Your Holiday Family Feast

We've gathered a list of a number of Branson restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving 2012. When you're at your home away from home in Branson, these restaurants will give you a meal you can your family can enjoy without all the work. Restaurant times are subject to change, please call ahead if possible.

Andy Williams Moon River Grill
Thanksgiving Feast (Choice of Turkey, Ham, or Prime Rib)
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (last seating at 6:30 p.m.)

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
4:00 p.m. to midnight
Phone: (417) 336-5053

Baldknobbers Restaurant
Breakfast/Thanksgiving Dinner
7:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Buckingham's Restaurant
Thanksgiving Day Brunch
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cracker Barrel
Special Thanksgiving Dishes
6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Denny's Restaurant
Open 24 Hours
"Turkey Special" & Regular Menu

Docker's Restaurant & Sports Bar Too!
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (417) 332-0044

Florentina's Italian Ristorante
Family Style Thanksgiving Meals (serves 4-6), Individual Specials
11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Golden Corral
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Grand Country Buffet
11:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m.

Granny's Restaurant
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (417) 334-7700

Great American Steak & Chicken House
Breakfast: 7 a.m.-11 a.m.; Lunch & Dinner: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Great Wall Super Chinese Buffet
11:00am-9:00pm Buffet (Crab Legs, Turkey, & more)

Level 2 Steakhouse
Thanksgiving Brunch (reservations preferred)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

LoneStar Steakhouse
Thanksgiving Turkey & Trimmings and Full Menu
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Mainstreet Lake Cruises
Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise (advance purchase recommended)
Departing 1:45 pm and 5:15 pm

McFarlain's Family Restaurant
Thanksgiving Day Feast
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Montana Mike's Steakhouse (Hwy 76 and Hwy 248 Locations)
11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hwy 76 - 417-334-2766
Hwy 248 - 417-334-5893

Outback Steak & Oyster Bar
11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Phone: (417) 334-6306

Paradise Grill and Steakhouse
Thanksgiving Buffet
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Plantation Restaurant
Breakfast 7 a.m.-11 a.m.; Thanksgiving Buffet 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Ruby Tuesday
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Phone: (417) 335-5450

Sadie's Sideboard & Smokehouse
Thanksgiving Buffet
6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (reservations preferred)
Phone: (417) 337-8200

*Most fast food restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Place To Stay in Branson This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Is A Great Time To Visit Branson

The end of the year is closing in and Thanksgiving is just around the corner - do you have plans for this upcoming Turkey Day? Whether you will be visiting loved ones in Missouri or are looking for a non-traditional way to spend the holiday, you've got a place to stay in Branson! Our luxurious suites, condos, townhouses, and cabins are perfect for all groups and are available on a budget you can afford. Here are a few fun ideas for spending Thanksgiving in Branson.

Who should spend Thanksgiving in Branson?

place to stay in bransonNo matter what the reason for visiting, there's a place to stay in Branson for everyone. Couples who are far away from family can enjoy cuddling up together for a romantic weekend in a lush cabin rental for two or take in one of Branson's world famous shows. Do you have friends who are separated from their families as well? Get together and make it a friends vacation! Our cabin rentals can sleep up to twelve, so the whole group can come along! You can prepare your own special Thanksgiving feast in your cabin's private kitchen and spend the rest of the day soaking in your cabin's jetted tub, watching movies, or playing football outside.

Families, too, can experience a unique Thanksgiving in Branson. When family members are scattered across the country, it can be hard to get everyone together. But what if you all met in the middle? Missouri is located right in the heart of the U.S and our luxurious accommodations will ensure that you have a place to stay and enjoy a family reunion in style. You'll create lasting memories together as you celebrate the holiday and explore Branson together.

What is there to do in Branson during Thanksgiving?

Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean that Branson shuts down! You and your group are sure to stay entertained throughout all of Thanksgiving weekend. Besides enjoying a feast and enjoying your cabin's amenities, you'll have plenty to do throughout the Musical Capital of the World.

  • The World's Largest Toy Museum - This fascinating museum allows you to explore the wonders of your childhood and yesteryear for hours on end. You and your entire group will be amazed at the awe-inspiring collection of tin toys, pull toys, Disney toys, action figures, Barbies, planes, trains, automobiles and more! It will feel more like Christmas morning than Thanksgiving day.
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium - Get ready to experience the truly weird anytime during Thanksgiving weekend. Here you will encounter all kinds of strange tales and artifacts including the story of a genuine Vampire killing in 1850, actual shrunken heads, a gallery of illusions, a two-headed calf, and more!
  • The Hollywood Wax Museum - Open 365 days a year, the Hollywood Wax Museum of Branson can't be missed! In fact, the museum has been among the most visited tourist destinations for over fifteen years. You'll see a unique replica of Mount Rushmore with the mugs of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, "The Duke" and Charlie Chapman. Come see all of your favorite stars and snap a picture with folks from Lucille Ball to Michael Jackson.
  • Christmas in Hollywood - What's the point of having a place to stay in Branson if you don't catch a show while you're there? Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season, and there's no better way to kick it off than by going to see "Christmas in Hollywood". This fabulous production features Santa, his Hollywood Elves, and everything merry and bright.


Why not spend a magical Christmas in Missouri? You've got a place to stay in Branson!

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Free Gift With Every Reservation Through The End of the Year

polo-branson-discountLooking for a way to make your money go further this holiday shopping season? Thanks to a little help from our friends at Tanger Outlets & Polo Ralph Lauren, now you can! For every reservation at Thousand Hills from now to the end of the year you will receive a gift certificate for $25 off your purchase at Polo.

This offer is good for any purchase (as long as you don't combine it with another offer) and has no minimum purchase. Just $25 for free! This will be great for the Black Friday holiday shopping which opens Thursday evening at Tanger Outlets. Just check in at Thousand Hills and get your gift!

Thanks to our friends at Polo & Tanger, we wish you a merry Christmas early!

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High Powered Performers in Branson Celebrate With Andy Williams!

Andy Williams has long been one of the most well known performers in Branson. With his signature hits like Moon River, countless TV appearances, and awards it could be argued that he's one of the most famous celebrities in Branson. So it's only fitting that for the celebration of his 75th anniversary of entertaining that he brings in some well known friends for the party! All of these performers and more will be hitting his Branson show at the Moon River Theater this fall.

September 10-15 : Debbie Reynolds : Debbie Reynolds has been entertaining on the stage and on the big & small screens for over 60 years. Most people may know her famously as Kathy Selden in "Singing in the Rain" where she performed alongside Gene Kelley. See this Golden Globe nominee, Emmy Award winner, and Lifetime Achievement in Comedy award winner live in Branson celebrating with her friend Andy. 

Frankie Avalon in BransonSeptember 17-22 : Frankie Avalon : Beach weather is coming to a close, so maybe that's why this "Beach Party" star was able to make it inland to Branson this fall. This 60's idol and accomplished singer & performer will be on stage for 5 days at the Moon River Theater, just up the hill from Thousand Hills.

September 24-29 : Jack Jones : Younger visitors to Branson may not recognize the name, but they will recognize his songs. Jack has over 50 albums to his name, with 17 of them hitting the Billboard Top 20. He continues performing today. Still don't recognize the name? Hum the theme to the "Love Boat"--that's him!

October 1-6 : The Osmond Brothers : The Osmond Brothers are no stranger to Branson. For several years they had their own theater here before moving on to other projects. But they're back this fall to share a stage with Andy and perform their biggest hits like "Hey Girl" or "Puppy Love"

October 8-13 : Pat & Debby Boone : This father-daughter team will definitely put on a musical show you won't want to miss. Pat has been entertaining for as long as Andy, and has several smash hits. According to Billboard magazine, Pat Boone was the second highest charting artist of the 50's, second only to Elvis. Since then he's continued to perform, make TV appearances, write, and speak. His daughter, Debby, is equally well known. This 70's pop, country and gospel singer has a number of hits of her own, especially 1977's "You Light Up My Life". Don't miss this chance to see the legendary family perform together in Branson.

October 15-20 : Ray Stevens : Another Branson staple, Ray Stevens is coming back to Branson. Expect "Ahab the Arab", "The Streak", "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" and more hit songs and comedy. You'll be leaving this show with stitches in your side from laughter.

Clint Black Branson PerformerOctober 22-24 : Clint Black : This country music superstar and film star needs very little introduction. A list of songs should suffice: "A Better Man", "Killin' Time", "No Time To Kill", and "Like the Rain" should get you started. If you're a country music fan then seeing Clint Black in person should be on your to-do list. So now's your chance!

We continue to celebrate with our friend & neighbor, Andy Williams; 75 years of entertaining is a feat rarely achieved. Having these guests come to the party just makes it that much better. Remember, Andy Williams Moon River Theater is just up the hill, so if you're coming to one of his shows in Branson this fall you can stay with us and see that stars!

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Bob Newhart To Perform in Branson Theater

Bob Newhart at a Branson Theater This FallMany Branson locals and our guests were looking forward to seeing Tim Conway in Branson this fall. Unfortunately, due to family health issues, he's had to cancel many of his fall tour dates including the stretch in the Branson theater in October and November. All is not lost, however, because another legendary funny man has stepped up and promises to put on an unforgettable show--Bob Newhart!

The Mansion Theater worked hard to line up Bob Newhart and it makes a lot of sense. Mr. Newhart has long been a stand up comedian and entertainer, but he is probably best known for his TV work. Two of his most famous series have won numerous awards--in the 1970's he starred in "The Bob Newhart Show" as psychiatrist Dr. Bob Hartley, and the as the legendary New England innkeeper Dick Louden in the 1980's hit, "Newhart". In addition to TV work he's also well known for several film roles including Papa Elf, where he played the adopted north pole father of Will Ferrell in "Elf". He also voiced lead character Bernard in the Disney films "The Rescuers" and "The Rescuers Down Under".

This will be Bob Newhart's first visit to a Branson Theater, but like many other legendary performers before him we hope it won't be his last! Come out this fall and welcome Bob Newhart to Branson and enjoy a family friendly and entertaining show from a comic legend. For ticket information, contact The Mansion Theater. If you need a place to stay, as always be sure & check out the condos or cabins at Thousand Hills!

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Help Welcome Southwest Airlines to the Branson Airport

Since the Branson Airport was completed in May 2009 they've been receiving flights from Branson AirportAirtran Airways. In 2010, Airtran was bought out by Southwest Airlines and Southwest recently announced they would be taking over flight operations at the Branson Airport.

To celebrate this major airline serving the Branson area the Branson Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a pep-rally as an opportunity for the community to show their support to the new airline as well as find out more information about what Southwest flights will be available from Branson. The pep rally will be taking place at 5 pm, August 27th at the fountains in the Branson Landing Square. 

State officials will be in attendance to celebrate the expanded tourism available through this major airline partner, and many local entertainers will also be performing. In addition, there will be prize giveaways and drawings for many gifts including free airfare through the airport. 

While Airtran Airways will continue operations throughout the year, by the first half of 2013 airport officials expect the transition to the familiar Blue & Red livery of Southwest Airlines to be complete and all of Airtran's former operations will be under Southwest's control.

Come out Monday evening and celebrate a major milestone in the development of the Branson and Ozarks area with a national presence from Southwest Airlines at the Branson Airport!

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Silver Dollar City Southern Gospel Picnic

The Isaacs at Silver Dollar CityOne of the shortest but most beloved festivals at Silver Dollar City is almost upon us. What festival is that? Why it's the Southern Gospel Picnic! From August 24th through September 3, 2012 the streets of Silver Dollar City will be flowing with live performances of some of the best Southern Gospel music you'll ever hear gathered in one place. 

Both homegrown local talent and nationally known musicians will be converging on Silver Dollar City for this 10 day festival. Performers include The Isaacs, Booth Brothers, The Easters, Karen Peck & New River, Duane Garren, and Les Butler. All the main stages in the park will also be featuring gospel shows for the duration of the festival. The Red Gold Heritage Hall will be hosting concerts as well as the Singing News Stage. And every evening close out your visit to the park with the Southern Gospel Nights concert series in Echo Hollow. These nightly shows feature a top gospel concert hosted by KWFC radio's Dave Taylor. Admission for all of these shows is free with your regular park admission.

If Southern Gospel Music were all this festival offered it would be enough, but take a look at the name again Southern Gospel Picnic. And what is a picnic without food! As usual, Silver Dollar City won't let an opportunity pass without providing some of the best food you'll find in Branson. During the Gospel picnic, you'll want to visit The House of Chicken and Fixen's on the square. Get your favorite style of chicken - fried or not! - along with all the sides you could hope for. Southern Fried Chicken, Apple-Glazed chicken, or Hickory Smoked Chicken--you can't go wrong. If you're getting there in the morning you'll also want a hearty breakfast to start your day - the all you can eat buffet at Molly's Mill Restaurant would be a great way to start. All this and you'll quickly see why Silver Dollar City has won numerous awards for having some of the best food in the theme park business. 

Start planning your trip to Silver Dollar City and Branson now! We've still got room for you to stay at Thousand Hills, but with a festival that only lasts 10 days you'll want to make reservations early. Come on down for some great food, some great music, and some great memories at the Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City!

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Branson Missouri Teachers Appreciation!

Branson Missouri Loves Teachers October 2012Branson, Missouri honors groups of all kinds from veterans, to Fire and Policemen, and more. But in the month of October we're looking to honor another group who teaches & guides our kids, teachers! Yes, October will be Branson's Teacher Appreciation Month, so all teachers should start making plans to visit Branson this October.

A number of Branson Missouri shows and attractions are pulling out all the stops to honor and appreciate teachers. From complimentary tickets to free gifts and more, some of the most popular shows in Branson are included. Shows that are offering free tickets to teachers include:

  • The Legend of Kung Fu
  • Paul Harris and the Cleverlys
  • The Texas Tenors
  • The Brady Lunch starring Greg Brady himself--Barry Williams
  • And many more!
As October gets closer, keep checking back as more and more shows offer gifts to say thank you to teachers for everything they do.

The Branson Titanic Museum is going above and beyond to appreciate teachers as well. In October they are offering free admission to all teachers. They also provide information and help to teachers to plan a classroom lesson around the Titanic and they work with teachers to provide one of a kind learning opportunities. However, not only are they celebrating Teacher's Appreciation Month this October, teachers will want to return to the Titanic in May for Titanic Teacher Appreciation Week - during this week teachers will not only receive free admission, they will also receive a gift bag of pencils for their classes and a voucher for a complimentary entry to be used when they book a class field trip to the museum.
As you can see, a number of Branson Missouri attractions are taking advantage of opportunities to show American schoolteachers how they are appreciated for the hard work and sacrifices they make for our kids. So if you are a teacher, or you know one, make sure they're in Branson this October for Branson Loves Teachers month!
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