Monday, September 29, 2014

Salute the American West during National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City

Celebrate the West during National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City.  The Branson theme park welcomes hundreds of visiting craftsmen during National Harvest Festival, scheduled for September 12 through October 25, 2014. Purchase your Silver Dollar City tickets today to enjoy the salute to the American cowboy in Branson, Missouri.  All-new shows, craftsmen, western musicians and delicious food make this National Harvest Festival one not too miss.

Highlights of Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest Festival:
  • Western Stunt Show featuring professional stunt men and women
  • Over 125 visiting craftsmen from around the country demonstrating their art
  • Western star and water color artist Buck Taylor returns
  • Best of Missouri Hands juried artists special showcase
  • Western Musicians
  • Cowboy Poets
  • Wild Mustangs
  • Trick Horse Stunts, Trick Roping and Bull Whip Demonstrations
  • Barn Dance
  • Chuckwagons

Silver Dollar City’s Culinary & Craft School will be open during the festival as well.
Purchase a money-saving Silver Dollar City vacation package today to enjoy the 2014 National Harvest Festival.  During your day at the park, be sure to ride Outlaw Run.  The award-winning coaster is the only wooden roller coaster to twist upside down and, at 68mph, is the second fastest in the world.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Top Five Things to Do in Branson this Fall

The temperatures are cooling down in the Ozarks creating the perfect weather for outdoor activities.  As we get further into September the beauty of the area is enhanced by the bold colors that paint the trees.  It’s one of the best times of year to experience the outdoors in Branson, Missouri. 

Here are the Top 5 things to do in Branson this fall:

1)  Visit Silver Dollar City:  Silver Dollar City may feature over 4 million lights during its Old Time Christmas event, but during their National Harvest Festival the trees are lit up all on their own.  The changing season of autumn brings a new scenic charm to the park.

2)   Ride the Branson Scenic Railway: Entertaining and educational, a ride aboard the Branson Scenic Railway is made even better during Autumn.  A 40-mile roundtrip excursion thru Ozark foothills and tunnels can be enjoyed in dome cars, dining cars, and vintage coach seating.  The option is yours. 

3)   Go Ziplining:  See the sights of Branson’s great outdoors in a whole new way – zipping through the canopy forest at Branson Zipline.  Located at Wolfe Creek Preserve in the Ozark Mountains, the ziplining tours offered at Branson Zipline feature multiple zips and skybridges.  
 
4)     Hit the Trails: With more than 200 miles of trails, the Branson area gives visitors plenty of ways to explore the scenery around them.  The Lakeside Wilderness Hiking Trail, 1,574-acre Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area and 2.2-mile Table Rock Lakeshore Trail are popular options.

5)    Play a Round: Golfing in Branson is a main attraction.  A variety of award-winning courses provide golf enthusiasts challenging yet rewarding places to play a round in the Ozarks.  Many of the courses are built to highlight the natural setting of Branson, which is never brighter than in the fall.
 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Big Cedar Resort Adding Family-Friendly Golf Course

Branson will soon be home to another championship golf course.  Johnny Morris, owner of Top of the Rock and Big Cedar Lodge, has teamed with golf legend Gary Player to create a new golf course at Big Cedar Lodge in 2015.

Just this year, Big Cedar Lodge opened Buffalo Ridge, an 18-hole championship golf course previously known as Branson Creek Golf Course.  Originally designed by Tom Fazio in 1999, it has undergone a major renovation by Tom Fazio along with new owner, Johnny Morris, to revitalize the course with new water features, bunkers and other enhancements which include free ranging bison from near-by Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.  The Top of the Rock course, which is a Jack Nicklaus design par-3 golf course, is perched high above Table Rock Lake.  Its landscaping features peaceful waterfalls, wandering creeks, bass filled ponds and pristine lakes.  It’s a true celebration of nature and the Ozarks.
The new course helmed by Gary Player will have 12-holes, and will be deigned in a very gun, inviting way in order to appeal to the most novice of players.  Non-traditional concepts will create a course the whole family will enjoy.  Big Cedar Lodge’s family appeal is the inspiration behind the new golf course.  Families flock to this Ozark haven, and now, when this new course opens, they can be introduced to the sport of golf in a friendly, relaxed environment. 

Widely recognized as the world's most successful golf course architectural firm, Gary Player Design established by Marc Player in 1983 has completed over 325 championship courses spanning the globe. With an ever-increasing number of courses stretching across five continents and encompassing more than 35 countries, the firm is renowned for its select and ecological approach to design.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Musical Guests Lined-Up for Larry's Country Diner

A live version of the RFD-TV hit show Larry’s Country Diner returns to Branson, Missouri this September.  The Starlite Theater and Larry Black, host of Larry’s Country Diner, have released another round of special stars set to appear at the show. Larry’s Country Diner, a popular country music series from RFD-TV, features different musical guests each week and is taped at The Starlite Theater.  The entire cast of the show is appears on stage, including Keith Bilbrey, Sherriff Jimmy Capps, Renae the waitress and Nadine the church lady. 

 
Upcoming musical guests of the Larry's Country Diner in Branson include:
September 23: Rhonda Vincent – Vincent is the reigning queen of bluegrass music.  The seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year has had several No. 1 albums on the bluegrass chart and is known for songs such as “Only Me.”

September 24th: Gene Watson – Country hit maker Watson is a favorite guest of Larry Black’s.  He’s had six No. 1 songs, 23 Top 10 hits and is famous for hits like “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “Farewell Party.”
September 25: Dailey and Vincent – Grammy-award winning Dailey and Vincent formed by Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, are currently one of the most popular acts in bluegrass music.  Look forward to hits like “I Believe” and “When I Stop Dreaming.”

September 26: Mandy Barnett – Country singer and stage actress Mandy Barnett started her career as a tribute artist to Patsy Cline.  She revisits the role frequently, but is also known for her own music.  Her biggest solo hit has been “That’s All Right with Me.”
September 27: Mo Pitney and Bill Anderson – Pitney is an up-and-coming artist singed to Curb Records.  He’ll be joined by “Whisperin’” Bill Anderson, who has more than 40 studio albums, 29 Top 10 hits and seven No. 1 hits to his name, including “Mama Sang a Song,” “I Get the Fever,” and “World of Make Believe.”

September 28: Jimmy Fortune – Another favorite of the show, Fortune is a former Statler Brother.  He sang tenor for the group for 21 years and wrote several No. 1 songs recorded by the group, including “Too Much on My Heart” and “More Than a Name of a Wall.”

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Silver Dollar City to Host Harlem Globetrotters Summer 2015

Basketball fans rejoice!  The Harlem Globetrotters are scheduled to headline at Silver Dollar City next summer, during the park’s Star-Spangled Summer festival.  The addition of the Globetrotters to the theme park’s entertainment line-up comes on the heels of the $8 million Fireman’s Landing announcement.

Known for their basketball wizardry and one-of-a-kind brand of family entertainment, the Harlem Globetrotters will fit in nicely at Silver Dollar City.  Set to perform six days a week through the Star-Spangled Summer Festival, this marks the longest run at a single location in franchise history.  This is also the first time the Globetrotters have performed in Branson, Missouri.   
Growing up a basketball fan, I attended a Harlem Globetrotters game at the age of 11.  I was mesmerized by their skills and couldn’t take my eyes off the court. Their antics and silly personalities we’re winning too, which made the game a hilarious yet athletic display.  I’m excited to see what they do at Silver Dollar City Branson.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Legends in Concert Branson Announces Fall Line-Up

One fantastic thing about Branson, Missouri is its ability to always offer fresh, new shows.  At Legends in Concert they prove this over and over again as they feature a rotating cast of tribute artists.  Each time you see the Branson show you’re sure to be entertained by something new! 

For the 2014 fall season, a new line-up is taking over the Legends in Concert Branson stage.  Take a look:
  • George Strait
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Elvis Presley
  • Michael Buble

Buble, who is performed by Scott Keo, is making his Branson debut.  Keo’s voice shines on Buble songs like “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Home,” and is already been a big hit with audiences. 

Larry Turner pays tribute to George Strait.  He’s perfected his “Texas Troubadour” act over the years.  Perfectly rendered songs such as “I Cross My Heart” and “Check Yes or No” make him a consistent favorite.

The icon known as Marilyn Monroe is paid tribute to by Stacey Whitton.  She brings Monroe to life with an act that brings the comedy, voice and allure to center stage.  Gentlemen, she might need a volunteer or two during her performances of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” 

Bucky Heard and Justin Clark return to the Branson stage as The Blues Brothers.  Their classic routine of Jim Belushi and Dan Akroyd’s characters never fails to bring the laughs.

Branson’s resident Elvis, Dean Z, is currently performing at the Legends in Concert Myrtle Beach. In his stead, is Elvis tribute artist Leo Days.  Performing some of Elvis’ iconic material, Days concentrates on the late 60s and 70s era of Presley’s career. 

This line-up at the Branson Legends in Convert can be seen now through October 31, 2014.  Purchase Legends in Concert tickets in advance to reserve the best possible seats.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Waterfront Balloon Ride Landing in Branson

Curious about what the new attraction at Branson Landing will be? We’re here to give you the scoop. It’s a new attraction dubbed “Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon Ride.”

Yes, you read that right. The attraction will be a waterfront balloon ride. Rising 180 feet in the air, the balloon is contained within a tower. Some may question the combination, but in fact the tower will allow for rides without the restrictions of typical tethered balloon due to weather and wind conditions. Plus, the ride is handicap accessible and has no age requirement so it’s an experience the entire family can enjoy together. Once complete, the ride will be one of the tallest landmarks in Downtown Branson, Missouri.  Parakeet Pete's Waterfront Balloon Ride will offer sweeping views of the Lake Taneycomo, the waterfront of Branson Landing and the historic downtown area. At night, it will be illuminate which is sure to attract many an eye.

The Branson project, which is expected to be completed this fall, is helmed by the same company as Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Branson Malls Expanding Shopping Options

Love to shop?  Then, you’re in luck because Branson malls are expanding!  The Branson Landing and Tanger Outlet Mall are both adding new space and shops to their complexes, creating even more ways for you to score bargains shopping in Branson.

The Branson Landing, helmed by HCW Development, has announced plans to create another 29,000 square feet of retail space at the shopping and dining complex.  The square footage will be space out over three buildings, and located in the north section of the Landing.  Parking is being added to accommodate extra visitors, as the new area will be home to anywhere from 5-15 stores and perhaps even a restaurant. The new section of the Branson Landing should be open by May 2015.
Over at Tanger Outlets more discount and value-based stores are being added.  A 21,000 square-foot expansion makes this popular Branson shopping center an even bigger draw, especially as the new area is expected to be open for the 2014 holiday shopping season.  Already announced are three of the new tenants: Adidas, Talbots and Sun Glass Hut.  We’ll keep you updated on further tenant announcements. 

Want to save even more money at Tanger? Stop by the Tanger Shopper Services at suite 120 where you can pick up a Tanger Coupon Book. 

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Branson Events: October 2014

Check out these Branson events planned for October 2014:

October 1-25:  National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City
All-new shows, craftsmen, western musicians and delicious food make this Silver Dollar City festival one not too miss.

October 3: Mark Chesnutt

Mark Chesnutt will perform for one night only at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre.

October 10: Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby is set to perform at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre at 8pm. 
October 11:  Hollister Annual Grape and Fall Festival
Come to downtown Hollister to watch as teams compete against each other to stomp the most grapes. There will be live entertainment, Ozark crafts, food, and a children’s activity tent. For more information call the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce at 417-334-3050.
October 11-12: Roller Coaster Race
Spend a fun weekend in family-friendly Branson, Missouri. Run a half marathon, 5K race, or kids race, and spend the day at Silver Dollar City. Ride 5K on the roller coasters and win a medal.
October 17: Joe Diffie
Joe Diffie is set to perform at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre at 8pm

October 18: Wynona Judd
Wynona Judd is set to perform at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre at 8pm
October 17-18:  Branson Collector Car Auction
The Convention Center at Branson Landing will host The Branson Auction. General admission is $10 or $15 for a two-day pass. Auction begins Friday at noon and Saturday at 10am. Check their website for a complete list of cars.


October 24-25: Clint Black
Clint Black will perform for two nights only at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre.
October 31: Safe Street Trick or Treating at Branson Landing
This is a great trick or treat alternative for children up to age 12. Visit participating merchants at the Branson Landing for treats and visit the Witch in Town Square for even more goodies.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Branson Airport Adds Flights for Fall

Ready to fly to Branson the next time you visit?  The Branson Airport is making it easier than ever to do so with the addition of flights to Chicago and Houston this fall.   The new flights arrive at a prime time for the Midwest destination, as it’s an extremely popular autumn vacation spot.

The service starts October 25, 2014, with flights available four-to six days a week.  Provided by Branson AirExpress and operated by Elite Airways, the one-way flights to Chicago Midway Airport and Houston’s Hobby Airport will begin at $99.  Set at a low price-point, visitors will be able to save by flying into the Branson Airport as opposed the Springfield Branson Regional Airport where tickets start at $170 one way.  The flights will be available through December 7, 2014.
Frontier Airlines currently operates flights out of the Branson Airport to destinations such as Denver, Milwaukee, Austin and Phoenix.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.