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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to begin creating your Valentine’s weekend getaway in Branson.
To help you do that, we’ve crafted many themed, sample itineraries (which you can tailor to fit your taste) to give you ideas of what you can do while you’re in town.

All the Classics: A trip itinerary designed to capture some of the “classic” destinations in Branson.

Friday
Check in at Lodge of the Ozarks
Eat Dinner McFarlain’s Restaurant
Explore the IMAX Entertainment Complex
8:00 show, “it” starring the Hughes Brothers

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Saturday

Breakfast at Sadie’s Sideboard
Walk through historic downtown and the Landing
Lunch at the Branson Cafe
3:00 show, Legends in Concert
Dinner at the Baldknobbers Restaurant
8:00 show, The Baldknobbers
Head back to the hotel

Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel
Check out of Lodge of the Ozarks

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to begin creating your Valentine’s weekend getaway in Branson.
To help you do that, we’ve crafted many themed, sample itineraries (which you can tailor to fit your taste) to give you ideas of what you can do while you’re in town.

Relax & Retreat: A trip itinerary designed to hideout and escape day-to-day life.

Friday:
Check in at Bear Creek B&B and Cabins
Head into Branson for dinner at Danna’s BBQ

Saturday:
Late breakfast at the Cabin (provided by Bear Creek)
Have a slow morning, relaxing, reading, etc.
Visit the Bear Creek WineryMels Hard Luck Diner
Make light lunch in the cabin and see the Bear Creek property
Spend the early afternoon at Sugar Leaf Treats, coffee/tea
Walk through Grand Village
Have dinner in Branson at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner
Return to the cabin, relax in the hot tub, watch a movie, read, relax.

Sunday:
Breakfast at the Cabin (Provided by Bear Creek)
Check out of Bear Creek B&B and Cabins

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Whether it’s a walk along the beach, a relaxing couple’s massage, posh accommodations or simply a quiet dinner for two, the amenities you need to help create a romantic moment in Branson are plentiful. mtpleasant-winery

One of the best ways to create a romantic moment during your vacation in Branson is to appreciate the calming natural beauty of your surroundings. Take a drive through the rolling hills of the Ozarks and stop to admire stunning vistas or to taste wine at one of the area’s many wineries. If you’re so inclined, check out the Wine 101 class at Mount Pleasant Winery, it’s a fun and educational way to savor quality time with that special someone.

If you’d rather walk than drive, slip off your shoes and enjoy the feel of the sand between your toes as you stroll along Moonshine Beach. To maximize your alone time, and make sure you experience a truly romantic moment in Branson, take your stroll at sunrise or just before sunset. After all, Mother Nature knows a thing or two about mood lighting.

Cedar Creek Spa Couples MassageTo ensure your romantic getaway to Branson truly is that – a getaway from obligations at home and at work – leave your phones in the car and relax with a couple’s massage. Several spas in Branson offer couple’s massage options, and the recipe for romance is simple: Cozy robes, soft music and simply letting go of all your stresses. What could be better?

Perhaps a night or two, or a week, at one of Branson’s hotels, condos, resorts or bed and breakfasts is in order. Many locations offer beautiful views of Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo, large suites with all the extras and on-site dining – just in case you don’t want to actually get out on your night out.

Of course, if you do want to get out, there are countless options to consider. In the heart of downtown Branson, at Level 2 Steakhouse inside the Hilton Branson Convention Center you find abranson-landing-night setting that’s just right for your night out for two. Known for, you guessed it, awesome steaks, the menu at Level 2 offers something for every taste. Be sure to save room for a drink – the L2 Long Island Lemonade, for example – and a dessert. You might try Level 2’s butter cake or send yourself into chocolate bliss with the seven-layer chocolate cake.

After a meal at Level 2, take the short stroll to Branson Landing for the nightly Water and Fire Spectacular at the Landing’s Town Square. It’s a must-see downtown attraction and it’s a great capper to your romantic day – or perhaps, just the beginning of your romantic evening – in Branson. Start planning your romantic getaway in Branson at ExploreBranson.com.

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There was a little blue box under the Christmas tree. The question has been popped. It’s time to start planning the big day. It’s time for a wedding in Branson.steph and justin

With many beautiful settings and destinations, Branson is an ideal choice for brides and bridegrooms alike. And best of all, there’s something for every style and budget. And it’s never too early to start planning.

If you’re interested in a country wedding, Bear Creek Bed and Breakfast Lodge may be what you’re looking for. Along this beautiful tree-lined property in Walnut Shade (just north of Branson) choose from the on-site chapel (with seating for 35-40) or a beautiful garden as the site to exchange vows.

Bear Creek offers lodge-style rooms and cabins – the décor is rustic, the amenities are modern – and there’s a wine cellar ideal for smaller wedding-party events. Learn more about Bear Creek’s wedding packages online.

Another great site for weddings – one that certainly fits in the “you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it” – category is the Chapel of the Ozarks at Top of the Rock. While many people may associate Top Of The Rock_Branson_SW-30Top of the Rock with golf (and rightfully so, the course is stunning) the Chapel of the Ozarks’ stone exterior and the intricate woodwork of the interior make it a sight to behold.

Add in the amazing views of Table Rock Lake and you’ve got one unforgettable location, one that will look fabulous in all those wedding-day photos. Click here to learn more about the Chapel of the Ozarks, which has seating for 200 guests and is adjacent to the Top of the Rock Wine Cellar, an ideal site for receptions.

Table Rock Lake also serves as a beautiful backdrop for weddings at the Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center. At the Chateau, indoor and outdoor options await. Indoors, the Great Hall accommodates weddings of all sizes – from 50 guests to 2,000. Outdoors, the Greenbelt or Garden Terrace options provide great views of Table Rock Lake and seating for smaller events, from 50 to 250 guests.

At the Chateau, the bridal party may enjoy various features of Spa Chateau, which offers special packages for groups. The guys may choose to venture down the hill to the Chateau Marina to rent a boat or wave runner and have a great day on the water. Learn more about Chateau on the Lake weddings here.

These are just a few of the Branson destinations ideal for your wedding day. Learn more about Branson weddings at ExploreBranson.com, where you find information about sites to obtain marriage licenses and other essential wedding services.

And don’t forget, you can honeymoon in Branson, too. In fact, Branson was named among the country’s best bargain destinations for honeymooners in 2013 by TheKnot.com, a website devoted to weddings and honeymoons.

Your big day is coming, say “yes” to Branson.

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You might just see some of your favorite Branson faces the next time you tune into the small screen.

“Branson Famous” breaks new ground in this first-ever “reality musical” and goes behind the scenes of the longest-running variety show in Branson, MO, The Baldknobbers, with the Mabe family. Get ready, because their passion for country music is not confined to the stage, and they just might break into song when you least expect it.  Airs Mondays on TruTV at 10/9c starting December 29, 2014.

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Great American Country follows Barry Williams in “A Very Barry Branson” as he gets to know the locals of Branson while creating and promoting his stage show. Williams takes inspiration from fellow Branson entertainers, The Haygoods, a family band of five brothers and one sister. Williams also hosts former TV co-stars in Branson. Premieres on GAC Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 9/8c.

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“Branson Taxi,” a show from REELZ TV, is currently filming the happenings of Branson Yellow Cab for a 12-episode series. You can plan to see this show in the second quarter of 2015.

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Rejuvenation awaits you at the all-new Cedar Creek Spa at Big Cedar Lodge.

@haleymcbeth_tagged copyStep into this 18,000 square foot, world-class spa and step into a day of relaxation and rest. Climb the grand, double staircase and find eleven luxurious treatment rooms waiting for your arrival, each equipped with a warm and cozy fireplace. Choose from a variety of full body massage treatments to soothe your body from head to toe, including their signature deep tissue, and Swedish massages; or find your calm with a nice shoulder, neck, or foot massage. Top it all off with your choice of aromatherapy, hot shells, cocoa butter, paraffin wax, hot towel compressions to add to any package you choose. Delight yourself with one of many exfoliating facial treatments, or indulge with that manicure or pedicure you’ve been longing for. And just in case that isn’t enough to pique your interest, feel free to tuck away and lounge around in the grotto, the underground mineral bath to help calm and soothe your body and mind, or experience the one-of-a-kind Ozarks Rain Treatment with Vichy shower and scrub.

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Looking to change-up your hairdo? Maybe you’re just looking to get a trim. The salon at Cedar Creek Spa is just what you need. Ladies, get treated to a shampoo and cut and add in conditioning, color enhancing glaze, scalp treatments and more. The salon even helps with special events and weddings with bride hair styling as well as gentleman’s cuts and mustache/beard trimming. Kids can also receive their haircuts in all the latest styles at the Cedar Creek salon.

Go ahead. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation and experience firsthand the luxurious Cedar Creek Spa at Big Cedar Lodge.

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MDQ3_new_revised_v4In 2015, the Welk Resort Theatre of Branson is proud to present the all-new, Tony Award winning Broadway production, Million Dollar Quartet. Inspired by an incredible true story, Million Dollar Quartet relives one magical night—an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Together, on this one night only, these four music icons created sounds that would span decades and generations and became forever known as the Million Dollar Quartet.

It happened on December 4, 1956 when these four legends-to-be joined together at Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis for an impromptu rock jam session that would forever go down in history. The one responsible for coordinating this whole event was a man by the name of Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records, and the man who discovered the talents of these four future music legends.

Featuring a set of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these music legends, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Ghost Riders,” and “Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On,” Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit and thrilling sounds of that singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

Million Dollar Quartet opens June 2015 and runs through December at Welk Resort Theatre. For more information visit www.WelkBranson.com or call 417-337-7469.

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Excitement builds and anticipation stirs among the citizens of Silver Dollar City, awaiting the arrival of the brand-new Fireman’s Landing and the Harlem Globetrotters in 2015.

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FIREMAN’S LANDING AT SILVER DOLLAR CITY
Centered around the headquarters of “Fire Station #3,” the fire station of the old 1880’s town, Silver Dollar City, the newest additions to the park include Fire Spotter, with soaring balloons for spotting fire dangers; Fire Wagon Frenzy, a bouncing ride for bucket brigade volunteers; FireFall, an 8-story fire tower free-fall drop ride for the more daring recruits; Roundabout, a bouncy ride on Dalmatians racing around a fire hydrant; Up The Ladder, a smaller tower drop ride for junior recruits; and Fireman’s Flyers, a low-flying swing ride for little firefighters. Your family will enjoy Firehouse Splash Yard, with squirting water jets and pump hoses; Firefighter’s Fire Drill, with buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons; Firefighter’s Fire Escape, an obstacle course of tubes, mazes, climbing structures and slides, and Firefighter’s Junior Fire Escape, a soft play area for toddlers. Children of all ages are invited to join in on the fun found only at Fireman’s Landing.

 

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In June, Silver Dollar City’s family-focused festival, Star-Spangled Summer, features slam-dunk hit entertainment with the Harlem Globetrotters headlining and performing in an exhibition of basketball expertise. This will be the first time for the team to present a basketball experience encapsulated into 30-minute performances presented three times daily for six weeks, showcasing highlights from the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind touring show. The legendary world-touring team, with an 88-year tradition of family entertainment, will exhibit their trademark basketball wizardry in a unique and innovative display of amazing skills, athleticism and humor.

With all the new adventures coming to Silver Dollar City in 2015, you and your family are sure to create an unforgettable experience to be cherished for years to come.

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Big things are happening in Branson, Missouri in 2015 and, when it comes to shopping, there’s no place bigger than the Branson Landing or Tanger Outlets.

 

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While visitors stroll the 95-acre retail and entertainment destination, located in historic downtown Branson, along the beautiful Lake Taneycomo waterfront, they will experience several new exciting elements at the Branson Landing, including new restaurants and attractions. Check out Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon, offering the thrill of a balloon ride with spectacular views of Branson and Lake Taneycomo. There are new fountain shows, “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and “Hoe-Down Rodeo Ballet” by Aaron Copland featuring the London Symphony Orchestra. Be sure to return during the 2015 Christmas season for the new holiday fountain show “Carol of the Bells” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

 

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Tanger Outlets of Branson recently added 27,000-sq.-ft. of fashion-focused brands to the center includes Adidas, Express Factory Outlet, Helzberg Diamonds Outlet, Pandora, Sunglass Hut, and Talbots Outlet. Tanger expects to announce several additional stores soon. Shopper Services, located in the northwest corner between The Fudgery and Banana Republic Factory Store, has been remodeled and features comfortable seating, free WiFi access and free mobile device charging stations, as well as a new family restroom and mothers’ nursing room. A new parking lot has been added to the west side of the property, offering convenient access to public restrooms and the front of the center through a new public access hallway.

 

With all these additions to the Branson Landing and Tanger Outlets, why go anywhere else to satisfy your shopping fix? It looks like the shopping and entertainment scene in Branson just got a lot bigger at the Branson Landing and Tanger Outlets.

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Step out of the lull of those “Winter Blues.” It’s time to visit Branson for some Hot Winter Fun.

With generally mild temperatures throughout the winter months, Branson has many activities for you and your family to enjoy. Old, young, or somewhere in the middle, there’s always something exciting and entertaining, no matter what your interests! Here are five ideas to help you build your own winter getaway in Branson.

1.) Escape in the Ozarks
Grab a blanket, your favorite pair of cozy socks, and nestle up near a fireplace in a cabin, deep in the Ozark Mountains. Rejuvenate yourself with some much needed rest and relaxation, treating yourself to a day at the spa. Find yourself lost in a good book or a warm cup of coffee or tea at a local coffee shop. Maybe a short break from everyday life is all you’re looking for. No matter what it is, you can find your escape here in Branson

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2.) Explore History & Local Culture
The Ozarks are rich with history and culture. Explore a museum showcasing American history, like the Ralph Foster Museum, or learn about the Ozarks at the Branson Centennial Museum, the Shepherd of the Hill Homestead, or Harold Bell Wright Museum— there’s so much to see and do in Branson! Discover the story of the White River and the Table Rock Dam, one of the region’s largest, at the Dewey Short Center, or take an adventure beneath your feet at Talking Rocks Caverns, a local cave system bursting with fascinating formations and colors, showcasing ancient area history.

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3.) Angler’s Anonymous
With three pristine, world-class fishing lakes, Branson is your place for a winter fishing trip. Enjoy a casual fishing experience, or join a tournament like the Master Trout Tournament (1/24) or the Vince Elfrink Memorial Tour (2/28) at Lilley’s Landing Resort and Marina. With our many lakes, resorts, boat rentals and more, Branson has everything you need to make your fishing experience one of a kind. You might just find yourself planning a winter fishing trip to Branson before you can say, “hook, line, and sinker.”

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4.) Enjoy the Show
The stage is set for your show lover’s trip to Branson. Whatever your taste in entertainment: Pop, Country, Rock, Comedy, Illusion (the list could go on), Branson’s winter show schedule has an impressive line-up just for you! Featuring hit names like the Baldknobbers, Clay Cooper, Comedy Jamboree, Legends in Concert, New Jersey Nights, the Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai, and Dixie Stampede, Branson is the place for jaw-dropping family entertainment. For booking and reservations, contact the theater directly or set up tickets through one of our many vacation planning services.

To top it off, the Branson IMAX Entertainment complex boasts a massive projection, 6 stories tall and 83 feet wide, the tallest screen in the Midwest! That’s huge. And with a screen ten times the size of the average theatre, the IMAX will create a sensational experience for you, your family and friends. And did we mention the 22,000 watts of crisp surround sound? Grab some popcorn, a drink, and watch the year’s biggest films on the region’s biggest screen, only at Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex.

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5.) Wineries and Distilleries
Farm-to-table dining is a well-known phrase in the restaurant world these days, but don’t forget about the “vine-to-wine” experience! Okay, maybe “vine-to-wine” isn’t actually a term people use, but Branson does have numerous wineries and distilleries for you to visit and enjoy, producing specialty wines and spirits from local and regional farms and vineyards. On a cool winter day, stop in at one of our locations and see what Ozark Mountain wine, moonshine, and spirits are all about. Enjoy!

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Start creating your winter getaway today at www.explorebranson.com.