Fall is a great time to visit Branson, Missouri. The scenery becomes enflamed with brilliant oranges, yellows and reds creating a backdrop of outdoor beauty that compliments any visit. It’s also a great time to visit due to the variety of entertainers who come to the area and perform special limited engagements. Plus, the cooler weather makes outings to Silver Dollar City even more enjoyable, especially as they host the National Harvest Festival.

During September and October, several stars come to Branson. Johnny Mathis, who is known for his song “Chances Are,” will perform at The Mansion Theater on October 9 & 10. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, best known for their hit “Fishin’ in the Dark,” has a special performance scheduled on October 23 at The Mansion Theater. Neal McCoy will continue his limited engagement at the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre through November 1st. Lee Greenwood and the Bellamy Brothers will be performing at the Welk Resort Theater on select dates through October 24. The Tri-Lakes Center will host Roy Clark on select dates through October 24 as well. The Oak Ridge Boys will take the stage at The Oak Ridge Boys Theater in a limited engagement series through October 22.

Now is also the perfect time to enjoy some of Branson’s perennial favorites, like the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama and the Showboat Branson Belle. The fall weather makes the outdoor setting of the Shepherd of the Hills the perfect night out for families and it creates beautiful scenery for guests aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. While you’re here, make time for top-rated shows like Legends in Concert, SIX, The Duttons and Liverpool Legends, as well as the Dixie Stampede and Presleys Country Jubilee.

You’ll need a place to stay in Branson when you visit, and Branson has plenty of options to choose from. Whether you need a budget-friendly hotel like the Green Gables Inn or are looking for the spaciousness of a condo, like those at Thousand Hills Golf Resort, you’ll find it in Branson. We offer guaranteed lowest rates on most of our lodging options, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best deal in town.

Break away to Branson this fall for a quick getaway or extended vacation. With so much to see and do, you’ll have a ball this fall in Branson.

The Titanic Branson Museum is hosting several events this October.

Titanic’s 2nd Annual Woodcarving Event
Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11
Professional woodcarvers from across the nation will send chips flying and spirits soaring when they compete in a three-day woodcarving competition. This event is FREE.

Titanic Princess Tea Parties, Part II

Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th
Sit up straight and mind your manners. It’s time for Titanic Museum Attraction’s first Princess Tea Parties of 2009. These bi-annual parties are Titanic’s biggest, most popular mother-daughter events of the year.
The scene will be set for the second round of magical Titanic Princess Tea parties. Jamie, Titanic First Class maid, will welcome the little princesses and introduce them to time-honored rituals of gracious living — from mini-manners and etiquette lessons to proper table settings, serving skills and polite conversation. Titanic Princess Tea Parties include a grand tour of the museum following each event.
Seating is limited and reservations are required.

The Titanic Museum Branson presents a variety of events throughout the year. This fall they get into the spirit of Halloween fun with their first Halloween Masquerade party.

Titanic will shroud itself in myth and legends for the first Halloween Masquerade progressive dinner party. In keeping with the spirit of the evening all crew members will wear decorated Vienna masks.
During the progressive dinner Titanic crew members will reveal strange tales and unexplainable phenomena that haunt the Titanic to this day.
The Titanic Masquerade Party is not included with regular Titanic Museum admission. It costs $60.00 per person. Reservations are required.
The event will take place Friday, October 30, from 6pm-10pm.

George Dyer is currently performing a limited engagement at The Dutton Theater in Branson, Missouri. He will be performing at the theater through November 20th.

Dyer has performed in operas and concerts throughout the world, and is known for his tenor voice and spectacular showmanship. He has release three solo recordings that have received numerous awards, and is the proud recipient of seven Pearl Awards from the Faith Centered Music Association, including “Male Vocalist of the Year” in 2005.

The show will spotlight a wide variety of music. Broadway, power ballads, love songs, pop songs and favorite oldies will all be a part of the George Dyer Show in Branson, MO at the Dutton Theater.

Amusement Today has announced the winners of the 12th Annual Golden Ticket Awards. Presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry, the Golden Ticket Awards are calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today. Surveys were sent to a database of experienced and well-travelled amusement park fans, asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories.

Several ReserveDirect attractions were honored with Golden Ticket Awards, including:

SeaWorld Orlando for Best Marine Life Park

Silver Dollar City in Branson for Friendliest Staff

Universal Orlando Resort for Best Halloween Event

Dollywood in Pigeon Forge for Best Christmas Event and Best Shows

Disney World Theme Parks (Epcot – IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth) for Best Outdoor Night Show Production

Universal Orlando Resort Islands of Adventure (Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls) for Best Water Ride

Universal Orlando Resort Islands of Adventure (Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man) for Best Dark Ride

Universal Orlando Resort Universal Studios (Revenge of the Mummy) for Best Indoor Roller Coaster

Congratulations to all for the well-deserved honor of receiving a highly-coveted Golden Ticket Award.

The Branson Veterans Task Force, sponsors of the nation’s largest veteran’s celebration, Veterans Homecoming Week in Branson, has announced the schedule of events for this year’s Veteran celebration.

This year’s event has several new things to offer, including five mini-reunions to honor veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, women veterans and veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf. There is also a new location for the registry, Veterans Village Headquarters and the task force’s Tactical Operations Center. The 2009 home for these three will be the Cobblestone Inn. The opening and closing ceremonies of the event are also a bit different this year, and will feature a wider array of talent, including an international tribute to the veterans. The closing ceremony event, new this year, will be held at the Starlite Theater, and will last 90 minutes. There is no cost to attend by reservations are recommended. A few of the scheduled performers include the Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara Fairchild, Roy Morris, the Hughes Brothers, Johnny Lonestar and the Rankin Brothers.
Lt. Col. Oliver North will be returning to this year’s event, and although his exact schedule has not been finalized, he will be at the Branson Landing on November 10 for a book signing.
Two showings of a documentary, filmed last summer that follows C of O students who accompanied veterans on a tour of Europe on D-Day, is also planned. The first showing will occur during the WWII mini-reunion on November 6 and the second will be held at the Keeter Center on November 7.
A full 2009 Branson Veterans Week Schedule is available, complete with daily itineraries.
Hotels in Branson are available for reservations now.
Branson Shows will also be performing during Veterans Week. Tickets are on sale now.
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Grand Plaza Hotel

Branson, Missouri is a top vacation destination, greeting more than 8 million visitors each year. With more than 50 theaters offering a plethora of live entertainment options and numerous attractions like Silver Dollar City, it’s easy to see why Branson is ranked 20th among all overnight leisure vacation destinations in the country.

The scenic beauty of the Branson area is also a factor in visitors choosing the destination as a vacation locale, as the rolling Ozark Mountains and pristine lakes create an atmosphere perfect for enjoying the great outdoors.

When visitors come to Branson, Missouri, the options of places to stay are endless. Over 208 lodging facilities are located in the Branson, MO region, creating a range of facilities from the budget-friendly to the high-end.

If you’re a vacationer who can’t bear to travel without your pet, there are several pet friendly hotels in Branson, Missouri. The Hotel Grand Victorian, Barrington Hotel & Suites and Howard Johnson Hotel Branson are just a few of the hotels in that allow pets in Branson.

If a relaxing Jacuzzi room is the answer to your Branson lodging needs, look no further than the Grand Plaza Hotel, Lodges at Timber Ridge, Stone Castle Hotel and 1st Inn Branson. They are just a few of the options available to guests who are in search of Branson MO hotels with Jacuzzi.

When visitors come to Branson, many prefer to stay connected by having internet access available, which is why Branson MO hotels with internet access are so popular. Radisson Hotel Branson, Majestic at Table Rock, Angel Inn, Chateau on the Lake Resort and the Rosebud Inn are a just a few to choose from.

Of course, many of Branson’s guests choose to spend a day or two at Silver Dollar City, Branson’s signature theme park. Guests looking for hotels near Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri can choose from the Honeysuckle Inn, Rock Lane Resort, Indian Point Resort, The Wilderness at Silver Dollar City and the Best Western Inn and Conference Center near Silver Dollar City.

Branson vacationers who prefer a resort instead of a hotel also have a multitude of options. Branson resorts in Branson Missouri area include the Pointe Royale Condominium Resort, Thousand Hills Condos & Golf Resort, Emerald Pointe by Westgate and Still Waters Condominium Resort.

The top 10 most popular customer choices in Branson for 2009 are:
1) Welk Resort Branson
2) Grand Country Inn & Indoor Water Park
3) Still Waters Resort
4) Cascades Inn
5) Gazebo Inn
6) Quality Inn on the Strip
7) Best Western near Silver Dollar City
8) Grand Oaks Hotel
9) Quality Inn on the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
10) The Wilderness at Silver Dollar City

A vacation to Branson MO is easy and convenient, as it is less than a day’s drive for a third of Americans. And now, with the Branson Airport operating flights daily, low cost airfare options are also available. The Springfield-Branson National Airport is also an option as Springfield is just a short 45 minute drive from Branson.

Be sure to check out other places to stay in Branson Missouri as well. With so many hotels and resorts to choose from, there’s a place to stay in Branson that is calling your name.

View hotels and lodging in our other vacation destinations as well – Orlando, Florida; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest Festival is slated for September 12 – October 31. This event will feature over 500 craftsmen and musicians, plus the signature stage show Headin’ West!

The Headin’ West Show performs at the Silver Dollar City Opera House and is a 45-minute live musical production that tells the timeless tale of America expansion during the 1860s. The show is free with park admission. The show does not perform the last week of October.
This year’s festival is also spotlighting America’s heritage with Salute to the American Cowgirl, scheduled for September 12-27. See thrilling horsemanship, exquisite craftsmanship and fascinating exhibits as the spotlight is focused on these true American icons, honoring the accomplishments and contributions of these remarkable trailblazing women. The All American Cowgirl Chicks, a world-famous precision horseback riding team that coordinates skillful trick riding with energetic music for exciting performances, will also be on-hand.
From September 30-October 31, Missouri’s Best, a new element to the National Harvest Festival, will feature over 100 Missouri artisans honoring the state’s long standing tradition of fine craftsmanship. Civil War re-enactors, Rural Missouri Showcase and Wings Over Missouri will all be a part of Missouri’s Best.
Taste of America will present America’s favorite flavors, from Frontier specialties to Heartland delicacies. Silver Dollar City’s Culinary & Craft School will also be open so that visitors can learn new recipes, including those featured during the festival.