airplane1The Branson Airport has added even more new flights for 2015. Service to New Orleans, Louisiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Cancun, Mexico starts May 6, just in time for the vacation season.

The flights will be operated by Orange Air, under the Branson AirExpress name. You may think since the flights are departing out of a small airport the plane will be small. Not the case for Orange Air. All flights will be in a 150 seat MD-83 Jet aircraft. Plus, Orange Air offers stretch seating – a definite comfort bonus – as well as a complementary, non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Flights to New Orleans and Cincinnati start at $99 one way, with Cancun fares beginning at $199. Tickets can be purchased at or

With the addition of Orange Air flights, the Branson Airport is now serving seven cities. Flights to Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; and Houston, Texas were previously announced for 2015.

All this means it will be easier for visitors from these areas to travel to Branson. And now, Branson locals have a cheap and easy way to get to Cancun, Mexico! Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

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.

The construction landmark of the setting of a historic bell marks progress on the $8 million all-new themed area at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri – the 1880s Fireman’s Landing. The “Setting of The Bell Tower” atop the Fire Station includes a 640 lb. American-made iron bell forged in 1895. Bells themselves are part of the history of firefighting, as community bells were used to alert townspeople of a blaze.

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The setting the bell tower marks progress on the $8 million all-new themed area Fireman’s Landing at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Photo Credit: Silver Dollar City Attractions

“This ‘Setting of the Bell Tower’ begins the countdown for the March/spring break opening  of Fireman’s Landing,” said Brad Thomas, General Manager of Silver Dollar City, describing the $8 million new area with 10 family adventures, including 6 rides and 4 attractions. “2015 is going to our biggest family year ever, as not only are we adding Fireman’s Landing, but also the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are joining us all summer in their first-ever extended-run show.”

The look of Fireman’s Landing is modeled after a community fair of a century ago, saluting the spirit and training activities of volunteer firefighters. The storyline creates the atmosphere of the rides serving as “training” adventures for recruits seeking to become part of the Silver Dollar City Fire Brigade.

This theming has historical background to the internationally-awarded theme park (founded 1960), as the 1880s town Marmaros, once located on the site of Silver Dollar City, was burned to the ground by a blaze more than 100 years ago. “Now fast forward to the fictional story for Fireman’s Landing, where the citizens band together to prevent such an event,” said Thomas.

Fireman’s Landing expands into a new previously undeveloped region of the park. The development brings the number of the park’s rides and attractions to over 40 and increases ride capacity to over 21,000 per hour. Rides range from an 8-story free-fall drop ride to a low-flying swing ride.

Silver Dollar City is an 1880s-style theme park featuring 7 world-class festivals and events, craftsmen, rides, music and entertainment. The park has been internationally awarded for excellence, including the worldwide Applause Award and the THEA Award (Themed Entertainment Association).

Silver Dollar City opens for select days beginning March 14, and then opens the regular season with World-Fest presenting performers from around the world beginning April 9. Silver Dollar City tickets are on sale now.

Silver Dollar City is the original property of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned theme park corporation in America.

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.

Located on the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Branson Landing is the premier place to visit for shopping, entertainment and dining.  In fact, the Branson Landing has quickly gained recognition as a dining destination due to its different restaurant options.   Each eatery features a special cuisine, including Mexican, steak, seafood, barbeque and pizza.

Some of my favorite restaurants at Branson Landing include:


Black Oak GrillComfort food with a modern twist is served at Black Oak Grill.  The lodge-inspired décor and rustic design will make you feel right at home.  Recommendations:  Mom’s Meatloaf and the Country Fried Chicken.

Buffalo Wild Wings: The ultimate sports bar, Buffalo Wild Wings has over 80 televisions, a wide beer selection and tasty American fare.  Famous for their wings, there are boneless and bone-in options, as well as twenty ways to sauce up your pick. Recommendations: Mango Habanero Boneless Wings, Desert Heat Bone-In Wings, Southwest Chicken Queso Wrap and Parmesan Garlin Chicken Flatbread.

Photo Credit: Cantina Laredo

Photo Credit: Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo Authentic Mexican food is served in a upscale atmosphere perfect for a night out in Branson.  On warm evenings you can dine on the patio and have a front row seat to the dazzling fire and water fountain show.  Recommendations:  Chile Relleno, Fajitas Tres, Camarones Escondidos and of course, the house margaritas.

Famous Dave’s BBQ Famous Dave’s is one of the best Branson barbeque joints.  Stop in for award-winning barbeque, tasty sauces and scrumptious sides just like mom used to make.  Recommendations:  Southside Rib Tips and Georgia Chopped Pork.

Garfield’s Great times happen at Garfield’s, a full service restaurant perfect for get-togethers with family and friends.  A diverse menu and fantastic location overlooking Lake Taneycomo make this a popular dining option.  Recommendations:  Cajun Chicken Pasta and Crispy Fried Catfish. 

Joe’s Crab Shack Get a taste of the Gulf Coast right here in Branson.  Joe’s Crab Shack has a laid back, fish camp atmosphere where all different kinds of crab are served up in a variety of ways.  Recommendations:  Crab Stuffed Shrimp and Joe’s Classic Steampot. 

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Photo Credit: Level 2 Steakhouse

Level 2 Steakhouse Treat yourself to Branson’s newest fining dining experience – Level 2 Steakhouse.  Top rated chefs create culinary dishes using locally grown produce, fresh seafood from Hawaii and 28-day aged corn fed Midwest beef.  Recommendations:  Filet Mignon and Chicken Oscar. 

Old Chicago: Delicious handmade pizzas and line-up of over 100 beers make Old Chicago a great place to relax while you’re on vacation.  Recommendations:  Chicago 7 Deep Dish Pie and Classic Lasagna. 

Texas Land and Cattle A Texas-themed menu boasting a variety of mesquite grilled specialties like steaks, chicken ribs and seafood, all set in a classy yet relaxing environment, make this restaurant a top dining choice.  Recommendations:  Jalapeno Marinated Skirt Steak and Boneless Ribeye. 

White River Fish House For a unique experience try this restaurant, which literally floats on Lake Taneycomo.  Inspired by the Ozarks, the setting draws from the rich history of the area as does the menu.  Recommendations:  Venison Stuffed Mushrooms and Pan Fried Trout.  

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Photo Credit: Waxy O’Shea’s

Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub:  Grab a bite to eat and enjoy live music when you dine at Waxy’s. The Irish-inspired menu has a wide selection of options, including classics and specialties.  Recommendations:  Ellis Island Reuben Sandwich and Fish and Chips.  

After dinner, watch the magnificent $7.5 million water fountain spectacular, synchronized to light, sound, music and fire.  It’s a wonderful way to end an evening in Branson, Missouri.

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.

Buffalo Wild Wings_1Looking for a new place to eat while in Branson? You’re in luck as Buffalo Wild Wings just opened its doors at the Branson Landing. The wing-serving sports bar is a popular place to catch the game or for a no-frills meal.

Located on the south end of the complex, you’ll find the almost 80,000 square-foot restaurant next to Parakeet Pete’s Zipline and across from Famous Dave’s BBQ. Inside, an onslaught of entertainment awaits you. There are more than two dozen flat screen and projection televisions, video games and trivia competitions. Competition and sports are key to the Buffalo Wild Wings experience, so come prepared to cheer on your team, watch the big game and perhaps challenge your friends to a friendly round of trivia.

Of course, you’re here to eat and drink too so let’s focus on the menu. I’ve dined at Buffalo Wild Wings locations many times. What do I order most? Wings! I do prefer my wings boneless, but bone-in varieties are available too.   But the flavors always vary, as there are 21 signature flavors and sauces to choose from. Some of the best, in my opinion, are garlic parmesan, jammin’ jalapeno and mango habanero. The wings always make me thirsty (must be the heat!). Buffalo Wild Wings has a respectable beer selection. Domestic, craft and imported brews combine for over 40 brews to choose from, including some of my favorites like Bass Pale Ale, Blue Moon and Sam Adams.

If you’re craving something other than wings Burgers, sandwiches, ribs and other bar-fare items are up for grabs too. The Buffalo Chicken Ranch Sandwich and Southwest Chicken Queso Wrap are solid options. Plus, they come with fries. Salty, just-greasy-enough delicious fries. Can you tell I like their fries???

Stop in to watch the game. A bite to eat. Or a drink after a long day. You’ll be glad you did!

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.

february_eventsTake advantage of these Branson events planned for February 2015:

February 2: Hot Winter Fun Big Show
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater enjoys Branson’s 21st Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show where the stage will sizzle with entertainment from a variety of Branson shows. See Legends in Concert, Branson, Grand Country Music Hall, “it” from the Hughes Brothers Theatre, Ayo starring Voices of Glory, Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus, Clay Cooper Theatre, Joseph Hall, SIX, and more! Get tickets today by calling 417-339-3003.

February 13: 19th Annual Tri-Lakes Building & Home Show
The Home Show is Branson’s trade show of the year for homeowners and consumers. The event includes vendor booths, prizes, seminars and special guests. Located at Chateau on the Lake.

February 28: World Sword Swallower’s Day at Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will celebrate the 8th annual World Swallower’s Day with free performances by death-defying sword swallowers. Performances start around 2pm with an official worldwide “swallow” taking place at 2:28pm. Sword swallowing shows outside the museum are FREE. Regular admission is required for people wanting to tour the Odditorium.

branson-airport-logoSearching for a new way to travel to and from Branson, Missouri? Branson AirExpress, operated by Elite Airways, has announced they will be flying to new destinations in 2015. Ready to fly the friendly skies of Branson? Read on to learn about the new routes.

Branson AirExpress flies to Houston starting February 23, 2015, and Denver starting April 16. Flights will be in a 50 seat CRJ-200 jet aircraft. Branson AirExpress operated by Buzz Airways will start service to Chicago (MDW), and Austin (AUS) on May 8th. Flights will be in a 30 seat Jetstream 41 aircraft.

Curious about flight cost from the Branson Airport?

Introductory fare, one-way tickets, including taxes, can be purchased for:

Branson – Houston-Hobby (HOU): $159

Branson – Denver (DEN): $159

Branson – Chicago (MDW): $149

Branson – Austin (AUS): $149

Flights to the four cities are available for purchase now at or

The new flights operated by Elite Airways and Buzz Airways will replace service previously operated by other carriers. The flight schedule to all markets has been designed to allow customers to book separate tickets on other airlines in order to connect to/from popular gateways through all four cities.

“Branson is a strong market, and is a test case for us. We believe what is happening at many of our nations smaller airports is creating an opportunity for Elite Airways,” stated John Pearsall, Chief Executive Officer of Elite Airways. “Expanding our schedule and operating in these markets makes a lot of sense. Other carriers such as Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines have proven the demand in Branson. This new schedule will give passengers lots of choices and access to the national air space system. If things continue to go well in Branson, we could further increase the capacity in this market as well as other areas of the country primarily in markets that have lost service similarly to Branson,” said Pearsall.

Opening its doors May of 2009, Branson Airport LLC is the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States. Located in the heart of the Ozarks and centrally located in the Midwest, the airport also boasts a state of the art FBO, Branson JetCenter and a full service travel agency.

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.