Labor Day Weekend officially signals the end of summer. Soak up the last of it with a barbeque bash in Branson, surrounded by your family and friends. The always-appreciated three-day weekend is made even better with tasty food, which is why we want you to share your best crowd-pleasing Labor Day recipe. If you have a favorite Labor Day recipe be sure to enter our Labor Day Summer Send Off Recipe Contest and you could WIN $100 towards your next vacation in Branson from Reserve Direct!

Need some inspiration? Check out this Branson Labor Day Weekend menu. It features southern favorite’s made-from-scratch, just like Grandma used to make. (Okay, Grandma’s ingredient list may not have included vodka!)

A plate full of delicious fried green tomatoes

Appetizer: Fried Green Tomatoes

I grew up eating these fresh from the frying pan. Crispy yet juicy, the tangy flavor of the green tomatoes adds just the right kick. There are fancier recipes out there, but the I prefer to stick to the basics.

Potato salad

Side Dish: Deviled Egg Potato Salad

How do you make potato salad better? Add deviled eggs! This spin on a classic dish is so good, your friends will be asking for the recipe.

Roasted sliced barbecue pork ribs, focus on sliced meat

Main Dish: Grilled Barbeque Ribs

On Labor Day Weekend, firing up the grill is a must. This recipe takes a bit of work, but the end result is finger-licking perfection. The sticky brown sugar glaze is addictive-goodness, too.

Iced Lemon Ice Tea

Drink: Spiked Sweet Tea & Lemonade

No barbeque is complete without a pitcher of sweet tea. A perfect summertime cocktail, the combination of iced tea, lemonade and vodka. is smooth and refreshing.

Patriotic American flag cake with blueberries and strawberries on vintage white background

Dessert: American Flag Cake

This recipe lets you have your cake without having to turn on the oven. Total bonus on hot summer days! Summer fresh strawberries and blueberries help make the cake not only patriotic, but seriously scrumptious.

These recipes are tried and true favorites of mine. Now it’s your turn to share your tastiest Labor Day recipe to be entered to win $100 from Reserve Direct.

When you plan a Silver Dollar City vacation, make life easy and book a hotel close to the park. You can spend more time having fun, and less time dealing with traffic. Likewise, you can be guaranteed to get a great deal when you reserve the best hotels near Silver Dollar City. Check out my recommendations below.


Best Hotels near Silver Dollar City

Best_Western_Branson_Inn___Conference_Center_near_Silver_Dollar_City_(022)Best Western Branson Inn

Located just steps from Silver Dollar City amusement park and other top area attractions, Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center offers simple accommodations featuring free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks, coffee makers and other in-room conveniences. Guests can enjoy amenities like a free daily breakfast buffet, an indoor pool and whirlpool spa, barbecue pits, a game room, and more.

Still Waters Condominium ResortStill Waters Condominium Resort

A lakefront resort located just minutes from Little North Indian Creek and Silver Dollar City amusement park, Still Waters Resort offers casual and private lake-view accommodations with free Wi-Fi, mini refrigerators and more. Guests can also enjoy outdoor pools with a water slide and whirlpool spas; a game room; picnic areas with barbecue grills; free bike, kayak and paddleboat access; and more.

StoneBridge_Resort_(033)StoneBridge Resort

Located off Highway 76 near the Silver Dollar City amusement park, the luxurious StoneBridge Resort offers upscale studios, suites, condos, villas and lodges for any traveler type to enjoy. Guests can visit the 3,200-acre property to find three swimming pools, three tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, several walking trails, both a basketball and a volleyball court, a restaurant, and more.

Village_At_Indian_Point_Resort_and_Conference_Center_(025)Village at Indian Point Resort

The Village at Indian Point is situated just minutes from the shores of Table Rock Lake. Offering all the comforts of home , this family-friendly condo combines theme park fun with an outdoor paradise. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, cable TV, full kitchens, fireplaces and private decks in each condo. Amenities include both an outdoor pool with a sundeck and an indoor pool with a whirlpool spa. Guests also have access to a sauna, a game room, a fitness center, and more.

Reserve one of the best hotels near Silver Dollar City to see just how easy a theme park vacation can be in Branson, MO.

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.

Chances are theater shows come to mind when you think of Branson, Missouri. There are plenty of those, over 100 in fact. Beyond that, though, there’s another way to play in Branson. Hit the Branson golf courses for a round of golf on some of the most pristine courses in the nation. Award-winning greens create an abundant amount of holes to tee up to. Where should you take your irons while on a Branson vacation? Shuttle your golf cart to the best Branson golf courses for vacation fun that’s sure to be a hole in one!


Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock Golf Course
9-hole, par 3 public golf course

Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops, worked with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer to create the unique Top of the Rock Golf Course. Crafted from the beauty of the Ozark landscape, the appeal of Top of the Rock is evident from the first putt. Located high above Table Rock Lake, the course fuses putting greens with meandering creeks, tranquil waterfalls, and stocked ponds in an effort to truly celebrate the natural beauty of the Branson area. The golf course ranges from 1,420 yards from the back tees to 945 yards from forward tees, and is the first-ever par-3 course to be included in a PGA Tour sanctioned event. It is also one of only eleven courses in the nation to be recognized by the Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

Buffalo Ridge CC

Buffalo Ridge

Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course
18-holes over 7,036 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

Previously known as Branson Creek Golf Club, Buffalo Ridge has been extensively renovated by Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris. Located a few miles from Top of the Rock, the course was designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio. Key to the redesign was integrating more of the Ozark’s natural elements to the forefront, including enhanced water features and bunkers, as well as new approaches to holes and the additional of free-ranging buffalo. You won’t see that on just any golf course! The course has been rated the #1 Public Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and has been named one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest, since 2001.

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Ledgestone Golf Course
18-holes over 6,881 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

Golf Digest has called Ledgestone a “masterpiece of mountain golf architecture,” and for good reason. Built into the Ozark Mountains, this course offers numerous challenges and rewards as golfers navigate its greens. Designed by Tom Clark, there are unique elevation changes requiring accuracy and skill to conquer. Dotted with creeks, rock outcroppings, ponds and wooded forests, the course blends beautifully with the local scenery. Located at Stonebridge Resort, it’s easy to stay for a couple nights and play the day away.

Branson Hills Golf Club

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Branson Hills Golf Club
18 holes over 7,403 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

Previously known as the Payne Stewart Golf Club, the Branson Hills Golf Club honors legendary golfers at each hole with the story of Stewart’s life still interwoven into the course. Branson Hills Golf Club is nestled in the picturesque Ozark Mountains surrounding Branson and offers golfers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience. Playing at 7,324 yards, this championship course challenges even the most advanced players. The course was designed by Chuck Smith with design consultant and PGA Professional, Bobby Clampett. It has been named the #1 course in Missouri for four years running by Golfweek.

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Thousand Hills Golf Resort
18 holes over 5,111 yards with a par of 64 (Public)

The only golf course located in the heart of Branson, Thousand Hills Golf Resort is easy to access and fun to play. In fact, it was rated 4-stars by Golf Digest in 2009. Visitors love to play this course as it caters to novice and professional with three sets of different tees. This ensures everyone who swings their irons will have a challenging yet enjoyable experience. Designed by Robert E. Cupp and Michael Riley, the course journeys through hardwood forests, rock formations, and cascading streams. You’d hardly imagine you were just minutes from the famous Branson Strip.

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Point Royale Golf Course
18 holes over 6,501 yards with a par of 70

Just off the beaten path in Branson, visitors can find Pointe Royale Golf Course on Hwy 165 near Table Rock Lake. Bermuda fairways, gorgeous bent green grass and sand and grass bunkers shape the course, as do eight different water holes. In fact, 12 out of 18 holes have some sort of water hazard making this one of the most aquatically challenging courses in Branson.

Book a tee time at one of the best Branson golf courses. Then, get ready for a premier golf experience right in the heart of the Midwest.

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.