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A Branson Birthday

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A November 2002 trip to Branson by jrheimbach

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Quote: Never buy your wife a birthday gift that plugs in unless she asks for it. Rather, pay attention to your wife’s wishes to get the perfect present. I secretly obtained two tickets to Andy Williams’ performance in Branson Missouri, happily providing my wife with her perfect birthday gift.

A Branson Birthday

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Overview

Branson Missouri Photo, Branson, Missouri
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I received a tremendous amount of heckling from my co-workers for this little vacation to Branson. They warned me of all the "old folks" that use Branson as their retirement hang-out. They told me to watch out for the 50 handicap parking spaces at the Moon River Theater as to not run anyone over. Well, they were wrong; there were not 50 handicap parking spaces. There were over 100 spaces. I quit counting after the fifth cluster of 20 spaces and I didn’t even get to the set of parking spaces by the theater door. Branson Missouri has evolved into a performance showcase for singers and artists who appeal to my parent’s generation. I grew up watching the Andy William’s Christmas show on television,...Read More

Westgate Branson Woods Resort and Cabins

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Hotel | "The Woods Resort"

Westgate Branson Woods Resort and Cabins Photo, Branson, Missouri
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The Woods Resort offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom cabins along with 200 motel rooms. All the motel rooms are accessible from ground level which was momentarily confusing. Driving down to the back side of the motel, our room was on the second floor, but we could not find stairs. Built into a hill, the front of the motel was ground level, and provided a walkway to the second level on the back. Nicely done for people who did not like stairs, but there was not any ramp from the parking lot to the walkway. Our room was spacious and clean. We did have a coffee pot with two bags of regular coffee (no decaf). Missing from the hotel were niceties such as an iron & ironing board, and hair drier. Fortunately,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2002

Westgate Branson Woods Resort and Cabins
2201 Roark Valley Rd.
Branson, Missouri 65616
(888) 808-7410

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede & Dinner Show

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Attraction | "Dixie Stampede"

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede & Dinner Show Photo, Branson, Missouri
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Dixie Stampede is Dolly Parton's dinner and show theater. Dolly herself does not appear. Rather, the stars of the show are a group of talented horseback riders. As our visit to Branson occurred in November, Dixie Stampede performed their Christmas program. We entered into a huge Carriage Room where a juggler presented his act on a center stage. Bright red and pink fruity drinks in a souvenir glass could be purchased during this pre-show, but no other drink options were available. As most of the hundreds of people waiting for the next show crammed into the carriage room, a cool drink would have been nice while we waited for the theater doors to open. The theater reminded me of a rodeo with ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 15, 2002

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede & Dinner Show
1525 West Highway 76
Branson, Missouri 65616
(800) 520-5544

The Starlite Theatre

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Attraction | ""Lost in the 50's""

The Starlite Theatre Photo, Branson, Missouri
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We received two complimentary tickets to this show by attending a timeshare presentation. (Discounted lodging and free show tickets from timeshare companies are readily available in Branson.) This show performs at the Starlite Theater which is fortunately located towards the west end of highway 76. Francis Street crosses over from Gretna Road, bringing us right on 76 just in front of the theater. We bypassed most of the traffic! The 50’s theme prevails in the theater. I immediately noticed the two toned red on white ’55 Chevy Bel Air in the lobby. Excellent condition. Of course, a photographer offered to take a picture of us in the car, but the price was too high. A pizza and ice cream parlor fill...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2002

The Starlite Theatre
3115 West Highway 76
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 337-9333

Marvel Cave

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Attraction | "Silver Dollar City"

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Silver Dollar City (SDC) differs from all other amusement parks by offering a family-oriented focus into America’s past. The park includes demonstrations of skills needed by pioneer families in order to survive. I’ve watched candle making, basket weaving, blacksmithing, glass blowing, leather working, and all kinds of cooking. I’ve gone through Marvel Cave several times and strongly suggest adding this to your SDC agenda. Additionally, SDC has thrilling rides, other attractions, and production shows for all ages. Rather than describe other details about SDC (which can be obtained from www.silverdollarcity.com), I’d like to share a story that illustrates th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2002

Marvel Cave
399 Indian Point Road
Branson, Missouri 65616
(800) 475-9370

Andy Williams Moon River Theater

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Attraction | "Andy Williams Christmas Show"

Andy Williams Moon River Theater Photo, Branson, Missouri
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Several years ago, my brother-in-law gave my wife an Andy Williams Christmas CD, recorded live from the Moon River Theater in Branson. He remembered his sisters singing along with Andy as their mother played his music on their stereo. My wife played this CD from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day. Unfortunately that same year, I bought my wife a lamp for her November birthday, and I discovered that gifts which plug in or require batteries are not usually the most personal gifts from a husband. Wanting to get my wife the perfect gift, I learned that Andy Williams performs his Christmas show from the beginning of November through mid-December each year at the Moon River Theater in Branson. I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Andy Williams Moon River Theater
2500 West 76 Country Blvd.
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 334-1800

Stone Hill Winery - Branson

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Attraction | "Stone Hill Winery"

Stone Hill Winery - Branson Photo, Branson, Missouri
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Stone Hill Winery offers regular tours and wine tasting through the bottling facility in Branson. This location supports the Hermann Missouri winery by storing the barrels of aging Cream Brandy and bottling the sparkling Spumante wines. This tour varied greatly from our other wine-tasting experiences. A group of thirty people gathered in the Stone Hill Winery gift shop and followed our designated guide to the back of the facility for the tour. We walked past a display of the various awards won by the Stone Hill wines over the last few years. I was pleasantly surprised at the awards from international and California competitions. Stone Hill wines did quite well. From the display area, we moved in t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2002

Stone Hill Winery - Branson
601 State Highway 165
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 334-1897