Branson Journals

Springtime in Branson

An April 2003 trip to Branson by DMWheeler

Quote: Our stay at Silverleaf's Ozark Mountain Resort in Kimberling City, with visits to Silver Dollar City and the Branson "strip".

Springtime in Branson

Overview

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Talking Rocks Cavern at West Branson is a nice day trip. The entrance to the cavern is inside a very nice, well stocked, and spacious gift shop. Despite the "upscale" environment surrounding the cave's entrance, you determine your own admission price in the form of a donation to the folks who keep the tours going. The staff and guides are very knowledgeable and friendly. The cave itself is beautiful, full of amazing natural formations. The descent into the cave is an adventure through twists and turns; the climb up can be taxing, but worth the effort. Along the way guides provide interesting history of the cavern and formations within. The fish hatchery at Table Rock Dam is a must see for k...Read More

Silverleaf's Ozark Mountain Resort

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Local restaurants in Kimberling City, notably the Bearded Clam for steak and seafood. Talking Rocks Cavern and, of course, the fun of Branson. Best Things About the Resort:It is set in a wooded area with plenty of hills. Table Rock Lake is very clean as was the beach and boat dock at the resort. Resort Experience:This place is very homey and the staff is very friendly and makes you feel right at home. The woodsy setting is perfect for morning and evening walks or runs. There is plenty to do if you're spending the day "at home" rather than taking in the sights in Branson. Our kids loved the archery area and the ping pong table. They could als...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

Silverleaf's Ozark Mountain Resort
146 Ozark Mountain Resort Drive
Kimberling City, Missouri 65686
(417) 779-5301

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This place is out of the ordinary for Branson in that it's a fine dining experience right there on Highway 265. The place is nice, but casual attire is not a problem. Dinner for four was really a bit out of our price range on this trip, but it was worth the splurge. On the menu are Mediterranean favorites as well as steak and potatoes. All the food and wine was excellent, well prepared, and well served. The chef (I can't remember his name, sorry) came to our table near the end of the meal just to chat and make sure we had a great experience. The restaurant is named after his small daughter. A very nice place to relax, be served, and enjoy the meal.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2003

Zoey's Mediterranean Cuisine
5378 State Highway 265
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 338-6511

Hard Luck Diner

Restaurant | "The Hard Luck Diner"

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We had lunch here. The singing was good and the atmosphere is 50s style and very relaxed. This joint has, by far, the best chili cheese fries - ever. Go there just to cheat on your diet.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2003

Hard Luck Diner
2800 West Highway 76
Branson, Missouri 65616
(415) 336-7217

Jim Stafford Theater

Attraction | "I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes"

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As a whole, our family isn't really into country music, so the humor of Jim Stafford seemed a good choice for a family outing. We were not disappointed. I remember seeing Jim Stafford on TV as kid, but my kids had no idea what to expect. To my suprise, our nine-year-old laughed his head off. My much harder to please 13-year-old also managed to crack a smile. Jim's humor is timeless and ageless. His children are a part of the show and very talented themselves; his 11-year-old son plays at least four instruments. Jim also asks audience members to provide their own funny experiences by way of filling out a card. He reads a few of them at each performance; the submitters provided some funny comebac...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2003

Jim Stafford Theater
3440 West Highway 76
Branson, Missouri 65616
+1 417 335 8080