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An Exquisite Journey in Scenic Missouri

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A September 2005 trip to Branson by smileygirl

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Quote: There comes a time in everyone's life where they simply need to get away from it all. We chose Missouri because it was a place we had never crossed paths with. Needless to say, Missouri took us by complete surprise with its sheer and exquisite beauty.

An Exquisite Journey in Scenic Missouri

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If you're staying at the Big Cedar Wilderness Club in Ridgedale, the best thing to do is to take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy Missouri's breathtaking beauty. My husband and I made a promise to ourselves to relax and enjoy what Missouri had to offer. We did just that, and it was truly a decision we've never regretted... not once. Quick Tips: Because there are soooo many wonderful accommodations, attractions, and dining choices, I made it a point to read all about Missouri on the Internet prior to our trip. I also decided to order the Entertainment Book for Branson for additional savings. While we did not use most of the coupons in the book, it was nice to have it there, just in case....Read More

Wilderness Club at Big Cedar

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Hotel | "Big Cedar Wilderness Club"

Wilderness Club at Big Cedar Photo, Ridgedale, Missouri
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Best Things Nearby:The best things nearby were the Big Cedar Lodge, Branson, and, of course, Table Rock Lake. We had a one-bedroom unit in the Kings River Lodge Building. With the exception of the first and second floor, this building provided wonderful views of Table Rock Lake. Best Things About the Resort:The best things about the Big Cedar Wilderness Club were the seclusion and the scenery. We knew this resort was not in Branson, Missouri, but on the outskirts, which suited us to a T. We didn't want to be in the midst of all the action where noise could be a problem. We wanted to get away from it all and enjoy Missouri's natural beauty. I'm happy to say Big Cedar Wilderness ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

Wilderness Club at Big Cedar
612 Devil's Pool Rd.
Branson, Missouri 65739
(800) 225-6343

Marvel Cave

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Attraction | "Silver Dollar City"

Marvel Cave Photo, Branson, Missouri
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First things first... I am not crafty-type person. So why did I want to visit this park, you ask? Since this was our first visit to Branson, Missouri, and so many people have commented wonderful things about it, I wanted a chance to visit Silver Dollar City myself. It also gave us a chance to learn a few interesting things about the "life in the past." Silver Dollar City is set in the 1800s. Once you step inside the park, you are immediately transported back into time. The whole staff is dressed the part, and some even speak the language! You are surrounded by many craft stands with people making things from scratch. From baseball bats to odd-shaped vases, there are many demonstrations on hand to s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

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

Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club

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Attraction | "Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club"

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My husband is a golf fanatic, so I knew golf would have to be one of the options to choose from when we did a timeshare tour at Festiva Resorts. Nevertheless, we took Silver Dollar City (for me) and Holiday Hills Golf (for him). Holiday Hills Golf Course was not far from where we were staying, Big Cedar Wilderness Club. This golf course was conveniently located, yet out of the way, if that makes any sense. Upon first arrival, I knew my husband would like playing here. It was very well laid out and seemed to be maintained with proper and nurturing care. Since we had two "free" tickets and I don't play golf, I've opted to drive the cart while he played, which took care of the second ticket. In...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club
620 East Rockford Drive
Branson, Missouri 65616
+1 417 334 0852

Ride the Ducks

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Ride the Ducks Photo, Branson, Missouri
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If you have never been to Branson, Missouri, then I HIGHLY recommend "Ride The Ducks." A word of advice: try to schedule this wonderful adventure in the beginning of your vacation. It is so nice to turn the wheel over to someone else and let them do all the driving while "the tourists" become familiar with Branson. You learn so many interesting facts and tips about Branson. For example, they strongly advised you NOT to drive on Highway 76, as it gets too congested. They also tell you about an alternate route to take to avoid this crowded situation. There is no need to make any reservations for this excursion. The "duck" departs many times during the day and the wait time is minimal. If you d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Ride the Ducks
2320 West Highway 76
Branson, Missouri 65616
+1 417 334 3825

Big Cedar's Lodge On-Site Amenities

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As the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words," hence the reason why I've decided to not only tell you about the on-site amenities at Big Cedar Lodge/Big Cedar Wilderness Club, but show you some pictures as well. There are two separate accommodations located here in Ridgedale, Missouri, at Big Cedar: Big Cedar Lodge and Big Cedar Wilderness Club, which is a timeshare resort. The BCWC (Big Cedar Wilderness Club) guests are allowed to access the Big Cedar Lodge's on-site amenities. Some of the amenities they have on-site are:Riding StablesLazy RiverHeated Indoor Swimming PoolFitness RoomDevil's Pool Swinging BridgeMiniature Putt-PuttNature Tr...Read More