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Posted by The Galway Girl on 1st October 2014

Gluten Free in Branson

Need to know where to eat and grocery shop in Branson, MO if you are on a gluten free diet?

Gluten Free Restaurants in Branson, MO

248 Pizza Kitchen – Phone: 417-544-0206   Address: 2722 State Highway 248 Branson, MO 65616
Cantina Laredo at Branson Landing – Phone: 417-334-6062   Address: 1001 Branson Landing Blvd. Branson, MO 65616
Chili’s Bar & Grill – Phone: 417-239-0992   Address: 1150 Branson Hills Pkwy. Branson, MO 65616
Joe’s Crab Shack at Branson Landing – Phone: 417-337-7373   Address: 717 Branson Landing Blvd. Branson, MO 65616
Lone Star Steakhouse – Phone: 417-336-5030   Address: 201 South Wildwood Dr. Branson, MO 65615
Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks – Phone: 417-690-2146   Address: 1 Opportunity Ave. Blue Eye, MO  65726
Sugar Leaf Bakery – Phone: 417-336-6618   Address: 2800West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
Texas Land and Cattle at Branson Landing – Phone: 417-337-8200   Address: 915 Branson Landing Blvd. Branson, MO 65616
Vasken’s Deli – Phone: 417-334-9182   Address: 3200 Gretna Rd. Branson, MO 65616

Gluten Free Groceries in Branson, MO

Country Mart – Phone: 417-334-2101   Address: 1447 State Highway 248 Branson, MO
Nature’s Sunshine – Phone: 417-335-4372   Address: 827 West Main St. # 101 Branson, MO 65616
Rhodes Family Price Chopper – Phone: 417-334-64387   Address: 2210 West 76 Country Blvd. Branson, MO 65616

Show’s and Attractions

Silver Dollar City – Several restaurants through the park have gluten free options, including: Buckshot Annie’s, Crossroads Pizza, Mine Restaurant, Mary’s Springhouse, Molly’s Mill Restaurant, Tatter Patch, and Wagon Works Grill. Here is a link to allergen food menu’s.
Dixie Stampede – Yep, that is right, they have a gluten free dining option now. The Menu includes:  Call us for tickets 1800-504-0115.




Posted by The Galway Girl on 20th December 2010

Winter in Branson

The most wonderful time of year starts early in Branson, MO. Every year November 1st kicks off the Christmas shows and lights. Then, when January rolls around things really slow down. If you don’ mind the cold weather, and just want to see the local area, its a great time to be here. You should know that only a few shows still play during the off-season and many and the shops are on seasonal hours. Also, the lodging options are a little limited because some of the facilities take this opportunity to remodel and fix up a bit so they shut down.

The winter weather here is pretty mild, typically ranging from the mid 20’s to the mid 40’s. We do get an occasional snow but it usually don’t last more than a few days.

One thing you can do during off-season that you can’t always do during the regular season is drive down the strip (highway 76) with ease. Also, the museums and walk-up attractions are much less crowded during the off-season.

Posted by The Galway Girl on 18th August 2010

Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City is a favorite among the young and the old. It offers such an array of activities that everyone will have a great time. My family loves riding the rollar coasters and the wet rides (when it’s really hot)! We always have to visit the candy store where they are sure to be baking up something yummy (I love the peanut brittle!). For lunch, I usually can’t pass up the skillets or somethimes the BBQ.

It really amazes me, all the different things you can see there. On one corner someone is carving wood, then there is someone blowing glass in another area, and someone baking some of the tastiest treats you have ever eaten. The guy that makes the pig rinds is always fun to visit with.

At Christmas they have the biggest and most beautiful light display that I have seen anywhere. I always have to ride the train to see all the lights and sing along with the Christmas Carols. They also have the best hot cocoa and apple cider… I am ready for Christmas to be here just thinking about it!

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Posted by The Galway Girl on 15th April 2010

History of Branson

Everyone knows what Branson is today, with all the live entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. But how did that happen?

In the 1880’s settlers began settling the area of the Ozark Mountains because of the “free land”. And a guy by the name of Rueben Branson opened a general store and post office, and there it is, that’s how Branson got it’s name.

The first official attraction in Branson was the Marble Cave, which people began to take tours of in the late 1800’s. Then, it was leased by the Herschend Family, who originally used it to host square dances in the 1950’s. Then in 1960, they began what is now know as the Silver Dollar City theme park in the same area and the cave became a big attraction.

Also, in the early 1900’s there was a very popular book written called The Shepherd of the Hills, by Harold Bell Wright. This book brought many visitors to the area. In the 1960;s they opened up The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and outdoor theater.

Did you know we didn’t always have a lake? In the early 1900’s, they began constructing a dam and power site on the White River. First, they created the Taneycomo Lake, then later around 1958 they finished the dam and created the Table Rock Lake.

The Prestley’s moved into a theater on Hwy. 76, followed a year later by the Baldknobbers. Now this area host more than 50 theaters and over 100 shows. This area became know as “the strip”. With these developments, it didn’t take long for Branson to become known as the live entertainment capital, that it is today.

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Posted by The Galway Girl on 13th April 2010

Branson Landing

Branson has a lot of great places to go shopping. We have a Tanger Outlet Mall, Factory Merchants Mall, and my personal favorite the Branson Landing.

The Branson Landing has over 100 shops, including Belk Department Store, Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Hollister Co., Dress Barn, Yankee, Aeropostal, etc. Along with the regular stores, there are places to get your hair and nails done too!

The Landing also has some really great places to eat! My favorites include: Shorty Small’s, Texas Land and Cattle, Cantina Laredo, and Famous Dave’s. Shorty Small’s serves some really fabulous classics such as ribs, catfish, burgers, and chicken fingers. Texas Land and Cattle definitely has some of the best steaks in Branson. Cantina Laredo serves really great Mexican food, my favorite is their fajitas. Famous Dave’s is great BBQ.

To top off the great shopping and restaurants, the landing also has a beautiful facade. Street lamps that change color high-light the bricked pathway leading you through the walkways, which have beautiful flower beds scattered everywhere. Then, in the center of the landing there are these fabulous fountains that shoot up water and fire to the sound of music. Even if you don’t want to shop or eat , you could just go walk along the river front and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Posted by The Galway Girl on 5th April 2010

Ozark Mountains

My husband and I drove through the pig trails this weekend between Ozark, Ar and Huntsville, Ar. Wow, what a curvy trip! If you have been down that road you know exactly what I’m talking about. But with all the trees and flowers just starting to bloom, it was beautiful. This time of year gives me huge appreciation for nature and all of God’s wonders. This might make a pretty drive up to Branson for some (who don’t mind curves). I have heard motorcycle riders really enjoy this route.
Here are a couple of my pics.

Posted by The Galway Girl on 30th March 2010

Herschend Family with SDC, Showboat, and Ride the Ducks in Branson

Undercover Boss on CBS went undercover with the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, Joel Manby. He went undercover with Silver Dollar City and Showboat and in Branson. He also previewed Ride the Ducks from another location. What a neat company!

Want to see a little bit of this? Here’s a preview!

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Posted by The Galway Girl on 29th March 2010

Flying to Branson, MO?

We have a beautiful new airport on the southern tip of Branson, MO. This airport only carries a few smaller airlines: Frontier Airlines, AirTran, and Air Express. The airport code is BKG. But the benefit of flying with these smaller companies is that the prices are often much cheaper than the bigger airlines.

Frontier Airlines connects through Denver, CO and  goes into many different places, including Boise, ID, Salt Lake City, UT, and Phoenix, AZ.

AirTran goes into Atlanta, GA. It offers a lot of great connections into places such as Orlando, FL, Cancun, Mexico, ect.

AirExpress offers flights into Austin, TX, Des Moines, IA, and a few other places.

If these airlines don’t work for you, you can also fly into the Springfield, MO airport. It is only an hour drive to Branson from there. Or if you don’t mind a little drive, you can fly into Kansas City, MO, Saint Louis, MO, or Tulsa, OK.

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Posted by The Galway Girl on 22nd March 2010

Is Branson, MO like a little Vegas?

Not quite, here are a few differences.

Branson, MO does not have any casinos. You can drive over to the Missouri/Oklahoma border (about 1 hr.), or up to Saint Louis or Kansas City (about 4 hrs.), but there aren’t any right in Branson.

Branson shows are typically much cheaper than shows in Las Vegas. Shows in Vegas cost in the hundreds typically, while Branson shows typically range in the $30 to $70 range. Also, Branson does not usually get as many of the really big stars as Vegas does. However, a lot of the older stars come to Branson more often  than a lot of other places.

Branson is not open as long of hours as Vegas. Most restaurants close by 10pm and most attractions do as well. Even the shopping in only open til 9pm in the malls.

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Posted by The Galway Girl on 17th March 2010

Hiking in Branson

There a lot of great trails and places to go hiking in the area. I love the Branson Lakeside Trails, which take you down the side of a mountain to a beautiful lake view.This one is found across from the American Bandstand Theater, on Fall Creek Rd.

For an easy walking trail, the one behind Stockstill Park is a great option.This park is off of Epps Road.

North of Branson, there is another park inside the Mark Twain National Forest called Busick Park, it has multiple trails.

Another great option is the White River Corridor Trail, which is found off of Hwy 165 S. just below the dam, close to the fish hatchery. In the same area, there is great trail called the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, which is part the Dewey Short Visitors Center.

South of Branson, about 45 minutes, there is a beautiful park called Dogwood Canyon. Unfortunately this park is privately owned and they make you pay for use of the trails, but you can also rent bikes and ride horses there.

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