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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.

For more information and discounts on Branson Shopping, Attractions, and Lodging check out BransonTravelOffice.com

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!

Also, for more information on saving money in Branson, check out BransonTravelOffice.com.

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.

For more information on Branson Flights, Coupons, and more check out BransonTravelOffice.com.

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.

For more information and saving money in Branson, MO, check out BransonTravelOffice.com.

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.

For information on saving money and traveling to Branson, MO, check out BransonTravelOffice.com.

Posted by The Galway Girl on 16th March 2010

Favorite Branson Shows

From someone who lives in and loves Branson, MO; here are my favorite shows. These are shows I take my family to, when they are in town.

  1. SIX– This is six brothers who sing acapella, and use their voices to perform these amazing sounds and melodies. Every time I am looking around for some instruments, but there aren’t any!
  2. Legends in Concert– True they are impersonators, but they are great… the Blues Brothers, especially, they always have so much energy.
  3. Yakov Smirnoff– Love good comedy? Then, this is the guy for you!
  4. Andy Williams– He is only here in the fall through Christmas, but always an outstanding show.
  5. Oak Ridge Boys– Who doesn’t love these guys? Sadly, they only perform in Branson on select dates.
  6. Baldknobber’s Jamboree– Do not forget this show. As one of the original shows in Branson, you can’t get much more ‘Branson’ than this. This show is just a little country, he-haw comedy show.
  7. Pierce Arrow– Never heard of these guys? Well they are big in Branson; this show has some of country’s biggest hits, and one of the funniest comedians in town.
  8. Noah the Musical– This show is a fantastic production! Live animals and a huge stage that looks like an arc.

For information and discounts on Branson shows and a lot more, check out BransonTravelOffice.com.

    Posted by The Galway Girl on 11th March 2010

    What’s not to love about Branson, MO?

    Okay, maybe the traffic is a little horrific at times, but a seriously fun place to be. Branson is home to such a wide variety of attractions that it is a perfect travel destination for all types of people.

    Branson is nestled right in the beautiful Ozark Mountains and has three spectacular lakes (Table Rock Lake, Taneycomo Lake, and Bull Shoals Lake). The climate and location inspires a wide array of local wildlife. So there is sure to be a perfect place for you to go hunting, fishing, golfing, hiking, cave exploring, and boating. Plus new in 2010, there are going to be several places to go zip-lining right in the mountains!

    Not it to all that the great outdoors has to offer? Branson is also home to over 100 live entertainment shows’ including Shoji Tabuchi, Oak Ridge Boys, SIX, Pierce Arrow,  Liverpool Legends, and many more. It also offers some fantastic shopping opportunities with two outlet malls and a huge shopping area at the Branson Landing.

    For more information on saving money in Branson, check out BransonTravelOffice.com.

    Posted by The Galway Girl on 22nd January 2010

    Three Cheese and Chicken Quesadillas

    quesadilla

    1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
    1 Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
    1 Cup Colby Cheese, shredded
    2 Cup Cooked Chicken Breast, diced*
    12 Flour Tortilla Shells
    1 Medium Tomato
    Onion Seasoning

    • Place one teaspoon of butter in a large skillet and then place one tortilla on top of that. Set heat to medium on the range.
    • Sprinkle a small portion of the 3 cheeses on top on the tortilla. Then, sprinkle on some chicken and tomatoes and onion seasoning. Then, add sprinkle another layer of cheese.
    • Place another flour tortilla on top of that and continue cooking until the bottom tortilla is lightly browned and the cheeses are partially melted. Then, flip the quesadilla and brown the other side.
    • Repeat until cooking all 6 quesadillas. I like to cut them into six triangles to serve. I serve with sour cream and salsa.

    *Cook the chicken with some taco seasoning or chili powder to give the quesadillas a little flavor.

    Posted by The Galway Girl on 4th January 2010

    Why aren’t there anymore ‘Gilmore Girls’?

    As a teenager, I watched the ‘Gilmore Girls’ show with my mother every week. It was such a witty, fun and yet wholesome show (Otherwise my mother definitely would not have let me watch!). Anyway it seems that they just don’t make shows like it anymore and it saddens me. But I am sure that there are shows like that from other generations. Perhaps there are people that feel that way about… ‘ I Love Lucy’ or ‘Leave it to Beaver’.

    Anyway, I was very sad a few years back when they stopped running them, fortunately they are still on re-runs on ABC Family. And, I own the first six seasons that I can watch anytime I need to get a “fix”. Anyway, just thought I would share my “gilmore girls passion” because there are bound to be some other people out there as crazy about them as I am.