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How about a mind-blowing vacation in a Branson condo?

Overview of Pointe Royale Resort with Lake Taneycomo access and golf course/

“Whether it’s for work or vacation, the choice of where you stay while traveling is an important decision,” said Preston Garrison, Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “Nowhere is it more important however, than when you’re on a family vacation for multiple days!”

The major focus of the typical hotel room is “the bed.” Even with adjoining rooms that focus doesn’t change. There is no kitchen or common area for the family to share together. If someone gets up early to work on their computer, make a cup of coffee, or something else they must either leave the room or, disturb those they are sharing it with.

The major focus of a condo is roominess and common areas separate from the bedrooms. They typically offer fully equipped kitchens and large living areas for everyone to enjoy. The resulting levels of comfort, relaxation and flexibility will certainly add to the enjoyment of any vacation.

For more than two people, the cost of a condo is comparable to renting two or more rooms at a hotel. The condos rented by the Branson Tourism Center are fully equipped and luxuriously appointed. All are in resorts with their guests enjoying full resort amenities and services. Let’s look at some of Branson’s best!

Pointe Royale Resort is one of Branson’s premier gated communities. It’s set in a beautiful, natural, and spacious setting on the shore of Lake Taneycomo. Amid the scenic splendor of the Ozarks Mountains, it offers one-bedroom to three-bedroom condos and features a challenging 18-hole golf course. The Pointe has a beautiful clubhouse with a lounge and restaurant, some of the finest trout fishing anywhere, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, wilderness hiking trail, fitness center, playgrounds and more.

Spacious kitchen of a Thousand Hills Condo.

Thousand Hills Condos is one block from the center of the famed Branson Strip. It offers guests a choice of condos and town houses ranging from one-bedroom to five-bedrooms. The condos surround the lush fairways of the Thousand Hills Golf Course. The 18 hole, four star rated “Golf Digest,” course is one of Branson’s most popular courses. The resort has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, basketball and tennis courts, shuffleboard; and much more.”

Both the Pointe Royale Resort and Thousand Hills Condos are but minutes away from the fun and excitement of Branson’s shows, attractions, and shopping. They are also participants in Branson Tourism Center’s Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program. When you book through the Branson Tourism Center, they guarantee the price you pay to be the lowest rate available. If you find a lower price offered for the same condo on the same dates, between when you book and arrive in Branson, subject to minimal conditions, BTC will match the lower rate.

The Hilton Convention Center Hotel and the Hilton Promenade Hotel offer a limited number of luxurious one-bedroom condos in addition to their standard hotel rooms. Their location is ideal for those attending events at the Branson Convention Center or wanting to be close to Branson Landing and Historic Downtown Branson.

Still Waters Resort, located on beautiful Indian Point, offers well-appointed one-bedroom to three-bedroom condos. Its location on the shoreline of Table Rock Lake and full-service marina, make it the perfect resort for those who want to enjoy Table Rock Lake. It’s only five minutes away from Silver Dollar City by Indian Point Road, yet within minutes of all that Branson offers.

If you’d like more information on these resorts, condos, or other Branson lodging, please call the Branson Tourism Center at 1-800-785-1550. A Branson based Vacation Specialists will answer any questions you might have about Branson lodging, shows, or attractions. They will also help with ticketing, reservations and getting the best available show seats and lodging. There is no charge for this service and they are available daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

 

For best Branson vacations one call takes care of it all!

Just a few of the many choices Branson visitors have.

“There’s good news and bad news for those planning to vacation in Branson,” said Preston Garrison, Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “The good news is that there’s so much to see and do. The bad news is there’s so much to see and do.”

How can “good news” also be “bad news?” Garrison says there’s more excitement, fun, live entertainment, and adventure for families in Branson than any similar sized travel destination in America. So much so, that planning a vacation to Branson can be challenging, for first time visitors. “But one call to the Branson Tourism Center, at 1-800-785-1550, can take care of it all.”

The Branson Tourism Center has been helping Branson Visitors plan exceptional vacations since 2002. “‘Helping people have the best possible Branson experience,’ is not just a trite phrase. It describes the passion and commitment of our 100 Branson based employees as they share all Branson has to offer each day,” Preston adds.

One call to 1-800-785-1550 puts you in contact with one of Branson Tourism Center’s Branson-based Vacation Specialists. They’ll help you to narrow all the choices Branson has to offer into the perfect vacation for you and your family. There is absolutely no fee or charge for this service.

The Vacation Specialist will guide through the 20,100 hotel rooms, condos, and cabins available to come up with the one that is ideal for you and your family. Do you want a lake side cabin, condo, or room? Do you want to be near Silver Dollar City? On a golf course? Pet friendly or not? Are there particular amenities or services wanted? What price range?

Want the lowest guaranteed price on your lodging? No problem, just select lodging that is part of the Branson Tourism Center’s Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program. These include properties such as the Welk Resort, Dutton Inn, Pointe Royale Resort, and others. Subject to a few conditions, if you find a lower price for the same room on the same dates, between when you book and arrive in Branson, the Branson Tourism Center will match it.

Branson’s shows are famous! From over 120 shows, as varied as Moses, Million Dollar Quartet, Presleys’ Country Jubilee, and Amazing Pets, the Vacation Specialist will help boil it down to those that most interest you and your family. They will also show you how to save money by bundling lodging and shows and using Family Passes.

“And that’s just shows and lodging! As with them, there are similar choices within each of the general categories of things to do in Branson. It’s not just a “lake” there is a choice of three. Do you want to fish for warm water fish like bass and crappie or cold water species like Rainbow and Brown Trout? How about zip lines? Do you want a full guided eco canopy tour across many zip lines, platforms, and skywalks like that offered by Branson Zipline. Or would you prefer the unique thrill of zipping across Lake Taneycomo to the top of Mount Branson for a spectacular view of Branson Landing and Historic Downtown Branson on Parakeet Pete’s zip line?

From rooms, to shows, attractions and other activities, your Branson based Branson Tourism Center Vacation Specialist will help custom design the perfect Branson vacation for you and your family. At the very least they will save you valuable time and, in most cases, money. Most  important of all however, is that they’ll help plan a Branson vacation that could make memories lasting a lifetime!

The words of Peggy Barthel, the purchaser of our three millionth ticket, said it all! “I had spent most of that day on the internet spinning my wheels trying to decide where to go, what we were going to do, and that kind of thing.” Then she found the Branson Tourism Center and called 1-800-875-1550. “One call, that’s all! They just took care of everything. We just came and had fun.” Doesn’t that sound like great advice? “One call takes care of it all!”

Your superior lodging experience in the heart of all Branson offers

All American Inn & Suites

All American Inn & Suites

“Why should a family coming to Branson select the All American Inn and Suites (AAI) for their lodging?” Denny Singh, the new owner and general manager said, “The dedication of our family, my wife Mona, myself, and our staff, to ensuring that you, and your family, have a great lodging experience, from ‘check in’ to ‘check out,’ in some of the cleanest rooms, and with the friendliest most customer oriented staff, in Branson.”

Interior of spacious Double Queen Room.

Interior of spacious Double Queen Room.

All American Inn and Suites is a cozy 81 room property offering a variety of rooms and configurations to accommodate almost every lodging need. The majority of its clean spacious rooms are Double Queen and King, but it also offers Jacuzzi and family suites along with a number of connecting rooms. This provides AAI with the flexibility to meet the lodging needs of the individual traveler as well as families, and groups. Singh points out that while all the rooms at AAI are spacious, the Family Suites are ideal for the families on vacation because they have two rooms that can be closed off from each other.

Each room includes a full complement of amenities. Among others, these include coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea, desk with ergonomic chair, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi-Internet, microwave, refrigerator, and 32” LCD HD television with cable and local channels, iron, ironing board, and more.

Outdoor Pool.

Outdoor Pool.

AAI is open year-round and is smoke and pet free with interior corridors and access to all rooms. It has an outdoor pool, elevator, Wi-Fi access in all common areas, free level parking, a laundry that is free to guests, as well as 24-hour coffee in the lobby, and offers in-house ticketing at the front desk, to Branson shows and attractions, providing the ultimate in convenience and ensuring their guests the best available seats to the shows they want to see.

Singh said that one of the features their guests like is the Inn’s location. It’s centrally located to all the fun and excitement that Branson offers, but is away from the noise and bustle, providing an opportunity for peace and relaxation. Yet, when guests are ready for the fun and excitement of Branson, AAI is minutes away from the center of the Branson Strip, the Titanic Museum Attraction, and alternate routes to Silver Dollar City, Table Rock Lake, many of Branson’s shows, attractions, shopping, including Branson Landing, and other activities.

“In terms of all round value, cleanliness, location and customer satisfaction, the All American Inn and Suites has been a perennial hit with our customers,” said Preston Garrison, Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest providers of tourism services and information. He points out that AAI is a participant in the Branson Tourism Center’s (BTC) Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program. If you book your stay at AAI through BTC, subject to the programs minimal conditions, the price you pay is guaranteed to be the lowest rate available. If you find a lower price offered for the same room on the same dates anytime between when you book your room and when you arrive in Branson, BTC will match the lower rate.

For additional information or reservations for the All American Inn and Suites, or for any of Branson’s other shows, attractions and activities please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. BTC can be reached by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

Why Branson’s Radisson Hotel provides a superior lodging experience

131213 Radison Exterior

The beautiful Radisson Hotel.

“Visitors coming to Branson have a wide variety of lodging to pick from offering great choices for just about every need and budget,” said Annette Wood, Director of Group Sales for the Branson Tourism Center. “The Radisson Hotel, ideally located in the center of the famed Branson Strip, is known for its outstanding hospitality, customer service, cleanliness, and the capability to host, not only individuals and families, but large groups, conventions, and other, events,” she added.

Yvonne Costales, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Radisson, said that the hotel was built originally in 1994 and was completely renovated from top to bottom between 2012 and 2014. “Everything is ‘brand new’ including our 472 rooms and suites, common areas, the lobby, the ‘Wildwood Bistro Restaurant’ and our updated sports bar, the ‘Time Out Sports Lounge,’” She added.

When asked what the number one reason would be for Branson visitors to select the Radisson she, without hesitation, said, “Guest services is a priority for us. We have a motto called, ‘Yes I can’ designed to make sure that we do everything we can to make the stay of our guests as pleasurable as possible. This empowers many of our employees with the authority to make on the spot decisions to ensure sure that happens without delay.” She also points out that this service starts with a great selection of guest rooms to meet just about every need, a full set of amenities, both in and out of the room, and one of the best locations of any hotel in Branson.

The hotel has 472 rooms with 322 standard double bedded rooms, 123 king rooms, 22 king leisure suites, 4 Presidential Suites, and a Penthouse. Costales said that with the number and variety of rooms they have, and that many of the rooms and suites are adjoining and or connected, that the hotel has the flexibility to meet just about any lodging need from a basic room, to suites for the family or business traveler.

Each room comes with a complete set of amenities. This includes a refrigerator, 37″ flat-screen TVs; complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet access; work desk with ergonomic chair; two-line telephones with voicemail and data ports; easy chair with ottoman; hair dryer; iron/ironing board; coffee makers, and much more.

The Radisson has free parking; a heated indoor/outdoor pool; a Fitness Center, set up and outfitted by Precor; a whirlpool and sauna, and a business center. It also offers a separate on-site restaurant and lounge; a full service concierge desk to assist with transportation, tickets for local events and more.

Although not thought of by most people in selecting a hotel, its location, only a block off the center of the famed Branson Strip, on Wildwood Drive is ideal. By simply turning left, south, when exiting the hotels main entrance and going one block guests have immediate access to Branson’s Alternate Colored Yellow Route which permits a lot of flexibility in avoiding Highway 76’s traffic.

It’s a ten-minute or less walk from Walmart; Grand Village Shoppes; Andy Williams Performing Arts Centre and Theatre, Kings Castle Theatre, three different Go Kart Tacks, Ride the Ducks, two miniature golf courses, the Thousand Hills Golf Course, and many other activities.

In terms of eating conveniently and restaurants, it would be hard to image a better location. In addition to the hotels in house “Wildwood Bistro” and the “Time Out Sports Lounge” there are over a dozen eating establishments within a 10-minute walk of the hotel including Dairy Queen, Panera Bread, Shorty Smalls, Lone Star Steak House, Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano, McDonalds, Mel’s Hard Luck Diner, Subway, and many others.

The Radisson Hotel is also a participant in the Branson Tourism Center’s (BTC) Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program. If you book your stay at the Radisson through BTC, subject to the programs minimal conditions, the price you pay is guaranteed to be the lowest rate available. If you find a lower price offered for the same room on the same dates anytime between when you book your room and when you arrive in Branson, BTC will match the lower rate.

The Ball Room set up, in one of its many possible configurations, for a dinner event.

The Ball Room set up, in one of its many possible configurations, for a dinner event.

The Radisson has over 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space under “one roof;” those attending meetings or events do not have to go outside at all or be otherwise be concerned about the weather in getting from their rooms to their conferences or events. It’s the only Branson Strip hotel, and one of only three hotels in Branson, capable of providing this type of service for such large conferences and events.

Costales points out that those 17,000 plus square feet are configurable to meet the needs of large conferences and events to the smallest, providing group and meeting planners with the utmost flexibility in planning their event. She said that it can be divided up into 17 rooms, the largest of which would the Ball Room with 6,058 square feet and the smallest which would be Sky View room with about 650 square feet, with a large variety in between.

She believes that the Radisson is ideal, for not only the large groups, but for those planning smaller events such as reunions, weddings, and similar gatherings. “Our location, dedicated Groups Department, the range of services, including catering, that we offer, and the flexibility of our meeting space make the Radisson an ideal place for both large and small meetings, conferences, or other events,” Costales added.

Branson Tourism Center’s Wood said, “We have worked very closely with the Radisson for many years and our customers have continually had great experiences there. It is a beautiful property, ideally located with meeting room space that is an easy fit for different sized groups and their individual needs, and a staff is a joy to work with.” For more information on using the Radisson for your group or any other Branson Group travel needs please feel free to call us at 1-800-268-4014.”

For more information or reservations for the Radisson Hotel or for additional information on any of Branson’s lodging please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

 

Awesome Dutton quality, value, & customers service make Dutton Inn a special Experience!

Dutton Inn

Dutton Inn

Millions were introduced to the Duttons’ talent, friendliness, and charisma as they rose to the top ten on Season 2 of the NBC prime time hit “America’s Got Talent.” They discovered what their fans, and Branson audiences, had experienced for years prior, and are still experiencing today at the Duttons show in Branson. What many don’t know however, is that the Dutton family owns the Dutton Inn, located just behind their theatre, which provides the lodging equivalent of what the Duttons show is to the highest quality in Branson entertainment.

During a recent interview with Belle Dutton, the beautiful wife of Jonathan Dutton, and one of the mangers of the Dutton Inn she said, “From check-in to check-out, we are dedicated to one thing, giving our guests a wonderful memorable lodging experience, filled with the friendliness and quality that reflects the Dutton’s values and standards. One that makes us proud to have our name on it.”

One of the Dutton Inn's tastefully appointed double queen rooms.

One of the Dutton Inn’s tastefully appointed double queen rooms.

The Inn has 76 tastefully appointed rooms, each with two queen sized beds and a full set of amenities. Each also “has a coffee pot, granite counter tops at the sink in bathroom, FREE Wi-Fi connection, flat screen TV, 60 cable channels, nightstand, lamps, dresser, table, chairs, microwave, mini-fridge, and free local calls. Hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards are available, by request, from the front desk at no additional charge.” Although it has no pool or game room the Inn is ideally located within a five to ten minute walk of White Water and just across the parking lot from Cici’s and its large game room.

Belle points out that staying at the Dutton Inn is more than just staying in one of the cleanest rooms in Branson. From that special Dutton family ambiance and spirit, to its excellent location, full family breakfast, unparalleled customer service, and the willingness to do all that is expected, “and then some,” to meet or exceed their guest’s expectations, staying at the Inn is an experience that will become a special part of your Branson visit.

In terms of location, the Dutton Inn is about as good as it gets. Tucked back near Green Mountain Drive, away from the noise and bustle of the Branson Strip, guests can conveniently enter and leave the Inn’s parking lot from either Highway 76 or Green Mountain Drive. This provides a number of ways to avoid the Highway 76 traffic in getting to destinations such as Silver Dollar City, Branson Landing, Historic Downtown Branson, Titanic, Table Rock Lake, and many others. Belle said the front desk personnel will be glad to advise guests on the best way to get where they are going.

Even better is the fact that guests are within a convenient five to ten minute walk from many of Branson’s shows, attractions and restaurants. Among others, these include White Water, the Branson Ferris Wheel, and the Track Family Fun Park, as well as shows such as the Duttons, SIX, AYO, “It” starring the Hughes Brothers, Forever Young, Liverpool Legends, and George Dyer as well as restaurants such as Cicis, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Shindigs, Dutton Deli, and many others.

She also pointed out that the Inn is a participant in the Branson Tourism Center’s (BTC) Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program. If you book your stay at the Dutton Inn through BTC, subject to the programs minimal conditions, the price you pay is guaranteed to be the lowest rate available. If you find a lower price offered for the same room on the same dates anytime between when you book your room and when you arrive in Branson, BTC will match the lower rate.

Belle emphasized her belief that when you combine the Dutton Inn quality, cleanliness, price, service, location, and the Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee, that not only is the Inn one of the best lodging values in Branson, but an experience that will become a wonderful part of your Branson memories. For additional information or reservations for the Dutton Inn please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling 1-800-785-1550 or visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

The Best of Branson June 2016 Insider Highlights

The "Amazing Pets Show" and "Silver Dollar City's Star Spangled Summer Festival," featuring the return of The Harlem Globetrotters, celebrating their 90th Anniversary, are two of the Branson Tourism Center's featured events for June.

The “Amazing Pets Show” and “Silver Dollar City’s Star Spangled Summer Festival,” featuring the return of The Harlem Globetrotters, celebrating their 90th Anniversary, are two of the Branson Tourism Center’s featured events for June.

“With school out and families coming to Branson for their vacations, there’s a special feeling in the air,” said Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “From Silver Dollar City on the west, to the boats of Main Street Lake Cruises at Branson Landing on the east, it’s filled with happy smiling families enjoying each other as they share the fun, excitement and adventure of sharing Branson memories that could last for a lifetime,” she added

Along with our highlight list, containing some of the best of what’s going on in Branson during June, here’s our Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the Month:

Featured Show of the Month: The whole family, especially the kids will love the Amazing Pets show featuring “more than 30 happy, well-trained critters performing a wide array of tricks” that’s a touch of magic, a bit of mayhem, and a whole lot of furry frivolity and fun! “These are everyday house pets! Cats galore, cuddly canines, and even brilliantly colored exotic birds who put on a show that delight’s all ages. Well-respected animal trainer, Valery Tsoraev, has created a delightful line-up of animal acrobatics and tricks, and has performed with the famous Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars as well as being featured with one of his incredible cats in the movie, Big Fish. “He has cared for these beautiful creatures, including cats adopted from shelters and those that have simply wandered into his life, and taught them how to entertain and enjoy the affection and encouragement from their human co-stars and their adoring audiences.”

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Rockapella, formed in the mid-80’s, is pretty much the group who wrote the book on making music without instruments. They expertly deliver original compositions, Motown classics, pop, and soul music, all without the aid of the usual guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums making all the sounds themselves. They have enjoyed a phenomenal career since their inception and introduction “to a broad audience on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, an incredibly popular PBS show in the 90’s.” Those loving a cappella music will not want to miss the opportunity to experience Rockapella while it’s in Branson for a 25 performance limited engagement, starting on June 13.

Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City Star Spangled Summer Festival, starting June 11 will feature the return of The Harlem Globetrotters, celebrating their 90th Anniversary, The Magic of Peter Gossamer – Up Close & Personal, Championship Cloggers, Meet and Greets and Breakfasts with kid’s favorite cartoon characters, and much more. Of course, all this will be in addition to the other 40 rides, attractions, activities, and excitement one would expect from a world class theme park including “the world’s most daring wood coaster – Outlaw Run.”

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT PERFORMANCES (Sorted by starting date)

160524 RockapellaJune 10: Diamond Rio
June 13-June 30: Rockapella
June 15: Huey Lewis and The News
June 17: Sara Evans

SPECIAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (Sorted by starting date.)

June 2 – June 5: Branson Z Fest
Jun 4: Afternoon Tea – Keeter Center
Jun 11: Run for a Vet; 5K & Half Marathon
Jun 11: Promenade Pop-Up Shop
Jun 11: 32nd Annual Oinklawn Downs Pig Races – Charity Fundraiser
Jun 11 – Jun 18: Law Enforcement Recognition Week Celebration in Branson
Jun 11 – Jul 24: Silver Dollar City Star Spangled Summer Festival
Jun 12: Tanger Club Member Exclusive Event – Bring A Friend
Jun 16: Law Enforcement Recognition Week – Light Cruise Car Parade
Jun 18: 2nd Annual Art Walk – Downtown Branson & Hollister
Jun 18: Branson Landing Celebrates 10 Years Concerts & Fireworks
Jun 18 – Jun 24: Ball Parks of America Opening Week Baseball Tournament
Jun 19: Father’s Day
Jun 19: Father’s Day Brunch and Car Show at Keeter Center
Jun 19: Chateau on the Lake Father’s Day Champagne Brunch
Jun 19: The Taneycomo Festival Jazz Orchestra – Live in Concert
Jun 26: Honor America “4th of July” Celebration – College of the Ozarks

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550.

How to get absolute lowest guaranteed rates on amazing Branson Hotels

The beautiful Welk Resort is just one of the many Branson hotels available through Branson Tourism Center’s "Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program."

The beautiful Welk Resort is just one of the many Branson hotels available through Branson Tourism Center’s “Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program.”

“From luxuriously appointed suites and condos to Resorts, budget conscious motel rooms, and lakeside cabins, finding the perfect place to stay in Branson with your family on vacation is easy,” said Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest providers of tourism services and information. Wood goes on to point out that although Branson is known for its value priced lodging, finding the lowest price on a given lodging establishment for specific dates is not that easy, unless you use Branson Tourism Center’s Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program, in which case, it’s as simple as making one phone call to 1-800-785-1550.

There are a number of online national companies that purport to offer the lowest rate on Branson hotels. Generally, however, there are a lot of “small print” conditions that must be met and, if there is a problem while in Branson, there is no one here to help immediately resolve the issue.

With Branson Tourism Center’s (BTC) Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program you are dealing with one of Branson’s largest and most respected providers of tourism services. They are a BBB A+ rated business who has sold over 4.5 million Branson show and attraction tickets. The guarantee applies to some amazing Branson hotels and resorts, has minimal conditions, and is provided by a company with over 100 employees located in Branson.

Simply select one of the amazing participating Branson hotels, indicated by the “Lowest Rate Lock” icon to the right of their name in the list, book your reservation through BTC, and subject to the programs minimal conditions, the price you pay for your lodging is guaranteed to be the lowest rate available. If you find a lower price offered for the same room on the same dates anytime between when you book your room and when you arrive in Branson, BTC will match the lower rate.

The following four hotels and resorts have all received excellent reviews from Branson Tourism Center (BTC) customers; represent a good cross section of the lodging available in Branson in terms of amenities, location and price, and participate in Branson Tourism Center’s Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program:

Grand Plaza HotelAt the “Grand Plaza Hotel,” you’ll enjoy a fabulous view of the Ozark Mountains. Centrally located, it’s just a block off the famed “Branson Strip,” right next to fantastic shopping at Tanger Outlets and near the great lineup of shows at the Kings Castle. Its amenities include an incredible pool complex with an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, and game room.

Radisson HotelThe “Radisson Hotel” in Branson offers a wide range of amenities throughout this stunning property that recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. You’ll find a spectacular indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, and a top-notch fitness center as well as beautifully appointed, updated guest rooms. It is located within easy walking distance of the great lineup of shows at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center and Theatre.

Scenic Hills Inn: Branson’s Scenic Hills Inn is located in the scenic Shepherd of the Hills area of Branson, where you’ll stay away from the busyness of the Branson Strip, yet still be very close to it and all the wonderful shows, attractions, shopping, and dining for which Branson is known. Recently renovated, the Inn prides itself on its warm and inviting atmosphere with personalized service and amenities including an outdoor pool and hot tub, flat panel televisions, complimentary WiFi access, deluxe complimentary breakfast with homemade, mouth-watering cinnamon rolls, and much more.

Welk Resort: The Welk Resort boasts a perfect location; close to all of Branson’s exciting activities yet located where you’ll find beautiful views of the Ozark Mountains and close to Table Rock Lake’s Moonshine Beach, Discover beautifully appointed rooms, a mini-golf course, a patio overlooking landscaped gardens, and an amazing 10,000 square foot “Splash-A-Torium” indoor water park! It is a full service resort, the home of the Welk Theatre, featuring Branson’s newest show, the Million Dollar Quartet and is located across the street from the Pointe Royale Golf Course.

For additional information on Branson Tourism Center’s Lowest Rate Lock Guarantee Program, other Branson lodging or shows, and attractions please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Three fascinating ways you’ll conquer the winter blues in Branson!

Branson's Hilton Convention Center Hotel is just one of the many ways you can pamper yourself and escape the Winter Blues in Branson.

Branson’s Hilton Convention Center Hotel is just one of the many ways you can pamper yourself and escape the Winter Blues in Branson.

“Call it what you will, post-Christmas blues, holiday blues, or one of the many other names for feeling melancholy this time of year, but many suffer a bout with the blues soon after the Christmas holiday season,” said Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “An article entitled Got The Post-Holiday Blues? Here’s How To Beat ‘Em by Catherine Pearson, published in the Huffington Post on January 3, 2016, suggests that one thing people can do to help beat the blues is to ‘Get their pamper on’ by giving themselves a break,” she added. What better way to pamper yourself and take a break than an enjoyable getaway to Branson, Missouri? Let’s take a look at three ways Branson can help you relax, have fun, and ease those winter blues:

1. Relaxing Accommodations: From the quiet and soothing comfort of the Welk Resort, with its award-winning landscaped grounds, and its separate 10,000-square-foot Splash-A-Torium, to the luxury of the Branson’s Hilton Convention Center Hotel overlooking Branson Landing and Lake Taneycomo, to the dozens of other hotels, motels, cabins, and condos, Branson offers a wide choice and variety of accommodations in which to relax and pamper yourself to your heart’s delight.

2.Shopping: How about easing those winter blues with a little shopping therapy? With hundreds of places to shop, Branson is a shopper’s paradise just about any time of year, but even more so during the slower-paced winter season. It’s hard to beat the reduced prices on clothing, housewares, designer shoes, gifts, luggage, and other unique merchandise at Tanger Outlets or The Shoppes at Branson Meadows. Add a unique assortment of flea markets, craft shops, boutiques, art galleries, local eateries, and other specialty shops, including the famous Dick’s 5 & 10, and Branson Landing’s department stores, galleries, and shops, along with lakefront dining establishments, and it’s hard to imagine a better shopping experience than that available in Branson!

3. Fun, Adventure, and Entertainment: Whether in the chill of winter or the heat of summer, Branson offers an unrivaled choice of activities and entertainment, like shows, attractions, museums, scenic walking trails, and so much more. An evening at Grand Jubilee, with the vocals of Jackie Brown, the harmonies of the New South Quartet, the sound of the Grand Band, and comedy courtesy of the multi-talented Jamie Haage, aka Jim Dandy, or an exciting “voyage” aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction as it celebrates its tenth year in Branson, are just a couple of the many fun, adventurous, and entertaining ways to escape the winter blues in Branson.

All it takes to plan your Branson escape is one toll-free phone call to the Branson Tourism Center, and talking with one of their Branson-based Travel Planners who will be delighted to assist you in planning the perfect Branson getaway. BTC can be reached by calling 1-800-785-1550 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM seven days a week, or through its website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Don’t you and your family deserve a Grand Branson lodging experience?

Grand Plaza Hotel from Branson Strip

Grand Plaza Hotel from Branson Strip

Someone a lot smarter than this writer said, “Your choice of where you stay when you travel will have a direct impact on the quality of that travel experience.” Over the past 13 years, along with selling over 4.5 million Branson show and attraction tickets, the Branson Tourism Center has sold hundreds of thousands of room nights to Branson visitors. The Grand Plaza Hotel has been a consistent favorite with its customers.

With 200 luxurious and comfortable rooms, an excellent location, value, family-friendly amenities, and variety of accommodations, the Grand Plaza Hotel is a great choice for families, groups, or business travelers. In terms of its location, it’s the perfect illustration of the term “location, location, location.” Its central location, about a block north of the center of the famed “Branson Strip,” provides its guests with the best of both worlds; the quiet of not being directly on the strip, while being just a block away, along with easy access to Branson’s alternate colored routes, and less trafficked routes to Silver Dollar City, Branson Landing, Dixie Stampede, Legends in Concert, and other big attractions.

One of Branson’s largest and most popular discount factory outlet malls, Tanger Outlets, is located within walking distance. The Kings Castle Theatre, home of some of Branson’s most popular shows, including the Dublin’s Irish Tenors & The Celtic Ladies, Puttin’ on the Ritz, New Jersey Nights, Spirit of the Dance, and Christmas Wonderland, is also within easy walking distance.

Grand Plaza's indoor pool.

Grand Plaza’s indoor pool.

With its Standard Queen Room featuring two queen-sized beds; Family Units with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and Honeymoon/ Executive Suites with a separate, closed off sitting area, the Grand Plaza can meet just about every lodging need. The entire property is completely nonsmoking, and has amenities that include a game room, indoor pool, sauna, fitness room, and hot tub. In addition, the hotel offers a full buffet breakfast of hot and cold items every morning including cereal, fruit, waffles, breads, rolls, eggs, ham or sausage, and biscuits and gravy.

“The Grand Plaza Hotel is a great blend of value, luxury, amenities, and location,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “It also participates in Branson Tourism Center’s Lowest Rate Lock Program, which guarantees that the price you pay for your lodging accommodations at the Grand Plaza will be the lowest rate available. If you find a lower price offered for the same room on the same dates at any time between the date you book your room with BTC and when you arrive in Branson, BTC will match the lower rate.

For more information about the Grand Plaza Hotel please contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through its website, www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Why the Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center is such a great place to stay

Entrance to Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center

Entrance to Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center

The Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center (Inn) is a locally owned and operated hotel and conference center that has been serving Branson visitors for over 20 years. It’s known for its Ozarks hospitality and the quality of the facility.

Earlier this week, the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), interviewed Kristine Maples (KM), the Co-Manager of the Inn about what they have to offer Branson visitors. The results of that interview are very enlightening and are presented below in a Q & A format:

BTC: How many rooms does the Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center have?
KM: 206

BTC: Is the Inn open year round?
KM: Yes

BTC: What are the major types of rooms you have?
KM: The majority of our rooms are Two Queen Bed and Single King rooms. We also have some King Comfort, which have a single king bed, but are larger than our Single King rooms and Queen Jacuzzi rooms.

One of the spacious "Two Queen Bed Rooms."

One of the spacious “Two Queen Bed Rooms.”

BTC: Do you have any Suites?
KM: No, but we have several of our Two Queen Bed rooms that are adjoining with a connecting door that opens into both rooms.

BTC: How often are the rooms renovated?
KM: The rooms are upgraded and renovated on a scheduled basis. Most recently all the mattresses and TVs were replaced.

BTC: Do you have an outdoor pool?
KM: Yes, and it is one of the largest outdoor pools in Branson.

One of the largest outdoor pools in Branson.

One of the largest outdoor pools in Branson.

BTC: Do you have an indoor pool?
KM: Yes we do and it is colocated with our hot tub.

BTC: Are you a smoke-free facility?
KM: Yes.

BTC: Do you permit pets?
KM: No.

BTC: Do you have a business center?
KM: Yes, we have a complimentary computer and printer for our guests to use.

BTC: What room amenities do you offer?
KM: Just about anything you would expect in a hotel room including free internet, hair dryers, cable TV, coffee makers, etc. We also have free coffee and cookies in the lobby during its hours of operation.

BTC: Do your rooms have microwave ovens in them?
KM: No, but there is a microwave available in the Guest Laundry Room.

BTC: Why should someone on vacation in Branson pick the Honeysuckle Inn and Conference Center?
KM: We have been serving Branson visitors for over 20 years, and are a locally owned, family oriented hotel that is clean, friendly, safe, and has a staff that is always willing to give that little bit extra for our customers.

BTC: How do you maintain quality control when cleaning rooms?
KM: First the Housekeepers, who are very good at what they do, clean the room. Then the room is inspected by the Head Housekeeper to ensure it meets our standards. If it doesn’t then the process is repeated until it does. The end result is a clean room that we are proud to offer our guests.

BTC: What kind of breakfast do you serve?
KM: We serve a hot continental style breakfast including biscuits and gravy, sausage, boiled eggs, make-your-own waffles, cereal, breads, and more.

BTC: Is there a fee to park?
KM: No.

BTC: Of all the amenities your property offers, what is your personal favorite?
KM: Our combination of a large separate outdoor pool and the indoor pool because it permits our guests, absent lightening, to enjoy a pool in just about any weather. They are also something our guests really use and enjoy.

BTC: How are you set up to handle conferences and groups?
KM: We have two different rooms for conferences and groups. One is a room for small conferences, groups, and family reunions which can comfortably handle about 24 in a social setting. Our large conference room can accommodate up to 120 with theatre style seating, and about 80 in a social setting. It has a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, and counters. We also offer onsite catering, audiovisual aids, and just about anything else needed to have a successful meeting, conference, or reunion.

BTC: What do you think about the location of the Inn?
KM: Its location on Branson’s Red Route, near its western intersection with Highway 76, is ideal for getting to and from the Inn and just about anywhere else in Branson one would want to go using an alternate route to avoid Highway 76, and yet, we are seconds away from it when you want to use it. We are within walking distance of the IMAX Complex, and near the Shoji Tabuchi, Pierce Arrow, and Hamner theatres, and numerous restaurants including Golden Corral, Red Lobster, Casa Fuentes, and many more.

BTC: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about the Honeysuckle Inn?
KM: Although we are located right off a major road, our hotel is set back from the road amid four and a half beautifully landscaped acres, providing our guests with a quiet, relaxing lodging experience, including our unique water garden located near the porch by the lobby.

BTC: Is the Honeysuckle Inn and Conference Center a member of Branson Tourism Center’s Lowest Rate Lock Program, and what does that mean?
KM: Yes. It means that we work in conjunction with BTC in guaranteeing that the price our guests pay for lodging through BTC will be the lowest rate available. If they find a lower price offered for the same room on the same dates anytime between when they book their room and when they arrive in Branson, BTC will match the lower rate.

For additional information or reservations for the Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center, at the lowest guaranteed rates, please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, by calling 1-800-785-1550, or by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com.