BRANSON, Mo., January 28, 2013 — “We thought it was ‘cool’ when Branson was designated as one of the 25 Coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots by ‘Midwest Living'” in the summer of 2011, but Midwest Living’s recent designation of Branson as one of the 15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes is really ‘cool,'” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “That’s one of the great things about Branson, summer or winter, it’s always a ‘cool’ place to have fun, be entertained, shop, simply relax, or enjoy any of the many other exciting activities Branson offers year round for individuals, families, reunions and groups of all types,” she continued.
In designating Branson as one of the ’15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes’ the article specifically mentions the beauty of the woods around Table Rock Lake, the simple joy of sipping hot chocolate and enjoying Branson’s “winter landscape from the other side of a picture window.” It emphasizes that even in January and February “the weather is often mild enough by Midwest standards (average highs in the 40s and 50s) to fish and golf” and that “some of Branson’s shows also continue through the winter.”
Johnson points out that although not mentioned in the article, the vast majority of Branson’s major attractions remain open year round. From a Lake Taneycomo sightseeing or dinner cruise with Main Street Lake Cruises to a voyage on the Titanic; Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripleys Believe It or Not to Tigers and Zipliners, even in the winter tBranson offers a myriad of fun and exciting things for Branson visitors to do. Summer or winter, Branson’s famed shopping remains a constant with its three major shopping malls remaining open along with Dicks 5 & 10 and most of Branson’s specialty shops
Branson was the only Missouri destination selected. Beside Branson, the other 14 Midwest Living “Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes” were, in alphabetical order, Bayfield, Wisconsin; Black Hills, South Dakota; Brainerd, Minnesota; Canoe Bay, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Crystal Mountain, Michigan; Dearborn, Michigan; Door County, Wisconsin; Hocking Hills, Ohio; Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan; Parke County, Indiana; Southwest Lake Michigan shore, St. Croix River, Wisconsin and Minnesota and Upper Peninsula, Michigan.