Branson Landing Welcomes Buffalo Wild Wings

A new Branson Buffalo Wild Wings opened Sunday at the Branson Landing, providing visitors with yet another great dining option at the Branson Landing.

The Landing already has dozens of eateries to compliment the different retail locations and the new Buffalo Wild Wings, right next to Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline is just one more reason for people to head to the Landing.

Of course, the restaurant will continue serving up it’s popular wings, wraps, salads and drinks so if you’re at the Branson Landing anytime soon, stop by the new location and check it out!

For more information, read this article from the Branson Tri-Lakes News.

Big Cedar Lodge Gets a Shout Out in Men’s Journal

While Men’s Journal isn’t the first place you’d expect to come across an article featuring Big Cedar Lodge, the luxury resort was indeed featured in the publication’s article “20 Old Hotels That Are Completely New Again.”

Oh, so you didn’t know that Big Cedar Lodge wasn’t always a lavish outdoor resort? Me neither! As you’ll read in the article from Men’s Journal, the beautiful Devil’s Pool Ranch Resort began as two separate homes that were built in the 1920s. The two homes were merged into one and a stable, swimming pool and hunting lodge were added. Johnny Morris picked up the property years later and as we all know, he excels at making things look absolutely gorgeous. So that’s just what he did.

Today, Big Cedar Lodge and the new Top of the Rock expansion provide visitors with endless amenities including a brand new spa, wedding chapel and honeymoon cabin, a history museum, nature trail and a state-of-the-art golf course.

Looking at the luxurious outdoor resort today, it’s hard to believe that Big Cedar Lodge began as just two homes and later, an old hotel from the 1940s.

Want to read more about 19 other beautifully restored hotels? Check out the article from Men’s Journal here.

For more about Big Cedar Lodge, visit www.bransonshows.com.

 

Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run Sets Guinness World Record

Silver Dollar City’s popular roller coaster, Outlaw Run, has snagged the title of Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster in the 2015 Guinness World Record book.

Outlaw Run first opened in 2013 and dared guests to test their bravery on its steep 81-degree drop. According to Silver Dollar City’s website, the ride is the only wooden roller coaster to twist upside down three times and is the second fastest wood coaster in the world with a top speed of 68 miles per hour.

Outlaw Run was also voted best new ride of 2013 worldwide by Amusement Today.

If you haven’t experienced this incredible thrill yet, check it out at the award-winning Silver Dollar City in Branson.

The theme park is closed during the months of January and February but will re-open in March of 2015.

 

Silver Dollar City’s Holiday Lights Make CNN Travel’s Top List

According to a press release from www.prweb.com, Silver Dollar City has been listed in another flattering compilation of the “Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the US.”

CNN Travel cited the popular theme park in Branson’s Christmas celebration for its fantastic display of more than 5 million dazzling lights and 1,000 beautifully decorated trees.

Silver Dollar City was included in the list alongside these other popular locations sporting gorgeous Christmas lights:

– Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

– Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada

– Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

– Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado

– Macy’s at Center City in Philadelphia

– Zilker Park in Austin, Texas

– Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska

If you missed Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas Celebration this year, don’t worry — it’s certain to be even better next year! For more information or details about Silver Dollar City, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

The park is currently closed for the season but will re-open in March of 2015.

Branson Welcomes New Big Whiskey’s

Fans of Big Whiskey’s  can rejoice because a new location is set to open in Branson this coming spring.

The restaurant’s sixth location will be at the Branson Landing inside the Hilton Promenade and construction is scheduled to begin in January of 2015.

Big Whiskey’s is an American bar and grille serving up delicious wings, soups, salads, wraps, seafood favorites, steaks and much more. Daily drink and appetizer specials are a popular favorite as well.

For more information, please visit www.bigwhiskeys.com.

Branson Musician Takes the Stage for ‘American Idol’

If you remember, this past July ‘American Idol‘ packed the Branson Landing with hopeful area musicians, waiting for their chance to impress the popular television show’s judges.

Well according to the Branson Tri-Lakes News, 22-year-old Ellen Petersen of the Petersen Family Bluegrass Band will be featured on the season premiere alongside dozens of other musicians and given the chance to travel to Hollywood to pursue the title of the next American Idol.

The Petersen Family moved to Branson in 2007 and now performs the Peterson Family Bluegrass Show onstage at the Little Opry Theatre inside the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex. Ellen sings and plays a unique hot pink Hopkins banjo.

Check out the season debut on Fox, January 7 and 8 to see if Ellen can make it past the next level of judging.

For more on the upcoming season of ‘American Idol’, please visit www.americanidol.com.

C of O Honors Missouri Vietnam Veterans

C of OCollege of the Ozarks held a ground breaking ceremony on December 18 for a new Vietnam memorial to be constructed on the Alumni Center Lawn in honor of Missouri Vietnam veterans.

According to a university press release from December 8, College of the Ozarks President, Jerry C. Davis said, “Vietnam veterans weren’t treated properly upon their return from war. Such a memorial is long overdue and represents a proper tribute to those who served.”

The names of 1,400 Missourians who served and died in the Vietnam War will be displayed on the memorial. It will be constructed by College of the Ozarks students and staff and it is expected to be completed by April of 2015.

For more information, please visit www.cofo.edu.