Unique Dining Options in Branson, MO

Following a long day of shopping, attractions, and shows, there’s only one thing on the minds of the average visitor to Branson, Missouri: food. Sure, you can swing by any old fast-food joint and satisfy your need for nourishment, but why not top off your memorable visit to Branson by stopping at a restaurant that boasts fine dining at affordable prices? Branson offers a wide variety of dining facilities serving everything from classic comfort foods such as meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy to gourmet delicacies such as trout amandine with a healthy helping of expertly sauteed vegetables. For a fantastic dinner (or lunch!) experience, try these restaurants the next time you’re in town.

Andy Williams Moon River Grill

Located near the famed Moon River Theatre, Andy Williams Moon River Grill is a favorite of the legendary performer himself. It is said that he dines here nightly! Even if you don’t get a chance to see the singer at his most casual, you can enjoy all of his favorite homemade- inspired dishes offered on the menu. Savor a meal that will fill you up and leave your wallet feeling the same!

Candlestick Inn Restaurant & Lounge

This lounge offers a classy though laid-back dining experience with live music and delicious entrées  that will keep you coming back for more. Enjoy the option of being able to dine on everything from classic club sandwiches to gourmet fillets of lobster and tilapia. A diverse selection of wines are also available for enjoyment with your meal.

Rocky’s Italian Restaurant

Delight in great food and great service at a great price when you dine here! The Italian dishes served here range from simple favorites such as spaghetti and meatballs to gourmet masterpieces such as veal scaloppini. A downtown favorite for more than 20 years, you’ll be glad you chose this restaurant as your last stop for the day as the food offered will tantalize your palette and satisfy even the most discriminatory of tastes.

Hot Winter Fun Offers Year-Round Entertainment in Branson, MO

Acrobats of ChinaBranson is often stigmatized as becoming a ghost town after the holidays, and while many of the shows in the area do take a winter break, there are just as many that continue to offer performances throughout the city’s annual celebration of the New Year, Hot Winter Fun! Held from January through March, Hot Winter Fun places focus on the many shows that continue to offer performances during the winter months, as well as a variety of special attractions and events that are held to help keep the Ozarks as lively as ever. Read on to find out which shows and attractions will be taking part in this year’s Hot Winter Fun, and come experience for yourself the world-renowned entertainment of Branson year-round!

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To make reservations for Hot Winter Fun attractions and shows and learn more about the Branson area, either visit www.BransonShows.com or call 1-800-987-6298.

Wedding Italiano in Branson, Missouri

WeddingBranson, Missouri’s growth as a tourism destination has grown exponentially in the last decade. As a result, more than 52 live performance theaters and 444 restaurants are now available to choose from for residents and tourists alike. Adding itself to these extensive (and still growing) lists is Wedding Italiano. Located in Branson’s premier shopping area, Branson Landing, the much anticipated eatery opens February 12, 2009.  Part dinner theater, part interactive experience, Wedding Italiano opens with the audience posing as invited guests for a wedding. They’ll witness the ceremony and then engage with the actors at the staged reception. The performance offers a full pasta dinner, dancing, wedding cake, and plenty of laughs!

Other Dining Events/Dinner Shows in Branson

 Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede

  • One of the most popular shows in Branson, this dinner event is fun for the whole family. Featuring amazing special effects, singing, dancing, and 32 very talented horses, you’re sure to be delighted while you enjoy your 4-course meal.

Showboat Branson Belle

  • This award winning dinner cruise is perfect for romantic getaways or just an afternoon spent with family and friends. Comedians and acrobats amongst other performers are your entertainment along with a gourmet meal on this 3-hour cruise around Table Rock Lake.

Tall Timber Lumberjack Show

  • Mixing comedy with extreme competition, this show is a crowd pleaser! Take your choice of a chicken or steak entrée with assorted sides and drinks and dine while viewing this unique entertainment experience.

For more information about Wedding Italiano or to place reservations, visit www.bransonweddingitaliano.com or call 417-243-1500.

For more information and to place reservations to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Showboat Grandeur Belle, or Tall Timber Lumberjack Show visit www.bransonshows.com, www.vacationsmadeeasy.com, or call 417-823-0981

Branson Landing Winner of 32nd Annual International Design & Development Award

Shopping at Branson LandingSince 1977, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc (ICSC) has given the International Design & Development Award to many developers for their creative new designs in retail projects such as the Capitol Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey; the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, Flordia, USA; and the Multiplaza Pacific in Panama City, Panama. This year the ICSC announced the winner of its 32nd annual Design and Development Award is the Branson Landing in Branson, Missouri, USA.

This compeititon has two general categories of which contestants can enter, the first category being Innovative Design and Construction of a New Project, the second being renovation or Expansion of an Existing Project. The Branson Landing was one of the 7 finalists which include the City Center Almere in Almere, Netherlands; the Domain in Austin, Texas, USA; the Manufaktura in Lodz, Poland; La Centrra at Cinco Ranc in Katy, Texas, USA; the Sihlcity in Zurich, Switzerland; and Tokyo Midtown in Tokyo, Japan. These finalists were selected out of 63 entries for this award which represented 25 different countries all around the world.

The winner was announced in an awards ceremony during the ICSC Center Build Conference in Phoenix, Arizona where Rick Huffman, CEO of HCW Development Company, accepted the award in the Innovative Design and Construcion of a New Project. This award was said to be for the shops that were opened within the time period of July 1,2005 and June 30, 2007. Winners of each category are eligible for the “Best-of-the-Best” award which will be presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers annual convention being held May 17-20, 2009.

About the Branson Landing: With over 500,000 sq. ft. of land, the Branson Landing offers many products from anchor and apparel to specialty foods and dining restaurants. It also offers entertainment with the many street performers and the amazing $7.5 million night-time water spectacular. This attraction features the first-ever incorporation of water, fire, music, and light with its 120 ft. geysers and fire cannons erupting in sync with music. Along with the shopping, entertainment, and dining amenities you can also stay at the Branson Landing either while on vacation at the Hilton Promenade or the Hilton Branson Convention Center or as a home at the Branson Landing Luxury Condominiums.

For more information visit www.Bransonlanding.com

Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark Almost Complete

WaterparkBranson visitors, prepare for year-round water park fun in ’09 with the coming addition of Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark. Formerly known as Atrium Inn, Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark has completely renovated its current rooms throughout the last part of 2008, while expanding with an additional 100 suites and indoor waterpark.

The indoor waterpark itself is not set to be open until mid February, though guests can currently take advantage of the resort’s accommodations. Both standard rooms and a variety of suites are available for reservation and coupled with amenities including a children’s activity center and Castle Rock Restaurant.

Of course, the main draw of Castle Rock is undoubtedly its indoor waterpark, and while there’s still over a month before its official opening the resort has already presented the public with an idea of what to expect. As just a sample, the waterpark will feature three slides, splash pool, lazy river, and even outdoor options including a wading pool and activity pool for when the weather does cooperate with your vacation plans! Below, you’ll find a detailed list of the current activities set to be part of the grand opening of the waterpark.

Tentative Castle Rock Waterpark Rides and Attractions

  • The Cork Screw – a spiraling, half-pipe slide
  • Tube Slide – 30 ft, one or two person tube slide
  • Lazy River – gently flowing river with inner-tubes
  • Kiddies Zero Depth Entry Pool – shallow, play area for children with small slides and interactive structures
  • Outdoor Kiddies Splash Pool – outdoor play area with fountains
  • Outdoor Wading Pool – relaxing, shallow pool for those that want to take it easy
  • Outdoor Activity Pool – pool for active visitors with multi-level sun deck and structured activities held throughout the summer season.

For more information on Castle Rock Resort and the grand opening of its waterpark, visit www.CastleRockBranson.com or call them directly at 417-336-6008.