New Airport Opens in Branson

Branson airFlying into Branson has never been easier than it will be with the opening of the new airport, located approximately 10 minutes from the heart of Branson’s entertainment district. Today marks the first operating day of the Branson Airport (BKG) with the first flight taking off at 9 a.m. This airport is the first and only privately-funded airport in the country. The airport is located right off of Highway 65.

Currently, only two airlines are flying in and out of the Branson Airport. AirTran Airways offers low airfares to over 50 destinations, including Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) and Hartsfield-Atlanta (ATL). Sun Country Airlines offers flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP). Plans are eventually to add more airlines.

The Branson Airport offers a full service bar and restaurant, Ozarks-themed decorations, and a Bass Pro gift shop. Also, the Branson Airport has an Enterprise Rent-a-Car located on the property for car rental needs, and Branson Gray Line is contracted to provide other ground transportation, including airport shuttles, taxis, and limousines.

The airport opened today after a weekend celebration that featured three days of air shows with professional aviators.

For more information and ticket booking information, consult the airport’s Web site, http://www.flybranson.com

For any lodging or activity needs for your trip to Branson, see www.BransonShows.com, which offers a wide range of lodging options and attraction information, or call 1-800-987-6298 to make reservations.

Redhead Express Returns to Branson

Redhead Express The family behind the Redhead Express Bluegrass & Comedy Show, the Walkers, consists of Brett and Apryll Walker and their seven children:  Kendra, LaRaei, Alisa, Sean, Joseph, and Ammon. Originally from Alaska, this talented troupe trained under Jason Norris of the Bearfoot Band and has spent time traveling the US,  sharing their unique Bluegrass sound with hundreds of crowds.

Now the ever-popular family is returning to Branson to take the stage at the Circle B Theatre! It’s an exciting time in the lives of these performers and those close to them as they prepare for their second season in Branson (the first at Circle B) after a successful winter tour, producing a new CD, and re-evaluating their style. But faithful fans have nothing to fear as far as that goes. Their traditional bluegrass sound and delivery of gospel classics, comedy, and original songs still remains. Redhead Express is sure to amaze you with their talent and skill as performers during each show. What will be most evident is that they love what they do.

The Redhead Express follows the Horn family’s Circle B Chuckwagon Dinner and Show with the purchase of a combo ticket. For more information, click the links below.

The Redhead Express

Circle B Theatre

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.

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.