5 Amazing Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Branson

1. See a show

Dublin's Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies

Obviously, if you’re in Branson, seeing a show is probably one of the top things on your to-do list. During the slower months of January and February, you may be hard pressed to find a show but there are still several great ones showing. Check out The Revollusionists for some mind-boggling magic and illusions or see the Dublin’s Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies for a night of incredible musical variety featuring Irish classics, opera, swing and pop. The Pierce Arrow Show, The Haygoods or Absolutely Patsy are great options as well!

 

2. Sit down to a romantic dinner

Chateau on the Lake

Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Branson’s fine dining options. Choose from the Chateau Grille at the Chateau on the Lake, where you can enjoy exceptional cuisine, an extensive wine list and the beautiful view overlooking Table Rock Lake. Or head to the Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock, where inspired American cuisine is served in a beautifully rustic dining room filled with Native American art and surrounded by the gorgeous Ozark mountains. Level 2 Steakhouse at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel also makes for a romantic dinner venue, with mouthwatering entree items, a high class atmosphere and complimentary valet parking.

 

3. Head out to the dueling piano bar

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Photo from http://www.erniebiggs.com

If you’d rather celebrate Singles Awareness Day than Valentine’s Day, grab some friends and head to Ernie Bigg’s Dueling Piano Bar at the Branson Landing. A menu filled with delicious pub-style food like wraps, burgers, pizzas and more is available and reservations for larger groups can be made online. With great weekly drink specials and exciting Chicago-style piano dueling, your night is sure to be filled with non-stop high energy entertainment.

 

4. Board the Branson Titanic

Sweetheart Month at the Branson Titanic

If you’re planning a special vow renewal or engagement this Valentine’s Day, consider using the Branson Titanic’s $1 million replica staircase as your beautiful backdrop. Even if you’re just planning a night out, the Titanic’s Sweetheart Month events make the attraction even more fun. Enjoy an interactive tour, a meet and greet with the Unsinkable “Molly” Brown’s great granddaughter and have an exciting adventure with your sweetie at the amazing Branson Titanic Museum.

 

5. Enjoy a rustic getaway

Westgate Branson Woods

Rustic, relaxing and inviting, the Westgate Branson Woods is ideal for a short weekend getaway with your love. Surrounded by 145-acres of beautiful Ozark woods yet still just a half mile from the Branson strip, you can enjoy the serene quiet of the natural Ozark terrain while still being just minutes from fantastic entertainment, shopping and dining. Take a walk on the hiking trails, enjoy a dip in the heated indoor pool or just enjoy each other’s company in your cozy room and plan the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway to Westgate Branson Woods.

Food Friday: Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano

Florentina'sThis week in Branson I stopped into Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano for a warm, hearty dinner and couldn’t have been more impressed. Well-liked for its authentic local Italian dishes, Florentina’s has an impressive selection of delicious entrees that will leave you absolutely stuffed and content.

For a Monday night in Branson, the place was completely packed and the buzz of ongoing conversations filled my ears as I pulled the front door open. I was immediately seated at a small table in the dining room and greeted by my friendly server who placed the thick menu in front of me.

The restaurant’s decor was filled with warm colors, lush plants and decorative art. Large tables seated big groups of people and families who were loudly enjoying their meals and the waiters and waitresses were all busy serving plates and happily chatting with customers.

I was eyeing the lasagna on the menu when my server arrived back at my table and offered his own advice. He told me the local favorite was the Rigatoni Florentina and I warily took his advice, convincing myself that it would be best to try something new.

He returned less to my table less than ten minutes later with a heaping plate of rigatoni noodles coated in a creamy tomato cream sauce and topped with a melted, gooey cheese blend. I was anxious to try this dish of interesting ingredients. A unique blend of grilled chicken, red onion, mushrooms, broccoli, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, capers, kalamata olives and garlic, the Rigatoni Florentina is definitely one of the more interesting dishes on the menu.

I took a bite, not really sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with the diverse array of flavors that greeted my tastebuds. Each bite incorporated a new zesty flavor that was simply too delicious to describe.

There was no way I could finish my entire portion, even if I tried, so be aware that if you dine at Florentina’s you’ll most likely leave with leftovers. Which is fantastic! I took my leftovers to work the next day and had my coworkers jealously sniffing the air.

Next time you’re in Branson, check this place out! You won’t be disappointed.

Details

Location: 2690 Green Mountain Dr., Branson, Mo
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Price range: $7-$9 per person for lunch, $10-$15 per person for dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Good for: Date night, family dining

 

Food Friday: Black Oak Grill

Black Oak GrillThe Branson Landing is a great place to shop but it’s also a fantastic place to eat. The Black Oak Grill rests on the shore of Lake Taneycomo at the north end of The Landing near Belk department store and it’s definitely a restaurant you want to try at least once.

Black Oak Grill has two locations — one in Branson and the other in Omaha, Nebraska. The website explains the meaning behind the restaurants name and roots, saying “the black oak tree has taken root throughout much of America, creating a common but distinctive and richly colored backdrop to our country. Black Oak Grill finds its roots in a broad range of urban grills, neighborhood cafes, boulevard bistros and corner taverns.” With that being said, Black Oak Grill is a friendly atmosphere for families, couples and groups alike.

The modern interior of Black Oak Grill is relaxing with dim lights and walls relatively clear of cluttered décor. I went for dinner at 6 p.m. on a Monday so there were only a few others there but I’m assuming it’s a whole different place on the weekends.

The bar faces the dining room with a huge wall of windows as its backdrop, so if you choose to sit there you’ll have a nice view of crowds walking the Landing and you’ll be able see a little bit of the lake too. The bar serves a variety of handcrafted cocktails, premium beers and pleasant-tasting wines and the servers seemed to be very knowledgeable about the menu items.

My server was very friendly and she highly recommended the Rosemary Chicken, so even though the menu was filled with absolutely delicious-looking foods I decided to take her suggestion.

My meal came out of the kitchen piping hot and less than ten minutes later. The grilled chicken breast was seasoned with rosemary and was perfectly moist and flavorful. No dry chicken here! It came served with chunky garlic smashed potatoes, fresh zucchini and a warm baked roll with sweet, cinnamon butter on the side. The combination of mouthwatering flavors was absolutely perfect and even the presentation of food on my plate was neat and appetizing.

My server anticipated my needs throughout the entire meal so I never had to ask for a refill, a to-go box or a correction to my order and she made my dining experience even more enjoyable.

I’d like to revisit this restaurant on the weekend because I feel like it would be a fun crowd and the perfect way to end a day of shopping at the Branson Landing.

Definitely stop by Black Oak Grill for your next family outing, date night or girls night out.

Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Review the full menu with prices here.

 

 

4 Ways to Enjoy a Romantic Date Night in Branson

Gazebo InnHas it been awhile since you and your sweetheart have had a night to yourselves? Branson has some great options for an inexpensive and fun date night, just for the two of you.

1. Book a stay at the Gazebo Inn

Warm oak furnishings, Victorian décor, your own private balcony … what more could you ask for? Although it’s located right off the strip, the Gazebo Inn maintains a quaint, secluded atmosphere that allows you and your loved one to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Spend some time cooling off together in the outdoor pool, sip coffee on the balcony and enjoy a warm complimentary breakfast in the morning. Ask for the Gazebo Suite for the most romantic stay. Visit http://www.bransonshows.com/lodging/GazeboInn.cfm to book your stay.

2. Take in the gorgeous views from the Showboat Branson Belle

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal, an entertaining show and the beautiful scenery of Table Rock Lake all from a majestic 2,500,000 lb. showboat. The Showboat Branson Belle offers a romantic premium dining option in the elegant Paddle Wheel Club Room which features fantastic views of the lake from above the boat’s paddle wheels. To order tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyShowboatBransonBelleTickets.cfm.

3. Savor new flavors at Mount Pleasant Winery

Visit this winery located in the Augusta Appellation wine-growing district where 12 grape varieties are grown on 78 acres. Take the Wine 101 class where you’ll discover the five S’s of wine tasting (see, swirl, sniff, sip and savor), learn how to pair wine with food, receive a free wine glass and browse the winery’s art gallery. Mount Pleasant Winery also allows you to bottle your own dessert wine, sign and date the bottle and hold onto it as a special keepsake. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyMountPleasantWineryTickets.cfm.

4. Take an art class together

Head to Downtown Branson to explore one of Branson’s fantastic new art studios. Ozarts Workshop offers a class menu with more than 100 different art projects to choose from including a special two hour date night class. Sit down and put your artistic abilities to the test as you use acrylic paint and a 16 x 20 canvas to create your own masterpieces. After the class, you’ll be delighted to have a memento of your date night together that you can take home and show off to your friends and family. Ozarts Wrkshop is located at 118 S. Business 65, right next to the Fudge Shop. For more information or to reserve a date night class, visit https://www.facebook.com/OzartsWorkshop.

 

Spend a Rainy Day Indoors at Ozarts Workshop in Downtown Branson

Ozarts WorkshopThe rain just doesn’t seem to be giving us a break but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something exciting to do indoors in Branson. If you’re in the mood for something artsy and interactive to do, Ozarts Workshop offers a variety of art projects for the whole family.

Located right next door to the Fudge Shop, this local art gallery and studio showcases local artists’ work for both visitors and residents to enjoy. The homemade paintings, jewelry, pottery and décor highlight the workshop’s tagline of “celebrating the spirit and ingenuity of the arts found in the Ozark Mountains.”Ozarts Workshop

Ozarts Workshop just had its grand opening on March 1st of this year and already offers a wide variety of interactive activities for all ages. The studio offers live pottery demonstrations, make-n-take workshops, couple date night painting classes, paint your pet classes, into to basket weaving, crayon art and more.

If you don’t have time to take a full class while you’re visiting Branson, stop in and paint your very own Branson souvenir to take home with you that day. It only takes about ten minutes to bake and a handcrafted memento makes it all the more special and memorable.

Ozarts Workshop also serves as a great venue for kids’ birthday parties, date nights, office parties or a girls night out. The staff generously allows visitors to bring in snacks and beverages for the classes to make the visit more enjoyable.

Just an added perk: Ozarts Workshop will even let you leave your own mark on a framed canvas in the back of the studio. That way you can tell all your friends and family back home that you have your own artwork hanging in a gallery.

With more than 100 different art projects to choose from, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. So stop by and try your hand at one of the many classes or peruse the shop and check out all the fantastic local art work made right here in Southwest Missouri.

For more information and reviews, like Ozarts Workshop on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OzartsWorkshop.

Hours are Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Comment below and let us know what you thought of Ozarts Workshop, one of Branson’s newest cultural additions!Ozarts Workshop

 

Oh Yeah, It’s Date Night!

Kirby van burchIt’s Friday and tonight’s the perfect evening to take your date down to Branson. Here are some creative and romantic ideas to impress your guy or gal that won’t break the bank!

If you’ve ever seen the 1997 Titanic film, then you’re probably aware of the innate romanticism associated with the famous vessel. Experience the tragic beauty of the Titanic up close at the Titanic Museum in Branson. Together, you and your loved one can discover the history of its epic journey while standing on a replica of the majestic bow.

Perhaps you’re looking for a little mystery in your date night activities. Look no further than the magical Kirby Van Burch Show. Illusionist Kirby Van Burch will dazzle and captivate you with breathtaking feats of wonder. Not only can this performer cause a helicopter to seemingly appear from nowhere, he works with many exotic animals to entrap your attention the entire evening.

Of course, what could be more romantic than a spontaneous night away? Utilize one of our exceptional romantic getaway packages and thrill your loved one with a weekend holiday.