Food Friday: Casa De Luz

There are several Mexican cuisine options in Branson so it’s hard to know which ones are good, but I can assure you that a trip to Casa De Luz is time well spent.

This mexican restaurant is nestled between retail shops in the historic downtown Branson on Commercial Street and caters to those who enjoy traditional Mexican fare as well as tasty American dishes. This locally owned gem is the only restaurant in Branson that serves Mexican breakfast — and they serve it all day long!

I stopped in for a quick lunch last week with a friend of mine and we both ordered the combination plate, which offers a choice of three from a taco, an enchilada, a mini burrito and a mini chimichanga for just $10.99. It also comes served with rice, beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and cheese.

The presentation of the food on it’s own was appetizing but it tasted just as good. The portion sizes are really large, in my opinion, so I had quite a bit of food left over on my plate well after I was stuffed full. And of course, you get unlimited homemade chips and salsa which is my favorite thing about Mexican restaurants!

The atmosphere inside Casa De Luz is very calm and there’s nothing really flashy or unique but the servers and staff are very welcoming and friendly. My friend and I were lucky enough to get a very nice server who was perfect. She made us feel important, checked up on us often but still gave us enough space and time to enjoy the meal without feeling rushed.

There’s certainly nothing negative I can say about Casa De Luz and I highly recommend it for any casual breakfast or lunch. Try it out and let us know what you think!

For more information or a full menu, please visit the Casa De Luz Facebook page.

Details

Location: 108 S. Commercial St., Branson, Mo.

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sun. 7 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Fare: traditional Mexican food and some American dishes

Price Range: most dishes are anywhere from $7-$12 per person

Learn Your Branson History at the Branson Centennial Museum

The Branson Centennial Museum is a celebration of Branson’s past, present and future, featuring several exhibits honoring area traditions, performers and history.

I stopped in the museum last week and spent some time reading up on the fascinating history of the area and how this well-known town became all that it is today.

The museum opened its doors in 2012, exactly 100 years after the city of Branson was incorporated. The White River Valley Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce put forth a team effort to consistently educate the visitors and residents with educational exhibits encompassing the history of the Branson area.

The exhibits regularly rotate throughout the year so you’re bound to see something new each and every time you stop in. Currently there are several different exhibits to explore as well as a short video about the importance of Table Rock Dam to watch.

Each display features interesting historic items and photographs like the original cash register of the Owen family’s drugstore on the corner of Main and Commercial in historic downtown Branson. (For those who don’t know, the Owen family played a large part in the development of the city of Branson.) The antique cash register was discovered in the basement of the “If The Shoe Fits” shop on Commercial Street in downtown Branson.

One of my favorite exhibits was a timeline that highlighted some of the important historical dates in the city’s history. I learned a lot reading through it and loved looking at all the old photos. It was fun to compare pictures of Branson 150 years ago to the way it looks today. The timeline also told the story of the very first permanent residents of the land that is now downtown Branson. The land was owned by 15-year-old teenage Calvin Smith Gayler and his 14-year-old wife. They moved to their White River property back in 1839 and began farming the land and harvesting fruit from their large garden. And today it’s a popular location for shopping and dining in Branson.

History buffs will love the Branson Centennial Museum as well as those who are just curious about the tri-lakes area and its humble beginnings. Visitors will also enjoy the small gift shop and large collection of books about Branson for sale.

The museum is at 101 Veterans Blvd. in historic downtown Branson, just up the road from The Landing. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and admission is free.

For more information, please visit www.wrvhs.org.

Head Out for the 66th Annual Adoration Parade in Branson

Tomorrow evening the streets of historic downtown Branson are expected to be completely filled with visitors and community members in anticipation of the 66th Annual Adoration Parade.

The yearly event draws thousands and features the area’s largest nativity scene which will be lit at 5 p.m. before the parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

Guests will enjoy at least 27 floats and 14 marching bands all encompassing the theme of faith and keeping Christ in Christmas. Of course, the parade will also feature and appearance from everyone’s favorite bearded holiday man, Santa Claus himself.

The parade route has been changed to accommodate the construction downtown. It will begin on Sycamore Street, head down East Main and continue onto Branson Landing Boulevard where it will wrap around North Boardwalk on the shore of Lake Taneycomo.

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

Find All the Gifts on Your Christmas List in Branson

ShoppingChristmas shopping in Branson is a breeze with a variety of retailers offering everything and more on your Christmas list this year.

Check out Tanger Outlet Mall, right off the Branson strip, for dozens of stores boasting the hottest apparel, accessories, footwear and more. The Branson Landing has something for just about everyone on your list and with great deals, it’s hard to pass up! Located right on the shore of Lake Taneycomo, the views are awesome and the beautifully decorated Christmas tree on the square is quite the sight during the holiday season!

Uncover countless thrifty finds in the historic downtown Branson area with unique stores like Dick’s 5 & 10, Ozark Quilts & More, Crain Creations Gallery and more.

Branson LandingIf you’re looking for handmade goods, check The Branson Mill Craft Village or the Branson Craft Mall for deals on fantastic, custom-made items that are sure to please.

The Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex and Grand Country Square are both full of shops with great stocking stuffers, sweets for the candy-lover on your list and fun Branson souvenirs. And right down the street, Grand Village Shops features awesome stores like Thomas Kinkade’s Signature Art Gallery, Kringle’s Village Shop, Lori’s Soap Market and a few great places to stop for a bite to eat as well!

The shopping opportunities in this town are endless, so make your way to Branson this holiday season and pick up meaningful gifts for the loved ones on your list.

Shop Till You Drop in Branson

If you’re heading out to get some major Black Friday shopping done today, Branson has a wide range of fantastic options for you! Here are some of the retail centers in the area that would make a great pit stop.

Tanger Outlet

Black Friday Hours: 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. 

Located at 300 Tanger Blvd., Branson, just off the strip near Ride the Ducks, the Tanger Outlet has loads of great deals to be found. Recent additions like Talbots, Pandora and Go! Calendars, Games and Toys makes for even more shopping fun.

The Branson Landing

Black Friday Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Branson Landing always has something fun going on and for Black Friday, the same is true. During the Landing’s Black Friday Blowout, select stores have special hours of operation and sales that are sure to make both you and your wallet happy. Unless otherwise noted, the Branson Landing restaurants will be open at 11 a.m. so you early risers have plenty of time to shop before you grab lunch. Visit www.bransonlanding.com for a complete list of special Black Friday sales. The Branson Landing is located right on the shore of Lake Taneycomo in the historic downtown Branson area.

Grand Village Shops

Each individual store here has its own hours and sales on Black Friday, but you’re sure to find some great deals on all kinds of gifts and items on your Christmas list. Grand Village Shops is also home to the largest Christmas store in Missouri, Kringles Christmas Store, where you’ll find countless ornaments, decorative items, gifts and pre-decorated trees. Do your Black Friday shopping at Grand Village and you’re in for a good time.

The Shoppes at Branson Hills & Branson Hills Plaza

The holiday savings are endless at The Shoppes at Branson Hills. With hours varying by store, each retailer has special offers that you simply can’t turn down! With popular stops like Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco and Kohls, there’s something here for everyone on your list. Call 888-577-5600 for more info or head over to 1500 Branson HIlls Pkwy., just north of Branson’s entertainment district and discover all the deals that are waiting for you.

Of course, the many stores in downtown Branson like Dick’s 5 & 10, Cowgirl Clad Company, Plum Bazaar Bead & Jewelry Shop and so many others are open for business so definitely make your way down there!

 

View the Christmas Lights in Style with Branson Limousine Light Tours

In Branson Christmas is a two month event where every street corner, building, tree and light pole is wrapped in twinkling lights, covered in sparkling snow or adorned with festive decor.

There are so many ways to view the lights — a casual drive through Shepherd of the Hills’ Trail of Lights, a ride through the streets with Ride the Ducks, a trip to the top of Inspiration Tower … the options are endless.

Branson Limousine Service is offering a relaxing, luxurious tour of the area lights with tour hours tours available every night from November 1-December 31.

Perfect for a company party, family reunion or a special treat for your loved ones, a scenic lights tour with Branson Limousine is a memorable experience.

Sit back and relax as you stay warm and cozy inside and peer out the windows for first class views of Branson’s best light displays. Sip on sparkling cider, munch on candy canes and sing along to your favorite Christmas songs, recorded by Branson’s talented entertainers as head down The Branson Strip, through Historic Downtown Branson, to the Branson Landing, past Big Cedar Lodge and through the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s beautiful lights display.

A limousine lights tour is a fabulous way to enjoy the Christmas lights and displays that boast Branson’s joyous love for the Christmas season, so book your luxurious tour with Branson Limousine Service today!

For more information and prices, visit bransonlimoservice.com.

You Don’t Have to Be a Cowgirl to Love Cowgirl Clad Company

Branson, Missouri is definitely a hot spot for country western wear and Cowgirl Clad Company not only caters to that specific market, but anyone who likes to keep up with the hottest of trendy fashions.

The first time I heard about Cowgirl Clad Company I naturally figured it was only for cowgirls, which is a fair assumption. But the truth is, it’s not!

This modest, chic boutique specializes in fashionable women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories and the prices are incredibly affordable for a boutique-style shopping experience.

In my opinion, one of the biggest appeals of this place is that the owner usually only orders one of each size per product. So anything you purchase will be unique to you and you’re unlikely to run into anyone else with the same thing.

Not to mention, if you’re in the market for a stylish pair of cowgirl boots, you’re in for a treat! Whether you just want a pair of boots that will draw compliments from strangers everywhere or you want your bridesmaids to sport a little bit of bedazzled country flair alongside you on your big day, Cowgirl Clad Company is the place to find some of the most stylish kicks.

Stop by and you’ll discover an array of clothing items and accessories that sport a certain southwestern flair without overdoing it. If you like intricate patterns, vintage elegance or the chic boho look, you’re bound to find a new addition to your wardrobe or the perfect stocking stuffers for your best girlfriends here.

This boutique’s great prices coupled with a unique selection of great products easily bumps it to the top of my “favorites” list and I highly recommend checking it out next time you’re in Branson!

Cowgirl Clad Company is at 213 W. Pacific St. in historic downtown Branson, just minutes from the Branson Landing. Hours of operation are

For hours of operation and the latest deals and steals, check out Cowgirl Clad Company on Facebook.