Greetings from Branson, MO!

vraiblonde

Board Mommy
PREMO Member
Patron
Today we went to Eureka Springs, AR, about an hour from Branson. SUPER cute town, it reminded me of Bisbee and Jerome, AZ. There are three or four levels of commerce that you get to by either walking the twisty turny sidewalk or climbing somewhat steep stairs. We ate at a Cajun place (sampler platter for Monello, chicken and rice with a side salad for me) and I bought coffee at one of the specialty stores (chocolate orange, and chocolate mint which I am drinking right now and it is divine).

Thanks Rose and GDub for putting us onto this!

149728
149729



149730
149731



149732
 

vraiblonde

Board Mommy
PREMO Member
Patron
Yesterday we went for a ride so I could see the Branson KOA and Reeds Spring, MO, which promised an historic downtown and...yeah...what they meant to say was old and rundown. Fail. But it was a nice drive anyway. Plus we took 65 coming back and there's a ton of everyday necessities stuff just north of us that we didn't realize existed.

Afterward we went to Billy Bob Dairyland, which I thought was going to be a DQ type of place. No. It was a sit-down 50s diner with really good burgers. I had a burger and fries, and Monello had a raspberry milkshake.


149768
149769



50s is the theme in Branson - a lot of places have that decor and vibe, with 50s music on the jukebox.
 

kom526

They call me ... Sarcasmo
Today we went to Dolly Parton's Stampede. There's one in Gatlinburg that we thought we should go to but never did, so we decided to go to the one here. It was fun but I wouldn't call it a "must see", especially since it was a bit pricey. The food was okay - a whole capon, a slice of roast pork, a potato wedge, and a half a corn cob, then a turnover for dessert. If they had a show with a reduced price and no meal, that would be the way to go.

The funnest thing about it was that it's a progbot's nightmare. Unabashedly patriotic, with "North" vs. "South" doing riding contests and piglet races and such - we were South and our team won. 😎 A couple years ago it was called "Dixie Stampede" and was a Civil War themed show. This new iteration is completely inoffensive, but I'm pretty sure Lefties would hate it anyway. In fact, I'm sure they'd hate Branson in general. :lol:
There was a Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach years ago. Think Civil War meets Medieval Times.
 

Sneakers

Just sneakin' around....
Yesterday we went for a ride so I could see the Branson KOA and Reeds Spring, MO, which promised an historic downtown and...yeah...what they meant to say was old and rundown. Fail. But it was a nice drive anyway. Plus we took 65 coming back and there's a ton of everyday necessities stuff just north of us that we didn't realize existed.

Afterward we went to Billy Bob Dairyland, which I thought was going to be a DQ type of place. No. It was a sit-down 50s diner with really good burgers. I had a burger and fries, and Monello had a raspberry milkshake.


View attachment 149768 View attachment 149769


50s is the theme in Branson - a lot of places have that decor and vibe, with 50s music on the jukebox.
:gossip: time to clean the lens on your camera.....
 

vraiblonde

Board Mommy
PREMO Member
Patron
My aunt was telling me about this place they ate when she and my other aunt were in Branson. Turned out she was talking about the Great American Steak and Chicken House.

They have buffets three times a day, but they also have a seafood buffet where you can get the regular buffet, or you can get the buffet with 1 lobster and 1 lb of crab legs, or you can get it with AYCE lobster, and finally you can get the big kahuna with seafood buffet, AYCE crab legs, and AYCE lobster.

They add a disclaimer that the AYCE lobster is capped at 10 lobsters.

10 lobsters.

I'm curious how many food studs go in thinking they're gonna put a hurtin' on some lobster, then don't even get through two of them. :lol:

Branson is absolutely a vacation place where people are going to do things like try to eat 10 lobsters.
 

vraiblonde

Board Mommy
PREMO Member
Patron
Two is my lobster limit! 😂
When we did New England I don't think I ever ate a lobster and wished I had another one. Sometimes I miss the lobster pounds in Maine, but then I remember that by the time we left there the thought of lobster made me gag. :lol:
 

vraiblonde

Board Mommy
PREMO Member
Patron
There's this Asian restaurant called Noodles 21 and it's my favorite place to eat. Out of like 8,000 restaurants to choose from in Branson we've eaten there twice. Today's nom was a spicy pork concoction with white rice in a sizzling dolsot, and it was amazing.

A town that has really good Asian is high on my list of permanent spots.
 

TPD

the poor dad
If my wife wasn't limited to a 150 mile radius because of the wuhan & her job, we would be getting in a car tomorrow morning to come join you in Branson and buy you and Monello dinner Tuesday night. And there is a small possibility I will jump in the truck and drive by myself....
 

Monello

Sexually compliant
PREMO Member
If my wife wasn't limited to a 150 mile radius because of the wuhan & her job, we would be getting in a car tomorrow morning to come join you in Branson and buy you and Monello dinner Tuesday night. And there is a small possibility I will jump in the truck and drive by myself....
149910
 

vraiblonde

Board Mommy
PREMO Member
Patron
Weeeeeellllll...

The Branson city council just voted in a mandatory mask requirement in all public spaces.

This despite a zillion of the residents showing up to the council meeting say NO to masks, including local entertainers and business owners. The Aldermen minus one said, "Meh, eff you. We do what we want." And now people are PISSED.


There are a ton of posts saying, "Come to Lake of the Ozarks! We're still free here!" :lol:

I don't really understand these politicians who thwart the will of the People and deliberately try to destroy their community's economy.

Anyway, we're leaving on Monday heading to Lincoln for a couple weeks, then supposed to be coming back here for another month. Ideally the super pissed off residents of Branson will convince their fearless leaders to revoke this mask crap.

:mad:
 

vraiblonde

Board Mommy
PREMO Member
Patron
Seriously? Nobody wants to say "ha ha" after I've spent a month bragging that Branson isn't freaking out over the virus??
 
Top