Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City

Named A Top 5 Spot To Light Up The Holidays! by "Good Morning America"

Branson's Silver Dollar City theme park finishes the year in grand style with An Old Time Christmas festival. 

Stage productions of "Dicken's Christmas Carol" and the Living Nativity are back by popular demand along with their newest production, "It's a Wonderful Life". 

The park is decorated with over 5 million lights, 1,000 decorated trees, and a 5-story special effects Christmas tree on Town Square. A fanciful Holiday Light Parade winds through the park nightly and holiday music and scents fill the air. 

Park visitors can also enjoy a tour of Marvel Cave and over 30 rides and attractions, weather permitting. 

For more information visit the Silver Dollar City website.    Season passes for 2014 now available for best value. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thanksgiving and Black Friday in Branson

Branson Area Shows, Attractions, and Shopping venues open for Thanksgiving Weekend

For a schedule of Branson shows open Thanksgiving Day and the following weekend, visit ExploreBranson.com and use the "My Branson Vacation" tool.  

For more information on Branson Area Events and Activities, visit the Area Information page at Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas on the Trail

Christmas on the Trail and the Trail of Lights at the historic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead are favorites for the Branson Christmas season. 
Enjoy an authentic chuckwagon dinner and celebrate Christmas with a western flair. Music, stories, and a reflection on the true meaning of Christmas. 
Afterwards, marvel at the animated light displays in the Trail of Lights drive-through tour. Featured on the Travel Channel, the Trail showcases 3-D scenes with themes from religious to patriotic, foreign lands to fantasy lands. Finish your tour with a trip up Inspiration Tower where you can view the lights from 230' above the Ozark hills. 
Christmas on the Trail dinner show:  Nov 1 - Dec 31, Mon-Sat, 4:45 pm. Special 4:00 performance Dec 24; closed Christmas Day.

Trail of Lights Tour:  Nov 1 - Dec 31, nightly; Dusk until after the shows

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Veterans Homecoming Week

Branson, Missouri has a long tradition of respect and honor for our nation's Veterans. This is never more evident than during Veterans Homecoming Week, America's largest Veterans Day celebration. 

Held annually November 5-11, this week-long tribute includes numerous special events, shows, reunions, and salutes to Veterans and active duty military. Many events are free for Veterans and their spouses or family. This year will mark the 80th year for the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Branson. 

The Branson Bugle is a Free publication for Veterans published by the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB. It contains a variety of information about Branson area Veterans events and special VIP offers. Click here for the current edition online. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Brew, Wine, and Shine

Missouri boasts over 100 wineries within the state and is rightfully proud of its award-winning wines. A scenic drive to visit one or several Missouri wineries is a popular way to spend an afternoon or a weekend getaway.

For a bit of delicious diversity, why not include a brewery or microbrewery as well? There are several in the area, offering hand-crafted brews and delicious distilled beverages. 

Check out several wineries, distilleries, and microbreweries across the Ozarks using the map link here:  Wines, Shines, and Brews Map

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Shopping in Branson

Branson is a shoppers' paradise - from name brand outlets to handcrafted treasures, gourmet goodies to collectibles, and everything in between. You'll find it in Branson!

For outlet shopping, "Think Tanger". Over 65 name brand designer outlets, including Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Seiko, Totes, Coach Outlet, Banana Republic, Chico's Outlet and more.

On the Branson Landing, the waterfront shopping and dining development in downtown Branson, you'll find over 100 specialty stores and restaurants including Belk Department Store, Bass Pro, Brighton Collectibles, Coldwater Creek, White House/Black Market, and Kirkland's Home. There are plenty of options for dining, dessert, and night life on the Landing. The fountains in the center of the development provide a water-fire-light-music display each evening with special events and free outdoor concerts on select dates.

Free trolley service downtown!
But the Landing isn't the only shopping downtown. Be sure to spend some time in Historic Downtown Branson where you'll find boutiques, specialty stores, art galleries, jewelry stores, flea markets, antiques, thrift stores, diners, and more. Dick's 5 and 10 has been a Branson landmark for over 50 years! Historic Downtown is also where you'll find the Branson Fiddle Festival, Plumb Nellie Days, The Branson Centennial Museum, Autumn Daze, the Branson Veterans Day Parade, and the annual Adoration Parade.

Shopping at The Grand Village takes you to cobblestone streets lined with over two dozen specialty shops featuring boutiques, handcrafted items, entertainment, and restaurants. You'll find Kringles Christmas Store, Grand Glitz apparel, Mulberry Mill decor and gourmet foods, Peter Engler Woodcarving, Tatman's Fine Jewelry, Helwig Art Glass, Thomas Kincade Art Gallery and more. When you want a break from shopping, or just to satisfy a craving for sweets, relax at Sugar Leaf Treats, offering handcrafted cookies and cakes along with soups, sandwiches, quiches, and salads. I recommend the Ultimate BLT on their very own Tomato Basil Bread!

For demonstrating artists, handmade items, and one-of-a-kind treasures, visit Branson Mill Craft Village. You'll find original drawings and paintings, woven items, pottery, unique jewelry, custom apparel, leather products, hand-made musical instruments, and more. Relax at the Pickin' Porch for free entertainment or grab a bite to eat at Big Jim's Sandwich Shop. The Mill even offers classes and a Farmer's Market.

These are just of few of the many shopping opportunities in Branson. For more possibilities, browse the listings at Branson Shopping.

With it's convenient location, Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast is the perfect base for your Branson shopping trip. Your hosts can offer tips on finding what you're looking for and the best routes to get there. And your spacious suite is a great place to evaluate your treasures at the end of the day.

Happy Hunting!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ziplines, Hiking, and Outdoor Activities

The beauty of the Ozarks Region has drawn visitors to the area for over a century. With crystal clear lakes, wooded hills, and scenic views, what better environment to enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds. From hiking and horseback riding to ziplines, canoeing, kayaking, and water sports, there are many ways to stay active on your Ozarks vacation.

Use the map below to find favorite outdoor activities in the Branson and Ozarks Region. Clicking the link below the map to View in larger map will allow you to see short descriptions, pictures, contact details, and other information about each location on the map.

View Ziplines and Outdoor Adventure in a larger map

Get Out and Enjoy the Fun! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Touring Performers Scheduled to Visit Branson

Branson hosts numerous touring stars throughout the year in addition to over 100 live shows that regularly perform in Branson. 
Following are just a few of the limited engagement performances scheduled in the upcoming months. 
For a more complete schedule of Branson events, visit Branson Information or Branson Touring Performers
The convenient location of Cameron's Crag Bed
and Breakfast makes it a perfect home-away-from-home when you are in Branson. 
Private hot tubs, bountiful breakfasts, spacious suites, and easy access to area shows and attractions yet away from traffic. 
Make your reservations today, and we'll see you in Branson, MO!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Larry's Country Diner Comes to Branson

See the Stars from "Larry's Country Diner" in Branson

Starlite Theatre announces their 2013 concert series featuring stars from the popular RFD-TV program "Larry's Country Diner", hosted by Larry Black. 

April-August concerts will feature the actual diner and original cast from the RFD-TV series. Fall concerts in September and October will follow the "Stars of Larry's Country Diner" format at Starlite in 2012. 

Scheduled guest appearances include:
  • Joey and Rory - April 25-26
  • Bill Anderson - April 27-28
  • Dailey and Vincent - May 2-5
  • Gene Watson - May 9-10
  • Exile - May 9-10
  • Riders In the Sky - May 18-19
  • T. Graham Brown - May 25-26
Other Branson shows appearing at Starlite Theatre include The Texas Tenors--the #1 vocal group in the history of "America's Got Talent, the amazing whimsical world of Cirque Montage, and Kenny Rogers presents "The Toy Shoppe starring Billy Dean". 

Visit our Branson Information page for scheduled events and limited engagement concerts. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lynyrd Skynyrd Amps it Up

Legendary rock band

Lynyrd Skynyrd 

appearing at Black Oak Amphitheatre

July 5, 2013

with special guests Hinder and Black Stone Cherry

Tickets on sale now

Black Oak Amphitheatre is a scenic drive from Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast. For a schedule of limited engagement concerts and shows in Branson, see the Branson Information page of our website.

Monday, April 15, 2013

World-Fest at Silver Dollar City

Stiltwalkers at Silver Dollar City World-Fest

World-Fest at Silver Dollar City

April 17 - May 5, 2013

I love all the festivals at Silver Dollar City. Each one has something special to offer so it is impossible for me to pick a favorite. 
With World-Fest I enjoy the opportunity to see performers from around the world without the need to travel abroad. Every year brings new entertainers, musicians, and cultures to the southwest Missouri theme park along with some favorites from previous years.  

Amamos Argentina fits into both the "new" and "old favorites" categories. This is the first year the group has been on the World-Fest schedule, but Los Pampas Gauchos have wowed World-Fest visitors in previous years. They are joined on stage by dancers with aerial choreography and a new twist to the classic Argentinian tango. 

New for 2013 is Spettacolo Musicale, an Italian-American performance featuring Carnegie Hall performer Aaron Caruso, Siciliian soprano Cristina Carollo, the Gondolier Band and the Spettacolo Dancers. 

Russia is represented at World-Fest by Trio Voronezh presenting a wide variety of musical genres played entirely on traditional Russian instruments. You'll hear classical works along with folk songs and popular music. 

Music from the Alps has been a part of World-Fest for several years but Streichmusik Alder is a new group at the festival. See them for Alpine folk music, traditional instruments, and their own special style of yodeling. 

Island Fire presents the traditional songs, dances, and costumes of the South Pacific Polynesian Islands including Samoa, New Zealand, and Hawaii. World Champion Fire Knife Anelu Iakopo and his dazzling flames are sure to be an amazing show. 

Other performers include Dearbhail Finnegan, Ireland's Premier Harpist, Robin Slater on the Irish bodhran and silver flute, Ecuador Manta using traditional Andean instruments, Kerry Christensen on the Swiss alphorn and Austrian zither, and Viva Italia, making the Red Gold Courtyard come alive with living statues, floral trees, a live music box ballerina, and costumed stilt walkers. 

At this writing, World-Fest 2013 has not yet opened. All photos are from the 2012 festival and will be updated as soon as new photos are available. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Collector Car Auction

April 12-13, 2013 
at the Branson Convention Center

More than 250 consignments will be auctioned at this live, two-day event presented by Jim and Kathy Cox. The Branson Collector Car Auction, now in its 33rd year, has become one of the top collector car auctions in the country and is regularly featured in Hemmings Motor News, the bible of car collecting. 

The auction will include antique, classic, vintage, sports, muscle, and custom automobiles. Car enthusiasts, bidders, and collectors enjoy the auction, expected to be attended by 5,000 - 6,000 people from across the country. "We love the people. We enjoy the stories, reliving memories and helping people find their dream car," said Cox. 
The public is invited. General admission daily tickets are $10 or purchase a two-day pass for $15. Auction starts at noon on Friday and 10:00 am Saturday. Potential bidders are encouraged to register in advance. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tim McGraw in concert

Tim McGraw in concert

June 23, 2013 - Black Oak Amphitheater 

Tickets go on sale this week to see Tim McGraw in concert at Black Oak Amphitheater near Branson, MO. The show is part of the Coors Light Concert Series and includes special guests Grantley Gilbert and Love and Theft. 

For tickets and information visit Black Oak Amphitheater

Other concerts in the series include: 

Trace Adkins - May 26 - tickets now on sale
Lynyrd Skynyrd - July 5 - tickets go on sale Apr 19
Journey - Aug 16 - tickets go on sale May 10

Black Oak Amphitheater is located in Lampe, MO, a scenic drive from Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast. Make your reservations today while rooms are still available.  

Other upcoming special appearances and events in the Branson area include: 
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Apr 23-25
  • Stars from Larry's Country Diner - various guests appearing Apr 25 - May 26
  • Dynamic Duos event featuring Ricky Skaggs May 17
  • Three Dog Night July 1
For more information and additional events, visit Branson Information, and we'll see you in Branson! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Reality TV Comes to Branson MO Pawn Shop

A new TV series filmed in Branson MO will air on the Discovery Channel this summer. 

At least eight episodes of a new reality TV series Branson Pawn Shop--a working title for the series--are being filmed at the downtown Branson Pawn Shop. Some of the episodes have already been filmed with others scheduled for completion in March and April of this year. 

According to the website for High Noon Entertainment, the producers of the series, the show revolves around the pawn shop and the people who come in looking to make a deal. The twist for the series is that potential customers can earn more money for the items they bring in by competing against Branson Pawn Shop staff in a specialized trivia game. The shop deals in a wide variety of merchandise including jewelry, musical instruments, antiques, appliances, and memorabilia. They have been known to take in furs, cars, animals, currency, and everything in between. Says the High Noon Entertainment website, "Think of it like the History Channel's Pawn Stars with a twist."

The producers have posted a casting call for the show. Persons interested in being on the show need to be available to be in Branson at least one day between now and the end of April. Contact information is available on the High Noon website. The Branson Pawn Shop is located at the corner of Main and Commercial Streets in downtown Branson.  

High Noon Entertainment produces Tough Love on  VH1  and Cake Boss on TLC. Other Reality TV shows who have visited Branson include Hotel Impossible and House Hunters. The movie "Winter's Bone" was filmed in the area.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Irish Heritage Package at Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the popular Irish Heritage Package is back at Cameron's Crag Bed & Breakfast.
With special pricing during the month of March, you can enjoy this two-night package with show tickets, breakfast, dinner, and the exclusive use of your private hot tub for as low as $288 for two people!
We have teamed up with Branson's King's Castle Theatre, home of the international smash hit, The Twelve Irish Tenors, and with Waxy O'Shea's on the Branson Landing, Branson's only Irish pub, to bring you this celebration of all things Irish.
Package includes two nights in one of our beautifully decorated guest suites, tickets for two to see The Twelve Irish Tenors, and a $30 dining voucher for lunch or dinner at Waxy O'Shea's.
Regular package rates are $320-$400, but during March, we'll take an additional 10% off when you arrive on Sunday-Thursday dates. That's two nights, two breakfasts, show tickets, dining voucher, and the exclusive use of your private hot tub for one unbeatable deal!
See our website for more information.

Upcoming Branson Events:  

Check out the Branson Information page of the Cameron's Crag website for additional events and information. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Romantic Getaway Preferred Valentine's Day Gift

According to a survey conducted by a New England lodging organization, a romantic getaway is the preferred Valentine's gift. Romantic getaways were preferred over flowers, chocolates, or lingerie by a margin of four to one.   

Put a romantic getaway on the top of your list for Valentine’s Day and beyond. Make it your gift for a birthday, anniversary, or other reason to celebrate. Women prefer it!  

Submitted by Janet Miller, Managing Innkeeper at Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery - BransonDid you know Missouri is one of the top wine-producing states in the nation?

Although many people think of Hermann when Missouri wines are mentioned, the state boasts nearly 100 wineries and vineyards in seven wine regions throughout the state, including the Ozark Mountain Region around Branson Missouri.

Established in 1847, Stone Hill Winery is Missouri's oldest and most awarded winery, producing world-class vintages at locations in Branson and New Florence Missouri as well as Hermann
Tasting room at Stone Hill Winery in Branson
Tasting room at Stone Hill Winery

Since their opening in 1986, Stone Hill Branson has become a popular destination for area visitors and residents. Although the soil in the Branson area is not conducive to growing grapes, the location does much of the aging and bottling for Stone Hill Winery, particularly the maturing process of sherry and bottling Stone Hill's Spumante wines.  The 12,000 sq ft facilities offers free tours and tastings, wine and wine accessories, and wine-related specialty items. For a one-of-a-kind gift or commemorative for special occasions, check out Stone Hill's custom laser-etching capabilities.

Located at 601 State Hwy 165 in Branson, Stone Hill Winery is just two blocks south of Hwy 76 and at the intersection of Hwy 165 and Green Mountain Drive (also known as "the yellow route" on area maps). 

For more information on Missouri wineries, visit Missouri Wine Country.

Submitted by Janet Miller, Managing Innkeeper at Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hot Winter Fun Big Show in Branson

It's time for Branson's Hot Winter Fun Big Show, 7:00 pm, February 4, 2013, at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater. 

HotWinterFunlogoVisitors and area residents alike have made this annual event a tradition where they enjoy some of their favorite performers and see some of the new acts for the upcoming season in one jam-packed evening of entertainment. Shows in this year's Big Show include Baldknobbers JamboreeClay Cooper's Country ExpressGrand Jubilee“it” from the Hughes Brothers Theatre, Hank Williams RevisitedLegends In Concert A Tribute To Marty Robbinsand more.

Tickets for Branson’s 19th Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show can be purchased by calling Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater directly at 417-339-3003. 

For more information on upcoming events and Branson shows open during the winter months, visit Hot Winter Fun. Another informative link is This Week in Branson.  Ask about the Hot Winter Fun discount at Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast during January and February and make your reservations now.

Submitted by Janet Miller, Managing Innkeeper at Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hot Winter Fun in Branson

Hot Winter Fun in Branson is a great way to reconnect and rejuvenate. The pace is relaxed, weather is typically mild, and many area businesses offer seasonal discounts.  January and February events include:

January 12 – Masters Trout Championship at Lilley’s Landing
February 4 – Hot Winter Fun Big Show
February 9 – Father/Daughter Valentines Dance
February 14 – Valentines Day dinners and shows at several locations
February 23 – World Sword Swallowers’ Day Events at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
February 23 – Vince Elfrink Memorial Trout Tournament
February 27 – 4th Annual Branson Gong Show

For a more extensive schedule of what’s going on around Branson, visit Hot Winter Fun.  You’ll find show schedules, attractions, museums, shopping, special offers, and more.

Ask for the Hot Winter Fun Winter Discount when you make your reservation at Cameron's Crag, and remember, our private hot tubs are HOT year round!

Submitted by Janet Miller, Managing Innkeeper at Cameron's Crag Bed and Breakfast.