Indian Ridge development of Branson West the beginning of the end

Indian Ridge Development of Branson West the Beginning of the End

I use this phrase a lot but I believe a lot of  people think there is Gold in them there hills.  And here in Branson, we have struck a lot of Gold. Great Shows, scenery, attractions and shopping. But, not every formula works, but more than most a lot of things do work. And a lot has. But compared to a lot of projects, Indian ridge faired to be one of the worst. It was a multi range development, with Housing, a theater, a water park and so much more.

The Original developer had big plans and brought on many partners, to complete this very ambitious project. And I had the opportunity to actually meet this developer Jim Shirato. And he  was a very nice guy, and very smart. A friend of mine and I went out on his boat, had drinks and talked about life. It was a very fun evening on Table Rock lake.

As you drive out to Branson West you can’t help but miss this development on the left hand side. The houses loom large as they were built with such ambition. I really wanted this development to succeed, as at the time, it had a water park and theater attached to it. Which would of been great to draw guests too and away from Branson. But now we have 5 water parks, and another one on the way, so now not so much.

And the tail of this ended the way, some things do. Investors creating shells to move money away from original investor’s and to defraud. Luckily Jim Wasn’t involved on that end of things and did not go to prison. Maybe someone will take this development over, and do something with it. We shall see. Leave your comments below and your thoughts about Indian Ridge.


Why you can’t miss Vaskins Deli when you come to Branson


Why you can’t miss Vaskins Deli when you come to Branson

We love going to vaskins on a Saturday. The food is fantastic, there is a lot of room to dine. And my kids like it as well. This time around I had a salad with lamb in it and feta cheese. My kids always get the hot dog, as you can see below. The soup was lobster Bisque that I had with the salad and it was amazing. The menu has a lot to offer, and the location can’t be beat. It’s right next to the big paddle wheel across from summer winds welcome center.

How to get Discount tickets to Dixie Stampede

How to get Discount Tickets to Dixie Stampede

If you look in the right places you can find discounts to almost anything in Branson, Mo. Accept for the top tier shows, attractions, and events, that are always in demand. These kinds of things like Silver Dollar City,Dixie Stampede, Ripleys, and titanic are kind of tough. But here are my tips and tricks for getting discounts to the STEDE.

1)$2.00 of coupons-you can find these at any front desk, just about and they are good for $2.00 off of any ticket.

2)Groupon from time to time will have discounts to Dixie. So they are worth checking out.

3)Reserve Direct carries discount from time to time. So they are worth checking out as well.

4)Combo tickets-when you buy one you get a discount on the second. This is a good way to save as well, if you plan on going to two events. Here’s the link to Dixie’s site

Branson Discount Combos

Whatever happened to the Cabin at Lakeside Wilderness forest

Whatever Happened to the Cabin at Lakeside Wildernes Forest?

Imagine you’ve been walking for a bit, on a hot summer day. Up Hills and trails, and stone steps, all the way to the edge, looking over you can see all of C of O, from  top to bottom. That’s what it’s like hiking at Lake Forest. The cool thing was, when you got to the center you ran into this old stone house, that has been there since the civil war. And was rumored to have been a hide a way for people running from Union and Southern Armies. Well last year, during a cold spell, some folks hid in there again. But this time before leaving they set it  on fire, and burned it to the ground. Now there isn’t much left, accept some pictures I grabbed last time I was there. More updates coming soon.

Maximize Back to school savings in Branson, Mo-discounts,tax free weekend & More!

Maximize Back to School Savings with Tax free weekend & More!

Sometime there is a fire in them there hills. And here in Branson it’s tax free weekend. (Friday Aug 4th=Friday Aug 6th) There are several ways to maximize your savings. Many online & Brick and mortar stores are having sales. So put these special tools in your tool belt, and come to Branson and grab a vaction & savings.

1)Target-if target is your game there are several things you can do to maximize savings. For one the Target Red card, it saves you an additional 5% on your purchases and you can use it tax free weekend. Also there add comes out every Sunday so get that too. Also you’ll save tax as well on any school oriented purchases.

2)Walmart-is also another maverick involved in Back to school extravaganzas and it’s online add is worth a look before you come to town. It’s not as glamorous as target, but worth the time.

3)Tanger Mall-At Tanger it’s about the stores. So much variety for any back to school ensemble, this is a must stop. Sketchers, Nike,Polo,Oshkosh, Vitamin world and one and on. Vitamin world was a joke bTW. So much to do and so little time.

There is more to come in the part two of this story. thanks for reading.


Branson Discounts from A-z From Dixie Stampede to SDC (Silver Dollar City)

Branson Discounts from A-z From Dixie Stampede to SDC (Silver Dollar City)

There are more discounts than you can shake a stick at in Branson. With a little bit of work and a lot of persistence you can find a way. I’ve written several blogs on SDC discounts, and the half price book, so it is worth a look.

1)Dixie Stampede-there is a $2.00 discount that most hotels will have on hand. And this gets you two bucks off of each ticket That’s about all I’ve seen next to doing a timeshare tour. Don’t do them, use the $2.00’s off.

2)theater shows-A lot of shows participate in the two for one ticket program, and most F.I.T.’s have a discounted price less than the theaters. It might be worth your time to give them a call and compare their prices to the box office.

3)SDC-I wrote an article on this one.There are about 5 ways to get discounts to SDC. So have a read.

4)Food-the half price guide is worth buying I think it’s around $20 dollars and you can get them in most places around town. There are tons of food discounts from Andy’s to Landrys.

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Little known secrets to getting discounts at Silver Dollar City

Little Known  Secrets to getting discounts at Silver Dollar City

I was surprised when I found this today. But it looks like SDC gives some pretty good discounts at the park if you bring six or more people That’s right, and when you multiply what you could save between meals, drinks, souvineers, and meals at the park this is pretty good.

Here’s the post

Silver Dollar City® In-Park Benefits: $5 OFF full-price, one-day tickets for up to 6 guests (ages 4-61) visiting with you at Silver Dollar City (excludes April 1). SAVE 10% on meals over $5 for you and up to 6 guests visiting with you at Silver Dollar City (not valid on concessions or premium dining experiences).

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Springfield Woman towed Kids in Little Red Wagon behind her car

Springfield Woman towed kids in Little Red Wagon behind her car

This was an interesting read, to see that this kind of stuff still goes on. The link below provides video of the news cast as well. The lady didn’t seem to think she did anything wrong at all. The Police chalk it up to bad judgement.

whatever Happened to this sleeping Giant in Branson, Mo-Red Roof Mall

Whatever Happened to this sleeping Giant in Branson, Mo?

Sometimes it becomes an all to real scenario. One of your favorite shops goes out of business, or in this case a whole shopping mall.  Branson does Titanic size business, so sometimes Titanic size closings happen as well.  In it’s heyday this was an amazing place. Boasting over 100 stores, with layer upon layer, of retail magnificence, the red roof mall was…… well amazing. But sometimes new owners come, and the direction changes. And that’s exactly what happened here. So this place sat dormant for several years, until recently. When Ballparks of America agreed to come in and give it a go. And they’ve done a nice job renovating, and piecing together this sleeping Giant, into a napping Ogre. So when the Ballparks opens for the season it might be worth a look to stop by, and give it a gander, Branson style!

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