One Tank Trip to Branson, Missouri
From log cabins to first-rate entertainment, Branson should be on your list of one-tank trips if you live in the St. Lous or Kansas City areas. Only 250 miles from St. Louis and 220 miles from Kansas City, Branson offers 49 live performance theaters, three lakes, 10 championship golf courses, a theme park and dozens of attractions and museums. Where do you stay once you're in Branson? How about a vacation cabin?
Branson Vacation Rentals
Author: Caitlin Moore
If you tend to follow the mode of thinking that millions of people can't be wrong, then you might want to plan a trip to Branson, Missouri sometime soon. That's right, this Ozark Mountain town at the foot of the state is a magnet for people from all over the place who have a mind to relax and explore the country sensibilities and old-fashioned fun that make Branson a little bit different.
To really squeeze all that you can from this experience, rent a vacation property that will keep you and your companions feeling well taken care of in terms of breathing room, amenities, and proximity to all the diversions you plan to engage in during this much-anticipated trip. You're all looking forward to letting loose and leaving your cares behind, and generations before you have proven that the best way to do this is to settle down by the water.
Branson may be well-known for its flashy shows and constant stream of country music that floats through the bustling streets, and these are things you should definitely check out while you're here, but to have the best of both worlds you might want to consider making the shores of Table Rock Lake your home away from home for the time being. A fifteen minute drive from the city means you'll never be too far away to enjoy the sights and sounds of civilization, but being able to retreat to the solitude of a lakeside dwelling will prove to be one of the smartest decisions you'll ever make.
Picture a log cabin with an open floor plan and plenty of natural light. Two master bedrooms plus plenty more sleeping space for the kids might work well for a multiple family vacation, and a big kitchen and dining table will allow money to be saved by preparing meals at "home" instead of dining out every few hours. Not that you won't want to venture out to one of Branson's many restaurants every once in a while, but options are always better than no choice at all.
Continuing on the tour of your humble abode, don't miss the washer and dryer, the video library, the selection of board games, or the internet access. This isn't your average square-room-with-no-closet-in-sight situation, either, as plenty of space exists to unpack your bags and store them away, out of sight for the duration of your vacation. Non-wrinkled clothes will be a special treat, not that anyone really cares about things like that when your days are filled with lounging around the lake.
Outside, your patio (with gas grill, of course) will invite lots of conversation and sky-watching, and just beyond that you'll have a path that takes you straight to the lovely lake. Early morning swims will start your days on the right note, and being able to run back and forth from the water to the house will turn out to be a valuable asset. Keep your car parked in the garage and your mind off the price of gas for once as you swim and float your way to an altered state of mind.
Depending on the time of your visit, you'll be privy to a variety of sights and sounds around the lake area. Summer is green and warm, making a dip in the water or a spin on the pontoon the perfect accompaniment to your glass of lemonade and the feeling of warmth on your bare skin. In the fall, watch the foliage change before your eyes from your picture window, and if it gets chilly at night be sure to build a fire in the fireplace and snuggle up to your beloved. Winter will make for the ultimate peaceful retreat, as you'll feel far, far away from everything, and spring will ignite your senses as the Ozark wilds come back to life.
For a little exercise, hiking, golfing, and bird watching will let you stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery at the same time. Pets are allowed at many vacation rentals, so if you have a well-behaved pooch that enjoys nature as much as the rest of the family there's a good chance you can bring her along. Be sure to check it out first, but don't be surprised if you end up staying in an open, friendly place that will allow and encourage fun for everyone.
So in your privileged location you'll be able to head to the city when the mood strikes or stick close to the lake if your laid-back side gets the best of you. Your vacation rental will support whatever decision you make, and your traveling companions will certainly thank you for keeping every one's comfort level in mind for your Branson vacation. Go online to pick out a place from among the many Branson Vacation Rentals that exist in this hotspot, and enjoy your first foray into the upper echelon of vacationing.
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