When we told friends & family we were going to Branson, MO for our summer vacation we received everything from belly laughs to words of sympathy. Because our week was a time share exchange and a "done deal", we traveled on without high expectations. Well, the joke's on those Doubting Thomases who thought we were going to have a miserable week.
First, Stormy Point Village was great and in a very good location - off the beaten path, but just a few minutes drive to everything. It's on the far west of town and very close to beautiful Table Rock Lake. In fact, you can see the lake from top of the lighthouse located on the property. This lighthouse is 50 feet tall and 75 air conditioned steps will take you to the top where the view is worth every step my husband and I climbed.
We stayed in a 3-BR, 2-BA cottage. It was sparkling clean and brand new. The decor looked like it came out of a nautically-themed Potter Barn Store with bright reds, blues & yellows combined with white trim. Our bedroom had a dormer with 3 windows in it and the ceiling was covered in beaded board. I took photos of everything because I was inspired to do some re-decorating at home and wanted to remember the great ideas found throughout our cottage.
The kitchen had granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Even the light fixtures and ceiling fans had an industrial look with the brushed nickel finish. We used the stacked washer & dryer in the laundry room several times.
The only down sides I could find with our accommodations were the fact that we were not able to have a handicapped accessible unit (we traveled with my 86-year-old mother-in-law) and the landscaping (sod/grass) stopped with the front yard with rocks & weeds for the sides and back yard.
The pools were nice - 1 baby pool, 1 outdoor pool, 1 outdoor Jacuzzi & 1 indoor pool. There was no-smoking at the pool or clubhouse which was very appealing to our family.
They had activities for all ages at the clubhouse every day. My 18-year-old daughter and I had Mary Kay facials which we LOVED! And my husband and I took ball-room dance lessons which were SO much fun!
We were able to purchase show tickets at the clubhouse for a rate that was even lower than using our AAA card for discounts. We went to see the Yakov Smirnoff Show which was a very funny and rewarding 2+ hour event. I highly recommend it. We also went to the Titanic exhibit - well presented and very sobering.
Another activity we really enjoyed was riding the DUCKs - on land and out into Table Rock Lake. This is a must-do attraction.
We ate almost all of our meals in the cottage - because I love to cook, even on vacation! One food stop we made was to the Dairy Queen and I was NOT impressed with the lack of hand washing mixed with handling money, etc. exhibited by the employees.
Our last night at Branson we drove east to Historic Branson and had supper at Garfield's - just OK, but the shops along the waterfront were lovely, clean and new. Everyone working in each shop we visited - without exception - was friendly and helpful. It was nice to experience Southern Hospitality in Missouri.
They also have a fire & water exhibit on the waterfront created by the same people that choreographed the dancing waters at the Bieligo (sp?) Hotel in Las Vegas.
Our family had a wonderful time in Branson. MO and would have stayed longer and taken in more shows if we had more time and more money.
The only down side I realized about our trip to Branson from East Tennessee was the long drive and the last half closest to Branson is not on the interstate. On the up side, the infrastructure of Branson was excellent with well marked and well maintained highways.
If you want to visit Branson, MO, don't let anyone discourage you with negative comments and go & have a great time like we did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This wonderfully scenic vacation resort is located on the shoreline of beautiful Table Rock Lake. From the spectacular location of Stormy Point Village to the exquisite New England style architecture, everything is here to ensure that your vacation leaves a lasting impression. 2, 3 and 4 bedroom cottages available. ... more less
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