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Branson Attractions and Events

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

One of my goals in writing the blogs that appear on our website is highlight interesting attractions that don’t necessarily come to mind when you think of things to do while vacationing in Branson.  This month, we are featuring Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR.  It is a scenic one and one half hour drive from Red Bud Cove Bed and Breakfast Suites to Bentonville.  And, there is no better time to take this day trip than in the fall when the mountains are bursting with beautiful colors.

Crystal Bridges is a “Must See” for persons who appreciate art and architecture.  The driving force behind the development of the museum is Alice Walton, daughter of Sam Walton who founded Walmart.  The museum, which opened in 2011, is endowed by $800 million from the Walton Foundation.

The museum consists of a sprawling series of galleries in a facility of modern design surrounded by water and woods, and containing over 200,000 square feet of space.  The majority of the concrete and glass structure is home to a permanent collection of over 400 priceless pieces of American art.  In addition, there is a delightful restaurant which serves lunch daily and dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays, a section devoted to temporary exhibits, an auditorium and a gift shop.

The display of art, however, does not end when exiting the gallery.  The museum is situated on 120 scenic acres of trees and streams.  There you will find more than 3 miles of walking trails, beautiful landscaping and a dozen interesting sculptures.

The museum is open Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m until 9 p.m.  General admission is free.

I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a sunny fall day before returning to Red Bud Cove B&B for a relaxing night and a delightful full breakfast in the morning.

Branson Attractions and Events

COPPER RUN DISTILLERY BECOMING A POPULAR DESTINATION

Three years ago, Jim Blansit opened Copper Run Distillery, located in a wooded setting on a back road a few miles north of Branson.  In a short period of time this glimpse of the Ozarks of old has become a favorite place to visit for tourists and locals alike.  But unlike the stills in years past, this one is legally producing moonshine as well as whiskey, vodka and gold rum.

The distillery is located in the basement of the building pictured here.  Tours of the distillery are offered periodically throughout the day.  Above on the main floor is a bar and restaurant.  There you can sample the products, enjoy $5 cocktails and buy liquor by the bottle.  Delightful light food is also available.  And on Saturday and Sunday afternoons live music is provided.

This still, like those of old, is truly located out in the hills of Taney County.  Mapquest or Google will take you north to Hwy 176, then west to Day Road to get to the distillery.  But I recommend you go north of Branson about 6 miles to Bear Creek Rd.  Left on Bear Creek for about a mile and a half, then north on Day Road for about two miles.  You will enjoy this scenic ride to Copper Run.

The distillery is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sunday.

Branson Attractions and Events

EXPERIENCE LEWSI WINERY

 

Want to travel the scenic back roads of Southwest Missouri to a wooded spot on a high bluff where you can sample some fine wines and experience breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake?  If so, then you may enjoy a trip to Lewsi Winery.

In March, Ken and Patty Lewis opened their winery in the woods about 25 miles west of Branson. To name the business, they transposed the last two letters of “Lewis”.  Once you get to the winery, its a five-minute wooded walk to Virgin Bluff, providing a stunning view of Anglers Bend on the James River arm of Table Rock Lake 600 feet below, with the town of Cape Fair beyond.

There you can sample nine different wines, all made from Missouri grapes.   The wooded area makes a great place to sip wine, picnic or relax.  And, a bocce ball court is yours to enjoy as well.  Depending on the time of the year, you might even see some eagles soaring in the sky above the lake.

From Branson, take Hwy. 76 West to Y Hwy (17 miles).  Turn left on Y Hwy to  Long Bend Rd (6 miles). Turn right on Long Bend to Lewsi Winery (.7 miles).  Hours of operation are Noon to 6:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

 

 

 

 

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Branson Attractions and Events

Big Cats invade the Branson Area

The Branson Area has a new and exciting attraction.  The area is now home to the National Tiger Sanctuary.  

The staff of the sanctuary is dedicated to providing an educational facility to teach about environmental conditions that are affecting the earth’s ecosystems.  The sanctuary’s focus is on big cats as examples of species of beauty and diversity that we need to preserve.

In addition to being a classroom to educate all ages, the sanctuary is also utilized by national zoos to assist with the Species Survival Program.

We know you will enjoy the experience of viewing these beautiful animals from as close as three feet.  The facility has also been approved by the USDA to allow the public to actually feed the Tigers.  The sanctuary is open year round and offers tours Wednesday through Sunday at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00.

We hope to see you soon in Branson, and at Red Bud Cove Bed and Breakfast Suites where you can be assured of an outstanding lodging and hospitality experience.