For many families, August means the start of another school year and these past weeks The Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center was full, with many of our guests actively last-minute shopping for clothes and school supplies. It's a good thing we are close to Tanger Mall! (and for those who still need a few items, don't forget their Labor Day Sales event). We have had a great time hosting many families this summer and we look forward to vacations, school trips and other times when they can get together to play at the Stone Castle.
For those of us empty nesters, however, early Fall can mean that it's our time to take advantage of all Branson has to offer at a slightly slower pace. There is still plenty to do, both indoors and out -- new exhibits at the Titanic, those special performances by Billy Dean, the rowdy fun at Dixie Stampede, the spectacular Jonah, and of course Silver Dollar City -- but the lines are somewhat shorter, the traffic a bit lighter and we can take a more time for a leisurely breakfast at the Stone Castle, perhaps sitting outside by the waterfall, knowing that it won't take as long to get to our first destination.
If you are an early riser, you might want to take in the Branson Balloon Festival on August 22-23rd. It's always a lovely sight to see - - hot air balloons rising along with the sun -- and a delight if you've booked a ride. Floating above the hills of Branson is a different kind of flight experience, mostly quiet except for the whoosh of the propane that lifts the balloon, close enough to see everything but well above trees and buildings.
Or take the time for some of the day trips you've often thought about. One place that we've been meaning to visit is the Laura Ingall Wilder Historic Home and Museum, just east of Springfield in Mansfield, a short drive from The Stone Castle.
Whatever you decide to do, it's a great time to visit the Branson area and stay at the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center. Maybe you'll even get a sneak peak at some of our new theme rooms!