Branson Missouri is where I have chosen to live and I love it!
First of all, there are 4 distinct seasons and winter is relatively mild. Springtime is beautiful with the dogwoods blooming in the Ozarks, and the variety of light green colors of the Ozarks forests as their new beginnings of growth are on display. The fall can be very colorful, depending on the amount of rainfall at the right times. The Ozark Mountain Highroad and the backroads of the Branson area are spectacular color in mid to late October.
Second, I love Christmas season and Branson Missouri starts Ozark Mountain Christmas November 1st through mid December. Branson lights up the town, as do all the local hotels, dining and entertainment. A must see is Silver Dollar City, an 1880's theme park, and its incredible light display and showing the real reason for the season. Silver Dollar City has been voted among America's Top 10 Parks. Upwards of 6 million lights twinkle through the park, with an electric light parade. The musical productions are outstanding and focus on "the reason for the season".
The Branson shows feature either a full Christmas show or half a Christmas show for all of the guests that attend. Each show is unique to the entertainer or group performing in Branson. After all, Branson is the live music capital in the U.S.A.!
Third, Branson is a very patriotic town. One of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade is held here. Every day is Veterans Day in Branson, as theaters honor those who served on a nightly basis. There are museums and many events that honor veterans of EVERY conflict or war where Americans have served.
Fourth, Branson is home to a very unique college where the college students work for their tuition. Every graduate is debt free when they leave College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. Students at C of O has no tuition due to two things: its student work program and donor contributions. Up to 60 percent of the tuition cost is absorbed due to donor contributions and gifts.
College of the Ozarks features a large museum with the Beverly Hillbillies car. There were initial episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies filmed at Silver Dollar City, therefore that famous car is located in Branson.
The Keeter Center restaurant is staffed by the students and most of the food is grown at the college. The food and service is definitely 4 star quality. It is a favorite restaurant among the locals and visitors. On Sundays is a brunch, that is indescribable! You can sit on the patio with a panoramic view of the College of Ozarks
Fifth, I wanted to live in an area with lots of outdoor activities. Table Rock Lake is a beautiful lake, created for flood control in the mid 1950's. Below Table Rock Lake is Lake Taneycomo. Lake Taneycomo is fed by the cold water deep in Table Rock Lake through the turbines that generate hydroelectric power from Table Rock Lake Dam.
Sheperd of the Hills fish hatchery provides trout to the cold water Lake Taneycomo. Yes, you can fish for bass, perch, and warm water fish in Table Rock Lake and then fish cold water trout in Lake Taneycomo in the same day. Pretty unique to do that! There are many walking trails, biking trails, so many caves and creeks to explore. I love fossils and the Ozarks are rich with fossils.
A favorite activity is walking on the trail along Table Rock Lake from the Tabl e Rock Lake Dam visitor center to the Branson Belle Riverboat. Park your car at the visitor center and take your dog along for the stroll.
Taking a cruise on the Branson Belle Riverboat on Table Rock Lake is a combination river boat ride, outstanding meal and top entertainment is great fun.
This is the Top 5 Reasons I live in Branson and I could have added many more. Maybe you might just have to see for yourself what I'm writing about!