Marriott's Willow Ridge Lodge
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... with restaurants and fancy gift shops (the kind you wouldn’t let your kids in) and restaurants everywhere. I walked around for 45 minutes and took a bunch of pictures and had lunch under a tree at a bistro on a hill. It was lovely, and all the better for being completely unplanned (if anyone’s keeping track that’s my first spontaneous moment of the trip).
Thorncrown Chapel ...
... Tom) quacking. Part of the tour was the College of the Ozarks which was super interesting. It's a private, 4-year, liberal arts college where the students don't pay any tuition and graduate after 4 years, debt free. They must work 15 hours per week and a 40 hour week each semester in one of the many work stations throughout the school. The students do pretty much ...
Another bright and sunny day. We started out this morning to visit the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, MO. As you can imagine, this was very high on Tom's bucket list of things to do. It took us about 2 hours to get there, but to me it was well worth the drive. I started collecting Precious Moments figurines many years ago and have quite a collection, although I no longer have them all out on display. As we walked along the path to the Chapel there ...
... on this route, and we went through small towns at 35 mph then long stretches at 65 mph when we didn't see another car for ages. At one point we saw a horse & buggy sign and sure enough we passed an Amish horse and buggy driving along the highway. The road names in this area are short and simple - B, FF, T, V, OO. We saw very few stores of any kind as we drove. The only store that appeared in just about every town we ...
... boat with their 3 kids and dog came and joined us for a bit. We then all went out for a boat ride, we headed across to the dam and got to see it from the water, pretty sweet. Then back to the house, got the kids all bathed and then we had a Baber family special meal cheesy tacos. The kids watched Despicable me then went to bed. Andy and Rich went to bed and Susanne and I sat up chatting outside having a few Lime-a- Rita's before going to ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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- Free parking
- Kids activities or Babysitting
Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Willow Ridge Lodge Branson
1st rate experience!!
My husband and I stayed here the last weekend in February and were extremely pleased. The 1 bedroom villa was huge. It was immaculate and the kitchen was well stocked with usual equipment.. Staff was very accomodating. We would like to return when resort i s in full swing, i.e., warmer weather.
It is the best!!!
What can I say, this was one of the best places we have ever stayed. We drove from Minnesota and were able to make it a day earlier. Called on the way to see if we could check in a day earlier, not a problem. Everyone from the minute we checked in was so nice and very friendly. The unit was immaculate, we could not have asked for anything more. If we go back to Branson, this is the only place we would stay. I would highly recommend this facility, you will not be disappointed.
My husband and I came to Branson for the first time in late September 2004. We LOVED this place. This is by far one of the nicest places I've ever stayed in. And I am super picky about the hotels I stay in. The villas were absolutely immaculate -- I felt like I was the first one who ever stayed in this room. We mentioned this to the housekeeper and she said Marriott is VERY meticulous about the cleaning of these rooms. The decor and appliances were wonderful and up-to-date and very comfy plush beds. We stayed in a one-bedroom king-size bed condo and there was a pull-out sofa bed, which would've been handy if our two kids had come along. Everything you need is there as far as a kitchen goes. The pools were wonderful -- two hot tubs outside, a very large 0-depth entry pool and a separate baby pool. Pefect for families. Not to mention, they had all these same pools in an indoor facility too! The grounds were beautiful and kept up wonderfully! This is a time-share resort, but I booked this room via Travelocity's Web site and we were never approached about a time-share presentation. If we ever go back to Branson, this will be where we stay. Wish Marriott had more of these properties all over the country! The only downside is they are doing a lot of building around the resort. We were in Bldg. 1 facing the construction. It was never a problem on the weekend, but by Monday morning at 8 AM, we could hear construction noise and it woke us up. Ask to be in a room facing the pool or away from the ongoing construction. This place will just keep getting better over the next 5-10 years. Don't consider anywhere else when you go to Branson!
My wife and I only had the chance to spend one night in this resort, but that was enough to form a very positive opinion. This place was just fantastic, one of the best hotel experiences we have ever had, and we have stayed in hotels all over the world. It was extremely clean and well appointed. We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa that was more like a small apartment than a hotel room. Even though this is a timeshare resort, there was no one presuring us to take a tour or anything like that. The pool was beautifully done, the staff was very pleasant, a DVD player in the room.. you name it.
I have been home less that 2 days and we have already recommended this place to several people, and we are planning our next visit.
Awesome vacation with KIDS!!
We had an awesome stay and plan to call this the hotel we will always stay in. It was very clean and the kitchen and utensils, washer and dryer were right in our room and VERY clean! We also thought the staff went out of their way to help us in any way shape or form. Our kids 9, 4, 1 had a great time and thought this is FINE living! Awesome time can't say enough about it!
We've stayed at the Horizons many times since it first opened up; the most recent being in March 2004. The rooms are clean, well-furnished with everything you could need, and there are activities scheduled daily for everyone! We love staying here, and it's really nice off-season when the prices are lower. Best part is the location- Green Mountain Drive is convenient to the entire strip, yet it's so peaceful! This is my favorite place to stay in Branson.
We just spent 4th of July week at the resort. It was
Our stay was absolutely the very best! This was the nicest and cleanest place that we have ever stayed at !! The staff was very friendly and courteous. They were willing to do whatever it takes to make your stay wonderful. The pools were beautiful (water was a little too cold). The rooms however were exceptional! The location is great... you need to check out the crafts store up the road from it. Some really neat items in that store. We will definately stay here again!!!!!
Resort is wonderful. Condo was beautiful. Exellent location - very convenient to everything. Gave tour of Branson for small fee-very helpful. They also had a welcome dinner and performers from the town came and entertained. This gave you some ideas on what you wanted to see. Consierge extremely helpful and knowledge getting theater tickets. Excellent seats.
Be aware - there is a charge for maid service.
My husband and I had an occasion to stay here several years ago and we had a wonderful time. The room we stayed in was furnished beautifully and we were so comfortable.