Diamond Resorts The Suites at Fall Creek
This resort is in Branson, which is a great vacation spot for people who enjoy live entertainment.
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Day One Travel & Arrival at Diamond Resorts The Suites at Fall Creek
My trip started with a flight to Branson. From my location in Virginia, flying as what always makes sense. So, I fly in and then rent a car at the airport for the duration of my stay. Some resorts like this one are close enough to the airport to Uber or chose another form of transportation. Everything is close to Branson but I prefer driving so I can see easier during my trip.
Branson is a fun holiday or vacation town. All the shows, rides, and tourist things to do put it high on my list as a travel destination. If you are not someone who likes shows and the tourist kinds of things, this may not be the stop for you. But if you enjoy a great show, and smaller rides and attractions as much as I do, Branson may be your favorite spot.
A good website I found (of several) that do a good job of covering what shows are playing and where is explore Branson. As someone who maintains a number of websites for clients, I can say without a doubt someone puts some serious time into keeping this website up to date, and covering all the shows in the area.
Branson has almost every kind of show you can imagine playing live at any given time. You will find comedy shows, dinner shows, shows for kids, riverboat shows, country music legend shows, and much more. Most of the year, you will find more than 100 shows all competing for your attention and funds. That kind of competition improves most of the shows and makes the entertainment choices awesome.
I have tickets all ready for a few shows booked weeks in advance. I will also take you along with me to some of my favorite places to eat and other things to see in Branson.
The flight to Branson is quick, but may include a layover or stop with a transfer. This time I was not able to find a flight into the local, regional airport, so I came into Springfield-Branson National Airport. That airport is about 50 miles away, so the rental car is definitely something you want for that trip.
From there, the drive to Branson almost feels like a country drive. From the airport road, turn left onto Chestnut Exp (Rt. 266). Exit onto I-44 east toward St. Louis, and after about 8 miles, take Hwy 65 south to Branson. In Branson follow Hwy 76 west to Hwy 165/Gretna Road, turn left and continue 2.7 miles to The Suites at Fall Creek resort sign. On the resort’s website it says to expect $75 for the taxi fare but I would expect at least $2 a mile or $100 for most rental cars that would be more than 1 days rental rate. So, with going to the resort and back, a rental almost pays for itself.
The closer regional airport gives you close access, but finding a non-private flight for my trip was not possible so, I just rented the car in Springfield no worries.
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- In-Room Safe
Then the resort itself offers all of these options.
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Pools
- Fitness Center
We had my daughter’s birthday party sleepover here, and it was AMAZING! The staff was fantastic. I wish I had gotten the security guard’s name, but he was funny and very helpful. We had a slight problem but the front desk was super friendly and was willing to do what they could. Great service! Will be back for sure!
This is our resort choice for our annual trip to Branson. I understand Hilton purchased this place, which will be a good upgrade. We enjoy the spacious rooms, amazing customer service, and all the extra amenities.
Very nice condos, close to the strip. This resort has a little coffee shop with food options within the resort. There are also 3 pools, mini golf, playground, and game room for the kids. Way cheaper than a hotel and way more for your money. We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Branson.
Excellent resort! We are staying for 7 days and will be back! Lots of things to do for the family: indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, volleyball, miniature golf, shuffle board, pool table, an activity schedule, screened in patios, nice rooms, etc!
I recommend this place to anyone. I even left some clothes behind, and they immediately found them and shipped them to me. Very accommodating customer service!
We had a great stay here. There is an indoor pool and activities to do throughout the day on the resort and a great restaurant close by. The room was a little dated but had everything we needed to have a very comfortable stay. There is also staff that will help you from going to and from activities if walking distance is an issue. I thought that was very thoughtful.
My first impression was positive, and that kept improving as I spoke with the kind staff during check in. Good management shows at resorts, but so does the genuine kindness of the people that they hire. You could tell the person doing interviews was looking for naturally happy and positive people. The young lady that helped me seemed born happy, and very positive, which was great. After you have flown and driven a good distance, it is nice to receive a warm welcome.
The resort offers studios, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom villas or condos. The layout was nice in that you had plenty of space, with the kitchen off to one side and the master bedroom beyond the living room and off to a side. I could see this giving someone the chance to stay up while others went to bed early if you had the 1 bedroom with a small family. If I had company (which I did not on this trip) I could also see being able to make a full breakfast without waking the sleeping party. For that nice vacation surprise.
Day Two Branson Shows
I am starting the day at a nice slow pace with a little breakfast in the villa, then I will hit the pool on site before heading out for the day. I have booked an afternoon show, then a dinner show after that.
In most places you travel, there are not enough shows available to be able to see two in a day, but in Branson you certainly can.
First is a legends in concert show at 3PM, then for the dinner show at Dolly Parton’s Stampead there is a 5:30PM or an 8PM show. I chose the 8PM show to give myself sometime between the shows. You do not have to be a hard core country fan to love who Dolly Parton is and what she has done for others through her charities. So, I am happy to go and support her efforts this way and be entertained.
Her theater provides a 4 course dinner which is very good.
Four-Course Feast Includes:
- The Stampede’s Original Creamy Vegetable Soup
- Scrumptious Homemade Biscuit
- A Mouth-Watering Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
- Delicious Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
- Buttery Corn on the Cob
- Tasty Herb Basted Potato
- The Stampede’s very own Specialty Dessert
- Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee
They also offer a vegetarian option if you or someone in your group prefers it.
The first show is a tribute show and the caliber of those entertainers was impressive. I have not seen many tribute artists,, but these folks were great and the vocals were on point. I think most shows in Branson likely fall in below a Vegas act show, but well above cruise ship shows, or theme park shows as far as the talent and production levels go.
In addition to the giant stable of local acts, some national acts or shows will come to this area as well.
Day Three more to see
Branson is more than just shows, and good food. Families will love the many fun parks and options that kids enjoy. Go cart tracks, to the flywheel, and many options in between.
For a full size theme park, you have to make a visit to Silver Dollar City which is a theme park built around the idea the 1880s time period and mining as a theme. The rides and attractions all are first class and very fun. A ticket will run $79 for people 12+ and offers a full day of fun options, and the inn park food is excellent as well. If it is within your budget, I do recommend this park because of all the shows, rides, attractions, and dining options.
Another option in town is the Aquarium which is nice but not much less in cost. Ticket prices start at $45 and go to $65 per person. With the top ticket price so close to Silver Dollar City, I would lean towards Silver Dollar City if you may only choose one.
Another Branson Option is the Family Track Fun Park which does have a good deal to do and tickets are about $52 per person here.
One thing Branson does not lack are options. There are lists you can find online of 30 free things to do in Branson and the like. Those are helpful when planning, especially if you are bringing the kids.
Just visiting Branson’s Historic Downtown is fun for adults and that is certainly free until you start to shop or buy snacks and things. Since Branson is in the Ozarks, the area boasts many great hiking trails if you are an active group.
The area boasts 3 nice lakes that you can visit and enjoy while you are in town. Each offers its own unique feel and natural layout. Fishing is possible in the area and a nice affordable thing to do.
Branson Landing is a unique shopping and dining area that also offers free music and shows most of the year, as well as a nice fountain show that is worth catching.
The Branson Scenic Railway is another great option if you have a train fan in your family. If you are planning to come around the Christmas Holiday, get tickets months in advance and enjoy their real life Polar Express experience. It is magical. Today I took the train ride that left at 2PM and most of the year there are 2-3 scheduled departure times each day.
Adult tickets are $30 and children’s tickets are only $19.50. It is a good experience and something that is worth trying with kids who can benefit from it as a historical learning experience too.
If you want your own amazing Branson vacation, consider this resort for sure, just book through Tzort.