Looking for beautiful fall foliage without traveling to the northeast? Missouri’s picturesque Ozark Mountains draw Texans seeking an abundance of fall colors in a romantic setting–and within reasonable driving distance from Austin.
Leaves from red oaks and white oaks yield vivid oranges and deep reds. The blackgum tree complements with brilliant scarlet leaves, while the sycamore contributes stunning yellow and orange to the picture. Hickory trees’ leaves turn a magnificent yellow, and the scenic red, orange, purple and yellow leaves of the sweetgum tree add to the mix. Blend in the reddish-purple leaves of the dogwood, and the bright reds and oranges of sugar maples, and you’re in for a real treat.
One way to experience the season is by taking advantage of the special “Fall Foliage Package” offered by the AAA Four-Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa, located near Branson, Missouri, the “Live Music Show Capital of America.” The resort is situated on a beautiful Ozark mountaintop overlooking picturesque Table Rock Lake.
With this package you’ll get accommodations for one-night in a king room with sitting area and view of the Ozark Mountains or Table Rock Lake, a bottle of chilled champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, $50 food credit toward any of the resort’s food services, and complimentary valet parking. You’ll also have use of the resort’s 24/7 indoor pool and hot tub, 24/7 fitness center, and year-round nature trail.
Available through November 9, 2014, the package starts at $229 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. For reservations, or for additional information, call 1-888-333-LAKE (5253) or (417) 334-1161, or visit http://www.chateauonthelake.com/specials-packages/index.cfm.
“Whether you wish to view the foliage from your mountain-view or lakefront room or suite, stroll on the nature trails, or view the colors from Table Rock Lake on one of the boats from our full-service marina, you’re sure to have a wonderful experience viewing brilliant fall colors,” says Stephen Marshall, vice president and general manager of the 301-room resort.
Other options at the resort include parasailing, catamaran and guided fishing excursions, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Play on lighted tennis courts or golf at six area courses. Then chill out at the Spa Chateau, a full service European-style spa featuring customized body treatments and movement therapy.
If that’s not enough entertainment, head into Branson for more than 80 live shows per day during the season, and a variety of other attractions such as Silver Dollar City, which features 30 rides and attractions, 40 live shows daily, and many unique shops and restaurants.
Branson also has the acclaimed Titanic Museum Attraction and The Branson Landing in the heart of downtown on Lake Taneycomo, which features festivals, musical events, along with waterfront dining and shopping.
Information courtesy of Karen Lamonica.