DATELINE - - BRANSON - - Times Columnist Philip Potempa is writing while traveling in Missouri.
Travel and vacation should include a balance of quiet, rest and relaxation to contrast the moments of excitement and entertainment.
My last trip to Branson, Missouri was in 1993 when nearly every headliner under the sun had his or her own theater and boasted as many as 12 performances a week.
During that trip, celebrities with their own theaters included Roy Clark, Glen Campbell, Tony Orlando, Wayne Newton, Mel Tillis, Mickey Gilley, Andy Williams, Anita Bryant, The Osmonds, Bobby Vinton and the cast of Lawrence Welk's show.
Today, there are still plenty of theaters and around-the-clock entertainment of revue shows.
However, the only names left from that original roster of show opportunities are Williams and Gilley. Even "Hee Haw" legend Clark, 78, credited as the man who started it all when he was the first headliner to open his own theatre in 1983, has since sold his property.
But when it come to hotels and lodging, the best of the bunch in Branson are the Bradford Properties owned and operated by Robert and Lucyanna Westfall. Their Bradford Inn boasts 33 gorgeous rooms, each room decorated differently, from the "Golf Room" and "Harbor Room" to the "Library Room" and "Lilac Room." Best of all, the interiors are non-smoking.
There are no timeshare or sales pitches and the rooms are reasonably priced at under $100 per night.
They also own and operate Bradford House, which offers 20 themed rooms. Other options on the grounds include private Bradford Cabins.
They've been in business for more than 15 years in Branson, so the staff knows how to host and does an excellent job with suggesting and assisting with show tickets and directions to the surrounding attractions, including Silver Dollar City theme park, which is just four miles away.
In the morning, guests can look forward to the smell of the staff's delicious claim-to-fame home-cooked breakfast, featuring everything from homemade waffles and eggs cooked to order to sausage, fruit, biscuits, cereal and pastries, juice and coffee to start the day off right.
This well-established New England style bed and breakfast experience treats guests to top-of-the-line accomodations during a visit to Branson.
It's located at 3590 State Highway 265, just five minutes from the famed Branson Highway 76 Strip.
For more information, call (800) 357-1466 or visit bradfordinn.us.
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