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Where to Eat
Hollister might be small, but there are plenty of dining options to choose from. Driving through the tree-covered hills in Hollister, you’ll pass Mr. Gilberti’s Place (1451 Acacia Club Rd., 417-334-9322) where Chicago-style pizza is served along with the infamous Dino’s 24-Karrot Carrot Cake.
While exploring Hollister’s historic downtown, stop in at Little Hacienda (9 Downing Street, 417-337-9491, littlehaciendabranson.com) for some traditional Mexican cuisine and guacamole that’s made fresh at your table.
Sunday brunch at Dobyn’s Dining Room (1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, 417-690-2146, keetercenter.edu) will fill even the hungriest of stomachs. The made-to-order waffles and omelets plus the carved meat station and dessert bar put the talents of the College of the Ozarks students on display. Lunch and dinner are also available.
Where to Shop
In a quiet, small town like Hollister, it’s easy to find plenty of antique shops. And Downing Street is lined with several storefronts featuring such timeless treasures. Green Lantern Antiques (15 Downing St., 417-334-7541) and Ye Olde Antique & Flea Market (19 Downing St., 417-544-0508) are just two of several must-see antique stores.
Just minutes from Lake Taneycomo tailwater, Chartered Waters Trout Shop and Guide Service (1326 Acacia Club Rd., 417-334-1005, charteredwaters.com) offers everything you’ll need for your next big fishing adventure. From apparel to fly boxes, this full-service shop has it all. And for the fishing novices, fishing trips are offered along with equipment rentals and casting instructions.
What to Do
Coffee, wine and beer make for a terrific afternoon respite at Vintage Paris (above and right) (260 Birdcage Walk, 417-593-7952) where guests can indulge in a steamy caramel latte or take a load off on one of the café’s oversized couches and enjoy a wine or beer tasting. The coffee shop also offers pastries, sandwiches and soups.
Every trip needs a touch of educational value, and the Ralph Foster Museum at the College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, 417-690-3407, rfostermuseum.com) is teeming with historical artifacts chronicling the history of southern Missouri.
Murder Rock Golf Club (1250 Golf Club Dr., 417-332-3259, murderrockgolf.com) is more than a scenic golf course. Nestled in the rolling hills of Branson, Murder Rock is rumored to be the home of several restless ghosts and buried treasure.
Where to Stay
Originally built as a hunting lodge and established in 1909, Ye Olde English Inn (below) (24 Downing St., 417-544-9056, oldenglishinnhollister.com) has become a historical marker in Hollister. Romance author Janet Dailey bought the inn and has restored the building to its original beauty, finishing the last leg of its extensive remodel in March. There are 21 Elizabethan-style rooms for guests to stay in, and an adjacent pub and restaurant offer plenty of dining options. The inn is located just five minutes from Branson Landing.
Where to Take the Kids
Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved children’s story, “The Polar Express,” comes to life each winter with a little help from the Branson Scenic Railway. Starting November 8, the train is transformed into the Polar Express and leaves from the historic 1906 depot in Branson. It stops at the Hollister train station, which is decorated to look like Santa’s house.
With dancing elves and all, the station becomes a winter wonderland. Hot cocoa and carols are just a few of the fun times to be had on this storybook train ride. (206 East Main St.., Branson, 1-800-287-2464, bransontrain.com)