When I asked on Facebook what I needed to make sure and do while we were in Branson, a friend said to go to College of the Ozarks. I laughed out loud. Why would a family of seven want to visit a college on vacation? But I assured her that I would check it out. As it turned out Trip Adviser ranked it #5 on the list of Branson attractions! I read about it online and was convinced that it was a place we needed to visit. I even looked in to staying there but the lodging was already full for the week we were there.
So our third day in Branson we leisurely got up and ready and then headed to The Keeter Center for an early lunch. We arrived a little early and the grounds in front of the building were so pretty that we took the time for a few photos.
Walking around inside The Keeter Center we found this display. Bobby walked up to the 3D part behind the table and said, “Cake.” Cracked me up! The College of the Ozarks has a program that includes a war veteran who travels with a group of students back to the place the war was fought. The students get to learn about the war first hand from someone who was there. What a neat experience.
There is an ice cream shop where students make the ice cream they sell and a gift shop. The girls especially wanted to look at the gift shop. On one side the little store sold only items made at the college then across from that where Joy is standing are all kinds of souvenirs for purchase.
Then our name was called, and we were seated in the restaurant Dobyn’s Dining Room. Isn’t it pretty? This is a very popular place to eat in the Branson area and reservations are highly recommended. We purposefully came early and on a week day hoping to beat the crowd.
The food served is all homemade and much of the ingredients are produced there at the college! We all raved over the fresh rolls and cranberry scones served with apple-butter. Yum! I think we would have all been happy to just have that for lunch!
Since I was splurging on vacation, each one of the kids got to order their own meal. (We usually share meals when we go out to eat.) The kid’s meals were $6 and included a drink and their homemade ice cream that is sold in the ice cream shop for dessert. The kids had all wanted some of that ice cream so I figured the kid’s meals were a great deal. I ordered the Campus Carbonara Pasta and it was yummy, creamy, and very rich!
The ice cream was superb, and we thought the portions was generous for a kid’s dessert included in the meal. Everything was so good though that the kids were stuffed and asked us to help them eat their ice cream. We didn’t complain!
After the dessert they brought everyone a homemade butter mint. I agree; this is a must stop in the Branson area. Jason is still talking about the food there and says eating at the Keeter Center and touring the college was one of his favorite things we did on the trip.