by Diana Lambdin Meyer
The Village at Indian Point is a community unto itself in the Branson/Table Rock Lake area. It is a three-mile long finger into the lake about 20 minutes from the renowned theater district and adjacent to Silver Dollar City, a popular family theme park.
The resort is a 19-acre condominium property nestled into a heavy forest of cedar, black oak, red bud and hickory trees; it’s not uncommon to wake up in the morning and find squirrels peering in your window! If you hear sounds at night, it’s likely just a friendly raccoon patrolling the property. Rabbits, deer and a few fox are common visitors as well. One of Table Rock Lake’s premiere public marinas is located on Indian Point, complete with rental services for a variety of boats, and there’s also a large selection of restaurants, services and even a zip line on property.
The property is owned by Bev and Kent Turner, Kansas City natives who fell in love with the lake while vacationing here with their children. The Turners are always on property and provide great security and attention to detail during your stay. Bev and Kent searched for years for just the right piece of land on which to build their resort. They chose this spot on the lake for its tranquility and close proximity to the many family attractions in Branson. Ask the Turners or any of their staff anything you want to know about the area — you’re just one of the family when you stay here.
Our Editor Loves
- Family water sports and fishing dock
- Fireplaces and whirlpools
- Close proximity to Silver Dollar City
- Theme Park
- Water Sports
- Game Room
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The Ozark Mountains are an ideal setting for log homes and rustic structure. You'll find many of them around the region, but few have as lovely a setting as the 20 lodges of Village at Indian Point. Each lodge has 12 log homes tucked into the hillside, with minimal disruption to the natural environment.
Choose between one- and two-bedroom units, some with lofts. All beds are queen size or bigger and couches fold out to queen size. Most have whirlpool tub/shower combos, but save some money by asking about the availability of units without whirlpools.
The units are fully furnished condos that serve as vacation homes for their owners. The decor of each unit reflects the personal taste of its owner, however, most choose a north woods, rustic decor that complements its surrounding. Each unit has a natural stone wood-burning fireplace and a balcony. End units have an extra balcony off the eating area with a gas grill.
Each condo has a dishwasher and full-sized washer/dryer, which is great since you will be responsible for all housekeeping duties. Portable cribs are available for a nominal fee. A limited amount of basic toiletries are provided, so pack plenty of your own if you plan a lengthy stay.
Each unit has a flat-screen TV in the living area and additional TVs in each bedroom; each TV has its own DVD player. The office has a library of more than 200 DVDs, most family oriented, that may be rented for $1 and kept for the length of your stay. The entire property has a strong Wi-Fi signal.
Choose a mid-level unit if you have toddlers who insist upon climbing stairs themselves but have not yet mastered this skill set. Some units allow for pets, so please ask before bringing Fido.
The serene setting of "The Villiage" and clean cabins keep us coming back. We have had multiple stays over the years -- more than I can count. All condos we've stayed in are clean and have lovely views.
One area of improvement is to keep up on kitchen items. We've noticed over the years that restocking of lost or needed items doesn't take place. We stayed in a condo a week ago that was to sleep 8 (we had four), but it had one bread knife and one steak knife. Can you imagine our horror sharing a single steak knife at dinner. Yes, we could have called the front desk but they were closed at dinner time.
Overall its a great place to stay. Be warned that if you have more people than listed on the price schedule, they have an upcharge. This should be eliminated -- for the high price its not necessary to overcharge.
by Lindsay P
We enjoyed a long fall weekend here! The weather was horrible, but we enjoyed the indoor pool and cozy wood-burning fire place in our condo. The views were great from our top floor unit. We loved the feeling of being secluded in the trees. Everything was well-kept and very clean.
Table Rock Lake
The dock here is operated by the nearby Indian Point Marina. You may rent a boat at the marina, and keep it handy in one of the slips within a few steps of your condo. It's wise to request a slip when making your reservation as there are a limited number of slips available. A separate fishing dock is available and children's fishing poles can be checked out at the front desk. A fish cleaning station is at the dock, in case you're lucky and want to eat what you and your kids have caught. (A fishing license is not necessary for those under 16.)
The outdoor pool is rectangular with zero-depth entry that increases to five feet in depth. The broad tanning deck is outfitted with lounge chairs and a number of teak tables and chairs. A barbecue grill is located just outside the fence and an air-conditioned communal room is just steps away.
Indoor Pool and Hot Tubs
An indoor pool and whirlpool are kept just the right temperature for family fun year-round. The indoor pool is between three- and four-feet deep.
Tucked away in a nice wooded area near Lodge 20 are a swing set, slide and climbing fort for the kids as well as park benches for adults. A couple of basketball goals are set up on the asphalt parking lots. Balls are found inside at the front desk.
Boardgames and Video Games
While at the front desk, check out the huge collection of boardgames you can take back to your condo. Pack a bag of quarters and perhaps divvy them out to your kids ahead of time. Downstairs, adjacent to the indoor pool, is the arcade that includes coin-operated billiards, nerf basketball and a half dozen video games.
All along Indian Point, you'll find lots of family fun. There's a zip line and go-cart track operated by the Deer Run Grocery Store. The public use area around the marina has a huge playground and lots of picnic facilities. Scuba diving lessons are also available here along with jet skis, pontoon boats, and you-name-it. Rent wake boards, inner tubes, water skis and more to enjoy the 50,000 surface acres of Table Rock Lake.
Silver Dollar City
Many people choose to stay on this side of the lake because of its proximity to Silver Dollar City, less than five minutes from the Village at Indian point. In Silver Dollar City, you'll find waterpark-style rides, roller coasters, restaurants, live entertainment, and some of the world's best craft artisans. Seasonal prices, packages and bargains are numerous.
There are no restaurants on property, but dozens are within 10 minutes and hundreds within 30 minutes. Each condominium is equipped with a full kitchen and essential cookware and utensils. Each unit also has a barbecue grill, and a larger grill by the pool is available first-come, first-served.
The lodge has a small grocery store for forgotten items. However, if you plan to take advantage of the condo kitchen, you'll need to stock up on supplies. Pick up on fresh local produce at the Branson Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from May to October at the intersection of Highway 65 and Pacific Street.
Deer Run Market
Deer Run Market is the closest grocery store and less than two-miles away. The market carries breakfast cereal, milk, juices, and canned goods along with a small selection of fresh meat, fruits and vegetables.
Wal-Mart Super Center
For large quantity purchases, Wal-Mart is the largest grocery store close to Village at Indian Point. And save yourself some time -- this Wal-Mart allows customers to shop online in advance. Your purchases will be packaged and waiting for you when you arrive.
Pizza By The Chef
This locally owned pizzeria delivers to the Village at Indian Point with no additional charge and also offers Take & Bake pizzas. Salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches and desserts are also on the menu.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this family-friendly restaurant is a part of the marina, so it floats. Enjoy made-to-order omelets, Reuben sandwiches, and chicken-fried steak while watching the boats come and go.
The Bradford Eatery and Bake Shop
If you're celebrating a birthday or another special occasion while at the Lake, this bakery is simply awesome and located less than 10 minutes from the resort. You'll need to provide about 48 hours notice for customized bake goods.
Planning & Tips
All about the Extras
Village at Indian Point participates in Ozark Mountain Christmas, a celebration throughout the months of November and December throughout the Branson region. The beautiful lodge is decorated from head-to-toe with trees and twinkling lights.
A fitness center, complete with cardio, free weights and a dry sauna, is located on the lower level of the central lodge featuring a view of the swimming deck.
The Art of Smart Timing
Experienced travelers in the Branson area know to allow almost twice as much time to reach a destination than first anticipated. These are winding mountain roads and even though some are four lanes, traffic here moves slowly. If you're trying to drive the Highway 76 strip, particularly on a weekend, count on stop-and-go bumper-to-bumper traffic. Just relax and watch the sites as you drive past. It's a part of the Branson experience.
January to March is surprisingly mild in southwest Missouri, but the crowds start showing up again when the weather gets better for enjoying Table Rock Lake. Summer holiday weekends are extremely busy, so make your reservations early.
The Village at Indian Point is on the west side of the Branson area, almost in Silver Dollar City's backyard. Take the Ozark High Mountain Road west from Highway 65. The Branson Regional Airport (BKG) is 20 miles or 35 minutes from the resort and is serviced by Southwest, AirTran and Frontier Airlines. Public transportation is all but non-existent in this area, so if you are not arriving in your private vehicle, you will want to rent one at the airport.
For Mom and Dad
The Village at Indian Point does not offer babysitting services, so you will be responsible for screening the services at The Granny Nannies. Of course, the choices for live entertainment in Branson reach triple digits each day in the summer months. One of the more romantic restaurants in Branson is The Candlestick; reservations are recommended on weekends.