Big Cedar Lodge’s amenities showcase the Ozarks.
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Nestled in the rugged Ozark Mountains on 800 acres, Big Cedar Lodge has become a favorite for family vacations, corporate retreats and quick weekend getaways.
The lodge is located 8 miles south of Branson, Missouri, approximately three and half hours from Tulsa.
Here are four things to do while visiting the resort.
1. The outdoors
So much of Big Cedar’s attraction is the ability to get up close and personal with nature while staying in any one of the resort’s three main lodges or numerous cabins and cottages. Several hiking and walking trails traverse the property. There’s even a kid-friendly mini-golf course. Water sports are plentiful as the property sits upon the shores of the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake, loved for its abundance of bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill. While visiting, check the schedule for the next “Dive-in Movie” at the resort’s swimming hole; family-friendly films are screened while guests lounge in the pool.
2. The spa
The Cedar Creek Spa is a world-class amenity styled for the visitors of Big Cedar Lodge. Book a massage, step inside a sauna, schedule a pedicure or sit down for a hot shave. Inquire about the “Ozarks Rain Experience” — a Vichy shower treatment where eight showerheads invigorate the skin before exfoliating it with a seasonal body scrub. Or, take a dip in the indoor grotto pool with full-body massage jets and secluded coves.
3. Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
Travel through 12,000 years of Ozark history at the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, located at the Top of the Rock, Taney County, Missouri’s highest point. A woolly mammoth, a saber-toothed cat, cave bears and a giant ground sloth skeleton are some of the must-sees at this attraction. Finish the experience with a trek through Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail.
Six onsite establishments cater to a guest’s dining whim. Open for dinner, the Osage Restaurant on Top of the Rock serves inspired American cuisine with breathtaking views. Try the Grilled Missouri Raised Pork Chop — a favorite among diners.
For casual dining, try the Devil’s Pool Restaurant in one of the resort’s original structures dating to the early 20th century. Reserve a table early for balcony seating or sit among original aesthetics in the main dining room. Family-friendly live entertainment takes place nightly beneath Devil’s Pool Restaurant at the Buzzard Bar.
Not feeling social? Stay in with a Backyard Basket. You become the cook as a basket of burgers, steaks, chicken or hotdogs is brought to your cabin. Grill on your deck or inside your cabin’s kitchen. The basket is delivered with all the sides and utensils needed.
For more information on Big Cedar Lodge, call 800-225-6343 or visit www.bigcedar.com.