Without a doubt one of my favorite places in the world is right in the middle of the gently rolling Ozarks hills. It’s an enchanting resort tucked away in Ridgedale Mo. just a few miles south of Branson on Table Rock Lake. For me it’s a place that feels as if I’ve gone back in time to a much more simple and carefree attitude of life. While there is an overwhelming feeling of “back to the basics” family fun, make no mistake, this is a unique destination of pure rustic elegance.
How did an East Coast girl such as myself develop such a love affair with this “off the beaten path” destination? It began after moving to Springfield, Mo. for a couple of years. I met my husband at Evangel University and we took a little road trip to have dinner one evening at Big Cedar Lodge. We had a fabulous meal and enjoyed a romantic stroll through the perfectly pastoral setting filled with waterfalls and surprises around every corner. Of course, this was our first destination as a young married couple, spending the first few nights of our honeymoon in one of its grand buildings. This was back in 1990 and although we married and immediately moved out east, we manage to visit as often as our schedule will allow. Our two boys have developed a mutual admiration for our beloved lodge as well.
This place has an old world charm with an exquisite attention to detail within its sprawling 4600 acres of picturesque land with multiple lodging and dining options.
You’ll find winding trails through the majestic cedar trees and ample opportunity to enjoy various water adventures on Table Rock Lake. The on-site amenities are endless with something to please every member of your family including a gorgeous spa and brand new indoor entertainment facility. I literally have so much to say about this place, but I must pace myself and share more in my future blogs. I can assure you that Big Cedar is tugging at my heart even now, as I sit on a beautiful beach and write this, I’m dreaming of my past visits and wondering when I can get back to my Ozarks mountains and this beautifully alluring lodge. Please do me a favor and visit this charming place as soon as you can, I know you will love it as much as our family has! Visit bigcedar.com for more information.