Located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock is a wonderful escape to a remote refuge combining the natural beauty of the mountains and views of Table Rock Lake with contemporary luxury. The variety of lodging options, activities and dining ensures that there is something for people of all ages and activity levels. Whether you stay in a rustic cabin or a majestic lodge, your vacation will be one to remember.
Tranquil, gorgeous and magnificent mountain and lake views await you at Big Cedar Lodge, located just 10 miles south of Branson. Its close proximity to Branson allows for you to also enjoy all that the “live music capital of the entire universe” has to offer. It is also located just 1.7 miles from Big Cedar Hollow and 9 miles from the Branson Creek Golf Club.
There are more than 259 different accommodation options including lodge rooms, cozy cottages, private log cabins, and a villa. They are all decorated with rustic and cozy wilderness lodge décor and offer free WiFi, and some feature special touches like bathrooms with jetted tubs, mini-fridges, and fireplaces.
You can travel to all of the Big Cedar Lodge’s properties by car, or by limo! Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock have partnered with J. Howard Fisk Limousines to provide a 10% discount for guests traveling to any of their properties which include the Top of the Rock, the Bass Pro Shops headquarters in nearby Springfield, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and the all-new Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor Shooting Academy.
Dining options onsite include the Worman House, The Devil’s Pool Restaurant and Buzzard Bar, Truman Coffee & Café’, room service and Backyard Baskets. In addition, Top of the Rock has some of Missouri’s finest dining, with unbelievably beautiful views of Table Rock Lake and Top of the Rock golf course. Choose from the Osage Restaurant, Buffalo Bar and Arnie’s Barn. For wine, spirits and small plates, visit the End of the Trail All-American Wine Cellar.
So what is there to do at Big Cedar? Where do we start? There is a full-service spa, a fitness center (personal trainer included), pony and carriage rides, indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river and kayaks and canoes.
And that’s just the start! Hiking and biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, golf, painting, and photography, and other special activities are available. Before your trip, check with the lodge’s Adventure Planners to see everything that is going on.
It is important to know that you must keep your family pet at home. Big Cedar Lodge does not currently accept pets. In addition, they are proud to be a smoke-free property, so there is no smoking allowed in any guest rooms or Big Cedar establishments.
Don’t MIss: The Sunset Ceremony was my personal favorite. Looking out over the beauty of Table Rock Lake and the backdrop of the Ozarks from the peak of Top of the Rock will leave you knowing there must be a God. Johnny Morris and his team took this backdrop and made it easily accessible to enjoy the closing moments of the day in spectacular fashion. They call it the Sunset Ceremony. Gather your family and friends together and listen to a traditional Scottish bagpiper as you enjoy the splendor of the sunset over Table Rock Lake. Then, just as the sun shows its final glistening light, you will hear a civil war cannon erupt as you raise your glass for a toast – concluding a moment that you will be able to look back on for years to come. The end to a perfect day.
Logistics: 612 Devil’s Pool Rd, Ridgedale, MO 65739
Best Time: While there is never a bad time to visit Big Cedar Lodge, my favorite time of year is during the fall. Late October is perfect. The temps are cool, the leaves are changing colors, and often times the crowds are smaller.
Pit Stop: The Osage Restaurant is the premier dining experience at Top of the Rock. It features American cuisine in a stunning dining room with sweeping Ozark Mountain Views. Decorated with custom artwork and Native American artifacts; the entire design is a stunningly elegant atmosphere.
Extended Play: Take a day and visit Wonders of Wildlife, located in Springfield Missouri. Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is the largest most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world! The aquarium features a 1.5 million gallon tank and is home to over 35,000 live fish, crabs, reptiles and more. This fantastic new animal and nature museum opened its doors in September of 2017, and has been voted America’s #1 new attraction, and America’s Best Aquarium by USA TODAY!
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