If you like the idea of visiting the wilderness but don’t want to leave comfort behind, Big Cedar Lodge offers rustic elegance of a bygone era along with cozy Adirondack-style cabins on 800-acres.
The lodge is just 10 miles south of Branson, Mo, where you’ll find it nestled among fragrant cedar and oak trees alongside the 43,000-acre, bass-filled Table Rock Lake.
History buffs will find an extra measure of pleasure at the Big Cedar Lodge, as the area is steeped in history. It was once home to Native American tribes, has a history as a remote vacation getaway for wealthy business tycoons, and became a destination for tourists for pleasure and outdoor adventure in the 1950s before it fell into disrepair.
Big Name Cabins
Today the renovated property has been restored to a popular vacation destination with more to offer than ever.
For those who enjoy an extra measure of privacy are 81 cabins available. Each one features an outdoor deck and some of them are named after famous people. It turns out these names are part of the rich history of Big Cedar Resort.
For instance, the Kevin Costner cabin got its name because the actor is a fishing buddy of resort owner, Johnny Morris, who is also the founder of the Bass Pro empire. The Kevin Costner cabin features a wood-burning fireplace, stained-glass windows, hand-crafted furniture, and a stunning view of Table Rock Lake.
Other big name cabins include: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ernest Hemingway, President George H. W. Bush, and the Waylon Jennings (who renewed his wedding vows at Big Cedar).
Things to Do
Guests have flocked to Big Cedar Lodge to enjoy the great outdoors, for years. Along with fishing, the Lodge features natural-fed swimming pools, hiking trails, and a golf course which is also an Audubon Signature Sanctuary.
When you’re ready to relax indoors, the Lodge’s two spas are a perfect place to get pampered, or you can visit the Natural History Museum, visit the cooking school, or pay a visit to one of the 4 restaurants on the property.
The Big Cedar Lodge offers a chance to enjoy a real wilderness vacation ripe with comfort and things to do and learn. If you’re lucky, you might even have a chance to ride in the green vintage 1948 Chevy pickup that Kevin Costner used in his wedding.
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