Girlfriend Adventure in the Ozarks
When planning your next girls getaway, forget the beach or the big city.
Just a few hours away from Oklahoma City is the rustic elegance of a resort tucked away in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. Big Cedar Lodge, located 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri, offers everything for a girlfriend getaway: relaxation, outdoor adventure, top-notch cuisine and nightlife and shopping, all within the tranquility of crisp mountain air.
“Big Cedar Lodge is a serene retreat for girlfriend getaways in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains where the great outdoors is celebrated through activities, including guided fishing and sunset boat cruises on the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake, horseback riding and thrilling wildlife tram tours in the nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, electric cart journeys through the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail at the resort’s clifftop heritage preserve, and paint and pour classes that pair painting sessions with wine,” Janet Glaser, public relations manager, says.
“After a day of adventure, gal pals can unwind at Cedar Creek Spa, the resort’s 18,000-square-foot destination spa that features a candle-lit grotto pool, an ice room and a private spa suite with plenty of space for the whole crew.”
Best Place to Dine
150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739 | TopOfTheRock.com/Dining
Osage Restaurant is the cornerstone dining experience featuring upscale regional cuisine in a stunning dining room with sweeping Ozark Mountain views. With fine original artwork and Native American artifacts, Top of the Rock’s Osage Restaurant’s guests can linger long after their meal. Dinner: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday brunch: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Best Place for a Cocktail
Buffalo Bar at Osage Restaurant
150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739 | TopOfTheRock.com/Dining | Reservations: 1.800.225.6343
Buffalo Bar offers a full dinner menu, premium cocktails and spirits and open-air dining that offers stunning views of Table Rock Lake. Patrons can also witness the Sunset Ceremony, in which a traditional bagpiper plays as the sun sets over the waters, followed by the boom of a Civil War cannon as the sun disappears.
Best Place To Have Fun
Big Cedar Lodge Golf Courses
Call Big Cedar Lodge, 1.800.225.6343 for tee time availability
Big Cedar Lodge is quickly becoming known as “America’s Next Great Golf Destination” with courses designed by some of the top names in golf, like Tiger Woods, Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus. Hit the holes on one of three world-class courses.
Best Place to Relax
Cedar Creek Spa
190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739 | 800.225.6343
Rest your spirits at the 18,000-square-foot Cedar Creek Spa. The spa is decked out in soothing natural materials and boasts 11 treatment rooms, saunas, hot spa and steam rooms and private open-air showers. The indoor pool glows in amber candlelight while the Ice Room awakens the spirits in a shivering contrast.