I had heard about this place for years what an amazing place this is. However, it was above and beyond my expectations! We pulled up in the early evening as a light snow was falling. The buildings were outlined in Christmas lights and it was a beautiful sight. The lobby was huge and beautiful, woodsy and lodge like. There were enormous Christmas trees beautifully decorated, and a big (BIG) gingerbread chapel in the warm and busy lobby. Our room was in the Falls Lodge and was absolutely beautiful. High ceilings, gas fireplace, woodsy decor, gorgeous bathroom, comfortable bed, variety of animals on the wall. Everywhere you go at this resort has various animals, either in whole form (bears, elk, birds, fish), or heads (moose, deer, cape water buffalo, elk). It gives each room and building a woodsy warm feel. We had dinner at the Worman House. It is a warm, candlelit atmosphere with live music, and amazing food. Very romantic for couples. Another evening we had a long wait (an hour) for dinner at the Devil's Pool restaurant, and we hadn't arrived there until 7:30pm. However, it was the weekend before New Year's and they were very very busy. Also there was one restaurant on property that was closed, so that added to the difficult dining situation too. The food was very good, and the service good as well. One morning we ordered breakfast and had another long wait, (over an hour) and when the man arrived with our food, said he was the only one delivering food that day. For the entire resort. For a busy holiday-time weekend you would think they could have had more help. One other very minor complaint I had was the muzak that was playing overhead in the lodge. It was irritating and was distracting from the overall feel of the place. I thought some 40's big band music, or even nature sounds would have been a better fit.
We tried to grab some breakfast at the coffee shop (Truman House), but it was so crowded with people standing and waiting for their food, that we left.
The price of the room and the restaurants was more than we would have normally spent. But it was a very romantic and beautiful place to spend a few days!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This sprawling wilderness resort is located 1.7 miles from Big Cedar Hollow and 9 miles from the Branson Creek Golf Club. Accommodations range from rustic private cabins to warmly decorated lodge rooms, plus a modern cottage and a villa. All feature a sophisticated take on wilderness lodge decor, plus whirlpool tubs, free Wi-Fi and minifridges. Many have fireplaces. Amenities include a full-service spa, a fitness center with personal trainer, and pony and carriage rides, plus indoor/outdoor pools, a lazy river and loaner kayaks/canoes. There are several dining options, ranging from a casual cafe to a rustic-chic space with lake views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Big Cedar Hotel Ridgedale
- Big Cedar Resort