With rustic (but, like, nice rustic) cabins and cottages and a breathtakingly scenic setting, Big Cedar Lodge (190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, 417-335-2777) is the kind of resort that you won’t need to leave for anything. No need for side trips. No need to search for dining. The food at Devil’s Pool Restaurant is delicious, with a Table Rock Lake view to boot. You can hike the well-manicured trails; paddleboard, boat or kayak on the lake; swim in the pools; or spend the day at the supremely lovely spa. The resort’s Fun Mountain offers tons of kid-friendly fun, like bumper cars, bowling and a golf simulator. While you’re there, hop on the shuttle and spend a day enjoying Top of the Rock. The mountaintop destination is just down the road from Big Cedar, and it offers a cave to explore, a golf course, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, great dining options and one of the best views of Table Rock Lake you’ll ever see.
Don’t Miss: Cozy up around a bonfire after the sun goes down.