A Table Rock Lake Staycation
A Weekend for Two
R&R in your own backyard.
Reconnect and recharge with a romantic weekend away at Big Cedar Lodge (190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale).
Nestled lakeside just south of Branson, Big Cedar is an upscale
destination for family trips, girls weekends and guys trips. Their
variety of activities and amenities makes it the perfect spot for a
couples trip, without having to leave the 417.
Book a lakeside
cottage for the cozy, ultimate retreat. And once you park and check in,
everything you need to enjoy the weekend away is on-site. Start your day
with a coffee and pastry from Truman Cafe & Custard
before embarking on a leisurely nature walk as a couple. Then, branch
off for your own version of restoration—spa services and a yoga class
for her and an outing to one of five local golf courses for an afternoon
on the links for him. Finish the day with a cocktail at Top of the
Rock’s wine cellar, a fine-dining dinner at Osage Restaurant
and room service for dessert. Be sure to take advantage of the
complimentary shuttles that will take you around the resort, to Top of
the Rock and to property-owned activities like the shooting academy and
Fun for the Whole Family
Pack up the car, this is a trip everyone will enjoy.
Whether you’re looking to spend some much-needed time as a family unit or get all your relatives together, Water Mill Cove (175 Harbor Lane, Branson)
has a family-friendly feel right on the lake. They offer accommodations
with full kitchens and up to 11 bedrooms to suit families of all sizes.
once you check in, there are dozens of complimentary on-site
amenities—from basketball and bocce ball to fishing and paddleboarding
to an 18-hole mini golf course. Not to mention the two resort-style
pools—one with a beach entry and the other with a stunning infinity
edge—with hot tubs and a super fun waterslide.
Located on Indian Point,
this resort is close to attractions (just two miles from Silver Dollar
City) and the conveniences of Branson. With a central lake location, you
can even bring your own boat and rent a slip at the resort’s private
boat dock, or take advantage of on-site boat rentals. Other add-ons
include wake surf lessons and golf cart rentals to make the most of your
time on the property.
A Night Underneath the Stars
Experience lakefront camping at Mill Creek.
Located on the central part of Table Rock, just south of Kimberling City, sits a sought-after campground: Mill Creek (1236 State Hwy RB, Lampe).
It’s hard to miss from the water with a peninsula that jets out into
the main body of the lake. If you’ve passed by in the summer, chances
are you’ve seen campers grilling out or enjoying a cold one at the
The park offers more than 60 reservable
campsites with electric hookups. So whether you’re channeling your true
outdoorsman and tent camping, or bringing along the comforts of home
with your own RV, each site is fully equipped for a weekend in nature.
there’s no bad site at Mill Creek, campsites 43 and 44 are located at
the very tip of the peninsula. These spots give you stunning lake views
all around. These book up quickly—you can actually plan your trip 6
months in advance—so don’t wait to check availability. Consider a night
away on a weekday to get a lakefront spot.
There’s also a beach, ramp for launching your boat, playground and recreation courts for endless on-site fun.
A House to Yourself
Choose your own adventure with a full-home rental.
owners renting out their own space to others on vacation rental
platforms have become increasingly popular in the past several years.
While most homes don’t offer the same amenities you’d find at a resort,
you can often curate the experience you’re looking to have at a more
affordable rate for a group of nearly any size.
parts of the lake and certain neighborhoods that don’t allow vacation or
short-term rentals, but looking for a home with the map feature is the
best way to assess the property location. Some areas to search for:
Kimberling City, Cape Fair, Indian Point, Cricket Creek.
narrow down your location, you can sort by preferences important to you,
like a pool and hot tub or lakefront with privacy. Some platforms like Rent Branson
even offer concierge services you can add on to your stay. They’ll help
you book a masseuse to come pamper you during your stay, arrange a
private chef or even deliver a charcuterie board from Boards by Haley so you don’t have to worry about prepping dinner as soon as you arrive.