Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
Mini Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri, previously a winner of FTF’s Top 10 Getaways for Tiny Family Reunion Award, gets a fresh look in 2015.

Why should you hold a reunion in Ridgedale, Missouri? Because that’s where, in the beautiful Ozark Mountains on Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Lodge is located, and it’s a great top-value resort to host an old-fashioned reunion.

While bass and trout fishing, and boating on the lake are the focus of most guests, horseback riding, basketball, swimming, and a good game of horseshoes are some of the many other possibilities. For Uncle Charlie, there’s a beautiful golf course, the ladies can play tennis and then be pampered at the spa, and others can enjoy walking, biking and jogging on the paved trail system. In summer, teens can attend fly-fishing clinics while the youngest family members enjoy the playground and the Kids’ Club (for 4 to 12-year-olds.) During the mild winters many facilities remain open so you can still fish and golf.

Time for togetherness? Don’t miss a tram tour of nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000-acre private reserve where you are likely to meet up with some unusual animals. Or, go on a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy a chuckwagon cookout, or roast marshmallows around a bonfire.

Although you may not have heard of Ridgedale, Missouri before, you probably are familiar with the city of Branson, known as the Live Music Show Capital of the World, and home to a myriad of theatres, theme parks and other attractions. Branson, a mere 10 miles from Big Cedar, offers musical revues, magic and acrobatic shows to delight everyone in your group on day or evening excursions.

With three to six months’ notice in the summer, and a year’s notice for holiday periods, you can contact a vacation planner at Big Cedar to help you make your arrangements. There is a variety of lodging, and adjoining rooms and suites are available, as are some handicapped-accessible accommodations. Group discounts are available. Private meals and other celebrations can be arranged at the lodge, and a photographer is onsite to provide you with a memento of your reunion in the Ozarks.

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