After a snowy winter, the birds started chirping, the flowers started blooming. Spring arrived, and my family had a major case of cabin fever. The cure? A weekend getaway to Big Cedar Lodge!
Guests are immersed in beauty the second they drive through the entrance. Our children were amazed that we were able to drive through a waterfall.
They have a variety of lodging options– from a studio rooms to several different sizes of cabins. All of them are beautiful. We typically try to stay in a cabin due to the size of our family. However, when we don’t have the children, we rent a room in one of the lodges.
Cabins are great not only for the privacy and additional space, but they also have fully stocked kitchens. And I mean fully stocked– everything you need to cook. Plus, there is a great grill on the back deck!
We usually cook a lot in our cabin, but we can’t resist the amazing restaurants at Big Cedar. We typically eat at Devil’s Pool; the atmosphere is fun and the food is amazing! They also deliver to rooms and cabins if guests feel like staying in.
We have been to Big Cedar in the past, but the children weren’t old enough to enjoy everything they have to offer. This time the older two were able to enjoy planned activities, hang out at the Kid’s Club, feed the fish at the Bent Hook Marina, and take a pony ride at the Cedar Mountain Stables.
The older children had a blast riding ponies and walking on the nature trails. Baby Mary’s favorite part was the cookie lady. Every night, fresh cookies are delivered by a very sweet “Cookie Lady.”
It was a wonderful weekend, but we left feeling like we didn’t even scratch the surface of everything Big Cedar has to offer.
Cost: You can spend as much or as little as you want. Even if you aren’t staying on property, you can still rent boats from the marina, visit the stables, and eat at one of their amazing restaurants.
Time: There is plenty of things to do at Big Cedar — stay as short or as long as you would like! We have stayed here during every season of the year, and each one has their perks. Sitting by the fire and sipping hot cocoa while it snows outside is amazing, as is running around enjoying a beautiful summer in the Ozarks.
Food: Check to see what kind of kitchen and appliances your room/cabin has before you go. Plan accordingly. We tend to eat in for breakfast and then switch between cooking and eating out for lunch and dinner.
Stroller: There is room ample room all over property for strollers. I would bring a front or back carrier if you have a young child and plan on visiting the hiking trails.
Suggestions: Plan ahead. Their website has a wealth of information. Their staff is really helpful and happy to answer any questions you may have.