Big Cedar Lodge Gets a Shout Out in Men’s Journal

While Men’s Journal isn’t the first place you’d expect to come across an article featuring Big Cedar Lodge, the luxury resort was indeed featured in the publication’s article “20 Old Hotels That Are Completely New Again.”

Oh, so you didn’t know that Big Cedar Lodge wasn’t always a lavish outdoor resort? Me neither! As you’ll read in the article from Men’s Journal, the beautiful Devil’s Pool Ranch Resort began as two separate homes that were built in the 1920s. The two homes were merged into one and a stable, swimming pool and hunting lodge were added. Johnny Morris picked up the property years later and as we all know, he excels at making things look absolutely gorgeous. So that’s just what he did.

Today, Big Cedar Lodge and the new Top of the Rock expansion provide visitors with endless amenities including a brand new spa, wedding chapel and honeymoon cabin, a history museum, nature trail and a state-of-the-art golf course.

Looking at the luxurious outdoor resort today, it’s hard to believe that Big Cedar Lodge began as just two homes and later, an old hotel from the 1940s.

Want to read more about 19 other beautifully restored hotels? Check out the article from Men’s Journal here.

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December Construction Update

As always, here’s your monthly construction update. There are some very exciting new changes coming to the Branson area!


New Spa Open at Big Cedar LodgeBig Cedar Lodge Spa

Big Cedar Lodge’s Cedar Creek Spa just opened this month, sporting a full-service salon, indoor hot tubs, fireplaces, an indoor grotto pool and many more lavish amenities for guests. A number of spa packages and treatments are available for guests. The new spa is 18,000 square feet of serene, rustic relaxation.


Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon Coming SoonParakeet Pete's Waterfront Balloon

The completion date for Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon has been announced. The Branson Landing’s newest attraction is set to open on March 1, 2015. The waterfront balloon will take riders 180 feet up in the air and rotate 360 degrees for panoramic views of the downtown Branson area.


Roundabout Construction on Missouri 86Sign_Roundabout

Bass Pro Shops is funding the roundabout construction at Missouri 86 and Ridgedale. The road work is expected to continue until April 2015. If you’re driving in that area, be aware and watch for reduced speed limit signs.


Branson Gets a New Nature CenterFish Hatchery

The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is set to get a major makeover with a brand new nature center in the works. The new nature center has an estimated completion date of summer 2017 and will be similar to the nature center in Springfield, Mo. The current visitor center is more than 30 years old and is 2,500 square feet, compared to Springfield’s nature center which measures more than 15,000 square feet.

Learn to Make Your Own NYE Appetizers and Cocktails at Big Cedar Lodge

If you’re planning on hosting your own New Year’s Eve party this year, check out the New Years Eve Party Cooking 101 class at Big Cedar Lodge.

The lodge regularly features unique cooking classes to offer guests easy and delicious solutions in the kitchen at home and this class is perfect for a DIY New Year’s Eve party.

The cooking class, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 20 from 11 a.m.- noon will feature tips and great recipes for delicious party appetizers and perfect champagne cocktails. It will be held in the Lakeview Room at Grandview Conference Center.

Reservations are required for this class, so call Guest Services at 417-335-2777 to reserve your spot today!

Ring in the new year with fantastic homemade cocktails, appetizers and your friends and family with Big Cedar Lodge’s New Year’s Eve Party Cooking 101 class.

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5 New Year’s Eve Events in Branson You Don’t Want to Miss

Spend New Year’s Eve in Branson, where the celebrations are bigger and better. There’s always something fun for everyone and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Check out these five incredible events and welcome 2015 with the Branson community.

Ring in the New Year at Big Cedar and Top of the Rock

Wednesday, Dec. 31, times and prices vary based on event, Big Cedar Lodge, 612 Devil’s Pool Rd., Ridgedale, Mo., 417-335-2777, Reservations required.

There is SO MUCH going on at Big Cedar Lodge this year for New Year’s Eve, but every option is simply fantastic. Join the celebration at one of Big Cedar’s delicious restaurants, The Worman House, Devil’s Pool Restaurant or Buzzard Bar, as each one serves up a delectable meal. Ring in the new year with a complimentary champagne toast at The Worman House, the special holiday creations of the chef at Devil’s Pool Restaurant or live entertainment from Clay Self at the Buzzard Bar. Top of the Rock’s Osage Restaurant will also be serving up guest favorites before a magnificent fireworks display. Looking for a kid friendly celebration? Big Cedar has that too. Attend the Disney Bash, where children are invited to dress as their favorite Disney character for an evening of exciting games and an incredible fireworks show to end the night. Teens will enjoy a blacklight skating party at Skate World before heading back to the lodge for the fireworks show.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dancing at the Keeter Center

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m., $45, The Keeter Center, 1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, Mo., 417-335-1900, Reservations required.

Dine on a farm-to-fork inspired four-course meal at The Keeter Center featuring delicious foods like Shrimp Cocktail Calypso, Baked Stuffed Dates, Holiday Spinach Salad, KC Strip, Atlantic Halibut and more. Top it off with sweet desserts like Chocolate Soufflé, Blackberry Napoleon and Salted Caramel and Bobcat Crunch ice cream or Raspberry Lemon Sorbet. After an incredible meal enjoy dancing, live music and a sparkling cider toast for a picture perfect way to close out 2014.

 Slide into the New Year at Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.- 1 a.m., $30 for one person, $100 for 4 people, $130 for 5-6 people, Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark, 3001 Green Mountain Drive, Branson, Mo., 1-888-273-3919, Reservations required.

Start your new year off with incredible, splashtacular fun with one of the area’s most unique New Year celebrations at Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark. Bring your family out for the 6th annual New Year’s Eve Party and enjoy great music and DJ karaoke, a mouth-watering buffet and beverages, crazy cool prizes, fun games for the kids and party favors for each guest. Capture timeless memories of your one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration with the photo booth onsite before ringing in the new year with a beach ball drop at midnight.

Rowdy Beaver’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $25, The Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern, 1810 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, Mo., 417-334-7409, 

Live entertainment, good company, delicious food and cold brews. That’s what you’ll find at the Rowdy Beaver this New Year’s Eve. The Eagles tribute band Take It To The Limit will be the highlight of the entertainment, featuring dance music and other covers to get the party started. You’re guaranteed a good time as you enjoy a champagne toast at midnight and a hearty breakfast buffet at 12:30 a.m.

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks Display at Chateau on the Lake

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m., package price is based on the selected room type, Chateau on the Lake, 415 North State Highway 265, Branson, Mo., 417-334-1161, Reservations required.

Book a stay at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake and enjoy a luxurious New Year’s Eve celebration. Staff will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a delicious three course meal and party favors for each guest. The amazing Liverpool Legends will take the stage at 9 p.m. and start the party with some of the Beatles’ greatest hits. Welcome 2015 with a balloon drop and a champagne toast complimented by an incredible fireworks display.

Big Cedar Legends of Golf Receives Award

The Champions Tour presented four different awards for the best golf tournaments of 2014 and presented Big Cedar’s Legends of Golf Tournament with the Most Outstanding Achievement Award.

According to, the tour’s statement commented on the fact that the Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge venues were announced in January and played in June, proving to be “one of the shortest lead times for any PGA Tour sanctioned event in memory.”

The Champions Tour also applauded the immense support from the Branson community and the 1,000 volunteers that contributed to the event’s major success.

The 2015 Legends of Golf Tournament is scheduled for April 22-26 at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson.

For more about Big Cedar’s Legends of Golf Tournament award, read the full article from


New Spa Now Open at Big Cedar Lodge

The new Cedar Creek Spa at Big Cedar Lodge just opened its doors last week, revealing 18,000-square-feet of ultimate relaxation.

The new world-class spa boasts 11 luxurious treatment rooms, complete with a fireplace in each and rustic, relaxing decor. According to Big Cedar’s website, the full-service salon features massaging pedicure chairs, custom sofas and an old-fashioned barber chair for men’s grooming.

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Big Cedar Lodge is owned by Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris and it offers a variety of activities and lodging for visitors of the Ozarks area.

View the Christmas Lights in Style with Branson Limousine Light Tours

In Branson Christmas is a two month event where every street corner, building, tree and light pole is wrapped in twinkling lights, covered in sparkling snow or adorned with festive decor.

There are so many ways to view the lights — a casual drive through Shepherd of the Hills’ Trail of Lights, a ride through the streets with Ride the Ducks, a trip to the top of Inspiration Tower … the options are endless.

Branson Limousine Service is offering a relaxing, luxurious tour of the area lights with tour hours tours available every night from November 1-December 31.

Perfect for a company party, family reunion or a special treat for your loved ones, a scenic lights tour with Branson Limousine is a memorable experience.

Sit back and relax as you stay warm and cozy inside and peer out the windows for first class views of Branson’s best light displays. Sip on sparkling cider, munch on candy canes and sing along to your favorite Christmas songs, recorded by Branson’s talented entertainers as head down The Branson Strip, through Historic Downtown Branson, to the Branson Landing, past Big Cedar Lodge and through the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s beautiful lights display.

A limousine lights tour is a fabulous way to enjoy the Christmas lights and displays that boast Branson’s joyous love for the Christmas season, so book your luxurious tour with Branson Limousine Service today!

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