I recently stayed with friends at the aptly named Wilderness Lodge and found it to be the perfect weekend escape into an unpretentious natural setting in the Ozarks of southeast Missouri. The staff perfectly complemented the setting by pampering us when we needed service and otherwise leaving us to our own devices. The delectable meals were prepared with care and served attentively by the delightful wait staff. The cozy bar was manned by a uniquely charming and colorful character who apparently impersonates Mark Twain and readily slips into that character while serving up some mighty fine adult beverages. Our rooms were beautifully constructed of recycled barnwood walls, open-beamed ceilings, beautifully aged flooring, and featured a large deck overlooking the pristine Black River. Our canoe trip was alternatively exciting and relaxing, a perfect mix for a casual weekend trip. Our group agreed that we will return at our first opportunity to this gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Wilderness Lodge, we have over 25 different cabins, suites and cottages for guests to enjoy. All cabin prices are based on a per person, per night charge since dinner and lunch are included with the package. Breakfast is available continental style from 7:30am to 9:30am, and we also serve a hot breakfast from 8am to 9am. For dinner, we have 4 seatings at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. During the week there is just one dinner seating between 6pm and 7pm (but we still try to be flexible if guests would like to come a little earlier or later). As far as activities, there is of course the Black River directly across the road from Wilderness Lodge for a little (or a lot) of water fun. Just a short walk from the cabins, the river, gravel bars, and side streams are great places to explore, swim, catch water critters and just relax in the sun. For a bit more adventure, we rent canoes, rafts, kayaks, and tubes for floating. We port floaters upstream in the morning for a 4 to 6 hour float (depending upon how fast the river is moving and how many gravel bar breaks you take) that ends up right back at our rivers edge campground. There are plenty more outdoor activities on the property including hiking, fishing, miniature golf, horse shoes, basketball, shuffle board, a playground, frisbee golf, etc -- we even recently found a cave to explore for those not afraid of small spaces. :) There are also a number of cool nature attractions within a short car ride, including Elephant Rock State Park and the recently opened Johnson Shut-ins. To get out of the heat, we have an air conditioned rec room with games & indoor activities -- and we plan to keep the main Lodge open all day long (over the last couple years it was only open during the meal times). Also in the main lodge is the Ripple Room Lounge, open for cocktails and beverages from 5pm to 9pm everyday. For the readers in our crowd that want a little piece and quiet, we have taken one of the Rock Cabins and converted it into a library refuge. Finally, on Saturday nights, we will also hold an informal friendly family game night in the main lodge for anyone that wants to attend. Unwind. Cool Off. Eat Well. Enjoy Wilderness! Wilderness Lodge Resort ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wilderness Hotel Lesterville