We went to the time share part of the property, Wilderness Club at Big Cedar, as a getaway and rest time for the two of us. Couldn't have picked any place better! The setting is beautiful, the facilities are done with the wilderness theme down to the fine lamps and such in the units and the deer and fish on the wall as you would expect in something owned by Bass Pro Shops. The whole atmosphere is one of peace and tranquility and being out in the woods. Though the property is quite large, the spaces between buildings have been left natural as in the woods, so there is a sense of being off by yourself.
Our one bedroom unit in Bldg 2700 was on the third floor and had a nice view of the lake, everchanging in the different light, was absolutely clean and well furnished. I would definitely want to be up as high as possible to get the view. The ground floor units and the cabins don't see the lake.
Every person we dealt with was an ambassador of hospitality and good cheer, from the shuttle drivers to the workmen hanging the Christmas lights. The entire property is available with it's shops and restaurants and pools and walking paths, etc. whether you are in time share or renting properties. Things are spread out over the large property and the super efficient shuttle system makes it all work. I would call for a shuttle, which would be at the door in less than 2 minutes usually, and tell them I wanted to go to Devil's Pool or wherever, enjoy that and then call for a ride to another spot. Super easy and pleasant. Or you can enjoy the paved trails with magnificent views between different lodges or areas. We hiked the nature trail one morning early and enjoyed the seclusion and the views. Got there and back on the shuttle. Dinner at the Warmon House was a real treat - a magnificent sunset played out over the lake as we ate dinner on the balcony. This is one of the nicest restaurants I've seen. Casual dress in a beautiful historic house built in 1921 and a delicious dinner. (The caramel salmon was the best!) Devil's Pool Restaurant, the other restaurant on the resort and also a historic house, has a breakfast bar that was so good we did it after our morning hike and again before we left for home the next day... And the last comers get the same great selection and hot food as the early birds. The swinging bridge over the river was fun, the view from Falls Lodge is awesome any time of the day, the Conference Center is worth seeing just for the size and decor... and now there are Christmas lights all over everything which are all the better because the night lighting is minimal and unintrusive all over the resort. Amber lights just where you need them and no glaring street lights... A large grocery store less than 10 minutes away made it easy to fix our meals at home unless we really wanted to eat out.
We listened to their sales plan and received $100 to spend on the property, though the sales pitch was pretty pushy. We did enjoy using the certificate for dinner at the Worman House though and were interested in hearing about their time share type program. As Sheraton owners we weren't in the market for anything, but they do have a lot to offer. This is a great place and we'd enjoy going there every year just for a quiet getaway. Branson is 10 miles away, Eureka Springs is not far, the marina rents boats, the stable will take you on a 1 hour ride, there is shuffleboard and tennis, etc. on the property - so it wouldn't have to be a quiet week though. The road from Memphis to Big Cedar is good all the way and took about 6 hours through some really pretty country.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family-friendly resort on Table Rock Lake just outside of Branson, MO. This luxury resort features a variety of accommodation options including private cabins and lodges. On-site activities include mini golf, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Big Cedar Hotel Ridgedale
- Big Cedar Resort