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“They really know how to do hospitality!!”
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Big Cedar Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ridgedale
Certificate of Excellence
Tennessee
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57 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“They really know how to do hospitality!!”
Reviewed October 30, 2010

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.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2010

We loved Big Cedar lodge. The grounds are beautiful and people are friendly. these have shuttles to take you back and forth. The place is big so the transportation is a plus. The rrom was clean, bed was nice and furniture was fairly new. The only thing I didn;t like was the Televisions. they were very old.

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

Stayed for a night with my husband. When we arrived we had a small problem with our room. The Staff immediately upgraded us to a new room with no hassle or questions asked. The new room was wonderful. A perfect place if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Branson. A great place to enjoy time with your spouse and/or family. This was our second stay at Big Cedar and will be visiting again soon!

The one room log cabin was amazing. A huge bed, a small kitchen and grill & patio if you wanted to cook. A nice fire place (we did not use since it was summer). A great place to spend a romantic night.

We ate dinner at the Buzzard's Roost. The entertainment was perfect and we ate pizza which was very tasty. Great place to spend the evening... Drinking, laughing and having a good time!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

Where to begin, This is a very special place and like no other that I have visited. I was immersed in nostalgia of a time when life was so much less complicated, yet I had access to all the modern conveniences, wireless internet, jacuzzi, pillow top mattress and 5 star service. What makes Big Cedar so special is the sense of pride that all the employees have for the place, smiles and greetings were plenty. Meals were fantastic local fare with am eclectic touch, something for everybody. There is so much to do an extra day or 2 will go a long way. A definite must visit place, with an I will be back (Soon).

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

We stayed in a two bedroom cabin in the middle of January. We had three days of heaven. This was a time share rental and we couldn't have been happier. They even brought us cookies every night. The decor was fabulous, the cabin was beautiful, we enjoyed it so much we bought into the Bluegreen Timeshare. If you even go to Branson, you have to visit Big Cedar. It is 10 miles outside of Branson. They have all the amenities so one never has to leave, or you can do shows or restaurants in Branson. 5 stars!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2010

The resort was was on beautiful grounds. Plenty to do. Pools, fishing, jet skis, tubing on
Table Rock Lake.Cookies in room every night from the cookie lady.Close to some very
nice golf courses.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2010

We stated at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO. I absolutely loved it. Everyone was very nice and very helpful. We stayed at the Falls location and I was impressed. The rooms were very spacious and very nice. The food at the restaurants were a little pricey, but it was well worth it. At the marina they have canoes and paddle boats that they do not charge to rent. We did rent a boat and spend the day on the lake and that was really nice. The grounds are very pretty and very well kept. Shuttles take you all over the resort and we did not have to wait long at all. I would definitely return.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Big Cedar Lodge

Property: Big Cedar Lodge
Address: 190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739-4500
Location: United States > Missouri > Ridgedale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ridgedale
Hotel Class:4 star — Big Cedar Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 247
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 
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Big Cedar Hotel Ridgedale
Big Cedar Resort

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