Downhome to Uptown, Lake of the Ozarks lodging has it all
By Michael Cochran
Now that Lake of the Ozarks has been voted America’s “Best Recreational Lake” by readers of USA Today’s 10Best, an ever-increasing number of folks across the land are honing in on the lake as an A-list destination for year-round fun. It goes without saying that the key to having a memorable vacation comes with making informed decisions on where to go—and where to stay. In the past, making these choices could be a perilous gamble, but stress no more, planners of outings and seekers of leisure-time fun! From rustic to royal, whether for two or 200, Lake of the Ozarks has you covered.
For RVers, there’s a veritable panorama of inviting places to park your vehicle and set up camp. From sites with a sparkling view of the lake to shady retreats that offer a tranquil respite from all the activity, you’re sure to find just the right spot to fulfill your recreational plans. Detailed info to help you make an educated choice and nail down reservations in advance is just a click away. An added benefit: There are a number of longstanding and reputable RV service and repair centers around the lake, in case you’d like to have some professional work done during your stay.
Tent camping is an annual ritual for countless couples and families—many returning year after year to favorite spots that let you commune with nature while taking in beautiful lake views and the soothing sounds of birds, the breeze in the trees, and Mother Nature’s nocturnal symphony of cicadas, whippoorwills and hoot owls. With the lake’s 1,150 miles of winding shoreline, there’s no shortage of campsites where you can pitch your tent with plenty of elbowroom.
Over the past 25 years, Lake of the Ozarks has become a nationally recognized golf destination, with more than 14 championship layouts spread around the lake’s perimeter. Quality lodgings are associated with most of these courses, but for those seeking luxury accommodations and immediate lake access to go along with their game, Tan-Tar-A Resort and Lodge of the Four Seasons stand out as two of several large resorts. Established in the 1960s, these venerated multi-purpose hotels have undergone a combined $30 million in renovations, resulting in spectacular options for family vacationing, golf outings, corporate retreats and much more.
In addition to its 27 holes of championship golf—including one of the nation’s top-rated nine-hole courses—Tan-Tar-A Resort also boasts Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark. Open year-round, Timber Falls centers on a three-story tree house topped with an enormous wooden bucket that empties a cascade of water on swimmers below. Other interactive fun includes water blasters, more than 600 feet of water slides, a lazy river for tube floating and a 21-seat whirlpool for group relaxation. Unique to the lake area, Timber Falls provides a secure indoor environment where kids can have a great time while mom or dad enjoy time on the fairways.
Described as the only full-service golf resort in Missouri, Lodge of the Four Seasons includes three 18-hole championship courses within its 3,500 acres of rugged Ozarks landscape. All three have been rated among the top five courses in Missouri by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, and The Club at Porto Cima—a waterfront layout designed by Jack Nicklaus—was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the best private golf courses in the country. Also included in the Lodge of the Four Seasons complex is Japanese-themed Spa Shiki, a world-class therapeutic massage and wellness center named the Midwest’s Top Spa by Spa magazine and recognized by NBC’s Today Show and SELF magazine for excellence and value.
We’ve got you covered
Are you and your sweetie seeking an ideal romantic weekend getaway? Let one of the lake’s many B&Bs fit the bill with a fireplace, hot tub and views of the lake from the intimacy of your own private deck. Involved in planning a family reunion, business convention or other multi-person gathering? Bring everyone together in a single location by renting adjoining condos or an entire lakeside house with cost-effective comfort for everyone. For those who prefer a more traditional approach, the lake is home to numerous family-owned resorts and rustic cabins reflecting the individual touch that helped make Lake of the Ozarks a nationally popular vacation destination. As an added plus, accommodations at Lake of the Ozarks put you at water’s edge with immediate access to all the lake has to offer, a perk you’re not likely to find elsewhere. Uptown, downhome, all the way around—we’ve got you covered at Lake of the Ozarks!
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