The Ozarks are an intriguing part of the world. This small but distinguished part of the country is all too often forgotten. The wonderful part of America straddles the north of Arkansas and the South of Missouri-even making its presence in a tiny fraction of southwestern Kansas, Oklahoma, and southern Illinois.
The land, which is often referred to as the Ozark Mountains, is an area rich in forest and stretches approximately 47,000 square miles. Here is where you’ll find limestone bluffs stood tall over the streams and crisscrossed trails- with hamlets once called homes by moonshine makers.
The Missouri side of the mountains is calm and quaint- with an abundance of that famous American charm. Arkansas, on the other hand, is thriving as a result of an increasing number of businesses that have graced the northwest region with their presence. It’s also a great place for art lovers.
Here, you can discover the Ozarks, beginning in the northernmost part and using a stunning hotel as a base before continuing down south before and ending with a stop-off at one of the finest museums in America. This route reveals the heart of the Ozarks’ beauty and nature- which is the whole point of the Ozark Mountains in the first place,
Big Cedar Lodge
Situated in its very own wooded hollow, a rugged preserve covering 800 acres, Big Cedar Lodge is the ideal luxury resort in the wilderness. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris acquired the property, which, at the time, was something of a simpler nature. Just 10 minutes away from Branson, Morris intended the property to be nothing more than a fishing camp for his workers.
The last- and what would become a stunning project- was a retreat with a view of Table Rock Lake’s blue-green waters. One would be missing out by not enjoying an afternoon fishing here as there are boat rentals and numerous professional guides for a wonderful experience on the lake. If fishing isn’t your way of relaxing, however, there’s a full-service, first-rate spa available.
The accommodations range from the lodge’s grand guest rooms- many featuring gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs- to cabins with jetted tubs, stacked stone fireplaces, and private decks with a grill- the latter being a feature popular with regular guests.
The latest addition to the lodge is Top of the Rock, which has been called a “lifestyle outpost and which took over five years to get right. There’s a four-storey cave and waterfall, nature trail, museum, wine cellar, bar, two restaurants, and a “floating” golf course designed by none other than Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus.
Copper Run Distillery
Moonshine may be a popular choice at bars, but bootlegged liquor has something of a history in the Ozarks. Due to the caves and low hollows, the area became a preferred region for white lightening production. A master distiller by the name of Jim Blansit started Copper Run in 2008 with co-owner Aris Aristidou, who came on board in 2012.