Fall in Love with an autumn road trip to Big Cedar Lodge

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Having already placed a few orders of pumpkin spiced lattes this season (extra hot, no foam), I’m looking forward to the changing fall colors and crisp temperatures.
Autumn also signals the time to start planning a cozy rustic getaway to our family’s favorite fall destination — Big Cedar Lodge, one of America’s premier wilderness resorts just 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri.
The travel industry also agrees with our go-to getaway choice, because Big Cedar Lodge was just named the No. 1 Midwest Resort in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row!
Although this gem of a property is off the beaten track, it’s an easy five-hour drive from Oklahoma City on Interstate 44 East. Several major airlines also serve Branson Airport, which is 8 miles away from the famed entertainment district.
We discovered the fall months were perfect for a trip to the Ozarks to enjoy the pleasures of the lake and mountain living at this Bass Pro Shops resort. It also made the perfect destination for one of our family’s most memorable Thanksgiving celebrations.
That’s because Missouri’s ruggedly serene Ozark Mountains, overlooking the sparkling 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake, makes a tranquil backdrop for a special fall retreat.
It’s an ideal place for reconnecting your family to the outdoors this season, especially when planning an extended weekend or Thanksgiving week visit.
At Big Cedar Lodge, we found ourselves surrounded by vibrant foliage, scenic vistas and refreshing mountain air. Plus, visitors can enjoy all the creature comforts of a world-class resort with a collection of grand lodges and cottages.
Since my crew is more of an outdoorsy lot, we prefer the country chic log cabins with mom-friendly amenities like rustic-elegant furnishings, spalike bathrooms with luxury soaking tubs, decks with grills and jaw-dropping wood-burning fireplaces.
The resort also offers four restaurants, …


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