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... large. After lunch we drove down the highway containing most of the tourist attractions but didn’t stop at any. In the historic part of down town Branson we rode the tourist trolley; and then strolled around, going into several stores but buying very little. We did not find any shows that interested us, that were performing today, so we had dinner back at the camper and watched TV.
... tour of the battlefield and surrounding area. Wilson’s Creek played a significant role in the Civil War as it was the first major battle west of the Mississippi River. We enjoyed our short stay here as it was another piece of the amazing yet disturbing puzzle that is the Civil War. Leaving Wilson’s Creek we headed south on US 65 and our next campground in Branson MO.
... games. We then drove to the "Historic District". Beautiful scenery surrounded the White River but the 'historic' part left a lot to be desired. It was really an outdoor strip mall with many contemporary stores. Steve and the kids enjoyed go-karting to end the evening. Tomorrow (7/10) Will turns 15 and we're headed to St. Louis to see a Cardinals game. Happy Birthday Will! ...
After breaking camp this morning, we continued driving through the "mountains" of northern Arkansas to Pea Ridge National Military Park. Rural Arkansas is full of small towns that seem to be in the middle of nowhere. I think the biggest town we've passed through the past couple of days had a population of about 15,000. Another odd tidbit about Arkansas, they describe the mountain roads as "crooked and steep." Pretty sure that either of us has never seen that on a road sign ...
Beautiful day today about 30C with low humidity, great for my last tour of the area. Today I thought I would take it easy and take a relaxed journey this time. Well, that lasted about two curves and then I poured on the heat :-).
Reminiscing about yesterdays trip and today's, I saw more poverty in Southern Missouri (villages made up of old house trailers, Dollar General and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Big Cedar Wilderness Club Ridgedale
I am a member of the wilderness club. We wish we had never bought into this mess. The lodges are noisy and they nickle and dime you to death. I would rather save my money and rent a cabin on the rental side. At least you get some maid service and can have a restfull night sleep. When we bought this program we were told that the lodges would be like the lodges on the rental side. NOT!!!!!! There not much more than a cheap hotel room, when you can even get one. You have to be a gold member with lots of money to enjoy this program. We were also told a lot of things when we bought that are not so. Plus they have changed some of the rules after we bought. It's a beautiful place that they have ruined. They need to stop being so greedy and quit selling this place and let the members that they have be able to get rooms or cabins. Plus we rented a 2bdr suite and got a studio for four people. Not fun.
My husband and I stayed at the Wilderness Club with our 5 year old son for one week. We had never thought of visiting the area until a great last minute deal became available through RCI. We were very impressed upon entering the resort. The property has a very rustic feel to it and is perfect for being in the Ozarks. Although we stayed at the Wilderness Club we were able to use all of the amenities at the Big Cedar Lodge. The resort does charge a $5 nightly fee for the amenities but it is worth it. They have a limited movie selection that you can check out at the clubhouse as well as board games. The fee also covers a resort shuttle and the delicious ginger snaps delivered every night. We couldn't get enough of them! One nice thing was that the pool at the Wilderness Club was indoors and heated. The pools we saw at the Big Cedar Lodge were outdoors. We traveled the last week of March and it was not warm enough to swim outside. The hot tub is open year round and I did find a way to tolerate the temperature for that. We stayed in a very spacious studio. It was 450 sq. feet with a king bed and a pullout sofa. I must warn you that the quality of the mattresses is terrible! All of us, including my son, woke up sore every morning. The only other thing I can complain about was the one time maid service. We were told at check in that they would call us to set up a time for housekeeping to come. On the third day we left the room and came back to a clean room without a phone call. We left valuables in the room not knowing that housekeeping would come while we were gone. That made us a little uneasy. We are not owners at the Wilderness Club but attended the preview while there and received $100 Big Cedar Bucks. It took about two hours and they did not pressure you if you just said no. All in all it was a great place to stay. One other thing I forgot to mention is that all units are non smoking and no pets are allowed.
Going back and carry friends
My husband and I carried a couple from our church to Big Cedar Wilderness. We had a two bedroom log cabin and it was absolutely wonderful. A big bedroom on each end of a big sitting room and kitchen with a big deck out back. Each morning we had a small basket
left by the cleaning staff with welcome goodies in it. We were nearby
Branson Strip, with all the celebrities entertaining each night. Everyone was so nice and friendly. Food good too:
This place is the Greatest
We have been owners a big cedar now for 1 year. We have been there 12 times, we only live a couple of hours from there so it is close enough for a weekend home. We just got back yesterday from a whole week there, everything there is great, service,pools,restuarants. You cant go wrong at big cedar, go down to the buzzard bar and listen to clay self he is great.
This coming winter will be our 3 rd trip to Big Cedar Wildnerness Club. We love it !!! We have made it our "Adult Vacation" . Now we have only went there the first week of Dec. which hardley NO one is there....its like you have the whole resort to yourself. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the summer....but the Winter is breathtaking.....the service is wonderful, everyone is so nice. And the cabins are EXCELLENT....the last time we went, something was broke in the bathroom, and are grill was empty, we called the front desk, and within a few minutes someone was there to fix any problems we had......We plan on going there every winter. The shows are easy to get into and you dont have to wait in any lines. The Christmas lights are truly beautiful. We went on a carriage ride, as it snowed softly, and they drop you off to have smores and hot chocalate. I think the staff there is the best I have ever seen. We even got into the hot tub as there was snow and ice all around, it was great!!!! We truly felt like it was our own private resort.....I recommend if you want to get away from it all go the first week of Dec. Now I hear the second week is PACKED FULL for Christmas.....I can see why, who wouldnt want to spend Christmas at such a beautful resort.
The only negative thing I could see is they do try to get you to buy more points........But I have never had any problems with them being TOO pushy
My wife and I spent three days at Big Cedar as guests of her sister and brother-in-law. It was the most relaxing three days we had spent in a long time. The details in the 1 bedroom room were outstanding, the pools, hot tubs, and locker rooms were clean as you would expect and the exployees were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed it so much we brought a membership. I would recommend Big Cedar to anyone who plans on visiting the Branson area several times each year.
The Best Place to Stay
The rooms were spotless and the people were extremely nice. The atmosphere was wonderful. I plan on returning again soon.
Absolutely wonderful facility, but high pressure sales
We just returned from a wonderful 3-day stay at Big Cedar Wilderness. I really can't say enough about the facility - it's beautiful. And, our one-bedroom unit was absolutely spotless and very well furnished (even the dishes/wine glasses, which I always re-wash before we use them, were sparkling clean). The details (cedar tree shaped cookies in the room, bench shaped like a fish, push-button fireplace, etc) were just great. ANd the staff was generally pleasant. Food was not quite excellent, but very good at Devil's Pool, a bit better at Top of the Rock. Our only complaint was that this trip we also signed up for the sales pitch for buying into the timeshare thing. while we were "guaranteed" that the presentation would only take 90 minutes, we were there over 3 hours, and our salesperson was pressure. Not what we were expecting for such a "classy" place. So we opted for a trial membership only. Having said that, we plan to visit Big Cedar anyway, for years to come. If you have a chance to get there, don't hesitate. It's just super.
Nice place, the theme is fishing but none of the guests were.
Dont get me wrong, this place is awsome to hang out at, but the theme is fishing (john morris the owner of bass pro shop owns it) but the guests do not go there to fish. the marina employee was bored with me wanting to tak about fishing and disappeared into his office.things are very pricey(8 bucks for a burger delivered to your room) and champaign comes with dinner.kind of the pre-modana of fishing resorts.
Another Wonderful Mini Vacation
We are owners at Big Cedar Wilderness Club and as such spend several 2-3 day stays there several months of the year. We truly enjoy the facilities, the views, the treatment we receive, and the condition of the rooms.This trip was for my wife's birthday and we went to the brunch at Big Cedar's Worman House on Sunday morning. It was terrific, as usual.The only problem we encountered was at check in since we arrived early. The person that checked us in could have been a lot more pleasant. Her name was Christal Kitchen. I would suggest that when you check in, make certain that you find another person to check in with.