The city of Branson in the Ozark Mountain region of Missouri has risen like a star in recent years, being dubbed the "Live Music Show Capital of the World." More than 50 live performance theaters are located in the area, as well as dozens of family entertainment venues, many within 10 miles of Big Cedar Lodge. With the pristine Tablerock Lake State Park creating a draw, accommodations near Big Cedar Lodge are in high demand year-round.
Big Cedar Lodge is located on Table Rock Lake, about a 10-minute drive from the city of Branson. The Branson Airport is five miles from the lodge, serving mid-size commercial planes, while the Springfield/Branson Regional Airport 50 miles north is used by several major carrier airlines. The closest accommodation choices near Big Cedar Lodge are situated near the lake or off Highway 76. In addition to the live music venues close by, other main attractions include the Silver Dollar City theme park and Branson Landing entertainment and shopping complex.
Sprawling resorts that provide outdoor activity programs are popular around the lake, with the Westgate Branson Lakes at Emerald Pointe property offering supervised activities and special events for all ages. Facilities include a miniature golf course, basketball court and fitness room. Suite villas have kitchens and separate living areas for longer-term stays. About 13 miles from Big Cedar Lodge is Chateau On The Lake, featuring a 10-story atrium lobby and 14,000-square-foot spa, with an on-site nature trail and full-service marina. Another option is the StoneBridge Resort, hidden inside a private gated community just 11 miles from Big Cedar Lodge, with a championship golf course and its own "catch and release" lake for fishing.
Several names in the national hotel industry have properties situated near the small Branson Airport in Hollister, Missouri. Still just about a few miles from Big Cedar Lodge, some of these offer a lower cost option than the resorts and lodges directly on Table Rock Lake. The Super 8 Motel chain has a location on Green Mountain Drive near the Andy Williams Theater. On or near West Highway 76, commonly referred to as the "76 Strip," visitors to the area can choose between the Howard Johnson, La Quinta, Baymont Inn and more.
Offering a much smaller and more intimate lodging experience than Big Cedar Lodge is the Red Bud Cove Bed and Breakfast Suites, also located on the shores of Table Rock Lake, with lakefront patios or decks. Family suites give lots of room, with separate bedrooms and a kitchenette. This inn is for the simple lake vacation of picnics, barbecues and watching the stars at night from the hot tub.