For the third year in a row Branson’s Big Cedar Resort has been named the best resort in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure. The magazine’s 2018 World’s Best awards, voted on by readers, were announced Tuesday.
“Everything about this sprawling, family-friendly resort — which has more than 260 accommodations, including rustic log cabins — is centered on the outdoors. Activities include hiking, canoeing, fishing, and more. At night, you can curl up around a bonfire and roast marshmallows with other guests. For those looking to simply relax, there’s an 18,000-square-foot spa. ‘Big Cedar Lodge is my family’s favorite destination,’ said one reader. ‘We’ve been everywhere from Disney to multiple national parks, but if you ask them where they want to go next, it’s always Big Cedar.’
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Second place went to American Club at Destination Kohler, Kohler, Wis., followed by the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Mich.; Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; and Hotel Iroquois, Mackinac Island, Mich.
Big Cedar Lodge is the vision of conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris who purchased the property in 1987. Today, Big Cedar is a world-class vacation destination on Table Rock Lake along with its nearby Top of the Rock preserve, new Fun Mountain adventure center, marina and beaches and three pro-designed golf courses.