With the constant noise of everyday life keeping us busy, it can be hard to find times to slow down. Before we realize it, weeks or months have passed without us giving any dedicated time to ourselves or to our significant other. Why not give you and yours a little much needed TLC by going on a romantic getaway?
The Ozarks is a vast stretch of beautiful land filled with nature, quaint towns, historical landmarks, and plenty of couple activities tailored to create the perfect romantic getaway or heart-racing trip.
With so many options to pick from though, it’s hard to know where to go and what to do. So, here’s a list of what we think are some of the best getaways in the Ozarks to create a bit of romance and strengthen the bond with your partner.
The Ozarks have something for everyone. Heart-racing fun and rides, cozy fireplaces, wine tasting, unrivaled scenery, or something else entirely is all waiting for you. Lodging from immaculate resorts to primitive camping is available, so choose your preference. Whatever you decide, you’re sure to grow closer to your partner and form memories that last a lifetime.
1. Big Cedar Lodge
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When the creator of Bass Pro Shop is involved in creating a luxury resort, you know that it is going to be filled with ways to connect with nature.
Go fishing in Table Rock Lake, hike along miles of trails, or go horseback riding through Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. If connecting with the stunning wilderness of the Ozarks is what you’re looking for, Big Cedar Lodge is a great place to start.
However, there is much more available for those looking for a less rugged trip. Five golf courses, including the first publicly designed course by the legendary Tiger Woods, are also available to guests.
Yet, Big Cedar Lodge has even more to offer. Incredible restaurants, an 18,000-square foot spa, an activity center, and more are all located at the resort.
For those with kids, the lodge has various activities to keep the kiddos busy while the romance is blooming, or to do all together as a family.
Available educational activities to learn about the history of the Ozarks through tours and activities, archery lessons, scavenger hunts, painting, and more are available.
Whatever you’re looking for, the Big Cedar Lodge is sure to provide countless hours of enjoyment, bonding, and memories for all.
Address: 190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739
Number: (800) 225-6343
2. Echo Bluff State Park
While carefully catered interactions with nature are nice, for those looking for a wilder outing with nature, Echo Bluff State Park is a great option.
With plenty of primitive and equestrian campsites, you’re sure to get a close encounter with the natural beauty of the Ozarks. Winding creeks, lofty bluffs, and miles of forest are all waiting to be explored.
Of course, wild backpacking isn’t for everyone, though. Not to worry, Echo Bluff also offers plenty of fully electric campsites with WiFi as well.
From here, you and your partner can explore the beauty of nature as you please, without sacrificing modern amenities. Plus, for those who want a break from the wild, the park also has the Creekside Grill and Sinking Creek Mercantile..
Here you can enjoy a delicious selection of American food with a view of the park or shop for souvenirs. With all of this, plus regularly scheduled live music and classes, you’ll have plenty of ways to connect.
Address: 34489 Echo Bluff Drive, Eminence, MO 65466
Number: (844) 322-3246
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3. Old Kinderhook Resort, Golf Club, & Spa
Old Kinderhook is the perfect option for those looking for a classic resort getaway. Take your pick of a multitude of lodging options to fit your needs.
Whether you’re looking for course-side golf cottages, estate homes, or a room in the lodge, you’ll be treated to luxurious comfort. Activities range from golfing, to tours, to various water activities on the Lake of the Ozarks and beyond.
Fully equipped kitchens are available for an intimate meal in the comfort of your lodging. Or, if you prefer, visit Hook Café to enjoy seasonal dishes from the Kinderhook sustainable garden.
Old Kinderhook resort is so sure that you will love your stay that they offer the opportunity to make it your home. Stay for an enchanting visit and leave with the wish to come back for more.
Address: 678 Old Kinderhook Dr, Camdenton, Mo 65020-4005
Number: (573) 260-1247
4. Inn at Harbour Ridge
If quaint bed and breakfasts are more your speed than a fancy resort, then the Inn at Harbour Ridge is for you. A quiet and peaceful stay awaits you here, filled with cozy nooks and warm fireplaces.
Hot tub and jacuzzi suites offered at the inn are the perfect way to relax with your significant other in the comfort of your own accommodation.
In the surrounding area, scenic hiking trails and water activities are also available. You can enjoy delicious food at this cozy inn that prides itself on creating a romantic stay.
Address: 6334 Red Barn Road, Osage Beach, MO 65065
Number: (573) 302-0411
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5. Redding Recreation Area Campground
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When looking for an intimate way to get out, nothing is quite like going camping. Because primitive camping isn’t for everyone, Redding Recreation Area offers campsites with all the modern amenities.
Flush toilets, drinking water, and other conveniences of your home are not sacrificed here. Staying here gives you access to the Scenic Mulberry River where you can launch canoes or go fishing.
There’s plenty of trails to walk through the forest too. This is a great low-key option for a romantic getaway that doesn’t break the bank.
Address: 21424 AR-23, Ozark, AR 72949
Number: (479) 754-2864
Reservations: First-Come, First-Serve
6. Airbnb: Secluded Cabin
Another great option for those looking for a low-key and intimate getaway, are Airbnb’s. While some Airbnb’s are a single room in a home, this one is an entire secluded cabin.
The perfect destination for a mellow and personal trip with your significant other. This cozy and secluded cabin comes with a hot tub and fully equipped kitchen.
Relax and eat in the comfort of the cabin, or go outside to enjoy hiking or floating down the Buffalo River. And if you get tired of that, head over to downtown Jasper only a few miles away to enjoy quaint Americana and restaurants.
Airbnb Rating: 4.94
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7. Airbnb: Fishing Cabin
We’ve written entire articles about how great Airbnb’s are, and this is a perfect example of why. Here you will have all the amenities and comforts of home while adding in plenty more for a romantic getaway.
Mere minutes away from the historic Buffalo River, this cabin will give you access to canoeing, fishing, and more. And if that wasn’t enough water fun, the cabin also has a pool and jacuzzi available during select months.
Plus, a full kitchen and close proximity to Harrison proper, means you can choose between secluded comfort or fun and activities in the city. You’ll have access to live events, restaurants, caves, and museums.
But that’s not all. If traveling with your furry companion is a must, this Airbnb is pet friendly. Bring along your pet to join in the fun.
Airbnb Rating: 4.92
8. Seven Springs Winery & Vineyard
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Accommodations aren’t all that the Ozarks have to offer. Seven Springs is a fantastic place to visit during your stay. Here you can enjoy scenic hiking trails through vineyards or sip from a large assortment of wines while looking out at natural vistas.
Enjoy light food along with your wine. Plan your visit around one of their many regularly scheduled events, and you could do all this while listening to live music. Sharing a nice meal and good drinks is sure to spark an evening of delight.
Address: 846 Winery Hills Estate, Linn Creek, MO 65052
Number: (573) 317-0100
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9. Margaritaville Lake Resort
Margaritaville Lake Resort is another great option for those looking for a luxurious getaway with great value. Spa’s, golf courses, bars, restaurants, and easy access to the lake are just some of the many amenities waiting for you here.
Plus, a nearby water park, pool, and bowling alley means there is no need to abandon the romantics for the kids. They will have plenty to do. If that’s not enough, the proximity to Osage downtown opens up a world of possibilities.
Osage has museums, stores, restaurants and activities aplenty. Find souvenirs or eat some delicious food while listening to live music. Whatever you’re looking for, Osage has something for you.
Address: 494 Tan Tar A Drive, Osage Beach, MO 65065
Number: (573) 348-3131
10. Hilton Branson Convention Center
If your idea of romance is less about quiet walks and more about fun, then the Hilton is the place for you. In the hotel, all the amenities you expect from a Hilton are available: pools, fitness centers, bars, and more.
But right outside is historic Branson. Take your pick of countless live shows. Go to Silver Dollar City and splash down one of the rides. If that’s not your cup of tea, take part in any of the numerous activities the city has to offer at any time of the day.
While the buzz of Branson may not seem romantic at first, you’re sure to have a blast and form memories that will last a lifetime. What better way to grow a little closer to your significant other than through the joy of having some fun together.
Address: 200 East Main Street, Branson, MO, 65616
Number: (417) 336-5400