The deep-blue expanse of Table Rock Lake spreads across two states and more than 50,000 acres in the heart of the gently rolling Ozark Mountains. On the Missouri side, the Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa—dubbed “the castle of the Ozarks”—sits on the shores of the lake, set amid a lush, tree-covered landscape. The resort imparts a sense of luxury and serenity; its vast, skylighted atrium features indoor streams lined with exotic flowers and trees.
The resort complex encompasses four eateries and a spa. The upscale Chateau Grille offers elegant American fare and a six-page wine list; afterward dinner, you can migrate to the Sweet Shoppe, an old-fashioned soda fountain scooping out hand-dipped ice cream. A Swarovski crystal chandelier hangs above the luxurious Spa Chateau, which features a steam room, sauna, and indoor and outdoor hot tubs.
Upstairs, in the lake-view rooms and lakefront ambassador suites, you can walk through sliding doors to a private balcony that looks out on glittering Table Rock Lake. Inside, a king-size Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress is set amid furnishings such as leather chairs, cherry-wood headboards, and a credenza.
Branson, Missouri: Family-Friendly Theaters and Concert Halls in the Ozarks
If you take a drive through the Ozarks in Missouri, it might seem like an unlikely place to find glittering lights and stage shows—for the most part, it's a rolling plateau of wooded hills, snaking rivers, and limestone bluffs. But follow down Route 76 and you'll find family-friendly entertainment Branson.
Dozens of stages and music halls line Branson's main strip, some of which are owned by stars such as Dolly Parton. On any given night you can watch anything from country music performances to circus acrobatics to magic shows.