Elegant Suites in the Heart of the Ozarks
The Lake of the Ozarks winds its way through central Missouri and the Ozark Mountains, splintering off into hundreds of inlets around the city of Lake Ozark. Tucked away on landscaped grounds less than a mile from the lake, the Country Club Hotel & Spa adds a surprising touch of elegance to its rural setting.
The villa-style complex takes a page from the Mediterranean stylebook with its terra-cotta roof tiles, white stuccoed walls, and ornate fountains. Spacious junior suites complement the resort's exterior. Gilded mirrors and artwork hang from the walls, and the tables are topped with marble.
After settling in, you can head down to the Country Club's in-house restaurant Rafferty's to redeem your dining credit on grill fare such as steaks and pork tenderloin. Beyond competitive eating at Rafferty's, there's plenty to keep busy with on the property. Along with the outdoor pool, there's an Olympic-size indoor pool, a rec room with billiards, an indoor racquetball court, and an onsite spa with a full menu of massages, body wraps, and facials.
Lake Ozark, Missouri: Water sports and Wooded State Parks
The city of Lake Ozark manages to maintain a small-town feel despite the waves of tourists visiting each year. In the spring and summer, visitors are drawn like mallards to the massive lake to boat, fish, and feed on cattails. Along the Bagnell Dam on the northeast side of the lake, about 4 miles from the hotel, the delightfully kitschy "Strip" boasts old-fashioned arcades, miniature-golf courses, and souvenir shops.
The half-hour drive to Lake of the Ozarks State Park is well worth it. Missouri's largest state park boasts a network of walking paths and secretive, tourable cave systems. The area is famous for its caves, and there are several within a few miles of the hotel that feature large stalactites and other geologic formations.