Lakefront Ozarks Resort with Spacious Villas
D’Monaco Luxury Villas Resort on Table Rock Lake is perched on a cliff overlooking a vast fishing reservoir with 800 miles of shoreline in the Ozark Mountains. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the scenic landscape, which blends with the resort’s ornate, Mediterranean-style design. The calming setting makes a perfect spot for the resort’s villas, which feature spacious layouts and wraparound lake views.
Inside each two- or three-bedroom villa you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen, as well as soothing stone showers. The hotel’s private docks stay open year-round, providing easy access to Table Rock Lake.
Ridgedale, Missouri: Ozark Plateau Town Just Down the Road from Branson
Located about 10 miles south of Branson, the town of Ridgedale sits in the Ozark Plateau’s wooded hillsides—a natural haven for outdoor activities. Table Rock Lake attracts many professional fishing tournaments thanks to its bass and pan fish stocks and mild water temperatures. Visitors can also rent jet skis and paddleboards from local watersports shops. For dry recreation, head for the 10,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Here, hiking trails lined with hickory trees wind past natural waterfalls and trout-filled lakes.
Nearby Branson, the self-proclaimed “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” has a glittery constellation of entertainment venues. Dozens of stages and music halls line the city’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.
If you’re traveling with kids, Silver Dollar City is a safe bet; it’s located about 8 miles west of the strip. The popular theme park is built around Marvel Cave and modeled after a 19th-century frontier town. You can hop on a mine-car roller coaster, take a tour by lantern through limestone caverns, or watch as blacksmiths hand forge mailboxes for the mayor’s private collection.