Like a snowflake under a microscope, Lake of the Ozarks branches out into thousands of fractal-like tentacles, producing isolated fishing holes and secluded swimming spots unlike any other. Much like a snowflake itself, the Country Club Hotel & Spa, not far from the tortuous lake, is a one-of-a-kind gem.
And with this week's Escape, this boutique resort in Lake Ozark, Missouri, in the state's geographical center, offers another unique opportunity: a two-night stay for two, Sundays through Wednesdays between now and September 19 ($159) or Thursdays through Saturdays between now and August 25 ($169), in a Junior Suite, plus one of the following: a cheese tray, a bottle of wine, or chocolate-covered strawberries. Take your time upon departure—you'll also have late 4 p.m. checkout.
On the outside, the white-stucco facade, arched entryways, and red-tile roof resemble a Mediterranean villa. On the inside, you'll find your spacious Junior Suite appointed with a king-size bed, a queen Thomasville sleeper sofa, a TV, and a wet bar, and each is adorned with refined artwork and marble tabletops. But the real attraction is outdoors.
Not your average resort, the Country Club is equipped with diversion for every appetite: outdoor tennis courts (including the only clay courts in Central Missouri), one indoor junior Olympic-size pool and one outdoor pool, a hot tub, ping-pong, a fitness center, Rafferty's restaurant, massage therapy—the list goes on.
When you aren't bouncing from the ping-pong table to the swimming pool, enjoy panoramic views overlooking the countryside from the hotel, or drive about four miles east to access the Bagnell Dam boat launch and uncover some of those hidden coves on the lake. The region is also a cave haven, and nearby Lake of the Ozarks State Park offers stellar lantern-light tours.
Or just soak up a sunset at the Bagnell Dam scenic overlook. It's the perfect spot to watch The Magic Dragon (that's what locals call the lake, in reference to its twisting, snake-like shape) exhale the day's last breath. And what a fiery breath it is.
PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON July 30, 2020
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON September 19, 2012
Country Club Hotel & Spa
Two-Night Stay for Two in a Junior Suite, Sundays through Wednesdays between Now and September 19 ($159) or Thursdays through Saturdays between Now and August 25 ($169)
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