Eight bed and breakfasts, each located in a different locale around the Lake, offer the opportunity for a peaceful, romantic and fun retreat at what readers of USA Today deemed the "Best Recreational Lake" in the nation.
These comfortable homes-away-from home dot the Lake of the Ozarks area and offer a quiet respite for busy couples to relax and reconnect with each other. Well-appointed rooms with all the comforts of home, plus extra perks such as luxury linens, jacuzzis and hot tubs, stunning lakeside views and delicious made-from-scratchbreakfasts make it easy to forget about everything else but the one you're with.
Sue Westenhaver, innkeeper at The Inn at Harbour Ridge Bed and Breakfast, is excited about the growth in the bed and breakfast industry at the Lake of the Ozarks. "The Lake has never been considered a 'bed and breakfast destination,' but that's quickly changing with new B & Bs opening in the community," Westenhaver says. "We have four B & Bs that have been around for nearly 20 years but we've now doubled in number and it provides such a wealth of diversity and breathes new life into the Lake-area communities. Visitors can choose from on-the-water settings, country settings and village-like settings. And, each has its own distinct style and signature dishes that are lovingly prepared to make each stay memorable."
Westenhaver, who sits on the board of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri, says that the personal attention guests receive at a Lake-area bed and breakfastis second to none. "You get all these special touches and personalized service that's unique to each B & B. It's like having a personal concierge on-call 24 hours a day and people just love it."
Bass and Baskets Bed and Breakfast, 1117 Dogwood Road in Lake Ozark, features four themed guest rooms (Baskets and Blooms, Bed of Roses, Home Sweet Home and the Old Bass Lodge) and also doubles as the headquarters for Big Ed's Guide Service. Bass and Baskets is located lakeside and each room offers private decks overlooking the waters of Lake of the Ozarks, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and other individual touches. Guests can expect a relaxing stay with a large breakfast and use of the private dock for swimming and fishing. Custom packages and add-ons are available to enhance any stay. And, with a professional Coast Guard-certified fishing guide living under the same roof, ample opportunities to get out on the water to catch impressive bass are easy to come by. To learn more, visit www.BassAndBasket.com.
Nestled on 20 acres of scenic countryside just three miles north of the Camdenton square, Bent Tree Bed and Breakfast, 1491 Neongwah Bend Roadin Camdenton, is a small working farm that brings guests closer to nature. Guests can choose from four themed guest rooms (Nautical, Tropical, Lavender and Mountain) and will enjoy a delicious and nutritious home-cooked breakfast each morning. Guests can immerse themselves in the offered amenities including a private fishing pond, a small petting zoo, an outdoor fire pit and a hot tub. On-site massages are available for maximum relaxation. For more information about this bed and breakfast, visit www.BentTreeBNB.com.
Located on the west side of the Lake, Big Cedar Bedand Breakfast, 31358 Aqua Vita Road in Laurie, is the newest B&B to the Lake area. This rustic retreat will open its doors to guests in April 2018 and offers country charm in a laid-back setting. Visitors to Big Cedar B & B can select one of two themed rooms (Birds and Blooms or Winter Berry) within the large cedar home with more guest spaces to be added in the near future. Perks of a stay at Big Cedar B & B include a big country-style breakfast, opportunities to view the abundant wildlife and enjoy a relaxing stay in the country. Additional details can be found at www.BigCedarBandB.com.
Cottage by the Castle Bedand Breakfast, 3395 State Road D near Camdenton, provides views of the Lake of the Ozarks as well as Ha Ha Tonka State Park and its "castle" ruins. Located just down the road from Ha Ha Tonka Spring, the Cottage by the Castle is an ideal resting place for travelers looking to spend their stay exploring the 3,751 acres of the park, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the countryside. The Cottage includes four themed guest rooms (Beach, Country, Garden and Lake) with private baths. Amenities include common areas such as the dining room, living room, large back deck and a hot tube under a gazebo. Guests will enjoy a bountiful breakfast of farm-fresh eggs (provided by the backyard chickens in residence), baked goods and more. Check out www.CottageByTheCastle.com for more details.
In Rocky Mount, The Garden House Bed and Breakfast, 4 Haney Road, overlooks the Lake of the Ozarks and offers four themed guest rooms (Iris, Orchid, Rose and Tulip). The verdant gardens without and the plentiful plants within give the Garden House its name and lend a lush feel to the property. Breakfast is served on private decks with sweeping views of the Lake. The combination of the tasteful and comfortable rooms with stunning views of the Lake, great room, dining room, game room and Martini deck with a hot tub earned it the recognition of being named the "Best Bed and Breakfast of the Midwest" by Midwest Living magazine in 2010. Visit www.TheGardenHouseBnB.com to learn more.
For the more adventurous, the Haunted Castle House Bed and Breakfast, 841 Highway C in Brumley, offers a frighteningly good time. Established in 1850, the Haunted Castle House is a large Queen Anne Victorian home that served as a country doctor's office, hospital, funeral home and morgue for over a century. Surrounded by a pioneer cemetery and a mass grave, the Castle House is one of the most sought after locations for paranormal investigation groups from around the world. Filled with antiques dating between 1850 and 1930, the Castle House features three guest rooms (Hospital, Martha Dixon and Annie Hill) and offers guided ghost and graveyard tours to guests and the public. For visitors "brave enough to sleep with ghosts," visit www.HauntedCastleHouse.com.
The Hilty Inn Bed and Breakfast, 206 East Jasper Street in downtown Versailles, is loaded with historic charm. The two-story, ornate Victorian-style house was built in 1877 and features gingerbread details on the front facade of the home and a large screened-in porch on the backside. A parlor and dining room make up the common areas on the first floor and four bedrooms (Alice, Thornleigh, June and Hilty) with private baths occupy the second story. Two of the bedrooms can be made into suites for three or more guests. Available special services include private or group breakfasts, breakfast buffets, dinner service and event rentals. More details can be found at www.HiltyInnBedAndBreakfast.com.
The Inn at Harbour Ridge,6334 Red Barn Road in Osage Beach, was designed and developed with their guests' satisfaction in mind. This bed and breakfastspecializes in romantic getaways and features four themed guest rooms (Captain's Quarters, Happily Ever After, Love Nest and Uncle Bill's Quarters) in the main house. In addition, there's the "Roll in the Hay," a playfully romantic and private "guest cottage" located in a converted big red barn on the property. Guests staying in the "Roll in the Hay" can join other guests for breakfast in the main house or can request to have their breakfastsdelivered to ensure they make the most of their time together. Amenities include fireplaces in each room, hot tubs or jacuzzi tubs, private decks, two common areas with TVs and fireplaces, a swimming dock and more. The Inn at Harbor Ridge was named one of the "Top 10 Best Overall Bed and Breakfasts" in the U.S. by BedAndBreakfast.com and is the recipient of Trip Advisor's Hall of Fame designation. Find out more at www.HarbourRidgeInn.com.
Most of the bed and breakfasts at the Lake of the Ozarks offer a range of getaway packages and special ad-ons. Packages may include romantic getaways, girlfriend getaways, Golf Trail getaways, shopping getaways, wedding and/or honeymoon packages and more. And, no matter where a visitor stays, they're never far from the wide variety of attractions and activities available at the Lake of the Ozarks.