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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Some of our anniversary pictures

Hello All!
I don't usually put anything but cards and the occasional tutorial but I am going to make an exception tonight. I promised some of my card friends some pictures and this is the easiest way to show them.
Hubby and I are woodsy type people. Our dream home is a log cabin. One day!
When we read about the Big Cedar Resort a few years ago we knew we had to go. We had our 28th anniversary this week and hubby took me there to celebrate.
It was woodsy/outdoorsy but very lavish! I felt very pampered! We both has hour long massages! OOOO AAAAHHHH! ;)
We had a ball!

This is a fall shot of the lodge we stayed in from the web page..





I pulled this info off of the history page of the resort's web page so you could have a little background of the place.

HISTORY
As you wind through our wooded entrance to Big Cedar, the ruggedness of this remote setting will surely inspire in you curiosity about the Native Americans and wild creatures who roamed these hills for centuries, living in harmony with the land. To see our history represented pictorially, please go to our photo gallery, the "History" section or you may want to purchase online the 68 page book, written by Charlie Farmer, that chronicles and illustrates the history of this magnificent resort. Tucked deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the area was accessible only by horseback or foot. Just after the turn of the twentieth century, railroads made their appearance, and this phenomenal retreat from the everyday world became a vacation paradise for travelers.

The 1920s found two prominent Missourians making plans to build lavish back country resort homes on land adjoining the Long Creek Arm of the White River known as Big Cedar Hollow. Together, business entrepreneur Jude Simmons and Frisco Railroad executive Harry Worman acquired a total of 300 lushly forested acres, and construction began.

Simmons chose a log mansion, reminiscent of the grand wilderness hunting lodges found in the Adirondacks region, while Worman constructed his retreat in the traditional Tudor style of stone and stucco. Native materials were used throughout both homes, leaving the hillsides more vulnerable to erosion.

As the Great Depression left the American economy in decline, travel became more difficult, and the two families were unable to spend time here. The property was later owned, for a short time, by a very consumptive logging firm before being purchased in 1947 by Dan Norris, a real estate executive and hotel operator. His addition of a lodge, swimming pool and stable created the Devil's Pool Ranch guest resort.

In 1958, the White River was dammed to form Table Rock Lake, and the stage was set for the Ozarks' premier wilderness resort. Following Bass Pro Shops' acquisition of the property in 1987, founder John Morris chose to restore the Simmons and Worman buildings to their original prominence, initiating a rigorous commitment to renew the natural beauty of Big Cedar Hollow.

As you become a part of the Big Cedar family, the extravagant pages of our past will mingle with the more recent awareness of our environment to surround you in warm Ozark hospitality, lots of friendly smiles, and the attention to detail, that you will soon realize are a part of everyday life in our resort. Come settle in to the sheer enjoyment of the Ozark Mountain countryside wrapped around the shores of pristine Table Rock Lake.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed the show!!
Hugs!

4 comments:

Kath said...

I LOVE your vacation pictures True!! I'm so glad that you were able to get away from it all with hubby and enjoy everything!

And OMG!!! What a BEAUTIFUL place!!

Thanks so much for sharing these with us all!

Jenny said...

Wow! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Happy 28th anniversary to you and your hubby. Beautiful pictures.
The lodge looks very comfortable to stay at perhaps to live in LOL. TFS

Jenny

Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

What a nice anniversary celebration, secluded beautiful area. Such a great spa place :) TFS! ~Jeni

Carolyn said...

Hi Trudy, how are you?
This place looks gorgeous. You must have really enjoyed it there. Thanks for letting us have a look too. A bit of paradise.