For fans of the critically acclaimed series Ozark, the words “love” and “fun” might not immediately come to mind when considering the series’ namesake location in Missouri. While the show may be fiction, the reality of the Ozarks is much more inviting — and a perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Whether escaping self-quarantine solo, rounding up the girls for a Galentine’s getaway or looking for romance as a couple, there’s something to entertain in the Ozarks.
For some luxury right out of the gate, consider Big Cedar Lodge your home away from home. With rustic-meets-luxury accommodations, a golf course, exceptional dining options and relaxing spa services, this retreat is one for the books, no matter if you’re flying solo, with the family, as a couple or with a group.
For nature lovers and active travelers, enjoy the resort’s many amenities and activities before finding your way to the Wonders of Wildlife museum and aquarium, and Dogwood Canyon nature park.
For those embarking on a long-awaited girls’ trip, Big Cedar Lodge will host a Galentine’s Day Celebration Feb. 11, 6–9 p.m., including wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, trivia and a group wine and paint night. Prices begin at $65 a person.
Speaking of arts and crafts, couples can get in on the fun with the Painting with a Splash package, hosted Feb. 12 at Wonders of Wildlife. Lovebirds can paint their own flamingoes while enjoying drinks and refreshments. Prices begin $80–100 and include all supplies.
For the classic date night experience, enjoy a foodie experience at Big Cedar Lodge’s Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock, Feb. 14. Couples will enjoy a four-course Romance Dinner, including a 28-day, dry-aged filet; oysters; and lavender salted caramel cake for $85 a person. Devil’s Pool Restaurant will also offer a Valentine’s Day menu for $69 a person, including three courses.
For couples, friends and groups interested in a socially distanced escape — and some added privacy — Big Cedar Lodge boasts a lineup of standalone cabins and cottages.
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Couples and small groups can escape to the Garden State’s quieter side, Cape May, New Jersey — more specifically, Cape Resorts’ Beach Plum Farm. If you seek to feel one with nature on the farm, but with the comforts of shops, dining and spas nearby, this retreat is for you.
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