Eat, Stay, Play: Romantic Getaway in Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is just as inviting in the winter as it is in the summer. This year-round destination offers romantic spots and activities that will make you wish you could stay there all season. Start your getaway off with dinner for two, stay at a luxurious resort, enjoy a spa day, get some Christmas shopping done and stick around for the drive-thru light parks. The Lake of the Ozarks has everything you need to make your winter season sparkle.

Start the trip off right with a selection from the delicious menu at HK’s Restaurant in the Lodge of Four Seasons. Choose from the finest quality steaks, fish, pasta and regional dishes. They also have a full service bar and an extensive list of wines. Enjoy dinner with your significant other while gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows at the panoramic view of the Lake of the Ozarks.  After dinner, indulge in a glass of wine around the lobby fireplace.

For other romantic dining spots check out Baxter’s Lakeside Grille and JB Hooks Restaurant. Baxter’s is an authentic American restaurant with a great bar that uses only the finest ingredients to make your evening special. JB Hooks Restaurant has wonderful food, amazing service and a breathtaking view of the lake. Both are eminently equipped to make your evening a memorable one.

Lodge of the Four Seasons
Lodge of the Four Seasons

After dinner, check into a luxurious room at the Lodge of Four Seasons  rest your head. They offer deluxe rooms at The Lodge, Avila Luxury Suites and cozy rooms at Seasons Bay at The Lodge. Cuddle up with your sweetheart and enjoy these spectacular accommodations. Take your dogs along for even more snuggling.

Start the next day out right with a relaxing trip to Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons. Spa Magazine recognized this retreat as the Midwest’s top spa for 2012; it won’t disappoint. Spa Shiki offers a complete escape from everyday worries. Enjoy complimentary hot tea and fresh fruit while relaxing by the fireplace in the meditation room. Then, enjoy a duet massage with your significant other or purchase one of their half- or full-day spa packages.

Osage Beach Premium Outlets
Osage Beach Premium Outlets

After fully relaxing at Spa Shiki, head out to the Osage Beach Premium Outlets for some afternoon shopping. These shops have gifts for everyone on your Christmas list as well as something special for yourself. Whatever you are looking for, you will surely find while strolling hand-in-hand through the Osage Beach Premium Outlets. Before you leave make time to visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Harry and David for treats for the drive.

End the day with some sparkle at any of the Lake of the Ozarks’ three drive-thru light displays or with a cruise on the lake. The light displays include the Enchanted Village of Lights at the Laurie Fairgrounds, the Versailles Unity Circle of Lights and St. Patrick’s Festival of Lights. Book a festive dinner cruise aboard Celebration Cruises for you and your sweetheart, to view the lake beautifully decorated for the Holiday Season. Just add mistletoe and this Deck the Dock Holiday Light Cruise is the perfect ending to a romantic winter getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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 Written by Katie Caraway, communications intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.

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