Social Distancing at Big Cedar Lodge - Part One: One-Room Cabin


A few weeks ago my husband and I rented a one-room cabin at the gorgeous Big Cedar Lodge. For 4 nights we called this amazing cabin home.


Big Cedar Lodge is located in Ridgedale, Missouri, and is about an 8-9 hour drive from the Chicago area. B has always wanted to visit Table Rock Lake and the surrounding area, so when our vacation plans fell through, due to COVID-19, it seemed like the perfect time to book a trip. We felt Big Cedar Lodge was a destination where we could social distance which was a top priority.


Accommodations available at the resort are Lodge rooms, Cottages, and Private Log Cabins. Our wish list was a private unit that accommodated 2, a full kitchen, and outdoor space. The one-room cabin included everything we were looking for!


A 4600-acre wooded hollow makes up the property and the cabins are located in three separate areas (Cedar Trails Cabins, Devils Pool Cabins, and Lakeside Cabins). Our cabin (566) was in the Lakeside Cabin section. I did not make any requests regarding the location of our cabin.



The area worked well for our trip as it was isolated and made it easy to social distance. During our morning walks, we saw a few other guests walking but the paths are large enough to stay 6 feet away. An infinity pool, with amazing views, was the only thing within walking distance. Very hot and humid weather made it impossible to walk to the main buildings or Devils Pool area, which was fine with us. As there wasn't much around us, other guests didn't venture into our area. If you want easy access to the popular areas (registration, shopping, main pool, ice cream, restaurant, mini-golf, etc.), I would request Cedar Trails Cabins.



What I loved about the one-room cabin was it had everything we needed and more. When we entered the cabin the staff had left a nice basket full of snacks/treats. The small but fully equipped kitchen provided dish towels, dishes, glasses, utensils, cooking tools, a coffee maker, and pots & pans. Because we bought our own food and cooked all our meals I did bring a few kitchen items from home. The cabin did not have a blender so I bought mine from home for my morning smoothie. B packed his french press and enjoyed coffee each morning on the patio. Other kitchen items I packed: sheet pans, paper plates, Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, parchment paper, extra dish towels, and foil pans. The one thing we didn't bring and should have was a meat thermometer.



When it was too hot to be outside, the living room area was a great place to relax. In the cooler months, the fireplace (wood is provided) would be nice to use.



I think the layout of the cabin was what I enjoyed the most. Large windows made up the entire back wall and the view was calm & serene. No matter where you were in the cabin (even the bathtub) you could enjoy the gorgeous view and you felt as if you were outside. The feel of the cabin was cozy and comfortable.



Something B & I look for in accommodations is a great bathroom and this unit had exactly what we like. Double sinks are a must and lots of towels are nice. Soaking in the bathtub was very calming and relaxing. The walk-in shower had a nice large seat, which I find helpful. Water pressure was very good and needed after being outside in the heat and humidity.



Outdoor space is very important to us and the large patio was used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and relaxing. Lots of trees surrounded our cabin so we could also find a shady spot, which was ideal.


We felt the one-room cabin was exactly what we wanted and enjoyed everything about it! I can't think of anything I would add or change about it. It was a great size for 2 adults but maybe a little small for families.


Look for additional blog posts about the Big Cedar Lodge grounds and our visit to Dogwood Canyon coming soon.


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