Chateau on the Lake, Branson

Best Places to be snowed in the Ozarks – Chateau on the Lake, Branson

Let it snow! Spend a cozy winter day at the Chateau.

Winter vacations in the Ozarks are a gift you give yourself. Savvy travelers know were to find a bargain. Bring someone you love, mom, daughter, “the girls” and, with any luck, you will get snowed in the castle on the mountain. From inside the Chateau, the Ozarks look like a winter wonderland.

You will be delighted to discover Snuggle Weather in the Ozarks is a bargain. What may be a budget buster at the peak of summer is an affordable luxury in winter. The Chateau is Branson, Missouri’s only AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, Spa & Convention Center.

Now is the time to snag bargain winter rates in some of the Ozarks most delightful full service hotels. One of my favorite places is the Chateau on the Lake. Yes, the big castle on the mountain overlooking Table Rock Lake. Drive in, hand your keys to the valet, your luggage will be brought in, and you won’t want to leave here one minute before checkout.

Your room –

Beds with “Serta” Perfect Sleeper mattresses, down comforters pillows in oversized guest rooms with Mountain View, Lake View, oversized Lakefront Kings. Immaculate, luxurious, beautifully decorated.

Chateau Grille has an extensive wine list and an extrordinary menu.

Where to eat

  • Chateau Grille – With a killer view of Table Rock Lake, an extensive wine list and a matchless menu prepared by Executive Chef Doug Knopp, Chateau may serve the most memorable meals in the Ozarks. The Grille serves breakfast, a day spa menu, lunch, teatime, dinner and a famous Sunday brunch. Every meal here is a special occasion, with fabulous presentation and excellent service. You may also arrange private dining or, request the Chef’s Table in advance
  • Downstairs Deli – features Bistro-style sandwiches, hand made pizzas, salads and to go box lunches.
  • Atrium Café & Wine Bar – patio-style dining or cocktails at the Atrium Café & Wine Bar. Sit beside the amazing indoor waterfall and stream. ,The Café serves breakfast fare, and appetizers, salads and sandwiches for lunch, dinner or in-between snack. Meet friends to enjoy an evening’s cocktail or after-show drink and light snack at the Atrium Cafe.
  • The Sweet Shoppe – Serves pastries, hand dipped ice cream, cookies, fountain drinks a classic soda fountain This is the place for baked goods and specialty coffees.

Hotel Details: Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center, 415 North State Highway 265, Branson, Missouri 65616, Toll Free: 1-888-333-LAKE (5253) Phone: (417) 334-1161 Fax: (417) 339-5566

By the way, the hotel fitness center gives guests an opportunity to try several types of exercise equipment, if you are considering a purchase for home. All that exercise equipment is a no-pressure way to decide if joining a gym is the right choice for you.

What To Do

The Chateau is pet-friendly and has reserved several rooms for guests with pets. Guidelines are on the web. You might choose to walk the pooch to Moonshine Beach for a little fresh Ozark air.

Truly, there is so much to do at the Chateau you may not want to leave your castle in the sky. For example, I love The Library Lounge. It invites you to spend an afternoon curled up with a good book in the cozy chairs near the grand fireplace. Then come back for a relaxed evening with friends over cocktails or coffee. Library Lounge is a casual gathering spot or perfect for intimate conversations.

Nature Walks order a picnic lunch from the Downstairs Deli before you hit the trails. Chateau property features a couple miles of beautiful trails with special views. Winter is the best time to spot Eagles over wintering in the Ozarks. See deer, wild turkeys, cranes and water birds along wilderness trails or by the lakes. (free)

The Chateau is one of the few hotels in the area that charge for internet service. And you know as a travel writer, I would be grousing about that.

If you do decide to venture outside of the hotel, consider these activities and events:

  • Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is the largest trout production facility in the Missouri Department of Conservation trout production program. Tours are free and open to the public. The hatchery and conservation center are located on Highway 165 just south of Branson, below the dam at Table Rock Lake. Guided hatchery tours are provided at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the remainder of the year, self-guided tours are available. (free)
  • Titanic Museum – is a winter delight when you can take your time and not get caught in the wave of a bus load of views. Branson’s Titanic Museum. 3235 76 Country Blvd, Branson  65616 phone: 800-381-7670. If you have never taken the Titanic Museum tour, now is a good time. You can linger as long as you like and not feel pressed by those summer crowds.

Snuggle weather at the Chateau

For More Branson Information: Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor Welcome Center . Welcome Center is at the intersection of U.S. 65 and Highway 248 (Red Route). Make this you first stop in Branson for friendly faces, free maps, brochures, Branson Vacation Guides, coffee and clean restrooms.

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