Ballwin is a southwestern suburb of St Louis, Missouri. Castlewood State Park is a popular local recreation area with a bird sanctuary and fishing and boating on the Meramec River. Circle 7 Ranch is the first pub in Missouri to offer individual taps on each table. The Range St. Louis West offers supplies, indoor shooting range and training facility. World Bird Sanctuary is a 300-acre reserve for threatened birds. Vlasis Park is famous for its annual festival. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Castlewood State Park

Castlewood State Park
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The Castlewood State Park is a 1,818-acre public recreation area on the Meramec River in St. Louis County, Missouri. The World Bird Sanctuary is located on the south end of the park. The park was established in 1974 on the land that was once the location of resort hotels and Lincoln Beach, popular party place during the first half of the 20th century. Today, the park is a favorite destination for fishing and boating on the Meramec River. It has over 26 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails. The park is considered one of the best mountain biking spots in the St. Louis area. Broad meadows are filled with wildlife and is favored by photographers and nature lovers.

1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021, Phone: 636-227-4433

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2.Circle 7 Ranch

Circle 7 Ranch
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Circle 7 Ranch is a popular taphouse, grill and a hangout place in the Ballwin’s new Ballwin Grove shopping plaza. With its reclaimed woods and oak trestle tables, barn wood walls and cozy leather booths, it is cozy and frequently pleasant and buzzing with activity. It is an adaptation on the classic sports bar model, with the Personal Table Taps that allow guests to pour their own ice-cold draft beers at their tables. The menu features homemade signature dishes, fun appetizers, fresh salads, hot soups, elaborate sandwiches and wraps. Circle 7 Ranch also has a large wraparound patio with seating for more than 100 guests.

14412 Clayton Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011, Phone: 636-220-9707

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3.The Range St. Louis West

The Range St. Louis West
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The Range St. Louis West is a state of the art indoor shooting range, training facility and retail store in Ballwin, Missouri, near St. Louis. They provide assistance with firearms, gear, and training needs on their 20 shooting lanes, each 25 yards long, in three bays. They are able to handle up to .30 caliber guns. The Range also offers different group and individual classes and more than 3,000 square feet of retail space. The clients can choose to use the range, or can train in the simulator room. The room provides the opportunity to practice in virtual real life scenarios. The range is great location for a number of social events such as meetings or conferences. The Range offers a variety of event packages to choose from. Catering options are available.

14803 Manchester Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011, Phone: 636-220-1300

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4.Faraci's Pizza

Faraci's Pizza
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Faracis Pizza in Ballwin is one of the oldest family-owned pizza parlors in St Louis area. Faraci's Pizza was established in 1968 in a small, three-table spot and continued ever since to create delicious pizzas by hand and from scratch. They use only the highest quality ingredients and the original family recipes that date back to the early 1900's. They use pure Provel cheese that they slice by hand, they grate Romano cheese by hand, make their own pizza sauce from scratch and cook it for five hours. They make their own sausages, smoke their own bacon, make their own meatballs, hamburgers and salad dressings. The pizzas are baked in a brick bottom oven to make the crust crispy and delicious. It is no wonder that the cozy and homey Faraci’s Pizza parlor is a favorite spot for getting great pizza and pasta in Ballwin.

15430 Manchester Rd #3029, Ellisville, MO 63011, Phone: 636-230-0000

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More Ideas in Missouri: Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

The Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Springfield, Missouri. Elegant Corinthian columns, a wide, airy veranda and an inviting porch swing greet guests on arrival at the Inn and echo the warm and welcoming ambiance that owners Gary and Paula Blankenship create within.

The Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast offer comfortable, home-away-from-home accommodations with country-style décor and modern amenities, and is conveniently situated within walking distance of several attractions including the Springfield Exposition Center, the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, and the JQH Arena.

The Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast feature 12 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each individually decorated by a different designer. Distinctive guest rooms feature queen or king-size beds with luxurious linens, comforters and down pillows, private bathrooms with showers and jetted spa tubs and organic bath products, and spacious living areas with fireplaces. Modern amenities abound, including flat-screen televisions with cable channels, DVD players, coffeemakers, individual climate control and complimentary wireless Internet. Guest Rooms are divided between the Main House, which houses six guestrooms, the Carriage House, which has four guest rooms and the Cottage Inn, which features two guest rooms.

Named after the acclaimed artist Rose O'Neill, the O’Neill Room is located off the second-floor parlor in the Main House and is decorated in fresh hues of twilight blue. The room features a king-size four-poster canopy bed with luxurious linens, and a private bathroom with enclosed shower and jetted spa tub for two, fresh towels and deluxe bath amenities. A spacious living area has a gas fireplace, fully stocked beverage bar with coffee maker, and opens onto a private balcony with table and chairs overlooking the beautiful gardens.

Once known as the master bedroom of the Main house, the McCann Room features a queen-size four-poster bed with luxurious linens and a private bathroom with an antique claw-foot tub and overhead shower. A well-appointed living space feature has a cozy gas fireplace, fully stocked beverage bar, coffee maker and flat screen television. Beautiful bay windows across a sunny alcove boast lovely views of the gardens.

Located on the first floor of the Main House, the Carver Room is named after George Washington Carver and features a custom built library filled with Missouri books and a comfortable winged-back reading chair next to the gas fireplace. The sitting area also features a cozy gas fireplace, fully stocked beverage bar, coffee maker, and flat screen television, the sleeping area has a custom-designed queen bed with luxurious linens, and a private bathroom has a small jetted tub/shower, fresh towels, and deluxe bath amenities.

The Rosen Room is a beautiful Victorian room named after the fourth owners of the home and decorated in rich tones of burgundy and green. The room features a four-poster queen bed with luxurious linens, and a private bathroom with original porcelain fixtures and a shower/bath combination. A comfy living area offers a wicker lounge set and flat-screen television, and the room has direct access to the communal parlor on the second floor, which has a gas fireplace, sofa and chairs and a game table.

The Wilder Room is a quaint and cozy room with a queen-size bed with handmade quilts, a private wash area with an antique claw foot tub/shower combination, a spacious living area with fully stocked beverage bar, coffee maker, and flat screen television and a delightful private treetop balcony.

The Benton Room features 15-foot high ceilings and skylights and walls adorned with the works of Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. The room has two queen-size beds with luxurious linens, and a private bathroom with an antique claw-foot tub and overhead shower. A well-appointed living space feature has a cozy gas fireplace, fully stocked beverage bar, coffee maker and flat screen television.

Guest rooms in the Carriage House include the Danzero Room, the Jewel Room, the Machino Room, and the Robertson Room, and the Cottage Inn houses the Finley Suite and the Jordan Room. All of these rooms are beautifully furnished in comfy country-style décor, with private bathrooms, spacious sitting areas, and feature modern amenities.

A full, freshly prepared hot breakfast is served every morning by the Inn’s chef and includes a variety of hot and cold dishes, fresh fruit and fruit juice, and hot coffee and tea.

In addition to the six luxurious guest rooms, the Main House features two elegant parlors with comfortable seating and a gas fireplace, a lovely dining room where breakfast is served each morning, a large kitchen and expansive decks and porches around the outside of the house for relaxing and soaking up the serenity of the gardens.

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900 E. Walnut, Springfield, Missouri 65806, Phone: 417-864-6346

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More Ideas in Missouri: Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge is the place to be for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts who also enjoy the luxury and comfort of top rated accommodations. Located in the gorgeous Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Big Cedar Lodge combines a rustic charm with all of the modern amenities of one of America’s best wilderness resorts. There is no shortage of activities for guests to involve themselves in at Big Cedar. There are even two nature parks right at the doorstep of the resort—Top of the Rock and Dogwood Canyon Park. Guests can choose from many different types of accommodations including log cabins or suites. Dining options are seemingly endless right at the resort and even within easy distance of the resort in nearby Branson. Guests will love the excellent hospitality, the breathtaking scenic views and the refreshing mountain air at Big Cedar Lodge. It is the ideal resort for families, couples, singles and business travelers.

There are 259 rustic, yet elegant accommodations available at Big Cedar Lodge, including lodges, cabins and cottages. Each has a different floor plan and can accommodate differing group sizes.

Big Cedar Lodge offers guests private, secluded log cabin accommodations which have the feeling of rustic living but with top quality amenities and fixtures such as limestone fireplaces and large, luxurious bathtubs. The cabins are scattered throughout the property, some within the wooded areas and some along the lakeside, but all will provide guest with a true home away from home. Despite being secluded, each cabin is still close to dining options and other resort activities and amenities.

The cozy cottages offered at Big Cedar provide guests with differing floor plans to house small and large groups alike. Within this category there are Deluxe Cottages, Bass Pro Shop Lakeside Cottages and The Spa Cottage. The Deluxe Cottages are one room, some with a fireplace, and provide anywhere between 290 to 365 square feet of space. These cottages will accommodate up to two guests. The Bass Pro Lakeside Cottages are available as a one bedroom with loft, a two bedroom or a two bedroom family suite. Each features a covered porch area and all in this category are along the lakeside. These will allow anywhere from four to six guests depending upon the cottage selected.

The Spa Cottage is built over top of the creek on the property in close proximity to the Cedar Creek Spa. It is the ideal location for relaxation and rest. This cottage is for up to two guests and features a King size bed and open floor plan. Guests will be in awe of the glass floor where the creek below is visible.

There are Rooms available at Big Cedar as well and they come in a choice of Value, Deluxe and Premier. Value rooms are available with either one or two queen beds. The single bed rooms will allow one to two guests, while the double queen rooms can hold four to five people. These rooms have outdoor access only and no elevators. The Deluxe rooms come with one or two queens, or as a one bedroom or a two bedroom with kitchenette. The Deluxe rooms range in size from 420 to 560 square feet and allow for a range of 4 to 7 guests depending upon the configuration chosen. The Deluxe rooms are found in the Falls Lodge, The Spring View Lodge and the Valley View Lodge.

Premier Rooms can be found within the Spring View Lodge and the Falls Lodge. Each features a king size bed, private balcony or patio overlooking either the lake or the valley and about 420 square feet of space. The Premier rooms will accommodate from 2 to 3 guests.

For the ultimate in luxury, comfort and spacious living, guests can stay in either the Governor’s Suite or The Villa. The Governor’s Suite is perfect for large families or groups traveling together or even special occasions or events. There is a master bedroom boasting a king size bed, its own private balcony and luxurious ensuite bathroom. There are two additional bedrooms, each with queen size beds and private bathrooms. Up above there is a loft housing two queen size beds and an additional bathroom. To add to the comfort of this suite, there is a full size kitchen and living room complete with TV and DVD player. Guests can enjoy a leisurely game of billiards in the billiards room or lounge on the deck overlooking the resort and lake. With over 2500 square feet of elegant, rustic log-style décor, this suite will house 10 to 12 guests. The Villa is located three miles away from Big Cedar Lodge, offering all luxuries and amenities guests could dream of. There is an Infinity pool and spa with a hot tub, a billiards room, 2 large stone fireplaces and a home theater system for entertainment. Within the Villa there are two gourmet kitchens--perfect for the family chef, five full bathrooms plus two half baths, two dining rooms complete with lake views, a patio with loads of outdoor furniture and an astounding six bedrooms with four private balconies. This stunning, ultra-luxurious suite will accommodate up to 14 guests in an amazing 7000 square feet of living space.

At Big Cedar Lodge, guests will never feel hungry or without choice. Food is a passion at the Lodge with restaurants on-site, room service options as well as food-on-the-go for anyone wishing to explore the area and take along food.

Devil’s Pool Restaurant is a casual dining experience with an old, rustic, log cabin feel but with elegance. The bark covered log walls and exposed rafters, along with the gorgeous mahogany bar, said to be over 100 years old, are all fitting for this charming Adirondack inspired restaurant. There is outdoor seating on the patio, which overlooks the pool and the gorgeous scenery. Devil’s Pool Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it is recommended guests make dinner reservations, especially in high season, since tables fill up quickly.

Truman Coffee & Café is a quaint, Tudor style bistro type restaurant service up coffee, tea, espresso and many other specialty hot drinks first thing in the morning starting at 6:30 a.m., along with a simple, yet delicious breakfast menu. They are also happy to serve a lunch menu which also includes children’s options. In the summer months, the café offers an evening meal as well, which is not as extensive as the other restaurants on-site, for anyone wishing to enjoy a light, easy meal. Soups, sandwiches, salads and even ice cream are found on the menu.

The Worman House restaurant is built in the 1920’s originally and has been restored. Guests will love the handmade stained glass windows and beams made of railway ties. The restaurant boasts amazing views of Table Rock Lake. This space is perfect for private functions or special occasions. They often host special dinners for holidays as well.

Guests can opt to dine in the comfort of their own accommodations since there is room service available at Big Cedar Lodge from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. It takes just a simple call and guests can enjoy a bite to eat from the Room Service Menu, which includes simple, light breakfast items, hearty full breakfast meals, and an all-day menu with something for every appetite. Children will love having a Kids menu to choose from as well.

If guests would like to make their own creations, Big Cedar offers their Backyard Baskets, which are delivered to their door. These baskets feature meats, side dishes and condiments, all ready to grill or cook up in-room or on the barbecue. There is steak, chicken, burgers, and hot dogs available and each basket is priced per person. All items in the basket are uncooked except dessert and baked potatoes.

For guests on the go, both breakfast and lunch are available in boxed selections. Guests can call and arrange to pick these up with one hour notice.

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Located just below Devil’s Pool Restaurant is Buzzard Bar, a fun, laid back atmosphere for guests to enjoy a few drinks and nightly entertainment. They do have a menu as well, including a Kids Menu should guests wish to bring along the family. They are open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight. Guests will find pizza, burgers and hearty entrees as well. The cocktail and beer menu includes signature drinks such as The Bull Moose and The Ozark Sunset. There is an outdoor patio overlooking the pool to enjoy a drink outside in the fresh mountain air.

Buffalo Bar is located below the Osage Restaurant at the Top of the Rock Golf Course. The atmosphere is cozy and semi-casual with a beautiful view of Table Rock Lake. They serve a full dinner menu as well, for anyone wishing to enjoy a meal in a more casual environment after a round of golf. The outdoor patio features comfortable seating surrounding an outdoor fire pit.

Within the Osage Restaurant, guests will find a stairway leading downwards to the End of the Trail All-American Wine Cellar. Guests will find a wine tasting bar, a cigar and cognac room and also a whiskey room. For anyone seeking a banquet space, the End of the Trail All-American Wine Cellar has a wonderful space. There is a glass door which opens to reveal the infinity pool which seems to run seamlessly into Table Rock Lake.

Cedar Creek Spa at Big Cedar offers guests 11 treatment rooms, each with their own cozy fireplace, in an 18,000 square foot facility. The relaxing, tranquil atmosphere will have guests feeling at ease the moment they arrive. The spa boasts a gorgeous décor, including stone floors, timber ceilings, stained glass pieces and antique lighting fixtures. Guests can experience the exclusive “Ozark Rain Experience”, which is a Vichy shower body treatment, or indulge in one of many types of massage. The indoor grotto pool is a relaxing, peaceful area with candles surrounding for a calming touch, which will have guests feeling like they are in their own secret paradise. The warmth of the pool is always great followed up by a treatment in the “Ice Room”, a cold therapy treatment area. There is also a salon on-site for hair treatments and styling as well as pedicures and manicures. The Cedar Creek Spa offers services exclusively for men and children as well, so there are options for the entire family to enjoy.

For bridal parties, large groups or special occasions, the Spa Suite is available for rental. This suite is adorned by stonework and lots of comfortable seating for the entire party. There are vanities for doing hair and make-up, plus a private outdoor patio and a large stone fireplace. There is a luncheon menu available if the party wishes to have a bite to eat while enjoying their treatments and make a day of it.

The Kid’s Club is available daily and runs in three hour sessions for children ages 4 to 12 to enjoy many outdoor games, activities and crafts. Families will love the welcome bonfires, dive-in movies and making s’mores by the fire. Children will be excited to participate in the Kids’ Fishing Bonanza which is offered on a seasonal basis. Families can head to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, closeby, to enjoy scenic trail rides which are great for all rider skill level. Big Cedar Lodge also offers packages specifically with families in mind. There are multiple lodging options available at Big Cedar which will accommodate families small and large.

Golf

Practically at the doorstep of Big Cedar Lodge, guests will find Top of the Rock Golf Course. This course is breathtaking and stunning with unbeatable views from above of the Ozarks. It is the first par 3 course to ever be included in a professional championship. This golf course boasts a 70,000 square foot putting facility, known as the Himalayas, plus a practice facility which was designed by golfing legend, Arnold Palmer. For any golfer, this course is a “must do” when in the area.

Buffalo Ridge is also a closeby option for guests wishing to get in a round of golf. Players will find themselves up close and personal with nature, native grasses and even roaming buffalo from the nearby Nature Park. Buffalo Ridge has been rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by Golf Digest Magazine. It is an 18 hole course, which was originally named Branson Creek Golf Club, but has undergone many changes and is now Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course.

Brand new to Big Cedar Lodge is the Gary Player Course, a family-friendly golf course. This is intended to welcome in new comers to the game and caters specifically to beginner through novice players. Kids and newbies alike will feel less intimidated by this course than a large championship course. It is perfect for Big Cedar Lodge, since there are many families who enjoy staying at the Lodge.

A wedding at Big Cedar Lodge will surely be an unforgettable, spectacular event. The staff will work very hard to ensure the bride and groom have exactly the day they have dreamt about. Couples can choose from the many venue options available, including four chapels, expansive lawns, quaint patios, wondrous waterfalls, and a luxurious banquet hall. Weddings of all sizes are welcome at Big Cedar, even quick elopements can be arranged with the assistance of the helpful event staff.

There are several flexible meeting spaces which are ideal for anything from family reunions to conferences to corporate incentive trips. Groups up to 1000 people can be accommodated. Big Cedar Lodge has expert technicians on staff which are always available to assist with any audio/visual needs. Many corporations find themselves booking year after year to come back to Big Cedar.

The Worman House is also a perfect venue for special occasions, private functions and large group gatherings.

Eco-Friendly Features

Big Cedar Lodge is very proud to be an environmentally conscious resort. They’re efforts to conserve the natural environment around them shows in the beauty of the grounds and well-maintained gardens. The landscaping team works hard to take care of the soil in order to grow healthy, flourishing plants and vegetation. They have an extensive composting program, from horse manure to kitchen scraps, to create rich, nutrient soil for their gardens. Only organic fertilizers are used in the spring for fertilizing the grounds.

Big Cedar Lodge also boasts having an Environmental Plan, which includes an extensive recycling program, a towel re-use program, use of low flow and low energy appliances, and participating in the “Clean the World” program which recycles bath products.

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612 Devil's Pool Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739, Phone: 417-335-2777

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