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Accolades

Big Cedar Lodge has been honored with numerous awards for our genuine hospitality and environmental commitment: 

  • 2018 | Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: No. 1 Resort in the Midwest
  • 2018 | Links Magazine, Top 10 Golf Courses: Missouri, Buffalo Ridge Springs
  • 2018 | AY Magazine, Best of 2018: Best Resort in Northwest Arkansas
  • 2018 | ConventionSouth, Trendiest Resorts: The South’s Top 15 Trendiest Resorts
  • 2018 | Southern Living, South’s Best: #8 South’s Best Resorts
  • 2018 | U.S. News & World Report, Best Hotels Rankings: #3 Best Hotels in Missouri
  • 2018 | The Knot, Best of Weddings: Hall of Fame Winner

  • 2017 | Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: No. 1 Resort in the Midwest
  • 2017 | Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: #15 Best Hotels and Resorts for Families
  • 2017 | Travel + Leisure, The Best Hotel in Every State, Missouri
  • 2017 | Conde Nast Traveler, Readers’ Choice Awards: #3 Top Resort in the Midwest
  • 2017 | ConventionSouth, Readers’ Choice Awards: Top Resort in Missouri
  • 2017 | Citiscapes Magazine, Best of Northwest Arkansas Reader’s Poll: Best Getaway Destination Lodging
  • 2017 | Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award, Top 5 Best Resort in the Americas for Rockies/Great Plains category
  • 2017 | Money Inc., Top 5 Lakeside Resorts in the United States
  • 2017 | Forbes.com, Player course named Top 9 most eagerly awaited course openings for 2017
  • 2017 | Reader’s Choice “Favorites of the Four States”, Best Couples Vacation Destination

  • 2016 | Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: No. 1 Resort in the Midwest
  • 2016 | Conde Nast Traveler, Reader’s Choice Awards: Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest
  • 2016 | The Knot, Best of Weddings: Best Venues and Best Receptions
  • 2016 | Golf.com, America’s No. 1 Most Inspiring Practice Range
  • 2016 | Meetings Today, Best of MidAmerica 2016
  • 2016 | Family Vacation Critic, 2016 Family Vacation Critic Favorite

  • 2015 | Conde Nast Traveler, Reader’s Choice Awards: #2 Best Resorts in the Midwest
  • 2015 | Tripping.com, Best Public Golf Course in the US, Missouri
  • 2015 | Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: #49 Best U.S. Hotel for Families
  • 2015 | BRIDES magazine, Best Venues in America, 2015: Midwest

  • 2014 | Travel + Leisure Magazine, Named one the Top 500 World's Best Hotels
  • 2014 | Travel + Leisure Magazine, Named one of the Top Hotels for Families
  • 2014 | Conde Nast Traveler, Top Resorts in the Midwest-Voted #2
  • 2014 | Conde Nast Traveler Gold List
     
  • 2013 | Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2013
  • 2013 | Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List - Voted One of the Best Places on Earth
  • 2013 | Travel + Leisure Magazine, World's Best Hotels for Families-Voted #6 Nationwide
  • 2013 | Conde Nast Traveler, Top Resorts of the South-Voted #6

  • 2012 | 417 Magazine, Best Overnight Stay in Branson
  • 2012 | Springfield News-Leader, Best Branson Resort
  • 2012 | Midwest Living Magazine, Top 25 Places to Celebrate Christmas
  • 2012 | American Hotel & Lodging Association, Ongoing, Special Events Award
     
  • 2011 | MO Recycling Association, Outstanding Business Recycling/ Waste Reduction Award
  • 2011 | City of Branson, Green Initiative Award for efforts in recycling, conservation and sustainability
  • 2011 | Golf Pro, PGA Horton Smith Award – Brenndan Cooper
  • 2011 | Ingrams Magazine, Best of Business – Kansas City Awards
  • 2011 | Arkansas Times, Reader's Choice Best Resort
  • 2011 | 417 Magazine's Best of 417 Reader's Poll –  Overnight Stay in Branson  
  • 2011 | Wall Street Journal, "Best of the Best"
  • 2011 | Southern Living, "One of the Top 10 Resorts in the Country"
  • Ongoing |  Member of Preferred Resorts and Hotels 
  • 2010 | Conde Nast Traveler, Top 100 Mainland U.S. Resorts
  • 2010 | 417 Magazine, Best Weekend Getaway - Best of 417's Reader's Poll
  • 2010 | 417 Magazine, Best Appetizer (Chicken Livers), Devil's Pool Restaurant
  • 2010 | 417 Magazine, Best Brunch, Devil's Pool Restaurant
  • 2010 | 417 Magazine, Best Outdoor Dining, Top of the Rock
  • 2010 | Hospitality and Design Magazine, Architecture and Design Award

  • 2009 |  Meetings and Incentive Travel, Elite Certified Award, Excellence in the areas of Hospitality, Food, Beverage,                Service and Amenities
  • 2009 |  Missouri's Best, Reader's Poll Best in-State Off-Site Retreat Spot
  • 2009 |  US Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division – Presented for Excellence
     
  • 2008 | Springfield News Leader, Best Branson Resort
  • 2008 | Ingrams Magazine, Best of Business – Kansas City Awards
  • 2008 | Springfield News Leader, Best Romantic Getaway      
  • 2007 | American Hotel and Lodging Association, Good Earthkeeping Property
  • 2004 | Connoisseur's Choice, Resorts and Great Hotels 
  • 2000 | National Arbor Day Foundation, Good Steward Award
  • 1999 | Audubon International, Environmental Stewardship Award – Top of the Rock 
  • 1998 | American Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award
  • 1998 | American Society of Landscape Architects, Civic Award
  • 1998 | Landscape Management Magazine, Top 100 Recognition
  • 1997 |  Certified as Audubon International Signature Sanctuary 
  • 1996 |  State of Missouri Governor's Treescape Award
  • 1996 | Chocolate Extravaganza, #1 Candy, #1 Dessert and #1 Best Exhibitor
  • 1996 | Best Corporate Retreat Venue (Day/Overnight) - The big Gold winner is Big Cedar
  • 1996 | National Restaurant Association, Great Menu Award - 2nd place

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park 

  • 2011 | Best Place to Get in touch with Nature – Best of 417 Magazine Reader's Poll
  • 2010 | Top Five Attractions – Chicago Tribune

"Dogwood Canyon is the prettiest place I've ever seen." – Tim Tucker, Senior Writer at Bassmaster Magazine

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