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Are you searching for peace and quiet, perhaps longing for some time away from the noise and hectic lifestyle of the city? The Homestead Bed & Breakfast can fulfill your dreams.
Ken and Marcia Smith strive to maintain a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You won't find anything fancy or Victorian here. We offer more of a laid back, make yourself at home kind of place.
You will find a mile long drive through the woods to get to our log cabin. You won't hear road noises, sirens or trains. You will be surrounded by tree covered hills and valleys, no houses. So peaceful it's impossible to be stressed. We are so far off the beaten path that your cell phone will NOT work here. It's a great place to enjoy nature, even if it is only from the front porch which is an inviting place to 'just sit' and look at the view of the Ozark hills. You will also see a wide variety of birds. We have several feeders in the yard so most evenings there will be deer or turkey or bunnies coming in for a snack.
We invite all our guests to explore our 75 acres of woods. There are several wide nature trails cut through the woods and two park-like picnic areas by the creek with tree trunk benchs and a fire ring. A picnic lunch and blanket can be provided for your enjoyment with advance notice.
On the back deck of our log cabin you will find a hot tub that sits in front of a large stained-glass window. Our guests can enjoy the 'tubbing' experience with built in mood lighting and cooler to keep your wine chilled. A fire in the fireplace and the milky way above make it a very romantic and a very private experience. We have a large rock firepit just off the back deck if our guests just want to sit around a roaring fire. You will probably hear coyotes and owls. In the summer, tree frog singing will fill the air. When the weather turns nippy, we have plenty of wool blankets to wrap up in to help you stay warm. We have a stocked pond by our small cottage. Our guests are welcome to fish from the dock, catch and release, please.
Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri State Fair
3 Local Wineries
Historic Downtown Sedalia
Historic Cole Camp
Stover, Missouri is about as central as you can get in Central Missouri. It is only about 30 minutes from all the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer. Conveniently located in the heart of Missouri, The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest's premier lake resort destination, offering world-class boating, golfing, shopping and fishing, and a wide variety of lodging, restaurants, state parks, and other recreational activities to suit any budget and taste. Lake of the Ozarks vacations are defined by the Lake and its many waterfront accommodations, restaurants, and recreational and entertainment venues.
IF you prefer big city excitement, Stover is about 1 and 1/2 hours from Columbia and approximately 3 hours from St. Louis. It is the perfect base camp for exploring central Missouri and beyond. Enjoy all the big cities have to offer, but come home to the quite small town atmosphere of Stover.
Here are just a few of the area attractions:
Air Lake Aviation
573-348-1088 or 888-759-2311
Airlake Aviation will awaken you to the beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding area on one of our breathtaking SCENIC FLIGHTS. Send a message or advertise your business to thousands of people at once by BANNER TOWING your customized billboard. Maybe the time is right to realize your dream of being a pilot with our personalized, individualized FLIGHT INSTRUCTION. Looking for a nice AERIAL PHOTO of the lake or your home to hang on the wall we can provide you with digital images to do with what you please for a low cost.
Westside Lanes is located at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. No more than 30 minutes from anywhere on the Lake. Totally remodeled in 2006, with state of the art automatic scoring, cosmic lighting effects, a rockin' sound system and amusement area. To satisfy your hunger and thirst needs we offer a family dining restaurant, snack bar, pizza, and a full service bar.
Isle of Capri Casino
800-THE ISLE or 660-882-1468
Isle of Capri Boonville has over 900 slots, 27 table games, a live poker room, 3 delicious restaurants and an elegant 140-room hotel. Break out of the ordinary and get into the excitement!
Bridal Cave/Thunder Mountain Park
For more than 63 years, Bridal Cave has been a favorite family attraction. Discovered by the Osage Indians centuries ago, Bridal Cave lies beneath Thunder Mountain. It’s said to have been the site of the legendary Native American Wedding ceremony in the early 1800s. Today, Bridal Cave is still reserved by those who wish to have a truly unique and romantic wedding ceremony. In fact, more than 2,150 couples from around the globe have exchanged vowels in the adorned Bridal Chapel.
Jacob's Cave/Zwanzig Campground
Largest and Best decorated cave in the Lake area! Enjoy a one mile tour over a level concrete sidewalk. Jacob’s Cave offers the latest in indirect lighting and is the only walk through cave in Missouri that is completely handicap accessible.
Big Surf Waterpark
Dive into big fun at Big Surf Family Fun Water Park, Lake of the Ozarks! Raging Rapids, the Space Bowl, Lazy River, the Wave Pool and the awesome Zambezi Falls are just a few of the exciting features here. Build a sand castle, shoot some hoops or get into an exciting game of volleyball! A full service snack bar is on site to give you plenty of energy for your day at Big Surf. Groups of any size are welcome to host parties at Big Surf – and don’t forget Big Shot Family Fun Park is next door with even more family fun features!
Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark
Our new indoor waterpark centers on a three-story "Ozark wilderness" tree house area topped with a six foot wide wooden bucket. The treehouse is complete with suspension bridges, web crawls, water blasters and lots more interactive fun. Beware - the giant bucket tips every 2 minutes, cascading more than 700 gallons of water on those standing below - prepare to get wet! Timber Falls also features over 600 feet of water slides (two slides from the tree house and two from an adjacent tower), an activity pool with water basketball and other games, a 21-seat whirlpool for family relaxation, and a lazy river area for tube floating.
180 acres of beautiful trail rides. Both indoor & outdoor arenas. Specialized training in Horse care & communication, rider confidence & patience, partnership & teamwork skills. Special group programs & private parties. Professional instruction provided for children and adults. Horse Boarding. Spring & summer camps. Veterinarian lives on premises.
Camden County Museum
The Camden County Museum in Linn creek is housed in what was once the Linn Creek School located on V Road just off US Hwy 54. Each classroom has been devoted to a specific theme, ranging from archives to a weaving room, where woven rugs can actually be purchased. Other exhibits include antique household furnishings, tools (including a commercial forge), banking equipment, and a community service room featuring facilities from former schools, doctors, dentists and churches in the area.
CreationXpo and DinoSpace Adventure
1163 S. Business Rt 5, P.O. Box 1733, Camdenton
573-346-5516 or 866-938-6746
CreationXpo is the Lake's first creation science center presenting world history from a creation perspective. Discover your worldview, the nature of the universe, the story of life, what the Bible says, and America's great experiment in Godly government. Our new coffee shop and concession area is due to open in June.
CreationXpo is also fun. Visit our outdoor DinoSpace Adventure, the long-running fun outdoor learning place for kids and adults at Lake of the Ozarks, on the same property as CreationXP. Go on an adventure to the land of the dinosaurs where civilized technology confronts dangerous beasts. Build and launch a paper rocket, fight off giant beasts with the water balloon Slingasaurus, ride the Pterodactyl Glide zip line, and climb into a tree on the Liftasaurus. Great family fun.
Miller County Museum
2005 Hwy 52, Tuscumbia
The building and the museum serve as a monument for the proud culture of the Miller County people. As a folk life museum, it provides an authentic vision of central Missouri socity, its Native American heritage, early home accessories, machines, crafts, schools, churches and agriculture.
Morgan County Museum
120 N. Monroe, Versailles
Twenty-eight rooms of the hotel are uniquely decorated in different themes, including a chapel room, weaving room, barbershop room, schoolroom and the Miss Lucy room, in honor of the last surviving member of the Martin Family.
National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church
PO Box 1250, Laurie
The Shrine is known as the Mothers' Shrine and is probably the most meaningful shrine in the country, featuring the Mothers' Wall of Life with names of mothers engraved in the black granite, regardless of race, color or creed. A beautiful outdoor shrine with a 14 ft. sculpture of Mary standing above the fountains. Visitors of all denominations are welcome.
1 Willmore Lane, Lake Ozark
573-964-1008 or 800-451-4117
Located just northeast of Bagnell Dam on Business Hwy. 54, this historic log building was completed in 1930 by the Union Electric Company, (now AmerenUE). It served as an administrative and entertainment center for the mammoth Bagnell Dam construction project, an endeavor of such magnitude that it destroyed or displaced five towns, created a man-made lake with a shoreline rivaling Lake Michigan's in length, and created a new tourism economy in central Missouri that thrives to this day.
Main Street Music Hall
Audiences of all ages love the Main Street Opry. Now in its 14th season, this two-hour high-energy variety show has fans both new and returning, breaking attendance records every year! That’s because every show is packed with a well balanced variety of extraordinary musicianship, vocals, humor, patriotism and faith that leaves the audiences longing to return, and bring a friend. The show is produced in such a way that it stimulates the senses as it draws the audience in. Visually, the show offers incredibly glamorous gowns, creative and authentic costuming and high tech stage and lighting equipment. Breath taking harmonies help guide the audience on a trip through memory lane, with a salute to the greatest artists and music that have been the signature sounds of each era. And it appeals to the heart, because of the strong sense of patriotism and moving gospel medleys that pay tribute to God and Country. It’s an experience worth far more than the ticket price for a seat. You won’t regret seeing a show at the Main Street Opry!
Royal Arts Council - Royal Theatre
Community Theatre and Concert and Art Show Venue
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1-800-334-6946 / (573) 346-2986
It contains over 3,600 acres on the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks and is located five miles southwest of Camdenton on State Road D. There are 12 hiking trails (16 miles total) of various lengthwhich take you to such places as Devil¹s Kitchen and Turkey Pen Hollowand there are 8 known caves. The park has numerous picnic areas, two of which are shelters that can be rented for events and a playground. A Trail and Natural Area Guide is available at the visitor¹s center at the park entrance, along with outside exhibits. Visitors for the day can easily arrive by boat or car. (No overnight camping.) The natural surroundings equal the impressiveness of the ruins. Geologically, the area is an example of ³karst² topography, characterized by sinks, caves, underground streams and natural bridges. Huge caves have collapsed and created a large theater-like pit known as the coliseum. Legend has it the coliseum was used for Native American tribal meetings. One of Missouri¹s largest springs is located in the park and feeds an average of 48 million gallons of water a day into the Niangua Arm of the Lake.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
573-348-2694 or 573-346-2500
Many Lake area visitors don’t realize a 17,441 acre playground lies just to the south of Osage Beach. Lake of the Ozarks State Park is Missouri’s largest and can provide a pleasant diversion while vacationing in the Lake area. The park has 85 miles of shoreline and two public beaches, plus boat launching areas. Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport has a 6,500 by 100ft runway, plus terminal building, parallel taxiway, fuel and tiedown service. Hiking trails, horseback riding stable and four organized youth camps are offered. The Grand Glaize Arm of the Lake dissects the park with over 85 miles of shoreline. You will discover many of the park’s facilities along this water corridor at Public Beach #1 at the end of Hwy 134 and at Public Beach #2 (Grand Glaize Beach), 1.5 miles south of the Grand Glaize Bridge on Hwy 54 in Osage Beach.