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Stonewater Cove Does It ALL for You!

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September 2018
Story by: Susan Gimotty

Stonewater Cove Does It ALL for You!

Managing the busy schedules of teenagers keeps this family on the go—too often in different directions—and we cherish those rare hours when we all can be together. So when we had the opportunity to visit an all-inclusive resort in the middle of the lush Mark Twain National Forest, we grabbed it. Even though we are not a truly outdoorsy family (our camping record includes a number of semi-fails), we do really enjoy adventure and outdoor sports, and the promise of resort luxuries lured us.

The three-and-a-half-hour drive from Kansas City delivered us to Stonewater Cove Resort’s beautiful 500 acres and a luxurious three-day adventure. The warm staff greeted us upon our arrival and led the way to our spacious three-bedroom cabin overlooking Table Rock Lake. Our youngest daughter made sure our unpacking was quick, because she was eager to hop in the awaiting pool, complete with waterfalls!

Dinner that evening was a gourmet experience in the lodge’s western-facing dining room. The resort offers four- and five-course dinners nightly, and for little ones, they offer freshly prepared children’s entrees or smaller portions of adult menu items. To top off our first day, our family embarked on a sunset boat ride to enjoy the starlit evening.

The next day we packed full with outdoor adventures, including zip lining, kayaking and riding on ATVs. Stonewater Cove’s knowledgeable staff escorted us in their six-person ATV out to the zip-lining site, which contains five zip lines, all unique. We then spent time driving our own ATV, a brand new experience for me. Riding through Stonewater Cove’s expansive property and taking in the lake views were exhilarating. Our guides made us feel confident and safe in both zip lining and riding ATVs—something this mom appreciates!

In the afternoon, we had some free time and enjoyed leisurely kayaking on the river. Unwinding with our teenagers and sampling adventurous activities city life doesn’t typically provide made this get-away so worthwhile.

Water-skiing and tubing on the lake filled several hours of our final day at Stonewater Cove. Our kids have water-skied only a few times, and watching them tackle new challenges was so fun for my husband and me. Some of our kids needed more coaching than others, and the staff provided precisely what each needed—very patiently!

As a matter of fact, the way the staff did all the prep work for our activities and attended to all our needs made us feel like royalty. Thanks to their service, adrenalin-fueled outdoor adventures were thrilling and relaxing! Winding down that last vacation day, we played horseshoes and mini golf, and then chose from three delectable main dishes for our dining finale.

Stonewater Cove is truly a hidden gem sparkling in the Ozarks of Missouri. We felt like we were on a private retreat away from the hustle and bustle of real life. I was not exactly sure to what degree “all-inclusive” would be when we first learned about this resort, but now I know: At Stonewater Cove, all-inclusive means they do it ALL for you. The staff knew us by name, catered to our needs and allowed us to customize our days, enabling us to make family memories easily. This rustic but elegant resort provided us with the perfect balance of adventurous activities and times of total relaxation to unplug from our busy lives—together!

Read the full article: “Stonewater Cove Does It ALL for You!” (KC Parent – September, 2018)

Better Lake Than Never

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August 2018
Story by: Joy Pecknold





Better Lake Than Never

Craving a lake escape? Make a break for one of these seven picturesque properties right by fresh bodies of water that offer refreshing activities to match.

Stonewater Cove Resort | Table Rock Lake, Missouri

The Ozarks offer all kinds of family-friendly adventures, and Stonewater Cove Resort makes it extra easy with all-inclusive meals, valet parking, Wi-Fi, kayaking and fishing. On-site, take advantage of the pool, hot tub, bocce ball courts and swim dock. Go beyond by booking a guided ATV ride, zip-line tour or wake boarding excursion. In other words, the phrase “I’m bored” has likely never been uttered here.

Read the full article: “Better Lake Than Never” (Kiwi Collection-Passport-August,2018)

12 Scenic Getaways to Make the Most of Your Fall

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October 2017
Story by: Katie Pollock Estes

12 Scenic Getaways to Make the Most of Your Fall

Stellar vacations don’t have to be exhausting, and they don’t have to be halfway across the globe. Sometimes, the best fall escape is one that’s easy-breezy, and 417-land is the perfect jumping-off point for a nearby trip that lets you sit back, relax and just enjoy the view.

Both luxurious and wild, Stonewater Cove Resort offers a ton of adventures at Table Rock Lake. Photo courtesy Stonewater Cove Resort

A Trip into the Wild

Play hard and relax hard—that’s what defines your days at Stonewater Cove Resort. Set in the forest on the edge of Table Rock Lake, this spot offers outdoorsy options for adrenaline junkies who want to connect with the wild Ozarks but rest in luxury. Trails that weave through the woods are available for ATV rides, and there are zip lines you can ride to sail through the trees. After a day spent out in the sun, you can relax at the spa with a hot stone massage before you indulge in a gourmet meal from a menu that changes daily. Dining is included in the rate. The activities at Stonewater Cove can be guided (fishing, ATV tours, wakeboarding, cruises, helicopter tours and more) or can be done solo (hiking, swimming in the pool, mini golf, lawn games and more), and there are even kids programs for the little ones in your crew.

Read the full article: “12 Scenic Getaways to Make the Most of Your Fall” (417 Magazine – October,2017)


June-July 2017
Story by: Kayla Branstetter

The Great Escape

What is the thrall of a vacation or a romantic get-away? I have experienced a long line of trips that opened my eyes to not only culture, food, people, and sights, but exhaustion, indecisiveness, and frustrations. When my husband and I return home from a trip, I feel I need a vacation from my vacation.

Finally, I know the perfect place for vacation and relaxation for couples and families alike, and this place is local. Imagine erasing long security lines, flight delays, traffic jams, long lines, waiting lists, and decisions; instead, imagine being surrounded by the tranquility of nature, lake, comfort, and better yet, no hassle or hidden costs. After a visit to this magical place, I think back over my past trips, they suddenly seem preposterously stressed, as if for all these years, my family and I vacationed wrong.

So, what changed my mind about my previous trips? The resort, Stonewater Cove, located outside of Shell Knob, Missouri. After one visit, I realized what I missed from my past trips, true relaxation and solitude.

As I drove to Stonewater Cove, I endured slow drivers and construction work that resulted in one-lane traffic—in other words, I surrendered to the feelings of frustration, annoyance, and aggravation. However, the moment I turned onto Stallion Bluff Road, a new feeling crept into my emotions—peace as I discovered an old friend, nature. With the turn of each corner, the stress of society disappeared into a memory as the trees wrapped their limbs around me and the mountains smiled as if to welcome me back from civilization.

When I arrived and exited my vehicle, I listened to the trickling of water and noticed nature encircling my husband and me. I turned to my husband and whispered, “This place is gorgeous. I already feel relaxed.” We opened the wooden-carved doors to the lodge, where Adam greeted us with a warm and welcoming smile. As he gave us a tour of the grounds and introduced us to the staff, I began to feel like family for the staff mirrored Adam’s hospitality.

After our tour, my husband and I strolled through the resort’s grounds, admiring the beauty, the seclusion, and tranquility before returning to the lodge for dinner. All meals are served in the main lodge, with the main show centered on witnessing the sunset over Table Rock Lake.

Chef Singyn Hunter enhances one’s experience at Stonewater Cove, for everything he creates is made from scratch and beautifully placed on display for guests. His international experience brings culture, flavor, and a uniqueness to every plate. His culinary skills matches those of the most skilled chefs around the world, without the top chef price, for three meals per day are included with the resort’s nightly rate, and I promise, no guest ever goes hungry with Singyn Hunter’s cooking.

At the conclusion of dinner, and in the sweet silence of the sun set, my husband and I sat on a rocking chair, watching the sun’s final good-bye as it slowly faded into the lake, with the light blue sky vanishing into the pink reflecting off the tranquility of the water, to form a perfect silhouette of the Ozark Mountains. Soon the sun disappeared and the stars awaken.  For the first time in a long time, we found pleasure in simply observing one of nature’s most perfect gift, the sunset. During this moment, I agreed with writer and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “In the woods, we return to reason and faith.”

The journey to this place began in 2000, when the Bond family purchased the land, with the hopes of one day opening a resort. After the purchase, they spent from 2000 until 2004 building roads and preparing the area for construction—with official construction beginning in 2004. This endeavor was a family decision for the Bond family always enjoyed visiting Table Rock Lake and desired to design the perfect vacation. They pulled from their own various experiences to create a rugged, luxurious getaway for couples, families, friends, weddings, or anyone  interested in a flexible schedule complete with activities for everyone—spa services, ATVs, zip-lining, hiking, sunset cruises, pool, miniature golf, canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking, fishing trips, seasonal horseback riding, and more. With the beauty of nature coupled with the activities and friendly staff, the area forces one to disconnect from phones and create memories.

Words and pictures will never truly capture the heart and ambience of the resort for the Bond family placed much care, love, and personality into their resort, and they continue to place much care, love, and personality into their resort. Overall, this resort is not a corporation looking for numbers, but a family and staff who truly go above and beyond to make one’s experience as relaxing and hassle-free as possible. In other words, they strive to spoil their guests.

I love to travel to create new memories, meet new people, and experience a new culture, but I have never experienced anything like Stonewater Cove, and as a local, I am proud to discover such a special place exist within our hills and hollows of the region.

Read the full article: “The Great Escape” (Hills and Hollows Magazine)

The 15 Most Romantic Places in Missouri!

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Story by Katherine Teel for Best Things Missouri

11. Stonewater Cove, Shell Knob, MO

Something about water soothes and comforts us, and that’s even more true when we share it with someone we love. Stonewater Cove on Table Rock Lake takes advantage of its stunning natural location, and adds to its luxury, privacy, and the hospitality of a family-owned resort. When you add the in-house adventure offerings, and access to Branson and other regional destinations, this will be a vacation you and your sweetheart will never forget.

March 31, 2017
Story by Vanessa Righeimer for Only In Your State

Have you ever wanted to escape to the great outdoors without having to set up camp? At this resort in Missouri, you can. Enjoy all the perks of a state park without having to sleep in a tent on the ground. For a luxurious overnight stay surrounded by lush forest and a gorgeous lake, head on over to Stonewater Cove.
Stonewater Cove Spa and Resort is located on the shores of Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, Missouri.

The resort is surrounded by 500 acres of lush forestry. Tucked away in the Mark Twain National Forest, this is about as remote as you can get for a luxury resort.
With each reservation, guests will be given the “Full American Plan” which features luxurious accommodation and amenities.

Your all-inclusive stay includes 3 gourmet meals per day, lakeside cabin-accommodation, non-alcoholic beverages, hors d’oeuvres per Chef Singyn Hunter, valet parking, wireless internet throughout the 5 accommodation buildings and main lodge and much more.
Each suite feels like a dream lake house.

The custom wood furniture and wooden ceilings add a rustic touch to these luxurious suites.
Some of the suites even feature a private patio.

Wake up early with a cup of coffee to see the gorgeous sunrise from the comfort of your own front porch.
The dining experience is 5-star as well.

Chef Singyn Hunter uses local and exotic ingredients to create world-class cuisine at the lodge every day.
The lake provides a variety of activities for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Go for a swim, enjoy a morning of fishing or rent a kayak or boat on Table Rock Lake. With the resort being located right on the shore, it’s impossible to not take advantage of all that this amazing lake has to offer.
If the lake’s too cold, relax in the heated outdoor pool.

There’s also poolside service if you care for a drink or snack while laying out.
Immerse yourself in miles of scenic hiking trails.

Most of the trails are rated easy to moderate, making it perfect for all ages to enjoy.
No need to leave the resort for other activities, there’s plenty to do at Stonewater.

They have an awesome mini golf course that guests have access to with their all-inclusive reservation.
For adrenaline junkies, there’s a couple activities that you’ll want to try.

For an additional cost, the resort offers guided zip line and ATV tours. Explore the forest in a whole new way by whizzing through tree tops or rolling on four wheels.
Looking for a bit of relaxation? Then walk on over to the Treehouse Spa.

The spa features one meditation room and two treatment rooms for massages.
Stonewater Cove is the perfect blend of the rugged outdoors mixed with luxurious accommodation.

Celebrate Vibrant Fall Colors with Autumn Special

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Mark Twain National Forest
September 27, 2016

After another fun-filled summer season, Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa welcomes fall to the forest with a new special. Guests are invited to spend 3 nights at the lake and wilderness retreat for the price of 2. Stonewater Cove Resort activity guides will also treat vacationers to a complimentary Ranger UTV tour of the property. This Autumn Special adds up to over $600 in savings for resort guests.

“With the beautiful fall foliage of the Mark Twain National Forest and the peaceful, still waters of Table Rock Lake, Stonewater Cove is the perfect place for people to explore the great outdoors during the most temperate time of year, immersing themselves in the tranquility of the woods and water during a wonderful autumn season.” –James Bond, General Manager, Stonewater Cove

Overnight stays at Stonewater Cove are inclusive of 3 gourmet meals per day, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, valet parking, Wi-Fi, use of the resort’s core amenities and all non-guided activities: lounge/ bar, media room, swimming pool, hot tub, swim dock, canoes, kayaks, off-the-dock fishing, bocce ball, miniature golf, and 20+ miles of hiking trails. The resort also offers evening bonfires with s’mores, extra inviting when the temperatures drop and autumn aromas waft in off Table Rock Lake.

In addition, guests have the option of choosing amongst an á la carte list of guided activities and treehouse spa services. Signature guided activities include leisure boat rides, water sport excursions, zip line experiences, and ATV tours. Professionally guided fishing trips can be arranged as well.

The Autumn Special is valid for any of the various room types at the resort. From studio to suite, each of the individually designed accommodations feature upscale amenities, custom-made wood furniture, and attractive coffered ceilings, with special, detailed accents to create an elegant, rustic ambiance.

As a J.MAK HOSPITALITY and Kiwi Collection preferred property, Stonewater Cove is perfect for families, couples, groups of friends, reunions, and corporate retreat groups seeking luxury in a tranquil yet adventurous environment.

Offer valid for October 2016 reservations only and is subject to availability. All discounts will be applied upon check out. Call Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa today at (800)792-3956 to take advantage of the Autumn Special. You may also check availability and make reservations online.

Celebrate July 4, 2016 with the Annual Independence Boat Cruise at Stonewater Cove

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Table Rock Lake, MO
June 22, 2016

While the simplicity of a hot dog, a blanket, and a sparkler is inviting for a 4th of July celebration, there is nothing quite like enjoying a fireworks extravaganza from the comfort of a luxury boat on Table Rock Lake, Missouri. For the 4th year in a row, Stonewater Cove is featuring its Annual “Independence Boat Cruise.” Overnight guests may enjoy the event on both Saturday, July 2nd (Kimberling City Bridge) and Sunday, July 3rd (Cape Fair Marina).

Resort guides will drive a fleet of top-of-the-line boats on a 3-4 hour excursion that includes a sunset boat ride, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, a fireworks show on the water amongst a sea of other boats, and then a moonlit cruise back to the resort. Finish the night’s festivities roasting s’mores at one of the Stonewater Cove hand-crafted bonfire pits before retiring to lakeside, luxury accommodation.

The Annual Independence Day Cruises are available for an additional charge of $100 per adult guest; children under 12 are free. Guests are not required to sign up for the Stonewater Cove Independence Cruise, but, note, personal fireworks are not allowed on resort property.

Rates at this luxury lake and forest retreat start at $560 per couple per night and include 3 gourmet meals per day, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, valet parking, Wi-Fi, use of the resort’s core amenities, and all non-guided activities: canoes, kayaks, hikes on over 25 miles of hand-crafted, forested, river valley trails, lodge pool with waterfalls and a small grotto, hot tub, lake pool/swim dock, great lounge, bar area, sunset terraces, lakeside pavilion, bocce ball courts, and off- the-dock fishing.

Guests also have the option of choosing amongst an a la carte list of guided activities, professionally guided bass fishing trips, treehouse spa services, or transportation services. The resort’s signature guided activities include leisure boat rides, water sport excursions, zip line experiences, and ATV tours. Stonewater Cove recommends scheduling any preferred spa services, car service, helicopter tours, or professionally guided bass fishing trips with as much advanced notice as possible. A deposit is required to secure a reservation and an automatic service charge plus tax is applied to the overnight rates and any a la carte guided activities or services booked during the stay.

As a J.MAK HOSPITALITY and KIWI COLLECTION preferred property, Stonewater Cove is perfect for families, couples, groups of friends, reunions, and corporate retreat groups seeking luxury in a down-to-earth, tranquil, yet adventurous environment. Visit to discover more about the inclusive, luxury wilderness retreat. Please contact the Stonewater Cove concierge for additional information or to book your last-minute stay by calling (800)792-3956 or emailing today.

Luxury and Boutique Hotels: Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa

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June 2016
Story by Melissa Jones for Luxury and Boutique Hotels

At the end of several long, winding, country roads in the Ozarks you’ll find Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa. It’s hidden away in 500 acres surrounded by very few houses, Table Rock Lake and the Mark Twain National Forest making it a very secluded and intimate escape.

From the moment you arrive at the resort you are treated with extreme kindness. Check-in takes place at a small handmade wooden pedestal in the great lodge. While admiring the rustic, elegant entry and dining room, you get information about your stay. They hand you the keys to the room while they valet the car and take your bags to the room. All that’s left for you is to enjoy the sounds of nature, winding paths and magnificence bestowed upon you.

The rooms are decorated in rustic decor with all the luxury you’ll find in a large city hotel. There’s a coffered ceiling, large wooden framed beds, a cedar lined bathroom ceiling, jetted bath tub, three head shower, fridge, desk and leather couch, and all the amenities you need. There’s even small touches like handmade ceramic coffee mugs and fresh cookies on arrival.

Hopefully the cookies didn’t fill you up because the evening reception has appetizers and signature cocktails. You’ll be able to enjoy the lounge by the fire or stare longingly out the window at the lake. Before too long it’s dinner time and you’ll be in for a real treat. The menu will surprise you with its eclectic options made from scratch everyday. You’ll get to enjoy three to seven courses while being pampered by the staff and enjoying the sunset views over the lake.

They wrap up the night by building a fire and providing s’mores. If you’re lucky the sky will be clear and the Milky Way and all the stars will be visible. If it’s not clear you’ll still enjoy the crackling fire and water falling behind you. Everywhere on the resort you’ll find tranquil sounds.

After sleeping on the soft sheets and comfortable bed you’ll be treated to a wonderful made to order breakfast, such as a pea and mint omelet or freshly made baguette French toast with berry compote. With healthy fuel in the perfect proportions you’ll be able to enjoy the many miles of hiking trails, swimming coves, ATV rides, kayaking, zip lines and the pool. There’s also private spa rooms. You can be as active or as relaxed as you want to be. The staff will be there every step of the way to make sure you enjoy your stay.

At the end of my time there, I found it hard to leave. I felt I was part of the family, yet pampered by the best five star luxury resort. If you think Missouri isn’t luxurious you’ve been staying at the wrong spots. Stonewater Cove is the place to stay for a corporate retreat, romantic couples getaway or family adventure vacation. Rain showers or sunshine, I left refreshed and rejuvenated.

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