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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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“10 of the best places to stay in North America this Spring”

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May 2016
Story by Paul Johnson

As the ground thaws and flowers blossom, there’s never been a better time take advantage of North America’s natural beauty. Springtime is the perfect opportunity to take time out and enjoy the outdoors, and one of the best times to explore or take a romantic break. Get some inspiration for where to go this season from our top 10 places to stay in North America this Spring…

Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa, Table Rock Lake, Missouri, USA

Welcome to a private, lake and wilderness retreat covering almost 500 acres of forested foothills. Nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake and surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest, this stunning luxury resort combines tremendous natural beauty and outdoor fun with unbeatable indoor luxury. Stonewater Cove is a remote, boutique getaway for romantic trips, family vacations, corporate retreats, destination weddings and family reunions. The perfect getaway for the Spring season with its lake, forest, spa and opportunities to go boating, ziplining, ATV riding, fishing and kayaking.

Stonewater Cove
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See our fellow honorees in the FULL ARTICLE.

“Uniquely Yours”

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March 2016
Midwest Meetings
Every type and style of meeting venue is unique. The goal is to find that perfect venue to fit your needs. While resorts and lodges are known for their expansive meeting and event space they are also known for their incredible experiences. Take advantage of the many amenities resorts and lodges offer to make your next meeting or event uniquely yours…

…Seize an opportunity to explore the great Midwest outdoors whenever your meeting allows. Canoeing, kayaking, and dock fishing are all an option at Stonewater Cove Resort and Club in Shell Knob, Missouri. Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Minnesota offers a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and yard games. Their newly remodeled fire pit is a great place to gather and don’t forget the s’mores. With activities such as skiing, mountain biking, tennis, and golf, Devil’s Head Resort offers a year-round outdoor adventure.

Check Stonewater Cove availability and make reservations HERE.
Learn more about making your meeting unique in the FULL ARTICLE.

“Finding Fiji in Missouri”

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May/June 2016
Story by Carrie Edelstein
Imagine traveling the world and visiting your favorite destinations, hotels and spas and then creating a hideaway with all of the best tributes of each combined into one location. That’s what the Bond family did. Jim and Ruth were in their 50s when they quit their jobs as [eye doctors] in Iowa, and then spent the next five years building and developing Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa near Shell Knob, Missouri, just west of Branson. Sited on Table Rock Lake, the grounds spread out over 500 acres and border the Mark Twain National Forest. A boutique hotel, the luxury resort has only [25] rooms.

Finding Fiji

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Read the full article:  “Finding Fiji in Missouri” (Sophisticated Living Magazine – St. Louis)

“7 Amazing Luxury Lodges Around the World”

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July 2015
Story by Christine Gray
These beautiful lodges in destinations around the world offer much to explore and appreciate: stunning design and architecture, incredible views, excellent cuisine, comfortable common spaces, gorgeous grounds and a wide array of activities.

Exteriors070A hidden gem, nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake, surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest, this luxury resort combines tremendous natural beauty and outdoor fun with unbeatable indoor luxury. Stonewater Cove is a remote, boutique getaway for romantic trips, family vacations, corporate retreats, weddings, and family reunions. Lake. Forest. Adventure. Spa. Bonfires. Sunsets. Boating. Zip Lining. ATV Riding. Fishing. Kayaking… and the list goes on! Click here for reservations!
We were honored to be included on this list!
Check out the FULL ARTICLE for other luxurious lodges around the world!

“The Best Hotel in Every State”

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It is with great pride that we announce our inclusion in Business Insider’s 2016 list of the best hotels in every state.
What an honor! Thank you!

January 2016
Story by Talia Avakian

MISSOURI: Stonewater Cove Resort and Club, Shell Knob

Business Insider- Spa PicStonewater Cove is a private lake and wilderness retreat that stretches 500 acres into the Mark Twain National Forest.

At the luxury outdoor retreat, visitors can explore the surrounding forests with ATVs, go kayaking or canoeing on its glistening lakes, fish right off its dock, and end the day with a gourmet meal back at the lodge.

Rooms start at around $560 a night.


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Read the FULL ARTICLE for the best hotel in each state.

14 Romantic Spots in Missouri

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September 2015
Story by Stephanie Butler

These 14 Romantic Spots In Missouri Are The Perfect Place To Take That Special Someone

Fall is a beautiful time in Missouri but it doesn’t always last very long, so now is the perfect time for a day trip or weekend getaway to one of these romantic spots.

Take a more luxurious trip to a private lake and wilderness retreat in Shell Knob.

CoveLife013 (1)_rfsStonewater Cove Resort and Spa is located at 1257 Sunset Timbers Trail and offers not only ourdoor adventures in the surrounding Mark Twain National Forest, but also relaxing deluxe accommodations with private decks and incredible views of Table Rock Lake. Some of the rooms even have bubble tubs and rainfall shower rooms! Rates start at $535 per night for an escape into pure luxury. Visit [] for availability, rates, and special packages.


For reservations at Stonewater Cove, click HERE.
For other romantic getaways in Missouri, check out the FULL ARTICLE.

Public Dining at The Lodge Restaurant

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We are excited to announce that we will be opening up THE LODGE at Stonewater Cove for public dining on Saturday nights. A new and delicious, seven course tasting menu each week. Yum!

Call and make your reservation today: 417-858-2563

4-5 course gourmet dining experience overlooking beautiful Table Rock Lake and the Mark Twain National Forest of the Ozark Mountains.


Family Travel Five: Get the whole family together for a getaway reunion

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Published by Dallas Morning News

Planning a family reunion? Here are five ideas to consider…
Arts & Life Travel Columnists Lynn O’Rourke Hayes

Lynn O’Rourke Hayes

Get the whole family together for a getaway reunion

Published: 24 July 2015 11:07 PM
Updated: 24 July 2015 11:50 PM

Planning a family reunion? Here are five ideas to consider:

1. Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown, N.Y. Sports-loving families can gather in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, in a town perhaps best-known for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Check out the Farmer’s Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum, play golf, visit a cider mill and relax on the shores of Lake Otsego.

Stay at the Otesaga Resort Hotel where you can share stories around the pool and plan future adventures.


2. JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz. Rich in history, this Sonoran Desert resort is nestled at the base of Paradise Valley’s Mummy Mountain. Stay in pueblo-style casitas, hang with the kids at the Jackrabbit Pool complex or hike in the nearby mountain preserve.

Spa lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to revive their spirits in the 32,000-square-foot spa, where indigenous plants and minerals are utilized to enhance your well-being. Plan a family golf outing on the new Ambiente course.


3. Rainbow Trout Ranch, Antonito, Colo. Fly-fish on a private stretch of the Conejos River, hike in the San Juans and relax around an evening campfire. Saddle up as a clan and enjoy a relaxing amble through the pines, watch the youngsters make new friends in the kid’s camp or float through nearby whitewater.

Stay in two- and three-bedroom cabins, where front porches provide stunning views and an ideal place to gather.


4. Stonewater Cove Resort, Shell Knob, Mo. Who knows how to water-ski? Or wakeboard? Who wants to learn?

Gather your gang on Table Rock Lake and learn a new sport. Your home base is a resort surrounded by 500 forested foothills and ideal for an active clan eager to kayak, hike, bike, zip-line and check out the spa before relaxing over board games in the lounge or in the hot tub overlooking the pristine lake.


5. South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Fla. Choose from hotel rooms, cottages and villas within 330 seaside acres when you reunite on this former Key lime plantation.

Engage in water sports, mangrove exploration, tennis, golf and bike riding. Later, gather for sunset seashell collecting on the 2-mile white sandy beach.


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(Article republished as “Family Travel Five: Get the whole family together for a getaway reunion” on July 27, 2015 by Oklahoman Online