For fans of the critically-acclaimed series Ozark, the words “love” and “fun” might not immediately come to mind when considering the series’ namesake location in Missouri. While the show may be fiction, the reality of the Ozarks is much more inviting — and a perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Whether escaping self-quarantine solo, rounding up the girls for a Galentine’s getaway or looking for romance as a couple, there’s something to entertain in the Ozarks. This underrated rural getaway boasts gorgeous views and outdoor activities, even in the off-season.
For some luxury right out of the gate, consider Big Cedar Lodge your home away from home. With rustic-meets-luxury accommodations, a golf course, exceptional dining options and relaxing spa services, this retreat is one for the books, no matter if you’re flying solo, with the family, as a couple or with a group.
For those embarking on a long-awaited girls’ trip, Big Cedar Lodge will host a Galentine’s Day Celebration Feb. 11, 6–9 p.m., including wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, trivia and a group wine and paint night. Prices begin at $65 a person.
Speaking of arts and crafts, couples can get in on the fun with the Painting with a Splash package, hosted Feb. 12 at Wonders of Wildlife. Lovebirds can paint their own flamingoes while enjoying drinks and refreshments. Prices begin $80–100 and include all supplies.
For the classic date night experience, enjoy a foodie experience at Big Cedar Lodge’s Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock, Feb. 14. Couples will enjoy a four-course Romance Dinner, including a 28-day, dry-aged filet; oysters; and lavender salted caramel cake for $85 a person. Devil’s Pool Restaurant will also offer a Valentine’s Day menu for $69 a person, including three courses.
For couples, friends and families interested in a socially distanced escape — and some added privacy — Big Cedar Lodge boasts a lineup of standalone cabins and cottages.
With indoor dining finally (mostly) reopened in Philadelphia, my mom, sister and I were able to enjoy a day roaming around the city, eager for a warm place to enjoy a late lunch after a cold day out and about. For anyone who recently enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity of the city’s outdoor winter dining, an indoor space with heat, cozy furniture and rich wood walls is a much-appreciated semblance of normalcy.
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Theme parks are a great way to escape reality as most offer different worlds in each section. Guests can explore different worlds, from their favorite TV show and movie franchises to much-loved video games. Mario and friends have been beloved video-game favorites for decades, and they finally get their own section of Universal Studios Japan.
Although FaceTime, Zoom and other forms of virtual communication have helped during these difficult times, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. Let your friends and family know you are thinking of them by sending something personal, so they will have a piece of you with them.