15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes
Even in southern Missouri, snow and ice sometimes blanket the woods around Table Rock Lake, making the luxe cabins at Big Cedar Lodge (bigcedar.com) perfect for those who prefer to sip hot chocolate and enjoy the winter landscape from the other side of a picture window.
If you care to venture outside your cozy lodging, Branson's entertainment still sparkles in December, when you can catch the ever-popular Shoji Tabuchi Show (shoji.com) or spend a day at Silver Dollar City theme park (silverdollarcity.com). January and February are quieter, but the weather is often mild enough by Midwest standards (average highs in the 40s and 50s) to fish and golf; some of Branson's shows also continue through the winter. More information: Branson, Missouri