Yesterday we went to “Top of the Rock” near Branson, Missouri…..actually in Ridgedale, Missouri.
Top of the Rock restaurant had a fire back in 2006, I think, and it had been years since we had been there, because it had been closed and we heard they were “re-building”.
We used to love to go, because you can dine alfresco and look out over the lake.
They finally re-opened this spring, but we hadn’t found time to go.
We missed our turn-off (because it was no longer there, we found out later on) and ended up in Arkansas and had to back track for a bit.
Yes, I was driving, and we ended up calling On Star to get us back on track.
Oh well, a little driving around the countryside in the summer never hurt anyone….right?!
Needless to say, when we arrived, it was NOTHING like it had been before…..no wonder it had been closed for over 6 years
while they were re-building.
Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, gets a big kudos for taking the time to create such a wonderful legacy for his family and all of Missouri!
The Arnold Palmer driving range is made with synthetic turf, so it would be easier on the environment with
no mowing, watering or chemicals. Instead, it is vacuumed!!
There is a carbon dated Wooly Mammoth skeleton.
I think this is a prehistoric bear….all prehistoric animals that roamed the Ozarks years and years ago.
A beautiful chapel that overlooks the lake.
A great bar with a huge black marlin caught by Jack Nicklaus (the golfer). This is located in Arnie’s Barn.
Arnold Palmer’s grandpa’s barn which was disassembled in Pennsylvania and brought to the Ozarks
and reassembled. Click HERE to see a video of the before and after.
You can sit outside to eat….however, on Saturday, it was 98, so we sat inside!
Kenny had the braised short rib enchiladas and street corn.
I went for the braised short rib nachos…..I just can’t say no to chips and a good margarita!!
They were still working on making more golf cart roads around one of the ponds.
You drive over Amish built bridges and see the wonderful Missouri bluffs with waterfalls.
Other than the 98 degrees, it was a wonderful day!!
If you want to see a fabulous video showing the new “Ozarks Heritage Preserve”
click HERE and be sure to make it into the big screen option….it’s really beautiful!