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Wilderness Lodge

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st. louis mo.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Wilderness Lodge six or seven times now, but this was the first visit for my less than outdoorsy husband. We spent the weekend for our anniversary in #30, one of the river cabins. It rained most of the weekend, but it was still a fabulous getaway at one of my favorite places. I've stayed with friends, family,...

Thank jojoSt_LouisMo_
Jackson, Missouri
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The Wilderness Lodge is a bit off the main highways but that is the only way you get such a beautiful setting. We stayed in the Hilltop cabins and they were everything we wanted. Think rustic cabin with modern day amenities (except TV or internet). The food at the Lodge is wonderful and the folks who work there go above...

Thank PaulMoBeer
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Pros: The main lodge was very nice. A few nice corners for little kids to play games and places for parents to relax. Very nice owners and workers. Beautiful grounds. Very nice riverfront (short walk across street.) Several nice activity options for kids and families (put put, rec room, pool etc.) The place does have character in a good way....

Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

My husband grew up vacationing in Annapolis with family every year. His family has a family cemetery in Annapolis and hold a get together every summer to pay respect to those they have lost and catch up with family. This summer my husband couldn't stop talking about all the fun times he had on the black river . With his...

Thank Dawn L
Kansas City
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I have now been here 3 times, and can't think of one bad thing about the place other than the area is crowded on the weekends in the summer. The price includes breakfast AND dinner, and both are amazing fare from local sources when available. The people who run the place couldn't be nicer or more helpful. And to top...

Thank sunrunner68
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I've been meaning to write this review. We stayed at the Wilderness for six days in August 2014. We had the turkey run cabin and we had a BLAST! There was no TV and no electronics to distract us and we found so much to do. TOM is an amazing host. My kids kept bothering him and he smiled each...

Thank imlaura2
Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is a great place to escape for a family friendly weekend. It's only a couple of hours outside of St. Louis and offers a wide variety of amenities. They source their food locally and provide hot breakfasts and home cooked dinners daily. Perfect for groups looking to combine a float trip down the Black river with a relaxing vacation....

Thank Jane P
Cape Girardeau
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Our family ( ranging in age from 2 to 50) rented two cabins this past weekend. It was perfect. Food was delicious , service was great, the lack of outside distractions like Internet and TV was a welcome change. The Black River is absolutely wonderful. Crystal clear, shallow enough for our grand kids to play in, deep and swift enough...

Thank Roger D
Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We visited Wilderness Lodge with our son and his 3 children, ages 6,8,and 10 at the end of July. The staff was very helpful in making this a memorable trip, especially Jessie and "D". The Black River runs in front of the Lodge and the kids spent most of their time in the river - finding crawfish, tadpoles, etc. plus...

Thank estie77
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Service was A++. The stay was relaxing and the kids were going from early morning to late in the evening. But what made our stay the best was the hospitality that was shown by the staff. Would definitely stay there again.

Thank akplattner

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
At Wilderness Lodge, we have over 25 different cabins, suites and cottages for guests to enjoy. All cabin prices are based on a per person, per night charge since dinner and lunch are included with the package. Breakfast is available continental style from 7:30am to 9:30am, and we also serve a hot breakfast from 8am to 9am. For dinner, we have 4 seatings at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. During the week there is just one dinner seating between 6pm and 7pm (but we still try to be flexible if guests would like to come a little earlier or later). As far as activities, there is of course the Black River directly across the road from Wilderness Lodge for a little (or a lot) of water fun. Just a short walk from the cabins, the river, gravel bars, and side streams are great places to explore, swim, catch water critters and just relax in the sun. For a bit more adventure, we rent canoes, rafts, kayaks, and tubes for floating. We port floaters upstream in the morning for a 4 to 6 hour float (depending upon how fast the river is moving and how many gravel bar breaks you take) that ends up right back at our rivers edge campground. There are plenty more outdoor activities on the property including hiking, fishing, miniature golf, horse shoes, basketball, shuffle board, a playground, frisbee golf, etc -- we even recently found a cave to explore for those not afraid of small spaces. :) There are also a number of cool nature attractions within a short car ride, including Elephant Rock State Park and the recently opened Johnson Shut-ins. To get out of the heat, we have an air conditioned rec room with games & indoor activities -- and we plan to keep the main Lodge open all day long (over the last couple years it was only open during the meal times). Also in the main lodge is the Ripple Room Lounge, open for cocktails and beverages from 5pm to 9pm everyday. For the readers in our crowd that want a little piece and quiet, we have taken one of the Rock Cabins and converted it into a library refuge. Finally, on Saturday nights, we will also hold an informal friendly family game night in the main lodge for anyone that wants to attend. Unwind. Cool Off. Eat Well. Enjoy Wilderness! Wilderness Lodge Resort ... more   less 

Additional Information about Wilderness Lodge

Address: PO Box 90, Lesterville, MO 63654-0090
Region: United States > Missouri > Lesterville
Price Range: €71 - €84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
Also Known As:
Wilderness Hotel Lesterville
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“Choose careful. No single standard. Choose the room that fits you best.”
AndrewG558, 8 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Riverside suites is right on Black River and a little more out of the way than the other cabins”
  • Black River in front of the Riverside Suites
sunrunner68, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Individual cabins. I like them all,,especially the river front ones.”
rogerd465, 8 Aug 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in Jack's Cabin - 3 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms and a large living room. Lots of other options available.”
estie77, 3 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rustic cabins, uniquely decorated. 2 options--near activities or up the hill in the woods. We had a mix and they each worked well.”
warrenchristinab, 19 Jul 2016 | Read review
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