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Mark Twain said, “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: This is the ideal life.” Now, not to go against good Mr. Clemens, but I would venture to say that an ideal life requires one more ingredient: a good getaway, once in a while. 

This spring, you can connect with the famous author in his very own national forest. The Mark Twain National Forest is home to some of the most beautiful trails in Missouri. And as a bonus, it’s also home to Stonewater Cove Resort. This resort has the rustic feel of the outdoors that surround it, along with the elegant decor of a luxurious lodge. 

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You better take advantage of budding, spring weather while it lasts, and head to the SLC airport for a flight straight to the Branson Missouri Airport. Check out some flights right now. Then it’s a quick 45 miles from there to Shell Knob, MO, in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest and home to Stonewater Cove Resort.

At the resort, you can enjoy zip lines, ATVs and ropes courses. The Ozark Mountains are some of the most beautiful mountains to explore, and there are plenty of trails near the resort for you to discover with your family or your sweetheart. Don't forget about the lake and be sure to bring your swimsuit.

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Schedule in a little time for fine dining at the resort’s restaurant and also a bit of pampering from the spa. Then hop into the hot tub and soak in the stunning view of the Ozarks around you.