Driving down the crowded Branson strip, you feel the stress of the work week hot on your heels. As you turn off to navigate the winding mountain roads towards the banks of Lake Taneycomo, you feel the stress fade in the rearview mirror. Out the windshield, you stare down a long, gently-sloped pasture at the end of which you are met with the stunning sight of green roofs covering well-kept log cabins. The scene is perfectly placed against the backdrop of a 300-foot cliff overlooking the crystal clear water of Lake Taneycomo.
Pulling into the newly paved parking lot, you are impressed with the level of care Phil and Marsha Lilley have put into Lilleys’ Landing Resort & Marina. Being in business for 37 years, it’s no surprise that the cabins are top notch, the swing sets and pool are ready for your family to use, and all the trash cans are emptied and clean.
Entering the bait shop to get your room key, you are greeted with more fly fishing and spin fishing gear than you could possibly hold in your tackle box. You look at the cedar lined walls and marvel at the 40LB+ Brown trout. Even if you are not an experienced trout angler, you feel at ease knowing Duane Doty, the local guide that works at Lilleys’, is going to show you how to catch them in one of the resort’s G-3 bass boats.
Walking back to the room you are stunned at how quiet it is. Although Lilleys’ Landing is only two miles from the strip, it feels much more private. Passing the common area, you notice picnic tables and benches where other guests are swapping fishing stories. The sense of community Lilleys’ Landing promotes is evident. You are excited to get out on the water and catch a few stories of your own to share!
The quality of the rooms is the real test of any hotel or resort. As you open the door, it’s clear that Lilleys’ has passed with flying colors. The beds are neatly made with clean sheets. The carpet is recently vacuumed and the bedrooms and bathrooms are spotless with clean towels and extra sheets ready to use. The fully furnished and functional kitchen is ready to go, complete with pans and utensils to cook your trout.
As you make your way to the back deck of the waterfront rooms, any remaining stress you had dissipates. You’re granted an outstanding view over the neatly mowed lawn down to the new dock, equipped with heated fish cleaning stations, certified scales to weigh that record book Brown you hope to catch, and platforms to fish from. The clear water flows by as you look across the lake at a pair of otters playing on the opposite shore.
When your trip comes to a close, you will be beyond thankful you decided to stay at Lilleys’ Landing. With all the other options out there, Lilleys’ is at the top with their clean facilities and amenities, and the friendly staff that make you feel right at home.