Shake off the cold and come inside!
The Keeter Center invites you to experience the warm hospitality of an inspiring winter vacation at one of the most unique destinations in the Branson area.
Located near the entrance to College of the Ozarks, The Keeter Center offers convenient access to a number of memorable attractions.
From the moment you arrive, you will enjoy professional service with a smile from hardworking C of O students, in a rustic, elegant setting. You will get a first-hand look at what makes C of O one of the best higher education values in America.
It is a special place where all students graduate debt free by participating in the Work Education Program. The Keeter Center is home to the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program and is the largest work station on campus.
Here are a few of the many great things awaiting you during your visit.
Voted a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor®, The Keeter Center Lodge is fully staffed by C of O students.
Throughout your stay, you will meet outstanding young men and women working in front desk reservations, housekeeping, wait staff, maintenance, and many other jobs.
Each of our 15 guest suites features complimentary, student-made amenities and personalized cold beverages.
Our evening turndown service includes homemade cookies with fresh milk from the W. Alton Jones Campus Dairy, along with fresh ground coffee, Pacific Sea Bath Salts, and Hard Work U.® robes. In the morning, you will wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast delivered at the time of your choice.
For guests wanting a more quiet atmosphere, the unforgettable Branson Bluff House sleeps up to 10 guests in a secluded cabin perched above Lake Taneycomo with spectacular views of the Ozarks.
Farm-to-Fork Fine Dining
The Keeter Center offers a delightful dining experience featuring campus-raised ingredients for lunch, dinner, and our award-winning Sunday brunch.
Culinary Arts students prepare a variety of menu items for our guests. Entrees include savory meats from the C of O beef and hog farms, along with fresh fruits and vegetables from the Kranzush Garden.
Guests enjoy live instrumental music on Thursday through Saturday evening and during Sunday brunch.
When it is time for dessert, visit the creamery for a scoop of Nettie Marie’s Homemade Ice Cream. Available in a variety of original and traditional flavors, our ice cream starts at the W. Alton Jones Campus Dairy, where C of O agriculture students milk between 40 and 60 cows at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. The students then pasteurize, bottle, and deliver the fresh milk to The Keeter Center.
Drop by the bakery for an assortment of rolls, muffins, scones, turndown cookies, gooey butter cake, and more. Choose from a wide beverage selection of hot, cold, and frozen drinks including coffees, teas, and other specialties.
The Beulah Winfrey Gift Shop offers student-made products from a number of on-campus industries, including the Stained Glass and Candle Shop, Edwards Mill and General Store, and Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen.
- Hand-poured Candles and Stained Glass Decor Items
- Pottery from the C of O Art and Pottery Department
- Handwoven Baskets
- Loom-woven Textiles
- Milled Grains including Pancake and Waffle Mix, Grits, Biscuit Mix, Cornmeal, Scone Mix, Muffin Mix, and Cornbread Mix
- Homemade Delights from the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, including World-famous C of O Fruitcake.
One-of-a-Kind Hard Work U.® Attractions
The Keeter Center is just one of many popular on-campus locations you will want to visit during your stay.
- Patriots Park: C of O honors those who have served our great country with several memorials that also fulfill our Patriotic Education goal. The Global War on Terrorism Memorial, dedicated in 2019, is the most recent addition. Other inspiring memorials include The Korean War Memorial, The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial, The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The 9/11 Lest We Forget Memorial, The Alumni Veterans Memorial, and Veterans Grove.
- Williams Memorial Chapel: Dedicated in 1956, this awe-inspiring neo-Gothic structure exemplifies the Christian Education goal at C of O. The chapel features breathtaking stained glass windows and the Hyer Bell Tower. All are invited to attend Sunday services at 11 a.m.
- Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen: See where students have been making world-famous C of O Fruitcake since 1934. More than 25,000 are made each year! Other popular items produced at the kitchen include apple butter and a variety of fruit spreads.
- Edwards Mill: Runoff water from nearby Lake Honor powers an old-fashioned, 12-foot water wheel, where students make whole-grain meal and flour. The mill is also home to the C of O weaving studio and loom, where students make handwoven baskets and textiles including rugs, shawls, and placemats.
- Ralph Foster Museum: Named for radio pioneer and philanthropist Ralph Foster, this fascinating museum introduces visitors to the rich history of our beloved Ozarks region. Discover a wide variety of artifacts representing archaeology, history, firearms, antiques, numismatics, natural history, fine arts, geology, and mineralogy. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- Gaetz Tractor Museum: Get a glimpse of agricultural history with antique tractors and farm equipment. Items on display include a Gray Wallis tractor from 1918 and a 1910 reaper. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Hoge Greenhouses: Located just east of Edwards Mill, the greenhouses feature the Clint McDade Orchid Collection, with more than 7,000 plants! Visitors can purchase orchids and other houseplants to take home.
- Point Lookout: Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy seeing panoramic views of the Ozark hills, Branson Highway 76, and Lake Taneycomo. It is located just a short walk from the Ralph Foster Museum and Williams Memorial Chapel.
Wintertime Fun Throughout the Ozarks
When you stay at The Keeter Center, you will also have easy access to a number of local attractions in the nearby Branson area and surrounding Ozarks region.
- Winter is a great time of year to catch spotted and smallmouth bass on Table Rock Lake. Reel in spotted bass and walleye on Bull Shoals Lake, and fish for trout on Lake Taneycomo.
- Missouri lives up to its name as the Cave State, with plenty of cave tours to introduce you to this natural wonder of our state. By the way, temperatures inside most caves remain at about 60° Fahrenheit year-round, making this a great activity during any season.
- Uncover a treasure trove of history and local culture with a visit to the many intriguing local museums. Highlights include the Branson Centennial Museum, Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, and the World’s Largest Toy Museum.
If you’re planning a relaxing wintertime getaway this season, The Keeter Center is the perfect place for a fun and memorable stay.
Contact us today or call 417-239-1900 for more information on lodging, dining, and more!