Lodge of Four Seasons History
The Lodge of Four Seasons have been serving our guests since 1964. We invite you to discover the hospitality of the family-owned, waterfront resort, its unique artwork and beautiful Japanese gardens, as well as the breath-taking views of the Lake of the Ozarks. The Lodge of Four Seasons will surprise you at every turn.
Mr. Harold Koplar, the founder of the Lodge of Four Seasons, had a vision to create an unequaled experience in a remote land that would bring enjoyment to people of all ages. The 3,500 acre community of Four Seasons USA in the Midwest's Lake of the Ozarks emerged in 1965. Koplar brought a family tradition of entrepreneurship, hospitality, and entertainment to the Lake.
Part of HK's dream was to create an experience for all guests. In the early 1980s, his creative spirit even brought a live Brahma Bull to mingle with the crowd as part of a country and western act.
While the rhinestone days of bulls and country singing have passed, some aspects of the Lodge have remained intact. The beautiful Japanese gardens still provide a quiet backdrop for the resort. Koplar brought Japanese landscape artist Buffy Murai to the Lake to design the Lodge scenery. Murai once added his watercolor talents to film backdrops for "Sayonara" and "Around the World in 80 days".
Inside, during the early days, the Lodge continued its air of uniqueness with hand-carved furniture from Madrid. Today, guests find comfortable Lodge rooms with furniture custom-made in Guadalajara, Mexico. Young artists are sought after to create custom pieces for the Lodge, continuing its tradition of exclusive, irreproducible decor.
HK's daughter, Susan Koplar Brown served as president of the Lodge of Four Seasons from 1985 to 2004, before handing the reigns to her son Mark. Susan and Peter Brown reside in Four Seasons, Missouri and are present in the daily operations of the lodge. Their three sons, Mark, Peter and David, represent the fourth generation in family-related hospitality, recreational and residential industries.
In the last few years the Lodge has added Spa Shiki and a 20,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall.
If you would like further information regarding the Lodge's colorful history, please call (800) THE LAKE.
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