Friday, September 22, 2017

A Fall Getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks

While many people think of the Lake of the Ozarks as a summer destination, the other seasons offer spectacular experiences as well. The fall season at the Lake offers gorgeous fall foliage, a colorful backdrop for already spectacular lake views you can experience at Summerset Inn Resort. From golf and shopping to dining and relaxing, there's plenty to do at the Lake in the off season. Keep reading to learn more about why you should come to the Lake of the Ozarks this fall.

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Fall Foliage 

At the Lake of the Ozarks, the fall season is the most beautiful time of the year. From mid-September through early November, the miles of shoreline and rolling hillsides transform from green to vibrant shades of yellow, red and orange. This is a great time of the year to explore nature in the amazing state parks this area has to offer. Hiking and biking are great activities to participate in during the fall season at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Less Crowds 

Summers at the Lake of the Ozarks can often get a little crowded. If the busy lakefront bars and crowded waters of the Lake aren't your scene, consider a fall getaway. Now that the season has come to a close, things are winding down. You can experience the beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks without all the hustle and bustle of the summer. While you may need to bring a light jacket, you can still hit the water too if you'd like. Not only are the waters less crowded but the shops and restaurants aren't quite a busy either.

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Fall Golf 

If golf is your game, there's no better place to play a few rounds than the Lake of the Ozarks. This area is home to a variety of championship golf courses. Plus, there's no better time to hit the courses than during the fall. Not only can you experience the vibrant colors of the leaves, but the temperature is just right to spend hours outdoors. You're not sweating like you would during the hot summer months. Ask about our golf packages when you call to book a room at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront resort!

Summerset Inn Resort 

Summerset Inn Resort is located in the heart of Osage Beach, near all the attractions, shopping, dining, golf and more. Book your fall getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks today by calling 573-348-5073. From one bedroom units up to five bedroom condo-like units, we've got all your Lake of the Ozarks accommodations needs covered!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

4 Health Benefits of Taking a Vacation

Did you know that the average American worker only takes half of his or her vacation time? Not only is taking a vacation fun, but it has health benefits too! Studies have shown that taking time away from work can have both physical and psychological health benefits. In today's blog, Summerset Inn Resort discusses 4 health benefits of taking a vacation.

1. Decreased Depression.

Who doesn't feel better while on vacation? Vacations have been known to lift spirits for years. A study conducted by Marshfield Clinic determined that women who take vacations at least twice a year were less likely to suffer from depression. A survey from the University of Pittsburgh's Mind Body Center found that leisure activities, including vacationing, contributed to higher positive emotion levels and less depression.

2. Reduced Stress Levels.

A study by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from activities and environments that tend to be sources of stress. While it may seem obvious that vacationing reduces your stress levels, the longer term effects are not as obvious. Studies found that the lower stress levels found in workers on vacation actually last up to five weeks after returning to work. These vacationers were less likely to have stress-related complaints such as headaches, backaches and heart palpitations.

3. Decreased Risk of Heart Disease.

Going on vacation can actually help you live a longer life. Studies have shown that taking regular time off from work, at least once a year, can decrease the risk of heart disease and heart attack. According to the Framingham Heart Study, revealed that men who didn't take a vacation for several years were 30% more likely to have heart attacks than those who took time off. The study also showed that women who took a vacation only once every 6 years or less were almost 8 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year.

4. Improved Sleep Cycles.

A study from Air New Zealand and former NASA scientists tested vacationers on their sleep patterns. The results showed that while on vacation, the average person got an extra hour of sleep. After returning home, that person continued enjoying 20 minutes more sleep per night. Getting enough sleep in important to both physical and mental health, so taking regular vacations is important for your overall health and well-being. 

What are you waiting for? Book your Lake of the Ozarks vacation today! Make reservations for our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks by calling 573-348-5073. From one bedroom units up to 5 bedroom condo-like units, we've got all your accommodation needs covered. Get on your way to living healthier lives by taking some time for yourself this fall!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

September Events at Lake of the Ozarks

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, but there's still fun to be had at the Lake of the Ozarks. The month of September is full of awesome events for people of all ages to enjoy! Summerset Inn Resort has compiled a list of all the great events you won't want to miss this month.

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Hot Summer Nights - September 8 

All makes and models of cars will line the Bagnell Dam Strip and cruise around from 6-11 pm. Admission and participation in this event are free!

Westlake Street Machine Fall Follies Car Show - September 9 

Laurie Sunrise Beach Rotary Club will be hosting their annual car show from 7 am until after dark at the Laurie Fairgrounds. The car show will include a parade through Laurie, vendor tents, 50's and 60's music, a beer garden, engine blow and a fireworks show in the evening. Proceed from the event will go to charity and various community projects.

Pontoon & Deck Boat Poker Run - September 9 

Head over to Captain Ron's for a poker run starting at anytime and concluding by 5 pm! Other stops include Bear Bottom Resort, Bulldog's Beach House, Nautifish Rum Bar, Fish and Company and Paradise Restaurant.

Autopalooza - September 9 

All car and bike enthusiasts should head over to Backwater Jack's for their first annual Autopalooza! Registration starts at 11 am and ends at 1 pm. There will be door prizes, raffles and of course the best entertainment the Lake has to offer. Proceeds will benefit Dogwood Animal Shelter.

PWC Ride for Freedom - September 10 

Surdyke's Port 20 will host a PWC run in remembrance of those who risk our lives for us everyday. This free community-wide event begins at 7:30 am with a continental breakfast. The ride to Truman Dam will begin immediately after breakfast, and will include multiple stops for fuel and food along the way. After the ride, enjoy dinner and live music at the Surdyke's Port 20 Dock Lounge. Registration is required and there will be prizes!

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11th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest - September 13-17 

Visit the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks for the ultimate biker event! Bikefest 2017 will feature spectacular scenic rides, more than 200 biker friendly bars and restaurants, great parties, vendors, giveaways and rockin' concerts at night!

Laurie Hillbilly Fair - September 15-16 

Starting on Friday at 4 pm, the Laurie Fairgrounds will host the annual Laurie Hillbilly Fair. Activities and attractions for young and old include bands, crafts, food, a rat rod contest, carnival rides and games for all!

Oktoberfest 2017 - September 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30

The Lodge of Four Seasons will host Oktoberfest parties on Friday and Saturday night each weekend from 5-11 pm. The event will feature live music and beer from Missouri microbreweries. Traditional bratz, hot dogs and pretzels will also be available each weekend. Admission is $10 per person.

LOMDA Fall In-Water Boat Show - September 22-24

The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association Fall In-Water Boat Show will feature end of the season deals! The event is being hosted at Captain Ron's, and you will find over 100 boats including new cruisers, performance boats, runabouts, personal watercraft and a good selection of quality pre-owned boats.

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Lake of the Ozarks Air Show - September 23

Come enjoy a day celebrating our military, aviation and more. This event held at the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport will feature multiple air show acts, vendor booths, a ping pong drop and other kid activities. This salute to our veterans will be a day to remember. The event will run from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Oyster Fest - September 30 

Tucker's Shuckers presents the first annual Oyster Fest! The event will feature live music all day and night, food vendors, contests and a music headliner at the end of the night!

Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza - September 30 

This family-friendly fall event will feature bounce houses, corn pits, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, climbing wall, carnival rides, games upon games, Missouri craft beers and wine tastings, food vendors, contests for the largest pumpkin and best decorated pumpkin, and of course we will also be hurling pumpkins to their demise every hour on the hour!

If you haven't already made your September reservations at our Lake of the Ozarks resort, give us a call at 573-348-5073 today! From single units up to 5-bedroom condo like units, we've got your accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks covered. Our waterfront resort is located in the heart of Osage Beach, so you're close to all the events, attractions, shopping, dining and golf. Come see us before we close for the season!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

How to Throw a Spectacular Labor Day Weekend Bash

Labor Day Weekend is the last hurrah of the summer! Due to the 3-day weekend, it's a great time for a weekend getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks. Complete the weekend with a cookout and pool party. Nothing says goodbye summer like a outdoor bash with friends and family! Keep reading for a few tips to help you throw a spectacular get together this weekend!

1. Crank Up the Grill. 

Nothing says end of summer party like a BBQ! Grab some burgers and brats to throw on the grill. Add some potato chips, cookies and watermelon to complete the meal. Keep it easy by asking everyone to bring something to share. Don't forget the paper plates and paper towels!

2. Quench Your Thirst. 

Warm weather calls for plenty of ice cold drinks. Make sure to have enough bottled water to keep everyone hydrated at your party. If you have children at the event, grab something like Capri Suns that can easily be thrown in a cooler. Spiked ice teas and lemonades are a great addition for the adults at your Labor Day Bash!

3. Prepare Games & Activities. 

Whether you're throwing a party for all ages or having an adult bash, everyone loves some exciting outdoor games. From corn hole and horseshoes to football and soccer, be sure to have some activities to keep everyone entertained. Something as simple as a deck of cards can also provide hours of entertainment.

4. Cool Off in the Pool. 

If you have a pool or are staying at a Lake of the Ozarks resort with a pool, be sure to have everyone bring their suits. This could be the last weekend to take a dip in that water, as summer is coming to a close. For those who don't like to swim, there's plenty of deck space at Summerset Inn, perfect for soaking up the sun and socializing.

5. Grab Some Decorations. 

You don't need to go all out, but grab some patriotic decorations. From red, white and blue table cloths to streamers and balloons, you can easily find a few things to spice up the occasion. Take it one step further and ask your guests to wear their best patriotic attire. It'll be fun to see what everyone comes up with!

Summerset Inn Resort is here to help you make this Labor Day Weekend a great one! Our lakeside pool area is the perfect place to cool off on a warm summer day, and the BBQ area offers a great place to gather with family and friends to celebrate another great summer coming to a close. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and can't wait to see you again at our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Labor Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks

The long weekend that closes out the summer season at the Lake of the Ozarks is upon us. Labor Day Weekend will be filled with families enjoying the end of boating season and celebrations with food, fireworks and more. Below is a list of family-friendly things going on at the Lake of the Ozarks throughout Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks

Nothing says holiday weekend like some fireworks over the Lake, and there's not shortage of displays this Labor Day Weekend! Here's a list of places you can view the fireworks by land or by water:

Bear Bottom Resort Labor Day Fireworks
Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: 9:45 pm
Place: Bear Bottom Resort or the 38 MM

Inn at Grand Glaize Labor Day Fireworks
Date: Sunday, September 3
Time: 9:00 pm
Place: Inn at Grand Glaize or 1 MM of Grand Glaize Arm

Tan-Tar-A Resort Labor Day Fireworks 
Date: Sunday, September 3
Time: Dusk
Place: Tan-Tar-A Resort or 26 MM

Tropic Island Cruises Fireworks Cruise
Date: Sunday, September 3
Time: Boarding 7:00 pm, Departure 7:30 pm
Place: Tropic Island Cruises at Tan-Tar-A Resort

The Lodge of Four Seasons Labor Day Fireworks
Date: Sunday, September 3
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 pm
Place: Lodge of Four Seasons or 13 MM

Celebration Cruises Grand Glaize Fireworks Cruise 
Date: Sunday, September 3
Time: Boarding 7:30 pm, Departure 8:00 pm
Place: Celebration Grand Glaize on Jeffries Road

Other Labor Day Weekend Activities 

Labor Day Fireworks Fun Fest at Old Kinderhook 
Date: Friday, September 1
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Place: Old Kinderhook
Details: There will be live music, games, face painting, fireworks and more for the entire family to enjoy. Bring blankets and watch the fireworks at dusk from the golf course. An All-American meal will also be available for a small fee.

Sunset & Fireworks Cruise 
Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: Boarding 7:30 pm, Departure 8:00 pm
Place: Celebration II at the Bagnell Dam
Details: Enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise on the Celebration II, with a huge fireworks display at the Bagnell Dam. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for children 3-9 and children under 3 are free. Call 573-480-3212 for reservations.

If you haven't already made plans to join us at the Lake of the Ozarks this holiday weekend, book your reservations at Summerset Inn today by calling 573-48-5073. Our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for you and your family to stay this holiday weekend. From the lakeside pool to the bbq grill area, we've got everything you need for a fun-filled Labor Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Get Ready for the 2017 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout!

One of the Lake of the Ozarks' largest annual events is back for another great year in 2017! The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout festivities begin this Friday, August 18. Experience family fun all over the lake area leading up to the races on August 26 & 27. Keep reading to learn all about this year's shootout events.

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Family-Fun Shootout Festivities 

Shootout activities kick off Friday, August 18 with the Li'l Boat and Pontoon Poker Run at Captain Ron's & Franky & Louie's. Partake in the Mini-Shootout out at the Springs at Ha Ha Tonka on Saturday & Sunday starting at 9 am both days. The Shootout Benefit Golf Tournament will also take place on Sunday at Noon. Hunt for treasure out at Captain Ron's on Monday night from 5-7 pm, and play in the Shootout Volleyball Tournament there on Tuesday from Noon to 8 pm. Supercat Fest also kicks off on Wednesday out at Camden on the Lake. Be sure to head out there to check out an array of exotic boats! Wednesday night will be a great time out on the Bagnell Dam Strip for the Meet & Greet from 5-10 pm. Race boats will be lined up along the strip for the public enjoy an up-close look. Start Friday morning off with a poker run starting at Big Thunder Marine at 7:30 am. Captain Ron's will have a silent auction going on all day, with dinner and live entertainment that night.

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The Largest Unsanctioned Boat Race in the U.S. 

After a full week of family-fun activities, it'll be time for the big boats to hit the water! The vendor village will be happening all day Saturday and Sunday at Captain Ron's, where you can watch the races on the big screen! The other option is to hop in your boat and enjoy the races up-close from the comfort of your boat. Tie up with other on the-water viewers and spend the entire day hanging out with friends and family to watch this amazing event. Opening ceremony kicks off at 9:45 am on Saturday. After the races Saturday, enjoy entertainment at Captain Ron's. On Sunday, the racing commences at 9 am. The awards ceremony will take place at 4pm on Sunday at Captain Ron's to wrap up the 2017 Shootout events!

Summerset Inn Resort hopes you have a great time at this year's shootout events! If you're not staying with us this time, remember our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks for next year's festivities. We're located in the heart of the Lake area, right in the middle of all the action happening at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're not joining us at the Lake for Shootout, there's still time to come see us this season. Get one last weekend getaway or week vacation in before winter arrives! Call 573-348-5073 for reservations! We hope to see you soon!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Summerset Inn's Nearby Attractions

Osage Beach is known for the massive, man-made Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, along with all the watersports and other activities you can do on it. There's so much more to do in the area than just hit the water though. When you're ready to take a break from the Lake, hit up some of these other attractions near Summerset Inn Resort.

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1. Osage Beach Premium Outlets

Ranked among the top things to do in Osage Beach, the Premium Outlets offer a variety of retail shops featuring amazing deals. From name brand clothing like Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein to home goods like Kitchen Collection, Yankee Candle and Tools & More, there's a store for everyone (even dad) to enjoy at this huge outdoor mall.

2. Miner Mike's & Buster's 

Whether you have young children or your family is made up of those that are still kids at heart, Miner Mike's & Buster's is the place to go! Let the kids crawl around in the spectacular maze or take a turn on the mini indoor roller coaster. Try your hand at a variety of different arcade games and collect tickets to turn in for prizes at the end of your fun-filled day!

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3. Putt 'N' Stuff Family Fun Center

The Lake area's most challenging two - 18 hole mini golf courses can be found at Putt 'N' Stuff in Osage Beach! Bumper cars are available at this family fun center as well. This attraction offers fun for all ages!

4. Get Air Trampoline Park 

Come jump around at the indoor family trampoline park, Get Air! The main court features thousands of square feet of side-by-side trampolines. Dodgeball, slam ball and the ninja course add to all the excitement and energy of this place! If you need the kids to let out some energy, this is the place to bring them!

5. Gran Rally Go Karts 

If you're looking for a little friendly competition, grab your family and head over to Gran Rally to race go karts. Offering singles and double-seater go karts, this is the premier Go Kart track in the Lake area, and the best place to go to get your race on!

6. Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf 

Put your way through mountain caves, over footbridges and beneath cascading waterfalls in this pirate themed mini-golf course in Osage Beach! Watch the adventures and legends of infamous pirates come to life as you test your skills on one of two award-winning courses. It's swashbuckling fun for the entire family!

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7. Lee Mace Ozark Opry Museum 

Take a trip down memory lane and experience the Lake's past at the old Ozark Opry. Experience the songs, the instruments and more at the Lee Mace Ozark Opry Museum. This attraction is dedicated to preserving the memory of Lee Mace's Ozark Opry, the first country music show ever at the Lake of the Ozarks!

No matter if you're coming with little ones or teenagers, the Lake of the Ozarks has a lot of fun to offer the entire family! Be sure to check out some of these great attractions while you're staying with us at our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. Book your reservations for Summerset Inn today by giving us a call at 573-348-5073.

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