Friday, October 13, 2017

17 Fun Facts About Vacationing and Travel

The summer vacation season may have come to a close, but the holidays are quickly approaching. Vacations and traveling happen all year round, whether you're going to visit family or just trying to take a break from regular day-to-day life. For today's blog, your favorite resort at the Lake of the Ozarks has gathered a list of fun facts related to vacationing and travel. Enjoy!

Vacation and Travel Fun Facts

1. Taking a vacation can lower your risk of heart disease.

2. Studies show that money spent on travel makes you happier than money spent on material goods.

3. The United States is home to 1/3 of all airports in the world.

4. There are 61,000 people in the air over the U.S. at any given time on any given day.

5. Travel can make you more creative.

6. Travel can make you smarter.

7. Couples who travel together have reported increased feelings of intimacy.

8. Travel has been shown to promote overall brain health.

9. Travel can help improve your problem solving skills.

10. After just a day or two of travel, people experience significant drops in stress.

11. 18% of U.S. travelers bring their pets along with them on vacation.

12. 80% of family travel is influenced by mom.

13. 76% of U.S. vacationers travel by car.

14. The number one reason people take road trips is to visit family and friends.

15. Your phone charger is the most forgotten item on family vacations.

16. The most popular road trip song is "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson.

17. The most popular road trip game is "I Spy," closely followed by "20 Questions."

You only have a couple weeks left to travel to the Lake of the Ozarks and vacation at Summerset Inn Resort, as we will be closing for the season at the end of the month! To make your last-minute reservations today, give us a call at 573-348-5073. Otherwise, we will see you next year at Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront resort!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Your LAST Escape to the Lake Before Summerset Closes for the Season!

The end of October is fast approaching, and Summerset Inn Resort will be closing for the season! Now is the time to book one last escape to the Lake before we do. Keep reading to learn about all that our Lake of the Ozarks resort has to offer you this season!

Private Decks 

Enjoy coffee on your private deck overlooking the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. The fall foliage makes October one of the most beautiful months to just relax and take in the views of Lake. Cozy up with a blanket and cup of coffee, and enjoy the cool, crisp fall air.

Boat Slips

While it may be a little chilly for recreational boating, fall is a great time for fisherman at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have covered boat slips available for you to keep your fishing boat in right here at the resort! Whether you just like to fish for fun or want to participate in a fishing tournament, October is a great time to hit the water with your fishing gear. Learn about upcoming tournaments at:


When you stay at Summerset Inn Resort, you don't have to dine out for every single meal. Each of our apartments comes with a kitchenette for your convenience. You'll have a refrigerator, electric cook top, toaster, microwave oven and all the cookware and utensils you'd need to prepare a small meal at home. You can also prepare food to take out to the BBQ grill area.

Great Location 

Our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is in the perfect location! We are just minutes from all the great dining and shopping at the Lake. Get an early start on your Christmas shopping at the Osage Beach Outlet Mall or check out all the little shops along the parkway. Enjoy a nice dinner at J. Bruner's restaurant just down the street. Anywhere you'd like to go in Osage Beach or Lake Ozark is just a short drive from our resort.

Book your reservations today by calling Summerset Inn at 573-348-5073. We offer some of the best Lake of the Ozarks accommodations you'll find. Now's you last chance to stay with us during the 2017 season. We hope to see you soon!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall Events at Lake of the Ozarks

Join us at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks during the month of October! Not only can you experience the beauty of the fall foliage, but you can participate in a variety of fun fall events. Keep reading to learn about what's going on at the Lake of the Ozarks this coming month.

Thunder Mountain Park Fall Festival - October 1-31

Throughout the month of October, Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park will be hosting a Fall Festival full of excitement! The everyday wonders of Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park will be joined by tasty autumn treats (pumpkin fudge, s'mores, caramel apples, and more,) duck races, a hay bale maze, corn crib, Hay Bale Mountain, and so much more! On weekends, there will be demonstrations of sarsaparilla making and pumpkin painting, as well as incredible live entertainment, plus take home your own pumpkin from the thousands that will be lining our Pumpkin Trail. For more info, call the park at 573-346-2676.

MECCA Family Farm Pumpkin Patch & Fall Attractions - October 1-29

The pumpkin patch will be open every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Fall activities include corn crib, corn cannon, big slide, face painting, photo ops, petting zoo, hay rides and a maize walk.

Fall Big Bass Bash - October 7-8 

The Fall Big Bass Bash is back! Amateur anglers from across the Midwest will gather at the Lake of the Ozarks for this annual event. There are over 280 payouts totaling in excess of $220,000 in prizes. First place takes home $70,000 cash! For more information on how to enter this fishing tournament, visit:

Versailles Old Tyme Apple Festival - October 7 

The 38th Annual Olde Tyme Apple Festival will be held October 7 in downtown Versailles. This award-winning festival is enjoyed by thousands of festival-goers from all over the state and beyond. Activities include a pancake breakfast, parade, 5K run, car show, vendors, kids zone, crafts and more! For more info, please visit:

17th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival - October 14 

The 17th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival will take place October 14 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event will include free activities for the kids, such as a petting zoo, four large inflatables/bounce houses, bow wow contest, fishing and pellet shooting and displays. There will also be great food, art and crafts booths, local Fire, Police& EMS displays, a hayride, live entertainment and an evening concert at the park.

32nd Annual Fall Harbor Hop - October 14 

Visit over 40 of participating locations on the water to collect a winning poker hand! Enter the Harbor hop by stopping at any of the check points and paying an optional $20 donation. The 1st card is drawn at the checkpoint where the hand is purchased; 6 additional cards are obtained by hopping to six more checkpoints drawing one card, per hand, at each location. The hand is complete when the 7th card is drawn. To qualify, the hand must be turned in by 7pm at your last checkpoint. For more details and checkpoint locations, visit:

OkToaderFest at The Horny Toad - October 14 

Head over to The Horny Toad on October 14 from 2-6 pm for OkToaderFest, an Oktoberfest celebration! Come by road or by boat to enjoy German food, beer and wine tastings, music and a variety of arts, crafts and goods vendors.

Apple Butter Days & Fall Festival - October 20-21

Many crafters with a variety of items will be setup at the Camden County Museum on October 20 & 21 from 9 am to 4 pm both days. There will be craft demonstrations and a quilt raffle, as well as apple butter and apple pies available. Admission is free. A chili and soup lunch will be available for a donation. 

Book your reservations at our Lake of the Ozarks resort today by calling 573-348-5073. We only have a few weeks left before we'll be closing for the season. Come stay with us at Summerset Inn one last time, and enjoy the beauty that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer during the fall season!

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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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