Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cards, Candy and Cupid... Oh My!

From the cards and candy to cupid and romance, Valentine's Day is celebration of LOVE that's been around for centuries. Each year people celebrate this holiday by spending time with loved ones, and giving gifts to each other to profess that love. Keep reading to learn about some of the traditions and symbols associated with Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day Cards

One of the most popular Valentine's Day traditions, especially among school-aged children, is a card exchange. While many holidays feature the exchange of cards, Valentine's Day is a little different. While people often get regular-sized romantic greeting cards for their significant other, the Valentine's Day cards exchanged at school are small and often feature children's cartoons, animals, etc. and a cute saying about love or friendship. Sometimes these cards even include candy. Children often decorate Valentine's Day boxes to collect their valentine's from all their friends and classmates. How did this tradition come about? Valentine's greetings date back to the Middle Ages, when suitors would sing or recite a romantic verse to their love. The earliest known Valentine's message was sent in 1477 in the form of a letter penned by one Margery Brews to a John Paston, who she described as "my right well beloved Valentine." However, it wasn't until the 1500s that written Valentine's messages were exchanged in Europe. By 1723, these messages became more common and were usually in the form of a written note with a special verse or religious saying on pretty paper. It wasn't until the Revolutionary War that Valentine's Day cards gained popularity in the United States.

Valentine's Day Candy 

What's a holiday without some candy? For Valentine's Day, the shelves are stocked with red and pink candies. On this holiday, you can't go wrong getting that special someone a box of chocolates. Giving and receiving chocolate has become one of the most popular ways to commemorate this day of love. According to, 58 million pounds of chocolate are purchased during Valentine's Day week alone. The connection between love and chocolate is not something new. The first recorded link dates back to the Aztecs, when the infamous emperor Montezuma was rumored to have popped cocoa beans like M&Ms in order to fuel his romantic trysts. During the Victorian era in England, it was almost instinctual that a men knew chocolate was the way to a woman's heart. Victorian etiquette books even warned women about accepting a box of chocolates from someone they weren't engaged to. Times have obviously changed though, and chocolates are a welcome gifts for pretty much everyone (unless you don't like chocolate) on Valentine's Day. [Roses, wine and jewelry are also great go-to's for Valentine's Day gifts.]   

Aside from chocolate candies for your lover, many children pass out candy with their Valentine's cards. One popular piece of candy we see every year in February is the conversation hearts. The first "Sweethearts" were created in 1866 by Danial Chase, when he devised a machine to press food dye letters onto the candy lozenges made famous by his bother and NECCO founder Oliver. From mid-February to January, the company produces about 100,000 pounds of this iconic candy, adding up to more than enough for everyone to enjoy on Valentine's Day. In fact, Sweethearts is the best selling Valentine's Day candy, surprisingly even better than a box of chocolates.

Cupid and His Arrows

Valentine's Day would not be complete with out cupid, the most recognized symbol of love. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love. According to legend, Cupid fell madly in love with Psyche, despite his mother's jealousy of her beauty. According to the story, Psyche was told not to look at Cupid because she was mortal and he was a god. When her sisters talked her into looking at him, Cupid left her as punishment. She wandered aimlessly searching for him when she stumbled upon the temple of Venus. Venus gave her tasks to complete, each harder than the next. Her final task was to deliver a box to the underworld. She was advised not to open it, but her curiosity got the best of her, and she opened it to find nothing but deadly slumber. Cupid still loved Psyche, and as he came upon her lifeless body, he forgave her. Moved by Cupid's love, the gods then turned her into a goddess and they lived happily ever after. Now the most common part of the story that you may have heard, if he shoots you with one of his arrows, you too will live happily ever after. Today, he is depicted as a winged baby with a bow and arrows. The arrows signify desires and human emotions of love

Happy Valentine's Day from Summerset Inn Resort! We hope you have a wonderful day, filled with love and romance. To keep those feelings lasting all year long, why not book a romantic getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks? Spring is just around the corner and we will be opening up for the season. Book your reservations at our Lake of the Ozarks resort today by calling 573-348-5073.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

6 Tips for Sticking to Your New Years Resolutions

It's that time of year again. You're looking back on everything you did (and didn't do) in 2017 and trying to figure out how you can make 2018 your best year yet. What goals do you want to set for yourself? What do you want to achieve? You've sat down and started creating that list of "New Years Resolutions" but how are you going to stick to them? You don't want to end up as one of those statistics that quits after 3 weeks into the new year. That's why Summerset Inn Resort has compiled a list of tips to help you keep those resolutions you've made for yourself. Keep reading!

1. Don't Make Too Many Resolutions. 

One of the biggest mistakes people make with new years resolutions is setting too many of them. Making a 180 in every aspect of your life isn't that realistic (see #2). Spread yourself too thin, and you're sure to let some of those resolutions slip, which could lead to giving up on all of them altogether. Think about what's really important to you and how you can realistically make strides in that area of your life.

2. Only Choose Realistic Goals. 

The easiest way to set yourself up for failure, is to set your sights too high. While you want to push yourself some, you don't want to make it so hard that you give up early on. Don't just think about the end goal; think about what steps you'll need to take to get there. Are those steps achievable?

3. Take Baby Steps. 

Going cold turkey rarely works. Take small steps to get where you want to be. Do you want to lose weight? Remove soda or cookies from your diet, don't cut out everything sweet altogether or you're going to craze it more and then over indulge later. Do you want to save more money? Set a budget and start tracking your spending; don't avoid shopping altogether or you're likely to go on a spending spree in the future.

4. Write Down a Plan. 

Some things are easier said than done. That's typically the case with new years resolutions. Make sure you come up with a solid plan of how you're going to stick to your resolutions, and write it down. Refer back to it any time you think you might be getting off track. Set a timeline for when you'd like to achieve what. Keeping track of your progress is a great way to ensuring you stick with it.

5. Enlist Accountability Buddies. 

Whether its family or friends, let others know what your new years resolutions are so they can encourage you and hold you accountable. Their motivation could be what keeps you from giving up on your resolutions before you even get started. Make your goals known to those that are always there to support you in everything you do. If you have friends with the same resolutions in mind, you can help keep each other on track.

6. Forgive & Congratulate Yourself. 

If you get off track, forgive yourself. Dwelling on what you did wrong isn't going to change the fact that it happened. You need to get over it and move forward, continuing what you set out to do. In addition, congratulate yourself anytime you take steps to achieve your goals. Reward yourself when a mini goal, which leads up to the final goal, is completed.

Good luck with your new years resolutions everyone! If traveling and vacationing more fit into your 2018 resolutions list, be sure to consider our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks for all your vacation getaway needs. We offer the best accommodations at the Lake! Book your summer reservations by calling Summerset Inn at 573-348-5073 today!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

5 Festive Treats to Make for the Holidays

When you think about the holidays, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it's the Christmas lights and decorations, Santa and presents or possibly the baking and food! If you love to bake and make treats and food creations, then this blog is for you. Your favorite resort at the Lake of the Ozarks has gathered up some festive recipes for you to try this holiday season!

Rice Krispie Wreaths 

Photo Credit: SoxandCandy
Source: SoxandCandy


  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal 
  • 1 - 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows 
  • 3 Tbsp of butter 
  • 1 Tbsp green food coloring (more if using liquid) 
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut 
  • Red Icing (for decoration) 


  1. Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. 
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the food coloring. 
  3. Add coconut and Rice Krispies. Stir until well coated. 
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup (coated with non-stick spray), scoop the mixture onto the wax paper. With your hands (coated), shape the scoops to form wreaths. 
  5. Use the icing to put bows or other decorations on your wreaths. 
  6. Allow to set. Treats are best served on the same day they are made. 

Photo Credit: Delish

Elf on the Shelf-Inspired Mischief Munch 

Source: Delish

  • 2 cups French Toast Crunch cereal 
  • 1 cup Cookie Crisp cereal 
  • 2 2/3 cup Life cereal 
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows 
  • 1/2 cup red and green M&Ms 
  • 12 oz. white chocolate 
  • 2 Tbsp holiday sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips 
  1. In a large bowl, combine all cereals, mini marshmallows and M&Ms. 
  2. Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. (Ensuring not to burn it.) Then pour over cereal mixture, stirring to coat everything. 
  3. Transfer mixture to a parchment-lined baking sheet, top with holiday sprinkles and mini chocolate chips, and refrigerate until firm, about 25 minutes. 

Photo Credit: The Bearfoot Baker

Grinch Cake 

  • 2 boxes pound cake mix (and whatever ingredients the box calls for) 
  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Red and green food gel color 
  • Loaf pan 
  • Green frosting
  • Red heart sprinkles
  1. Mix one box of pound cake following the directions on the box. Add a few drops of red food coloring at a time, until you get the red color you like. 
  2. Once the cake is baked, let it cool and the then cut into even slices.
  3. Then use the heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out as many hearts as it takes to lay them face to face from one end of the pan to the other end. 
  4. Make sure it is a snug fit, but leave room at each end for the green cake mix. 
  5. Mix the second cake, and add some green food coloring. 
  6. Pour the green batter around the heart cutouts. 
  7. Tap the pan on the counter so that the batter will fall down the sides of the hearts. 
  8. Bake it according to the package directions. 
  9. Next, frost the cake with green frosting and add some heart sprinkles. 

Photo Credit: Delish

Oreo Coal

Source: Delish


  • 40 Oreos 
  • 1 - 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened 
  • 16 oz. chocolate almond bark 
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  1. Using a food processor, grind Oreos into crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a medium bowl and add cream cheese. Use a fork to mix until well combined. 
  2. Using about 1 Tbsp of the mixture per ball, form misshapen balls of the Oreo mixture. 
  3. Place the balls on a plate, and place the plate in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour to firm up. 
  4. Microwave the almond bark in 15 second increments, until melted and smooth (ensuring not to burn it). 
  5. Using a fork or toothpick, dip each ball into the melted chocolate, and set onto parchment paper. 
  6. Let the chocolate firm up and then dust the balls with cocoa to complete the "coal" look. 
  7. Store the balls in the fridge until ready to serve. 

Photo Credit: Sally's Baking Addiction

Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow 

Source: Sally's Baking Addiction 


  • 5 cups Rice Chex cereal 
  • 10 oz white chocolate almond bark 
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar 


  1. Pour the cereal into a large bowl. 
  2. Melt the almond bark, and pout it over the cereal. Stir until the cereal is completely covered.
  3. Fold in the crushed candy canes. 
  4. Pour the confectioners' sugar into a zipped-top bag. Then pour the chocolate covered cereal into the bag.
  5. Seal the bag and shake until all the cereal is coated with the sugar. 
  6. Store at room temperature for up to two weeks. 

Merry Christmas from Summerset Inn Resort! We hope your holidays are merry and bright. As you're sitting around with family and friends this holiday season, discussing what 2018 will hold, be sure to consider a vacation to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Book your reservations at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront resort today by calling 573-348-5073.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Feast

...with These Twists on Your Traditional Favorites

Are you tired of the same old recipes every Thanksgiving? Surprise your guests by creating unique dishes that are similar, yet so very different, from the traditional dishes you usually prepare. Here are a few recipes your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort gathered that put a little twist on your favorite Thanksgiving dishes:

Peach Stuffing 



  • 1 loaf rustic Italian bread, cubed
  • 2 medium onions, diced 
  • 4 tsp minced garlic 
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 celery stalks 
  • 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 can peach halves in heavy syrup, drained (reserve the syrup) 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Arrange bread in a single layer on baking sheet, let stand, uncovered, at room temperature overnight. (Or you can bake the bread at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes to dry it out, but not brown it.) 
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery and garlic, season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in herbs, and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the bread and toss to combine. 
  5. Whisk peach syrup into the orange juice concentrate, then add to the bread mixture with the peaches. 
  6. Spoon the stuffing into a buttered 9x13 baking dish, cover with parchment paper, then foile, and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover the dish, and bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. 

Chipotle and Coca-Cola Braised Sweet Potatoes



  • 6 large sweet potatoes 
  • 1 1/2 cups Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce + 2 Tbsp adobo sauce from the same can 
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Scrub sweet potatoes and slice into 1-inch thick slices (no need to peel). Arrange in a baking dish or roasting pan with at least 2-inch sides. 
  3. In a blender, combine coca-cola, garlic, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. Puree until smooth, for about 1 minute. Then pour mixture over the sweet potatoes. Season generously with salt and pepper. 
  4. Top off with pats of butter. Then cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, then bake an additional 20 minutes, or until tender. 
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed. 
  6. Serve as is or with some extra toppings such as grapes and greek yogurt, or spinach, bacon and pecans. 

Bourbon-Cranberry Compote 

  • 1 - 12 oz bag of cranberries, fresh or frozen 
  • 2/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup bourbon 
  1. In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, apple juice and bourbon. 
  2. Simmer, stirring occassionally, until the cranberries begin to burst and the sauce thickens, about 20-25 minutes. 
  3. Let cool before serving. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Summerset Inn Resort! We hope you have a wonderful time spent with family and friends. Speaking of time spent together, have you thought about your summer vacation plans yet? It's never too early to start booking your rooms at the best waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks for the 2018 season! With the holidays approaching, summer will be back before you know it! 

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Friday, October 27, 2017

5 Fun Facts About Halloween

Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, we'll be celebrating with festivities all weekend long! To get you in the spirit, Summerset Inn thought it would be fun to share with you some interesting facts about Halloween, it's history and traditions.

Halloween Fun Facts 

1. Trick-or-treating is traced back to the European practice of "guysing" in which costume-wearing participants would go door-to-door performing choreographed dances, songs and plays in exchange for treats. In early versions of trick-or-treating, men paraded door to door, with the boys following, begging for coins. Most of these trick-or-treaters were poor and actually needed the money. This begging mostly stopped by the 1930s, but re-emerged later to distract children from pulling Halloween pranks.

2. Halloween is actually more Irish than St. Patrick's Day, as its roots come from the Celtic festival for the dead, Samhain. On this day, the Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed the Earth, so people would dress in costumes and leave "treats" on their doorstep to appease the roaming spirits. This Halloween tradition was eventually disrupted and adapted by Christian missionaries into celebrations closer to what we celebrate today.

3. Originally, Jack-O-Lanterns were made from turnips, beets and potatoes. According to Irish folklore, a man named Stingy Jack tricked the Devil into agreeing that if he ever died, his soul would not be claimed for hell. When Jack died, God decided he wasn't fit for heaven, so his soul was left roaming the Earth with only a burning coal for light. Jack put the coal in a turnip as a lantern. Based on this myth, the Irish carved scary faces into turnips, beets and potatoes to scare away Stingy Jack and other spirits.

4. Halloween used to be considered a great night to find your soulmate. In some parts of Ireland, people celebrated Halloween by playing romantic fortune-telling games. These games allegedly predicted who they’d marry and when. Since Halloween was one of the main celebrations of the year where young people could mingle with the opposite sex, it was also considered a good day to scope out a sweetheart.

5. Halloween was originally referred to as "Cabbage Night." This came from a Scottish fortune-telling game, where girls used cabbage stumps to predict information about their future husbands. Many teens however skipped the games and simply threw the cabbages at their neighbors. Some pranksters in the northeastern United States keep up with this stinky tradition of collecting rotten vegetables and leaving them near their neighbors' doors.

Happy Halloween from Summerset Inn Resort! We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween with their families and friends. While our Lake of the Ozarks resort is closing for the season this month, we can't wait to host you in 2018. Get a jump start on next year's vacation planning by reserving your dates now. Call 573-3448-5073!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Thanks for Another Great Season at Summerset Inn

As Summerset Inn Resort prepares to close for the season at the end of the month, we would like to thank all our amazing guests for another great season. Some of you come back year after year and the resort just wouldn't be the same without you. We hope you had as a great a time here as we did hosting you!

About Summerset Inn Resort 

If you've never stayed with us before, you're missing out! Summerset Inn Resort is the most family-friendly resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. From a wide variety of rooms to choose from to our large deck and swimming pool area overlooking the Lake, you're sure to enjoy your stay at our resort. Choose from individual rooms or condo-like accommodations and bring the whole family. Bring your boat and rent a dock slip. Grill out by the lake and watch the sunset over the water. Great memories are sure to be made at Summerset Inn. Keep reading to learn what a couple of this year's guests had to stay about us!

Client Testimonials 

"We had the best time here!! The lake was right in our front yard!! Met so many nice people staying there as well! Nice pool, awesome location! My favorite visit to the Lake of the Ozarks yet!!" - Stephanie Ann 

"Loved it. It was nice and quiet, really enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely go back. The bed was kind of to hard, but the rest was amazing." - Keri Ann Combes 

We really appreciate all the kind words from our happy guests over the years. We're glad you enjoyed staying with us!

We wish you a great holiday season and hope to see you again next year at the best waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. Keep in mind, it's never too early to start planning your 2018 summer vacations at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-348-5073. We'll see you then!

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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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