Monday, December 21, 2015

How Much Do You Know About Your Favorite Christmas Songs?

To get you in the Christmas spirit, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort has gathered up some Christmas Trivia for you. How much do you know about those famous Christmas songs you find yourself humming all season long? Find out here!

1. Jimmy Boyd was just 12 years old when he scored a hit with a song about something happening under the mistletoe. What is the name of the song? 

A. Last Christmas
B. Baby It's Cold Outside
C. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
D. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

2. In 1946, Nat King Cole recorded a hit with a song about chestnuts roasting over an open fire. What was the name of this song? 

A. Let It Snow
B. All I Want For Christmas is You
C. The Christmas Song
D. I'll Be Home for Christmas

3. In 1953, this Christmas song was Eartha Kitt's biggest hit of her career? 

A. Blue Christmas
B. Mr. Grinch
C. Santa Baby
D. Here Comes Santa Claus

4. Bing Crosby and the Ken Darby Singers, along with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra sang this Irnign Berlin song in the movie "Holiday Inn." What is it? 

A. Little Drummer Boy
B. O Christmas Tree
C. Let It Snow
D. White Christmas

5. In 1946, the Andrews Sister with Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadian Orchestra released a song in which they asked listeners if they would like to spend Christmas in this special location. What was the location? 

A. Christmas Island
B. The North Pole
C. Hawaii
D. New York

6. In 1948, this song was released by Spike Jones and the City Slickers. What was it? 

A. Jingle Bells
B. White Christmas
C. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
D. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

7. In 1949 Carl Sigman wrote a song describing a snow winter to which food? 

A. Coconut Flakes
B. A Marshmallow
C. Powdered Sugar
D. Sprinkles

8. What are the only two reindeer mentioned in the lyrics of "Here Comes Santa Claus?" 

A. Vixen and Blitzen
B. Dancer and Prancer
C. Comet and Cupid
D. Dasher and Donner

9. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, what is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time? 

A. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
B. Jingle Bells
C. Let It Snow
D. White Christmas

1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
2. The Christmas Song
3. Santa Baby
4. White Christmas
5. Christmas Island
6. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
7. A Marshmallow
8. Vixen and Blitzen
9. White Christmas

Merry Christmas from Summerset Inn Resort! We hope you enjoy the holiday season and we'll see you next year at the best waterfront resort at Lake of the Ozarks. If you haven't booked your reservations yet, now is the time to do so - call 573-348-50073 today!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

9 Holiday Food Safety Tips

From pumpkin pie to green bean casserole, food safety is probably one of the last things on your mind. While the U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, some 76 million people get sick from food-borne illness every year. Summerset Inn is here to help! offers a few safety tips for dealing with all those delicious Thanksgiving dishes and we want to share them with you.

 1. Plan Ahead for Storing Food. 

With all that extra food you wouldn't normally have in your house, storing it at proper temperatures could be a challenge. Think about all the dishes you're planning to have this Thanksgiving and make sure you have adequate space to keep hot dishes hot  and the cold ones cold. You may need to use coolers and if so, check them regularly to make sure the ice hasn't melted.

2. Properly Defrost Your Turkey. 

Be sure to allocate at least 24 hours per 5 pounds to defrost your turkey in the refrigerator. Do not let your turkey defrost on the kitchen counter. If you don't have enough time to defrost it in the fridge properly, using a cold water bath is another safe option. In this case, you will need to change the cold water bath every 30 minutes which can be time consuming.

3. Wash Your Hands Often. 

Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands before you start preparing the food. Throughout the food preparation, continue to wash your hands regularly, especially when moving from preparing one dish to another. Simply washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to minimize food contamination. Be sure to wash your hands again when you are completely done preparing all the food.

4. Wash All Fresh Produce. 

Make sure you wash all produce, even the prepackaged greens. You want to minimize potential bacteria contamination, and you don't know who or what has touched that produce while it was sitting in the store. You'll also want to make sure that your kitchen counters, sponges, cutting boards and knives are well scrubbed.

5. Cook Everything to Proper Temperature. 

Use a thermometer to make sure that your food has been cooked enough to kill any bacteria. Hot dishes, such as Turkey and stuffing, should be heated to at least 165 degrees and kept above 140 degrees while being served to make sure any potential bacteria is destroyed. For the cold dishes, you'll want to make sure they stay at least 40 degrees or lower.

6. Be Extra Careful with Eggs. 

Many eggnog recipes call for uncooked eggs, but to be perfectly safe, you need to use pasteurized eggs or cook the egg yolks lightly. You want to be sure to kill any potential salmonella bacteria. Also, keep your eggs refrigerated until they're ready for use and always cook egg products to at least 160 degrees.

7. Keep Guests Out of the Kitchen. 

The holidays always coincide with cold and flu season, which further compounds the fact that about half of your guests will be carrying bacteria on their fingertips. It's important to prevent anyone from picking at the food while it is being prepared. Since people tend to get hungry waiting for dinner, consider having some small appetizers for your guests to nibble on while the food is being prepared.

8. Refrigerate Leftovers Within Two Hours. 

While leaving the food out to snack on all afternoon may sound like less work, leaving food out too long is one of the biggest holiday food safety issues. When food sits out too long (and doesn't stay within the proper temperatures listed above), there is a potential for bacteria growth. Experts suggest to cut the meat off the turkey to allow it to cool properly, and store more easily.

9. Reheat Leftovers to 165 Degrees. 

Filling a plate of food and popping it into the microwave might seem like the most logical way to heat up your leftovers. However, it is important to use a thermometer to make sure those leftovers are heated enough to kill any possible bacteria. Microwaves heat in an uneven manner, so be sure to let it sit for a minute or two to let the heat destroy anything and then check the temperature all around the plate.

Happy Thanksgiving from Summerset Inn Resort! While we are currently closed for the season, we are anxiously awaiting your visit next year. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to get your Lake of the Ozarks vacation dates on our calendar now. From one bedroom units to five bedroom villas, our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for any group to stay!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Reasons Behind 3 Popular Halloween Traditions

The word "Halloween" dates back to about 1745, as do some of the traditions we still celebrate today. From pumpkin carving and apple bobbing to dressing up for trick-or-treating, Halloween is filled with fun traditions for the whole family. To get in the Halloween spirit, your favorite resort at the Lake of the Ozarks has done some research on 3 popular traditions of this holiday.

Why Do We Dress Up in Costumes?

During the Celtic festival of Samhain, the Celts would sometimes dress in costumes of white clothing and masks or blackface to ward off evil spirits. During this time, people thought the souls of the deceased were out and about. People left food and drinks out to appease these spirits or creatures, so people started dressing up to impersonate them and collect the treats themselves. If the Celts encountered these evil spirits, their disguises would have them mistaken for other spirits and they would be left alone. Scottish and Irish immigrants brought the Halloween tradition of dressing up to the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. While different regions celebrated Halloween in their own way, the idea that spirits were out during the holiday was universal. Therefore, people everywhere would dress up and behave differently than they normally would in their everyday life.

Why Do We Go Trick-or-Treating?

Traveling door-to-door collecting candy has been a popular Halloween tradition in the United States for more than 100 years. The actual origins of trick-or-treating however, are a little hazy. The ritual is believed to come from several different places including ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices and even British politics. During some Celtic celebrations, people dressed up and performed antics in exchange for food and drink. This custom known as "mumming" dates back to the middle ages and is thought to be an antecedent of trick-or-treating. During the 19th century, poor people would visit the homes of the wealthy and receive pastries called "soul cakes" in exchange for a promise to pray for the souls of the homeowners' dead relatives. This ritual was known as "souling" and was later taken up by children who would ask for gifts such as food, money and ale. In Scotland and Ireland, instead of offering to pray for the souls of the dead, the children would sing a song, recite a poem, tell a joke or perform another sort of “trick” before collecting their treat. Another potential trick-or-treating predecessor is the British custom for children to wear masks and carry effigies while begging for pennies on Guy Fawkes Night, which commemorates the foiling of the so-called Gunpowder Plot in 1605. In the early 20th century, Irish and Scottish communities revived the traditions of souling and guising in the United States.During World War I, children had to refrain from this tradition due to the sugar rationing, but after quickly became standard practice for millions of children in America.

Why Do We Carve Pumpkins?

The tradition of pumpkin carving began about the same time as trick-or-treating, but didn't actually involve a pumpkin at all. Instead, they carved turnips. Children would carry turnip lanterns while traveling door-to-door to collect soul cakes to commemorate the dead. The name "jack-o-lantern" dates back to the 17th century when it literally meant "man with a lantern." By the late 1800s, people started applying the name to those "turnip lanterns," made by scooping out the inside of the turnip, carving the shell into a rude representation of the human face and placing a lighted candle in it. It wasn't until the Irish immigrants brought these traditions to North America that the more commonly available pumpkin became used for the purpose of carving jack-o-lanterns. It wasn't until the mid-to-late 19th century that pumpkin carving was an established Halloween tradition.  

Happy Halloween from Summerset Inn Resort! As we are closing for the season this weekend, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone that helped make the 2015 season so great! We hope to see you again next year; it's never too early to start planning next years vacation to Lake of the Ozarks! Give us a call at 573-348-5073 today and get your dates on the books now!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

3 Reasons to Stay at Summerset Inn THIS Weekend

What are your plans this weekend? Before the weather gets cold and you don't want to travel unless absolutely necessary, head on down to the Lake of the Ozarks. Fall is a beautiful time of the year here at the Lake and this weekend is the perfect opportunity to come visit. Read on for 3 reasons to come see us this weekend!

1. The Beautiful Fall Weather. 

Fall is here at the Lake of the Ozarks and we're expecting perfect fall weather this weekend. The temperatures should be in the upper 60s both Saturday and Sunday. Come enjoy the view, with the gorgeous fall colors. What could be better than drinking a cup of coffee on the deck, watching the sunrise over the colorful Lake of the Ozarks on a crisp fall morning? Take a break from the day-to-day routine and travel here for a Lake of the Ozarks weekend getaway!

2. Family-Fun Events All Weekend. 

From bonfires and hayrides to fishing and trick-or-treating, the Lake of the Ozarks has all sorts of family-fun events happening all weekend long. The Annual Dogwood Animal Shelter Howl-O-Ween Festival is happening Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, with fun for the entire family. For our avid fisherman, we have the Annual 2-Day Alhonna Fall Classic Open Bass Buddy Tournament starting at 7 am both Saturday and Sunday. For more fun events happening this weekend here at Lake of the Ozarks, visit:

3. Last Chance to Stay at Summerset Inn. 

Summerset Inn Resort will be closing for the 2015 season on October 29, making this weekend the last weekend open! It's your last chance to stay at the finest waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks this year. (Don't worry we'll open back up next Spring!) We would love to have you come see us one more time before we close for the winter. Our accommodations include one, two, three and five bedroom units, so we have something to fit everyone's needs.

Our Lake of the Ozarks resort is centrally located in the "Heart" of Osage Beach, putting you just minutes from all the attractions and fun! When you choose to stay with us, you're only a short distance from several fine restaurants, a variety of golf courses (ask about our Fall Golf Packages), shopping - outlet or boutiques, caves, amusements, night-time entertainment and activities for the children. Book your reservations at Summerset Inn today by calling 573-348-5073.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October Events at Lake of the Ozarks

Our Lake of the Ozarks resort is getting ready to close down for the season on the 29th of this month, but before we do, come see us one last time! The Lake area has a lot going on in the next few weeks leading up to Halloween. Bring the kids down for a spook-tacular weekend getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks!

October Events at Lake of the Ozarks

4th Annual Pumpkin Patch at Hy-Vee Hollow - Now through October 25

Fun activities for the entire family on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 6pm. Straw bale maze, old fashioned water pump duck races, a corn pit, seesaws, hay mountain and free hayrides all make for a family-fun day at Hy-Vee in Osage Beach.

Apple Butter Days and Fall Festival - October 16-17

Many crafters with a variety of items will be setup at the Camden County Museum. The event is open 9 am to 4 pm both days, with Craft demonstrations and a quilt raffle,as well as having apple butter and apple pies available for purchase. Admission free is free and there will be a chili and soup lunch available for a donation. For more information call 573-346-7191.

Lucas Oil "Spookway" - Free Trick-or-Treating for Kids - October 24

This Annual Safe Trick or Treat Night is a big hit with the area youth as the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" gives kids a safe trick or treat experience. The event begins at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 24th at Lucas Oil Speedway. The event is FREE to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. This is a great avenue for area business owners, groups, and organizations to show their wares to Mom and Dad while handing out treats to the kids. Last year over 500 trick or treaters visited the Lucas Oil "Spookway".

Howl-O-Ween Festival - October 24

Dogwood Animal Shelter's annual HOWL-O-WEEN Festival sponsored in part by Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks will take place Saturday, October 24 from 10 am to 2 pm! Family fun for all ages, including contests, food and entertainment! Check out various vendor booths as well!

Eldon PTO Trunk-or-Treat - October 24

Join the Eldon Elementary PTO in a FUN, FREE, FAMILY fall themed event from 6-8 PM. Along with a large Trunk-or-Treat, the City of Eldon will be providing a hayride, maze and bounce house all for FREE!

Captain Ron's Kids Halloween Spooktacular - October 25

Bring your little ghosts & goblins to Captain Ron's to grab some loot from 5-7 PM! Several local businesses will be handing out goodies!

Hy-Vee Hollow Trick-or-Treat Maze - October 29

Safe trick-or-treating and family fun in the Hy-Vee parking lot from 4-7 PM. Cost is $2 per child and all money raised from this event will be donated to Dream Factory, an organization making dreams come true for critically and chronically ill children.

Summerset Inn Resort is centrally located in the heart of Osage Beach, putting you just minutes from all the Halloween action! From one bedrooms up to 5-bedroom condo like units, we've got options for any size group wanting to visit beautiful Lake of the Ozarks this fall. Contact us today at 573-348-5073 to book your rooms at the finest family-friendly resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Plan a Fall Golf Trip to Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks area offers some of the best golf in the Midwest! With the beauty of the leaves changing color, Fall is one of the best seasons to plan a golf trip to the Lake of the Ozarks and Summerset Inn is here to help! From accommodations to booking tee times, we're here to help you plan to perfect golf trip for you and your guests.

Golf Courses Near Summerset Inn

1. Deer Chase - This course offers a challenging track through the beautiful Auglaize River valley and surrounding hills. The course features Bermuda fairways overseeded for early spring green-up, multiple zoysia tees and the largest bentgrass green settings in the area.

2. Sycamore Creek - When you arrive at this course, you will immediately be able to tell the staff has great attention to detail, and knows how to prepare the course so you have a wonderful golfing experience. The course layout allows you to return to the clubhouse after 9 holes for refreshments.

3. The Oaks - This course was designed by world renowned architects Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge and is part of the beautiful Tan-Tar-A Golf Resort. The championship layout, carved out of the natural Ozark hills, places a premium on accurate shots and strategic course management. Its multiple tee boxes and beautiful Bermuda and Zoysia fairways make this championship course a unique and enjoyable experience for the expert as well as the novice.  

4. Hidden Lakes - This course has been ranked by USA Today as one of the best 9-hole courses in the U.S. This championship course is located inside the gates of Tan-Tar-A and features lush zoysia fairways and large bentgrass greens.

5. Bear Creek Valley Golf Club - This course meanders through 250 acres of colorful Ozark forest, meadows and scenic valleys along "Little Bear Creek." The course has zoysia fairways, subtle L93 bentgrass greens and multiple tee settings, which will insure an enjoyable, yet challenging, round of golf.

There are several other great golf courses within a 45 minutes drive of the resort. Check out all of the courses on the Lake of the Ozarks golf trail here:

Summerset Inn Golfers Package

Make a reservation for 3 nights or more during the off season and take advantage of our 10% golfers discount. We will gladly assist you in making reservations at our nearby golf courses. We're ready to help make your Lake of the Ozarks golf trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible. With our central location in the heart of the Lake area, we offer the perfect place for any group to stay this October. Contact Summerset Inn today at 573-348-5073 to setup your reservations!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lake of the Ozarks Fall Big Bass Bash

Don't miss your chance at winning $70,000 in cash for one bass fish! The Fall Big Bass Bash at Lake of the Ozarks is back this weekend, October 3rd & 4th. The tournament will run from 7 AM to 3 PM each day, with the awards ceremony held at 4:30 PM at Public Beach #2. There will be over $215,000 awarded to bass fisherman this weekend! Here are the details:


You can register through October 1st at the following locations:
  • Online at
  • Osage Beach Bait & Tackle
  • Fitz Fishing Tackle
  • Bryants Osage Outdoors 

You can also register in person on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the following locations:
  • Friday, October 2 from 10 AM to 8 PM at Public Beach #2 
  • Saturday & Sunday starting at 6 AM at each weigh in location: Public Beach #2, Red Oak Resort, Alhonna Resort and Red Fox Bar & Grill

Cash Prizes 

The 4 biggest bass of the weekend win the following cash prizes:
  • 1st Place - $70,000
  • 2nd Place - $20,000
  • 3rd Place - $10,000
  • 4th Place - $5,000
Over $94,000 is guaranteed in bi-hourly payouts! There are 4 time slots per day with 25 winners in each time slot. There are a total of 200 places that will win cash!

For more information on the 2015 Fall Big Bass Bash at Lake of the Ozarks visit, email or call 866-515-0102. If you need a place to stay while you're in town for the tournament, give Summerset Inn Resort a call at 573-348-5073. Our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks located at the 19 mile marker in Darby Cove. Boat slips are available in varying sizes and are protected from the rough water of the main channel.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

BEST Dining at the Lake

When you think about vacation, what's one of the first things you think about? FOOD! Trying new, local restaurants is one of the best parts about vacation. Our Lake of the Ozarks resort is located in the Heart of Osage Beach, just minutes from many of the great restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks. The following restaurants are within a 15 minute drive of Summerset Inn Resort

1. Dog Days Bar & Grill

Whether you want to stop in for one of their signature cocktails, enjoy a nice dinner with the family, or dance the night away with their live entertainment, Dog Days has something for everyone! The restaurant is also home to some of the Lake's premier annual events, including the Canine Cannonball and AquaPalooza.

2. J. Bruner's Restaurant 

Experience casual, fine dining at J. Bruner's, the Lake's best steakhouse! Savor steaks and seafood prepared using their exclusive recipes refined over the past 30 years. The warm and inviting dining rooms are the perfect setting for weekly casual dining or that special occasion.

3. Domenico's Italian Restaurant

For over 26 years, Domenico's Italian Steakhouse has been serving delicious food based on the rich Italian Heritage of owners Debbie Arcobasso and Tony Cicerelli. Their passon is to serve superior entrees with high quality food in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.

4. Pappo's Pizzeria & Pub

If you're looking for the best pizza and craft beer at the Lake, check out Pappo's Pizzeria & Pub. There, pizza is a form of art and they have 32 craft beers on tap. They keep it fresh and they keep it real!

5. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse

For over 20 years, Wobbly Boots' barbecue recipes have been piling up national awards from the most prestigious barbecue contests around the country. If you love barbecue, this is one place you have to stop at on your vacation.

6. Heroes Sports Saloon

Heroes was created to honor and pay tribute to all of the heroes in our community and around the country.  Fired flat bread pizzas, sandwiches, steaks and seafood are all on the menu. Stop in for lunch, dinner or happy hour and enjoy great food, cold beverages and friendly service.

7. Li'l Rizzo's (in Osage Beach)

Generous portions and a wide variety of menu items, all made from the freshest ingredients, make Li'l Rizzo's a favorite for vacationers and locals alike. Enjoy the game in their sports bar area or come in for lunch or dinner with the family. The friendly servers and bartenders make everyone feel welcome and they work hard to provide you a great experience.

8. C. Bro's Pizza & Pub

C. Bro's is a friendly, local restaurant and bar offering exceptional food, including their famous meatballs and pizza, and amazing drinks in a relaxing, laid-back environment. In addition to the food, they offer a pool table, dart boards and other games. Duck into C Bros Pizza & Pub to take a break from the craziness of life and have a little fun.

From fine dining to tasty waterfront bar food, the Lake area has options to please everyone's tastes. When you stay at the finest small resort on the Lake of the Ozarks, you're dining options are endless. Let us help you enjoy your best vacation yet by booking your rooms with us today. From romantic King suites to our larger units with up to five bedrooms, Summerset Inn Resort has your accommodations covered. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to plan your fall getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks today!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Kids' Harbor Golf Tournament is THIS Weekend!

Summerset Inn Resort is like a second home to those who love to play golf at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Lake area has golf tournaments all year round, but this weekend is the Annual Kids' Harbor Golf Tournament. Join your fellow golfers on Sunday, September 20th for this benefit 4-person scramble!

Golf Tournament Details

A $100 entry fee gets you 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, cash prizes, and also includes all proxies and mulligans. There is a guaranteed purse of $1,000. It is a 4-person scramble that will start at 1 PM this Sunday, September 20th. To register, give Mike Smith a call at 573-348-2233. All proceed from the event will go to benefit Kids' Harbor.

About Kids' Harbor

Kids' Harbor, Inc. is a Child Advocacy Center serving the Lake of the Ozarks area in Central Missouri, Fort Leonard Wood and surrounding areas. The agency assists victims of child abuse and their non-offending family members as they make their way through the difficult and often frightening process of a child abuse investigation. Services are provided to children ages 0-18 referred by Social Services, Juvenile authorities, and/or Law Enforcement, free of charge. Services are designed to begin at the onset of the investigation. Early intervention and support has been shown to lessen the traumatic consequences that a child may experience during the criminal justice process. For more information, please visit:

They are still in need of teams to play in the tournament. If you're interested please contact Mike Smith at 573-348-2233. Be sure to book your accommodations at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront resort as well. From one bedroom units to 5 bedroom condo-like units, Summerset Inn is the perfect place for any group to stay! Contact us today at 573-348-5073 to book your reservations.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Join us for Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest Next Week!

The ultimate Bikefest experience is back at the Lake of the Ozarks for its 9th year! Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country will be rumbling their way here next Thursday, September 17. The Lake of the Ozarks area offers some of the nation's most scenic rides, through the Ozark hills with spectacular views, making it the perfect spot for this Midwest biker rally! Our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront resort welcomes you all to our beautiful area! Here are a few things you can expect at this year's event:


Over 200 bars and restaurants will be participating in this year's bikefest event, including Dog Days Bar & Grill (within walking distance of Summerset Inn Resort). The Full Throttle Vendor Village will be setup there! Other vendor villages include Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson, Toad Cove Compound and the Bagnell Dam Campground.

  • Bike Night on the Strip - starts at 5:30 PM
  • Live Music - at Backwater Jack's, Dog Days, and Tuckers Shuckers
  • Free Concert at Picklehead's Roadhouse - "Third Shift" will start performing at 7 PM
  • Live Music - at Backwater Jack's, Beavers at the Dam, Bootleggers, Captain Ron's, The Dam FORR Campground, Dog Days, Franky & Louie's, H. Toads and Tucker's Shuckers.
  • Dinner Theater at Camden County Museum - Doors open at 5 PM, Dinner starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $15 per person. 
  • Laurie Hillbilly Fair 
  • 38 Special Live in Concert at Pickleheads - starts at 6 PM
  • Live Music - at Backwater Jack's, Beavers at the Dam, Bootleggers, Captain Ron's, The Dam FORR Campground, Dog Days, Franky & Louie's, H. Toad's, and Paradise Restaurant
  • Dinner Theater at Camden County Museum - Doors open at 5 PM, Dinner starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $15 per person. 
  • 3rd Annual Larrystock - open at 11 AM
  • Laurie Hillbilly Fair
  • The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert - at Shawnee Bluff Winery starting at 8 PM
  • Surdyke Yamaha Big Bikefest Auction from 12-3 PM
  • 2015 Rise N Shine Race at the YMCA - 7:45 AM Registration, 9:00 AM Race
  • Free Concert at Pickleheads Roadhouse - Shamans Harvest starts at 7 PM

Bike Give-Aways

The 2015 Passport Bike is a 2014 FXSB Softail Breakout, Morocco Gold Pearl. To participate in the Passport Ride and enter for a chance to win this bike, you will need to pick up a passport at any of the participating locations. A $20 entry donation is optional. One stamp is received at each passport stop location and all locations must be stamped for the passport to be considered complete and approved for the drawing. After all stops have been stamped, the completed passport must be turned in at the Official Passport Booth at Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson Dealership no later than 3 pm on Sunday. For a complete list of passport stops visit: For complete rules and regulations, visit:

In addition to the Passport Ride, you have another chance to win an amazing bike with the Free Ride Give Away! You can choose one of two great motorcycles: a new Yamaha Stryker 1300 or a customized Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. For more details on this giveaway, visit:

If you're still looking for Lake of the Ozarks accommodations for Lake Bikefest 2015, give Summerset Inn Resort a call at 573-348-5073. Our resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is centrally located in the "Heart" of the Lake area, putting you just minutes from all the Bikefest attractions!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Celebrating Labor Day: The Why and How

While Labor Day is meant to celebrate the U.S. workforce, it also marks the unofficial end of the summer season of vacations at the Lake of the Ozarks. This weekend is one last chance to come down to the Lake and enjoy time outdoors with friends and family while the weather is still nice. Here are a few ways Americans traditionally celebrate this holiday weekend:

Why We Celebrate

Labor Day was originally intended to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. In many ways, it remains an annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day holiday was held on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. However, the 3-day weekend didn't start until 1884 when the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday.

How We Celebrate

The focus of the holiday has shifted to celebrating a day off with family. Here are a few ways that people all across the country spend their extended weekend off:

1. Food - Picnics and BBQs are a tradition for Labor Day Weekend. Fried chicken, hamburgers, corndogs, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon and lemonade are great choices for this 3-day weekend celebration. So throw some meat on the grill and spend the time with your family and friends.  

2. Parades - After the first Labor Day parade took place in New York city, many other states followed suite. People dress up in red, white and blue to show their support for our great country, which wouldn't be the same without those who have put in the hard work. Today you will find Labor Day parades and other activities all across the country!

3. Fireworks - One favorite tradition for the Labor Day holiday is fireworks! If you're spending the weekend at our waterfront resort at Lake of the Ozarks, be sure to check out some of our local fireworks displays:

4. No Work - Take some time away from work to catch up with your family. Turn off that cell phone and don't be checking emails all weekend; they can wait until Tuesday. Your clients are going to be spending time with their families as well and won't see your reply until Tuesday anyway.

However you decide to celebrate, be sure to have fun and take some time to get your work and family life back in balance. These 3-day weekends don't come along that often, so make sure to appreciate the time. Summerset Inn Resort wishes you a Happy Labor Day Weekend! Be sure to come see us for a weekend getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks before we close for the season!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The History of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout started back in 1988 as the Lake Rescue Shootout. It was an event in which many local boats participated simply to establish who had the fastest boat, but eventually turned into an event that also helped supplement the Lake Area Fire Departments water rescue efforts. Each year since, the event has grown bigger and bigger. Today there are over 100 racers, with over 100,000 spectators. Let's take a look back at show the event has changed over the years!


Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach and Lake Ozark Fire Districts participated in the first Shootout event.


The Shootout Guide book started as a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" format.


At this time, the event became known as "The Shooters Shootout" or "Natoli's Shooters 21 Benefit Shootout." Carmelo Natoli was Chairman of the Shootout board at the time. The Shootout Guide became the 8 1/2" x 11" format that it is today. However, the book has continually grown each year as more businesses participated.


The event became known as "Caleco's Shooters 21 Benefit Shootout." The Chairman at that time was Mark Michael.


The Gravois and Mid-County Fire Districts joined in on the event along with the Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach and Lake Ozark Fire Districts.

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The event became officially known as the "Lake Rescue Fire Shootout." The number of participating boats continued to grow each year.


On that Sunday, 80 boats ran, making 128 passes through the course that day! Boats over 22 feet in length were allowed to run that year and the classes were divided by length, hull design, size of motors and number of motors.


The Lake Rescue Shootout was proud to bring on POWERBOAT Magazine, Charter Communications and Tan-Tar-A Resort as sponsors of the event.


Jack Miller Marine and Velocity Powerboats joined as sponsors of the event.


This year brought on Extreme Power Sports from here at the Lake and a new course record set by Dave Callan and John Cosker of 208 mph.


The event turned into 2 days of racing and Lucas Oil on the Edge on Speed TV was on location filming the event. John Cosker breaks his own record with an amazing 209 mph run.


The 20th Anniversary Shootout brought a whole new atmosphere for the first time in 20 years. The Shootout was held at a new location, Captain Ron's Bar & Grill. The new site was chosen following the demolition of Shooters 21. With teh new location & renewed excitement, over 60,000 fans watched the 2 day races. Dave Scott reclaimed the TOP GUN with a 178 mph run.


New records were set all over the place as David Scott set a new course record at 196 mph and record attendance was estimated at over 70,000 spectators.


David Scott and John Tomlinson took first place for the 3rd year in a row with a blistering run of 208 mph. With the addition of 6 new events to complete a week long schedule of activities, the committee set a new record by donating $70,000 to 20 different charitable organizations. The added events included a Treasure Hunt, a Mini Shootout, a Meet & Greet with the racers during the Shootout on the Strip, Puttin' on the Wish Rides, a fantastic Fireworks display and an additional concert featuring David Ball on Monday night that provided much needed food items to a local food pantry.


For the first time in 3 years, a new champion was crowned: Canadion Bill Tomlinson and Ken Kehoe driving a sleek turbine powered Mystic named "My Way" ran 8 times and tied the course record of 208 mph on 3 different runs. A record 100,000+ fans witnessed the record setting week as $70,570 was donated to 20 different charities. Another record of 493 volunteers donated 5727 hours to make this event the largest community event of its kind.


Thanks to all of the sponsors, participants, vendors and the public, the committee achieved their 5 year goal of being able to donate $100,000 to 22 different organizations. This year, there were 569 volunteers donating a total of 6,425 hours, making it the most successful event in the history of the Shootout! In the 5 years since the Shootout was moved to it's new location, the Shootout organization has donated over $322,000 to Lake Area charities and continues to grow each and every year.

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The 25th Anniversary of the Shootout was nothing short of amazing. The Street Party became known as the Shootout in the Park and was a tremendous success with over 8,000 people eating, drinking and conversing with all the race teams at the Laurie City Park. The new Shootout Hall of Fame had 10 new inductees from the past 25 years and the new Bob Morgan Memorial was unveiled at Captain Ron's, complete with a flyover in the missing man formation as America the Beautiful was sung. Racers set new records: Joe Sgro at 152 mph as top V, Dan O'Keefe at 95 mph as top PWC and Brad Rowland  at an amazing 114 mph as top Pontoon. The second run of the day on Sunday brought a new Shootout record of 224 mph by Bill Tomlinson and Ken Kehoe in My Way. The Shootout Committee set another record by handing out $115,000 in checks to 22 different charities and fire departments.


The 26th Annual Shootout was one of two completely different emotions. The Spirit of Qatar absolutely smashed the old record that My Way had with an unbelievable run of 244 mph. However, the lowest point of the 26 year history of the Shootout was when Joel Begin's boat, throttled by Mike Fiore, flipped end over end at the finish line. While Joel was able to walk away, the Shootout family and friends will always remember Mike and his contributions not only to the Shootout, but for his value and dedication to all of powerboating.

Join us here at beautiful Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, August 29-30, for another great Shootout! The event will bring the top racers and off shore racing power boats topping 244 mph. All proceeds will benefit the Lake Area Rescue Teams and other local charitable organizations! Summerset Inn Resort wishes you a great shootout weekend! And when you're looking for the perfect family-friendly place to stay, keep our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront resort in mind!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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