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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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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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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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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