Friday, May 26, 2017

Essentials for Your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ

Memorial Day Weekend just isn't complete without a BBQ with friends and family! Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort features the essentials you'll need for a great BBQ this holiday weekend:

1. The Meat. 

Your first, and probably the most important, decision is deciding what type of meat you're going to grill. Are you going to keep it simple with hamburgers and hotdogs? Or do you want some nice juicy steaks or chicken kebabs? You can really grill just about anything you want. Be sure to keep in mind your guests. If you have a lot of children coming, they're probably going to want hotdogs. The grown men are probably going to prefer steaks. Depending on how large your party is, you could have a wide selection of items for people to choose from.

2. Condiments. 

Once you've decided what types of meat to serve, don't forget your condiments. Ketchup and mustard are usually the most popular among BBQ guests. BBQ sauce is also a good option. If you have hotdogs, some people might want relish. If you have steak, you might want some steak sauce.  For hamburgers, you may want to have lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese - and don't forget the buns! Be sure to grab some salt and pepper too.

3. Utensils. 

Not only will you need paper plates, plastic silverware and napkins for everyone to eat with, you're going to need items to prepare the food. You'll want some type of platter to put the cooked meat on. You'll need tongs to move the meat around on the grill, and possibly grilling gloves. If you're using a charcoal grill, you'll need charcoal, lighter fluid and matches. You may also want some aluminum foil to cover the meat once it's done cooking.

4. Side Dishes. 

Popular side dishes for a BBQ include potato chips, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, grilled corn on the cob, and grilled mushrooms, peppers & onions. Watermelon is also a popular treat for the occasion. For dessert, something easy like cookies is best. You could ask each of your guests to bring their favorite side dish to share with the group. 

5. Drinks. 

Once you've got the food established, be thinking about drinks. Bottled water is a must-have, especially in the summer heat! If you have children there, you might consider juice boxes. Canned soda is also an option for everyone. You'll want to decide if you want alcohol at your BBQ, and if so, do you want to keep it simple with beer or have other options for your guests. No matter what types of drinks you choose to serve, your going to want coolers full of ice to keep everything nice and cold. 

6. Other Essentials. 

If you're going to be outside in the summer heat for a long period of time, not only is it important to drink a bunch of water, but you're going to want to re-apply sunscreen all day. You also may want some bug spray, especially if you're having a BBQ in the evening. Other ideas are outdoor games/toys for the kids to play with. This could be a jump rope, hula hoop, jacks, etc. Maybe you want a deck of cards for the adults to play a game too.

Summerset Inn Resort hopes you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! If you're staying with us this weekend, be sure to take advantage of our lakeside picnic area. For all your summer trips to the lake, come back and stay with us at our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our accommodations range from one bedroom up to five, to fit the needs of any size group. We hope to see you soon!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail

Among the wide variety of activities to enjoy at the Lake of the Ozarks is golf. The area is home to more than a dozen spectacular golf courses, designed for beginners and experts alike. There's no better place for a golf getaway in the Midwest than the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Learn about the Lake of the Ozarks golf trail in today's blog and book your reservations at our Lake of the Ozarks resort today!

About the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail 

The Lake of the Ozarks is the premier golf destination of the Midwest! The courses are carved out of Missouri's Ozark Hills, and the trail courses feature beautiful tree-lined fairways. Many of the courses even overlook the Lake of the Ozarks itself. The golf courses at the Lake will challenge anyone's golf game. On the trail, you'll find courses designed by world-class golfers such as Arnold Palmer & Tom Weiskopf. For more information, visit:

Courses Nearest Summerset Inn 

The majority of the courses on the Lake of the Ozarks golf trail are just a short distance from our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. Each season we host many golf guests, eager to check out the amazing courses the Lake of the Ozarks area has to offer! Here are some details on the courses closest to Summerset Inn:
  • The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A - This championship layout golf course carved out of the natural Ozark hills places a premium on accurate shots and strategic course management. Its undulating bentgrass greens, breathtaking elevation changes and scenic views of the Lake make this course a must play on your next visit to the Lake of the Ozarks.
  • Hidden Lake at Tan-Tar-A - This course has been ranked by USA Today as one of the best nine-hole courses in the U.S. It features lush zoysia fairways and large bentgrass greens. 
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  • Dogwood Hills Golf Range - Practice and perfect your golf game at the Dogwood Hills driving range, featuring zoysia tee boxes and bermuda fairways, as well as bent grass putting greens complete with sand traps.  
  • Bear Creek Valley Golf Course - This course meanders through 250 acres of colorful Ozarks 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.

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If golf is your game, the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to go! Come for a weekend with the guys or bring the entire family, as the Lake area has something for people of all ages to enjoy. Call Summerset Inn Resort at 573-348-5073 to book your Lake of the Ozarks accommodations today! We hope to see you soon!  

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Celebrations Around the World

Mother's Day is celebrated all around the world. While different countries celebrate at different times, the meaning of the day is the same: to celebrate a mother's extreme devotion to her children and family. On this day, children show their appreciation for everything their mom has done for them. Keep reading to learn when and how Mother's Day is celebrated in other countries around the world:

Mother's Day in the US 

In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Mother's Day was declared a national holiday on May 8, 1914 by president Woodrow Wilson. In the US, the holiday has been very commercialized, but mother's and children alike look forward to spending the day together. Gift giving, including cards, flowers and candy, is common for the holiday. Mom's are often served breakfast in bed, and lunch or dinner at a restaurant is typical so that mom doesn't have to cook on her special day.

Mother's Day in the UK

In the United Kingdom, Mother's Day is celebrated on the 4th Sunday in the month of Lent. Since the days of Lent are not fixed, the date for Mother's Day varies each year. Much like in the US, children present flowers and bouquets to their moms to express their love. The tradition of celebrating Mother's Day started in the UK long before it caught on in the US. In fact, England was the first country in the world to dedicate a day for mothers as early as 1600s. They called it "Mothering Sunday." After paying a visit to church, children presented their mother's with flowers, and girls baked special cakes called "Simnel Cakes" for their mothers.

Mother's Day in Mexico 

In Mexico, Mother's Day is always on the set day of May 10th. The holiday is celebrated in a colorful fashion, and churches organize a special mass. During the service, the orchestra plays "Las MaƱanitas," and the traditional early-morning meal of tamales & atole is distributed to all local mothers. Gift giving is also practiced on Mother's Day in Mexico.

Mother's Day in Japan 

Mother's Day is also celebrated on the second Sunday of May in Japan. While flowers are often presented to mothers, the exchanging of gifts isn't as prevalent. Children do make it a point to get up early and wish their mothers with a cute Mother's Day message. Some children do buy different types of gifts for their mother such as: pin flower silk kimono or red flower cotton kimono, baby and mother kokeshi doll, tenugui, or fragrance cards. Across the country, various events are held in Japanese style. In addition, people of Japan also prepare special recipes for Mother's Day, particularly sushi.

Happy Mother's Day from Summerset Inn Resort! We hope you found these Mother's Day traditions from around the world interesting and we wish you a wonderful weekend spending time with your mom, grandma, wife or other mother figure. Keep the love going after Mother's Day by bringing mom to the beautiful Lake, our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks awaits you! 

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The BEST Accommodations at the Lake!

If you're looking for the BEST accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks, look no further than Summerset Inn Resort! Our resort is centrally located, making it easy to get anywhere you want. Pull your boat right up to our dock and cruise around the Lake, or jump in the car and within minutes you'll find fine dining establishments, shopping and more! Keep reading to learn more about the variety of accommodations we have to offer.

Summerset Inn Resort Units 

Our apartments and suites offer affordable family accommodations. Whether you're visiting for a romantic weekend getaway or bringing the kids for some family fun, unit sizes vary to fit your needs. Our resort units sleep anywhere from 2-8 people, and most of them offer kitchenettes. Towels, trash liners, and toilet tissue are furnished daily. Laundry facilities and ice are also available on property. Check out the different resort units on our website here:

The Villas at Summerset Inn 

The Villas at Summerset Inn offer luxury condo-like accommodations. They offer that "second home" spaciousness that the entire family will enjoy. The Villas feature anywhere from 2-4 bedrooms, sleeping anywhere from 4-8 people. Each villa offers a full-size kitchen, dining room and living area. Plus every Villa has private, spacious decks to enjoy those great Summerset sunsets! Check out the different villa options on our website here:

Amenities at Summerset Inn 

Summerset Inn has the reputation of one of the finest family resorts at the Lake of the Ozarks! Our amenities feature fun activities for everyone. Rent one of our boat slip and easily get out on the water right from our resort. If laying out in the sun is more your style, lounge by the pool on our large deck overlooking the water. Let the kids play in the pool while you catch up on some emails or watch Youtube videos with the Wi-Fi hotspot available at the pool. The patio and BBQ areas are a great place to meet new friends, many of which return year after year.

Come check out Summerset Inn for yourself! Book your reservations today by calling 573-348-5073. Whether you're visiting the Lake for one of our awesome annual events or just coming for a fun weekend away from home, our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to stay. We hope to see you soon! 

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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