Tuesday, May 29, 2018

June Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

Let the summer fun begin! The month of June is full of family-fun events at Lake of the Ozarks. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort has all the details on these upcoming events. Check them out and book your reservations today so you don't miss any of the fun!

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Lake Race 2018: May 31 - June 2

One of the most anticipated events of the year, Lake Race 2018 will feature more than just boat races! The event will kick off on Thursday, May 31st with the Festival of Speed from 4-9 pm at Big Thunder Marine Showrooms in Lake Ozark. Friday, June 1st from 4-11 pm is the Meet & Greet Street Party on the Bagnell Dam Strip. The races will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, with an awards ceremony to follow. Beavers at the Dam is the official viewing spot for the event, and there will be an after party with fireworks there. The awards will take place at Camden on the Lake.

Hot Summer Nights: June 8

This classic vehicle cruise is a family-fun night on the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark. The event will run from 6-11 pm, rain or shine. Both participation and admission are free. All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles will line the Strip and cruise around. This kid-friendly event offers games, activities, live entertainment and more!

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The Canine Cannonball: June 8-10

How far can your dog jump? Find out at the annual Dock Dogs jumping contest will be held at Dog Days again this year! Canine athletes will compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve at this family friendly event. Admission to this family-fun event is free.

Folds of Honor Charity Fundraiser, Golf Tournament & Concert: June 15-16 

Camden on the Lake is teaming up with Folds of Honor, Budweiser and Osage National Golf Club to bring another Folds of Honor Charity Fundraiser to the Lake of the Ozarks area. Folds of Honor honors the sacrifice of America's fallen and disabled service members by providing educational scholarships to their children and spouses. Sign up your team to play in the Friday afternoon golf tournament at Osage National and then come rock out with us all weekend at the Horny Toad Entertainment Complex, featuring Walker McGuire and Hudson Drive. To learn more, contact 573-365-5620.

Support Out Troops Poker Run: June 29 

See all the big boats gather at the Lake of the Ozarks for this annual, fun-filled poker run on the water! All proceeds from the event will go to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. Visit www.lakecharitypokerrun.com for participating locations and details.

To book reservations at our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 573-348-5073. From one bedroom units to 5-bedroom condo-like accommodations, we've got something to fit everyone's needs. The central location of Summerset Inn makes it the perfect place for your summer vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks with the family! We hop to see you soon!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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Friday, May 25, 2018

7 Tips for Your Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day Weekend is finally here! How many of you are kicking off the summer season at our Lake of the Ozarks resort this weekend? A summer holiday celebration just wouldn't be the same without a BBQ right? Today's blog from Summerset Inn Resort offers some tips you can use to BBQ this weekend, either at our resort or your own place.

BBQ Tips and Tricks

1. Allow Your Grill to Heat Up. 

You'd be surprised at the number of people that throw meat on a cold grill and then fire it up. When it comes to good BBQ, you don't want to be in a hurry. By letting your grill heat up for at least 20 minutes, maybe more when you're using charcoal, you're allowing both the grill and the surrounding metal to come to an even temperature. This leads to a more efficient, controlled and safe cooking surface, as well as more evenly cooked meat.

2. Consider Tenderizing and Marinating. 

Not everyone does this, but tenderizing your meat with a tenderizing hammer will help the meat cook more evenly and stay more tender. Marinating your meat is another way to ensure it has great flavor and doesn't get dried out. However, you don't need to over-marinate it. Chicken and pork only need about an hour or two to marinate, while red meats can be soaked overnight if you want.

3. Don't Add BBQ Sauce Too Early. 

Keep in mind that BBQ sauce, while very tasty, is not a marinade, it's a condiment. It has a lot of sugar in it, and sugar can easily burn on the grill. Wait to brush the BBQ sauce on just before the meat is done cooking. Quickly mark the meat on the grill for a nice, caramelized flavor and then pull it off.

4. Soak Your Kebab Skewers in Water. 

If you're making kebabs for your BBQ, soak the wooden skewers in water first to keep them from burning. If you're using metal skewers instead, consider wiping them with a piece of paper towel dipped in oil to ensure the food doesn't stick to them.

5. Use the Vent on Your Grill. 

Many people don't realize the importance of the vent on their grill or how it works. Vent openings, both above and below the fire, aid in controlling both the temperature inside and the way your food cooks. Fully open vents on both sides create more heat. By rotating the lid and changing the position of the top vent, you can control the speed of your cooking. To create a convection effect, place the top vent opening on the opposite side of your bottom vent opening.

6. Let Your Meat Sit After Cooking. 

The meat is done and your mouth is watering! Don't be to quick to take a bite though, you should let your meat sit for a few minutes after taking it off the grill. This will help seal in the juices and keep the meat from drying out. Be sure not to cut the meat until you're ready to serve and eat it. Bonus Tip: Use tongs instead of a fork to avoid poking holes in your meat while it's cooking, as that can release those juices too.

7. Under is Better Than Over. 

When it comes to cooking meat, it's always better to be under than over on cook time. You can always throw something back on the grill to cook longer, but if you've over-cooked it, there's no fixing that mistake. If you're uncertain how long something has been cooking, go ahead and pull it off and check it out. Using a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure your meat is properly cooked, and to avoid the possibility of a foodborne illness.

BBQ Area at Summerset Inn Resort

Among the many great amenities at Summerset Inn is our lakeside BBQ area, complete with multiple charcoal grills and picnic tables. It's the perfect place to gather with family and friends this weekend, as well as a place to make friends with the other guests at the resort. Most of our resort units have kitchenettes, so you'll easily be able to store food and leftovers in your room before and after your BBQ.

Whether you're celebrating at our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks with us or somewhere else, we hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend! While the holiday weekend is the kick-off of the summer season at the Lake of the Ozarks, please remember why we celebrate Memorial Day, for all those who chose to give their lives defending our country. Be sure to take a moment this weekend to reflect on all that we have been given because of their sacrifice. Enjoy your long weekend!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Family-Friendly Accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks

Summer is quickly approaching and now's the time many families are starting in on their summer vacation plans. Are you thinking about coming to the Lake of the Ozarks this summer? Why wouldn't you?! It's the best recreational lake in the country, and offers so much to do for families with children of all ages. Summerset Inn Resort is here to not only help you plan the perfect family vacation, but also offer the most family-friendly accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Family Accommodations at Summerset Inn 

Whether you're a small family of four or a larger family of six to ten, our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks has the perfect accommodations for you! Learn more about our various options for families below:

Single Apartment
Our single apartment sleeps 4 people and features 2 queen beds, a kitchenette and a bath with a shower. Please note that this unit is not waterfront.

Deluxe Cottage
Our deluxe cottage sleeps up to 6 people, and features two private bedrooms each with a queen bed. This unit also offers a hide-a-bed, a kitchenette and a bath with shower. Please note that this unit is also not waterfront.

Economy Apartment 
Our economy apartments each sleep a maximum of 6 people. They offer two small bedrooms, each with double beds. You'll also enjoy a hide-a-bed, a kitchenette and a bath with shower. There are 3 of these apartments available.

Deluxe Apartment
Each of our deluxe apartments sleep up to 6 people and feature 2 large private bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other with a queen bed. The apartments also come with a hide-a-bed, a kitchenette and a bath/shower combo with two vanities. There are 3 of these units available.

2 BR, 2 BA Apartment
Our 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment sleeps a maximum of 5 people. This lakeside king apartment features a bathroom and kitchenette, plus a bonus bedroom with a double bed and a 2nd bath. There is also a hide-a-bed in this unit.

Family Apartment 
Our family apartments sleep up to 8 people. Each one features 2 bedrooms, a daybed adjacent to the living room and a hide-a-bed. You'll also enjoy a kitchenette and a bath with a shower. There are 8 of these units available.

Villa Cottage 
This cottage style room sleeps up to 6 people and features 2 private bedrooms, each with a king bed. The unit also features a hide-a-bed, a kitchenette, a fireplace, and two bathrooms, with a whirlpool tub in the master.

Captain's Quarters
The Captain's Quarters will sleep up to 10 people and features 5 bedrooms and 3 baths! Inside you'll find 2 king beds, 2 queen beds and 2 double beds. The kitchen offers a garbage disposal, dishwasher and microwave.

Amenities at Summerset Inn 

Plan your best family vacation yet at Summerset Inn Resort! Our amenities make our resort the perfect place for families to both relax and play. Take a dip in our lakefront swimming pool, while the kids enjoy our kiddie pool. The large deck is perfect for socializing, lounging and soaking up some sun! Plus, we now have a Wi-Fi hotspot at the pool, so you can check your email if needed or catch up on celebrity gossip. Gather with family and friends at the BBQ area for a delicious meal outdoors. We also offer boat slip rentals, so you can keep your boat right here for easy access to hit the water whenever you want. There's so much fun to be had right here at Summerset Inn!

Our central location puts you just minutes from all the best lake attractions and restaurants! Walk down the street to Dog Day's Bar & Grill or hop in the car and cruise on over to great shopping at the outdoor mall. Your family is sure to enjoy their stay at our Lake of the Ozarks resort. Book your reservations today by calling 573-348-5073. Your summer vacation awaits!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Mother's Day Treats to Spoil Mom

Mother's Day is this weekend! How are you celebrating? From flowers and chocolates to taking mom out for dinner or a movie, there are plenty of ways to make her feel special this Sunday! Consider spoiling her with one of these sweet treats. While these recipes are pretty easy for children to whip up, dad or an older sibling might have to help with a few things!

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries 

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Source: Delish.com 

This fun and fruity snack is the perfect no-bake treat for mom on Mother's Day!


  • 1 cup Cream Cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar 
  • 1 pint Strawberries, bottoms and tops sliced off and hollowed out
  • Crushed Graham Crackers, for garnish 


  1. With a mixer, beat cream cheese for 2-3 minutes. Add the heavy cream and powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. 
  2. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and pipe into the strawberries. 
  3. Garnish with crushed graham crackers and serve. 

Frozen Banana Bites

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  • 2 Bananas, peeled and sliced (about 3/4 inch chunks) 
  • 1/3 cup Bittersweet Chocolate Chips 
  • 1/3 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • a pinch of Sea Salt 
  • Unsweetened Shredded Coconut 
  1. Place the banana chunks on a large plate lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for about an hour. 
  2. Spread the shredded coconut on a large plate. 
  3. Combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and sea salt in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for about a minute, and stir until smooth.
  4. Dip the frozen banana chunks in the chocolate mixture. Then place it on the shredded coconut and roll lightly to coat all sides. 
  5. Transfer the covered banana chunks back to the freezer for another hour before serving. 

Lemon Cookie Cream Cheese Truffles

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  • 12 Lemon Cookies, either store bought or use this recipe (without the frosting).
  • 1/2 package of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 
  • 1 1/2 cups White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Extract 
  • Colorful Sprinkles, for garnish 
  1. Crumble up the cookies and mix them with the cream cheese. Then mix in the lemon juice. 
  2. Roll the mixture into balls and put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. 
  3. Then melt the white chocolate chips, and stir in the lemon extract. 
  4. Drip the balls into the chocolate mixture, and sprinkle them immediately before the chocolate cools. 

S'mores Mousse 

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Source: Delish.com

Not only is this treat a delicious new way to enjoy a favorite childhood flavor combination, but you'll be amazed at how easy it is to whip up! 

  • 1 cup Crushed Graham Crackers, plus more for topping 
  • 2 Tbsp Butter, melted 
  • 2 cups Mini Semisweet chocolate chips, plus more for topping 
  • 3 cups Heavy Whipping Cream, chilled 
  • 1/2 c. Marshmallow Creme 
  1. To make the crust, combine graham crackers and butter. Divide the mixture evenly between 2-3 trifle dishes and press down to form a crust. 
  2. To make the chocolate mousse, beat 2 cups of heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form, 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Place chocolate chips in the microwave and heat in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate has melted. Fold the chocolate into the whipped cream, mixing it until just incorporated (a few streaks are okay). 
  4. Refrigerate the mousse for at least one hour. 
  5. To make the marshmallow whipped cream, beat the other cup of whipping cream to form soft peaks, 2-3 minutes. Then fold in the marshmallow creme. 
  6. To assemble the dessert, top each graham cracker filled cup with chocolate mousse. Then add a dollop of marshmallow whipped cream. Garnish with additional chocolate pieces and crumbled graham crackers. 

Happy Mother's Day from Summerset Inn Resort! We hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating your mothers and grandmothers. If you're looking for an extra special gift for mom, consider booking her a vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks. Book her reservations at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront resort today by calling 573-348-5073.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

The Ultimate Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Planning Checklist

Summer is just around the corner - have you started planning your vacation? Now's the time to start the planning, and Summerset Inn Resort is here to help! Whether you're looking for the perfect family vacation spot or a romantic getaway, the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place to go. Below you'll find the ultimate vacation planning checklist to help you through the process!

Ultimate Vacation Planning Checklist

Once you've decided to join us at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks for your summer vacation, it's time to start planning the trip details. Use this checklist to keep you on track:

  1. Find Lake of the Ozarks accommodations that meet your needs! Our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks features a variety of room options from single rooms to condo-like villas with multiple bedrooms. Book your reservations with us by calling 573-348-5073. 
  2. Create a Budget. Many people spend months saving up for their summer vacation. You want to make sure you enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. Creating a budget will help you do just that. Be sure to include accommodations, transportation, food and activities. 
  3. Plan Your Route and Book Transportation. Due to the Lake of the Ozarks' central location, it makes for the perfect road trip for many. However, some people prefer to fly. If needed, book your airline tickets and reserve a rental car. If you're driving, you'll want to plan your route. While technology is great and you can use a GPS, you'll still want to have a general idea of the route you want to take before you head out. 
  4. Research Activities at Your Destination. Are you traveling with children? Are you going on a romantic getaway. Find some activities that everyone in your group will enjoy and see what you can fit into your budget. Check out our blog on top attractions at the Lake for some ideas. Make a list of what you plan on doing during your vacation. Look to see if any special events are happening during your stay as well. (You might even do that before setting a date so you can attend an event you're interested in, like Lake Race or Shootout.) Be sure to leave some downtime and room for some spontaneous decisions as well. 
  5. Create a Packing List. Think about what the weather will be like at your destination. If you're coming to the Lake of the Ozarks during the summer months, you can expect it to be hot. Be sure to pack your swimsuit, but don't forget a light jacket, as it can get chilly out on the water at night. If you're driving, don't forget to pack water and snacks for the trip. Creating a list ahead of time will keep you from over packing and help ensure you don't forget anything important. 
  6. Make a List of Things to Do Before You Go. Before leaving town, you'll want to call your bank and credit card company to let them know you'll be traveling so they don't shut off your cards for fraud. If you're driving, schedule an appointment to have your vehicle checked. If you have pets, you may need to hire a pet sitter. Call the post office to pause your mail delivery while you're away. Be sure to pay any bills that will be due while you're gone before you leave as well. 

Our Lake of the Ozarks resort is the most family-friendly place to stay at the Lake! It's central location makes it easy to get to all the activities and attractions that you want to enjoy during your summer vacation at the Lake. What are you waiting for? Book your getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks today by calling Summerset Inn Resort at 573-348-5073. We've got all your accommodation needs covered!

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