November Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

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We know Halloween isn’t over quite yet. But it’s just a few days away!

Anyway, we figured we’d give you an overview of what’s happening at the Lake of the Ozarks in November.

Here are a few events worth checking out next month:

5 Delicious Treats to Make for Halloween

There’s no better time than Halloween to take your desserts to a spooky, new level.

We searched around the Internet and found 5 Halloween recipes that are guaranteed to turn some heads and put smiles on the faces of your friends and family!

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Frozen “Boo”-nana Pops by Skinny Taste

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Halloween Cupcakes In A Jar by HGTV

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Rice Cereal and Marshmallow Treat Pumpkins by Spoonful

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Dirt Pudding by Neighbor Food Blog

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Trick-or-Chex Treat by Cupcake Diaries Blog

Past Photo Contest Winners: Amy and Gary Turpin

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We had a wonderful fall mini vacation at Crane Cove Getaway! This is the beautiful view from
the private dock-doesn’t get much better than that.

We are looking forward to our upcoming visit to the Lake area in mid October.  We will be staying at Crane Cove Getaway, a Crystal Waters Villa rental home.  From our past experience with Sherry Shippee, we know it will be just as lovely as pictured, or even more so.  We stayed at Crownview several years ago and brought our sister and brother-in-law from CA with us.  They were delighted with the clean and luxurious accommodations of the home, plus quite surprised at the beauty of the Lake area. Sherry is easy to work with both by phone and email to finalize reservations and to get the necessary paperwork taken care of. Everything is clearly explained in writing as well.  One can tell she enjoys helping guests enjoy their stay!

While at the Lake we never miss a trip to HaHa Tonka State Park. It is especially beautiful in the fall and we’ll hike our favorite trail to the spring and then take the long stairway up to the castle. Lake of the Ozarks State Park ranks a close 2nd for must do activities with a multitude of trails to enjoy. We always make sure to see either a sunrise or sunset each day we are there, and both if we are lucky!  Nothing can start or end a day better.  You have to allow at least a few hours for a shopping trip to the Premium Outlets…..and there are often great sales for early Christmas shopping. And really- there is nothing quite as relaxing as just itting on your deck or dock with watching the boats go by.

You can’t go wrong with almost any restaurant at the Lake, but we do have our favorites.  Bentley’s, the Duck, JB Hooks, the Blue Heron, Michael’s Steak Chalet, and the Trail House Inn are at the top of our list.  We hope to try Baxter’s and JJ’s at the Copper Pot this trip.

If you like a little slower pace and less hustle and bustle you might consider staying on the “quiet side” of the Lake like we are this time. Just cross over the Community Bridge and you’ll see the difference. We’ve been coming to the Lake area from IL for over 10 years now, and we love both sides. Wherever you stay and whatever you do……the main thing is to enjoy your time there, because it is like no other!

– Gary and Amy Turpin

Hiking The Lake of the Ozarks State Park This Fall

We all know the key to hiking is finding the perfect walking stick!

And, of course, bringing along a canteen of water, a fanny pack full of snacks, and a handkerchief in case you work up a sweat.

While the Lake of the Ozarks itself is the star of the show in the summer, the hiking trails at Ozarks State Park provide a breathtaking walk through some of the most gorgeous, colorful foliage in all the nation.

If you’re coming to stay at one of our properties this fall, here are three hiking trails we recommend:

Lake Trail – 1.5 miles long – VIEW MAP
Part of this trail is densely shaded and covered in ferns, while the rest is open and rocky. Between the two extremes, the trail will take you along the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition to the natural history, evidence of the past and present cultural history can also be seen. Lake Trail is a study in what this part of Missouri has become.

Rocky Top Trail – 2 miles long – VIEW MAP
This popular trail climbs to one of the largest glades in the park. Historically influenced by periodic fires, these dolomite glades are becoming rarer as cedars encroach and choke out the native vegetation. Rocky Top Glade is managed by periodic fires to help maintain its natural integrity. Once you have hiked through the glade, native Ozark woodlands with its composition of white oaks, bluestem and asters become the norm. Crossing through the ravine, you will come to a rich north facing slope that gives way to dolomite cliff overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks.

This trail is actually two loops joined together for a total of about two miles.  After hiking for approximately half a mile, you will come to an intersection. At this point you can finish the first loop by hiking back along the lakeshore to the parking lot and trailhead for a total hike of about one mile. If you would like a longer hike, cross the small ravine up to the overlook on the lake and loop back. This will be an additional 1.5 miles of hiking.

Bluestem Knoll Trail – 0.80 miles long – VIEW MAP
Settlers arriving in Missouri more than two centuries ago encountered a landscape much different than what is found in the Ozarks today. Widely spaced trees, tall native grasses and large herbivores were characteristic of the natural communities found in central Missouri. Through active management practices such as prescribed burning, removal of exotic species and opening of the canopy, these native landscapes are being restored.  Bluestem Knoll Trail goes through one of these areas actively managed by the park.

NOTE: Lake of the Ozarks is privately owned and the two Missouri State Parks are unaffected by the Federal Shutdown.

That’s Our Pet! Photo Contest Starts Oct. 21st!

Do you have an adorable pet that is always by your side?

A furry (or not so furry) friend that is with you through good times and bad?

We all LOVE our pets and we want to see the pet that is near and dear to your heart.

Our “That’s Our Pet!” Facebook Photo Contest starts Monday, October 21st!

You’ll have a chance to win a FREE, 2 night stay to one of our MANY pet-friendly, luxurious properties at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Here’s how to Enter:

  1. Starting October 21st, visit our Facebook page here.
  2. Upload a photo of your pet!
  3. You have until 11pm CST on October 27th to submit a photo.
  4. Beginning on October 28th, IT’S TIME TO VOTE!!
  5. Rally your friends and family to vote for your pet.
  6. The photo with the most votes at 7pm CST on Nov. 4th, wins!

But there’s more.

If your photos gets at least 30 votes, you’ll be eligible for a $50 voucher toward one of our pet-friendly properties in 2014.

Now, snap those adorable photos and GET READY!

Fall Bar Hours at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is open for business during the fall, however, there some of the bars and restaurants have special hours during the off-season.

We came across this VERY informative list, courtesy OzarkRick from Midwestboatparty.com. Thanks, Rick!

FALL 2013 BAR HOURS:

Beavers at the Dam — Open Tues–Sun through the end of the year; closing for the season on New Year’s Day

Ozark Yacht Club — Open Wed–Sun, not closing for the season, closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day

Boat House at Village Marina — Open Fri–Sun, 11 a.m. – close, through Oct. 26

Schmidty’s — Open weekends through Oct. 26

Momma’s — Open Fri–Sun this weekend at 9 a.m. for breakfast, until 11 p.m. Fri & Sat and until 9 p.m. Sun, closed for the season after Oct. 13

Shady Gators — Open Fri–Sun, last day open is Oct. 19

H. Toad’s at Camden at the Lake — Open all season

Coconuts — Open for Harbor Hop, Closed Oct. 13.

The Jerk Shack — Closed for the season

Jolly Rogers — Open this weekend, closed for the season after Oct. 13

Bumps Barefoot Bar — Closed for the season

Franky & Louie’s — Closed for the season

Scallywags — Open this weekend, closed for the season after Oct. 14

Backwater Jacks — Open Thurs–Sunday through Oct. 27, then closed for the season

Dog Days — Open Wed–Sun until Oct. 19, then closed for the season

Topsiders — Open 7 p.m.–close, Fri/Sat/Mon through Oct. 21, then closed for the season

Shorty Pants — Open 7 days a week until November, then reduced hours, closed for the season after Nov. 30

Paradise — Open every day, closed after Oct. 13

Papa Chubby’s — Open weekends through Oct. 26, then closed for the season

Larry’s on the Lake — Open every day through November, will close for the season based on weather conditions in November

Bulldogs Beach House — Open Thurs–Sun through Oct. 26, may open a couple of weekends after that

NautiFish — Open 11 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., no close date specified

The Fish Company — Open Fri-Sun, closed after Oct. 13

Captain Ron’s — Open Thurs–Sun until early November, no close date specified

Bear Bottom Resort — Open Thursday–Monday through the off-season

Big Dick’s Halfway Inn — Open Fri/Sat, until New Year’s Day

5 Tips for Carving the Perfect Pumpkin this Halloween

Spooky. Creepy. Goblins and ghosts!

The Halloween season is oh-so-slowly creeping upon us. A time for trick or treating and dressing up in the zaniest of costumes.

Although costumes and candy usually take center stage, carving a pumpkin is the perfect activity to squeeze in some quality family time. Carving the perfect pumpkin is all about having the right tools and a few ideas to give you the creative edge.

Here are 5 tips to help you out.

  1. Pick the Perfect Pumpkin: When picking out your pumpkin, be on the lookout for a solid, even-colored pumpkin. Pumpkins can sometimes be spotty and discolored. Try to find one that is as orange as can be! Also, beware of any soft spots. If you’re ambitious this year and want to do an intricate design, be sure to find a pumpkin that has a flat surface.
  2. Find a Stencil: Get creative this year and try something new! The same old silly Jack-O-Lantern grin could use a facelift. Here are some stencils that you can print out on your computer. Thanks, Better Homes & Gardens!
  3. Get the Right Tools: If you’re using one knife to carve the whole pumpkin, you’re doing it wrong! Here’s what you need: a serrated knife (that is sharp), a large metal spoon or scoop, and a few small pairing knives to get that detail you want.
  4. Preserve Your Jack-O-Lantern: There’s nothing worse (and sometimes silly looking) than a Jack-O-Lantern’s smile turning into a shriveled grin. This year, take a little extra time to help preserve your masterpiece. Follow these steps to make your Jack-O-Lantern live even longer!
  5. Light It Up, Without the Fire: Jack-O-Lanterns have traditionally been lit with candles. This year, go for one of those small, battery-powered LED lights. You can even find ones that flicker like a real candle! Be sure to check out your local Halloween or crafts store for this type of candle.