Dogwoods In Bloom at The Lake of The Ozarks


Dogwood trees are a real treat and beauty at the Lake of the Ozarks. We snapped a few photos the other day of them in full bloom!

Did you know where the word “dogwood” comes from? We did a little digging and found this on Wikipedia:

The name “dog-tree” entered the English vocabulary by 1548, and had been further transformed to “dogwood” by 1614. Once the name dogwood was affixed to this kind of tree, it soon acquired a secondary name as the Hound’s Tree, while the fruits came to be known as dogberries or houndberries (the latter a name also for the berries of black nightshade, alluding to Hecate’s hounds).

Another theory advances the view that “dogwood” was derived from the Old English dagwood, from the use of the slender stems of its very hard wood for making “dags” (daggers, skewers, and arrows).  Another, earlier name of the dogwood in English is the whipple-tree

Geoffrey Chaucer uses “whippletree” in The Canterbury Tales (“The Knight’s Tale“, verse 2065) to refer to the dogwood. A whippletree is an element of the traction of a horse-drawn cart, linking the drawpole of the cart to the harnesses of the horses in file; these items still bear the name of the tree from which they are commonly carved.

Regardless of WHERE their name came from, they are beautiful year after year! Do you have any photos of dogwood trees? Share them with us on our Facebook page!



Where To Stay For The Missouri Patriot Guard Motorcycle Rally


We want to welcome all of the Missouri Patriot Guard riders to the Missouri Patriot Guard Motorcycle Rally at the Lake of the Ozarks this June! It’s a beautiful time of year to be at the lake!

If you need comfortable lodging and plenty of room to park your motorcycles, we have many vacation rental homes just for you.

Take a moment to browse our vacation rental properties here and don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions — 866-273-2169.

Also, if you book online, instantly save 5% when you book between June 27 – July 4th. Use the code: RALLY to save!


5 Reasons To Stay At A Vacation Rental Home


We might be a little biased, but no matter! There are SO many advantages to staying at a vacation rental home instead of a hotel. Here are our top 5 reasons to choose a vacation rental home for your next vacation:

  1. The Cozy Factor: Let’s face it. It’s tough to get really comfortable at a hotel. The blankets are often scratchy or the sheets on the bed simply aren’t up to par. The dressers are often small and closet space is questionable. No more feeling cramped…vacation rental homes have MUCH more room!
  2. Privacy: How many times have you been awake at night, hearing all of the noises coming from other rooms at a hotel? It’s not pleasant! Taking a vacation is all about rejuvenating and getting the best sleep possible. With a vacation rental, you get all of the privacy and peace and quiet that you could want.
  3. Big Perks: Want to relax in a hot tub? Do some fishing with your kids or grandkids on the dock? Do you want to relax and read while enjoying a gorgeous sunset? These little perks can make a big difference. Sitting on a back porch, sipping your favorite drink sure beats watching a sunset from behind your hotel window!
  4. Eat In or Eat Out: All of our vacation rental properties come with a fully stocked kitchen. Most families aren’t able to eat out for every meal. So pick some oh-so-easy recipes to make for the whole family, then choose a few nights to eat out at a restaurant. Save money and get a break from cooking!
  5. Pet-Friendly: What’s a vacation without Fido?! We have several vacation rental homes that are pet friendly. Making memories is just better when you can bring the ENTIRE family.

What To Do At the Lake of the Ozarks In April

Happy April, everyone!!

Here’s a friendly reminder to keep an eye out for those tricksters and pranksters at home or at your office. It is April Fool’s Day, after all.

We hope you’re gearing up for another beautiful, spring, summer, and fall at the Lake of the Ozarks!

With winter FINALLY behind us, all you have to do is book your next stay and bask in the beauty and relaxation that the lake provides.

If you’re heading to the Lake of the Ozarks this month, here’s a list of some activities worth checking out!


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