VOTE NOW: Best of the Lake 2014!

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We are SO excited to announce that we were once again nominated in two categories for The Best of the Lake!

This year, we came in at #10 for Best Places to Stay at the Lake and #12 for Best Property Management Company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Voting started on Feb. 7th and ends at 5pm CST on Feb. 21st. 

We would so appreciate your support. Please click on the image above or here to vote!

Thank you so much to each and every one of our guests both past and present. We wouldn’t be nominated with out YOU!

– Sherry Shippee

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The Winner of Our Winter Photo Contest Is…

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Winter Photo Contest!!

It was a close race, but the winner is…Amy Turpin!

Amy won a Free Off-Season Weekend at one of our 1-3 bedroom homes.

Please stay tuned here on our blog and on Facebook for future giveaways and contests!

And don’t forget to take a peek at our properties at the Lake of the Ozarks. Summer is coming, so be sure to make a reservation soon.

Have a great week!

And the winner is…

We want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us in the “Best of the Lake” contest!

Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the next round.  It was an exciting race in the semi-final round.  We wish the businesses who made the final cut the best of luck!

But we do have a winner to announce.  For everyone who voted, we decided to give away a fancy float that’s perfect for lounging at the lake.

The winner of the float is…(drum roll, please) – Janie Stultz of Leawood!

If you did win this time, stay tuned for other giveaways and contests we will have throughout the year.

Vacation Time: Win a One or Two Night Stay!

It’s that time of year.  To begin planning summer vacations with your family or special someone.  Starting next Monday, you’ll be able to enter to win a one or two night stay through our Facebook page!

Simply sign up on Facebook to enter to win a one night stay.  Refer one friend to be signed up to win a two night stay — it’s that simple!  Winners will get to pick at stay at Jewell, Casablanca, Crownview, or Eagles Landing.

Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and to come back next week to enter!

Jewell - Lakeside Porch and Swing. Shady Grassy Yard. Private Dock. Hammock. Lots of Parking Space.

Casablanca - Cozy Wood Tone Knotty Pine Home, Separate Lower Level for the Kids! Community Property and Ideal For Family Reunions!

Crownview - Best Lakefront Main Channel Views - Bar None! Memorable Sunrises. Great Fishing. Suitable for Small Weddings, Reunions and Business Retreats.

Eagles Landing - Perfect Family Lake Home. Huge Deck. Great Panoramic Lake Views. Close to Restaurants (by Road or Water)

Pumpkin Carving Secrets

Needs some help for our Jack-O-Lantern contest?

Here are some tips that will help you along the way!

Remember, this is your shot to win $100 toward your next stay with us!

Definitely Don’t Lose Your Marbles — Remember sitting on the floor with your childhood friends, spending more time comparing your specialty marble collections than actually playing a real game of marbles? It’s time to climb the attic stairs and fish out your vast marble collection. Or stop by the dollar store and pick up some new ones (the clearer and less decorative the marbles, the better). After carving out your jack-o-lantern’s face, use a pen or other circular pointed object to punch a few holes into your pumpkin. Stick a marble in each hole, light a candle, and place it into the pumpkin. Your jack-o-lantern will be adorned with brightly illuminated marbles, casting a unique glow you can’t achieve by simply cutting holes into a pumpkin. Use marbles to depict your jack-o-lantern’s teeth, dimples, eyeball pupils, or other creative features.
It’s Okay to Be Seedy — After you’ve scooped out your pumpkin innards, pick as many seeds from those stringy guts as you can. While you’re picking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Rinse seeds, and combine every half-cup of seeds you’ve picked with two cups of water. Sprinkle one half of a tablespoon-worth of salt into every one cup of seedy water. Have a salty tooth? Add more. Dump the entire mixture into a pot and bring to a boil on your stove. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, then drain water from the seeds using a collander. Grab a flat oven pan, and coat the bottom using a tablespoon-or-so of olive oil. Spread your seeds onto the pan in a single layer. Set the pan in your oven and bake anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes, depending on how brown and toasty you like your seeds. Remove from heat, let cool, and enjoy. Trust us—once you pop the first seed into your mouth, it’s just not an option to stop.

Find more tips here!

Carve Your Best Jack-O-Lantern!

It’s that creepy, spooky time of year. Time to scour the pumpkin patches for the perfect pumpkin to carve!

This is a great activity to do with your kids or grandkids!

We are running a Jack-O-Lantern contest, where you have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate toward your next stay with us. Simply carve a pumpkin, snap a photo, and submit it to us on our Facebook page.

We’ll pick the winner and post all of the submissions on our Facebook page. Happy carving!

And the Winners Are…

Thank you to everyone who participated in our very first contest!

We had hundreds of people vote and close to 40 photos submitted! Drum roll….here are the winners:

  • 1st Place: Michelle L.- Won a week stay at our gorgeous property, The Crown.
  • 2nd Place: Angela H. – Won a weekend stay at our beautiful property, Eagle’s Landing.
  • 3rd Place: Trey – Won a $100 gift certificate toward a stay at any of our properties.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. You have another chance this month to win a $100 gift certificate to your next stay with us. Check out our Facebook page for more details. Hint: Look for the “Jack-O-Lantern” tab!