Dogwoods In Bloom at The Lake of The Ozarks

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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!

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Lake of the Ozarks 63rd Annual Dogwood Festival

Dogwood Trees in Bloom. Photo credit: http://ozarkmountainfamily.blogspot.com/

Dogwood Trees in Bloom. Photo credit: http://ozarkmountainfamily.blogspot.com/

As they say at the Lake of the Ozarks — “The fish bite when the dogwoods are in bloom”.

One of the most gorgeous times of the year to visit the lake is in April for the Dogwood Festival, which is held on Saturday, April 18th – 20th in Camdenton.

There’s plenty to do for the entire family — enjoy live music, foods, carnival activities, beauty pageants, arts crafts and more. This festival brings in more than 10,000 people each year.

Our properties tend to fill up quickly this time of year, so be sure to book your stay early! Book your stay online and automatically save 5%!

For more information about the Dogwood Festival, visit The Camdenton Chamber of Commerce website

What Guests Are Saying About: Sue’s Serenity

This wonderful family retreat resides in the middle of a subdivision on a dead end road – offer great privacy for any family retreat. The home is nestled in the trees and yet still takes in the great view of the water and main channel activity – 8 mile marker of the Osage and within the very desirable Buck Creek Cove. The home has a vaulted ceiling, oversized windows, balcony views of the shaded lot and provides guests with three spacious bedrooms, and two full baths.

Guests enter Sue’s Serenity lake home through the foyer that overlooks the upper loft hallway and open floor plan of the lower level living room, dining area and kitchen. Upstairs off the balcony hallway there are two spacious bedrooms (one queen size bed and the other with a queen bed and an additional full/twin bunk set) and one hall bath (full size with shower tub). MORE…

What guests have said about their stay at Sue’s Serenity..

We just returned from our trip and our stay at Sue’s Serenity. We were very pleased with the accommodations, location and facilities. It made our stay very enjoyable. The weather was great, the fish were biting and everything was perfect. Thank you for the hospitality. BK, Wichita, KS May 2011

Thanks so much for letting me enjoy your home! This has been the best vacation. During the week, I’ve had the Lake all to myself! I hope to enjoy this again next summer! W. B., Missouri, August 2010

Hi Sherry, Thank you for all of your help with getting us set up for our stay we had a great time and the place was great. We will keep you in mind for future trips. Thanks again! J N, May 2011

We really loved this place! Very clean, comfortable and peaceful We will certainly be back! Thanks so much! May 2011 St Louis MO