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

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!

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!

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!