Soak up the sun close to home.
About 150 miles southeast of Kansas City is one of Missouri’s favorite spots for a summer getaway. Measuring more than 90 miles in length with more than 1,100 miles of shoreline, the Lake of the Ozarks is the second-largest man-made lake in Missouri, providing vacation-goers with sun, shopping and a little relaxation since its creation in 1931. Close enough for a day trip and enough fun to never leave, the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect destination to quench any vacationer’s thirst.
Stay: Camden on the Lake
With two retail shops, spa and beauty salon, outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, outdoor deck area with a waterfall, pontoon and wave runner rentals, water taxi services and many other amenities, the Camden on the Lake resort, spa and yacht club is the perfect place to start your vacay. The 84-suite, 34-deluxe-room hotel is located at the 7-mile marker on the Lake of the Ozarks and covers a quarter of a mile of shoreline. All rooms include high-end finishes, quality furniture and fully furnished kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, large bathrooms with over-sized showers, plush comforters and more.
2359 Bittersweet Road; camdenonthelake.com
Eat: Baxter’s Lakeside Grille
Using only the finest, freshest ingredients, Baxter’s Lakeside Grille offers a plethora of seafood, pasta and steak options. Baxter’s “Fresh Catch” dinner options will fill you up with walnut-encrusted walleye, farm-raised Missouri Trout or cedar plank salmon. Go for happy hour and get buy one, get one free appetizers. After all, what sounds better than chowing down on some Maryland crab cakes and Prince Edward Island mussels with a house cocktail or signature martini? Plus, with Baxter’s daily timer, you’ll never miss a beautiful sunset on the lake.
2124 Bagnell Dam Blvd.; baxterslakesidegrille.com
Do: Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Take in a little scenery at one of Missouri’s most treasured spots featuring more than 15 miles of trails leading to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and the lake, and the stone ruins of a turn-of-the-20th-century castle built in the early 1900s by Robert Snyder, a prominent Kansas City businessman. Hike down to see the crystal clear, cold waters of the Ha Ha Tonka Spring, which discharges approximately 58 million gallons of water daily.
1491 State Road D; mostateparks.com/park/ha-ha-tonka-state-park
Shop: Osage Beach Premium Outlets
Just because you’re at the lake doesn’t mean your trip has to be all sun. Give your skin a break and get your shop on at the Osage Beach Premium Outlets. With outlet stores including Coach, J. Crew, Calvin Klein and Banana Republic, make sure you leave enough room in your suitcase for all of your new style finds. It also pays to stay. Book the Shop & Stay package Sunday-Wednesday at Camden on the Lake, and get a complimentary VIP coupon book and a center-wide gift card.
4540 Osage Beach Parkway; premiumoutlets.com/osage