As 2020 becomes a happy memory, it is time to start making plans for the new year that spreads out before us like a beautifully blank slate. Your resolutions for the year were to worry less and travel more, and since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, why not start your travels with a romantic getaway to Kentucky Lake with the one who has stood by your side for so many years! Located along the border of scenic Kentucky and idyllic Tennessee, your chances for fun, excitement, and of course, romance are doubled when you stay in one of our JZ Vacation Rentals luxurious and dreamy escapes. This guide to the adventures you can have during your stay will make this Valentine’s Day one you will never forget!
The Weekend Is Yours
Doing your travel on Friday allows you and your bride or groom the opportunity to make a lazy start to your Valentine’s getaway, and breakfast in bed is the best way we know to begin your adventures on this day of love! For those that do not add cooking to their long list of accomplishments, a little pre-planning and a stop in Parcell’s Perk Coffee Shop and Bakery, 165 US HWY 68E Suite 3 in nearby Benton, will get you everything you need to please your Valentine. Offering her favorite donut (the Boston crème is ours!), his favorite cruller, and everyone’s favorite cupcakes, the sugary treats found here can simply be unboxed, placed on a tray, and carried into the bedroom for a sweet awakening! If you like to cook, however, our fully equipped kitchens offer everything you need (minus the food) to create the breakfast of your dreams.
Time for Just the Two of You
Your real life is stressful, filled with meetings, angry bosses, and lots of little moments that give you that little twinge right there in the back of your neck. On this weekend of love, however, we have the perfect solution to rid you of that pain: a couple’s massage offered by Elysian Fields, Massage & Spa! Located at 3420 Lone Oak Road, Ste A in Paducah and offering two couple’s packages, if your time spent here does not relieve your aches and pains, nothing will! Enjoy the four-hour Just for Us package that includes a 60-minute massage, facials, pedicures, and lunch or keep it simple with the 2.5-hour Two Became One package. This service includes a 60-minute massage, facials, and snacks (chocolate fondue, fresh strawberries, and cheese and crackers!) and allows you to get out and explore more of the Kentucky Lake area if time is tight!
Couples Who Play Together
Let’s face it, for a relationship to thrive, not just survive, the most important thing you can do is play together. A visit to Maggie’s Jungle Golf will bring out the competitive kid in both of you! Located at 7301 US-641 in Gilbertsville, Maggie’s offers a barrel full of fun and live animals as well as some that it’s best they are fake! Check out the small zoo of ponies, alpacas, and birds—including a beautiful peacock—as you enjoy the taste of a snow cone while playing 18 holes of miniature golf. The couple who plays together will last forever!
Picnic on the Porch
One of the best qualities of our Kentucky Lake rentals is their location right on the lake. Put together a picnic of your favorite foods and take it out to the porch to enjoy! Offering ringside seats of the best view in town, you can sip wine and snack for as long as you want, and this quiet time is the best time to share secrets, wishes, and plans for the future. If it’s a little chilly (which can happen in February), many of our properties offered a four seasons porch, covered and protected from the lake winds that offer the same views without the need for heavy coats.
The Quickest Way to Their Hearts
We all know that the quickest way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, and a romantic meal at the Willow Bistro, 124 N 15th Street in Murray, is the perfect way to end a beautiful day on Kentucky Lake! Offering an international selection of entrees that includes Greek, Thai, Mexican, and your favorite American dishes, there is literally no way we can choose just one dish for you to enjoy! They are famous for their gyros, so if you can’t narrow down your choices, you definitely cannot go wrong with that, but we can promise you every bite of every meal will make you want more. Ending this romantic getaway with two spoons and their Dessert Medley (you get to choose three of their desserts to try out) will ensure that you both leave the Willow Bistro floating on air!
Love Is in the Air
Our JZ Vacation Rentals love nests will be the perfect addition to your romantic getaway. Contact us and reserve yours today!
It’s not just the holiday season that has us craving a hearty meal; the entire winter season has us seeking sustenance that will warm us from the inside out, and when your winter vacation plans bring you to Lake of the Ozarks, you will definitely understand what we are saying! As you spend your days playing in the cold and relaxing in the comfort of our Lake of the Ozarks family escapes, this guide to where to find the best hot meals in the region will feed your soul as they fill the empty spaces in your stomach!
Baxter’s Lakeside Grille, 2124 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark
This popular summer spot is also a favorite in the winter, serving a seafood-centric menu filled with your favorite land-lubber dishes as well in a casual atmosphere that is common for lakeside restaurants in the area! And although it may be a little too cold to enjoy the patio tables, the views of the lake are just as enchanting from the inside; if you happen to be dining at sunset, you may want to order your meal after the “big event” or risk it getting cold as you take in the breathtaking sight of the sun setting over the horizon! Open for dine-in, curbside pick-up, or delivery if you are within range, narrowing down your meal choices will be difficult, so we suggest starting with the perennial winter favorite. Baxter’s Meatloaf served with house-made gravy, smashed potatoes, and the vegetable of the day!
Bentley’s, 3100 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark
Bagnell Dam Boulevard seems to be the epicenter of your culinary adventures in Lake of the Ozarks, and Bentley’s offers the proof! Featuring a menu filled with all-American comfort foods and some of your international favorites, this much-loved restaurant has been a family tradition almost since the day it opened! Open for dining in and curbside pick-up during pandemic times, a visit to Bentley’s on a cold winter day is a treat you won’t soon forget as you try to choose between their famed prime rib (they offer a $3 off coupon for this dish when ordered before 6 PM, Monday through Friday), their Chicken Wellington, or any of their other dishes. Fortunately for all who visit, there are no wrong choices—just many delicious options!
JB Hooks, 2260 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark
One of the hardest parts of maintaining a relationship is trying to make time for special dates during your extremely busy days, but when on vacation, a visit to JB Hooks makes it easy! Offering upscale food choices that promise to warm the cockles of your heart, the views of Lake Ozark will blend nicely with the great company and oh-so-tasty seafood dishes that are their specialty. Open for dining in and curbside pick-up during these uncertain times, if you don’t have any issues with being out in public, we highly recommend dining in for the full epicurean experience! The menu is an expansive one, centering around seafood dishes such as Hook’s Stuffed Lobster Tail but also offering some of your favorite turf dishes. When you can’t decide between surf and turf, try both with their steak and shrimp dish or look to the Tutto Mare pasta; created with shrimp, clams, crab, scallops, mussels, and mushrooms in a creamy sauce, this capellini pasta dish is one we can’t ever get enough of!
Tucker’s Shuckers Oysters and Tap, 1339 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark
Date nights don’t always have to be formal events; they can be casual and fun, especially when you choose Tucker’s Shuckers Oysters and Tap for your dining experience! Open for dining in during the pandemic, they also offer curbside pick-up and delivery in the area, tripling your options for a delicious meal. Of course, if you choose pick-up or delivery, you might miss out on your chance to sample any of their 28 beers they have on tap, but you also won’t have to worry about a designated driver on the way home! Life is all about making the right choices, and their Lobster Mac & Cheese, created with penne pasta, large chunks of lobster, and a blend of gouda, cheddar, and parmesan cheeses offers all the warmth and sustenance you need on a cold winter’s night in the Ozarks.
Create Your Own
The best meals can be the ones you create yourselves, and the fully equipped kitchens in each of our properties are not just the heart of the home, they make cooking fun again! Pick up the ingredients needed at any of our local grocery stores and make dinner a true family experience as you bring in extra help in the form of your children or spouse. Reserve the vacation home of your dreams today and fall in love with winter in Lake of the Ozarks!
For all the times you worked from home, all the times you self-quarantined instead of catching your favorite actor’s new movie at the theater, and all the trips you had to cancel in 2020, it is now time to start anew. The end of the year is fast approaching, and although we are not out of the woods yet, there is a light at the end of that tunnel. When you feel you can’t stare at the same four walls another evening, a magical New Year’s in St Louis and a stay in one of our JZ Vacation Rentals New Year’s properties is guaranteed to give you a brand new outlook on the brand new year that you are facing!
Take It to the Streets
Sometimes in real life we get so caught up in the mundane chores, we forget that we like to have fun too, and many of our New Year’s Eve celebrations fizzle out before they even begin. But if you’re looking to shake things up a bit during your St. Louis getaway, the streets of St. Louis offer a plethora of ways to greet the new year in spite of the chilly temperatures! Watch St. Genevieve’s La Guignolee singing troupe perform in front of a bonfire at 7 PM as revelers dress in strange costumes and whoop it up. In past years, the singers would literally take it to the streets, as had been done for centuries, but this year’s festivities have been toned down just a bit.
Pub Crawl’s DIY Style
The official New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl for St. Louis doesn’t appear to be taking off this year, but there’s no reason you can’t do a safer and smaller version of the big event! Stop by the Tin Roof for live music and Southern style pub grub or spend the evening sipping your favorite drink while playing vintage arcade games at Start Bar on Spruce Street. Revive the blarney that is deep in your soul with a visit to Nick’s Pub on Manchester Avenue, get swanky at Three Sixty and enjoy the views of the interior of Busch Stadium, or enjoy the youthful vibe offered at the Wheelhouse Downtown. Although you may not be able to hit all these spots in one night, you will sure have fun trying!
Laugh Your Way into 2021 New Year’s in St Louis
There wasn’t a lot of laughter over the last 12 months, so it makes a lot of sense to end the year doing something beneficial to your health; laughing at the antics of the world-class comedians working the mike at Helium Comedy Club! Adam Ferrara will tickle your funny bone with his unique look at the world in his New Year’s Eve Special, and as you sit laughing in the dark with the remains of your meal before you, you will feel the healing begin; reserve your tickets today!
Gather Your Family Close
For those who are ready to travel but are not quite ready to face the crowds, an evening spent indoors gathered close to your family can be the most spectacular way to greet the new year! Pick up some frozen appetizers from the grocery store closest to your vacation escape and pop them in the state of the art stoves found in our fully equipped kitchens. Sipping champagne as the scent of baking deliciousness wafts through the house is guaranteed to perk up your mood, and if you cheat on dinner with a few leftover Christmas cookies, who is going to tell? Light a fire in the fireplace to ward off the chill of the night, spread a blanket over the hardwood floors, and picnic in the dark with only the fire lighting the night. These are the moments when relationships are made stronger, as you discuss the past and then forge on to your hopes, dreams, and wishes for 2021.
Families can spend the evening playing old fashioned board games, some of which could be provided by the owner of your vacation escape, and some of which you picked up during your earlier explorations of St. Louis! Fantasy Shop Maplewood, located at 7329 Manchester Road, offers an amazing selection of wares, ranging from comic books to cards to board games from all generations! And finally, when the ball begins to drop and you find yourself holding on tightly to your most precious gifts, you will know that even though 2020 didn’t turn out the way any of us planned, you are doing the right thing by facing 2021 with the ones you love in beautiful St. Louis!
Reserve Your JZ Vacation Rentals Holiday Hideaway Today
Let us be the first to wish you the happiest of New Year’s! Contact us today to book your cozy property for a St. Louis getaway.