Each week, the Lake Sun looks at things to do, try, hear and see at the Lake of the Ozarks. Have a suggestion?
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1. Bee’s Knees Ale House
This quaint restaurant in the historic downtown of Versailles specializes in micro-brew and amazing pizza. They’ve recently rolled out five different styles of their own beer and carry a wide variety of Missouri micro-brews.
The pub-style menu offers appetizers, a soup and salad bar for lunch, sandwiches and a variety of different pizza. Check out their second location, Bee’s Knee’s Beech House which opened on the water this season at the 5.5-mile marker.
2. Bailey’s Ice Cream Shoppe
In downtown Eldon find this little ice cream shop which offers everything you can think of, cones, bowls, sundaes, shaved ice cups, hand-dipped milk shakes and malts.
There is also an espresso machine and menu of coffee items. Bring your appetite. The Ultimate Banana Split is made of two bananas, five scoops of ice cream, five toppings of your choice, whipped cream and three cherries.
3. Lake Escape
You’ve got one hour. Solve the puzzle, get a clue and you just might be able to escape. The Lake’s first and only escape room features three different-themed rooms. Once you get a group of your friends together (3-8 people) you’ll be locked in a room at this Lake Ozark destination and will have to work together to crack the codes in order to get out.
Each room will leave you racing against the clock on an amusing one-of-a-kind adventure. Do you have what it takes to escape?
If you’ve passed through the four-way stop in Camdenton you are sure to have seen this store. One of five in the Ozarks, Ozarkland has been in business since the 1960s. While it’s a great place to stop for souvenirs, the store offers much more than just Lake of the Ozarks t-shirts.
With more than 1,500 items in inventory they literally have everything. Fudge and taffy are big sellers, as well as the bulk candy. Old-fashioned root beer, moccasins, women’s apparel, nostalgic memorabilia, knives, dolls, clocks, chimes, stained glass, jewelry, toys and lots of miscellaneous items. The next time you need a gift, have a little time to kill or need a good dose of nostalgia, you might want to see what’s under the big red barn.
5. Lake Milieu
Open since February, if you are looking for something different, this store hits the mark. Owner Crissy McCormack is turning a 10,000-square foot building in Osage Beach into “an environment in which one experiences life.”
The building houses a tea room, craft vendors and occasionally hosts family-friendly events like crafting classes and workshops. It is designed to be a spot that anyone can come to to shop, socialize and hangout. There are 90 different types of herbal teas to choose from, a light-lunch menu, and more than 40 vendors with handmade items and antiques. Be sure to check out the garden where herbs and plants are for sale!