Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Exciting Winter Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

It's a brand new year, and 2018 has a lot of incredible events at the Lake of the Ozarks coming your way. You don't have to wait until the summer season begins before that excitement starts. January and February have quite a few awesome things going on, and Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has the perfect place for you and all of your friends to stay while you're in town. Find something fun to do below, then head on over to our website and book one of our vacation rental houses!  

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Eagle Days

January 6-7 
The Lake of the Ozarks is a wonderful place to view the majestic Eagle, and this weekend celebrates that. Last year over 3,700 people were in attendance. There will be programs featuring live eagles, boat cruises and special spots to do some bird-watching, and fun activities for all ages in various locations. Grab your binoculars and head on back to the lake for some fun with nature. There's plenty of room in our vacation rental houses to bring the entire family with you! 

Whiskey Pairing Dinner
Wobbly Boots Roadhouse 
January 10
Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach (just a short drive from our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses) will host 2 Whiskey Pairing Dinners, with the first seating at 5:30 pm and a second at 8:15 pm. You will enjoy a 5-course gourmet dinner specially created for this event, and every course will be paired with an exquisite whiskey from the Jim Beam family of America's best bourbons. Seating will be limited, and you can purchase tickets in advance at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse.   

FREE Wedding Vow Renewals
Bridal Cave
January 11
Every year Bridal Cave invites married couples to renew their vows near Valentine's Day inside their stalactite-adorned underground wedding chapel. This event is free, and participants will get a goodie bag filled with all kinds of lake area discounts, fresh flowers for the bride, a downloadable wedding portrait, and a lifetime pass to tour Bridal Cave, which is absolutely beautiful and open year-round.  

Valentine's Day
February 14
This romantic holiday falls on a Wednesday this year, so if you can spare the time away from work, you can spend the entire week in one of our vacation rentals to celebrate! There are free wedding vow renewals the weekend before, and the biggest party at the Lake of the Ozarks and a bridal show the weekend after! What a great excuse to get away! (And at the time this was written, our vacation rentals were still available...)  

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Pre-Party
Dog Days Bar & Grill
February 16
Dog Days Bar & Grill is closed for the season like we are this time of year, but they are opening for a special one-night-only event on the Friday before the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl to make that amazing weekend even more exciting than usual! The 90's hip-hop band "Dope Ass Sneakers" will hit the stage at 8 pm, followed by a crowd favorite from the last 2 AquaPaloozas, "The Mixtapes!" Ticket sales will be limited, and you can buy them for $10 in advance or $15 at the door while they last.  

Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
February 17
If you haven't experienced this gigantic pub crawl, then you have definitely got to get yourself to the lake for it this year! The purchase of a $10 wristband gives you access to all of the bars and restaurant on the pub crawl route (14 so far) plus a ride to and from each of them on the pub crawl busses. Every venue features live music, and busses start crawling at 4:00 pm.    

photo from Friends of the Lake Area Pub Crawl Facebook page

Lake of the Ozarks Bridal Show

February 18
Getting married soon? The Lake of the Ozarks is a gorgeous place to tie the knot, and this bridal show will introduce you to many of the incredible wedding vendors in the area. You and your entire wedding party can make a whole weekend of it and stay together in either our Red House of the Glass House, then hop on the expressway to head to the bridal show and begin planning your lake area wedding.    

Once March rolls around, it will be time for your favorite Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks to open our doors for the 2018 season! Our vacation houses are available to rent year-round though, and they are the perfect home away from home for you to stay in while you're in town! 

Get out those brand new 2018 calendars and start planning your winter Lake of the Ozarks vacation right now! You can book your stay with us by visiting the Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina website! Go ahead and book your spring and summer visits too while you're at it! We'd love for you to stay with us.   

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gift Ideas for Anyone That Enjoys Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks

Do you have some people on your holiday gift shopping list that are difficult to buy for? All of our Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina customers are big fans of having fun at the lake, and you can bet everyone on your list could have a good time here too! The gift ideas on this list are excellent ones for giving the gift of a memorable experience at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant and the surrounding area. Who do you know that would love to receive one or more of these? 

Watercraft Rentals
We partner with BomBay Boat Rental Company to offer access to their awesome ski boat, tritoon, and jet ski rentals to guests in our vacation rental houses. They are a friendly and trustworthy company that rents the newest and best maintained watercraft on the lake. As their motto states, "Better prices, better product, and better people!" They have an incredible membership program that you can sign up someone on your list for so they can get out on the water every time they are in the lake area spring through early fall.  

Boat Slip Rental
If the person you are buying for already has a boat or jet ski of their own, you can rent them a place to park it in one of the slips at the best marina at the Lake of the Ozarks. There are a total of 35 covered slips at Shorty Pants Marina in sizes from 14x26 to 20x56, as well as PWC slip rentals. Marina amenities are included, such as showers, a washer/dryer, free wifi, free electric, free ice, gas discounts, gated parking, and the cleanest restrooms at the lake! As an added bonus, the slips are just a few steps away from Shorty Pants Lounge for food, drinks, live music, and always an amazing time! 

A Weekend Getaway
Also just a few steps from Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina are our 2 unbelievable Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses. Check next season's calendar now and book either the Red House or the Glass House for a weekend, or an entire week, that something special is happening in the area. Dates book up fast for things like the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras pub crawl in February, AquaPalooza each July at Dog Days Bar & Grill, and the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in August. Reserving a house for someone now means you can beat the rush next season, and our vacation rental houses are large enough, you may even be able to stay there with them when they come!

Gift Certificates 
Gift certificates are a sure-fire way to make everyone happy, as long as you get the right kind of them. For example, gift certificates to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina can be used for food, drinks, or cool Shorty Pants gear, and they are also good for our sister restaurants, Dog Days Bar & Grill and Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. As a matter of fact, the gift recipient can use this present at the Boot right away because it is open year-round, or they can wait to use it when they come see us next spring.

Everyone on your gift list will love having an excuse to plan a vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks, and these gifts will do just that. We look forward to seeing you all again next spring at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, as well as all of the new customers these gifts will bring our way. 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

December Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks - and You Can Stay With Us!

The lake area is beautiful in every season, and if you haven't had the joy of seeing it in the fall and winter, then you really should make the effort to get yourself here soon. We've got the perfect vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to stay in during your visit that are spacious, comfortable, and centrally located with an amazing lake view. In case you need more incentive than the natural beauty of the area, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has come up with a list of some fun things to do in December while you are here.   

Holiday Shopping
Tis the season to frantically search for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list! The lake area has lots of wonderful places for you to do just that. You'll find name brand stores that you are familiar with at the Outlet Mall and the other shopping centers. There are also lots of smaller, local shops with unique and amazing items you won't find anyplace else. Our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses are centrally located in Osage Beach, so you're never very far away from great shopping, no matter which direction you travel. 

Holiday Lights & Activities
If you'd like to take in a few sights and sounds of this festive season, there are lots of options available to you throughout the month of December. For holiday lights, parades, cruises on the lake, and entertaining shows, this is the place to be! A few that you may enjoy are:  

  • Osage Beach Holiday Lights in the Park
    Osage Beach City Park is filled with a free drive-through light display through December 31, and there are also many displays up for you to enjoy along Osage Beach Parkway. 
  • St. Patrick's Festival of Lights
    This is the oldest light park in the lake area at the Shrine of St. Patrick/ Mother's Shrine in Laurie. It's free and open to the public from 5-10 pm until December 31.
  • Enchanted Village of Lights
    Through January 1, you can enjoy this drive-through light park at the Laurie Fairgrounds for free from 5- 9 pm, but donations are greatly appreciated. 
  • Deck the Docks Holiday Cruises & Frosty Float
    Celebration Cruises host 2 different types of holiday fun on the lake. Deck the Docks goes out from 5:30-8 pm to view the many holiday displays on the water every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through December 30. Their Frosty Float is fun for the entire family on December 3 & 10 with daytime cruises at 10 am, 1:30 pm, and 5 pm. These include children's activities, Christmas carols, and a visit from Santa.  
  • Christmas on Main Street
    The Main Street Music Hall in the Landing in Osage Beach will be putting on their holiday show through December 17. It's filled with music, laughter, and incredible entertainment for all ages. 

A Quiet Retreat From the Holiday Hustle
Of course, if you simply want to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses can offer you that relaxing seclusion that you are longing for. Both houses are tucked away just past Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and each features the same breathtaking lake view that you enjoy from our restaurant every summer. (Just with fewer leaves on the trees!) 

The Glass House can hold up to 8 guests, which is perfect for a family getaway or a weekend away with a few friends. It's 1,500 square feet of living space has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, a washer & dryer, and a full kitchen with everything you might need during your stay except the food. There are also some lovely decks to sit outside on if the weather allows.

The Red House boasts 3,400 square feet of living space, which easily houses up to 16 people. This is a wonderful place to stay if you are organizing a family reunion or maybe a shopping trip with all of your pals. There is a large deck off of the upstairs and a covered deck downstairs. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and 1 half bath. It also contains its own washer and dryer plus a kitchen with all the necessities. 

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina may be closed for the season, but our vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks are available year-round. There are plenty of open dates right now, and hey, no one has claimed New Year's Eve yet! Lots of fun parties take place in the area to ring in the new year, or you can host your own small gathering in the Glass House or the Red House and let Shorty Pants cater it for you! Get out your calendars, pick some dates, and reserve your stay with us. 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Our 2017 Season Ends November 18 - Come & Get It!

We knew the day would come, but it still always seems to sneak up on us! Our waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is getting ready to close our doors for the 2017 season, but don't worry, because Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina will be back again next spring.

If that seems like a long time to wait, then you'd better make plans to come in for at least one more meal before the end of the day on Saturday, November 18, 2017To tempt you, here's a little recap of what we've got waiting for you when you stop by. 

Amazin' Cajun
The best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks comes out of our kitchen, no doubt about it! We are able to offer authentic Creole cuisine because we use rubs and spices that come directly from Louisiana. If you close your eyes after taking a bite, you just might think you're actually in the French Quarter instead of mid-Missouri! 

A large portion of our menu features classic Cajun dishes that have become favorites of the many people that dine with us every year. Some of the most popular dishes include our Crab Cake Pasta, Smothered Catfish, Creole Quesadillas, great big Po Boy Sandwiches, and our New Orleans Medley featuring creamy Crawfish Etouffee, rich Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and a half-link of our Andouille Sausage all on one plate.   

...and There's MORE!
Even though we love creating Creole cuisine that makes your mouth water, our diverse menu has quite a few non-Cajun dishes too, so that everyone in your group can find something to satisfy their appetites. You'll find savory steaks as well as many signature sandwiches like the Asiago Chicken Sandwich or our Prime Rib Burgers. We've even got an impressive kids menu for the young'uns. When you come in before we close for the season, you're sure to find something to please everyone for lunch or dinner.  

Creative Cocktails
The food is incredible all on its own, but when you pair it with one of our delicious drinks from the bar, your experience is taken to a whole new level! Some of the legendary cocktails that our bar is known for are our muddled Mojitos, Cajun Bloody Marys, and of course, the lake area classics, Rum Runners, Pina Coladas, and Pains. It's not too cold for one more frozen drink this year! 

Our bar also carries an impressive wine list and the coldest beer in town. The bartenders will be happy to pour you a drink so you can raise a glass to an incredible 2017 season with us. 

Cozy Fireplace with a View
The lake view from Shorty Pants Lounge is incredible, but if it's a bit too cold to sit outside this week, it's not a problem! Our outdoor fireplace offers a cozy spot to sit, relax, sip a cocktail, and still enjoy that incredible lake view. There's even a TV out there, in case you want to catch a game. 

Our indoor dining area is pretty impressive too. You can admire the lake through the windows while sitting amidst some classic New Orleans decor. We've got plenty of seating to handle groups of every size, plus a great indoor bar to belly up to. 

Stay With Us Over the Winter
Just because the restaurant is closing for the season, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on our friendly Shorty Pants Lounge hospitality. Our amazing Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses are available year-round. The lake area's a lot less crowded in the winter, but there are still plenty of fun things to do and see. There is some great holiday shopping going on in the area too, so get a group of friends together, stay in the Red House or the Glass House, and take care of those shopping lists while enjoying the luxury of a comfortable and inviting home away from home. 

As sad as we are to say goodbye for now, you can rest assured that Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina will be back again next spring with another exciting menu full of Cajun goodness. Please make plans to join us at some point this week before we close for the 2017 season on Saturday night, November 18. We'd love to hang out with you again this year! 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid-back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Let Us Handle Your Holiday Catering

If you have a lot of guests headed your way for the upcoming holiday season, or if you are in charge of feeding everyone at this year's holiday party, make it easy on yourself. Hire the best catering at the Lake of the Ozarks to take care of the food so you can enjoy the celebration along with the rest of your guests. As a part of the Barrett Restaurant Group, Shorty Pants Lounge can create the tastiest treats for any get-together. 

Wide Variety of Foods
The Barrett Restaurant Group is made up of Shorty Pants Lounge, Dog Days Bar & Grill, and Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. When you let us cater your event, you not only have all of those amazing dishes that each restaurant is known for to pick from, but the creative chefs from all three restaurants are capable of making a customized menu of your favorite foods. No matter what the meal - breakfast, lunch, dinner, or "snack-time," you just let us know what you have in mind and our kitchen will come up with a menu to suit your needs. 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, our Lake of the Ozarks catering service will be using our incredible smoker to make mouthwatering hickory-smoked turkeys! You can bring your bird to us and we'll cook it up for you at $2/pound. Then all you have to do is pick it up when it's done along with a few homestyle side dishes and you're all set! 

Any Event, Large or Small
Our Lake of the Ozarks catering is available for small parties for a few close friends all the way up to groups of 500! Wedding receptions, holiday parties, office meetings, family reunions... the list goes on and on. If your celebration needs food, we can make that happen in the most delicious way possible.

All of our catering is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so once you have a date for your party, get it on our calendar. To guarantee your date, it needs to be booked in advance with our sales office and a final guest count is needed one week before the event.  

Your Place or Ours?
If you already have a place to host your celebration, you can swing by the restaurant to pick up your order or make arrangements for us to deliver it directly to you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a great venue to host your group, ask about having your party right here at your favorite Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant! Our dining room is sometimes available for private events.   

Book Your Event NOW! 
There are only a few weeks at the end of November and throughout December to squeeze in a lot of holiday cheer. If you'd like to be able to serve your guests the best catering at the Lake of the Ozarks, then give us a call soon at 573-348-2277 to make the arrangements. Any party will be a lot more fun for you, the host, when Shorty Pants Lounge does the cooking! 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

More Rave Reviews For Our Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rental Houses

Fall is a beautiful time to visit the lake area, and our vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks come with all the comforts of home plus an outstanding lake view! You don't have to take our word for it though. Here is what some of our past residents had to say about Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina's vacation rentals. 

The Red house is able to sleep up to 13 people in its 3,400 square feet of living space. It has a breathtaking panoramic view plus lakefront access. You can see pictures of the inside as well as dates it is available by visiting the link above.  

Modern, clean and spacious!

"The house has plenty of room for all people involved. Short boat ride to most places. It was great having the private dock also. We will definitely be back to this property. The views are awesome from both decks."
~ Kenneth M. 

Amazing Property

"The house was amazing. Ashley was so helpful in making sure our vacation was wonderful. Everything was clean and the space was perfect for our family. Would go back in a heartbeat!"
~ Michael S. 

Great House & Would Book Again in a Heartbeat

"Wow!! I absolutely LOVED our experience. Ashley was so nice and easy to work with. The house was better than it appears in the photos & can't wait till my next girls trip to book this house again. Great location with the bar located 100 yards from our back door. The house was extremely clean & was stocked with towels, coffee filters, paper towels, which makes the whole trip easier. Highly recommend this location!"
~ Johnna D. 

Nacho Average Bach

"We booked the Red House for a bachelorette weekend. The house was AMAZING! We had nine guests, and had plenty of room for more! We loved having a private dock to enjoy the lake and the sun! The staff at Shorty Pants took great care of us. Our arrival was smooth thanks to Ashley's organization and efforts. She had everything set up for us, and was always available if we had a question! The house is great for larger groups because there is a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and covered porch downstairs as well as a kitchenette, dinette, living room and sun porch upstairs! With 9 women, it was great to have 3 full bathrooms and a half bath. I would definitely recommend staying with Shorty Pants Rentals! The driveways are very steep, so I'd make sure you have 4-wheel drive! We can't wait to stay here again! Thank you Shorty Pants for giving us a weekend we won't forget!"
~ Katelyn K. 

Our 2nd vacation rental also has lakefront access and the same amazing panoramic views. Up to 8 people can sleep comfortably in its 1,500 square feet of living space. The link above will show more photos of the inside plus allow you to check availability and book directly from the site.  

Cute, clean, and convenient!
"We just had a great long weekend staying with Shorty Pants Rentals! There was a little hiccup at the beginning, but Ashley went above and beyond to accommodate us. She was more than helpful to answer any questions and genuinely cared about our experience. Having Shorty Pants and Salty Dog Marina within walking distance was extremely convenient and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this rental!"
~ Sarah S. 

Nice home and great location!

"This house has a nice deck & grill. All the amenities you need and more. The place looks new."
~ Brett B. 

Great Experience

"The house is adorable and very clean. Just steps from Shorty Pants restaurant which made dinner easy. They also have a marina which made forgetting a toothbrush an easy fix. Ashley was great to communicate with and left her cell number on the chalkboard inside in case we needed anything. Myself and 7 other girls had a great experience!"
~ Brandi B.

Both of these incredible Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals are located close to many great lake area attractions, and they are within walking distance of Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. If you'd like to experience fall at the Lake of the Ozarks in the comfort of a home away from home, book your stay with us. Don't forget to leave a review after your trip so that we can share your awesome experience with future visitors.  

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Spicy Foods Will Warm You Up & They're Good For You Too

One way to warm up this time of year is to eat foods that have a bit of a spicy kick. Not only will a "hot" meal from Shorty Pants Lounge feel good and taste great, but it's healthy for you too! Some of the items within the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks contain peppers and other spicy ingredients for a touch of heat, and today we've got a few reasons to share with you why that can do a body good. 

Heart Health
The effects on a body from "bad" cholesterol can be lowered with chili peppers. They increase the rate that the cholesterol is broken down and also increase blood flow, which improves heart function and helps to lower blood pressure. 

Cancer Prevention
The capsaicin found in spicy foods has the ability to kill some cancer and leukemic cells according to the American Association for Cancer Research. Capsaicin can also create a reaction that lowers the risk of tumors. 

Stress Relief
Spicy foods encourage your body to produce extra "feel-good" hormones. These endorphins are the body's natural pain medication and can reduce anxiety, stress, and the effects of depression. 

Eases Congestion
If the fall weather change has you waking up stuffy in the morning, a spicy meal can help with that too. The heat thins mucus to ease the discomfort from clogged nasal passages. This can also be helpful when it comes to respiratory problems like bronchitis and even asthma. 

Weight Loss
Studies have been done that prove capsaicin also gives your metabolism a boost. The effect can last up to 20 minutes after you've eaten. Spicy foods have also been known to make you feel full and reduce cravings for salty, sweet, and fatty foods. 

In addition to spicy peppers, our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant also uses authentic rubs and spices direct from Louisiana that can add to the amount of heat you have with your meal. We don't serve anything that would be considered "burn your mouth hot," but if you want a little extra heat, we can definitely hook you up! Here are a few choices from our menu that you could pair with an extra-spicy Cajun Bloody Mary to really get that capsaicin working! 

Alligator Eggs
Baked jalapeno peppers stuffed with a 4-cheese blend and wrapped in Prosciutto, served with a sweet raspberry sauce.

Smoked Wings
The wings themselves aren't hot, but our Extra Hot wing sauce brings the heat!

VooDoo Chicken
A spicy Marinara blackened chicken breast is placed over a bed of sauteed onions, peppers, and rice. 

Creole Quesadilla
Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp are the staples, with Pepper Jack cheese, sauteed peppers & onions to bring out the flavor. 

Baja Burger
Our blackened classic burger topped off with Pepper Jack cheese and jalapenos.

Blackened Chicken Nachos
Tortilla chips piled high and smothered in our Turbodog cheese sauce, then topped with spicy chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos, plus served with salsa and sour cream. 

Hungry for something spicy now? Head on over to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina and we'll cook it up for you. Just let us know how hot you like it, and we'll see what we can do! 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!