Wednesday, January 11, 2017

7 Useful Items Your Vacation Rental NEEDS To Have

What sort of items should you have available to make your vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks stand apart from the rest? The local market offers over a thousand vacation properties, so there's plenty of competition when it comes to finding renters for yours. In today's blog, we offer a few suggestions to property owners to help attract more renters.

1. Wireless Internet


The first thing should be obvious in today's environment, you must have Wi-Fi. If your home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks doesn't have it, you will miss out on a large number of potential renters. Everyone wants to feel connected; they want to check their email, scroll through Facebook and not have to use all their data up while on vacation.

2. Flat Screen TVs


You should also have a large (40 inches or more) flat screen TV in the living room, family room or entertainment room. Other TV's throughout the home or condo should also all be flat screens and the appropriate size for the room. If you have any box TVs, you should get rid of them. They make your property look dated in your pictures and potential renters will move on to the properties that have flat screen TVs.

3. Blu-ray & DVD Players


Along those same lines, be sure to get rid of your old VHS player. The only reason you might keep a VHS player in your rental home is if you have a large library of VHS tapes available for your guests. Otherwise, all it does is date your property. You might as well install an 8 track or cassette player to go with it! If you have a VHS/DVD combo, that is acceptable. However, your main TV should have a Blu-ray DVD player, which plays regular and Blu-ray discs. Having only a regular DVD player limits what your guests can watch.

4. USB Ports 


Another item you should have is USB ports around the condo or home at the Lake of the Ozarks. The kitchen is a good spot or some owners have them attached to the lamps in the bedrooms, which is another great idea. This is a great convenience for your guests, as most charger cords attach to USB ports.

5. Kitchen Equipment


In the kitchen, you should have at least a four-hole toaster and a coffee maker that makes enough cups of coffee compared to the number of guests your property sleeps. Also make sure you have items such as a pizza pan, a blender, a mixer, etc. so that your guests can cook a variety of things during their stay. The advantage of having a well-equipped kitchen is so that your guests can save money by not eating out for every meal.

6. King Beds


In the master bedroom, you should always have a king bed. If guests have one at home, they want one on vacation, and if they don't well, they want one on vacation. You would not believe how many of our guests demand a king bed.

7. Keyless Entry 


Finally, if you don't have keyless entry, you are behind the times. Get with the program and updated your property to prepare for the 21st century! Happy Renting!

For more information on renting your home or condo as a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental, give us a call at 877-284-0267. Your Lake Vacation is a professional property management company at the Lake since 1986. We're here to assist both guests looking to go on vacation and owners who would like to generate a little extra income from their second home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sticking to Your New Year's Resolution to Travel More

With the new year here, many of you have made resolutions and set goals for yourself in 2017. Many popular resolutions focus a lot on eating healthy, exercising more and losing weight. However, there are many other resolutions to consider, like saving more money and traveling more. In today's blog, Your Lake Vacation offers a few tips for sticking to your new year's resolution to travel more!

Benefits of Travel 


Many people dream of traveling more, taking a break from their day-to-day lives, yet many never actually do it. The benefits of travel are many and you should take a regular vacation for more reasons than to just have fun. Both the human body and mind need to rest to function well. Occasionally, you need to just relax, and for more than just one or two days. Taking a vacation can relieve stress, make you feel happier, improve your immune system, lengthen your lifespan and more!

Tips for Sticking to It 


Keeping your new year's resolutions is one of the hardest things to do. Many people jump into the new year knowing they want to make resolutions, but having no plan on how to actually make them happen. Here are few tips to help you get on the right track for keeping your resolution to travel more this year:

1. Save More and Spend Less. 

No matter where you're planning to travel in 2017, you're likely going to need to save up money for the trip. Something to start now, at the beginning of the year, is a budget. One of the most important things you can do is realize where exactly all the money you have is going. There are apps you can download to help you stay organized, on track and on budget. Be sure to add a section into your budget where you set money aside for travel.

2. Don't Get Burnt Out. 

If you deprive yourself of every luxury you used to take, you're likely to quit on your resolution before the month's end. Rather than going cold turkey and not spending any money on anything other than what's absolutely necessary, take small steps. Maybe start by not swinging into Starbucks every morning on your way to work. Maybe skip your bi-weekly nail appointment. How many subscriptions are you signed up for that are unnecessary? There are little things you spend a few dollars on here and there that you don't even think about anymore, but they can really add up.

3. Be Willing to Embrace New Things. 

People who achieve their new year's resolutions are willing to embrace a lifestyle change. Whether your goals are health related, money related or something else, a lifestyle change is your key to success. Albert Einstein said, "If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got." Being mindful is also key to sticking to any goal. Be aware of your day-to-day actions and what their results are.

Where there's a will, there's a way! Where do you want to travel this year? The Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect small step for anyone looking to travel more in 2017. It's central location makes it the perfect meeting place for family and friends across the Midwest. Our vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers the best accommodations around, with condos and homes perfect for any size group. Give us a call at 877-284-0267 to learn more about our properties and what the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer for your travel plans in 2017!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

What People Are Saying About Your Lake Vacation

Your Lake Vacation is a locally owned, family business dedicated to providing visitors an exceptional vacation experience in one of the many private homes or condos we manage. Since 1986, we've helped thousands of guests with their Lake of the Ozarks vacation planning! Here's what those guests have to say about our vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks:

Client Testimonials 


"My husband and I vacation with Your Lake Vacation every year for our Anniversary. We stay at the Water's Edge 29-2A every time. This condo has a very beautiful view of the lake, it has been remodeled (breathe taking). And the customer services representatives that assist us with our booking is very pleasant & professional & make sure that your needs is met. When we visit every year we go on a horse back ride, we ride the go carts, we fish, we rent jet ski's & my favorite is shopping at the outlet mall. Osage Beach is a true gem to vacation at. Thank you "Your Lake Vacation" for all that you do to make sure that our stay is pleasant during of wedding anniversary visit." - Melody Hunt

"We have been using Your Lake Vacation for a number of years. We have always found their customer service to be A-1. They will bend over backwards to accommodate your needs. The Falls Unit 152-1B has a gorgeous view of the main channel and is beautifully maintained. The sunrises are breathtaking. We wouldn't really want to go anywhere else." - Ann Knichel 

Our family has been using them for six years. Every house we have rented has been just as advertised, never had a problem. We cannot wait for our 2017 trip, we all have such a wonderful time! Even our grandchildren cannot wait for our next trip! - Cindy Wellborn 

"Our family has come to the Lake of the Ozarks every year for about 25 or 30 years, most of that time we have stayed at Lazy Days Condominium. It's a wonderful place to stay, clean, friendly, and comfortable for families. Definitely recommend it and staff at Your Lake Vacation are great to work with." - Joan Tenhouse 

"We have been renting lake properties through Your Lake Vacation since 2008. We have been pleased with our different rental houses and the service of Your Lake Vacation. They always answer the phone when you have a question and make sure you get the assistance you need. Our rentals have always been as pictured and described on their website and we have never been disappointed in the property or the service!" - Eileen Edlin

"We were in a terrible bind when the house we rented for our family vacation was not suitable. We had several families on their way to the Lake with no where to stay. Not only did Your Lake Vacation find us a place but it was fabulous. We will continue doing business with them!" - Susie Hutchinson Moore

"This company is completely amazing. They are so accomdating and are there to help u every step of the way. We wouldn't use anyone else and their properties are gorgeous!! I would highly recommend using them for your vacation needs!!! The staff is also outstanding!!!" - Charlotte Knichel

"Our family is fourth generation now coming to the lake, first came with my parents in 1959. Been staying at Lazy Days for the past several years, great location on the lake for boating, skiing, and swimming off the boat. Grand kids love it. Lazy Days is great place for families with playgrounds for little kids." - Russell Middleton

At Your Lake Vacation, our hope is that we will be able to serve you and your family as well as we would our own family. If you're thinking about your 2017 vacation plans, give us a call at 877-284-0267. We would love the opportunity to assist in your planning of your best vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks yet!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  


Friday, December 23, 2016

The History Behind Three Popular Christmas Traditions

How does your family celebrate Christmas? Do you decorate a Christmas tree and hang lights from the house? Do you sing Christmas carols and cook a festive feast for the family? With Christmas just a couple days away, Your Lake Vacation thought it would be fun to share the history behind some of the United States' most popular Christmas traditions!


1. Decorating Christmas Trees.


Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all winter had a special meaning for people. In ancient times, people hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows to keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. The Christmas tree as we know it is actually credited to 16th century Germany, when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. The first record of a Christmas tree on display in the United States was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania. However, they were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans, as late as the 1840s. By the 1890s, Christmas ornaments were being imported from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the United States. With the creation of Christmas lights, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.

2. Sending Out Christmas Cards.


The tradition of sending out Christmas cards was started in the United Kingdom by Sir Henry Cole. He was a civil servant who had helped setup the new Public Record Office (what we now call the Post Office). He wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people. His friend John Horsley, an artist, designed and sold the first Christmas card. Less than 1,000 of his cards were printed and sold. In 1840, Sir Henry Cole helped establish the first Penny Post, which allowed the public to send mail. In the 1860s, after printing processes had improved, Christmas cards became much more popular and were produced in large numbers. By the early 1900s, the custom had spread over Europe and had become especially popular in Germany. While Christmas cards appeared in the United States in the late 1840s, they too expensive for most people to afford. In 1915, John C. Hall and two of his brothers created Hallmark Cards, one of the biggest card makers still today!


3. Believing in Santa Claus. 


The original St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, was a bishop in 4th century Turkey. He was a very rich and kind man, helping the poor and giving secret gifts to those in need. In Northern Europe during the 16th century, the stories and traditions of St. Nicholas became unpopular. However, someone needed to deliver presents to the children. Therefore, in the UK, he became known as Father Christmas or Old Man Christmas. In some countries the present giver became known as "Christkind," a golden-haired baby with wings, symbolizing the new born baby Jesus. In the early United States, "Christkind" became Kris Kringle. Eventually, Dutch settlers brought the stories of St. Nichols and combined, St. Nick and Kris Kringle became "Sinterklaas," now known as Santa Claus. Over the years, the United Kingdowm's Father Christmas and the American Santa Claus became more and more alike, and are now one and the same.

Merry Christmas from the best vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks! As we gear up for a great 2017, it's time to start thinking about your vacation plans for next year. Many of our larger properties are so popular that they book up for the the entire season in just the first few months of the new year! Make sure you get the property you want, for the dates you want by giving us a call at 877-284-0267 soon!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Beautiful 2 Bedroom Condo at Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay 92-2B


While this 2 bedroom condo at the Lake of the Ozarks is a 3rd tier unit, it offers an incredible main channel view from the large screened in deck. 



Sleeping for 6 


Features of the condo include a master suite with a King bed, flat screen TV and DVD player, private bath and deck access. 

The second bedroom offers a Queen bed, flat screen smart TV and adjacent full bath. There is also a Queen air mattress allowing room for a total of 6 guests to sleep.     


Condo Features 


Also included with this beautiful condo is a full kitchen, breakfast bar, dining area and the screened deck overlooking the lake with a gas grill. In the kitchen, enjoy the Keurig and coffee maker, along with all the other things you would need for your vacation! The living room features a flat screen TV and Blu-Ray DVD player. While there is a great view of the water, there is no boat slip available with this unit. 

Emerald Bay Condominiums


Emerald Bay condominiums are located on Horseshoe Bend in the Lake Ozark area and by water at the 14 mile marker. They are conveniently located close to golf  (The Ridge, Cove and Osage National), and close by restaurants include the Blue Heron, Lil' Rizzo's & JJ Twiggs. The Lake Ozark strip is just minutes away featuring arcades, shopping and food. Osage Beach attractions and shopping including the 110 store outlet mall are just a short drive away. The complex offers a lake side pool and one pool on the third tier very close to this condo. 




Condo Rentals at Lake of the Ozarks


Whether you're looking to be in the Horseshoe Bend area, Osage Beach or out on the Northshore, Your Lake Vacation has a condo to fit your needs. We have everything from one bedroom condos up to 6 bedroom houses. Our Lake of the Ozarks condo rentals are the best accommodations you'll find at the Lake! Give us a call at 877-284-0267 to book your reservations and start planning your Lake of the Ozarks vacation today! 


For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

The holiday season is a beautiful time of year at the Lake of the Ozarks! Every weekend throughout December offers a variety of family-fun Christmas events. Not only is the Lake the perfect place to spend the holidays, but it's central location makes it the perfect meeting place for friends and family. In today's blog, Your Lake Vacation features many of the great Christmas events you can enjoy when you choose to spend the holidays at the Lake of the Ozarks this year!

Christmas Lights


There are a variety of Christmas light displays around the Lake of the Ozarks area for you to enjoy.
  • Enchanted Village of Lights - Laurie Fairgrounds 
    • Open Nightly from 5pm - 9pm through January 1
  • St. Patrick's Festival of Lights - Shrine of St. Patrick in Laurie 
    • Open from 6pm to 10pm through January 1 
  • Deck the Docks Holiday Light Cruises - Celebration Cruises
    • Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm - 8pm through Christmas
  • Versailles Unity Circle of Lights - Versailles City Park
    • Open from Dark until Midnight through January 1 
  • Osage Beach Holiday Lights - Osage Beach City Park
    • Every Wednesday - Sunday Evenings through December 31

Christmas Village and Ice Skating at Old Kinderhook - Every Weekend Through Christmas 


The Lake of the Ozarks only Christmas Village is at Old Kinderhook. We will have lots of fun activities, plus you can enjoy the Lake's only outdoor Ice Rink. Christmas activities include S'Mores around the fire pit, Christmas Carolers, Santa, Gingerbread House making, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Elf Storytelling and more. Some items listed have a fee so call for more information, 573-317-4314.  

Christmas on Main Street - Runs Through December 18


The Main Street Music Hall is celebrating the spirit of the holidays with a Christmas on Main Street. Enjoy your favorite songs with a night of laughter, as Gabby Gumm and our talented cast gives you that warm fuzzy feeling you use to get when you were just a kid. For show times and tickets call 573-348-9500, or access the online ticketing system at http://www.lakemusichall.com/tickets.asp.

Frosty Float - Sundays, December 4, 11 & 18


The Celebration Cruise boat will be selling tickets for $20 to go on a magical journey cruising the Lake of the Ozarks from 4 -6pm. The cruise will be a journey of fun children's activities and hot cocoa and cookies! Christmas carols will also fill the air while you gaze at the beautiful Christmas light displays, and of course Santa, will also be making an appearance as well! All of our little guests will receive a special gift from Santa!

Bluegrass Martins Christmas Concert - December 9-10


The Martin's will perform their first-ever Christmas themed show at the Royal Theatre in Versailles. All tickets are $15 and the show starts at 7pm each night.

Breakfast with Santa - December 10 


Bring the kids to have breakfast with Santa at HK's located at the Lodge of Four Seasons at 9am. 

Children's Christmas Play - December 10 


Young Performers present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson at the Camden County Museum, performed by the Young Museum Players, followed by cookies and punch. Admission $5 per family and the show starts at 3:30pm.

Eldon Community Christmas - December 10 


Christmas Parade starts at 3pm. Join us afterwards at Whittle's Pocket Park for a visit with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies until 6pm. Enjoy several church choirs and local performers, sing some Christmas Koraoke and watch the lighting of the big tree after dark.

Polar Express Movie Screening - December 10 


This popular Tom Hanks movie will be screened on 12/10/16 at the Wehrenberg Theatre in Lake Ozark, MO. Children are invited to come in their pajamas and/or bathrobes for a visit with Santa at 9:00 a.m. and the movie will begin at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults/Children K - 12th grade are $5.00 per person.

Free Annual Christmas Workshop - December 10


Join us for a fun morning at our Annual Christmas Workshop and Breakfast from 9am to 12pm. This free event includes breakfast of biscuits & gravy, or cereal, milk and juice, a children's craft workshop, a children's free gift shop where they can choose and wrap a gift for parents or caregivers, and a display of nativities from around the world.

Lake Ozark Christmas Parade - December 10 


Celebrate the season with at the Annual Christmas parade along the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip from 3pm - 5pm. Immediately following the parade, Santa will greet kids and families for a bonfire at the top of the Bagnell Dam Strip at Two Bit Town! There will be treats for the kids, hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments, Christmas music and caroling and also the Parade Float winners will be announced!

Christmas for Kids - December 10 


Enjoy an evening of entertainment with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction at The Lodge of Four Seasons, while supporting Lake Area families in need this holiday season. Admission is $20.00/Person Donation Plus a NEW Unwrapped Toy. Cocktail party starts at 5:30pm, with dinner at 6:30pm; general admission starts at 7:30pm.

Old Tyme Christmas in Linn Creek- December 17 


Join us for a full day of fun at the Camden County Museum. It will be a celebration of the Christmas season throughout the City of Linn Creek.

Christmas Dinner at J. Bruner's - December 24-25


Savor our full menu including our famous prime rib on Christmas Eve, or enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, prime rib, or your favorite selections from our menu on Christmas Day. The restaurant opens at 5pm on Christmas Eve and at 3pm on Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended.

Christmas Day Buffet at Tan-Tar-A - December 25


Join us for our famous Christmas Buffet, featuring Carved Ham with Bourbon Glaze Carved Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sage Roasted Turkey Pacific Whitefish with Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Aioli and much more. Dinner will be served from 11am - 5pm. Reservations are required; call 573-348-8619.

Happy Holidays from your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks! If you're looking for the perfect place to stay this holiday season, we've got you covered! From Lake of the Ozarks condos to private waterfront homes, we've got accommodations for any size group. Book your reservations today by calling 877-284-0267!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What Can I Do to Improve My Rentals?

PhotoCredit: FunLake.com
It's that time of year when the rentals have slowed down and you can take a moment and reflect on the past rental season. Thanks to the marketing campaign of the Tri-County Lodging Association and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the entire Lake of the Ozarks, many of us here at the Lake enjoyed one of the best summers and rental seasons of all time! Our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental company had the best year in our 30 year history! Using the "Best Recreational Lake in the United States" has been awesome for business here at the Lake of the Ozarks and we should continue to mine that for all its worth!

Using the Slow Season to Your Advantage 


Over the next six months, we only bring in 6% of our annual income; however, in that same time period, we will book about 60% of all our business for the 2017 season! We try to use this slower time to our advantage. This is the time when we can take a look at our properties and see if there is anything that can be improved. We take a look at properties that need painting, new furnishings or if they need to get a flat screen TV, WiFi or other amenity that will help them rent their property.

The Importance of WiFi in Your Rental


One of the biggest factors that we can see from this past season is that people want and need to be connected. Looking at our rentals from this past season our properties that have WiFi available averaged 45.58 paid nights, while the properties that didn't have WiFi (six of them) averaged 26.17 paid nights. Even within the same complex, we had two units with WiFi which averaged 50.5 nights and two units without WiFi (which otherwise are just as nice) averaging 20 nights.

Some of our owners don't want to pay for the extra expense. the cost is around $600 per year for WiFi, but they are giving up about $2,500 in income. So you have to ask yourself, do I want to save $600 or make an extra $1,900? To me, it is a no brainer, but for some it seems to be a tough choice.

The Importance of Keyless Entry 


A few years ago, when we were switching our properties over to keyless entry, I had a few owners that didn't want to pay for the new locks. So I told one owner that didn't really want the lock that I would charge him for the lock, but at the end of the summer if he didn't like it, I would refund all of his money and put his old lock back on. But if he liked it, he would buy me lunch. Even before the summer was over, I received a gift card in the mail for $25! So take stock of what you are doing and use this slower time to your advantage!

Property Management at Lake of the Ozarks


Your Lake Vacation is your premier property management company at the Lake of the Ozarks! We've been serving guests and owners since 1986. If you would like a vacation rental market analysis or more information on renting your Lake of the Ozarks home or condo as a vacation rental, please give us a call at 573-365-3367.

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076