Friday, April 21, 2017

Understanding the Rental Season at the Lake of the Ozarks

At the Lake of the Ozarks, we experience a very short rental season. Many potential Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental owners are very surprised when they find out that about 85% of their rentals will occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. Thus, the other 15% occur during the other nine months of the year. Owner of Your Lake Vacation, Russell Burdette states, "I had one potential owner call me and he wanted to know if he could expect 300 rental nights per year. I told him that if I could rent our properties for 300 nights each year that I would have retired a long time ago."

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Maximizing Your In-Season Rentals

When you have a limited rental season, such as the one at the Lake of the Ozarks, what can you do to increase your rental nights? You have to absolutely maximize your in season rental nights and then look at ways to attract rentals in the off-season as well. How do you maximize your summer rentals? The first, most important thing you can do is limit the number of nights you use the property yourself during peak season. Be smart about when you use it and don't reserve all the holidays for yourself. On smaller homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, you are mostly going to get weekend rentals. Therefore, you want to avoid using your property on the weekends or use it on the slower weekends when it possibly will sit empty. Typically, the first two weekends in June and the last two in August are the slowest due to school schedules.

The second thing you can do is set a minimum night requirement during the peak season and stick to it as long as you can. You don't want to book a two night rental for a weekend in July now because you could have the opportunity to book a 4-7 night rental instead. If it's two days prior to the weekend, take the rental, but don't book small rentals at the beginning of the year. There are only so many good weekends available during the summer season at the Lake of the Ozarks. Those weekends typically include every weekend in July and the first weekend in August. Those are the absolute prime weekends. Therefore, you will want to get maximum nights and maximum price for those weekends.

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Off-Season Rentals 

How about maximizing rentals prior to Memorial Day Weekend and after Labor Day Weekend? Most rentals will have seasonal pricing where the spring, fall and winter rates are lower than the summer rates. Beyond that, you can create packages of pay for so many nights and get a free night or some other type of discount. Just keep in mind that most guests can only stay 2-4 nights during the off-season. One additional way to attract off-season rentals is to offer something different, such as a hot tub, game room, indoor pool, tickets to a show, mall discounts, restaurant discounts, gift cards, golf discounts, etc. Something that sets you apart from other rentals or that adds value to the rental is key to renting your Lake of the Ozarks home or condo during the off-season. If the price is the same, but you are offering additional discounts or amenities, then you'll probably get the rental over other similar units.

If you would like more information about the rental season at the Lake of the Ozarks or about renting your home or condo as a vacation rental, give us a call at 573-365-3367. At Your Lake Vacation, we've been offering Lake of the Ozarks property management services since 1986.

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
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Where Did All These Easter Traditions Come From?

For many people, Easter is a religious holiday celebrating the holy day Jesus arose from the dead after Crucifixion. More recently, it has become highly commercialized and more of a celebration. Now, you may be wondering how some of today's festivities and traditions came to be associated with the celebration of Easter. Your favorite Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental company has gathered information on some pretty intriguing theories to share with you about the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, and the ever-popular Easter basket. Here's what we've come up with:

Hippity Hoppity - Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Ever wonder where the Easter Bunny originated from? We did too, so we did some looking around. The history dates back long before the origination of Easter. Easter is derived from the Pagan Goddess, Eostre - Goddess of Spring and fertility. According to folklore, Eostre found a bird dying from the cold and turned it into a rabbit so that its fur would keep it warm - but the rabbit sill laid eggs like a bird. The bird-turned-rabbit would leave painted and decorated eggs for Eostre as a "thank you" for saving its life. Thus, the reason for having the "Easter Bunny" who leaves eggs as gifts!

The Easter Bunny Paints His Eggs All Purple, Pink and Blue

One of the major festivities during this special holiday is the tradition of dyeing and decorating eggs. But why do we dye eggs? Besides the Pagan theory that we're continuing the gifts of repaying Eostre, more traditional theories state that the purpose for dyeing Easter eggs is related to Mary Magdalene, who was the first person to see Jesus after Resurrection. The story says that at the time she was holding a plain white egg when she proclaimed the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in the presence of an Emperor. She said to him that the likelihood of Jesus' rising was as likely as the egg she held in her hands turning red, and as she spoke the egg turned red. Therefore, in honor of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we decorate and dye eggs to symbolize His rising.

Bringing Every Girl & Boy Baskets Full of Easter Joy

So where does the Easter basket full of candy tradition come from? This tradition dates back to the 19th century and originates from France and Germany. Stories say that children were instructed to make nests from hats or baskets so the Easter Bunny could leave them special eggs. Another theory for the added candies, more specifically chocolates, is that since many Christians choose to give up sweets during Lent, they are eager to once again enjoy the chocolate.

Now you've got a little fun and intriguing background about how some of our well-known Easter traditions became what we know them as today. No matter how you choose to celebrate this weekend, Your Lake Vacation wishes you the very best Easter holiday filled with fun and laughter with your family and friends. Happy Easter from our family to yours!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Comfy 3 Bedroom Waterfront Home at Lake of the Ozarks

Runabout Drive

Enjoy the comforts of home in this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Enter on the main level, where you will find the 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom features a king bed, flat screen TV with Roku and Blu-Ray DVD player, small desk, lake view and private half bath. 

The second bedroom features a queen bed, small desk and lake view, while bedroom 3 features 2 twin beds with a full guest bath down the hall. There is also a queen air mattress available if you need some extra sleeping space. 

Walk down the stairs and enjoy the dining room with glass table and 6 chairs, 4 bar stools at the breakfast bar and an additional 4 top table in the kitchen. The kitchen is loaded with everything you would need for your vacation including a coffee grinder, coffee pot, blender and waffle maker.  

The living room features a great lake view, sectional with ottoman and flat screen TV with Xbox 360.  Also downstairs, you will find a full bath with standing shower and laundry closet with full size washer and dryer. Outside enjoy the screened in deck with comfortable cushioned conversation chairs, a gas grill and open air deck.  

This home includes a dock with slip and swim platform with ladder, so bring the boat! Miller's Landing is just across the cove and has a restaurant, bar and gas docks. This home also sits perfectly to see Tan-Tar-A and the Lodge of the Four Seasons fireworks during the holidays!

Book your reservations for this Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental today by calling 877-284-0267. Your Lake Vacation has been helping guests with their vacation planning since 1986. Whether you're bringing a large group or a small one, we have the best accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks you will find! Summer is just around the corner, so start making your plans to visit the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks now! 

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  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

While the Lake of the Ozarks is a popular summer destination, the other seasons have a lot to offer as well. Spring is upon us and there are a variety of events and activities happening at the Lake of the Ozarks over the next month. Whether you're looking for Easter events to take the kids to, or golf and fishing tournaments to keep yourself busy, the Lake is the place to be! Today's blog focuses on upcoming events so you can book your spring trip to the Lake of the Ozarks now!

Linn Creek Easter Egg Hunt - April 8 

Everyone is welcome to this Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages. Start time is 12:00 pm at Linn Creek City Park.

Cocktails and Caddies Ladies Golf Tournament - April 14

This golf tournament is unlike any other at the Lake. Teams of 3 women bid on their fourth player/caddie (a male) and their prize package before hitting the green. The 4-person scramble is a great afternoon of fun and networking! The tournament starts at 11:00 am at The Ridge at The Lodge of Four Seasons.

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament - April 15

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters tournament trail comes to Captain Ron's at the Lake of the Ozarks on April 15. This one day tournament will be a national qualifier for 2016 National Championship. It will also be the first leg of the Missouri State Championship. Registration is at 5:00 pm on April 14. There will also be a Kid's Fishing Rodeo at the event. For more info, visit their website here.

3rd Annual Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt - April 15 

A fun-filled, family event including egg hunts for 4 different age groups, local 4-H animal displays, face painters and bounce houses. The event will take place at Osage Beach City Park from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Easter Bunny at Stonecrest Mall - April 15

Bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny at Stonecrest Mall! The Easter Bunny will be at Stonecrest Book & Toy from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Old Kinderhook's Easter Weekend - April 15-16 

Get ready for "EGGnourmous Family Fun" at Old Kinderhook from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. Saturday will feature golf specials with prizes, a kid's putting contest, Easter bunny visit & pictures, Easter egg coloring, egg hunt, Easter olympics and bunny bonfire. Sunday will feature a sunrise service, Easter bunny visit & pictures, Easter brunch, golf specials with prizes. Reservations are required for Easter brunch. Join us for one day or stay the night at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook! Call 573-317-4314 for reservations or more information.

Easter Brunch at Lake Valley - April 16 

Head over to Lake Valley for an Easter brunch featuring traditional breakfast items, an omelet station, salads, potatoes, vegetables, 3 entrees and assorted desserts. Call 573-346-7213 for reservations. Brunch will be served from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Easter Brunch at Osage National - April 16 

Enjoy Easter brunch at Osage National with all the expected favorites. Brunch will be served starting at 11:00 am.

Easter Egg Hunt in the Park - April 16 

On Easter Sunday, the Laurie Easter Egg Hunt attracts children from tots to teens to find 14,000 eggs "hidden" throughout the Laurie Fairgrounds. The Easter Bunny always makes an appearance to the delight of everyone. The event will go from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at Captain Ron's 16

Enjoy Easter brunch at Captain Ron's from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Easter egg hunt will begin at Noon.

Easter Brunch at Tan-Tar-A - April 16

Swing by Tan-Tar-A for a fabulous Easter Brunch in the Grand Ballroom. Brunch will be served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Reservations are required, so call 573-348-8619.

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at The Lodge of Four Seasons - April 16 

Celebrate Easter at HK's Restaurant at The Lodge of Four Seasons. Brunch will be served between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. A visit from the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1:00 pm. To make reservations or for more information, please call 573-365-8509.

Easter Brunch at H. Toad's- April 16 

Head over to H. Toad's on Easter Sunday for their delectable and ever-popular Easter Brunch Buffet from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring the entire family!

Easter Brunch at the Inn at Grand Glaize - April 16 

Bring your family and friends over to J D Waddles, located at the Inn at Grand Glaize, for a special brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Lake of the Ozarks Bike Night - April 20 

Multiple establishments along the Bagnell Dam Strip host biker related activities on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting at 5:30 pm, from April to September. There will be live music, prizes and giveaways, and more!

67th Annual Dogwood Festival - April 20-22

The Annual Dogwood Festival features fun for the entire family, including crafts, a pageant, food, entertainment, a parade, fish fry, entertainment and much more at the Camedenton Middle School! The parade will take place in downtown Camdenton on Saturday at 10:00 am.

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LOMDA Spring In-Water Boat Show - April 21-23

Come see a variety of boats including new cruisers, performance, runabouts and personal watercraft at Dog Days Bar & Grill. The boat show will take place Friday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Spring Big Bass Bash - April 22-23 

The Big Bass Bash is a tournament designed for amateurs only. The prize money for the Spring Big Bass Bash will total over $210,000 in payouts with $70,000 to the winner. The tournament will run from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm each day. Anglers can catch from anywhere on Lake of the Ozarks, with weigh-in stations at Public Beach 2, Red Oak Resort, Alhonna Resort and Point Randall Resort. For more information, visit their website here.

33rd Annual Clown Golf Classic - April 29-30

One of the largest and longest running tournaments in the area, the Annual Clown Golf Classic supports the Dream Factory. There will be a player party on Saturday evening, with the golf tournament taking place Sunday morning. Visit for more info.

Surdyke's Spring Fling 2017 - April 30

Let's fling some dirt at Riverbottom MX Course in Kaiser, Missouri. The park will be open for trail riding and practice on Saturday and then various timed events will take place on Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Free food and drink will be available to those that pre-register at The event is open to all makes and models of UTVs and SidexSides.

Book your reservations today by calling 877-284-0267! Your Lake Vacation has been helping guests with their vacation planning since 1986. We offer the best vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, from one bedroom condos up to 5+ bedroom homes. Be sure to ask about our Spring Specials when you call!

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, March 22, 2017

Small Change, Big Difference

In this week's blog, we'll take a look at how to get the most out of your money when it comes to redecorating and updating your home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks. Use these easy tips from Your Lake Vacation's on staff interior designer, Lisa Porter, to help make your property look better without breaking your budget or the bank!

New Bedding. 

The place you'll want to start is in the bedrooms. New bedding can really change the entire look of your bedrooms. The rooms will look fresh and appear updated with minimal effort. The cost for this small change is around $100 per bedroom. Just be sure to coordinate your new bedding with the current colors in the room. When it doubt, keep it neutral and simple.

Lamps & Artwork. 

The next step in the updating process is to look at your lamps to see if they are dated, need new shades or if they even work properly. Sometimes new shades will do the trick (yellow, pleated or stained shades are definitely out of date) or you can replace the entire lamp for $25 to $50 per lamp. Artwork, especially the frames, can also become dated if not changed out periodically. Avoid 80's brass frames and find something that looks nice and fits the space. Wood frames are usually a good option. New artwork can be found for $30 to $60 per piece.


Nothing makes a Lake of the Ozarks rental home or condo look more dated than old box televisions. They still work, so you are hesitant to get rid of them, even though you upgraded years ago at your primary residence. Everyone has flat screens now, and your property looks cheap and dated by not having them in every room. The bedrooms should have around a 32" TV and the living room a minimum of 40" to 55". You can now get a 32" for around $120 and the 40'-55" in the $200 to $400 range. 


Another simple fix is changing out that dated shower curtain with a new rod, hooks & curtain for less than $50!

Interior Painting. 

A fresh coat of paint can be very economical if you can do it yourself. If you're unsure on colors, get some advice from friends and neighbors or peruse the internet for ideas.  


It's time for a garage sale or maybe the dumpster for the following items: anything with 80's brass, box televisions, VCR's and anything prior to 2000. Also get rid of dust catching fake greenery and floral arrangements; they are not in anymore. Keep our accessories simple and to a minimum.

For a two bedroom condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can spend around $950 to $1,500 plus tax and you would have updated bedrooms, flat screen televisions, new lamps and artwork! A couple of extra rentals per year due to your updating would pay for your new decor. Taking just a little bit of money, you can make some small changes that will make a big difference!

Your Lake Vacation is the premier property management company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986! If you would like a vacation rental market analysis or more information on renting your home or condo as a vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573365-3367 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  

Friday, March 17, 2017

How Much Do You Know About St. Patrick's Day?

Today is St. Patrick's Day, a day to put on your green, grab your friends and have a great time! While we all know St. Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday where you dress up in green, how much do you really know about this fun holiday? Find out by answering the trivia questions below:

St. Patrick's Day Trivia Questions

1. Who was St. Patrick? 

A. A British man who was captured and enslaved in Ireland
B. An Irish monk who banished snakes from Ireland
C. A French sailor who was captured by Irish pirates
D. An Irish monk who saved his countrymen by warning of a British invasion

2. What did St. Patrick use shamrocks for?

A. As medicine because of their healing power
B. To bring good luck
C. To symbolize the uniting of France, Britain and Ireland
D. To explain the Holy Trinity

3. According to legend, what did St. Patrick chase out of Ireland? 

A. Christians
B. Snakes
C. Demons
D. Leprechauns

4. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated to commemorate what event? 

A. The birth of St. Patrick
B. The death of St. Patrick
C. The day St. Patrick drove snakes out of Ireland
D. The day St. Patrick moved to Ireland

5. In the United States, where and when was the first St. Patrick's Day parade held? 

A. Boston 1809
B. New York 1762
C. Philadelphia 1798
D. Providence 1821

6. While we associate green with St. Patrick's Day, what color was originally associated with this Saint? 

A. White
B. Orange
C. Blue
D. Red

7. According to legend, what should you never do if you catch a leprechaun? 

A. Feed him
B. Kiss him
C. Wash him
D. Let him out of your sight

8. What profession does the leprechaun supposedly practice? 

A. Shoemaker
B. Teacher
C. Blacksmith
D. Goldsmith 

9. How many leaves does a shamrock have? 

A. Four
B. Two
C. Five
D. Three

10. What does "Erin go braugh" mean? 

A. Ireland Forever
B. I'm Irish
C. Bottoms Up
D. Spring is Here

11. Approximately how many Americans are of Irish ancestry? 

A. 9.4 million
B. 17.3 million
C. 33.7 million
D. 53.8 million



1. A - A British man who was captured and enslaved in Ireland
2. D - To explain the Holy Trinity
3. B - Snakes
4. B - The death of St. Patrick
5. B - New York 1762
6. C - Blue
7. D - Let him out of your sight
8. A - Shoemaker
9. D - Three
10. A - Ireland Forever
11. C - 33.7 million 

Ask your friends and family these fun trivia questions when you're celebrating this weekend! Happy St. Patrick's Day from Your Lake Vacation! If you haven't started making your spring, and even summer, vacation plans yet, now's the time to do it. We have a variety of homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks to accommodate any size group. Visit our website or give us a call at 877-284-0267 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  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Two 3 Bedroom Homes in the Heart of the Lake Area

New to our program for the 2017 season, The Fishing Lodge and The Hunting Lodge offer great Lake of the Ozark accommodations for your family and friends. Together, the homes sleep a total of 20 guests! The lodges are located in the heart of the Lake area, near Tan-Tar-A by land and in the same cove as Red Head Yacht Club by water. Keep reading to learn more about these two spectacular vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Fishing Lodge 

This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home comes complete with everything that you need to enjoy a great Lake of the Ozarks vacation. Granite counter tops, hardwood floors and fishing lodge decor are found throughout the home. The main level features a deck with plenty of seating and a view of the lake. The living area, complete w/ a 55 inch flat screen TV, is adjacent to the dining area, which seats 6 at the table and 3 at the breakfast bar, and open to the kitchen, featuring stainless steel appliances. Just off the kitchen, you will find the laundry room, complete with a full-sized washer and dryer, full bath with a walk-in shower and two bedrooms, one with two twin beds and the other with a queen bed. The master bedroom is located in the loft, and features a king bed and full bath also with a walk-in shower (there are no tubs in the home). It is just a short walk to the 35 foot uncovered courtesy pier. You can tie your boat up to the pier and in a complete no-wake protected cove. You can also swim and float in the cove right in front of the lodge. 

The Hunting Lodge 

The Hunting Lodge is very similar to the fishing lodge, with the exception of the decor theme: hunting instead of fishing. In this home, you will also find granite counter tops and hardwood floors throughout. From the deck offering plenty of seating and a lake view to the living and dining areas, this home mirrors the other lodge on property. The laundry room also features a full-sized washer and dryer and the bedrooms offer the same bed setup as The Fishing Lodge. Both bathrooms feature walk-in showers; there are no tubs in this home either.  

Amenities and Location

It is just a short walk to the 35 foot uncovered courtesy pier.  You can tie your boat up to the pier and in a complete no-wake protected cove. You can swim and float in the cove right in front of the lodge! Located close to fine dining, good food, attractions like Main Street Music Hall, mini-golf, go karts and more, these homes are the perfect place to stay during your summer vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks

To learn more about these homes or to book your reservations today, give us a call at 877-284-0267. At Your Lake Vacation, we've been helping guests with their vacation planning for over 25 years now! We are a locally owned, family business dedicated to providing visitors an exceptional vacation experience in one of the many private homes or condos at the Lake of the Ozarks that the company manages.

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