Friday, February 16, 2018

Book a Spring Golf Getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks

Spring is just around the corner, which means great golf weather! Now is the time to book a guys trip or couples getaway that you've been dreaming about. There's no better place for a golf getaway than the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Keep reading to learn all about the golf that this area has to offer.


Golf at Lake of the Ozarks 


The Lake of the Ozarks area is home to more than a dozen golf courses and driving ranges. Enveloped in an amazing setting, Lake area courses challenge golfers at every skill level. Elevation changes, water features, rock outcrops and more have been built into these championship courses. Carved out of Missouri’s Ozark Hills, these courses feature beautiful tree-lined fairways and many courses overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks itself. The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest's premier golf destination. Check out some of our favorite courses below:


Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rentals 


No matter what courses you want to play and what area of the Lake you want to stay, we've got a place for you! From one bedroom condos up to 5+ bedroom homes, our vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks can accommodate any size golf group. Need a separate bed for each golfer? No problem! We'll create a custom golf package that specifically meets the needs of your group. Let us know what courses you'd like to play and we'll take it from there. For all your Lake of the Ozarks vacation needs, we're here to help!


Book your spring golf getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks today! Call 573-365-3367 to make your reservations. We'll find you the perfect accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks and setup your tee times for you. For all your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental needs, we've got you covered!

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, February 9, 2018

6 Romantic Things to Do at the Lake for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just a few days away, but with it falling in the middle of the week, many couples are celebrating this weekend. Are you spending this holiday at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks? Here's a list of some romantic things you can do in the area:

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1. Enjoy a Fancy Dinner Together. 


The Lake of the Ozarks may be known for it's waterfront bars and nightlife during the summer season, but there's no shortage of fine dining restaurants in the area. JB Hooks offers incredible seafood with a fabulous lake view. Baxter's Lakeside Grill is a local favorite featuring spectacular wines and amazing steaks. Other popular choices for a romantic dinner date include JJ's at the Copper Pot, Michael's Steak Chalet, HK's Steakhouse and J. Bruner's.


2. Take a Hike Through Ha Ha Tonka State Park. 


If you love hiking and nature, Ha Ha Tonka is the place for you to go! The castle ruins, along with the spring offer the perfect backdrop for a romantic hike. Breathtaking scenery combined with old architecture make Ha Ha Tonka one of Missouri's most treasured parks. There's no better place to stroll around with that special someone this Valentine's Day than here!

3. Participate in a Wine Tasting. 


The Lake of the Ozarks area is home to a variety of amazing wineries featuring some of the best wine you'll find in Missouri. Shawnee Bluff Winery offers daily wine tastings and the view from their patio is unbelievable! Seven Springs Winery is a somewhat of a hidden gem, tucked away in the woods, but worth the drive. Sample some of their wines and grab some delicious food while you're out there as well. Other wineries to checkout include Sugarloaf Winery, Golden Rock Winery and Casa de Loco Winery.


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4. Renew Your Wedding Vows at Bridal Cave. 


Each Valentine's Day, Bridal Cave offers a special event for those wanting to renew their wedding vows. On Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm, head over to the cave for this romantic event. Each couple will receive fresh flowers for the bride, a wedding portrait available for download online, a goodie bag with Lake area discounts and a Lifetime Pass to Bridal Cave at no charge! Don't necessarily want to come to renew your wedding vows? The cave is still a beautiful place for a date on any given day.

5. Have an Old Time Photo Taken. 


Looking for something fun and unique to do this Valentine's Day? Head on over to the Bagnell Dam Strip to get your photo taken at the Old Time Photo place. Choose from hundreds of costumes and props, and travel back in time together. Select a backdrop and a pose, and then you'll have a unique image to cherish for years to come.

6. Enjoy a Couples Massage. 


The Lake of the Ozarks area features a variety of spectacular spas. There's nothing more romantic or relaxing than a couple's massage. You can even make a day of it and treat your spouse to an entire day of pampering at the spa. Check out Spa Shiki at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Serenity Medical Spa in Lake Ozark or the Spa at Old Kinderhook for an unforgettable spa day!

Plan your last minute getaway today by calling 573-365-3367. We'll hook you up with some of the best accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks and help you place the perfect Valentine's Day getaway. There's so much to do at the Lake, from shopping to dining, nature and more. There's no better place for quick weekend trip with that special someone. Happy Valentine's Day from Your Lake Vacation!

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, February 2, 2018

To Dock or Not to Dock?

Just how important is a boat dock or boat slip when it comes to your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental? I get that question quite a bit when people call me about their vacation rental property. Remember that the absolute main attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is "the Lake." And, as a renter, if you are going to experience the Lake in a boat or other watercraft, then a dock is essential. So how many of our renters bring a boat or other watercraft with them? Having the answer to that question can help you realize the overall value of having a boat slip available for your guests.

How Many Renters Bring a Boat? 


I usually won't accept a condo without a boat slip onto our rental program and I most definitely won't take a home without a dock and a slip. During the summer months, about 38% of all our renters bring a boat. So if you don't have a boat slip, you could be reducing your pool of available renters by 38%. In addition, many of our guests choose to rent a boat for a day or two and need a place to park it overnight. 

It is even more important that a rental home at the Lake of the Ozarks (vs. a condo) have a dock with a boat slip. And the bigger the home, the bigger your dock should be and the more slips you will need. Bigger homes are usually rented by a couple of families or a group that many times are bringing more than one boat. Our history shows that large homes with two or more slips rent better than those with only one slip. 

Does Boat Slip Size Matter? 


Size is also a factor. Most older homes and condos have boat slips in the 10 x 24 foot range, but boats just keep getting bigger and bigger. You can put a smaller boat in a big slip, but you cannot put a bigger boat in a small slip. I would recommend a slip in the 12 x 32 or 12 x 36 range just to be safe, and again to maximize your rental opportunities.


Should I have a Boat Lift?


Another question I am frequently asked is if the slip should have a lift or not. The best answer is that you should avoid having a lift in the slip. Lifts are setup for a specific boat, and unless the renter has the same size, weight and hull style (to fit your lift design) you could end up with damage to the lift or even the boat. Ensure that you have proper padding and tie downs while instructing yoru renter that a properly tied boat should be fine unless you have very, very rough water. 

Russell Burdette is the owner of Your Lake Vacation, a professional vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986. If you would like more information on renting your second home at the Lake of the Ozarks as a vacation rental, call 573-365-3367. We would be happy to provide you with other statistics on what makes a great rental property 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  

Friday, January 26, 2018

2 Vacation Rental Homes Conveniently Located Near the Bagnell Dam Strip

New to the Your Lake Vacation rental program in 2018, Starboard Shores 1 & 2 offer plenty of space to bring everyone to the Lake! These homes are conveniently located near the Bagnell Dam Strip, where you can enjoy shopping, dining, water activities, nightlife and more! Keep reading to learn about each of these unique vacation rental homes at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Starboard Shores 1


This cute little waterfront cabin offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. It's perfect for 2 people, but will accommodate up to 6 people. Single floor living features a living room with flat screen TV and DVD player and queen sleeper sofa. The living room opens to the dining and kitchen areas. The kitchen features anything you would need for cooking, a large refrigerator and a stack washer and dryer. The dining area features a pub sized 4-top table with a waterfront view. Each bedroom offers a queen size bed. Outside, enjoy the open air deck with gas grill, plenty of seating and steps down to the dock area. This is a quiet hideaway for a couple or bring the kids and cozy up!

Starboard Shores 2 


This great waterfront lodge type home features 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This home features mid-level entry into the living room, featuring a flat screen TV and DVD player. The dining room seats 8 at the table, plus 2 at the breakfast bar. The home features a full sized, complete kitchen. Bedroom one is also on this level, featuring a king bed and flat screen TV, as well as the guest bathroom. The loft area features 2 queen beds. Downstairs you'll find a full sized laundry room, sitting room with flat screen TV and 2 lakeside bedrooms, each with queen beds and flat screen TVs. The spacious wrap around decks have plenty of seating, a gas grill and path to the dock area. The home is located next to Starboard 1, so bring everyone for a great weekend or a week vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks!

To book your reservations in either or both of these awesome homes, give us a call at 877-284-0267. We are happy to assist you with your vacation plans and are committed to making your Lake of the Ozarks vacation a truly memorable experience. We are your vacation rental specialists and your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Call today to start your summer vacation planning!

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, January 19, 2018

3 Reasons to Put Your Second Home on a Vacation Rental Program

Do you own a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks? Are you using it less than you expected? It might be time to consider putting your home on a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental program. Here's why...

1. To Offset the Expenses of Owning a Second Home. 


The most obvious reason to put your second home on a vacation rental program is to make some extra cash. Instead of letting your home sit empty when you're not using it, why not rent it out to other vacationers to help offset your mortgage costs? Managing two mortgages is no small feat, and every little bit of extra income can make that easier.


2. To Have Someone Look After Your Home While You're Away. 


When you hire a property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks to rent your second home out to vacationers, they aren't just managing guests, they're looking after your property. The manager is constantly checking on your home to ensure everything is in proper working condition. If there's an issue with the A/C, plumbing, etc., they'll be able to catch those problems before they turn into more costly situations. A property manager is also going to have a list of trusted vendors to take care of these issues for you. When you only spend a few weekends of the year at your second home, you're not likely to be familiar with what reputable companies are in the area.


3. To Avoid Finding Renters on Your Own. 


While you could rent your home out to vacationers on your own, hiring a property manager takes that stress off you. For a small fee, you don't have to deal with finding renters, collecting money, cleaning the house after each guest, etc. Plus you get to utilize all the advertising benefits of using a premier vacation rental company. A property manager is likely going to be able to find you more, quality renters than you would be able to on your own.

To learn more about putting your home on our vacation rental program, call 573-365-3367. Your Lake Vacation is your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you don't currently own a second home at the Lake, but are considering purchasing one, we can advise you on the type of property that makes the best vacation rental. We're here to help you succeed with your investment property!

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, January 11, 2018

Book Now for Your Favorite 2018 Annual Events

As we dive into 2018, we prepare for all of our favorite annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks! Today's blog offers the dates for this year's biggest annual events so that you can start planning your Lake of the Ozarks vacation now. During these popular event weekends, accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks book up fast. Now's the time to arrange your stay with the best vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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FEBRUARY 17: 17th Annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl


The biggest party of the year is back in 2018! This year's Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will feature over a dozen local bars and restaurants. Wristbands are $10 and get you into each venue. Leave the keys at home as the buses will take you safely from stop to stop. Enjoy live music and entertainment at each of the various locations on the 2018 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl map!

MAY 4-6: 30th Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals 


The Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals is a unique show for all makes, models and years of show vehicles, trucks and motorcycles. The event takes place along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip, which is closed to normal traffic during the show. It's an absolutely electric atmosphere, and one event you don't want to miss!

MAY 5: 21st Annual Spring Harbor Hop 


Kick off the 2018 boating season by participating in the 21st Annual Spring Harbor Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks. At the Lake's largest poker run on the water, you'll be able to choose from over 40 of the best waterfront restaurants and marinas to stop at. Collect cards at each stop to create a winning poker hand. Prizes are awarded to the winners and anyone can play!

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MAY 30 - JUNE 3: Lake Race 2018


Enjoy 5 days of action-packed powerboat and racing themed events at the Lake of the Ozarks. A variety of festivities, including street parties and meet & greets with the racers, lead up to a weekend of powerboat racing! The official viewing spot for the races is Beavers at the Dam, but fun can be had all along the Bagnell Dam Strip the entire weekend.

JUNE 8-10: The Canine Cannonball 


The Annual Dock Dogs jumping contest will be held at Dog Days Bar & Grill again this year. Canine athletes will compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve at this family-friendly event.

JULY 21: Aquapalooza 


The Lake's largest family boating event is happening July 21st at Dog Days Bar & Grill. All boaters are invited for a great day on the water featuring live music and other activities. They're still finalizing the 2018 music lineup, but it's sure to be even better than last years set! Take your boat to the 19 MM, just West of the Grand Glaize Bridge, tie up and make some new friends while enjoying this huge on-the-water party!

AUGUST 25-26: 30th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout


Mark your calendars for the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest! The event will bring top powerboat racers and off shore power boats from across the country, topping 200 MPH. Proceeds from the event benefit Lake Area Rescue Teams and other charitable organizations. Make a whole week of it, as there are fun racing themed events happening all week long leading up to the races!

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SEPTEMBER 12-16: 12th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 


The largest biker event at the Lake of the Ozarks will be back in 2018, bigger and better than ever! Events include spectacular scenic rides, more than 200 biker-friendly bars and restaurants, great parties, vendors and rockin' concerts at night. Plus you'll have a chance to win a new custom Harley!

OCTOBER 13: 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop


Visit over 40 participating locations on the water to collect the best poker hand. You can enter by stopping at any of the checkpoints. Then you'll hop your way around the Lake, drawing one card at each location until your hand is complete with 7 cards. Turn your hand in by 7 pm for a chance to win big!

These events will be here before you know it, so now's the time to start arranging your travel plans and getting your accommodations booked. Your Lake Vacation offers the best selection of private home and condo rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 877-284-00267 to make your reservations today. The earlier you book the more a selection you'll have to choose from, as we fill up for these major events quickly!

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, January 5, 2018

New Years Resolution: Vacation More!

Who doesn't need more down time in their lives? Each year, we seem to get busier and busier, whether it be with work or the kids or our social lives. While staying busy can be fun, it can also be exhausting. Our suggestion for reducing this issue, make a new years resolution to vacation more! Whether you can only make time for a weekend getaway or you want to plan a 2-week summer vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to be a part of it!

Why Vacationing is Important


Not only are vacations good for you and your health, research shows they may also increase work productivity once you return. That means that taking not vacation because you feel you might fall behind at work is a flawed excuse. Vacation could be exactly what you need for your career. Vacations make you all around happier, who doesn't love taking a vacation, experiencing a new place and enjoying some downtime? Vacations loosen you up, reducing your stress levels and making you feel less tense. We could all use a little more of those feelings in our lives.

Vacations are surely good for your emotional health, but they can promote physical health as well. Chronic stress from work or other things in our lives puts a strain on our bodies physically and therefore increases health risks. A vacation offers a way for our bodies to de-stress, recuperate and repair. Research shows that people on vacation immediately feel healthier and have less physical complaints. In addition to being good for you, vacations can also be beneficial to your workplace. Research shows that people who take vacations, letting their brain rest from the chaos that is work, are more productive upon their return to the workplace. Employees who take their vacation days have lower levels of job stress and burnout.

Vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks 


Our vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers affordable accommodations for any size group! From one bedroom condos to waterfront homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got the perfect place for you to enjoy some relaxation and downtime. Bring your boat or rent one, and hop on the water for some family fun! Bring your girlfriends for a spa weekend filled with pampering and shopping. Bring the guys for a golf getaway accompanied with some amazing waterfront dining. The possibilities for fun at the Lake of the Ozarks are endless. Learn more about our accommodation options below:



Lake of the Ozarks Waterfront Homes 

Our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals feature more than 15 different private, waterfront homes for you to choose from. Whether you're looking for a secluded place in the woods or something a little closer to the Heart of Osage Beach, we've got something for you. Our homes range from 2-6 bedrooms, and can sleep anywhere from 6 people up to 18. View all of our home rentals on our website here.

Condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks  

Condo rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks offer a great alternative to standard hotel rooms. You've got more space to spread out and a place to prepare meals, as well as great amenities! Our rental program offers condos at various locations around the Lake of the Ozarks, with a variety of options at The Knolls Resort and Lazy Days. Whether you want to stay in the Four Seasons area, Osage Beach or on the Northshore, we've got a condo just for you! Check out our various condos here.

Your Lake Vacation is here to help with all your vacation planning needs, whether it be for a weekend or week long stay! Start your vacation planning today by calling 877-284-0267. Take advantage of our off-season rates, and save big time on your vacation budget. There's plenty to do at the Lake all year round!

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