Friday, May 26, 2017

The Real Reason We Celebrate Memorial Day

While many people know that Memorial Day is supposed to celebrate and honor those who have died at war for our country, others focus on the fact that it's a long weekend to start the summer season. Having some fun is great, but it's important that we also remember those who fought for us to have those freedoms. Today's blog from Your Lake Vacation sheds some light on the history of the Memorial Day holiday:

Memorial Day History


Observed on the last Monday in May each year, Memorial Day is a federal holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It was originally called "Decoration Day" when it originated in the years following the Civil War, due to the fact that people would decorate the graves of those fallen soldiers with flowers and flags. On May 30, 1868, General John A. Logan organized a nationwide day of remembrance. By 1890, each of the Northern states had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Those in the South, however, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I. Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. Learn more in this video from History.com:  


Memorial Day Today 


Today, cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades, incorporating military personnel and members of veterans' organizations. Americans also observe this solemn holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. In addition to honoring those who've died for our freedoms, the long weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer and many people throw parties and host BBQs.

Your Lake Vacation hopes you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend! If you're looking for a last-minute vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks or if you need accommodations for another weekend this summer, give us a call at 877-284-0267. We have a variety of condos and waterfront homes at the Lake of the Ozarks to accommodate any size group. We hope to see you soon!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
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Osage Beach, MO 65065
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

6 Considerations When Choosing a Vacation Rental Manager

Do you have a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks and you aren't using it as much as you thought you originally thought you would? Maybe you want to find a way to off-set some of the expenses associated with owning a second home. How do you go about renting out your home to bring in a little more cash? Finding the right property management company at the Lake of the Ozarks is the first step!

Vacation Rental Management


Finding the right company to manage your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental property can make a big difference in your overall experience. Consider your goals: are you just looking for a little extra income or do you want to make as much profit as possible? Whatever your personal situation, you'll need to make your expectations clear to your prospective rental managers.

Experience Counts

Obviously, you want a manager that has experience in the industry, someone who understands the rental season and everything involved with nightly rentals at the Lake. Find out how long your vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks has been in business and how successful they have been in renting properties similar to yours. Beware of any company that promises a certain number of rental nights or a certain amount of income - how can they guarantee something like that? A good company will be able to give you  a potential number of rental nights based on their past history with similar properties, but be realistic when it comes to your expectations. There are a lot of factors that go into a successful vacation rental season that are out of our control, including weather patterns, the economy, etc. With the way the vacation rental market can vary each season, you can't "guarantee" anything.

Added Services Add Value 

What types of support services does the company offer? Do they provide housekeeping, maintenance, home watch, interior design, HVAC & appliance repair or landscaping and yard work? Are they available 24/7? If your primary residence is thousands of miles away from the Lake of the Ozarks, you want peace of mind that your property is being looked after properly. You'll want more than just a company that finds renters, you want someone you can trust to keep your property in tip-top shape. Find out what value added services are available, and use that information to help you compare prospective rental management companies.

Marketing is Important 

Next you will want to ask how the company markets their rental properties. Do they provide high quality pictures, virtual tours, videos and information about each property to make it look like a desirable place to stay? Do they utilize social media, digital marketing and e-newsletters? Is the company's website easy to navigate and is the presentation professional? Do they have online booking capabilities? In addition to their website, how do they advertise their vacation homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks? Find out what they are doing differently; what are they doing that you can't do on your own?

Handling Property Damage 

Since damage is always a possibility when dealing with short-term rentals, how does the company screen their potential guests? Are there age limits for renting? Do they ask what brings the guests to the Lake of the Ozarks? Bachelor and Bachelorette parties always raise a red flag? Pets are also something to consider. If you allow pets in your home, is there a pet fee and/or a pet deposit? How does the company handle damages? Do they offer any damage protection? Have the company you're thinking about going with give you examples of past damages and how they handled the situation.

Rental Procedures 

Some property management companies rent their properties on a rotating basis. If you have a nice property or a great location, you'll want to avoid companies that use this procedure. Your hard work, decor, amenities and location should be allowed to work in your favor. A company that represents all of their properties in the same manner and allows your features to sell your property to potential renters is your best bet. If you were a guest vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks, wouldn't you want to be able to choose what property you stay in and not have to take the next unit in line?

Reputation is Key

Your potential manager should also have good ethics and be truthful about the potential for your property. Does the company have a good reputation in the community? Do they belong to any professional organizations? You should be able to get references from current owners, as well as from other professionals within the Lake of the Ozarks community. Finally, you should feel at ease and be comfortable with your prospective property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Your Lake Vacation is your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks, since 1986! If you have a second home at the Lake and are interested in our rental program, give us a call at 573-365-3367. If you would like a market analysis or help choosing a property to purchase for the purpose of renting it out to vacationers, we can help you with that as well.

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, May 12, 2017

12 Mother's Day Fun Facts

Mother's Day is this weekend! How are you celebrating and showing your mother how much you appreciate and love her. Many people choose to give their mother flowers or other gifts, take her out to eat or do something else special for her. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental company offers a list of several fun facts about this holiday revolving around the amazing mothers we have!

Mother's Day Fun Facts


1. About 1/4 of all flowers bought throughout the year are purchased on Mother's Day.

2. In the vast majority of languages around the world, the word for "Mother" starts with the letter "M."

3. Just in the United States, around 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day. According to AT&T more calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year.

4. Approximately $14 billion dollars is spent on Mother’s Day in the United States.

5. The first Mother's Day in the United States was celebrated in 1908, but didn't become a recognized holiday until 1914.

6.  The most common flower given on Mother's Day is the carnation. Pink and red carnations are for mother's still with us, while white carnations are for those who have passed on.

7. Mother's Day is celebrated in close to 50 different countries around the world.

8. More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother's Day than for any other holiday except Christmas. 

9. Approximately 77.9% of American consumers will purchase a Mother's Day card for mom this year. 

10. In the 1920s, Anna Jarvis filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over-commercialization of Mother’s Day, but she lost. 

11. In the former Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. In order to be freed, she had to pay them with treats.

12. Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants, as 62% of Americans will dine out so mom doesn't have to cook.

Happy Mother's Day from Your Lake Vacation! The celebration doesn't have to stop this weekend though; continue celebrating mom by taking her to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. From shopping and spas to amazing dining experiences, there's something for mom and everyone else to enjoy. Book your Lake of the Ozarks condo or home today by calling 877-284-0267. We hope to see you 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  


Friday, May 5, 2017

3 Reasons Lake of the Ozarks is the Perfect Vacation Destination

Summer is just around the corner and many of you are probably working on your vacation plans. With so many great options across the beautiful United States, how do you choose? Here are 3 reasons why the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect vacation destination and why you should visit us this summer:

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1. Lake of the Ozarks is the Top Recreational Lake in the Country!


The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the largest man-made lakes in the country, with more shoreline than the state of California. We were recently voted #1 recreational lake in the country - and trust us, there's no shortage of water activities here! From swimming and paddle boarding to fishing and boating, the Lake of the Ozarks offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Bring your own boat or rent one! Cruise around the lake and enjoy the wind in your face as you take in the views or stop at one of the many waterfront bars and restaurants to enjoy a cold drink, great food and often times live music. If you love the water, then you'll love the Lake of the Ozarks.

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2. Awesome Annual Events are Happening All Season Long!


The Lake of the Ozarks is known for awesome annual events that you don't want to miss. The month of June features Lake Race, powerboat racing at its best! In July, be sure to check out Aquapalooza, one of the largest on the water concerts around. Then gear up for the largest unsanctioned boat race in the U.S. in August, the Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout! A variety of other events including concerts, festivals and more are happening just about every weekend throughout the summer season at the Lake of the Ozarks, not to mention the holiday festivities taking place Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend. For information on all the great upcoming events at the Lake, visit: www.FunLake.com

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3. Hundreds of Amazing Restaurants and Bars to Eat At!


If you love trying new places to eat on vacation, you won't be disappointed at the Lake of the Ozarks. The area offers a variety of locally owned restaurants and bars, serving up a variety of different cuisines, both on and off the water. Whether you're craving a delicious burger or nice juicy steak, the Lake of the Ozarks offers both casual and fine dining to fit your occasion. If you're looking for a romantic dinner, check out Baxter's Lakeside Grille or JB Hooks. If you're looking for live music and great nightlife, check out Dog Days Bar & Grill or Backwater Jack's. There's plenty of variety to meet everyone's tastes. 

Book your reservations in one of our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront homes or condos today by calling 877-284-0267. From one bedroom condos up to 5+ bedroom homes, Your Lake Vacation has a variety of accommodations to fit everyone's needs. If you have a really large group, as about multiple condos in the same complex or homes that are located within walking distance of each other. We're here to help you plan the perfect vacation 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, April 28, 2017

Book Now for Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start to the summer season, is less than a month away! Now's the time to start making your plans, and there's no better way to kick off the season than with a vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks. There will be fireworks displays and other family-friendly activities happening all weekend long, not to mention the endless amount of fun you can have on the water! Check out these Lake of the Ozarks accommodations still available for Memorial Day Weekend:

Lands End 636 - 3 Bedroom Condo in Osage Beach


This third floor waterfront condo in Osage Beach includes 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The master suite offers a king bed, while the other two rooms have queens. The living room and master bedroom both offer lakeside floor to ceiling triple pane glass sliding doors with accordion blinds. Master bath features double sinks, a standing shower and jetted tub. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and everything you would need for your stay. Enjoy the outdoors on the screened deck with decorative concrete flooring, heavy duty 6 top pub table and gas grill. This unit comes with a 12 x 36 boat slip, as well as tons of amenities including Lazy River, Outdoor Pool, Clubhouse with fitness room and pool table!

Falls Townhome 64 - 4 Bedroom Waterfront Home in Four Seasons


Located off Horseshoe Bend near The Falls Condominiums, you will enjoy plenty of room in this two-story Lake of the Ozarks waterfront home. Relax on the big deck overlooking your private dock located in a large cove. The kitchen and main master bath feature granite counter tops. The home offers two master suites, each with queen beds. One guest bedroom features a queen bed, while the other features a full. Steps lead from the lower level patio to the covered dock, complete with two slips and a swim platform.

Water's Edge 29-2A - 2 Bedroom Condo on Horseshoe Bend 


Located on the 13 mile marker, this newly remodeled 2 bedroom condo at the Lake of the Ozarks offers a great location and great amenities. The mater bedroom features a king bed, while the guest room features a queen. The kitchen and dining room are equipped with everything you need to prepare a delicious Memorial Day Weekend meal. Outside on the extra large deck, enjoy the pub sized 4-top table, 2 person glider and gas grill. The deck is covered and has a waterfront view. This unit also comes complete with a 12 x 28 slip in the community dock.

Book your reservations today by calling 877-284-0267. This is just a taste of the amazing homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks that we have to offer. Browse the rest of our available units on our website or give us a call and one of our representatives will help you find the perfect place to meet your needs. From one bedroom condos up to 5+ bedroom homes, Your Lake Vacation offers the best places to stay at the Lake!

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, 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
Fax - 573-365-5076  






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
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076