Monday, November 24, 2014

The Holidays are Here at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Holiday celebrations at the Lake of the Ozarks are underway!  Christmas light displays are popping up all around the Lake area.  Your Lake Vacation is here to help you with all your holiday plans!  If you're vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks this Holiday season, be sure to check out these awesome light displays and other Christmas activities!

Enchanted Village of Lights (Open Nightly Now through Jan 1) 

The Enchanted Village of Lights is one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in Mid-Missouri. There is no charge to drive through the Enchanted Village, but any donations are greatly appreciated.  Hours of operation are 5-9 PM each night through January 1, 2015.

Versailles Unity Circle of Lights (Nov 27 through Jan 1)

For the 8th straight season, the city of Versailles will light up its city park for the Unity Circle of Lights. The holiday light park is named after the "Unity Circle," a monument erected at the park entrance to show cooperation among various entities in the community.  The Unity Circle of Lights is located at the junction of Highways 5 and 52 and will feature as many as 40 lighted displays, including several animated holiday scenes for the family. The park is open from dark until midnight and admission is free.

Deck the Docks Holiday Light Cruises (Nov 28 - Dec 27) 

Take a festive dinner cruise aboard Celebration Cruises to view waterfront homes and docks beautifully decorated for the Holiday Season. Cruises board Friday & Saturday evenings at 5:30 pm on the following dates: November: 28th; 29th and December: 5th; 12th; 13th; 19th; 26th; 27th. Call 573-480-3212 for reservations. Proceeds benefit Dogwood Animal Shelter of Osage Beach, MO.

St. Patrick's Festival of Lights (Nov 27 - Jan 1) 

The Festival of Lights at the Shrine of St. Patrick, Hwy 5, Laurie, is the oldest light park in the area. It was started in 1981 with hundreds of lights decorating the buildings and grounds and has continued to grow each year. With 4,000 strings of lights, over 60 automatic timers and more than 350 extension cords, the Festival of Lights has turned into one of the major places to see. St. Patrick Festival of Lights will be open daily from 6 – 10 p.m. There is no charge for this beautiful light display.

Versailles Olde Fashioned Christmas on the Square (Nov 29) 

From 5-8 PM, booth vendors will be situated outside around the historic Courthouse Square, Versailles Choir to sing on Courthouse steps, Santa arrives on the Versailles Rural Fire Department Fire Engine. Sit on Santa's lap at the Royal Theater. View and bid on the Silent Auction items in the Annex of the Royal Theater. More questions, please call the Chamber office at 573-378-4401.

'The Nutcracker' Ballet (Nov 29 - 30) 

Two days only, Saturday, November 29th at 6pm and Sunday November 30th at 2pm, Steps will be hosting their 15th season of ‘The Nutcracker’ at School of the Osage, Cummings Auditorium located in Osage Beach, Missouri. Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ ballet will be performed by the many talented ballet dancers of Steps Dance Studio and also includes talented dancers from Xanadu Dance Studio in Camdenton who have joined in the Steps production this year.  Reserved tickets are $12-$15 snd general admission is $10.

Annual Lighted Christmas Parade (Nov 29) 

The Lake West Chamber will present the 13th annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 29 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Central Bank in Laurie location and travel north on Hwy 5 to the Laurie Mall. Santa will be on a float and will disembark and go inside the mall to visit with all the kids.

Greater Lake Area Chorale Christmas (Nov 30 - Dec 15)

The Greater Lake Area Chorale present it's 2014 Fall Concert Series "The World for Christmas" directed by Michael Lindeman. Concert is free to public; donations are welcomed.  Dates and locations are as follows: Nov 30 from 3-5 PM at West Lake Christian Church, Dec 7 from 3-5 PM at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lake Ozark, Dec 8 from 7-9 PM at the First Baptist Church in Eldon, Dec 14 from 3-5 PM at the New Life Nazarene in Camdenton and Dec 15 from 7-9 PM at the Versailles United Methodist Church.

Lake Area Community Orchestra Performance (Nov 30 - Dec 2)

About 45 participants ranging in age from high school to the 70's make up this orchestra and come from many communities surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks area.  Included in the program are a variety of Christmas and other selections, including Christmas Fancies, Joy to the World, Adventum, Still, Still, Still (with Melody Hannah of Eldon as vocalist), A Trumpeter's Lullaby, and a 75th anniversary tribute of The Wizard of Oz.  Performances will be Nov 30 at 7 PM at Community Christian Church in Camdenton and Dec 2 at 7:30 PM at the First Baptist Church in Eldon.

Christmas on the Square (Dec 6) 

Enjoy a fun filled day with the family on the square in Camdenton. Santa will be present, along with food, games, vendor booths and much more. For more information go to

Eldon Business Windows & Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec 13) 

Come join us from 6-8 PM for a hayride or walk to view the "Windows Coming Alive" at the downtown businesses. Listen to the Carolers, refreshments & snacks, a toy drive and a drop off for letters to Santa at the Eldon Community Center. Bring an ornament for the Community Tree and end the night with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Pocket Park on Maple St. This is event is sponsored by the City of Eldon.

Old Tyme Christmas in Linn Creek (Dec 13) 

The Young Museum Players will present “I Hate Christmas” by Marty Dubatschek. The play will begin at 2 pm followed by light refreshments. Admission is $5 per family. For more information call 573-346-7191.

Lake Ozark Christmas Parade (Dec 13) 

Celebrate the season with at the Annual Christmas parade along the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip from 1-3 PM. The 30th Annual Lake Ozark "Christmas Magic" Parade will line up at 242 starting at t he HH & Bagnell Dam Blvd. intersection, and will turn right to proceed down Bagnell Dam Boulevard to the Dam. Again this year, Santa will be available immediately after the Parade at the White House on Bagnell Dam Blvd. for pictures with the children. Christmas Stockings, will be handed out to all the children who stop to see him, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served to all waiting in line to see Santa!

Don't forget about our Holiday Specials!  Stay in one of our homes or condos at the Lake of the Ozarks between now and January 1, 2015 to get 4 nights for the price of 2!  Plus you can add a turkey or ham dinner for 10-12 people with all the fixin's for just $75.  Contact us at 877-284-0267 to setup your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental reservations 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  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New 5 Bedroom Home Perfect for Your Family or Reunion!

New to the program in late 2014, is this 5 bedroom 4 bath ranch style home located off Highway KK in Osage Beach! Walk right into the great room featuring an immediate fantastic view from this waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Gray Haven - 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath Waterfront Home

The main floor includes a Living Room with flat screen TV, DVD player, fireplace and massive Dining Room with seating for 12. The kitchen features an island that seats 4, flat top range, microwave, dishwasher and side by side refrigerator with water and ice and a large pantry.

Also located on the upper, main level you will find 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The master bedroom features a King size bed, private bathroom and deck access.  Bedroom 2 features a Full size bed, while Bedroom 3 features a Queen.

Downstairs includes a game room with flat screen TV, game table, bumper pool, foosball, guest bathroom and wet bar. Bedroom 4 features a Queen bed with deck access and Bedroom 5 features 2 Twin over Full bunk beds and a Twin over Twin bunk bed.  You will also find on the lower level, another guest bathroom and the laundry/utility room complete with deck access and an extra refrigerator.

The best thing about this house is the over sized decks!  Both the upper and lower decks allow plenty of room to spread out that family!  This home includes a 2 well dock with 10 x 28 slips, a 10,000 lb. boat hoist (in one of the slips, no hoist in the other), swim platform and small yard out back.

Since this home sleeps up to 18 people, you could bring the whole clan!  Give it a try for your next vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks!  Your Lake Vacation is a professional vacation rental company at the Lake since 1986.  If you would like more information about renting one of our vacation rentals or about putting your home on our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental program, please contact us at 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  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Advertising on the Web

Oh how things have changed in just the last ten years.  When I first started out as the marketing director for Al Elam Property Management, we were running classified ads in the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post travel sections.  We had a website and we advertised on two vacation rental websites. Today is a completely different story.

Our industry was one of the first to utilize the power of the internet.  Instead of potential guests calling and asking for a brochure to be mailed to them, they can now go online and see pictures of all our rental homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks instantly! Can you imagine waiting a "week" to get a brochure with just a few pictures, no videos and no virtual tours? This revolutionized the way people shop for vacation rentals and by virtue changed the way our industry advertises.

We haven't advertised in the Star or Post since 2007 or any trade magazines for that matter.  Yet our business is still thriving!  In fact, we have had our two best years in the history of our company in 2013 and 2014. How you might ask?  By utilizing the power of the internet.

In 2008, if you searched for "vacation rental homes Lake of the Ozarks," our website was coming up around page nine or ten.  Today, I performed the same search and our website came up on the first page in the number 10 slot.  I would like take the credit for that, but my thanks must go to the great staff at MSW Interactive Designs.  When they say that they "Put the Web to Work for You" they really mean it!  We even ranked higher than the Lake Ozark CVB website and most of our competitors!

Looking at the other top 10 results for that search you will find seven vacation rental advertising sites (we advertise on all seven of them), as well as two of our friendly competitors.  My goal has always been to advertise on most of the top 10 websites according to search results, so 8 out of 10 isn't bad. (If only I could talk my competitors into giving me space on their sites, I could make that 10 out of 10).

So if you want to increase your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals, look at which websites are ranking the highest and then place your ad.  You budget is going to dictate which and how many sites you can afford to advertise on.  As a large company, we typically spend $20K to $30K annually on internet based advertising, but even a small budget of $300 to $1K can net you a good number of rentals if you just have one or a few properties.

Russell Burdette is the owner of Your Lake Vacation, a professional vacation rental management company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986.  If you would like more information on renting your home or condo as a vacation rental, please call 573-365-3367 or email      

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  

Monday, November 3, 2014

Take Advantage of Our Holiday Specials!

Let Your Lake Vacation be a part of your holiday plans this year!  Spend some time with the family and save on your condo or vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks.  When you stay with us between November 1, 2014 and January 2, 2015, you pay for 2 nights and get 2 more nights FREE!  You can also enjoy a delicious feast at a great price!

Thanksgiving Weekend Special 

If you're thinking of spending Thanksgiving with your family, away from home, what better place than the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!  There is plenty to do here at the Lake including Black Friday Shopping at the 110 store Outlet Mall, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick's Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart and many local stores as well.  Relax at one of our three state parks, enjoy one of our local wineries or take a scenic drive around the Lake and visit some of our unique towns and locally flavored shoppes. 

Add a turkey or ham dinner for 10-12 people with all the fixin's for just $75.00 from our partners at Paul's Supermarkets in Osage Beach and Lake Ozark. 

Merry Christmas from the Lake

The Christmas Season is a great time to get away and enjoy the Lake of the Ozarks.  Celebrate the season in a waterfront home or condo, enjoy a restaurant so mom doesn't have to cook or do the dishes, take in a movie at our new cinema, check out the Christmas show at Main Street Opry or you can shop until you drop at the outlet mall and local shops!

Add a turkey or ham dinner for 10-12 people with all the fixin's for just $75.00 from our partners at Paul's Supermarkets in Osage Beach and Lake Ozark.  

Call 877-284-0267 today and save with our special holiday packages.  Pay for two nights and get two nights free or pay for four nights and get the next three nights free in any of our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals!*  Stay for a weekend or a week and enjoy the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!

*Additional fees include housekeeping, damage protection plan, state taxes and lodging tax.  These special package rates only apply when you stay between November 1st, 2014 and January 2nd, 2015.

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