Friday, October 28, 2016

5 Pumpkin Carving Tips

One of the most popular Halloween traditions is pumpkin carving. While some people like to cut a simple jack-o-lantern face into their pumpkin, others carve elaborate designs into theirs. With Halloween just a few days away, we thought we would offer you a few pumpkin carving tips.

1. Choose the Perfect Pumpkin. 

You want to make sure your pumpkin is fresh. If you bought it at the beginning of the month and it has been sitting on your porch for awhile, it may not be the best pumpkin for carving. You also want to choose a pumpkin with no bruises, a sturdy stem and a flat bottom so it doesn't roll around. Pumpkins of lighter color have a softer flesh, making intricate designs easier to carve.

2. Cut the Top Off at an Angle. 

The first step in carving a pumpkin is cutting the top off so you can get all the pulp out of the inside. When you cut the top off, you'll want to cut it at an angle rather than straight up and down. This way the lid won't fall into the pumpkin when you replace it. For this step, a boning knife works best.

3. Remove All the Pulp. 

There's a lot of goop inside of a pumpkin, and before you start carving, you'll want to remove it all. While some of it will easily come out with your hand, you may want to purchase a special "claw" or an ice cream scoop to get the job done. You will get messy, so if you don't like touching the pulp, you may want to purchase some rubber gloves as well. You want to thin the wall of the pumpkin as much as you can so that it's easier to carve.

4. Start Carving Your Pumpkin. 

Depending on how fancy you want to get with your design, you may want to trace the design on the pumpkin before you get started cutting. The key to safe carving is to use a sharp knife. The sharper the knife, the less force you'll need to use and the less likely the knife is to slip. For increased stability, carve out the smallest details first, then work your way up to the larger cuts. It's also a good idea to leave the cut pieces in place until you are finished cutting all the lines.

5. Use Petroleum Jelly to Keep it Fresh. 

Pumpkins contain a lot of water and when you start cutting into them, they begin to lose that moisture. That's why they shrivel up after awhile. To keep your pumpkin fresh longer, spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin still shrivels up a few days later, you can try to revive it by soaking it facedown in cold water for up to eight hours.

Happy Halloween weekend from Your Lake Vacation! We hope these tips come in handy when you are carving your pumpkins this weekend. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend! For all your upcoming getaway needs, keep our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental company in mind!

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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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Celebrate Halloween at the Lake of the Ozarks!

At the Lake of the Ozarks, we don't just have a good time in the summer, we have a good time all year round. Halloween is just a couple weeks away and Your Lake Vacation is here to convince you why you should bring the kids to the Lake for a spooktacular weekend! Below is all the information you need about local, family-fun Halloween events.

U-Pick Pumpkin Patch & Fall Attractions 

The pumpkin patch at MECCA Family Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween from 10 am to 5 pm. The attractions include a corn crib, corn cannon, big slide, face painting & photo ops, petting zoo, hay rides and a maize walk.

The Haunted Holler 

The Haunted Holler is a quarter mile haunted trail in the woods. It's open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 pm to midnight, now through Halloween. Admission is $10 per person. The trail is located one mile behind Hy-Vee in Osage Beach. Recommended for children age 6+, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Zombie Wasteland Haunted House 

This haunted house is located at 1159 N. Business 5 in Camdenton, and benefits Kids Harbor Child Advocacy Center. It's open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night now through October 29. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 per person.

Hy-Vee Hollow Tick-or-Treat Maze 

Enjoy safe trick-or-treating and family fun in the Hy-Vee parking lot on Thursday, October 27 from 4-7 pm. The price is $2 per child and all proceeds will be donated to Dream Factory, an organization making dreams come true for critically and chronically ill children, and Camp Wonderland, a fun, educational camp experience for children, teenagers and adults with disabilities.

Halloween Bash Trick-or-Treat on the Strip 

Trick-or-Treat at the businesses along the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip on Saturday, October 29 from 1 pm to 4 pm . There will also be costume contests for both kids and adults!

Kid's Halloween Spooktacular at Captain Ron's 

Bring your little ghosts & goblins to Captain Ron's on Sunday, October 30 from 5-6:30 pm to grab some loot! Several area businesses will be there handing out goodies.  

Fall at the Lake of the Ozarks

In addition to all these Halloween events, there's plenty of other fall-fun to be had at the Lake of the Ozarks. The leaves are changing and the scenery is beautiful. Take a hike up through Ha-Ha-Tonka and check out the castle ruins. Or tour one of America's most scenic caves, Bridal Cave, in Camdenton. While it may be too cool now to enjoy swimming in the Lake, there's plenty of other activities to keep the entire family busy. Get a jump start on your Christmas Shopping at the Outlet Mall or just enjoy a relaxing weekend away from the hustle and bustle of home. 

Book your Halloween weekend reservations in one of our private homes or condos at the Lake of the Ozarks today by calling 877-284-0267! With over 90 properties at the Lake, we have accommodations to fit any size groups' needs. For all your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental needs, call 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  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

6 Bedroom, Waterfront Home in Camdenton

Hook Lane - 6 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath 

You will love this incredible home located near the 31 mile marker of the Lake, just west of Camdenton. This 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks offers 4500 square foot of space, nestled in a cove just past the Niangua Bridge. The home is about a 20 minute drive from Osage Beach.

Home Features 

This beautiful home features a master suite with a private deck, large walk-in shower, king bed and wet bar located on the upper level, along with the laundry room and garage. Half a level down, you will find three guest bedrooms, each with a queen bed, a full bathroom and a half bath. Continuing to the lower level, home features include an additional master suite with a private bath located just off the living and dining area.

Kitchen, Dining and Living Areas 

The Chef's kitchen includes a Viking gas stove, stainless steel appliances and plenty of counter space to make a great meal for the entire family. The dining area and breakfast bar offer seating for 10-12 guests. Just off the kitchen and dining area is the large bunk and game room. The bunk room can sleep 6 guests in two bunk beds with twin over full beds.

Outside Features 

From the lower level you can walk out onto the large deck overlooking the water. A sand beach area with a fire pit and lounge chairs awaits you, as does the lakeside hot tub! The large dock has one slip available and you can also tie up on the side in this peaceful cove, just off the main channel. This Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental home is in a great location for swimming, fishing and boating!

Book this home for the holidays or get a jump start on your 2017 vacation planning. It's never too early to start thinking about next summer! Big homes like these tend to book up quickly after the beginning of the year, so now is the time to secure your reservations! Give Your Lake Vacation a call at 877-284-0267 for more information about planning your vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks 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, October 7, 2016

Plan Your Holiday Vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks

While some people enjoy staying home over the holidays, others enjoy a little adventure. If you're one of those people that likes to get away from home, this blog is for you. Your Lake Vacation is here to help you plan the perfect holiday getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks! From your accommodations to suggestions on restaurants and activities, we're here to help with all your holiday vacation planning needs. Keep reading to learn more about spending this holiday season in one of our fabulous rental homes at the Lake of the Ozarks:

Holiday Season at the Lake of the Ozarks

When most people think of the Lake of the Ozarks, they think of summertime out on the water. However, the Lake of the Ozarks is a great vacation destination all year round. Whether you're looking for a place to have Thanksgiving dinner or gather together for Christmas, the Lake of the Ozarks area has a lot to offer. There's no shortage of activities happening almost every weekend throughout the holiday season. From Thanksgiving dinner specials at local restaurants to holiday markets and light displays, there are fun things to do that the entire family can enjoy. To stay up-to-date on scheduled festivities, visit

Rental Homes Perfect for Entertaining 

The selection of rental properties at Your Lake Vacation is the best at the Lake! From one bedroom condos up to seven bedroom homes, we've got something to fit everyone's needs. The central location of the Lake of the Ozarks make it the perfect meeting places for families traveling across the country to come together for the holidays. Let's take a look at a few of our Lake of the Ozarks vacation homes that would be perfect for entertaining this holiday season:

Casa Del Cornejo

Offering a panoramic main channel view, this 7 bedroom lakefront retreat is setup like a duplex to help create some privacy and quiet areas when large families come together. It's set up for both fun and relaxation, making it the perfect place to spend the holidays. The home sleeps up to 24 people, offers 2 living areas, two kitchens and two dining areas. Enjoy fireplaces, plenty of seating, flatscreen TVs, a ping pong table, a game table with poker overlay and more!

Hillside Hideaway

This 5 bedroom home is the perfect place to get away from it all! The main level offers a large living area, dining area, kitchen, laundry room and access to the two car garage. The home sleeps 14 people comfortably, making it a great place for holiday entertaining. It's a great place to relax and is only about a 15-20 minute drive from the heart of Osage Beach, as well as a short drive from the historic Bagnell Dam Strip.

Lakehurst Lodge

This cozy 5 bedroom, 3 bath home sleeps up to 12 people. The livingroom features leather furniture, a fireplace, flatscreen tv and wireless internet. The kitchen offers ample counter space for preparing and cooking your holiday meals. The home is located in the heart of Osage Beach, near all the great shopping spots and fine dining locations.

To book your holiday reservations today, call Your Lake Vacation at 877-284-0267! These are just a few of the beautiful homes at the Lake of the Ozarks that you can choose to rent for your getaway. The holidays are just around the corner and now is the time to get your plans set and calendars marked!

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