Tuesday, December 27, 2016

What People Are Saying About Your Lake Vacation

Your Lake Vacation is a locally owned, family business dedicated to providing visitors an exceptional vacation experience in one of the many private homes or condos we manage. Since 1986, we've helped thousands of guests with their Lake of the Ozarks vacation planning! Here's what those guests have to say about our vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks:

Client Testimonials 

"My husband and I vacation with Your Lake Vacation every year for our Anniversary. We stay at the Water's Edge 29-2A every time. This condo has a very beautiful view of the lake, it has been remodeled (breathe taking). And the customer services representatives that assist us with our booking is very pleasant & professional & make sure that your needs is met. When we visit every year we go on a horse back ride, we ride the go carts, we fish, we rent jet ski's & my favorite is shopping at the outlet mall. Osage Beach is a true gem to vacation at. Thank you "Your Lake Vacation" for all that you do to make sure that our stay is pleasant during of wedding anniversary visit." - Melody Hunt

"We have been using Your Lake Vacation for a number of years. We have always found their customer service to be A-1. They will bend over backwards to accommodate your needs. The Falls Unit 152-1B has a gorgeous view of the main channel and is beautifully maintained. The sunrises are breathtaking. We wouldn't really want to go anywhere else." - Ann Knichel 

Our family has been using them for six years. Every house we have rented has been just as advertised, never had a problem. We cannot wait for our 2017 trip, we all have such a wonderful time! Even our grandchildren cannot wait for our next trip! - Cindy Wellborn 

"Our family has come to the Lake of the Ozarks every year for about 25 or 30 years, most of that time we have stayed at Lazy Days Condominium. It's a wonderful place to stay, clean, friendly, and comfortable for families. Definitely recommend it and staff at Your Lake Vacation are great to work with." - Joan Tenhouse 

"We have been renting lake properties through Your Lake Vacation since 2008. We have been pleased with our different rental houses and the service of Your Lake Vacation. They always answer the phone when you have a question and make sure you get the assistance you need. Our rentals have always been as pictured and described on their website and we have never been disappointed in the property or the service!" - Eileen Edlin

"We were in a terrible bind when the house we rented for our family vacation was not suitable. We had several families on their way to the Lake with no where to stay. Not only did Your Lake Vacation find us a place but it was fabulous. We will continue doing business with them!" - Susie Hutchinson Moore

"This company is completely amazing. They are so accomdating and are there to help u every step of the way. We wouldn't use anyone else and their properties are gorgeous!! I would highly recommend using them for your vacation needs!!! The staff is also outstanding!!!" - Charlotte Knichel

"Our family is fourth generation now coming to the lake, first came with my parents in 1959. Been staying at Lazy Days for the past several years, great location on the lake for boating, skiing, and swimming off the boat. Grand kids love it. Lazy Days is great place for families with playgrounds for little kids." - Russell Middleton

At Your Lake Vacation, our hope is that we will be able to serve you and your family as well as we would our own family. If you're thinking about your 2017 vacation plans, give us a call at 877-284-0267. We would love the opportunity to assist in your planning of your best vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks yet!

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, December 23, 2016

The History Behind Three Popular Christmas Traditions

How does your family celebrate Christmas? Do you decorate a Christmas tree and hang lights from the house? Do you sing Christmas carols and cook a festive feast for the family? With Christmas just a couple days away, Your Lake Vacation thought it would be fun to share the history behind some of the United States' most popular Christmas traditions!

1. Decorating Christmas Trees.

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all winter had a special meaning for people. In ancient times, people hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows to keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. The Christmas tree as we know it is actually credited to 16th century Germany, when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. The first record of a Christmas tree on display in the United States was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania. However, they were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans, as late as the 1840s. By the 1890s, Christmas ornaments were being imported from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the United States. With the creation of Christmas lights, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.

2. Sending Out Christmas Cards.

The tradition of sending out Christmas cards was started in the United Kingdom by Sir Henry Cole. He was a civil servant who had helped setup the new Public Record Office (what we now call the Post Office). He wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people. His friend John Horsley, an artist, designed and sold the first Christmas card. Less than 1,000 of his cards were printed and sold. In 1840, Sir Henry Cole helped establish the first Penny Post, which allowed the public to send mail. In the 1860s, after printing processes had improved, Christmas cards became much more popular and were produced in large numbers. By the early 1900s, the custom had spread over Europe and had become especially popular in Germany. While Christmas cards appeared in the United States in the late 1840s, they too expensive for most people to afford. In 1915, John C. Hall and two of his brothers created Hallmark Cards, one of the biggest card makers still today!

3. Believing in Santa Claus. 

The original St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, was a bishop in 4th century Turkey. He was a very rich and kind man, helping the poor and giving secret gifts to those in need. In Northern Europe during the 16th century, the stories and traditions of St. Nicholas became unpopular. However, someone needed to deliver presents to the children. Therefore, in the UK, he became known as Father Christmas or Old Man Christmas. In some countries the present giver became known as "Christkind," a golden-haired baby with wings, symbolizing the new born baby Jesus. In the early United States, "Christkind" became Kris Kringle. Eventually, Dutch settlers brought the stories of St. Nichols and combined, St. Nick and Kris Kringle became "Sinterklaas," now known as Santa Claus. Over the years, the United Kingdowm's Father Christmas and the American Santa Claus became more and more alike, and are now one and the same.

Merry Christmas from the best vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks! As we gear up for a great 2017, it's time to start thinking about your vacation plans for next year. Many of our larger properties are so popular that they book up for the the entire season in just the first few months of the new year! Make sure you get the property you want, for the dates you want by giving us a call at 877-284-0267 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  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Beautiful 2 Bedroom Condo at Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay 92-2B

While this 2 bedroom condo at the Lake of the Ozarks is a 3rd tier unit, it offers an incredible main channel view from the large screened in deck. 

Sleeping for 6 

Features of the condo include a master suite with a King bed, flat screen TV and DVD player, private bath and deck access. 

The second bedroom offers a Queen bed, flat screen smart TV and adjacent full bath. There is also a Queen air mattress allowing room for a total of 6 guests to sleep.     

Condo Features 

Also included with this beautiful condo is a full kitchen, breakfast bar, dining area and the screened deck overlooking the lake with a gas grill. In the kitchen, enjoy the Keurig and coffee maker, along with all the other things you would need for your vacation! The living room features a flat screen TV and Blu-Ray DVD player. While there is a great view of the water, there is no boat slip available with this unit. 

Emerald Bay Condominiums

Emerald Bay condominiums are located on Horseshoe Bend in the Lake Ozark area and by water at the 14 mile marker. They are conveniently located close to golf  (The Ridge, Cove and Osage National), and close by restaurants include the Blue Heron, Lil' Rizzo's & JJ Twiggs. The Lake Ozark strip is just minutes away featuring arcades, shopping and food. Osage Beach attractions and shopping including the 110 store outlet mall are just a short drive away. The complex offers a lake side pool and one pool on the third tier very close to this condo. 

Condo Rentals at Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you're looking to be in the Horseshoe Bend area, Osage Beach or out on the Northshore, Your Lake Vacation has a condo to fit your needs. We have everything from one bedroom condos up to 6 bedroom houses. Our Lake of the Ozarks condo rentals are the best accommodations you'll find at the Lake! Give us a call at 877-284-0267 to book your reservations and start planning your Lake of the Ozarks vacation 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  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

The holiday season is a beautiful time of year at the Lake of the Ozarks! Every weekend throughout December offers a variety of family-fun Christmas events. Not only is the Lake the perfect place to spend the holidays, but it's central location makes it the perfect meeting place for friends and family. In today's blog, Your Lake Vacation features many of the great Christmas events you can enjoy when you choose to spend the holidays at the Lake of the Ozarks this year!

Christmas Lights

There are a variety of Christmas light displays around the Lake of the Ozarks area for you to enjoy.
  • Enchanted Village of Lights - Laurie Fairgrounds 
    • Open Nightly from 5pm - 9pm through January 1
  • St. Patrick's Festival of Lights - Shrine of St. Patrick in Laurie 
    • Open from 6pm to 10pm through January 1 
  • Deck the Docks Holiday Light Cruises - Celebration Cruises
    • Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm - 8pm through Christmas
  • Versailles Unity Circle of Lights - Versailles City Park
    • Open from Dark until Midnight through January 1 
  • Osage Beach Holiday Lights - Osage Beach City Park
    • Every Wednesday - Sunday Evenings through December 31

Christmas Village and Ice Skating at Old Kinderhook - Every Weekend Through Christmas 

The Lake of the Ozarks only Christmas Village is at Old Kinderhook. We will have lots of fun activities, plus you can enjoy the Lake's only outdoor Ice Rink. Christmas activities include S'Mores around the fire pit, Christmas Carolers, Santa, Gingerbread House making, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Elf Storytelling and more. Some items listed have a fee so call for more information, 573-317-4314.  

Christmas on Main Street - Runs Through December 18

The Main Street Music Hall is celebrating the spirit of the holidays with a Christmas on Main Street. Enjoy your favorite songs with a night of laughter, as Gabby Gumm and our talented cast gives you that warm fuzzy feeling you use to get when you were just a kid. For show times and tickets call 573-348-9500, or access the online ticketing system at http://www.lakemusichall.com/tickets.asp.

Frosty Float - Sundays, December 4, 11 & 18

The Celebration Cruise boat will be selling tickets for $20 to go on a magical journey cruising the Lake of the Ozarks from 4 -6pm. The cruise will be a journey of fun children's activities and hot cocoa and cookies! Christmas carols will also fill the air while you gaze at the beautiful Christmas light displays, and of course Santa, will also be making an appearance as well! All of our little guests will receive a special gift from Santa!

Bluegrass Martins Christmas Concert - December 9-10

The Martin's will perform their first-ever Christmas themed show at the Royal Theatre in Versailles. All tickets are $15 and the show starts at 7pm each night.

Breakfast with Santa - December 10 

Bring the kids to have breakfast with Santa at HK's located at the Lodge of Four Seasons at 9am. 

Children's Christmas Play - December 10 

Young Performers present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson at the Camden County Museum, performed by the Young Museum Players, followed by cookies and punch. Admission $5 per family and the show starts at 3:30pm.

Eldon Community Christmas - December 10 

Christmas Parade starts at 3pm. Join us afterwards at Whittle's Pocket Park for a visit with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies until 6pm. Enjoy several church choirs and local performers, sing some Christmas Koraoke and watch the lighting of the big tree after dark.

Polar Express Movie Screening - December 10 

This popular Tom Hanks movie will be screened on 12/10/16 at the Wehrenberg Theatre in Lake Ozark, MO. Children are invited to come in their pajamas and/or bathrobes for a visit with Santa at 9:00 a.m. and the movie will begin at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults/Children K - 12th grade are $5.00 per person.

Free Annual Christmas Workshop - December 10

Join us for a fun morning at our Annual Christmas Workshop and Breakfast from 9am to 12pm. This free event includes breakfast of biscuits & gravy, or cereal, milk and juice, a children's craft workshop, a children's free gift shop where they can choose and wrap a gift for parents or caregivers, and a display of nativities from around the world.

Lake Ozark Christmas Parade - December 10 

Celebrate the season with at the Annual Christmas parade along the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip from 3pm - 5pm. Immediately following the parade, Santa will greet kids and families for a bonfire at the top of the Bagnell Dam Strip at Two Bit Town! There will be treats for the kids, hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments, Christmas music and caroling and also the Parade Float winners will be announced!

Christmas for Kids - December 10 

Enjoy an evening of entertainment with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction at The Lodge of Four Seasons, while supporting Lake Area families in need this holiday season. Admission is $20.00/Person Donation Plus a NEW Unwrapped Toy. Cocktail party starts at 5:30pm, with dinner at 6:30pm; general admission starts at 7:30pm.

Old Tyme Christmas in Linn Creek- December 17 

Join us for a full day of fun at the Camden County Museum. It will be a celebration of the Christmas season throughout the City of Linn Creek.

Christmas Dinner at J. Bruner's - December 24-25

Savor our full menu including our famous prime rib on Christmas Eve, or enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, prime rib, or your favorite selections from our menu on Christmas Day. The restaurant opens at 5pm on Christmas Eve and at 3pm on Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended.

Christmas Day Buffet at Tan-Tar-A - December 25

Join us for our famous Christmas Buffet, featuring Carved Ham with Bourbon Glaze Carved Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sage Roasted Turkey Pacific Whitefish with Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Aioli and much more. Dinner will be served from 11am - 5pm. Reservations are required; call 573-348-8619.

Happy Holidays from your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks! If you're looking for the perfect place to stay this holiday season, we've got you covered! From Lake of the Ozarks condos to private waterfront homes, we've got accommodations for any size group. Book your reservations today by calling 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