Friday, June 23, 2017

Pat Pinzke Surpasses $1 Million in Sales!

On Monday June 5th, 2017, Your Lake Vacation reservationist, Pat Pinzke, joined the Million Dollar Club for surpassing $1,000,000.00 in sales for her career with the leading vacation rental company at the Lake ofthe Ozarks. Pinzke is only the second member of the exclusive club in the 31 year history of the company.

Pinzke, who is 78 years old, joined the Your Lake Vacation team in February of 2012 after a chance meeting with the owner of the company at a local restaurant. She was having lunch with her husband when Russell Burdette went over to say hello. Pat’s children and Russell had gone to high school together and Russell’s mom had previously worked with Pat at Water’s Edge Condominiums. Russell asked Pat what she was doing and she told him that she had just lost her job at the Chamber of Commerce where she had been working part time. Knowing that she had previous experience in the vacation rental industry, and with her experience of working at the Chamber, Russell invited her for an interview and the rest, as they say, is history.

Interestingly, Pat is primarily a part-time employee and was able to produce a million dollars in sales over the course of about five and a half years. Her accomplishment speaks to her dedication and longevity. Her motto is, “I have to book at least one reservation each day or I don’t feel like I am earning my pay.” The only other employee to achieve the same level of sales was Jennifer Powers (Garske) who worked full time for four years with Your Lake Vacation.

Pat was totally shocked and surprised as she was awarded her plaque at lunch, where she thought everyone was gathered to celebrate another employee’s birthday. The birthday celebration was halted and a cake was brought out. Pat was presented with her plaque and a $100.00 gift card for her achievement. Through tears she said that this was one of the best things that had ever happened to her.

Unfortunately, her husband Roy didn’t get to share in her achievement, as he had passed away in February. But we know that he would have been proud of her achievement. He was part of the company family and quite the character at the annual company Christmas party, where he could beat anyone at arm wrestling, even at over 80 years of age. And as a Chicago native, he was able to see his beloved Cubbies win their first world series in 108 years!

After the celebration, Pat said that she would start working on 2 million dollars in sales! Stop in at our vacation rental company in Osage Beach across from the outlet mall and congratulate Pat on her achievement!

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, June 12, 2017

Join Us for 4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks

The 4th of July holiday is just 3 weeks away, and there's no better place to celebrate than the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks! From festivals and fireworks, to live music and more, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Today's blog from your favorite vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks features what to do and where to stay this upcoming 4th of July weekend!

What to Do


Fireworks: June 30 - July 4 
Fireworks are a 4th of July tradition that the entire family can enjoy! Here's a comprehensive list of where you can watch amazing firework displays at the Lake of the Ozarks:
  • June 30, 5 pm (Fireworks @ Dusk): Fireworks Fun Fest @ Old Kinderhook 
  • July 1, 9:30 pm: Fireworks at the 5 MM of the Main Channel  
  • July 1, 9:30 pm: Runaway II Resort & Campground or the 45 MM
  • July 1 & 4, 9:45 pm: Bear Bottom Resort or the 38 MM of the Osage Arm  
  • July 2, All Day (Fireworks @ 9 pm) : Freedom Celebration at Windermere
  • July 2, 8 pm: Celebration Cruises Bagnell Dam  
  • July 3, Dusk: Captain Ron's Bar & Grill or the 34.5 MM
  • July 3, 9:15 pm: Point Randall Resort or the 2 MM
  • July 4, 10 am (Fireworks @ Dusk): Eldon 4th of July Celebration
  • July 4, Dusk: Lake Valley Country Club  
  • July 4, Dusk: The Lodge of Four Seasons or the 13 MM
  • July 4, 7 pm: Celebration Cruises Grand Glaize  
  • July 4, 8:30 pm: Tan-Tar-A Resort or the 26 MM
  • July 4, 7:30 pm: Tropic Island Cruises 
  • July 4, 8:30 pm: Playin' Hooky Fireworks Cruise - departing from Millstone Marina

Live Music: June 30 - July 3 
There's no shortage of live music at the Lake of the Ozarks during the summer months. You'll be able to find someone playing at almost every waterfront bar on the weekends, but here's some great acts you won't want to miss: 
  • June 30 - July 2, 9 pm: Contagious and SoulRoot @ The Horny Toad Entertainment Complex 
  • July 1-2, 9 pm: The Black Diamond Experience @ Boathouse Lakeside Bar & Grill 
  • July 2, 8 pm: The M80s @ Captain Ron's Bar & Grill 
  • July 2, 5 pm: Party in the Stick 2017 Featuring Cold Ford @ Ozarks Amphitheater 
  • July 3, 9 pm: SoulRoot @ The Horny Toad Entertainment Complex

Where to Stay 

Your Lake Vacation has the BEST selection of Lake of the Ozarks condos and homes for you to stay in during your holiday weekend getaway! Take a look at a few of the properties we still have available for the 4th of July weekend:

Break Water Bay 805 - 2 Bedroom Waterfront Condo 
Located on Route KK in Osage Beach and the 22 MM by water, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath waterfront condo sleeps up to 6 guests. Enjoy a great lake view, screened in deck with grill and more!

Lazy Days Resort
Located in Osage Beach and at the 3 MM of the Grand Glaize Arm, Lazy Days Resort features 2 outdoor pools, a playground, on-site boat launch, trailer parking, 2 pavilions and a public brick BBQ pit. We only have a couple 2 and 3 bedroom condos left here for the holiday weekend, so call 877-303-1968 to book now!

Runabout Drive - 3 Bedroom Waterfront Home
Located in Osage Beach at the 28 MM, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath waterfront home sleeps up to 8 guests. Enjoy the comforts of home with plenty of seating, a fully-loaded kitchen and screened deck. This home also includes a boat slip and swim platform!  

Osage Vistas - 3 Bedroom Condo
Located in Four Seasons off Carol Road, this 3 bedroom condo sleeps up to 8 guests. While this condo is not on the water, the condo complex offers 6 outdoor pools! The home boasts plenty of space to spread out and is in a great location to easily get to Bagnell Dam and other area attractions.

The Knolls Resort 
Located off Route KK in Osage Beach and at the 28 MM by water, the Knolls Resort features an indoor and outdoor pool (with hot tub and sauna), a clubhouse, a game room, tennis courts (one indoors), a basketball court and a playground. We do still have several 2 and 3 bedroom condos available for the holiday weekend! Call 800-648-0339 to make your reservations today!

Falls Townhome 64 - 4 Bedroom Waterfront Home
Located on Horseshoe Bend and at the 2 MM by water, this 4 bedroom townhome sleeps up to 10 guests. The home offers plenty of room to spread out, with a big deck overlooking your private dock in a large cove. The location offers great access to anything and everything you want to do at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Newport 107 - 4 Bedroom Waterfront Condo
Located in the heart of Lake Ozark and at the 1 MM by water, this 4 bedroom condo sleeps up to 10 guests. Enjoy 2 master suites and 2 living areas! Entertain in the full kitchen, downstairs at the wetbar or on the screened deck. The unit comes with a 14 x 36 covered boat slip.We also have other condos in this complex, making it a great option for larger groups. Call for more details!

If you haven't already found a place to stay, now's the time to book your reservations. Give Your Lake Vacation a call at 877-284-0267 to lock down your Lake of the Ozarks accommodations for 4th of July Weekend today! We can't wait to host you for one of the biggest weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks all season! 

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, June 6, 2017

The Damage Dilemma

When you choose to rent your property as a vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, you run the risk of property damage. From understandable accidents to wild parties, we've seen our fair share of property damage caused by renters. In the past, a damage deposit was collected on every rental, but luckily Your Lake Vacation has a better solution!

Trustworthiness of Guests


When it comes to short-term rentals, some type of property damage is inevitable. Many guests claim property damage as an accident or even deny that it happened on their watch. In addition, some guests have been known to glue things back together, hide broken items in closets, etc. Others would claim that the item was broken before they got there. (That's one of the reasons that we ask you report anything you see upon your arrival. We also do an inspection before your arrival.) In the early days of the company, we would collect a $300 damage deposit from our guests. In the event something was broken, we would pay for it out of that deposit. The issue however, is that it's not always easy to determine who actually broke or damaged the property in question. If the guest tried to hide damage, it may not be discovered until several other guests have stayed in the property. While some guests would admit to the damage when asked, others would seem flabbergasted that we would even think such a thing. In both cases, neither guest felt that they were responsible for the damages.

Damage Deposit Costs


One of the first questions asked by most owners when inquiring about our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental program is, "How does damage work and who pays for it?" In the past, the answer revolved around that damage deposit. Unfortunately, no one was really benefiting from that strategy, not the guest, not the owner and not us. Not only does a damage deposit system cost the guest more, as they have to have the funds available prior to their arrival, but it was costing our property management company a ton of money each year in credit card processing fees. We had been spending nearly $5,000 per year just on processing fees for those deposit transactions. In addition, we were losing otherwise good customers when we kept their deposit or even a portion of their deposit. So how do we fix the problem, keeping both us and the customers happy?

Damage Waiver Program


Our travel insurance company told us about a damage waiver program they offer. The way it works is that each guest purchases a damage waiver for a small fee and that plan covers them up to $3,000 in accidental damages during their stay. Not only were we saving costs, but our guests were happy they weren't shelling out cash for the lamp their kid broke or the kitchen chair that's missing a leg. Accidents are bound to happen and this damage waiver program allowed for those mishaps to not affect us, the owners or the guests as much. Once we implemented the plan, more guests would report accidents and we stopped finding as many hidden items. The damage waiver plan saves us in credit card fees, while also allowing us to cover those "accidents" that tend to happen to even the best of renters. Our guests are happy, our owners are happy and so are we!

When you choose to rent your Lake of the Ozarks home or condo as a vacation rental on our program, you can rest assured that it's in good hands. In the event that property damage does occur, we have a program in place to get your property back to normal in no-time, at no cost to you as the owner. For more information on our property management company at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-365-3367.

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, June 2, 2017

Family Fun Events at the Lake of the Ozarks Throughout June

Summer is here at the Lake of the Ozarks, and that means tons of family fun events! From boat races to golf tournaments, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Today's blog from your premier Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental company offers information on some of the best events happening throughout the month of June!

Lake Race 2017 - June 3 

Watch Power boats from all across the nation compete for their share of the money! Viewing is available at Beaver's at the Dam and surrounding locations on the Bagnell Dam Strip. Opening ceremony begins at 10:30 am, and the races will commence promptly at 11 am. Races will conclude around 5 pm, and the awards ceremony will take place at Beaver's at the Dam around 6:45 pm. Stick around for the after party on the strip!

39th Annual HK's Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament - June 2-4 

The tournament will take place June 2-4 at The Lodge of Four Seasons. The 3-day event, the premier tournament at the Lake of the Ozarks, kicks off Friday, June 2 with a VIP Party for major sponsors. A highlight of the weekend is the Pairing Party and Silent/Live Auction, taking place 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in the Lodge’s Campana Hall. There will be an auction of memorabilia, golf packages, fine jewelry, trips and more. The tournament, a four-person scramble, is Sunday, June 4, at The Cove Golf Course. More than $100,000 in prizes will be available for participants.

24th Annual Testicle Festival - June 3 

The Testicle Festival is a huge day long cook-off of deep fried turkey testicles, booths, dancing and carnivals. Located in the heart of Olean Missouri, this festival draws thousands of locals and visitors. The festival will take place from 10 am to 7 pm in downtown Olean, MO.

Hot Summer Nights - June 9 

Hot Summer Nights on the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark will take place Saturday, June 9 from 6-11 pm (rain or shine). Free admission and participation. All makes and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles will line the Strip and cruise around. 

LOWA June Paddlers Meet-Up - June 10

Join the party Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Ha Ha Tonka State Park from 8:30 am to noon. The LOWA Paddlers will be there to encourage and assist anyone interested in learning the tranquility of kayaking at the Lake of the Ozarks. Experienced paddlers will enjoy the opportunity to paddle with and exchange information with other Lake of the Ozarks area kayak paddlers. SUP's are welcome as well!

Lake West Chamber Golf Tournament - June 11

The 25th Annual 4 Person Scramble Lake West Chamber Golf Tournament will have a shotgun start at 1 pm. Call the Lake West Chamber at 573-374-5500 for more details.

Dam Jam 2017 - June 15-17

Dam Jam is an event featuring 3 nights and 2 days of great live music combined with vendors and camping at the base of the Bagnell Dam. The facility offers a stage, shaded camping, shower house, and a great view of Bagnell Dam with the Osage River rolling by. There will be a vendor village set up in the campground featuring food and cool merchandise. Tickets are $60 for the weekend.

Osage River Pow Wow - June 16-18 

The mission of this event is to give a place for Native American children & adults to practice our culture through dance, singing, drumming, crafts and food. The Pow Wow will be right next to the Osage River in Tuscumbia Riverside Park.  Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. The public is welcome, and bring lawn chairs. The Pow Wow will take place Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Canine Cannonball - June 16-18 

How far can your dog jump? The annual Dock Dogs jumping contest will be held at Dog Days again this year. Canine athletes compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve at this family friendly event. For information on entering your dog, contact Dog Days at 573-348-9797. This event is free admission to the public.

Welcome to Summer, A Free Community Event - June 17

A fun family event featuring live music, kids activities, and spectacular fireworks will take place at the Osage Beach City Park from 5-10 pm. The free concert will feature The Cherry Pistols and a Fireworks Show by Pyrotecnico! The band takes the stage at 7:30 pm and fireworks will start at 9:15 pm.

10th Annual Support Our Troops Poker Run - June 23

See all the big boats gather at Lake of the Ozarks for this fun filled poker run! All proceeds go to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. Participating locations include Camden on the Lake, Dog Days, Bear Bottom, Paradise, Captain Ron's, Redhead Lakeside Grill, Franky & Louie's, Nauti Fish, Larry's on the Lake, Shorty Pants, Fish and Co, and Backwater Jack's.

What are your favorite annual Lake of the Ozarks events to attend? Now's the time to book your desired dates - give Your Lake Vacation a call at 877-284-0267. From waterfront private homes to condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have accommodations to fit any group's needs. Come join us at the #1 recreational lake in the country!

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 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!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

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
Fax - 573-365-5076  

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:

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

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.

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

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

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

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  



Friday, April 7, 2017

Comfy 3 Bedroom Waterfront Home at Lake of the Ozarks

Runabout Drive


Enjoy the comforts of home in this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Enter on the main level, where you will find the 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom features a king bed, flat screen TV with Roku and Blu-Ray DVD player, small desk, lake view and private half bath. 

The second bedroom features a queen bed, small desk and lake view, while bedroom 3 features 2 twin beds with a full guest bath down the hall. There is also a queen air mattress available if you need some extra sleeping space. 

Walk down the stairs and enjoy the dining room with glass table and 6 chairs, 4 bar stools at the breakfast bar and an additional 4 top table in the kitchen. The kitchen is loaded with everything you would need for your vacation including a coffee grinder, coffee pot, blender and waffle maker.  

The living room features a great lake view, sectional with ottoman and flat screen TV with Xbox 360.  Also downstairs, you will find a full bath with standing shower and laundry closet with full size washer and dryer. Outside enjoy the screened in deck with comfortable cushioned conversation chairs, a gas grill and open air deck.  

This home includes a dock with slip and swim platform with ladder, so bring the boat! Miller's Landing is just across the cove and has a restaurant, bar and gas docks. This home also sits perfectly to see Tan-Tar-A and the Lodge of the Four Seasons fireworks during the holidays!

Book your reservations for this Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental today by calling 877-284-0267. Your Lake Vacation has been helping guests with their vacation planning since 1986. Whether you're bringing a large group or a small one, we have the best accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks you will find! Summer is just around the corner, so start making your plans to visit the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks now! 

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, March 30, 2017

Spring Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

While the Lake of the Ozarks is a popular summer destination, the other seasons have a lot to offer as well. Spring is upon us and there are a variety of events and activities happening at the Lake of the Ozarks over the next month. Whether you're looking for Easter events to take the kids to, or golf and fishing tournaments to keep yourself busy, the Lake is the place to be! Today's blog focuses on upcoming events so you can book your spring trip to the Lake of the Ozarks now!

Linn Creek Easter Egg Hunt - April 8 

Everyone is welcome to this Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages. Start time is 12:00 pm at Linn Creek City Park.

Cocktails and Caddies Ladies Golf Tournament - April 14

This golf tournament is unlike any other at the Lake. Teams of 3 women bid on their fourth player/caddie (a male) and their prize package before hitting the green. The 4-person scramble is a great afternoon of fun and networking! The tournament starts at 11:00 am at The Ridge at The Lodge of Four Seasons.

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament - April 15

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters tournament trail comes to Captain Ron's at the Lake of the Ozarks on April 15. This one day tournament will be a national qualifier for 2016 National Championship. It will also be the first leg of the Missouri State Championship. Registration is at 5:00 pm on April 14. There will also be a Kid's Fishing Rodeo at the event. For more info, visit their website here.

3rd Annual Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt - April 15 

A fun-filled, family event including egg hunts for 4 different age groups, local 4-H animal displays, face painters and bounce houses. The event will take place at Osage Beach City Park from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Easter Bunny at Stonecrest Mall - April 15

Bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny at Stonecrest Mall! The Easter Bunny will be at Stonecrest Book & Toy from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Old Kinderhook's Easter Weekend - April 15-16 

Get ready for "EGGnourmous Family Fun" at Old Kinderhook from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. Saturday will feature golf specials with prizes, a kid's putting contest, Easter bunny visit & pictures, Easter egg coloring, egg hunt, Easter olympics and bunny bonfire. Sunday will feature a sunrise service, Easter bunny visit & pictures, Easter brunch, golf specials with prizes. Reservations are required for Easter brunch. Join us for one day or stay the night at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook! Call 573-317-4314 for reservations or more information.

Easter Brunch at Lake Valley - April 16 

Head over to Lake Valley for an Easter brunch featuring traditional breakfast items, an omelet station, salads, potatoes, vegetables, 3 entrees and assorted desserts. Call 573-346-7213 for reservations. Brunch will be served from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Easter Brunch at Osage National - April 16 

Enjoy Easter brunch at Osage National with all the expected favorites. Brunch will be served starting at 11:00 am.

Easter Egg Hunt in the Park - April 16 

On Easter Sunday, the Laurie Easter Egg Hunt attracts children from tots to teens to find 14,000 eggs "hidden" throughout the Laurie Fairgrounds. The Easter Bunny always makes an appearance to the delight of everyone. The event will go from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at Captain Ron's 16

Enjoy Easter brunch at Captain Ron's from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Easter egg hunt will begin at Noon.

Easter Brunch at Tan-Tar-A - April 16

Swing by Tan-Tar-A for a fabulous Easter Brunch in the Grand Ballroom. Brunch will be served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Reservations are required, so call 573-348-8619.

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at The Lodge of Four Seasons - April 16 

Celebrate Easter at HK's Restaurant at The Lodge of Four Seasons. Brunch will be served between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. A visit from the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1:00 pm. To make reservations or for more information, please call 573-365-8509.

Easter Brunch at H. Toad's- April 16 

Head over to H. Toad's on Easter Sunday for their delectable and ever-popular Easter Brunch Buffet from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring the entire family!

Easter Brunch at the Inn at Grand Glaize - April 16 

Bring your family and friends over to J D Waddles, located at the Inn at Grand Glaize, for a special brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Lake of the Ozarks Bike Night - April 20 

Multiple establishments along the Bagnell Dam Strip host biker related activities on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting at 5:30 pm, from April to September. There will be live music, prizes and giveaways, and more!

67th Annual Dogwood Festival - April 20-22

The Annual Dogwood Festival features fun for the entire family, including crafts, a pageant, food, entertainment, a parade, fish fry, entertainment and much more at the Camedenton Middle School! The parade will take place in downtown Camdenton on Saturday at 10:00 am.

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LOMDA Spring In-Water Boat Show - April 21-23

Come see a variety of boats including new cruisers, performance, runabouts and personal watercraft at Dog Days Bar & Grill. The boat show will take place Friday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Spring Big Bass Bash - April 22-23 

The Big Bass Bash is a tournament designed for amateurs only. The prize money for the Spring Big Bass Bash will total over $210,000 in payouts with $70,000 to the winner. The tournament will run from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm each day. Anglers can catch from anywhere on Lake of the Ozarks, with weigh-in stations at Public Beach 2, Red Oak Resort, Alhonna Resort and Point Randall Resort. For more information, visit their website here.

33rd Annual Clown Golf Classic - April 29-30

One of the largest and longest running tournaments in the area, the Annual Clown Golf Classic supports the Dream Factory. There will be a player party on Saturday evening, with the golf tournament taking place Sunday morning. Visit www.clowngolf.com for more info.

Surdyke's Spring Fling 2017 - April 30

Let's fling some dirt at Riverbottom MX Course in Kaiser, Missouri. The park will be open for trail riding and practice on Saturday and then various timed events will take place on Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Free food and drink will be available to those that pre-register at www.surdykeyamaha.com. The event is open to all makes and models of UTVs and SidexSides.

Book your reservations today by calling 877-284-0267! Your Lake Vacation has been helping guests with their vacation planning since 1986. We offer the best vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, from one bedroom condos up to 5+ bedroom homes. Be sure to ask about our Spring Specials when you call!

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