Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Celebrate 2016 in Your New Isla Del Sol Condo!

2015 has been a great year at Lake of the Ozarks. We've enjoyed a longer than average warm season, and a fantastic summer season. As we welcome in 2016, let's take a look back at some of the biggest events that happened around the Lake area this past year. These events are just some of the great reasons to invest in a second home at Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront condo complex.

January - Winter Golf 


Cold weather didn't scare off golfers at the Lake of the Ozarks! We had 2 person scrambles on the weekends at Deer Chase golf course to keep even the most die-hard golfing fans seasoned and practiced. Winners received $70 in cash split between the 2 person team.

February - Wedding Vow Renewals & the Famous Mardi Gras Pub Crawl


Bridal Cave stays at a cool 60 degrees in the summer & winter, making it the perfect stop for lovebirds looking to renew their vows in the cold winter weather. During February, Bridal Cave offered free vow renewals which included fresh flowers for the bride and a new wedding portrait. Guests also received a lifetime pass to Bridal Cave and a mystery bag full of local discounts!
Each February the Lake also hosts the largest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl - with over 20 bars participating. Lake Locals and all those involved came down for a crazy night of fun and cheer.

March - Jazz Music & Fundraisers 


March kicks off the spring season and Lake of the Ozarks begins to stir with excitement as the ice thaws off the docks. The Ozark Jazz Society put on a concert and buffet style dinner for guests at Osage National Golf Resort. The Celebration boat held a dinner Cruise to raise money for Lake Race, and local schools held silent auctions to raise money for project graduation. March was a month for preparation and charity fundraising!

April - Diamond of Dirt Tracks Racing


Lucas Oil Speedway came to life and brought the best regional dirt racers in to compete on the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks". The first 500 fans even received consolation gifts! Lucas Oil Speedway is located in Wheatland, Missouri, and holds racing events throughout the year for various vehicles, on land, and on water!

May - Events Everywhere


May brought the very best out in Lake of the Ozarks, from live music to the 18th Annual Harbor Hop. Locals and guests alike traveled via boat and car to water bars for a chance to complete the best poker hand and win big prizes! Golf tournaments took place all over the Lake's 12+ courses and Memorial Day weekend officially kicked off the summer season for Lake of the Ozarks.

June/July - Different Party Every Night


The summer nightlife at the Lake of the Ozarks was in full swing during the months of June and July. Between Lake Race, Aquapalooza and the nearly endless 4th of July celebrations featuring fireworks, barbeques, and pool parties, it's amazing that anyone found time to sleep!

August/September - Shootout and End of Season Festivities


As the summer season began to wind down, the lake held one of its most famous events, the Shootout! Racers competed on the main channel of the Lake for the title of Shootout Champion. Live entertainment was at an all-time high, with legendary rock bands like Molly Hatchet, Warrant, and Shaman's Harvest taking the stage all around the Lake area, Labor Day weekend festivities, including fireworks, food, and fun, brought the summer to a close.

October - Cruises, Golf, Fishing, and more!


We enjoyed the Fall Harbor Hop cruise, several fundraising golf tournaments, nearly weekly fishing tournaments and a new attraction, the Mecca Pumpkin Patch. The Lake of the Ozarks loves to go all out with Halloween costume contests, trick-or-treating and haunted hayrides. Decorations could be found everywhere, from Hy-Vee Hollow to neighborhood yards. 


November - End of fall and Thanksgiving


Lake of the Ozark's brought in over 5000 people to participate in the Lake Stock Fall Crawl. Over 10 bars came together with public transport and gave the area a fun and safe night they won't forget. Many locals and guests celebrated Thanksgiving at the Lake, by dining at local restaurants showing off their chef's talent by offering Thanksgiving Day meals.

December - Christmas and New Year's Celebrations


What began as a small fundraising campaign to ensure that children in the area would have a good Christmas has become an absolute over the top charity event. Live music, auctions, cash bar and more, the Christmas for Kids event has become one of the best reasons to visit or live at the Lake in the off season. With New Year's bringing this amazing year to an end, several businesses are inviting you to help them ring in the New Year! Visit www.FunLake.com for more details!

Isla Del Sol is the Perfect Starting Point for 2016 Lake Activities!


2015 was a great year, full of incredible events and amazing experiences. 2016 will be bigger, more entertaining, and even better than last year! If you think living here sounds like a blast, have you considered buying a second home condo at the Lake of the Ozarks? We have an unparalleled 360° view of the main channel! Owning a condo at the Lake gives you the perfect excuse to escape for the weekend and enjoy the very best that the Lake area has to offer - no matter what time of year it is. Come to the Lake in 2016 and see what makes it the #1 recreational lake in the nation!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

4 Last Minute Gift Idea's for Second Homeowners

Christmas is almost here - do you have your shopping done? If not, we've put together a list of 4 last minute gift ideas to satisfy your friends or family that have a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks. Some of these can be bought right up to Christmas eve, and can really impress even those hard to buy for.



Be Personal


Hobby and craft stores are sure to have something you can use to create a personalized gift. There are limitless ideas when it comes to crafting, from custom picture transfers to a canvas backdrop or surname printed marble coasters. Any gift you help create will leave a unique impression and is sure to be appreciated.


Help Organize


You can never have too much storage. Wicker and other baskets make great gifts. They can add a nice touch to living areas or bedrooms, and they help keep things organized. Other organizing gift ideas include a bowl to toss car keys into and a place for pet toys or small dishes for jewelry.


Get Cozy


Create some Christmas spirit with some holiday themed accessories for living areas and bedrooms. Candles, coffee mugs, throw blankets, or accent pillows are all great gifts to consider. If you want to create some ambiance, accent lighting can make a room look warmer and fuller.


Send a Card


Gift cards can be a great way to help someone settle into their new condo. A gift card to the outlet mall can help them fill the empty spaces on the kitchen counter – or create an excuse to try out fun new gadgets! Let your friends know you are excited for their second home by researching the area and getting them a local store's gift card.


Merry Christmas from Isla Del Sol


Whether you've left all your shopping for the last minute, or you're just looking for that last little item, Isla Del Sol hopes these ideas can help you. There are amazing shops at the Lake and you're sure to find the perfect gift for your friend's private condo paradise at the Lake of the Ozarks.



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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Keep Your Primary Residence Secure While You're Away

Are you planning on taking an extended trip this winter or a long stay at the Lake this spring or summer? Make sure to protect your primary residence during your trip. The best waterfront condo complex at the Lake has some tips you can follow to make sure that your residence is prepared for your absence.

Avoid Social Media


Criminals often use social media platforms like Facebook to see if people are gone for vacation. To prevent telling prowlers that you're away, don't post anything that states how long you'll be gone, or your location. Save the vacation pictures for when you get back or post them all at once to avoid letting the online world know your house is unoccupied.

Find a Friendly Neighbor


A friendly neighbor is one of the best security measures your home can have. They can stop by to water the plants, check for mail and make sure that your house is still in good standing. Alerting neighbors to your coming absence gives you peace of mind and you have someone nearby your home who can alert you to anything that might happen. Leave a copy of your contact information for anyone watching your home so they can reach you and keep you informed!

Use Automated Lights


Leaving lights on while you go on vacation may sound like a good plan, but between the high cost and suspicious midnight lighting, you could be doing more harm than good. Consider buying an automated light timer that turns on lights around the house at various intervals to emulate your presence while you're gone. This discourages those prowlers from attempting to enter your empty house!

Continue Your Lawn Care


It's easy to tell from an unkept yard that no one has been home for awhile. Leave some cash with that trusty neighbor to hire someone to take care of your lawn while you're away. Also, have your neighbor pick up your mail and any newspapers. Keeping up appearances is the best way to keep your home safe!

Isla Del Sol Cares about You and Your Primary Home!


The most important thing to remember when leaving your primary home is to keep it secure. The #1 condominium complex at Lake of the Ozarks wants you to be completely relaxed when you stay at your second home condo. Taking care of your primary residence is a task that gives silent rewards - no issues, no stress.  Isla Del Sol will help give you the peace of mind you deserve while you're away from your primary home.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Decorating Tips for Your Isla Del Sol Condo

Christmas is a beautiful time to decorate your Lake of the Ozarks' Condo living space! Christmas time presents an opportunity to decorate your interior with brilliant and flashy ornaments or even dark and earthy colors like you'd find on your Christmas tree. The most luxurious condo complex at Lake of the Ozarks has a few ideas to share when it comes to decorating your condo for this holiday season.

The Tree


Christmas is a time when most families decide to decorate a beautiful Christmas tree. Choosing how to decorate your tree is a personal venture, full of family traditions and personal flair. Do you choose a real tree or an artificial one with built-in lighting? We recommend trying to incorporate your tree's decoration into the rest of your home's winter decor - this helps draw guest's attention through your home and rest upon your beautifully crafted evergreen. If your tree is full of silver and gold ornaments, you could tie those colors into decorations found in bedrooms, on tables and resting on the mantle. Do you prefer red and green? A fun elf on the shelf or well-placed mistletoe adds a splash splashing color in any living environment.

The Mantle


Stockings hung above the fireplace are just the start - we want to use the full mantle to create a dynamic Christmas atmosphere. If you want a natural and rustic appearance, try an assortment of pine cones and long needle pine branches that flow just over the edges of the mantle. The deep green and brown colors could compliment a wreath hung just above the fireplace or some tarnished silver mantle decorations.

Table Space


Popular table decorations include plates full of unbroken walnuts, Christmas candles adorned with leafy greens or simple ornaments like small wooden sleighs. Do you prefer a Christmas full of glitter and gold? We recommend filling a glass jar with some holiday bells and placing a candle nearby to illuminate all the vibrant colors.

The best Christmas decorations aren't simply purchased and hung - they're crafted into a masterpiece found only in your living space. At the best waterfront condo complex at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're sure that by the time Christmas is over, your beautiful lakefront condo will be the topic of discussion amongst your friends and family. With your finishing touches, Christmas at Isla Del Sol transforms from a Lake of the Ozarks' paradise island condo to a winter wonderland fit for Santa himself.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Isla Del Sol is the PERFECT Second Home Destination!

The Lake of the Ozarks best waterfront condominium complex is nestled in one of the most entertaining and diverse communities in the Midwest. The Lake features a dazzling mix of entertainment on and off the water, along with resort style living. Let's explore what highlights Isla Del Sol as the PERFECT second home location!

Premier Vacation Location with Plenty of Things to Do.


Sitting on an island situated in the main channel of the "best recreational lake in the country" has it's perks. You're close to EVERYTHING! There are over a dozen golf courses and resorts within driving (or boating) distance, and the restaurants nearby are fantastic. There are events and attractions taking place on and off the water from the early spring all the way through the end of October. Don't feel like going out? Enjoy the Lake's only 360° panoramic view of the water and sit lakeside while the kids enjoy the splash playground and pool at our premium condos. 

Save Money on Hotels and Build Your Equity.


Instead of spending extra money on hotel stays and being crammed into less than optimal living conditions, sprawl out in one of our open space condos! Don't spend money on hotel rooms when you could be building your real estate equity while enjoying your vacation. Our condos can comfortably hold everything your family has to offer and more. 

A Personal, Private Place to Get Away. 


Owning a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks allows you to enjoy an extended vacation in a luxury atmosphere while maintaining the intimacy of your own living room. Your condo comes complete with amenities like a zero entry pool, a splash playground for the kids, and ample room to store away all the living essentials for a sublime vacation.

The Community is the Best in Missouri.


The Lake of the Ozarks is home to one of the most giving communities in Missouri. Charity organizations are always involved in helping others and sponsoring events. From Lake Race to The Champagne Campaign, the entire Lake area enjoys events for charitable causes. The locals are always welcoming to newcomers or part time guests because when you stay at the Lake, you become a member of our family. 


Isla Del Sol is the PERFECT Choice for a Second Home.


The Lake is a premium place to live. Events are happening all year long, and our part-time residents are always included and welcomed to take part in everything. Bring your family up to the best luxury condo complex at the Lake of the Ozarks and experience the best that second home living has to offer!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Meals Around the Lake of the Ozarks

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for the people in your life. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen all day to prepare for the feast, take them out to eat at some of the best dining places at the Lake! Your premier condominium complex at the Lake of the Ozarks has compiled a list of all the great restaurants that are doing a Thanksgiving day feast. 

Thanksgiving Buffet at Tan-Tar-A

When: November 26th, 11:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: 494 Tan Tar A Drive, Osage Beach 65065
Price: $28.95 for Adults, $18.95 for Seniors, $14.95 for Kids 12 & under.
Phone: 573-348-3131
Website: Tan-Tar-A

Tan-Tar-A offers a wide selection of the best trimmings that Thanksgiving has to offer. This buffet will showcase the talents of Tan-Tar-A's banquet chef's as they prepare your holiday meal. Call for reservations!

Thanksgiving Buffet at The Lodge of Four Seasons


When: November 26th, 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: 315 Four Seasons Dr. Lake Ozark, 65049
Price: $39.95 for Adults, $14.95 Kids 12 & under.
Phone: 573-365-3000
Website: Hk's Restaurant

The Lodge of Four Seasons offers a large selection of Thanksgiving dinner favorites. Hk's Restaurant is widely regarded as one of the best dining facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks. Call ahead to make reservations, this feast fills up fast!

Thanksgiving Buffet at H. Toads

When: November 26th, 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: 2359 Bittersweet Road, Lake Ozark 65049
Price: $25 per person
Phone: 573-365-5620
Website: H. Toads

H.Toads offers one of the best selections for Thanksgiving. Live music by local favorites Spontaneous Serendipity plays in the background while you dine on hand-carved Virginia pit ham and slow-roasted turkey. Call ahead for reservations.

Thanksgiving Buffet at the Inn at Grand Glaize

When: November 26th, 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: 5142 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach 65065
Price: $18.95 for Adults, $15.95 for Seniors, $9.95 for Kids 12 & under  
Phone: 573-348-4731
Website: Inn at Grand Glaize

The Inn at Grand Glaize offers a unique dining experience and overlooks the main channel of the Lake of the Ozarks. Enjoy a wide variety of Thanksgiving day treats and schedule your reservation today!

Your Isla Del Sol Condo is the Perfect Starting Point This Thanksgiving.


These places are all a short drive away from the best waterfront condo at the Lake of the Ozarks. You deserve a delicious meal even if you decide not to cook for this year's Thanksgiving. Why not dine at some of the best restaurants in the area and let them help you celebrate this holiday in style?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

5 Reasons Why You NEED a Vacation Condo at Lake of the Ozarks!

Owning your own luxury condo at the Lake of the Ozarks offers a lot more than a private vacation getaway. There are a lot of things going on at the Lake all year. Having the best waterfront condo in Missouri provides several unique off-season opportunities. You have access to premium hunting grounds minutes away, some of the best fishing in the nation, fantastic spa retreats, and elite shopping destinations. Complete your night with world-class dining from any one of the signature restaurants found minutes away from your waterfront condo at Lake of the Ozarks.


Deer Season 


Hunters come from all over the nation to take part in hunting season at the Lake of the Ozarks. Missouri holds the world record for non-typical whitetail deer racks. Last weekend, the Whitetail Trophy Hunt took place, a tournament that has awarded nearly $4 million in prize money to participating hunters over the years. With many family entertainment opportunities at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can be confident that your family is having a great time while you are hunting that big buck!


Fishing Tournaments 


The Lake of the Ozarks offers a huge selection of fishing tournaments throughout the year. These tournaments take place nearly every weekend on all arms of the Lake. Keep your boat ready all winter and you may get lucky enough to snag a fish that's as big as the stories you tell the family!

Shopping


The Lake of the Ozarks has a huge shopping venue at the Osage Beach Premium Outlet Mall. There are over 100 stores to shop from, each with their own mix of products and supplies. These shops feature deals on clothes, shoes, candy, books, dining, and much more. These outlets frequently offer discounts and shopping deals that are hard to find outside the Lake area. The Lake also features a wonderful selection of small independent shops offering unique specialty items.


Massage and Spas 


The Lake of the Ozarks offers several places for massages and full spa treatments. The Lake area has several certified and professional massage therapists ready to knead the knots your vacation adventures may have caused. A spa visit may be what you need to relax during your Lake visit.


Premier Dining 


The Lake of the Ozarks is renowned for its excellent blend of cuisine from all over the world. Enjoy a fantastic steak and seafood dinner from restaurants like J.B. Hooks, Bentley's, or Baxter's, all within minutes from the best waterfront condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're interested in a casual meal with friends, try some of our amazing barbeque restaurants such as Wobbly Boots or Ozark Barbeque.


Isla Del Sol - Your Second Home Destination At the Lake of the Ozarks


Turn your island paradise condo into a starting point for your winter hunting and fishing. You can also utilize your condo's proximity to the Lake of the Ozarks' premier shopping destinations to complete your holiday shopping. Just a few minutes down the road, you have dining choices ranging from fine dining to casual fare. The Lake area has everything you need in a second home destination - and Isla Del Sol has everything you need in a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Contact us to schedule a showing at your new condo today!
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Community Events in the Fall/Winter at Lake of the Ozarks

We live in a great community at the Lake of the Ozarks! Throughout the off season, there are several events happening that benefit our community and help a lot of people in the local area. If you make the lake your home year round at the best condominium complex at the Lake of the Ozarks, make sure to support these events. You’ll not only have a great time, but you will be helping people in need. Here’s a list of some upcoming events.

Gala of Trees


When: November 19-21 - The kick-off party is Thursday, November 19th at 6 PM.
Price: Tickets are $15 per person
Where: Bootleggers Sports Book and Grill

What is it: The Gala of Trees is a fundraising event in which trees are sponsored by locals businesses. These trees are decorated and put on display and auctioned off. Proceeds from the tree sales are given to the Candyland and The Idiot's Club to purchase toys for local children.


Christmas for Kids


When: December 13th - The VIP party begins at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM for general admission.
Price: $20 with an unwrapped NEW toy, or an additional $20 without toy per person
Where: Country Club Hotel
What is it: Christmas for Kids is a benefit sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ozark Coast and local lake businesses.  Attendees bring in an unwrapped gift for the charity. The charity then creates a "toy store", sorting all the gifts by age/group/gender. If there are any areas that need more gifts, the money from the event is used to purchase more. Finally, volunteers come in and wrap all the presents. The following day the gifts are presented to the families and children in need. The proceeds all benefit underprivileged children in the Lake area and local charity groups.

Candyland


When: November 23 - December 12 - Hours are 2-6 PM weekdays and 12-5 PM weekends.
Where: Stone Crest Mall
What is it: Candyland is an event sponsored by the Lake Ozark Rotary which encourages the Lake community to generously give to underprivliged children. Local school counselors compile a list of kids, which is then given to the Rotary. A candycane is then hung for each family (400+ candycanes). Local residents can then choose a candycane that contains a list of wants/needs for the family. Once purchased, the gifts can be returned to Candyland or to the YMCA where they are wrapped and delivered to the school - given to the child by the counselor.

Living at The Lake of the Ozarks allows you to be a part of one of the most generous and helpful communities in the state. There are several charity groups to join. If you'd rather just volunteer your time, there are dozens of fundraisers to help. The Lake of the Ozark's best waterfront condominiums are proud to call such a great community home.


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Friday, November 6, 2015

Protect Your Boat with these 3 tips!


Owning a luxury condo at the Lake of the Ozarks means that you can enjoy all the boating opportunities the area offers.  If you own a boat, you also need to take some steps to protect your investment.  At Isla Del Sol, we have designed our Island complex to protect your boat, and at our beautiful 360-degree condominium complex, we offer slips for sale that can help prevent your boat from damage from wakes and the elements.  Here are 3 tips for protecting your boat and making your stay at the lake enjoyable throughout the year.

Choose the best slip for your boat.


Choosing a slip for your boat is some of the best protection from the water you can get. The first step is choosing a slip that can hold up your boat. You need to know the boats length, width, and weight when choosing a lift. If there are any doubts, it's probably better to over-specify than to under quote. We can accommodate nearly any size/style of boats. Our slip sizes are: 12x32, 12x36, 14x36, 14x40, and 16x40.    



Securing your boat properly is important


If you are out enjoying the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks and decide to stop at one of our local water bars or need to fuel up, there are some tips to help prevent boat damage from the dock. Use two ropes on the bow of the boat, one on each side to stabilize the vessel and prevent it from swaying too far one way or the other. On the stern, use two crossed ropes, going from one side of the vessel to the other side of the slip. When tying the knot onto the slip, use a knot that can be untied quickly but won't come undone on its own, such as a proper cleat hitch knot. Remember to leave enough slack if waves strike, so that the boat can move independently of the dock, without being drug around by the rope. 

Use bumpers to prevent your boat from hitting the dock.


If your boat is put away for the day or you find yourself at a busy dock for a night of dinner and entertainment, throw some bumpers on the sides of the boat. This just-in-case feature pays for itself in-case of accidents. You can't watch your boat all the time, and should the dock crew incorrectly tie your boat into the slip, it might bump or grind into the slip. Bumpers can help mitigate this damage, possibly saving you in repairs along with preventing accidental damage to the dock!  

Isla Del Sol wants to protect your investment.


Our private island condominium paradise wants to make sure that your watercraft is able to stay protected. Utilize our slips to prevent your boat from being damaged. The next time you stay at the Lake's best waterfront condos, come down and look at our docks. We offer 5 different options which can contain sizes from PWCs to 40 ft. watercraft. Come to Isla Del Sol at the Lake of the Ozarks for a great view and a perfect vacation home; stay for the amazing community and private island community!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

What to Make with Leftover Pumpkin

After adorning the doorways at the Lake of the Ozarks best waterfront condominiums for Halloween, it may be time to get rid of your old pumpkins. Instead of throwing away your old pumpkin, consider reusing it! Here are a few ideas for some great ways to cook up the orange gourd. That Jack O' Lantern is still very edible, even after you carved it. There are many ways to cook with pumpkin and we'll detail just a few below:


Make a Puree

A great option is to create a homemade pumpkin puree.  This is a really nice way to get rid of your old Jack O’ Lantern and create ingredients for your next pie. Clean off the outside and roast it in the oven, boil it, or steam it until tender and then throw the gourd into a food processor for a rich and versatile puree. Freeze it until Thanksgiving for a pumpkin pie recipe!


Make your own pumpkin chips

Start by carefully skinning the gourd into long strips. Add some salt, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, (just a little bit, it adds crispness) and then bake in the oven @ 400 degrees. Serve with your favorite condiment for a homemade dish that's healthy and keeps you full!

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

If you managed to snag a few cups of pumpkin puree from earlier, you can add some cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and syrup to make a delectable pumpkin butter. Just blend the ingredients together and bring it to a boil. When it reaches the thickness you'd like, you're done!

Pumpkin Bread

Instead of using canned pumpkin which is highly processed, you can create a fresh loaf of pumpkin bread using the puree from earlier. Combine that with a rich cream cheese icing and you have a serious dessert recipe on your hands.

Seeds

Roast the leftover seeds in the oven for an awesome snack. Roast them with a bit of cinnamon on top for a delicious and healthy snack! If cinnamon isn't your thing, experiment with other toppings, such as salt and pepper, chili powder, or even cayenne pepper for a kick! You imagination is the limit when it comes to pumpkin seeds.


There are so many ways to turn a pumpkin into a delicacy: we've only highlighted a few of our favorites. Hopefully the post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving weeks around our waterfront condo complex at Lake of the Ozarks will be filled with the aroma of pumpkin pies cooking. We love the Fall for the weather, AND the food! 
The holiday season is filled with great cooking… plan YOUR holiday feast at the lake’s only paradise island condo community.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

5 Chilly Weather Tips to Keep your Condo Toasty!

Well, despite our hopes and dreams, the weather is turning colder. While the water is still warm around Missouri's best waterfront condo's, those days are numbered. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to make your luxurious condo at Lake of the Ozarks a warm and efficient place to stay for a cool weather vacation. Who knows, maybe you want to come down and enjoy some hunting, or bargain-hunting? Let's take a look at 5 ways you can cold weather optimize your condo. 

Turn the fan to clockwise

Did you know on some fan models there is a switch that will turn the blades of the fan the opposite direction? Did you know that it makes a huge impact on the temperature of the room? In the Summer you want the "wind chill" effect; air blowing down on you to help cool off. During the cooler months, the fan should rotate the opposite direction and at a low speed, to suck air up and push warm air down and out- this prevents the "wind chill" effect and provides a thin layer of an air barrier between the walls and the center of the room.

Wind Leaks

There are areas around the edges of rooms that allow air to exchange with whatever is on the other side of the wall/window. Double check the caulking and trim of all windows to make sure that the trim is still in good shape. If possible, apply a plastic window film to your windows to even further insulate the thin glass layer hiding mother nature from the interior of your home.

Use a Rug (or Two)

Waking up in the morning and putting your feet down on a wooden or bare floor is one of the worst things when the house is chilly. By throwing down a few rugs, you not only create another layer of insulation between a cold floor and the space in your condo, you also also have something comfy to walk on!

Draft Guards

Draft guards are designed to fit underneath doors to increase weather protection even further than a door would alone. These can be bought at any home improvement store. If you're in a pinch, you can make these at home by rolling a towel and placing it up against the door. Since drafts can cause anywhere from 5% to 30% of wasted energy, we highly recommend a draft guard for your front door.

About those Curtains

Simply put, curtains can keep the chill from the window at the window, or they can be opened to let heat in. A good cotton blend curtain is perfect for keeping the colder air from seeping in, while insulating the interior heat as well. It's also thin enough that it is easy to push to the side for sunlight to come in and naturally heat the room during the day.

There are easily hundreds of ideas out there when it comes to making your home more energy efficient and warmer. Fortunately, our condos at Lake of the Ozarks are efficiency optimized and ready for move in! You can apply any of the steps we've mentioned above, but you'll probably find that your paradise living space is already really efficient when it comes to keep you toasty!

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