Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Ready for Some Winter Fishing?

There are many fun activities that you and your family can participate in at the Lake of the Ozarks, including fishing. Although the weather outside may be cold, the fishing is heating up! Lake of the Ozarks has some of the best fishing in the midwest, and winter is no exception. If you own a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can enjoy some of the best fishing in the country, no matter the season. 


What You Can Catch

Don't let the cold winter weather keep you away from some of the best winter fishing in the country. While you may think that the water temperatures in January or February are too frigid to catch fish, it is actually one of the best times of the year to catch a number of different fish, as well as some of the biggest fish in the lake. During these months you can find water temperatures averaging between the mid or upper 30s and the low to mid-40s.

Winter is an excellent time to fish for bass by slowly fishing jerkbaits off points or pea gravel banks. However, the months of January and February are unique because you can catch crappie on the same baits that are used to catch bass. The most popular lure to catch crappie and bass is a suspending jerkbaits. Big crappie will be schooled up during these winter months, so it is not uncommon to catch a limit of giant crappie on consecutive casts to a single spot. 

How To Find Fish In The Winter

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During the winter, most bass anglers will opt to fish the lower end of the lake where the water is clearer and usually warmer than in the other regions. Bass fishing in the Lake of the Ozarks during the winter months is less complex than in other months because it comes down to three baits, which are jerkbaits, jigs and the Alabama rig. However, the trick to a successful bass fishing trip during the winter months is figuring out where the fish are and slowing things down. With the water levels drawn down to winter pool, the main areas to target during these winter months are 45-degree channel banks, secondary points, bluff ends, and transition banks.

Your Fishing Condo at the Lake of the Ozarks

When you own a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will always have the best place to stay during your fishing excursions. At Isla Del Sol, you are just steps away from your dock, so you will be out on the water catching bass and crappie within minutes. To learn more about our waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 573-552-8418 or visit www.IslaDelSolLakeOzarks.com


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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Last Minute Gift Ideas that Won't Seem Last Minute

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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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Helpful Tips to Make Christmas Shopping Easy

Christmas is not only a time to celebrate the true reason for the season, but also a time for giving. 'Tis the season to start making a list and checking it twice for all those special people in your life! So what's on your Christmas shopping list for your friends and family? How is your shopping going? As we near the big day, it's possible you're feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed out when you should be enjoying the most wonderful time of the year! Well, we can definitely understand how stressful Christmas shopping can be this close to the holidays. So Isla Del Sol has decided to help make your Christmas shopping a little easier this year by providing you with a plan! Take a look:


Make a List Before You Shop
One of the costliest mistakes consumers make when doing their Christmas shopping is going shopping without a plan and a list. Let's face it, we've all done this. You go to the store with a list of items in mind, and get out of the store with half the items you went in for and several items that weren't even on your list! The same thing happens when you try to shop for Christmas gifts without a list. Without a written list, you might end up buying more than you really need or missing items you meant to get. Have a plan, make a list and stick to it! Trust us, your wallet (and sanity) will thank you!

Start Shopping Early
While many people choose to start their holiday shopping after Thanksgiving, especially for the Black Friday sales, there are usually several opportunities to save more money throughout the year than just on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In fact, in the early spring is a great time to shop for deals on winter clothes and decor as they are typically put on sale to move inventory! So, consider shopping all year long instead of waiting until after Thanksgiving to start your shopping. Not only will this save you tons of money in the long run, but it'll save you tons of time and stress too!

Research Online Before Shopping
Do you have someone on your list that has a very specific gift request? Chances are this gift is probably something they know a lot about, but you don't. By doing your research before shopping, you can make sure you're educated on the specifications of the gift they want, you'll know ahead of time if there are any special additions that are needed to complete the gift (such as batteries), and you may even be able to find some really awesome discounts or rebates for this gift online that you wouldn't have available in stores!

Get Creative with DIY Gifts
Have you ever found yourself struggling to come up with a gift idea for that person in your life that seems to already have everything? Giving homemade gifts allows you to give something that is personal and individual to the person receiving the gift. Any gift you make is one of a kind. No two creations will ever be the same as one another, and this gives each piece special meaning. Plus, the time you put into making this very special gift for that special someone will be much appreciated!

By sticking to this plan, you'll find that your holiday season is much less stressful, and much more jolly! You'll also find that the money you save by having a plan in place will be worth it in itself! Who knows? Depending on how you shop, you may be able to put enough money back for a down payment on a luxury condo at the Lake of the Ozarks! While you're out and about doing your Christmas shopping, don't forget to swing by the Lake's best waterfront luxury condo complex - we'd love you show you around our little slice of private Island Paradise at the Lake of the Ozarks! The model unit is open 7 days a week for your convenience from 11am-4pm. Happy shopping!

 
 


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

4 Smart-Home Technology Must Haves for Any Home!

In today's technology driven world, there are so many improvements to just about everything in your life that make everyday tasks simpler. Looking to spice up your home with technology? Don't worry. You don't need to be a gadget geek to take advantage of the latest smart-home technologies. Create a comprehensive system that allows you to monitor energy consumption, control lighting, heating, cooling, security and other systems with ease from anywhere by upgrading to these 4 smart-home technologies in your Lake of the Ozarks condo or home.


1. Keyless Lock System
A keyless entry lock can be an easy way to enter your home with a personalized access code and lock it with a touch of a button. Or, you can take it a step further and get a smart lock so you have access to your home remotely via your phone. This a great option for double checking your door locks when you're away or if you need to unlock the door for a friend or neighbor for any reason. This feature makes accessing and securing your home a breeze!

2. Remote Light Dimmer
A wireless dimmer gives you the ability to set the right light for any activity whether it's reading, watching TV, entertaining, or having a casual dinner. There are several options available for smart lighting that allow you to either control the lights with a remote or by using an app on your phone. This convenient remote lighting option can make it easy to turn on lights as you're arriving home in the evenings, or even allow you to turn down the lights to set the mood while cuddled up on the couch with the kids.

3. WiFi Enabled Thermostat
Control the temperature for any room easily with a Wifi or remote thermostat. These thermostats offer you the ability to save money and control your home's temperature even when you're not there. Some smart thermostats have features that allow it to learn the temperatures you like for different times/days and programs itself. So, when you're not home and forget to turn down the temperature, it can automatically turn itself down when you're away to avoid heating or cooling an empty home. How it can do this is because the thermostat recognizes the vicinity of your smartphone to the house. If you're home, it will not adjust to the "away" temperature settings.

4. Smart Security System
A great home security system will give you a sense of comfort and confidence. The technology that many of the security systems offer today can easily help you assess alerts and decide whether you need to notify police, even if you're not home. Some features like the video cameras with remote control features allow you to keep an eye on your home from your phone while you're away. Some options are geared toward ease of use and home automation with mobile apps that allow you to arm and disarm its systems, view and record camera footage, and everything in between. You can also adjust any of your home automation: change the temperature on your thermostat, turn your lights on or off, and even have two-way conversations through your security cameras.

Give yourself peace of mind before leaving your condo at the Lake of the Ozarks and upgrade your home with these 4 smart-home technologies to help you protect your home while you're away AND help make your home more energy efficient! If you're relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks and looking for your own little slice of paradise, look no further than Isla Del Sol Condominiums! Our private island community offers the best of lake living while providing the luxuries of easy access to shopping, dining, entertainment and more. But don't take our word for it, stop by and see the Island in the Sun for yourself. The model unit is open 7 days a week for your convenience from 11am-4pm. You won't be disappointed!

 
 


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Decorating Simply and Tastefully For the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we're just certain you're very excited to show off your holiday spirit with the best decorations around! But maybe you're just not feeling the typical Christmas decorations you usually fill your home with - snowmen and little Santa figurines. You can still decorate your condo tastefully and simply for the holidays. Check out these holiday decorating tips from Isla Del Sol!


Seasonal Scents
While candles are beautiful to look at and can make a great centerpiece for any room, you may not want to burn them for their scent because of the soot they put off. So instead, you can incorporate cinnamon sticks in your centerpieces and tuck them into your garland to add holiday fragrance to every room. You can also buy holiday scented plugins or delectable bars for your Scentsy warmer!

Cozy Colors
While reds and greens are the typical Christmas colors, you don't have to stick to these colors only. Some other great holiday colors are blues, silvers, golds, white, and natural neutrals. Mix and match to spice up your decor. The great thing about using some of these other colors is that you can extend your home decor into the new year and don't have to feel obligated to take it down immediately!

Re-purpose Ornaments
Skip the traditional wreath of reds and greens. Instead, put a fresh spin on the Christmas wreath and re-purpose old bulb ornaments of all sorts of colors! Get a wreath base from your local crafts store and glue those colorful bulbs of all colors and sizes on to make a glitzy glittery shiny wreath that will draw the eye and bring joy to your door!

Capture Photos
Turn any banister or mantel into a showcase of your favorite holiday family photos and Christmas cards. Decorate with garland and mix in some pine cones, then hang your pictures and cards with beautiful ribbons. Feel free to mix and match ribbons to add a little flair and tie in to your unique holiday decor!

With these suggestions, you can decorate your home simply and tastefully. No matter how you decide to decorate for the holidays, we hope that you have a joyous holiday season! Here at the most luxurious condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, we get really excited seeing what locals do with their holiday decorations, and we love seeing creative wreaths and decorations adorn the doors at the Lake. If you enjoy Holiday decor, come out and schedule a viewing for some inspirational and perfect sights of the wintry colors found at Lake of the Ozarks.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Decorate Your Door with a Homemade Holiday Wreath

We are all about paradise here at Isla Del Sol Condominiums. That's why we put together this list of fantastic tips on holiday decorating! Specifically, we're focusing on one particular front door decor: the Holiday wreath. Putting a homemade wreath on your front door is relatively easy, and there are plenty you can purchase in the store. We wanted to show you how easy it is do on your own, and showcase your decorating talents right beneath the porch light. Nothing says beautiful interior like a hand-crafted personally designed wreath in the entryway. We have the best waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks and they want your creative touch!


The Base: Picking a Wreath
A wreath can come in nearly any size, shape, color, and so much more. Depending on how much time you would like to invest, you can start from a wire base and create the wreath truly from scratch, or you can buy a premade base of grapevine from craft stores, like Hobby Lobby or Joanns.

Choosing the Decorations
A pretty holiday wreath doesn't have to be covered in decorations to show off that front door, it can be subtle too! Sticking to 1-3 colors when picking out your design and coordinating them with your decorations can go a long way. This will add a lot of elegance to the final wreath: color-coordinating gives off that professional appearance. Foliage options for a holiday wreath include christmas berries, pine cones and pine needle garland. For red, find some red bows or maybe some red dyed ribbon or tulle. Or to give it a more wintry look, you can incorporate silvers and blues.

*Remember, you can buy all of this at a craft store. You can even include live foliage to enhance the look and scent of your wreath. But for a permanent Fall wreath, it may be better to use fake foliage.

Capturing the Holiday Vibe
This is where all the creative talent is spent. You can really get carried away and let the colors go wild; or, if desired, you can try to replicate a wreath you've seen before. Snowflakes, christmas ornaments, ribbons and tinsel can add personality and flair to your wreath -and your door!

Hang Up Your Wreath
Front door decorations drive home the decor and personality of the home inside. If you've chosen to get creative with your entryway, guests can be certain you've spiced up the interior as well. Here at the most luxurious condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, we get really excited seeing what locals do with the seasonal colors, and we love seeing creative wreaths and decorations adorn the doors at the Lake. If you enjoy Holiday decor, come out and schedule a viewing for some inspirational and perfect sights of the wintry colors found at Lake of the Ozarks.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

5 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

If you plan on hosting Thanksgiving at your Lake of the Ozarks condo, you may be wondering how you can transform your small space into a cozy, comfortable hosting space. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to maximize the area in your condo. Isla Del Sol offers five tips for hosting Thanksgiving in a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks.


1. Rearrange
 Don't be afraid to rearrange furniture for the evening. It may be a good idea to swap the living and dining areas. Shift your living room furniture to the side, or use your spare room as storage for the time being to make room for the table. Having the table in the living space creates more room for people to enjoy a comfortable Thanksgiving meal. Although it doesn't make sense to have it there on a daily basis, it makes sense to move everything around to create more space a better flow.

2. De-Clutter
When you host a big dinner in a small area, you need to make room for your guests. Clear away the knick-knacks and create space for your guests to place their drinks. Throw your outerwear in your room to make room for your guest's jackets in the entrance closet. If you keep your shoes near the entrance way, clear them away so your guests have room for their shoes.

3. Storage
Small kitchens can be one of the bigger challenges when it comes to hosting Thanksgiving, or any dinner party. So it comes in handy to be a bit creative when it comes to finding space. Sometimes, the packaging can take up more space than the item itself. For example, plastic tubs that fruit and veggies come in often take up a lot of space. After washing them, it may be a good idea to transfer them into a zip lock bag. In addition, use a cooler full of ice to keep your beverages cool to open up valuable fridge and counter space.

4. Be Flexible
Being flexible is one of the biggest things that you have to do while hosting in a smaller space. Focus on the mix, not the match. Be creative when decorating and planning. It's okay if your dinner isn't perfect. Being together with friends and family is the most important part of Thanksgiving.

5. Buffet
Save some space on the table and have your side dishes set up in a buffet style. Leave a few of the dishes on the counter, stove top or island and guests can come and go serving themselves as they please. In addition, it will mean there is less to clear away when you transition from dinner to dessert.

Happy Thanksgiving From Isla Del Sol!
If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your Lake of the Ozarks condo, we hope you have an amazing time. Good times are always to be had when friends and family come together. If you are traveling, we hope you have safe travels. Happy Thanksgiving from Isla Del Sol condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

7 Tips for Keeping Your Condo Warm this Winter

Fall is in full swing and the temperatures are definitely reflecting that. While it may not always feel so cold that you want to bundle up and crank up the heat, those days are becoming fewer and far in between. And before we know it, we'll soon be seeing snow and freezing temperatures. Whether you live at the Lake full-time or you use your condo for weekend getaways, you want to keep your place warm without breaking the bank. Luckily, there are severals things you can do to make your luxury condo at the Lake of the Ozarks nice and cozy warm throughout the cold season. Check out these 7 ways you can keep warm in your Lake of the Ozarks waterfront condo:


1. Use Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can help your furnace from being overworked, and it will keep you feeling warm while also being efficient. By programming your thermostat to certain temperatures during different times of the day, you can keep your house cool while you're away and warmer while you're home without having to fiddle with it every time you leave.

2. Let In The Light
If it is a nice, sunny day, take advantage of it. Once the sun is up, you want to capture as much of the heat as possible. Before you leave for the day, keep your curtains open and let the natural sunlight warm up your room.

3. Close Up At Night
Although you want to keep the curtains open during the day, once the sun goes down, keep the heat inside by closing the drapes. You could go as far as keeping insulated curtains for the winter season. They'll keep the heat from escaping through the windows.

4. Switch The Fan On
Although you may think you don't want your ceiling fan on during the winter months, it could actually keep you warm! Most ceiling fans have a "winter" setting. Actually, it is just a switch that versus the spin direction. Since heat rises, you want to have your fan rotate clockwise to push the heat back down to your room. Just remember to keep it spinning at a low speed, so it doesn't cool the air too much.

 5. Cover Bare Floors
Rugs are not just beautiful decorations, they can also keep your home warm! Floors account for nearly 10 percent of heat loss if they are not insulation. If you have bare floors in your condo, consider adding some rugs. Not only will they keep your home warm, they can keep your toes toasty too!

6. Close The Door
A lot of warm air is lost through gaps underneath doors and windows. Replace the weatherstripping underneath the door if it has come loose or if it is cracking. If that is not enough, invest in a door snake. You can place it at the bottom of the door to prevent warm air from escaping. You can also use the same technique for the bottom of the window.

7. Seal Up
One of the best ways to keep your home warm during the cool season is to ensure the heat is not escaping. Take a walk around your condo and ensure all the windows are sealed up and that air is not escaping. Hold your hand up to where the window and the wall meet. If you feel a little breeze, take some caulk and seal it up so no more heat escapes.

Keep Warm At Isla Del Sol
These are just a few of the many different ways to keep your waterfront condo at the Lake of the Ozarks warm this season. Luckily, Isla Del Sol is already efficiency-optimized and move in ready! You can still use any of these tips to keep it even warmer, however, we bet you'll find your Lake of the Ozark island paradise already energy efficient when it comes to keeping you cozy and warm!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

5 Festive Ideas to Get You in the Spirit of the Holidays

If you've visited any of the larger department stores recently, you may have already noticed the presence of the holidays starting to make their appearance. And now that Halloween is over and we're officially into the month of November, you can bet that Christmas is going to explode in the stores and all over your social media newsfeed over the next couple of weeks. You may have even noticed some of your friends already sharing holiday related GIFs expressing their excitement (or lack thereof) for the upcoming holidays. Now Isla Del Sol knows that not everyone is as ready to start putting up decorations and singing Christmas carols as the retail industry would like us to be. But for those who are, we've got 5 festive ideas to get you in the holiday spirit!


1. Bake Cookies
The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without all that holiday baking. Whether your go-to is chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin or gingerbread, baking cookies in fun holiday shapes and flavors will surely put you in the Christmas spirit. PLUS, there's not many people who can pass up a scrumptious cookie, so sharing your delicious holiday cookies with others may get them to open up to the spirit of the holidays too!

2. Get Family Photos
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your holiday cards, especially if your cards usually consist of a family photo! So call up your favorite photographer, pick out a cute theme or color for the family to dress in, and strike a pose for this year's Christmas card! Since having professional pictures usually means there will be a lag in turnaround time, it's best to get these done sooner rather than later to ensure you've got them back in time to send them out. 

3. Shop for Gifts
The earlier you start on your Christmas shopping, the less stressed you'll feel about the holidays, and the more money you're likely to save! If you're planning to go Black Friday shopping, start looking for ideas online now and making a list so you're ready. The Black Friday ads will be rolling out soon enough, so you can even come up with a plan of attack and enlist your family to shop for specific items you can check everything off your list! 

4. See a Holiday Performance
Whether you splurge on a single show or make it an annual tradition, nothing puts you in high spirits quite like a holiday performance. If you are interested in the theater, check out a production of "A Christmas Carol." If you like fine arts, try "The Nutcracker" ballet. And if you are a music junkie or light show enthusiast, the "Trans-Siberian Orchestra" is a must-see (hint: they'll be in Kansas City this year!). 

5. Volunteer
The holiday season is often seen as a holiday about getting, but it is also about giving. Volunteer at a local shelter or food pantry to help people in need, volunteer to be a bell ringer, or get involved with one of the local organization who hosts holiday fundraisers. Not only will it will make you more appreciative for the things that you have, but it will be more fulfilling than any item on your Christmas list. Getting the kids involved in volunteer work at a young age helps to build character and appreciation as well, so it's a great family activity!

There you have it - 5 festive ideas to help get you and your loved ones in the spirit of the holidays! Who knows? In your excitement to celebrate NOW, you may even convince those who insist on waiting until AFTER the turkey's big day to get a little excited! And just know that you're not alone in your "premature" excitement. The holiday festivities will be kicking off all over the place soon enough! If you're moving to the Lake of the Ozarks, be sure to check out all the local holiday events at www.FunLake.com, and don't forget to consider checking out the only private island condo complex at the Lake of the Ozarks for your next home. Our island has the best panoramic views for enjoying the Lake during any season!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

See What Makes Isla Del Sol the PERFECT Second Home Location!

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 its 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 all year long. 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.

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.

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 needs and more. 

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 Candyland, 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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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

13 Spook-tacular Movies to Get You in the Spirit of Halloween!

Practically everyone loves to celebrate Halloween in some way or another. Whether you're a go-all-outter or just a thrills and chills seeker, there's just something about this ghoulish holiday that has us all ready to celebrate All Hallows Eve! For the cooler evenings, when it's just a little to chilly to spend the evening outside, perhaps a movie night is in order to keep the spirit alive! So, grab some candy, pop some popcorn, and get ready for a night of frightening fun. Isla Del Sol has come up with a list of 13 spook-tacular movies that will get you ready for Halloween, and some may even have you sleeping with the lights on!


Young Kid Friendly Movies
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween
Who doesn't love Winnie-the-Pooh? It's Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and everyone is excited to trick or treat. But Pooh eats all of the candy (oh, Pooh Bear!), so Roo and Lumpy set off on a quest to capture a scary Gobloon who will grant their wish for more. Sweet and not scary, this film is perfect for the pre-school set.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
What is a Halloween without the Great Pumpkin? Linus' optimistic wait in the pumpkin patch is a staple of the season. Plus, there are other fun, festive antics like trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, and Snoopy taking his costume a little too seriously.

Curious George: A Halloween Boofest
For littles who love Curious George and the man in the yellow hat, this is the perfect full-length Halloween movie to keep their attention. More funny than scary, this film follows George to the local Boo Festival where he learns a lot about fall and fun.

Family Friendly Movies
Hocus Pocus
After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. Disney is in the early stages of developing a new Hocus Pocus TV movie! Rated PG

Beetlejuice
When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them. Rumor has it that there's going to be a Beetlejuice 2! Rated PG

Casper
A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. See what Casper's up to after in Casper Meets Wendy and Casper: A Spirited Beginning. Rated PG

Addams Family
Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle. Enjoy the series of these movies with Addams Family Values and Addams Family Reunion. Rated PG-13

Halloweentown
After learning she is a witch, a girl helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures. If your family enjoys this one, look for Halloweentown II! Rated G

Horror Movies (Probably not suitable for the kiddos)
Sleepy Hollow
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. This is based off a book written by Washington Irving, so if you like to read to see how closely the movie stays to the book, you can! Rated R

Nightmare on Elm Street
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. Rated R

Halloween
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. Halloween has been remade 3 times, and has a sequel! Rated R

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. This movie has been remade a number of times, and as several prequels and sequels, so there's plenty to check out! Not Rated

The Ring
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. If you enjoy this one, check out it's sequel: The Ring Two. PG-13


With this list of 13 spook-tacular Halloween movies, you'll be thrilled and chilled for the days leading up to Halloween night! So get the family together, pop some popcorn, and snuggle up close on these cool autumn nights to watch one of your favorite Halloween movies! Now, we couldn't possibly name all the greats, so did we miss a must-see classic on our list? Let us know what your favorite Halloween movies are in the comments!

And what better place to call home and snuggle up on your couch to watch these spooky movies than the best waterfront condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks! Take advantage of the cool temperatures of the fall season, and enjoy a beautiful drive down Hwy W to view our luxury condos in person today! Isla Del Sol is the only Island condominium development at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come enjoy a little slice of paradise at the Lake with us... Taking in the breath-taking views of the fall foliage from our island is unlike anything you'll ever experience!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Don't Miss the 32nd Annual Lake of the Ozarks Fall Harbor Hop!

Lake of the Ozarks: come for vacation, stay for the off-season community! Isla Del Sol condominiums at Lake of the Ozarks is no stranger to the celebrations that happen off-season.  With the seasons changing all of the tourists are heading back to whence they came and the lake is settling into a cozy autumn. One of the final lake-specific events of the year is the Harbor Hop happening this year on Saturday, October 14, 2017. With views that sit over the main channel, the best luxury condos at the Lake of the Ozarks gives you the best sights as people dart and race all over the lake to hit every location. Let's learn more about Harbor Hop!


The Event


The 32nd Anniversary Harbor Hop is one of the best ways to get out and see the color changes occurring all throughout the Lake area, while you and your friends scramble from location to location to complete your "hands". Harbor Hop helps showcase that Lake of the Ozarks is more than just a summer getaway- It's a permanent paradise for all of our residents!

Locations


This year, Harbor Hop has over 40 locations involved and participants must travel via boat or land in an attempt to draw 7 cards (A full poker hand). One card can be drawn at each of the participating locations, and when the 7th card is drawn, the hand is turned in. It's a long drawn out poker game meant to get people traveling all over the Lake!


Rules


The rules are simple. Players can sign up by visiting any of the participating "checkpoints" and pay an optional $20 donation. Players can enter more than once (meaning that one player can play multiple hands).  The 1st card is drawn where the hand is purchased; and 6 more cards are given at the 6 other checkpoints a player "hops" to. When the 7th or final card is drawn, (an optional 8th card may be drawn for $5) the hand is turned in. This must be done before 7PM on the day of the Harbor Hop! Winners are notified via mail.


Prizes


Prizes are based on donations received. The top ten poker hands receive prizes, as well as the 4 worst hands. Random drawing will also award ten more hands. Finally, there is a bonus "section" winner in which a winner will be chosen from drawing all of your cards within one section of checkpoints. Did we mention that all the prizes are cash?

If you had access to the main channel via boat, It would be easy to hit several sections of the event within the time-frame. The best waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks sit in the perfect spot for this Lake holiday! The 360 degree view will be filled with boaters bounding all over trying to collect their hands, you should join them!


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Festive Fall Beverage Recipes

Wow your taste buds with these super simple fall drink recipes. Whether hosting a party, sitting around a firepit with close friends, or just enjoying a night in watching a movie or reading a book, for a taste of autumn, mix up one of these delicious fall drinks. These seasonal sippers feature fall's best produce, including apples, cranberries, and more!


Pumpkin Spice Latte
Recipe makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 cup milk, divided
1 tablespoon white sugar, or more to taste
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup brewed espresso

Directions:
Whisk 1/2 cup milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup milk. Pour milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove pulp. Return milk mixture to saucepan and simmer, whisking, 2 minutes. Add espresso and whisk until foamy, 1 minute.

Hot Cranberry Tea
Recipe makes 14 servings

Ingredients:
3 1/2 quarts water
1 (12 ounce) package cranberries
2 cups white sugar
2 oranges, juiced
2 lemons, juiced
12 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:
In a large pot, combine water and cranberries. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Cover, and steep for 1 hour.

Warm & Spicy Autumn Punch
Recipe makes 16 servings

Ingredients:
2 oranges
8 whole cloves
6 cups apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 1/4 cups pineapple juice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stud the whole oranges with cloves, and bake for 30 minutes. In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the nutmeg, honey, lemon juice, and pineapple juice. Serve hot in a punch bowl with the 2 clove-studded baked oranges floating on top.

Apple Cider
Recipe makes 16 servings

Ingredients:
10 apples, quartered
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground allspice

Directions:
Place apples in a large stockpot and add enough water cover by at least 2 inches. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 1 hour. Cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours. Strain apple mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Drain cider again through a cheesecloth lined sieve. Refrigerate until cold.

No matter which fall beverage recipe you choose to try, your taste buds will surely enjoy them all, and so will your guests! So, invite some friends out, light up the fire pit, and make up a delicious pitcher of any of these fall festive beverages to invite the delectable taste of autumn. Pair some fun fall finger foods, and your little autumn gathering will be a successful hit! For more fall themed recipes, visit www.AllRecipes.com.

What better reason to host a fall themed party than for a housewarming party? And what better place than the best waterfront condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks to call your new home sweet home! Take advantage of the cool temperatures of the fall season, and enjoy a beautiful drive down Hwy W to view our luxury condos in person today! Isla Del Sol is the only Island condominium development at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come enjoy a little slice of paradise at the Lake with us... Taking in the breath-taking views of the fall foliage from our island is unlike anything you'll ever experience!

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