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Activities around Osage Beach in Lake of the Ozarks

 

Though when you come to Osage Beach, nestled within Lake of the Ozarks, you may never want to leave the stunning area. As there are plenty of other activities to do and things to see in Lake of the Ozarks. Using a vacation rental can enable you to get the most out of the lake and the surrounding region. Stay for a while and enjoy all that Lake of the Ozarks have to offer.

Explore More of Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Renting a vacation home on Osage Beach gives you the opportunity to explore. There are many great places for a variety of activities. On shore you can take advantage of the awesome hiking and biking trails. In the Fall, take a look at the beautiful fall colors the region is known for.

Of course you have swimming, fishing, and boating right outside your doorstep, and you should be sure to take advantage of the prime location, but when you want to grab dinner or spend some time shopping, you have many entertainment opportunities just outside the wilderness.

You can also take a backpacking trip from your Osage Beach Vacation Rentals condo and camp out in nature for a night. When you return, the comfort of your lodging will be the perfect place to relax, have a beverage, and gaze out onto the lake. When you rent a condo from Osage Beach Vacation Rentals, you can have it all.

Ozark Caverns

Renting at Osage Beach Vacation Rentals, gives you a perfect starting point to visit the caves. Ozark Caverns are a beautiful place to be transfixed by the geologic features of the mountains. Limestone and dolomite carbonates are enlarged by seeping water and create stunning fractures. Walking through these marvels is entrancing.

When you take the tour, you get to see a never-ending waterfall called Angel Showers. You will see claw marks from animals that used the cave for shelter thousands of years go, and animals like salamanders and bats that still live there now. Visiting the caves is a great way to get a different perspective on the beauty of the natural area. When you come back up to the light, you will be in awe of the region’s natural beauty.

Miner Mike’s

Don’t miss all the juvenile fun at Miner Mike’s. It is an indoor mining-themed park with a Ferris wheel with carriages for seats, a train that goes through some artificial mines, games, go karts, and jungle gyms for the little ones. This is a great place for the family, where the kids can run around and the parents can relax.

The Bagnell Dam & Grand Glaize Bridge

Though you will surely never get tired of the fishing off the shore of Osage Beach, there are other places nearby you can visit for a change of scenery. Renting a vacation home puts in your short distance from many great spots to fish and relax. Bagnell Dam and the Grand Glaize Bridge are beautiful destinations great for fishing and cruising around the lakes. With so many great fishing and boating spots, you will want to have the accessibility of having a vacation rental located in Osage Beach.

Whatever your plans in Lake of the Ozarks, you can do and see a lot with a vacation rental in the center of it all. So what are you waiting for? Book your vacation with Osage Beach Vacation Rentals today and start planning your activities. With so many amazing things to do and ways to relax, you won’t want to  miss a thing.                                                   

                                                                          

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Lake of the Ozarks has been voted as one of the top 10 prettiest areas in the country for fall leaf viewing. If Fall is your favorite time of the year, you don’t’ want to miss the color in Lake of the Ozarks! You can find beautiful colors along just about any highway, byway or lake road in the region.   Autumn colors peak around the third week of October and linger until month’s end. Listed below are a couple of drives that will put you in awe of this magnificent countryside!

  1.  Take Highway 42 east out of Osage Beach for a unique drive through Miller County that meanders through Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Take a short detour on Swinging Bridges Road out of Brumley to see the old swinging bridges southwest of town. One Swinging Bridge crosses over Grand Auglaize Creek and the other bridge over Mill Creek. These bridges were built in the 1920s by Joseph Dice, a regionally famous bridge builder who did not engineer his bridges.  Construction measurements were  eyeballed with a ball of string. Head back to Highway 42 and follow Highway 42 out to the Iberia.
  1. For beautiful views on the north side of the Lake area, take a drive from Eldon to Gravois Mills. Head southwest of Eldon on Route Y from Highway 52 west of town. Route Y turns into Route W.  Turn right to take W northwest and connect with Golden Beach Road. Stay to the right again for a tour along Little Gravois Cove via Seals Road. Cross the upper reaches of the Lake here after turning left onto Coffee Drive. To get to Gravois Mills  turn right on Anchorage Road and take Route TT south. Finally, continue until you come out on Highway 5 north of town.

 

Fall Color in Lake of the Ozarks Copy

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Lake of the Ozarks has been voted as one of the top 10 prettiest areas in the country for fall leaf viewing. If Fall is your favorite time of the year, you don’t’ want to miss the color in Lake of the Ozarks! You can find beautiful colors along just about any highway, byway or lake road in the region.   Autumn colors peak around the third week of October and linger until month’s end. Listed below are a couple of drives that will put you in awe of this magnificent countryside!

  1.  Take Highway 42 east out of Osage Beach for a unique drive through Miller County that meanders through Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Take a short detour on Swinging Bridges Road out of Brumley to see the old swinging bridges southwest of town. One Swinging Bridge crosses over Grand Auglaize Creek and the other bridge over Mill Creek. These bridges were built in the 1920s by Joseph Dice, a regionally famous bridge builder who did not engineer his bridges.  Construction measurements were  eyeballed with a ball of string. Head back to Highway 42 and follow Highway 42 out to the Iberia.
  1. For beautiful views on the north side of the Lake area, take a drive from Eldon to Gravois Mills. Head southwest of Eldon on Route Y from Highway 52 west of town. Route Y turns into Route W.  Turn right to take W northwest and connect with Golden Beach Road. Stay to the right again for a tour along Little Gravois Cove via Seals Road. Cross the upper reaches of the Lake here after turning left onto Coffee Drive. To get to Gravois Mills  turn right on Anchorage Road and take Route TT south. Finally, continue until you come out on Highway 5 north of town.

 

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A true sign of fall in Lake of the Ozarks is the stellar fall color show from the likes of dogwoods, thong trees, and oak-hickory forests. Lake of the Ozarks has been voted as one of the top 10 prettiest areas in the country for fall leaf viewing. As a result, you can find beautiful colors along just about any highway, byway or lake road in the region.

Timing of Fall Color

Timing of fall color change and leaf fall are primarily regulated by the calendar, that is, the increasing length of night.  As days grow shorter, and nights grow longer and cooler, biochemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape with Nature’s autumn palette. Fall colors peak around the third week of October and linger into the middle of November. Listed below are a couple of drives that will put you in awe of this magnificent countryside!

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

One very popular drive is through Ha Ha Tonka State Park which is only 17 miles from our Osage Beach Condos . Ha Ha Tonka State Park was voted one of the best state parks in Missouri by readers of AAA Midwest Traveler.  Chock full of Beautiful hiking trails, breathtaking views, caverns, tunnels and more therefore,  a sight to behold.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park features 16 miles of spectacular scenery, natural wonders and the famous Ha Ha Tonka castle ruins. The 12 hiking trails in the State Park vary from accessible, paved walkways to rugged, rocky trails, providing a diverse experience for hikers.

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Lake of the Ozarks State Park is another great option for viewing magnificent color.  This state park features 16.5 miles of trails, as well as cycling and horseback riding trails, that attract the casual strollers to serious trekkers. There are also cycling and horseback riding trails as well. You can download a few of the trail maps for Lake of the Ozarks State Park below. Meander through one of the trails below to view first hand nature’s magnificent display.

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Exploring Lake of the Ozarks on a Rainy Day

Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect vacation destination for your whole family as it offers something for everyone! From world-class boating to shopping, a wide variety of parks, restaurants, lodging, and other recreational activities; Lake of the Ozarks has it all!

Nothing can ruin your day in Lake of the Ozarks, not even a rainy one! There are tons of activities that you can do to make a rainy day exciting and memorable. Here is a list of fun-packed things that you can do when it’s pouring down at your favorite vacation spot.

Hit the Wineries

Wineries of the Lake of the Ozarks are a major attraction for the local and foreign tourists. It is a perfect place to spend a rainy day at! What could be better than sipping wine and enjoying a spectacular view while the sky pours down?

Lake of the Ozarks houses 6 vineries and rain only adds to the beauty of their already breathtaking surroundings. It may be difficult for you to sit outside but you can enjoy a combination of wines, beers and delicious meals that are offered here.

Explore the Ozark Distillery

Ozark Distillery is a small family owned and operated business. It offers handcrafted spirits and produces a number of whiskeys including Corn Whiskey Moonshine, Bourbon Whiskey, Premium Vodka and Blackberry Moonshine.

Tastings offered at Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are followed by a 45-minute tour of the distillery. The tour is often guided by the owner, Dave, who is highly appreciated by the visitors because of his fun and entertaining nature. Your distillery tour will be packed with interesting information and the fascinating history of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Visit the Timber Falls Water Park

Timber Falls Water Park is a small indoor park at the Tan Tar A resort. It is a fun getaway, especially for children who will happily spend hours sliding off the water slides into the Lazy River, which by the way is perfectly safe.

This park is an instant hit with children! You can let your little ones have fun in the hot tub and the swimming pool with basketball hoops. End the fun-filled day at Timber Falls with a yummy treat from the snack bar.

Spend the Day Relaxing at a Spa

Another fun way to make up for a rainy day is by booking a relaxing massage at one of the 9 Spas of the Lake of the Ozarks. Lose yourself in the calming sauna treatments and steam rooms and treat yourself with the pampering that you so obviously deserve. After experiencing the whirlpool of fun at the Lake, you will surely take pleasure in the peace and tranquility of a Spa.

Relive History at the Camden County Museum

Camden County Museum is a walk through the history. The pictures and artifacts from events like the Civil War and the building of the Lake of the Ozarks make it an interesting and informative stop. When the rain starts to fall, spend your day learning about the time when the area was first being settled.

They also have an amazing collection of Indian artifacts that provides a glimpse into the lives of early dwellers of this region. Escape the rain by visiting Camden County Museum to get lost in the olden times and fascinating legends.

Laser Tag Zone & Lake Escape Room

Brighten your mood on a rainy day by heading out to the Laser Tag Zone or the Escape Room of the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you have a fun-packed family time in the 4000sf laser tag arena or challenge yourself in the Escape Room; you are sure to have a blast. You can also keep the lively by going crazy over the arcade games of the Laser Tag Zone.

It’s time you stop worrying about rain and start planning your next vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks!

 

The Hidden Wonders of Lake of the Ozarks

Revealing the Hidden Wonders Lake of the Ozarks Hiking Trails

Lake of the Ozarks is one of the top destinations for tourists looking for the ultimate lake experience. The lake is amongst America’s largest human-made lakes created in 1930 after the making of the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River. The lake’s surroundings form part of  Lake of the Ozarks State Park which has 12 trails, underground caverns, luxuriant forests, and habitats. The majority of  Lake of the Ozarks hiking takes place in the park which is accessible by foot, boat, or by road.

Hikers Are in for a Treat

The Lake of Ozarks lies between two state parks; the Ha Ha Tonka State Park and the Lake of the Ozarks State Park,  https://mostateparks.com/park/ha-ha-tonka-state-park.  The state parks are abundant in wildlife and with diverse ecosystems of plants habitats. The 12 trails in the park offer hikers a rare glimpse of an undistributed landscape that has existed for thousands of years. Hiking is an example of the fun things to do in Lake of the Ozark. You can spot the unique owl species, woodlands, and fen habitats on shores. Trails vary from rugged to moderate with the short distance of 1-3 miles and longest “Trial of Four Winds” at 13.5 miles. All trails offer breathtaking views of the lake, rocky outcrops, the dense green woodland, and seasonal streams. The shoreline is over 1,100 miles making the area a must visit for families in the US.

To access the parks, there are trails leading to the forest and go on for hundreds of miles. Some trails are simple to navigate and allow for mountain biking. Other trails are short for one day hikers and are simple to complete. Those preferring to stay by the lake are bound to see the complex fauna and exotic birds and wildlife.

Cavern Tours      

The Lake of the Ozarks hiking excursions allows visitors to explore the Ozark Caverns, https://mostateparks.com/page/54199/cave-tours. These formations lie beneath the surface; formed as result of the abrasion action of water on limestone. Some areas of the caverns have a high ceiling with unusual speleothem projections. In some parts of the cave, water continuously seeps from solid rocks, an incredible cave phenomenon. Many bats species, salamanders, and other invertebrates call the caverns home. Along the trails, there are picnic sites and different plant colonies. Cavern tours consist of a one hour tour and lecture of the geographical formations in the area. The caves are the best place to escape the hot summer sun. Underground cavern tours show that the fun things to do in Lake of the Ozarks are not always on land or in the water.

12  Hiking Trails at Lake of the Ozarks State Park

1. Aquatic Trail

The trail, about 9.75 miles is accessible by through the lake and visitors can enjoy the spectacular views from the boat. Having a guide for the trip can help you learn more about the woodlands, glades and wildlife species. Due to the variations in the dam’s outlet downstream, you may experience increase or decrease in the water level.

2. Blue Stream Knoll Trail

The trail, about .80 miles, gives hikers the feel of the undisturbed landscape the first settlers viewed when they landed in the area. It’s filled with tall grass, occasional wildflowers most notably the yellow coneflowers found only at the Lakes of Ozarks in the world.

3. Coakley Hollow Trail

You won’t need a guide for this trail, that’s about 1 mile. The trail offers a glimpse of six different types of plant colonies. Local’s have used the plants and herbs in the area for medicinal purpose for several generations. You get the rare opportunity to see the Blue-Eyed Grass.

4. Fawn’s Ridge Trail

It takes about one hour to complete (1.25 miles) with a picnic area in along the trail. Along the trail, you can see the white oaks, brown creepers, white-eyed vireos and elm-leaved goldenrod.

5. Hidden Springs Trail

It’s about 2.5 miles with steep gradients and lot’s of plant species to see on the trail. The plants are unique for each season and intersect with the Four of Winds trails.

6. Honey Run Trail

It takes about two hours to complete with a total length of 12.75 miles. The trail has three sections; the South Loop, North Loop and Uplands Flatwood Section. The trails have more sections on the way and woodlands are the main feature.

7. Lake Trail

Fens are abundant with few trees on the trail, and it’s approximately 1.5 miles. You hike along the shoreline and enjoy the excellent view of the lake.

8. Lakeview Bend Trail

It’s about 1.5 miles and has towering dolomite bluffs and steep slopes. Along the trail, there is evidence of the erosion by the Grand Glaize River.

9. Rocky Top Trail
The trail takes you to the largest open spaces in the forest, and takes 1 hour, 30 minutes to hike. You travel through the ravine to the dolomite cliffs.

10. Shady Ridge Trail

It is one mile long with excellent views of the lake and linked to the Grand Glaze Beach. Hikes can spot the black oaks. It has bridges on some stream other have no structural crossing.

11. Trail Of Four Winds

If you want to see all the plant communities in one hike, the Trail of Four Winds is an excellent option for hikers. It’s among the top fun things to do in Lake of the Ozark and has sections, the north loop and south loop. Maps are needed to navigate the area.

12. White Oak Trail

Animals are featured on this trail such as the Northern Fence Lizards, three-toed turtles and chipmunks. It’s 1 mile with an option of extending the hike.

Find the Perfect Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rentals

If you are looking for a place to stay, look no further, as the Osage Beach Vacation Rentals, https://osagebeachvacationrentals.com, has all you need for an exceptional get away. You will find two well appointed condos with fabulous lake views. You get more freedom by renting a water-front condo than staying at a hotel. It saves you money and gives you a better feel of the community. At Osage Beach Vacation Rentals you’re coming to relax and make memories at a top flight destination.

 

Lake Of the Ozarks: A Welcoming Retreat for Wine Enthusiasts

 

The Lake of the Ozarks wineries is a welcoming retreat for wine enthusiasts.  The lake has attracted local and foreign tourists to the excellent entertainment, recreation, and cuisine it offer. All that along with luxurious accommodations and pristine waters makes the lake a perfect summer retreat for couples, families, and friends.

There would be hardly anything that beats the feeling of sipping wine on the bank of a beautiful, serene lake.  For those of you who love great wines, this summer getaway offers much more. Lake of Ozarks is home to 6 different wineries and we’re listing down three of our favorites for you.

Shawnee Bluff Winery

Located on 2430 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Shawnee Bluff Winery offers an outdoor deck and patio that overlooks the lake. Visit  Shawnee Bluff to enjoy a full menu for lunch and dinner. They also offer wine tasting by bottle and/or glass, whichever you prefer. The guest rooms at Shawnee Bluff Winery offer a comfortable accommodation in case you wish to stay for the night and relish the spectacular views of the surroundings. There is always something happening at the Shawnee Bluff Winery, and you’ll love the  live music on the weekends.

Seven Springs Winery

The Seven Springs Winery is spread across 160 acres of rolling foothills in Missouri. The winery is located between Osage Beach and Camdenton which is a 10 minute drive from both of the locations. Seven Springs Winery features a covered patio and porch area where you can sit back, relax and take in the admirable views of the surroundings while sipping on your favorite wine. The winery offers wine tasting complimented by a light menu of sandwiches, soups, cheese trays, various breads, and dipping oils. For those of you with an adventurous taste palette, the micro brews and sangrias served at Seven Springs Winery are something to look forward to. They even provide a shuttle service to and from the lake area.

Casa de Loco

Located on 985 East Highway 54, Camdenton, Mo.  They have a fantastic wine selection and  wine tastings.  Wedding venues, and corporate outings are quite popular for the locals and tourists. Whether you’re looking for a rewarding wine tasting experience or just a romantic getaway over the weekend, Casa De Loco is where you need to be. Enjoy great wine on an afternoon picnic or a candlelight dinner for two – the winery is ideal for both!

So if you’re looking for a place that has it all – breathtaking landscapes,  great vacation rentals, and plenty of wineries – head over to Lake of the Ozarks for your next holiday!

The 3 Best Things to Do in Lake of The Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks resort destination offers a great variety of activities for both local and foreign tourists. With extensive lodging choices and great eateries, the place makes an ideal holiday destination.

Just book a vacation condo and make the most of these fantastic things to do at the Lake of Ozarks – that too, on a budget.

1. Take a Walk

Lake of the Ozarks offers plenty of outdoors. Enjoy long leisurely walks or vigorous hikes with stunning natural views and sceneries.

  • Walk to the Bagnell Dam and just take a moment to appreciate the natural landscaping of the Osage River and the Lake of Ozarks.
  • Get adventurous as you hike up the Devil’s Promenade trail at the Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
  • The Coliseum trail is great for beginners.

2. Get to Know the History

The place offers rich culture and history that is well-depicted by the local museums. These Museums narrate both pre and post-Bagnell Dam events. Make sure you head out to the:

  • Camden County Museum
  • Morgan County Museum
  • Miller County Museum

These museums are your window into the events that shaped the history of this beautiful Lake of Ozarks territory.

3. Just Have Fun!

They say all good things come for a price – most of them don’t cost a cent at the lake of Ozarks. Here are some fun activities to can involve in during your summer holidays:

Play Disc Golf

Played with Frisbees or discs, this sport is great to keep an individual and/or family active and entertained for hours.

Hit the Waters

  • Visit the Tan-Tar-A indoor water park for some fun rides and water adventures.
  • Take a swim in warm waters of the lake.
  • Go boating or kayaking in the lake
  • The Westlake Aquatic Center offers heated pools for the little ones to enjoy.

Something for the Kids

Get Air Osage Beach is a fantastic place to visit if you’re vacationing with your kids. This indoor trampoline park has everything from trampolines, fidget ladder, slam ball, and slack-line to foam pits and ninja tackle course. Invigorating and fun, the kids will love it.

There’s a lot more you can do at the Lake of Ozarks during summers. Just make sure you start planning your vacation well ahead of time. Check out Osage Beach Vacation Rentals condos for a luxurious holiday at this glorious lake resort. Our vacation rental condos are available year round. Why don’t you book a stay today!

Vacation Condo Rentals or Hotel Stay for Your Next Vacation

 

Vacation condo rentals are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason. Whether it’s a rental condo, apartment, or villa, these properties offer a fully furnished retreat for all types of tourists. An independent traveler, a family, or a large group of people – vacation rental properties like the Sunset Paradise Condo offer a host of advantages over the conventional hotel rooms. Here’s how:

The Easy Availability

Hotels are usually built in the tourist-popular areas. So if you are looking for a vacation at a remote location, there’s a fair chance you wouldn’t find a hotel there. At least not a decent one. Vacation rentals to the rescue! Plus, you have complete privacy whether it’s an in-season or off-season vacation!

Great for Larger Groups

Say for example you’re a family of 6 with big kids, you’ll need to book at least 3 rooms at a hotel or pay premium for a family suite. With rental condos like the Sunset Paradise Condo, you can have the entire party in one place without having to worry about having the kids tucked-in in the other rooms when its bedtime. There is plenty of space to move around and play – and guess what? Nobody gets disturbed when the kids have some innocent fun.

Live Like the Locals Do

Living in a vacation rental is almost like owning a home in that vicinity. Most of these properties are located in quaint residential areas instead of the tourist dense hubs of the region. Plus, you can get in touch with a handful of locals and homeowners in the vicinity who can guide you with insider tips to make the most of your trip to a place like the Lake of Ozarks.

Free Laundry!

Most of the hotels do not provide free laundry facilities. But vacation condos and other rentals do. These fully furnished properties are usually equipped with proper laundry facilities you can use at your convenience. You save money and you can pack a lot lighter than you would for the hotel. Just pop your clothes in the washer/dryer and you’re set for the whole next week.

Cook Your Own Meals

Spending on meals during a vacation can prove to be costly. At the vacation rentals you have complete access to fully-equipped kitchen facilities where you can cook as many meals as you want. Head to the nearby mart, get your ingredients and get cooking. Cook a little extra and keep it overnight in the fridge only to reheat and eat it in the afternoon. Wouldn’t that be great?

We at Osage Beach Vacation Rentals offer two gorgeous condos for travelers just like you. With stunning views of the lake and lavish décor – these condos are available for rental round the year. These vacation condos are big enough to house 10 people comfortably – imagine the amount of money you can save on booking multiple rooms for a group that large!

Lake of the Ozarks Holiday Celebrations

 

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Lake of the Ozarks holiday celebrations run through the month of December! Pack your bags and prepare to reconnect with love ones.  Leave behind those distractions; electronics, commitments, work and school.  Relax and unwind as these are the days when memories are made! The holiday season is a time for celebrating with family, carrying out traditions and making lasting memories. What better place to do that but in one of the Osage Beach Vacation rentals. These condos are cozy, well appointed with unprecedented views of the main channel.

Lake of the Ozarks is ramping up their preparation of holiday activities for all to enjoy. To kick off the holiday season the 13th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade to be held on Nov. 26th in Laurie, Mo. The young children in your family will be awed by the appearance of Santa on his magical sleigh.

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Celebrate the season at the Annual Christmas Parade along the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip. Following the parade Santa’s caravan will be present at the Lake Holiday Bonfire below Bagnell Dam, which is the focal point of Lake of the Ozarks. There will be lots of treats for the kids, hot chocolate, coffee and Christmas Caroling. What a great way to celebrate the season while making lasting memories!

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If you are a show goer, you will love the Main Street Music Hall Christmas Show which runs November-December. This wonderful, lighthearted performance is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

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Your holiday weekend would not be complete without taking the scenic dinner cruise on the Celebration. As you cruise the lake the magic of the season will twinkle on the docks that are decked out with holiday lights.

Osage Beach, Mo., is the perfect place to find that holiday gift. With the Outlet Mall and tons of small boutiques in the area, you’re sure to find that special gift.

If you haven’t made it down to Lake of the Ozarks for a holiday celebration you still have time to make your reservations in one of the relaxing, Osage Beach Vacation Rental condos. Cal today to make your holiday memories at the Lake.