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Traxx822
06-30-2013, 08:35 AM
Alright guys, So i'm getting married August 24th of this year to my girlfriend of going on 8 years now. Finally I guess but we were never in a rush. We have already booked our honeymoon to Hawaii but we are not going right after the wedding. Since its summer here anyways why waste the money and go to Hawaii during the summer. So we booked it for late January. Now we still need to go somewhere for right after the wedding so we are thinking a 5-7 day mini honeymoon.

We are located in Chicago. And I want the best chance for warm weather and warm water so we are going South only.

The 2 best options we have right now is Branson MO and Parker AZ.

As you can already tell distance is of no option here.

We are looking for a rental home to not cost more than $2500 otd. (other costs of trip not included in that budget) So that may affect how many days we stay and that is fine, But the rental home must be of current fashion (no old flower print everywhere) and have 3 important features. 1: A dock for the boat (Of Course) 2: A jacuzzi or hot jub outside 3: Wifi internet

This home is in Branson in the prestigious Tan-Tar-A estates area.
http://davehuffman.com/listing-6900h-lake-of-the-ozarks-bluff-home-125.html

Just to give you an idea. We want beautiful scenery, warm weather and a few minor other details. So anywhere from North Carolina to Arizona is acceptable.

Please throw me idea's for everything from Destination Lakes to recommendations on vacation rentals to specific activities for those respective area's.

Thanks guys. I am really having some trouble narrowing it down.

EDIT: Example home is at Lake of the Ozarks not anywhere near Branson :D :D :D

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 08:40 AM
I could probably afford this one for all of about ... one day :D

http://www.flipkey.com/parker-vacation-rentals/p551450/

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 08:42 AM
This one looks awesome. Telico Lake, TN

http://tellicolakerental.com/Lake-Rental-Main.php

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 08:58 AM
I rented this place last year. Outer Banks NC (Manteo) This was awesome let me tell yah. Place had a hot tub, canal front, boat ramp right next door made it easy, was cheap, even an elevator in this place.

So clearly brackish waters don't scare me and my MC

http://www.outerbanksrentals.com/rental/house.html?ID=1206&Avail=&Stay=&User=SWR9966

ttu
06-30-2013, 09:02 AM
Alright guys, So i'm getting married August 24th of this year to my girlfriend of going on 8 years now. Finally I guess but we were never in a rush. We have already booked our honeymoon to Hawaii but we are not going right after the wedding. Since its summer here anyways why waste the money and go to Hawaii during the summer. So we booked it for late January. Now we still need to go somewhere for right after the wedding so we are thinking a 5-7 day mini honeymoon.

We are located in Chicago. And I want the best chance for warm weather and warm water so we are going South only.

The 2 best options we have right now is Branson MO and Parker AZ.

As you can already tell distance is of no option here.

We are looking for a rental home to not cost more than $2500 otd. (other costs of trip not included in that budget) So that may affect how many days we stay and that is fine, But the rental home must be of current fashion (no old flower print everywhere) and have 3 important features. 1: A dock for the boat (Of Course) 2: A jacuzzi or hot jub outside 3: Wifi internet

This home is in Branson in the prestigious Tan-Tar-A estates area.
http://davehuffman.com/listing-6900h-lake-of-the-ozarks-bluff-home-125.html

Just to give you an idea. We want beautiful scenery, warm weather and a few minor other details. So anywhere from North Carolina to Arizona is acceptable.

Please throw me idea's for everything from Destination Lakes to recommendations on vacation rentals to specific activities for those respective area's.

Thanks guys. I am really having some trouble narrowing it down.

isn't that house at tan-tar-a closer to osage beach and not branson. pretty sure branson is about 2 hours away. looks nice though and congrats with the getting married!

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 09:04 AM
Well, its still on Table Rock isn't it? You know that happens, you look in a city and then they show you what is close. Like I said. I'm not tied down to a location yet.

ttu
06-30-2013, 09:06 AM
Well, its still on Table Rock isn't it? You know that happens, you look in a city and then they show you what is close. Like I said. I'm not tied down to a location yet.

no not table rock but lake of the Ozarks. might check vrbo.com for Kimberling city, ect

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 09:09 AM
no not table rock but lake of the Ozarks. might check vrbo.com for Kimberling city, ect

Ok, will check it out. Been looking on vrbo.com

And I just looked it all up, what a tool I am. Table Rock LOL Well my options just got bigger I guess :D

HartlandX1
06-30-2013, 09:10 AM
I went to Branson once, to look at a SAN. OMFG. Never again. Bunch of blue hairs in a desperate poor mans Vegas.

ttu
06-30-2013, 09:12 AM
I went to Branson once, to look at a SAN. OMFG. Never again. Bunch of blue hairs in a desperate poor mans Vegas.

so true! we love going to table rock. one of my favorite lakes! we never go to branson!

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 09:13 AM
I didn't know they had any casino's in Branson. I had initially looked there because I have some clients down there and they always talk about how beautiful the lakes are. I have been down there many times for work just not on the lakes.

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 09:23 AM
Kimberling City, MO (this ones pretty cheap)

http://www.vrbo.com/261614#

bcd
06-30-2013, 09:25 AM
If you want to wakeboard, stay away from Lake of the Ozarks. Branson isn't somewhere I'd want to go, but Table Rock Lake is. We went almost every year, and went into Branson maybe twice the whole time growing up - when it was raining. Table Rock is a big, warm, clear lake that is surrounded by rock cliffs. You can usually find calm water.

If you want epic riding conditions, go to Bull Shoals Lake. It's an hour or two farther from you, but is like Table Rock, only with a quarter of the people (not that Table Rock is that bad). With all of it's coves, you can find glass water almost any day regardless of wind. The only bad part of the lake is since it's so unpopulated, the accomodations are a little limited.

Also, if it's just you 2, factor in the spotter law on your decision. MO only requires a mirror. They do have the stupid orange flag rule whenever someone is in the water.

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 09:26 AM
I think there might be more "fun" places than Branson Area. Any suggestions on places that the new wife will have the most fun at.

Thats why I was looking at Parker because from this darn board I see lots of wild photos coming out of Lake Havasu

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 09:28 AM
If you want to wakeboard, stay away from Lake of the Ozarks. Branson isn't somewhere I'd want to go, but Table Rock Lake is. We went almost every year, and went into Branson maybe twice the whole time growing up - when it was raining. Table Rock is a big, warm, clear lake that is surrounded by rock cliffs. You can usually find calm water.

If you want epic riding conditions, go to Bull Shoals Lake. It's an hour or two farther from you, but is like Table Rock, only with a quarter of the people (not that Table Rock is that bad). With all of it's coves, you can find glass water almost any day regardless of wind. The only bad part of the lake is since it's so unpopulated, the accomodations are a little limited.

Also, if it's just you 2, factor in the spotter law on your decision. MO only requires a mirror. They do have the stupid orange flag rule whenever someone is in the water.

Thanks for the tip, As calmer water is still desired we probably won't be doing much boarding since its just the two of us. I might be able to convince her to drive while surfing but never boarding :D

Thats why NC at the outer Banks works because if the wind is making the sound too choppy we can always just hit the beach oceanside (which she loves as well)

With "Just Married" draped from the tower we are looking for more of a "fun" lake since we are younger.

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 09:37 AM
Geez, Is there a such thing as waterfront property on Lake Havasu? Or do those rentals just not exist?

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 09:39 AM
I know I'm blowing up my own thread. BUT OH MY GOD

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p410312vb#summary (http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p410312vb#rates)

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 10:27 AM
Lake Tahoe, CA

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3476413

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 10:34 AM
small but cheap and with boat slip
Lake Havasu
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p478818vb

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 10:40 AM
Lake Travis, TX (Very nice)

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p246566

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 10:43 AM
Another very nice lake Travis with dock

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p375452

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 10:52 AM
Sparks Lake next to Reno, NV

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p168089

Traxx822
06-30-2013, 11:05 AM
Wow Priest Lake (Not happening though)

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p480209vb

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
06-30-2013, 12:15 PM
Lake Travis, TX (Very nice)

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p246566

Another very nice lake Travis with dock

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p375452

Those Lake Travis pictures are definatly before out drought. Travis normally can vary 20 ft in a season but currently it's 54ft below normal. Many people still have boats stuck on lifts, must launch from shore etc. Currently looks nothing like those rentals...

Might want to ask the landlords for current pictures...

Hogwild
06-30-2013, 08:18 PM
Mountain Harbor on Lake Ouachita. By far the best lake in the state of Arkansas and close to Hot Springs which is a pretty neat place to visit. Not as busy and happenin as Branson unless the horses are runnin at Oaklawn, but still fun nonetheless.

You can usually find some condos on VRBO.com

Here's a little more about the resort.

http://www.mountainharborresort.com/

Traxx822
07-01-2013, 08:29 AM
Wow, thats lousy to hear about Lake Travis and surrounding bodies of water. That was looking good as we have some friends in Austin and Dallas.

Lake ouachita looks very nice (the name makes me want to say ouachootoo like from Ace Ventura)

But unfortunately I didn't find any rentals available during our time frame available and the ones that were available were kinda shaggy.

Traxx822
07-01-2013, 02:36 PM
Norris Lake, TN Has it all but outdated decor

http://www.vrbo.com/72408

Dylan
07-01-2013, 03:53 PM
Geez, Is there a such thing as waterfront property on Lake Havasu? Or do those rentals just not exist?

You are correct, no real waterfront properties. As far as Havasu Landing, I've never actually stayed there. However, I have been to that small casino a few times and was mostly unimpressed. My wife won $500 on a slot machine, and the way the employees were acting and congratulating her, you'd think we just won the super lotto! Since you're driving all that way, I would think you'd be better off at Powell on a houseboat or something of the like. Otherwise my wife and I spent a few days at the London Bridge Resort before our Honeymoon Cruise and had a blast. Boat docked in the channel. We have a place in Havasu so if you have any questions about that I can probably help.

Jason.H.
07-01-2013, 04:21 PM
http://silverbayview.com/

Smith mountain lake, Va. absolutely beautiful sceanery and very secluded. We always stay in cabin one but the main house has an outdoor hot tub. Great restaraunts by boat and water is very clean

pmkkdx
07-01-2013, 04:51 PM
Those Lake Travis pictures are definatly before out drought. Travis normally can vary 20 ft in a season but currently it's 54ft below normal. Many people still have boats stuck on lifts, must launch from shore etc. Currently looks nothing like those rentals...

Might want to ask the landlords for current pictures...

that's exactly what I was thinking about Travis ... pretty much anything farther upstream, especially listed as Pedernales or Spicewood area would be really questionable with the current lake level...

but ... just a short distance up river is Lake LBJ which is a constant level (I think the largest constant level in the US???) that should have some decent places waterfront ... http://www.homeaway.com/search/keywords:Lake+LBJ%2C+Texas or http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/texas/hill-country/lake-lbj ... I just don't have time to search since you have some specifics in mind of what you are looking for.

There is a small resort that we have stayed a number of times, both renting their cabins, condos/villas and taking our RV... can be rustic to fairly modern depending on which rental unit you look into. Swimming pool (small), hot tub, BBQ pits/grills, convenient dining & grocery store. Reasonably priced, good location with ramp, slip rental and lighted/baited floating fishing dock. About an hour & 15-30 minute drive back into Austin. http://www.rio-vista-resort.com/ ...

mzimme
07-01-2013, 05:08 PM
If you end up on Table Rock, and want something a little more lively than just a rental house, check out the Big Cedar Lodge. It's on the other side of the lake from Kimberling City, but it's really nice and will have anything you want. It's really close to the Arkansas border (like a 10 minute boat ride max), and that little stretch from the Lodge to Arkansas is some of the best water I've ever wakeboarded on. The resort in general has lots to do as well with a couple restaurants, a beach, full marina with slip rental, ice cream shop, sand volleyball, a pool, etc. They have cabins to rent or you can stay in the lodge. Not a bad option if you're looking for something with a bit more of a "resort" feel to it.

bcd
07-01-2013, 08:56 PM
Congratulations by the way.