Let’s Talk Conservation!

by Big Cedar Lodge 24. August 2012 10:58

What Big Cedar Lodge activity happens every day, involves every guest and associate, and requires no special skills, time, or energy? The answer is RECYCLING! Without our knowledge, each person that works or plays on the Lodge property is taking part in an effort to help the environment through composting, recycling, conservation, and preservation.

According to Landscape Manager, Dennis Goodnight, “We are environmentally friendly, and we do everything we can to work with guests and associates to recycle—the more stuff we can pull, the less goes to landfills.” Collection bins are placed around the resort for glass, plastic, paper and aluminum; but did you know food scraps, ashes, and plants are composted and used to grow the beautiful gardens around the property?

Rick Weltch, Recycling Coordinator, has the not-so-glamorous job of hand sorting all the collected materials, but that doesn’t bother him a bit. He’s been recycling since before recycling was cool. At the age of six, he was picking up bottles and cans and returning them for deposit money. “I didn’t realize I was recycling back then, but that’s what it was,” he explains. As an outdoorsman, he appreciates the green-friendly atmosphere at Big Cedar Lodge. He believes “This is a resort-wide team effort, everyone is taking a small part, and it continues to get better and better!”

So far this year Big Cedar Lodge has recycled almost 35 tons of cardboard, over 3 tons of plastic and tin, and almost 10 tons of glass. So the next time you place a bottle in a bin, or leave some veggies on your plate; remember, whatever can be recycled…will be recycled! And Big Cedar Lodge Associates also volunteer monthly at the Branson Recycle facility— because we know, we all live downstream!

 

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Summer Smoothie Recipe

by Big Cedar Lodge 10. August 2012 10:14

 

Truman Café’s All Natural Smoothie

 

 

What could be more satisfying on a hot summer day than a cool drink?  How about an all natural cool drink!  Truman Café is known for their scrumptious sandwiches and mouth watering desserts, but they also serve icy drinks, fruit smoothies, and refreshing frappes.  Our guests know breakfast is a great time to visit Truman Café, but on a hot afternoon nothing quenches your thirst better than one of these ice cold cups of yummy (healthy) goodness!   

 

3 oz Yogurt

¼  Orange

½  Banana

3 Strawberries

1 tsp Honey (optional)

8 oz Ice

 

Combine yogurt, orange, banana, strawberries, and honey if desired.  Add 8 oz of ice and blend until smooth… Enjoy!

 

Treat Your Legs to Something Special

by Big Cedar Lodge 7. August 2012 09:40

 

Our legs get us out of bed in the morning, support us all day, and carry us back to bed at night; but how often do we treat them to something special?  The Spas at Big Cedar Lodge has the perfect solution—the Firming Leg Treatment—available at both the Carriage House and Lakeside Spa locations.  According to Mary Bendure, one of the spa’s licensed Massage Therapists, the treatment “rejuvenates, promotes leg vein health, and aids the lymphatic system” through improved circulation. 

The therapy begins with an Almond and Mineral Treatment, from Eminence Organic Skin Care, that gently exfoliates the skin.  Warm towels are then placed around your legs, allowing the moist heat to nourish and relax your muscles.  After removing the towels, dead skin cells are gently sloughed off leaving your skin soft and supple.  The paprika included in the treatment, stimulates and oxygenates the skin, while tightening pores and giving an overall invigorating glow.    

Next, Mary applies Lychee & Chestnut Firming Leg Treatment, also by Eminence.  This immunity-boosting leg cream not only relieves tired, aching legs; it also reduces the visible signs of varicose veins.  The treatment contains horse chestnut and butcher’s broom, which work together to improve circulation and stimulate blood flow.  The product is a winner of the Day Spa Editor’s Choice award, and after experiencing the treatment, I can understand why.

Let’s face it, the continued high temperature has everyone looking for an excuse to step indoors and savor the comfort of a cool spot.  From the moment the Spa doors open, the calm and relaxing atmosphere will make you want to stay all day.  And with all the different services available, you can!  If you haven’t been to the Spa, stop in and let one of our talented therapists or Barbara, the Spa Manager, find the perfect product, therapy, or treatment for you. 

The Firming Leg Treatment is the perfect respite to your day.  Give those tired, swollen legs what they need—some special care and attention.  You've got legs, and you know how to use them... Let the Spas at Big Cedar Lodge pamper them!

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Big Cedar is tucked into the wooded hillsides of the Ozark Mountains just 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri on Table Rock Lake. This popular vacation paradise - complete with Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park - offers cozy accommodations, delicious dining options and first class service.

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