Horse of the Month: Skipper

by Big Cedar Lodge 17. May 2013 11:19

 

Our May Horse of the Month is Skipper, one of our oldest trail horses at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. He was born on June 6, 1986. He's a Quarter Horse, and his registered name is Lucky Skippernel! Skipper has taken countless adults and kids on trail rides at both Big Cedar Lodge and Dogwood Canyon. He is an all around horse and one of our favorites for sure. Next time you visit Dogwood Canyon, be sure to ask for Skipper!

 

Big Cedar's Horse of the Month!

by Big Cedar Lodge 15. March 2013 12:24

Hershey came to us at Cedar Mountian Stables in 2006 at approximately 6 years old. He quickly became a guest favorite, as well as a favorite among the wranglers. Hershey is known for his awesome personality and ability to do anything you ask of him: cattle drive, advanced ride or one hour trail ride. He got his name because of his chocolate color and sweet attitude. Hershey is currently offering trail rides at DWC stables, be sure to ask for him next time you go for a ride!

 

A Note From Friends

by Big Cedar Lodge 13. February 2013 09:52

Dear Big Cedar Lodge,

Thank you for the opportunity to share our wonderful experience at Big Cedar Lodge.  We loved the entire resort, how well thought out it is and how it absolutely has something for everyone.  We truly enjoyed the décor with all of the animal mounts and rustic charm.  It was quite evident that you truly care about those clients who stay with you and want to make them feel as welcome and comfortable as possible in this “home away from home” environment.  We enjoyed the horse-drawn carriage ride and the driver was so personable and knowledgeable.  Dogwood Canyon was breathtaking!  As fellow business owners, we admire and appreciate the use of the Big Cedar logo in everything from the wrought iron railings to the entertainment centers to the cookies left in our room each night.  We are excited to come back because there is so much more that we want to see and do “next time,” which we hope will be very soon!

 

Thanks for providing such a first class resort for everyone to enjoy!

Paul and JoEllen Gonzales

Longmont, Colorado  

 

Check out our Spring Break 2013 Activities!  We have some exciting things planned for families, kids, and over 21. 

Go to: http://www.big-cedar.com/Page/Spring-Break-2013.aspx

Long Creek Marina

by Big Cedar Lodge 7. February 2013 16:23

Relax; we’ve got you covered….

 

 

Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina

 

As a member of the Bass Pro Shops family, Long Creek Marina offers top of the line Tracker Boat rentals and the newest water sports equipment available on Table Rock Lake.  Our knowledgeable staff can arrange professional fishing guide services or set up ski instruction.  The Marina also has groceries, apparel, and camping supplies in a family-friendly, convenient location.

 

Boat Rental: Fishing Boats, Pontoons, Ski Boats, and Deck Boats

 

Personal Watercraft Rental: Skis, Tubes, Kneeboards, and Wakeboards

 

Professional Fishing Guides:  Local Guides with Knowledge of the Best Angling Equipment and Techniques including Conventional Pole and Bow Fishing

 

Ski School: Shalom, Kneeboard, Wakeboard, and Barefoot Ski Instruction (Beginning Memorial Day)

 

Lady Liberty Boat:  A custom built 62’ luxury dinner yacht captures the beauty of a by-gone era while employing the modern amenities of today.  The distinctive yacht holds up to 49 guests comfortably, and is available for private celebrations as well as corporate and group events.  Add a touch of sophistication and charm to your next dining event; cruise the lake aboard the Lady Liberty!       

 

Arriving by water, Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina is located just south of the 86 Hwy Bridge, directly across from Brush Creek.  The private marina offers pay-at-the-pump gas services, over 195 boat slips, and calm quiet waters for docking.  

 

Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina

1378 Long Creek Road

Ridgedale, MO 65739

417-334-4860 

 

 

 

 

Big Cedar Guest Blogger

by Big Cedar Lodge 10. January 2013 11:30

We'd like to share a note from a recent guest:

Hi Big Cedar,

Just wanted to tell you what a great time we had at Big Cedar Lodge. The resort is absolutely amazing! The attention to the smallest detail really impressed us. We loved the ambience created by the "outdoors" theme and the various mounts throughout the lodge and adjoining buildings. The room was great, and the beds were so comfortable! The breakfast buffet was fantastic - as was the room service the night before. As we walked the grounds and took in some of the sights, we realized just how diverse the property is. We cannot wait to come back and explore more that Big Cedar has to offer!

See you Soon!


Rick & Brenda Norem
Antigo, Wisconsin

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Lighting the Big Cedar Christmas Tree

by Big Cedar Lodge 13. December 2012 15:06

What do Christmas carolers, cheerleading elves, ice carving, and Clarence Peabody have in common?  They all provide entertainment during the Big Cedar Lodge Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Truman Café lawn!  Every Saturday evening until Christmas, crowds come from near and far to watch a lucky child light up the huge Christmas tree; however, it’s the entertainment before that special moment that make the night truly memorable!

Take Clarence Peabody for example –as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, he offers some unconventional wit with his songs, jokes, and elf wrangling!  The carolers, dressed in Victorian clothing, bring a more traditional aspect to the gathering, and the ice carving is not only beautiful but interesting!  As each chunk of ice falls away, the creations come to life.  And what about the elves, you ask?  Well, their Pep Rally is so good; the jolly old elf himself makes a special appearance!  

 

 

Don’t miss your chance to join the celebration each Saturday at 4:30pm on the Truman Lawn at Big Cedar Lodge.  You can also find refreshments, crafts, bon-fires, and all around merriment!  And, don't forget your camera!  

 

  

Veteran's Day: A Note to Those Who Have Served Our Country

by Big Cedar Lodge 12. November 2012 09:15

Veterans Day began as way to honor the soldiers killed in WWI.  In 1918, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month Germany signed the Armistice thereby ending the First World War.  The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day by saying:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

Although no longer called Armistice Day, Veterans Day continues to be a day set aside to honor our military servicemen and women.  From the Revolutionary War to the continued Afghan War, as a country we offer pride and gratitude for those who have chosen to fight for our freedom.

In preparation for writing this piece, I started thinking about what sets a soldier apart from a civilian.  What makes a soldier a soldier? 

Is it in their training?  We all know the strict training regiment soldiers must adhere to, but does the training make a soldier?  In both the Revolutionary and Civil War, most of the young men and women involved in the conflicts had no training; yet they showed bravery and heroism in battle on a level matching the more training intensive servicemen and women of today.

If not from training, does being a good goldier come from family history?  There are families where it seems being a soldier is just ingrained in their make-up.  Yet, family history cannot answer to all the good soldiers in our country’s history.  President Eisenhower, one of this country’s most effective generals, was raised by a family vehemently opposed to warfare of any kind.  And Colin Powell, retired Four Star General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came from a family with no military history, yet he held the highest military position in the Department of Defense.

Or does it come down to instinct?  Is it an instinctive thing to want to run towards battle instead of away?  Natural instincts may play a role in a soldier’s make-up, but I’ve also spoken to many good soldiers that had to be forced into battle… No, they weren’t instinctively drawn to the task at hand; in fact, like many people reading this today, they would have rather turned and run the other way.

And herein lies what I believe makes a soldier… It is not about what sets them apart; it is in what makes them the same as you and I.  The soldiers we honor today are our fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters.  They are our uncles and aunts, children and grandchildren.  They are Democrat and Republican, believers and non-believers, every race, creed, and background. They have the same fears and shortcomings, yet they choose to stand and fight for us, because they are us...Americans.  

On this day of honor, let us not forget that every man or woman who has served our country, has done so because they are American.  Not because they are any different than anyone else, but because they are the same… And for that, we are truly thankful and proud!

A New Construction Project at Big Cedar Lodge

by Big Cedar Lodge 9. November 2012 14:16

There’s a lot of construction going on at Big Cedar Lodge—the Garden Chapel, the Big Cedar Spa, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy are all set to open sometime next year; however, there’s one construction project underway that will be completed within the week… The Giant Gingerbread House!

 

Every year since 1998, Big Cedar associates have constructed a Giant Gingerbread House.  There have been many structures assembled including replicas of The Worman House, Truman Coffee and Café, Big Cedar Cabins, a life size fireplace, a Santa boat, and a Christmas sleigh.  This year’s construction is a two-story replica of the Garden Chapel, Big Cedar’s newest upcoming wedding venue.

 

Associates from the bakery department and restaurants have been working around the clock to assemble the edible creation by the end of the week.  Every piece of gingerbread is hand baked and hand laid into place, giving a spicy aroma to the entire Registration area.  Buckets of icing and sheets of confectionary siding will soon combine with assorted candies to complete the design. 

To watch the construction progress, stop by the Registration Building.  No need to bring a hard hat, but you might leave with a sweet tooth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dogwood Canyon: Nature's Adventure Park

by Big Cedar Lodge 13. July 2012 11:06

Are you ready for a break from the big budget theme parks and high-tech roller coasters? Then step aboard the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park tram tour and enjoy an adventure ride of a different kind.

Dogwood Canyon is exactly that—a Canyon with steep cliffs cut into the Ozark Mountains by a constant stream of spring fed waters.  From the moment the towering bluffs come into view, it’s easy to understand why Native people, early settlers, and thieving scoundrels found the area so inviting.  Listen closely as the tram driver brings to life some of their harrowing adventures!

One of the first stops on the tour is the Indian Burial Cave, where a “burial bundle” dating back to 960 AD was discovered.  Next the tram takes Long Pine Crossing, a covered bridge built by members of an Amish community.  Just around the bend, guests find themselves in Ambush Pass.  No need to worry, the hooligans who once lay in wait for unsuspecting travelers have since moved on into the legend and lore of the park.

Further into the canyon, guests are able to view several waterfalls plunging over the towering cliffs.  The crystal clear pools at the base are home to some of the largest trout in the area, making the canyon a Fly Fishing Heaven.  But fishermen are not the only ones drawn to the spring fed waters; the park is rich with animal life including mink, woodchucks, flying squirrels, blue heron, and an occasional black bear.

The highlight of the tour is the beautiful blue-green pool called The Glory Hole.  The unique, natural coloring is created by the water depth and the reflection of light.  Guests can walk up to the observation deck to view the mouth of the waterfall, or feed the fish and take in the majestic setting from the pathways below.   No fishing is allowed in this special place, so the giant rainbow trout grow to unbelievable lengths.

When the tram crosses into Arkansas, the canyon gives way to rolling prairie hills.  Here guests are able to mingle with herds of elk, bison, white tail deer, and Texas longhorn.  If you’re lucky, the king of the Dogwood Canyon Prairie will make an appearance.  Elvis, a hulking American bison, has been known to walk right up to the tram car and proudly pose for a photograph.

Add the Chuckwagon Dinner to your tour, and you’re invited to a campfire dinner complete with singing cowboys, S’mores for dessert, and games for the entire family.  Get ready to duck and dodge because no evening is complete without the epic marshmallow battle between parents and kids.  Afterwards, the trams are loaded while friendly waves and goodbyes are exchanged.

As the trail leads back to the park entrance, it slowly begins to sink in… Before modern day amusement parks, families headed into the closest wilderness area for fun and adventure.  They still do at Dogwood Canyon, and as I overheard several children say when they exited the tram, “It was AWESOME!”  

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park offers guests the thrill and excitement of a themed amusement park, combined with the love and appreciation of our natural resources.  So avoid the long lines and crowded spaces; come to Dogwood Canyon and experience adventure the way Nature intended.

Blanket Seating at Big Cedar Lodge

by Big Cedar Lodge 6. July 2012 11:33

Blanket Seating at Big Cedar Lodge

There is something fascinating about watching families spread out their blankets in preparation for a Fourth of July fireworks show.  Each step is done religiously.  As their parents and grandparents did for them; so they train the little ones.  In time, the ritual will be carried out by their children and their children’s children as well. 

The Rite begins with finding the ideal spot.  Fathers must put thought into how the fireworks will be viewed, and then mothers adjust the position according to safety.  One cannot be too close or too far; in other words, the spot must be perfect.

Next, the blanket is placed and properly squared.  Although just a piece of material, on this night it becomes theatre seating under bursting clouds of celebration.  It’s our country’s birthday, and everyone wants a front row seat.

Finally, everyone takes their position for the evening.  “Daddy, sit by me,” can be heard across the lawn, and “When is it going to start?” echoes again and again.  The anticipation is felt by young and old. 

Then it happens.  The first notes are played from the song ingrained in every American heart, the song that silences every crowd, the song that symbolizes what it means to be an American… The Star Spangled Banner. 

The sky erupts as color and sound collide.  Each rocket streams upward and envelops the sky in shimmering beauty.  One after another, each color is a little brighter and bolder than the one before.    

Big Cedar Lodge offered Bar-B-Q, pony rides, live music, and kid’s activities throughout the day on the Fourth; but guests came to see the fireworks.  The show is without a doubt, the best display in the area. 

Families travel from across the lake and across the country to find their “front row” blanket seat amongst the Ozark Mountains.  And as each exploding plume cast light on the faces below, the ritual is complete.  Big Cedar Lodge was the perfect spot!   

Happy 235th Birthday, America.

Big Cedar Lodge

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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