Happy Birthday, America!

by Big Cedar Lodge 3. July 2013 13:40

We thought this might be a good chance to reflect back on a previous 4th of July celebration 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 engrained in every American heart, the song that silences every crowd, the song that symbolizes what it means to be 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 Birthday, America.

 

Going to the Chapel?

by Big Cedar Lodge 28. June 2013 10:52

 

This week, Big Cedar Lodge would like to introduce JoAnna Stribling, Wedding Coordinator at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. JoAnna is not only wonderful helping couples plan their special day--she is also planning her own! This is what JoAnna had to say about her experiences as a Wedding Coordinator:

As the Wedding Coordinator at Dogwood Canyon I have been blessed to meet some very awesome people and share their special day with them. I am proud to call a lot of them friends, and keep in touch with them after their weddings, and to hear when they are expecting their first born and how their families are doing! It is exciting to watch each and every wedding because they are all very different, even if it is in the same intimate little chapel. I too will be getting married at Dogwood Canyon this September and can’t wait to walk down the aisle and say “ I Do” to my best friend, as I have seen over 80 other brides do in the last 2 years! It is touching to see the emotions and tears, and watch the parents give their children away and the joy that all weddings bring. Dogwood Canyon holds a very special place in my heart, and I would love to share Dogwood Canyon with you too! To find out more about Dogwood Canyon Weddings please contact me at jlstribling@dogwoodcanyon.org.

 

Thank you, JoAnna for all your hard work!  And we should also mention, JoAnna was our Associate of the Month for May.  Don't hesitate to contact her with any questions about your up-and-coming wedding.  She can help make your Dogwood Canyon wedding picture perfect!

  

 

Are You Ready to Spin?

by Big Cedar Lodge 22. May 2013 14:28

If you are interested in a high intensity, calorie burning, exciting new workout, then Big Cedar Lodge’s Spin Class is perfect for you!  Our Fitness Instructor, Denette, pumps up the music as riders pump the pedals for an energizing 45 minute class.

Denette begins the class with a simple explanation of the basics.  This includes hand positions on the handle bars and adjusting the tension for different inclines. Riders are then fitted to their bikes and away they go!

With her coaching, riders shift tensions for simulated flat surfaces, small inclines, and large inclines.  Riders sit and stand as the tension is released or tightened.  By the time class is complete, you'll know why Spinning can burn up to 500 calories per session; but don't worry, it's great for all fitness levels and each rider selects their own tension.  In other words, this is a personal workout and you set your own pace. But don’t forget your towel and water—you’ll need them!

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April's Horse of the Month: Bandit

by Big Cedar Lodge 12. April 2013 15:28

Our April Horse of the Month is Bandit! Be sure to request him next time you go on a trail ride at Dogwood Canyon. He is a great horse that can do almost anything: trail rides, cattle drives, and advanced rides!  We are lucky enough to have a picture of Bandit when he just a young foal.  He's 17 years old now and still as handsome as he was back then!  He's always ready for a trail ride so come say hello.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ RAW HIDE!

by Big Cedar Lodge 8. March 2013 16:22

Rustle up the family and join Big Cedar Lodge’s very own Deputy Birdie for a wagon ride and bonfire!  The wagon winds through the Big Cedar property and ends at a bonfire site where guests can roast S’mores and sing campfire songs with a Singing Cowboy (or Girl)! 

Don't miss your chance to enjoy some old fashioned family fun!

Spring Break 2013

by Big Cedar Lodge 27. February 2013 16:22

 

Spring Break in the Canyon--Dogwood Canyon Nature Park 

Wonders of Wildlife Demonstrations Join us for a special wildlife demonstration brought to you by the Wonders of Wildlife Museum. This event is complimentary with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to Great Spirit Rock Shelter in the heart of DWC, next to our authentic Tipi. Fridays: March 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10-11am Birds of Prey and 1-2pm Endangered Species

Local Flint Knapping Artist Demonstration Come and watch local Flint Knapping artists demonstrate how the Native Americans fashioned weapons. This event is complimentary with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to Great Spirit Rock Shelter in the heart of DWC, next to our authentic Tipi. Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th from 11am-2pm

Kids’ Trout Fishing Tournament There’s no place better suited to introduce a young person to fishing than DWC. Come and learn from our professional trout fishing guides, and then take what you learn and catch the biggest trout. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 biggest fish. This event is complimentary for kids 6-16 with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to the Hope Wilderness Chapel. Saturdays: March 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 11am with Demo on fishing equipment and techniques, Tournament starts at 11:30am for one hour.

Fly Fishing We offer half-day guided catch and release, fly casting clinics, and hourly self-guided opportunities to catch and keep or release.

Segway Modern innovation comes to the wilderness! Experience the adventure of traveling via Segway through Dogwood Canyon’s most breathtaking sites on this round trip tour to the Glory Hole, a magnificent blue-green pool where some of our largest trout reside. We also offer advanced Segway tours for more experienced riders with a round trip tour to Wishbowl Falls.

 

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Load Up the Wagon, It's Time for the Holiday Light Tours!

by Big Cedar Lodge 15. November 2012 12:19


There is something inherently Christmas about loading up in a horse drawn hitch wagon decorated in holiday greenery, and heading out to view the Big Cedar Christmas lights. I had the opportunity to take my first Holiday Wagon Light Tour this week, and I know it will be a part of my holiday traditions for years to come.


From the moment we climbed into the wagon, I felt like I was entering a Currier & Ives Christmas card. I recommend dressing warmly, but each wagon carries enough blankets to warm the toes of every guest.  Before we left the loading area, we had snuggled into our seats and were comfortably awaiting the ride ahead.

The tour took us by the many beautifully decorated Big Cedar buildings and cabins.  Looking up the hillside, Falls Lodge, Grandview, and Springs Lodge shimmered in the crisp night air.  But it wasn’t just the sights that made the ride so memorable.  From the clip-clop of hooves, to the smell of fresh hay, to the pitch of the wagon as we made our way throughout the property; every sensory element said “The Holidays are Here… Enjoy!”


Our wagon included a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and a couple who had planned a quick stop at Big Cedar, but after one day, they changed their plans to a week-long vacation stay.   Also in our hitch, we met a young couple who were regulars to the Lodge, but had brought their baby daughter for her first Holiday Light tour.  Each of us from different places and walks of life, but together we made a lasting holiday memory as we exchanged names, stories, and Big Cedar anecdotes.


We unloaded from the wagons at the bonfire site in front of Truman Coffee and Café.  There, we sang Christmas songs with the Singin’ Cowboy, drank hot chocolate, and roasted S’mores over a blazing campfire.   The evening was complete as the last verse of “Silent Night” lingered above the holiday carolers… Currier & Ives couldn’t have designed a better ending to a more beautiful night! 

 

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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Who Knew I Could Make Fried Chicken Taste Like That???

by Big Cedar Lodge 24. July 2012 15:24

After posting the blog with Genny Morris’ Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe, I decided to try the method myself.  I must admit, I’ve tried to make fried chicken before but each time it turned out dry and overcooked, or soggy and completely unattractive to potential partakers.  My last attempt left my brother-in-law questioning what exactly was in the pan as I lifted the lid. “What happened to the chicken?” was his response.  In other words, I’m not a fried chicken cook, and I have never played one in a television movie.  So when I decided to try Genny’s recipe, I never thought that it would actually turn out to look just like the picture.

But it did!  When I served my family the crispy, perfectly browned breasts, they looked at me in suspicion.  “You made this?” my husband asked, “It looks like (I won’t post the three letters but it starts with a K and ends with a C) chicken.”  And the best was yet to come.  As everyone started cutting into the chicken, it was obvious they were as amazed as I was… It was moist, flavorful, and perfectly cooked.  I don’t mean to pat myself on the back (actually I really do!), but it was the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.  And my family agreed… Thank you, Genny Morris!

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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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