Autumn Leaves in the Ozarks (A Revealing Show)

You might wonder from where the colors of the Autumn Leaves in the Ozarks originate. Where does a leaf get the flashy hues for the great fall reveal? The answer stays hidden within the leaf’s layers, until the lighting and temperatures are just right.  Come to Beaver Lake and Eureka Springs to witness the great reveal of the Autumn Leaves of the Ozarks!

A Revealing Show!

Picture the leaf’s shades of greens in spring and summer as every day, practical garments. When you see the green, you know the leaf is at work, supplying its own nutritional needs. But you cannot assume that life is all mundane summer work for the leaf-even it will cut loose once a year.

With the onset of autumn, the lights on the leaf’s stage begin to dim as days become shorter. The leaf senses this development and starts to prepare for quitting time, after all the work it has done in the sunshine. Another cue that it takes, is the relief from summer heat. Nothing gets the leaf more prepared for an audacious display than “mood” lighting and cool temperatures.

When the stage is set, the leaf slowly releases the green layer from its surface as it dances in the autumn breeze. Yellow or orange, depending on which leaf is in which mood, begins to peak out from under the summer greens. If the leaf is encouraged in the performance by great conditions, the colors newly revealed deepen and become more resplendent. Before you know it, the leaf shows its most mesmerizing colors to you. It has been hiding these alluring undergarments all summer, but only now does it show them.

If the staging is just right for an encore, the leaf may also tint its unveiled garments even more. If you see a leaf’s display of red or purple hues, the performer has truly been inspired to be its most beautiful!

The final act of the leaf is another story. For now, you can hold its autumn performance in your mind’s eye, to be cherished for all time!

No Pizza Delivery to Beaver Lake? Try Breezy Charcoal-Grilled Pizza Pies

Charcoal Grilled Pzza

Guests at Sugar Ridge Resort ask,”Is there pizza delivery to Beaver Lake or my cabin?” Officially, no pizza deliveries to Sugar Ridge are available. There are good pizzas in town, but a 20-minute drive to your cabin follows the meal. Have it all-your pizza hot off the fire, while you take in the phenomenal views atop Sugar Ridge! For all non-baking, no-hassle having, no-fuss seeking, food lovers that do not call themselves foodies; here is a tasty solution for pizza delivery to Beaver Lake. Maximized for your stay at Sugar Ridge-Breezy Charcoal-Grilled Pizza Pies!

Preparation: Timing Is Most Important

Dough:
• Purchase FRESH DOUGH [6 oz. per serving] from your supermarket or grab a FROZEN DOUGH at Eureka Market.
• Bring covered dough up to room temperature [30 minutes-Fresh dough & 1-2 hours-Frozen].

Toppings:
• Prepare toppings before you light the grill. No one should tell you what toppings to use-You are your own pizza adviser! Go light on the wet ingredients, like SAUCE or OIL, to prevent a soggy pie.
• Pre-cook MEAT and VEGETABLES, as the grill heat radiates from below, not roasting the toppings on top. Cook VEGETABLES you prefer soft or roasted. This could be done before you leave home for your getaway.

Dough:
• Portion dough into pie sizes. Each pie should fit on grill with 1 inch of space around it.
• Pinch, stretch, and press dough into pie shapes. There is no correct shape. Lightly OIL a dinner plate or sheet tray, and your hands, and gently work to approximately 1/3 inch thickness. For best results, no raised edge necessary.

Grill:
• Light charcoal briquettes and bring to high heat [about 15+ minutes]. Spread briquettes.
• Brush grill grate with OIL.

I love it when a plan comes together.

• Slide pies, from plates or sheet tray, onto grill and close lid [2 minutes].
• Check bottom of pie for browning. If toasting is uneven, rotate pie and grill [1 minute].
• Remove pie, flip, and brush with OIL. Add SAUCE sparingly, along with other TOPPINGS.
• Brush grate with OIL. Return pie to grill.
• Close vents and grill [2-3 minutes]-until bottom is toasted brown and CHEESE bubbles.
• Eat, drink, and be merry!

You’ve Got to Love the Parades in Eureka Springs!

For a small town, Eureka Springs, Arkansas is big on parades! Throngs of people line the streets to get those sweet viewing spots during festivals and parades in Eureka Springs. Revelers come from every direction to make these true community celebrations. Why the passion for parades? There are many reasons-pick your favorites when planning your visits to town.

Year Around Festivals and Parades in Eureka Springs

January and February-Eureka Gras’ Day & Night Parades. The Krewe of Krazo pulls out all the stops. To clarify, all parades in Eureka Springs are family friendly.

March-Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Along with floats and waves of green, the spectacle includes a kazoo band and a leprechaun’s harrowing barrel keg walk.

April-Celebrate Jesus Parade. Local churches, and even the cast of the Passion Play, make this a colorful affair for all.

May-Festival of Arts’ & ArtRageous Parade. To sum it up, expect the unexpected as anything imaginable is created and performed down Spring Street!

May-Jeep and Mustang Weekends & Parades. Gearheads celebrate their devotion to the automobile. Consequently, long lines of vintage, and newly decked out vehicles, promenade through town.

July-Fourth of July Parade. Held in the morning, to beat the heat, this celebration of American Independence features the newly crowned Ms. Apple Pie and Mr. Firecracker.

August-Volkswagen Weekend & Parades. Beatles, Bugs, Things (!), and Vans (?) descend on Eureka.

September-Antique Automobile Festival & Parade. The longest running car show in Arkansas. As a result, the parade is among the longest and best attended of the year. In addition, the traditional Great Bank Robbery is re-enacted on this weekend.

October-Corvette Weekend & Parade. Tremendous American horsepower rumbles down Hwy. 62.

October-Halloween Festivities & Zombie Crawl. Relieved locals remember why hundreds of walking dead are dragging themselves through town. Moreover, hungry locals get relief as the crawl is a food raiser for Flint Street Food Bank.

December-Christmas Parade of Lights. In short, this event sends visitors and locals into the new year with great cheer!

10 Hiking Trails near Eureka Springs, and 10-ish Minutes from Sugar Ridge

When guests arrive at Sugar Ridge Resort, they often ask, “Are there hiking trails, nearby?” We are so glad you ask! The following is a list of hiking trails near Eureka Springs, located just minutes from Sugar Ridge. Why, “Hiking Trails?” This region is booming with biking opportunities, such as the Downhill Trails at Lake Leatherwood, and many new trails are being developed each year. Here, we want to celebrate the timeless delights of the walking pace. Why “10-ish Minutes from Sugar Ridge?” These Ozarks hills are full of opportunities for exploration of our Mother Nature. We want you to know which are nearby, so you can plan other activities (or relaxation) during your stay.

Hiking Trails Near Eureka Springs, Arkansas

 

So, from nearest to farthest from your cabin…

Dogwood Trail: Just over 2 miles from Sugar Ridge, this 1.4 mile loop features sweeping vistas and geologic wonders laid bare along bluff lines and a large rock quarry.

Bench Rock Trail at Indian Creek Park: Just 4 miles from your cabin, views over Beaver Lake (especially in Winter) make this 1.4 mile loop a sunrise, afternoon, or sunset delight!

Devil’s Eyebrow & Trimble Mountain:  The trailhead is 6 miles from the resort. The hike is 10-12 miles of vigorous “up and down,” if you decide to go to the end and back (you do not have to). This area boasts some of the rarest, and most diverse collection of, plant species in Arkansas!

Lake Leatherwood Park  is an enchanting spring fed lake valley that boasts some of the finest hiking in the area, just 10 miles from your cabin. Some trails are also used for biking. Most miles will just be you, the birds (and the bees), and the flowers, and the trees! The highlights are…Leatherwood Trail, Bench Loop Trail, Beacham Trail, Miner’s Rock Trail, and the Overlook Trail. When there is water coming down from the hills, take a dip or quiet your soul at Leatherwood Falls.

Whichever excursions you choose, happy trails!

Views of Beaver Lake and the White River Valley: A Short Story of the Long Views from Sugar Ridge

Feet near inland seashore.While sitting on your porch swing at a Sugar Ridge Resort Cabin, the views of Beaver Lake and the White River Valley stretch out for miles before you. To the south, you can see the northern edge of the Boston Mountains. To the north, the Ozark Highlands of Missouri. You might ask yourself, “How is this place as it is, perched above the soaring birds?”

Views of Beaver Lake and the White River Valley from your Time Travelling Porch Swing

 

Imagine travelling, from the comfort of your porch swing, through 1000 chapters of Earth’s history. Each chapter represents 1000 equal lengths of time. Long story shorter, skip the first 999 chapters-it is now 500 million years ago, and you can dip your toes in the shallow sea beneath your swing. Below the sea’s surface, there is an explosion of new life forms. The submerged rock is being covered by the countless generations of sea creatures, underwater plants, and sediments deposited by the alternately rising and receding water.

As you swing through the ages, great land masses collide in the distance and gently raise a plateau beneath you, while also more dramatically raising mountains beyond. As a result, water begins to drain away, exposing layers of rock. Recognizable land plants “soon” appear, and land animals follow. Over the next 300 million years, wind and rain begin to carve dramatic grooves in the land. Hence, the plot of this chapter dawns on you; your enchantingly scenic spot is not being pushed higher, your views of the Ozarks are being created as a result of the valleys around you becoming deeper!

You now know the tale of your views of Beaver Lake and the White River Valley. Stories about the lake and river, are following. Kick back and dream of time passed. And your future? How sweet it is!

Eureka Springs Biking Trails – Miles aplenty!

eureka springs bike trails

If you love to get out on your bike, you’ll love Eureka Springs biking trails. There are 3 amazing Mountain Biking Systems in town, and there are others in the region within a 30-minute drive.

Lake Leatherwood is the largest system in town, with 30 miles of trail, and includes Beginner Trails, highly technical Cross-Country Trails and the finest Downhill Trails in Arkansas. The Downhill Trails were built by Aaron Rogers of Rock-Solid contracting out of Copper Harbor, Michigan. Shuttles run Thursdays through Sundays, all year.
https://www.trailforks.com/region/lake-leatherwood-15744/
https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6571533/lake-leatherwood

Black Bass Lake lies just south of Eureka’s Historic District and is home to more than 3 miles of Single Track, hand built by Ozarks Off-Road Cyclists. It features some of the nicest limestone bluffs in the area along with great views of the lake and its cut stone dam.
https://www.trailforks.com/region/black-bass-lake-13985/
https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8011378/black-bass-lake

The Passion Play System is the newest in town and currently has 6 miles of trail surrounding the grounds. The trails were professionally built by Jagged Axe Trail Designs and Tony Boone. By the beginning of 2019, there will be 18 miles of riding available. With trail names like “Holy Roller” and “Atonement,” you are sure to have a religious experience.
https://www.trailforks.com/region/passion-play-24483/?lat=36.406608&lon=-93.722434&z=15&m=trailforks
https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8020912/the-great-passion-play

Hobbs State Park is 20 miles south of Eureka and contains almost 20 miles of ribbony trail. State Parks is adding another 20 miles of trail built by Rogue Trails. Hobbs is the best place to ride when it is wet and the new trails are filled with flow.
https://www.trailforks.com/region/hobbs-state-park-18421/
https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8007074/hobbs-state-park-conservation-area

Eureka Springs Biking Trails and Lodging

And for lodging, Sugar Ridge Resort offers some wonderful cabins on Beaver Lake

Eureka Springs’ Annual Corvette Weekend (2017)

On October 6th and 7th, Eureka Springs will be filled with over 1,000 Corvettes during the 37th Annual Corvette Weekend. The cars will be on show at Pine Mountain Village Saturday afternoon. In addition, there will be a parade of Chevrolet Corvettes through The Historic District of Eureka Springs. The events are free and open to the general public. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy some small town Americana!

Fishing, fishing and more fishing on Beaver Lake

Guests who crave activity will find our Eureka Springs Cabins to be a vacationer’s paradise. Fishing on Beaver Lake begins at a public access boat ramp just one mile from Sugar Ridge. This access point enables our guests to explore this 28,000-acre water playground. Guests without their own boats will find a variety of watercraft available for rent just across Beaver Dam at Starkey Marina.

Fishing on Beaver Lake is just the beginning. Dam Site Park is a 1,700-acre public use area adjacent to our Eureka Springs Cabins; it features swimming areas, picnic sites, and numerous hiking trails. Scuba divers prize the clean, crystal clear waters of Beaver Lake. Folks who prefer to stay dry while admiring the lake may do so from the deck of the Belle of the Ozarks, which offers scenic cruises several times a day during the season. There are also several golf courses nearby.

Anglers will find black bass, walleye, and world class striped bass in Beaver Lake; fish from shore, or hire a guide to ensure a successful outing. White River, which winds its way from Beaver Dam to the Missouri border, is home to rainbow and brown trout. There are three shore fishing areas below the dam, including one trophy catch and release area where a happy angler recently caught a 64.5 pound striped bass. Anglers, that could be you.

Our New Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Sugar Ridge Resort website and blog. Designed and hosted by InsideOut Solutions, which is also our new Search Engine Marketing provider, we are sure that you will find the new website not only more attractive, but also more informative and easier to navigate. The blog will focus on news about our Resort and our location in Eureka Springs Arkansas.