Shop Sells Bikes and Bowls of Acai

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Google “Lake Havasu + Acai Bowl” and guess what comes up first? A bicycle store. But wait, what’s an acai bowl?

Owners of River Cyclery & Sport report they’re attracting visitors to their store through online searches that are not necessarily for new bikes, tires or apparel. Visitors are coming in for acai bowls served by their in-house juice café, the locally owned and operated River Juice and Java.

Sure you can walk in and buy or rent bikes. You’ll be surrounded by bikes valued at upwards of $11,000. There are mountain and road bikes, comfort bikes (a relatively new category for exercise and fun riding), beach cruisers, and BMX bikes perfect for the local Tinnell Memorial Sports Park, the largest multiuse skate park in the Southwest. River Cyclery sells and services them all, according to owner Tony Beck, a mountain bike racer.

But you’re going to need some energy for all that riding and that’s where River Juice and Java comes in. You can order special drink blends for performance, energy and refreshment. You can buy performance shakes, java drinks and smoothies. Then there are the acai bowls (pronounced AH-SY-EE), which have a loyal following. WebMD.com says this fruit of the acai palm is a superfood with anti-aging and weight loss properties.

The acai berry has been heralded for an array of health benefits, but its strongest asset is definitely its taste. Acai bowls look like ice cream, almost taste like ice cream, and are basically a really thick smoothie that’s been topped with oatmeal, fruit or peanut butter. Then you wolf it down with a spoon. It’s made with a variety of additional berries, tropical fruits of your choice (mango, pineapple, bananas), and lots of toppings.

After eating a bowl, you will not only feel happily full (for hours) and have satisfied a sweet craving (no need to cave for a donut), you’ll have also done something that was good for you.

Ronda Skirvin, manager, says, “Lake Havasu City has plenty of fast food options, but you can also eat pretty healthy in this town.”

Cost is $6.95. Just honk the bicycle horn for service and consume some delicious energy to fuel your day cycling around town.

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Get Your Beach Bod Ready

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Existing white sand beach at Lake Havasu State Park will be expanded.

Mark Twain once advised, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” But that’s not entirely true in Lake Havasu City where they’re about to open some new land …. a new quarter-mile beach to be exact, with blindingly white sand.

Construction is underway to create a white sand beach from the State Park lot 4 event area to the condos on the east side of the channel, replacing an unused and overgrown portion of the lakefront.

Now about that sand …. no, it’s not lugged back from Anguilla in empty luggage. It looks like Caribbean sand, but actually comes from a quarry south of Las Vegas which also sells sand to lakefront municipalities on Lake Michigan.

This Nevada sand is quarried, sifted and delivered by the dump truck loads to Lake Havasu State Park. It’s heavier than Caribbean varieties so it stays on the ground and doesn’t fly up into your tuna sandwich.

Not only will there be a new beach ready by Memorial Day, but officials at the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona State Parks are increasing boat launch capacity by 33 percent.

The new fourth launch ramp will be ready by Memorial Day. It will be a glorious seven- to eight-lane ramp between Lot 3B and Windsor 4. As a result, wait times will be cut dramatically.

The additional ramp will also be available to handle emergencies on the lake which may require a temporary closure of a ramp to the public, according to Pete Knotts, park manager.

The ramp will be v-notched for added traction, said Knott, who is a boater himself and knows how precious leisure time is for all of us. “The new ramp will relieve congestion, without necessarily increasing the number of boats on the water,” he tells us. “We’ll be able to get people on and off the water in a safe manner, with less waiting.”

The new construction also includes an additional 72 oversized parking spots on the east side of the access road, more restrooms, and a new exit out of Lot 4 which will ease traffic congestion.

Construction is going smoothly and the weather has been cooperating to ensure an opening by Memorial Day.

So “ramp up” and plan to spend the summer on Lake Havasu.

For information about the lake’s current launch ramps, check out the Boating section of GoLakeHavasu.com

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New English Village Hotel is Going to Be “Suite”

Artist rendition of new hotel in English Village.

Artist rendition of new hotel in English Village.

Groundbreaking was recently held for the new six-story 123-room English Village hotel. By mid-2017 there will be another lodging option for those seeking a view of the lake, a view of our iconic bridge, and a “suite” Lake Havasu City experience.

While silver shovels were used for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of a $17 million hotel on the English Village property, the new construction promises to be a golden opportunity for visitors seeking a new lodging option for their stay.

The new development will be an extended-stay luxury hotel with mostly suites that will have kitchens – developers expect many guests will extend their stays to five days or more, which is perfect for the entire family to stay together. A bar, restaurant and convenience store will be on the ground floor – 36 guests slips will allow you to pull up and resupply your boat and pick up food and beverages for the day.

The two floors above will contain 3,000 square feet of meeting rooms, and a 2,500-square-foot outdoor patio.

The hotel, which will maintain elements of the English Village theme and use a stone façade to match the bridge, is expected to be completed by summer 2017 and will be managed by Homewood Suites by Hilton, according to developers Virtual Realty Enterprises (VRE).

When contacted, Harriet McClearen, owner of the popular Burgers by the Bridge, almost jumped through the phone with her enthusiasm for the project.

I’m excited that the hotel is going to bring a lot more people down here, especially on big weekends when local hotels are already sold out,” Harriet tells us. “Once the hotel is up and running, VRE will want something for their customers to do. There’s talk about music down here, more of a river walk experience, perhaps a farmer’s market.”

Harriet continues, “This hotel will bring excitement to the area.”

For a current list of where to stay in Lake Havasu City, browse the lodging section of GoLakeHavasu.com.

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