I hope you had a very nice Easter. I was alert and keeping an eye out for the Easter bunny, but he came and I didn’t see him. He’s sneaky! I got some yummy treats, so I guess I should give him a break. He seems like a decent fellow.
Anyway, I did not wrap up my folk’s trip to Lake Havasu and wanted to do that today. By the way, did you know that over 1 million people visit every year with 60 miles of uninterrupted navigable waterways, 300 annual events, 300 days of sunshine, 400 miles of river coastline, and 1,800 miles of off-road trails? That doesn’t even include all the doggos!
On their second day, mom and dad took the ferry over to the California side. Both Arizona and California border the lake, although there isn’t much on the California side other than a casino.
From their hotel (Hampton Inn by Hilton), they could walk. Under normal circumstances, it isn’t a very far walk (1/4 mile). However, my daddy’s back has been getting worse instead of better, and the walk was difficult for him. He had to take lots of breaks. Poor daddy. Note: You might opt to drive and park as there isn’t any shade. Parking is free for the English Village shopping district.
Should you walk, take a right outside the hotel and follow it down to the English Village parking lot, and the ticket office is right there. It is only $4 round trip per person, and dogs are welcome. Mom got to pet Bella and Charlie during the 17-minute ride, and I was a tad bit jealous.
Other than the Havasu Lake Landing Casino with one fair restaurant, there isn’t much else to do. The return ferry is every hour on the half hour, so you can go as short or long as you like. Some people just took the ferry and didn’t get off. You do get some beautiful views of the lake, shore line and light houses.
If you sit inside the ferry, masks are required. Outside on the ferry and inside the casino, no masks are required. Dad’s lunch was okay, but mom’s salad was lame. It had a few pieces of dead lettuce and a few toppings. They didn’t gamble but instead got back on the ferry to head back to Arizona.
After the ferry, they drove to downtown to check out the shops there. Dad parked his butt on a bench, and mom explored the shops. She found two awesome paintings in the second-hand store for a great price.
There are some cute places, and they just loved Small Cakes: Cupcakery & Creamery. Dad got ice cream while mom ate a cupcake. I missed ice cream, too? Hmmm. Dinner was at a superb Italian place called Mario’s. Overall, the food was fantastic at Lake Havasu with quite a few options.
They wrapped up the day with a movie at Movie Havasu. Their conclusion is that a weekend is sufficient for Lake Havasu unless you are in or on the water renting a boat, jet skis or paddle boards. They were hoping to hike, and it seems to have some interesting trails. Perhaps they will try again another time.
Two things to consider before you go: 1) Lake Havasu gets extremely crowded. Mom and dad were fortunate since it was just after spring break, but lodging and restaurants gets overloaded quickly. 2) Lake Havasu can be hot with high winds. While they were there, it was calm; but the winds kicked up the day they were driving home, and it was nuts.
There you have it! A summation and review of Lake Havasu from a dog who hasn’t been. Ha! I trust mom and dad’s comments, though. Have you been? What did you think? Until next time…
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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