Cedar Hill has the top high school football team

Cedar Hill High School wins State Championship

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Hot on the heels of its designation as the #38 suburb on D Magazine’s 2014 list of Best Suburbs, the home of Lake Ridge has something else to be excited about. Cedar Hill has the top high school football team in the nation in preseason rankings.

Cedar Hill is No. 1 in the MaxPreps preseason national rankings, an honor the Dallas Morning News calls “exciting and surprising.” The publication quoted Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire, who said, “With as many guys as we have coming back, I thought we could be pretty high. But I was shocked that we’re No. 1,” he said. “It’s awesome for the community. We want to be No. 1 on Dec. 20.”

D Magazine’s ranking of Best Suburbs said of Cedar Hill: “Every year, the folks of Cedar Hill should have a massive festival. Two, maybe three days, with rides, funnel cakes, face painting, everything. The honored guest would be the Cretaceous period, and the party would be called something like the ‘Cretaceous Carnival’ or ‘Bodacious Cretaceous.’ Because during those 79 million years, glaciers scraped across southern Dallas County and dropped soil and rocks and god knows what else into a formation now known as the White Rock Escarpment, and created a little Hill Country less than 25 minutes from downtown Dallas.”

They also highlighted the city’s trails, specifically Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center’s 1.65-mile trail that “affords spectacular views of Joe Pool Lake below.” Cedar Hill State Park also warranted a worthy mention as “the fourth-most popular in the state.” A favorite spot for fishing, biking the DORBRA Trail, swimming, and picnicking by visitors and Lake Ridge residents alike, the park is just one of many that offers excellent area recreation. In all, 200 acres of community parks, plus walking trails, fishing ponds, an array of water activities on Joe Pool Lake, and the 18-hole public championship Tangle Ridge Golf Club make this area recreation central.

Landbuying and homebuying opportunities are available at Lake Ridge, DFW’s prime lake community and the pride of Cedar Hill. Here, an array of land and home offerings, together with desirable amenities and scenic surroundings including towering trees, rolling hills and sparkling blue lake views create a resort environment that is still conveniently close to both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth.

For more information about Lake Ridge, send an email, call Lake Ridge at 800-724-2465, or visit Lake Ridge.

Lake Ridge is a feast for all the senses

 

Lake Ridge ViewsLake Ridge is known as DFW’s favorite lake community for so many reasons. With an incredibly convenient location between Dallas and Fort Worth, great resort-style amenities, and an array of desirable homesites, it’s no wonder the community is so popular with DFW land buyers. The breathtaking views offered throughout the community are hard to beat, but Lake Ridge is a feast for all the senses.

Sight

Yes, those views. People who are visiting Lake Ridge for the first time can be heard gasping from miles away. The sparkling lake, the towering trees, the rolling hills—it’s all part of a panorama of stunning natural beauty that sets Lake Ridge apart.

Sound

Kids’ laughter, neighbors visiting, families enjoying time together. These are the daily sounds emanating from Lake Ridge. Head down to Joe Pool Lake and you’ll hear the fun of boaters and water skiers. At any of Lake Ridge’s parks, it’s the ping of ball on bat, the cheers of parents and friends, and the squeal of toddlers on swings. These are the sounds of people living well and enjoying every minute of it.

Smell

For anyone that loves the water, the smell of freshly caught fish is unmatched. Don’t be surprised if you also often smell barbecue wafting through the neighborhood with neighbors enjoying their yard and entertaining friends. And don’t forget about the fragrant wildflowers that grow throughout Lake Ridge, providing residents with beautiful sights and smells.

Taste

Living at Lake Ridge means having a host of restaurants at your fingertips. Everything from local favorites to some of the finest dining establishments in all of DFW are nearby. And don’t forget The Oasis, a floating restaurant right on Lake Ridge Parkway.

Touch

There is nothing like running your hands along the exterior of your custom home, knowing that it’s been created exactly to your expectations. Unless it’s running your hands along the interior and having the same realization. When you purchase land at Lake Ridge, the choice of when to build, and who to build with, is all yours. But once you do…you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner

For more information about Lake Ridge, send an email, call Lake Ridge at 800-724-2465, or visit Lake Ridge.

The top 10 restaurants in Dallas

Business Insider

Business Insider

Those who live in or frequent Dallas know it has become one of the country’s premier spots for dining. Restaurants that are on the forefront of culinary trends and/or that embrace a modern southern mentality represent some of the finest options not just in the city, but nationwide. Here are the top 10 restaurants in Dallas.

1. CBD Provisions

Bring your appetite, and, if you’re squeamish, perhaps a blindfold to one of the favorite restaurants in Dallas. The carnitas are all the rage. But when you order them, you’ll be presented with a half of an actual pig’s face on your plate. If you can get past the visual, the taste will blow your mind. “This is uncommonly good and primal eating,” said the Dallas Observer.

2. Cane Rosso

Dallas’ bar none favorite pizza place is in deep Ellum and is also noted for having one of the city’s best dog-friendly patios,” said Dallas Eater. Their recommendation: the Delia with housemade bacon marmalade.

3. Hutchins BBQ

When it comes to barbecue, you just can’t have a civilized conversation in Texas about the very best. Everyone has a fave, and, quite frankly, many folks will tell you to head due south to find “real” Texas barbecue. That aside, many spots will have your taste buds singing. Dallas News’ 2014 poll crowned a winner in Hutchins BBQ up Interstate 75 from Dallas in McKinney. CBS likes Hard Eight (the runner-up in the Dallas News’ poll) in Coppell. Take your pick and name your fave!

4. Angry Dog

Expect a similar fight when trying to come up with the definitive best burger winner when discussing restaurants in Dallas. You can’t go wrong with Off Site KitchenShady’s Burger Joint, or Wingfields. But for our money—and calorie count for the week—it’s all about Angry Dog. If you like your burger with all kinds of crazy stuff on it, this one isn’t for you. But for burger purists it’s just, well, incredibly yummy.

5. Tei-An

Dallas residents may not be quite as passionate about their raw fish as they are about every type of meat roaming the Earth, but the sushi climate in Dallas is still competitive. Tei-An delivers what the Dallas Observer calls “the most polished sushi experience in Dallas, perfect for those nights when you’re looking for a fix before the opera or a musical.” But don’t expect to get out of there cheap. “Tei-An will pummel your wallet like a sumo wrestler, but it also delivers an unparalleled sushi experience.”

6. Lucia

Dallas News gushes over this “wonderful trattoria in the Bishop Arts District,” and for good reason. Lucia‘s menu is innovative, the food is delicious, and the wait is long. Make a reservation in advance and try hard not to fill up on the delicious bread and butter while you’re waiting for your entree to arrive.

7. Afghan Grill

Eater’s choice for a yummy neighborhood restaurant is a local fave that serves Mediterranean fare. Afghan Grill has “Outstanding kebabs and hummus, but this is a good place to stray from the usual because everything is great—try the mantoo (meat-stuffed dumplings) or kadu (pumpkin smothered in yogurt and meat sauce),” they said.

8. Knife

Renowned chef John Tesar’s newest offering, Knife has been the talk of the town—and the culinary world—since its opening. The modern steakhouse offers a dizzying array of meat plus a slight obsession with bacon that, frankly, makes us happy.

9. FT33

“A meal at FT-33 speaks for itself,” said the Dallas Observer. “This is arguably the hottest reservation in Dallas right now. And it likely will be for some time.

10. Smoke

Dallas News asked Leslie Bremmer for a list of her favorite Dallas restaurants for visiting foodies, and right at the top was Smoke. Chef Tim Byres has gotten national attention for his Modern Texan cooking, and he throws in some more traditional dishes as well. The vibe is super cool.” Bremmer’s don’t miss: cabrito and masa.

Five great weekend getaways within two hours of Dallas

Turner Falls

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There’s so much to do in DFW that people are hard-pressed to leave. But when it’s time to get away for a few days, they’ll be pleased to know there are so many great places to explore close to home. Here are five great weekend getaways within two hours of Dallas.

1. Salado, TX

If you’re looking for a fun place to stay for a few days but don’t want to go all the way to the Hill Country, check out Salado. With a town full of boutiques, arts & crafts, and interesting historical spots, there’s plenty to see and do. Don’t miss the Stagecoach Inn, the longest, continuously operating hotel in the state (founded in 1861!) with guests that have included Jesse James, Robert E. Lee, and General George A. Custer.

2. Turner Falls/Davis, OK

Swimming in the Lake of the Arbuckles is a refreshing way to beat the heat, while Turner Falls Park features a family-friendly range of activities with a 77-foot waterfall, rock castle, picnic sites, cabins, natural swimming areas, and a sandy beach. Add in a little culture with a trip to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Chickasaw Cultural Areas, where the area’s heritage is on display. For adult-only nights out, there’s also the Treasure Valley Casino.

3. Lake Texoma

Approximately 90 minutes from Dallas and straddling Texas and Oklahoma, Lake Texoma attracts upwards of six million visitors a year with its “two wildlife refuges, two state parks, 54 USACE-managed parks, 12 marinas, 26 resorts, hundreds of campgrounds and a variety of excellent golf courses,” said Wikipedia. “Power boating, sailing, personal watercraft, water skiing and wind surfing are all popular pursuits. Lake Texoma has become a major sailing center based on the lake’s size, depth and miles of sailing shoreline. The lake is also a favorite fishing spot for bass, crappie, and catfish. “The striped bass fishery in particular is very popular and is considered one most successful in the nation.”

4. Jefferson, TX

Due east of Dallas, Jefferson is a throwback to the quaint small towns of yore, chock full of bed and breakfasts (more than 60!), plus a downtown full of antique stores and original brick streets. Don’t miss Jay Gould’s Railroad car, the Sterne Fountain, Jefferson Carnegie Library, or the opportunity to tour the town on a horse-drawn carriage or trolley tour along the original brick streets. At night, save time for live theatre and a riverboat tour of Big Cypress Bayou.

5. Stephenville, TX

Stroll down the street in Stephenville and you might find yourself shoe to spur with a local. Atop a horse. He could even be a champion cowboy. Stephenville is known as the Cowboy Capital, and also one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America,” as named by Norman Crampton.  It would be hard to find a time of year when there isn’t a special event or festival scheduled (Dairyfest—check, Family Fun Fair—check, US Calf Ropers Association Showdown Finals—check) not to mention a rodeo every single weekend.

 

 

Learn all about Lake Ridge A–Z

LakeRidgeJoePoolLakeWhat makes Lake Ridge the top master-planned lake offering in DFW? Frankly, it’s elementary. From the amazing amenities to the zealous landowners and homeowners who can’t say enough great things about living here, we have 26 reasons Lake Ridge is a dream community. Learn all about Lake Ridge A–Z.

Amazing amenities

Beautiful views—the best in DFW

Convenient location close to everywhere

Dallas just 20 miles away

Elegant and expansive homes and homesites

Fun activities

Gated and non-gated

Hill Country North terrain

Ideal spot for everyday living and enjoyment

Job growth throughout DFW

Kids love the swim beach, playgrounds, and ball fields

Lakeside living

Minutes to downtown Fort Worth

Near the best dining, entertainment, culture, and sports opportunities

Outstanding recreation with acres of parks and numerous ball fields

Properties in a range of sizes and orientations

Quick drive to major employment centers

Rolling hills

Sanctuary is just one of the incredible land offerings

Tangle Ridge Golf Club

Ultimate lifestyle in the heart of DFW

Value of living near the water

Waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming, and boating

Xtreme happiness found here

Your builder, your timeline

Zealous landowners and homeowners

The top location, great value, superior amenities, incredible views, and variety of homesites have made Lake Ridge an easy choice for DFW land buyers. Lake Ridge offers a land purchase people can feel good about, with consistently strong sales and construction starts. Sold home prices in Lake Ridge are up a whopping 10 percent in 2014 over the same period in 2013. The DFW Metroplex average is seven percent.

For more information about Lake Ridge, send an email, call Lake Ridge at 800-724-2465, or visit Lake Ridge.

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