April 5th, 2015 by
Arkansas has lots of opportunities for exciting, beautiful and educational experiences throughout the state. Some of my favorites are Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, William J. Clinton Library and Museum in Little Rock and Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Even though all three places are in different locations, they would be excellent choices for summer fun.
Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation for all to enjoy. The name comes from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction is incorporated in the building. The amenities include:
- Permanent collection of art spanning five centuries of American masterworks
- Temporary exhibits featuring different artists
- Restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds
- Museum store
- Library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material
- Sculpture and walking trails
William J. Clinton Library and Museum is part of a unique heritage for preserving the documents and artifacts of our American presidents and offers historical insights from the time period in which they lived. The Clinton Library and Museum includes:
- Replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room
- Documents, photographs and videos
- Interactive stations
- Timeline and alcoves that highlight domestic and foreign policy and life in the U.S
- Museum store and beautiful restaurant in the museum
- Special exhibits
Garvan Woodland Gardens were donated by local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Garvan as an incredible gift to all people. They are botanical gardens situated in the Ouachita Mountains with outstanding seasonal displays of nature. The Gardens include:
- A canopy of pines reaching skyward protecting delicate flora and fauna
- Gentle lapping waves of Lake Hamilton with 4.5 miles of wooded shoreline
- Anthony Chapel Complex
- Restaurant and gift shop
- Children’s area
- Special exhibits and workshops throughout the year
These three magnificent places in Arkansas are some of my favorite examples of the beauty and wonder we offer visitors and guests in our great state. Hot Springs is a central location to stay while visiting all three places. We’d love to have you stay with us at our Arkansas Bed and Breakfast and make us your home base during your visit to Arkansas. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a memorable vacation.
April 2nd, 2015 by
One of the things I like most about New Orleans is the food; and gumbo and crawfish are both near the top of my food “must do’s.” So, I was so excited to learn that we’re about to have our first Gumbo and Crawfish Festival from 2-6 p.m. April 18 at Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs.
This is a great opportunity for visitors to come to Hot Springs for a weekend to enjoy some great Hot Springs hospitality with local residents and to sample delicious gumbo and crawfish while enjoying live music. Spa City Blues sponsors the fundraising event with proceeds going to community enrichment activities such as:
• Gumbo and Crawfish Festival
• Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival
• Blues in the Schools
• Hot Springs Blues Festival
Any event that takes place in Historic Downtown Hot Springs is fun to attend, with great food and lots of laughter. Before or after the Festival, Hot Springs offers several art galleries, unique boutique shopping, luxurious spas on Bath House Row and museums including the Gangster Museum. For more information on the Festival, go online to www.hsgumbofest.com.
Hot Springs is a great place to visit any time of year, but the first Gumbo and Crawfish Festival sounds like a great way to kick off spring in Hot Springs.
We’d also love to have you stay with us at our luxurious Arkansas bed and breakfast. You might even see a crawfish in our meadering stream! All of our rooms have a stunning view of Lake Hamilton with a gorgeous garden full of spring flowers. The Inn is a relaxing way to spend the weekend and includes a delicious gourmet breakfast, beautifully appointed guest rooms and a friendly staff eager to help you plan your spring Hot Springs getaway. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your weekend.
March 26th, 2015 by
The deck of our King Standard Mountain View Room has been a favorite of many guests for years. Now a two-person soaking tub may be added to list of favorite things! After an extensive bathroom remodel, you’ll find beautiful granite, tile bathtub surround, and a stress-relieving tub to soak away your worries.
Beautiful Mtn. View bathroom
Experience the same soothing, private room with the added bonus now of a two-person soaking tub. Aroma therapy provided, of course. Perfect for your special day or honeymoon! Book online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 to reserve your escape. We’d love to welcome you.
Soaking Tub for Two
March 18th, 2015 by
For car enthusiasts, especially Corvette car owners and admirers, the annual Central Arkansas Corvette Club Car Show takes place April 16-18 at the Hot Springs Convention Center along with other events at local destinations. The Corvette Weekend benefits the Club’s charities-Spina Bifida and Beyond Boundaries.
Corvette Car Show
Terry Stegall, chairman of the Corvette Weekend Event, said between 400 to 500 Corvettes and about 1,000 Corvette owners are expected for the occasion. He reports, “We already have participants registered from 14 states including Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.” For more information on the Car Show – www.centralarkansascorvetteclub.com.
The schedule of events for the Car Show includes:
Registration, Meet & Greet
Tour and Poker Run
Valve Cover Race
Cannonball Run or Scenic Road Tour
National Park Parade
BBQ Cookout & Social
Show Car Staging
Indoor Corvette Show
Merchandise Raffle & 50/50 Pot
4th Annual Valve Cover Car Races
Catfish & Chicken & Homemade Fried Pies
If you love Corvettes and visiting with Corvette owners, this would make a wonderful time to plan a weekend visit to Hot Springs and take advantage of all the events associated with the Car Show. We’d love to have you stay with us our Hot Springs bed & breakfast while you’re in town. After the day’s events the Inn would be a great place to continue the car talk in the evening.
Our Inn offers a view of Lake Hamilton from each room, luxurious accommodations, scrumptious gourmet breakfasts and the best staff in town to help with any question about the area. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a stay at our luxury Hot Springs lodging.
March 14th, 2015 by
It’s the Pi Day of the century today–3.14.15. Although our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast loves celebrating Pi Day with pie more than the average person, we came across a blog that we’d like to share with you instead. This blog post, which you can read here, was written by Bill Penzey at Penzey Spices. We use those spices nearly every day at the Inn, and we absolutely love them.
Here’s one of our favorite quotes from the post:
In Pi, the number is all the value and beauty and wonder that is at the heart of the reality science holds. In the gift of a good slice of pie, the desert is all the kindness and compassion that our shared humanity encompasses. Pi Day really is ready to become so much more.
Don’t forget to enjoy a piece of pie while you celebrate Pi Day 2015!
March 11th, 2015 by
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was established March 11, 1915, to protect Arkansas’ natural resources and provide conservation of both game and fish in the state and will celebrate a special birthday soon. The Commission was influenced by President Theodore Roosevelt and his conservation efforts.
My precious grandson loves to hunt and fish with his dad and thanks to the Game and Fish Commission he has a wonderful place to learn to become a great hunter and fisherman. According to “A Century of Conservation” published for the anniversary, the Game and Fish Commission was established at a time when the conservation of the state’s natural resources was vital for the survival of our game and fish.
Thanks to the president and forward thinking people in Arkansas 100 years ago we have great and abundant natural resources because of the many years of developing and protecting our game and fish. Maybe this is one of the reasons Arkansas is known as the “Natural State.”
At the our Hot Springs B&B we are grateful to be situated on Lake Hamilton, one of three lakes in Hot Springs, where our guests can enjoy boating and fishing during their stay. We always have a canoe available to use on the lake plus boat tours during the summer months with Capt. Ray. Guests can also reserve a slip and bring their own boat to use on the lake.
Some of our guests enjoy fishing on the lake and especially appreciate time with a professional fishing guide. Two of the many services available in the Hot Springs area we recommend are Sam Richardson Guide Service and Action Fishing Trips.
Enjoying our abundant natural resources in Arkansas and in Hot Springs is something we don’t take for granted. The lakes and mountains are stunning year around. Lakes Hamilton and Catherine are scheduled to be refilled three feet March 6-14. So, we’re getting ready for spring and summer visitors who enjoy the natural beauty in our area.
We’d love to welcome you to our luxurious Arkansas bed and breakfast and enjoy all the amenities on Lake Hamilton. Each of our individually-themed rooms has a lovely view of the lake. Reservations fill quickly this time of year and we wouldn’t want you to miss time on the lake to swim, boat or fish. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Arkansas vacation.
Here’s a special thank you to all the many individuals who’ve helped conserve our Arkansas natural resources for 100 years. Thanks to those efforts my grandchildren’s children and grandchildren will also enjoy hunting and fishing with an abundance of Arkansas game and fish.
March 10th, 2015 by
The First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has a few more surprises up its sleeves. Not only have they gotten NASCAR driver Mark Martin to lead this year’s parade, but they are altering the route slightly to make him feel more at home. For the first time ever, Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade will make it a point to turn left. This means the marking of the parade route that traditionally happens at 6:25pm will be more interesting than ever.
Plus, this year there is a free concert after the parade ends. At 7:30pm you can see the Swon Brothers, famously tied to Blake Shelton’s team when they were on The Voice, as they bring country music to the celebration. They are nominated for the Vocal Duo of the year by the Academy of Country Music, and they have been touring with Brad Paisley since January. They are sure to be a delight for all ages!
The parade has also adopted its own mascot, and he’ll be keeping the crowd in the right spirit throughout the race. Be sure to get to the parade spot early so you can see all the action. The Blarney Stone kissing contest starts at 4:30pm, special guests start performing at 5:30pm, and the Swon Brothers will kick off the parade (with Mark Martin at the lead) at 6:30.
There are only a few rooms left at Lookout Point for parade week, and we would love to share our favorite moments of the event with you. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning and rejuvenate in a luxurious bed in the evening. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
March 1st, 2015 by
NOTS, playing at VoV on Sunday
With the collection of artists in the area, it’s no surprise that Hot Springs is home to a successful and entertaining Indie music festival. Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival enters its 11th year on March 20, 2015.
This year, the line-up is filled with talented artists—from The Mutts, to the Memphis Dawls, from Ronnie Hart to The AMFMS, and so many more. (See their website for a full list of the schedule.) There are secret shows to be announced for each day of the festival, keeping the in-the-know feeling present throughout. Plus, there is a trail show each day, bringing music and the outdoors in harmony. It’s perfect for Hot Springs National Park.
But the music is only the beginning for this festival. There are workshops each day, including ones that explain how to tour for artists, a pop-up photography exhibit, and even a comic book producing workshop. This year, they have also added a documentary film showing to several of the days, highlighting the connection to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
The festival begins March 20, and ends on March 24. You can get your tickets ahead of time, or check out the schedule and enjoy some of the free events.
While you are in town for Valley of the Vapors, stay at Lookout Point to fully extend your Indie-loving getaway. You can support a local business, and take advantage of the gourmet breakfast each morning and spectacular views of Lake Hamilton. (It’s a win-win situation.) Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
February 22nd, 2015 by
Garvan Gardens Tulips
The Hot Springs Tulips will be blossoming soon and we are excited! With so many garden events at Garvan Woodland Gardens throughout the year that I love to attend that it’s hard to pick my all-time favorite. But, if I did I think it would be Tulip Extravaganza March 22-April 19. The schedule of when the tulips bloom and the colors of the multitude of varieties really make me stop and ponder the intricacies of planning for all the beautiful flowers that come up in the Gardens. No matter how often I go during the season the tulips are stunning.
According to Bob Byers, associate executive director at the Gardens, “Dressed in all the colors of the rainbow, tulips are deservedly an emblem of the return of the sun and it’s hard to beat 138,000 of them.” He said garden favorites are:
• Ollioules (lavender pink with white edge)
• Daydream (orange and yellow)
• Red Impression that are the mainstays along Woodland Walk this year
Garvan Gardens is such a treasure in Hot Springs. Its peaceful, beautiful landscaping including seasonal flowers, special exhibits and exquisite walkways throughout the gardens is world-class. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the splendor and serenity exhibited there.
I hope I’ve convinced you to plan a getaway to Hot Springs to enjoy the beauty of the tulips in early spring. While you’re in town we’d also like to convince you to stay with us at our lovely Arkansas bed and breakfast inn on Lake Hamilton. Our garden flowers are beginning to peak through and we have benches, swings, hammocks and a labyrinth with the beauty of Lake Hamilton awaiting your arrival. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan the perfect spring fling.
February 19th, 2015 by
Officially known as the First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this wildly fun and crazy event meets NASCAR next month. Mark Martin, NASCAR legend, has agreed to be the 2015 Grand Marshall. He’ll bring his famous No. 01 U.S. Army race car, on display for two days at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
The parade begins at 6:30pm on March 17, however you’ll want to get there early for a good vantage spot. Since the parade is only 98 feet long–the entire length of Bridge Street–it’s a hoot to watch band members start playing at the beginning of Bridge Street and then stop at the end.
At the parade you’ll see Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, Elvis impersonators, marching Irish wolfhounds, bands, floats, and all sorts of odd and goofy groups. Following the parade, the Swon Brothers perform a free outdoor concert.
This parade provides a perfectly fun setting to wear your green and celebrate with 30,000 “Irish” friends. We’d love to welcome you to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast, and we’ll gladly provide best tips for parking and viewing the parade.