Planned a bit of a country getaway to Arkansas. I found a vacation rental for $49 a night. BestofHotSprings.com. It was easy to find, easy to enter and came with all the amenities but best of all real sheets and real towels. I abhor those crusty white things other retail chain hotels have. Nice place, great location a bit on the lake and easy driving distance to the sites.
Hot Springs National Park was great. The visitor center guide had lots of knowledge and was courteous. Trails are easy, but wear appropriate shoes. Took in a bath at Buckstaff first thing in the morning and what a deal and way to wake up. Staff were gracious and all about your comfort. Know that you will be naked in front of strangers for parts of the visit but so worth it.
Ate around the area, I don't do many chain restaurants so we tried the local options. The English Muffin for breakfast (ask for sausage gravy), Fisherman's Wharf, Smokin in Style, Brau Haus (great sauce on the ghoulash) offered up good eats at good prices.
Went to the winery and they suckered my husband into several bottles of wine. Too sweet for my taste but should make great mulled wine for the holidays.
Pick up city maps and brochures. They contain coupons and we cashed in on several places. $1 off the tower alone was a good deal.
If you have a car and a rock enthusiast, check out Wright's Rock shop on Albert Pike. Great selection and superb pricing. We picked up more fossils for our collections without busting the bank.
Didn't get a chance to try Scoops for ice cream. Hard to eat ice treats when temp dipped below 40. Didn't get a ride on the Belle either so I guess we might have to have a second pass at the Hot Springs area. Weather was chilly and rainy but a nice change from the hottest part of Texas this time of year. Pack a coat but definitely check out Hot Springs.