Hot Springs, Arkansas
I’ve been absent from the blog for a couple of months so I haven’t gotten all of our summer vacation pictures blogged yet. When everyone is in school things get a bit hectic with time management. I’m on break for a couple of weeks before my classes start up again so I’ll be updating quite a bit in order to catch up.
During our summer trip we drove down to Hot Springs, Arkansas on our trip back to Georgia. I was excited to visit Hot Springs which I had been wanting to do for a long time. When we got their it had been raining off and on so we weren’t sure what we would be able to do. We made a last minute decision to spend the night since the next day was going to be decent weather wise. I am glad we did though we did not get to do all I had planned.
We stayed at the historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa which was a real treat. The staff was friendly, the atmosphere quiet, and the hotel itself was rich in history and charm.
The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa is located right across from Hot Springs National Park. We walked to everything we went to while there with the exception of doing the Duck Tour. The section of Hot Springs you go to for the National Park and other attractions requires you to park at a public lot if you are not able to find other parking which charges by the hour. It is a bit of walking so bring really comfy walking shoes.
The Bath House Row houses the Park Services gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and get your National Park Passport stamped. This was a fun section to walk through. We visited a bath house set up as a museum but you can visit several that are still running spa business. Here are two pictures from the bath house we visited. It had gorgeous mosaic windows throughout. This picture is of one on the ceiling. The next picture shows how they got the hot spring water into the bathhouse and then various rooms.
As you walk through this section you will find art galleries, shops, restaurants & cafes, and touristy activities.
We also took time to walk one of the trails that run behind Bath House Row. There are several that split off from the main trail we took. It was peaceful walking through looking at all the nature and spotting where the springs gurgled up through the ground.
Overall, this was a great little side trip however I don’t think we would have planned a trip just for here alone. There were a few things associated with the park and the area we did not get to do. For example we did not get to go to such as the Mountain Tower.
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A trivia fact just for you. Did you know Hot Springs, Arkansas is the boyhood home of former President Bill Clinton?