About a weekend ago, Brian and I decided that we wanted to take a little trip. We usually don’t travel that often because it is hard for him to get off from work on such short notice, but we wanted to see if we could make it work. At first we thought about going to Boston (his brother and wife were going), but that didn’t work out like we wanted. Next we thought about going to Hot Springs, AR. My dad had just been and said it was a good trip. Plus, it wasn’t that far of a drive. I booked the hotel and we started planning our weekend away.
Brian and I both are planners when it comes to traveling, so the fact that we put this together so last minute gave us a bit of anxiety, but we welcomed it! We never do anything like this and to be honest we needed it! Long weekend trips are Brian and I’s favorite thing to do. To experience a new place not that far from home is always a winner for me.
WHERE WE STAYED
THE WATERS HOTEL: We had a fabulous stay here! I loved the design of the hotel (very modern) and the bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in. I would definitely recommend staying here if you go to Hot Springs. Another recommendation would be the Arlington Hotel which is also stunning! My parents stayed here and loved it.
WHAT WE DID
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK – Right when we arrived in town we headed to the National Park. You can see the whole city from above. It is a really cool experience and fun vantage point. There are several look-out points up there. Also, during this time of year the leaves are gorgeous.
ARLINGTON HOTEL- This hotel was built in 1875 and is a beautiful historic place to stay. It also features a spa. I would stay here next time we visit just because it is so pretty!
BATH HOUSES – On Saturday, we toured the oldest bath house and visitor center. It was cool to see the history of the bath houses and history of the town.
WHERE WE ATE
ROLANDO’S – This was my favorite meal of the trip. It is traditional Ecuadorian food. It is a fun twist on regular Mexican food.
KILWINS – Brian and I always like to find a little after dinner treat while on vacation. This place was so good and had a variety of chocolates and ice cream to chose from.
KOLLECTIVE COFFEE – The weather was really chilly in Hot Springs, so a nice coffee treat was in order on Saturday. We found this cute little coffee joint that also severed breakfast and lunch. A great spot to warm up on a chilly day.
THE PANCAKE HOUSE – This is a must on your trip to Hot Springs. They are known for their pancakes and they didn’t disappoint. Make sure to arrive early to beat the crowd.
COPPER PENNY PUB – We were looking for a bar on Saturday to watch the football game and stubbled upon this pub. We were surprised by how much we loved the food. The atmosphere was fun too!
COLONIAL PANCAKE & WAFFLE HOUSE – This was our final meal before we left town on Sunday. A quaint little spot that serves a great breakfast!