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Hot Springs, AR Here We Come!

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by DannyR, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    Arriving 9/8 for a week in the sun (hopefully). Plan to see the tower, duck tour, lake cruise, mineral bath, gangster museum, botanical garden, diamond mines, and of course BBQ.:wavey:

    And a mineral bath.
     
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  2. RichJ

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    Where you headed there from?
     

  3. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    I always wondered who actually goes to Hot Springs on vacation.
     
  5. ryanm

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    I'm not sure what all there is to do in the area... and I've stayed there several times.
    I like the Bleu Monkey Grill in HS. (Bleu Monkey Chicken & Shrimp!) http://www.bleumonkeygrill.com/

    I'm told that Central Park Fusion is good, never been there. http://centralparkfusion.com/

    And... have a great time!
     
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  6. RichJ

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    That's an interesting destination to go to from Va. What made that decison for you?

    Garvin botanical gardens is kinda cool if you're into that kind of thing.

    The gangster museum is kind of lame.

    The historic bath houses are really interesting though. Make sure you visit the Quapaw House; it's like stepping back in time. Really creepy, but cool if you like historic stuff.

    Take a walk around the National Park grounds behind the bath houses while your down there, and visit the antique shops downtown in the Historic District.

    For a really nice dinner, try the Hamilton House. Its pricey but good eats. I always liked Coy's on Hwy. 70B near downtown.
     
  7. GoBigOrange

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    That's a beautiful part of the country. Check out the Petit Jean State Park if you have time.
     
  8. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    I'll try, as we have set aside one day for a car tour. The Hot Springs Jazz Festival is being held during our week there. Also plan to fish a bit, drown some worms, and maybe even catch a fish.:wavey:
     
  9. RichJ

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    also... The diamond mine is in Murfesboro (sp.). I think it's about 45 minutes or so from HS. Call it an hour since you don't know the area.

    Tip: The diamonds are in the gravely soils below the plowed surface soils. You can still find them on the surface, but the only ones who do are those who have hunted a lot and have developed an eye for what they look like. Dig down a ways until you hit the fine gravel. Take a sample and head to the wash station to carefully comb though it. Anything that looks smooth and translucent, put to the side and take it to one of the park guys and they will let you know what you've got.

    Last month some kid found a 5 carrot brown diamond. Tiny ones are common.
     
  10. ryanm

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    :supergrin: And there you can keep what you catch!
     
  11. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    Ah Danny! I hope you have a great time! :wavey:
     
  12. Atlas

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    The Arkansas Ozarks (north of I-40) is a beautiful, incredibly peaceful place.
    I've only passed through, but it is some pretty countryside.
     
  13. md2lgyk

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    Don't want to burst your bubble, but we found Hot Springs to be a craphole. Went into a local grocery store on a Sunday afternoon, and they had an armed guard (off-duty deputy). He looked like part of his job was eating all the food that was past the sell-by date. Sloppy uniform, worn-out leather, generally not a shining example.

    Then we went into town. Parked in one of the city lots across the street from the hot springs. I got out of the car and stepped on a used syringe.

    The place might've been something in the 1940s (my wife's parents honeymooned there right after WWII) but it's a run-down dump now.
     
  14. Hey, I went Lake Ontario for vacation this Summer. Had a great time :)

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  15. phonejack

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    Jose's for Mexican, McClards for b b que.(warning,cash only)
     
  16. unit1069

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    Yes, central Arkansas has a lot of scenic day trips.
     
  17. Ranger357

    Ranger357 Just pixels

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    Shame your leaving so soon as Hot Springs Arkansas has ton of interesting history and characters.

    If you like Stephen Hunter books, his novel "Hot Springs" would be a good read for downtime :)
     
  18. Dave514

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    Being fromVA, are you familiar with Gatlinburg TN? Well, Hot Springs is like that but with a lake and fewer shops. Glad I went one time but that's enough. Only ended up there due to evacuating the Gulf Coast for hurricane Ivan.
     
  19. Falling Crow

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    HS native here. Coys burned down several years ago. For BBQ-Smokin in Style is where it's at!!! McClards is WAY too small and you seat yourself, so you get to eat with a bunch of people standing over you wanting your table....Stubby's would be my second choice.....