Fun in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Just got back from a few days of enjoyment in Hot Springs, with my daughter.  Hot Springs, Arkansas has a population of about 36,000 people, and is a tourist attraction for people from all over the world.  Of course it is famous for its Bath Houses, where you bask in warm water from the numerous springs in the area.  This post is for my blogger friend Mandy Moran, who is a great poet and a very nice person.

IMG_2199

This is the Buckstaff Bath house on the main street in town, there are several bath houses on the street and they call it – “Bath House Row.”  I love the blue awnings on this building.

IMG_2198

Hot Springs is nestled in a hilly, wooded area of Arkansas near Lake Ouachita.  It is a tremendously beautiful area of Arkansas.  I would love to live in the area, but it is very prone to tornado activity, more so than the area of Arkansas where I live.

IMG_2519

Hot Springs has many old Victorian mansions throughout the town with their big rounded front porches. Many of these mansions are 100-200 years old.  The hand carved woodwork in these homes is some of the finest in the world.

IMG_2513

This is the big Arlington Hotel in the center of town.  There are some wonderful architectural features in this hotel that are well worth a venture inside to take pictures.

IMG_2237

Another of the older homes in Hot Springs.  Most of these homes have full basements. They often used the basements as storm cellars when a tornado warning was issued for their area of the state.

IMG_2083

There are many nice creeks and streams in the hills around Hot Springs. RV camp areas are nestled in the hills, around the city,for those that prefer to commune with nature.

IMG_2618

If you journey out into the hills around Hot Springs, you can see some wonderful views. The dogwood trees and wild flowers were in bloom in April, all through the woods. Curved roads, with a canopy of trees engulfing them made traveling the roads into the countryside well worth the adventure.

IMG_2633

You can see the sun shining through the trees, the dogwood trees in bloom throughout the woods.  We stopped many times to take pictures, listen to the quiet, and watch the animals as they went about their day.  So peaceful and relaxing, an enjoyable mini-vacation.

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Fun in Hot Springs, Arkansas

  1. Thank you so much for sharing Lizzie, wonderful pictures so glad you had a good time, love the big houses and the scenery looks stunning.
    Great post. 🙂

  2. Thanks Mandy, I did this one just for you. You have become such a good friend. A thunderstorm passed over as I was doing that post and my internet reception almost messed me up in the middle of my post. Did have a re-add part of the post. But, you are worth it all. Ha Ha

  3. I have never been to Hot Springs – I have driven nearby a couple times, though! It is yet another of those places I need to get to at some point in my travels (it’s also the location of a great episode of King of the Hill – one of my favorite television shows!).

  4. That area of Arkansas is so beautiful. You meet people from all over the world when you visit Hot Springs. I talked to people from Australia, Scotland, and Japan when I was there the other day. Saw about 10 monks in their robes going into one of the bath houses, so interesting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s