A Very Arkansas Vacation
May 7, 2012 6:37 AM Subscribe
My husband and I are thinking about taking a last-minute mini vacation to Little Rock and (maybe?) Hot Springs, Arkansas, this week. There are a couple of threads on the area on AskMe, but nothing in the past few years... so I'm hoping for updated recommendations on things to eat, do, see, etc! Interests & specific requests within!
We will have a car and will be hoping to get a last-minute hotel deal. We were thinking we should stay in Little Rock, where there seems to be more stuff to do, and go down to Hot Springs as a day trip. Would it be better to do the reverse, though? Where are the best places to stay (both specific places to stay and/or neighborhoods -- we may be doing hotwire)? Are we going to have a parking problem in either town?
For Hot Springs specifically, what is the deal on these bathhouses? Are they scary and gross or awesome and fun? Where's the best place to bathe in the hot springs, and should we drink the water??
We really need a mental break from our busy lives, so we're looking for fun and relaxing stuff to do.
In terms of food/activities, we like:
local flavor (homegrown food, local artists and artisans)
art (we are both artists)
unique or quirky
casual (nothing that requires fancier clothes than jeans)
relatively inexpensive (we suffer from limited cash flow but can splurge on maybe one nice meal as long as it's casual dress) ("splurge" would be like $100-125 for dinner for 2, no alcohol; "inexpensive" would be up to like $10-15 for entrees)
For this trip, we don't want:
cigarette smoke (I'm allergic)
strenuous anything (physical or mental!)
heavy outdoor activities (camping is out, scenic overlooks are in!)
In case it's not obvious, we have never been to either LR or HS before. Thanks, hive!!