Spring break is right around the corner, and in Arkansas, there’s no better place to spend your break than a certain city renowned for its spas. As The Vine host Laura Monteverdi says, “If you’re looking for the perfect weekend getaway, why not head to a little town nestled in the Ouachita Mountains. We all know it’s Hot Springs!”
AY Publisher Heather Baker stopped by The Vine to give the low-down on how to have a great spring break in the Spa City. Both Laura and Heather agree that spring break is the perfect time to spend some time in Hot Springs.
Before you make the trip to Hot Springs, Baker advises that you book a hotel. She recommends the Waters, which is located on Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs. The hotel has 62 rooms and features an award-winning restaurant, The Avenue, inside the hotel.
I’m going to recommend the Waters to start out. Did you know that the same architect that built the Waters built the State Capitol?,” Baker says. “It is beautiful. It is an incredible hotel.”
Another great option for your stay is The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. This historic hotel has played host to many celebrities, including presidents and even Al Capone. The Arlington is is “an iconic signature piece for Hot Springs,” Baker says.
Of course, you can’t just stay in your room while you’re in Hot Springs! There are countless things to do and see while you’re in the Spa City. One of those things is going to the spa! You can check out the Quapaw Bathhouse or the Buckstaff Bathhouse to soak away your worries. Also, you can visit Superior Bathhouse and Brewery. There, you can pick up some delicious sandwiches and beer. The brewery uses 144-degree spring water to brew the beer, according to Baker.
There are plenty of other food spots in Hot Springs. From pancakes in the morning to burgers at night, there is a place for you to eat at. Baker recommends heading to The Ohio Club if you want a good 21+ dining experience. “It’s a bar with great music,” she says.
Another iconic restaurant is DeLuca’s Pizzeria. Laura definitely agrees that DeLuca’s is a must in Hot Springs. “I’m a huge fan. [Go there] if you want some good New York pizza,” she says. However, Baker says their pizza is limited so “you better get there and get there early.”
Also, head over to Garvan Woodlands Garden to check out the flowers that are in bloom. “They are having their tulip festival. This just started, and it will go to the end of the month. It is exquisite,” Baker says.
Of course, one of the highlights of Hot Springs is the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, and features the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, musical performances and more.