The past month has been more than a little crazy. Stress levels went up and rest levels went down. So it was with much relief that Laura and I hopped in the car for a mini vacation in Hot Springs, AR last week. I say “mini vacation” because it was only for two nights but they were two much needed nights.
We were also very fortunate to get to make the trip toddler free! Now, don’t get me wrong, we love our little velociraptor but a seven hour road trip to a cozy bed and breakfast in Arkansas is not exactly a recipe for relaxation when a toddler is in tow. Thankfully, my mom was able to take some time off of work and come hold down the fort while we were gone. From the report I heard after we got back it sounded like both grandma and grandson had a good time but grandma was reminded why people have kids in their younger years after a few days of corralling a toddler.
We were blessed with great weather that was a bit on the cool side for this time of year. The cooler weather really made it enjoyable to get out and walk around downtown Hot Springs. We didn’t have any big plans. We just knew we wanted to stay at a nice place and eat some good food. Check and check. We also made a little day trip into Benton to watch “Oblivion.” We don’t get out to see movies as much any more. It is tough to find a babysitter and we live an hour from good theaters in Wichita. So we took advantage of the opportunity to see a movie and we both really enjoyed the film.
If you are ever in Hot Springs I can’t recommend highly enough the Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast. It is definitely on the expensive end but it ranked right up there with the BnB where we stayed on our honeymoon in Victoria, B.C. Absolutely wonderful breakfasts, friendly staff, great atmosphere, and a whole bunch of other nice little touches really made the stay enjoyable.
I snapped a few pictures while we were out and about. Hot Springs is truly fascinating. It is a mix of urban decay, well kept old buildings, and a lot of interesting history. We mostly just stuck to walking the streets and peering into the old bath houses (of which only two are functioning as bath houses today). There are also some neat shops. We stopped in one that sold homemade soap and bought my mom a little something to say thanks for watching the velociraptor.