Enjoy a Three-Day Weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Summer holidays tend to mean 3-day weekends are more abundant. With that extra time, it’s about time you find yourself in Hot Springs.

TASTE OF SUMMER

Summertime eats usually mean one thing — barbecue. Fortunately for us, the Spa City has some of the best.

Tamale Spread from McClard's BBQ in Hot Springs, AR

McClard’s Bar-B-Q has been a staple in Hot Springs since 1928. It has remained a family business from the very beginning, now operated by Scott McClard — the fourth generation of the McClard family. Known nationwide for their signature sauce, McClard’s has gained a following from celebrities to politicians, and everyone in between. And along, the recipe has remained the same.  

Another longtime institution, Stubby’s Bar-B-Q boasts they have been “cooking cue since ‘52,” and have earned their reputation as a local favorite. Located across from Oaklawn Racing and Gaming, this barbecue joint is one you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find traditional favorites from pulled pork and ribs to smoked ham.

Another great spot you'll enjoy is Smokin’ in Style BBQ, which has been serving up barbecue just like the name suggest — in style.

What started as competition smoking and catering quickly grew into a business worthy of its own restaurant. Family owned and operated, Smokin’ in Style prides itself in meats that don’t need a sauce to dress them up (however there are different varieties available on each table if you need them). Specialties like turkey legs, brisket and catfish can all be found among the traditional fare.

WHERE TO STAY

I have found that there's no shortage of of awesome places to stay when you're in Hot Springs. Looking for something cozy? Hot Springs has some of the best B&B's around!

Named a top 10 U.S. B&B in 2014 and 2015 by bedandbreakfast.com, Hilltop Manor Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to rest your head and relax in the Spa City.

This craftsman style manor has seen the likes of notorious guests such as Jesse James and Al Capone, the five beautiful suites now serve as a getaway for travelers looking for modern luxury. Amenities include 2-person Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, king size beds, free wi-fi, and much more. Located the scenic 7 byway, Hilltop Manor borders Ouachita National Forest lands and is only 2.5 miles from Bathhouse Row.

If you're looking for a little inn a little closer to the water, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn has been honored by TripAdvisor and Southern Living for its hospitality, decor and food. Offering packages for honeymoons and babymoons, electric vehicle charging and family fun packages, it's easy to see why the spot has earned an excellent reputation among travelers. 

The Hotel Hot Springs in Hot Springs, AR

If you're like me, you probably also enjoy being in the middle of the action. Luckily, there are a variety of accommodations downtown that allow you to enjoy the nightlife within walking distance of your room. The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa offers a central location with all the comforts of home.

This newly-renovated 14-story hotel gives guests scenic views of this beautiful city, and its decor focuses on Hot Springs history. New and enhanced spa amenities on site and casual lounge make for a relaxing stay.

Another recent addition, The Waters Hotel, is perfect for romantic weekends. What was once the historic Thompson Building, rooms were renovated to have historic charm with modern comfort. Overlooking the Historic Hot Springs Bath House Row, you'll enjoy a great view whenever you open your window. Enjoy pampering at Blushed or an upscale meal at The Avenue -- all without leaving the hotel!

If you’ll be spending your weekend on the water, it might be best to consider Long Island Lake Resort. Offering boat rentals, boat slips, a fishing and swimming dock, covered outdoor pavilion with grills and in-room kitchenettes, you may be tempted to spend the entire weekend at the resort! Another waterfront option on Lake Hamilton is the Clarion Resort. A favorite location for weddings and events, this resort 149 guest rooms with full surrounding views of just one of the beautiful lakes Hot Springs is known for.

TRY SOMETHING NEW

The Spa City offers numerous venues for enjoying the local nightlife. Live music can be found just about every night at places like Maxine’s, The Big Chill, or Silks Bar & Grill.

There are numerous activities that will have you exploring Hot Springs in a new way.

For a high-flying experience through the trees, sign up for a zipline tour at Adventureworks. Located near Catherine’s Landing on Lake Catherine, this tour features a skybridge and observation deck, and more than one mile of zip adventures.

If trying new sports is more your thing, consider trying your hand — or foot, rather — at foot golf. Located at the historic Hills at Belvedere, this new sport combines the skills of soccer with the rules of golf. Player kick a regulation soccer ball across the green into 21-inch diameter holes in as few shots as possible.

An invigorating sport that will take an entire afternoon, foot golf is worth a try!

Also, for those still enjoying the wildly popular app Pokémon Go, Hot Springs’ plethora of historic landmarks and variety of businesses make for the perfect place to catch ‘em all. Make yourself the tour guide and see which rare creatures show up in the Spa City.

These are just a few of the ways you can make your stay memorable in the Spa City this summer. There’s always something new to try in Hot Springs, Arkansas!