The Aging Tourist
What does a REAL sightseer do when they have grandchildren that are not old enough to participate in independent travel( and the grandparents may be too old also)? Go to a "vacation resort" where incremental "outings" will suffice. This was our second attempt. Our choice was tempered by logistics (a place within 1 days travel for each of the widely separated family units). We first chose Sevierville,Tenn. near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. (Our writeup will come in the future).It was succeesful and so we decided upon Horseshoe Bend. Work imperatives reduced our number to3. We all like Arkansas (it was our home state together for 12 years). Once again we obtained accomodations via Time Share mechanism (in this case RCI). The resort was Crown Point Resort.
"Things to Do."
The resort is on Crown Point Lake (650 acres), a lake of modest size in the very North Central part of Arkansas at the edge of the Ozarks. It is 150 miles from Little Rock (2+ hours of not difficult drive). There are only three major attractions in the area !) The town of Mountain View with itsrural music and crafts, 2) Blanchard Caverns perhaps the largest in the world and 3)trout fishing from a boat on the Red or White Rivers (or other streams?) Beyond these we had to content ourselves with the warmth of family and creature comforts that the resort supplied.
We rented 2 one-bedroom units in a quadruple unit building. Although both units had identical kitchen units the upper one had a hot-tub and a balcony with a fine view and except for some TV viewing and gaming we congregated there. (We will describe the facilities in detail in a where to stay Tip). There is a marina about 2 miles off on the lake and one of our sons (a part-time professional fisherman) put his power boat in and moored it at our dock out front. Several children joined in fishihg from the pier-dock ad lib. We used the boat for riding around mostly since we are not water sports enthusiasts. The avid fishermen also fished here for bass but did not keep them for eating.