We stayed in a Victorian brownstone in Hot Springs called 1890 Williams House. It is quite rare to see such a building in Hot Springs. The doctor who built it had the stone hauled in. The present-day owners, Mary and Gary Riley, have refurbished it in an excellent manner.
Most impressive on the exterior of the main house, I thought, was the turret and tower with notched battlements. Inside, I loved the black marble fireplace and the antique piano. Of course, I loved all the antique furnishings and the great bathrooms in the rooms.
All rooms have private bathrooms/5 with Whirlpool Tubs for two!. The showers are the step-in stall type.
There are six guest rooms filled with lovely antiques, and they range from $98.00 up to $189 per night
The "Front Chamber" for $99.00 is large with sitting are in the turret. It has an antique high back bed, dressing table and chest. The bathroom has a marble shower and sink. The room has all the amenities plus a large closet.
The room we stayed in was called "Carriage Chamber" for $129.00 per day. It was a very large room with a queen Italian antique bed and dresser, a gas-log fireplace, large closet, and, best of all, an extra large bathroom with stained glass windows and enclosed column and mirror whirlpool tub for two plus a large tiled shower!". It, too, has all the amenities. I thought it was fabulous.
The rooms are freshened each morning for longer stays; the towels are really plush; there are large closets; each room has a refrigerator, coffee pot, CD Stereo Player, Hair Dryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Air-conditioning and ceiling fans; and last, but not least, great robes are provided!
The rates include a full breakfast served at your choice of 8 AM, 8:30 AM, or 9:00 AM. And speaking of breakfast; these are really special. I loved the pecan waffles! They offer specials each day along with the usual bacon, eggs, etc.
They also have a Carriage House with two guest rooms, both quite spacious with large bathrooms with whirlpool tubs for two.
The location is only 5 blocks from the Historic Downtown shopping area and world famous Bathhouse Row.
In their brochure, the Simantels use a "heart" theme, starting with "Lose your heart in the Ozarks." Their logo on their web and in their brochure uses a heart as its logo. In the front garden, they have placed a heart-shaped stone that they found on the property. Oh, yes, and on the doors are heart-shaped welcome signs. The Innkeepers, Iris and Bill Simantels, moved from Chicago to run this Edwardian pink house with its white picket fence. Being a gardener, I was impressed by all the lovely roses and geraniums as well as the gazebo.
Because Iris is originally from England, she has several items from there that are unique and beautiful. Most of the rooms and their themes were inspired by England and English gardens.
There are only eleven rooms and one Jacuzzi suite. However, they also rent two cottages. Rates, I feel, are modest, ranging from $89.00-$140.00; yet, they also have package deals that make these prices cheaper. These prices include an elaborate breakfast.
We stayed in Rose Arbor Room on the second floor. It was decorated with roses and lace. It opened onto the rear veranda; the view was the tree tops, but it was quite private. It had a Queen-size, antique four poster bed with a private bathroom with a tub-shower combination.
Most rooms are furnished with elegant antiques; however, two rooms are done in country style.
The most outstanding positive about Heartstone Inn and Cottages is the the Innkeepers, Bill and Iris. They are down-to-earth, funny, and determined to please.
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Elmwood House was established in 1886 by T. Elmwood Clark who built this three-story lodging structure so solid that it has survived numerous city fires. It's located a few minutes from the heart of historic downtown Eureka Springs. They tell the truth when they say the shopping district is just outside the front door as is the trolly stop.
The red brick exterior was recently refurbished to enhance its original beauty...this brick was formed by local clay. Still intact are the ornate railings, the brass hinge plates, the locks and the doorbell.
Continental breakfasts are provided as are complimentary refreshments.
This Bed and breakfast has three spacious guest suites with queen size beds, private baths, double Jacuzzis with shower, antique furnishings, air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, individual refrigerators, and security safes.
The owners have added their own special touches such as wallpaper borders and Gossamer drapes to allow a gentle breeze to enter the rooms.
Elmwood House was the winner of the 1997 Eureka Springs Preservation Society Restoration Award.
We enjoyed our stay here, but I would not rave about it.
A nice place to stay and get away from the summer heat is the Queen Wilhelmina State Park Campground. The views are great and it is much cooler than down in the vallies. There is a great lodge and restaurant nearby too. I did not camp here just enjoyed the park.
Mini-Golf, Train Rides, Hiking Trails
The first two places I stopped in Pine Bluff had no vacancies and rude desk clerks. Then I spotted the Horizon Inn & Suites. I went in and asked about a room. They had vacancies and the desk clerk was polite (although I suspect she was an illegal immigrant from Mexico). The room was fairly basic but clean enough and everything worked. It was also less expensive than the other rooms would have been. It is worth a try.
This was a very new and nice Motel 6. They had more ammenities than most Motel 6s, like a small refrigerator and microwave, and a nice pool. Everything was new and clean and worked fine. There appeared to be a public housing area next door and a few of the people from it used the pool but they didn't bother anybody.
This was a motel that healed a very large wound for me. In 2000, I stayed at a Super-8 Motel in Palmdale, California. It was so bad, I vowed to never stay at a Super-8 again. (Read about my unfortunate stay at the Palmdale Super-8 on my California page for more).
However, on this trip to Searcy, Arkansas, I swallowed my pride and decided to take a chance. It paid off. The motel was relatively new, the rooms were sparkling clean, and the service was wonderful. If you ever pass through here, I would personally recommend a stay. This stay renewed my faith in the Super-8.
This is a fairly neat, clean and modern hotel. It had the typical "Superstart" breakfast and a few extras in the room. Service was unremarkable. The downside was their Wifi never worked. I stayed here en route to Pea Ridge National Military Park.
There is a nice Denny's Diner next door.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Today we drove from Cave City Kentucky along I-65 south. At Nashville we got onto the I-40 west, went through Memphis, Tennessee and then on to Little Rock Arkansas, where we stayed for the night. Checking my Room Saver Coupon Book, we decided on AMERICA'S BEST VALUE INN with a coupon price of $33.95. The Motel was just OK and did not offer any continental breakfast. The room could have been a little cleaner, but hey, it was just a place to sleep.
Room Saver Motel Coupon Books are available at State Welcome Centers and rest areas and rooms are based on availability.
THERE ARE 3 OR 4 NATIONAL PARK CAMP GROUNDS, FROM PRIMITIVE TO COMPLETE SERVICE FOR RV. THERE ARE ALSO PRIVATE CAMP GROUNDS AND CABINS AVAILABLE. SEARCH BUFFALO RIVER, ARK. ON THE INTERNET. I HAVE STAYED AT SOME OF ALL AND NEVER HAD A BAD VISIT EXCEPT WHEN CAUGHT IN AN ICE STORM. COULDN' GET OUT. ENJOYED TWO DAYS IN A CABIN WITH FIRE AND KEROSENE LANTERNS. CAUGHT UP ON SOME READING.
ANYWHERE FROM $15 CAMPSITE PER NIGHT TO $100 A NITE HONEYMOON CABIN
YOU CAN RENT CABINS, BRING YOUR RV, ARE STAY IN A TEN
All rooms are suites and run around $110.00 per night
They have a narrow finger of land that extends out into the lake with a path on it. At the end of the path is a sitting area where you can watch some of the most beautiful sunsets. At sunrise, there's a mist on the water that gives the place a magical quality.
I stayed in a cabin at Calico Rock. There are beautiful cabins and a lot of camp grounds there and at Mountain View.
I recommend the many Bed and Breakfast places in Helena but call a year in advance if it's during the Blues Festival. The Delta Inn is nice also.
We stayed in a beautiful condo complex called Table Rock Landing. Each condo had a glass wall from floor to ceiling facing the lake - what a view!
Gaston's White River Resort is probably the nicest 'resort' in the north-central Arkansas Ozark mountains. When one hears the term 'resort' in this area, it usually refers to a pitiful group of cabins. But Gaston's is first rate and situated on the White River, which is famous for rainbow and brown trout fishing. There's nice cottages, beautiful grounds and trails, swimming pool, playground, tennis, boat dock (with guides waiting to take you fishing if you like), and one of the best restaurants in the area. It's a great place for a family vacation if you like fishing or nature. I've never stayed there, but I can vouch for the nicely kept grounds and good restaurant.
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