Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Tuesday, June 28 – After our wonderful lunch, we were close by the Elks so decided to stop at the MH and check to see if the thunderstorm scared one of the lives out of Bella, our cat. She was asleep on the dashboard but the blinking microwave clock let us know the power was out for awhile. She's doing a good job watching over things, so we headed to The Winery.



The Winery sells local wines made right here in Hot Springs Area.


They advertise tours but only have a small museum of several wine making instruments. They do serve small tastes of nine different wines they have available.

Paul was having such a good time tasting the wines that Marsha had to say, "It is all gone, Paul. Put the glass down!"


We purchased two bottles. An Arkansas White, a delightful Muscadine wine that “made Arkansas famous”, and a Texas Delight, “a popular white wine made from a special blend of grapes.” The winery also has a gift shop with a wide variety of specialty items associated with wines.

There bottles holders cracked us up!



Marsha's favorite. She asked if she could just buy the cork but she was told she had to buy the entire thing….DARN!


This evening we went over to the Elks Lodge to collect our free “out of towner” drink and to say “hello” to several of our fellow Elks. As visiting out of townees, we always found the Elks members a very friendly group. We spent most of the evening chatting with our new neighbors, Deryl and Polly. What a nice couple. They have been full-timing for eight years. This summer they will add their last state to their map…North Dakota.

Another full day in Hot Springs. We still have some more exciting plans for tomorrow our last day.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see ya'll back real soon. Have a great day!



Tuesday, June 28 - We started our sightseeing day at the Garvan Woodlands Gardens, and it's good we did, because we eventually had to cut short our visit because of a thunderstorm. The gardens is a 210 acre botanical garden and is associated with the University of Arkansas.


Its mission is to be a resource center for people desiring to improve their aesthetic, cultural, and scientific knowledge of plants, gardening, architecture, and landscaping within a woodland environment. Paul took some time to look at the Koi in one of the many ponds.

Paul with Koi

The Blue Hydrangeas were just about done blooming.

Last of the blue hydrangeas.

This garden is truly amazing.....even Paul loved it! The Gardens are more like a park with hiking trails than a backyard garden.

One of many waterfalls.

Miles of paved and unimproved trails guide you through the various parts of the gardens. There are streams and waterfalls at every turn. Large rocks, forest of oak trees, bridges, and meandering pathways leading you to the many beautifully landscaped areas of the garden. There is even an area for the kids. The bridge that leads to the area is beautiful.

Super neat bidge.

It's equipped with rocks to climb on, bridges to run across, felled trees made to look like dragons to crawl on, and live peacocks to amazing them.


Children's section.

 A humorous sign warned them about playing in a certain section filled with poison ivy. Can you imagine the parents screaming when their babies come home scratching like crazy.....ha! ha! One of the most fascinating architectural elements of the gardens is the $5.8 million Anthony Chapel.

Anthony Chapel

Gorgeous doors.

Beautiful Chapel doors

The six-story, wood and glass chapel seems to melt into the forest. You feel like your sitting among the trees when sitting in the chapel.


Girls must dream about getting married in the chapel. And weddings certainly are held here.....365 weddings in 2010 according to the gal at the information desk. Before you reach the Chapel is  a Carillon.


The bells rang every 15 minutes. The sound was fantastic. It was such a pure sound; we heard it all though the Garden.

We were overwhelmed with this garden and highly recommend it to people traveling in the area. With 130,000 visitors annually, the gardens have become one of Arkansas' largest tourist attractions. We will definitely be returning to this awesome display in the future!

Us again

If you would like to see more of this wonderful Garden, click HERE.

As showers continued to fall in the area (a welcome relief to us drought and heat stricken travelers) we drove toward Wright's Rock Shop so Marsha could get some interesting agates for her pine baskets. On the way, we passed, and turned around to return to McClard's BBQ.


The place was small, cozy and packed! (Only half the restaurant shown below.)


This is President Bill Clinton's favorite restaurant in the world. His pictures, as well as other famous people, were displayed on all the walls. Boy, was this the BEST BBQ we have ever tasted! We shared a huge BBQ sandwich and an order of homemade French fries. It was sooooo good, we are considering returning tomorrow evening for dinner. We bought a bottle of their sauce…YUMMMM! Paul asked about the ribs, and was told they're to die for....EGAD!

More on our travels in the next blog. We did too much in one day to put up all at one time.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see ya'll back real soon. Have a great day.