Category archives: Travel

Excursion: Beyond Bathhouses

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Longtime tourist destination Hot Springs, Ark., remains true to its roots, while several new businesses have opened, creating an exciting mix of new and old. Photography by Sara Edwards Neal   you’ve visited Hot Springs lately, you’ve likely noticed that the blending of old and new is evident just about everywhere you go. Downtown is home t[...]

Feature: From the Delta to the Hills

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Throughout the month of May, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, along with residents of Arkansas, will celebrate the natural and cultural beauty of our great state. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and courtesy of Department of Arkansas Heritage   Heritage Month is an annual celebration led by the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) each May. Duri[...]

Excursion: Living Local

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Familiar names are being joined by new businesses in Conway, Ark., as merchants and restaurateurs cater to residents who no longer think it should be necessary to drive to Little Rock to find what they want. Photography by Sara Edwards Neal   Bell & Sward Gentlemen’s Clothier, at 1020 Oak St., started, basically, for want of a shirt. “There[...]

Branson Beckons

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Spring is a great time to visit Branson, Missouri. Photographs courtesy of the venues   big news from Branson is the Million Dollar Quartet, opening June 25 at the Welk Resort Theatre. This all-new production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show is based on the amazing true story of a night in 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee L[...]

Excursion: New, Old Southern Charm

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Twenty or so years ago, Wal-Mart vendors began opening sales offices in northwest Arkansas. The resulting influx of folks, primarily from urban areas, has created a population base that values a wide range of dining and shopping opportunities. A visit to a trio of towns in Benton County proves their new communities were happy to oblige. Photography by Sara [...]

Excursion: … And They’re Off!

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Hot Springs’ Oaklawn Park has, for more than 100 years, brought the beauty and bounty of horse racing to fans, and this year it’s upped the ante with a record $23 million in purses and a $20 million expansion of its facility. Photography by Ashlee Nobel   Photo at top of page: Loo Q Ros Lace,  See Myrtle, Imma Fly First Class, Four Run Shot and Storm[...]

Excursion: In Hot Water

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You can’t throw a rock — or quartz — in Hot Springs, Ark., without hitting something unusual. That’s what makes this city worth visiting again and again. By Stacey Bowers / Photography by Ashlee Nobel   best to go with the flow in the unorthodox town known for bathtub races, gangsters, the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade — happening this[...]