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Lake Ouachita State Park Celebrates 60 Years

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism This year marks the 60th anniversary of Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine. “The idea of celebrating the 60 years is really to attract attention to all three of the parks that were brought on at the same time, Daisy, Bull Shoals and Ouachita,” said Lee Howard, park superinte[...]

Southwest Arkansas Home to Diamonds and More

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism News of a recent record diamond find in Southwest Arkansas at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro has been making national and international headlines. The diamond, an 8.52-carat white diamond, was the fifth largest diamond found by a park visitor since the state park opened[...]

Out & About: Café 1217

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Ginger is one of my favorite flavors — ginger snaps, ginger beer … I sometimes use it in my vegetable smoothies. So it goes without saying: Café 1217’s apple-lemon-ginger juice is one of faves. This locally owned restaurant is one of Hot Spring’s most popular eateries, and with good reason. The food is consistently well-prepared, the staff is friendly and[...]

Dining Spotlight: Belle Arti ... Italian Comfort

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Hot Springs’ Belle Arti has been dishing up classics in a cozy space for 15 years. Photography by Sara Edwards Neal   and Joe Gargano met when they were both trying to buy the same restaurant in New York City more than 20 years ago. That life-changing event was kismet, proving that they would spend years in the restaurant business together. [...]

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[...]

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[...]