Arkansas Journals

Rural Central Arkansas

A November 2004 trip to Arkansas by turf2

Quote: Outsiders may imagine central Arkansas as a deep forest teeming with God, guns, grizzlies, and hillbillies. While there is an ounce of truth in every stereotype, Arkansas has a lot more to offer, including lakes, wilderness, authentic down-home cookin', and a southern hospitality that will never disappoint.

Rural Central Arkansas

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Overview

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Uncovering the hidden gems of Central Arkansas means getting a little mud on the tires, poking into nondescript buildings on the side streets of tiny towns, and answering every “how ya doin’” as though the person asking really wanted to know. Cool off in a swimming hole that you're likely to have all to yourself. Chat with farmers and listen to live Bluegrass music at a farmers' market in Perryville. Try milking goats and making cheese at Heifer Ranch, or settle into a comfortable booth for the best barbeque outside of Memphis. Whatever you do, when you reach out a little, you'll discover the real meaning of Southern charm and find some of the friendliest, most genuine people America has to offer. ...Read More

T & M Barbeque

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Restaurant | "T & M Barbeque"

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T&M is about as far off the beaten track as it gets. If you want authentic barbeque served without the excess finery of a tablecloth, and if you can tolerate cigarette smoke, and plenty of it, this just may be the place for you. A few miles east of downtown Perryville on Highway 10 and just up the road from Heifer International Ranch, T&M is housed in a non-descript white building that might look like a long-defunct establishment. Usually the marque outside reads "T&M BBQ," but don't be surprised if some or all of the letters are missing. There are likely to be several cop cars outside, but this ain't no Dunkin Donuts. Entering T&M feels like you're stepping into someone's ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Mama Lou's

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Attraction

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Welcome home. No, it's not her living room... that's down the hall. This is Mama Lou's bar. Wouldja like a beer? Bud or Miller? A tourist walking into Mama Lou's might turn a couple heads, but once you ease in amongst the near-requisite jeans and plaid and rub the searing cigarette smoke from your eyes, it's hard not to feel at home. Proprietors and regulars alike insist that it's the oldest bar in Morrilton, and while the selection doesn't offer much (Bud or Miller, with tomato juice or without), the conversation does. I heard stories about WWII from Slim Jim, and instructions on building a wooden porch swing from another local. Tony described the smell of his father's cigars and reminisced about ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

Heifer International Ranch

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Story/Tip

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The Heifer Ranch is an international oasis tucked away in tiny Perryville (pronounced prvl by locals, population 4,700) about 50 miles west of Little Rock on Highway 10. Background: Heifer International is a non-profit organization headquartered in Little Rock with over 400 projects in more than 50 countries. It is dedicated to fighting world hunger and poverty by using livestock and sustainable agriculture to help people help themselves. Participants receive animals to improve family health and income and make the gift last by passing on offspring to other families in the community. The ranch: The 1,200 acre ranch was purchased in the 1970s and used as a distribution center to raise ...Read More