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Romantic Getaway to Hot Springs

A January 2006 trip to Hot Springs by mdnjs

Wildwood 1884 Bed & Breakfast Inn Photo, Hot Springs, Arkansas More Photos
Quote: This trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas, was a Christmas present to my fiancé. It's only about three hours from where we live, and neither of us had been there before. We were very skeptical when the trip started but by the end we were in love!

Wildwood 1884 Bed & Breakfast Inn

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Hotel | "Wildwood 1884"

Wildwood 1884 Bed & Breakfast Inn Photo, Hot Springs, Arkansas
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After much debate about where to stay, I decided Wildwood was the place for us. The reviews were outstanding and the prices weren’t bad either. Neither my fiancé nor I have ever stayed at a bed-and-breakfast, so this was a whole new experience for us and we didn’t quite know what to expect.Upon arriving, we were greeted at the door by David who gave us the warmest welcome I have ever received. He then proceeded to show us around the house. This house cannot be put into words. It is so gorgeous and detailed that you must see it for yourself. After touring the bottom floor, David brought us to the third floor where our room (the King David room) was. When we entered we wer...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2006

Wildwood 1884 Bed & Breakfast Inn
808 Park Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
501-624-4267

Western Sizzlin'

Restaurant

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I had never eaten at a Western Sizzlin’ before and I absolutely love steak, so this was a must stop. The restaurant itself is a little away from the downtown area and at night Hot Springs tends to be a little shady. However, I never felt unsafe.Once inside the restaurant, I noticed it had been a little unkempt. For instance, there were a few tiles missing from the ceiling because of a water leak, there was some trash on the floor, some of the tables were dirty, etc; nothing major, but it was noticeable.Looks aside, the steak was fabulous, one of the best I have ever eaten. The dessert bar didn’t have too much to offer, but I was full from the main meal anyhow. I think I would d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2006

Western Sizzlin'
1206 Albert Pike Road
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
(501) 623-2548

Bathhouse Row

Attraction

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Bathhouse Row is a must for any first-time visitors. It helps you to appreciate the history of Hot Springs and sets the mood for the rest of the vacation. After our baths at Buckstaff, we spent a little while just walking up and down Bathhouse Row. The only bathhouse you are allowed to enter is Fordyce, which is the visitor center for the national park. The other bathhouses have plaques outside giving a brief history. We went inside Fordyce and did a self-tour. It is beautiful and full of history. We were given a detailed map that showed a path you should follow to get the full experience. There are rooms throughout that have artifacts and pictures, like a museum. Looking at Fordyce really gave us ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2006

Bathhouse Row
101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
(501) 624-3124

Buckstaff Bathhouse

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When preparing for this trip, I had read somewhere that going to Hot Springs without going to the bathhouse is like going to Egypt without seeing the pyramids. So, we decided it was worth a visit. We both like history, and what better way to learn about it than to experience it? After registering for our treatments, I was whisked away up an old elevator to the second story and my fiancé was taken to the men’s rooms. Therefore, I will only be able to tell about the women’s facilities. Upon arriving at the second floor, I was shown to my locker and was told to completely undress and that she would be back with a bathing sheet. This was the point were I wondered what I had gotten myself into. G...Read More