Sunday, March 11, 2012
Hot Springs Arkansas...Alpine Inn and Garvan Gardens
Started out on our Southern States Tour yesterday...and started a little rough. Didn't get the right rental car from Hertz-ugh and traffic backed up on I-35 which put us an hour behind before we even got out of Waco. BUT, that was the end of the bad news! Drove straight to Hot Springs, Arkansas and stayed with our favorite Scottish couple, Eric and Leslie, at Alpine Inn. This was our 3rd time to stay here and we enjoy it more every single time! We stayed in the safari suite since we had 4 kiddos with us....which proved an excellent choice! Always clean, smelling great with super fresh linens and towels and at only around $100 for a Friday night suite with 3 double beds and a kitchen...I LOVE this place!! Eric even stayed up til midnight to make sure we got in okay and left capri suns and snacks for the kids on the kitchen table. After visiting with them this morning we headed out for breakfast and then to the University of Arkansas Garvan Gardens. This place is an amazing hidden gem! At $6 for adults and $4 for kids (a $1 off per person coupon can also be printed from their website) this place proved to be an all day adventure. We climbed, we adventured, we posed for pictures, we smelled the beautiful flowers, we fed the Koi fish, we played hide and seek, we played in the mountain streams, we mined for quartz, we listened to the carillon, and we picnicked on a fallen log bridge. The kids played like kids should...no Ipods, no cell phones....just nature and exploring the streams, the rocks, and the plants. It was a beautiful Arkansas day..dirty, happy, and all.