hot springs http://visitmyarkansas.com/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 01:28:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://visitmyarkansas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon.png hot springs http://visitmyarkansas.com/ 32 32 Hard-fighting bantamweights now bite around Arkansas https://visitmyarkansas.com/hard-fighting-bantamweights-now-bite-around-arkansas/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 08:39:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/hard-fighting-bantamweights-now-bite-around-arkansas/ If you like easy fishing and fast catching, a white bass trip is just what you need over the next few weeks. Currently, white bass spawn in the tributaries of all our lakes and large rivers. They are concentrated in narrow, shallow waters and they will hit a wide assortment of artificial lures. If you […]]]>

If you like easy fishing and fast catching, a white bass trip is just what you need over the next few weeks.

Currently, white bass spawn in the tributaries of all our lakes and large rivers. They are concentrated in narrow, shallow waters and they will hit a wide assortment of artificial lures. If you can cast and retrieve, you can catch white bass just about anywhere.

START WORKING ON

In Arkansas, a very large white bass weighs about 3 pounds, but averages about 13 inches long. High or low, they are the ideal size for light or ultra-light tackles. On a 6 pound test line they will give a light and flexible rod all it can handle. For even more fun, use a 4-pound test line.

A spinning rig with a 6 foot rod is ideal. A white bass hits fast and hard, and even a small one can break the line of light on the hit if your drag is too tight. The fish will cling to the strike, then pounce with even greater force than the strike. Your drag should be solid for hitting, then slightly loose for running. Since the white bass is pelagic, you don’t have to worry about it interrupting you from cover. They will remain in open water, allowing you to fight them freely.

LURES

A white bass will bite anything that remotely resembles a threadfin shad or minnow. Select a heavy lure that you can cast a long distance. Prime selections are Blue Fox and Vibrax online spinnerbaits and small spinners. Spinners and line spoons twist when retrieved, and they will eventually twist and foul the line. You can avoid this by using a 12 inch swivel and leader.

Small swimbaits or soft plastic shad type lures are excellent for white bass. A 1/8 or 1/4 ounce ball head jig head or bait head will allow you to cast sufficient distances. A simple recovery is enough.

A variation of this technique involves twist tail larvae. A tandem rig works best with a white larva on one line and a yellow or chartreuse larva on the other line. White bass often ignore a single twist tail, but they won’t ignore two. You might even catch two fish at once.

Surface water fishing is the most exciting way to catch white bass. When schooling, the white bass will slam surface lures fiercely. Any small topwater will work including the Heddon Tiny Torpedo, a small Rebel Pop R or an Excalibur Zell Pop. Retrieve cigar-style lures, like the Zara Puppy, in a serpentine fashion and walk the dog. Quickly retrieve chugger-style lures to spit water. The spitting action excites the fish, and you can sometimes catch two at once.

Trolling is another great way to catch white bass when fishing in thin water. A 3 inch stickbait is excellent for catching all sizes of white bass. It will also catch striped bass, but you can land massive stripers on a superlight tackle with proper drag control.

Fly fishing is a fantastically fun way to catch white bass in the spring. A white bass will bite any white streamer or even an ultralight jig and give you the fight of your life on a 3 weight fly rod.

Finally, you can also catch white bass on bait. Baby crayfish are excellent, as are thawed popcorn shrimp and canned baby clams.

MAUMELLE LAKE

In central Arkansas, Upper Maumelle Lake offers excellent fishing. The action begins at the highway. 10 Bridge and progresses upstream into the Big Maumelle River. The spawning ground peaks in skinny water at public access on Arkansas 10 above the bridge.

Good fishing is available from the bank at the top of the spawning ground, but is best by kayak or even canoe if the current is not too strong.

ATKINS LAKE

Although best known for trophy largemouth bass, Lake Atkins is home to a large population of white bass. The water is so clear you can actually see the schools moving along the flats. They look like big shadows. It’s the best time to fly fish for them, but it’s always good to have a spinning rig ready when they get the idea of ​​chasing bait on the surface.

NIMROD LAKE

Go as far up the Fourche La Fave River as possible to enjoy the top of the white bass spawning ground at Lake Nimrod, but don’t overlook the small creeks that feed the lake. The white bass will advance to the fall line, where it will concentrate in ridiculously thin water. It’s as close to fishing in a barrel as it gets, and when they’re feeding frantically, you can catch them as fast as you can cast.

LAKE OUACHITA

Choose any tributary you want on this giant reservoir between Hot Springs and Mt. Ida. The white bar is in each of them.

At present, they are still in fairly wide waters following the channels of rivers and streams. On March 13, 2020 I fished with Stephen Dunlap in a main arm and caught dozens of white bass. They learned in spurts as they walked back and forth from the canal to the apartments. We caught them half a dozen at a time. They disappeared into the channel and then returned 15 to 20 minutes later. None were big, but they kept us busy all afternoon.

BEAVER LAKE

The second reservoir in the White River Range is home to one of Arkansas’ most prolific white bass runs. They behave similarly to Lake Ouachita in War Eagle Creek, Hickory Creek, Indian Creek, and the White River Arm. If the water gets high enough, you can catch white bass almost all the way to the War Eagle Mill dam.

RATE AT THE TABLE

White bass is delicious to eat fresh, but it takes a lot of work. Even a large white bass results in a very small fillet which shrinks considerably when you remove the blood line. Leaving the line gives the fish a very strong flavor that many consider unpleasant.

My experience is that white bass fillets don’t keep well frozen. Keep just enough to eat fresh and come back later.

Fried fillets are very tasty. They are also very good sautéed in butter.

The spawning pattern lasts until April, but the fish will quickly return to the lakes. The best surface action takes place in the summer in open water.

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Economic impact of tourism in Arkansas down 25.3%; tourism award winners announced https://visitmyarkansas.com/economic-impact-of-tourism-in-arkansas-down-25-3-tourism-award-winners-announced/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 00:21:25 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/economic-impact-of-tourism-in-arkansas-down-25-3-tourism-award-winners-announced/ The 2020 Arkansas Tourism Economic Impact Report shows a 35.6% drop in the number of leisure travelers to the state and a more than 25% drop in the overall economic impact of tourism per year. compared to 2019. The declines are attributed to closures and disruptions related to COVID-19. The report, released earlier this week […]]]>

The 2020 Arkansas Tourism Economic Impact Report shows a 35.6% drop in the number of leisure travelers to the state and a more than 25% drop in the overall economic impact of tourism per year. compared to 2019. The declines are attributed to closures and disruptions related to COVID-19.

The report, released earlier this week at the Arkansas Governor’s 48th Annual Tourism Conference held in Fayetteville, shows the tourism industry’s total impact at $6.004 billion in 2020, down 25.3% from 2019. Total travelers in the state were estimated at 32.4 million, down 37.3%. Of the total number of travellers, approximately 24.4 million were pleasure travellers, down 35.6%. (Link here for a PDF of the full report.)

“I am pleased with the results of our 2020 Economic Impact Report,” Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, said in a statement. “While the declines in visitation and tax collection in this year’s report are not ones we want to repeat, the good news is that we have outperformed many of our competitor markets. The data reflects the hard work and commitment of our industry to successfully meet unprecedented challenges.

Here are other elements of the report.
• Arkansas Visitor Centers assisted more than 627,000 visitors in 2020.
• 51,882 jobs were related to tourism and travel in 2020, down 23.4%.
• Local tax revenue related to tourism and travel was estimated at $138.8 million, down 16.9%.
• All state tax revenue related to tourism and travel was estimated at $363.7 million, down 21.8%.
• Of the overall $6 billion impact, $1.8 billion is attributed to food and beverage sales and $1.7 billion to transportation.

Here are the top 10 counties by estimated travel and tourism spending.
Pulaski: $1.178 billion
Garland: $558.1 million
Benton: $548 million
Washington: $382 million
Carroll: $241.5 million
Sebastian: $238.2 million
Crittenden: $190 million
Craighead: $165 million
Baxter: $158.4 million
Faulkner: $128.7 million

Travis Napper, director of Arkansas Tourism, said the state’s tourism industry is well positioned to recover due to its many outdoor attractions, events and natural beauty.

“The natural state has long been known for its beauty and outdoor attractions, and our reputation has served as a safety net during a difficult time for more urban destinations,” Napper said. “As the world continues to emerge from the pandemic, we already know that 2021 data will illustrate a banner year for visits to Arkansas. More than ever, people are looking for safe outdoor activities and they have clearly realized that Arkansas is the place to go.

The winners of the state’s top tourism awards were also announced at the conference.
• Tourism Personality of the Year: Kalene Griffith of Visit Bentonville
• Natural State Tourism Development Award: Thrive, Inc.
• Tourism Organization of the Year: Visit Hot Springs
• Tourist Attraction of the Year: Hot Springs National Park
• Rising Star Award: Paul and Sarah Heer
• Tourism Region of the Year (Audience Award): Diamond Lakes Region

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Super PAC spends over $800,000 on media buys in Arkansas in US Senate race https://visitmyarkansas.com/super-pac-spends-over-800000-on-media-buys-in-arkansas-in-us-senate-race/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 09:58:01 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/super-pac-spends-over-800000-on-media-buys-in-arkansas-in-us-senate-race/ WASHINGTON — An out-of-state political donor-funded Super PAC is spending more than $800,000 on media buys to support Jake Bequette’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. Bequette of Little Rock, a former NFL player, defies the outgoing US Senator John Boozman Rogers during the Republican primary this year. A […]]]>

WASHINGTON — An out-of-state political donor-funded Super PAC is spending more than $800,000 on media buys to support Jake Bequette’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate, according to a Federal Election Commission filing.

Bequette of Little Rock, a former NFL player, defies the outgoing US Senator John Boozman Rogers during the Republican primary this year.

A new filing with the FEC shows the super PAC, called the Arkansas Patriots Fund, spent more than $841,000 this month buying TV and cable media in support of Bequette’s run.

Uline CEO Dick Uihlein paid the group $1 million last year, according to available FEC files. Uihlein’s contribution was tied to a Wisconsin address, according to an FEC filing.

The race for the US Senate may be the race to Arkansas Congress the most publicized of this election cycle midterm.

Bequette has sought to portray Boozman as being out of step with former President Donald Trump, even though the incumbent received Trump’s endorsement last year.

“As an invisible career politician, Boozman has turned his back on President Trump and the America First movement for too long, but now is the time for the people of Arkansas to hold him accountable,” Bequette said in a statement. last week.

He also accused Boozman of being a RINO, which means Republican in name only.

Not only did Boozman receive Trump’s endorsement, but Senator Tom Cotton of Little Rock and Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders also endorsed the incumbent.

In Congress in recent months, Boozman has pushed back against a Biden administration vaccine or test rule aimed at big business and opposed an effort to advance a voting rights measure backed by Senate Democrats.

Boozman is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate and faces a primary challenge from Jan Morgan of Hot Springs, a shooting range owner.

Bequette criticized Boozman’s past statements about U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming and an outspoken critic of Trump.

In a statement Wednesday, Bequette said the Republican National Committee made the right decision in censuring Cheney, one of two Republicans on a congressional panel investigating last year’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.

Boozman said Tuesday that it was not the right decision for the RNC to censor Cheney. Instead, he said censures should be addressed at the state party level.

It remains to be seen if or how super PAC money will shape the race.

Boozman exceeds its competitors GOP on the front of fundraising, according to FEC records available.

Boozman’s campaign reported a haul of more than $1.1 million in the fourth quarter. That brings total campaign cash to more than $3.5 million at the end of the fourth quarter, according to the FEC filing.

The fourth quarter of 2021 covered October, November and December.

The senator’s campaign committee spent about $401,000 in the fourth quarter, according to FEC documents.

The filing period is from February 22 to March 1. The primary is May 24 and the general election is November 8.

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Sleet settles in northwest Arkansas; ice is a concern further south https://visitmyarkansas.com/sleet-settles-in-northwest-arkansas-ice-is-a-concern-further-south/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/sleet-settles-in-northwest-arkansas-ice-is-a-concern-further-south/ Sleet began falling in Fayetteville around 7 p.m. Wednesday — with snow expected to follow — as a winter storm moved through the state. Northwestern Arkansas could get 6 to 8 inches of snow by Thursday evening, said Mike Teague, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa. Further south in Arkansas there wouldn’t […]]]>

Sleet began falling in Fayetteville around 7 p.m. Wednesday — with snow expected to follow — as a winter storm moved through the state.

Northwestern Arkansas could get 6 to 8 inches of snow by Thursday evening, said Mike Teague, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

Further south in Arkansas there wouldn’t be as much snow but ice could be a problem.

“Power outages will be likely and you should prepare now!” according to the National Weather Service in North Little Rock. “Travel will be very treacherous, if not impossible!”

In its Wednesday night briefing, the weather service predicted dangerous ice accumulations for much of central Arkansas through Thursday.

The greatest accumulations – 0.5 to 0.75 inches of ice – were predicted for a band from Sheridan to Pine Bluff to Brinkley.

Accumulations of 0.24 to 0.5 inches of ice were forecast for more of southern, central and eastern Arkansas, including Little Rock, Hot Springs, Jonesboro and West Memphis.

“An eighth of an inch of freezing rain covering tree branches and lines can begin to cause outages by snapping branches hanging over power lines,” according to Entergy Arkansas, which provides electricity to about 722,000 customers. in 63 counties in Arkansas.

A half-inch of ice buildup can add 500 pounds to power lines or tree branches, which can snap and fall on people and property, according to the utility.

Dave Parker, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, said crews began pre-treating highways Wednesday and would continue to do so, with salt or brine, overnight. Freeways, major freeways and overpasses were priorities, he said.

Parker said “strike teams” would be deployed Thursday to hard-hit areas of the state. Some will have chainsaws to clear roads if needed.

Little Rock was expected to have a low of 25 degrees Wednesday night.

The Dunbar Community Center at 1001 West 16th St. in Little Rock was made available for use as an overnight emergency shelter Wednesday night, said city spokesperson Spencer Watson. It is operated as a safe haven by the non-profit organization The Van (The One, Inc.)

The community center will open until 7 a.m. Thursday as an emergency shelter.

If the severe weather persists, the shelter can be extended through Thursday and Friday evenings, operating from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night, he said.

“In addition, a full night shift of 45 employees from the Public Works Operations Division is scheduled for a night shift beginning at 11 p.m. Wednesday, with a full morning shift (60 employees) ready to take over at 6 morning hours Thursday,” according to a press release from the City of Little Rock. “The city’s salt storage is full, with an ample supply of a mix of salt and sand prepared for city streets if needed. Both large and small trucks are equipped with spreaders and plows to deal with the accumulation of bad weather. Drivers are advised to be patient and careful and only travel if necessary on Thursday mornings. »

The city has urged people to bring their pets indoors in cold weather.

The freezing cold will persist for a few days.

“Following this event, it will be very cold on Friday and Saturday morning,” the weather service said in an email. “It could be deadly for people who lose electricity and have no heat source.”

As arctic air blows into Arkansas from the northwest, temperatures will drop into the 20s and 20s Friday morning, according to the weather service briefing.

“By Saturday morning, colder air will be in place as temperatures drop into the single digits near 20 degrees,” according to the briefing.

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How and where to get free home covid tests in Arkansas https://visitmyarkansas.com/how-and-where-to-get-free-home-covid-tests-in-arkansas/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/how-and-where-to-get-free-home-covid-tests-in-arkansas/ According to the Arkansas Department of Health, all 1.5 million rapid covid-19 tests ordered by the federal government for Arkansans to get for free have been distributed statewide. Some places may still have kits available, but Department of Health spokeswoman Danyelle McNeill recommended people call and check before showing up for a test. There is […]]]>

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, all 1.5 million rapid covid-19 tests ordered by the federal government for Arkansans to get for free have been distributed statewide.

Some places may still have kits available, but Department of Health spokeswoman Danyelle McNeill recommended people call and check before showing up for a test. There is no date yet for another order of kits, she said on Thursday.

McNeill added that if there is uneven demand for tests, tests that are already in the state can be redistributed to places with greater demand.

From mid-January, home tests became available to order online from the federal government. Orders will be fulfilled by mail via the United States Postal Service.

Also in January, the Biden administration announced that it would begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to US residents at pharmacies and other locations.

Where can I do a covid test at home?

Covid testing will be available free of charge to every address in the United States through the US Postal Service.

Each order will be shipped free of charge and will contain four individual rapid antigen tests. There is a limit of one order per residential address.

Orders can be placed by visiting special.usps.com/testkits and filling in your shipping information.

Orders should ship within 7-12 days. For more information, visit covidtests.gov.

Through an initiative launched Jan. 28 with the Rockefeller Foundation, 1.1 million tests will be provided to residents of Arkansas, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico and Ohio, a said Dillaha.

Residents can order their five-test kit at accesscovidtests.org.

To find a locally available test, below is a partial list of locations that offer free at-home covid testing in Arkansas. Not all locations are included. Some may not currently have a stock of tests. Due to limited supply, it’s best to call ahead to confirm that a particular location has kits in stock. For a full list of locations, see the map below or visit Ministry of Health website.

McNeil said the map is difficult to update because the Department of Health does not receive inventory reports from partners, only reports from local health units about which locations are out of testing. She advised residents to call ahead before going to a site for a test.

Tests were assigned to each location based on the area’s population and rates of covid-19 cases by population, said Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, chief medical officer for the Health Department.

A number of libraries across the state offer home kits, including Little Rock, Lonoke, Sherwood, Maumelle, Bryant, Benton, Conway, Wrightsville, and more.

Little North Rock:

North Little Rock Health Department

New Hope Baptist Church

shorter college

Other locations:

County Lonoke on Aging Des Arc Senior Center (Lonoke)

Arkansas Department of Social Services (Benton)

Garland County Emergency Management Office (Hot Springs)

England Town Hall (England)

Town Hall (Menifee)

Helena Town Hall (Helena)

City Hall (Fulton)

Quitman Town Hall (Quitman)

Town Hall (Gould)

Town hall (Cotonnier)

Mena Regional Hospital (Mena)

The Wellness Clinic (DeQueen)

CHI St. Vincent Mt Ida (Mt. Ida)

Good Samaritan Clinic (Fort Smith)

Blytheville Housing Authority (Blytheville)

McGehee Housing Authority (McGehee)

Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (Van Buren)

Family Prayer and Worship Center (Rogers)

Conway County Care Center (Morriton)

Partners for Progress (Perryville)

Main Street Mission (Russellville)

Filling the Gaps (Texarkana)

NWA Council (Springdale)

The Jones Center (Springdale)

Food Bank of North Central Arkansas (Mountain Home)

Bethel AME Church (Memphis)

First Baptist Church (Trumann)

How many free home tests can I get?

If you order from special.usps.com/testkits, you will receive four individual rapid antigen tests. There is a limit of one order per residential address.

If you order from accesscovidtests.orgyou will receive a kit of five tests.

If you pick up tests at a location listed by the Arkansas Department of Health, you are limited to two tests per day for an individual or six per day for a family. The tests are presented in boxes of two.

Should I take a home antigen test or take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test?

Dillaha said home testing is beneficial when someone has symptoms, to determine whether or not they should self-isolate, which she cites as the biggest value of testing.

If a person’s results are positive, they should stay home and self-isolate, she said. If someone tests negative and has symptoms, she said the results should be checked somehow within 24 to 48 hours. The test can be repeated at home, to see if the test comes back positive or if the person can get a PCR test. Some employers, she noted, require a negative PCR test result because it is the most accurate.

If someone is at high risk for the disease, Dillaha recommended taking a PCR test, because if the result is positive, they may be eligible to receive one of the available therapeutic treatments.

How do I report a positive covid home test?

The Arkansas Department of Health will take positive home test reports at 1-800-803-7847.

Reporting your positive result is optional, said Department of Health spokeswoman Danyelle McNeill. She said that while daily covid-19 numbers in state records may not include all positives from home tests, the department still has enough information to know how badly the covid-19 is widespread in communities based on case data, moving averages and percent positivity.

“Our recommendations based on this information are to strongly encourage all Arkansans to wear a mask, social distance, stay home if sick, and get vaccinated and boosted if eligible,” a- she declared.

Students who test positive, whether tested at home or at a facility, should immediately report the case to their school.

“This is an important step as schools will need to take quick action to minimize the potential spread of covid-19 in the school,” McNeill said.

The school will provide the student with information on when it is appropriate to return to campus.

Where to go for in-person testing:

Several Arkansas hospitals and local county health units are offering testing for covid-19. Check the list or explore the map below to find a location near you.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (Little Rock and Springdale) offers drive-through testing (https://www.archildrens.org/coronavirus/covid-testing) 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Little Rock) and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Springdale) Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (both locations)

Baptiste Health offers testing at multiple locations throughout the state. Drive-through testing is available in Arkadelphia, Conway, Fort Smith (Baptist Health Medical Plaza), Heber Springs, Little Rock (Baptist Health Medical Center), Malvern and Stuttgart. For all other locations, appointments can be made online. Hours vary. (https://www.baptist-health.com/baptist-health-coronavirus-screening-locations/)

Local County Health Units offer free covid testing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to McNeill.

People can bring their insurance card for billing, but no one will be charged, she said.

UAMS Medical Center offers drive-through testing (https://uamshealth.com/location/covid-19-drive-thru-screening/) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Sunday.

Where can I get vaccinated?

To make an appointment for the first or second dose of your vaccine or to receive your booster, you can visit vaccines.gov and enter your postal code to find a clinic near you.

You can call 1-800-232-0233 or text your zip code to 438829.

For more information on vaccination progress, including a map that tracks county-level vaccinations across the United States and a map of Arkansas locations administering vaccines, visit our Vaccine Info page.

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Hot Springs sports horse racing, drinks of all kinds https://visitmyarkansas.com/hot-springs-sports-horse-racing-drinks-of-all-kinds/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/hot-springs-sports-horse-racing-drinks-of-all-kinds/ HOT SPRINGS — Now that Oaklawn’s venerable track has been transformed into the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, it’s possible to spend an entire day at the multipurpose venues. In the process, you can also spend a lot of money. You can bet on horses here and at other US tracks. Without leaving the complex, you […]]]>

HOT SPRINGS — Now that Oaklawn’s venerable track has been transformed into the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, it’s possible to spend an entire day at the multipurpose venues.

In the process, you can also spend a lot of money. You can bet on horses here and at other US tracks. Without leaving the complex, you can play slot machines as well as blackjack, craps, poker, roulette and can bet on live sports. You can even bed down at the 198-room Oaklawn Resort Hotel, where January rates for a deluxe runway view room range from $175 to $390 per night.

As Oaklawn’s longer 2021-22 Thoroughbred season continues through May 7, it’s also possible, through bad luck or bad play (or both), to find that you’ve lost all the money. planned for the day – and maybe a little more.

If your day’s betting budget has evaporated, a head-scratching option is to walk or drive north along Central Avenue to sample some of Hot Springs’ varied attractions that are free or cost only. a piffle.

A popular starting point is Bathhouse Row, a procession of eight restored buildings about two miles north of Oaklawn along Central Avenue. The public baths, some of which are ornate, evoke the spa town’s golden age as a spa resort in the first half of the 20th century.

Fordyce Bathhouse is home to the Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center. (Special for the Democrat-Gazette/Marcia Schnedler)
Fordyce Bathhouse serves as the visitor center for Hot Springs National Park, which celebrated its centennial in 2021. The Fordyce’s 23 restored showrooms provide a sense of upper-class comfort as well as spa regimes, including some are quite rigorous. Free entry.

Other public baths operate in various forms. Buckstaff and Quapaw still operate as bathhouses, with halls that can be visited for free as well as spa treatments at varying prices. Superior is home to the nation’s only craft brewery on National Park Service property. Hale is an elegant boutique hotel. Lamar serves at the park’s gift shop. Ozark is the occasional venue for art exhibits. Only Mauritius is vacant.

At the south end of Bathhouse Row, the taps offer visitors the chance to take home as much free Hot Springs mineral water as they want, as long as they bring their own bottles or carafes.

Small water samples from the Ouachita Mountains are free at the Mountain Valley Spring Company Visitor Center and Museum at 150 Central Ave. Larger quantities of the elixir, which has been mined and sold since 1871, are on sale. The museum, mostly on the second floor, depicts US presidents and other famous personalities with Mountain Valley bottles on hand. Elvis Presley is presented as a dedicated enthusiast.

A free tasting with more punch can be enjoyed at the Winery of Hot Springs outlet, 1503 Central Ave. In addition to free sips of wine, none of which is done on site, visitors can also view an exhibit on the history of Cowie Wine in Logan County.

Photo Groundwater is free in Hot Springs National Park. (Special for the Democrat-Gazette/Marcia Schnedler)
There’s a dose of nostalgia for fans of the sport that once reigned supreme as Our National Pastime. You can follow the Historic Baseball Trail, playing on the fact that Hot Springs hosted major league spring training from 1886 through the 1920s. Twenty-eight plaques are dotted around the city. They celebrate Dizzy and Daffy Dean, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Cy Young and other past stars.

Off Central Avenue and a few blocks south of Bathhouse Row, baseball is the theme of a vast mural that also salutes the sport’s post-World War II racial desegregation. Pictured are white stars Wagner, Ruth and Lefty Grove, as well as black big league frontrunners Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige.

On the walls of the buildings opposite Bathhouse Row, a dazzling mural depicts two Quapaw warriors, while another features a pair of Native American women as well as flower arrangements. Both paintings are by Pepe Gaka, creator of several of the dozen or so Spa City murals.

The Bill Clinton Boyhood Home at 1011 Park Ave. is just a free gift. Indeed, the house where the future 42nd president lived from 8 to 15 years is a private residence. It is one of 15 Clinton-related city stops mapped in a visitor center brochure. Some of them are tangential, but all are free to the eye.

For more information on Hot Springs attractions, visit hotsprings.org or stop by to pick up assorted brochures at the city’s Visitor Center, 629 Central Ave. For more information on Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, visit www.oaklawn.com.

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2021 in Review: The 21 Most Read Eat Arkansas Stories of the Year https://visitmyarkansas.com/2021-in-review-the-21-most-read-eat-arkansas-stories-of-the-year/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/2021-in-review-the-21-most-read-eat-arkansas-stories-of-the-year/ 2021 was supposed to be an improvement over 2020 for restaurants, eateries, and all things Eat Arkansas. In January, coronavirus cases were climbing to record numbers, but vaccines were becoming available, offering a ray of hope. However, restaurant workers – essential workers at the start of the pandemic, when all non-essentials went home – were […]]]>

2021 was supposed to be an improvement over 2020 for restaurants, eateries, and all things Eat Arkansas. In January, coronavirus cases were climbing to record numbers, but vaccines were becoming available, offering a ray of hope. However, restaurant workers – essential workers at the start of the pandemic, when all non-essentials went home – were stuck in Group 1-C, not eligible to receive the vaccine until mid-March, after the lifting of capacity guidelines on restaurants. In February, a record snowstorm caused a downtown water main to burst, flooding the basements of two Main Street restaurants, forcing one to close for decades. month. Over the year, restaurants have grappled with labor shortages, inflation, supply chain issues and two new variants of COVID, and despite it all, you could still go out for to eat. It may have taken longer, the menu item you wanted may not have been available, but for the most part the issues were not obvious to customers. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t there (tip well, please).

Despite all the pandemic-related issues, it’s been a great year for Eat Arkansas. Quesabirria tacos caused a stir, we dove deep into the thriving local taco truck scene, we did a 6th grade science fair experience at the office with local glazed donuts, new restaurants sprang up and announced 2022 openings, Jones Bar-BQ in Marianna nearly burned down, but rebuilt with help from the community, then made a major publication’s 2021 restaurant list. 2021 hasn’t been terrible. Here are the 21 most read food stories from Eat Arkansas this year.

21. Main Street restaurant basements flooded after water main burst

by Rhett Brinkley

“It’s just another headache, that’s what it is,” said Chris Tanner of Samantha’s Tap Room. “You just went through all that shit, finally open all the half-open restaurants, then Almighty God, here we go again.”

20. The Indian star of Arkansas: Sami Lal

By Rhett Brinkley

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THE LIVING LEGEND: Sami Lal.

We profiled the gregarious Star of India owner who was inducted into the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame this year.

19. A Beginner’s Guide to Bourbon

By Griffin Coop

If you’re craving a new spirit this year, don’t be afraid to try bourbon. Here’s a beginner’s guide to help you on your way.

18. The best coffee lives up to its name.

By Rhett Brinkley

Brian Chilson
BAKED, SOAKED, GRILLED AND TORCHED: French toast with crème brûlée at Best Cafe.

The Hot Springs Motor Court restaurant has turned into a destination.

17. The timeless appeal of Newport’s Postmaster Spirits

By Jordan P. Hickey

Archia Khan
THE POSTMASTER: Owner Ross Jones with his wife, Lua.

If that name rings a bell, if it whispers of a past hangover, it’s probably because of the all-too-timely product that made headlines in April 2019: Trump Tonic. (“Trump tonic will grab you by your ‘anywhere,'” the back of the bottle reads.)

16. Kream Kastle is a greasy spoon and a living fossil

By Guy Lancaster

Bacon Cheeseburger at Kream Kastle.

Where the parking lot is always full of vans and the number of napkins tossed into your brown takeout bag is directly proportional to the messiness of the food and, therefore, indicative of its quality.

15. Hot Springs hooch: A new distillery emerges from the pandemic leaner, wiser

By Dwain Hebda

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Flavored moonshine is the specialty of Crystal Ridge Distillery in Hot Springs.

A Hot Springs family started Crystal Ridge Distillery at the start of the pandemic. With flexibility and creativity, they made it work.

14. Pridgin Family Brewery Joins Growing List of Arkansas Small Town Brewers

By Brian Sorensen

Opening a brewery was a gamble for the Pridgin family. Even with Country Monks and Prestonrose enjoying success nearby, beer tastes in Logan County still lean toward cheap industrial lagers.

13. A Guide to Outdoor Dining in Central Arkansas

By Rhett Brinkley

Patios for days.

12. Jones Bar-BQ Diner Makes New York Times Restaurant List 2021

By Rhett Brinkley

Daniel Walker
James Harold Jones

The same year that a fire almost completely destroyed the iconic barbecue institution in Marianna, Lee County, Jones Bar-BQ Diner made the New York Times restaurant list of 50 critic-chosen American restaurants, newspaper editors and reporters.

11. Central Arkansas Condiment World Movers and Shakers

By Rhett Brinkley and Lindsey Millar

Truth sauce, pepper relish and party ranch, oh my!

10. Eat Cheap in Central Arkansas

By Rhett Brinkley

Seven meals for less than $10.

9. The Arkansas BBQ Trail

By Rhett Brinkley

Barbecue tourism in Arkansas is a thing and it’s time for you to hit the road.

8. Arkansas beers to try before you die

By Brian Sorensen, Rhett Brinkley, Stephanie Smith and Lindsey Millar

The Arkansas beer scene has blossomed over the past decade, and we’re here to help you navigate those frothy waters with a selection of a few Arkansas beers worth seeking out.

7. County Lonoke’s Best: Grumpy Bunny deserves a field trip

By Rhett Brinkley

There’s a fantastic new restaurant in central Arkansas, and it’s not located in The Heights, Hillcrest, SoMa, or Argenta.

6. The Central Arkansas Taco Truck Guide

By Rachael Bourné, Guy Lancaster, Jason Woods, Lindsey Millar, Stephanie Smittle, Austin Bailey and Rhett Brinkley

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Alejandro Guitierrez of Tacos Godoy

Little Rock’s (and to a lesser extent North Little Rock’s) taco truck culture is thriving. When we last rounded up Authentic Mexican Food Mobile Vendors in 2010, there were about 15 trucks regularly found in southwest Little Rock. Today there are more than 30, and the number continues to grow.

5. Restaurant owners can open 100% restaurant capacity, but many think it’s too soon

By Rhett Brinkley

In early March, restaurant owners announced the lifting of capacity restrictions at a time when many service sector workers were not yet eligible for vaccination.

4. Big Bad Breakfast is coming to West Little Rock in early 2022

By Rhett Brinkley

Lindsey Millar
BIG BAD BREAKFAST: The Creole Omelette.

Big Bad Breakfast – founded in Oxford in 2008 by James Beard Award-winning New Orleans-born chef and author John Currence – has become a staple in Oxford and beyond, known for its top-notch breakfast and decadent.

3. The Best Donuts in Central Arkansas

By Rhett Brinkley

Take a tour of the local “plain glazing” scene.

2. Best restaurants in Arkansas 2021

By Arkansas Times Staff

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Arkansas Times Readers’ Choice Restaurant Contest, we saluted the restaurants that got us through a tumultuous 2020.

1. “I want the tacos for dipping” – Quesabirria via La Casa De Mi Abuelita Maw Maw’s House

By Rhett Brinkley

Instagram-worthy tacos for dunking.

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Northwest Arkansas population grows, but metro area loses McDonald County https://visitmyarkansas.com/northwest-arkansas-population-grows-but-metro-area-loses-mcdonald-county/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/northwest-arkansas-population-grows-but-metro-area-loses-mcdonald-county/ FAYETTEVILLE – Northwest Arkansas is still the fastest growing part of the state, according to census figures released Wednesday, but a boundary change by the federal government has reduced the population of the statistical area metropolitan area of ​​Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers by 4.3% compared to previous estimates. Meanwhile, the Pine Bluff metropolitan area posted an increase after […]]]>

FAYETTEVILLE – Northwest Arkansas is still the fastest growing part of the state, according to census figures released Wednesday, but a boundary change by the federal government has reduced the population of the statistical area metropolitan area of ​​Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers by 4.3% compared to previous estimates.

Meanwhile, the Pine Bluff metropolitan area posted an increase after years of steep decline. Other areas of Arkansas showed either stability or losses. The most recent figures from the US Census Bureau have revised the population of the state of Arkansas slightly downwards, but the revision is within the margin of error of the recent survey.

Thursday’s figures for the latest U.S. community survey, a batch of estimates compiled by the office, showed the population of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers area to be 526,412 as of July 1, 2018. That compares to l estimate from an April survey with a figure of 549,128 in July. 1, 2018, a downward difference of 22,716.

The drop was entirely caused by the federal government’s decision to no longer include McDonald County, Missouri, in the Northwestern Arkansas metropolitan area, said director Jeff Hawkins of the Regional Planning Commission. of northwest Arkansas. Local leaders have been debating the issue with federal officials since late last year, Hawkins said Wednesday. The region’s metropolitan area is now defined as Benton, Washington, and Madison counties, all located in Arkansas.

The new census estimate figure for McDonald County is 22,287. Adding that figure to the now shrunken Northwestern Arkansas metropolitan area would bring the total to 549,239 – almost exactly the figure. of the April estimate.

The border change came when Northwest Arkansas was poised to become one of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, said Hawkins and Nelson Peacock, chairman of the Northwestern Council. Arkansas. The council is a group of regional businesses and community leaders.

Getting into the top 100 of the nation’s 383 metropolitan areas has been a long-standing goal of council and local leaders, as it helps put a region on the map for retailers and expanding businesses, Hawkins and Peacock said. The council and others will redouble their efforts after this change to get a full and accurate count in the next U.S. Census, held every 10 years and slated for next year.

The decision to cut McDonald County was not made by the Census Bureau, Hawkins said. The definition of a metropolitan area is set by the Federal Office for Management and Budget, he said. The definition he uses requires that a county have at least 25 percent of its population commuting to work in a county within a metropolitan area to be included in the same region, according to Hawkins.

“It’s a measure of economic dependency,” Hawkins said of the commuter standard. “To me, it doesn’t make sense to cut him off if he doesn’t meet that standard within a year, not when studies of these things are known to be flawed. At the very least, you should use a multi-year average. In recent years that number for McDonald County has been as high as 27.2%, and I see no reason why it would have dropped suddenly. “

“McDonald County has been part of this MSA for 16 years,” Hawkins said. “There was no logical explanation for the change in this statistic.”

Third District Representative Steve Womack R-Rogers, who is a former Mayor of Rogers, and others have taken the argument of leaving Missouri County in the metro area to the Chief Statistician of the United States , said Hawkins.

“Northwest Arkansas is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and is still on track to be among the top 100 MSA,” Peacock said Wednesday. “The Council is working to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census to meet this goal. Northwest Arkansas’ growth over the past decade exceeds the 11 MSAs that are right ahead of us in terms of population.”

In other areas of the state, the Pine Bluff metropolitan area – Cleveland, Jefferson and Lincoln counties – showed an estimate of 92,345 – a 3.2% upward revision from the 89 figure. 515 in April. There has been no limit change within these limits.

The Little Rock-North Metropolitan Area Little Rock-Conway had an estimated population of 734,502. The Fort Smith metropolitan area, which includes parts of Oklahoma, was 281,201. Other metropolitan areas include Hot Springs at 98,296, Jonesboro at 129,755, and Texarkana at 150,034.

Compared to 2017 estimates, the Northwest Arkansas region had 535,557 people that year, but included the Missouri portion. The Little Rock metropolitan area had 738,082 in 2017, so it grew less than half of 1% if the latest estimate is correct.

The Pine Bluff Subway’s final 2017 estimate was 89,998, so an increase in this year’s estimate of 92,345 would represent growth of over 2,000 residents. The Fort Smith metropolitan area posted a slight decline from the 2107 estimate of 282,086. For other subways, Hot Springs remained virtually the same at 98,658. Texarkana fell from 152,188 and Jonesboro fell from 131,269 .

News from the NW on 12/19/2019

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