Hot Springs – Weekend Trip with Reviews

The trip to Hot Springs

Was completely spontaneous after I found out my cancer had returned. I decided to leave town for the weekend with my favorite people instead of getting drunk this time. I still hold that both choices are valid in the situation. Because it was spur-of-the-moment, Brandon booked the first hotel he found available, and I researched activities on the way there. Driving in on Friday night, we had one full day (Saturday) for new experiences. We drove back home on Sunday after a good breakfast. I broke it down by days but also included the local restaurants at which we ate in the reviews.
Disclaimer for Reviews: I am a very easy-going person and so is Brandon. It is not difficult to get a 5-Star Review from us.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Fisherman’s Warf Restaurant

⭐⭐⭐ ½  – 🦋 Haley
For dinner on Friday night, I was trying to ease the shock of all this news and upheaval of the day, so I chose a seafood restaurant that had crabs! 🦀🦀🦀🦀 Brandon loves fresh steamed crab legs. I found Fisherman’s Warf. The food was excellent even though Brandon said the crab was too expensive. All three men-folk ate themselves sick. I was just sick; however, my nausea might have been caused by the liter of liquid I drank for the CT scan that day.

Motel 6, Lookout Point, Hot Springs, AR

⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
It was a spontaneous trip, and this is a Motel 6, so I should have managed my own expectations a bit better. Looking back, I may have seemed so like a Karen. However, I hate to have a 3-minute discussion about why there where only 2 sets of towels in the room. Nevermind that I had to bring the used towels to the front office to exchange for new ones. I am used to being a bit more pampered – even my husband pampers me. Nevertheless, the sheets, towels, and room were clean.

Travel Gear!

Duffel Bag for Kids

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

These bags are great for kids to travel. It even has extra space to store your shoes and dirty laundry!

Travel Toiletry Bag

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

I love this bag for my toiletries and I got each of the fellas one too.

Phone Gimbal

⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

If you need to capture video while you are touring, hiking, or riding; this gimbal will hold your phone steady. It is not extremely user friendly but does the job once you learn to control it.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

The English Muffin Country Kitchen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
Breakfast was superb! They offered a solid selection on the menu including fruit for me, which is usually a struggle. The prices were reasonable, the staff was friendly, and the atmosphere was happy and relaxed.
Iron Mountain Lodge, Marina & Resort
We got up early because the beds were both flat and lumpy at the same time, so I wanted to visit the place from my childhood – Iron Mountain Lodge Marina, & Resort. This is where the Reggio’s vacationed in the 90s. Sometimes we went just as the six of us and sometimes we joined up with cousins and friends. We spent all day on Lake DeGray and evening time enjoying the peaceful views from our cabin full of electricity, television, and hot running water!
My family just used the public restrooms provided near the boat launch but they were cheerful, clean, and functional. We slowly rolled through the cabins, boat launch, and marina parking lot so I could drink in the nostalgia. We probably looked like we were casing the joint to anyone paying attention. 😨

Hot Springs Tower, Hot Springs, AR

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
Go. Even if you have a fear of heights, this is doable. We went shortly after opening time and waited less than 15 minutes to ride the elevator to the top. The view is breathtaking and the wind is strong! 💨 Please exit through the gift shop! which included your usual souvenirs (including a sticker for Brandon), magic rocks, and bears in bathtubs 🐻🛁.

The Gangster Museum of America

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
I didn’t get enough pictures at The Gangster Museum of America.
I HAD NO IDEA that Hot Springs was the place to vacation if you were a criminal in the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s. The tour guide said that Hot Springs is “Real good at ignoring stuff.” 😉
Apparently, THE GUY that first organized crime in the US, retired and lived a second life in Hot Springs.  Also, it was a great place to make and distribute #moonshine during prohibition.
We really enjoyed it as a family. They do talk briefly about the other primary revenue source in Hot Springs during this time period AKA the oldest trade in history, prostitution. Parental guidance suggested but I give it a full five stars.

Virtual School

in the Truck

AC Power Converter

❓❓❓❓❓ – 🦋 Haley

The boys broke the other one on our last trip so we had to order a new one. I will update my review when we have used it a bit.

Travel Lap Desk for Kids

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

Each boy has his own color. It has storage and folds/stores away easily.

Car Seat Back Organizer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

I don’t know why these don’t come standard in every vehicle. Even if you don’t have kids, almost everyone needs storage in their car!

Galaxy Connection

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
Y’all know we are #scifi nerds. We found a museum/gallery for the ’70s and ‘80s kids to go bananas 🍌! It started as the private collection of one fan put to good use and has been added to over the years with donations from people and organizations to help the nonprofit.
The best part of this museum is that all the proceeds go to help other charitable organizations around the area. Many of the costumes on display are there because they have been retired from use as the organization cosplays for sick kids, parades, and other stuff to help the community.

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

⭐⭐⭐ ½  – 🦋 Haley

The boys have fallen in love with hibachi grills. They really enjoy watching the chefs flip the knives, throw the food, and squirt all the oils, liquids, and bottles. It’s a show and a meal. So why didn’t this place get auto-five stars? The restaurant lost one full star from our review because it was an hour before the chef arrived at our space. It lost another half of a star because our chef needs some improvement before going-it-alone. Once the chef arrived, the show was entertaining enough but there are many more skills he can add to his toolbox. 

That night we all curled up together and watched our new favorite family film: Blended with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. 

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By Haley Reggio Pederson