Hot in Arkansas
Nestled in the state’s beautiful Tri-Lakes Region, Hot Springs invites you to soak in its many natural and manmade charms.
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WHERE TO EAT
J&S Italian Villa overlooks Lake Hamilton, with lake access, and catching a sunset is spectacular! The extensive menu includes pasta, steaks, fowl and fish entrees. Voted ”Best Italian Restaurant‘ for the past seven years (www.jandsitalianvilla.com).
Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a lakeside eatery specializing in (what else?) seafood, while also serving aged-to-perfection steaks and hand-shucked oysters year round (www.fishermanswharfhs.com).
Central Park Fusion Cuisine bases its dishes on classical French culinary techniques with standout seafood and steaks (www.centralparkfusion.com).
McClards’s Bar-B-Q is eat-in or take-out, nothing fancy, but always mentioned in food roundup articles on Hot Springs (www.mcclards.com).
Belle Arti Italian Restaurant is in the bathhouse row area and features authentic Italian cuisine with live piano music (www.belleartigroup.com).
Salsa’s Grill offers authentic Mexican cuisine and nightly music. Though a little on the loud side, it has great guacamole and margaritas (www.salsasmexicancantina.net). Go figure.
Luna Bella opened just a couple of years ago and offers a romantic atmosphere with pasta, seafood and steaks, plus a fabulous Sunday Brunch (www.lunabellahotsprings.com).
WHERE TO STAY
For the ultimate "back-in-time" stay, what better than the historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa with downtown, bathhouse row and a national park right outside your door? Great dining choices, twin cascading outdoor pools, private beauty and facial salons, thermal baths and a championship golf course are all available (www.arlingtonhotel.com).
Lookout Point Lakeside Inn on Lake Hamilton is one of the newest and finest B&Bs in the area, named ”Best of the Best‘ by Southern Living in 2010 and a member of Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America. Expect to be pampered while residing in one of 10 individually styled suites, with gourmet breakfast served every morning along with fresh-baked ”surprises‘ in the afternoon. Canoe the bay, catch a nap in a hammock, or simply enjoy the views and the beautifully tended gardens (www.lookoutpointinn.com).
The Hamilton House Estate Bed & Breakfast operated for years as one of the finest restaurants on the lake but recently ”changed course‘ to now offer five suites in a private and secluded area with spectacular vistas. This National Historic bed and breakfast is accessed via a gated entrance to the three-acre peninsula bordering Lake Hamilton, creating the perfect intimate getaway (www.hamiltonhouseestate.com).