Come Out For the 40th Anniversary of Little Rock’s Riverfest!

May 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Little Rock's Riverfest 2017The 40th anniversary of Little Rock’s Riverfest is four days of food, arts, live music, and celebration on the banks of the Arkansas River. June 1st through the 4th, 2017.

Riverfest, held every summer in Little Rock, AR is the state’s largest single event with upwards of 200,000 festival-goers attending. The roster of national acts playing Riverfest helps explain the heavy attendance. This year’s lineup includes Wiz Khalifa, Justin Moore, Cage The Elephant, Billy Currington, Morris Day & The Time, and many many others!

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Learn Legends of Lost Conquistador Gold at Old Spanish Treasure Cave

April 28th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Spanish Treasure Cave in Sulphur Springs, AROld Spanish Treasure Cave, in Sulphur Springs, AR, is a living limestone cavern shrouded in the mystery and legend of lost Conquistador gold. If you’ve a taste for adventure and mystery, take a tour of Old Spanish Treasure Cave!

It’s a story that goes back more than 350 years.

Shortly after its discovery, Spanish Conquistadores searched the New World for riches. According to legend, a group of these intrepid explorers passed through the Northwest Ozarks. Lost, weak from illness and malnutrition, and assailed by natives, they secreted the treasure they were carrying in a cave.

Thereafter, Old Spanish Treasure Cave remained sealed with its secrets. In 1885 an old Spaniard from Madrid re-discovered the cave with the help of a couple of old maps. Though he and many others have scoured the caverns, no one has ever found the lost treasure.

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Sample Savory Suds at the 2017 Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival!

April 7th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs Craft Beer FestivalIt must be spring: it’s almost time for the annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival! This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, from 4pm to 8pm at the Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market Plaza.

The very first Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival was only three years ago but the festival has grown in leaps and bounds. Last year’s event was supposed to attract upwards of 650 people. More than 1,000 showed! And why not?

The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival attracts not just a few craft breweries from around the region but a stupendous number of great craft breweries from all around the US! Last year saw more than 100 different breweries in attendance offering over 400 beers to sample.

The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival is like a who’s who of craft breweries, all under one roof.
A beer lover’s paradise.

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Explore Quigley’s Castle – “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

March 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Quigley's Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

Quigley’s Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”
– photo by Brandonrush

No visit to the Eureka Springs area of Arkansas is complete without a stop by Quigley’s Castle. This uniquely designed family home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quigley’s Castle is less a castle than it is a unique family home. It would be nothing at all, were it not for the creative vision of one Elise Quigley.

The structure is located on an eighty-acre farm just four miles south of Eureka Springs. In 1930, W. D. Quigley deeded this property to his son, Albert Quigley and his son’s wife, Elise. Initially, they lived on the property in an old lumber shack.

According to legend, Albert promised Elise that she could design their new home and she got right to it. Unfortunately, five children into the marriage they were still living in the same, old lumber shack. To Elise, it seemed like they would never break ground. Eventually, something did break: it was Elise.

Elise Quigley had long since completed her design for the new house and was done waiting. One day, after Albert headed off to work, she and the children pulled the lumber shack down. Now Albert would HAVE to start the new house – and so he did.

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Discover Arkansas Craft Beer On The Fayetteville Ale Trail

March 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Arkansas Craft Beer On The Fayetteville Ale TrailThe craft beer revolution has taken the nation by storm and Arkansas is no exception. If you’re looking for a fun way to explore the Ozarks as well as discover great beer, the Fayetteville Ale Trail is for you!

Microbrew beer has been on the rise in the U.S since the 1990’s. All across the country, brewing artisans and beer enthusiasts alike have taken up the sudsy mantle. As a consequence, unique, regional craft beers are now available in America like no other time.

Arkansas is not immune to this trend and, as of this writing, boasts upwards of 30 craft breweries or brewpubs across the state. The artisanal brewing movement is so robust, by the time you’re done reading this, there may be even more!

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Don’t Miss The Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza 2017!

February 27th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Garvan Woodland Gardens 2017 Spring Tulip ExtravaganzaWelcome spring with over 150,000 colorful tulips at the Garvan Woodland Gardens Spring Tulip Extravaganza! The stunning array of blooms will be on display March 1st through April 30th, 2017!

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. The facility is in the Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas on a peninsula extending into Lake Hamilton.

The extensive gardens are a place of learning, research, and cultural enrichment. During the annual Spring Tulip Extravaganza, however, they’re just plain beautiful!

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Attend Hot Springs’ First Ever 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

February 17th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

14th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day ParadeThe “First Ever 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade” is just one more of Hot Springs’ claims to fame. Scheduled for March 17th, 2017!

What do the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Alfonso Ribeiro, and pro wrestler Ric Flair have in common?

They’ll both be at the 2017 World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs! Alfonso Ribeiro is this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal and Ric Flair will be the Official Starter.

The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been held in Hot Springs since 2003. The 98-foot long parade is held on Bridge Street, the “shortest street in the world in everyday use,” according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. While the whole use of “shortest” for the street or the parade is debatable, that’s hardly the point.

So what is the point? Fun – and lots of it!

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Celebrate Spring At The 24th Annual Camden Daffodil Festival!

January 27th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Camden Daffodil Festival

Camden, Arkansas is getting ready to present hundreds of thousands of daffodils at the 24th annual Camden Daffodil Festival. The happy return of this popular festival is scheduled for the weekend of March 10th and 11th 2017!

Nothing heralds spring quite like the blossoming of flowers. If you’re hankering for the color and warmth of spring, come out to Camden, AR on the second weekend of March for acres and acres of gorgeous, multi-colored daffodils.

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Visit Little Rock’s Old State House Museum

January 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas' Old State House MuseumLittle Rock’s Old State House Museum served as Arkansas original capitol and is now a museum of Arkansas history.

The Old State House Museum was built in 1836 and served as the state capitol until 1911. During its years, it has witnessed some of the state’s most important events.

This grand, old building hosted the admission of Arkansas into the Union. Ironically, it was also the site of the secession convention in 1861! The same building served as the seat of both the Confederate and Unionists governments during the Civil War.

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Step Back In Time With A Tour of The Walmart Museum

December 23rd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Step Back In Time With A Tour of The Walmart MuseumYou’ll feel like a time machine has whisked back to the soda-fountain era of the 1950’s when you tour The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, AR!

Walmarts are now ubiquitous in the U.S. but the company saw its humble beginning right here in Bentonville! Sam Walton opened his first Walton’s variety store in the town in 1950.

One has to wonder if Sam ever dreamed in those days that his little business would one day become a global retail leader, employing millions!

The Walmart Museum in Bentonville preserves this original, Walton’s 5 & Dime, along with a gallery of exhibits, and a 1950’s style soda fountain cafe.

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