Get Away From It All at Arkansas Inns

March 22nd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Petit Jean State Park Arkansas Inns

Petit Jean State Park

Arkansas Bed and Breakfasts take the safety and security of our guests very seriously. We want your visit to the Natural State to be worry-free. Arkansas Inns are currently open and welcoming guests. We’re hard at work maintaining both comfortable lodging and official health recommendations like social distancing to make sure your visit is as safe as it is relaxing.

Come enjoy the beauty of our truly stunning state while also staying safe. Walk our forest trails, explore our natural areas, breathe in the fresh air, and get away from all the stress in Arkansas.

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Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker Point

March 15th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker PointHawksbill Crag, also known as Whitaker Point, is one of Arkansas’ must-see outdoor attractions. The natural formation, located in Ozark National Forest, juts out from the bluff, some 150 feet above the forested valley floor below.

Whitaker Point is a popular natural area near the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, just inside Ozark National Forest.

The iconic formation is one of the most photographed points in Arkansas and has been featured in many publications. The stunning view over the river valley is particularly affecting in spring and fall.

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Mountain View Bluegrass Festival – 2020

March 9th, 2020 by Joy Harp

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival – 2020

Celebrate the end of Winter and the start of Spring by heading to the 18th Annual Bluegrass Festival held indoors at the Ozark Folk Center auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas.  Mark your calendar now for March 11th, 12th and 13th.  Did you know that Mountain View is the Folk Music Capital of the World?

Logo of the Bluegrass Festival in sunset shades of green and pale oranges

Bluegrass Festival Logo

Look who’s going to be there:

The Redmond Keisler Band • The Family Sowell • Seldom Scene • The Kody Norris Show • Apple & Setser  • No Time Flat • The Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band • High Fidelity • Volume Five • Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out

The Family Sowell playing their various instruments: base, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar and dobro, on a pastoral hillside under a hazy sun.

The Family Sowell from Knoxville, Tennessee

This three day festival begins Thursday evening, 6 pm, with an all Gospel concert. Friday and Saturday concerts begin at noon featuring traditional bluegrass. There will be an intermissions in the afternoon and a break for dinner with the evening concert ending around 9:30 pm.

Parking is really easy, just park in the Folk Center parking lot.  Hop on the free shuttle bus which takes you to the auditorium entrance and will return you to your car when you’re ready to leave. 

A group of five male musicians standing in a hallway full of photographs.

The Musical Group, Seldom Scene

Don’t worry about hunger pangs during the concert because there’s a concession stand in the auditorium for soft drinks, goodies & great hotdogs! Feeling like catfish, then head out to Jo Jo’s Catfish Wharf on the White River.  For other tastes there are a number of restaurants in town.  For lunch, Oliver’s Bistro.

Get your ticket and your favorite seat by going to: http://www.mountainview-bluegrass.com/contact-and-ticket-info-new/

 

For a Peaceful Stay on Sixty Nine Acres with Your Own Fishing Lake

The best place to stay in Mountain View is the luxurious Country Oaks Bed and Breakfast.  Situated one mile from the Court Square on sixty nine private acres of gardens, pastures and woodlands with a six and a half acre lake.  The private lake is very popular before breakfast and near sundown for catch and release fishing (for guests only).

A stately victorian style farmhouse nestled amongst the oak trees.

The Farmhouse at Country Oaks Bed and Breakfast

And, if you need a little more exercise there’s three miles of trails on the property.  Rest, relax and rise to a gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay.  Then sit on the porch with your book and watch the large family of Canadian geese on the lake.  Or better yet, pitch a game of horseshoes.

For accommodations and more information click here: http://www.CountryOaksBB.com and book online or call Jerry or Carole at 870-269-2704.

Bayou Bartholomew – The Longest Bayou in the World

February 27th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Bayou BartholomewIf you’re a fan of fishing or just enjoy getting out into nature, you may want to check out Bayou Bartholomew. Known as the longest bayou in the world, it stretches 359 river miles from Pine Bluff, AR, to the Ouachita River in Sterlington, LA.

The Arkansas River created Bayou Bartholomew some 2,000 years ago when it moved a ways east, leaving its old bed behind. This slowly filled with a variety of run off to become the leisurely bayou we know today. A “bayou” is a slow moving body of water in a low, flat area, usually serving as the outlet of a lake or river. Bayous are often found leading from (and are thus just as often confused with) swamps.

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Explore Devil’s Den State Park

February 15th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Devil’s Den State Park DamDevil’s Den State Park, just 40 minutes south of Fayetteville, AR, is an Arkansas icon with fishing, boating, hiking trails, caves, and one of the best-preserved CCC park developments in the country.

Devil’s Den State Park was created in the 1930’s as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program. The CCC first built the road to Devil’s Den, which later became Arkansas 170. Then they added hiking trails, cabins, offices, and a restaurant. They also built the stone dam across Lee Creek.

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Discover the Museum of Automobiles Atop Petit Jean Mountain

January 30th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

an antique car at Museum of AutomobilesIf you like cars you’ll love the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, AR. This Rockefeller collection turned museum houses over 50 gorgeous, vintage vehicles, dating from 1904 to 1981. The museum also displays antique motorcycles, guns, license plates, arcade machines, auto memorabilia, and more.

Winthrop Rockefeller (1912 – 1973) was a third-generation member of the famous Rockefeller family and 37th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1967 to 1971. He moved to Central Arkansas in 1953, establishing “Winrock Farms” cattle ranch atop Petit Jean Mountain.

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Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

January 23rd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, in Hot Springs, is home to emu, goats, lemers, mountain lions, wolves, turtles, peacocks, and yes: alligators. Why, there’s even a leathery old Merman in residence!

Hot Springs’ Arkansas Alligator Farm is a lively part of America’s roadside tourist attractions and has been for over a century. In fact, the private farm has been raising alligators for exhibition since 1902.

The Farm was started by H.L. Campbell. Campbell was a real Arkansas character. He not only raised alligators but also collected sideshow oddities, shrunken heads and the like, for his roadside museum. His goal, so he said, was to provide Hot Springs with a tourist attraction to accompany the springs. He more than succeeded.

A lot has changed since those early days but the farm still raises alligators – and there is at least one original oddity still on display.

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Pea Ridge National Military Park

December 30th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Pea Ridge National Military ParkTake a trip back in time at Pea Ridge National Military Park, one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields around. The park also preserves a section of the Trail of Tears and includes a museum, a driving tour, hiking trails, and more.

The Battle of Pea Ridge

The Battle of Pea Ridge, also known as the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, was fought on March 7th and 8th, in 1862. The battle was over the control of Missouri, a crucial border state held by the Union.

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Onyx Cave – Arkansas’ Oldest Show Cave

December 20th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Onyx Cave ArkansasCome explore Arkansas’ oldest show cave. Onyx Cave, just outside Eureka Springs, AR has been attracting tourists since 1893!

Arkansas is riddled with naturally occurring caves. They can be found all over the state. Some are big and some are small but all of them are fascinating to those of us who like caves. If you consider yourself a cave lover, you won’t want to miss a chance to explore one of Arkansas’ the oldest show caves, Onyx Cave.

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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019

November 24th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019The holidays are here and, all across Arkansas, the brightly colored, twinkling lights, creative displays, and classic Christmas tunes are ready. Come follow along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

It seems that almost everyone enjoys colorful Christmas lights – and who can blame them. Can you imagine how dark and dull December nights would be without them? You don’t even have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate the warmth, joy, and good will they express during one of the colder times of the year.

Arkansans are no different than anyone else – we love our holiday decorations, too. In fact, we might even like them a little more than most. That’s the sense one gets, looking at a listing of Arkansas’ public holiday light displays!

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