Friday, August 03, 2012


As we customarily do, we planned a trip for our anniversary. As a last hurrah as a family of two, Derek thought a beach vacation would be fun. We cleared the trip through my OB, who gave the nod but raised a few "food for thought" scenarios. At the mention of malaria, Derek was out and quickly shifted gears in search of another destination.

After asking a few friends about some places to visit, we decided to head northeast to Hot Springs. The trees would be in the midst of changing colors and the weather would be a little cooler in the mountains. (Remember, we were in the midst of one of the worst 100-degree streaks on record and dodging wildfires right & left.)

We booked into the neatest little bed & breakfast called The Wildwood. The proprietors knew the entire history of the house and the family who built it. And the daily four-course, gourmet breakfast was absolutely to die for (and, yes, they can accomodate special dietary restrictions like the need for gluten free)!! Luckily, morning sickness passed right before we left on our trip, so food was once again on my list of favorite things.

We did the usual touristy things while we were there. Like visit the bath house museum, drive the nature trails, tour the botanical gardens, and eat. Man, did we eat. There were several really neat restaurants downtown. But I think our absolute favorite (and one we frequented a number of times) was the Cuban joint and following behind at a very close second would be the Italian place on the lake. (Oddly enough, the owner of the Italian place is a transplant from the DFW area. He considers Hot Springs retirement. I'm not sure I would consider running a restaurant retiring, but he loves it.)

All in all, it was a very relaxing long weekend and one we may soon repeat, particularly our visit to the B&B!

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