It’s that time of year again — February’s love-filled holiday is upon us. Bouquets of red roses and delicious heart-shaped chocolates are hitting the shelves at local retail stores as sweethearts nationwide make their plans for Valentine’s Day. Because Feb. 14 falls on a Monday this year, many couples are planning a long weekend to commemorate their love for each other.
If you’re looking to swap flowers and chocolate for a romantic getaway with your better half this Valentine’s Day, there is no better destination than Hot Springs, Arkansas, to plan the perfect retreat. Check out this guide for inspiration while you plan your romantic getaway in Hot Springs.
Where to Stay
Whether you’re in the mood for a charming bed-and-breakfast, a luxurious hotel, or an enchanting yurt, Hot Springs has plenty of options to choose from. Lookout Point Lakeside Inn has been named the No. 1 destination for romance in Hot Springs, the South, and the entire U.S. by TripAdvisor. This boutique inn, located at 104 Lookout Circle, offers romance packages including The Great Romance Package and Hot Springs Fling for Two, plus award-winning accommodations that are hard to beat.
For a world-class hotel and spa experience, look no further than Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, located at 2705 Central Avenue. In addition to luxurious amenities, hotel guests can watch Thoroughbred racing from the comfort of their rooms while taking in the scenic views of Hot Springs. Next, head over to the resort’s award-winning casino, then end the evening with a massage at the Astral Spa.
If you and your loved one prefer to be closer to nature, the Yurt Village at Catherine’s Landing is an ideal Hot Springs experience. Located at 1700 Shady Grove Road, the yurts at Catherine’s Landing are circular, framed, tent-like structures featuring comfortable beds and climate controls to keep you comfortable. In addition, the Yurt Village includes a picnic table, deck, and fire ring at each site, plus access to other amenities like on-call concierge and wi-fi.
What to Do
Love is in the air in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this Valentine’s Day, and the city has no shortage of activities for couples to enjoy together. The Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat is a passport to explore beautiful Lake Hamilton and enjoy panoramic views of the Ouachita Mountains while the captain shares secrets of America’s “Spa City” on a 15-mile Valentine’s Day sightseeing cruise.
A day or evening at one of Hot Springs’ spas is another way to ramp up the romance with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Thai-Me Spa (328 Central Avenue), Chrysalis Day Spa (321 Ouachita Avenue), and Quapaw Baths & Spa (413 Central Avenue) all offer customized packages for couples to relax and unwind together with options including massages, facials, and other body treatments.
After a day of shopping and sightseeing in Hot Springs, a horse-drawn carriage ride in the city’s historic downtown area is the perfect way to add a touch of class to your special day or evening. Carriage rides with the Hot Springs Carriage Company depart from the Arlington Hotel at 239 Central Avenue and offer scenic tours down Bathhouse Row and Whittington Park.
Where to Eat & Drink
The perfect date night in Hot Springs is incomplete without dinner and drinks at one of the city’s upscale eateries. If you’re looking for fine Italian dining in a romantic atmosphere, Via Roma at 1521 Malvern Avenue is a must. Or, if you’re craving delicious seafood and steak, check out The Porterhouse, located in the heart of downtown Hot Springs at 707 Central Avenue, and 501 Prime, located at 215 East Grand Avenue.
Arguably one of Hot Springs’ most unique attractions is Crystal Ridge Distillery, the city’s only moonshine distillery, located at 455 Broadway Street. With a wide selection of moonshine,
whiskey, bourbon, and vodka, plus a menu offering bar-style food, this is the perfect spot to enjoy drinks and experience some of Hot Springs’ rich history. Crystal Ridge Distillery offers guided moonshine tasting tours, a gift and retail liquor shop, and a bar and lounge featuring flat-screen televisions and old-fashioned board games. Call 501-627-0722 for more information.