Not only did I road trip to Arkansas by myself, but I also stayed in an Airbnb for the first time. Read along to find out what all I did on my solo adventure trip to Hot Springs Arkansas, and what I thought of my first experience staying in someone’s home.
My Solo Adventure Trip to Hot Springs Arkansas
This trip isn’t my first solo trip, but it’s my second. My first was on my 40th birthday. I worked for Delta Air Lines years ago when flying non-rev was easy (before 911) and flew everywhere I could afford. This trip was to Hawaii. Yep, I went to Hawaii all by myself. It was indeed an experience and one I’m glad I did.
For this trip, I had some time to myself because my son was off to church camp, and my husband had to work. I looked around and checked out places that weren’t too far for me to drive to, and I discovered Hot Springs to be a little over 5 hours from my home. I’m not sure why I chose an Airbnb, but I’m glad I did. I love staying at Marriott and Hilton Hotels, but I planned to stay three nights, and three nights in a hotel was a little out of my price range for this trip. It was a last-minute idea for me, and this Airbnb for three nights was a total of $152. You can’t beat the price.
To find the place I stayed in Hot Spring Village, AR – go here >>> https://www.airbnb.com/c/kimb27474?currency=USD and search for Hot Springs Village, AR – host’s name is Janis. She offers two bedrooms in her home.
I knew what I wanted to do in Hot Springs before I left, but not knowing the area well, and where precisely the Airbnb home was, I arrived knowing one thing; that was to GET OUTDOORS AND ENJOY NATURE. From ziplining to nature walks through a gorgeous garden, to experiencing a bathhouse for the first time, and then topping off my solo adventure trip on horseback was wellness, self-care, adventurous all rolled up in one.
Airbnb in Hot Springs Village, AR
Well, not to brag, but for my first experience staying at an Airbnb, I did a pretty good job finding the best. Janis and her home and her hospitality are unmatchable. I will stay with her again. The view of the Ouachita Mountains alone from her back balcony was remarkable. Plus, she had breakfast ready for me each morning. That was something she said she loves to do. We ended up having more in common than we both thought. I love her all-natural approach to living a healthy life – SCORE!
Ziplining in Hot Springs, AR
The first outdoor activity I found to do was ziplining. Not only did I zipline, I zipped 10 lines!! AND…I was the only zipper there. Nothing too scary, just fun enough with two guides, nature and the ground below me! Check out AdventureWorks in Hot Springs.
Garvan Woodland Gardens Hot Springs, AR
For $15, I took a walk around the most beautiful place (I think) in Hot Springs. I saw some fantastic things and took a lot of pictures. I even witnessed a beautiful peacock walking right towards me, then right past me. I wasn’t quite sure if it was going to charge at me or walk on by me. Luckily, it walked on by; I was able to get that on video (see below). Be prepared to spend an entire day here.
The Gorgeous Anthony Chapel
A favorite venue for weddings.
Fairy Garden Village
I fell in love with these tiny fairy houses, and now I want to make one. Aren’t they cute?
My Peacock Encounter
My solo adventure trip to Hot Springs just went up a notch.
The Children’s Adventure Garden at Garvan Woodland Gardens
This treehouse! So extraordinary and so worth the trip to see it.
If you’re ever in the area, the Garvan Woodland Gardens is every bit worth $15 to see it all.
Bathhouses in Hot Springs
The ladies who also stayed at the same Airbnb referred me to the Buckstaff Bathhouse. I think it’s the oldest one there. They enjoyed their visit, so I thought I would too. Though I did, it was not the highlight of my visit to Hot Springs. I got there early and waited in line for just over 25 mins to get in. Not sure why everyone is so crazy about the bathhouses. I didn’t find that it was a big deal. If I go back, I’ll look for a more luxury bathhouse that perhaps fancies my taste a little better. But that’s just my opinion.
De Gray Lake Resort State Park, Arkansas
Horseback Riding at DeGray Lake
On my way home, I took another route towards DeGray Lake, which I’ve heard only great things about. I had picked up a brochure about guided trail rides that were offered there, and since I love to ride horses, I wanted to ride on this trip. Made last-minute reservations before I left Hot Springs Village and off I went about three hours south. I must have come at a good time because I was the only person riding at that time. So, my guide and I were off, and I got the whole spill like it was a private lesson. Saw a couple of does with their fawns mingling in the trees. It was a lovely ride.
DeGray Lake is a place I’d go back to take my son. So much to do there, including fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, biking and we would go horseback riding too—lots of outdoor adventures all in one place.
What an adventure I had: Ziplining, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Bathhouse, wine, shopping, eating, walking in nature, driving down some beautiful paths, and horse riding – this is my way of taking care of my self!
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