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t’s summertime and the living is easy in Hot Springs Village! With beautiful scenery, moderate temperatures and amenities galore, it’s a great place to visit and call home. Our hope is that you’ll use this magazine as a resource to learn more about Hot Springs Village and the region. Practice your swing at the Coronado Tennis Center, pick up a game of pickleball on our brand-new courts or golf with a friend on one of our nine world-class courses. Get your heart rate up on more than 30 miles of trails and enjoy water sports of all kinds on one of our 11 beautiful lakes. Shop and dine in nearby Hot Springs, Benton and Little Rock. Stay cool and enjoy all that the region has to offer!


Welcome .................................................................... 3 Visit Hot Springs Village............................................. 4 Caddo River............................................................... 5 Regional Lakes........................................................... 5 Outdoor Adventure.................................................... 6 HSV Yacht Club.......................................................... 6 HSV Lakes.................................................................... 7 HSV Trails..................................................................... 8 Let's Ride...................................................................... 9 Womble Trail............................................................... 9 Bluebirds/Audubon Society.................................... 10 Lake Ouachita Run................................................... 10 Tennis......................................................................... 11 HSV Animal Welfare League................................... 11 Colt & the Old 45s..................................................... 12 Rock Porch Sessions................................................. 12 Hot Springs Attractions............................................. 13 Central Arkansas...................................................... 14 Benton....................................................................... 15 Regional Pizza & Beer............................................... 16 HSV Eats..................................................................... 17 Real Estate................................................................. 18 Neighborhoods......................................................... 19 Summer Shopping.................................................... 20 Summer Children's Workshop................................. 21 Summer Events......................................................... 22 Boomer's Rock.......................................................... 23 Summer Tips.............................................................. 23

ESCAPE TO THE OUACHITAS HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE Clara Nicolosi PUBLISHER Designs Group Consulting Dannet Botkin CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lisa Watson Thomas EDITOR/DESIGNER Photography by Sarah Dore, Renee Steinpreis, Dannet Botkin, Way2Hi, Carol Smith, Jerry Dawson, Lisa Watson Thomas RE/MAX of Hot Springs Village, 1400 DeSoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 USA,


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VISIT HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE 2 Outstanding School Districts 3 Beaches & 2 Marinas 8 18-Hole Golf Courses & 1 27-Hole Course 11 Lakes Totaling Over 2,000 Acres 13 Tennis Courts & World-Class Complex


20 Minutes from Historic Hot Springs 45 Minutes from Little Rock & National Airport 50 Miles to Higher Learning Institutions 200+ Clubs & Organizations 650+ Seat Performing Arts Theatre

Plus: Casual & Fine Dining, Family Rec Area, Mini Golf, Fitness Center, Indoor Pool, RV Park, Dog Park, Pickleball and Club Sports


lan a trip to float the Caddo River this summer to splash your cares away. The river, which begins in the Ouachita Mountains in southern Montgomery County flowing past the communities of Norman, Caddo Gap and Glenwood before being impounded to form DeGray Lake, is ideal for beginning and advanced floaters. It is rated as an excellent family float stream. Below DeGray, the Caddo continues some four miles before joining the lower Ouachita River just north of Arkadelphia. But don’t expect it to be boring – this pooland-drop river is gentle enough for novice paddlers yet has Class I and II rapids along the way to keep your blood pumping! Love bass fishing? Check out the 40-mile stretch of the river above DeGray Lake, which is known for smallmouth and spotted bass. You might even find a walleye or two

on this tributary. Scenery along the river is excellent, with heavily forested ridges, rock outcroppings, translucent green water, and an abundance of native animal and plant life. The Caddo Gap to the Glenwood section is the most popular among canoeists and can usually be floated year around. The main attraction here is the Caddo Gap, a narrow, boulder-strewn gorge. The ancient Caddo River created the Gap as the banks slowly eroded. Naturally occurring thermal springs also rise from the riverbed near the old low water bridge. DeGray Lake covers about 13,000 acres and has about 205 miles of shoreline. The lake is about 27 miles long and is home to the Lake DeGray Resort State Park. Learn more about the park on page 9. For more information, visit



Rent or buy skis, pontoon boats and more at Gregg Orr Outfitters, located on the shores of Lake Hamilton.


eat the heat while enjoying water sports and experience excellent fishing on one of the Ouachita Region’s five Diamond Lakes. Lake Ouachita - The largest lake, 40,100 acres, in the state, is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. It has



around 970 miles of shoreline and is a favorite of outdoor lovers. Boat, ski and kayak on the vast stretches of open water. You can even scuba dive or spear fish in the crystal clear waters. The lake consistently ranks as one of the top 10 spots in the nation for largemouth bass fishing. Lake Catherine – Pitch your tent and stay awhile at Lake Catherine State Park. Eleven miles long, the 1,940 acre lake is nestled in the narrow valleys of the Ouachita Mountains. Fish for rainbow trout below Remmel Dam. Lake Hamilton - One of the state’s most popular recreational and residential lakes offers cruises on the The Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat or enjoy the scenic Garvan Woodland Gardens, a lakeshore botanical garden that can be accessed via boat or land. Lake Greeson - Fish for catfish and rainbow trout on this 12-mile-long lake, which is home to clear waters and steep, rocky ridges that form islands and long peninsulas extending into the lake. DeGray Lake – This 13,400 acre lake is home to Arkansas' only resort state park: DeGray Lake Resort State Park. See related article on page 9. Dive into one of the region's lakes for a great time. 5

Get Adventurous in HSV


ool down after a fun day on the lake with a smoothie or an iced cold beer at Waypoint Marina. Located on Lake DeSoto in Hot Springs Village, the full-service marina also offers a coffee bar, breakfast, lunch and snacks for your day, plus non-covered rental slips, boat, canoe and paddle board rentals. Basecamp: Your Source for Outdoor Adventure Gear up and launch out for adventure with Basecamp. Not just a club, Basecamp is the place for those who want to play and explore the great outdoors. Basecamp’s headquarters are located in Hot Springs Village’s Waypoint Marina, surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, the Ouachita Mountains and numerous lakes, rivers and streams. This location provides easy access to some of the best mountain trails, wilderness areas and waterways in the state as well as an abundance of outdoor activities in our own community. Let Basecamp help you pick out a wilderness trail or connect you with recreation-specific clubs and venues. Stay

BYC Dock Relay June 22, 2018 Balboa Lake Pavilion Hot Springs Village

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up to date on area outdoor events while you develop some new friends. Watch for the Basecamp pop-up tent with sporting demonstrations, outdoor activities and casual get-togethers with good food, friends and music. Enjoy life outside with Basecamp. Keep an eye on their calendar at and on the organization’s Facebook page for the latest events, local activities and road trips. Then, grab your gear and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors!

Floating Fun with Balboa Yacht Club


loat your boat for a great time on the lake with the Balboa Yacht Club, which is open to anyone who owns a boat on Lake Balboa. Enjoy bbqs, flotillas, dock relays and more. In addition to having fun, members also help keep Hot Springs Village lakes clean and safe for all, according to Jeffrey Lloyd, Balboa Yacht Club Commodore. The group participates in lake clean ups, and,

has donated signs and labor designed to help boaters understand how to use the Balboa Lake launch ramp. Members also serve on sub-committees that help with managing all of HSV’s lakes. They even offer emergency assistance for boaters on Lake Balboa who may need towing fuel or other minor boating options. To learn more, go to or check out the club on Facebook.

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ast your line into one of 11 recreational lakes in Hot Springs Village and you’ll definitely reel in fun, no matter what you catch. Spend the day water skiing, paddle boarding or fishing. Grill your catch at a lakeside pavilion. Work on your tan at any of the three lakeside beaches and purchase bait, tackle, snacks and more at two full-service marinas. Launch your fishing kayak from the Coronado, DeSoto, Cortez or Balboa boat ramps. Whether you are looking for solitude or a great time with friends and family, you will find what you need on a Hot Springs Village lake. Jump in! LAKE BALBOA Lake Balboa is the largest lake in Hot Springs Village, coming in at 944 acres. It’s a great place to enjoy fishing, swimming and water sports of all kinds. Enjoy sunny days relaxing on the lake’s sandy beach or cook dinner on a nearby grill. Lake Balboa’s boat ramp is located off Ponce de Leon Drive. Balboa Marina reopens Memorial Day.

LAKE CORONADO Lake Coronado’s Anglers Island, near the boat ramp, provides a quiet spot for fishing or relaxing. A trailhead to Lake Coronado Boat Ramp Trail includes a paved path to the island. Relax at one of the picnic tables on Lake Coronado’s beach. Bring your picnic basket for outdoor dining. Swimming and other lake water sports are also popular and boat slips are available for rent. LAKE CORTEZ Drink in the sun on the beach at Lake Cortez. Fishing, swimming and water sports are popular here. Gather at the picnic area, pavilion or gazebo. The lake’s boat ramp is located off Carmona Road. LAKE DESOTO Fish for bass, crappie and more on Lake DeSoto. Put your feet up and relax at Lake DeSoto’s beach area. Go for a stroll on one of the nearby trails. The lake’s boat ramp is located on Marina Drive off DeSoto Blvd. Boat slip rentals are available at Waypoint Marina along with boat, canoe and paddle boat rentals. SMALLER VILLAGE LAKES Find solitude and great fishing on the smaller Hot Springs Village lakes. Towing sports are not permitted on any of the smaller lakes. • Lake Estrella, 21 acres, boat ramp off Panorama Drive. • Lake Granada, 54 acres, boat ramp off Gusta Lane. • Lake Isabella, 25 acres, boat ramp off Pillar Lane. • Lake Maria, 27 acres, boat ramp off Linares Lane. • Lake Pineda, 62 acres, boat ramp off Camino Road. • Lake Segovia, 11 acres, no boat ramp. • Lake Sophia, 36 acres, boat ramp off El Cano Drive.



ature is calling you to get out and explore more than 30 miles of trails in Hot Springs Village. You can walk, ride, run or even drive a golf cart along paths that have been designed to showcase the Village’s flora and fauna, lakes and mountains. No matter your activity there is a t r a i l that is right for you. Most nature trails are pet friendly!

IN HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE BALBOA TRAIL (2.1 MILES): Rating: Moderate/ Easy; Cart, Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. CEDAR CREEK TRAIL (3.1 MILES): Rating: Easy; Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. CORONADO FITNESS TRAIL (1.0 MILES): Rating: Easy; Cart, Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. CORONADO BOAT RAMP TRAIL (0.35 MILES): Rating: Easy; Hike, Dog Friendly. DESOTO MARINA TRAIL (0.7 MILES): Rating: Easy; Cart, Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. DESOTO NATURE TRAIL (1.2 MILES): Rating: Moderate; Hike, Dog Friendly. DESOTO SPILLWAY TRAIL (0.77 MILES): Rating:


Moderate; Cart, Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. DESOTO TRAIL (3.4 MILES): Rating: Moderate; Cart, Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. HERNANDO TRAIL (8.6 MILES): Rating: Overall Difficult/Moderate Sections; Cart, Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. MAGELLAN BEAVER DAM TRAIL (0.6 MILES): Rating: Easy; Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. SONORA-CALELLA TRAIL (0.4 MILES): Rating: Moderate; Cart, Bike, Hike, Dog Friendly. HERRADURA TRAIL (0.4 MILES) WAYPOINT TRAIL (0.7 MILES)

Let’s Ride: Hot Springs Village to DeGray Lake


n each issue, ride along with us to some of the most picturesque places in Arkansas.

Hot Springs Village Located in west central Arkansas, Hot Springs Village is near historic Hot Springs and less than an hour from Little Rock. Pick your favorite past time – golfing, lakes, fitness, tennis, pickleball, entertainment – We have it! Kollective Tea + Coffee, Hot Springs Visit Kollective to experience “3rd wave” coffee, which is a movement to produce high-quality coffee and think of coffee as an artisanal foodstuff rather than just another cup of joe, according to owner Kevin Rogers. Drinks are prepared on competition equipment and the shop’s espresso machine was built for the World Barista Competition. Now that’s passion! Kollective Coffee+Tea also carries over 40 selections of loose leaf teas, which are hand blended. DeGray Lake Resort State Park DeGray Lake Resort State Park is the only resort state park in Arkansas. Located near Bismarck, in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and nestled along the north shore of 13,800-acre DeGray Lake, it is one of the region’s


five Diamond Lakes known for their crystal clear waters. DeGray offers outdoor adventure options including jet ski and houseboat rentals, scuba diving, fishing and golf. Fish Net Restaurant, Caddo Valley Stop by The Fish Net Restaurant to satisfy your seafood cravings. The establishment offers traditional favorites with a Creole twist.

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or a truly "epic" ride, bike your way to fitness on the Womble Trail. Considered to be the jewel of the Ouachita Mountains, enthusiasts drive from across the country to give the twists and turns of this IMBA trail a try. It's also part of the yearly Ouachita Challenge and Womble Classic Mountain Bike Race. Featuring 37 miles of trail winding through the Ouachita National Forest, the Womble connects to the Epic Ouachita National Recreation Trail. Enjoy scenic high-mountain views atop difficult climbs.

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Bluebirds Flourish in Village Nesting Boxes


astern Bluebirds were endangered in the mid-20th century. But thanks to the efforts of volunteers who erected hundreds of thousands of Bluebird nesting boxes across North America, that decline has been reversed. Bluebirds are cavity nesters who can’t build their own cavities. They must compete with larger, more aggressive species for nest sites and food. HSV Audubon started their Bluebird recovery effort in 1974 with 20 nest boxes on one golf course. They

have over 300 boxes on nine golf courses, supporting 2,000 eggs annually and 40 volunteers monitor the boxes weekly from April to August. Pairs usually raise two or three broods a year. The female lays 4-5 pale blue eggs. Young birds hatch after 11-19 days of incubation and leave the nest about 19 days after hatching. They stay nearby for 7-10 days and remain in family groups for as long as 3 weeks. To learn more, go to Anatomy of a Bluebird Nest Box at

Photo of Eastern Bluebirds by Vic Prislipsky.

Enjoy local fruits, vegetables and other Arkansas made goods at the Green Market, open every Thursday from 8 a.m. - noon through October at Grove Park in Hot Springs Village. The market is supported by the Farm Credit and the Arkansas Agriculture Department.

Enjoy Scenic Views on the Lake Ouachita Run


eave your way through 122 miles of spectacular scenery on the Lake Ouachita Run, located in the majestic Ouachita National Forest. This popular hiking and biking trail includes the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), which is dotted with scenic views, lakeside dining as well as ample lodging options. LOViT, an IMBA Epic Trail, is a hiking and mountain-biking trail that winds


along the southern shore of Lake Ouachita. The trail traverses mountain slopes through mixed hardwood and pine forests, and opens up to breathtaking Lake Ouachita views. Test your endurance during the LOViT Challenge, held every year in February. With the slogan, “Ankles of Steel…Iron Will,” you can be sure that this challenge is no joke. Learn more:

Visit the Coronado Tennis Center To Master Your Swing


June 28-July 1: Twi Night Tournament July 6-8: Ike Eisenhauer State Farm Insurance Junior, USTA Sanctioned Sept. 9: Fun Sundays Sept. 19-23: World Series Tournament Oct. 5-8: USTA League Adult 65s State Championships Oct. 14-Nov. 18: Club Mixed, Doubles & Singles Championships


mprove your game and your health at the Coronado Tennis Center in Hot Springs Village. “The Coronado Tennis Center is for anyone who wants to make friends and be a part of a great social group while getting fit,” says Bob Wagstaff, USTA Elite Professional and Tennis Center Director. The center offers private, semi-private and group tennis lessons taught by tennis pros year-round for all ages. Beginners should consider the new “Preparatory Tennis” program.

Take your pick of clay or hard surface playing courts at the 13-court tennis complex. You can also get involved in league play with the Hot Springs Village Tennis Association. At nearly 400 members strong, the association offers mixed leagues, women’s and men’s doubles, Junior Tennis and USTA adult leagues. Players may choose from a variety of programs ranging from open drill/practices to “free for all” events or rent a court and practice your swing on your own. Learn more: 501-922-5054.

Adopt a Furry Friend with the HSV Animal Welfare League


hinking of adding a new furry friend to your family? Before you head to the pet store, consider adopting a pet from the Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League (HSVAWL). Below are a few reasons why. You'll save a life. Every year 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States. You'll get a great animal. Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for you. You'll save money. Usually when you adopt a pet the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and more can be included in the adoption price. You'll fight puppy mills. If you buy a dog from a pet store, online seller or flea market, it's almost certainly from a puppy mill, a factory-style breeding facility that puts profit above the welfare of dogs. You could improve your health. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they can be psychologi-

cally, emotionally and physically beneficial. Placing rescued adoptable animals into loving homes is what the HSVAWL is all about. The organization also offers area spay/neuter clinics and Trap-Neuter-Return options for feral cats. HSVAWL helps educate children about the humane treatment of animals by providing publications from the Humane Society of the United States. And if that isn’t enough, the group helps provide financial aid for emergency vet care to owners in need. HSVAWL helps provide foster homes for adoptable pets and assists residents who must find new homes for their pets as well. Working cooperatively with the Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association, the HSVAWL works hard to maintain a NO KILL organization and will accept just about any animal for adoption. Learn more:


Colt & the Old 45s Rocks the Classics of the 60s, 70s and 80s


elive the carefree days of your youth through the music of Colt & the Old 45s. The band’s signature blend of classic songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s as well as a few new and original songs are sure to spark memories of your first love, the first car you owned or the first concert you went to, according to John Paul, Colt’s rhythm guitarist and longtime Hot Springs Village resident. Colt & the Old 45s features Bryan Stout as lead vocalist, Hose on lead guitar, Byron Yancey on bass guitar, Bill Halbrook on drums and Billy Hoover on keyboard. The horn section includes Alvin Walk on trumpet, Richard Eckstein on trombone and Cody Schwartz on saxophone. Rounding out the signature vocals are Pamela McDaniel and Sandee Yancey.

“When you come to one of our shows you will leave singing to yourself and tapping your feet all with a big smile on your face.” John Paul, Colt & the Old 45s

Grab your favorite partner and get ready to dance in the aisles of the Coronado Center when Colt performs in Hot Springs Village at 7:30 p.m. on June 30. Tickets are available at

Relax and Enjoy Laid Back Sounds at the Rock Porch Sessions


ant to meet some new people while enjoying the music of the best singer-song writers around? Put Summer 2018 Season the Rock Porch Sessions on your calendar for the first SatJun: Ten Penny Gypsy urday of each month from 7 – 9 p.m. April thru October Jul: Bobby Rogers at Grove Park in Hot Springs Village. Bring lawn chairs, Aug: Brian Martin picnic baskets and a cooler of your favorite beverages to enjoy the show. “Rock Porch is a great opportunity to really Sept: Eastbound & Down Oct: Mark Currey enjoy the best of Hot Springs Village in an amazing setting with the people who live and visit our great community,” says Stacy Hoover, HSV POA Director of Recreation.


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Music, Movies and Magic in Hot Springs This Summer


et on your feet and enjoy music, movies and magic this summer in Hot Springs. There’s something for everyone, from country to classical and more. Five Star Dinner Theatre: Located in the heart of historic downtown Hot Springs and adjacent to the visitor center, The Five Star Dinner Theatre features live theatrical productions and nationally known music acts. Hot Springs Music Festival: Set for June 3-16, the festival includes 22 concerts and rehearsals featuring pairing of world-class mentor musicians from orchestras, chamber ensembles and conservatory faculties with talented apprentices. Magic Springs Saturday Nights: Roller coasters and waters slides aren’t the only options for fun at Magic Springs. Each summer, the theme park hosts concerts every Saturday night. Performers include Martina McBride, Kansas and TobyMac, just

Gallery Walk Downtown Hot Springs galleries stay open late the first Friday of each month for openings of new exhibits by local, regional, national and international artists.

to name a few. Finish Line Theater Concert Series, Oaklawn: Motown legends, The Isley Brothers, kick-off a concert series that includes performances by Sara Evans, John Oates and The Commodores. Hot Springs JazzFest: If you're in the mood for jazz, then check out the 26th Annual Hot Springs JazzFest Aug. 30 - Sept. 3, featuring the jazzy sounds of musicians from around the country. Movies at the Market: Free outdoor series held every Thursday in June at sunset at the Hot Springs Farmers Market. Movies include Grease, A Land Before Time, Leap and Despicable Me 3. Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic: Bring the family to see a master illusionist performing his unique style of magic, comedy and music unlike anything in the world today.



Central Arkansas Restaurants Offer a World of Flavors


entral Arkansas has long been home to great burgers, steaks and more fried catfish “than you can shake a stick at,” according to the locals. But in recent years, the international food scene has exploded with restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world. Say “Hello” to Ciao Baci Nestled in the historic Hillcrest District, Little Rock’s Ciao Baci is a quaint and comfortable neighborhood restaurant and wine bar. Owned by Suzan Boscarolo, the name “Ciao Baci” means “hello (or goodbye) kiss.” When the restaurant first opened, it primarily offered wine and tapas-style food. But now Ciao Bachi offers a wide variety of entrees and wines, according to David Burnette, Ciao Baci General Manager. The restaurant offers locally sourced produce and products and Chef Jeffery Owen even maintains garden be-

Jollof Rice and Stew with Chicken, Kontiki

hind the restaurant. “We are located in a former house, which definitely lends to the intimate, comfortable atmosphere,” says Burnette. 605 N. Beechwood St., Little Rock, 501-6030238, Sierra Leone Comes to Alexander For a taste of Sierra Leone, try Kontiki African Restaurant, located in Alexander. Restaurant owner, Christian Domingo, immigrated from Sierra Leone 19 years ago. The place features fried plantains, akara balls (rice flour and banana), jollof rice, stew, and spiced rice cooked with tomato paste,

or more exotic dishes like cassava leaves and fufu. Domingo encourages first-time diners to give the food a try, even if the flavors may seem different. "Ask questions about any of the food and we are happy to answer," he says. 13420 Hwy. 111, Alexander, 501-6158504 Eat Fresh at Ohia Poké Ohia Poké offers fresh, good-foryou food. Diners choose from white or brown rice or salad greens, then select a protein. Salmon and tuna are traditional, but Ohia Poké also offers raw scallops, shrimp and crab – yes, raw! There are also cooked protein options. Choose mix-in ingredients like edamame, avocado or cucumber and then everything is tossed together in the sauce of your choice and topped with sesame seeds, masago or seaweed salad for a unique bowl of flavors. 220 W 6th St., Little Rock, 501-502-6330,

Cycle Central Arkansas Along the River Trail System


ee Central Arkansas in a whole new way along the Arkansas River Trail System, an 88-mile loop through Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle and Conway. The loop from the Clinton Presidential Bridge via NLR to the Big Dam Bridge and back to the Clinton Bridge via Little Rock is 15.6 miles. The trail winds its way across the entire metropolitan area,

through Little Rock and North Little Rock, connecting 38 parks, six museums and 5,000+ acres of federal, state and local parkland. Points of interest include Big Rock Quarry, the geological formation that inspired the region’s name, the Medical Mile, which was built to promote wellness and Two Rivers Park, an 1,000 acre expanse of wooded wetlands and open fields. Check out the The Clinton Presidential Library and Park, Dickey Stephens Ball Park and the Little Rock River Market as you cycle along this trail. Whether you are looking to conquer new challenges or cruise leisurely with friends, give this trail a try for a new look at central Arkansas.


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Summertime Fun is Just Down the Road in Benton


ake up sleepy head. It’s time for a day of summertime fun in Benton. So jump out of bed and hit the road … Hwy. 5 to be exact. First Stop: Breakfast is waiting at The Old Crow General Store (17202 Hwy. 5 S., Benton, 501-794-2393, Stop by for farm fresh eggs and other farm-to-table goodies. Run by Damon Helton, this is the place to buy local, with Arkansas grown produce, farm-raised meats, baked goods and more. Be sure to check out the flavored honey – with flavors like lemon ginger chocolate and pumpkin spice, you’ll definitely find something delicious to spice up your breakfast table. Next Up: Roll into downtown Benton for a nutritious beverage at The Loft Nutrition. Try the “Taylor-Made,” which is a pomegranate lift-off mango aloe raspberry tea with an added beauty booster for a taste of delightful goodness. Owner Lyndsey Taylor also offers PiYo (a combination of Pilates and yoga) every Wed 6-7 p.m. and Sat 9-10 a.m. at the Loft. Get your shopping fix at McClain & Co. (410 W. Conway St., Benton, 501-837-7272). Sarah McClain’s store is a 5,000 square foot shopping super store, packed with

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fun apparel, gifts, art and accessories. You do not want to miss this place. There is a something great for every fashion style. McClain’s newly minted website touts “We’ve got this!” and they aren’t kidding. “We have something for everyone,” says Sarah McClain, owner. "We carry brands that you can’t find anywhere else in Saline County.” Whether you are looking for a gift item, a piece of jewelry or candles, handbags, clothing, bath bombs, etc., we have something you’ll love.” McClain’s brands include Rock Monkey Outfitters, Charlie Southern and Arkansas-based Southern Trend. Head over to White’s Furniture Store (206 S. Market St., Benton, 501-315-7482) to browse for your next fabulous furniture find. Load up on wonderful Italian food at Bruno’s Italian Villa (15228 I-30 N, Benton, AR 72019 501-315-3663) or enjoy burgers and fries at the Burger Shack (107 S. Market St., Benton, AR 72015 501-778-226). On the Way Home: Pop into Kara’s Grocery & Meats (23049 Hwy. 5, Lonsdale, 501-939-2252) before 5 p.m. for great polish sausage and Chicago-style tamales. It has been a favorite butcher shop for over 50 years.

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hen the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s a'more! If you love pizza, then check out these joints for some of the best pizza around. Charlie’s Pizza Pub, Hot Springs Village: Enjoy handmade, brick oven baked pizzas made from scratch. 127 McNeely Circle, Suite A, HSV, 501-984-6216, Deluca’s Pizzeria, Hot Springs: People drive from every corner of the state to this pizzeria. Try the Patsy Searcy, The Don or the Goulet. You won't regret it! 407 Park Avenue, Grateful Head Pizza & Beer Garden, Hot Springs: Grab a slice of pizza heaven at the grooviest place in Hot Springs. With pizzas like the Maui Waui and Psychedelic Supremo as well as locally brewed beer, this place is a must! 100 Exchange St., 501-781-3405,




Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta, Bryant: Family owned Italian restaurant in Bryant, offering classic cuisine like pizzas, pasta, seafood and more. 22000 I-30, Bryant, 501-8471110, Molly O'Brien's, Hot Springs: Molly O'Brien's is a family restaurant specializing in fresh, made from scratch pizzas, baby back ribs, sandwiches & wraps, pasta dinners, and a whole lot more. 8913 Park Ave, HS, 501-321-2227. SQZBX Pizza Joint and Brewery, Hot Springs: With freshly made pizza and microbrews on tap, we’re singing the praises of SQZBX, which is located in a former piano shop. 236 Ouachita Ave., 501-609-0609, Rod’s Pizza Cellar, Hot Springs: Home of the "Godfather" pizza, this place is a fixture in Hot Springs, providing fine foods and service since 1975! 3350 Central Ave., HS, 501-321-2313,

Love craft beer? You’re not alone. The Arkansas craft beer scene has exploded with breweries popping up all over the state. Below is a list of hot spots with craft brews on tap in Hot Springs. • Bubba Brew's Brewing Co. Spa City Taproom, 538 Central Ave., HS, 501-547-3757, • Core Brewing Public House, 833 Central Ave., HS, 501-701-4390 • Craft Beer Cellar, 120 Ouachita Ave., HS, • Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery, 329 Central Ave., Hot Springs,

New Eats in HSV


t's all about the customers at Cypress Bayou Specialty Meats, according to Taylor Henry. “We treat them to the best food and service as we would our own family,” she says, noting “If they are happy we’re happy. If they are unsatisfied we will try and do everything we can to satisfy them and make them want to come back." Currently undergoing a remodel, the market offers a limited take-out menu of crawfish, shrimp, sausage links and potatoes as well as catering services. “We make our own seasonings and mixtures for the meats. Everything is fresh and top shelf,” says Henry. Dustin Rushing is the market’s owner and his partner, Ellis Taylor is the master mind behind the seasonings that flavor all of the food, according to Henry. Stay up to date on the market’s grand opening on Facebook: Heavenly Eats at The Saint Get ready for a heavenly experience at The Saint at Isabella, which recently opened in the Village. The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast favorites include it's signature dish, “Saints on a Shingle,” or S.O.S, scrambled eggs, Andouille sausage, fried potatoes and gravy served

5 Redondo Way, Hot Springs Village: $275,000, MLS# 17009812, 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths, 2,390 Sq. Ft.



Balboa Sports Bar & Lounge: 111 Balboa Way, 501-922-2909 Blue Springs Grill: 6225 Hwy. 7 N, Jessieville, 501-204-5050 Chef Johnna’s At DeSoto Club: 100 Clubhouse Dr., 501-915-0007 Debra’s: 198 Carmona Rd., 501-984-6677 Granada Grill: 250 Maderas Dr., 501-9221372 Home Plate Café: 5110 Hwy 7N, 501-9846969, Last Chance Lakeside Café: 488 Ponce de Leon Dr., 501-922-4870, One of a Kind Café: 372 E Glazy Peau Rd., 501-655-1326 The Shack: 7901 Hwy 7N, 501-984-5619 Tanner’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill: 25255 Hwy 5, Lonsdale, 501-915-9880 Waypoint at DeSoto Marina: 120 Marina Rd., 501-922-5511


Great China Buffet: 4419 Hwy 7, 501-9846167, Village Hibachi: 4656 Hwy 7, 501-204-5028


EATS BBQ (con't)

Ouachita Mountain Smokehouse: 4656 Hwy 7N, 501-209-5455


Cypress Bayou Specialty Meats: 3958 N Hwy. 7N, 501-204-5015 The Saint at Isabella: 110 Inciador Way, 501-226-3334,


Melinda’s Coffee & More: 3901 Hwy 7N, 501-984-5393,


Italian House & Grill: 4501 Hwy 7N, 501-984-6602, Raffela Rose at Cortez: 299 Cortez Road, 501-915-0855,


El Acapulco: 2800 Hwy 7N, 501-321-1680 El Jimador: 107 DeSoto Center Dr, 501915-8191 El Padrino: 4640 Hwy 7N, 501-984-5525


Clampits Country Kitchen & Market: 5398 Hwy 7N, 501-204-5030, Facebook. com/Clampitscountrykitchen

Charlie’s Pizza Pub: 127 McNeely, Circle, 501-984-6216, Domino’s Pizza: 4656 Hwy 7N, 501-9159595, Mulligan’s at Ponce: 300 Ponce de Leon Drive, 501-922-1623 Molly O’Brien’s: 8913 Park Ave, HS, 501321-2227

on Texas toast as well as a Sunday brunch-style menu. Lunch and dinner includes burgers and other American style entrees as well as Cajun fare like the Bordeaux Melt burger and Cajun pasta. Did we mention they have po’boys?

Save room for desert because the bread pudding topped with whiskey sauce and vanilla ice cream is sure to be an instant favorite. The restaurant is owned and operated by Marc Owen and Alanna Hernandez, who also run Melinda's Coffee.

Sweet Cheeks Bakery: 4656 Hwy 7N, 501764-6126,


111 Mesero Way, Hot Springs Village: $325,000, MLS# 18012904, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,638 Sq. Ft.

7 Teruel Circle, Hot Springs Village: $469,900, MLS# 17026878, 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths, 3,700 Sq. Ft.


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ot Springs Village offers affordable living with low tax rates and real estate options available in almost every price range. Check out these statistics for details.

REAL ESTATE VALUES • Total Housing Units: 9,727 (8,640 Single Family, 988 Townhouses, 99 Timeshares) • Avg. Home Price: $210,000 • Avg. Rental: $800 - $1,200 mo. • Avg. Townhome: $70,000 - $315,000 • Resale Home Price: $90,000 - $1.2 mil • Avg. Cost for New Build: $196,000 • Lot Avg. Size: 90’x160’ depending on topography • Lot Price w/Amenities: $10,000 - $20,000 • Lake, Golf or Mountain View Lots: $15,000 - $50,000 • Golf Lots: $40,000 - $75,000 • Lake Lots: $50,000 - $230,000 INSURANCE • About $1,200 on a $175,000 home with $1,000 deductible in Garland County. PROPERTY TAXES • Assessed at 20% of appraised valuation. Taxes in the Jessieville School District (Garland County) are assessed at $42.30 per $1,000 of assessed value ($846.00 on a $100,000 home). Taxes in the Fountain Lake School District are assessed at $38.40 per $1,000 assessed value in Garland County ($768.00 on a $100,000 home), and, $44.50 per $1,000 in Saline County ($890.00 on a $100,000 home). ARKANSAS SALES TAX • 8% in Garland County; 6.5% in Saline County; 6.5% to 8% in Hot Springs Village.


STATE AND LOCAL TAXES • State income tax is pro-rated up to 7% over $25,000 per year. However, there are several exemptions such as social security benefits and the first $6,000 received under a public or private employer sponsored retirement plan. UTILITIES (monthly prices unless noted) • Water, Sewer & Sanitation (bi-monthly) • Water: $17.60 ($8.80 per 2,000 per gallon) • Garbage: $31.00 • Sewer & Street Lights: $43.00 • Ambulance: $14.00 • Street Light Fee: $5.40 • Electricity: $0.10 per kilowatt hour (KWH). Average home usage: 1,500 KWH • Telephone: $28.24 (basic service) • Cable TV: $25.00 (basic service) • Satellite Network: $29.99 (basic service)

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Neighborhoods Offer Beautiful Views and Amenities


njoy life across more than 26,000 acres in the largest gated community in North America. With four distinct seasons, great amenities and low property taxes, there’s something for everyone. Established in 1970, the Village is one of the top recreation and retirement communities around. More than 14,000 residents call HSV home and about 36,000 people (residents and non-residents) own property. Hot Springs Village is located in west central Arkansas, near historic Hot Springs and less than an hour from Little Rock. Pick your favorite past time – golfing, lakes, fitness, tennis, pickleball, entertainment – We have it! The Village is divided into nine neighborhoods, each with distinct amenities and features. The West Village, one of the original neighborhoods in Hot Springs Village, includes mid-century modern single-family, townhome and multi-family home designs. Many of these homes are the work of E. Fay Jones, an influential architect in the community and student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The recently renovated DeSoto Club is the central feature of this neighborhood. Designed by Jones, the building was developed with natural materials and includes stunning views of the beautiful DeSoto Golf Club. Chef Johnna at DeSoto Club offers fine and casual dining, catering, a full bar and space for events. The West Village is also home to Lake DeSoto and Waypoint Marina. The neighborhood is crisscrossed by scenic trails and located near the West Gate, within easy driving distance of groceries, restaurants, shopping and more. According to the Hot Springs Village official website, future plans for the West Village include building an additional kayak launch point on Lake DeSoto, trail system expansions and a renovated swim club and recreation park. The beautiful Cortez Highlands neighborhood is a more

mountainous region in the Village. The densely wooded neighborhood is an ideal location for those who love two-story walkout homes. One of the most photographed areas in the Village, Hole #17 on Cortez Golf Course, is located in this neighborhood. Enjoy the beauty while you play golf. Other features of this area include Lake Cortez and Cortez Beach and the Cortez Pavilion. Lakeside, mountaintop or golf course living awaits you in Hot Springs Village with homes to fit your budget. Build your dream home on a property lot here.


Flower Powered

Lamps from LBG Lighting & Gifts, 101 DeSoto Center Dr., Hot Springs Village


Super Sweet

Watermelon Cookies, Pour Some Sugar on Me, 364 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 501-701-4443


Unique Eats

Sodas from Rocket Fizz, 718 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 501-609-9074

Summer Style

Smell Manly

Dapper & Debonair, 801 Central Ave., #10, Hot Springs, 501-762-4684

Bling It On

Glasses from Bear Necessities by Renee, 22 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 501-318-1225

Valley Rose Boutique, 3925 Highway 7 N, Hot Springs Village, 501-226-8967

Bee Mine

Honey from Patagonia Bee Products,

Fly Away

Butterfly Earrings from All Things Natural, 416 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 501-620-3971

Floral Fitting


Coat, Bag, Shoes and Hat from The Grand Lagniappe Shoppe, 811 West Grand Ave., Hot Springs, 501-623-7799

Going to the Dogs

Pillows, Chez Julie, 328 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 501-623-2672

Children's Theatre Workshop Set for July in HSV


he Hot Springs Village Concerts Association is bringing the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, to Hot Springs Village for a week-long theatre workshop in partnership with the HSV Property Owners Association.

The MCT tour directors will arrive in HSV on July 9 with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up – everything needed to put on a play… except the cast. Open auditions will be held at 10 a.m. on July 9 at the Woodlands Auditorium and will cast 50-60 local students ages 6-18 to perform in the production of The Princess and the Pea. Although there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play, students wishing to participate in the workshop (free of charge) and to audition must arrive by 10 a.m. and stay for the entire twohour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15 minutes after the audition. Download the permission

slip online: The show will be performed Friday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at the Woodlands Auditorium. A cast party will follow the Saturday performance. For more information on the Hot Springs Village Concert's Association, visit

Thrills for All Ages


o on a safari with dinosaurs or a roller coaster ride through the Wall of China or pick one of 12 rides for amazing 4D simulation which will leave you enthralled. Visit today at 256 Central Ave., in Hot Springs. For more information, call 501-697-7621 or go to

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Summer J Events


8 Coronado Comedy Club Presents Comedian Paul Miller, 6 p.m., Coronado Center, HSV

9 TRI-the-Village Sprint Triathlon, 500-yard Swim / 13.5 Mile Bike / 3.2 Mile Run, Balboa Beach, HSV


15 Muses "Man of La Mancha," 7 p.m., Woodlands Auditorium, HSV

26 Musical Note Featuring Jackie B, 7 p.m., Coronado Center, HSV




28 World Tour of Wines: California Sierra Foothills, 6 p.m., Coronado Center, HSV

4-7 60 Years of Spridgets for owners of Austin Healey Sprites & MG Midgets, HS

8-11 The Bass Federation Junior World Championship, Lake Hamilton, HS

19 Bluffett & The Son of A Sailor Band, 7:30 p.m., Woodlands Aud., HSV

10-12 Forrest Wood Cup - World Championship Professional Bass Fishing, Lake Ouachita & Bank of the Ozarks Arena

28-29 South Hot Springs Lions' Largest Gun & Knife Show, Hot Springs Convention Center

30 World Tour of Wines: California Featured Vineyard, 6 p.m., Coronado Center, HSV

Celebrate Independence Day at Regional Fireworks Displays on July 4

June 30 - July 4 Stars & Stripes Festival, Hot Springs Village

Oaklawn, Hot Springs: FREE event at 8 p.m. Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs : FREE event at Dusk Lake Balboa, Hot Springs Village: FREE event at Dusk

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Village. The social club offers a huge variety of entertainment options for groups both large and small. Formed in 2012, Boomers Rock has grown to include more than 400 members, according to Bob Pfaffinger, Boomers Rock Publicity Director. The Club is actively involved in helping improve Hot Springs Village, partnering with the Property Owners Association on events such as the Balboa Beach Project, Villagestock and Village Cleanup as well as partnering with area Veteran’s Clubs for an annual Vet’s Appreciation Event. This summer, Boomers Rock will host deck parties, trivia events, potlucks, cruises, bowling, hikes and more. Find the details at

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