Autumn in Arkansas
Oct 29- Nov 3, 2021
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Explore the Ozark Mountains in their fall colors! Experience Ozark culture, crafts, and music at the Ozark Folk Center, stay at the Lodge on top of Mt Magazine, ride the Arkansas & Missouri railroad, and more.
Day 1: Enjoy getting acquainted with our new traveling friends as we anticipate the kaleidoscope of colors. Back into the Ozark Mountains, we check into our cabins at Dry Creek-Ozark Folk Center for 2 nights. Tonight, at the Ozark Folk Center, we enjoy dinner and Ozark music. Music occupies a very special place in the hearts of Ozark Mountain folk. The songs of the south offer a glimpse into the history of American folk music in Arkansas. (L, D)
Day 2: Today we stay in the heart of the Ozark Mountains to enjoy the fall colors. This morning we have a hands-on Craft activity in the Village. The Craft Village at Ozark Folk Center has more than 20 working artisans who demonstrate, create and sell handmade items. Learn how iron is forged, soap is made, and wool is woven. See handcrafted items like flame-painted copper jewelry, leather purses and goods, baskets, brooms, stained glass, ironwork, pottery, knives, weavings, quilts, wood carvings, spun yarn, soap, and candles just to name a few. This evening we again enjoy dinner and music at the Ozark Folk Center. (B, L, D)
Day 3: This morning we depart for Hot Springs. We board the Belle of Hot Springs for a narrated lunch cruise on Lake Hamilton. Afterward, a docent-led tour is in store for us at the Garvan Woodland Gardens. This 210-acre botanical garden is located off the shores of Lake Hamilton and surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains. Garvan features seasonal blooms and architecturally significate structures, like the wood and glass Anthony Chapel. This evening we head to the Bathhouse Dinner Theater for an entertaining show. (B, L, D)
Day 4: This morning we visit the Fordyce Bathhouse. After extensive restoration, the Bathhouse looks as it did in the early years of business, complete with beautiful stained-glass ceilings, marble walls, and statues. This afternoon we tour Subiaco Abbey nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Our overnight is at Mount Magazine Lodge in Mount Magazine State Park. Mount Magazine is Arkansas’s highest mountain, rising 2,753 feet above the valley of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to its north. Here we enjoy spectacular views from the bluffs. Dinner and a storyteller are included at the Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 5: All aboard for a train excursion on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad through the beautiful Ozark Mountains. This beautifully restored, turn of the century passenger train journeys across high trestles, over streams, and into majestic vistas. Sit back and enjoy the natural beauty of the stunning fall foliage. Lunch is served aboard the train. This afternoon we learn more about the beautiful Ozarks Mountains at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Next, enjoy a driving tour of Fayettville with a local guide. Tonight we stay in Fayetteville for dinner and lodging. (B, L, D)
Day 6: This morning we visit War Eagle Mill for a tour. Listen to the legend of War Eagle and watch a milling demonstration where corn is turned into cornmeal or cornflour. For lunch, we step into a Norman Rockwell painting by visiting Simple Pleasures. Their vintage American soda fountain, autos, neon advertising, and memorabilia from the 1920s to the 80s is an adventure into America’s past. Afterward, we must say good-bye to the beautiful Ozarks and turn towards home with fond memories of our time in Arkansas. (B, L)