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Sunday, April 4, 2010

All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.

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Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Hot Springs, Ark.? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of April 16-19:

GETTING THERE

Southwest Airlines flies nonstop from Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport to Little Rock, Ark., with fares starting at about $280 round trip. Hot Springs is 55 miles from Little Rock.

WHERE TO STAY

Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

239 Central Ave., 800-643-1502

http://www.arlingtonhotel.com

Rooms start at $89 for Friday and Saturday, $79 for Sunday.

WHERE TO EAT

Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante

210 Central Ave., 501-318-6054

http://www.rolandosrestaurante.com

Latin restaurant in the historic downtown. Entrees such as enchiladas, quesadillas and shrimp sauteed in lime and tequila sauce start at $11.95.

Granny's Kitchen

362 Central Ave., 501-623-1177

Casual restaurant on Bathhouse Row. Entrees such as chicken-fried steak and red beans and rice start at $8.99.

WHAT TO DO

Quapaw Baths & Spa

413 Central Ave., 501-609-9822

http://www.quapawbaths.com

Recently renovated spa offering facials, massages and baths. Thermal waters in the shared pools cost $15 per person. Private mineral baths start at $30 a person.

Buckstaff Bath House

509 Central Ave., 501-623-2308

http://www.buckstaffbaths.com

Traditional bathing package with thermal mineral bath, Swedish massage and loofah mitt costs $55.

Gangster Museum of America

113 Central Ave., 501-318-1717

http://www.tgmoa.com

Museum chronicling the town's gangster era. Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors, $4 children 6 to 12. Open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call ahead for tours.

Fordyce Bathhouse Museum & Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center

369 Central Ave., 501-624-2701

http://www.nps.gov/hosp/index.htm

Chronicles the Golden Age of Bathing. Visitors can see bathhouse equipment used in the early to mid-1900s. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Oaklawn

2705 Central Ave., 501-623-4411

http://www.oaklawn.com Racetrack and casino. Racing season runs from January to April. Casino is open year-round Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://www.hotsprings.org

-- N.T.


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