Sunday, April 4, 2010;
All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.
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:
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
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
Latin restaurant in the historic downtown. Entrees such as enchiladas, quesadillas and shrimp sauteed in lime and tequila sauce start at $11.95.
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
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
Traditional bathing package with thermal mineral bath, Swedish massage and loofah mitt costs $55.
Gangster Museum of America
113 Central Ave., 501-318-1717
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
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.
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.
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