Sunday, October 12, 2014

Where to See Fall Foliage in Hot Springs, Arkansas

The weather has turned a little cooler and leaves are beginning to change colors in the Hot Springs, Arkansas area.  While it's never easy to predict such things, the best fall foliage in our area usually happens in late October and early November.  There are numerous places to view the foliage, so we'll share a few of our favorites.

The Hot Springs Mountain Tower has 360 degree views of Hot Springs National Park and much of Hot Springs.  You can also make the short drive up West Mountain to see similar views from the opposite side of the park.  Hickory Nut Mountain is a short drive west of Hot Springs on Highway 270, with beautiful views of Lake Ouachita.  Be aware that the road up to the overlook is unpaved.  Sunset cruises are offered on DeGray Lake October 17 & 24, and then eagle tours begin October 31.  Enjoy a guided tour of the lake with a state park interpreter and perhaps your fall foliage pictures will have a bald eagle in the foreground!

If you have time for a day trip, Mount Magazine State Park is about 2 1/2 hours away.  Have lunch in the lodge restaurant, overlooking Petit Jean River Valley, and then take a short hike to the highest point in Arkansas.  Spend the afternoon hiking some of the other trails in the park and be sure to visit Cameron Bluff Overlook before making the drive back.  Another easy day trip is Queen Wilhelmina State Park atop Rich Mountain, Arkansas's second highest peak.  This drive is also about 2 1/2 hours, and will take you up the Talimena Scenic Drive.  The lodge and restaurant are currently under renovation and are expected to open Spring of 2015.  However, Mena, AR, is nearby with a variety of restaurant options. 

Of course if you don't want to spend your vacation driving, one of our favorite places to view the fall colors is from our front porch swing!  Each of our guest rooms also has a wonderful view, whether it's the tree-top view from The Ouachita, the private deck off The Hamilton, or the window seat view in The DeGray. 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Zucchini Bread Pancakes Recipe

Occasionally we are asked to accommodate special diets for breakfast.  We've prepared gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and candida diet recipes.  This zucchini bread pancakes recipe can easily be adapted for most special diets, and the best part is that it tastes great!

Here is the basic recipe, with substitutions listed for various diets:

Zucchini Bread Pancakes

2 large eggs (or 4 egg whites)
3 T. olive oil
2 T. brown sugar (or 1 T. stevia extract)
1/4 c. buttermilk ( or unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. shredded zucchini
1 c. all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
butter or oil for coating skillet

In a large bowl, combine eggs, olive oil, sugar, buttermilk and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in zucchini. 
In a smaller bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir dry ingredients into zucchini batter, mixing until just combined (batter will be thick).
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and place a foil-lined tray on middle rack. 
Heat a large, heavy skillet (or electric skillet) over medium heat.  Once hot, melt a pat of butter in pan.  Scoop 1/4 cup dollops of batter in pan so the cakes do not touch.  Cook until bubbles appear on the surface, about 2-3 minutes.  Flip pancakes and cook another minute or two, until golden underneath. 
Transfer pancakes to prepared pan in oven to keep warm as well as to ensure that they're cooked through when served.  Repeat with remaining batter. 

We serve these with buttermilk syrup, but you could also top with walnuts and almond butter, or maple syrup with a dollop of Greek yogurt.  Again, just adapt the topping to your diet!

Buttermilk Syrup

1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter
2 T. corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla

In a LARGE saucepan (I use a 4-qt.), stir together the sugar, buttermilk, butter, corn syrup, and baking soda.  Bring to a boil and cook for 7 minutes.  Watch constantly and stir often, as this will foam up quickly!  Remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla.

We try to make breakfast at Tiffany's a memorable meal for all our guests, including those on a restricted diet.  During your stay, we'll prepare a different breakfast each morning.  And if you have specific dietary requirements, just please let us know when you make your reservation so we can do our best to accommodate your request. 



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dustin Lynch In Concert October 11, 2014

The 1st Annual Fall Festival at Timber Lodge Ranch will be held October 11, 2014.  Dustin Lynch will headline the event located between Amity, AR and Bismarck, AR.  In addition to the concert, the Boo-Bash 4k-6k obstacle run will begin at 11 a.m.  This challenging yet fun run will include obstacles, haunted caves, a hay maze, rope swings, a hay pyramid, and thousands of pumpkins marking the course.  During the race, runners will get to choose "trick" (longer routes with more obstacles) or "treat" (shorter) trails.  Obstacles won't be the only challenges participants will encounter.  They could also find themselves running from zombies, Big Foot, and other menacing characters.  Runners are encouraged to wear costumes, and race tickets include the concert that evening.

There will also be a "Kid Zone" with activities for the kids all day long.  Bigger kids can take advantage of the largest tailgate party in the area with multiple big screen TVs and food and beer vendors.   "The Flying Squirrel" zip line will also be available for an extra fee.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. with comedian and DJ Chucky D hosting games and giveaways.  Race heats will begin at 11 a.m. with the last heat releasing at 3 p.m.  The concerts begin at 2 p.m. with Identity Crisis, followed by The Calvin Brewer Band at 5 p.m. and Chris Lane at 6:30 p.m.  Headliner Dustin Lynch will take the stage at 8 p.m.  Festival tickets can be purchased in advance for $40, or $50 day of the event.  Concert only tickets are available in advance for $20, or $25 on the day of the festival.

Timber Lodge Ranch is just 11 miles from Tiffany's Bed and Breakfast.  Camping is available at the ranch, but for those who don't want to "rough it", we recommend staying with us in one of our luxurious rooms.  You'll get a good night's sleep in our wonderful beds, and we'll serve you Breakfast at Tiffany's in the morning! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hot Water Hills Oct. 3-5, 2014

The 4th annual Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival will be held in downtown Hot Springs October 3, 4, and 5, 2014.  Hot Springs is known for quirky, fun events, and Hot Water Hills fits right in!  There will be music of all types, an art fair displaying only handmade art, a vintage rummage sale (goods will be at least 30 years old), food, beer, kids activities, and an on site art installation.

Gates open at 4pm on Friday at Hill Wheatley Plaza (Central Ave. at Reserve Street) with the Hot Springs Music Festival Chorus taking the stage at 5pm.  Amasa Hines closes the evening's performances at 10:30 pm.  Saturday gates open at noon with free admission until 4pm.  The Art Fair and Retro Rummage Sale will be open throughout the festival.  There will be a kids concert at 5pm, and the Hot Springs Hot Spots songwriter showcase begins at 6pm.  Gates open at 12 noon on Sunday with music from 12:30pm to 7pm.

There will also be a "Cardboard City" built by local teams for the kids to play in and around.  Structures will be designed using cardboard, twine, and duct tape.  It's always interesting to see what these imaginative artists can create! The 2012 Hot Water Hills Festival earned a Zero Waste Event Certification by producing less than 10 lbs. of landfill waste.  Recycling, upcycling, solar and hydro power, composting, and borrowed and donated items are all part of the festival's objective to lessen the impact on the environment.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the gate.  View the schedule for activities, workshops, and music.  While you're making plans for this fun weekend, don't forget to schedule some relaxation time for yourselves in one of our fabulous rooms.  We'll start off your day with breakfast at Tiffany's, and you'll have time to create a few porch swing memories before your quick drive to Hot Springs for a day filled with music, art, and quirkiness!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

George Takei headlines Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest

To Be Takei, a Star's Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love,  will close out the 23rd Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.  Held October 10-19, 2014, at the Arlington Hotel and the Low Key Arts Building, this year's festival promises an outstanding list of films and celebrity guest appearances.  George Takei will be in attendance for the screening and question & answer session  following the film, which will close out the festival on Sunday.

Opening night begins with the traditional popcorn and champagne reception at 5:30 pm at the Arlington Hotel, followed by Glen Campbell:  I'll Be Me.  Chronicling his Alzheimer's diagnosis and final tour of the Arkansas native, the film will be followed by a Q&A session and live performances by Campbell's family. 

Other celebrities in attendance this year will be Arkansas-born Academy Award nominated actress Tess Harper, Olympic champion Greg Louganis (attending the screening for a film of his life, Back on Board), Arkansas native and actress Joey Lauren Adams (from Chasing Amy), and actor/director Luke Wilson will present his mockumentary, Satellite Beach.  

Tickets and passes can be purchased in advance at the Hot Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce or online.  During the festival there will be a box office open in the Arlington Hotel.  General admission passes to one event are $5, and day passes are available for $20.  Various other ticket prices and passes are available, so refer to the festival website for special requirements. 

The Hot Springs festival is the longest running documentary film festival in the U.S. and is now a Documentary Short Subject category qualifier for the Academy Awards.  The full festival schedule will be announced soon.  After a busy day of viewing films, you'll be rested and relaxed with a peaceful getaway in The Ouachita.  With a plush king-sized bed and a large en-suite bath, it will provide the rest and relaxation you need for a weekend of rubbing elbows with celebrities.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Come to Jazz Fest 2014 - Sept. 16-21 in Hot Springs

The 23rd Annual Jazz Fest will feature special guest artist Ray Blue, from New York City.  The saxophonist, composer and educator will be featured in the Classical Jazz Explosion on Friday as well as  Jazz in the Streets on Saturday. 

Jazz Fest is presented by the Hot Springs Jazz Society, and features Arkansas jazz musicians.  While some concerts are free, tickets for the full event can be purchased online for $75, or single concert tickets can also be purchased (prices vary for each performance).

Guitar-rama opens the festival on Tuesday night at the Arlington Hotel with 6 different guitarists from all different genres of music.  Explore the history of jazz at a free concert, "Jazz 101" at the Garland County Library at 6pm on Wednesday.  Quapaw Baths & Spa will host Shirley Chauvin's S'Wonderful on Thursday.  Friday's concert, "Classical Jazz Explosion" starts at 7pm at the Five Star Theater.  The popular outdoor concert, "Jazz in the Streets" begins at 11am on Saturday on Broadway Street and ends with the first ever Dancing in the Streets at 4pm.  Sunday begins with a Jazz Mass at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 10:45am, and ends with Jazz After Church at 2:30pm at First United Methodist Church. 

After a full day of jazz, you'll want to come back & rest up in our comfy beds before you begin your next day of exploring music in Hot Springs!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Trace Adkins Headlines The 2014 Hot Springs Rally

The Hot Springs Rally will be held September 4-6, 2014.  It is an open motorcycle rally, so all bikers and non-bikers are welcome. Country star Trace Adkins will headline Saturday's concert at 8pm in Summit Arena.

Thursday starts off with a pre-rally parking lot party and free meal to all registrants at Fat Jack's on Central Ave.  Two poker runs will be held on Friday and Saturday.  Friday's activities also include bingo, two presentations of  "Why We Ride:  The Movie", and of course, the parade of bikes down Central Avenue!  After the parade, "Eliminator" (a ZZ Top tribute band) will be in concert at Summit Arena at 7:30 p.m.  A vendor mall will be held in the convention center Thursday through Saturday.  Saturday's events also include an antique motorcycle show in Hill Wheatley Plaza, field events, and the bike show that will be open to the public from 1:30pm - 4pm. 

All access weekend passes are available for $50, and rally only passes can be purchased for $35.  Day passes for Friday are $10, and Saturday day passes are $35, which include concert admission.  Passes can be purchased in the Hot Springs Convention Center Thursday through Saturday until they are sold out. 

Hot Springs will be full of bikes rumbling through town all weekend!  If you're riding, we have covered bike parking available and plenty of room for trailers.  If you want to see the bikes, but don't care to hear them all night long, spend the weekend with us, and let the peacefulness surround you!