Coming home is always a joy and a blessing. Whether it is from Italy, Greece, Asia, Honduras, or Australia, family is and will be my rock in this world that helps ground me no matter what hemisphere I may be in. In life we only get one and mine may be hectic at times, but my heart is always with them in the good or sometimes bad times. The 6 weeks before I came home, has been a little stressful. My aunt, who is the rock to most people in our family had two heart attacks. During which time my mom rushed down to help her sister out as much as possible with my grandmother whom also has been in and out of the hospital lately.
By the time I came home things had slowed down a bit. So I encouraged a relaxing girls getaway. The best place for us to have a spa weekend, looking at location and staying close to my grandmother was Hot Springs, Arkansas. This city being know for its healing waters from yonder years when folks would come from hundreds of miles around to relax in hopes of leaving refreshed, yeah Hot Springs National Park Arkansas was the place to be during the 20's and 30's. Hot Springs was a favorite hide out for gangsters and a place spring training for the Major Leagues happened. I mean come on, Al Capone even had his own table at The Arlington Hotel.
Mom and I drove from her house while Mandi, my cousin, and Aunt Becky drove from their house. Arriving into town after the tedious drive, we threw our bags onto the bell cart and rolled into the hotel lobby. As we checked into the Embassy Suites we could feel the stress lift off our shoulders. Looking for a small bit of R&R, our first stop was a pedicure and foot massage.
Off to bed we went with no alarms set or troubles in site, but the anticipation of the day ahead needed no alarm. With the sun rising on a new day we woke up early to have the full Hot Springs bath experience at The Arlington Hotel. These are the healing waters that I spoke of earlier that folks from all over the world have enjoyed for centuries. People from gangsters to professional baseball players in the early 20's and 30's to most recent Presidents (hometown of Bill Clinton) and of course my family all enjoy the old school healing bath experience.
Let me explain this whole bath experience. The town has a couple of the old bathhouses still open and running, but the most famous is The Arlington Hotel. At all the bathhouses, they have done their best to keep the "historic experience." You get in a tub of water with a very ancient looking "jacuzzi jet." After you sit in the hot waters that come straight from the ground for around 30 minutes, someone comes in and scrubs your arms and legs. Now this is where some people get squirmy. You are covered with towels. It truly is relaxing and they are professional. After the bath, if you still want to get hot, you go sit in the sauna. We all chose to skip the sauna, and go straight to lay on the lounges, cool off, and drink cool water. As soon as you are cooled off, they wrap you in towels that have been soaked in the hot water, while wrapping a cool towel around your face. This lasts around 30 minutes. Next you go stand in a warm shower, to cool your body back off. Last you go into a room and get a quick massage. It truly is a relaxing experiences while being pampered in a historic way.
After the full bath we could not leave town without stopping at Fat Bottom Girls, one of the best cupcake shoppes I have ever stopped at. These cupcakes are the type of cupcakes that have won Cupcake Wars. As we drove out of town reality sat back in, and we all knew what was going to happen during the week.
So glad we had a mother/daughter/sister/aunt/niece/cousin weekend to give everyone a new lease on life. It was not a weekend in Vegas but it was one of the most relaxing times we could have asked for in this older metropolis that has so much history that you just have to visit to see.
If you have ever been around my family, you understand the quiet please sign, was totally for us in the bath house. Quiet has never been a word to describe any of us.
Where is a fun place you have gone with your family for friends for a great girls weekend?