A is for Arkansas! 20th Travelers Tour

By Becky Fitzgerald on October 24, 2018

We’re just a few weeks into fall, but it’s not too early to think about spring. Meadowlark’s travel program began in the fall of 2004 with a trip to Branson, and for our 20th adventure, Monte Spiller and I are as giddy as Sesame Street characters thinking about the letter “A”. Again working with a Canadian travel agency, we’ve put together five days and four nights, primarily in Arkansas.

   Tour dates are April 11— 15, 2019, and we’ve scheduled action, architecture and art. In addition, we’ve planned a driving route to take advantage of Arkansas’ amazing views. Here’s a list of tour highlights:

~ National Scenic 7 Byway: Arguably one of the most scenic drives in America, the route winds through four of Arkansas’s varied geographical regions. We’ll take Highway 7 from Harrison to Hot Springs, crossing over the Buffalo National River and through the Ozark National Forest.

~ Arkansas Derby: The dates of this adventure were set to coincide with this $1 million race, which over the past 15 years has become one of the most productive prep races for the Triple Crown races, which start the first Saturday in May with the Kentucky Derby. The action takes place at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. Tourgoers may watch the race live or on monitors located throughout the complex. Ladies, pack a fancy hat! Other Hot Springs attractions include a tour at Fordyce Bathhouse, boasting stained glass ceilings, marble walls and statues, and a dinner cruise on the Belle of Hot Springs riverboat.

~ Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: The museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building. We plan to spend 5 and a half hours at the museum over two days as there is much to see, including a house designed by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Lunch on Day 5 will be at Eleven, the museum’s restaurant. This adventure includes four breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners.

   In addition to the itinerary details previously mentioned, we plan other stops along Highway 7 and attractions on Days 4 and 5 between Hot Springs and Manhattan. Motor coach transportation and luggage service also are included. A minimum of 25 travelers are required for the trip to occur. If the required minimum or a number near 25 has been met by Dec. 7, we’ll be able to announce what is sure to be the highlight of Day 1. We have an opportunity to stay at a fabulous resort, but there is a strict cancellation policy.

   Once Monte has received a quote from Arrow Coach Lines, we’ll be able to announce the cost of this tour. Packages for double and single occupancy will be offered. A $250 deposit is required with your registration. Please indicate your interest by registering in the Blue Book. We’ll follow up with interested persons once a total fee is known.