Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Magical Stay/Getaway

I've gone very far, far away,
but my character keeps me close to home.
-Fran Drescher

It's good to be home. But every now and then, it's good to get away. After this weekend, I've decided that some of the "away" sort of magic I enjoy most lives at the Arlington Hotel.

It started with a phone call on Friday. On a whim, a friend was headed to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to "take the waters" (as they used to say) and spend Saturday at the spa. Could I come? Omgosh, could I ever! Hours later, we were off.

I can't remember a time when I've had more fun relaxing, browsing, seeing, and shopping. I stuck my hands in hot, natural springs and breathed mountain air and got a pedicure and massage. (Although, having never had a massage before, I think I'll skip it next time. I discovered I'm not much of a massage person. But what a wonderful place to discover that, right?)

The weather was perfect. The people were friendly and interesting and entertaining. The flowers were in bloom and spilled from containers and trailed down rocks and sidewalks.

And at night, the lobby of the old hotel took your hand and escorted you back in time. As an old, smiling black man took a seat at the piano, chairs scooted back as tables cleared and people - young and old - laughed and danced. Glasses tinkled and lights winked and when the band played Moon River, I decided I was about as happy as a girl could ever be.

Yes, the Arlington Hotel may be one of my favorite stays ever. If you someday find yourself speeding toward Hot Springs, Arkansas, stay there. You'll bring home a bit of magic, too.

And to my getaway friend, thanks. As much as I love being home, I enjoyed my socks off! We'll have to do it again. Soon!


Anonymous said...

Where do you get those quotes? I collect quotes and books with all kinds of "wordy stuff"....and I just love some of the quotes you post on your blog!

Hope you are doing well.....

Anonymous said...

looks so relaxing Brin, glad you had a blast! ditto for me and massages- yuck.

Anna Maria Parry said...

Hi there-trying to find an email address for you to thank you for the sweet message you left on my daddyness post :)
SO I thought I would leave you a comment and tell you what a pretty blog you have too! Look forward to digging around more soon :)
xo,Anna Maria

Unknown said...

Wow, sounds and looks like you had a grand ole time! I'm so glad!! I just love those old buildings like that and so happy to see they are still out there untouched by modern times. I don't think I'm a massage person either unless it's by my hubby! lol

Kristy said...

It looks like a lovely place. Thanks for sharing it and glad to hear you had such a good weekend! :)

Brin said...

Hey gals!

Kelly- I usually have a word - a single word - in mind when I write my posts. Sometimes if I can't think of one from memory I'll type my one word into the search engine of www.brainyquote.com. Works every time!

Carole - Thanks! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who'd just as soon skip massages!

Anna Maria - I almost swallowed my tongue when I saw your comment! Since you are one of my favorite designers, I read your blog often and marvel at your creativity, talent, and kindness. I'm a huge fan and honored you took the time to read!

Sue - I just love ya! :D

Kristy - You're great. Thanks! Now if only I could REALLY share the place with you! Wouldn't it be great if I could rent a bus, load us all up along with coffee and cake, and rent out the entire hotel for all us overworked, stressed blogging gals in need of some R&R and fun? Maybe someday!...

Unknown said...

I ran across this blog post while looking for colleges in Arkansas. I actually work at the Arlington and your pics and writing had me thinking maybe I should actually stay at the hotel myself.