Logan and I got the opportunity to travel to the Diamond Lakes/Hot Springs area in Arkansas and it was genuinely one of the best vacations we have ever had! We cannot thank the Diamond Lakes Travel Association enough for partnering with us on this trip; it is one we will never forget. For anyone interested in traveling to the Hot Springs area, you can check out our Travel Vlog or read below for recs on where to stay, where to eat, and fun things to do!
Where To Stay around Diamond Lakes:
Remember When Cabins – These cozy, secluded cabins were everything we could have hoped for! It was the perfect balance of being surrounded by nature, but having all the modern amenities to make your stay comfortable. It’s such a great place to stay for a getaway with your significant other (or your besties!). We stayed in the Rustic Romance cabin, but there are different options you can choose from. You can also get 10% off your stay if you use the words “KARLI’SCABINFEVER” when booking.
The Waters – We stayed here on our third night in town, and it is such a chic hotel located right in the middle of downtown Hot Springs! The staff was incredibly sweet & helpful, and I was in love with the hotel decor. We loved being able to just walk outside our hotel and be surrounded by the best shops and restaurants!
Where To Eat in Hot Springs:
I had no clue that Hot Springs is a foodie’s paradise! Every single restaurant we went to exceeded our expectations (which is tough because Logan and I are pretty picky, haha). I would go back to every single one of these places.
Vault at 723 – Best. Steak. I’ve. Ever. Had… and I’ve had a lotttt of steaks! And the rolls were to die for! This restaurant not only had amazing food, but an incredible atmosphere. It’s named the Vault because the building was actually a bank in the late 1800s, and they preserved the bank vault to act as a really cool VIP dining area.
Steinhaus Keller – This is the first German restaurant both of us had ever tried! It was absolutely delicious. And Logan wants me to emphasize that the jagerschnitzel was amazing. We dined there on a Saturday night, so they had a violinist playing which made the whole experience really nice and romantic!
La Hacienda – I am actually not the biggest fan of Mexican food, BUT this place changed the game for me. It is genuinely some amazing Mexican food, and their queso was so dang good that I’m still thinking about it. And the service was above and beyond!
Shoreline Restaurant at Degray Lake Resort – This view outside of the restaurant was truly breathtaking! We ate breakfast here, which is such an amazing way to start the day. I had some great pancakes and Logan did the breakfast sandwich. This restaurant and resort is a little bit outside of Hot Springs – but so worth the drive!
Grateful Head Pizza & Beer Garden – This place has such a cool vibe; definitely a great lunch place if you want something casual but fun! The pizza is super yummy – and they get bonus points for the spiralized crust. I feel like I would go here with friends all the time if I lived near by!
What to Do in Hot Springs:
Oaklawn Racing – If you visit Hot Springs during racing season, definitely go to Oaklawn Racing & Gaming. The horse racing fandom is huge around Hot Springs, so the place was packed! Neither Logan or I had ever been to a horse race before so we were super excited. Logan totally predicted the winner of the first race, so we were a liiiiitle bummed we didn’t bet on him, haha. P.S. general admission at Oaklawn is free which I think is so cool!
Relaxing Messages at Thai Me – I was so excited to get my first ever message, and Thai Me did not disappoint! We got a couples message and they did a fusion of Swedish and Thai massages (including them walking on our back!). Both of us left feeling like new people. The service was above and beyond from the entire staff, so it was such a treat all around. If you’re visiting Hot Springs as a romantic getaway or even a girls trip, definitely plan a spa day at Thai Me! (PS it shares a space with an Argentinian coffee & wine bar, so you can sip wine and get a charcuterie board after… yes please!)
Hiking – If you really want to take in the beauty of Hot Springs, I definitely recommend taking a hike along Sunset Trail. It felt so good to be outside surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen!
Shop in downtown Hot Springs – Downtown Hot Springs has so much to offer – cute shops included! They had trendy modern boutiques, as well as cool vintage shops. While I mainly stuck to window shopping, Logan bought a new pullover from a men’s store called The Buffalo Co. (and I’ve definitely already stolen it from him).
Visit Fat Bottom Girls – This cupcake shop was on Cupcake Wars (aka one of the best shows ever) and we had to try it out! I know I shouldn’t be fangirling over another cupcake shop (my parents own a cupcake shop for those who don’t know!) but MAN these cupcakes were amazing. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely stop by to try them out!
Writing this blog post has me missing Hot Springs so much! Logan and I are already trying to pick a date this year to go back. A lot of times I travel places, I’ll enjoy it, but don’t necessarily need to go back to that place… but Hot Springs is a place I can see myself going once a year for sure!
If you are planning to visit Hot Springs and have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or email me at Hello@KarliWillis.com because I’d be more than happy to help!
*Special thanks to the Diamond Lakes Travel Association for partnering with me on this post! All opinions are my own.*