Any trip to the lower part of Arkansas isn’t complete without a visit to the Delta. Rich in Southern heritage, the Arkansas Delta is home to beautiful farmland and spans the entire eastern side of the state. When traveling to the southeastern corner of the Delta, be sure and visit renowned potter Gail Miller at Miller’s Mud Mill (862 Highway 65 South, Dumas, 870-382-5277, millersmudmill.com). Using pottery as her therapy, Miller creates one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls, plates, and mugs. The vivid colors and unique forms have made her pottery pieces favorites among collectors.
From Dumas, continue your travels to Lake Village, a thriving town on the banks of the beautiful Lake Chicot. Fuel up with legendary tamales packed in a coffee can at Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales before spending your day shopping for home goods and décor at Paul Michael Company (3696 Highway 65, Lake Village, 870-265-3872, paulmichaelcompany.com). Famed for their American-made furniture pieces, many of which are designed and handmade by owner Paul Michael, the shop offers the square footage and prices of a warehouse store, with the quality and service you would expect from a high-end boutique. This combination attracts shoppers from all over the region looking for unique home design finds and a bevy of holiday décor.
Next, head west to one of Arkansas’ most charming small cities, El Dorado. Nestled near the base of the Ouachita River, El Dorado’s sweet, Southern charm attracts visitors from the far corners. Plan your trip around one of the many festivals held in the downtown square, and be sure to stop in for a hamburger at the last remaining Minute Man restaurant or grab a sweet treat and a cup of coffee at Elm St. Bakery. While you’re wandering down Main Street, stop in at Sydney Murphy Design (111 E Main Street, El Dorado, 870-863-6625, sydneymurphydesign.com), a downtown fixture for more than 25 years. The shop, helmed by interior designer Sydney Murphy, is stocked with accessories, furniture, and home décor that will make your favorite space feel elegant and unique. Shop pieces from favorite names including Arteriors, Bungalow 5, Lenox, Vietri and more. If you’re staying in the area, ask about their professional interior design services.