Hot Springs, a favorite of summertime lake-goers, bubbles over with cultural attractions all year long. This month (October 15-24), at the historic Malco Theatre downtown, the 19th Annual Documentary Film Festival will attract tens of thousands of visitors as one of the premier documentary showcases in the world—and dozens of films means there’s something for everyone. From the silver screen to the shopping scene, make a weekend of it and stick around for a shopping spree for your home and wardrobe as well. For more information about the festival, visit www.hsdff.org.
Where to Shop
2020 Central Ave.
A stone’s throw from Oaklawn Park, this boutique features two rooms brimming with stylish women’s clothing and a remarkably large selection of jewelry and handbags.
Blue Moon Art Gallery
718 Central Ave.
This favorite destination for original and affordable artwork by national, regional and local artists also features sculpture and photography.
De Madera Trading Company
4334 Central Ave.
Specializing in solid wood furniture, with rugs, lamps and tons of accessories to boot.
Doodlebug’s Children’s Boutique
3832 Central Ave.
Cute clothing, bedding and supplies for the kids in your life.
The Design Center with Sandy Sutton
4330 Central Ave.
From designer Sandy Sutton, this one-stop resource features multiple vendors for home building, remodeling and décor.
800 Central Ave.
For seasoned and new collectors alike, Gallery Central offers a wide selection of art for your home and office.
Gary Thorson’s Furniture
800 Hobson Ave.
350 Malvern Ave.
One gander at the large selection of furnishings—dining, bedroom and more—will inspire a home update. You’ll be quick to take advantage of the out-of-state and weekend delivery services.
Hank’s Fine Furniture
3926 Central Ave.
Satisfy your hankering to shop with a just-right home accent piece, lamp or rug.
House to Home
4328 Central Ave.
Designer Jennifer Huett’s shop offers a unique selection of gifts and home furnishings.
Lauray’s The Diamond Center
402 Central Ave.
Lines like John Hardy, Pandora and Jude Frances are the icing on your weekend’s cake.
222 Cornerstone Blvd.
Classic yet current accessories and apparel you’re sure to love.
118 Central Ave.
Quality antiques, vintage and estate jewelry, fine glass, porcelain and sterling, combined with unmatched service and expertise.
Where to Eat
Belle Arti Italian Ristorante
719 Central Ave.
Authentic Italian cuisine, featuring homemade pastas and sauces prepared daily.
Central Park Fusion
200 Park Ave.
Classical French culinary techniques create dishes with a fusion of flavors from around the world.
228 Cornerstone Blvd.
Located next door to Sharon’s, Dolce Gelato scoops up dozens of flavors of gelato made in-house, plus panini sandwiches and homemade soups.
5101 Central Ave.
Enjoy a mouth-watering menu of seafood dishes, steaks, sandwiches and more, while overlooking the lake.
The Pancake Shop
216 Central Ave.
A delightfully satisfying breakfast experience with fluffy pancakes of all sorts—blueberry, buttermilk, apple, banana—plus omelets, eggs and more.
Where to Stay
The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
239 Central Ave.
Create a culture-filled weekend with a stay at The Arlington, a Hot Springs landmark since 1875 with direct access to downtown shopping and beautiful views of the national park.
Tip: Stick around for The Arlington’s scrumptious Sunday Brunch in the Venetian Dining Room, featuring a combination of sweet and savory: donut and waffle station, omelet station, smoked seafood station, and the list goes deliciously on.
Hot Springs Gallery Walk
On the first Friday of each month, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Gallery Walk features new art exhibitions premiering in The Fine Arts Center, art galleries and studio spaces throughout the historic downtown area. Featured artists are often present to converse about their work, and refreshments are bountiful. Stroll by this month on October 1.