I hope you've enjoyed reading about our fun Arkansas escapades! If you missed any parts of this series, you can find links at the end of this post.
Part of planning for the trip also involved finding some neat places to stop on the way there and on the way back.
So, I put together a trip notebook that included detailed stops for each day, maps and directions as a back-up to the GPS, info on fees and hours of operation for some of our activities, and restaurant possibilities. We referred back to this book many times, and it was great to have the information handy: One of our favorite stops on the way to Little Rock was in Knoxville, TN, at Buttermilk Sky Pie Company--recommended by a friend of my sister's who had recently stopped there on her travels. Oooh, the pies inside this little shop! Check out this goodness:The photo below shows various pies behind the display case...it gives you an idea of how hard it was to make a decision on which little pie to pick: We were the first customers in the shop at 9 a.m. and enjoyed talking with the owner and taking lots of photos: My sister picked Coconut Creme, and I picked their best-seller, I-40, which consisted of pecans, chocolate chips, a sprinkle of toasted coconut, and a smooth pecan pie filling combined in a sweet shortbread crust. You can read how the pie got its name here:After visiting this little shop, we were back in the car and on the road. I previously mentioned I'd tell you about the Bed & Breakfast where we stayed while in Little Rock.
P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain website recommended Rosemont B&B. So I checked out that particular B&B first, liked what I saw, and that's where we ended up for 4 nights. Here's my sister in front of Rosemont: And here's the back of the Bed and Breakfast...nice area for sitting, but we never did. Who goes on vacation to relax when there are so many places to see?
And here are the steep, quite narrow, curving steps that we climbed many times. We were in the St. Clair, and you can see pictures of our room here. I took the daybed in the sun room and loved it!:The breakfasts which the Innkeeper prepared for us each morning were wonderful! Lots of fresh fruits, stuffed French toast, omelets with asparagus, and delicious coffee cake. Thank you, Susan! I haven't mentioned our trolley ride, but here we are riding along. The conductor took our photo as we rode from North Little Rock across the Arkansas River to the River Market. Little Rock has a 2.5-mile River Rail Electric Streetcar line, so we rode to get a feel for the area from one end to the other: Well, it's time to wrap up this last post of our fun trip, and I haven't even written about our antique jaunts!
Vintage Market Days just happened to be taking place the weekend we were there, so we were flexible and added that to our plan notebook. Market Days was held at the Little Rock Fairgrounds--lots of vintage vendors were inside that old Cattle Barn. That was fun, and some treasures made their way home with us! Here's a fun item I bought from one of the vendors because I thought it summed up my motto quite well and was a good souvenir of our trip: As we made our way back to South Carolina going the southern route through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, we stopped along the way to take a Mayfield Dairy Tour and browsed several antique shops:And last but not least....whenever I travel I always try to set up get-togethers with bloggers I might know in the areas I'm traveling. And this trip was no different!
I've read Tammy S.'s Love to Crochet and Knit blog for years, and she and her family had just moved a few days before to South Carolina. She actually contacted me about getting together, knowing that I'd be finishing up our trip at my sister's home in SC and knowing that her family would be moved there.
Yes, I'd love to get together! So here we are spending some time chatting and meeting in person for the first time! This was extra fun! Thanks so much, Tammy.