Fabulous Hot Springs Getaway

Yesterday we arrived at Hot Springs at 10:30 in the morning in time for our 11 am whitewater rafting trip at Huck Finn Rafting…such a cute place in a great little small town.

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The rafting trip was great. It was a little calmer than we expected- I think due to the lack of rain in the Hot Springs area over the last few weeks. The trip had class 1-3 rapids. It also included a great lunch by the riverbank halfway through the rafting trip…it was a great sandwich lunch laid out on the makeshift table on the upside-down raft. I was dying that I didn’t have a camera because the lunch was so great! We had sandwiches on yummy homemade wheat bread, potato salad, beans, fresh watermelon, and a couple of oreos. The rafting trip lasted about 3 1/2 hours and even though it was calm, we loved it!

After the rafting trip, we stopped next door at a great little cafe for smoothies…I had a pina colada flavor and Anthony had strawberry.

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Smoothies in hand, we walked down the street to the Hot Springs Resort and Spa…such a great place with a neat history. It is a spa that is designed around a natural hot springs…they offer spa services plus soaks in a natural, hot mineral springs, which have been considered healing and therapeutic for hundreds of years. We made reservations for a one-hour soak later in the day.

Then, we excitedly headed to the Bed and Breakfast, the Duckett House Inn and Farm. We were so excited to visit – this was our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast. We arrived to see this beautiful turn-of-the-century house situated on a lovely farm.

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With a great wrap-around porch with a huge variety of chairs and swings for relaxing – the cat was very comfortable.

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Our bedroom – the Mountain View room – so quaint and extremely comfortable.

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One of the beautiful bathrooms…

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I absolutely loved it!

After we got settled in, and relaxed for a bit, we went back to the Hot Springs Spa for our soak in the mineral baths. It was so neat- they have individual, private, hot tubs- they’re real hot tubs, but between each guest, they are drained and refilled with the natural hot mineral springs – the water comes out of the springs at about 102 degrees – really hot and full of minerals that are known to be therapeutic in a variety of ways. Here’s our tub…

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We soaked and relaxed for an hour…very nice! And, my skin felt so great afterwards, I didn’t even need moisturizer.

Dinner was at a great, little local place, the Iron Horse Station. I had a delicious grilled chicken sandwich with avocado, mozzarella, steamed spinach and garlic + sweet potato fries – and a glass of Shiraz….

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After dinner, our plan was relaxation at the B and B…we were in bed by 10:30 and I slept like a baby.

When we woke up this morning, Brian, one of the innkeepers, had a pot of amazing coffee waiting…I started with a cup and went for a nice walk outside while Anthony stayed in bed. When I got back from my walk, Brian had an amazing breakfast prepared for us…homemade pancakes, fresh eggs, strawberries, some homefries, and more amazing coffee.

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Brian shared the history of the house with us, some stories about hikers (the Appalahian Trail is nearby), and generally kept us entertained. I loved every minute. Breakfast was amazingly delicious.

After breakfast, we relaxed a little more on the front porch, walked around the grounds, visited the chickens…

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Then, it was time for a quick shower and we headed home. Thanks again, Brian, for a lovely stay at the Duckett House. We will surely be back.

We waved goodbye to the French Broad River…

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And, headed out to my sister’s house….Tonight is a joint family birthday party for Anthony and my sister Amy…should be lots of family fun.

See you later!

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9 responses to “Fabulous Hot Springs Getaway

  1. What a beautiful trip! I have never stayed in a B & B. Your room and the bathroom look so nice… And the rafting trip, including the lunch, sound amazing…

    Happy Sunday, and have fun at the party!

  2. What a beautiful and relaxing trip! I love the history of the place too, and the hot springs sound so amazing! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself – everything looks so lovely 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!
    Meg

  3. Oh how fun! The B&B is so gorgeous, and how nice of the owner to make such a wonderful breakfast (and of course, good coffee is always a sign of a great place to stay..)

    I’ve been to one bed and breakfast and it was owned by my fourth grade teacher. I was in sixth grade when I went and we rode horses, played in the barn with the cats and chickens (random), swam, and hiked. It was such a great time!

  4. What a relaxing trip! Breakfast and everything at the B&B and the tub dip at Hot Springs Spa look really wonderful. Glad you had such a lovely and relaxing weekend getaway.

  5. lookingforserenity

    I love hot tubs!!! Seems like a relaxing trip!

  6. The bed and breakfast place looks very homey and lovely. The decoration is pretty too!

    I love hot springs–they’re so relaxing and wonderful for you.

    Great breakfast too! Looks like you are having a fab time 🙂

  7. Menden (Skinny Menny)

    Sounds like such a nice getaway…and that b&b is so quaint. I just adore wraparound porches and rocking chairs 🙂

  8. Pingback: Happy Birthday Amy and Anthony! « Angie’s Appetite for Life

  9. We haven’t visited a b&b yet but this one looks so relaxing, with the farm chickens, whitewater rafting and lush river nearby.

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