Behind the Scenes in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 1 Comment

Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Ark., is now a brewery and distillery. Credit: Rush Jagoe
Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Ark., is now a brewery and distillery.

Our travel feature in the Fall issue of Preservation magazine puts the spotlight on Hot Springs, Ark., an unexpected gem in the Ouachita Mountains where thermal waters played a huge role in the city's past -- and are now influencing its future.

As you'll read in Preservation, Hot Springs was once a hub for sports icons, movie stars, and gangsters -- as well as anyone who wanted to enjoy a therapeutic soak at any of the luxury bathhouses around town. Known as "America's Spa City" in its heyday, today Hot Springs is taking its beautiful, ornate buildings and reimagining their use. The results? A modern-day spa, museum, visitor center -- even a brewery!

With so many cool spaces and places around town, we couldn't fit all our photos in the magazine spread alone. So, take a look through this slideshow for more fun behind-the-scenes shots from Hot Springs:

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

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One Response

  1. Rick London

    September 27, 2013

    TY Julia,

    Beautiful pictures of the historic district (our neighborhood). My wife @LeeHiller and I fell in love with it and made it home .

    If you’re ever in the upstate NY area; you may enjoy (on the National Historic Registry)@GomezHouse http://Gomez.Org.

    Though the oldest Jewish hme in N. America, also Revolutionary War history (yes G Washington did sleep there) as his HQ was in Newburgh, NY (Same town) and his main man Wolfert Ackert lived there at the time.

    My maternal family bought it back in the 80s and turned it into a museum. Fairly fascinating history.

    If you go, I’ll assure you a VIP tour.


    PS Glad you enjoyed our tiny Ar. hamlet. My wife and I hike the mountains often.