The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - From the Editor -

Fe­bru­ary is of­ten called the month of hearts and flow­ers. And it’s a fit­ting de­scrip­tion for this time of the year when the spirit of St. Valen­tine ev­i­dences it­self through sweet treats, bou­quets of roses and terms of en­dear­ment.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, the re­sort city re­cently was ranked No. 10 on Liv­abil­ity. com’s list of “Most Ro­man­tic” cities, the na­tional web­site en­cour­ag­ing cou­ples “to write their own love story by shar­ing an ex­quis­ite meal, ro­man­tic walk in the park or along the beach, or a night of live en­ter­tain­ment – all in pic­turesque sur­round­ings.”

It’s not sur­pris­ing that Hot Springs should be in­cluded on the ros­ter of “in­ti­mate des­ti­na­tions” which of­fer ameni­ties and at­trac­tions that may be en­joyed in a pleas­ing am­biance and with­out a lot of fuss and long-range plan­ning.

Vis­i­tors have long been drawn to our di­a­mond of a city be­cause of its eclec­tic mix of art, sport­ing venues, cul­ture, and en­ter­tain­ment, all en­hanced by an his­toric back­drop that, in it­self, is part of its last­ing al­lure.

The nat­u­ral beauty that sur­rounds us, es­pe­cially in the early spring, is an­other rea­son why be­trothed cou­ples say their “I do’s” in the Spa City, why hus­bands and wives re­new their vows here, and why many choose to hon­ey­moon in a place where scenic lakes, moun­tains and other vis­tas are just min­utes away from an ar­ray of hos­pitable ac­com­mo­da­tions.

Daf­fodil Days are now in bloom at Gar­van Wood­land Gar­dens, where more than 200,000 yel­low nar­cis­sus plants have come to life to brighten our days through March 13. Sea­son to sea­son, the gar­dens are ideal for ro­man­tic strolls and quiet talks.

It’s es­pe­cially pleas­ing to hear vis­i­tors and new res­i­dents speak about Hot Springs’ heart, its in­nate verve and en­ergy, its de­sire to em­brace di­verse in­ter­ests.

Ci­ti­zens, busi­nesses and mem­bers of the med­i­cal com­mu­nity will once again show their pas­sion for life when they gather on March 2 for the an­nual Heart Ball in Horner Hall at Hot Springs Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. One of the Spa City’s sig­na­ture events, the ball raises funds for the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, stresses the AHA goal of a healthy life­style, and presents the AHA Sweet­hearts, high school sopho­mores and ju­niors com­mit­ted to ed­u­cat­ing oth­ers about car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease. The Sweet­heart pro­gram is spon­sored by Na­tional Park Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Dr. Chris­tian and Mary Latham are chairs for this year’s gala, which has as its theme, “Keep Calm, Heart Strong.”

There’s no bet­ter place to write one’s love story than in Hot Springs, Ark.

Melinda B. Gas­s­away Ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor

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