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