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Multiple Regions- Paris, Arkansas Style

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Day 1

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2:00 p.m. - Start your time in Paris, Arkansas with a tour of Subiaco Abbey and Academy. Originally called St. Benedict Priory, Subiaco Abbey was established by Benedictine monks in 1878, and stretches over the crest of gentle, green rolling hills east of Paris on state Scenic Highway 22. Facilities include Subiaco Academy, a world-renowned college preparatory and boarding school for boys, and the Subiaco Monastery. Visitors may also tour St. Benedict Abbey Church.

3:00 p.m. - Time to depart Subiaco Abbey and Academy for Mount Magazine State Park.

4:00 p.m. - Arrive at the Mount Magazine Visitor Center for a program with a Park Interpreter. You will also have an opportunity to tour the State Park and shop.
 
5:00 p.m. - Now is time to take a motorcoach tour of the Mount Magazine State Park. Gracing the mountain's south bluff; you will see breathtaking views of the Petit Jean River Valley and the Blue Mountain Lake below.
 
5:30 p.m. - Check into the Lodge at Mount Magazine. The resort mountain lodge offers 60 guest rooms with breathtaking views of the valley below. Lodging in this mountaintop resort combines a majestic natural setting with first-class amenities.

6:00 p.m. - Take in the beauty of Mount Magazine as you dine at the Skycrest Restaurant located at the lodge. Named for the first hotel that long ago graced the top of 2,753-foot Mount Magazine, tall timbers and an impressive two-story fireplace reflect the "parkitecture" style of the 1930s. Hickory furniture completes the rustic warmth of this mountain lodge's dining room.
 



Day 2

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Tour the Arkansas Wine Country

7:00 a.m. -
Wake up to the beautiful views with breakfast at the Skycrest Restaurant.
 
9:00 a.m. - Board the motorcoach to being the day's tour of Arkansas's Wine Country. Arkansas wine is a natural by-product of The Natural State. Back in 1880, two European families settled in the Arkansas River Valley, attracted by its fertile sandy soil and moderate climate.
 
10:00 a.m. - The first stop on the Arkansas Wine Country tour is Mount Bethel Winery. Mount Bethel Winery is a family-owned and operated business that has been handed down for generations. The Post family has a long history in wine making and currently, the three Post sons, Eugene Jr., Michael, and Robert along with their father Eugene Post, operate the winery and vineyards.

11:00 a.m. - Stop and take in the beauty of St. Mary's Catholic Church. You will think you are in Europe when you visit this 1902 Roman Basilical-style church atop St. Mary's Mountain, known for its paintings and ornate gold leaf work. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
12:00 p.m. - Arrive at Wiederkehr Winery, located on the southern slopes of the Ozark Mountains. Discover the Swiss wine making heritage of Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, the oldest and largest winery in mid-America. Also enjoy lunch here at Wiederkehr's Weinkeller Restaurant. The Weinkeller serves excellent Swiss and other European specialties in charming, candlelit surroundings.
 
1:00 p.m. - Arrive at Chateau Aux Arc Winery. This winery started as a dream for a young lady, Audrey, from Oklahoma. In February 1998, Audrey bought 20 acres of land in Altus, Arkansas, from Al Wiederkehr. The land included 10 acres of Arkansas' first ever Chardonnay vineyard-planted in 1982.
 
2:00 p.m. - Continuing the Arkansas Wine Country tour, the next stop is Post Vineyards and Winery. The founder was Jacob Post, a German who arrived in America in 1872. From his cellar, he sold the first altus wines to passengers on the Iron Mountain Railroad when the train stopped by his farm for fuel and water. Since 1880, five generations of Posts have cultivated and harvested their grapes to make Post Family Wines.
 
3:00 p.m. - After touring Arkansas' Wine Country, head back to beautiful Mount Magazine.
 
5:00 p.m. - Enjoy dinner at The Skycrest Restaurant.



Day 3

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Travel to Hot Springs and DeGray Lake Resort State Park
 
7:00 a.m. - Awaken to another beautiful morning on Mount Magazine. Make you way to the Skycrest Restaurant for breakfast.
 
9:00 a.m. - Depart from Mount Magazine and travel along beautiful scenic Highway 7 to Hot Springs National Park.

11:30 a.m. - Arrive at Lake Hamilton to board The Belle of Hot Springs; your passport to beautiful Lake Hamilton. Sit back and relax aboard The Belle, a 250-passenger riverboat, and enjoy the captain's narration as he unfolds secrets of America's "Spa City."

1:30 p.m. - Make your way to Garvan Woodland Gardens. The 210-acre botanical garden, located on Lake Hamilton, is one of the south's largest woodland gardens and showcases nature at its finest.
 
3:30 p.m. - Depart for DeGray Lake Resort State Park, the only resort state park in Arkansas. Set in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and nestled along the north shore of 12,800-acre DeGray Lake, one of the region's five Diamond Lakes known for their crystal clear waters, DeGray offers all the outdoor adventure and quality of an Arkansas State Park combined with resort class amenities.
 
6:00 p.m. - Enjoy dinner at the Shoreline Restaurant at the DeGray Lake Lodge. A variety of dishes is offered to suit all tastes. From small snacks to a more lasting choice, the Shoreline menu has just the right dish for all occasions.
 
7:00 p.m. - End your evening with a program given by a State Park Interpreter.
 

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