Multiple Regions- Wine, Women and Song
A live performance tour recommended for: Fall, Spring, Summer
Modifiable for: Winter
Well, what we mean here is we've got a sample itinerary for you that takes you to several live performances and a couple of wineries. A stop at the unique "Miss Laura's" Visitor Center in Ft. Smith will explain the other part. In Arkansas, it doesn't take you too much time or money to get from one town to another, and we've filled your stops on this journey with pure entertainment (and maybe some slightly less than pure- again, see Miss Laura's). It's time to relax, sit back, sip a warm or cool refreshing beverage, and enjoy the shows!
If you make this trip in October, you can kick it off with a stop at the world famous Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival in the Delta town of Helena, right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. At other times of the year, Helena still makes a great music performance stop. You can sit in on the nation's longest-running blues radio show, "The King Biscuit Hour," still broadcast each weekday from downtown Helena, and you will be amazed by the history, beauty and sounds of a prearranged gospel choral concert at one (or more) of the historic churches in Helena. Overnight Helena.
Head to Little Rock, which boasts the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Ballet Arkansas, the Arkansas Arts Center's Children's Theater, and Wildwood Park. Wildwood often features special outdoor performances of opera theatre and Repertory Theater productions. Time it right with the weather, and you'll think you've stepped into a beautiful watercolor painting. This laid back, casual outdoor setting is pure magic - you can even schedule your attendance so that you can indulge in an outdoor picnic as you watch the performance.
In addition, North Little Rock' Verizon Arena brings in big touring concerts. Recent shows have included Sugarland, Bob Seger, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Many outdoor performances take place year-round on the banks of the Arkansas River, both on the Little Rock and North Little Rock sides, all within walking or trolley ride distance from downtown hotels and restaurants. The Little Rock - North Little Rock area is the cultural and entertainment capital of the state, so you're sure to find something perfect for your group's taste. But outstanding live performances can be found all over Arkansas, so after dinner and show and an overnight in the area, you're on to...
The lush Ozark Mountains, and on into Mountain View. Mountain View and The Ozark Folk Center State Park preserve Ozark Heritage and present it in entertaining and educational ways. Time your tour during the spring and summer months, and you'll get to watch and listen to (and join?) the seasonal treat of the many nightly impromptu live jam sessions on the downtown courthouse square. The Ozark Folk Center is nationally recognized as a major repository of southern mountain culture. Sprightly sounds of fiddles and dulcimers, the alluring aroma of home-style cooking, the state's largest herb garden, and more than 20 traditional craft demonstrations are all part of the unique park. Antique, craft and music stores abound in town, and other attractions include music shows at the Folk Center and at venues around town and festive special events several weekends of the year. Overnight Mountain View.
Head through the Ozarks over to Eureka Springs - the sights and sounds along the way concerts in themselves! Relax with some downtime among the shops and stops in historic Downtown Eureka Springs. If there's time, make a stop at the renowned architectural site, Thorncrown Chapel to experience the magical way light filters through the wood beam and glass structure, not to mention the surrounding majestic forested mountains, a smashing sight in the colors of any of the seasons. Eureka Springs often hosts big name musicians in a small town setting. Recent festivals and concerts have included the Ozark Mountain Gospel Festival and an appearance by Dwight Yoakam. Overnight Eureka Springs.
On over into Fayetteville, home of the shining Walton Arts Center, which hosts several grand performances each month. A small sampling of recent shows and performances includes Ravi Shankar's Festival of India III, Garrison Keillor, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from London, Alvin Ailey's Dance Company, and regular performances of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The Walton Center is within walking distance of Fayetteville's famed Dickson Street, which offers a multitude of restaurant choices for before or after the show. Overnight Fayetteville.
And now you get to the "Wine and Women" part of your "Wine, Women and Song" tour. Today we'll be greeted in Fort Smith by Miss Laura and her welcoming ladies at the "unique" Fort Smith Visitors Center. They'll sing and dance for you and you have a delightful lunch, then Miss Laura will give you a tour of the Fort Smith National Historic Site and other locations in the frontier town. In the afternoon, head to a winery for tastings, a tour, and dinner there. Following dinner, ride back to Little Rock for a restful overnight before your departure.
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