Katherine Winslow, Hot Springs Village

On a camping and canoe expedition in the Arkansas Ouachita Mountains, Katherine Winslow and her husband Steven "fell in love with the natural beauty, wooded areas and glorious mountains," she says.

The couple would later find themselves frequently parting from their home in Dallas suburb Lewisville to enjoy other Arkansas destinations, too, like the charming mountain town of Eureka Springs and popular Blanchard Springs Caverns.

During a trip to the state's "Spa City," Hot Springs, they ran into a fellow Dallas native who settled in nearby Hot Springs Village. "She told us that after seeing the village one time, she and her husband returned to Dallas, quit their jobs, sold their home and moved," Katherine says.

"[After we] took a tour of the village, that was it. We knew where we wanted to retire."

The couple moved in 2009 and built the custom home of their dreams. "Our children love to visit," she says. "They love the forests, peaceful scenic areas, local attractions like Garvan Woodland Gardens and the wildlife — especially the deer and wild turkeys!"

Insider Knowledge

Where to eat:
  • Tanner's Terrace - on the Greens at Granada Golf Course
Be sure to do this:
  • Pickleball - (a sport similar to tennis)
  • Concerts and Plays - Woodlands Auditorium
Best local events:

  • Hot Springs Village TRI-the-Village triathlon (June)
  • Hot Springs World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade (March)
  • Running of the Tubs (May)
  • Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens (Nov–Dec)
Favorite day trip:
  • Wild Cave Tour, Blanchard Springs Cavern, Fifty-Six, Ark. (3 hours from Hot Springs Village)