I stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Little Rock Downtown. It's within walking distance of all the happenings (including the Clinton Presidential Center), plus it boasts a modern lobby and exceptionally clean rooms. Rates start at $159.
Other options include the noted Peabody Little Rock. Even though the hotel is famous for its marching ducks, I find the place too crowded and the experience pricey ($199 and up). There's also a Doubletree Hotel with updated rooms and rates starting at $129. (Check the Internet for packages that are even less expensive.)
If you really max out Little Rock, you'll be going to bed late and getting up early, for this town pulls even late sleepers from the bed. It's just that fun. Believe me.
For more information: Contact the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.littlerock.com, (501) 376-4781, or 1-800-844-4781.
Off the Main Drag
While many restaurants and music venues sit on President Clinton Avenue, fab shopping is scattered around town. My favorites include:
Box Turtle, a boutique best known for its amazing array of jewelry. From shirts designed by local artists to charm bracelets, custom-ordered dog portraits, and local music CDs, this place is a gem.
The Full Moon for rugs, colorful glassware, precious baby gear, hand-painted reading glasses, handbags, great pajamas, a slew of picture frames, and artist-signed Gail Pittman pottery.
"Get to Little Rock" is from the February 2008 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.