Lake Living in Arkansas

Explore crystal clear bays and hidden coves during a houseboating weekend on Lake Ouachita.
Farrah Austin
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Meg McKinney Simle

Saturday--Day of Discovery
Wake up to breakfast on the deck. The early-morning light creeping across the lake is phenomenal. Then suit up for some swimming. Because the boat comes with a slide, you and the kids will have a slippery good time.

Lots of inlets and hidden bays lurk on Lake Ouachita. Discovering them makes for a day of fun. Try Hotel Island with its coves and beaches. It's not hard to find seclusion in these parts.

For lunch, go to Brady Mountain Resort Restaurant, where they serve a crispy catfish platter ($9.95). There's even a wishing well in the middle of the restaurant where the kids can toss in a penny or two.

Afterward, venture into Hot Springs. The Villa on Central Avenue inspires self-indulgence. Each of its four stores appeals to the shopper with discriminating tastes. The Villa Ladies Fine Apparel, The Villa Gift and Jewelry, The Villa Bed and Bath, and The Villa Outlet across the street can keep you occupied all day.

You'll be more than satisfied with dinner arrangements at Exchange. Bid bye-bye to the burgers and sandwiches and welcome this elegant dining experience. A delicious fusion of Japanese and French cuisine, this hip restaurant serves the best sushi around.