Five Things to be Grateful For in Hot Springs

red and yellow leaves surrounding a pine cone on top of pine straw“grate·ful    /ˈɡrātfəl/  adjective  feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful”
As we face the end of 2021, Bob and I look back with grateful hearts.  While our blessings are too numerous to count, here are a few highlights from the year:
1.  Our guests:  Tiffany’s Bed and Breakfast could not exist without guests, and in all my years of hospitality, I must admit ours are the absolute best! Whether it’s couples, families, solo travelers, friends, newlyweds, veterans, first responders, teachers  –  we get the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, from all around the world, and we are so humbled that they have chosen to stay at our bed and breakfast.
2.  Hot Springs National Park:  The national park in the middle of our city is a true treasure, and we’ve had the honor of celebrating its 100th anniversary all year long!  The thermal waters designated as the first federal reservation in 1832 continue to “bathe the world” in the historic bathhouses.  The 26 miles of hiking trials allow visitors to escape the city and discover more remote areas of the park, along with numerous scenic views.  Spend time relaxing in a thermal bath and experience the healing power of our water!
3. Our Certified Wildlife Habitat:  Even though it’s become a regular occurrence, I don’t think I will ever tire of looking out the window and seeing deer in our yard!  Over the winter, we had 3 “regulars” who appeared daily.  We were also visited again this summer by a young barred owl who collected dinner from our front yard each evening.  We’re always excited to see the first hummingbirds arrive, and sad when the cold weather chases them south.  Bob faithfully feeds his songbirds year round, giving guests the opportunity to see cardinals, tufted titmice, dark eyed juncos, house and goldfinches, and my favorite, indigo buntings.  Our woods are also home to wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers, northern flickers, and those cute little chipmunks our guests love.
4.  Winter Snow:  Our Texas friends may question my sanity for listing this as a large log cabin home surrounded by snow“blessing,” but the “Snowpocalypse” of 2021 was one of the highlights of our year!  We were thankful for nonstop power, heat, running water, and beautiful once in a lifetime (we hope) snow that turned Tiffany’s Bed and Breakfast into a winter wonderland! 
5.  Outdoor Spaces:  One of the things that originally attracted us to this house was the acreage.  A short walk in the woods can help us forget about cell phones and computers, and the sound of running water from our creeks has a calming effect on our minds and bodies.  For the less adventurous, stargazing at our fire pit can help you unwind at the end of the day.  Many guests enjoy bird watching or reading on our full length front porch.  Tiffany’s is located in the “Diamond Lakes” area of Arkansas, where 4 lakes and 2 rivers provide us and our guests with countless opportunities for water sports, fishing, wildlife viewing, and relaxation. 
If you have joined us for any part of our 2021 journey, or plan to visit us in the future, we are grateful to you.  We hope that you have also had an abundance of  blessings this year.
“No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” – James Allen


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