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Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

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Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

Hi guys, we are planning a trip to Joplin MO as we have been invited to friend's wedding in September. We plan to arrive in Memphis, stay a couple of nights there, hire a car and drive to Little Rock. From there we'd like to visit a few pretty towns on the way to Joplin, maybe even stay in a log cabin somewhere for a couple of nights. We've done Eureka Springs before. Any suggestions as to where to stop? We love the lakes but are not into canoeing. Last time got a bit scary! A visit to caves might be good. Also I looked at the temperatures for last September and it was HOT! Was last year exceptional or should we expect very warm weather in the third week of September? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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1. Re: Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

Here's a few places to stop and rest on your way from Memphis to Ft. Smith. NW AR is mountainous and should not be too hot in late September. It won't be cold though. Be prepared for fairly warm weather. For outstanding BBQ stop at Roadside BBQ @ Exit 271 off I 40 In W Memphis, AR.

Roadside BBQ @ 196 Arkansas 147, West Memphis, AR 870 - 733 - 9208.

The Ole Sawmill Cafe at Exit 241 in Forrest City, AR off I40 is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and serves outstanding country food. Get off on the S side of I40 on N Washington and go about 2 blocks to Ole Sawmill Cafe on your right. Go to Craig's in De Vall's Bluff, AR. Go to Nick's BBQ in Carlisle, AR. Go to Pruett's in Lonoke, AR.

The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299.

http://olesawmillcafe.com/

Craig's BBQ @ Rt. 70, Devalls Bluff, AR. 501 - 998 - 2616.

Nick's Bar B Que @ Hwy. 13 N., Carlisle, AR. 870 - 552 - 3887.

http://www.nicksbq.com/

Pruett's Bar B Que @ 108 E. 8th St., Lonoke, AR. 501 - 676 - 2622.

Here are a few places with good road food in Conway, AR near I 40.

Mike's Place @ 808 Front Street, Conway, AR 501 - 269 - 6453.

Shorty Small's @ 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway, AR 501 - 764 - 0604.

http://www.shortysmalls.com/

Smitty's BBQ @ 740 South Harkrider St., Conway, AR. 501 - 327 - 8304.

http://www.smittysbarbque.com/

Stoby's Restaurant @ 805 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 501 - 327 - 5447.

http://www.stobys.com/

E of Atkins is a good place for lunch or dinner at Morrilton Drive Inn in Morrilton, AR. Beverly's Diner in Atkins, AR is a nice place to stop for good road food. When you get to Russellville, AR you could stop at CJ's, Colton's, Old Post or Pudgy's for good road food. Headed East on I 40 you could stop in Ozark, AR for good BBQ @ Rivertowne.

Morrilton Drive In Restaurant @ 1601 Oak St., Morrilton, AR 501 - 354 - 8343.

Beverly's Family Diner @ 502 North Church St., Atkins, AR 479 - 641 - 0046.

C J's Butcher Boy Burgers @ 2803 North Arkansas Ave., Russellville, AR 479 - 968 - 2300.

Colton's Steakhouse & Grill @ 2320 North Arkansas Ave., Russellville, AR 479 - 880 - 2333.

http://www.coltonssteakhouse.com/

Old Post BBQ @ 407 S. AR Ave., Russellville, AR. 479 - 968 - 2421.

Pudgy Pig BBQ @ 2405 E. Parkway Dr., Russellville, AR. 479 - 967 - 6062.

Rivertowne BBQ @ 205 S. 3rd St., Ozark, AR. 479 - 667 - 1808.

http://www.rivertownebbq.com/

Get off I 40 at Exit 325 at Ft. Smith, AR and go E on Robert Pine Blvd. which turns into Garrison Ave. when you cross the river. Go to Rolando's Restaurante for outstanding Mexican cuisine for lunch or dinner. If you prefer BBQ go to Neumeier's Rib Room just down the street.

Rolando's Restaurante @ 223 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AR 479 - 573 - 0404.

http://www.rolandosrestaurante.com/

Neumeier's Rib Room @ 817 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AR 479 - 494 - 7427.

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2. Re: Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

Don't leave LR without having dinner at Doe's Steakhouse.

Doe's Eat Place @ 1023 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR 501 - 376 - 1195.

Whole Hog Cafe is a good BBQ restaurant. Ashley's at the Capital Hotel is a fine dining restaurant highly recommended. The Capital Bar and Grill in the hotel is very pleasant for cold drinks and bar food. You will enjoy a cold drink there. Bosco's is a fun place. Sonny Williams Steak Room is a nice place to dine.

Whole Hog Cafe @ 2516 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock, AR. 501 - 664 - 5025.

http://www.wholehogcafe.com/

Ashley's @ The Capital @ 111 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR 501 - 370 - 7007.

Bosco's Restaurant and Brewing Co. @ 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 501 - 907 - 1881.

http://www.boscosbeer.com/

Sonny Williams Steak Room @ 500 President Clinton Avenue #100, Little Rock, AR 501 - 324 - 2999.

http://www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com/

Flying Fish in the River Market is a good seafood restaurant. River Market is an indoor mall with food shops and a farmer's market.

Flying Fish @ 511 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 501 - 375 - 3474.

http://www.flyingfishinthe.net/

http://www.rivermarket.info/

Copper Grill and Grocery is a great lunch/dinner place. Buy some of their gourmet foods to take home. Cotham's serves the best burger's in LR. Mr. Mason's BBQ serves excellent BBQ.

Copper Grill and Grocery @ 300 East 3rd St., Little Rock, AR 501 - 375 - 3333.

http://www.coppergrillandgrocery.com/

Cotham's @ 1401 West 3rd St., Little Rock, AR 501 - 370 - 9177.

http://www.cothamsinthecity.com/

Mr. Mason's Pit Bar B Que and Catering Co. @ 915 W Capitol Ave, Little Rock, AR. 501 372 4227.

Inn at the Mill is a great place to stay near Fayetteville, AR. Good luck.

Inn at the Mill @ 3906 Greathouse Springs Road, Johnson, AR 479 - 443 - 1800.

http://www.innatthemill.com/

Edited: 24 April 2011, 18:02
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3. Re: Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

Wow, what fantastic informative replies, thank you! I'll definitely make a note of all these places to eat. We're particularly keen on looking round interesting towns and visiting craft and unique shops, generally soaking up the atmosphere of this wonderful part of the world. Which towns on the way to Joplin would be your best recommendation for an overnight stay? Would Harrison fit the bill? Thank you!

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4. Re: Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

You might take a look at Mountain View since you have been to Eureka Springs.

While there you can visit the Ozark Folk Center State Park www.ozarkfolkcenter.com .

One of my favorite experiences in the state is walking around the Mountain View courthouse lawn on weekend evenings listening to people playing music together on the scattered benches. There are many groups of great local musicians playing for sheer enjoyment (no mics, no admission, no money jars) on fiddles and dulcimers and other rarely heard instruments. It is one of the most unusual and authentic music venues you can find anywhere.

Though you may enjoy some shops during the day around the square in Mountain View, don’t expect to find the variety of Eureka Springs.

Not far away is Blanchard Springs Cavern, a really great cave with a variety of tours. ozarkgetaways.com/blanchard_springs_caverns.…

There are some nice BB’s in Mountain View. My fav cabins are about 25 miles away at Prim. Not totally on your route to but you might have fun looking at the website. www.longbowresorts.com

If Mountain View doesn’t appeal, do not overlook Arkansas’s premier mountaintop parks, Petit Jean, Nt Nebo and Mt Magazine. www.arkansasstateparks.com

The previous poster’s recommendation of Inn at the Mill in the Fayetteville area and its amazing, but pricey restaurant James at the Mill are great suggestions. It’s a nice place (but don’t expect a wilderness experience as highways and development have now surrounded the historic mill and its modern inn and restaurant.)

If you have not yet seen the Clinton Library in Little Rock, it is worth a stop and is right on your route. Even Bill detractors leave satisfied. www.clintonlibrary.gov

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5. Re: Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

Blanchard Springs is the 3rd highest ranked show cave in the U.S. It is definitely worth a trip, plus the cave will be cool.

It'll still be pretty warm in September, but August is usually hotter. So, it could be worse.

The zoo in Memphis is pretty nice.

Maybe check out the Ozark Folk Center, not too far from Blanchard Springs. Will get back with the web-site.

The waterfall at Petit Jean is very pretty. The views from Mt. Nebo and Mt. Magazine are amazing. The lodge at Mt. Magazine gets nothing but good reviews, very nicely done place.

In case it might interest, there are several wineries in the Altus area (and one just outside Paris), which is just north of Mt. Magazine.

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6. Re: Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

www.ozarkfolkcenter.com

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7. Re: Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

There are quite a few activities listed on the Harrison web-site: www.harrisonarkansas.org/activities.html

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8. Re: Memphis to Joplin via Little Rock - where else to stop?

That's fantastic, thank you so much for all this info. I am having such fun planning this trip - will definitely take in as many of those places as possible. We have a few days so should be able to do quite a bit. Thank you!

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