Blue Bell Cafe’ & Country Store

The best of both worlds come together at the Blue Bell where you can find real home-style meals, tasty sandwiches,  or come in on a Friday for catfish, coleslaw, and hush puppies.  There is something for everyone…Shop in the gift store area featuring great gifts and products from local artisans, or enjoy one of Blue Bell’s famous burgers and other good eats.

Join in the Saturday Night jam sessions from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, harmonica, dobro or even that recorder you tried to learn how to play in band!  Or just come and enjoy the great atmosphere and good company!

Blue Bell Cafe and Gift Store

8 Highway 298 East
Story , AR 71970 

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Two Spirits Ltd. Canoe Adventures

A canoe trip… a canoe event… an outdoor adventure  on the Ouachita River in Arkansas
At Two Spirits Ltd… we have it all.
All meals, canoes & air conditioned cabins furnished.

We have a river-front tent campground available, with picnic tables ,fire rings and grills.

 

1167 Puckett Bend Rd.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 US

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Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines

Great place for the whole family, where everyone is welcome and guaranteed to find crystals.

Wegner Crystal Ranch is 218 acres of nature’s beauty surrounded on four sides by the Ouachita Mountains. Spring water feeds our streams and ponds encouraging wildlife. The stone columns at our gate are built with our quartz crystal. On this ranch we dig, buy, and sell crystals and we invite you to participate. Our warehouse is four floors with over 10,000 sq. ft. of crystals from our mines as well as minerals mined in the United States and imported from around the world. It is surrounded outside by acres of crystals stockpiled for the future. Browse to your hearts conent.

But many want to dig their own crystals; it is a special experience. We offer a variety of options, attuned to the ability and interests of different “miners.” So consider Wegner’s as an amazing crystal museum, an opportunity to buy, or fulfillment of your desire to dig. Whatever your preference, please review our website and come on out. This is our most popular activity. This large 40 acre surface mine is regarded highly for its’ abundance of clear crystals that are suitable for jewelry. Quartz Crystal clusters, garden rocks and bigger points are also found here on a regular basis. Collecting at this mine is easy as picking up the crystals exposed on the surface, especially after a good rain. Or, for those who want a little more challenge and want to try their luck at hard rock mining, there are veins available to you throughout the mine site

This large 40 acre surface mine is our most popular activity and is regarded highly for its’ abundance of clear crystals that are suitable for jewelry. Quartz Crystal clusters, garden rocks and bigger points are also found here on a regular basis. Collecting at this mine is easy as picking up the crystals exposed on the surface, especially after a good rain. Or, for those who want a little more challenge and want to try their luck at hard rock mining, there are veins available to you throughout the mine site egarded highly for its’ abundance of clear crystals that are suitable for jewelry. Quartz Crystal clusters, garden rocks and bigger points are also found here on a regular basis. Collecting at this mine is easy as picking up the crystals exposed on the surface, especially after a good rain. Or, for those who want a little more challenge and want to try their luck at hard rock mining, there are veins available to you throughout the mine site.

Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines

82 Wegner Ranch Rd.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 

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Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

So you come to dig. We will give you a brief lesson on safety and let you know the places where you can and can’t go.  After all this is a commercial operational crystal mine.  You have to know the do’s and don’t’s of the mine.  If you have trouble getting your eye going on finding crystals we will also show you what to look for and answer any and all of your questions.
There are two picnic tables for you to rest and/or eat your lunch.  Some just use them to sit on and talk to other diggers.  Several friendships have been formed at the mine with people trading email address and business cards.  We even have a honeymoon couple show up on occasions that still come back to the mine for their anniversary.
We do also invite Rock and Mineral Clubs to the mine.  If there are several people in the club we will have extra people come to the mine to help.  These extra miners are to answer questions, and help carry buckets and/or rocks.
Then if you still want more crystal other than what you have found at the mine, we can help there also.  We do sell crystals at a wholesale price clean or dirty.  (We won’t tell anyone if you buy them dirty). 

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

269 Cleo Circle
Sims, AR 71970 

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River View Cabins, Inc.

Relax and Enjoy!
The well appointed cabins at RiverView Cabins & Canoes for rent in Arkansas provide everything you need for a picture-perfect getaway vacation.  River-bluff views, of the Ouachita River, Hot Tubs to melt your cares away, and a fireplace to warm your heart. Easy access to the Ouachita National Forest, and close to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

River View Cabins and Canoes

92 W. River View Dr.
Oden, AR 71961 

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Peace Valley Sanctuary & Retreat

Peace Valley Sanctuary is a retreat and event center located in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains on 70 pristine acres.  It includes Bed and Breakfast, group events, and Personal Retreats. Customer reviews are consistent 5’s. Look at the website.

Peace Valley Sanctuary & Retreat

344 Peace Valley Rd.
Caddo Gap, AR 71935 

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Mountain Harbor Resort

Just 12 miles from Mount Ida, AR, under the gentle sweep of Hickory Nut Mountain, Mountain Harbor Resort has been in the Barnes family since 1955, now owned and managed by Bill Barnes and his children. Harbor offers luxurious cabins and cozy lake view guest rooms, a fleet of rental boats, a full service marina and boat storage, house boat rentals, premium food in a lake view restaurant, and three swimming pools. And of course conference, wedding, reunion, and  party venues.  Access to miles of hiking and biking on the famous LOViT trail. Plus award winning spa services at Turtle Cove Spa. The list goes on.

Dig deep into Mountain Harbor’s website to learn about and appreciate all that is available to you as a Harbor guest. And maybe you should go out and look for yourself.

Mountain Harbor Resort

994 Mountain Harbor Rd.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 

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Front Porch Stage

The Front Porch Stage produces free “lawn chair concerts.” Concerts are scheduled regularly from the first Saturday in May through the first week in October. Because this is an outdoor event, concerts are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

The musical genres represented include country, bluegrass, blues, folk, folk rock, and gospel, with a special emphasis on original music. Money donated in a “pass the hat” collection is given to bands that perform. Sales of souvenirs, snack bar profits, and donations make up the general revenue that is used to support the musical programs in the county’s schools.

An all-volunteer staff operates the stage, as well as the Back Porch Kitchen and the “Possum Store.” Possums Unlimited, an auxiliary of the MCFPS, organizes Possum Picnic and Parade, an annual fundraising event. The Possum Picnic takes place each September at the Front Porch Stage.

Front Porch Stage

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Dixie Crystal Mining Co.

Quartz crystal mining in Mount Ida, Arkansas, deep in the Ouachita Mountains.

“Hey Y’all, if you want to dig crystals come see us!  Bring your lunch, cause we have nice shaded picnic tables.  Bring your own tools and buckets or buy them at the Eminem real, real reasonable. Be sure to give us a call first.”

Also ask about the Rock Hound Boutique. Lots of cool stuff.

Dixie Crystal Mining Company

177 Collier Springs Rd.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 US

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