Monday, May 28, 2018

Hidden Gem: The Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Steve and I recently snuck away to Hot Springs, Arkansas for a few days to celebrate his birthday with lake play, mineral bath spa time, and quality relaxation...  

If you have never been to Hot Springs, it is a magical destination nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, where soothing thermal mineral waters bubble from the earth at 143 degrees...

As a result,the area is home to some of the finest and most abundant quartz mines in the world...
While our entire Hot Springs adventure was weekender perfection, we did find ourselves at a spot that I would deem to be an absolute must-see for any nature lover/architecture buff who finds themselves in the area.  Hence, had to share!

Nestled in a dense woodland garden on the banks of Lake Hamilton... 
... sits a magical glass chapel that perfectly marries the beauty of nature, architecture, and design.  Constructed of native material and boasting floor to ceiling glass panels that soar 57 feet (6 stories) in to the treetops, it is a religious experience despite your affiliation. 

We were lucky enough to have 15 minutes alone here. We laid on our backs in silence on the altar and gazed through the open-rafter ceiling panels. Nature furiously bustles around you, 360 degrees, as you meditate in silence. Magical place, unforgettable moment.  Had to share.✨

Nitty Gritty:

The Anthony Chapel in the Garvan Gardens
550 Arkridge Rd,
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913

Phone: (501) 262-9608