Day 5 – Little Rock plus an amazing “Surprise” Experience!
Happy American Thanksgiving!
This morning I could feel excitement in the air, after all its American Thanksgiving and many families had gathered at “Chateau on the Lake” to celebrate the holiday. Their Thanksgiving brunch which started at 10:30am will attract 1800 people.
After an early special buffet breakfast that they arranged especially for us we were on the road to Little Rock, Arkansas. The scenery was beautiful. I panicked that I wouldn’t find a break stop location that would be open due to the holiday but surprisingly I had no problems – we were able to fit in 2 break stops! We even found a Walmart that was open – their many Black Friday specials were covered with clear plastic. We were told that many would start getting in line at noon and at 6pm they could start buying the Black Friday deals!
Our home for one night is at the Wyndham Riverfront, Little Rock. This hotel was recently fully renovated and it shows. Today they welcomed over 600 guests for their Thanksgiving Buffet luncheon. We took over one of their private banquet rooms and enjoyed that bountiful meal.
There was some time to relax before we departed for our Mystery Destination which was a short 20 minute drive from the Wyndham. We traveled down secondary roads surrounded by cotton and rice fields.
Finally we arrived at a stately Plantation named Marlsgate. The very hospitable owners welcomed us, served us a refreshing beverage using locally made vodka and then toured us around their beautiful property – 7.5 acres.
A delicious 3 course dinner was served. Our surroundings were so elegant. Many told me this “Surprise Evening” was a dream come true!