Steppin Back in Time at The Red Oak Fillin Station – Things to Do In Hot Springs, AR


This is for those travelers who love to explore and they do so in an effort to engage in experiences that are as varied and unique as the many places they visit.

They seek activities that are meaningful and memorable.

When you travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas there are many Things to Do that fulfill this quest to have unique travel experiences. It is like stepping back in time when you find that special little establishment that can only be defined as a “gem”.

The owner, Ron Lusby says it all started when he had to drive over 20 miles just to buy a pack of cigarettes. Yes, Ron, left the house one evening to go pick up a pack of cigarettes and after driving all over he soon realized that there were no businesses out on Carpenter Dam Road in Hot Springs, Arkansas where one could buy the basics; milk, bread and/or cigarettes. For many this sounds like a “huge tale” in itself. Having to explain an extended absence.

An hour and a half later when he came home he had a “Plan”. This plan would require a complete upheaval in his family’s life. For it would entail he and his wife selling their other convenience stores in Little Rock and relocating to Hot Springs. After his wife Regina considered the proposal she simply stated “that was the most expensive pack of cigarettes you have ever bought”.

However, with her support a Dream was realized and the Red Oak Fillin Station was born.

When you pull in to the gravel parking lot you are first met with a vintage truck that sits directly in front of the entrance. Your gaze then drifts to the old fashioned log cabin style structure that is home to the Red Oak Fillin Station. The building is only 3 years old but it has the appearance of a much older structure. Thais was intentional in that Ron and Regina wanted the feeling of history and nostalgic but with all new amenities. You will appreciate that when you visit the state of the art restroom facilities. No roughing it here.

Today, both Ron and Regina are on hand to meet their guests who come in for a homemade hamburger, tank of gas, minnows for bait and the occasional “Fishing License” that is required to fish at nearby Lake Hamilton or Lake Catherine. Homemade desserts are also a local favorite. Fresh pies and cakes are made daily.

This unique, out of the way corner establishment works hard to provide a folksy, down home experience for all who visit. There are Friday and Saturday night specials. On Friday nights you can check in for all you can eat fried catfish and on Saturday evenings starting the 2nd weekend of September diners will be able to feast on Pan Fried Chicken, homemade biscuits all served family style in the large cast iron skillets; a southern favorite.

This is a family run, family supported operation and their teenage son is a “Professional Fisherman” as is Regina’s brother so they also cater to the fisherman. There is a large selection of fishing lures and supplies for the avid angler and leaving nothing to chance and continuing the theme throughout the store, even the Ice Machine is covered in a “Camo Design”.

After you fill your tummy, visit with other diners, buy supplies, and chat with Ron you can relax on the front porch in large rocking chairs. Nothing is left to chance at the Red Oak Fillin Station. It carries everything and YES, they do sell cigarettes.


Source by Debbie Saviano

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