Best Outdoorsy Getaway: Hardy, AR
Distance from Memphis: 130 miles, two-hour drive
Hardy is the perfect place to enjoy the Ozark Mountains, the Spring River, and small-town charm. The Shops of Old Town Hardy are all housed in buildings built in the 1890s, including a goth shop for your inner angsty teenager. Main Street eateries to try: Leaves & Beans, Crosseyed Catfish, and Vanilla Cowgirl. Spring River Eatery serves Southern comfort food and healthy fare and features live music Thursday-Saturday, some Sundays (folk, country, and blues musicians from around the country, as well as local talent). Summer Music on the Street, a free event, is held every Saturday in Dr. Thompson Park on Main Street from noon-2pm, sometimes longer. Buford Beach has a boat launch, playground, picnic tables, a ball field, a swim area, floating, tubing, and fishing off-bank, all free. 3 Rivers Outfitters offers float trips from two to eight hours and kayak & canoe rentals. Griffin Park has horseback riding, fishing & swimming.