Places To See
1. Mount Magazine State Park – This high peak provides commanding views, primitive camping, RV hookups, rappelling, hang gliding, 14 miles of hiking trails, a campground, and visitor center. 16878 Ark. 309 S.; 479-963-8502; MountMagazineStatePark.com.
2. Subiaco Abbey – The Abbey is located five miles east of Paris on Ark. 22. The monks of Subiaco Abbey are Benedictines and trace their monastic history back to 5th century Italy. The Subiaco Abbey has a guest retreat facility, church, inner court, living quarters for the monks, and a college prep boarding/day school for boys. The history of the building and pastoral landscape make it worth a visit. Tours are welcome all year. A self-guided walking tour is available at the front desk of Coury House and in the vestibule of the Abbey church. This tpur brochure takes you through St. Benedict Church, noting and explaining points of interest and leads you to the center courtyard and the grounds of East Park. Other brochures with general information about the Benedictine Order, Subiaco Abbey, Academy, and Coury House are also available free of charge. To schedule a tour of 10 or more people, call 479-934-1290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 405 N. Subiaco Ave, Subiaco, AR. www.subi.org
3. Country Monks Brewing and Taproom – On Saturdays, the Subiaco Abbey taproom is open from 9 am to 5 pm. It is located on the Subiaco Abbey property. Look for the signs. https://www.facebook.com/countrymonksbrewing/
4. Cowie Wine Cellars and Vineyards – This small family-owned winery features tours, tastings, and award-winning wines. Cowiewinecellars.com
5. Arkansas Historic Wine Museum – Here you’ll find the history of the Arkansas wine-making industry and exhibits such as a wine press, fermentation tanks, barrels and storage tanks, bottling and labels. It the only wine museum in the nation dedicated to preserving the wine history of a complete state. 101 N. Carbon City Road; 479-963-3990; Cowiewinecellars.com
6. Altus Arkansas Winery Tours – Altus is a 45-minute drive from Myra’s Mountain Retreat or 30-minute drive from downtown Paris. Two European families settled in the Arkansas River Valley, attracted by its fertile sandy soil and moderate climate. These pioneers of the American wine industry were Jacob Post, who came to America in 1872, and Johann Wiederkehr, who immigrated to Altus from Switzerland in 1880. Area conditions reminded them so much of the fine wine-making regions of Germany and Switzerland that they each established vineyards, the beginning of viticulture in Arkansas. There are five wineries located in the Altus area – Post, Wiederkehr, Mount Bethel, Chateau Aux Arc and Dionysus Wine & Brew.
7. Cove Lake Recreation Area – This 160-acre lake in the shadow of Mount Magazine features swimming, hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, boat rental, boat launch ramp, and food service. It’s open Memorial Day through Labor Day. On Ark Hwy 309, just a short 3-4 minute drive from Myra's Mountain Retreat; 479-963-3076; https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm8_042766.pdf. Cove Lake has its own hiking trails separate from Mount Magazine State Park. Here is a nice write-up with pictures of my favorite hike - The Cove Lake Loop (white blazes). I also recommend taking the Lookout Window spur (blue blazes), which gives you a great view over the lake; http://arkokhiker.org/west-ark/cove-lakelookout-window-loop-ozark-forest-4mi/
8. Logan County Museum – The museum is housed in the old jail where the last legally sanctioned hanging in the state took place in 1914. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Call for hours of operation and group tours for mock re-enactments of 1870s-era hangings. 202 N. Vine St.; 479-963-3936; ParisArkansas.com.
9. Logan County Coal Miners Memorial and Museum – The memorial honors the 3,000 miners who worked in Logan County between 1880 and 1955. The museum is full of history and exhibits, including a working blacksmith shop. 804 S. Elm; 479-963-6463; Coalmemorial-paris-ar.com.
10. Eiffel Tower Park / Love Lock Fence - Established in 2014 on the West side of the Paris town square. The Eiffel Tower was a gift to the city. A 7-foot two-tiered water feature with fountain was added to the 18-foot tower to become the 25-foot tall Eiffel Tower. Notable fact: The tower is painted with the same paint (brand and color) as the Eiffel Tower in Paris France! There are 3 different shades of brown paint and it was donated by the manufacturer from France. Don’t miss a chance to have your photo taken at the Eiffel Tower in Paris! ParisArkansas.com.
11. Shoal Bay and Paris City Lake – Here’s where the locals hang out for fishing, camping, and water recreation. 479-963-244; ParisArkansas.com
12. Schluterman’s ATV Tour & Guide Service – Provides all-terrain vehicle (ATV) tours to visitors to the Mount Magazine area. It is just around the corner from Myra's Mountain Retreat, just past the Cove Creek gas station and restaurant. schlutermanatvtours.com
13. Prestonrose Farm & Brewing Company - Logan County's only craft brewery and it's only certified organic farm. They grow several vegetables and fruits as well as brew unique, high quality craft beer in small batches on their farm. They also serve ready made snacks on Thursdays and Fridays, and open their kitchen and offer a larger selection of freshly prepared food on Saturdays and Sundays. Always check their website before visiting to verify when and what they have available that day. https://www.facebook.com/PrestonroseFarm/.
14. Paris Chamber of Commerce - Paris has a vibrant and talented staff that is always on top of and sharing events and activities in the area. https://www.parisarkansas.com/
15. ATV, OHV, SxS Trail Riding - The Ozark National Forest has some wonderful trail riding and much of it is easily accessible right from Myra's Mountain Retreat. Guests can access roads and trails directly by riding alongside AR-309 down to Spring Lake Road or Greenbench Road which are less than a quarter mile from the house. A map of the trails in the area, including the large Huckleberry Mountain trail system can be found at this link. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3791571.pdf
Restaurants / Dining
1. Skycrest Restaurant – Located in the Mount Magazine State Park Lodge, this restaurant has really good food and an amazing view. Buffets offer a good value.
2. The Grapevine Restaurant – Located in Paris, they offer all types of food including steaks, fish, BBQ as well as a classic meat and veggies. The restaurant is very popular with the locals as evidenced by all of the cars in the parking lot. It’s our favorite place to eat in town. 105 E. Walnut; 479-963-2413; thegrapevinerestaurant.com
3. Cove Creek Supply Company – Just a short way down the road from Myra’s Mountain Retreat, the restaurant offers steaks, burgers, sandwiches and the like. AR Hwy 309, (479) 963-2702. https://www.facebook.com/covecreeksupplycompany/
4. Smokin’ Taters BBQ – Located in Paris, they have the best BBQ in town. https://www.facebook.com/SmokinTatersBBQ/
5. Reid’s Hometown Barbeque – Located in Booneville, it’s about a 35- minute drive but it’s worth it to us. Reid’s has amazing BBQ and fried pies. Be sure to check their hours as the last time we were there they’re only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm. https://reids-hometown-barbecue.business.site/
6. Fast-food in Paris – There are several chain fast-food restaurants in Paris that include McDonalds, Taco Bell, Sonic and Subway.