Storefront signs like Old Time Candy Shop, Hardy Pottery and Memory Lane Antique Mall make Hardy’s enticing little Main Street irresistible. Like to treasure hunt? The town boasts numerous antique and craft shops, boutiques and a variety of local art. Don’t miss the Spring River Art Gallery representing more than 20 guild artists (300 Main St., Hardy, Arkansas; 870-856-2507).
The picturesque Biggers Bed & Breakfast complex (20 Bluff Road, Hardy, Arkansas; 870-856-4718) includes a rock-walled homestead and steakhouse restaurant with additional rooms overlooking an outdoor pool and hot tub. Some rooms include a gas fireplace and private hot tub. Pro tip: Sip a tasty blackberry margarita around the pool at sunset or wander to the bluff-hugging gazebo for a fantastic Spring River overlook.
Also locally owned, Spring River Lodge (419 N. Highway 63, Hardy, Arkansas; 870-856-4030) is a family-friendly motel with an indoor pool. Accommodations include suites (some with a Jacuzzi) and connecting rooms. Pets are welcome on a limited basis and a continental breakfast is included. Area campgrounds, cabins and RV parks are also available.
Shopped up an appetite? Main Street cafes serve up casual dining with a generous dash of personality. Among them, The Corner Booth is known for Belgian waffles and comfort cooking (106 W. Main St., Hardy, Arkansas; 870-856-2920). Vanilla Cowgirl serves soups, salads and sandwiches along with baked goods and ice cream (115 E. Main St., Hardy, Arkansas; 870-856-2398). Leaves & Beans Café, an inviting coffee shop, serves lunch and pastries (211 E. Main St., Hardy, Arkansas; 870-847-3748). Get dinner and a view at Bluff Steakhouse inside Biggers Bed & Breakfast, open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and for lunch on Sunday.