Small Town USA–Part Two

The next day of our trip found us in Hardy, AR.

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Hardy sits next to the Spring River and was established as a result of booming railroad construction in the late 1880’s. Now with a population of less than 800, Hardy boasts many antique stores

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along with many talented artists that display metal work, pottery, and candy. hardy, motorcycle,

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remember candy cigarettes?

The lady at the candy store highly recommended The Pig ‘n Whistle for lunch. hardy, motorcycle

The couple that own the restaurant, Philip (who is from Liverpool) and Rebecca (whose family is from Hardy) met while working together on a cruise ship.  In 2009, they moved to Hardy and in 2011 opened the Pig ‘n Whistle.  Together they are bringing British style and food to the tiny town of Hardy.

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Their very Mini Cooper

Oh my!  Look who we ran into!

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photo courtesy of Pig ‘n Whistle

How lucky we were to show up on a day when the Queen Mother was working.  She had a little trouble counting back change, but other than that, she was delightful!

Just kidding, of course.

The food was great and the atmosphere even better.  Philip and Rebecca were on hand to answer any questions we had about the menu and the unique decor throughout the restaurant.

The next leg of our journey took us on a scenic route to the Peel Ferry.  On the way, we crossed many rivers and lakes

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and enjoyed the beauty of Arkansas and the unbelievable weather.

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If you want to take Hwy 125 into Missouri, the only way to cross Bull Shoals Lake is by ferry.

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The Peel Ferry is the only public ferryboat left in the state.  There is only one small ferry, so if you get to the ramp just after the ferry has left, you will have about a 45 minute wait to cross.

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Here comes the ferry

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Our Captain

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the other side

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Now I can honestly say I’ve crossed over to the other side.

Have a great Monday!

p.s. coming up next–how I got my biker name

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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11 Responses to Small Town USA–Part Two

  1. Holleygarden says:

    Now, this sounds like the perfect day! Scrumptious food, antique shopping!!!, and even a ferry boat ride! Can’t get better than that!


  2. I would love to comb through those antique stores looking for old watering cans and stuff for my garden. You are the first I’ve heard of who crossed over to the other side and lived to tell about it. 🙂


  3. bittster says:

    What a nice trip. I always like the exploration part of a good trip and it looks like you really poked around! I wish the pig n whistle wasn’t so far from here 🙂


  4. Fabulous….and old fashioned candy.


  5. Ferries are fun. We used to vacation at a farm on the Illinois river and the only close crossing was a ferry.


  6. Sheila says:

    Love Hardy town. We visit as often as we can.


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