NPS Signs Lease with Vapor Valley Spirits for the Superior Bathhouse
Contact: Josie Fernandez, Superintendent, 501-623-2824
The National Park Service today signed a lease with Vapor Valley Spirits Inc. to operate at the Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs National Park. "We are very excited about the possibilities and thrilled that another one of these beautiful buildings will be re-opening to serve visitors and offer a new experience in the park," said Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez. Vapor Valley Spirits Inc. submitted a proposal to the National Park Service (NPS) to operate a craft-microbrewery and restaurant at the Superior Bathhouse and the signing of the lease is the culmination of negotiations which included submitting all architectural renderings and getting approvals that take into account operating in a historic building. The lease authorizes the company to brew and distill alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, operate a restaurant and a retail shop that offers business and park-related merchandising as well as host tours, tastings, and offer education programming. The lease also allows for special events for private functions. "This venture also aims to harness the power of our famous thermal water to save energy and reduce production costs while making world class beers, spirits, and root beer," Fernandez said. "This is a viable and appropriate new use of the building that is in keeping our historic preservation mandate and provide an positive economic impact to this community," she said. The NPS has executed three long-term leases at Hot Springs National Park since 2007. Quapaw Baths and Spa offers spa services and the thermal waters in pools and or a private setting Quapaw Bathhouse. The Museum of Contemporary Art operates at the former Ozark Bathhouse and it is a popular setting for wedding receptions and gatherings.
Did You Know?
The Public Health Service operated a venereal disease clinic in the Government Free Bathhouse (1922-1948) in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. It was one of the first facilities in the United States to use penicillin. In 1948, the clinic transferred to the nearby Camp Garraday Transient Camp.