Within 10 to 20 minutes of Ashley's you'll find over 20 restaurants from American, Chinese, and Mexican to fast food franchises and national chain restaurants like Chili's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and El Chico. Mountain Home has several retail shops, craft shops, antique and flea market stores, and a large Wal-Mart. Within 15 to 20 minutes away are two 18 hole golf courses, movie theaters, video rentals, churches, banks, and medical services.
Within 30 minutes to an hour's drive you can visit several Ozark attractions. Learn about the history of the White River and Bull Shoals lake at the Arkansas State Park's James A. Gaston Visitor's Center. Fishermen and kids will enjoy a trip to the Norfork National Trout Hatchery where you'll see trout raised from the egg to 12 pound rainbows. Blanchard Springs Caverns near Mountain View, Arkansas is a unique and large cavern system with several tours per day. Also at Blanchard Springs is a beautiful Ozark Mountain park with a stream and lake created by the spring overflow. While you are in the Mountain View area stop by the Ozark Folk Center, an Arkansas State Park, where you can see over 20 different authentic Ozark pioneer crafts and arts made by hand while you watch. The Ozark Folk Center also has excellent live Blue Grass Music shows several times per day. The town of Mountain View has some excellent craft and art shopping as well as several restaurants and two live comedy and music shows. The driving routes to and from the Mountain View area are scenic drives with exposures to gorgeous Ozark landscapes.
For those who wish to make a day trip, drive to the orinigal Bass Pro Shop in Springfield Missouri which is about 2 hours away. A block away from Bass Pro Shop is the Wonders of Wildlife, a truly fascinating live wildlife museum with an impressive line up of live sea and land animals. On the way to Bass Pro Shop you'll pass Battlefield Mall which has over 100 retail outlets. Springfield has some 700 restaurants, so you can make a full day of attractions, shopping, and dining. The drive to Springfield is scenic and easy.
For those who enjoy live Country Music shows, Branson Missouri is about 1.5 hours from Ashley's. In addition to the live music shows, Branson also has several large shopping malls (many outlets!) and restaurants. The new Landing, on the banks of Lake Taneycomo, offers upscale shopping and dining and riverfront views, even a zipline over the lake. Branson offers something for all age groups, and like the drive to Springfield, the drive to Branson is a scenic one.