Thursday, July 2, 2009


We love to go over to Eureka Springs for a little R&R. Called "The Little Switzerland of the Ozarks," it's like stepping back in time. Perched on the crest of West Mountain above the Victorian village is the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The 78-room resort hotel is not only known as one of America’s most distinctive and historic destinations, but it is also said to have spirits that walk the palatial grounds!

We love to go over for the day, it's only about 45 miles away. We went to a favorite restaurant for our anniversary at Eureka recently and then spent the remainder of the afternoon looking in the many shops. You see the real Eureka if you take the time to look, a small town made up of an eclectic group of artists and nature lovers. Flowers and ivy are everywhere, perennials grow in every nook and cranny of stone walls. Orange kitty cats sprawl on windowsills and an occasional pup trots along beside a local kid. It's Small-Town America at it's finest!

Covering about two square miles, the streets are steep and winding with sidewalks made of limestone or brick built in the 1890's. The historic buildings have a strong Victorian influence.

Thorncrown Chapel is a 48 foot tall glass structure with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. Available for daily visitation, retreats and weddings, visitors in awe of this amazing structure have made it become known as one of the most beautiful chapels in the world.

St. Elizabeth's Chapel was built in 1906 by Richard Kerens in memory of his mother. Kerens was one of the builders of the Crescent Hotel. Mentioned in Ripley's "Believe It or Not" because the church is entered through the bell tower. The walk from the bell tower has the 14 Stations of the Cross in Italian marble along the right hand side. The chapel was designed with St. Sophia's Church in Istanbul, Turkey in mind.

Centuries before the beautiful Victorian city of Eureka Springs was born, the area had long been known by the Indians for its healing waters. An old Native American Legend tells of a Sioux Princess who suffered from an eye affliction that had taken away her sight. However, when she washed her eyes in the Basin Spring, her eyesight was fully restored.

Bubba's Barbecue is one of our favorite places to go. They have great BBQ and another favorite...Bubba's Industrial Strength Nachos, a seriously good pile of chips, chili, cheddar and jalapenos that will fill you up for days!

Bubba's Menu

Rogue's Manor at Sweet Spring is a fine dining restaurant and lounge in the downtown Historic District of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Rogue's Manor Menu

Some people come to Eureka Springs just to shop. No malls or "chain" stores,
just fabulous specialty shops and art galleries.

Everytime we go I find something unique! This little village of only 2,500 people is one of the best preserved 19th century communities in the nation. Eureka Springs is a great place to visit with historic attractions and simple pleasures for everyone!


  1. Joycee that looks so fun. That little town looks like it was imported right out of Europe. That chapel is just beautiful.

    Bubba's BBQ looks like my kind of place to eat - YUM!!

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. I loved the tour and want you to know I can handle spirits as long as I'm in the lap of luxury. I thought the chapel was fascinating. Enjoy your getaway and thanks for letting us know about this jewel of a town.

  3. TY for sharing such a luxurious tour ... sounds like you had a grand time. Happy safe 4th. TTFN ~Marydon

  4. I love Eureka,,,your description should be in travel magazines,, you are amazing...

  5. That hotel is amazing. Any photos of the inside?

    I like all the frogs too.

  6. Back in the '80's my oldest son used to love to go to Eureka Springs. He was particularly fond of the souvenir shops. Are there still lots of these, or have the artists taken over most of the shops on the main street?

  7. I loved the tour and I d really like to go there.It's a fantastic place.I also love souvenir shops!Bye and have a nice day.

  8. That place looks wonderful!!! What fun and beautiful scenery. I remember visiting the Ozarks when I was little and even then I thought it was beautiful. Of course it all looks beautiful to a Texas girl that sees nothing but flatland. ;) My Daddy loved the Ozarks. Thanks for the great pics. I bet you thoroughly enjoyed yourself. ;)
    Have a happy 4th!
    ♥ Teresa

  9. It's a wonderful getaway at this fascinating place!


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