Eureka Springs may be a small town, but it sure packs a big punch. The town is home to beautiful Victorian architecture, one of a kind shopping, a bustling Historic District and an abundance of outdoor recreation. Eureka Springs is nestled in the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas. Whether you live here or play here, it’s time to experience an escape to the best city in Arkansas.
A hip and happening downtown area is one thing you will definitely find here in Eureka Springs. Main Street was named as one of America’s 10 Best Streets in 2010 by the American Planning Association and it’s easy to see why. The streets are lined with art galleries and unique shopping with everything from handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings, and souvenirs. The dining in the downtown area is a great spot for foodies with the variety including everything from fine Italian at Ermilio’s to the award-winning Mud Street Cafe for coffee and lunch. Many of the restaurants provide a great view of the Historic District while dining. The Balcony Restaurant overlooks the streets as does Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza which overlooks Eureka Springs at the highest point in the county.
Once the sun goes down the fun continues throughout the town. Eureka Springs has over 20 places to visit for the 21 and over crowd. Many of these hot spots offer live music, specialty drinks and food to enjoy. Adults will also enjoy Intrigue Theater’s must-see show The Illusionist & the Medium. From May through October families can attend America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama: The Great Passion Play. The Easter story is retold night after night by a cast of over 100 costumed actors and live animals. The property is also home to other fun activities including a Bible Museum, a Sacred Arts Museum, a church, and a Holy Land Tour.
Eureka Springs is a destination to visit during all seasons. The hot summers are a perfect time to experience all the water recreation including boating, kayaking and rafting on the town’s 3 lakes and 2 rivers. The scenery in the fall season is definitely among some of the most beautiful in the country. The fall foliage in Arkansas is stunning as the Ozarks fill with bright hues of oranges, yellows, and reds. Winters stay fairly mild and cool so getting out and hiking the trails is still an option even during the off season. The hiking trails are also beautiful to visit in the spring as the temps begin to warm up and the trees begin to bloom.
Another great reason Eureka Springs is the best city in Arkansas: the festivals throughout the year. You can always count on Eureka Springs to have seasonal festivals and auto shows that bring the town together for a great time. Just a few of the annual events held in Eureka Springs include the Annual Antique Automobile Festival, the Annual Corvette Weekend, the War Eagle Fair, the Annual Mad Hatter’s Ball, the Eureka Gras festivities, and the May Festival of the Arts which is celebrated for an entire month.
To add to the charm of the town, look no further than a stay at one of Eureka Springs bed and breakfasts. We here at Arsenic and Old Lace are set to make your stay unforgettable. Our Queen-Anne Victorian style mansion offers five spacious guest rooms with seasonal fireplace and private bathroom. There are plenty of common areas to kick up your feet including the peaceful wrap around veranda overlooking the rolling hills. We like to start each day with a complimentary breakfast to ensure your day gets off to a great start. When you come to experience our beautiful town, let us host you here at Arsenic and Old Lace.
Photo courtesy of Jack Gray