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Mardi Gras comes to Eureka Springs: Eureka Gras!

December 29th, 2012

Were you ever tempted to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Most of us have felt an urge to see the spectacle. Well now you can catch some of the New Orleans flavor in Eureka Springs with Eureka Gras!

2013 marks the seventh year that Eureka Springs has held it’s own Mardi Gras celebrations. Eureka Gras has grown phenomenally over the last few years; now it is becoming a beloved tradition and is here to stay!

There will be several events leading up to grand parade and celebrations. Saturday, January 19th is the Taste of N’Awlins, beginning at 2 p.m. at Keel’s Creek Winery – a quick 10 minute drive out of town from our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast. Make believe you’re at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter and enjoy cafe au lait and Beignets. Keel’s Creek Winery also has an art gallery located inside its spacious Spanish-style building. Relax with a creamy cafe au lait and sit by one of the fireplaces while enjoying the art and meeting some Mardi Gras aficionados.

Upcoming Eureka Gras Events:

Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs

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New Website for Our Historic District Eureka Springs Inn

July 1st, 2012

Screenshot of new 5 Ojo Website

The new website for our Eureka Springs, AR B&B

We’re very excited about 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast’s new website designed and built by InsideOut Solutions. We really love how beautiful the site looks and how easy it is to use. The large photos do a great job of showcasing the rooms and grounds of our historic Eureka Springs B&B. Each room page has its own photo gallery allowing visitors to see as much of the room as possible. The site has been completely re-organized so the main items are clear and simple; it’s a lot easier to find information. We also think visitors will like having the availability calendar conveniently accessible on every page.

To help guests in finding things to do we added a nifty interactive map for finding restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities that allows guests to visually see where these things are in relationship to our inn. You may have also noticed that we have renamed some of our rooms to better represent the décor that Jan has created for each room.

One of our passions is presenting appealing and appetizing food for our guests at our Ozarks Arkansas Bed and Breakfast and the new breakfast page has some great pictures showing just some of what we serve.

Technology sure has progressed since our early days in innkeeping. Back in the ‘old days’ you had to call someone to make changes to your website and then it usually took days if not weeks to be accomplished. By the way, the ‘old days’ were only about 10 years ago. Now we can do most site revisions on our own. It’s good having all these tools at our disposal, but it’s also good to know that we have InsideOut to call if we’re not sure about how to make a change or if we simply don’t have time.

We have also updated and added social media pages, printed business cards and rack cards, and a mobile site viewable by all handheld devices. It’s been a great experience working with the people at InsideOut and we’re very pleased with the results.

We hope our guests and visitors enjoy the new site as much as we do. Let us know what you think!

 

5 Ojo Inn B&B Earns Certificate of Excellence

June 23rd, 2012

Thank you to all of our guests!! For the second year in a row 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The award honors top-rated accommodation businesses that maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor.

Our goal has always been to provide travelers coming to Eureka Springs, Arkansas with great accommodations and outstanding breakfasts and receiving this award for the second year in a row is evidence that our commitment is translating into positive traveler reviews. When we started this business we struggled with coming up with a statement that conveyed what we thought was important to us. Here’s what we said at the time: “Our mission to our guests is to ensure visitors to our inn experience hospitality and accommodations that meet the highest standards expected by the discerning leisure and business traveler.  That this will encourage the novice Bed and Breakfast guests to repeat their choice as well as  ensuring each guest leaves feeling happy to have been here.”

These words are still posted on our wall in the office and we hope that we can continue to fulfill our promise to ourselves and our guests. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You to all our wonderful guests.

Keeping our garden herbs fresh

July 16th, 2010

We use a lot of fresh herbs for our breakfasts at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast and for years now have grown our own. When the growing season is over we buy from the produce department of the local grocery stores. Not wanting to waste any herbs we have tried all the tricks to keep the herbs fresh for longer periods and finally found something that really works for us.

While visiting our daughter in Maryland, she showed us a product she bought that she raved about. She had a variety of different sizes of Tupperware FridgeSmart®. She said she had too many and offered a couple to us to take back to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Intrigued, we took them and have absolutely loved them.

Each container has two vent holes which you open or close depending on whether you are saving herbs, fruit, mushrooms or any number of different things. In the past when buying parsley it would last only a couple of days before wilting, sometimes a little longer. On our first test of the FridgeSmart® we had parsley which stayed very fresh for over two weeks. We tried a number of different items and have been impressed with how they stay fresher than just putting them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. While a crisper drawer usually gives you a way to adjust the humidity, the vent holes on the Tupperware seems to work better for us.

Happy growing…..

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The difference between hotels and B&Bs? The letter ‘R’. Fee versus Free.

May 4th, 2010

While Jan and I stay at bed and breakfasts whenever we can, occasionally we do stay at hotels. Have you noticed an every increasing number of fees added on, some that weren’t mentioned on the hotels web page when you booked?

The New York Times recently had an article on the increased use of hotel fees. In part it said:

Over the last few years, the airlines have been adding and increasing fees on checked bags, exit row seats and more, much to the benefit of their bottom lines. And for similar reasons, hotels are likely to add more fees and more stringently enforce or even raise existing charges for cutting a stay short, for example, or for storing luggage.

Jan and I stayed at a major chain hotel in Key Largo for our daughter’s wedding last year and at checkout they added on a daily charge for the refrigerator (which we didn’t use but they said it was there if we had wanted to); a daily parking fee (they had a lot of parking available so it wasn’t because they were limited in space); we had declined internet access for $9.95 a day; and a daily charge for the in-room safe (which again we didn’t use, but, “Hey”, they said, “it was there if you wanted to use it”)…Huh!!! What happened to that low price they showed on my internet reservation?

At 5 Ojo Inn B&B we promise you will never see fees added on for parking, refrigerators, snacks, sodas, luggage storage, full breakfast, concierge services, internet access, ice, or water. We do have to collect the city and state taxes but there won’t be any other hidden ‘service charges’ automatically added on. What you are quoted is an all inclusive charge. Everything is included.

The New York Times article went on to say:

“Hotels have a modest ability now to increase their average daily rate, but they can increase their bottom line by trying to institute more add-on, ancillary fees,” he said. “That seems to be where the travel industry is going.”

It may be where the airline and hotel part of the travel industry is going, but it surely isn’t where the bed and breakfast industry is going. B&Bs have taken the tact of adding value to their service without increasing fees. We think adding fees tends to alienate travelers trying to watch their spending, while adding value gives visitors something extra for their money.

The article ends with:

Fees have “become more accepted as part of the travel experience,” Mr. Hanson said. With travel demand starting to rise, he added, “this gives hotels greater confidence to apply and enforce fees.”

Expected, maybe. Accepted, definitely not! We can see adding on a fee if we use a service which normally wouldn’t be considered part of a hotel stay, say, like the rental of a canoe from their marina. But the rest of those fees, we don’t like them.

One last thing. We recently read an article targeted to hotels titled “How to implement hotel fees without sacrificing customer satisfaction”. Why didn’t they write an article which said, “How to increase reservations by increasing value without increasing fees”? To us, hotels are ‘profit centric’ and bed and breakfasts are ‘guest centric’.

The difference between hotels and B&Bs? The letter ‘R’. Fee versus Free.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Santa’s Unique Christmas Holiday Parade

December 7th, 2009

Twas a few weeks before Christmas and all through the town, people came out to see what was around. When, what to their wondering eyes did appear, but an artists rendition of all kinds of things!!

Eureka Springs, Arkansas had it’s annual Santa’s Christmas Parade the other night. We just love this parade. Festive, bright, artistic, candy and beads thrown to the crowd, floats, walkers, dogs and of course Santa. The spirit is more than alive here, it’s pervasive. There are Christmas sales going on, a contest where you can win everything shown in a store window display, Dickens dinner theater, Holiday shows, lights throughout the city and much more. In this quaint, historic town you can even pretend you are in the same village that Tiny Tim lived in.

The 3rd annual Bed and Breakfast cookie tour is this coming weekend (December 12, 2009 from 1 to 6pm) where you can taste 20 different cookies at 10 different inns and enter a chance to win a $100 gift certificate at any of the participating bed and breakfasts. Most of the inns have a special which includes tickets to the tour.

Come to Eureka Springs and stay at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast where we will fill your bellies and warm your soul. Happy Holidays to everyone!!

Update: For even more pictures (and probably a little better view than mine, click here.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, AR

Grandkids Rock!!

June 3rd, 2009

Had to forget about business today so I could tell everyone about the newest and bestest (I know it’s not a word, but it felt right) addition to our lives. Our first grand-daughter, Emma Claire, was born last Saturday. Grandma Jan had her bags packed and traveling shoes on so fast you would have thought she was training for the 100 yard dash.

Once she arrived in Maryland she was so excited she took the wrong turn (two different times) and added an extra hour onto her drive. That’s Jan, my directionally challenged bride. Her comment when she called, “I guess it’s time to get a GPS??”. Remember, when you’re staying at our place (5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs, AR), verify directions with Richard (LOL).

Isn’t she cute??

…Richard

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