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Look! Up In the Sky! It’s the 24th Annual Eureka Springs Kite Fest!

February 24th, 2014

24th Annual Eureka Springs Kite FestThe only things not up in the air about the 2014 Eureka Springs Kite Fest are the date and location: March 22nd at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

That’s right, the 24th annual arrival of this fantastic event is right on schedule – it just wouldn’t be spring in Arkansas without it!

So … what is the Eureka Springs Kite Fest, exactly?

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Arkansas’ Cosmic Cavern is a Must See

November 9th, 2013

Cosmic Caverns in Arkansas has limestone formations much like those pictured here

Just a hop skip and a jump away from Eureka Springs (or approximately twenty minutes, if you want to split hairs) is Cosmic Cavern, one of the top ten show-caves in the US.

Why is Cosmic Cavern one of the top ten show-caves in the US? A lot of reasons.

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Festival of the Arts Continues with the Grand Illumination

June 29th, 2013

The Grand Illumination is a very beautiful time to visit Eureka Springs. The Eureka Springs Preservation Society will decorate our Victorian town with thousands of oriental silk and paper lanterns. The lanterns are part of our Independence Day celebration and will hang from June 30 – July 14.

Take in the details of Eureka Springs’ Victorian architecture by night, illuminated by the lanterns, hanging from historic downtown buildings, park fountains and many homes and porches.

The Grand Illumination is held in conjunction with Eureka Springs’ July Calendar of Events, which includes a 4th of July parade, July 4th activities in Basin Park, and Fleur Delicious, a weekend of French culture and cuisine, taking place July 9 -14, 2013.

2010 First Prize winner for home decoration

2010 First Prize winner for home decoration

During Fleur Delicious, enjoy as bars, galleries, boutiques, spas and music venues participate with French-inspired food, wine, spirits and art.

The Grand Illumination kicks off with a party that is open to the public at the East Lawn of the Historic Crescent Hotel on Sunday June 30 from 8 – 9 p.m. Enjoy complimentary lemonade and hors d’oeuvres, live music with the band Arkansas Red and a cash bar.

Once the sun sets, about 8:30 p.m. the public will release glo-loons, balloons lit with tiny LED lights. The lawn with glow at dusk – it is a lovely sight!

The Grand Illumination also includes some friendly competition. There is a $100 prize for those with the best lantern decorations – both a home and a business. The winners are announced on Wednesday July 3 at 8 p.m. at Eureka Live Underground & Patio, with a party to follow.

Lodging in Eureka Springs for the 4th of July

We still have some availability for the Independence Day weekend. Come and celebrate the 4th in a beautiful new way! Eureka Springs is known as one of the top 25 art destinations in the U.S because of unique and innovative events like the Grand Illumination.

 

Norman Rockwell Exhibition at Crystal Bridges

May 16th, 2013

From May 11 through 25, come and see the work of one of America’s most beloved illustrator and artist: Norman Rockwell. Capturing scenes of American life from the bucolic to iconic and everything in-between, seeing Rockwell’s work up close is not something to be missed. See 50 original paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers that document Rockwell’s engagement in American life, over five decades in the exhibit American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.  Jan and I spent over 2 hours just touring the Rockwell exhibit, so if you plan on touring the entire museum, make sure you leave plenty of time.

Norman Rockwell, Artist Facing Blank Canvas (The Deadline). Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, October 8, 1938. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections ©1938: SEPS.

Norman Rockwell, Artist Facing Blank Canvas (The Deadline). Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, October 8, 1938. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections ©1938: SEPS.

The Crystal Bridges museum of American Art will host the exhibition. Timed tickets are required for admission to American Chronicles and due to the popularity of this exhibition, advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested.
Purchase tickets at Guest Services or online. Tickets are $12 for adults.

About the Norman Rockwell Exhibition

One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted visual storyteller. Rockwell documented American life in all its glory and tragedy for over five decades. The exhibition includes materials from the Museum’s archives, demonstrating how Rockwell worked: proceeding from preliminary sketches, photographs, color studies, and detailed drawings to his finished work.

Audio Tour:
Guests visiting American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell may be interested in the accompanying audio tour. Two different tours are available on each iPod Touch device – a 45-minute general tour, and a 30-minute tour suitable for families and children. Guests holding tickets for this special exhibition can pick up an audio tour at the gallery entrance at no charge.

We found the audio tour to be very informative. It was like having a personal guide with you (including Norman Rockwell’s children).

Traveling Arkansas this May?

If you are planning a trip to Eureka Springs this May or anytime this summer, please keep us in mind for superior lodging! We are located just outside of downtown Eureka Springs. The Crystal Bridges Museum, in Bentonville, is a scenic hour drive from our bed an breakfast.

Outdoor Adventure in Eureka Springs

April 8th, 2013

We had the opportunity recently to try out Ozark Mountain Ziplines, one of the newest and definitely exhilarating attractions in Eureka Springs.Photo Mar 06, 3 00 15 PM

Picture yourself high up in the tops of the trees gliding along like a bird in flight. In this case the bird, you, is bound in a harness hooked safely on to a large wire, but if you can get over the fact you are 200+ feet above ground, it’s an experience you’ll want to try again and again. Of course, you’ll have to ask Jan about that because I was planted firmly on the ground taking pictures.

Ozark Mountain Ziplines offers 2-hour tours every day except Wednesdays with tours starting each day at 8:00am.

With spring time here and all the trees filling out with leaves, now would be a great time to zip on down to Eureka Springs. The Zipline office and pickup point is just down the street from our bed and breakfast.

There are 10 zip lines, ranging from 120 to 1800 feet in length with suspended tree platforms and a suspended sky bridge. You’ll start on a few shorter lines to get you used to the sport, and then you move on to higher and longer distances.

Here’s a YouTube video of Jan getting the hang of things.

We hope to see you soon at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

A Must-See for Arkansas Tourists: Intrique Theater

November 4th, 2012

If you are visiting Eureka Springs, you probably know that our city is renowned for being haunted! This may be part of your attraction to the city – and if so, we have a great Eureka Springs attraction for you: Intrigue Theater, and it’s just a short 2 minute walk from our inn.

Built around the age of Intrigue during the Victorian era, the performance is broken into two acts: the first is built around the illusionist and magician performances of Sean-Paul. The second act stars Juliana Fay, a medium and clairvoyant.

One morning at breakfast a couple of weeks ago we had three couples debating on just how Sean had accomplished some of his illusions. Lots of different theories and a lively conversation ensued, but, no one really knew . . . . maybe you can figure it out?

Intrigue Theater Act 1:

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Illusionist Sean-Paul of Intrigue Theater

If you enjoyed the movie “The Illusionist” with Edward Norton, you might enjoy experiencing a similar performance live. Nationally-acclaimed Illusionist, Sean-Paul, engages the audience with a series of seemingly inexplicable mysteries.

Typical shows include magic demonstrations, “feats of astonishing mental capabilities,” and an especially impressive hypnosis demonstration with an audience member. According to the theater’s website, the individual will “regress back to a previous life and return with physical proof!”

Some new material was added to the show in 2012, including a demonstration of Voodoo that will bring even skeptics to the edge of their seats and a performance called “Romancing the Pendulum.”

Intrigue Theater Act II:

Explore the paranormal elements of spiritualism in a seance in the same manner as observed and celebrated in the 19th century.
With any luck, you will witness Juliana contact a spirit! There is new material in this section of the show as well. Called “The Spirits of Salem Massachusetts,” It turns out that some relics retrieved from Salem, MA on a recent trip may be imbibed with a spirit!

Intrigue Theater Tickets

Tickets are $24.95 each; if you order online, you pay the flat rate for premium seating. You can also order a family pack, with includes two adult and three children’s admissions for $70.

Join us in Eureka Springs for a fall getaway with Intrigue!

A Favorite Ozarks Attraction: Quigley’s Castle in Eureka Springs

August 16th, 2012

Quigley’s Castle in Eureka Springs

Quigley’s Castle in Eureka Springs, AR

Called “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling,” this National Register of Historic Places home is both unusual and beautiful. Over the years, it’s become a favorite stop for Eureka Springs visitors to explore. Quigley’s Castle is the dream home of Italian immigrant, Elise Quigley. She and her family began building the home themselves in 1943. Mrs. Quigley’s design features 28 huge windows and exterior walls textured with embedded crystals, fossils, stones and arrowheads. Outside, the impressive perennial garden has a lily pond, beautiful plantings and a bountiful variety of flowers. The sitting areas and eclectic garden art are handmade of glass and stone.

Inside and out, Mrs. Quigley’s unique house expresses the love she had for nature. One of the most spectacular aspects of Quigley’s Castle in the Ozarks are the indoor gardens. Four feet of earth are held between the edges of the main living space and the home’s walls. 65 years ago, the soil was planted with tropical plants which have since flourished and now grow up to the second story ceiling. From the outside, you can see these tropical giants framed by the home’s huge windows. Jan has often wondered, with about 4 feet of open space on the second floor all around the house, how did Mrs. Quigley keep her boys from playing Tarzan. Perhaps she couldn’t? I know our boys would have been swinging from the support beams whenever our backs were turned.

The interior is decorated with family antiques and Mrs. Quigley’s quirky and distinctive style. Especially impressive is the giant and eclectic mural called “The Butterfly Wall.” Embedded with stones and intricately decorated with butterflies and birds, you’ll have to see it believe it!

Almost all of our guests who visit come back saying, “Now that was interesting.”

Quigley’s Castle is at 274 Quigley Castle Road in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. They’re open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 1-October 31. During March and November, the hours can vary. For more information, call (479) 253-8311 or visit QuigleysCastle.com. Admission is cash only: $7 for adults; children 14 and under accompanied by an adult can visit for free.

While your enjoying your stay at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast, be sure to explore all the best attractions in Eureka Springs, including Quigley’s Castle.

Eureka Springs Walk-In Movie Theater

May 23rd, 2011

The scene. You walk into Basin Park with your lawn chair looking for the perfect place in this unique outdoor theater. After finding your spot you make your way to the concession stand to get some hot popcorn, your favorite candy and a couple of tall cool drinks. Settling down into your chairs you wait for the sun to go down a little more and then laugh the night away watching a great movie. Afterward you head back to the bed and breakfast with great memories for a sound nights sleep.

The event is Eureka Springs Sunday Movies in the Park Summer Season. There will be six weeks of movies starting June 5th. The movies are free and prizes will be given out at each movie. Movie goers can pick up entry tickets from as many participating business locations as they can giving themselves an even greater chance of winning a prize.

And here is the just released movie schedule. . . .

June 5: Despicable Me is an animated feature with Steve Carrell as Gru – very cute, very funny. Gru will capture your heart, just as the three sisters capture his. Animated Family Film PG
June 12: Defending Your Life : Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and stars in this philosophical comedy about a man having a hard time making a case for himself in the afterlife. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy PG
June 19: Meet Me in St. Louis – this Judy Garland classic will get you singing in your seats! G
June 26: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Steve Martin and Michael Caine take over the roles originally played by Marlon Brando and David Niven: two international con artists, plying their trade on gullible wealthy women up and down the Riviera. PG
July 3: Yankee Doodle Dandy - you don’t get more patriotic then this musical classic. Dandy has song, dance, pathos, pageantry, uproarious comedy, and, best of all, James Cagney at his Oscar-winning best. G
July 10: Casablanca – this classic film will have you swooning and cheering, just in time to close out the Fleur Delicious French Themed festival. PG

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Arkansas Chainsaw Wood Massacre

April 22nd, 2011

Let the chips fly!! Last weekend we attended Carving in the Ozarks here in Eureka Springs, AR. Each carver spent two days of furious cutting with super sharp chainsaws, some of them with very pointy ends. Were they actually carving, or practicing for a slasher movie?

When we arrived it appeared they had contained the carvers in their own cages. We were told, no, that’s a net around their area to keep the chips from piercing the observers. Maybe, but we felt safer with them behind what we continued to imagine as steel mesh.

Late Saturday we went back to attend the auction, hoping to buy one of the creations for our bed and breakfast inn.

We didn’t get what we wanted, but if you are in the market for some good prices on benches, bears, figures or whatever else they make out of wood, you need to attend this event next year.

Here’s a couple of other pictures of the show.

It was just fun watching the carvers deftly use their chainsaws. Hope you get a chance to see them one day.

The Elk are waiting at Buffalo River

March 31st, 2011

Time to think about the great outdoors. And where else to enjoy the outdoors than down on the Buffalo River in Arkansas located just a short jaunt from Eureka Springs. Buffalo River National State Park contains massive limestone bluffs with canoeing available on one of the few rivers remaining that is without a dam. It has the longest cave in Arkansas (Fitton) and one of the tallest wet weather waterfalls in the Midwest (Hemmed in Hollow).

Buffalo River has the only elk herd in Arkansas. The free-flowing river meanders through the heart of the Ozarks for 150 miles and has both swift-moving and calm stretches. There are bluffs, woodlands, protected wilderness areas, nature watching opportunities and over 100 miles of hiking trails.

If you travel by motorcycle, the weather is warming up to great bike riding temperatures and traveling the roads are a treat themselves.

Photo Credit: Thanks to NPCA Photos for the great shot of an Elk on the Buffalo River.

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