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A Visit to War Eagle Cavern

April 12th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Now that the nice weather is returning, it is time to start thinking about trips in the outdoors. One of our favorite local outdoor recreations is the War Eagle Cavern.

The cave just reopened for the 2013 season. War Eagle Cavern has a stunning natural entrance that makes you think of the kind of place where a mythical creature would keep its treasure. Located on the shores of Beaver Lake about one-half mile off Highway 12, it is about 30 minutes from our bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs.

There are no stairs or tight passages, only wide walkways that are stroller and pet friendly. There are also 60 minute guided walking tours. The daily hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Natural columns inside War Eagle Cavern

Natural columns inside War Eagle Cavern

Tickets are $15 for adults, children 4-11 years are $9, under 4 are free.

As Long as You’re at War Eagle…

We recommend you stop at the War Eagle Mill. About 4 miles Southwest from the Cavern, the historical War Eagle Mill is a water-powered grist mill on the War Eagle River, where they still produce fresh wholegrain cornmeal, flours, mixes and cereals. There is a gift shop and a tasty restaurant. If you go to War Eagle Cavern then make sure you also stop here! The mill, gift shop and restaurant are open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We think heading to the Cavern after breakfast at the B&B and then getting lunch at the Bean Palace Restaurant at the War Eagle Mill is an excellent way to spend a day in the Ozarks!

Traveling to Eureka Springs Soon?

We hope the next time you are in Eureka Springs, you will come and stay with us at the 5 Ojo Bed and Breakfast Inn. Along with comfortable and luxuriant accommodations, we promise superior service with a personal touch!

Outdoor Adventure in Eureka Springs

April 8th, 2013 by Richard Grinnell

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.

Springtime at Turpentine Wildlife Refuge

March 8th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Turpentine Wildlife Refuge is a home for large exotic cats. It is a fun, exciting place with a big heart! If you are an animal lover, make sure you add Turpentine Wildlife Refuge to your must-see list while visiting the Eureka Springs area. Turpentine is only seven miles outside of town, maybe a 10 minute drive. They have some magnificent animals there.

The Wildlife Refuge is open every day except Christmas. An an all-day pass is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Veterans, Senior Citizens and Children (ages 3-12), with children under three admitted free. Lions, tigers, cougars, even ligers, are in the main compound area where you can get as close as five feet away from these magnificent creatures. Each animal has its story and personal history described on a plaque on the front of its cage for a self-guided tour. Take as long as you want!

We like to tour when it’s getting warmer out and watch one of the bears playing in a large tub of water with one of his “toys”. He splashes, rolls and climbs in and out of the tub having a great time. We almost feel like he is performing for the crowds.

The self-guided area is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the summer months. Guided tours run every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with feeding time at 4 p.m. in the winter months and 5 p.m. in the summer months. Learn more about the tours offered at the Refuge on their website.

Eureka Springs Kite Festival

eureka-springs-kite-festivalTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will host the 23rd annual Kite Festival celebration March 23. Bring your own kite or buy one at the refuge. The celebration includes vendors, contests and activities for the whole family. A performance by local band The Skillet Lickers takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for kite flying; regular admission prices apply to tour refuge wildlife on display.

KaleidoKites’ experts will assist children in kite making and flying techniques. Donations to the refuge requested for kite making assistance – please, be generous! KaleidoKites will donate a Japanese “Rokkaku” fighting kite and a tiger kite for an on-site raffle, proceeds benefiting Turpentine Creek.

“Making and flying kites is a ‘green’ sport’ families can share. It’s wind-fueled and gets kids away from sedentary activities like TV viewing and video games,” said Steve Rogers, KaleidoKites co-owner. “It’s a great photo-opportunity with world-class kites worth over a thousand dollars flown during the event. These kites are works of art, which is only fitting for an artist’s community like Eureka Springs,” added Rogers.

The event is one of the refuge’s most popular events each year and is also an important fundraiser. Proceeds finance the rescue and ongoing care for over 120 large cats and other wildlife that make the sanctuary a their life-long home.

See one of the Turpentine Refuge video podcasts below:

“We’ve Got Talent” Show

February 24th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Coming up next month is the “We’ve Got Talent” show – a fundraiser for Opera in the Ozarks. The show is taking place on Sunday March 10th from 2:30 – 4 p.m. It is sure to be an entertaining display of talented adults and youth performers from all over Northwest Arkansas.

Are You Performing in “We’ve Got Talent?”

If you are coming into Eureka Springs to be a performer at the show, we would love to be your hosts. Come a day or two early and take in the sights and activities that Eureka Springs offers.

Stay in our centrally located B&B, less than a mile from The Auditorium in downtown Eureka Springs, where the show takes place. Only a three minute drive.

Eureka Springs B&B

The Historic 5 Ojo Bed and Breakfast

While you are in town, take advantage and explore some of the fun Eureka Springs offers. The Blue Spring Heritage Center is a beautiful spot with a spring, like the name suggests, and scenic gardens. The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a great zoo with only rescued animals. If you like history, check out the Eureka Springs museum or take a ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel.

There is also lots of great dining in Eureka Springs. As innkeepers, we love to help our guests pick the right place for them to dine – whether you want something romantic, family friendly, gourmet or down home, we can guide you to the right dinner!

Attending “We’ve Got Talent?”

If you are coming into town to watch the show, you should know tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call 253-4939 for more information.

When you choose to stay at 5 Ojo Inn when visiting Eureka Springs, you are assured clean, comfortable lodging. We have owned the house for over 10 years and consider it an honor to maintain a tradition of gracious hospitality here.

Fresh Harvest – Gourmet Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars

February 18th, 2013 by Richard Grinnell

If you love wine tasting or are die-hard foodies looking for something different, you’ll love Fresh Harvest.

This shop quietly opened up a few months ago here in Eureka Springs and has become a big hit with locals and tourists. Imagine a tasting room with about 50 small stainless steel containers filled with infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Next to each offering are small tasting cups as well as bread croutons for palate cleansing between tastings.  Maybe there’s no swishing but there is definitely some lip smacking going on.  They have also showcased some fantastic combinations of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Our favorite is Organic Persian Lime infused olive oil paired with a Blackberry-ginger Balsamic vinegar. We especially love it on our salads.

Richard has been using the Organic Herbes de Provence infused olive oil for his Broiled Parmesan tomatoes. He also drizzles some over pan-roasted chicken just before serving. The flavor just bursts in your mouth. He says that for the most intense taste use the infused olive oils as a finishing sauce as heat tends to moderate the flavors.

fresh-harvest

The store offers a variety of different olive oils from mild to robust, as well as 17 different oils infused with herbs and fruits. There is even a Chipotle infused oil for those who like a little heat.  There are 19 different flavored balsamic vinegars like Wild Blueberry, Cinnamon Pear, Honey Ginger, Vermont Maple, Blood Orange and for you spicy fans, a Jalapeno.

The folks at Fresh Harvest say, “Olives are fruits. We believe extra virgin olive oil is like fruit juice: highly perishable, healthier and more flavorful when consumed fresh and full of amazing nutrients. This is one of the reasons we post the Harvest Date on every Extra Virgin Olive Oil we offer. Fresh Harvest is committed to providing you with the healthiest, best products in the world at reasonable prices. Chase the Crush!”

So the next time you are in town stop by their store and tingle your taste buds. They are only about 5 minutes from our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast.  Bon Appetit!

Elegant & Intimate Wedding Packages

February 9th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Are wedding bells in your future? If you are planning to have a small gathering, we humbly offer our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast as an ideal location for a destination wedding and the beginning of a beautiful honeymoon.

Our inclusive wedding packages include the use of our Victorian parlor inside the home or the garden gazebo for an outdoor ceremony, as well as a small traditional wedding cake, a romantic carriage ride through town and a two night stay in one of our Jacuzzi suites, along with other small touches to make the day memorable. This type of ceremony starts at only $510.Weddings at 5 Ojo Bed and Breakfast

If you are looking for something smaller or more intimate, we have options for you as well. If you simply want the use of our grounds and do not need lodging, consider our other wedding packages. We will organize the minister and take photos with your camera. These packages cost under $200!

Honeymooning in Eureka Springs?

We have a special package for newlyweds! We have everything you need to live, eat and be entertained in style. Choose one of our luxurious suites for your honeymoon, with a Jacuzzi for two. Inside your suite, we will have fresh, seasonal flowers.
Enjoy our three-course, homemade breakfasts every morning and a gift certificate to some of the finest dining in Eureka Springs.

Lastly, luxuriate with a couples hour-long massage and a romantic carriage ride. All of this for $545! Want to stay longer than two days? We will apply a discount should you want to extend your stay.

We are always honored when couples, young or old, decide to share this special time in their lives with us. Here is a review from Tripadvisor from a couple that spent their wedding anniversary at our B&B last year:

“This was our second visit to 5 Ojo. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We got married in the parlor of 5 Ojo and stayed in the Wedgwood room on our wedding night and stayed in the same room this trip. Richard & Jan were very pleasant and made us feel right at home. The room was beautiful and everything was very clean. Breakfast was delicious with a variety of choices. It gave us a chance to meet the other guests as well. Loved having a coffee maker in the room along with a variety of coffees plus snacks, pop & water. Richard & Jan were also very helpful in suggesting places to eat and visit while we were there. Will definitely stay there again. Can’t wait.”

 

Eureka Gras Events Heat Up as Fat Tuesday Approaches

January 27th, 2013 by Katie Pate

The twelve days of Christmas are long over and that means Mardi Gras and carnival celebrations all over the world are in full swing!

If you don’t already know, Eureka Springs has it’s own Mardi Gras celebration. Going on seven years now, it is becoming a favorite event here in the city.

One of the fun things about Mardi Gras is that the celebrations and parties are spread out over a month or more. As we approach Fat Tuesday (February 12th this year), which is the culmination of carnival celebrations worldwide, here some of the crowning events:

Eureka Gras Parade (Saturday February 9th 2 – 3 p.m.) Krewe of Krazo leads the Eureka Gras Parade.

Get in on all the Mardi Gras fun right here in Eureka Springs!

Get in on all the Mardi Gras fun right here in Eureka Springs!

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Take a Eureka Springs Vacation this Winter

January 9th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Many people wait for summer to plan a weekend getaway or staycation in their area. But the doldrums of long winter months make this time of year perfect for a couple of nights out of the ordinary.

Here are our suggestions for a great Eureka Springs two-day vacation!

Fresh Flowers in your Room: Add something extra special to the room so upon your arrival you are greeted by bright, fragrant flowers. Set the stage for a luxurious stay!

Delicious & Romantic Dinners: If you’re local, great! You don’t have to drive far to get to the Inn. Otherwise, we have great suggestions for dinner locations that serve dinner late. Whether you enjoy ethnic food, something more traditional, or upscale, we would love to help you select the right spot!

restaurants in Eureka Springs

Emilio’s is a favorite place for Italian!

Stay in a Jacuzzi Room: After dinner, relax and soak in a Jacuzzi tub in one of our romantic rooms. Share the tub, scrub each others backs and let the winter wash off you! We still have two Jacuzzi tub rooms available for Valentine’s Day.

Take a Carriage Ride: Enjoy the relaxing pace that life moved at until the invention of the automobile. There are few things more romantic than cuddling in the back of carriage while listening to the methodical ‘clip clop’ of horse hoofs on pavement.

Shop for Antiques and Visit Galleries: Downtown Eureka Springs is full of lively shopping and browsing. Nearby antique shops include Crystal Gardens Antiques, The Old Sale Barn and Inspiration Point Antiques. Local galleries near the Inn include 83 Spring Street Gallery, Quicksilver (good place for jewelry) and Fusion Squared Gallery. In fact, there are close to a dozen galleries on nearby Spring Street! Stroll the streets, enjoy a hot coffee and a tasty lunch at your pace.

We hope to see you in Eureka Springs soon!

 

Mardi Gras comes to Eureka Springs: Eureka Gras!

December 29th, 2012 by Katie Pate

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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What to do for New Year’s Eve? The Ruby Revue Burlesque Show!

December 16th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Still contemplating what you want to do for your New Year’s Eve weekend? We have a suggestion: go to a fun new show that is just the kind of break from the norm we all need now and again. Introducing the Ruby Revue Burlesque show at the Voulez Vous Lounge!

The Ruby Revue Burlesque Show

With sultriness and humor, the talented and sexy ladies of The Ruby Revue Burlesque Show perform striptease in a variety of styles from classic to modern. The revue presents first-class burlesque with a bevy of beautiful and talented dancers, including the 2011 Queen of Burlesque Ginger Lee Valentine. The show also features live music, singers and special guests from around the world. The Ruby Revue Burlesque Show is bound to be a memorable performance for both burlesque aficionados and newcomers alike.

Eureka Springs New Years Eve

The lovely ladies of the Ruby Revue Burlesque Show. Photo courtesy of Ben Britt

Voulez Vous Lounge of Eureka Springs

The venue for the Burlesque show is the Voulez Vous Lounge, at 63A Spring Street, only 1/2 mile from our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast. The Voulez Vous is underground and it has a distinct turn-of-the-century French theme. Enjoy classic cocktails and champagne drinks along with jazz music. They also serve food, including savory and sweet crepes, desserts and sandwiches.

The tickets are $20 per person and this guarantees you a seat for the show, so you don’t have to worry about standing up all night. Purchase tickets online or in Eureka Springs at the Voulez Vous Lounge or at The Art of Romance at 60 Spring Street. If you are interested, we recommend you get your tickets right away as the Burlesque shows often sell out.

Need Eureka Springs Lodging for New Year’s Travel?

While our bed and breakfast is closed for Christmas, we are definitely open for New Years Eve. We still have several rooms available for New year’s Eve proper (it falls on a Monday this year) so give us a call so now to book your stay.

 

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