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Have an Intimate Wedding in Eureka Springs Arkansas

July 15th, 2013 by Richard Grinnell

Are you looking to have a small but elegant wedding service in Eureka Springs? Allow us to assist you! We have beautiful surroundings, both indoors and out, for a small wedding ceremony. One of the best parts of holding your ceremony at the 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast: We can plan everything for you. So, just give us a call, explain what your perfect ceremony looks like and we can put it together for you!

We also have a few options for pre-arranged wedding packages. Here is the run down:

Sweet & Simple:

  • Ceremony on the gazebo deck or in the Victorian Parlor
  • Licensed minister
  • Photographs with your camera
  • Invite 2 guests to share the occasion with you ($10 for each additional guest up to eight)Weddings at 5 Ojo Bed and Breakfast
  • $125 ($99 for B&B guests)

Intimate & A Little More:

  • Indoor or Outdoor venue use
  • Licensed Minister
  • Photographs with your camera
  • Two keepsake glasses with sparkling non-alcoholic beverage
  • Small, traditional wedding cake
  • Invite 4 guests to share the occasion with you ($10 for each additional guest up to eight)
  • $189 ($159 for B&B guests)

A Wedding & A Honeymoon:

  • Two nights in a Jacuzzi suite
  • Elegant homemade breakfasts each morning
  • Use of indoor or outdoor venue for ceremony
  • Licensed minister
  • Photographs with your camera
  • Keepsake glasses and sparkling non-alcoholic beverage
  • Small, traditional wedding cake
  • Romantic horse-drawn carriage ride
  • Invite 4 guests to share the occasion with you ($10 for each additional guest up to eight)
  • Add-ons and room upgrades available. See our Eureka Springs wedding packages page for more details.
  • $510 ($530 in October)

Honeymooning

  • Two nights in a Jacuzzi suite
  • Elegant homemade breakfasts each morning
  • Dinner for two at a fine dining restaurant in Eureka Springs
  • Romantic horse-drawn carriage ride
  • Couples one-hour massages
  • Seasonal fresh flowers in your room
  • Add-ons and room upgrades available. See our Eureka Springs wedding packages page for more details.
  • $545 ($565 in October)

Come and celebrate this most special of occasions with us!

 

Festival of the Arts Continues with the Grand Illumination

June 29th, 2013 by Richard Grinnell

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.

 

Moist Chocolate Pistachio Cake

June 14th, 2013 by Richard Grinnell

Chocolate Pistachio Cake

At our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast we love to  serve our guests dessert for breakfast and we wanted to share our Moist Chocolate Pistachio Cake recipe with you. It’s one of our favorites and we’ve found if you slightly heat the cake before serving, it adds a subtle richness to the taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package plain white cake mix; (18.25 oz)
  • 1 package pistachio instant pudding mix; (3.4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder; (we use Wilbur Chocolate)
  • vegetable oil for misting pan
  • flour for dusting the pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly mist a 12 cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Sprinkle the pecans and chocolate chips evenly in the bottom of the pan. Set the pan aside.
  2. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sugar. water, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more. The batter should look thick and smooth. Remove 1 cup of the batter to a small bowl. Mix the Wilbur’s Cocoa into the small bowl and stir until the mixture is well combined. Set aside.
  3. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared pan. Pour the chocolate batter over the top, trying to keep the chocolate batter away from the edges of the pan. Swirl the chocolate batter into the white batter using a dinner knife. Place the pan in the center of the oven.
  4. Bake the cake until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, 55 to 60 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a rack to cool completely, 20 minutes more.
  5. Optionally, pour some chocolate sauce over the cake.

Yield: 16 servings
Cook Time: 60 minutes

The next time you make it to Eureka Springs, AR for a getaway let us know if you’d like us to serve this fabulous cake for breakfast. Also, we have tried a lot of chocolate deserts at many of Eureka Springs’ restaurants, so when you are here relaxing, ask us to lead you to some great chocolate treats.

Eureka Springs Blues Festival

June 1st, 2013 by Richard Grinnell

The good times just keep on rolling here in Eureka Springs! After a month-long celebration of the arts, next month we celebrate one of the great American cultural traditions: blues music. Taking place June 13 -16 at venues all over Eureka Springs, this is a wonderful way to start your summer off right and just relax while absorbing the delightful, twangy and sometimes tragic music of the Delta.

Shows will be held in The Auditorium, The Barefoot Ballroom, Basin Spring Park, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and various other venues around Eureka Springs.

Tickets for Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

While I write this blog, there are only two Ultimate VIP Package tickets left, which include the following:

  • Front Row seating for headliner shows
  • Blues weekend tee shirt
  • Poster signed by headliners and featured artists
  • Goody bag with blues CD
  • Admission to the father’s day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Cost: $255

One of the headliners is  Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots

One of the headliners is Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots

There are six VIP packages remaining. They include:

  • Premium seating to headliner shows
  • Blues weekend tee shirt
  • Poster signed by headliners and featured artists
  • Goody bag with blues CD
  • Admission to the father’s day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Cost: $155

You can also purchase a general admission pass, which gets you general admission to headliners and featured artist shows at The Auditorium and the Barefoot Ballroom, as well as admission to the father’s day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Cost: $80

You can also purchase tickets for individual shows for anywhere between $5 and $35. See the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend website for purchase, pricing and lineup.

Wanna Come to Eureka Springs for Blues Weekend?

Have you started thinking about what to do for your “old man” for Father’s Day? Are you a blues aficionado but can’t make it down to Mississippi or Louisiana this year? Stop by Eureka Springs for some great, all-American music. We have a cool and comfortable room for you at our bed and breakfast.

 

 

 

Norman Rockwell Exhibition at Crystal Bridges

May 16th, 2013 by Richard Grinnell

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.

The White Street Walk, Part of May Festival of the Arts

May 7th, 2013 by Richard Grinnell

Friday May 17th 2013 will mark the 23rd year of the White Street Art Walk. From 4 – 10 p.m. explore the art on White Street,  less than a quarter mile from our Bed and Breakfast. White Street is located on the upper Historical Loop between Kings Highway and Prospect streets in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Historic White Street is the working address of several local artists who will welcome the public into their homes and studios to view their latest pieces. These residents will be joined by more than forty guest artists from the Eureka Springs area, who will show weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass and much more. Admission is free.

"Iris Clapton" by Zeek Taylor

“Iris Clapton” by Zeek Taylor

The White Street Art Walk has a block party atmosphere with art, refreshments and music. Adding to the carnival atmosphere, street musicians meander White Street, providing entertainment and adding to the fun. Don’t be surprised if you see a few folks dressed in costumes to tour the homes and enjoy the art work.

History of the White Street Art Walk

Over twenty years ago the neighbors of White Street were discussing that many of the artists in their circle of friends attended the Memphis State University College of Art. Four of the artists decided to start the gallery art walk that year. The event grew year after year; now, people come from all over the United States to attend! Zeek Taylor and Eleanor Lux were two of the artists in this original group.

Zeek Taylor is now the current chairperson for the Eureka Springs Mayor’s Art Council. The co-chairs this year of the White Street Studio Walk are Eleanor Lux of Lux Weaving Studio, Zeek Taylor of Taylor/Titus Home Studio and Mary Springer of Willow/Spring Gallery/Home.

Would you like to join us for the fun of the White Street Art Walk? Book your room soon, as our availability for this event and all of the May Festival of the Arts weekends fills up quickly!

 

May Festival of the Arts Events

April 18th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Eureka Springs is lucky to call itself an arts community, and every year the whole month of May is dedicated to bringing art to the public. The May Festival of the Arts, or as we call it around here, the “MayFest,” includes a whole slew of art events. Here are some events taking place this year:

  • The Eureka Springs Music Sculpture Park
  • Basin Park Art Fest
  • The Sphere Community Sculpture
  • Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs

    A "Plein Air" painting

    A “Plein Air” painting

  • Tales from the South- Eureka Stories
  • Art Panel Installations from Eureka Springs High School Art Students
  • Susan Storch Famiy Portrait Workshop
  • Eureka Springs Preservation Society Walking History Tours

See the full calendar of events on the MayFest website.

There are going to be some returning, long favorite events as well. For example, the “Taste of Art” will be taking place in restaurants around Eureka Springs. Enjoy a delicious meal and an artists’ reception at locations like DeVitos.

Every Saturday, take a stroll and soak in some art. Featuring a specific artist each Saturday of May, galleries will be open and exhibiting local and regional works. Each featured gallery will host a small meet and greet with the artist, light refreshment and hearty artistic interpretations.

If music is more your medium, the Eureka Springs Arts Council is pleased to unveil the Eureka Springs Music Park. Interactive music sculptures will be on permanent display for public enjoyment in the North Main parking lot. The musical sculpture instruments have been conceived and designed by Ranaga Farbriarz, in collaboration with several other local artists and welders.  The Music Park will have its grand opening on Saturday, May 25th at 2 p.m. The Grammy-nominated folk duo “Trout Fishing in America” will kick off the ceremony, followed by Clear Springs Music students and Ranaga himself!

And a favorite of ours is White Street Walk. This event will be on Friday, May 17th, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Historic White Street is just around the corner from our inn and is where many of the local artists live and work. They will welcome the public into their homes and studios to view their latest works. They will be joined by more than forty guest artists from the Eureka Springs area, who will show weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass and much more. A very fun art event.

Spend May at the 5 Ojo

Whether you stay one night, a weekend or all week, our bed and breakfast inn is here to provide great service, delicious breakfasts and local insight about Eureka Springs.

 

 

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:

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