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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:

“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.”

 

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