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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.

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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.

 

Holiday Cookie Tour

November 20th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Hosted by the Bed and Breakfast Association of Eureka Springs

We are excited to announce our participation in the 6th annual bed and breakfast holiday cookie tour! As you well may know, bed and breakfasts like ours are renowned for delicious breakfast pastries. You know what’s easier to bake than a pastry? A cookie! Come with your sweet tooth and taste all the delights these fine Eureka Springs lodgings have to offer. Jan will be making Yuletide Cherry Cookies and Caramel filled Chocolate Cookie (nicknamed Milk Dud Cookie).

The Tour takes place on Saturday, December 8th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The first time we held the tour, we received accolades from Taste of the South Magazine. Here is their take on our recipe for good holiday fun:

Eureka Springs Holiday Getaways

Don’t those ooey-gooey cookies look delicious?

“Take a quaint Victorian Town nestled in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas. Add an association of bed-and-breakfast owners who love to decorate their inns for the Christmas season. Mix in a good measure of curiosity from out-of-town guests and local people alike. And garnish with an array of holiday treats and recipes to share.”

Nine Eureka Springs Inns will be participating. Tickets are $20 and include entry into a raffle for a $100 Gift Certificate!

This is a self-guided tour with maps of participating B&Bs included, so you can visit the inns at your leisure. All of the bed and breakfasts are on or close to one of the Eureka Springs trolley routes. Parking is limited so we urge you to let someone else take the wheel and enjoy the sights while you ride the trolley.

Holiday Tour Package

We want to help promote the tour by offering a getaway weekend deal at our Eureka Springs B&B. Come stay with us the weekend of the cookie tour and we will provide you with everything you need to enjoy the tour and Eureka Springs for the weekend. The special includes:

  • 2 nights lodging in a jacuzzi room or suite
  • A three-course gourmet breakfast each morning
  • 2 tickets to the Sweet Treats tour
  • 2 one-day trolley tickets

Room packages start at $299; Suite packages start at $339. We hope to meet you and your sweet tooth real soon!

A Must-See for Arkansas Tourists: Intrique Theater

November 4th, 2012 by Katie Pate

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!

Crystal Bridges Museum Trail Tours

October 24th, 2012 by Katie Pate

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art hosts Drop-in Trail Tours so museum guests can experience and learn about the flora and fauna of the grounds, as well as architecture and outdoor sculpture. Trail Tours are seasonal and will run through December 16, 2012, weather permitting. The Tours accommodate up to 20 guests on a first come, first serve basis.

Trail surfaces and terrain will vary and strollers, bicycles and wheelchairs are not recommended. Make sure to wear comfortable  hiking footwear. Tours are between 60 and 90 minutes long, depending on the trail and season. There are two different tours available:

Tulip Tree Trail Tour. Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  The Tour meets at the Museum’s South Lobby.

Rockledge Trail Tour. Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. The Tour meets outside at Walker Landing.

Located at 600 Museum Way in Bentonville, the museum is about a one hour drive from  our Eureka Springs Inn. Reviews on Trip Advisor indicate that the trials are part of the special experience at Crystal Bridges Museum. One visitor from August 2012 says “Don’t miss the outdoor trails, which have pieces of art on them as well!” While another visitor from last month says “The outside (gardens, architecture of the museum, trails) is an integral part of the experience.”

In the early part of summer Jan and I spent one afternoon just walking the trails and enjoying the summer flowers, trees and shrubs. Just last week we had a guest return who raved about walking the trails. The guided tours should add a great depth to the experience.

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The Crystal Bridges Museum aerial view at night.

About Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art explores the unfolding story of America and celebrates the American spirit in a setting that exemplifies the power of art with the beauty of landscape. Surrounded by 120 acres of forests, garden sculpture and walking trails, the museum gets its name from the Crystal Creek, which feeds the ponds you see in the picture on the right. The museum was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

The museum can be accessed from the Crystal Bridges Trail. The trailhead entrance is on Northeast 3rd Street between A and B Streets (across from the splash park) in downtown Bentonville. You can reach the trail Compton Gardens’ entrance on North Main Street, or from Northeast A Street north of the Museum. The Art Trail begins at James Turrell’s Skyspace installation, The Way of Color, on the Crystal Bridges Trail which will lead to the Museum’s south lobby.

 

Fall Events at Beaver Lake

October 14th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Beaver Lake is a must-see for anyone traveling in the Eureka Springs area. With almost 500 miles of shoreline & rising limestone bluffs, Beaver Lake provides a wide variety of activities, including lake excursions, a marina & fishing.

Upcoming Events at Beaver Lake

The Lake is not only for fishing! See some of these other upcoming events for fall activities by the lake.

Eagle Watching

An Eagle nest near Beaver Lake in Eureka Springs.

The Eagle Watch special event will take place October 19-21, although you can observe wintering bald eagles over the lake through January or February. Expert guides help visitors spot eagles and happily share their knowledge of the bald eagle’s lifestyle and habitat. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and are daily (closed Thursday) at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults; $8.50 for children under 12.

Arkansas Fall Foliage on the Belle of the Ozarks

The same boat taking guests out for the Eagle watching also holds cruises throughout the week. This is a wonderful time to observe Arkansas fall foliage. Take a cruise on the Belle of the Ozarks, a large, open-platform style boat. The Belle of the Ozarks has navigated the lake for 18 years and the staff will keep you entertained talking about the local history. Just in case, take a sweater for the cool fall weather and sit on the open air deck enjoying the scenery and fall colors. There is a small snack bar on board with chips and soft drinks, etc. If you enjoy a quiet, slow ride on a lake and the weather is good, you should consider this on your next trip to Eureka Springs!

Looking for Impeccable Eureka Springs Lodging?

When considering where to stay during your vacation in Eureka Springs, check out all the great local accommodations. We hope you would also consider 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast as your home base as we value every single guest and try to provide all our guests with memorable stays. Have a better night’s sleep and a gourmet breakfast by choosing our historic district Eureka Springs bed and breakfast.

 

2012 Eureka Springs Halloween Events

September 16th, 2012 by jenn

Halloween trick or treaters

Halloween in Eureka Springs, AR is a big deal! Just at our Ozarks B&B alone we get about 400 children and parents stopping by for treats.

The 2012 fall equinox on September 22 is less than a week away. The autumn season is bringing beautiful color to Eureka Springs and our Ozarks B&B. Before you know it, Halloween will be upon us. The historic flavor of our inn and the architecture of Eureka Springs lends just the right air for a spooky holiday. It’s a big event around here! We usually get about 400 kids and their parents who stop by, trick-or-treating in wonderful, unique and very cute costumes. It’s always a pleasure to hand out goodies to a darling little lightning bug with a flickering tail or a four-foot tall Spiderman!

There are also numerous Halloween parties throughout Eureka Springs. Two of our favorite events are the annual Howl-O-Ween and the Mad Hatter Ball.

Friday, October 26, 2012 Eureka Springs Mad Hatter Ball
Held at the Crescent Hotel at 75 Prospect Avenue from 6 to 10 pm, this annual costume ball features games and refreshments to benefit the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA). Costumes are highly encouraged. But even without a costume, hats are required! Be sure to wear your hat–silly or otherwise. All ages are invited to join in the festivities.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 Howl-O-Ween in Eureka Springs
Come to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on Hwy 23 S. From 7 to 9 pm, the refuge will be open for this 17th annual Eureka Springs Halloween party. A family-friendly event, all are invited to dress up and see the lions and tigers at night. No alcohol, please.

It’s going to be another great Halloween! We hope to see you at our door trick-or-treating, helping us pass out candy or at these fun Eureka Springs, AR family-friendly events.

Plan Your Ozarks Fall Foliage Vacation at our Eureka Springs B&B

September 2nd, 2012 by jenn

Fall Colors in the Ozarks Arkansas

Cooler weather and autumn colors in Eureka Springs make October a lovely time to get away to our Ozarks bed and breakfast inn.

It’s early September and you can feel the very beginnings of fall coming to the Ozarks. It’s hard to believe since it’s been so hot lately. But the shift to autumn is inevitable…it’s coming and it’s going to be beautiful. Autumn in Eureka Springs brings welcome cooler weather and stunning fall display.

Usually the last couple weeks of October are the height of Eureka Springs’ fall color, but it might be a little earlier this year because of this summer’s unusually hot weather. For updates on Arkansas’ autumn color season, visit the Arkansas State website or you can contact us to see how things are looking here in Eureka Springs.

It’s worth a drive here once fall starts in earnest. The drive on Arkansas Highway 21 to Eureka Springs will pass through hills of glorious gold, green, yellow, orange and red. Every year, people come here to see it. It just takes your breathe away…such moments are just the thing a person needs for a fresh start to a new season!

The woods at our Eureka Springs inn will also be adorned with fall color. Inside and out, our Ozarks accommodations will be ready to help you enjoy the beauty of autumn. All our luxuriously appointed rooms have private baths with spa tubs for two as well as gas or electric fireplaces. Most have private entrances and private decks or porches so you can go out to enjoy the view and the refreshing air of fall. Little touches such as in-room treats and plush bath robes make you feel pampered. And the gourmet three-course breakfast is a perfect way to start each morning.

The town of Eureka Springs is particularly beautiful this time of year. Shop, dine and enjoy its fine cultural experiences, all with a backdrop of glorious autumn color. You’ll love taking a fall vacation in the Ozarks. Come to our lovely Eureka Springs bed and breakfast and see for yourself!

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

August 16th, 2012 by Richard Grinnell

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 Bluegrass Festival August 17-19, 2012

August 1st, 2012 by jenn

Bluegrass Festival, Eureka Springs AR

Bluegrass Festival, Eureka Springs AR

The Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival celebrates the American roots musical tradition of Appalachia. This music of the Ozarks is a perfect blending of British Isles music with the rhythms of Africa and Jazz. Lively and soulful, Bluegrass will make you stomp your feet and get up to dance! You won’t want to miss this Eureka Springs music festival featuring live performances by some of the premier performers of this truly American music.

Some events require tickets while others are free and open to the public.

Friday ~ August 17, 2012: The festival opens with a free public concert and watermelon social in Eureka Springs’ Basin Park. Located at 12 Spring Street, the park is only a 10-minute walk from 5 Ojo B&B. Grass Crack, a Tulsa string band, and Hill Benders will be playing from about 3 to 5 p.m. Get your watermelon and meet old friends and new.

Saturday ~ August 18, 2012: The free music in the park continues from 1 to 7 p.m. with Deadman Flats, Spring Street, Buffalo City Ramblers and Grass Crack.

That evening, the Eureka Springs 2012 Bluegrass Festival headliners, Folk Soul Revival and Dread Clampitt, will be playing at The Auditorium. Both acts are considered rising stars of “NewGrass” music. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Conveniently, the Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street is only a 12-minute walk from our Eureka Springs inn! Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at TheAud.org.

Sunday ~ August 19, 2012 ~ 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.: The Bluegrass Festival in Eureka Springs closes with its traditional Gospel Show. Gather in Basin Park to hear joyous Gospel music by Glory Mountain and The Bushwackers.

We know there are a lot of our guests who are fans of this festival and there’s still time to book a room at our Eureka Springs B&B for the weekend of the Bluegrass Festival. You might see Richard downtown tapping his feet along to that special Bluegrass rhythm. Make your stay during the 2012 Bluegrass Festival extra special by choosing our luxurious lodging in Eureka Springs. After a full day of music and dancing, it’s always great to come home to a room with private baths and amenities such as spa tubs, free Wi-Fi, complimentary refreshments and private entrances. You’ll also love powering up for your day with our gourmet three-course breakfasts. Take a short walk to each concert through the beautiful streets of historic Eureka Springs. Or there’s a Eureka Springs trolley stop right by the inn.

Eureka Springs’ 2nd Annual Fleur Delicious: July 11-15, 2012

July 11th, 2012 by jenn

Today, July 11, 2012 is the official opening day of the Second Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend in Eureka Springs, AR. The five-day citywide event has a French theme and celebrates all things to delight the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. During Fleur Delicious, the charming Victorian mountain village of Eureka Springs takes on a fun street fair atmosphere. The town’s shops, spas, restaurants, galleries, bars and venues join in the fun with special offers and a wide variety of events.

Fleur Delicious offers you the opportunity to taste French wines, spirits and foods at Eureka Springs bars and restaurants, see the fine arts and crafts in local galleries and get a relaxing massage enhanced with French lavender. There’s so much to do all weekend. It’s a sensory overload!

Some highlights of the Fleur Delicious Weekend in Eureka Springs include:

Wed July 11 @ 7 p.m. – Fleur de Lis Art Jam hosted by Bob Norman at 10 Mountain Street

Sat July 14 @ 3 p.m. – Fleur Delicious Waiter’s Race. Take that tray and run!

Sun July 15 @ 7 p.m. – An American in Paris will be the outdoor movie at Basin Spring Park

For the full schedule of events, visit FleurDeliciousWeekend.com or visit Fleur Delicious on Facebook.

What celebration of the senses would be complete without live music? Fleur Delicious features live musical performances throughout the weekend at downtown Eureka Springs’ Basin Spring Park.

Fleur Delicious 2012 Live Music Schedule

7/12 Thur 3-5 p.m. Chuck Onofrio and Steve Jones (American fiddle & banjo)

7/13 Fri 4-6 p.m. Brick Fields (Blues, Jazz, Gospel Folk)


7/14 Sat 1-3 p.m. Chuck Onofrio and Steve Jones


7/14 Sat 3-5p.m. Hogtown Hot Club (Jazz ensemble)

7/14 Sat 5:30-7:30 p.m. Phillipe Family Quartet (Classical string quartet)

7/15 Sun 1-3 p.m. Chuck Onofrio and Steve Jones

Eureka Springs’ bed and breakfast inns are also getting into this sensory extravaganza. To celebrate 2012 Fleur Delicious, 5 Ojo will be serving French-themed breakfasts this weekend. Come to 5 Ojo and indulge in a breakfast of Chocolate French Toast with Raspberry Sauce. We’ll also be offering our special variation of French Croque-monsieur. This isn’t your ordinary “ham ‘n’ cheese.” Instead, it’s a delightfully rich ham, crunchy toast, luscious cheese and Mornay sauce-smothered sandwich you’ll never forget. From all of us at 5 Ojo, “Viva le Fleur Delicious!”

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