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“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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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