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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!”

New Website for Our Historic District Eureka Springs Inn

July 1st, 2012 by jenn

Screenshot of new 5 Ojo Website

The new website for our Eureka Springs, AR B&B

We’re very excited about 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast’s new website designed and built by InsideOut Solutions. We really love how beautiful the site looks and how easy it is to use. The large photos do a great job of showcasing the rooms and grounds of our historic Eureka Springs B&B. Each room page has its own photo gallery allowing visitors to see as much of the room as possible. The site has been completely re-organized so the main items are clear and simple; it’s a lot easier to find information. We also think visitors will like having the availability calendar conveniently accessible on every page.

To help guests in finding things to do we added a nifty interactive map for finding restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities that allows guests to visually see where these things are in relationship to our inn. You may have also noticed that we have renamed some of our rooms to better represent the décor that Jan has created for each room.

One of our passions is presenting appealing and appetizing food for our guests at our Ozarks Arkansas Bed and Breakfast and the new breakfast page has some great pictures showing just some of what we serve.

Technology sure has progressed since our early days in innkeeping. Back in the ‘old days’ you had to call someone to make changes to your website and then it usually took days if not weeks to be accomplished. By the way, the ‘old days’ were only about 10 years ago. Now we can do most site revisions on our own. It’s good having all these tools at our disposal, but it’s also good to know that we have InsideOut to call if we’re not sure about how to make a change or if we simply don’t have time.

We have also updated and added social media pages, printed business cards and rack cards, and a mobile site viewable by all handheld devices. It’s been a great experience working with the people at InsideOut and we’re very pleased with the results.

We hope our guests and visitors enjoy the new site as much as we do. Let us know what you think!

 

5 Ojo Inn B&B Earns Certificate of Excellence

June 23rd, 2012 by Richard Grinnell

Thank you to all of our guests!! For the second year in a row 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The award honors top-rated accommodation businesses that maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor.

Our goal has always been to provide travelers coming to Eureka Springs, Arkansas with great accommodations and outstanding breakfasts and receiving this award for the second year in a row is evidence that our commitment is translating into positive traveler reviews. When we started this business we struggled with coming up with a statement that conveyed what we thought was important to us. Here’s what we said at the time: “Our mission to our guests is to ensure visitors to our inn experience hospitality and accommodations that meet the highest standards expected by the discerning leisure and business traveler.  That this will encourage the novice Bed and Breakfast guests to repeat their choice as well as  ensuring each guest leaves feeling happy to have been here.”

These words are still posted on our wall in the office and we hope that we can continue to fulfill our promise to ourselves and our guests. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You to all our wonderful guests.

Spring Fragrances in the Ozarks

May 2nd, 2012 by Richard Grinnell

We just love springtime when the flowers bloom and permeate the air with a sweet, wonderful fragrance. We’ve been walking the dogs lately and probably causing a stir by sticking our heads into bushes and plants and inhaling deeply.  Even the dogs are shaking their heads. Everything is just so green and lush right now and Jan was just told today she has been awarded the Commercial Garden of the Month by the Eureka Springs Garden club. Here at the bed and breakfast we’re also one of the gardens to be included in the Garden Tour in May. Don’t you just love Spring growth??

Richard and Jan….5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast

Eureka Springs Queen Kitty

February 16th, 2012 by Richard Grinnell

Miss Ojo - Eureka Springs Queen KittyDoes this look like a Black Panther to you? Perhaps not, but in her mind, she’s a stealth hunter. Just ask her. She’s Mojo (a.k.a. Miss Ojo), and she considers herself the protector of the inn and likes to keep this corner of Eureka Springs safe for guests.

Here’s one of Mojo’s adventures. Jan told a guest that Mojo was like a black panther, stalking things large and small. While relaxing on their deck, the guest saw Mojo stalk a deer. She’d crouch down, scoot forward silently and then turn into a wimpy ball of fur when the deer turned toward her. The guest wrote about this black panther hunt in their room guestbook. A few weeks later during breakfast Jan shouted into the kitchen that the black panther was at it again (that was Richard’s cue to go rescue something from Mojo). A guest, who had read those comments from the previous guest, punched her husband in the shoulder and said, “See, I told you they had black panthers here”. We all had a good laugh after we explained that the black panther was a 10 pound cat with fantasies of grandeur.

It’s good to know that 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast has a Queen Cat watching over our accommodations.

Cookie Testing Begins for the Eureka Springs Cookie Tour

September 14th, 2011 by Richard Grinnell

Our first experimental test for the Sweet Treats Cookie Tour began with Maida Heatter’s Chocolate-Nut Icebox Cookie. This is a easy recipe. The texture and the form of the cookie is very good, actually it’s excellent. As a matter of fact I feel that the texture improves the taste. My first batch of cookies did not produce a strong enough chocolate taste for me and I believe this is a result of the quality of cocoa used.

When I eat chocolate I want to taste the chocolate. I am going to try this cookie again, however I am now online figuring out how to place an order for Wilbur’s Cocoa. I have used their chocolate before and found that Wilbur’s produces a fantastic chocolate that delivers a chocolate taste like no other.

The next experimental test will be another one of Maida Heatter’s Chocolate recipes – stay tuned!

……..Jan (5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast)

Richard’s response: I know that Jan said there wasn’t enough chocolate flavor for her, but I and two other tasters snarfed our way through a couple dozen of these cookies and found them delightful. Bring on some more Jan!!

Chocolate Cookie Fantasy Wish

September 4th, 2011 by Richard Grinnell

It’s time for us to start thinking about our ‘Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs’ Association annual Christmas Sweet Treats tour. Jan is scouting out all our cook books for special cookie recipes. She is really focusing on Maida Heatter’s ‘Book of Great Chocolate Desserts’. Me being the chocoholic, I’m not disappointed in her choice. Could this be a Julie meets Julia moment? I am wondering what great cookie recipe she will find, because you know how I hate being the one who has to taste all those experimental workings (sly smile now showing). Can’t wait for the taste tests to begin.

For the fifth year now, on Saturday, December 10th, our association will be putting on this event. Here’s what it includes.

  • Nine unique bed and breakfasts included on the tour.
  • Yummy cookies & treats (2 per inn) with recipes to add to your collection.
  • Holiday decorating ideas from each of the beautifully decorated inns.
  • A chance to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Finish your shopping in Eureka Springs’ unique shops and art galleries.
  • Enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates good at any of the Sweet Treats Cookie Tour participating inns.

Will post more on the cookie tastings as they happen. Jan promised me a new cookie recipe a week.

Keurig Coffee Makers & Room Makeover

August 20th, 2011 by Richard Grinnell

We now have Keurig Coffee makers in all of our rooms. No more messy grounds or filter packs. Pop in a K-Cup and brew a great cup of coffee. If the two of you have different tastes, that’s no problem as we have regular and decaf coffee, flavored coffee and teas. Since these are single cup servings, each of you can choose what you want.

Also, we are doing some work on the Carriage House room, tiling the jacuzzi area plus some other upgrades that should make this room even more inviting.

Jan & Richard

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast

Butterfly Lodging in Eureka Springs

July 28th, 2011 by Richard Grinnell

Butterfly Lodging in Eureka SpringsAll we can say is, “Wow”. This year the number of butterflies swooping through the garden is amazing. Even driving down Arkansas highways there were dozens and dozens that dodged the car as we drove along. From what we can determine most of the butterflies here in the Eureka Springs area are Spicebush Swallowtails.

We thought, hey, we could really make some money if we could charge caterpillars for the nights accommodation they spent on our plants. Not just overnight accommodations but with breakfast included, specifically, Richard’s parsley. Throughout the garden it was like watching a battlefield in action with Richard trying to pick the parsley faster than the caterpillars could eat it.

But in the end, it was beautiful. Large, black-spotted butterflies adorning our yard….natures canvas. In the mornings when it’s cooler, we take our 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast mugs and watch the butterflies rising with the sun.

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