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Innkeepers & History

We Invite You to Explore the Story of Our Eureka Springs Bed & Breakfast

Your hosts, Tom and Susan Harman, purchased 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast in November 2014 and are extremely honored to  be continuing the tradition started by Kate Bixler Glenny in 1902.

Susan has worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 10 years with many of the finest four and five star independent & boutique hotels in the world. Her work in digital marketing and customer service has allowed her to travel to many properties and has helped cultivate a vision for what 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast should be.  This experience along with a love for people and service provides the perfect platform for managing 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast. She remains very active in the hospitality industry and still consults with inns, hotels & resorts in North America, Asia & the Middle East on a weekly basis.

Tom comes from the corporate banking world where he worked on ensuring a high level of customer service both to large corporate as well as retail customers around the world. His financial skills balance well with the inn and keep everything behind the scenes running smoothly.  Tom has always had a love for cooking that migrates well with managing the daily gourmet breakfasts at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast.  He is constantly looking for crowd pleasing breakfasts to serve each morning.

Susan and Tom have visited countless Bed and Breakfast Inns in the past 25 years and have learned the positives and negatives of the guest experience. Since purchasing 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, they are diligently working to improve the property and put their own stamp on the Inn. First and foremost they are adamant about keeping 5 Ojo Inn’s historic integrity intact and enhancing its’ abundant grounds on the historic loop of Eureka Springs.

Eureka Springs Bed & Breakfast Locations Offer a Deep History

The Ojo House
Our historic bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs began with the house at 5 Ojo Street, which was originally built as a boarding house by Kate Bixler Glenny in 1902. Ms. Glenny moved here from Brighton, Illinois where she had operated a boarding house called the Brighton Cottage that was known about the region as one of the neatest inns around. When she opened her boarding house here at 5 Ojo Street, she also called it Brighton Cottage.

Ms. Glenny was somewhat of an artist. According to her grandson she had hand painted wash basins in each room.

In 1912 Phineas T. Swett purchased the home and 5 Ojo became their family homestead for the next 70 years. The property then changed hands a number of times until Ms. Paula Kirby Adkins acquired the Inn in 1990 and ran it as a bed and breakfast for the next 13 years. In 2003, Jan and Richard Grinnell bought the property and continued to operate it as a premier Eureka Springs bed & breakfast until they sold it in November 2014.

It is interesting to note that Ojo Street is only the distance between the two telephone poles in front of the house and the only property on Ojo Street is 5 Ojo.

The Sweet House
Forty acres of land were acquired on top of the historic loop by J.C. Fraker in 1887 and it is believed that Mr. Fraker then built the house at 15 Summit (now known as the Sweet house).

In 1917 the Sweet family purchased the property, and it remained in their family until Ms. Paula Kirby Adkins purchased it in 1990.  At that time she restored the home and incorporated it as part of the 5 Ojo Inn Bed & Breakfast next door.

There are a total of 9 guestrooms at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast and every morning a gourmet breakfast is served in the Sweet House.