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Belle of the Ozarks – Beaver Lake Boat Cruises

September 6th, 2020

Tour Beaver Lake on Belle of the Ozarks

“Beaver Lake” by Doug Wertman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Beaver Lake is one of Arkansas’ most popular outdoor destinations with boating, hiking, fishing, swimming, cave tours, and more on the menu. The real star, however, is the picturesque location, and cruises aboard Belle of the Ozarks is one of the best ways to see it.

Beaver Lake came into being in the early 1960’s when a dam constructed across the White River. The surrounding shoreline includes towering limestone bluffs, fascinating natural caves and crevices, a wide variety of trees, flowering shrubs, and plenty of wildlife.

With 487 miles of shoreline to explore, one of the most popular ways to take it all in is on a Belle of the Ozarks Beaver Lake cruise!

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Discover Blue Spring Heritage Center

April 17th, 2020

Blue Spring pool at Blue Spring Heritage CenterBeautifully landscaped Blue Spring Heritage Center, home to one of the area’s last uncapped springs, offers a fantastic combination of geology, history, and natural beauty.

Though Blue Spring has seen different uses and been landscaped over the years, the special area retains its beauty. The natural spring produces 38 million gallons of fresh, clear, 54-degree water every day. This water fills a deep, round pool encircled with flowers before spilling over into a trout-filled lagoon, then over a small dam and down to the White River.

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Pivot Rock Park and Thorncrown Chapel

March 9th, 2020

Pivot Rock at Eureka Springs Pivot Rock Park

Pivot Rock” by Clinton Steeds is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you’re fascinated by unique rock formations, you’ll enjoy a visit to historic Pivot Rock Park. This Eureka Springs roadside attraction has been drawing visitors for over a century!

There’s a lot to see and do in the Eureka Springs area, with Christ of the Ozarks, Beaver Lake, Onyx Cave, and so much more.

One of the most unique, however, is Pivot Rock Park – just 5 minutes from our Eureka Springs inn, 5 Ojo.

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Explore Onyx Cave – Arkansas’ Oldest Show Cave

February 7th, 2020

Onyx Cave in Eureka Springs ArkansasArkansas is riddled with fascinating caves you can visit and tour. Did you know that Arkansas’ oldest show cave, Onyx Cave, is barely 15 minutes away from 5 Ojo, our Eureka Springs inn? It’s true!

Onyx Cave first opened to the public in 1893, just a couple of years after its discovery. The cave is filled with fascinating shapes: stalagmites, stalactites, and weird formations of flowstone. In fact, that’s where the cave got its name.

Flowstone is a smooth, sheet-like deposit of minerals that forms in a limestone cave, over thousands of years due to flowing water. Flowstone was once commonly referred to as “cave onyx,” and at least four states are home to one or more caves with “onyx” in their names.

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Visit the Eureka Springs Historical Museum

April 28th, 2014

Eureka Springs Historical MuseumEureka Springs, Arkansas is not a large town but it is a colorful community with a colorful past – and there’s no better place to discover that than at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.

Eureka Springs “sprang” into existence from the discovery of a spring of “healing waters” by one Dr. Alvah Jackson in the early 1850’s. His subsequent marketing of the water’s curative powers and the native American legends surrounding it brought a lot of attention and health seekers.

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Look! Up In the Sky! It’s the 24th Annual Eureka Springs Kite Fest!

February 24th, 2014

24th Annual Eureka Springs Kite FestThe only things not up in the air about the 2014 Eureka Springs Kite Fest are the date and location: March 22nd at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

That’s right, the 24th annual arrival of this fantastic event is right on schedule – it just wouldn’t be spring in Arkansas without it!

So … what is the Eureka Springs Kite Fest, exactly?

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Arkansas’ Cosmic Cavern is a Must See

November 9th, 2013

Cosmic Caverns in Arkansas has limestone formations much like those pictured here

Just a hop skip and a jump away from Eureka Springs (or approximately twenty minutes, if you want to split hairs) is Cosmic Cavern, one of the top ten show-caves in the US.

Why is Cosmic Cavern one of the top ten show-caves in the US? A lot of reasons.

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Festival of the Arts Continues with the Grand Illumination

June 29th, 2013

The Grand Illumination is a very beautiful time to visit Eureka Springs. The Eureka Springs Preservation Society will decorate our Victorian town with thousands of oriental silk and paper lanterns. The lanterns are part of our Independence Day celebration and will hang from June 30 – July 14.

Take in the details of Eureka Springs’ Victorian architecture by night, illuminated by the lanterns, hanging from historic downtown buildings, park fountains and many homes and porches.

The Grand Illumination is held in conjunction with Eureka Springs’ July Calendar of Events, which includes a 4th of July parade, July 4th activities in Basin Park, and Fleur Delicious, a weekend of French culture and cuisine, taking place July 9 -14, 2013.

2010 First Prize winner for home decoration

2010 First Prize winner for home decoration

During Fleur Delicious, enjoy as bars, galleries, boutiques, spas and music venues participate with French-inspired food, wine, spirits and art.

The Grand Illumination kicks off with a party that is open to the public at the East Lawn of the Historic Crescent Hotel on Sunday June 30 from 8 – 9 p.m. Enjoy complimentary lemonade and hors d’oeuvres, live music with the band Arkansas Red and a cash bar.

Once the sun sets, about 8:30 p.m. the public will release glo-loons, balloons lit with tiny LED lights. The lawn with glow at dusk – it is a lovely sight!

The Grand Illumination also includes some friendly competition. There is a $100 prize for those with the best lantern decorations – both a home and a business. The winners are announced on Wednesday July 3 at 8 p.m. at Eureka Live Underground & Patio, with a party to follow.

Lodging in Eureka Springs for the 4th of July

We still have some availability for the Independence Day weekend. Come and celebrate the 4th in a beautiful new way! Eureka Springs is known as one of the top 25 art destinations in the U.S because of unique and innovative events like the Grand Illumination.

 

Norman Rockwell Exhibition at Crystal Bridges

May 16th, 2013

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.

Outdoor Adventure in Eureka Springs

April 8th, 2013

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.

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