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The 73rd Annual Ozark Folk Festival Is On!

October 10th, 2020

Ozark Folk Festival 2020Huzzah! Ozark Folk Festival 2020, scheduled for November 11th through November 14th in Eureka Springs, is a go! Things have been a bit dicey this year, as I’m sure you’re aware, but the 73rd annual festival will be taking place!

The original Ozark Folk Festival is America’s longest, continuously presented folk festival – and no pesky pandemic is going to stop that! But don’t worry. The return of this popular and beloved annual music celebration does not come at the cost of safety or common sense.

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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 Lake Leatherwood City Park

August 8th, 2020

Lake LeatherwoodDid you know that Eureka Springs’ Lake Leatherwood City Park is home to one of the largest hand-cut limestone dams in the country? It’s true – but that’s not the only reason you’ll want to visit this beautiful outdoor recreation area.

Hiking, fishing, boating, birding, and history. Lake Leatherwood City Park has it all – and then some!

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Downtown and Underground Eureka Springs Tour

July 5th, 2020

Downtown and Underground Eureka Springs TourAre you a history buff, fan of colorful stories, or just want to know more about Eureka Springs? If so, you’ll love the entertaining and educational Downtown and Underground Eureka Springs Tour!

Eureka Springs has a colorful history, to say the least. In fact, the entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Native Americans knew of the area because of the hot springs, which they felt had healing powers. European settlers, hearing the legends, came here in the mid 1800’s, forming a rural spa village around the hot springs. Stories of the hot springs’ healing powers drew thousands and soon the small village was a sprawling city.

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Visit War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake

June 6th, 2020

War Eagle Cavern entranceLooking for a little adventure? War Eagle Cavern on beautiful Beaver Lake includes an underground lake, bats, trails, waterfalls, and more. Plus it’s only a half hour’s drive from 5 Ojo, our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast!

War Eagle Cavern is one of the oldest show caves in the state, and the largest in Northwest Arkansas. Its entrance is wide and dark, like some dragon’s lair in a medieval fantasy. Inside, three stories of caverns contain many unusual shapes and features, including domes, rimstone dams, and waterfalls.

That’s right, War Eagle is home to a natural, fresh water spring that flows out of the cave’s mouth, next to the entry path. Very unique!

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Enjoy A Safe Eureka Springs Getaway at 5 Ojo

May 2nd, 2020

Safe Eureka Springs Getaway at 5 OjoThough the State of Arkansas has currently restricted out of state recreational travelers until further notice, 5 Ojo is open and serving Arkansas residents. We’re also getting ready for our out of state friends once this crisis has passed.

At 5 Ojo, we take the safety and security of our guests very seriously. We work very hard to make sure your visit to the Eureka Springs area is not just worry-free but also fun and relaxing.

Luckily, our accommodations and normal inn-keeping practices have eased adapting to current state and federal recommendations.

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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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Come Celebrate Eureka Springs Mardi Gras 2020!

January 10th, 2020

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras 2020Fairytales, Fables, and Folklore are the theme for Eureka Springs Mardi Gras 2020! Eureka Gras sees a cornucopia of events, including parades, parties, masked balls, and other events on now through the last week of February.

If you think New Orleans has the American lock on Mardi Gras, think again. While N’awlins and places like Mobile, AL get most of the press, Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the country, to some degree or another. Perhaps nowhere with as much joy and enthusiasm as right here in Eureka Springs, AR.

We take Mardi Gras seriously, here in Eureka Springs, with our own Royal Court, and Krewe of Krazo (Krazo is Ozark backwards). Eureka Gras includes more than a month of activities, including two parades, numerous parties and formal balls, and lots of 2nd line bands.

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