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Discover Cosmic Cavern – Guided Cave Tours and More

April 10th, 2021

Cosmic CavernArkansas is home to some of the best caves in the country and many are within easy reach of Eureka Springs. Cosmic Cavern is a great example, with interesting rock formations, two underground lakes, wild cave tours, and all less than 30 minutes away from 5 Ojo.

Cosmic Cavern is Arkansas’s largest privately owned show cave. The cave was discovered in 1845 but wasn’t developed as a show cave until 1927. As with virtually all Arkansas caves, Cosmic Cavern is a “living” karst cave.

Karst caves are created by natural erosion over thousands of years. Flowing water slowly eats away softer rock, like limestone, from harder, surrounding stone to leave an empty pocket. A “living” cave is one that is still forming through this process of flowing water and deposited minerals.

Cosmic Cavern is considered one of the top Show Caves in the United States and their cave tours are very popular.

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Fly Into History at The Aviation Cadet Museum

March 8th, 2021

Aviation Cadet Museum Navy T-34 MentorEureka Springs’ Aviation Cadet Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of America’s military flight training programs and cadets. The unique facility includes historical aircraft, flight simulators, military memorabilia, and much more.

The U.S. Army Signal Corps initiated the first Flying Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program, in 1907. The U.S. Air Force adopted the program in 1947 and similar programs based upon its blueprint continue to this very day.

Fans of history, flight, and the military will enjoy an opportunity to explore this mostly overlooked world at the Aviation Cadet Museum. The museum serves as a singular tribute to all aviation cadets and military pilots from World War I on.

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Step Into Time at The Eureka Springs Historical Museum

February 8th, 2021

The Eureka Springs Historical MuseumEureka Springs, AR has a rich and fascinating history filled with colorful characters and unusual events. Discover this for yourself with a visit to the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.

One visit to Eureka Springs’ downtown Historic District is all you really need to know there’s more than a little history in town. Downtown’s stunning collection of Victorian buildings make that readily apparent. Entrancing as it is, architecture is just one facet of Eureka Springs’ history. What else? Where to start?

Healing springs, Powell Clayton, The Artist’s Bridge, Myrtie Mae Barrett, Pond Mountain, and The Barefoot Ball. Eureka Springs transforming from a 10,000 person tent city into a Victorian Health Spa community with 54 luxury hotels.

These are just a few of the unique people, places, and things that are part of our unlikely Arkansas town’s storied history. Learn about them all and much more at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.

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Discover Roaring River State Park

January 11th, 2021

Roaring River State Park Dam and Spillway

“Roaring River State Park Dam and Spillway” by Keith Snyder is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Roaring River State Park is one of Missouri’s most unique and popular state parks – and is only a little over a half hour’s drive from our Eureka Springs inn, 5 Ojo!

Eureka Springs offers so many fun things to do and see that you really don’t have to leave town to stay entertained. Our historic downtown is well worth your time and loaded with shops, restaurants, and galleries. Then there are attractions like Basin Spring Park, Christ of the Ozarks, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Onyx Cave, Thorncrown Chapel, and so much more.

Explore beyond Eureka Springs’ borders, however, and discover that the entire region has a lot to offer. Roaring River State Park is an excellent example.

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Explore Pea Ridge National Military Park

December 12th, 2020

Pea Ridge National Military ParkIf you’re a fan of Civil War history, you do not want to miss a chance to visit Pea Ridge National Military Park. Pea Ridge preserves one of our country’s most intact Civil War battlefields and is only a little over a half hour’s drive from our Eureka Springs inn.

Pea Ridge National Military Park is located off Hwy 62, just north of Rogers, AR. The 4,300-acre park features two historic battlefields, a visitor’s center, bookstore, museum, a section of the Trail of Tears, hiking trails, and more.

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Arkansas Breweries in Eureka Springs

November 13th, 2020

enjoy craft beer at Arkansas breweriesThe craft beer movement that transformed America didn’t pass by Arkansas – not by any means. In fact, the Eureka Springs area is home to two excellent Arkansas breweries.

For beer lovers, there’s nothing more exciting than a chance to sample fresh, locally produced craft beers. Small batch and craft beer brewers provide a unique glimpse into a region via the flavors their creations impart. In that respect, visiting a craft brewery is no different than visiting a winery or a restaurant featuring seasonal, locally-sourced foods.

That’s certainly true for the Arkansas breweries here in town. Eureka Springs is currently home to two craft breweries and a number of other venues offering local, regional, and national craft beers. Guests of our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast will enjoy the variety of options available right here in town!

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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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