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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.

Fall Events at Beaver Lake

October 14th, 2012

Beaver Lake is a must-see for anyone traveling in the Eureka Springs area. With almost 500 miles of shoreline & rising limestone bluffs, Beaver Lake provides a wide variety of activities, including lake excursions, a marina & fishing.

Upcoming Events at Beaver Lake

The Lake is not only for fishing! See some of these other upcoming events for fall activities by the lake.

Eagle Watching

An Eagle nest near Beaver Lake in Eureka Springs.

The Eagle Watch special event will take place October 19-21, although you can observe wintering bald eagles over the lake through January or February. Expert guides help visitors spot eagles and happily share their knowledge of the bald eagle’s lifestyle and habitat. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and are daily (closed Thursday) at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults; $8.50 for children under 12.

Arkansas Fall Foliage on the Belle of the Ozarks

The same boat taking guests out for the Eagle watching also holds cruises throughout the week. This is a wonderful time to observe Arkansas fall foliage. Take a cruise on the Belle of the Ozarks, a large, open-platform style boat. The Belle of the Ozarks has navigated the lake for 18 years and the staff will keep you entertained talking about the local history. Just in case, take a sweater for the cool fall weather and sit on the open air deck enjoying the scenery and fall colors. There is a small snack bar on board with chips and soft drinks, etc. If you enjoy a quiet, slow ride on a lake and the weather is good, you should consider this on your next trip to Eureka Springs!

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Butterfly Lodging in Eureka Springs

July 28th, 2011

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.

Eureka Springs Walk-In Movie Theater

May 23rd, 2011

The scene. You walk into Basin Park with your lawn chair looking for the perfect place in this unique outdoor theater. After finding your spot you make your way to the concession stand to get some hot popcorn, your favorite candy and a couple of tall cool drinks. Settling down into your chairs you wait for the sun to go down a little more and then laugh the night away watching a great movie. Afterward you head back to the bed and breakfast with great memories for a sound nights sleep.

The event is Eureka Springs Sunday Movies in the Park Summer Season. There will be six weeks of movies starting June 5th. The movies are free and prizes will be given out at each movie. Movie goers can pick up entry tickets from as many participating business locations as they can giving themselves an even greater chance of winning a prize.

And here is the just released movie schedule. . . .

June 5: Despicable Me is an animated feature with Steve Carrell as Gru – very cute, very funny. Gru will capture your heart, just as the three sisters capture his. Animated Family Film PG
June 12: Defending Your Life : Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and stars in this philosophical comedy about a man having a hard time making a case for himself in the afterlife. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy PG
June 19: Meet Me in St. Louis – this Judy Garland classic will get you singing in your seats! G
June 26: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Steve Martin and Michael Caine take over the roles originally played by Marlon Brando and David Niven: two international con artists, plying their trade on gullible wealthy women up and down the Riviera. PG
July 3: Yankee Doodle Dandy – you don’t get more patriotic then this musical classic. Dandy has song, dance, pathos, pageantry, uproarious comedy, and, best of all, James Cagney at his Oscar-winning best. G
July 10: Casablanca – this classic film will have you swooning and cheering, just in time to close out the Fleur Delicious French Themed festival. PG

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Arkansas Chainsaw Wood Massacre

April 22nd, 2011

Let the chips fly!! Last weekend we attended Carving in the Ozarks here in Eureka Springs, AR. Each carver spent two days of furious cutting with super sharp chainsaws, some of them with very pointy ends. Were they actually carving, or practicing for a slasher movie?

When we arrived it appeared they had contained the carvers in their own cages. We were told, no, that’s a net around their area to keep the chips from piercing the observers. Maybe, but we felt safer with them behind what we continued to imagine as steel mesh.

Late Saturday we went back to attend the auction, hoping to buy one of the creations for our bed and breakfast inn.

We didn’t get what we wanted, but if you are in the market for some good prices on benches, bears, figures or whatever else they make out of wood, you need to attend this event next year.

Here’s a couple of other pictures of the show.

It was just fun watching the carvers deftly use their chainsaws. Hope you get a chance to see them one day.

Feel the beat in Eureka Springs

April 13th, 2011

Lots of fun things to do here in Eureka Springs. We like to walk to Basin Park once a month when they have ‘Drumming in the Park’. It’s like an impromptu jam session with all kinds of drums. In general they are all beating to the same rhythm, although once in a while you hear a lone drummer lost to the world beating to a different beat. There is no rehearsal, no scripted music, just doing your own thing. Really fun. Watch the video below and you’ll get an idea of what we mean.

Angelo, one of our local policeman, is a professional drummer who organizes the ‘Africa in the Ozarks’ festival and he leads this jam session.

If you are here when it’s going on, they have spare drums, tambourines and rattles so you can join in.

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Will this be a cat’s eye Grand Illumination?

April 7th, 2011

We are really getting excited about gearing up for the Grand Illumination in Eureka Springs. Yesterday afternoon our Japanese lanterns arrived. We expected a big box with lanterns we could run around and hang up all over the bed and breakfast.

But here’s what we got and we asked ourselves, how do we get from this……

to that masterpiece of art we imagined? We looked but, hey, no instructions?

But wait…is that an apparition in the picture? Or is it….yes it is, it’s Mojo the Japanese art cat to the rescue. Phew! We wonder what design she has conjured up in her mind.

We’ll post a picture of Mojo’s creation once the decorations are up and you can see for yourselves.

The lanterns will start going up all over Eureka Springs beginning April 28th. On Sunday May 1 the annual lighting of the Park will begin at Twilight. This year the Grand Illumination has added Upstairs Downtown Tour and Taste from 4-7 pm. You will be able to visit inside stunningly designed hidden downtown homes and studios and enjoy delicious treats provided by area restaurants.

The Elk are waiting at Buffalo River

March 31st, 2011

Time to think about the great outdoors. And where else to enjoy the outdoors than down on the Buffalo River in Arkansas located just a short jaunt from Eureka Springs. Buffalo River National State Park contains massive limestone bluffs with canoeing available on one of the few rivers remaining that is without a dam. It has the longest cave in Arkansas (Fitton) and one of the tallest wet weather waterfalls in the Midwest (Hemmed in Hollow).

Buffalo River has the only elk herd in Arkansas. The free-flowing river meanders through the heart of the Ozarks for 150 miles and has both swift-moving and calm stretches. There are bluffs, woodlands, protected wilderness areas, nature watching opportunities and over 100 miles of hiking trails.

If you travel by motorcycle, the weather is warming up to great bike riding temperatures and traveling the roads are a treat themselves.

Photo Credit: Thanks to NPCA Photos for the great shot of an Elk on the Buffalo River.

A Different Kind of Opera in Eureka Springs

March 24th, 2011

The hills in Austria were alive with music while here in the Ozarks arias will be resonating through the mountains.

For more than 60 years, Opera in the Ozarks has helped young artists from across the nation hone their operatic skills. The training program and music festival takes place at a breath-taking location only a few miles from Eureka Springs.

Three great operas will be presented with singers performing in period costume and accompanied by a full orchestra. We normally lean towards Country and Pop music, but we thoroughly enjoyed the Opera in the Ozark performances.

If you want to catch a rising star early on in their career, come to Eureka Springs and attend these great performances.

Here’s a quiz with a prize
Be the first to post an answer on our Facebook Page and get an opera discount of 15% off of your next two night stay at our bed and breakfast. Let your friends know, they can win also. So here it is…… “What German opera title epitomizes Eureka Springs’ friendliness (at least in our minds)”? Not necessarily the plot, but the title. And if no one answers in a couple of days, we’ll post a hint.

Fall Colors around Eureka Springs, AR

September 26th, 2010

It was in the low 50s when I got up this morning and felt so good. Walking to work (ok, it’s only 30 feet to the kitchen but I call in walking so I can declare it as exercise), anyway, I looked up and knew that the trees were thinking, hummmmm, is it time to start displaying some bold fall colors? We sure hope so. Arkansas Highway 21 on the way to Eureka SpringsThe image to the left is on Arkansas Highway 21 on the way to Eureka Springs. It’s typical of fall views throughout the Ozarks and around the town.

We won’t be able to predict when the peak is until the leaves do begin changing color. But, change they will, and driving up to Eureka Springs on the Ozark mountain roads provides some spectacular views.

Can’t wait to sit out on one of the porches at the bed and breakfast with a hot cup of coffee, gazing up at the trees at the art that nature creates around here. Come share it with us!!

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