My love of Eureka Springs, Arkansas

My love of Eureka Springs goes back almost 40 years. It was a favorite day trip to visit the quaint eclectic shops, the stunning glass  Thorncrown Chapel, finding unique “local” dining options, visiting the historical Crescent Hotel, and the statue of Christ of the Ozarks which overlooks the valley. 40

Today, it still has its quaint historical charm and is almost a year round destination option with festivals, running/cycling events, wineries to visit, lodging options from hotels to inns to bed and breakfast inns, to cabins to camping.

I highly recommend The Benton Place Inn. Rebecca, the Innkeeper, knows the meaning of true southern hospitality, graciousness, & a genuine desire to welcome guests to the Inn. Each of the 3 Suites has its own unique Victorian decor and history. Ask for a tour and learn the history behind many of the antique pieces, wall prints,  to the stained glass lamps, to the renovations yet keeping the historical charm alive.

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I was making my cross country road trip from Arkansas to Virginia in the winter & needed a last minute place to stay. On recommendation from a local restaurant, I found the Benton Place Inn. I stayed in the Cliffside Suite which you climb up the stone steps to the entry. Romance abound with the Jacuzzi Suite and the  Garden Gazebo nested up in the trees  to sit at in the morning or evening is the perfect place to unwind. On my visit there was fresh orange juice, champagne and fresh baked bread in my room. What I loved was the seclusion and quite location yet I was able to walk everywhere I needed to the next morning! From their website it was named “One of the MOST INTIMATE PLACES in America” by Inn Traveler, The Book of Lists! http://www.bentonplaceinn.com/

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Speaking of wineries, my favorite is Railway Winery at Trestle 71-7 open Wednesday-Sunday. They are known for their Peach Train Wine & as the seasons change so do the wines with fun names like “Strawberry Train Wreck” ! The owners, Greg & Vicki, have truly worked to build this winery from the ground up. Even with the flood of a few years ago, they did not let that ruin their dream of rebuilding.  Their passion is evident in making this a place you can learn about their wines , relax outside and enjoy the view of the valley just outside of Eureka Springs near the town of Beaver on Highway 187 located along the route of the historic M&NA line. From their website: ”  There is a large field for events and picnics and with a new patio porch area built, it is a great way to sit back and “enjoy the view” and pets are welcome too! http://railwaywinery.com/index.htm

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On your way into Eureka Springs from the West, be sure to visit Thorncrown Chapel. Its stunning glass architecture is awe inspiring. Standing at 48 feet tall it has 425 windows & 6,000 square feet of glass. It is a destination in itself to learn the history, the architecture & of course many weddings are held among it’s pristine beauty. Jim Reed bought the land originally to build his retirement home. He and his wife later decided to build the chapel & professor E. Fay Jones from the University of Arkansas agreed to design the chapel. To stand inside this glass structure and see its serene view nestled along the top of an Ozark hill is breathtaking and with the seasons the views change! From their website: ” It has won numerous architectural awards such as the American Institute of Architects Design of the Year Award for 1981 and AIA’s prestigious 25 Year Award. Recently, members of the American Institute of Architects placed Thorncrown Chapel fourth on its list of the top buildings of the twentieth century. It has been featured on television programs such as NBC Nightly News and the 700 Club. Almost every major magazine in the country has carried a story about the chapel including Time, Newsweek, and Parade.” http://www.thorncrown.com/index.html

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Eureka Springs is truly a destination from young to old to tourists to convention groups with something for everyone from the outdoor enthusiast, to history buffs, to art collectors to those seeking live entertainment. Take a little time to “enjoy the view” in Eureka Springs, Arkansas! 12019925_10205340099723941_7055326907092419131_n

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