Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Anita and I recently returned from a quick trip down to Northwest Arkansas. Although I lived in Fayetteville for 7 years, I never made it over to Eureka Springs, so this time we decided to spend a night there and do a little shopping, eating, and people watching. Eureka Springs is an interesting town, with lots to do for the family or just couples like us!

Eureka Springs is sort of a resort village with Victorian-style buildings on very steep and winding streets. There are shops and restaurants a-plenty.

We stayed at the Basin Park Hotel because it is located in the center of the town, and because well, it’s awesome. The hotel was built in 1905, so don’t expect some cookie-cutter generic concrete chain hotel. Here’s the hotel, on the left. I told you the streets were hilly and winding!

Eureka Springs, ArkansasThe staff was friendly and rooms are quite nice.

Eureka Springs, ArkansasThe hotel also has a nice bar and restaurant with a balcony that is great for people watching.

Eureka Springs, ArkansasShops and hotels…

Eureka Springs, Arkansas… and artists and musicians. Actually, many of the bars had live music. Good live music!

Eureka Springs, ArkansasWe stopped at the nut and candy store and went…. well, nuts!

Eureka Springs, ArkansasLater that evening, we walked up to the Rowdy Beaver bar and restaurant (which also has other locations) for drinks. There was an excellent little band, Runnin on Empty, playing. Phil McGarrah and Jackie Harris were both great guitar players and singers, and they were funny to boot!

Eureka Springs, ArkansasAs we sat, many interesting people passed by. So did some really cool cars and lots of motorcycles.

Eureka Springs, ArkansasWe had a great time in Eureka Springs. It reminded me a lot of Nashville here in Indiana.

Eureka Springs, ArkansasWe’d return to Eureka Spring, Arkansas, in a heartbeat! If you visit, take a day and drive over to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville.

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