Why is it named Eureka Springs?
Eureka Springs gets it's name from the natural hot springs that were once the major tourist attraction to this region of Arkansas in the early 1900's. The springs are still there, but no longer used for that purpose. In the photo there is a large hotel built up on the hill that was built specifically for this purpose: to cater to the tourists coming for the natural healing waters of the hot springs. Now the town is more of a honeymooner's/wedding party paradise for those desiring the back woods/rustic feel. My fondest memory is actually when I was 4, getting a hot apple turnover and enjoying the chill of the fall air with the beautiful colors around me!
War Eagle Mill's Biannual Arts & Crafts Fair
Twice a year, south of Eureka Springs, is an enjoyable arts & crafts show at the historic War Eagle Mill. Lots of arts & country crafts to buy, entertainment, lots of food (around the fair or at the Bean Palace restaurant), all in a lovely setting. I enjoy the fall show, when there's lots of goodies for the holidays - it's usually in October. The Spring show is usually in May. If you're in the area, be forewarned that many of the local hotels are filled up - make reservations ahead of time!
We ate one night at Bubba's...
We ate one night at Bubba's Barbecue. I love good barbecue and was not disappointed by Bubba's.
It is not really unique in any way. It just has good food at a fair price. If you like barbecue you will like it. Barbecue what else.
As well as promoting some of the best honeymoon suites in the area, the New Orleans Hotel boasts a Victorian authenticity. All the furnishings in the lobby and in every suite are from the period, while the decor and almost every detail (down to the wallpaper) is c1900. Rates are quite reasonable and the location is exceptional.
Eureka Springs - 19th Century Victorian Village
"Eureka - I found it!"
Throughout its long and colorful history, Eureka Springs has been described as a land of glamour, health and scenic splendor.
What began as an oasis of healing nestled in a lush Ozark valley remains today a place recalling the elegance and pace of an earlier era. Reports of Basin Spring’s miraculous healing properties in the spring’s waters brought 10,000 people to live here by the spring of 1879.
The town's unusual name Eureka”, from the Greek“I found it”, pays tribute to the curative nature of the area’s abundant spring water.
Little springs like this can be found around the streets of Eureka Springs.
What I love about Eureka Springs is its charm found in old Victorian cottages like this which can be seen dotting the meandering streets around the village. It evokes dreams of owning a B&B and that's the type of accommodation you can easily find here.
Eureka Springs is very popular for weddings due to its beautiful surroundings.
"Nook and crannies"
Shopping is great here especially for antiques and interesting shops can be found on Spring Street and Main Street.
Eureka Springs is very walkable and on a nice sunny day, it's very enjoyable to soak up the sights and sounds.