Every time you turn around, Eureka Springs is having a special event or festival of some sort! There are various festivals almost every weekend, and you're sure to find one to suit your fancy; my personal favorite is the intimate Blues Festival in May/June. I've heard high acclaims for their UFO conference held in April. They celebrate most holidays, have various car/cycle festivals from Spring to Fall, have a Jazz Fest in September, and an Ozark Folk Festival in October. To find out when various events are held, go to www.eurekasprings.com or www.eureka-usa.com or www.eurekaspringschamber.com or www.eurekasprings.org (whew)!
Directly behind the county courthouse is Eureka Spring's Auditorium, a nondescript-looking vault that looks more a fortress or powder magazine than a theater or auditorium. Nonetheless, the theater keeps an active schedule, from the Digital Film Fest to live performances by well-known artists.
Popular Spa Places
These are some that i noted of maybe 15-20 total around town. There are 16 main springs in the town itself, and 60 total around the area, so any could have its own spring under the building. These are the more popular places, from lower end like BAsin Springs Bath HOuse to upscale of Palace Hotel & Spa
Flat Iron Building
The present Flat Iron Building is the third to occupy this prominent address in downtown Eureka Springs. The first two were consumed by fire during the Victorian age. Apparently the bad luck attending earlier constructions dissuaded a third try until the 1980s. Probably the most photographed building in town and by far the most memorable, this handsome but short hotel is easily recognized as a neat copy of its namesake in Manhattan.
A Real Victorian Village
"Eureka Springs: Reminiscent of a Past Era"
"Eureka!" means: "I found it!" in Greek. What an appropriate name for a village where early settlers found springs to revive their health and to renew their spirits.
Allan and I enjoyed Eureka Springs, Arkansas, so much that we returned for a second visit. In October of 2005, we took a vacation to Arkansas to a golf resort. Before we checked in at Bella Vista Village, we spent a beautiful Sunday in Eureka Springs.
This quaint village always surpises and delights me because of its large collection of Victorian architecture and its genuine attempt to accurately preserve historical details.
I discovered on this visit that The Eureka Springs Carnegie Library is one of two municipal llibraries in Arkansas that were originally financed by early 1900s philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.
I saw, for the first time, the vintage trains at the restored depot [north end of town].
Also for the first time, we took advantage of the Eureka Springs trolley. This time, I actually noticed the historic auditorium .
We also discovered that the Autumn Season is perfect here in the Ozarks. The first time we were here, I had the impression that it was quite eccentric; this time, I found it quaint. Perhaps that is because it was not filled with hordes of people.
Give it a try and see what your reaction is.
"Unusual Facts About Eureka Springs, Arkansas"
When researching Eureka Springs before we went there this time, I discovered that:
Eureka Springs has several nicknames:
1. America's Victorian Village
2. Little Switzerland of America
3. The Wedding Capital of the South
4. The Stairstep Town
5. Eureka Springs...where the misfits fit!
From that list of nicknames, you can assume that Eureka Springs is not a run-of-the-mill tourist town.
I also discovered:
Ripley's Believe It or Not Has a List for Eureka Springs:
1. The Basin Park Hotel has Seven Floors of Rooms, and they are all considered "ground floors".
2. The Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church is a church that you enter through the bell tower. [See photo of Bell Tower]
3. Eureka Springs has over 230 streets, and NONE of those streets cross each other at right angles. Thus, no "cross streets."
4. There are some house & commercial buildings that have more than one street name and address to the same building because of the way they are built into the hillsides.
Yes, indeed, Eureka Springs is an interesting, quaint, unique village to visit.
"Eureka Spring is Part of "The Natural State""
It's obvious when you enter the area around Eureka Springs that you have entered a special place [as if Arkansas wasn't special enough]. It fits right in to the ads that the state promotes: Arkansas, the Natural State".
While we were there, we were "taken" by the stunning scenery, the ever-present trees in all their glory, and the history of the "healing streams"