The springs-16 total in the town area are not all easily found, but there is a map to search if you desire. These are a few of the more prominent ones. The springs are really small parks, wrung with flowers and decor, and very attractive.
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
Throughout the walk up the hill; about three good blocks, there are special buildings and colorful memories of the past. These are some of those. The brick and stone was the last construction after fires that destroyed previous buildings. The New Orleans hotel looks like an interesting place to stay and also is a spa service. Some of the old buildings are being closed just recently; maybe more to come with our depressed times now? Hopefully not
The town buildings are mostly all form late 1800's to early 1900's. Nothing seems to be new here, and that is hard to say in today's fast food and slap up construction. Much is built on the rock, or carved into the sides and that takes a lot of chipping. Fires had not really effected the town much in last 80+ years, unlike other century old towns. Brick was the reason after 2-3 early fires that destroyed some structures.
You walk down a wooded trail, move around a curve and there stands a majestic glass chapel- so beautiful- so close to God. This is Thorncrown Chapel.
Thorncrown was the dream of retired school teacher, Jim Reed. In 1978 Jim enlisted the help of renowned architect E. Fay Jones to design a place of worship for the visitors to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The result was a forty-eight foot tall wooden structure with 425 windows which was completed in 1980.
Walking into the chapel you immediately feel a sense of peace and wonder. It felt like you are worshipping in the outdoors with the trees surrounding you completely.
Truly a beautiful place.
Open the following hours:
April through November 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (The chapel will be closed on Saturdays in November of 2006.)
March and December 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
A visit to Eureka Springs Arkansas is like taking a step back in time. And when it comes to Eureka Springs hotels, your visit to the Crescent Hotel is taking that step in high style.
Built in 1886 and a proud member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America this Eureka Springs hotel has been the choice for Eureka Springs weddings and Eureka Springs vacations for these 120 years.
But it never started as a hotel. Read about its history under the Ghost Tour section.
The collection of vintage rolling stock at ES&NA is one of the Ozarks' largest, and all the authentic railroad memorabilia is here to re-create the turn-of-the-century era and give modern visitors a taste of how it was when rail service brought the first visitors to Eureka Springs in 1883.
From the first rumble of the engine and clanging of the bell to call boarders, it's an exciting adventure and the ultimate nostalgia trip right down to the last blowing of the horn.
After dinner on the train, we thought it would be fun to go on a ghost tour at the famous Crescent Hotel.
The hotel was constructed in 1886 and known as the, "Queen of The Ozarks," to the victorians. In the teens it was a fine girl's school. Intriguing tales woven with history. Hear of legendary haunts and ongoing investigations being conducted by our trained staff. The Lady in the garden, nurses, Michael, Theodora, a few of the legends to whet your appetite. Follow the dark halls below the hotel into the realm of "Dr." Norman Baker and his Cancer Cure Hospital. Many dreams of a cure for cancer were never realized. The long history of the hotel is represented through the ghosts that still inhabit it's halls and walls.
Carroll, our tour guide was well-versed and she was certainly dressed for the part. The tour started at 8pm and she intrigued us with ghostly tales moving from room to room, floor to floor in the corridors of Crescent Hotel.
Are ghosts real? Are they really in the hotel, still? You'll never know till you experienced it. We didn't have any out of the world experience although there was a guy who shot a picture with something strange looking in it. Light effects? We will never know.
It was not as scary as we thought till we made our way to the "morgue" at the basement of the hotel which incidentally is where the spa is today. Suffice to say, all desires to go to that spa disappeared that night!
At the end of it, we felt a little sad especially for all those people who were conned by Dr. Norman Baker into believing there was a cure for cancer.
Tour is US$15 per person and lasts for 2.5 hours. A great way to spend the evening.
Would I stay at Crescent Hotel? I don't think so!
We decided to try something different. Visited Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway and booked a trip on the dinner train.
Dressed up and with dreams of experiencing the romance of train travel in the past, an antique looking 1920 train pulled up at the station and we were escorted to the elegant dining salon.
It was a very enjoyable experience with great food and lovely views from the windows whilst the train slowly rolled down the tracks.
Here's a sample of the dinner menu :
Baked Chicken Breast
~ $36.50 ~
Chef's Prime Rib
~ $36.50 ~
"The City of New Orleans"
Rainbow Trout Almondine
~ $36.50 ~
All entreés are accompanied by our Chef's Special soup & salad, rice pilaf, vegetables and Flaming Baked Alaska.
Wine & Champagne available.
Casual to semi-formal attire suggested.
Prices include train fare and meal. - Gratuities not included. Reservations Suggested.
Sorry - minimum of 5 years of age on dinner trains only.
I had the rainbow trout almondine which was very fresh and tasty. The dessert - flaming baked alaska was presented with flair and I wished they had given us more.
Details on the train ride :
- April through October
- Boarding 10 minutes before departure.
- Departs at 5:00 p.m.
- 4 1/2 mile round trip - approx. 1 1/2 hrs.
The ES & NA is a restored railroad with many historical pieces of equipment in the railyard. It was the railroad used in the mini-series "The Blue and the Gray." There is a fun shop in the depot. You can either just ride as a passenger on a short trip or have dinner on a special excursion.
The hotel sits at the highest point above the town and is worth rambling around inside and if I were planning to stay overnight in Eureka Springs I would certainly want to stay here! Be sure to appreciate the grounds and the facilities. You can park your car briefly on the grounds (longer if using the facilities). The associated Basin Park Hotel is nearby . It is where the original springs were (are).(12 Spring St).
Please Click Picture to see Statue more clearly and be sure to look at second photo of statue up close
We first saw Christ of the Ozarks when we took the tram tour and were standing on the balcony of The Crescent Hotel and Spa. That makes one want to see it up close.
Our guide told us that it is one of the most visited attractions in the Ozarks. It's located on the grounds of The Great Passion Play complex, and it overlooks the village of Eureka Springs.
It really is massive [it stands 7-stories high!]. It was completed and dedicated in 1966. It was sculpted by the late Emmet Sullivan who was one of the artisans who sculpted Mount Rushmore.
We were told that there are no poured segments; every inch of the sculpture was built by hand. The foundation is welded into the rock of the mountain and required 340 tons of concrete interlaced with steel.
During construction, they had to completely surround it with scaffolding, and the workers built an elevator up the side of the framework so they could reach the higher segments.
The statue is made of 24 layers of white mortar on a steel frame; it weighs over two million pounds!
The statue's hands [from wrist to fingertip] measures approximately 7 feet, and the arm spread spans 65 feet
You'll be glad to hear that the Christ of the Ozarks is open to the public 24 hours each day of the year, and it is FREE.
Note that autos are limited to a parking area several yards from the grounds so you have to use a gently sloping paved walkway to get close to it.
As you can see from the 2nd photo, it is difficult to capture the entire statue up close unless you have a very complicated and expensive camera.
aIn 1978, a retired school teacher named Jim Reed asked architect E. Fay Jones to design a place of worship for people who came to Eureka Springs. Jones created a masterpiece, a 48-foot tall wooden and glass chapel with 425 windows. It's beauty takes your breath away.
Two years later, in 1980, the chapel was opened to the public, and since then, over 5 million people have visited this sanctuary in the woods. I'm pleased to know that it has won many architectual awards, and the American Institute of Architects placed the Thorncrown Chapel 4th on its list of the top buildings of the 20th Century!
In 1989, the Thorncrown Worship Center was opened. It was also designed by E. Fay Jones, and it stands as "a sister building to Thorncrown Chapel." It has a 50 foot window and seats over 300 people. That's why so many people use it for weddings.
It is really impressive at night when you see reflections of the crosses in the chapel lights surrounding the building.
It was hard for me to conceive that there are over 6,00 square feet of glass! How appropriate that it sits atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone. Although it appears so majestic, it is really a very simple design. Because it is located in a spot where you have a marvelous view of the lovely Ozark hills, you somehow [or at least I did] feel closer to God.
Thorncrown Chapel is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is FREE, but donations are accepted. There's plenty of parking. It's located on Highway 62 West, 3 miles outside of Eureka Springs.
I hope that if you decide to visit Thorncrown Chapel, you will be as inspired by its architecture, simplicity, and beauty as I was. I think you will also relish the added bonus of the natural beauty of the Ozark vista.
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One of the reasons that Eureka Springs became popular again is because it is home to The Great Passion Play. About 35 years ago, the play became a reality, and since that time, more than 7 million visitors have seen it. The literature says that "it was voted one of the top 100 events in North America"
It is good to know that the seats are comfortable because they have backrests; you are able to see no matter where you are because of the multi-level venue.
It's a cast of hundreds, including live animals.
The Great Passion Play Performance [includes Sacred Arts Center & Bible Museum] Cost:
12 and up: $23.25
New Holy Land Tour [includes Sacred Arts Center & Bible Museum]
12 and up: $15.00
Museum of Earth History
12 and up: $8.50
EXTRA VALUE PACKAGE [Best Price]
It includes Great Passion Play Seating, New Hold Land Tour, Museum of Earth History, Sacred Arts Center, Bible Museum, and DINNER
Passion Play Performance at 8:30 or 7:30, depending on date
I'm sure that Allan and I are similar to others who enter Eureka Springs vial Highway 62 and see a Glorious Queen Anne and ask, "What is that beautiful piece of architecture?" Well, we discovered that it is The Queen Anne Mansion and Rose Garden which, fortunately, can be toured.
This tour is wonderful, especially for history and/or architecture buffs such as myself. When you enter this home, you enter a splendid Victorian era . Ironically, this home was not built here in Eureka Springs. Instead, it was built in Cathage, Missouri! Engineer Russell Clay and his crew did what most people thought to be impossible. They disassembled, moved, and rebuilt the mansion from Carthage to Eureka Springs! On the tour, we learned that it took 37 trips in a low boy truck and 3 loads in a covered van to get the house here! Afterward, each piece was numbered, charted, and then reassembled.
Now, this is a 3-story mansion that covers 12,000 square feet. It is built of Carthage Marble, wood, and Warrensburg sandstone. The interior is a sight to behold. Its woodwork includes 7 fireplace mantles and 5 pocket doors that were hand carved by Italian and German woodcarvers. [Oak and Cherry]
Since I love gardens so much, I was also impressed with the rose garden. By the way, there were still roses in October.
We were told, and I could visualize, that many people decide to hold their weddings and/or wedding receptions here. What a perfect location.
The Trolley stops here as it is a designated TROLLEY STOP