One of those perfect fall days.
Eureka Springs is putting on a splendid show this fall. The trees are ablaze in reds, yellows, and greens. When you consider the drought conditions we experienced this summer, it’s amazing to see how pretty our hills look.
Yesterday we took the three dogs for a walk around the cottages at our Lake Lucerne Resort to check out the leaves and feed our geese. The dogs ran ahead of us on the trails and pounced on each other in the piles of leaves like small children.
Lake Lucerne Gazebo with the flock.
It’s our favorite weekend of the year and it all begins this Friday, December 2nd. You don’t want to miss a minute of this weekend. Be sure to arrive in Eureka Springs early enough to check in to your room before the festivities begin. As a guest of our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast you will leave The Inn at Rose Hall with a portable cup of steaming hot chocolate to sip on your way to the festivities.
Stroll down Spring Street, which is magical with Christmas lights and decorations at all of the Springs and the Victorian Homes. Even the stores are participating with Living Christmas Windows from 3PM until parade time at 6PM.
The evening parade is unlike any you have ever seen. It’s an electric parade—maybe not like Disneyland—but it has a lot of personality—Eureka style. There will be dozens of floats created by our merchants, schools and groups of individuals that get together to express their joy of the season. Several marching bands from surrounding towns have joined the celebration over the years. The parade really demonstrates what a warm-hearted community we live in.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 is the Christmas Tour of Homes from 3PM-8PM. Each year a number of the Victorian Homes open their doors for the Christmas Tour of Homes. The trolleys shuttle people from the designated parking area to the beginning of the tour. There you can stroll from one home to another where guides dressed in Victorian finery tell you about the history of each home. And of course, along the way there is always a place to stop and enjoy some Christmas cookies.
Tickets are available at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce (516 Village Circle, 479-253-8737), the Eureka Springs Historical Museum (95 South Main Street, 479-253-9417), or conveniently online! Advance sale tickets are $15; day of tour, $20.
Take a minute and enjoy this video of the past Christmas Tour of Homes
The month of May is all about art in Eureka Springs in all its many forms.
The May Arts Festival kicked off with the ArtRageous Parade the first weekend of the month. This artful and sometimes outrageous parade rolled through downtown Eureka Springs featuring colorful floats, walkers, bands looking ArtRageous as only Eureka can. Winner of the best costume award went to Mark Hughes of Regalia as “Butterfly Boy.” Glad we didn’t have to vote…as you can see there were some incredible costumes.
Tomorrow evening, Friday, May 20th is the White Street Studio Walk.
White Street, on the upper historic loop has a number of artists that welcome you into their homes and studios to view their newest creations. There will be more than forty guest artists who will be set up in homes, studios, on porches and on the street. It’s a giant block party honoring Eureka Springs Artisans from 4PM until 10PM.
Saturday evenings in May the major Art Galleries are open from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Stroll from gallery to gallery, enjoy refreshments and talk with their featured artist.
All month from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM The Queen Anne Mansion is featuring a fabulous show featuring local artists. You can tour the renovated Queen Anne Mansion and then go downstairs to the gallery space in the garden level of the building. You will feel like you have stepped into a world-class art exhibit. There are works from 50 painters, photographers, wood workers and sculptors on display. You will be amazed to see the quality and breadth of art from the local artists here in Eureka Springs. We can guarantee you will be impressed with the quality of artistic talent in this tiny quirky town in the heart of the Ozarks.
There is no group of people on the planet that love a good parade more than the residents of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We probably have more parades each year in our little village than any other city in the country. Last month was our Mardi Gras Parade (pictured here) that was a tremendous success. It was a bitter, cold day but the streets were lined with fun-loving locals and visitors just having a good time.
The next parade is the ArtRageous Parade May 1st at 2PM in downtown Eureka Springs. It’s the Kick-Off for the May Festival of the Arts. The parade theme—Go Hawg Wild! The theme alone guarantees a good time for both visitor and local alike. People will be dressed up as flowers to honor the month of May, or as artists, or maybe even a work of art. You won’t see another parade like this…guaranteed. If you love art and want to have fun put us on your “Must Do List” for May.
Happy couple following their wedding at The Inn at Rose Hall
We talk to a lot of brides this time of the year. Last night I had a call from a young woman that was in a quandary about where to have her family and the wedding party stay. It’s a question we are asked a lot. Do you want everyone to stay where you and the groom are staying? It sounds like a lot of fun but once the excitement, nuptial nerves and wedding celebration are over most couples discover they just want to be alone. It’s worth thinking about. If everyone stays someplace else, it takes you, the bride and groom, out of the host mode, and then you can make the choice if you want to join the others or just be alone together. Eureka Springs offers so many wonderful lodging options. You might want to rent several cottages for your guests, or an entire Bed and Breakfast and they will only be minutes away from where you are staying.
It’s a solution worth thinking about.
What’s not to like if it is chocolate? Valentines’ Day is coming up and it gives us all an excuse to indulge in all forms of chocolate. Here at The Inn at Rose Hall our guests will be greeted with a steaming cup of the most decadent hot chocolate and then we’ll just keep chocolate treats coming.
If your in Eureka Springs this weekend and you’re a chocolate aficionado, you want to remember the 7th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival being held at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in the Convention Center on Saturday, February 12th from 9AM to 3PM. Here you will be able to indulge in chocolate cakes, cookies, ice cream, multiple dipping fountains, beverages and more. It’s the ultimate chocolate experience.
Admission will be $10 for adults and $6 for children age six and under.
Eureka Springs for the holidays. All year long we tell our guests at The Inn at Rose Hall about this weekend. It’s filled with Eureka magic and holiday cheer. All of us look forward to the first weekend in December.
The festivities start Friday, December 3 from 3:00-5:30PM when area residents dressed in period costumes become “living mannequins” and step into the local merchants windows. It’s like looking at a living post card in every window.
At dusk the lights begin to turn on and you get a true sense of real holiday spirit. It appears people are ready to celebrate the season as there are a lot of lights all over town this year. We always decorate our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast with Christmas garlands and lights winding down the staircase. It’s very pretty.
At 6PM the annual Christmas Parade begins to make it’s way down Spring Street. Our guests leave The Inn for the parade bundled up with a hot chocolate to help keep them warm. For a small town Eureka Springs certainly knows how to throw a parade. Their are floats all lit up, lots of locals in Victorian costume, bands and thousands of lights making their way down the hill.
The next day, Saturday, December 5 the Candlelight Tour of Homes opens from 3:00-8:00PM. It’s an opportunity to tour some of Eureka Springs’ finest old homes dressed for the holiday season. Admission for advance tickets is $15, day of tour $20. The money collected from the tour goes to our Preservation Society that is refurbishing the fountain at Basin Park.
Join us. We would love to see you and share the holiday cheer.
Zoie & Faryl Kaye
Most of our guests at The Peabody House and The Inn at Rose Hall know we own Lake Lucerne Cottages and the lake by the same name. The lake is a small 6-acre lake two miles south of downtown Eureka Springs.
Over the past five years our guests have watched the waterfowl change from time to time on the lake depending upon the season. Several years ago we became the owners of a flock of domestic geese that are noisy, territorial and possessive. In spite of all of that they are very entertaining and we all love to watch their antics.
This spring we had three Canadian Geese arrive and check out the lake as a possible home. The Domestic crew was not happy about their arrival and proceeded to force two of them to move on. One did not leave. She fell in love with one of the Domestic boys. They have been a couple for the entire summer. He has defended her time and time again.
Now we are waiting to see what happens in the fall. Is she going to break his heart? Will she stay or will she go?
There is a new room at The Inn at Rose Hall. “The Gallery” which honors the artists of Eureka Springs. Warm colors act as the backdrop for the original artwork of some of Eureka Springs’ top artists. The guest room is an artist gallery that features a partially completed oil from Barbara Kennedy of two young boys laughing with glee on a working easel. Over the fireplace is a watercolor of 19th Century Eureka Springs by Larry Mansker. There’s a soothing river scene in acrylic by Jody Stephenson and a series of oil paintings from John Willer.
Our guests can lay back in their bed or in the Jacuzzi and take in the original talent on display in their very own room. Each time a guest returns to
”The Gallery” there will be new paintings to view.