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Eureka Springs Weddings

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.

Chocolate in Eureka Springs

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.

The Holidays in Eureka Springs

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

Love Affair Gone Awry

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?

Inn at Rose Hall

Original artworkThere 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.

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival this Weekend

My favorite music weekend is here. We still have a room available so come on up to Eureka Springs! Shows start Thursday evening with the Watermelon Social, and all shows all weekend are free. Here’s the current line up:
Thursday August 19
Basin Spring Park
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bluegrass Watermelon Social (Free)
Everyone is encouraged to bring your fiddle, banjo, bass, guitar and a healthy appetite! admission, free watermelon and bottled water.

Friday, August 20
Basin Spring Park (all shows are free)
11 a.m. The Hobnobbers
12 noon The Cobb Family
1 p.m. The Roving Gamblers
2 p.m. Josh Love Band
3 p.m. Common Tyme
4 p.m. The Williams Family
5 p.m. The HillBinders
6 p.m. Mountain View Friends
7 p.m. The Dragon Masters

Saturday, August 21
Basin Spring Park (all shows are free)
11 a.m. The Hobnobbers
12 noon The Cobb Family
1 p.m. Roving Gamblers
2 p.m. Josh Love Band
3 p.m. Buffalo City Ramblers
4 p.m. Mountain View Friends
5 p.m. Spring Street
6 p.m. Dragon Masters

Saturday, August 21
The Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30pm; General Admission Only: $10
7:30 p.m. Mr. Big, Arkansas Red, and Tim Crouch
8 p.m. Brief Intermission
8:15 p.m. Melvin Goins, with Retro and Smiling

Sunday August 22
Basin Spring Park (all shows are free)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Williams Family Gospel Show
Check for show updates and times in Basin Park. Enjoy!

Faryl & Zoie

Eureka Springs Artists Studio Tour

If you have spent anytime in Eureka Springs, you already know we have some outstanding artists in our community.  The 5th Annual Studio Tour will be held the weekend of September 24-26th this year.  It sounds like it is so far away, but it’s important to make reservations early as we are very busy that time of the year.

You have three wonderful days to visit the studios of 17 Eureka Springs Artists.  Some of them will be doing demonstrations and others are available just to chat about what and how they pursue their craft.  It’s great fun.  We’ll give you a map and away you go.  Some studios are in the heart of the Historic District and the search for others will be down a winding dirt trail unlike anything you’ve ever seen.   The tour is part education with a little adventure thrown in.  You can pack a picnic and find a cozy spot to have lunch in the middle of your journey.

May Arts Festival

If you love art in any form, you absolutely have to put Eureka Springs on your travel schedule for the month of May.  It’s difficult to encapsulate all that is happening this month, but we have tried to give you a sampling.

During the entire month of May there will be free music in Basin Spring Park.  Monday through Friday 3-5pm Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 11am-1pm

Saturday Gallery Stroll

Our galleries will be open for you to peruse the amazing art of Eureka Springs and enjoy refreshments every Saturday evening from 6-9pm

May 1 (Saturday)

No city in America loves a parade as much as Eureka Springs. In May it’s the ARTrageous Parade that travels through historic downtown at 2pm.

Gallery Stroll features:

Zark’s Fine Design Gallery:  Internationally known sculpture artist Tim Cotterill–limited edition bronze frog, koi and gecko sculptures.

Eureka Thyme Gallery:  Woodcrafters Less Casteel crafts fine fueniture, John Dilbeck specializes in segmented, turned bowls and Jim Kibby works in wood burl.

Eureka Fine Art Company:  Larry Mansker–large-scale landscapes;James Yale–mythical realism; and Carol Dickie–colorful landscapes in mixed water media.

Iris at the Basin Park:  Lorna and Craig Trigg Hirsh–tuned ceramic wind whistles and wind chimes.

Quicksilver Gallery:  Potter and sculptor Maura Miller–raku masks and ceramic vessels fused with glass.

The Ozarks Chorale performs in the Eureka Springs City Auditorium at 7pm.  For more information and tickets go to www.theaud.org

May 2 (Sunday)

The Art of Fine Dining

Cottage Inn Restaurant owner-chef, Linda Hager, presents her monthly Wine Diner featuring a South American theme at 6:30pm.  Reservations are required 479-253-5282.

Flute Making Demonstration at Fire Om Earth Studio, 872 Mill Hollow Road from 12pm-4pm.

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Imagine these are just the events for the first weekend in May.  We will continue to post the events calendar for the remainder of the month over the next few days.  If you wish more details you may go to the following website:

www.mayfestivalofthearts.com/schedule-of-events

If you are staying at The Inn at Rose Hall, we will have a full schedule posted of all the events and lots of discussion over breakfast about what to do each day.

Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast: Breakfast Treats

As the seasons change in our B&B world, so do our breakfasts.  It’s Spring and fresh fruit is beginning to arrive in the market.   At the sign of the first strawberries the crepe pans come out of the cabinet. Our Strawberry Crepes are a favorite with our guests here at The Inn at Rose Hall.

Most people shy away from making crepes, but we find them very easy.  Instead of a formal recipe here are the basics.  You can use any standard crepe recipe…just remember to make the batter at least an hour before you want to cook them. The filling is a mixture of sour cream, cream cheese, a little lemon zest, lemon juice and powdered sugar.  Combine these ingredients until they satisfy your taste buds.  Place two or three spoonfuls on each crepe, roll them and place in a buttered baking dish.  Bake until warm- about 15 minutes at 325 degrees.  Serve them with fresh sliced strawberries that have been sprinkled with brown sugar.  If you really want to be decadent, put a dollop of whip cream on top.  They may not be on your diet but when you are staying in a Bed and Breakfast you are on holiday.  So who cares?

The Inn at Rose Hall, 56 Hillside Avenue, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Reservations: 800-544-7734 Phone: 479-253-8035

Please also visit our sister properties: Peabody House and Historic Cottages

The Inn at Rose Hall is a proud member of the Eureka Springs Wedding Guild.