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Daytrip hiking around Eureka Springs

Hiking from the War Eagle TrailheadHiking From the War Eagle Trailhead

Leaving Eureka Springs, take Arkansas Highway 23 South for 20 miles to Withrow Springs State Park.   The hiking trail is well marked and starts at the bridge near the southwest entrance to the park.

You will head out under the bridge and up some stairs to the ridge that follows War Eagle Creek for the majority of the trail. This part is pretty level. About 0.5 miles into your hike you will come to War Eagle Cave. You will not be able to enter the cave due to a problem that is impacting the bat population here in the state. The next portion of the trail requires caution as it follows along a rocky ridge that climbs about 150 feet to the top of a bluff overlooking the countryside. This is a very pretty part of the trHiking on the Dogwood Nature Trailail. You can return to the trailhead or head off toward the Dogwood Nature Trail.  The Dogwood Nature Trail is named for the many flowering dogwood trees along it’s path.

The trail is 2 miles round trip and will take you approximately one hour. It is classified as Strenuous or Moderate depending upon the source. The trail is named for War Eagle Creek that is unique in that it flows north from the headwaters in the Boston Mountains instead of south.

Time for Food

When you get back to your car, you will have worked up an appetite. Drive five miles further to the town of Huntsville. Check out Granny’s Kitchen, one of those restaurants that everyone knows about for miles around. Open every day from 6:00AM-2:30PM. Southern home-cookin’—pot roast, fried chicken, ham & beans and chicken and dumplings. The experience won’t be complete without having a piece of Granny’s pie. If you have the pie, you may need to find another trail.

Eureka Springs Creates a Fun-filled Christmas Events Calendar

Inn at Rose Hall Eureka Springs always knows how to take a fun-filled holiday month and ratchet it up and put a slightly overactive spin to it and 2015 is no exception. December is a great month to shop and stay in Eureka Springs.  Check out our gift to you our guests at the end of this post.

December 4th Christmas Parade of Lights themed “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”  Eureka Springs loves a parade and especially one that hosts Santa Claus. There will be Christmas floats moving through the Historic District, lots of locals that love to get together and walk in the parade tossing candy to both young and old.. We even have a couple of bands that participate and a lot of fun-loving people. Yes, it might be a little hoakie but the enthusiasm of the locals and participants make up for it all. It sets the tone for the Christmas Season. Christmas lights and colorful led screen rental are turned on and the parade lights up Spring Street making it one of the year’s most popular parades.

Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes

December 5th—Always proud of their small Victorian Village, Eureka Springs’ residences once again invite visitors to tour their homes and experience the history and lifestyle of the past. The Eureka Springs Preservation Society hosts the 33rd Annual Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 3PM-8PM.

This year there will be nine Eureka Springs’ locations participating in the self-guided tour. Members of the Preservation Society dressed in period costumes will act as docents at each of the locations. As you move from one home to the other visitors will see Eureka Springs in all of its’ Christmas finery.  Tickets are $20.00 and include use of Eureka Springs trolley between tour homes during the Tour hours.

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Eureka Springs Snow Village and Train Exhibit  November 22nd-December 23rd

 If you or someone has a passion for trains, this exhibit should go to the top of your list. There are three Lionel 0 scale trains, three town squares depicting businesses of the era as well as over 300 buildings with accessories, vehicles, trees and many surprises. It’s definitely not a display for children only! For additional information see the events page of the museum website:

December 5th Eureka Springs Auditorium 7PM

John Two Hawks Holiday Concert

 If you have never heard this Grammy and Emmy nominated Native American Flute Music Recording Artist, John Two Hawks, give yourself a holiday treat this year. Each holiday season he blesses Eureka Springs residents and guests with an evening of very special music. This year he is joined by the Finnish singing star Johanna Kurkela performing music from their new album “Noel” as well as other yuletide music.

A Gift To You From  The Inn at Rose Hall, The Peabody House or Lake Lucerne Resort and Ranch.  As our way of saying thank you to our Eureka Springs merchants and to you our guests

Shop & Stay with us in Eureka Springs any time from December 4-24, 2015

Each day of your stay at any of our properties make a minimum $30 purchase at any Eureka Springs Retailer (not bar or restaurant) and you will receive a $30 discount on your stay! All you have to do is show us your receipt from that day. Good for up to three nights discount during December 4-24, 2015.

It’s our way of saying to you “Thanks for supporting our retail stores that make Eureka Springs a fun and interesting place to stay. It’s also our way of saying, “Thanks for staying with us. It’s been our privilege to host your visits to Eureka Springs.”  Reservations must be made on our online reservation system.  The special is only available for On-Line bookings.

The Silent Voices of Eureka Springs


Eureka Springs Cemetery

In planning a trip to Eureka Springs, I would doubt that most travelers have a visit to the Eureka Springs Cemetery on their list of “things to do.” But if you are fascinated with history, it’s a must do on your list any time of the year. The old tombstones have a voice of their own, they speak of times gone by, and families that created this Victorian town. Some of the names are barely legible but you can make out many of the dates that go back to the 1800’s. You will ask yourself, what would life have been like in Eureka Springs then?  Who was this person?  How did they make their living?  Was it a large family?  Some of the names you will recognize from the markings on the buildings in town.

Tombstone for Smith

Tombstone for Smith 1828-1881

Every year for the past seven years, some of our talented Eurekans have responded to that question by being a part of Voices from Eureka’s Silent City. The living history tour features live actors in period costumes portraying the early citizens of Eureka Springs who now reside in the silent city. You will walk through the cemetery stopping to hear the stories of some of Eureka’s former leaders, hooligans and gentle folk.  The actors are all local Eurekans taking on the role of a member of the community in the 1800’s.

Tombstones from 1800's

Tombstones among the trees.

The event will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 30th and 31st. The guided walking tours begin at 5:30PM and leave every twenty minutes from the former Victoria Inn parking. There is no parking at the cemetery, but free parking and shuttle service will be provided from the former Victoria Inn. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased in advance at the Chamber of Commerce or the museum downtown at 95 South Main St. They will also be sold at the parking lot.  The event is done to benefit the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.

Eureka Springs Opens New Pathway


Painted stairs in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs has always pushed the edge in artistic efforts. This time it is a community effort that has reached out to our younger artists. An unimpressive concrete staircase in the heart of town has come to life thanks to the efforts of the UP Project that engaged a community of artists, designers, volunteers and sponsors.

The UP Project invited students of the Eureka Springs High School Art Club to submit designs to enliven the uninteresting stairs from Center Street to Main Street in the historic district. Two sketches submitted by Kennedy Cash and Kyla Boardman were selected by the Eureka Springs Arts Council. Doug Myerscough, a muralist, assisted the two students in combining their sketches into a single mural running the length of the staircase. The outcome is a unique and exciting way to depict the environment surrounding our beautiful city. You can’t help but stop and reflect on the unique and engaging staircase.

((Photo by Chris Boothman))

Eureka Springs — Music Events All Summer

If you are a music lover, pack your bags and head for Eureka Springs this summer.  Upcoming events should satisfy every music taste this year.

This upcoming weekend, June 12-15 is the annual Eureka Springs Blues Weekend with a stellar lineup of great blues performers.  Kicking off the performances at the Eureka Springs auditorium Friday, June 13 is Grammy winner Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.  Opening act Walter “Wolfman” Washington is an icon of the New Orleans music scene for decades.

Saturday June 14 the headliner is Carolyn Wonderland a musical force who ranges from the soulful vocals of Janis to traditional blues.  Opening the show is Moreland & Arbuckle, Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones.

OPERA June 20-July 18

Now in its 64th year Opera in the Ozarks will be performing in its newly air-conditioned outdoor venue at Inspiration Point.

Summer Programs:

Mozart/ Cosi fan tutte

Puccini/ Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

Sondheim/ Into the Woods

The synopses are available on their website:

BLUE GRASS August 14-16

Mr. Big’s Annual Bluegrass Festival. Acts include Melvin Goins, Retro & Smiley, Pam Setzer, Clark Family, Bill Nesbitt, Karl Shiflett & Big Country.

JAZZ September 12-14

Jazz in Eureka.  Free music in Basin Spring Park and jazz at other venues around town.

This year will feature Fayetteville Jazz Collective, and Last Southern Gentlemen Tour.  Definitely not to be missed is Ellis & Delfeayo Marsalis in concert at the Eureka Springs Auditorium.

FOLK MUSIC October 7-11

The 67th Annual Ozark Folk Festival

Every doorway and nook and cranny around town will have folk music pouring out of it.  The headliner at the auditorium will be The Hedge Hoppers.



Snugglin’ by the Fireplace

FallBlog-GalleryFireplace-9135411We’ve lit the fireplaces and brought out the hot chocolate at The Inn at Rose Hall and The Peabody House.  Lake Lucerne Resort is primed with freshly stacked firewood for our cottages with wood burning fireplaces.  It’s in the 70’s in the daytime, which is the perfect temperature to wander the hills and drops to the 40’s in the evenings.
As you walk in The Inn at Rose Hall you can smell the Pumpkin Bread baking or you just might be arriving when the Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Carmel Sauce is coming out of the oven.  Once you have tasted it you will absolutely have to take the recipe home with you.  Fall has it’s own special colors and smells.
It’s a great time to take a break as it won’t be long before the Holidays will be here.  Be sure to make your reservations soon.  We still have a few rooms and cottages available.

Eureka Springs Dresses Up for Fall

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. Further in the water we could see some of the best inflatable stand up paddle boards and their surfers. 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.

Christmas Celebrations in our Victorian Village-Eureka Springs

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


Art Festival in Eureka Springs

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.

Parade Fever in Eureka Springs

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.



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

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