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Places to Eat in Eureka Springs: The Bakers Table Bakery

New Bakery in Eureka Springs

Something to look forward to on your next visit to Eureka Springs – a new bakery! All the locals were anticipating the opening. It looked like everything was ready to go when a new message appeared on the paper- covered windows. “We’ve gone to London to have tea with the Queen!” And guess what, they did have tea with the Queen of England and opened shortly thereafter.

Dream of a Bakery Happens

The Bakers Table is the dream of a former engineer and now Pastry Chef, Karen Emde and her mom, Judy Holden. Judy was formerly in the restaurant business. Like many of our residences they came here to visit six years ago and fell in love with Eureka Springs

It’s a charming little place in the heart of downtown. They serve an assortment of pastries, breakfast and yummy lunch. The lunch menu offers salads, sandwiches, and home made soup. Should you desire a proper teatime they have a great assortment of teas.

Pastries Made On Site at Eureka Springs New Bakery

Karen arrives to start her day baking all their delectable treats in the wee small hours of the morning. Each day brings new surprises. You will find croissants, unique cheesecakes and seasonal pies and layer cakes. On our last visit they had a large tray of Sticky Buns fresh out of the oven. We always walk out with a little pink box. Today’s was filled with a huge piece of German Chocolate Cake.

Bakery Hours

You can check the hours on Facebook and Yelp.  At the time of writing they are open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday. Each day they serve both breakfast and lunch. You might want to grab something to-go and sit on a bench by one of the springs and enjoy your special treat. The bakery is located on Spring Street in the heart of downtown Eureka Springs.

We are so pleased to have a great bakery but at the same time relieved The Inn at Rose Hall is a 10 minute walk away! If we were closer, we would never step foot in the kitchen of The Inn.

Be sure you ask Karen and Judy about having tea with the Queen of England.

Folk Art in Eureka Springs at Wilson & Wilson

American Folk Artist – A Eureka Treasure

One of our local treasures is a woman by the name of Blakeley Wilson. She’s an American folk artist. She and her mother Sylvia own Wilson & Wilson Folkart Company at 23 Spring Street in downtown Eureka Springs. Be sure to put a visit to this gallery on the top of your “must see” list when you visit Eureka Springs the next time.

Painting Her Ideal World

When you walk in you instantly know you are talking with a woman that is doing what she loves. Her folk art paintings are of her “ideal world.” They capture idyllic villages, farm scenes, and tiny critters. You will find she or Sylvia, in the store painting every day they are open. A conversation with Blakeley will make you want to move into her “ideal world.” We’ve never walked into her place of business and not left feeling better about the world. Blakeley has a smile and genuine warmth that makes you feel better about everything. And her painted critters will put a smile on your face.

Folk Art Details Make You Smile

As you move around the gallery you will find yourself pausing and studying each painting, looking at all the details.  Her folk art is a life of whimsy and the simple things we love in her magical paintings. Her canvas can be anything she chooses. On our last visit she was working on a series of teakettles. Each of the hand painted teakettles telling another story about a magical place.

Creative From a Young Age

Both of Blakeley’s parents are very creative people. As a child Blakeley traveled with her parents to arts and craft festivals all over the country. She says, “I started painting long before I learned my alphabet.” Lessons well learned. She is still participating in War Eagle Arts and Crafts Festival after 25 years.

There is one thing we can guarantee. If you visit Wilson & Wilson you can’t help walking out of the store with a smile on your face, and a song in your heart. You might even find yourself humming Zippity Doo Dah as you amble down the street, feeling a little silly.

 

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.   www.eurekaspringschamber.com

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.

For more ticket information go to www.eurekaspringspreservationsociety.org

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: www.eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org

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.  www.johntwohawks.com

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

Tombstones

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:

http://www.opera.org/

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

 

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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