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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 Wedding: Bridal Bouquet Pays It Forward

We recently married a couple from Tulsa, Oklahoma here at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast.  As they packed and prepared to leave the bride brought her bouquet downstairs and said, “We are going to be in the heat all day and going to a concert tonight.  It’s just going to die.  I know the bride that is getting married this afternoon doesn’t have any flowers.  I want her to have my bouquet.  We want to pay it forward with my bouquet.”

The next bride loved the bouquet, and she paid it forward for a wedding the following day.  One bridal bouquet made three brides very happy on their wedding day.

Thanks Michelle Cupps Mitchell for your kindness and generosity.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACongratulations Mr & Mrs. Marty Mitchell on your wedding, June 28th in Eureka Springs Arkansas.


Eureka Springs Wedding —Small vs. Large

Congratulations to Bill and Becky (Wilson) Young on their intimate wedding.

Congratulations to Bill and Becky (Wilson) Young on their wedding.

Two key words are standing out in our conversations with bridal couples that come to our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast to plan their weddings—small and simple.  They say, “We want our wedding to be about us.  We want to enjoy our wedding and not be stressed over the expense and all the planning.”

A small wedding can be much more intimate.  Frequently we see a few tears shed from both the bride and groom as they express their feelings toward each other in their vows.  It’s really very sweet and they are so much more focused on what they are saying to each other.

The larger wedding puts more stress on the bridal couple.  They are nervous in front of their friends and family and many times less focused on their vows.  The expense of a larger wedding can be very daunting as well.  It’s all about choice and what the two of you as a couple want to do for your wedding celebration.

One of our couples decided to do an old-fashioned elopement.  It wasn’t easy to keep it a secret but they felt they had succeeded.  They arrived at The Inn at Rose Hall laughing about all the stories they had told to their friends about their weekend plans.  They were sure no one had any idea they were coming to Eureka Springs to get married.  The service was lovely with just the two of them.  We enjoyed being a part of their secret.  After their weekend Honeymoon they returned home and walked into a huge surprise party honoring their marriage.  It turned out everyone knew they had become Mr. & Mrs. It was a very happy celebration.

Create your own celebration with a lot of thought.  And do it to express the love between the two of you.



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.



May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs Arkansas Art Festival

Even the local clowns are ArtRageous in May

You can always tell when it’s spring in Eureka Springs.  The parades are more frequent and the locals are decked out more outrageously.   The ArtRageous Parade kicks off the May Festival of the Arts the first weekend in May. Anyone that has ever been to Eureka Springs knows creativity abounds here and nowhere is it demonstrated more than in the creativity of the parade participants.

The galleries, restaurants and retailers feature artist receptions and demonstrations all month long.  Not to be missed is the new Eureka Fine Art Gallery on North Main featuring outstanding local artists, Larry Mansker, Denise Ryan, John Willard, Cynthia Kresse, and Mark Rademacher. Every Saturday evening in May the Galleries stay open for a Gallery Stroll from 6pm until 9pm.  Be sure to pop into Eureka Thyme to see which local artist Marsha Havens is featuring.

Talent abounds as you can see in this video of mixed watermedia landscape artist Carole Dickie (Click for Video) who is one of the artists featured by Eureka Thyme.

Here at The Inn at Rose Hall, our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast, we feature local artists work year-round in our Morning Room where breakfast is served each day and in our suite, The Gallery.

Eureka lovers flock to town on the third Friday in May for the very popular White Street Walk. This quiet neighborhood becomes a giant block party and street fair from 4pm to 10pm. on this one night a year.   Doors are open to everyone to come in visit with the artists, view their latest masterpieces, enjoy refreshments, and experience Eureka Springs at it’s best. This party has taken place every year for 24 years.

For a complete list of events go to

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.  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.

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.