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February is Romance in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

January 29th, 2014 by babiesblog

February is the month of “Romance” and what better city, Eureka Springs, to spend cuddled up with your love?

Enjoy a candlelit dinner at one of our award-winning restaurants in town or let us set you up with a couples massage (what a treat) at one of the many massage centers. Time to relax.

And if you love Mardi Gras, but can’t go to NOLA, Eureka Springs is the place to be. We enjoy many great events around town, celebrating this fun time of year, at Eureka Gras.

Here are some activities going on in February:

February 5: Eureka Gras – Umbrella decorating at the New Delhi at 5pm.

February 8: Taste of N’Awlins. Cafe au Lait and Beignets at 2pm at Keels Creek Winery

February 12: Eureka Gras – Umbrella decorating at the New Delhi at 5pm.

February 15th, 2014: The 10th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival

The festival features several “best of” contests in both Amateur and Professional categories. Best Decorated Cake, Best Candy, Best Dessert and Most Creative Cake are a few areas you will see. And yes, you will be able to sample some of the luscious chocolate desserts. Go to www.eurekachocfest.org for information.

Chocolate Lovers Festival

 

 

 

 

 

February 22: Eureka Gras Night Parade. Boarding of the Krewe of Krazo Floats from the Krazo Float Den next to Rowdy at 5 pm. Parade begins at 6 pm. After party at the Rowdy Beaver.

February 22: 3rd Annual Chamber of Commerce MidWinter Jam at the Auditorium. For more information call 479-253-8737.

February 27: Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Hookers & Jokers Ball at the Inn of the Ozarks Best Western Convention Center at 6pm – Cash Bar. Costume Themes: Hookers, Jokers, 2014 Theme “Eureka Circus”, Seats are Limited. Costume Contests with prizes. Eureka Gras Buffet with heavy hors d’oeuvres and Indoor Mini Parade.

February 28: Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Coronation Masquerade Ball from 6pm to 10pm at the Crescent Hotel Crystal Ballroom. New Orleans-style Mardi Gras Tableau is awesome. Formal attire or costume. King and Queen and Royal Court Promenade and Grand March. Champagne supper buffet and entertainment. By reservation only 479-981-9551.

So come join us in Eureka Springs in February, because there is tons of stuff going on! Or just come and hang out with your loved one, that’s romantic. There are many romantic B&Bs in town to choose from.

October – Fall Color, Music, Art, Corvettes – and More!

October 3rd, 2013 by babiesblog

There’s really no bad time to visit Eureka Springs but October has to be at the top of the list of good times. From the glorious fall colors to the wealth of activities in and around Eureka Springs, there’s no better time to plan your getaway. We’ve got something for every taste nearly every day of the month.

The first big event of the month will be our annual Corvette Weekend, which draws more than a thousand of these classic American sports cars every year. Car shows, exhibits, and parades will be springing up all over town October 3rd through 6th.

Corvettes in the historic downtown, Eureka Springs, AR

Corvettes in the historic downtown, Eureka Springs, AR

Also that weekend, the Eureka Springs Rotary Club will be holding their fund-raising Oktoberfest from 11am-5pm on Saturday, the 5th, in the parking lot adjacent to the historic Eureka Springs Courthouse. Come join in the fun with micro-brews, seasonal beers, food & music.

Moving from the fermented to the cerebral, October 10th through 12th will find the literati at the Carnegie Public Library’s Fall book sale. Dedicated readers can stock up on sacks-full of books for pennies on the dollar while helping support one of the only Carnegie-endowed public libraries in the state.

Continuing the theme, the same weekend also brings us the 46th Annual Ozark Creative Writers Conference on the 10th through 13th. Editors, writers, and publishers will speak and facilitate discussion panels. And, as if the weekend weren’t quite busy enough, October 12th will also be the season’s final edition of our Second Saturday Music in the Park series with a free performance in Basin Spring Park by The Cleverlys from 3pm-5pm as well as another perennial favorite, the Gallery Stroll, from 6pm to 9pm. Stroll through downtown, visit galleries and artists, and enjoy the array of styles and genres of a town known world-wide for its arts and artists.

On the weekends of the 17th & 18th and the 25th & 26th, the Eureka Springs Historical Museum will be presenting Voices from the Silent City, a guided tour of our historic cemetery with costumed characters portraying many of Eureka’s more notable (and sometimes scandalous) early citizens. Always entertaining, educational, and family-friendly (and not the least bit scary), this is another popular favorite with many of our visitors.

Dedicated – or even casual – craft fair denizens hardly need to be told about the War Eagle Craft Fair. From humble beginnings, War Eagle has grown into an enormous regional event which now draws visitors and exhibitors from all over the country and has spawned several more equally large fairs around the area on the same weekend. Put on your walking shoes and plan to see it all – October 17th through 20th.

The 23rd through the 26th bring us to the 66th Original Ozark Folk Festival – America’s longest continually-running celebration of Ozarks music and culture. From the Barefoot Ball (begun as a stunt on the old Truth or Consequences radio show), to the Queen Contest, to two full days of free music and folkways demonstrations in Basin Spring Park to Saturday night’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour shows in the Auditorium, all the art forms of the hills will be on full display.

If Folk isn’t your bag, there are still a couple of options for you that weekend. On Friday the 25th, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts will be hosting their 11th Annual Mad Hatter’s Ball at the Crescent Hotel from 7pm-11pm. Great fun for a great cause. Don’t forget your outrageously decorated hat; it’s required. Finally, on the 26th, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will hold their 18th Annual Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular from 7pm to 9pm with games, food, and a children’s costume contest providing fun for all ages.

Of course, all of this presupposes that you’re looking for something more to do over and above the activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment options Eureka Springs has to offer every day. Perhaps it would be just as pleasurable to curl up on the porch of your B&B with a cup of tea and a good book. Not to worry – Eureka Springs offers it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Grand Festival: Eureka Shines! Grand Illumination 2013

July 1st, 2013 by babiesblog

A sample of some of the beautiful Asian lanterns displayed around the city.

A sample of some of the beautiful Asian lanterns displayed around the city.

On Sunday, June 30th, as the sun slipped down behind the Ozark Mountains and dusk settled upon Eureka Springs, Eureka Shines! Grand Illumination 2013 commenced with a lighting ceremony on the great lawn of the Historic Crescent Hotel…and a  tradition continues that we hope will last for many years: recognizing Eureka Springs’ 134th Birthday and this year’s Luminary Of The Year, DonE Allen.

The Luminary of The Year is a recognition bestowed upon an individual from the greater Eureka Springs area for their selfless efforts towards the betterment of our community. DonE was recognized for the outstanding work he does to keep Eureka’s gardens, parks and springs beautiful.

Some of DonE's handiwork.

Some of DonE’s handiwork.

Eureka Shines! Grand Illumination 2013 began Sunday, June 30th, as the Eureka Springs Preservation Society (ESPS) presented Grand Illumination.  In its third year, this two-week long event will decorate the Victorian village for the 4th of July, with thousands of Oriental silk and paper lanterns. Visitors and locals will enjoy the ornate architecture of Eureka Springs by night with the glow of lanterns adorning the historic downtown buildings, the springs and the porches of many homes.

Eureka Shines! Grand Illumination is held in conjunction with Eureka Springs’ July Calendar of Events, which includes a 4th of July parade, July 4th activities in Basin Park, and Fleur Delicious.

A $100 cash first prize, $75 cash second prize and $50 cash third prize will be awarded by the ESPS to the “Best Decorated House’” or “Best Decorated Business”. Winners will be announced during the July 4th weekend celebration. All houses and businesses had to be decorated by Sunday, June 30, to be eligible for the contest.

Eureka Shines! Grand Illumination Contest Winners announcement party will be held on Wednesday, July 3, at 8pm at Eureka Live, 35 North Main.

Many of the properties of Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs will be decorated with these lovely lanterns, so check for availability now to stay in one of these lovely inns! All are in our lovely historic district, so come enjoy Eureka Springs in the summertime!

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