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Ozark Mountain Ziplines

February 28th, 2014 by babiesblog

Ozark Mountain Ziplines is located at 208 W. Van Buren St., Eureka Springs, Arkansas (Just across from the Best Western @ Myrtie Mae’s).

Experience the exhilarating thrill of a Zip Line Canopy Tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Soar through the air from up to 300+ feet high with cable lengths up to 2400 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs.

The Zip Line is designed to offer the highest degree of safety while providing large or small groups, families, and private parties an exhilarating outdoor fun and safe adventure. Their trained staff will operate and deliver 2 hours of fun per tour for any persons 3 years of age or older. They offer their services to single parties, couples or groups of any kind.

From a structural standpoint, the tree top canopy tour is a system of cables and platforms, wherein the participant “zips” through the treetops while connected to a secure cable harness and a safety strap. Wooden platforms suspended by cables serve as a landing base in each tree that you “zip” to and from on some cables and for others they launch from limestone cliffs with on-ground platforms. No wooden towers here! All natural and minimal hiking on clear-cut trails, finishing up at the bottom of the gorge where a heated or air-conditioned bus is waiting ready with beverages and smiling faces to take you back to the welcome center just minutes away.

About Ozark Mountain Ziplines:

Zip Line Canopy Tours first originated in Costa Rica as a way for people to experience the animal and plant life that are unique to the canopy of a rainforest. Ozark Mountain Zip Line’s hardwood forest canopy tour has its own bird, plant, and animal life, which their guided tour is designed to introduce you to as you glide along from tree to tree!

Their experience derives from 20 years of building & operating Zip Lines all over the world from as far south as Costa Rica, Ecuador, and all over the Continental United States and Canada. Their equipment and cables are inspected regularly as they always adhere to the highest of safety standards.

Cost: $89.00 + tax per person (Group/Family Rates available!)

Rules: Must wear shoes and preferably long pants but some shorts may work as long as they are fitted and long enough to pad harness. No Flip Flops, no alcohol and no negative attitudes… Shirts must be worn…

Zipping Rain or Shine!

Walk-ins welcome but appointments preferred!

Have your bed and breakfast make your reservation for you – best way to stay when in Eureka Springs!

The Rolling Cafe

January 4th, 2014 by babiesblog

Recently we tried a new dining experience in Eureka Springs that you should consider adding to your things to do when visiting the town. Tom, our local horse-drawn carriage ride guide, has started a new adventure through the streets of Eureka Springs unlike any other in town. He started with one of the city’s retired trolleys, spent a whole lot of time modifying it to accommodate dinner tables and created Café Roulant. So, what’s with the name? Well, in French “roulant” means rolling, and that’s pretty much what this café does, rolls around town (albeit with a motor).

Rolling Cafe

The new “rolling cafe” – lunch or dinner!

The day before our dinner Tom posted the menu online so we could choose between three different entries. He has partnered with some great restaurants around town to provide the food for his lunches and dinners. Restaurants like DeVitos, FRESH Farm to Table Fresh, and he has mentioned starting up with the Cottage Inn and other locations around town.

For our meal, he had chosen FRESH Farm to Table Fresh. One of us had Home Made Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy and Honey-Lime Whipped Sweet Potatoes on a bed of Sautéed Spinach. It was incredible, the meatloaf just popped with a mouthful of flavor!! Our other selection was Charred Steak over Linguini, with Blistered Tomatoes, Garlic and fresh Basil & Arugula all Sautéed in a special sauce. Our meals started with a crisp salad as we left the parking lot. By the time we finished that, we had arrived at the restaurant where our food was brought on board and served. Then we sat back, enjoyed the food and watched the town roll by. Dessert was served and we headed back to the starting point of the dining experience. You can bring your own wine if you want and reservations are required.

So if you’re looking for something special and different for Valentines, this is just the ticket. And for a fabulous and unforgettable stay, be sure to pick a truly wonderful and unique bed and breakfast for your romantic getaway.

 

The Secret Season in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

December 3rd, 2013 by babiesblog

There’s a little secret that not many people know – Eureka Springs is open in the winter. Weather here can be cold and we do sometimes get snow, but it’s not a given. (And actually, a little snow can be quite beautiful in our little mountain town!)

And it’s very, very quiet. That is preferable for a lot of folks who don’t like the crowds and the noise that a busy festival weekend can bring during the season. From about mid-December on into March, the crowds are gone. You can discover all kinds of hidden gems! There are restaurants, spas, galleries and shops open. Turpentine Creek, our wonderful wildlife refuge just outside of town, is open every day of the year except Christmas. Olden Days Carriage Rides run on winter weekends (depending on weather and temps), which can be an awesome way to see the historic downtown, tucked away under a heated blanket with something hot to drink. Cafe Roulant, a new “rolling cafe” will be operating during winter (this is new in 2013). Ghost tours continue in winter. Nightclubs and bars are still open, with music humming. Visit the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. Go over to the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville (a one-hour, scenic drive). Take a van tour around Eureka Springs and learn its history as you travel in a cozy, warm vehicle.

The new "rolling cafe" - lunch or dinner!

The new “rolling cafe” – lunch or dinner!

If none of those ideas get you here, just think about coming to “chill out” – a nice lunch or dinner out with your loved one, followed by a cozy movie or game in front of your private fireplace. A warm Jacuzzi bath, a glass of wine – all in the privacy and comfort of your bed and breakfast. That’s all you really need to do. And we have some of the best B&Bs in the state of Arkansas. Just come see for yourself. Check us out at RelaxEureka.com. You’ll find the secret of the “Secret Season” in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Enjoy romance in Eureka Springs during the "secret season"

Enjoy romance in Eureka Springs during the “secret season”

 

 

Slowing Down to Relax and Enjoy in Eureka Springs, AR

November 10th, 2013 by babiesblog

The winds of summer have blown their colors over the countryside and now we await the awesome time of year, when we get to relax a bit, enjoy family with fires in the fireplaces, hot chocolate and hot cider. This is the time of year when we pause for a moment to reflect on the goodness that has befallen our lives over the last 12 months. AND to anticipate, get excited and wait, wait, for CHRISTMAS. The shops in Eureka Springs will all be running especially wonderful sales, while there are so many activities to amaze, entertain,and enthuse.

Enjoy a toasty fire in your B&B room.

Enjoy a toasty fire in your B&B room.

On Nov 7, 8 , 9, and 10 we call forth Food and Wine Weekend. Most fine dining restaurants prepare a special meal with a coordinated wine that many of us can enjoy.

On Nov 9 you may want to take part in the Saturday gallery stroll in downtown art galleries. Many of the galleries have the artist displaying their works along with hors doeurves and – of course – wine.

Nov 16 and 17 we have the Fall Antique Show. This is an especially exciting display of hand-made items from the finest collection you can imagine, from aprons to bird houses, and cabinets. Come see the local talent that we have right here in our very own town. The show is at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in the converntion center and runs through Sunday also.

We would like to invite you (in case you haven’t heard our amazing community chorus) to a lovely evening of beautiful music. In November the concert is on Nov 16 at the Holiday Island Ballroom, 4:00 pm; December 12 at the Crescent Hotel at 6:30 pm, and the grand concert of them all is on December 14 in the Auditorium at 7:30. The music is unbelievable and the grand finale will be the chorus, plus choirs from many churches, school choirs and bands, and anyone in the audience who wants to sing. If everyone takes part, we will have over 1000 voices joining in the Hallelujah Chorus. This will be a moving event for all. Tickets available from any chorus member, or you may call Judie Lockhart at 888-624-6787.

We have quite a few restaurants in Eureka Springs that will be open Thanksgiving Day and offer a special feast, so don’t let that stop you from visiting.

Don’t forget the Christmas Sweet Treats Cookie Tour coming up on Dec 14, presented by the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs. Come enjoy fellowship, beautiful decorations and of course, SWEET TREATS. You get two samples at each of the nine different Victorian Bed and Breakfasts and the recipes. You’ll enjoy tours of each B&B, all decorated up for the holidays in their finest.

If you want to make the most of your time in Eureka Springs, take a carriage ride. You can actually look at all the glorious decorations and leave the driving to Michael, Hank, Blondie and Seymour. (Seymour will be debuting in the spring).

Christmas in a Carriage in Eureka Springs, AR

Christmas in a Carriage in Eureka Springs, AR

Make your time extra special in Eureka Springs. Come see us for the holidays.

A early Merry Christmas to all!

Fall’s Just Around the Corner in Eureka Springs, AR – September Events!

August 31st, 2013 by babiesblog

September in Eureka Springs is a transition from the August heat to the invigorating chill of October and fall. School is underway and now is the time to run away from home and the stresses of everyday life! Eureka Springs has many happenings to help you with your getaway:

September 6 – 8

  • The Antique Auto Festival (September 6 – 8) includes a parade of more than 200 cars and the re-enactment of the Great Bank Robbery of 1922 (Eureka Springs style)
  • If wood is in your heart and soul, then the Woodcarvers Festival (September 6-7) is your heartwood
  • You can release your inner musician (or frustrations) by joining the Drumming in the Park (September 7 – 6 to 8 PM)
All robbers shot dead! Crime does not pay in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

All robbers shot dead! Crime does not pay in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 11 – 14

  • Sixth Annual Scooting in the Ozarks. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and our “wide straight roads”
  • The hills are alive with the sounds of Jazz from September 13 – 16, at various parks and the Auditorium (479-253-7333 for information)
  • Gallery Stroll – September 14th, 6 – 9 PM; there will be refreshments and you’ll get to meet artists at the participating downtown galleries

 September 18 – 21

  • Bikes, Blues and BBQ around town with motorcycle art on the 20th and 21st in the basement of the Auditorium

When you are visiting Eureka Springs during September or anytime, the nine members of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs would love to be your hosts and hostesses, treating you in the way you’d like to become accustomed to. We will enhance your stay with a great place to stay and start each of your days with a wonderful (some say sinful) breakfast, and have homemade treats for you in the afternoon or evening.

Breakfast Divine

 

 

 

Opera in the Ozarks – Hear, See and Feel Beauty!

June 6th, 2013 by babiesblog

Welcome to the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs blog. There are many things to see and do in Eureka Springs. We love our little town that has something for everyone. Go to our BABIES website and read all of our blogs for all the events that take place in this “Little Switzerland” in Arkansas.

One special event that is a popular destination is Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point. This incredible production is a unique program and festival founded in 1950. Affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs, (NFMC), Opera in the Ozarks has earned the reputation of being a prominent training program for all singers interested in pursuing a career in opera.

Opera in the Ozarks

This year’s repertoire includes Madama Butterfly, L’elisir d’amore and The Pirates of Penzance. The history of Madama Butterfly is about an American Naval officer named Pinkerton who is stationed in Japan and marries a young Japanese women from a well- to-do family. However, to him, it is just a big lark. When he gets transferred back to the US he marries an American girl. When he finds out that Butterfly has had his child, he and his wife go back to Japan to get the child. Very dramatic and a story not to be forgotten. Don’t miss this beautiful play that has so much meaning and feeling.

Be sure to bring a tissue!

For schedule and tickets information, please go to Opera.org and be a part of this annual event!!!! And take the time to enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Any of our inns will be happy to fill you in on all of the things there are to do in our wonderful little getaway.

May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs

April 6th, 2013 by babiesblog

There’s more than one reason Eureka Springs, AR, is listed as one of the top 25 art destinations in the country and during the month of May, you can experience many of those reasons, visiting during the May Festival of the Arts. Don’t just read about it in the papers, come join in.

The month starts off on Saturday, May 4th, at 2:00 p.m. with the traditional ARTrageous Parade. See art themed floats, dogs in costumes and parade participants who have re-created themselves in different forms of art.

The ARTrageous Parade in Eureka Springs, AR

The ARTrageous Parade in Eureka Springs, AR

 

On Saturdays in May there will be a gallery stroll where galleries in town feature the work of different artists, with many of the artists on-site to talk to you.

On Wednesday nights, Robert R. Norman brings his Drink & Draw Art Jams to Chelsea’s. It’s like an open mic night, but for the visual artist. Robert brings art supplies you can buy for a $5 donation or bring your own supplies. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to be an artist to participate. Best of all, you get to keep what you create.

On Friday, May 10th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Pine Mountain Village will be having their spring craft show with all hand-crafted items.

The next Friday, May 17th, White Street Walk will be taking place. What started as a few artists opening up their homes and shops has turned into a much anticipated street fair of arts and crafts. If you have a style you are interested in, you’ll find it at White Street Walk.

A new event this year, the ARTrageous Street Fair will occur on May 25th in Basin Park. This event will be setup like a French style street fair where artists galore will be setting up their booths so you can delight in their artistic endeavors.

For music lovers, also on May 25th the four time Grammy nominees, Trout Fishing in America, will be performing in the band shell in the afternoon and the Auditorium at 7:00 pm. To quote from their website, “Their willingness to make fun of our most annoying and sometimes disgusting habits in one song, then touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life in the next, is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and their audience so real.”

There’s a luxury Eureka Springs bed and breakfast near all of these activities – find one, book one and have one of the best times of your life!

Things to do in Eureka Springs, AR

February 28th, 2013 by babiesblog

If you ever have anyone question what there is to do in Eureka Springs, AR (and all of us innkeepers have to answer that question seven days a week), you can assure them there are at least a MILLION things to do – so many it’s hard to cover it in one conversation. But to give it a quick shot, just for in-town stuff:

Within easy walking distance of all Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs' inns.

Within easy walking distance of all Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs’ inns.

  • Shopping
  • Eating
  • Hiking (yes, in-town)
  • Spas
  • Art Galleries
  • Parades
  • Music
  • Festivals
  • Music Shows
  • Magic/Mystical shows
  • More Eating (we have a lot of restaurants)
  • Sight-seeing
  • History at the museum (and from just walking around town)
  • Nature/garden watching (check out our beautiful springs)
  • Historic train ride
  • Passion Play
  • Ghost tours
  • Underground tours
  • Historic tours
  • Romantic carriage rides
  • Visit the local winery, do a tasting
  • Check out all the things in town that is on Ripley’s Believe It or Not list
  • Enjoy a month-long arts festival

Whew – and that’s just some of the things for IN town – what about just outside of town with all our natural beauty? From Turpentine Creek (with WAY over 100 big cats to get up close and personal with) to hiking beautiful trails in our own city park to kayaking on the White River (or Kings River, you get to choose), there’s too much to mention. Check out Eureka Outdoor Adventures for an even bigger list. (Oh, and we have a new Zipline opening up on March 1st, 2013!)

Whatever you decide to do, staying at one of our lovely and historic B&Bs is the way to go. Our site for Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs provides links to each inn and an availability calendar. Make this your first stop in your research about what to do in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

 

 

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