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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 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.

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 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!

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.













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




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!

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend in June

May 2nd, 2013 by babiesblog

June 13th through June 16th in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, brings fun in the sun as well as The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend.

The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend features great Grammy winning blues music in The Auditorium, Basin Spring Park, The Barefoot Ballroom and venues all around town!

Just to name a few of the acts: The Chicago Blues Review, EG Kight and the Cedric Burnside Project. This is just a smidgeon of the Blues performers that will be all over our beautiful city – indoors, outdoors, and in all the pubs.

Check out our availability to see which Inn you’d like to stay in for your Blues Weekend; all of which are within walking distance of most venues.

You can rest and refresh at some of the wonderful restaurants in town or if you want a break from “The Blues”, try Eureka Springs’ newest attraction, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, where you can zip over a beautiful area of The Ozark Mountains.

Regardless of what you choose to do while you’re here, there’s plenty going on in June!

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!