This deer family has been in the back yard all year. We’ve watched them grow up, loose their spots, and they continue to entertain us.
Something to look forward to when you stay with us! Our most requested breakfast and recipe is Creme Brulee French Toast. Below is a photo of the French Toast along with Corn Bread Casserole, Sausage and Fresh Fruit. We hope you’ll come soon and enjoy this breakfast. Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to try it for yourself.
Creme Brulee French Toast – you assemble this dish the night before and bake in the morning.
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoon corn syrup
- 2 baguettes or 1 loaf French Bread
- 5 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups half & half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring until smooth and pour into a greased 9 X 13 inch baking dish.
Cut 10 to 12 slices (1 inch thick) slices, reserving ends for another use. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish over the melted syrup. Squeeze them slightly to fit. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, vanilla Grand Marnier and salt until well combined and ladle evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring bread to room temperature. Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes. The custard should be set. Serves 6.
Our cookbook is available for purchase at: Heartstone Inn Gift Shop.
For Cheri’s birthday in June we went ziplining! The Ozark Mountain Zipline opened here a couple of years ago. We’ve had great feedback from our guests, just no time to try it. We walked around the corner to their office, got fitted with our gear, boarded the bus and had a short ride to our destination. Our group was ages 7 to 70 with two very entertaining guides. The first two ziplines are short so you can get your nerve up. Then you’re off to the races. There are 10 lines woven through the Ozark forest as high as 250 feet and up to 1800 feet long. This is Rick coming in for a landing! We had a really great time and if you’re up for a little adventure we bet you will too.
When you visit this year you may be surprised by how many new shows we have in town. There is definitely something for everyone. If you are interested in magic, cabaret, country or variety we have loads of entertainment for you in the evenings. Don’t forget the Great Passion Play is also open for the season and Opera in the Ozarks begins its 65th season June 19!
Just up the street from us, held in a beautiful old stone church is Intrigue Theater. They just spent all winter in the Caribbean as part of the entertainment on a cruise ship, and now they’re back in Eureka Springs for their 3rd season. A very entertaining show of Illusion, magic and mind reading!
The George Brothers are performing at the Pine Mountain Jamboree this season. They used to headline the Ozark Mountain Hoedown with great success, so successful they eventually went on tour. They’re back this year with P.Nut and Ponytail and are putting on a great show!
Lovin’ Every Minute is a variety show in the Auditorium downtown this year with big production numbers. Steve Kinworthy and his talented cast of singers and dancers perform exciting live stage production numbers. It’s eye popping production and vocals are backed up nightly by incredibly talented musicians.
Mark Wayne Beers is a singer,songwriter and drummer who started a new theater in the Gaskin Switch Shopping Center this year. Mark’s concerts are up close and personal in his small 50 seat theater where he performs 50’s Rock and Roll, Country and Gospel music.
The Saucy Cabaret is a variety comedy show with three performers who have decades of professional show business experience between them. It will be held at the Main Stage Theater downtown, mostly on Monday nights.
May is a month long celebration of the arts in Eureka Springs. Many events take place daily, weekly and all month long. You will enjoy parades, gallery strolls, food as art, and many artists demonstrating their talent. Check out the link below for their calendar of events. Besides this festival, May is a beautiful time to visit. The trees are blooming, the weather is mild, and everything is open! Hope to see you soon.
NWF Certifies New Wildlife Habitat in Eureka Springs
Local business making a difference to protect wildlife
Eureka Springs, Arkansas –April 9, 2015. The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) is pleased to recognize that the Heartstone Inn Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs has successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site. NWF celebrates the efforts of Rick and Cheri Rojek to create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.
“Providing a home for wildlife in our communities – whether it’s at home, or in schools businesses or parks – is the demonstration of a healthy and active eco-system. There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.
“We enjoy watching the birds, squirrels and wildlife visit our backyard, and wanted to do our part to help. We have redesigned our yard to make it more inviting to wildlife and provide habitat elements necessary for wildlife to thrive.” said Cheri Rojek.
NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, parks and other institutions that want to make their communities wildlife friendly.
This new certified habitat joins NWF’s roll of more than 150,000 certified habitats nationwide. Wildlife habitats are important to year-round wildlife residents as well as species that migrate, such as some birds and butterflies. Each habitat is unique for both beauty and function.
People who create a Certified Wildlife Habitat receive a one-year subscription to the award-winning National Wildlife magazine, a personalized certificate and quarterly e-newsletters with tips for improving their habitat for wildlife. They also are eligible to purchase NWF’s special outdoor sign designating their yard or garden as wildlife-friendly.
For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit www.nwf.org/habitat or call 1-800-822-9919. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.
NWF Media Contact: Aislinn Maestas, Maestas@nwf.org, 202-797-6624
Saw this post of Facebook, Thorncrown Chapel wins award from Architect Magazine. Just about 5 minutes from the Heartstone Inn, it is a “can’t miss” attraction in Eureka Springs. Especially pretty in Spring with the flowering trees, put this on your list of things to see when you are here.
Small town Americana is alive and well across the entire United States. With thousands of sleep towns and beautiful villages, a new idea of an American downtown has emerged. Gone are the days of a downtown area with a post office, market and police department. What has taken the place of this outdates notion are unique and eclectic downtown areas full of energy, entertainment and accessibility for Americans of all ages. Small towns have become the central gathering places for residents and visitors of the many small towns and cities across the country. Many of these downtowns have rich history and culture attached to them. In addition to their history, many of these small downtowns are now places to shop, unwind, dine, attend festivals, hear music and so much more. Read more about it here:
The Snow Train Village Returns to Eureka Springs
The largest privately owned Snow Train Village in the United States will return to Eureka Springs, beginning on Saturday, November 15th, and running through Tuesday, December 23rd. The exhibit consists of well over 300 buildings which take you back to a 1930’s to 1950’s landscape of small town America, with three Lionel 0 scale trains, a Lionel 0 scale trolley, and a Polar Express train.
Open generally from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Fridays, (1:00pm-7:00pm on the Friday after Thanksgiving), 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturdays, and 11:00am-5:00pm on Sundays, with additional days and hours in December, it will be located at the Gaskins Switch Village, 2051 East Van Buren in Eureka Springs.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. This event is a fundraiser for the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, and is hosted by Larry and Cathy Handley, owners of the display.
For details on dates and hours call 479-253-9417 or visit www.eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org
We’ve mentioned Crystal Bridges Museum before, it is a wonderful day trip here from Eureka Springs. It takes about an hour door to door and is scenic along the way.
They have announced new temporary exhibits for next year that sound really great! We’ve taken the time to wander the museum, the trails and even see a few of the special exhibits. Well worth the trip and we think you’ll enjoy it too. This link talks about the special exhibits for next year and gives you the dates in case you’d like to make a trip.