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
Rick and I recently took some time to enjoy this beautiful area that we live in. One area quite close to Eureka Springs is Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. It is about 30 minutes north of town, on the way to Branson, MO. 10,000 acres of nature preserve owned by the Bass Pro folks. There are many, many things to do here. We had fun on the Segway Tour. You arrive at the park, there is a café to get a quick lunch if you like. We had a short course on how to ride a Segway, (it is really easy), and off on our guided tour of the park. We drove past waterfalls, wedding chapel, trout fishing streams, more waterfalls, through covered bridges, over stone bridges, past caves, and ended up at the Glory Hole. This is a beautiful pool with waterfall and huge trout. It was very fun and we plan on doing it again on an even longer trail!
Besides the Segway Tour, you can walk or rent a bicycle to travel the paved trails. There is horseback riding at their stables, a tram or jeep tour of more of the acreage. You can fish from the banks of the river, or go deeper into the park with a guide. This area will be absolutely beautiful this fall! Ask us and we can help you make your plans.
Top Ten Labor Day Activities
Wondering how to occupy your Labor Day holiday?
Heartstone Inn and Eureka Springs offer many possibilities for your enjoyment.
10- We’ve recently had many guests canoe the White River, enjoying a few hours on the river for a relaxing float. You’ll see the trout swimming alongside you.
9-There are 3 caves in close proximity where the temperature is always a cool 56 degrees. Onyx Cave, Cosmic Cavern and War Eagle Cavern. One has bats, one has lakes, all are cool.
8-Always wanted to try Stand Up Paddle boarding? Rick and I recently learned how on Beaver Lake. Easier than you might imagine with an instructor!
7-Take all the work out of enjoying Beaver lake, take a one hour tour on Belle of the Ozarks. This pristine body of water is crystal clear with views of bluffs and the history of the area. You’ll view over 60 miles of the 487 miles of shoreline on your trip.
6- Horseback riding gets you in the fresh air enjoying the scenery of the Ozark Mountains and the quiet of the countryside. One company even will provide lunch or dinner.
5-Wine or beer aficionado? Enjoy wine tasting @ Keels Creek winery or the Stone House wine bar. Prefer beer? The Ozark Mountain TapRoom specializes in craft beers on tap from Arkansas.
4-Zipline anyone? Enjoy 10 zip lines, swinging bridge and suspended platforms on Eureka’s newest attraction, Ozark Mountain Ziplines. It’s just around the corner from us.
3-Spa away the day. Want to relax, work out the kinks of your everyday life? Healing Benefits specializes in nurturing you. Facials, foot massages, hot stone treatments, along with traditional head to toe therapeutic massage. And you never have to leave our property!
2-Bring your bird book (or any book) and enjoy birds & squirrels on our deck. We hear everyday that our guests have never seen so many hummingbirds in one spot. We’ve counted 30 varieties of birds. How many will you find?
1-Shop ’til you drop. If you enjoy antiques, art, clothing boutiques, or t-shirts, we’ve got anything you may enjoy that you won’t find in your local mall.
This recipe is from our cookbook, Bigger, Better Breakfast and Brunch Cookbook. It is featured on ThinkTasty.com this week. We hope you enjoy it!
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Hope you enjoy this video, as many of you know we have lots of critters around our backyard. This guy is hanging from the light fixture on the back deck and cleaning the last of the sunflower seeds out of our ‘squirrel proof’ feeder. (If you click on the title you’ll see the video.)
New this year, we’re now able to sell wine, beer and champagne by the bottle to our guests. The wine and beer is chilled to perfection, the wine glasses and corkscrew are already in each room; it couldn’t be easier to enjoy a drink on the deck or in your room. We are offering 3 white and 3 red varieties for your enjoyment along with 6 varieties of beer. These are available for purchase on-line when making your reservation or during your stay.
We will also be offering champagne by the glass and mimosa’s at breakfast. This will be $3.75 per glass during breakfast hours. A great way to kick off your day!
We’re getting all new roofs this January. Here are a few of the photos. They took off all 3 layers and the original 1903 shake shingles. This first photo shows the sunset through the oak slats from the original roof. The second photo shows the new black roof, these guys are very adventurous.
This dog actually climbs the ladder. She won’t go down though!
Thanksgiving weekend forget Black Friday, scratch Cyber Monday. Explore instead a fantastic alternative to those stressful holiday shopping methods at Eureka Springs School of the Art’s Fall Art Show.
Hundreds of artists take over the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center (Just across the street from our Inn) to present and sell their artwork—offering great holiday gifts for all.
Enjoy this unique opportunity to converse with these local artists regarding their art and their process. Featured at the show will be ESSA founders Eleanor Lux, Mary Springer, and Doug Stowe, in addition to perennial favorites Valerie Damon, Zeek Taylor, Terry Russell, Les Brandt, and Chon Stanley. Two-dimensional, three-dimensional, fiber, wood, clay, glass, and metal art will all be on display for you to purchase.
The event opens on Saturday, November 30th and runs from 10am – 7pm and continues on Sunday, December 1st from 10am – 2pm. This event is open to the public. Admission is $5.