Chosen as Top 10 Romantic Inn in the World

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 8, 2013

HEARTSTONE INN & COTTAGES BED & BREAKFAST CHOSEN AS TOP 10 ROMANTIC INN BY BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, February 8, 2013 – Heartstone Inn & Cottages Bed & Breakfast in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has been selected as a Top 10 Romantic Inn BedandBreakfast.com®. Heartstone Inn is recognized as a top inn around the world providing the best travel experience in this category.

BedandBreakfast.com is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world, with more than 13,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 80,000 rooms.

Heartstone Inn & Cottages is also a member of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection™, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns.

Each November, BedandBreakfast.com names 30 overall top inns based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews from the past year. Starting in December 2011, BedandBreakfast.com decided to recognize more of the world’s best inns and began a monthly awards program to honor 10 more B&Bs every month in a special category.

“These award-winning inns, including Heartstone Inn & Cottages, really showcase bed and breakfasts and inns that often become a destination to discover, and not just a place to stay,” says Gregory Sion, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “Travelers select bed and breakfasts because they enjoy staying in a one-of-a-kind place that offers not only character, special amenities and unmatched hospitality, but also enables them to discover new experiences.”

“It’s a true honor to be chosen for the Top 10 Romantic Inns award, and we are thrilled that our hard work has set us apart” says Rick Rojek, Heartstone Inn owner and innkeeper.

About the Heartstone Inn: This beautifully restored Historic B&B located on the Historic Loop is professionally operated and renowned for providing the finest facilities and personalized service in Eureka Springs. Your day starts out enjoying an extraordinary full breakfast served at your own private table in the beautiful dining room. Your well appointed accommodation includes the finest luxury amenities offered in the lodging industry. Innkeepers Rick & Cheri Rojek make every attempt to anticipate your needs. The goal is your complete satisfaction. http://www.heartstoneinn.com 479-253-8916

For a complete list of Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, please visit http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/toplists/bestofbedandbreakfastawards2012.

About BedandBreakfast.com:

BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 13,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 80,000 rooms. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., which operates the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 210,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.

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Passion Play to open in May

The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs will open for the 2013 season the first weekend of May. Ticket sales for May 4 & 5, 2013 will be less than half price. This opening price will be available to purchase only through the month of January, for the Opening Weekend of the Passion Play. Many other positive changes will be noticed by visitors this year and even more next year.
One of the things that will be changing will be the ticketing packages, which will be more affordable for families, and for people who want to experience all the features of the Passion Play, like: The Bible Museum, where a person can see an authentic First Edition First Print of the King James Bible in mint condition and many other antique bibles of historical value; and the Sacred Art Museum, the Tabernacle replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle, The Holy Land Bible Tour, The Parable of the Potter, David the Shepherd. There will be ONE PRICE for the entire Passion Play Experience…which will be good for two days.

New landscaping at the Heartstone Inn

Here is day 2 of the new landscaping project. They have outlined the new pathway and cleaned out most of the plants. And finally….ta da!

We’ve got a lovely bench to sit in the new garden, PITA the bear has a new home along with lots of new plants to enjoy!

New landscaping at Heartstone Inn

Here in the next few days I’ll include photos of our new landscaping in the front ‘courtyard’. It is phase 1 of our project to hopefully be completed by Spring with a whole new look including sidewalks and landscaping.

Before photo, just in case you can’t remenber.

This is Day 1 photo, all grass removed, most plants and a new freeform for the flower beds installed. The only things staying are the crepe myrtle and japanese maple trees.

Corvette Weekend was a lot of fun this year! We had 10 of the 11 rooms all driving corvettes, with one brand new one here this year. The weather wasn’t perfect, but there were over 1000 corvettes in town for the event.

We’d like to thank all of our guests who have taken the time to write reviews for us on Trip Advisor and all the other review sites.  We really appreciate the effort and future guests love to hear your feedback!

The Heartstone Inn received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for 2012. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business, said.

Thought we would share one of our ‘green’ practices with you. We use Clean the World to recycle our guest room soap. There are 10 local B&B’s here that consolidate and ship our soap to these folks. We collected enough last quarter that 187 bars of soap were distributed to families worldwide. “Clean the World is committed to maintaining an environmentally and hygienically safe recycling process. As the world’s first, high volume soap recycler, Clean the World ensures that all bars of soap recycled and distributed domestically and abroad are completely safe and will not harm the end user due to disease or pathogens that can be transmitted if proper re-purposing does not exist.” It’s just one of the things we hope helps others in a small way.

StoneHouse Wine Bar

Stone House Wine Bar

The StoneHouse Wine Bar is one of our favorite places to visit. Located downtown on Main Street their motto is “Wine, Cheese & Conversation”.  This is one of their many cheese, fruit and cured meat plates. The quality of the ingredients is top notch. They are happy to pair your wine or beer with your choice too. The building has been completely restored with stone walls and rich cherry wood along with a quaint and shady outdoor courtyard to watch the world go by. Maybe we’ll see you there.