Isn’t that what all of the home decorating shows call it? We’ve been busy this winter renovating the lobby, gift shop and check – in area. In some cases all the way to the dirt underneath! We’ve painted, plastered, uncovered a brick chimney, installed new flooring, new ceiling, pretty much an entirely new space! It’s very exciting for us, now this area matches the decor of our rooms. Hope you will come see for yourself. You’ve still got a few surprises to see for yourself!
Southern Lady Magazine sent a writer to stay with us last year. The fruits of the effort have materialized. We are featured in their Autumn Issue on newsstands now! A very nice article about Eureka Springs in the Fall. Where to eat, shop and stay (us).
It’s a beautiful magazine with decorating ideas, recipes, and lots of seasonal allure. We hope you’ll pick up a copy today!
The Lovely County Citizen, our local newspaper, shared our new award in this week’s newspaper. Samantha came and interviewed us last weekend.
Rojeks happy to win TripAdvisor award
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Rick and Cheri Rojek’s dedication to Heartstone Inn has clearly paid off.
Recently, the inn won a 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award. The only property in Arkansas to win the award, the inn ranked 23 out of 25 in the bed and breakfast category.
Rick and Cheri Rojek, who have owned the inn since 1999, credited the achievement to the customers. The customers, Cheri Rojek said, are what makes working in tourism so rewarding.
“You build a relationship with the customer. We know they have other choices to stay, but they choose to stay with us over and over again,” Cheri Rojek said. “That’s a great thing.”
Rick Rojek recalled working in the hotel industry for years before purchasing the inn, saying his experience in corporate tourism helped prepare him to own a bed and breakfast. Having worked on a larger scale, Rick Rojek said, he has much more appreciation for the personal relationships he creates through Heartstone Inn.
“It’s much more personalized for sure. We can truly take care of each and every guest and really figure out what their likes are,” Rick Rojek said.
An example of that, Cheri Rojek explained, is getting to know what type of beverages customers prefer.
“You try to remember what they drink. Somebody drank iced tea today. I’ll make sure I have iced tea for her tomorrow,” Cheri Rojek said.
Getting to know the customers, Rick Rojek continued, makes them want to return to to the inn. Cheri Rojek recalled one couple that married at the inn 16 years ago, saying the couple returns every year to celebrate.
“It’s become a tradition for them to come back here, which is cool. It’s really special to be part of their lives,” Rick Rojek said.
Cheri Rojek pointed out that the customer reviews are the reason the inn won the award. This, Rick Rojek said, makes the award even more worthwhile.
“It’s such an honor. It inspires me to be better, honestly,” Rick Rojek said.
Moving forward, the couple said they hope the inn continues to bring more people to Eureka Springs.
“We are cheerleaders for this town,” Cheri Rojek said. “It’s an awesome town, and we want to be sure people are enjoying the restaurants and shopping local. That’s good for everybody.”
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
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!
This is a new commercial for Eureka Springs. The producers came a couple of weeks ago on a cold and rainy day and turned it into a lovely commercial. Our Victorian Suite is featured in the opening scene in front of the fireplace. Our breakfast room is also one of the scenes. Hope you enjoy!
The Sweet Treats Cookie Tour is December 14th. Make your plans now to enjoy the Christmas season in Eureka Springs sampling cookies and shopping. There are packages available at http://www.heartstoneinn.com/specials.htm