Update on New Landscaping

 We thought we’d update the photos of our new landscaping. Last look it was still winter and the grass hadn’t greened up yet. Now there are lovely flowers blooming, the grass is green and Pita the Bear is enjoying the scenery! Hope you can see it in person soon.

French Toast on the Campfire

 Thought we would share photos that Dean & Sharon of West Plains, MO sent to us over Memorial Day weekend. Using a Dutch Oven they cooked the Creme Brulee French Toast over the campfire. Next time you’re camping remember that this will please everyone in your family! Looks like some sizzling sausage to go along. If you follow us on Facebook you’ll find this recipe, or it’s in our cookbook too.

Springtime in the Ozarks

Spring has arrived in full force here in the Ozarks! The red buds, cherry trees, and forsythia are in full bloom as you can see here from the sideyard of our Victoria House Cottage. There is also a Robin sitting on her nest in this white Cherry tree.

We also had a new bird arrive this week. It took us a couple of days to figure it out since none of us had ever seen one. Then one of the guests got a good look at the beak and we had the problem solved. They aren’t in full color yet and that led to some of the confusion; but once we got out the binoculars and could clearly see the beak we pegged it! Red crossbills, 5 or 6 at a time were loving the sunflower seeds.

If you’ve thought of planting a Spring flowering bush, may we recommend the Korean Spice Viburnum. This very fragrant bush is also by our Victoria House cottage. The entire block smells heavenly. You’ll see the local walkers stop to smell it every time they walk by. If you happen on it at a nursery grab it.

May Festival of the Arts

Eureka Springs celebrates its rich artistic heritage every spring during the May Festival of the Arts. The entire month is dedicated to the arts, with featured events taking place each weekend. Dozens of exhibits, artist’s receptions and demonstrations, Gallery strolls, Annual White Street Studio Walk and free concerts.
May 4, 11, 18 & 25th — Saturday Gallery Stroll –the City’s art galleries celebrate with later hours each Saturday night. 6pm-9pm
May 3-5 — 40th Annual War Eagle Craft & Culinary Fair –Wide variety of crafts and concessions featuring all original and handmade creations.
May 3-5 — PT Cruiser Rally show and parade on Saturday.
May 4 — ARTrageous parade through historic downtown @ 2pm
May 4 — Eureka Springs Garden Club Plant Sale — 8am-12pm in the High School Parking lot.
May 11 — 3rd annual Spring Arts & Craft Show @ Pine Mountain Village from 8am-5pm.
May 12 –John Two Hawks’ Mothers Day Concert –2pm at the Auditorium honoring mothers.
May 16-19 — Miatas in the Ozarks — A car rally for Miata enthusiasts.
May 16 — Poetluck – Potluck dinner and literary salon held at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.
May 17 — 23rd Annual White Street Walk — 4pm-10pm Historic White Street is the working address of several local artists who welcome the public into homes and studios to view their latest works. They are joined by more than forty guest artists from the Eureka Springs area.
May 19 — Annual Books in Bloom Literary Festival — Some of the featured authors this year are Catherine Coulter, Craig Johnson, James Grippando, Dianna Henry and our very own Iris Simantel. (Iris used to own the Heartstone Inn.)
May 25 — 19th Annual Mustang Show dedicated exclusively to America’s favorite pony car.

Landscaping Complete

The new landscaping project is complete! Now all we need is warmer weather for the grass to green up. The new sidewalks, new bushes, new crape myrtles are just great.
 The “Heart Stone” has it’s rightful place in the center of the yard.
 The view from the parking lot. No more picket fence in front, the Boxwoods will line the way now.
The view from the second floor. The space looks much bigger now. This is Phase 2, next year we’ll continue with Phase 3 onto the cottage and beyond.

First look @ New Suite

Here’s the first look of our new Volery Suite. Volery is french for “a flight of birds”. There are whimsical touches all over this very modern suite (formerly English Garden). We’ve add more amenities such as two flat screen tv’s, an electric wall mounted fireplace, and new furniture. This is the only suite with a flat screen TV in the bathroom, you can even watch it from the Jacuzzi tub!

We’re opening it this weekend and will have new photos on the website very soon. (Although Rick and I took them, the professionals won’t arrive until May.)

Chosen as Top 10 Romantic Inn in the World

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 8, 2013


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.