Eureka Springs, Arkansas: A Romantic Getaway

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is in Northwestern Arkansas and is the perfect romantic get-away. Several couples book chapels and sights to be married in this quaint little town nestled in the center of the majestic Ozark Mountains. It has been ranked in the Top 25 Art Destinations for its talented artists and their shops. It has historical hotels such as the Crescent Hotel and the Basin Park Hotel, each with charming couples' spas and entrancing ghost tours for those of you who want an excuse to hold each other tight. Then you can go back to your room and “comfort” each other. There are a variety of lodging choices though ranging from the grand hotels to a regular economical room in one of the many motels to scenic cabins with a rustic feel of being alone, all of which are tailored to your romantic wants. After spending your first night in one of these charming places, you might want to spend the next day shopping and going through the magnificent art galleries along the Historical Downtown area or you may want to drive a few miles to enjoy the gorgeous, serene surroundings on Beaver Lake. Eureka Springs provides you with plenty to do without having to spend a lot of money, or you may want to buy some of the exquisite pieces of art you find in the many shops.


Crescent Hotel
Crescent Hotel
Basin Park Hotel
Basin Park Hotel
A cottage overlooking Beaver Lake
A cottage overlooking Beaver Lake

Hotels and Lodgings

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and New Moon Spa has been deemed as the most haunted hotel in America. Many may have seen it on the Sci-Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters program. This alluring hotel used to be known as the Cancer Hospital. It was owned by Dr. Norman Baker, and he called it his “Castle in the Air” because it sits on top of a large hill looking out over the town and beautiful countryside below. Baker turned out to be a quack, shamming vulnerable patients to experiment on them without their knowledge of his true, maniacal intent, which was to take their money as he fed them with a hope that would never be reached. It is said that his many patients roam the halls of the grand hotel. Whether you believe in the paranormal does not detract from the Crescent's charm and luxury in its unique rooms, including Jacuzzi rooms. It has beautiful gardens and is just a short walk to the Eureka Springs Downtown historical strip. One might wonder why this “haunted hotel” would be considered romantic. It has not only its spectacular spa, which will revitalize you with its health benefits of aromatherapy and expert masseuses who will also come to your room or schedule you in the spa, but also the lovely Crystal Dining Room Restaurant with crystal chandeliers, exquisite dishes, and divine views of the Ozark Mountains wherever you are seated.

The 1905 Basin Hotel with its Serenity Spa are located right on the main strip in Historical Downtown. It also includes the Balcony Bar and Restaurant that looks out into the past with the authentic stone buildings and sidewalks below. At the top of the hotel is Lucky 7 Rooftop Bar for a night cap and good music. Just as grand as the Crescent, it has valet parking and a 24 hour desk clerk to attend to your every need. The Basin also has it own history with the spiritual world and conducts nightly ghost tours for those with the paranormal curiosity. The luxurious and bewitching rooms and service will make it a favorite destination for future get-aways.

The Eureka Springs area has several other lodgings, many of which are close to serene Beaver Lake. A private cottage may be more your style with nature surrounding you in a stunning, rustic setting. Some cottages are even built in the trees, a favorite among honeymoon couples who love looking out the window to see a squirrel eating at the many feeders placed in the branches. There are a variety of weekend and vacation packages that are offered throughout the area that are filled with romance in mind. You might like one of the many Bed and Breakfasts hideaways for your romantic weekend. Where ever you decide to stay, you are going to enjoy the luxury of being treated like royalty. Eureka Springs is such a friendly and accommodating atmosphere, you might even get the chefs to share recipes with you or encounter a local who would love to be your adviser or guide.

Farks
Farks
Jewel Box
Jewel Box
83 Spring Street
83 Spring Street

The Best of Eureka Springs Art Galleries

There are over twenty art galleries along the Eureka Springs Historical Downtown strip, many of which are world renowned. A favorite for locals, visitors, and collectors is Zarks… a Fine Design Gallery. Zarks has the most incredible glass art in the world. Just one piece of this fabulous glass would be a wonderful addition to any home. Of course, while you are in the shop, you must meet Leo the shop cat. He is an extremely large yellow cat that lies in the window. He loves seeing you walk through the door or just pass by – a true people watcher. There is something to pique the interests of any who visit, even a precisely weighted golf club, while aesthetically pleasing it is practical on the golf course. The colorful designs of bowls, vases, frogs, turtles, jewelry, and even chandeliers that can be seen in many Las Vegas casinos are awe-inspiring.

Another must see gallery is The Jewel Box. The many artists crafting their jewelry create beautiful hand-made jewelry and collectibles to include hot glass jewelry. A Cherokee Native-American theme with jewelry made from stones, metals and carved wood make this lovely shop a jewelry connoisseur’s dream. Beauty and Mother Earth are felt in each unique piece.

A favorite among many is The 83 Spring Street Gallery, which is the home of bronze sculptor Mark Hopkins. There are several more artists who contribute to the gallery, too, but his reputation for creating unimaginable designs with bronze are known throughout the world. These are “museum quality pieces” that are in high demand for personal and corporate collections. They are full of Norman Rockwell-ish and American West scenes that inspire awe with their sense of movement and life.

Beaver Lake
Beaver Lake

Beautiful Beaver Lake

Just a few miles away from Eureka Springs is Beaver Lake. You might rent a lake cabin and spend your days on the lake. The friendly, local couple who owns Starkey’s Marina will make sure you get the right rental boat, jet ski, or pontoon. Your privacy will be enhanced by the natural beauty of wildlife and lake scenes surrounding you. The water is great for just cruising around the lake, fishing or, during the summer, swimming and water skiing. Fill your cooler with wines, beers, cheese and fruit, and enjoy time alone on this lovely, serene lake.

A Weekend to Remember

Eureka Springs with its variety of lodgings to suit everyone’s taste and financial needs, its historical downtown shopping experience, its world renowned art, and its close proximity to Beaver Lake will make it a weekend or vacation that you will want to experience again and again. You will find much to do year round in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

© 2012 Susan Holland

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Great hub. I have been there and enjoyed it very much. I have a Son who lives in Walnut Ridge, Ark. so it is not too far away..Thank you for sharing..


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

It has so many things to offer. You are the second person who has told me that you have been there. We love it. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I've never even heard of this place, but we would definitely enjoy the art galleries. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Alocsin, the art galleries are worth the trip. It is just a cozy place!

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


Rolly A. Chabot 4 years ago

Great HUb... I spent a few months there back in 2001 consulting at the Golf Course there and loved the area. The shops are so very unique.

A must see is the Glass Church at http://www.thorncrown.com/

Great hub and it brought back many memories... have fun and enjoy your time there.

Blessing and Hugs


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Rolly, there are so many places and things to see and do in such a small area. Just absolutely gorgeous! The Glass Church is magnificent! Thanks for sharing the link.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Sholland,

Thanks for sharing Eureka Springs with us. I have never been there but it looks like a great place for a romantic or weekend get-away.

Voted up and awesome.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Sue, it really is quaint and romantic. You can do many things or you can do nothing. Whatever you choose, it is a wonderful place to be.

Thanks for dropping by and thank you for the votes! :-)


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oh, what a cool spot! Perfect for a romantic getaway indeed. I'd especially like to stay in the Crescent hotel. Eureka Springs, ho!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Simone, the Crescent is cool. I have some pictures with ghost orbs... ooooeeeeoooo! :-)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I want to imagine being in Eureka Springs tomorrow instead of filing and scanning. Great hub!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Oh Alecia, me too, me too! Let's go! It's a great place for girlfriend get-aways, too. :-)

Thank you and so glad you stopped by to read! :-)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

This is where I should be today - valentines day! I wish!

Many thanks for sharing, it looks the perfect romantic getaway, voted up!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Movie Master, it is a great place to visit. Today - I think it is probably covered in snow and ice, but the temps are rising so it should be good to go. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and voting!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I never thought of going to Arkansas. I would definitely consider it now after reading your great hub! Voted up!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Audra! Arkansas is a beautiful state. It is rural, but it has some very beautiful places, such as Eureka Springs and Beaver Lake. It also has Hot Springs, Arkansas, which is further south, if you like spas and horse racing.

Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey Sholland, this was a pretty informative hub. I learned quite a bit from it. I don't plan any future visitations to either location simply because I'm presently single and don't see that changing anytime soon. LOL ;) But, I appreciate the effort you put into this hub and voted it up! :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Ray! I am glad you liked it. You know there are a lot of girlfriend packages for the gals to get together to go to the spas and the shops. You might want to check out the calendars on the town's site. ;-) You just never know!

I am so glad you dropped by. Thank you for reading and the vote! :-)


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

You're welcome and too funny! LOL! LOL!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

No, you are too funny! LOL :p


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extended-stay 4 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

A great and well- written hub. You have been so effective I think, I wanna go there the soonest with my boyfriend. I wanna experience such thing personally. Voted up and interesting.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Extended-stay, it is a wonderful place to visit! I hope you get to go someday. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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extended-stay 4 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

I am pretty sure it is! Yeah, I'll be there the soonest and have a romantic moment! thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Susan, great hub! I love Eureka Springs and visit from time to time as it's just about 40 minutes or so from me! You're right about it; it's quaint and romantic. The Crescent Hotel is gorgeous. I've been to a wedding reception there. I just love walking up and down the main hill looking in all the shops. I'm glad you wrote this! Many votes!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Vicki! We absolutely love Eureka Springs - the time of year does not matter. There is so much to do and see in a small place. You and I may need to plan a lunch date! :-)

Thanks for dropping by and the votes!


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Bishopdown 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

After reading your hub, I'd love to go visit Eureka Springs...and I've always like that word anyway..."Eureka" I think translates to I've found it.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Bishop, it is a wonderful place. And, you are correct, you will find many treasures if you get the chance to go there.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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