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Greetings from Eureka Springs!

Our charming and eclectic town, Eureka Springs, Arkansas captivates visitors with its unique blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and our vibrant music and arts scene.

Often referred to as "The Little Switzerland of America" and "The Stairstep Town" due to its steep, winding streets and picturesque Victorian architecture, Eureka Springs offers an experience unlike any other. Whether you are seeking outdoor adventures, historic exploration, artistic inspiration, or simply a serene getaway, Eureka Springs has something for kids from 1 to 92.

Steeped in Mystery and Healing

Eureka Springs’ history is deeply intertwined with the once-healing properties of our natural flowing springs. In the late 19th century, people flocked to the area in search of cures for various ailments, leading to the establishment of a bustling health resort town. The springs, believed to possess miraculous healing powers, gave the town its name and played a significant role in its development. Today, visitors can explore the historic Basin Spring Park, where the story of these healing waters began.

Basin Spring Park, Eureka Springs, circa 1920

The town's Victorian architecture is another testament to its rich history. Walking through the historic district, you’ll encounter beautifully preserved buildings that transport you back to a bygone era. The Crescent Hotel, often dubbed "America’s Most Haunted Hotel," is a must-visit landmark. Built in 1886, this grand hotel has a fascinating past and offers ghost tours that delve into its eerie legends and paranormal activity.

Grotto Spring

Embrace the Natural Beauty

Eureka Springs is a paradise for nature lovers. Surrounded by lush forests, pristine lakes, and scenic trails, the town provides endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Ozarks offer hiking trails that range from easy strolls to challenging treks, all providing breathtaking views of the landscape. Lake Leatherwood, a stunning 85-acre lake, is perfect for fishing, kayaking, and picnicking. The park surrounding the lake features over 25 miles of trails, making it a haven for hikers and mountain bikers.

Lake Leatherwood

For a more leisurely outdoor experience, the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway offers a nostalgic train ride through the picturesque countryside. This excursion provides a unique perspective on the area's natural beauty and a glimpse into the past, with beautifully restored antique locomotives and railcars.

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway

Cultural Vibrancy

Eureka Springs is also quite well known for its vibrant arts scene. Our town is home to art galleries, studios, and workshops that showcase the talents of local and regional artists. The Eureka Springs School of the Arts offers classes and workshops in various disciplines, from painting and sculpture to jewelry making and pottery. Visitors can immerse themselves in the creative process and even take home a unique piece of art.

The town's commitment to the arts is evident in its many festivals and events. The May Festival of the Arts is a month-long celebration featuring art exhibits, live music, theater performances, and interactive art experiences. The Eureka Springs Blues Party and the Ozark Mountain Music Festival are just a few examples of the town’s lively music scene, which attracts both local and national artists.

Mural (in Downtown Eureka Springs) by Leon Willis

Public art installations (like this new mural in downtown Eureka Springs by local artist Leon Willis) are scattered throughout the town, adding to its eclectic charm. Murals, sculptures, and street art create a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere that invites exploration and discovery.

A Culinary Adventure

Eureka Springs offers a diverse and delightful culinary scene that caters to all tastes. From farm-to-table dining to international cuisine, the town's restaurants emphasize fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of options, including Southern comfort food, gourmet pizzas, authentic Italian dishes, and flavorful Asian fusion.

For a unique local dining experience try Grotto Wood-fired Grill and Wine Cave or the historic Grand Central Hotel & Spa which offers elegant dining in a beautifully restored setting. The Rogue’s Manor at Sweet Spring provides an upscale culinary adventure with its exquisite menu and enchanting ambiance. For a more casual meal, the Local Flavor Café is a popular spot known for its creative dishes, cool vibes and local mojo.

Don’t forget to explore the local wineries and breweries. Railway Winery and The Stonehouse are perfect stops for wine enthusiasts, while this other cool blog-post entitled, A Tale of Two Breweries: Craft Beer in Eureka Springs features our two local breweries which provide a relaxed setting to enjoy locally crafted beers and ciders right here in town.

Unique Attractions and Hidden Gems

Eureka Springs is filled with unique attractions that cater to a variety of interests. The Thorncrown Chapel, designed by renowned architect E. Fay Jones, is a breathtaking glass structure nestled in the woods. This architectural marvel offers a serene and spiritual experience, drawing visitors from around the world.

The Blue Spring Heritage Center is another must-visit destination. This beautiful garden and historic site features one of the largest natural springs in the Ozarks, surrounded by lush landscapes and walking trails. The center highlights the cultural and natural history of the region, making it both an educational and scenic outing.

Animal enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for rescued big cats and other exotic animals. The refuge offers guided tours that provide insight into the lives of these magnificent creatures and the conservation efforts to protect them.

For a taste of the town’s quirky side, check out Quigley's Castle, known as “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling.” This unusual home, built by Elise Quigley in the 1940s, is adorned with a variety of found objects and surrounded by lush gardens. The interior and exterior are a testament to Quigley’s creativity and resourcefulness, making it a fascinating and offbeat attraction.

Celebrations Throughout the Year

Eureka Springs is a town that loves to celebrate, and its calendar is filled with events and festivals that highlight its diverse culture and lively spirit. The best link to keep you in the know on all the happenings click on our Community Calendar. This calendar showcases town-wide events, car shows, parades, traditional music, dance, and craft events, art and music parties and happenings as well as attractions that provide a glimpse into the rich heritage.

In October, the town hosts the Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl, a fun and spooky event where participants dress as zombies and parade through the streets. This family-friendly event includes music, food, and activities, creating a festive Halloween spookville.

During the winter holiday season, Eureka Springs transforms into a Dickensesque winter wonderland with our own local flair on all things Christmas. December events feature parades, tree lighting ceremonies, holiday markets, and beautifully decorated streets, live window displays and shops adored with thousands of lights. It’s a magical time to visit and experience the town’s warm and welcoming spirit.

A True Community

One of the most endearing aspects of Eureka Springs is its welcoming and inclusive community. We pride ourselves on being a place where everyone is accepted and celebrated. This radically inclusive spirit is evident in events like the Diversity Weekend, which promotes LGBTQIA+ events and gatherings by hosting a series of parties, parades, and posh performances.

The beautiful people of Eureka create the friendly and open-minded atmosphere of Eureka Springs and make it a place where visitors feel at home. Whether you’re chatting with local artists, enjoying a meal at a family-owned restaurant, or exploring the scenic trails, you’ll encounter warm hospitality and a genuine sense of community.

I know that we have quite a few visitors that come here time and again to spend an entire weekend visiting only the LGBTQIA+ owned businesses. Here are just a few: Pond Mountain Lodge & Resort, Ridgeway House B&B or The Wanderoo Lodge and Gravel Bar where they will offer guided outdoor activities. For a more rustic outdoorsy experience, try the Iris Hill Glamping Resort or the Grand Treehouse Resort

As one of town's gay residents, I am always telling visitors, "It's my responsibility to tell you that we have no straight streets." That said, you will most certainly encounter all the classic small-town charm you could possibly handle along our hilly streets and stone stairways.

Harold's Diner, Soda Fountain & Farmacy

For example, you might decide to have a "cooked from scratch" brunch at Harold's Diner, Soda Fountain & Farmacy or get your hair styled by Curtis, or buy records at Mojos, blown glass or pottery at Zarkssoap, coffee, handmade clothing, candy (in a store named Sugar & Spite), or nuts at Eureka’s Nut House.

For a town of 2600, we're killing it!

Plan Your Visit Today

Eureka Springs is easily accessible by car, located about an hour's drive from both Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Branson, Missouri. The town offers a range of accommodations to suit all preferences and budgets, from a charming 4-DIAMOND AAA-RATED bed and breakfast and historic hotels to modern inns, cozy cabins, yurts and treehouses.

To make the most of your visit, consider planning your trip around one of the town’s many festivals, shows or events. However, no matter when you choose to visit, Eureka Springs promises an unforgettable experience filled with beauty, creativity, and adventure.

Our blend of natural beauty, rich history, vibrant arts scene, and welcoming community creates a destination that is truly special. So, come and discover the magic of Eureka Springs, and create memories that will last a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you to our charming town in the Ozarks.❤️


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