Any town with the name “Eureka” in intrigues me. And, as luck would have it, Eureka Springs, Arkansas looks pretty cute. I’m a sucker for all things Victorian (I’m plotting out my Victorian mansion with a wraparound porch I will own in twenty years – I even found the one I want in Alabama). Eureka Springs is a small town with Victorian buildings, tree-lined streets and an excellent, thriving arts scene. American Style Magazine recently named the town one of the nation’s Top 25 Small Arts Communities – right up my alley.
Eureka strikes me as one of those towns that would be really fun to plan a short romantic getaway. There are plenty of fun restaurants, galleries and nightlife options to explore, and since the town is in the middle of the Ozarks, there’s great hiking, too. There are quite a few Eureka Springs hotels to choose from, and for me, bed and breakfasts seem like a good option. How about something like the 1881 Crescent Cottage Inn? It’s a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian and was home to Arkansas’s first post-Civil War governor. There are only four room, and there’s a “Murder Mystery” package which sounds fun!
I would imagine that Eureka Springs would be a good place to take the family, as well. The town is cute, and the family can go kayaking, hiking and hole up in cozy cabins. Something like Ozark Cabins could be a lot of fun with the family. There’s a river on one side and a lake on the other, so if you’re family loves fishing and boating, you’re set!