"Eureka! Everything Springs to Mind!" Top 5 Page for this destination Eureka Springs by mrclay2000

Eureka Springs Travel Guide: 224 reviews and 745 photos

A City Like No Other

Your first moments in Eureka Springs will strike you with two contradictory messages. This town is at once one of the best preserved Victorian-era cities in the country, full of relics and imagery that transport you to a horse-drawn century. The modern town is however a shameless tourist trap, selling jewelry and souvenirs out of former banks and merchant offices. Even so, the more time you spend here the more you come to recognize that Eureka Springs offers a very soft welcome, a Mecca wherein you're expected to kick up your feet and rest for the remainder of your days. This town seems not only a surreal diorama of frontier town life, but also the bed and breakfast capital of the world. Just on the fringe of downtown and sprawled out everywhere in these impossible hills, the whole of Carroll County seems given to sleepy hollows and quiet motor inns, of horseback riding and apple cider. Visitors are quickly reminded that they have no business here except the business of relaxation. Evenings in town are like the annual carnival, though they occur everyday and on every corner. Nighttime lighting reminds one of gas lamps and wooden sidewalks, but also of Christmas in its endless halo of Yuletide lanterns. The minute you arrive you'll be in a frenzy to park your car and race out to explore these hilly promenades, but the ambience, and more likely the physical taxation of its hillside layout, will force you to a bench -- or a tavern -- to relax without budging for the rest of your stay.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic district like no other, a fine place to relax
  • Cons:Modern veneer of tourism and knicknacks
  • In a nutshell:A fantastic and historical but hidden gem in the Ozarks
  • Last visit to Eureka Springs: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Like the sound of the Hotel that says about the ice cold drinks, chocolates and bath salts, thats enough to make it your 1st choice!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    You have presented and excellent depiction of the town and its old history. thanks for the honest viewpoints, since we are going there this summer.

  • Toughluck's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Mike, your stuff is great. I like the history you've included. I linked my Eureka page to your's because of the details you include.

  • imlikeabird's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Hi, it looks like we've been to so many of the same places, from Paris to Rome, to Eureka Springs. Happy travels.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 7:06 AM

    Quite the impressive travel resume. Great tips, thanks. Happy Trails!

  • PA2AKgirl's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2004 at 2:58 PM

    Great page! I have a friend that lives close to here and am thinking about going to see her--this information has helped a lot given I know nothing about this part of AR.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2003 at 12:16 AM

    You are the Charles Wysocki of VT!! This is another of your Americana Masterpieces!! If this was in the form of a book it would be on every coffee table in America!!!

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2003 at 10:26 PM

    Another excellent reprensentation of small town U.S.A.! If I could only write like you...

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2003 at 4:16 AM

    Mike, you are developing a fine eye for small town photography. Combined with the excellent commentary, your pages make for Americana akin to Norman Rockwell.


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