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November 28, 2011

Eureka Springs Christmas Celebrations

It’s our favorite weekend of the year and it all begins this Friday, December 2nd. You don’t want to miss a minute of this weekend. Be sure to arrive in Eureka Springs early enough to check in to your room before the festivities begin.  As a guest of our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast you will leave The Peabody House with a portable cup of steaming hot chocolate to sip on your way to the festivities.

Stroll down Spring Street, which is magical with Christmas lights and decorations at all of the Springs and the Victorian Homes.  Even the stores are participating with Living Christmas Windows from 3PM until parade time at 6PM.

The evening parade is unlike any you have ever seen. It’s an electric parade—maybe not like Disneyland—but it has a lot of personality—Eureka style.  There will be dozens of floats created by our merchants, schools and groups of individuals that get together to express their joy of the season. Several marching bands from surrounding towns have joined the celebration over the years.   The parade really demonstrates what a warm-hearted community we live in.

Saturday, December 3, 2011 is the Christmas Tour of Homes from 3PM-8PM.  Each year a number of the Victorian Homes open their doors for the Christmas Tour of Homes.  The trolleys shuttle people from the designated parking area to the beginning of the tour.  There you can stroll from one home to another where guides dressed in Victorian finery tell you about the history of each home.  And of course, along the way there is always a place to stop and enjoy some Christmas cookies.

Tickets are available at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce (516 Village Circle, 479-253-8737), the Eureka Springs Historical Museum (95 South Main Street, 479-253-9417), or conveniently online!  Advance sale tickets are $15; day of tour, $20. Take a minute and watch this video of previous Christmas Tour of Homes.

http://youtu.be/4hR6ENlbLZI

May 20, 2011

May Art Festival in Eureka Springs

Filed under: Art, Eureka Springs Things To Do — Tags: , , — peabody @ 4:03 am

The month of May is all about art in Eureka Springs in all its many forms.

The May Arts Festival kicked off with the ArtRageous Parade the first weekend of the month.  This artful and sometimes outrageous parade rolled through downtown Eureka Springs featuring colorful floats, walkers, bands looking ArtRageous as only Eureka can.  Winner of the best costume award went to Mark Hughes of Regalia as “Butterfly Boy.”  Glad we didn’t have to vote…as you can see there were some incredible costumes.

Tomorrow evening, Friday, May 20th is the White Street Studio Walk.

White Street, on the upper historic loop has a number of artists that welcome you into their homes and studios to view their newest creations.  There will be more than forty guest artists who will be set up in homes, studios, on porches and on the street.  It’s a giant block party honoring Eureka Springs Artisans from 4PM until 10PM.

Saturday evenings in May the major Art Galleries are open from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Stroll from gallery to gallery, enjoy refreshments and talk with their featured artist.

All month from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM The Queen Anne Mansion is featuring a fabulous show featuring local artists.  You can tour the renovated Queen Anne Mansion and then go downstairs to the gallery space in the garden level of the building.  You will feel like you have stepped into a world-class art exhibit.  There are works from 50 painters, photographers, wood workers and sculptors on display.  You will be amazed to see the quality and breadth of art from the local artists here in Eureka Springs.  We can guarantee you will be impressed with the quality of artistic talent in this tiny quirky town in the heart of the Ozarks.

April 8, 2011

Parade Fever in Eureka Springs

Filed under: Eureka Springs Things To Do — Tags: , — peabody @ 7:27 pm

There is no group of people on the planet that love a good parade more than the residents of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  We probably have more parades each year in our little village than any other city in the country.  Last month was our Mardi Gras Parade (pictured here) that was a tremendous success. It was a bitter, cold day but the streets were lined with fun-loving locals and visitors just having a good time.

The next parade is the ArtRageous Parade May 1st at 2PM in downtown Eureka Springs.  It’s the Kick-Off for the May Festival of the Arts. The parade theme—Go Hawg Wild!  The theme alone guarantees a good time for both visitor and local alike.  People will be dressed up as flowers to honor the month of May, or as artists, or maybe even a work of art.  You won’t see another parade like this…guaranteed.  If you love art and want to have fun put us on your “Must Do List” for May.

February 9, 2011

Chocolate in Eureka Springs

Filed under: Eureka Springs Things To Do, Uncategorized — Tags: , — peabody @ 9:43 pm

What’s not to like if it is chocolate?  Valentines’ Day is coming up and it gives us all an excuse to indulge in all forms of chocolate.  If your in Eureka Springs this weekend and you’re a chocolate aficionado, you want to remember the 7th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival being held at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in the Convention Center on Saturday, February 12th from 9AM to 3PM.   Here you will be able to indulge in chocolate cakes, cookies, ice cream, multiple dipping fountains, beverages and more.  It’s the ultimate chocolate experience.

Admission will be $10 for adults and $6 for children age six and under.

July 13, 2010

Scooter Rentals in Eureka Springs

They are back! For over a week I thought the whole neighborhood, well, and most of Eureka Springs, had all won the same prize from attending the Oprah Show. Red scooters everywhere, zipping up and down the hills. I kept thinking why I hadn’t been at the same raffle, or Oprah Show, or red scooter sweepstakes, as the rest of the town.

But then, driving along highway 62, I spotted the scooters. Sparkling new, I had to grab a photo. And of course, get all the scoop for our guests.

Rented at Black Jack’s, next to the red caboose, these spanking new scooters can be rented by the 1/2 day for $55, full day of $85, and after 5pm for a 2 hour rate of $35. There are age restrictions, and a quick driving lesson in the parking lot. They provide the helmets. And off you go!

I have been getting the calls asking “Where did the scooters go?” for 8 years. And now I have the answer. Come to Eureka Springs and rent the red scooters. Contact Black Jack’s at 479-253-6999, 2059 E Van Buren.

Ciao!

April 2, 2010

Wine Tasting in Eureka Springs

Keel's Creek Cynthiana

We made time last night to stop by the open house at Keel’s Creek Winery. It has been our intention to visit our local winery for a long time. A confession: Mom and I are both Californians, and consequently have a biased view of wine. In other words, we might be considered wine snobs. Certainly not to the level depicted in the wine country movie Sideways (2004), but we like the good stuff. As you will see below, I do not describe “the good stuff” with much eloquence. My range of wine description ranges from “ooh, this is good” to “yuck, this is like grape juice.” I leave the poetry of description to the true experts. Early in our residency in Arkansas, we sampled Arkansas wines, but they just didn’t measure up. I’ve also been informed since then that I sampled the wrong kinds.

So, with an open mind, we stepped through into the Spanish-style building home to Keel’s Creek Winery, tasting room, retail wine sales, and art gallery. We learned that in 2006, they opened their doors with production of 1800 gallons all produced from local grape varieties. Their vineyards with 12 planted acres, located 3 miles south of  city limits, will begin producing next year, if the weather cooperates. “Co-owners Doug Hausler and Edwige Denyszyn estimate that the optimal production from the vineyard will be about 40 tons of grapes which will make about 5000 gallons of wine.” Currently, they continue to use all locally grown grapes for their Keel’s Creek labeled wines.

Jerry Weers Original Oil Paintings

The entry is large and welcoming with two huge stone fireplaces, and comfortable seating choices. The walls support paintings from a variety of regional artists. In the tasting room, Jerry Weers oils are particularly excellent – detailed and with an old world feel, which enhances the tasting experience.

Mom and I tried two wines – the Chardonel, a Chardonnay/Seyval hybrid “Clean crisp dry wine with undertones of green apples. Barrel aged for 6 month in American Oak.” It was delicious. Really rich and dry.

Next, we sampled a dry red, Chambourcin which “is a mellow yet bold red, rich with smokey and almost chocolate notes. The varietal is a French-American hybrid normally grown in the Atlantic side of the US, however it grows quite well in the Ozarks too.” Very nice.

Keel’s Creek sells both their wines and many other Arkansas wines. We were impressed with the pricing, too. The wine we tried was in the $14 range, which for any boutique wine is a great price. The taste room, retail wine sales and art gallery are open on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (12 – 5 pm) and Wednesday through Saturday (10-6 pm). http://www.keelscreek.com/

So, these two Californians will be back again, for another tasting, and another lovely experience.