A Weekend in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Earlier this month, my husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. It’s a huge milestone for any couple, but this one was extra special to me because it marks the year I’ve been married half my life. I was twenty years old when I stood at the front of a little church in south Arkansas and promised forever to the love of my life. He’s given me the best twenty years of my life, and I’m thankful for every day we share.

September 9, 2000

My husband planned the best weekend getaway to celebrate our anniversary! We spent part of our honeymoon in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, so we went back for our anniversary. While we couldn’t stay in the cabins we went to back in 2000, Robby found a historic bed and breakfast for our trip. It was our first B&B experience and it won’t be our last. We loved it!

We spent two nights at the 5 Ojo B&B. It’s such a beautiful place to stay!

The breakfast each morning was absolutely incredible!

Chocolate breakfast bread with strawberry sorbet
Southwestern egg dish with salsa and fresh tomatoes with an espresso vinaigrette
Cheese quiche with corn waffles

One of my favorite stops was the historic downtown shopping area. I spent a lot of time browsing the shops. There are so many unique stores. A few favorites:

* Bathhouse Soapery and Caldarium: So many bath and body goodies! My favorite find was their Instant Manicure. I’ve used a similar product before and loved it. Because I work in gloves five days a week, my hands get so dry, especially in winter. This works wonders on my hands. Once I use up what I bought, I plan to order more from their online shop.

* Tummy Ticklers Culinary: There’s a really great selection of whole bean coffees here! I love my coffee grinder and French press, and I’m always looking for really great whole bean coffee. They also carry tons of great kitchen gadgets, decor, and more. It was hard to choose but I picked up whole bean chocolate raspberry coffee.

* Gormet Eureka: There are some many good things here: flavored olive oil for dipping bread, coffee, tea, and spices. I got my oldest loose leaf chocolate strawberry tea here.

* Fleece ‘n Flax: This yarn and fiber store is incredible! Crochet, knitting, cross stitch, spinning, weaving – they have it all.

We also ate. A lot. Thai, barbecue, steak, and more. And we didn’t even have a chance to try all the places we wanted. Due to COVID, a lot of restaurants had takeout only, but we were able to eat inside at all but one place we chose – and that was a barbecue place that only has outdoor seating normally. The weather was perfect for eating outdoors during our trip, so that worked out well.

While shopping and trying new restaurants was great, we also rested a lot on this trip. We loved the slow days of just meandering through shops or taking a nap before our dinner reservations. It’s rare that we have a whole weekend to just unwind, and we loved it. Eureka Springs was the perfect place for it. If you’re looking for a fun, unique getaway, it’s a great place to visit.


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