Earlier this week, Matt took me on a little mid-week getaway to the beautifully, cozy Eureka Springs, Arkansas for an early birthday present. We stopped at Gailey’s (one of my favorite restaurants) in Springfield and had breakfast before heading south to Arkansas.
We passed Table Rock Lake along the way- a favorite family spot when I was a little girl.
Matt saw a sign for the Wanderlust RV Park. So, of course we had to check it out, and Matt took some really fun photos of me with the Wanderlust sign! Too much fun!
After that fun little photo shoot, we made it to Eureka Springs and set off exploring right away. We drove up to the top of the town which has The Crescent Hotel perched at the top along with St. Elizabeth’s Church. The outside of this church really is the highlight, the lobby has a beautiful chandelier, but the chapel itself isn’t really that beautiful.
The Crescent Hotel is one of America’s most haunted hotels, therefore I’m afraid to stay there. However, I wanted to show Matt this beautiful hotel that was built in 1886. We roamed through the halls, warmed our hands in front of the fireplace, looked out over the top patio and took photos of this beautiful building.
After walking around the Crescent, we took our time going back down the hill into the downtown area where we stayed.
Our room was in the Basin Park Hotel at the heart of downtown, which was built in 1905. Matt booked us the Balcony/Jacuzzi Honeymoon Suite. It was so nice! I loved our room and the beautiful view of Basin Park and the old, brick buildings along the street. It was such a cozy room!
We went up to their restaurant for some appetizers and a drink for a late lunch after we checked in the first night.
We went to Chelsea’s, which was recommended by the man working the lobby at our hotel, and he sent us to the right place. We ordered beer and appetizers for dinner – getting the spinach dip and garlic knots – they were very reasonably priced and even more delicious.
We spent the whole next day and following morning walking through the streets, looking at old buildings, victorian houses and warming up in tiny shops. We started both days at this unbelievably cozy coffee shop owned by a cute, older hippie couple. I enjoyed a honey-vanilla chai the first day and a toasted-marshmellow hot cocoa the second day – they were seriously so tasty! Then Matt and I also split smoothies for our breakfast, that counts as a healthy meal, right?!
above and next two photos are by Matt
This was just the perfect three days and two nights of relaxation and exploration. Matt clearly knows me so well – knowing that I would need a little bit of down time before going into frantic Asia-mode and that getaways are always an amazing gift for me.
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