Eureka Springs Getaway

Monday, June 27, 2011

Good afternoon!  I hope you all had a marvelous weekend!  Mine was totally flawless, relaxing, memorable, and fun!  My hubby and I are celebrating our 10-year anniversary next month, and because it falls the day before my son's birthday, we got away, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for a little, early, anniversary trip.  After dropping the kiddos off at Grandpa and Grandma's on Friday morning, we made the five hour trip to our destination, The Artist Cottage, which actually took a little longer than expected.  Our GPS didn't seem to work very well on all the curving, winding roads.  LOL!  But we made it!
And were greeted by the neighbors...
and unfortunately the spiders.  Ugh!  It wasn't the cleanest place to stay, and I'm only giving you the link above, so you won't do so, based on cleanliness alone.  Well, there also was the potential for people on the property getting massages right outside our bedroom door, which meant we were supposed to share the bathroom and the main living space.  All of this, by the way, was not in the write-up, or we definitely would've picked a different location.  Fortunately, for us, though, there were no massages this weekend; and we had all the privacy, rest, and relaxation that we had been anticipating.

By the time we unpacked the car and settled in a bit, we were super hungry.  My hubby had read that the Local Flavor Cafe, on Main Street, ranked #1 of 151 restaurants in Eureka Springs by tripadvisor, so we paid them a little visit.  Because we were just about starving, I totally failed to get any pictures of our dinner, but the Spinach Artichoke Dip and Pasta Primavera get my stamp of approval.  Yum-O!
After a good night's rest and getting to sleep in for the first time EVER in the last almost eight years, we made our way into town again, this time to do a little shopping and sight seeing.  There were tons of uniquely Eureka places to visit...
but my favorite stops had to be all the fabulous, antique stores.  Check out this gorgeous, ribbon cabinet that I found and now think that I simply must have :)!
Both sides open up to reveal a total of five, horizontal, storage bays in each of four locations.  Oh, my gracious!  I'm in love!
I also adore this cabinet!  Just imagine all the buttons and gadgets and gizmos and whatnot one could store in all the rotating drawers!
By early afternoon, we were on the hunt for pizza.  We asked a few of the locals where we could find the best pizza in town, and every one of them pointed us to Chelsea's.
And I'm telling you, ya'll, they were right!  We got the Vegetable Pizza and were immediately smitten with all the flavors from spinach and artichoke to broccoli and zucchini.  Absolutely scrumptious!
Plus, it was super fun to leave our mark for the next visit.
We stopped in at Peace Love and Cheesecake for dinner.  Yes, we ate dessert for dinner.  Shhhh!  Don't tell my kiddos :).
The Blackberry Cheesecake was featured in this month's Midwest Living Magazine...
so I had to give it a go, and my hubby enjoyed their Lemon Cheesecake.  Heaven!
By then, we were ready to make a trip out to see Beaver Lake.  We originally had planned to stay in a cabin right on the lake, but poor planning lost us the one we had our sights on.
Ezekiel really wants us to take him camping here sometime, so we scoped out some of the campsites, half of which were under water due to the large amount of rainfall they've received, before heading back to the cottage.
We took along a cooler, filled with goodies to make our own on-the-go lunches and scrumptious breakfasts, like pancakes with strawberries and warm, maple syrup...
and eggs over-easy with yogurt parfaits and toasted buns, covered in a local Pumpkin Butter we purchased in town.
Sunday morning, we began the trip home but not before climbing the 100-foot Razorback Observation Tower for an amazing view...
visiting Thorncrown Chapel...
or stopping by Martin Greer's Candies to pick up a few, yummy chocolates for our kiddos.
Our only regret, about the entire weekend, was that it just wasn't long enough.  Here's to hundreds more weekend getaways, Baby!  Happy anniversary!  I love you!
And thanks, to you all, for stopping by to share in our fun!

6 comments:

Amy said...

Happy Anniversary!! Thanks for sharing your pics especially that last one! You look so happy!

Audrey Yeager said...

oh my gosh we went there two falls ago and had a BLAST! We rented a cabin at the end of October and it was just beautiful. LOVED that chapel in the fall...we also did the train ride which was fun! Looks like you had a great time!

SmilynStef said...

We were married in Eureka Springs quite a few years ago ... it was fun re-visiting some of the things we did on our trip there.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww looks like an AMAZING weekend (minus the spiders...that would freak me out too! lol!) I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the photos and Happy Anniversary! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Patrice said...

I've wanted to visit this place for awhile - I'll make it there someday!

Maria said...

Such sweet photos! Thank you for sharing! Congrats on your 10th wedding anniversary and may you have many more happy years together! Take care!:-))