Most of us in the professional traveling community are finding ourselves home for the holidays more than we would like to be during the 2020 tribulations. Fall is such a whimsical season of refreshing change and a little mischief in the air can be felt particularly in the month of October. Family time must go on, even YOU need a break from your break at home. My husband and I decided to have a little budgeted road tripping fun and take a 4 day break in the Ozark Mountains buried in Arkansas, and visited the Historical District of Eureka Springs. It was about a 6 hour drive for us and worth every romantic second. If you are within driving distance of this town, I strongly suggest you set out for a mini adventure!!
Fun and very random fact about us: we are history and paranormal buffs! Our faith in God is strong and there's definitely some spiritual warfare happening around us, so we cannot deny that paranormal activity exists. While we aren't Ed and Lorraine reincarnated, we do enjoy spooky tales around a bonfire and the occasional episode of Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. In fact, it was a particular episode of Ghost Adventures that sparked the idea in my husbands head to hit the road for the mountains and explore the world famous Crescent Hotel.
WHERE TO STAY - Hangin' in the trees! thats where!
While the hotel was out of budget, we hit the absolute jackpot staying 15 minutes away in a darling cabin sitting in the trees! It was 600 square feet of silence called Gales Lair. I can't decide if I loved morning coffee and the view off the back patio more, or the evening soaks in the jacuzzi tub with full sliding windows to the trees. Y'all, I took a bath in the trees. It. Was. Life Changing!
WHAT TO DO
LOCAL SHOPS & GALLERIES - There are tons of amazing look out points and hiking trails to be explored through the fall foliage, I have a bum ankle and while we love the great outdoors, we left a majority of the walking to exploring the downtown area of Eureka Springs. With buildings literally toppling over each other that were built around the actual springs, we ventured into the locally owned shops for a little pre-christmas gift day dreaming.
THORNCROWN CHAPEL - Close to town, tucked away, lies a monstrous glass chapel built into the woods. Its worth a stop off and well worth a donation to venture inside for a few minutes of meditation and prayer to prepare and protect your spirit before hanging with some ghosts later.
FLICKERING TALES - What a better way to get acquainted with the antiquities of the area than to gather around a bonfire with a local historian that dramatically tells true stories, mountain legends and some far fetched head scratchers.
AMERICA'S MOST HAUNTED HOTEL - The tales behind the Crescent Hotel will forever give you chills. I cannot believe its open to the public as if its just a normal hotel! When we visited, there were dinner parties, weddings, spa guests and the likes. People actually ask to stay in the most haunted rooms of the hotel. In fact, there's a waiting list for room 218!
WHERE TO EAT
DINNER IN A WINE CAVE - • A Sensory Experience • The Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Wine Cave is not just about a place to eat great food. From the beauty of the cave, the smell of the wood fired grill, the taste of unique flavor combinations, the vibe of custom music, to the “feel” of a wonderland atmosphere, its a full-on sensory experience.
PIZZA IN THE SKY - Check out Skybar Gourmet Pizzeria Head early to the Crescent Hotel before your nightly festivities and ride the original elevator to the roof top for some top notch pizza & beers (if you need some liquid courage before facing the afterlife guests).
DINNER TO DIE FOR - Rogues Manor was a last minute stop and so worth it! Perfect window seating tucked away in old world decor. I loved the menu and the art!
OTHER HISTORICALLY HAUNTED PLACES TO CHECK OUT
If Eureka Springs is out of your range or budget, check out this list of Rockin' Ghost Towns!
And if Ghosts just aren't your forte, I still recommend this Fall get away. I loved every moment with my forever copilot. Cheers!