Two Days Away: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

A longtime haven for artists, Eureka Springs boasts a multitude of artistic sojourns, such as the nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It comprises five centuries of our country’s masterworks, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House. The galleries in town range from illustrious fine art to contemporary folk art.

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The shopping scene continues the city’s artful, eclectic character, and you can often meet the people behind the products that catch your eye, which might be glass, woodcrafts, clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, antiques, or other special finds. Dining options will please a wide variety of palates, as will the gracious hospitality from restaurant owners, many of whom are multi-generational Eureka Springs natives.

Though there’s so much to do in town, you’ll want to save some extra time for exploring the area’s natural wonders. With more than 1,800 acres of park land and water all around, opportunities for outdoor adventure abound—from hiking to biking, swimming to paddle boating, and birding to geocaching.

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At day’s end, rest your head at a quaint bed-and-breakfast like The Heartstone Inn or The Inn at Rose Hall—both just a short walk from downtown. From your temporary dwelling to the city’s flourishing surrounds, the people of Eureka Springs are sure to offer their famous warm welcome, proving that the town’s healing power extends well beyond its storied springs.