Monday, October 12, 2009

Eureka!

Well, I was on a great kick for awhile, creating and a'posting like crazy. And then it all stopped. My sewing ceased, the house got a bit dirty, and I didn’t cook anything worth mentioning for two weeks. Why?

We took a little trip here.

eureka springs

eureka springs

eureka springs

crescent hotel

basin hotel

eureka springs

crescent hotel

neat face

Eureka Springs, that is! We had a few family birthdays to celebrate in early October, so we all converged on this little town and spent 24 precious hours discovering it. Thanks to Liz over at
Mabel’s House (a blog I read often, which is how I found out that she is enchanted with this little town and knows quite a bit about the area), we were pointed in the right directions and ended up eating at some fabulous establishments. We stayed here, lunched here, and…drum roll…had the most exquisite dinner here. In fact, that was the highlight of our trip, and we’ve already discussed visiting next year and staying there instead of the Crescent Hotel (sorry, Crescent, but you just didn’t live up to the hype. Your rooms were a bit lacking, and your customer service was less than stellar).

But the town is just charming, with cozy antique shops, art galleries, and more. It's a great combination of mountain atmosphere with an almost European feel, with the small winding streets and very old structures (many were built in the late 1800's). The weather held out for us, and stayed at a brisk but sunny 55 degrees the entire weekend. Just warm enough to do some shopping during the day, then made for a perfect fall evening with the family, filled with wine and really good food.

On the way out, we stopped at an amazing chapel, which I feel deserves its own post. More to follow!

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