Escape to Eureka Springs

| 10/30/2008 3:54:35 PM

Califf Spring, along Main Street in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Known as the City that Water Built, Eureka Springs is a quaint, charming tourist destination in northwest Arkansas. A family trip recently took me to its city limits for a delightful getaway. In fact, I’m having difficulty getting back into the swing of the normal routine, and I’m blaming it on traveling!

A bed and breakfast known as Cliff Cottage was our destination. The others in our party – my mom, two of her sisters, a cousin and one of my sisters – all arrived at the Kansas City airport Thursday afternoon. I met the others at their respective terminals, and we all tromped over to the rental company, picked up a van and we were off.

Driving down U.S. Highway 62 heading for Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Driving south from Kansas City offered a view of some spectacular Missouri landscape, although we were hoping for a bit more color in the fall foliage. It’s a straight shot from KC to Joplin, where we stayed Thursday night. Heading south and east from Joplin was fairly straightforward until close to the Arkansas border when the road began to curve. From then on, it was mountain driving.

It’s a pretty drive into Eureka Springs, and once in the city, we weren’t disappointed. Lots of Victorian houses perched on the mountain side, winding and steep streets, and while there were lots of visitors, the townsfolk were for the most part friendly and helpful.

Jean Teller
11/3/2008 9:07:28 AM

Jenn, this is the same group that went to Canada a few years ago. We do have fun! Kim, the views were spectacular. I enjoy visiting mountains, seeing the trees and the great scenery, tho I like returning to the Great Plains and being able to see where I'm heading! :) Lisa, loved your photos of your Minnesota trip. I love the river/water images - beautiful! Living in Kansas, the water sites are few and far between. But I love being on the water. Looks like I need to plan a trip to Minnesota. Great to have feedback from a fellow traveler!

11/2/2008 9:02:50 PM

Jean - Thank you for sharing details about your travels to Arkansas. Being from the north (Wisconsin) I never really knew what Arkansas had to offer. Upon looking into it, I learned it had a lot more than I suspected. Your article proved to me that it needs to be a place we plan travels to! My husband and I love to travel enjoying the outdoors first, along with local flair and customs. We recently took a 8 day trip in northcentral Minnesota where we did many things like you on your trip to Arkansas. Thanks for sharing Jean, enjoy reading your blog! -Lisa (

10/30/2008 11:14:23 PM

Jean, I made a trip to Arkansas last weekend too! How I love the changing colors of the leaves on those tree-covered mountains. Thanks for the pictures—makes me miss home! Kim

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