During your Eureka Springs vacation you'll soon discover
that your biggest worry is deciding what to do after
breakfast! Spend a relaxing day strolling downtown, browse
antique shops and galleries, sampling great food at
local restaurants and eateries, or you may choose to take in
a show or head out for an adventure in the great outdoors.
Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce : Things To Do
The attached link is to the Great Eureka Springs Chamber of
Things to Do in Eureka Springs 2013. Along with
my lists here and the Calendar of Events link you should be
able to map out a great time in Eureka Springs full of
events and things to see and taste.
Blue Spring Heritage Center Blue Springs is a favorite place in spring or fall
when the gardens are in bloom or the trees are at full
fall color. A short drive west on 62 and you are there.
Who would have thought that the calm looking spring puts
out 38 million gallons of water a day.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Lions, tigers and bears, plus cougars, panthers,
monkeys, and many other animals that Turpentine Creek
has rescued over the years. Stories behind each of the
animals they have rescued makes the visit a little more
personal and are located at each enclosure. Try to plan
your visit in the late afternoon around 4:30 pm for
War Eagle Mill Inc
A short drive to historical War Eagle Mill, a
water-powered grist mill on the War Eagle River, where
the daily grind is fresh wholegrain cornmeal, flours,
mixes and cereals. There is a gift shop and the Bean
Palace Restaurant. If you go to War Eagle Cavern then
make sure you also stop here.
Thorn-crown Chapel Nestled in a woodland setting out 62 west about 3
miles from Eureka Springs is the Thorn-crown Chapel
rising forty-eight feet into the Ozark sky. This
magnificent wooden structure contains 425 windows and
over 6,000 square feet of glass. Designed by E. Fay
Jones, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, Thorn-crown
has won numerous architectural awards and has been
featured on television programs and in national
Shows and Plays
The Great Passion Play Everyone should see this at least once in their
life. It's an outdoor spectacle with hundreds of actors
and animals depicting the last days of Jesus. Very
moving. They also have a dinner show with comedy and
gospel music just before the play starts. Check their
web site for dates and times.
Pine Mountain Jamboree
Enjoy music, comedy, and fun! Pine Mountain Jamboree in
Eureka Springs is a live music and comedy stage show
which has been performing for over 30 years.
Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down
This live stage show has the same format as the Pine
Mountain Jamboree but with different entertainers and
skits. Guests thoroughly enjoy the Hee-Haw skit.
The Intrigue Theater takes you back to the Victorian age
to experience an evening of Mystery & Intrigue performed
by an Illusionist & a Medium Featuring Special Guests
from the other side! Guests who have attended this show
compliment Sean-Paul and Juliane put on a highly
entertaining show that they enjoyed immensely.
Tours and History
Eureka Springs Historical Museum
For a small village museum there is a lot of history
packed into this building. For those visiting Eureka
Springs for its history, this is the place to start.
Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours
While the tour is long, you do get some excellent
history about the Crescent Hotel's past, both
historically and ghostly.
It's not a castle or an architecturally significant
structure. It's just one of the most interesting places here in Eureka Springs. If you go
you'll also say, "That's interesting!" Don't miss the
butterfly wall, it's an incredible collage. Spring or
fall are the best seasons to see this attraction.
Fishing, hiking, biking and water activities
The largest hand-laid, limestone dam in the nation
impounds a lake 1 1/4 mile long with about 3 miles of
shoreline covering 85 acres. A quiet, serene place where
you can enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch or try some of the
excellent hiking and biking trails. There is now a
handicap hiking trail also. Take 62 west just past
-Chapel turnoff. Nice swimming area as well.
Kings River Canoe and kayak rentals, fishing.
Swimming, canoe and boat rentals, fishing.
Steve's Horse Ride Stables
Guests always come back saying the horses are great and
Steve is a fantastic host.
Cosmic Cavern was discovered in 1845, but wasn't
developed until 1927. The cave features a 9 foot soda
straw - the longest known in the Ozarks, and two
This is a guided 1 1/2 hour tour and is about a 20
minute drive from Heart of the Hills Inn.
War Eagle Cavern On Beaver Lake
Take Cosmic Cavern and turn it on its side and you have
War Eagle Cavern. This was the cavern where the
movie Jesse James was filmed. When you're done, consider
visiting War Eagle Mill just a short ways down the road.
Onyx Cave Park
Onyx Cave is the closest cave to Eureka Springs. It has
a thirty minute radio headphone self-guided tour. While
not as big as either Cosmic or War Eagle caverns, it
offers a quick glimpse of what caves are all about.
create indigestion but will not be telling anyone
about the meal
OK but not
sure you would go back
food good value would share with friends you ate
wait to get back to Eureka Springs, Heart of the
Hills Inn and to eat here again
Note: Most restaurants
in town do not take reservations, but serve on a first come,
first served basis.
Autumn Breeze ****
Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Great Coconut Battered Shrimp and Beef Wellington. Their
chocolate soufflé heavenly.
Basin Park Balcony
Hours: Open 7 days a week.
Regular type food, but sitting on the balcony overlooking
Spring Street and listening to their entertainment, makes
this a great place to eat for lunch.
Czech restaurant ***
Hours: Open 7 days from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Closed
during the winter)
Very good German-Czech food. Try the sauerkraut soup. Sounds
odd, but tastes great. For dessert, try their German
Chocolate cake. Nice thick layers of coconut filling and
then topped with a hard chocolate ganache.
Hours: Open Monday - Thursday Noonish - 10:00ish pm, Friday
and Saturday Noonish - Midnightish and Sunday Noon -
10:00ish pm and sometimes later !!!!!! call 479-253-8231 In
winter: January, February, and March closes one hour earlier
except on weekends.
They have free delivery or carry out 10.00minimum order and
ask you take care of the driver and they do deliver to Heart
of the Hills Inn as I order frequently!
Fabulous New York Style Pizza's on homemade herb crusts
baked in a stone oven and oh my they are good. Check the
guest guide in the room for a menu if another guest has not
grabbed it and if it is gone ask David he will loan you his.
The appetizers, salads and platters, gyros, nachos,
calzone's and stromloli's are all great.
(Mediterranean Cuisine) ****
Hours: Open Thursday thru Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Their use of ingredients is a cut above most restaurants.
The menu isn't what one would call a true Mediterranean
cuisine, but is more of a Mediterranean influence.
DeVito's Italian Restaurant *** (**** for their trout
Hours: Open Thursday to Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for
lunch and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for dinner.
If you like trout, this is the place to go. Their trout
dishes are fabulous.
Home Cooking (Italian) *****
Hours: 7 days a week, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Closed some
nights during the winter)
One of the most recommended restaurants in Eureka Springs .
It's only three blocks from the Inn, All their pastas are
excellent, and they also cook a thick juicy pork chop dish. It's a casual restaurant, and they do not take reservations.
The waits can be VERY long so plan to arrive early if you
want to eat there.
Garden Bistro ***
Hours: Open for both lunch and dinner.
The Garden Bistro serves both lunch and dinner. They try and
use as many local ingredients as possible so have a
constantly changing menu based on the growing season. They
have a Bleu Cheese, Pecan, Honey, Organic Apple Bruschetta
and in season strawberry soup.
Gaskin Cabin *****
Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In an old log cabin, and the place for steaks. If you don't
like steaks, no worry, the other half of their menu has a
variety of items which will please your palate. If you're
here during the week, they also have some great specials.
Save room for their delicious chocolate bread pudding.
Grand Taverne *****
Hours: Open nightly from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and open for
Lunch Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00
An upscale restaurant in a grand old hotel. The chef has
created some exceptional dishes. IF the piano player is
there he used to be part of the Lovin' Spoonful once upon a
time. The menu is outstanding. They take reservations.
Local Flavor *****
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner.
A favorite of the locals in town. I have come to really
enjoy Local Flavor and have been getting some rave reviews
from my guests for years now about this restaurant. They
Mud Street Cafe ****
Hours: Closed Wednesdays. Open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(they now also serve dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings)
This restaurant is downstairs off of Main Street with a good
variety of sandwiches and other lunch items. They have
Trivial Pursuit cards on every table, so indulge yourself
while waiting for lunch. If you're looking for dessert, they
have a whole case full of them.
Hours: Open for lunch.
A classic hole in the wall. When entering, you wonder what
in the world have you gotten yourself into. But their Ark-Mex
food is excellent. Try the buffalo enchiladas, much leaner
than beef and just as good tasting.
Rockin' Pig ****
Hours: Sun - Thur: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11:00
a.m. - 11:00 p.m.;
If you are looking for a great burger and rib joint, then
try the Rockin' Pig. The ribs are wet and smoky and fall off
the bone. The burgers are top shelf. Also, try the Loaded
Sweet Potato Fries, with white cheddar cheese, fresh BBQ
pulled pork and drizzled with chipotle cream. The wood fired
pizza's are good as well.
Tea Room ***
Hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This restaurant is open only for lunch but their soups,
sandwiches and desserts are excellent.
If you need to know or want to know ask