I saw lots of wildflowers while walking the path around the ball fields at Lake Leatherwood City Park, which is only 5 minutes from the Tall Pines Inn.
Our little town has a lot to offer any weekend: great restaurants, fun attractions, and natural beauty. But this weekend, with May Festival of the Arts in full swing, there are even more reasons to visit!
Friday evening from 4:00-10:00pm, White Street will be transformed into a block party. For the past 26 years, local artists have welcomed the public into their homes and studios to view their latest works. And over forty guest artists will squeeze into every possible nook and cranny along the historic avenue to show weaving, woodworking, watercolors, jewelry, photography, and more. Food, drink, musicians, and costumed strollers will add to the festive atmosphere.
On Saturday, the fun moves to the heart of downtown, Basin Spring Park. From 10:00am to 4:00pm, artists offering textiles, jewelry, painting, sculpting, and fine wood designs will discuss their process and medium. And from 5:00 to 7:00pm, saxophonist Grady Nichols will be performing free!
Finally, on Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm at the 1886 Crescent Hotel, Books in Bloom is a celebration for writers and readers – featuring presentations by 13 authors.
May is a great time to visit our town! Not too cold, not too hot, trees and flowers and plants at their maximum beauty. And this year marks the 30th Anniversary of our town’s May Festival of the Arts. With over 70 events in 31 days, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a sample:
- Art in the Park – Basin Spring, that is – features 4 giant mobiles, created by artist Janet Alexander with powder-coated metals and titled “Four Seasons.” They will be unveiled on May 5th. On May 13th, anyone can be part of the art by making a mini-mobile to take home.
- White Street Walk – On May 19th, from 4 to 10 p.m., local artists welcome the public into their homes and studios. More than forty guest artists will display watercolors, jewelry, weaving, pottery, and more. Enjoy a street fair atmosphere combined with refreshments and music.
- Books in Bloom (on May 21st) is a celebration for writers and readers! Dedicated readers and those interested in writing can attend author presentations and have conversations with writers who are very successful in their genres.
- The Eurekan Spectacle is augmented reality using an app that allows visitors to witness a Shakespearean play at various real-world locations around Eureka Springs. This collaboration between writer Mackenzie Doss and photographer Edward C. Robinson III will be visible on the app Wikitude starting May 4th.
It’s been raining – at times pouring, some times drizzling – for the past 3 days, and our trees have responded with a riot of greenness! I can think of no better way to celebrate the Earth than by highlighting the beautiful pines, oaks, dogwoods, and walnut trees on our property.
Spring, with all its majestic beauty, has arrived! Our town is awash in greens – from the bright lime of new growth to the dark green of cedars and every shade in between. Nowhere is this more true than at Black Bass Lake.
This peaceful and beautiful park feels like it’s miles from anywhere – yet it’s only 2 minutes from the Tall Pines Inn. Enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and a picnic. Frogs and turtles abound. Trails range from easy to more challenging so there’s something for everyone. Make your reservation today for a relaxing stay near the perfect spot for forest bathing!
Exploring by foot is truly the best way to absorb the quaintness, quirkiness, and history of our town. Maps are available in our office – and markers have been placed to aid travelers. But sometimes, it’s fun to get a little lost! Here are photos of a recent walk from Kansas Street down to Spring, by way of the site of the old high school.
This boast from the 1950s referred to all of the sites in our town featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” Beginning in 1918, Robert Ripley – a newspaper cartoonist obsessed with oddities – illustrated the unusual things he found on his travels around the world in a popular cartoon column. In 1940, that column reached 80 million readers in more than 330 newspapers.
Ripley found our town’s infrastructure particularly interesting, and in an April 10, 1931 cartoon, he noted that the city’s winding streets formed the letters “U” and “V” 51 times; the letter “S” 13 times; and the letter “O” seven times. Just below the Crescent Hotel, sits St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, whose distinctive entrance earned it three Ripley mentions. The church is unusual because there’s only one way to enter: through the top of the bell tower.
The Basin Park Hotel also caught Ripley’s attention because every floor is considered a ground floor. If that seems unlikely, look behind the building. There you’ll find that each of the seven levels has a fire escape bridge that leads directly to the adjacent mountain.
Not all of Ripley’s cartoon subjects were man-made. The Tall Pines Inn sits at the corner of Highway 62 and Pivot Rock Road – named for a 12-foot high chunk of V-shaped limestone. Ripley was a frequent visitor to this “top balanced on its pointed end” – an apt description since the monolith spans about 30 feet in diameter at its top but is only about 16 inches at its base.
Pivot Rock is on private property about 2 miles from the Tall Pines and accessible by following an undulating nature trail, only about a quarter-mile round trip. Visitors also can enjoy a nearby natural limestone bridge that spans about 20 feet across rocky terrain.
These are just a few of the peculiarities you can experience in our quirky little town! And Ripley never wrote about its residents…
(Thanks to Tanyanika Samuels for her 2005 article in the Chicago Tribune.)
The alchemy that turns green leaves to orange, red, and gold in the Ozarks this time of year is a very complex process. I think our above average temperatures in October (that have continued into November – it’s 80+ degrees on the 16th!) and lack of rainfall contributed to a less-than-spectacular display of colors.
But there are still some beautiful trees around town and at the Tall Pines:
We have vacancies now (11/16) through Thanksgiving weekend, so you can experience the beauty first-hand!
The Japanese have a term called shinrin-yoku, which translates as “forest bathing”. It’s about immersing yourself in nature to relax and reduce stress and anxiety. Several studies indicate that the practice can be linked to a boost in immunity and a perception of increased energy and well-being.
Late October and November is prime-time for getting out in the woods and connecting with nature around here, and Lake Leatherwood is the uber-epicenter to do it. The temperatures have been ideal and the biting bugs seem to disappear long before the first freeze. We have miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, some easy, some crazy-challenging, but all scenic and rewarding.
Many more people lately are discovering the gem that is Lake Leatherwood Park. We’ve had annual mountain-bike races and triathlons for years, and just last weekend, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association held a an event here, part of its Arkansas student mountain bike race series, that attracted over 125 kids and teams.
The Park attracts all kinds of campers, including the two Airstreams from Florida (pictured below), whose owners we met a couple of weeks ago. The “tiny house” bare-bones cabins are a new addition opening soon. They make the Tall Pines cabins look like the Four Seasons but probably a step up from a tent.
The Tall Pines is just a 5-minute drive from this fabulous park so make plans to visit soon! Click here for vacancies.