Here are 4 postcards from our 65 – year past…
Our dear friend in Dallas, Jo, sent us a “Souvenir Folder” of Eureka Springs from 1951… The Tall Pines Inn was already 4 – years – old!
The folder calls our fair town “Supreme Health Resort in the Ozarks.” That’s not the only accolade…”The atmosphere is perfectly pure and laden with life giving ozone… Five miles of the city streets are paved… statistics show that no other point in the United States has experienced a larger number of clear sun-shiny days and yet with ample rain fall during each year.”
No wonder the author extends “an invitation to anyone who is seeking a change of residence, confident that no more attractive place to live can be found in the United States.”
Well, we certainly have had our share of sunny days lately but rain fall could stand to be a little more ample…Good news: we have many more miles of paved roads. Come see for yourselves!
Please note: the bridge shown over the White River no longer exists and Lake Lucerne has changed dramatically – although it’s still beautiful.
It’s inevitable…leaves keep falling. Many trees are almost bare. But there are still some beautiful sights in town. Here are examples from the past four days:
It’s so easy to miss…a small road off of Highway 62, on the right heading east, between the Tall Pines Inn and Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Yet, Oil Springs Road leads to one of the most scenic areas in our little town: Black Bass Lake.
The road takes visitors past historic Oil and Johnson Springs and a wonderful example of a cavernous overhanging ledge.
Black Bass Lake was created as a drinking water reservoir from the abundant, pure springs in the upper reaches of Oil Spring Gulch, including Sycamore and Arsenic Springs.
The earthen and cut stone dam dates to 1894 and is one of the oldest still standing in the Ozarks.
Trails encircling the lake allow access to a non-motorized boat launch, picnic area, several fishing spots, and one and a half miles of hiking and bike riding.
The Bluff Trail hugs the St. Joe geological formation, an amazing limestone outcropping.
I was there on Sunday and witnessed all the glories of a cool and sunny autumn day. I witnessed a very different beauty last Spring. Any time of year, this city park is definitely worth a visit.
These photos speak for themselves!
Cool sunny weather brought several groups of motorcycle enthusiasts our way, including those attending the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ mega-event in Fayetteville. (The event takes place on 9/26 – 29 in 2012.)
We managed to take a few pics of our guests:
* the Daly bunch from Missouri
* Plymesser group from Iowa
* Slaters and Rogers from KC
*Philip & Paula from Missouri
Several days we had more motorcycles parked here than cars!
Eureka Springs is the home of THORNCROWN CHAPEL – which made MSNBC’s list of the world’s 10 most beautiful churches. Thorncrown shares this distinction with much more elaborate cathedrals in Italy and England, with a towering concrete structure in Iceland, and with a wooden church in Norway from the Middle Ages.
From the article: “Deep in the Ozark Mountains, near the community of Eureka Springs (one of the coolest small towns in America according to Budget Travel’s 2011 poll)…The church is so far off the beaten path that even the best new GPS devices don’t quite get the coordinates right — but it’s worth seeking out.”
The beauty of Thorncrown is its simplicity, its intimacy and the way it peacefully inhabits the woods that encircle it. We have visited it with family, attended a wedding, and this week had the rare pleasure to hear music performed there as part of Artosphere, a 6-week festival celebrating artists who are influenced by nature, sponsored by the Walton Arts Center. Listening to Frank Vignola and the Virtuoso Band with wooded views behind and around them, as muted sunlight filtered through the chapel’s 425 windows was magical!
Our pool has been open for about a week and looks very inviting! And it’s supposed to keep getting warmer every day this week…just wish I could promise that it will be dry. Can’t knock the rain, though – our trees, bushes, and flowers are thriving and our grounds are green and lush! We started planting our 12 hanging baskets, 31 pots, 4 planters, and various beds in April and finally finished last week. Thankfully, many of our perennials return year after year, including a beautiful wisteria at Suite #21 and red rose bush at Cabin #2. Neither Robert nor I would qualify as Master Gardeners, but after 7 seasons of experimentation, we’re smarter about choosing flowering plants that flourish in “part sun.” Our Tall Pines provide a lot of shade. It’s what we call a “good” problem!
When’s the last time you spent Friday night in a cemetery learning history in an entertaining way? You get that chance next Friday, which just happens to be the 13th…But nothing is purposely spooky…just live actors, including yours truly, in period costumes playing the roles of early citizens of Eureka Springs reminiscing about their past. The cemetery itself is worth a visit for its majestic trees and 19th century gravestones. (Seeing ghosts is optional!) If you miss this Friday, a new “Tour” will take place in October, on the 14th, 15th, 28th, and 29th.
For the past 4 years, I have been fortunate to participate in the ARTrageous Parade which kicks off the month-long May Festival of the Arts. This year is no exception and next Saturday at 2:00pm you’ll find me with our local Belly Dancing Troupe, sashaying down the narrow, winding streets that define our town’s center. Forecast is for 77 degrees and no rain, thank goodness! These photos from prior years show why YOU should be here!