As you already know, the Stu monsters were asked to participate in my cousin's wedding. So, it was off to Eureka Springs.
I had no idea what this town would be like... I knew it was in the Ozarks. I knew it was going to be chilly. That was all.
We landed in Rogers, then drove about 40 minutes to Eureka Springs. Apparently, this town is bustling and busy in the summer... and dead in the winter. No kidding, half of the town is closed for December. I can't blame them. This is what we woke up to on Reagan's birthday:
FEELS LIKE 4!
Oh well, we powered on.
We flew into town on my mom's birthday (Although she was not with us. Remember, she was driving.). Our first full day there was Reagan's birthday, and the following day was the wedding. It was a freezing, flurry of activity. With a stunning lack of snow flurries.
There are several hotel options, even in the winter. Most of the hotels in Eureka Springs are haunted. Some more than others, according to locals and guests. NO thank you. I like the idea of being in a haunted, old hotel, but I am too much of a chicken to actually stay in one. So we booked rooms at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks.
We lucked out. Our hotel was nice. The beds were comfortable. The hotel had a full restaurant in the lobby. The restaurant served breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast with the Birthday Girl
Half of our meals in Eureka Springs came from the hotel restaurant. We ate breakfast as a family of four on Reagan's birthday. Stu and Reagan both had hot chocolate. They said it was AMAZING. Riley ordered toast. He said it was the best he's ever had.
The Sites, Downtown
Riley flew with my dad to Tennessee to pick up my mom. That kid LOVES to fly. Plus, he would have HATED walking around town. It was best he was gone most of the day.
We picked up my aunt and braved the temps to walk around downtown. Unfortunately, most of the stores were closed. But I had so much fun snapping pics and being silly.
In the picture above, the hotel with the green awning is the Basin Park Hotel. The wedding reception was held in that hotel, on the top floor. This is one of those super cool, old, slightly haunted hotels. This hotel opened in 1905, and it still has that incredible turn-of-the-century feeling. I love it.
Stu, Reagan and I left the group and went back to our hotel for lunch. We needed to leave at some point to pick up Mom, Dad and Riley from the airport. Walking back to the car, I snapped this excellent photo of Reagan. She was having the greatest time.
Next time, perhaps I will share a few pics from the wedding and wedding venues. The glass chapel was breathtaking.
We love to travel. Although our roaming souls often come back to the same places.