Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Eureka Springs , Arkansas

Eureka Springs is a rollicking showcase of romantic Victoriana. Abundant mineral springs gush from limestone crevices in steep forested hills here in the heart of the gentle Ozark Mountains. Reputed healing powers of the water attracted worldwide attention, and by 1880 the village was a boomtown.


The area’s 19th century charm is remarkably intact. The entire town is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Substantial stone and brick buildings still cling to steep hillsides along narrow winding streets lined with antique shops, handicraft specialty stores, historic hotels and casual restaurants. Towering trees and gardens sequester nearby Queen Anne mansions and gingerbread cottages that house one of America’s largest collection of bed-and-breakfast inns. Historic hotels add to the authentic charm. Trolleys, horse-drawn carriages, a historic railroad, museums, attractions, and live theaters also reflect the playful spirit of the Ozarks. Surrounding rivers, lakes, forest and caverns provide recreation year-round.

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