Start new holiday traditions in Eureka Springs West

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The White River, west of Eureka Springs, is the perfect place to go with the flow of seasonal change.

The leaves may be gone from the trees, but there's still plenty to do in Eureka Springs West. The fish are biting, and the hiking trails are crowd-free, so why not start a new tradition for Christmas, New Year's, or Valentine's Day and spend a few days amid Nature's winter beauty? Grab the family and rent a large cabin for the holidays, complete with early morning fishing trips and afternoon sightseeing around Beaver Lake; you might even see a bald eagle or two swooping past to their winter nesting grounds. There's also horseback riding to enjoy as well, which is a great way to experience the seasonal beauty of the Ozarks. In the evening, load up on hot cocoa and take a drive through the Eureka Springs West area to see the holiday lights decorating homes and businesses; with so much room out here, folks create stunning vistas of Christmas cheer.

  Just the two of you? Plan a quiet, romantic getaway in a luxury cottage, with fireplace and Jacuzzi. When you're ready to come out and explore, visit area artists' studios for unique gifts, or shop for antiques. Take in some fresh air with a hike on the trails around Lake Leatherwood, or reach into the past at Blue Spring Heritage Center and discover the area's Native American roots. Don't forget a relaxed dinner for two, perhaps a walk by the lake as the sun sets, then back to the warmth of the cottage.

  Winter is wonderful out here, whether you bring the whole clan, or just want a little one-on-one quality time. Find the quiet and reunite without the hustle and bustle of daily life in Eureka Springs West.

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