Expand your vacation

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ah yes, it's summertime, and the living is so easy in Eureka Springs West. When the temperature begins to rise, it's time for a swim in the cool waters of Beaver Lake and Lake Leatherwood. Bit of a tenderfoot? Beaver Lake has both paved and natural areas for swimming, so you can be comfortable. If your tootsies are tough enough for the natural lake experience, then dive off the deep end at Lake Leatherwood, which has a historic diving platform, perfect for causing those mighty splashes. If you prefer being on top of the water, then rent a boat or a canoe, and maybe a guide too, so you can easily find all the fishing hotspots. You can even rent all your fishing tackle, just in case you forgot to pack it.

  A day out on the water is so relaxing, you'll definitely want to stay close; why not try one of the luxurious cabins or cottages located throughout the Eureka Springs West area? Each one has its own charms, and many are just a stone's throw--literally--from the lake or river. Since you're staying out here, explore some of the area's other attractions, like the blooms and history to be found at Blue Spring Heritage Center, or go shopping for antiques, handmade furniture or distinctive pottery. When shopping works up an appetite, check out one of the great restaurants nearby; each has great food, and easygoing atmosphere. Complete your lakeside fun with a tour aboard the Belle of the Ozarks, or take in a bit of culture at Opera in the Ozarks and enjoy the passion and talent of the young stars. Speaking of stars, you can count them one by one back at your cottage, simply because the air is so clear out here, and there are no city lights to distract from the sparkling sky. It's easy to relax and forget your troubles in Eureka Springs West; the only concern you have is how you'll manage to squeeze it all into your vacation. The answer to that is easy: stay a few extra days, and each one will be a perfect gem in your memory of summertime fun.

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