Monday, July 28, 2008
Let the clickety-clack take you back to the good old days.

Slip into summer fun

So many attractions, so little time! Not sure what to do first? Slip into summer fun by picking out a few favorites on that life list. While we can't help you with that 'climb Mount Everest' wish, we can definitely hook you up with a great hike through the Ozark hills. Always wanted to pet a tiger or travel back in history to ride a train? Gotcha covered. Find out about the afterlife? Take a ghost tour and re-think your reality. Discover a new land? Go underground with a cave tour and see the eerie beauty of nature upside down. Renew your faith? Get back to inspirational basics at the Great Passion Play. There are more attractions than any list can handle, from music shows and museums to home tours and golf. Compare your 'always wanted to-do' list with our list below, then get going on the adventure of a lifetime!

* Basin Park Ghost Tour - The 1905 Basin Park Hotel has long carried the lore of spirits, haunting and unusual happenings. The "Haunting Tales of Downtown Eureka Springs & Ghosts of The Basin Park Hotel" tour is both a chance to learn more about the many tales and fascinating stories of the history of Downtown Eureka Springs as well as possibly witnessing and/or capturing on film our next ghost story. Tours are every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets available at the front desk $15 per person.

* Belle of the Ozarks -- Beaver Lake cruises -- a "must do" activity. Relax and enjoy over 60 miles of scenic shoreline as the captain delights passengers with his tales of Ozark history. See Beaver Dam, the Cliffs, Ozark Bluff Dweller's burial ground, and a sunken homestead, then cruise around a 200-acre game preserve island. Thrill to the sight of deer swimming, migrating birds, and happy vacationers enjoying fun and sun. Ideal for groups, a romantic getaway, and old-fashioned family fun.

* Blue Spring Heritage Center -- History and nature come together in a serene and beautiful setting. Blue Spring, spewing 38,000,000 gallons of cold, crystal clear water a day, has drawn tourists for 8,000 years according to an archeological dig conducted by the University of Arkansas. Blue Spring was a resting place during the Trail of Tears forced Native American relocation, and the site of an early grist mill and trading post. A lovely and meditative place to stroll, have a picnic, and feed the trout, especially when the flowers are in full bloom. Hwy 62 West.

* Cosmic Cavern -- Take a 1.25 hour tour through the warmest cave in the Ozarks, always a humid 62. The cave is well-lit, so you can see and photograph grotesque, colorful formations. This major Arkansas cave has bottomless lakes, and rare cave fish and amphibians. Spend an hour spelunking. It's fun for all ages. Hwy 21 north of Berryville.

* Eureka Springs Ghost Tours -- Nightly tours at the Crescent Hotel. Room 212, which include legends and modern clairvoyant research, brought to life by trained guides. This is the top-rated ghost tour in the country and has been featured on the Sci-Fi Channel and the Travel Channel. These talented clairvoyants also offer energy and chakra work, private readings, seminars, and ghost tours at other locations. For more information call (479) 253-6800 or see website:

* Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad -- Ride the rails and come back into town the way they did 100 years ago -- on an old-fashioned train. A great experience for the family. For lunch or dinner you can ride in the dining car and have a meal on board. Dining reservations required (479) 253-9623. 299 N. Main. All aboard!

Golf, anyone?

* Holiday Island Country Club -- located just 5 miles north of Eureka Springs on Hwy. 23, offers two golf courses: a champion 18 hole course and a 9 hole executive course. The club has the most unique driving range in Arkansas, a fully stocked pro shop and a grill serving breakfast and lunch daily. Rental clubs and carts are available as are lessons by a PGA professional. For more information, call (479) 253-9511 or go to

* Kings River Golf Course -- An 18-hole, par 70 public golf course and driving range nestled in the beautiful Ozark hills. Open seven days a week, it's worth the 30-minute drive from Eureka Springs to play here. Enjoy a scenic and challenging round of golf.

* Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down -- Voted #1 in Country and Comedy, the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down is in its 27th season in Eureka Springs. You won't want to miss this high energy family show with some of the hottest players and funniest comedians in the region. The evening kicks off with a pre-show at 7:30 p.m., followed by a visit from "P. Nutt" and "Granny" that will have you rolling! The main show begins at 8pm and features non-stop laughter and entertainment. The Hoe-Down is the place to go if you're looking for group interaction. Your group won't just be the audience...they'll be a part of the entertainment. Don't leave Eureka Springs without seeing the hottest show in the Ozarks. Go to for schedule and pricing. Located on Hwy. 62 East. (479) 253-7725.595, or visit

* Quigley Castle -- The Ozarks' strangest dwelling. Elise Quigley found a way to sleep among treetops full of blooms. Walk through perennial gardens to her home, which she beautifully covered with stones collected through her childhood. There are fossil, arrowhead, crystal and butterfly collections beyond belief. Curiouser and curiouser. Still family owned. Hwy 23 South, 4 miles.

The Rosalie is one of Eureka's most beautiful "Painted Ladies."

* Rosalie Tour & Wedding Home -- "The prettiest and fanciest home on the boulevard" is available for tours by appointment and for weddings and receptions. Furnished with authentic antiques and packed with history, this beautiful example of Steamboat Gothic and Eastlake architecture will take you to another place in time. 282 Spring Street. (479) 253-7377.

* Steve's Stables located on Pond Mountain Hwy 23 South 2 miles in Eureka Springs Arkansas. Guided year round trail rides on the highest mountaintop in the county! Gentle horses, no nags, fun for all! 1 hour guided rides - $20 per person 10% for groups of 4 or more. Rides leave 10 am thru 3 pm. Call for availability & information 479-253-5877

Visit Turpentine Creek, a true sanctuary for more than 100 big cats.

* Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge -- Turpentine Creek rescues neglected and unwanted big cats and other wild animals nationwide and gives the public a chance to get up close and personal with the king of the jungle and his regal cousins. You've probably never seen this many big cats in one place. It's awesome and the kids will definitely love it. Open 9 a.m. every day; feeding time is at 5 p.m., and the animals really spring to life then.

* War Eagle Mill -- A scenic half-hour drive from Eureka Springs, War Eagle Mill is definitely worth the trip. The historic water-powered grist mill on lovely War Eagle Creek is a step back in time. The working mill today grinds high-quality organic grains which can be purchased while you're there. Or have some delicious corn bread made from freshly milled corn in the Bean Palace restaurant. Yum! Take Hwy. 23 south to Hwy. 12 W, then left on War Eagle Rd. You can't miss it.

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