Wanderlust: Eureka Springs, AR

Get away from it among in the pristine woods and natural waters of this cozy town.

 

 

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AS VISITORS DRIVE into this artistic community, it becomes immediately clear how it got its nicknames: the “Little Switzerland of America” and “The Stairstep Town.” Its mountainside setting means there’s great natural beauty, as well as uncommon attractions. Take for instance the dozen natural hot springs that have been restored to their early 19th century glory, a time when 60-plus mineral springs shaped the community.

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Getting away from it all is easily done when you climb a tree, stretch your body out onto a perfect bed and stare out at the green canopy of an Ozark pine forest. That’s the premise behind TREEHOUSE COTTAGES‘ four hand-built Hidden Forest luxury treehouses. Sure, the owners have a similar set of high-end treehouses in the town itself, plus a two-story hillside cottage, but these tucked away treehouses are the ultimate combination of coziness and luxury, with antique furnishings, luxury linens, heart-shaped Jacuzzis and Tiffany chandeliers to boot.

(Photos courtesy of Treehouse Cottages. Chapel photo courtesy of Thorncrown Chapel)

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Because Eureka Springs’ reputation as an outdoor destination intersects with its setting near both Bentonville and Branson and the town is known for peace and love, the city draws a wide variety of visitors. As the first city in Arkansas to officially endorse same-sex marriage, it became a popular honeymoon destination among gay couples. Those in search of beautifully illustrated body art appreciate that tattoo shops share equal billing with antique stores and art galleries in the city’s tourist materials. Athletes are drawn to the preeminent summertime events, which include a triathlon, 100-mile bike ride and 10K run‰ÛÓsome do them all in the space of three days. Chocolate-lovers gather for a wintertime festival, along with visitors who want nothing more than solitude with their special someone.

The city’s ability to match its diverse visitors with lodging and food options is quite a feat. There’s The Stone House for romance, FRESH for healthy eating, The Cathouse Lounge for burgers and beer, Grandma’s Beans & Cornbread for comfort food and Aquarius Taqueria for those with the munchies.

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Getting away from it all is easily done when you climb a tree, stretch your body out onto a perfect bed and stare out at the green canopy of an Ozark pine forest. That’s the premise behind TREEHOUSE COTTAGES‘ four hand-built Hidden Forest luxury treehouses. Sure, the owners have a similar set of high-end treehouses in the town itself, plus a two-story hillside cottage, but these tucked away treehouses are the ultimate combination of coziness and luxury, with antique furnishings, luxury linens, heart-shaped Jacuzzis and Tiffany chandeliers to boot.

(Photos courtesy of Treehouse Cottages. Chapel photo courtesy of Thorncrown Chapel)

 

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