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Hi all,

I'll peruse the forums more thorughly for specific recommendations, but for art/antique/architecture/food lovers (gf and I are in mid-late 30s), would we find enough to do in the town and environs to spend a couple of nights? Coming from St. Louis area. The new Bridges Museum would be on the list too. Looking at late May/early June.

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I think you will really like Eureka. Plan to spend at least a full day and an evening walking the downtown, walking the winding streets, finding lots of surprises, even caves, springs, hidden staircases linking streets, nice music venues and some pretty good restaurants. Don’t miss Thorncrown Chapel, the Fay Jones designed chapel in the woods just outside of town.


You will also love Crystal Bridges. Leave time to walk the trails. Don’t miss the “modern wing” (to the left of the entrance) but only after you have circulated through the whole chronological exhibit which takes you through the history of American art (begins to your right). They have a new exhibit opening in May, a famous collection of Hudson River School art and they are asking people to get timed passes. They are free and you likely can get in without them (perhaps with some delay) but I recommend you see about them. We were there just after the museum opened and were glad we have the timed entry passes.

My favorite restaurant and hotel in NW AR is James at the Mill and the adjoining Inn at the Mill in Johnson, which is between Fayetteville and Bentonville. Now totally surrounded by development, the mill is incorporated into a motel designed by the late James Lambeth, an architecture professor at U of A. The inn is a great bargain and real nice,. The standard bedrooms are fine but ask to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Suite and other specialty suites if they are vacant.. The restaurant, James at the Mill is run by Lambeth’s son-in-law and consistently wins state and regional best dining awards. Sit at the bar and dine and chat with Chef Miles. It can be pricey but well worth it. The restaurant is a visual knock out. Ask Miles how to get up the mountain where he lives to view nearby houses by Fay Jones, Jim Lambeth and others.

If you like vintage bookstores, don’t miss the amazing Dickson Street Bookstore. (So vintage they don’t have a website) in downtown Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Farmers Market is fun on Sat a.m.

You should have a great trip between Crystal Bridges and Eureka.

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Here is a list of the HAPPENINGS for the month of May:

May 2012 Events

May 3-5th

Africa In The Ozarks

African music and celebration


May 4th

Passion Play Opens

Opening night of America's #1 Attended Outdoor Drama - The Great Passion Play!

http://www.greatpassionplay.com/ (800) 882-7529

May 4th-6th

12th Annual PT Cruiser Rally

Multiple events scheduled for NWA PT Cruisers Rally.


May 4th and 5th

Customer Appreciation Days at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Carroll and Madison County residents may come to the Refuge at no cost on Friday, May 4 and Saturday,


May 5th


Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will conclude their 20th anniversary celebration with bands playing at 7pm and a fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.


May 5th

Run Eureka

Scavenger Hunt & Fun Run


May 5th

ARTrageous Parade

2:00 PM Downtown Eureka Springs

Music, costumes, dancing, floats..all celebrating the arts in Eureka Springs.

May 6

Ozark Chorale

7:00PM - 9:00PM

The Aud ,

The Ozarks Chorale presents an evening of song at the Auditorium.


May 12

Dog Day Benefit

Basin Park 11am-1pm

The cop shop presents DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Come join us for an afternoon of fun, food and contests

May 13

John Two-Hawks special concert in honor of mothers.

The Aud 2pm


May 18

White St. Walk

4:00PM- 10:00PM

Visit artists' studios and homes during the 22nd Annual White St. Walk. More than 40 guests also exhibit and sell their work during the walk. 479-253-9318


May 19-21

Miatas in the Ozarks

Miata owners gather to enjoy their vehicles in Eureka Springs and the surrounding area.


May 19th

Spring Garden Tour

10:00AM - 3:00PM

Garden Tour sponsored by Eureka Springs Garden Club. "Off the Beaten Path" tour of several B&B and church gardens, and the Historic Loop area springs. Light refreshments, speakers, demonstrations. email for tickets: mary.v.hill@hotmail.com

May 20

Books in Bloom Literary Festival

12:00PM -5:00PM

Crescent Hotel Gardens

Presented by Carroll & Madison County Libraries. Meet this year's select group of well-known authors of adult & children's books.


May 26th

18th Annual Mustang Auto Show


The only show in the Ozarks devoted to the pony car.


May 31st - June 3rd

Blues Weekend

All Around Eureka Springs The Aud, Basin Spring Park and Barefoot Ballroom,

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend features great blues music all around Eureka Springs.

479-253-7377 | www.EurekaSpringsBlues.com

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Eureka Springs is my husband and I favorite place to visit. I have been there twice and did not see the things that were already posted. There is a lot to do and it has the small town feel except for the lack of parking downtown. I suggest getting trolley tickets and parking at their headquarters and riding the trolley throughout Eureka Springs. That way you don't have to pay the high prices for the small parking place and risk getting a ticket if you are late.

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Thanks so much for the information. It seems there is quite a lot to do in the area!

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The Cresent Hotel is a lovely old hotel and said to be haunted. Gaskin's Steakhouse is a good choice outside of Eureka Springs. The Crystal Bridges is a wonderful museum, don't miss it! Also in Bentonville is the home of Wal-Mart and the original Walton 5 & 10 store with the Sam Walton museum.

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