Eureka Springs, population 2,000, is an Ozark Mountains resort town with a European feel. The city became a premiere relaxation resort in the late 19th century when people visited the area seeking restorative water from the "Great Healing Spring." Most of the original Victorian architecture from this time is preserved and the entire downtown commercial district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A large musical, artistic and writing community adds an eclectic feel to the city.
Shopping and dining are the main attractions downtown. Shoppers go on foot or by trolley from store to store with views of the Ozark Mountains as a backdrop and winding cobble-stoned streets at their feet. The town has more than 100 specialty shops and many restaurants.
True to its healing roots, the town offers a variety of spas, bathhouses and massage therapy centers. Businesses cater to wedding, honeymoon and romantic visitors with travel packages and specials.
Good weather allows for outdoor theatrical presentations, such as the Great Passion Play, and festivals year round. The city is known for Blues and UFO festivals in the spring and for holiday events fall to winter.
Many outdoor activities are available including mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Boating and fishing are popular on nearby Beaver Lake and the White River.
Eureka Springs is located 180 miles northwest of Little Rock and 50 miles southwest of Branson, Missouri. It is accessible via U.S. Highway 62 and State Highway 23. Lodging is plentiful with a variety of historic hotels, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, resorts, and modern motels to choose from.