Top 10 places to grab a Glass Of Wine in Eureka Springs!
The Stone House It only feels right to mention our wine bar as the first great spot to grab a glass of vino in Eureka Springs. The Stonehouse host several great wines, beer, meat, cheese, veggie and fruit trays.
Jack Rabbetts Whisky Bar Located on the 1st floor of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel in the heart of downtown Eureka Springs. Less than an year old, Jack Rabbett’s is known for its private label with Dickel Whiskey but is slowing building its wine reputation as they release hand selected wines from the current owner-Roennigk’s wine cellar. Currently serving Thursday-Sunday 2PM-10PM. If you are guest of the Basin Park Hotel there is an added bonus for you…free Wine Tastings throughout the week!
LaCena- 1886 Crescent Hotel As the sister hotel to the Basin Park Hotel, The Crescent Hotel’s newest addition- LaCena, a family Italian fare, is serving up a part of their owner- Roennigk’s wine cellar as well as. With 12 foot ceilings and walnut walls the Crystal Dining Room is a must do for an instagramable glass of wine. Serving Thursday-Monday 4PM-8PM. (If you a guest of the Crescent Hotel enjoy a complimentary wine tasting Monday @ 4PM)
Grotto Wood Fire Grill * Wine Cave One of the more romantic settings in Eureka for a glass of wine is Grotto Wood Fire Grill * Wine Cave. Located in a historical building in downtown with a cave and continuous running spring the atmosphere is for sure to add to your wine time. Serving Wednesday- Monday 5PM-9PM.
Le Stick Nouveau A must do in Eureka Springs, Le Stick is located underneath the historic New Orleans Hotel in downtown Eureka Springs. Le Stick is known for their wine list and if it seems to be a little overwhelming for some the staff is very knowledgeable about what would pair the best with your entrée if you choose to dine in. Serving Wednesday-Sunday @ 5 PM.
Rouges Manor Restaurant Known for one of the largest collections of wine and scotch in Northwest Arkansas this must see historical bar keeps over 100 bottles of wine in stock. The lounge opens early for a pre-dinner glass to be enjoyed by a waterfall that flows outside of the glass wall. Serving 3PM-9PM in the lounge and dinner starts @ 5PM.
Local Flavor Café If people watching is one of your things, then Local Flavor Café is your spot. Most recognized for their balconies overlooking Main Street in downtown Eureka. Do not let the name mislead you for they have a large wine selection from all over the world available to enjoy outside over downtown or paired with a creative fresh dinner. Serving Monday-Thursday 11AM-3:30PM 4PM-8PM Friday-Saturday 11-3:30PM 4-9PM.
Keels Creek Since starting to produce wine in 2006, the local grown winery located just miles from downtown, has accomplished over 2000 cases of wine. The Keels Creek Winery has produced several award winning wines. Stop by their location to enjoy an art gallery and tasting room in a Spanish style building. Serving daily 11AM-6PM
Railway Winery This unique location includes a setting that overlooks the vineyard itself at the base of the rolling Ozark hills. You can take a short scenic drive crossing over table rock lake to land you in this beautiful location to sip on a glass of wine. The very small locally owned farm vineyard produces a variety of wines that are offered in their tasting room or out on the patio to enjoy the view. The owners incourage you to bring a picnic to sit back and relax with. The tasting room is open Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-5PM.
(Eureka Springs, AR) — Following a most successful summer thanks to careful and responsible attention to the safety of guests during these pandemic days, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa now has turned its focus to be in ready for fall travelers. For it is the fall of the year when this Historic Hotel of America sees its greatest influx of those wanting to escape to Eureka Springs and the Arkansas Ozarks.
“We are open to 100 percent capacity in our lodging offering,” said Jack Moyer, general manager and executive vice president, “while continuing to maintain protocols that reflect social distancing in our restaurants and ghost tours. Our New Moon Spa & Salon will also keep its high-degree of safety for its customers to ensure peace of mind and wellness for its patrons.”
Eureka Springs itself has embraced Arkansas’ governor’s suggestions adding a community wide sense of wellness comfort which includes the wearing of masks. This coupled with this village’s vast array of outdoor activities and opportunities make a fall visit to this popular destination even more inviting.
Located at the midpoint of open-space attractions like Beaver and Table Rock lakes; rivers such as the White, Kings and Buffalo; and a network of both easy and more challenging hiking and mountain biking trails that crisscross the community and its environs, Eureka Springs is ready for those fall visitors looking for safe distancing and a great getaway. The Crescent itself boasts 15 acres of gardens and pristine woodlands for guests to enjoy this fall whether on their own or in taking part in the resort hotel’s list of daily activities.
“It has become very clear that our strict adherence to safety protocols will continue to be the key element in our fall strategy,” Moyer explained. “This promise to guests is so very important to our fall customers, especially those active seniors looking for their own, safe, Xanadu.”
Moyer noted some of the steps to be taken to welcome the traditional fall travel group, a group that tends to be a bit older and more conservative, “We plan to focus our activities on open spaces and the fresh air of the Ozarks. Most resort activities will be narrowed to reduced capacity and by reservation only, the spa will continue temperature checks on arriving patrons, and preferential room blocks will be given so multiple guest travel parties can be closer to each other. Smaller attendance size of events, such as weddings, will be maintained, and a Eureka Springs Guidebook, listing other shops, restaurants and attractions that share strict protocols, will be given to guests.”
Moyer went on to say that further specific considerations at the Crescent include:
> Patrons limited to 16 per each nightly ghost tour; but with multiple tours
> Modified breakfast beginning at 7 a.m.
> Shifting ~La Cena, the restaurant’s Italian-style dinner fare, to a 4 p.m. opening
> Outdoor seating of balcony rooms divided side-to-side with canvas privacy separators.
“Those guests who choose to visit in the fall enjoy cooler temperatures, spectacular fall color, and an emphasis on open-air experiences,” Moyer concluded. “Guests will be directed to adjacent driving tours of the region as well as scenic sojourns for those who might enjoy hiking or mountain biking, casual strolls, sightseeing and memorable dinners. In other words, fall travelers can visit us in a relaxed frame of mind, ready to fully enjoy their days with us for our team of tourism professionals are dedicated to living up to our recognition as the ‘Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality’.”
The Business may not still be around, but their old signs remain! Look for their faded remains on buildings all around downtown.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Eureka Springs was a favorite in this illustrated newspaper feature! Can YOU find them all?
One building with five addresses
Seven story hotel with a ground floor entrance on each floor.
Church you enter through the bell tower.
Up, Down & Over
Always a walking town, early residents & visitors welcomed easier ways to get up the steep mountains across the hollows. Some of these stairways are still open city streets!
Basin Spring Bath House bridge
Wooden boardwalk sidewalk
Tibbs Alley stairway
Basin Spring Avenue stairways
Sweet Spring/Harding Springs stairs and trails
Jacob’s Ladder (climbs five streets)
East Mountain Overlook. It’s a hike, but a great view!
This is the “Town That Water Built!” Since the beginning our springs have lured those seeking health. In a very early conservation effort, the areas around the important springs were set aside for public use. Today the springs are sweet pocket parks – each one different.
Crescent Spring (located by Carnegie Library)
Little Eureka Springs
Gladd Spring (flows inside store at 104 N. Main)
Magnetic Spring (located on Magnetic road)
Stroll, Skate, Swing
Walk The Loop – a popular three mile trek all around the Upper Historic Loop, through downtown, with Benton Street as the cut up (or down.)
North Main Street – a flat walk on a less dense commercial street with more open views of the natural bluffs lining both sides of the valley and Leatherwood Creek. Nice mix of galleries, art studios, restaurants, and shops.
“The Boulevard” – the fancy “silk stockings” residential neighborhood. Be sure to look down as you walk the east side…
Upper Loop – the ridge above downtown with an eclectic mix of businesses and residences running from the Crescent Hotel to US Highway 62.
Steele/Douglas Loop – a pleasant natural trek dotted with springs, bluffs and an interesting variety of homes.
Harmon Park – note the old log gateway entrance to the old Summer Auditorium. Park offers free Dreamland Skate Park; children’s playground, picnic areas.
This ride is 80 miles long and begins in the unique town of Ozark, Ar and ends at the top in Arkansas top tourist attraction – Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The ride features caverns, Withrow Springs state park along with the Mulberry river and the many twist and turns one would expect with a great ride in the forest. One of the many perks of this ride in the geographical diversity.
Plan to Stay the night in a Eureka Springs hotel , a motorcycle-friendly town, which sits just on top of the trail. You will love the care-free environment and the quirky locals you will meet. There are always events going on and with special biker rates offered on lodging, you may find you simply need to stay a night or two. Hang out for a game of pool and enjoy a few drinks.
If you find the Pig Trail has simply inspired you, check out these other rides around the Ozarks. Nature here is incomparable and the people are open and friendly. Stop in at the local Harley-Davidson on the Pig Trail to hear more about the rides this area offers.
As a traveling senior, I can attest that in this crazy time in which we are now living, we often look for an escape. One of the pleasures is looking ahead and planning for that escape, wanting one that is extraordinary… and safe.
For me, I want a destination that is not a megalopolis. I want a community that has shown it can carefully and responsibly welcome seniors like me. I want a place that has a lot to do in an uncrowded environment. I want a quaint village that feels as comfortable as my own home. I want a locale where I can refresh mind, body and spirit. I have found that such a place is Eureka Springs, located in the Arkansas Ozarks.
Since I like to travel when the temperatures are not in the triple digits, I plan to visit this longtime tested, small-town America resort destination during its peak season of fall. It’s cooler, the leaves are beginning to take on their fiery hue; the perfect time to enjoy the open spaces in which this village sits. My research shows those open spaces include:
>Urban Hiking & Mountain Biking Trails… I’m a slow-n-easy hiker so many trails in Eureka Springs’ local network will be perfect for me. Others who like more of a challenge, there are hiking and mountain biking trails that will allow more memorable thrills. Personally, I like to go out hiking early morning or late afternoon to catch a sunrise or sunset. Many urban trails wind behind the old Victorian homes and buildings following the stone laid pathways. These will allow me to take great pictures for me to share online.
>Fishing and Floating… If only just to enjoy the beauty from the shorelines from such “in town” places as Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood, or the “big waters” of Beaver and Table Rock lakes just on the outskirts will be perfect for unwinding. I’ll bring my fishin’ pole with me so I can chunk lures from the shorelines. Maybe this is the year I’ll rent a boat or secure a guide to do some serious fishing. Others who tote a kayak or a canoe on their fall vacation can float down the White, Kings and Buffalo Rivers. (By the way, i hear tell there’s great trout fishing just below Beaver Dam!)
>Great Dining… I have yet to hear of a bad restaurant in Eureka Springs. It’s nice to know that many around town -practicing responsibility- offer outdoor seating. Others, I have learned, offer social distancing indoor seating which will let me breathe easy while enjoying great food. Those restaurants (their cuisine) following strict protocols include:
>Attractions… The Great Passion Play is performed in a vast outdoor theater and is on my list. The last week of Jesus’ life on earth is performed by a huge cast and features ample, open-air seating for compliant social distancing. Other well-known attractions, like the Intrigue Theatre and Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour, are now limiting the size of their audiences/tours with masks and/or proper spacing required.
>Shopping… I understand that my trip to Eureka Springs would not be complete without me strolling through downtown sticking my head (and my credit cards) into local, unique, non-chain stores, shops and galleries. Since the town has enacted a “must wear a mask” ordinance, I will wear my mask both while walking along the sidewalks and when entering local businesses. Again, this offers me a comforting sense of safety.
Since this year, like in years past, fall will prove to be the most popular season for seniors like me to travel to Eureka Springs. I am planning early to ensure ideal lodging availability on my preferred dates. I am very impressed to learn that many of the places to stay in Eureka Springs are embracing careful and responsible COVID-19 protocols. With these safety measures in place, it adds to my peace of mind, ergo the reason I’ve chosen Eureka Springs for a fall visit. In fact, two of the town’s landmark hotels, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel in downtown and the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa on the Historic Loop, have been recognized recently for their attentive cleaning and safety protocols.
Maybe I’ll see you this fall in Eureka Springs. I may not get to shake your hand, but I’ll wave… and please know that I am smiling behind my mask!
Less than a year ago food trucks were just a dream for Eureka Springs and now we are blessed with multiple options all over town.
Taco Virgo is known for their soul food tacos of all different varieties. Located in the Hobbies and Homestead parking lot. 2100 E. Van Buren. There are a lot of veggie options and beyond. Try it yourself 11am to 6pm. Tuesday thru Saturday
Catered Creations is the place to get late night snacks. Loaded Fries, wings, philly, and tacos. Located in a parking lot off of Center street in downtown Eureka Springs. 10PM-2AM Friday & Saturday only.
Main Street BB Bus
Main Street BBQ Bus is located at 103 N Main Street along Leatherwood Creek in Downtown Eureka Springs serves Tasty BBQ, a signature Chicken Salad sandwich, Pizza by the Slice & Shaved Ice. Rolling in every Friday and Saturday and serving from 2PM-8PM on-site.
Carmen’s Taco is serving up authentic Mexican fair including Tacos de al Pastor, Tacos de Asada, Tacos de Chorizo, Quesadillas, Tortas, Pamboazoz, Burritos and Sopes. Open Monday-Sunday 11AM-9PM. Cash only in this spot so come prepared! Located at the Eureka Springs Community Center 44 Kings Hwy.
Hot Boxx Pizza
Outer Limit Foods, located at the top of Benton Street, is known for their big menu and huge specialty burgers. Melts and low carb options available too! Wednesday-Saturday 11-7PM (10PM on Saturday!)
HotBoxx Wood Fire Pizza serves up the best specialty pizzas with whole roasted garlic (if requested) and some debate the double size wings are even better. Open Mon-Thurs 3-9PM & Friday-Sunday 12-9PM Located in Holiday Island 105 Woodsdale Drive.
Main Street BBQ Bus
The Soup Shack is located at 116 E Van Buren and features Soups, Salads and Sandwiches! Only open Wednesday 11AM-4PM so plan ahead to taste the fresh wholesome food offered here.