View from our deck
View from being tucked in bed
Enjoying some live music, Fat Tire, and burgers
On our second night, we found a cute little Indian restaurant (that served hamburgers and soup) with some live bluegrass music and an open mic night. It was a cultural juxtaposition and a lot of fun. After downing a few beers there, we made the creepy drive up the mountain for the ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel.
I don't know if I even believe in ghosts, but that tour was creepy. We didn't see any apparitions or capture any orbs in our photographs, but we were ready to get out of there. Since our cabin was basically on stilts, it creaked and made noises in the night. After leaving the Crescent and going to bed, we both woke around 2 a.m. and were scared. Because we're ridiculous. It was the wind. Anyway, moving on.
Looking up the haunted stairs
While the hotel had quite a sordid history, the most scandalous owner was Norman Baker, who claimed he could cure cancer. Despite the fact that he wasn't a doctor, he turned the hotel into a hospital and charged patients tons of money for bogus, painful treatments. This resulted in a lot of bad juju up in that hotel. The creepiest part of the tour was no doubt the trip to the basement, AKA Baker's morgue.
A Shining-esque hallway and our theatrical tour guide
In Baker's basement checking out the walk-in freezer where he kept the bodies
And a proper cutesy picture outside the hotel
On our last full day, we explored downtown Eureka Springs. Because we were there during the winter off season, many attractions, shops, and restaurants were closed. We still enjoyed the cobblestone walkways and kitschy stores though. I told Joel it felt like we were in Diagon Alley, only without all the awesome magic.
Stocking up on candy for the drive home
Civil War action figures in a toy shop...do people actually buy this crap?
And the creepiest old dolls I have ever seen
This little trip was kicked off the new year in a great way. It was refreshing to unplug and relax, just Joel and I, especially after the craziness that was December. Throw in that it was only 5 hours away and inexpensive and you've got the perfect last-minute trip. I know we live in a relatively big city, full of green grass and big skies, but there's just something about mountains, vast views and lots of stars in the sky that you just can't beat.