Eureka Springs is the largest historic district in Arkansas (I’ve heard it’s the largest in the US, but I don’t know that for a fact). It started as a Victorian Era resort boom-town and most of its historic homes, businesses, building, et cetera have survived to the present.
We’d originally planned to stay at the Basin Park Hotel, but they didn’t have anything available on such short notice. The Crescent Hotel (certifiably haunted) was also full. In the end, we tried something new, a bed & breakfast. The bed & breakfast we stayed in was the Bridgeford House. Here is a picture.
We stayed in the private suite that was added to the back of the house sometime in the last 20 years. They put in a lot of effort to making it look old, but, since we’ve spent three-some-odd years working on the Queen, we riddled it out in the first five minutes we were there. Even so, it was a nice suite and its age (or lack of) in no way interfered with our enjoyment of it. It had a king sized bed, tons of amenities, a private entrance, and a Jacuzzi. Also, we got breakfast in bed every morning. In the off chance any of you end up in Eureka Springs, I would highly recommend them. It was easily one of the nicest places I’ve ever stayed.
Since we are certifiable house-whores, we spent a lot of time scoping out all the for-sale property in need of TLC. We’ve decided that if we are forever doomed to live in Arkansas that we would like to live in Eureka Springs. Here are a couple houses we liked.
One of the worst things about Eureka Springs is the antique shops. As you walk down the street, you are libel to get hit buy all the purses and wallets being sucked into the shops. On the upside, once your wallet or purse is empty, they will gladly return it to you.
The shop we had the most trouble with was Crystal Gardens Antiques. We spent a lot of time and money here over the weekend. They sell a lot of the usual fare: china, books, small items, furniture (limited selection, the best of which was a China hutch salvaged from an 1880’s railroad car), and silver. However, what they specialize in is refurbished antique lighting: lamps, chandeliers, sconces, and more. Here are a couple of pictures of the shop.
The prices range from about $160 to $1,500 and they date from around 1880’s to the1920’s. While the selection of Victorian lighting is exceptional, they have the best selection Art Deco lighting I’ve seen in state (and in a few neighboring ones too).
As you may have guessed, we couldn’t restrain ourselves. We bought the Queen a pretty. Here I am carrying off our loot. You want to see it? Sorry, we don’t have a picture of it yet. I know, we're a tease. Don't worry, you'll get to see it before too long.