It’s no wonder Arkansas is known as the Natural State. Travelers from all areas head to the beautiful state of Arkansas every year to enjoy the natural resources, wildlife and open wilderness. In late October and early November when the fall foliage is at its peak, tourists journey to the town of Eureka Springs to see nature’s artwork displayed in the changing leaves. Stunning reds, golds, yellows and oranges are vivid across the mountains as the fall season gets underway.
More than 1.5 million visitors travel to Eureka Springs every year. The well preserved architecture and thriving downtown Historic District has kept guests coming back year after year. What better way to get a view of the town and all the fall happenings than to take an open air trolley ride. Breathe in the crisp autumn air on this 85 minute narrated tour of the town. The open air trams make two stops, the Crescent Hotel and Grotto Spring. The route begins at the Eureka Springs Transit and Welcome Center. Tram tours are open daily for rides through October 31st and then November 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Fares are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 12 and under.
If you are looking for a romantic way to spend an evening exploring the downtown area, look no further than a horse drawn carriage ride. Olden Days Carriage Services offer nightly rides beginning at 5:00pm taking guests through the Historic District. On cold nights, the carriages even provide electric blankets for warming up and snuggling close to your loved one. Rides start at $40.00 per couple for a 30 minute ride. Reservations are required. Olden Days Carriage is closed on Tuesdays and all rides are weather permitting.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas is home to a number of hiking trails through the Ozark Mountains. To see the changing leaves up close on the trails is well worth the exercise. Many of the trails open up to scenic overlooks. The Beaver Trail is just seven miles north of Eureka Springs. Roundtrip this trail equals out to around one mile. The trail offers views of Beaver Lake and the White River, both offering outlets for fishing. Leatherwood Loop is another trail ideal to hike in the fall season. This easy, well maintained trail equals 3.96 miles round trip. With beautiful views along the way, this trail takes hikers around Lake Leatherwood. The Leatherwood Loop is located along Highway 62 West.
Fall inspiration from Arsenic Old Lace Bed and Breakfast can be found in their Tree-top Suite. With two-story, floor to ceiling windows boasting views of the trees and the sky, this stunning room complete with four poster king sized bed creates a most relaxing environment. Imagine a crisp fall evening, your own personal fireplace, lying in a cozy king sized bed looking up at the canopy of trees against the windows. It doesn’t get any better than that. Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast also has four other spacious rooms with their own personal touches including the Patio Room with personal patio and the Chantily Rose Room with private balcony overlooking the garden. Close to all the Historic District has to offer but just far enough away to feel like you’ve escaped to a hillside retreat, Arsenic Old Lace Bed and Breakfast is ideal for your weekend fall getaway.
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