There’s something about Eureka Springs, Arkansas. From the Victorian town center (the entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places) to the surrounding hills and the abundant springs found therein, Eureka Springs stands out—almost in another time. Those supposedly healing spring waters turned the village into a bustling city at the turn of the last century as thousands came to partake. Now you can rejuvenate at the many day spas that thrive in this small town because of that history. Make sure to make time to visit the historic Crescent Hotel (right), a grand dame of the Victorian era, said to be America’s most haunted hotel. Another not-to-miss is the award-winning, E. Fay Jones-designed, hauntingly beautiful Thorncrown Chapel (below). Want to welcome springtime at the earliest possible moment? Drive south of the border.Thorncrown Chapel
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Serenity Spa and Salon
Located in the Basin Park Hotel, you can book a massage for two, or enjoy a specially designed body wrap, skin treatment or facial. 479-253-2796
New Moon Spa
Relax and rejuvenate on the mountaintop as they greet you with a steaming cup of tea and let you choose from their list of personalized treatments. Located in The 1886 Crescent Hotel. 800-599-9772
WHERE TO DINE
The Grand Taverne
Located in downtown’s Grand Central Hotel. Chef Dave Gilderson grows his own herbs on the balcony and bakes the bread fresh daily. It’s the spot for that special candlelit dinner with a special someone. 37 N. Main St., 800-344-6050
Farm to Table-FRESH
Morel mushroom soup at its freshest; this is the locavore movement’s bastion in Northwest Arkansas. All locally sourced. 179 N. Main St. 7, 479-253-9300
This is Arkansas after all, and you’ll travel far to find “Q” as luscious as Bubba’s. Try the sampler plate. 166 W. Van Buren, 479-253-7706
Eureka Springs is located 228 miles south of Kansas City at the intersection of U.S. 62 and Arkansas Hwy. 23.