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Vol. 1 No. 6

is all about fun and it’s actually a guide! What to do, where to go, how to get there and how to plan a day in order to get it all in – packed into one publication you can keep in your car or hotel room and consult about how to make the most of your time in Eureka Springs. Story ideas and information for Independent Fun Guide can be emailed to editor@independentfunguide.com.

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elcome to our not-so-secret season. Late winter/early spring is the perfect time to get away for me time if you’re traveling alone or quality our time if you’re with a partner, family or group. The weather is usually mild enough for exploring and the views through leafless trees are wide open. Excellent hiking trails and water adventures are yours to explore, and a wide choice of resorts and retreats provide perfect places to relax, regroup and reassess life while in the comfort of beautiful surroundings, tranquil spaces and easy access to creature comforts. It’s a great time for

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fishing, hiking, kayaking and/or reflecting at a special retreat. Keep a journal, make some art, take a walk and gaze. And don’t forget your massage and spa day. Then make some noise if you want to. As usual, there’s fabulous shopping, award-winning dining, art galleries to take your breath away and special events in town and out. Rock out at the Annual Hometown Jam, ogle some treasures at the Spring Antique Show, feel the wind at the Kite Festival, go wild at Turpentine Creek Wildlife refuge or don something green, hop in and join the locals in the St. Paddy’s parade. ]

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Also just outside of town is the Eureka Springs West area, with gorgeous retreat facilities, cabins, cottages, attractions, lake activites and things to do in the winter season. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway, group meetings and more. Take a few minutes to explore it all at www.eurekaspringswest.com.


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Ready, set, GO... “Resort” fun 4 Boots, bikes and paddles 6 Hiking in the city and parks 7 Fishing guide 9 Pet page 11 Events at a glance 12 People who knead people 14 31st Annual Victorian Classic 15 Dining suggestions 16 & 17 Nightlife 18 Eureka’s Hidden Gem – The Oasis 20 Turpentine Creek ... It’s Grrrrr-reat! 21

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pen seven days a week, the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center is located in Pine Mountain Village on 62E just a minute or two from downtown. Racks of brochures and publications as well as maps and posters are on hand to make sure you get the latest information on places to stay, eat and visit. You’ll also find information on art galleries, attractions,

events, restaurants, shopping, real estate and wedding services. Friendly staff will be able to help you with tickets to shows, direct you to points of interest, and are always happy to make a phone call to get any information that’s not already in print at your fingertips. Start your visit in the media room with a brief film on the history of Eureka Springs and you’re ready to plan your adventure! ]

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veryone knows mushrooms and toadstools are fungi, right? You can find all sorts of interesting fungi while hiking in and around Eureka Springs; and you can even find them hidden in the pages of this issue of the Fun Guide. Find them all and win two tickets to a great show or admittance to an attraction in Eureka Springs. Just pass your camera or phone to a friend and have your picture taken while holding this issue. Be the first to email it with the number of fungi you counted to editor@eurekaspringsindependent. com and we’ll let you know if you won! ]

Winner! – George and Patricia Pettigrew of Dixon Springs, Tenn., counted

ten King Cake babies in our last issue to win two tickets to a great show in Eureka Springs. Yes, doing it online counts! Of course, tradition holds when you find the baby in the King Cake, you have to buy the cake for the next Mardi Gras celebration. We’ll be expecting our ten King Cakes via UPS next February, George and Patsy. Congrats! - Aha, it looks like they finally got their subscription in the mail, too!

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By Harrie Farrow

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lowing freely down the Ozark hills and bubbling up under them, water has always been at the foundation of what Eureka Springs has to offer. First there were springs reputed to aid in healing and then dams were built, turning stretches of our beautiful Ozark rivers into lakes. Springs, spring-fed ponds, rivers and lakes are all at the heart of Eureka’s many resorts, though each has its own personality with unique features. While the vistas are wide open this time of year, there’s plenty to do and see outside and amenities galore – plus a comfy place to settle in front of the fire when the night gets frosty. From singles to groups and families, each of our resorts has a special something that could make it your go-to getaway for years to come. Here are a few to explore right now: Pond Mountain Lodge and Resort is just a few minutes from downtown

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Spider Creek Resort, which dates back to the early 1930s, is located at the confluence of the White River and Spider Creek on Hwy. 187. The resort offers several different types of boat rentals: canoes, kayaks, rafts, jon boats, river boats and a Clack-A-Craft fly fishing drift boat. There is also a fishing landing, and handily, the Beaver Dam Store – for fishing supplies, fishing guides and basic groceries – adjoining the property. Several types of lodging, from studios to three bedrooms, all include kitchens and some have Jacuzzis; most have views and many boast fireplaces. Additionally, there’s an RV hookup complete with patio furniture, a grill and a gorgeous view. The pet-friendly resort also has playgrounds and laundry facilities. A large screened-in pavilion with grills and a big-screen TV makes an excellent place for group gatherings. Red Bud Valley Resort’s 180 acres includes a spring fed lake stocked for fishing and suitable for swimming. There’s a small dock, paddleboat and canoe to add to the fun. The resort is only one and one-half miles from Eureka Springs on Rock House Road. Walking/bicycling trails offer possibilities to see wildlife such as deer, turkey and raccoons; and horseback riding is available seasonally. There are fifteen cabins accommodating from two to eight people. Some have kitchens and/or wood-burning fireplaces. The Executive House, perfect for groups,

sleeps up to 14. Getting married? Weddings are performed in the resort’s Little Glass Chapel or the Flower Garden Park. Riverview Resort is located on the White River six miles from town. Their Country Store and gas station on US 62 West, offers a deli/diner, movie rentals, gifts, picnic and grocery supplies, and beer and wine as well as fishing needs and hunting and fishing licenses. The resort has a fishing guide as well as canoe, kayak and jon boat rentals. Lodging consists of one and two room cabins with kitchenettes. Riverview is pet-friendly and has a swimming pool, fire pits, picnic area and grills. The Retreat at Sky Ridge is a designated Arkansas State Native Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary with springs, creeks and two spring-fed stocked ponds. Only minutes away from Beaver Lake and the White River, lodging includes a Beaver Lake pass. Sky Ridge’s 140 acres are a quarter mile high, overlooking the lake. In addition to the 1885 stone homestead welcome center and an event pavilion, there are seven uniquely themed cabins, some with Jacuzzis. A special feature is the “Turtle Moon Community Labyrinth,” a classic 7-circuit labyrinth open daily, sunrise to sunset, year-round. It is believed walking a labyrinth stimulates both sides of the brain to more easily clear one’s mind for internal focus and relaxation. And relax you will.

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oots, bikes and paddles is a new Eureka Springs business combining nature and retreat experiences with art and reflection – and so much more. Check on special evening classes and day adventures during your stay in town, or plan a custom-made retreat with the girls. The earth and sky are the limit to your creativity! Coming up: Day retreats at Lake Leatherwood blending hiking, kayaking, art, journaling and photography. Always open to custom-made adventures and retreats. Feel free to call with ideas and let Boots Bikes and Paddles bring them to life! Email: bootsbikespaddles@ yahoo.com for information, see facebook.com/PaddleQueen or phone Christie at (479) 381-6107. ]

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There’s also a covered picnic area with a large grill and a large stone fire pit. In-room massages can be arranged. Sky Ridge is located on County Road 111, about nine miles from Eureka. The resort is “super-duper” pet-friendly and claims to have “Eureka’s only spokes-horse” with her own Facebook page. Lakeshore Cabins is right on Beaver Lake and offers a boat dock with slips and a swim deck. Fishing guides can be arranged to pick you up at the resort’s dock. Located on Mundell Road, about nine miles from Eureka, the resort has eight cabins, several of which are two stories. Romance is emphasized, as some cabins have gas fireplaces, others wood burning stoves, and all have Jacuzzis and full kitchens. There is a large outdoor fire pit, coin-op laundry, and free Wi-Fi. Lakeshore Cabins does not allow pets. These are only six of the fun resorts that just might become a special place whether you’re visiting as a couple, with a group, alone or with a family. Be sure to check them all out and find the spot that’s meant for you. ]

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” to a t r o s right now? “revacation

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Check out these websites and choose your getaway!

Cabin Fever Resort: cabinfeverresort.com (479) 253-5635 Cherokee Mountain: cherokeemountain.com (479) 253-5353 Cinnamon Valley: cinnamonvalley.com (479) 253-5354 Enchanted Forest Resort: enchantedforestresort.com (800) 293-9586 Lakeshore Cabins: lakeshorecabins.net (800) 597-9647 Magnetic Valley Resort: magneticvalleyresort.com (888) 210-8401 Ozarks Cabins: eurekaspringsvacations.com (479) 253-2018 Pond Mountain Lodge: pondmountainlodge.com (800) 583-8043 Red Bud Valley Resort: redbudvalley.com (877) 253-9028 Retreat at Sky Ridge: retreatatskyridge.com (800) 242-3128 Riverview: riverviewcabinsandcanoes.com (479) 253-8367 Silver Ridge: logcabinescapes.com (800) 410-4641 Spider Creek: spidercreek.com (479) 253-9241 Sugar Mountain: visit-smr.com (479) 253-8398 Sugar Ridge Resort: sugarridgeresort.com (479) 253-5548 Some have fishing guides, boating and horseback trail riding available. When you call for your adventure, make sure to tell your host you saw them in the Independent Fun Guide!


Lace up your hiking boots

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Spend a day on some great hiking trails without leaving the city!

Hikers stop to watch two bicyclists pass them on one of the multi-use trails at Black Bass Lake.

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he Ozarks are filled with geographic wonders, and though some might think exploring nature should be left for summer, anyone who’s lived in the area for a while knows in these parts it’s better hiking in the winter. November through March offers relief from such unpleasantries as extreme heat, ticks, snakes, poison oak or ivy and chiggers. (And the views are incredible.) Sure, some winter days may not be hospitable to extended outdoor exposure, but here in the Ozarks most of winter is mild, and temperatures in the 50s or warmer are quite common – perfect for outdoor adventure. One of the many things people love about Eureka Springs is that beautiful nature is so close at hand. Not only is the city filled with trees and gardens, but we also boast some beautiful city parks, excellent for long walks or extended hikes. Black Bass Lake You’d never see it driving in, but Black Bass Lake is one of Eureka’s most hidden treasures – and it’s less than 5 minutes from Historic Downtown! Heading west on US 62 from Inn of the Ozarks, turn left onto Oil Springs Road just past Tad’s Quickstop (if you reach Caribe Restaurant you missed the turn). Black Bass Lake is at the end of the dirt road (stay left where it forks). There are minimal amenities at this park (use the restroom before you drive there), but you’ll be awed by the natural beauty and serenity. Black Bass Lake was Eureka’s main source of water until 1970, and a kiosk in the parking area explains the history of the dam, which was constructed in 1894 to create a water supply for the town. There is also information about the Karst geological makeup of the underground. Black Bass’s Standing Rock Trail is well-maintained, wide and flat and leads to a lovely picnic table. Continuing around the lake, Sycamore Spring Trail is narrower and slightly more challenging and crosses several springs. A small display about the healing history of the springs, 17 of which feed Black Bass Lake, is worth stopping to read. Above Sycamore Spring Trail is Bluff Trail, more challenging still, which overlooks the lake and follows interesting limestone outcroppings. The parking lot side of Bluff Trail leads into Oil Spring Trail which continued on next page

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meanders through the bluff line, away from the lake and back to upper Oil Springs Road. There is also an unnamed trail which starts at the far end of the lake and heads to Little Black Bass Lake (currently drained) and through the valley behind it, eventually heading up hill and ending just behind Video Land on Van Buren (US 62). Lake Leatherwood Eureka’s claim to fame in the world of city parks is Lake Leatherwood, about 15 minutes from downtown. Turn right just before the big bridge on US 62 West headed toward Rogers, not far after the Thorncrown Chapel turnoff. Lake Leatherwood is one of the country’s largest city parks with 1600 acres. The spring-fed lake and focus of the park encompasses 85 acres and boasts one of the country’s largest hand-cut native limestone dams; built in the 1940s by the WPA and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are about a dozen trails at Leatherwood for a combined total of more than 21 miles. Trails vary from flat and wheelchair accessible to rugged, steep and narrow. All trails are shared with bicyclists. The most popular trail is about 4 miles long and encircles the lake. Part of this hike involves walking across the dam itself – which provides a gorgeous view of the lake. Hikers also walk through the quarry that provided stone for the dam. A quick jaunt off the main path to The Point – on the western side of the trail – is recommended. Views from many of the trails are stunning and there is an excellent viewpoint here as well as a nice fishing spot and a picnic table. A shorter and easier trail leads from the main campground, crossing Leatherwood creek and running along it until reaching Leatherwood Fields. The trail continues around the soccer and baseball park. Other trails, some with curvy, steep switchbacks explore hillsides overlooking the lake and meander through interesting rock formations and even some small sink holes. Before you head out, though, stop by the bait shop at the boat dock and pick up a map of the trails. Even when the shop is closed there are usually some in a pocket on the screen door. You can also download a map at leatherwoodcitypark. com. ] Pick up this great new guide to hikes and trails in town and both city parks at the Chamber of Commerce, the Parks Dept. office at Harmon Park, Eureka Springs Transit office and the Eureka Springs Independent office. You can also find the map online at www.eurekaparks.com.

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Don’t let the big one get away!

Photo courtesy of eurekaspringsmedia.com

These folks know just where to put your line in the water, and some can even put your head in a bed…

BEAVER DAM STORE AT SPIDER CREEK RESORT www.beaverdamstore.com (479) 253-6154
 BEAVER GUIDE SERVICE & LODGING www.beaverguideservice.com (479) 253-5048 BIG 1’S STRIPER GUIDE www.big1sstriperguide.com (479) 633-0662 Office The one that didn’t get away – Gene Chapman of Beaver Guide Service and Lodging helps a client wrangle a 28-pound striped bass she caught on Beaver Lake. Chapman is a 20-plus year veteran guide on Beaver Lake and the White River.

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BUTLERS C&J SPORTS www.candjsports.com (479) 253-9799
 CUSTOM ADVENTURES GUIDE SERVICE www.yourriverguide.com (479) 363-9632 Office RIVERVIEW RESORT & COUNTRY STORE www.RiverviewCabinsAndCanoes.com (479)-253-8367 or 800-418-1233
 RYAN’S WHITE RIVER GUIDE www.ryanswhiteriverguideservice.com (479) 244-6416 Office Mid Feb. 2013–Mid March 2013

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s John Steinbeck traveled cross-country with his dog he wrote Travels with Charley: In Search of America. During the preparations for this trip he observed that his poodle “Charley is a mind-reading dog … he knows we are going long before the suitcase has come out, and he paces and worries and By Rachel Brix whines and goes into a state of mild hysteria.” If this scene sounds familiar, you can tell your “Charley” to chill because you’ve got him covered if you plan on having him boarded or groomed while he’s with you on your trip. Most reputable grooming salons and boarding/daycare facilities will require vaccines: this is for the health and safety of the pets in their care. Since dogs will usually come into contact with one another and/or share kennels, water/food bowls, toys, etc. requiring vaccines is the best way to prevent spread of disease and ensure everyone’s pets leave not only happy but healthy as well. The most common vaccines required are rabies and distemper/parvo; these are the basic yearly boosters your dog receives at its annual wellness exam. In order to avoid over-vaccination (a whole ‘nother topic!), especially with older dogs, many vets offer a 3-year version of both of these. In addition, you’ll probably want to opt for a Bordetella vaccine; Good dog! You got to come to Eureka Springs with your owners – this is actually given intranasally here are a few places to stay voted two paws up by visiting pets: and wards off kennel cough. Also, if you think you might Bed and Breakfast Inns: Swiss Holiday Resort – Rodeway Inn want to board or groom your pet Arsenic and Old Lace in your destination of choice, call Bridgeford House Cabins, Cottages and Suites: ahead and see about requirements 5 Ojo Holiday Island Vacation Rentals and reservations to be sure your Lake Leatherwood City Park Cabins pup has what it needs and the Hotels and Motels: Livingston Junction Cabooses & Depot establishment you’ve chosen can 1905 Basin Park Hotel Ozark Cabins & RV accommodate your dates/times. Bavarian Inn Pond Mountain Lodge and Resort Don’t forget your dog’s food Best Western Eureka Inn Retreat at Sky Ridge and medications also, especially Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Retreat-on-the-Green Rental Home if you plan to board him or put Comfort Inn Rose of Sharon Cottage him in daycare. You might even 1886 Crescent Hotel Bear Mountain Log Cabins consider bringing an old t-shirt Days Inn Beaver Dam Cottages with your scent on it to leave with Grand Central Hotel & Spa Can-u-Canoe Riverview Cabins your pooch to help ease stress. Motel 62 Cherokee Mountain Log Cabin Resort You might not be travelling Roadrunner Inn & Log Cabins Dear Haven Rental Home cross-country like Steinbeck, but Stonegate Inn well-planned, any trip with your dog is a good one. ]

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Events at a glance FEBRUARY 22

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23rd Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival


Zombie Tag registration begins at 10 a.m. March 2 at the Lake Leatherwood Ball Fields. Similar to the Humans Versus Zombies game played at college campuses across the globe, Eureka’s own version features a family-friendly mix of outdoor exercise, challenging survival scenarios, and physical endurance. Human “survivors” will be sent on special missions throughout the zombie-infested park. The last “uninfected” participant will win a prize. For more information on this fun and exciting outdoor activity visit EurekaZombies.com or phone (479) 244-0232.

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Poetluck – a potluck dinner and literary salon held the third Thursday of every month, March-October at The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs. March 23 – 
Art with an Altitude! 23rd Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven miles south on Hwy. 23 South. Kite making for kids and fun flying all day. Bring your own kite or get one there. For more information call KaleidoKites at (479) 253-6596 or (888) 836-6251 or email zizirogers@ gmail.com.

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 – Pine Mountain Theater’s Season begins. For more information call (877) 253-9156. March 15
 – Spring Antique Trail Show Wine & Cheese Preview Sale 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, Hwy 62 W. March 16 – 17 – 
17th Annual Spring Antique Show & Sale at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Saturday hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information (479) 253-7551, email bakerdj@cox.net or visit www.eurekaspringsantiqueshows.com.

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20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 2 p.m., Historic District. 20th Annual St. Paddy Parade with floats, bands, car units and walkers – everyone wearin’ green is permitted in the parade. The Krewe of Blarney Halfast Klub’s annual corn beef and cabbage Irish Bash follows at the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant. www.StPaddy.Ureeka.Org.  For more information (479) 981-9551 or email Dan@Ureeka.org.

Let me call you sweetheart – Talana Sloan (Cassville, Mo.) of the Nifty 50’s

Soda Shop in the 9th Annual Chocolate Festival at the Inn of the Ozarks gets heartily serenaded by (from left) Duane Michelson, Jack Mase, Harry Swarts and Jim Nugent (no relation to Ted) to the delight of the crowd (and Talana!). Sweets to the sweet. The guys are known as the Go Getters and also sing together in the Pride OF THE MONTH of the Ozarks Chorus from Bentonville, Ark.

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PEOPLE WHO KNEAD PEOPLE

Big-city professional massage in a small town – don’t go home in a twist

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ealing is at the core of Eureka Springs’ history, dating back to at least the mid-1800s, and Eureka’s modern-day massage therapists are a result of the evolution of this tradition. Cynthia Covel of the Eureka Massage Center says one of the things that make Eureka an especially great place to get a massage is that so many therapists chose this place: “We are really into the healing; that’s why we’re here.” There are a surprising number of places to get a massage in “the town founded on healing waters,” at least 19 in a town of 2200! And the options are vast. Alexa Pittenger, of Eureka!! Massage Therapy, says if you’re seeking massage in this resort town, “Whatever your goal is, whatever your need, you can find it in Eureka.” Master Massage Therapist Carol Brown echoes

that sentiment, naming a plethora of massage styles: Reiki, Shiatsu, polarity, Hawaiian lomilomi, aromatherapy, myofacial, aruvedic, reflexology, Swedish, deep tissue, Rolfing, hot rocks, energy work, craniosacral, essential oils and chakra balancing along with all the spa-type services – wraps, eucalyptus steam, clay masks, exfoliating scrubs, facials, and mineral baths. Although all of the treatments listed are offered, many experienced massage therapists use intuition and experience to guide them to tailor to the needs of the individual. With a great many of our therapists having 20 or even 30 years in the field, experience is another thing that makes Eureka Springs stand out in the world of massage. “You take classes,” says Covel, “but pretty soon your hands feel it; you make it your own.” Pittenger explains that the massage philoso-

phy of many of those working in Eureka is “Wellness oriented, working towards vitality,” stressing how physical well-being affects emotional and spiritual well-being. If you’ve come to Eureka to be rejuvenated during this tranquil season, yes, walk our windy streets enjoying art and architecture, explore our natural wonders, dine in our fabulous restaurants, listen to some great music, and sleep in a beautiful room – but be sure to top it off with a healing massage. You have gotten away and treated yourself, so make the experience complete – you know you deserve it! ]

Need to relax? Welcome to the Land of Ahhhhs Carol Brown Massage Therapy, 210 Stadium Road, (479) 253-5644, www.carolbrownmassage.com. Carol Brown, BS, MA, MTI and therapy associates are licensed and experienced. Various relaxation and massage modalities and spa packages include body and/or face and/or feet. Deep tissue massage and therapeutic bodywork. The Mobile Masseuse service brings massage to your event, home or lodging. Eureka Massage Center, 117 Wall Street, (479) 253-5663, www.eurekamassagecenter.net. Three therapists with decades of experience offering a variety of bodywork techniques including spa packages, rehabilitation, steam and couples’ massage. Located in a quiet, comfortable, private setting just off Highway 62 on Wall Street, you’ll discover the difference experience makes. Ask about our special! Free parking. By appointment. Eureka!! Massage Therapy, 147 W. Van Buren, (479) 253-9208, www.eurekamassage.com. Alexa Pittenger, NCTMB, MMT has been helping people feel better with massage and wellness therapies since

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1990. Relaxation massage with hot rocks and facials, injury rehabilitation, pain management, lymphatic decongestion and energy balancing sessions are available by appointment. Mobile and Couple’s Massage is also available. Focus Therapeutic Massage, 41 C Kingshighway (in Vintage Cargo), (479) 253-5744, www. Eurekafocusmassage.com. Focus Therapeutic Massage has been at the same location, in the Vintage Cargo building, for over ten years. Our therapists are experienced in Swedish Massage and deep tissue work. We also offer steam treatments, hot towel foot treatments and Reiki. Healing Benefits, 31 Kings Highway, (479) 253-6751, www.healingbenefits.net. Nurturing therapeutic massage from head to toe. Many options such as facials, essential oils, hot stone, foot scrub and reflexology. Experience caring therapists who listen to your needs and customize a massage just for you! Ask about our discount for locals. Health Works Massage, Reflexology and Wellness

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Center, 75 Mountain Street, (479) 253-7977, www. healthworksmassagecenter.com. Health Works Massage, Reflexology and Wellness Center has been helping to bring calm, balance and health to locals and visitors for 20 years. See Trip Advisor reviews! Laughing Hands Massage, 121 E. Van Buren, (479) 244-5954, www.laughinghandsmassage.com. Laughing Hands Massage has been in business since 2006. Owner Mary Sue is a Master Massage Therapist who specializes in Hawaiian LomiLomi massage. She also offers couples massage, hot stone massage, facials and reflexology. Laughing Hands also sells the noted Hawaiian artwork of Patrick Ching. Several lodgings also offer the comforts of massage and spa packages: Grand Central Hotel & Spa, 37 N. Main Street, (479) 253-6756, http://grandcentralresort.com/ spa. A quiet, elegant atmosphere for pure selfish indulgence. Licensed, professional massage therapists. New Moon Spa & Salon in the Crescent Hotel, 75

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Propsect, (800) 599-9772, www.newmoonspa.com. Comforting, private spaces with spa, salon and bridal party services. Palace Bath House, 135 Spring Street, (479) 253-8400 or (866) 946-0572, www. palacehotelbathhouse.com. Northwest Arkansas’ only historic Bath House still in use since 1901. Mineral baths, steam cabinets, massage, clay masks, facials and body scrubs. Ruby’s Spa in the Quality Inn, 3010 E. Van Buren, www.rubysspa.net. Body wraps and glow, balancing face treatment, deep tissue, hot stone, maternity massage, Swedish. Serenity Spa in the Basin Park Hotel, 12 Spring St., (479) 253-2796, www.serenityspa-eurekasprings. com. A variety of stress-relieving spa services including massage therapies, facials and body wraps. Suchness Spa in the New Orleans Hotel, 63 Spring Street, (479) 253-2828, www.suchnessspa.com. Signature services plus massage and energy work. Eco-clothing. ]


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ring your running shoes and join the fun at the 31st annual Victorian Classic 10K Run and 2-mile Fun Run and Walk Saturday, March 9. It’s a great way to get some exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and helping out a couple of great causes. The Victorian Classic is reputed to be among the most scenic races in the region. Starting and ending at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks on U.S. 62, the route takes racers along Kingshighway and the Historic Loop where views of hillsides, hardwood forests and historic architecture abound along challenging hills and “flat and fast ridge stretches.” For those who aren’t into competitive racing but still want to be part of the fun and help good causes, the 2-Mile Fun Run or Fun Walk is perfect. Here in Eureka, groups are encouraged to enter together and dress up in team costumes for the 2-Mile Fun Walk – what could be a better photo op to recall your trip to Eureka Springs? There is a $20 entry fee ($15 for under 18) if you sign up before March 8 ($25/$20 after that). The first 300 entrants will receive a collectable art T-shirt by Blakely Wilson, whose acclaimed folk art also appears on the collectable winner’s mugs – alone worth the price of the entry fee! A wine and cheese social will be held in TURN AROUND* • conjunction with the pre-registration packet pickup on Friday, March 8, 4 – 6 p.m. at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Pre-registration pickup will continue prior to Saturday’s race from 7 – 9 a.m. along with registration. An awesome Award Ceremony immediately follows the race. For the 10 K, awards are “three deep” for overall male and female, master male and female, and five year age brackets – male and female. For the Fun Run/Walk, there are awards for the top 10 male and female finishers and medals for finishers under 12. Come run for fun and hear the cheers! Register now at eurekarotary.org. The sponsor, Eureka Springs Rotary Club, donates proceeds each year to local organizations. This year the START H Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library and Turpentine Creek Wild Life Refuge (TCWR) will be the beneficiaries. TCWR will use the funds to H build additional habitats for rescued tigers from Riverglen Sanctuary in Mountainburg, Ark. The Inn of the Ozarks is offering race participants special rates for Friday night: $59 for two queen beds, $79 for one king. For more info phone (479) 244-6465, email victorianclassic@ gmail.com or go to www.eurekarotary.org for registration forms. ] Map courtesy of Rick Armellini

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OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT

GASKINS CABIN

DINING CAR

1886 STEAKHOUSE & DR. BAKER’S LOUNGE

New Delhi Café ERMILIO’S KABOB KAFE

ANGLER’S GRILL COTTAGE INN ROWDY BEAVER

GARDEN BISTRO

ROGUE’S MANOR

VOULEZ-VOUS SQUID & WHALE

NEW DELHI

DeVITO’S GRAND TAVERNE

BALCONY RESTAURANT

BAVARIAN INN CARIBE

MUD ST.

LOCAL FLAVOR The STONEHOUSE CAFE LUIGI MYRTIE MAE’S

SISTERS CAFE

EUREKA LIVE PIED PIPER

BUBBA’S BBQ CASA COLINA

GAZEBO McDONALD’S

SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS

AUTUMN BREEZE WAR EAGLE MILL RESTAURANT

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CHASER’S

SUBWAY SPARKY’S

CAFE AMORE PIZZA HUT

CATFISH CABIN

FOREST HILL VILLAGE ICE CREAM GRANDMA’S CORNBREAD & BEANS

MEI LI ASIAN CUISINE

ROADHOUSE RESTAURANT


AFGHANI Kabob Kafe

17 White St. (479) 253-6243 Open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Mon & Tue

MEXICAN

ECLECTIC EUREKAN

(American food, sometimes a regional twist)

ASIAN Mei Li Cuisine

3094 E. Van Buren (US 62E) (479) 363-6678 Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. We delive r! Saturday 4 – 9 p.m. • Thai House

BBQ

Casa Colina

Sparky’s Roadhouse Café

173 South Main (479) 363-6226 Mon., Thurs. & Fri. 4 – 8 p.m. Sat. – Sun. Lunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dinner 4 – 9 p.m. www.casacolinagrill.com

147 E. Van Buren (479) 253-6001 Open Tue. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

www.sparkysroadhouse.com

FINE DINING

PIZZA

Cottage Inn

The Roadhouse 6837 US 62 E

(479) 363-0001

(1 mi. east of Passion Play Road)

Weeknights 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Breakfast until 2 p.m.) www.theroadhouserestaurant.com • Bubba’s

What are you hungry for?

• Rockin’ Pig

BAKERY/BREAKFAST Cravings Bakery & Blingery

508 Village Circle (479) 363-2576 Next to Chamber of Commerce We deliver! Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Monday Closed Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

BUFFET

• Forest Hill

• Myrtie Mae’s

EUROPEAN

• Bavarian Inn

ECLECTIC EUREKAN

(American food, sometimes a regional twist)

Angler’s Grill

14581 US 62W (3 mi. west toward Beaver Lake) (479) 253-4404 Mon – Thu 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri – Sun 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

New Delhi Café

2 N. Main (downtown) (479) 253-2525 Mon & Tue 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wed – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. • Dr. Baker’s Bistro • Eureka Grill • Garden Bistro • Henri’s • Mud Street Café • Oasis • Rockin’ Pig • Rowdy Beaver Den • Squid and Whale

• Café Amore

450 W. Van Buren (Hwy. 62 West) (479) 253-5282 Serving Dinner Thurs.–Sun. 5–9 p.m. www.cottageinneurekaspgs.com

Pied Piper & Cathouse Lounge S. Main (82 Armstrong) (479) 363-9976 Open daily 11 a.m. – 12 Midnight year ‘round www. piedpiperpub.com

37 North Main Street

(Located in the Grand Central Hotel)

• Chasers • The Lumberyard • Squid & Whale Carry-Out Available

• Autumn Breeze • Crystal Dining Room • Eurekan Dining Car • Local Flavor • Rogue’s Manor • Simply Scrumptious

FRENCH CUISINE

CARIBBEAN/LATIN AMERICAN

• Caribe Restaurante y Cantina

STEAKS The Roadhouse

Voulez-Vous Lounge

6837 US 62 E

63-A Spring St. (479) 363-6595 Open Sun., Mon., Thurs. & Fri. at 4 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. Full dinner service every night Dinner served until 11 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. www.voulezvouslounge.com

(479) 363-0001

(1 mi. east of Passion Play Road)

Weeknights 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Breakfast until 2 p.m.) www.theroadhouserestaurant.com

INDIAN

Squid and Whale

37 Spring St/10 Center St. (479) 253-7147 Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Sun 11 a.m. – 12 Midnight www.squidandwhalepub.com

New Delhi Café

2 N. Main (downtown) (479) 253-2525 Mon & Tue 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wed – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

• Gaskin’s Cabin

ITALIAN

WE DELIVER!

De Vito’s

Mei Li Cuisine (Asian)

5 Center St.

(Across from the Basin Park Hotel)

• Pizza Bar

PUB GRUB

The Grand Taverne (479) 253-6756 Dinner Nightly 5-9 p.m. www.grandcentralresort.com

• Chelsea’s

(479) 253-6807 Open daily except Wed. Lunch 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; Dinner Open at 5 p.m. www.eureka-springs-usa.com/devito/ • Café Amore • Café Luigi • Geraldi’s • Ermilio’s

Hotels, businesses within city limits (479) 363-6678 Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat. 4 – 9 p.m. • Sun 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Chelsea’s • Cravings Bakery & Blingery

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The Squid and Whale Pub: A “Piratical” Place

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he Squid and Whale Pub in downtown Eureka Springs has two entrances – 10 Center Street and one street level up on 37 Spring Street. Enter either door and you’ll be in a seafaring setting with plenty of great food, a full bar and live music in the ship’s hold. Joyce Carlson, co-owner with Tony Gallardo, is the force behind the unexpectedly unique menu – fresh, made from scratch meals that satisfy with something for everyone. In the mood for seafood? Try the Captain’s or Baja Bucket. The Baja (for one or two) includes charbroiled steak, grilled chicken, shrimp and snow crab legs, and the Captain’s Bucket adds scallops or calamari. Fish, clam strips, calamari and snow crab legs are also available every day.

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Not a fan of seafood? Other choices include steak, burgers, spaghetti or even a plain grilled cheese sandwich. Tuesday’s taco specials run all day, and the Mexican pizza and nachos are out of this world. Don’t miss the unique homemade slaw! Best of all, the kitchen is open noon ‘til midnight Thursday through Saturday and any night there is entertainment. Hours are Noon – 10 p.m. other days. The Squid and Whale is smoke-free, and the under-21 crowd is welcome until 9 p.m. Menu prices are reasonable and specials abound. See the whole menu and a fun video at www.squidandwhalepub. com. Tony books the live music and works hard to ensure great talent takes the deck of the pirate ship stage. With acts from as far away as Southern

California and as close as the next-door neighbor’s garage, it might be classic blues, alternative rock, folk, classic rock or amazing jam bands. (Check the Eureka Springs Independent (www.eurekaspringsindependent. com) to see who’s playing this week or phone the Squid at (479) 253-7147. Wednesday night is the Pickled Porpoise Review open jam, and on Thursdays Bloody Buddy hosts the Open Mike Musical Smackdown showing off the rich talents of our local musicians … or they walk the plank. If you enjoy good food, drink and socializing visit The Squid for a whale of a good time, Arrrr-rr else!

Get in the Spirit(s)

Mrs. O’Malley’s. There is a full bar, cold beer, lots of parking, and friendly faces.
 Smoke free, full menu and live music on Friday and Saturday. Kitchen open late. Voulez Vous Lounge, 63 Spring Street, under the New Orleans Hotel, is a jazz lounge featuring a full menu, fresh takes on classic cocktails and live music in a nonsmoking atmosphere. Everything is beautiful at the Vous!
 Dancing and extensive drinks menu so you can make a night of it. The StoneHouse, 89 S. Main Street. A bright new star is on the culinary horizon in the form of the StoneHouse. Billed as the place for ‘wine, cheese and conversation.’ “An

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extensive, cutting edge wine and beer list that will transport you to faraway lands,” says a Yelp review.
 Smoke free. Appetizer menu with wine pairings, live music every Friday from 5–8 p.m.

Eureka Live Underground & Eureka Patio, 35 N. Main

Street. 
New Ownership! A great place to hang out, dance and celebrate weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Full menu, dancing, free pool and a full bar. Large patio for outdoor weather and big dance floor downstairs. Henri’s Just One More, 19 1/2 Spring Street. The only Martini Bar and Grill in Eureka Springs. Great food, fabulous Martinis and fun locals. Full menu and extensive bar.

Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards,

Basin Park Hotel, 12 Spring Street. One of downtown’s favorite “21 and over” gathering spots. Located on the 6th floor of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. 
Pool, great views, extensive bar. Eureka Paradise
 Bar & Grill, 75 S. Main Street. 
Dancing, DJ, smoke free. A big dance floor with great light and smoke effects. Rogue’s Manor, 124 Spring Street. Rogue’s Manor at Sweet Spring is a fine dining restaurant and lounge in the downtown Historic District with romantic overnight rooms for couples. Smoke free, full menu and extensive bar.

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The StoneHouse

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atmosphere. The tavern side has live music on the weekends and bike night on Thursday. Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring Street. Food, fun and extensive bar in a casual atmosphere. There is live music here on Friday and Saturday nights. Chelsea’s Corner Cafe, 10 Mountain Street. One of the area’s favorite pubs. Large selection of beers, full bar and excellent food contribute to the unique atmosphere. Live music every Friday and Saturday, open mic on Tuesdays and Drink & Draw on Wednesdays. Upstairs in the Cafe they serve pizza and much more!
 Sorry, no kids allowed. The New Delhi Café & Patio, 2 N. Main. The New Delhi Café on Main Street has live music every weekend, offering a great mix of local and visiting bands. With three decks you can sit as close or far away as you like. This restaurant/bar indoors is smoke free. The Balcony Restaurant in Basin Park Hotel is another spot where the family can dine to live music. Thursday through Sunday evenings there is live acoustic music at 5 p.m., with noon shows added on Saturday and Sunday. Squid and Whale Pub, 37 Spring Street. One of Northwest Arkansas’ top music venues. With entrances on Spring and Center Streets, the Squid recruits talent

from all over the country, there is a band there every weekend. In addition to the weekend entertainment, they feature a local band once a week for ‘Local Kine’ night and have an open jam on Thursdays that will blow you away. They offer a varied menu that includes American, Mexican and Seafood. There is no smoking, which means children are welcome until 9 p.m. Jack’s Center Stage, 
37 Spring Street. This is a full service bar. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights with a variety of rock and blues. “Huge dance floor to dance the night away,” says a happy Trip Advisor reviewer. You can smoke here. There is karaoke on Thursdays and free pool on Wednesdays. Rockin’ Pig Saloon, 2039C E.

Van Buren, in the Gaskins Switch shopping area is a full service dining, drinking and entertainment establishment. The menu includes pizza cooked to perfection in their Italian wood-fired oven, barbeque, ribs, steaks and sandwiches. They have eight beers on tap and a fully stocked bar. Biker friendly and non-smoking, kids are welcome. Open all year. Chasers Bar & Grill, 169 E. Van Buren, is a favorite among the biking crowd. They have a full bar and great pub grub on the menu. With drink and menu specials, pool and dart tournaments, this is always a fun place. There is karaoke on Friday and live music on Saturday. You can smoke here, so 21 and up only. ]

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Eureka’s Hidden Gems

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in colored chalk and bordered with the fanciful work of local artist, Julie Kahn Valentine. Menu selections, which are mostly in the $5 to $8 range, include many dishes named after local patrons. The Pam Scram on the brunch menu (available until noon) is two eggs, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese, served with potatoes and salad. The salad, which comes with almost everything, is topped with homemade herby vinaigrette. The Sir Charles Nachos (named for late Eureka musician Charles Hammer) are corn chips covered with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, garlic, cheese and sour cream. Other menu items include creative combinations such as the feta cheese, spinach, tomato, and green olive enchilada and the tofu, cracked wheat, spinach and mushroom burrito. A visit to the Oasis is worth it alone for the unique, green salsa made up daily and served with everything. All this delicious fare takes some time; as an Arkansas Democrat review says, “Be patient. This is not a fast food joint. The wait is worth it.” The newspapered walls of the Oasis are filled with other reviews as well; the business has been recommended by The Arkansas Times, Frommer’s Travel Guide, Tulsa World, Southern Living, St. Louis Dispatch and even The New York Times. Reviews are squeezed in between work Mid Feb. 2013–Mid March 2013

by local artists, posters of past Eureka events, photos of Bob Dylan, posters of 1960s concerts, a large textile of Frida Kahlo and monkeys, several sombreros and other assorted interesting tidbits. The tiny back room has a large mural-in-progress on one wall by Kahn Valentine. Music from a boom box in the kitchen fills the restaurant with tunes from the likes of Neil Young or the Grateful Dead. Part of the deal when Sunday-White purchased the Oasis was that Albert be allowed to come for free coffee and read the newspaper every morning for the rest of his life – late-morning event shared by many paying customers who enjoy the leisurely tradition along with brunch. The serve-yourself coffee and tea bar (including a large herbal selection) is set up next to the vault. Yes, vault. The location was home, years ago, to a Title and Abstract company. Now, guests occasionally have to scoot their chair in a bit so employees can open the vault door to get to supplies within. The Oasis, normally open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will be closed on Tuesdays until March. Oasis also offers catering and take-out. The phone number is easy to remember, because the last four numbers spoken sound kind of like “Oasis,” (479) 253-0886 (Oh, eight, eight, six). You can also find them on Facebook. Cash or check only – ATM is nearby. The philosophy of this Eureka favorite is summed up well on the menu, “We may be a little hole in the wall, or a pebble in your journey through Eureka Springs, but nevertheless, if we can satisfy your appetite with a healthy, affordable meal that warms your palate and your spirits – muy bueno!” ]

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“Yeah, I’ve got friends at the Oasis where the enchiladas rock. There’s no whisky to drown those blues away, but that’s okay cuz I got friends at the Oasis.”

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It’s never been like a job for me; it’s like love,” says Dena Sunday-White of the Oasis, a cubbyhole of an eatery tucked halfway down the stairwell connecting Spring and Center Streets (officially 53C Spring Street). She and husband, Kevin, purchased the restaurant last May after Dena had worked there for eleven years, ten of them as manager. “It’s so intimate; our customers are very loyal.” Graffiti, in the mostly graffiti-free restroom, echoes the sentiment, “Yeah, I’ve got friends at the Oasis where the enchiladas rock. There’s no whisky to drown those blues away, but that’s okay cuz I got friends at the Oasis.” One secret to dining well is to eat where the locals do, and the Oasis is a favorite. Opened in 1988 by Jack Albert, former New York East Village macrobiotic restaurant owner, the Oasis is down-home Eureka-funky. Sunday-White has kept the flavor of the “Original Ark-Mex” restaurant (with a Eureka twist) intact. This dedication to Albert’s creation is largely behind how she came to own the business. Albert, Sunday-White says, “really loves this place,” turning it over to someone else, she continues, “was like adopting out his child.” One potential buyer wanted to turn it into a hamburger joint. Neither of them could stand to see that happen. The menu of this tiny (25 seats) eatery is mostly vegetarian, though there are a few entrees using chicken. Meat, in the form of dishes like Pork Mole or Buffalo Burritos, makes frequent appearances on the specials board. The specials, which also include such delicacies as Salmon Enchiladas with mango salsa, arame or Portobello enchiladas – or even curried eggplant enchiladas, are written

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Slow food worth waiting for

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Tigers and tourists agree,

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hen you get up close and personal with lions and tigers, the fun gets wild at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR). Only seven miles south on Hwy. 23, TCWR has more than a hundred large cats, plus a variety of assorted creatures such as monkeys, bears, parrots and more. But this is far from a zoo – it’s a bona fide, USDA-licensed refuge open to the public every day. A beautiful view of the Ozarks, along with an occasional growl or roar, greets visitors in the hilltop parking lot, setting the scene for an educational and enjoyable day ahead. First you’ll get to hang out in the main compound where tigers, lions, ligers, bears and cougars can be viewed. Visitors can read a plaque with the animal’s name and story on each enclosure, and can get to within five feet of the majestic cats. If you’ve packed a lunch you can even dine at a picnic table while you observe the cats. In the Education Station, which includes a “Touch and Feel” center, you can learn about the physiology of big cats and see displays including big cat teeth and claws (which have been removed for medical reasons). An informative TCWR video also can be viewed here; and beginning daily at 11 a.m. there is an hourly guided tour of the Natural Habitat area where half the animals at Turpentine Creek live. Interns who are graduate students in biology or zoology give tours around the spacious

habitat enclosures by foot and motor cart, so you can see the big cats run, play and stalk as they do in nature. Tours end before feeding time in the late afternoon, but you’re welcome to stay for the jungle symphony as the cats begin to roar for their supper. (If you’ve already toured in the morning but want to come back at feeding time, there’s no extra charge.) Cats are fed once a day to approximate feeding in the wild. Feeding varies with the season but is always late afternoon, so check with staff for exact time. You won’t want to miss the spectacle as a thousand pounds of meat are distributed, making for an especially noisy time as roars, growls and cougar screams fill the air. TCWR has gained national recognition for its work. The facility welcomes school groups to the refuge and offers interactive tours for students conducted by highly trained staff. Staff zoologists, biologists and interns conduct 20-minute “Keeper Talks” on weekends, giving an in-depth review of the cats. Saturdays, these 20-minute educational lectures are given at 10:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m., Sundays at 10:40 a.m. only. Spend a night on your own safari TCWR also offers some other interesting ways to enjoy the large cats. You’ll know if the “lion sleeps tonight” when you book a stay in one of several well-appointed, safari-themed lodging facilities, including some from which you can

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view the cats directly. “Wild” weddings even can be arranged. Imagine the possibility of your “I do’s” being seconded by the roar of a lion. Visiting photographers can arrange for special photo shoots of the cats as well. TCWR is currently in the midst of a massive rescue effort. Riverglen Tiger Sanctuary in Mountainburg, Ark., had to relocate all 34 of their big cats, and almost all of them have been transported to TCWR with only a few to go. It’s a huge undertaking, so be sure to ask your tour guide for details about this exciting story. TCWR has to raise an estimated $7,000 just to build housing for each cat. If you want to help save these beautiful animals you can donate on TCWR’s website, turpentinecreek.org, where you will find more information on visiting the refuge and the rescue effort. Tickets are purchased in the gift shop – where you can choose from all manner of big cat souvenirs including TCWR calendars, T-shirts, coffee mugs, earrings with photos of rescued tigers and sometimes, if they’ve been creative lately, pictures painted by the big cats themselves. Turpentine Creek is open every day except Christmas. An afternoon’s worth of fun, education and excitement is only $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, veterans, and kids between three and twelve. There’s no charge for kids under three. ]

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Whether you’re from Moravia or Minnesota (like this guy) make sure you stop by the Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mountain Village and stick a pin in your hometown. Even travelers from overseas are represented on notes tucked around the frame of the map, so take a look and make sure your city is represented. There’s always room for one more!

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