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Welcome to an extraordinary escape

Vol. 1 No. 7

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. Chief Whipping Post C.D. White Contributors Gwen Etheredge Harrie Farrow

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Art Director and D(sigh)n Perlinda Pettigrew-Owens Photographers David Frank Dempsey Steven Foster Event submissions, reviews and contests editor@independentfunguide.com 479.253.6101 Advertising Sales Mary Flood | 479.981.3556 advertise.independent@gmail.com Bev Taylor | 479.790.3276 bevtaylor.independent@gmail.com Advertising Deadline is approximately the 2nd of each month. Independent Fun Guide is a special publication to Eureka Springs Independent and is published 11 times a year by Sewell Communications, LLC

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hile the weather is deciding what to do about spring, the only thing visitors to Eureka Springs during March and April have to decide is whether to have fun indoors or out. No matter if it’s warm, cool, sunny, overcast or rainy the weather can’t keep you from a vast array of interesting things to do and places to discover all around town and close by. Try out Arkansas’ longest canopy zip line ride – our

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lso 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 spring 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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newest attraction just off Pivot Rock Road – meander in and out of galleries and shops in town, create your own dining adventure, browse the new exhibits at the Historical Museum, join us locals in the EasterBelles Parade, take the kids to the Easter Egg Hunt, go fly a kite at Turpentine Creek or book a massage and spa day after a bout of hiking or fishing – the days are yours to fill with good times. +


Here’s where to start

Ready, set, GO... Annual Kite Festival 4 KaleidoKites 6 Eureka Easter events 7 UFO Conference 8 Pet page 11 Events at a glance 12 Ozark Mountain Ziplines 14 Chainsaw Carving Festival 15 Dining suggestions 16 & 17 Nightlife 18 Starkey Marina 20 Passion Play update 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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pringtime breezes are perfect for kite flying, and you won’t find kites any more colorful than the ones we have right here in town at KaleidoKites. There are also a few tucked into the pages of this 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@independentfunguide.com and we’ll let you know if you won! +

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n spring, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of … kite flying. In fact, in Eureka Springs, March is the perfect time for everyone to go fly a kite as the 23rd Annual Kite Festival, Art with an Altitude, takes to the skies Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Didn’t bring a kite with you? No problem. You can buy or even make one on-site. Festival sponsor, KaleidoKites, will have experts on hand to assist children in kite making as well as flying techniques. (A donation to help the animals at the refuge is requested for kite making materials and assistance.) The free family event also offers fun activities, contests, a variety of vendors and live music performances. And don’t miss a chance to win a

MUSIC CONTESTS • PRIZES KITE RAFFLE

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Japanese Rokkaku fighting kite and tiger kite in a raffle to benefit the refuge. Festival admission is free for the day. Regular admission prices apply if you also wish to tour the habitats of more than 120 tigers, lions, cougars, leopards and other wildlife at the sanctuary. Admission fees help finance rescue and ongoing care of abused and neglected exotic big cats and other animals. Turpentine Creek is 7 miles south of Eureka Springs on Hwy. 23 and is rated one of Arkansas’ Top 10 attractions. For more information, call KalieidoKites (479) 253-6596, (888) 836-6251, email zizirogers@gmail.com, or visit www. TurpentineCreek.org. +


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umber 1C Spring Street isn’t actually on Spring Street, but in topsy-turvy, twistycurvy Eureka Springs that’s appropriate. In a city that’s listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not because none of our 230 plus streets crosses at right angles, and where some of the streets are underground and others are actually stairways, what could be more fitting? And what address could be more appropriate for a store full of kaleidoscopes in which everything is turned upside down and toppled around in distorted fanciful fun? To get to KaleidoKites you have to step onto a wrought iron foot bridge from Spring Street and walk over Main Street to the second floor of a building that physically rests on Main Street. The businesses below have Main St. addresses. The two stores on bridge level are 1A and 1B Spring Street. Entering the center of the building you get to a stairwell; at the top is KaleidoKites at 1C Spring Street. The stone building, dating back to 1889, is already pretty cool because it was the sight of the historic Basin Spring Bathhouse and water from the spring across the street was carried to the building via pipes hidden under the bridge. There is also one more level of the building which used to be the first floor but is now underground – but that’s another story altogether! Crazy address aside, KaleidoKites is an awesome store in its own right. With a logo like “for a journey into non-pharmaceutical tranquility,” you know it’s gotta be good. Entering the shop, one is hit with an onslaught of color and fun. Though KaleidoKites specializes in kites and kaleidoscopes, all manner of flying, twisting, spinning objects can be found. Yes, there’s lots of great stuff for kids, but this is no mere toy store. While owners Steve and Linda Rogers are “dedicated to fun” they are serious (serious as you 6

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can be while having fun) about their merchandise. Steve has been flying kites for more than fifty years, and the couple have been collecting kites for thirty. The store is a member of the American Kite Flyers Association – a nonprofit organization with members in 25 countries founded in 1964 and “dedicated to sharing kiting with the world.” KaleidoKites is also a member of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, which consists of artists, collectors and galleries “committed to the promotion of kaleidoscopes as a unique art form.” The store has kaleidoscopes hand crafted in the U.S.A by fifty different artists. Prices range from $5 to $900. In addition to kaleidoscopes, KaleidoKites carries a huge variety of kites made all over the world. Styles include cellular and box, deltas, diamonds, rokkaku, stunt, power and buggies – along with kiting accessories. The largest kite is about 50 square feet and the smallest is 2 by 1 ½ inches. The store also carries hot air balloons, windsocks, flags, hacky sacks, humorous greeting cards, and all manner of “things you can throw or fly.” The Rogers opened the store in 1990 after being “burned out” by their corporate careers in St. Louis. Traveling around looking for a new location, they came upon Eureka Springs and found the laidback attitude to their liking. Founder of the “Art with an Altitude” Kite Festival, KaleidoKites is proud to be holding their 23rd annual event March 23 at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Steve says it’s the best spot for flying kites in the area and they welcome kite flyers to come out and enjoy their wide-open spaces. Much of KaleidoKite’s merchandise can be found at kaleidokites.com. Call Steve or Linda at (479) 253-6596 for more information. +

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Eureka Easter events

aster in Eureka Springs has something for everyone. Whether celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, having fun hunting for colored eggs, dining on an Easter feast or taking the opportunity to flaunt a beautiful bonnet – we have a way for you to celebrate the day.

Easter Day, March 31 Sunrise Service at the Passion Play – the 7 a.m. Easter morning outdoor service at the Christ Statue is followed by a free breakfast. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Great Hall. Call (479) 2539200 for more information.

2013 March 30 Celebrate Jesus Parade – held the day before Easter, this brand new event is sponsored by the Western Carroll County Ministerial Association “to celebrate Jesus, bring unity to the body of Christ and be a visible expression of God’s love in Eureka Springs.” Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and proceeds through historic downtown, ending in Basin Park where there will be gospel, contemporary, folk and brass music interspersed with Scripture readings. For more information find “Celebrate Jesus Parade” on Facebook.

Eureka Springs EasterBelles Easter Parade – at 11:30 a.m. enjoy a revival of the tradition of Easter Parades begun in the 1800s honoring women, springtime, fashion and culture of the times as the EasterBelles parade through the upper Historic Loop. The route starts at the Gavioli Chapel, 80 Mountain Street, and proceeds to the Crescent Hotel, where participants may enjoy Easter Brunch (by reservation – call (479) 253-9766). Dress up and join in! EasterBelles is a benefit for women going through chemotherapy. Membership in EasterBelles is required to join the parade, but all you need do is make a donation of any amount to Brave Woman during the preparade tea at 11 a.m. at the Gavioli Chapel to become a member. No chapeau? Bonnets of all kinds and thousands of Victorian and other fancy dress costumes for men and women are available for rent at Celebrations and Traditions (479) 9811559 in Pine Mountain Village. Visit sites.google.com/site/eseasterbelles/home for more information, or call Cné Breaux at (703) 400-6090. While the event’s focus is to celebrate women in festive hats, fashionably dressed men may be in the parade as escorts, drivers and strollers. If you’d rather ride than walk, vehicles allowed are horse drawn carriages and convertibles. Crescent Hotel Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt – Easter Bruch is a grand affair in the Crescent Hotel’s Ballroom. Reservations are required; seating is from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The egg hunt will be at 1 p.m. in the Crescent Gardens. As usual, two “golden eggs,” one for toddlers and another for ages 5 – 12, will contain a wonderful surprise. After the hunt the Easter Bunny will be available on the boardwalk for photo ops. Call (479) 253-9652 for more information. War Eagle Mill’s Easter Egg Hunt – at 1 p.m. there’s an awesome egg hunt at the end of a beautiful 25-mile drive southeast of Eureka (11045 War Eagle Road). This historic site has been holding an Easter egg hunt for 37 years. Toddlers through twelve-year-olds can expect candy and the possibility of winning prizes. The family event includes crafts, activities for children and a familycasual Easter buffet and music. For more information call (479) 789-5343. +

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on’t know where to go for a getaway? How about right out of this world at the 26th Annual UFO Conference April 12 – 15 at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center? More than 600 visitors (it’s anyone’s guess how many will be earthlings) are expected to attend the event created by the late Lou Farish with the intent of providing “thought provoking and new information about the other worlds around us.” In addition to presentations by serious researchers and authors, more than 40 tables of vendors offer all manner of merchandise and novelties relating to paranormal phenomena – from T-shirts, books, bumper-stickers and jewelry to carvings, paintings, dousing rods, crystals and pendulums. The event also includes a UFO photo/ video contest, so if you’ve captured a phenomenon on record, be sure to bring it along! First place wins $100 and second place, $75. Scheduled speakers include Dolores Cannon, author of Conversations with Nostradamus, pioneering hypnotherapist, inventor of Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy and investigator of UFOs for 20 years; Larry Cekander, owner of UFO Hard Evidence LLC, who has been involved in researching and testing a UFO artifact found in 1985 and reportedly shown to have properties unlike anything known on earth; Nigel Grace, researcher and volunteer for the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation and a spiritual intelligence coach whose book Bridges to the Worlds of Light is soon to be released; J.J. Hurtak, PhD, and Desiree Hurtak, PhD, founders of the Academy for Future Science and researchers in the UFO field for 40 years. Their talk will include the science of exobiology, the question of hybrid intelligence and existence of a creative consciousness force. Linda Mouton Howe is author of four books on “high strangeness topics” such as crop circle formations and testimonies about forces that interact with Earth life. Jeff Wilson, director and cofounder of the Independent Crop Circle Researchers’ Association will also bring everyone up to date about research in that field. Other speakers include Ted Phillips, Director of the Center for Physical Trace Research, who has been investigating UFO reports since 1964 and authored a book on the topic; and Jamie Maussan, Mexico’s leading ufologist. Tickets for the conference can be purchased online at www. ozarkufoconference.com. +

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Don’t let the big one get away!

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 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

to a vacation right now? ” t r o s Check out these websites and choose your getaway! e r “

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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!

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Everybody knows that most missing cats live in trees. If your kite tangles on the same branch you could spot the cat, climb a tree, rescue the cat and then try to find out who lost it. That’ll keep you out of trouble.

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Kids will pester you and want to fly your kite and they’ll get it all snarled up and start crying and whether you cut it loose or give it to the kid, either way you’ve lost your kite and good mood. You could get a crick in your neck that would prevent you from texting unless you hold your phone over your head where the sun will blind you.

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dog is in a car. Alone. “It’ll only take a minute,” or “I left the windows down/cracked,” or “It’s not that hot out.”… No, it won’t, it doesn’t matter, and yes, it is. The Daily Tribune estimates thousands of dogs die each year from heatstroke and it’s entirely preventable. A dog’s normal body temperature is already higher than ours, ranging from 100 – 102.5°. Add to that a hot car and you have a recipe for disaster. Did you know that in less than 10 minutes a car’s internal temp can rise as much as 40°? On a 75° day while someone runs into a store for milk and bread, sees their neighbor and swaps stories for 10 minutes, the dog is at risk of heatstroke in a car that feels like 115 inside! According to Canine College, if a dog’s body temp reaches 106° “he is in danger of brain damage, vital organ failure, and [even] death.” Symptoms of heatstroke include, rash, heavy panting and rapid pulse, dark tongue, vomiting and lack of coordination, although these aren’t the only signs. If you suspect your Good dog! You got to come to Eureka Springs with your owners – dog or someone else’s is sufhere are a few places to stay voted two paws up by visiting pets: fering from heatstroke, contact your vet or local authorities Bed and Breakfast Inns: Swiss Holiday Resort – Rodeway Inn immediately. Arsenic and Old Lace By the way, if you don’t Bridgeford House Cabins, Cottages and Suites: have a vet emergency num5 Ojo Holiday Island Vacation Rentals ber in your phone or on your Lake Leatherwood City Park Cabins fridge, be sure to ask your vet Hotels and Motels: Livingston Junction Cabooses & Depot for an after-hours contact num1905 Basin Park Hotel Ozark Cabins & RV ber and if you have a local AnBavarian Inn Pond Mountain Lodge and Resort imal Control Officer, his numBest Western Eureka Inn Retreat at Sky Ridge ber is good to have as well! Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Retreat-on-the-Green Rental Home Don’t do it. Even with the Comfort Inn Rose of Sharon Cottage windows cracked. Even in the 1886 Crescent Hotel Bear Mountain Log Cabins shade. Even in a light-colored Days Inn Beaver Dam Cottages car. If you see a dog left unGrand Central Hotel & Spa Can-u-Canoe Riverview Cabins attended in a car, contact local Motel 62 Cherokee Mountain Log Cabin Resort authorities immediately – it Roadrunner Inn & Log Cabins Dear Haven Rental Home might just save a dog’s life. + Stonegate Inn

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We hope you don’t, but there are several good veterinarians in the area. The one closest to town is the Animal Hospital of Eureka Springs on 23 S. A call to (479) 253-8923 will get the answers you need. There’s an emergency after hours number on the answering service, and Dr. Tony Pike will be happy to meet you if necessary. Mid March–Mid April 2013

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March 30 Celebrate Jesus Parade and Concert in Basin Park. Floats, clowns, walking groups. Free family event. Details on p. 7

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April 21 5th Annual Preservation Society Tea and Bonnet Contest, Sunday in the Park, Crescent Hotel Conservatory, 2 – 4 p.m. Design a hat to wear and enter the Bonnet contest. Limited seating. Tickets $20 in advance only, phone (479) 3636163. Hat auction includes some from famous people! No chapeau? No problem. Bonnets of all kinds are available for rent at Celebrations and Traditions (479) 9811559 in Pine Mountain Village.


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4th Friday Fun After 5! 5 – 7 p.m. Eureka Circus with hoopers, jugglers, face painters, a DJ and more in Basin Spring Park. Shops feature sips and snacks, restaurants will have dining specials and pubs will have drink specials during the two-hour circus of fun. Free family event.

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Jason Crabb in Concert, Grammy Award-winning Christian artist performs in the Great Passion Play Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance at www.greatpassionplay.org.

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Eureka Street Market, daytime. Artists, crafters, buskers and more to delight visitors exploring Main Street. Free family event.

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Second Saturday Gallery Stroll. Eureka Springs’ art galleries’ monthly Celebration of the Art of Eureka 6 – 810 p.m. For more information, www. artofeureka.com. Free event.

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April 18 – 21 37th Annual Springtime in the Ozarks. AA Convention at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. By reservation. For more information visit www.nwarkaa.org/springtime.htm.

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April 20 4th Annual Carol Helmer Memorial Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer on Holiday Island. Joanie Kratzer (479) 253-5986 or email joaniekesa@gmail.com.

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Art with an Altitude! 23rd Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free family event. See p. 4 for details.

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Spring Yards & Yards of Yard Sales. Eureka Springs becomes one big yard sale! Bring a U-Haul. For more information/locations map call (479) 253-8734 or 800- 6EUREKA.

April 19 – 20 9th Annual Carving in the Ozarks Festival. Watch chainsaw carvers in action! Auction, give- away. Free family event. Details on p. 15 Mid March–Mid April 2013

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magine being suspended some 200 feet in the air on a wooden platform in the treetops. A safety harness attaches you to a cable, you let go and step off the platform … and from some place of unbridled joy “Wheee!” or perhaps, “Zippidy doo da!” involuntarily escapes as you sail across a canopy of dense hardwood forest. A bird sails by at your level, and you think, “I’m flying!” You’ve let go of all fears because you’ve been informed that the course uses half-inch aircraftgrade steel cables that can hold 23,000 pounds and are attached to trees guy-wired for strength and durability. You let loose and enjoy the two hour tour across ten zip lines ranging from 120 to 1,800 ft. each for a total of more than a mile – the longest and highest zip line in Arkansas. With your camera secured to your harness, you pause on suspended tree platforms or the sky bridge and take photos of beautiful, extended views of the Ozarks. You’ve just had another adventure in a town full of the extraordinary, thanks to Ozark Mountain Ziplines. The new canopy tour course was designed and built by the leader in the zip line industry, Universal Zipline Technology (UZT). The lines are inspected daily, checked again after high winds or lightning and inspected quarterly by UZT. Equipment is inspected after every tour. You’re also in the hands of zip line guides who are required to complete at least 40 hours of hands-on training, pass written and practical tests and keep up with ongoing training. The guides are also certified in First Aid and CPR. You’ll be gliding through the air using a pulley, climbing harness, and dual lanyard which exceeds industry standards for load capacity. There are a number of guidelines to follow, such as keeping long hair tied back back, wearing sensible shoes and taking off dangly earnings. The tour zips along in almost every weather (extreme conditions and lightning are exceptions) so dress prepared to take on the elements – and save any imbibing you may have planned for later in the day. Wooden platforms suspended by cables serve as a landing base in each tree you “zip” to and from. For others you will launch from limestone cliffs. No wooden towers here! There is minimal hiking on clear-cut trails finishing up at the bottom of the gorge where a heated or air-conditioned bus is waiting ready with beverages and smiling faces to take you back to the welcome center just minutes away. The Canopy Tour that’s “guaranteed to satisfy thrill seekers” costs $89 plus tax (group rates available). You should weigh under 275 lbs., and if under 15 be accompanied by an adult. If the adult is not a parent, children must have a parental waiver (form available online) and be able to participate in all activities unassisted. Tours are offered every day except Wednesday and begin at 8 a.m. Zippers should arrive 30 minutes prior to start time at Ozark Mountain Ziplines, 208 W. Van Buren (across from Inn of the Ozarks). There you’ll be fitted with a harness and helmet and bussed to the nearby canopy tour site. See more details and make reservations at ziplineeurekasprings.com, or call (479) 363-6699. See you in the treetops! +


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here’s more than one way to get a buzz on in Eureka. Carving in the Ozarks, Eureka’s chainsaw carving festival, claims the experience “will have you never looking at chainsaws the same way again!” This outdoor, family-friendly event takes Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20. The festival celebrates its ninth year with a move to a new, more centrally located venue. The flying of woodchips and sawdust will now take place behind the Cornerstone Bank next to McDonalds on US62, just a quick spin up the hill from historic downtown. Carving events begin at 8 a.m. both days. On Saturday at 4 p.m. don’t miss the auction of all pieces carved over the weekend! As every year, a portion of the proceeds will go to local charities. All registered bidders are also entered into a drawing for a carving to be given away after the auction. Who knew these scary, seemingly unwieldy, machines could – in hands of talented craftspeople – create such fanciful statuary? Typical of this art form are smiling bears with pots of honey or fishing poles, squirrels with acorns, eagles with fish in talons and even moose with welcome signs. Benches with animals carved into the arms or legs or scenic woodland themes carved into the backrest are also popular. Event organizer David Blankenship says there will be about 20 talented carvers this year – from as far as Tennessee to the Pacific Northwest, and Wisconsin to Texas. Among them will be two National Champs, Steven Higgins from Kansas City and Bob King from Washington State – making this an exciting event to watch as masterpieces emerge before your eyes. For more information call (479) 253-2080, email sleepy@ipa.net or visit carvingintheozarks.com to see photos and videos of carving events from previous years. +

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OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT

GASKINS CABIN

DINING CAR

1886 STEAKHOUSE & DR. BAKER’S LOUNGE

New Delhi Café ERMILIO’S

ANGLER’S GRILL

GARDEN BISTRO

ROGUE’S MANOR COTTAGE INN ROWDY BEAVER

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

EUREKA LIVE PIED PIPER

BUBBA’S BBQ

SISTERS CAFE

CASA COLINA

GAZEBO McDONALD’S

SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS

AUTUMN BREEZE WAR EAGLE MILL RESTAURANT

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RO CR CKIN A PA VING’ PIG N TH CAKS BA AI E’S KER HO US Y E

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


ASIAN Mei Li Cuisine

3094 E. Van Buren (US 62E) (479) 363-6678 Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. We deli ver! Best Asian Food in Town – We Serve Sushi! • Thai House

BAKERY/BREAKFAST Cravings Bakery & Blingery We deli

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508 Village Circle (479) 363-6576 Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

BBQ The Roadhouse 6837 US 62 E

(479) 363-0001

(1 mi. east of Passion Play Road)

Monday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Breakfast until 2 p.m.) www.theroadhouserestaurant.com • Bubba’s

• Rockin’ Pig

BUFFET

• Forest Hill

• Myrtie Mae’s

What are you hungry for? Cottage Inn

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.

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

www.sparkysroadhouse.com • Dr. Baker’s Bistro • Eureka Grill • Garden Bistro • Henri’s • Mud Street Café • Oasis • Rockin’ Pig • Rowdy Beaver Den • Squid and Whale

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

(Located in the Grand Central Hotel)

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

PIZZA

Carry-Out Available

• Café Amore

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

• Pizza Bar

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

Voulez-Vous Lounge

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

• Chasers • The Lumberyard • Squid & Whale

CARIBBEAN/LATIN AMERICAN

• Caribe Restaurante y Cantina

New Delhi Café

STEAKS

The Roadhouse 6837 US 62 E

ITALIAN

(479) 363-0001

(1 mi. east of Passion Play Road)

Monday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Breakfast until 2 p.m.) www.theroadhouserestaurant.com

Cafe Amore

2070 E. Van Buren Open Thurs. – Sun. 4:30 – 9 p.m.

Squid and Whale

De Vito’s

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

5 Center St.

(Across from the Basin Park Hotel)

(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/

• Gaskin’s Cabin

WE DELIVER!

Ermilio’s

#1 recommended Restaurant in Eureka Springs

Voted #1 Restaurant

• Chelsea’s

PUB GRUB

FRENCH CUISINE

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.

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.

Casa Colina

37 North Main Street

ECLECTIC EUREKAN Angler’s Grill

MEXICAN

The Grand Taverne

INDIAN

(American food, sometimes a regional twist)

• Café Amore • Café Luigi • Geraldi’s • Ermilio’s

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

EUROPEAN

• Bavarian Inn

ITALIAN

FINE DINING

by Arkansas Times Readers’ Choide Awards 26 White Street on the Upper Historic Loop (479) 253-8806 No Reservations • Free Parking • Daily 5 – 9 p.m.

Mei Li Cuisine

3094 E. Van Buren (US 62E) (479) 363-6678 Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. We deli ver! Best Asian Food in Town – We Serve Sushi! • Chelsea’s • Cravings Bakery & Blingery

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f you appreciate a good choice of brew, wine or cocktails to go along with an evening of socializing, Eureka Springs has the place(s) just for you! Want a quiet corner for relaxing and conversation? We have it. Love to dance? You can do it here to DJs

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or live music. Crave pub grub? You’re in the right town! Some of our night spots allow children until a certain hour, some serve food (and really good food) late, some have awesome house specialties and all of them have the flavor of a place “where everybody knows your name.”

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The delightful New Delhi Café

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f you’re standing in Basin Park wondering where the live music and mouth-watering aromas are coming from, chances are you’re experiencing the essence of the New Delhi Café. There is an entrance on Spring Street through the top-level deck and one on the next street down at 2 N. Main. Inside, your senses are brought to life with music, food, people and fun. The New Delhi Café features mildly spiced Indian delicacies, hearty American fare and signature beverages. Chef and co-owner, Bill Sarad, studied at both the Taj Hotel Mumbai and The Oberoi, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays you can dig into the all-you-can-eat Indian buffet prepared from authentic recipes. Many of the Masalas (spices) are shipped directly from India and are freshly ground to assure the most authentic dining experience. On the menu there’s a veggie burger said to be one of the best in town and the Samosas are a delight to the taste buds. The American menu is replete with a wide choice of hot and cold sandwiches including several unusual hamburger offerings, finger licking shrimp dishes and the best farm raised catfish you’ll ever put in your mouth. There’s a full bar with delicious specialty drinks, imported beers and a selection of wines. Enjoy your meal in the indoor, non-smoking area or dine al fresco on one of three outdoor decks stacked all the way from Main up to Spring St. There’s live music every weekend featuring genres from folk, blues and bluegrass to rock, always drawing a fun crowd and creating an energizing atmosphere. There’s Open Mic on Wednesdays and a piano that can be played anytime by anyone who feels inspired. When there’s a special event in Eureka Springs, you can be sure the New Delhi Café will be joining in the fun – whether it’s inviting guests to decorate umbrellas for Mardi Gras, hosting an after-hours buffet or riding a bike in the latest parade, as co-owner Jon Wiley often does. By the way, they’re dog friendly at the New Delhi, so bring your pooch – and kids, too! The New Delhi is open at 8:30 every morning for breakfast and coffee. See more at thenewdelhicafe.com or phone (479) 2532525. +

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famous for their Reubens, fish & chips, burgers, and Irish dishes! The Corn Beef and Cabbage is just like 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 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

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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.

Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren. Good

service, casual food in a fun 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

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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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New management brings upgrades and services for boaters, piscators

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rovidence works in mysterious ways. Steve and Deanna Womack had been traveling from Norman, Okla., to Eureka Springs for vacations for 20 years, but it wasn’t until they were searching the Internet back in October looking into buying a marina that they found out there was great big Beaver Lake just 13 miles west of town. Adding to the excitement of that discovery was the fact that Starkey Marina – one of seven marinas at Beaver – was for sale. “We love Eureka Springs and have been coming here for years but didn’t even know there was a lake. We’ve always loved the water and we have a boat,” Deanna explained, “so when we were looking for something different to do and saw Starkey Marina for sale online, we made an offer. Now we live here!” Completely remodeling the marina from stem to stern became the couple’s new career. First came the store at the docks, now spiffed up with pine car siding outside and cedar posts inside. In addition to remodeling, plans include adding sales of beer, food, tobacco and bait in the store and preparing for the future addition of houseboat slips. Along with fishing gear, the store will also carry hats and T-shirts. Understanding the need to cater to boaters’ appetites, they plan to start serving Hunt Brothers Pizza and other portable food such as hot wings, pre-packed sandwiches and beer along with chips and snacks. Picnic tables to enjoy these treats

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will be found on the newly extended dock, and a completely new covered dock on the north side will also have bathrooms. With a current count of 135 boat slips, there’s also a lot of ongoing maintenance. Beaver Lake has 480 miles of shoreline and many secluded coves to enjoy while motoring about in your Starkey Marina rental boat. Known as a great striper lake, fishing at Beaver includes black bass, white bass, crappie, catfish, and pan fish. Beaver is also popular with divers. Starkey boasts premium gas and offers Pontoon Boats 21, 25 and 29 ft. long from $175/ half day for the smallest boat to $285/full day for the largest. (Pets and BBQ grills are not allowed on pontoons.) Also for rent are a Wave Runner at $80/hour, $225 for 4 hours, and fishing boats at $55 for 4 hours and $80 for 8 hours. Gas and oil are extra for all boats. Starkey is conveniently located next to a quiet, secluded campground in Starkey Park run by the Corps of Engineers – perfect for coming back to camp and cooking the catch of the day. With more fun on deck for groups and individuals, The Belle of Ozarks, a favorite sightseeing and party pontoon tour boat, leaves from a dock beside Starkey. The Marina’s hours are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Plan your water adventure today by checking out starkeymarina.com, or call Steve and Deanna (479) 253-8194 for more info. +

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Cats at the Castle

Passion Play update ...

Jason Crabb to perform, visitors invited for spring break mission

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he Great Passion Play is back with exciting updates and new, lower ticket pricing including “anytime” tickets! If you haven’t seen the Play since 2011, a lot has changed – so be sure to put it on your “To Do” list while in town, and check out www.greatpassionplay.org now for the latest information and ticket reservations. The gift shop has undergone a full remodel, but the biggest job has been getting the Holy Land Tour, which has been closed for four years, back in shape after damage from Hurricane Ike and the ice storm that followed. Scheduled to reopen May 3rd, cleanup, repairs and refurbishing at the Passion Play acreage is in full swing. It’s all happening due to a huge response by local volunteers; and visiting supporters also have a chance to take part! A spring break mission trip is planned for March 18 – 23 for volunteers who wish to help prepare the grounds for the opening. If your group would like to help, call Mike Russell (580) 892-3753 for more information. On March 22 at 7 p.m. there will be a concert on the grounds with Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Crabb. He’s performed at Carnegie Hall, become a ‘fan favorite’ at the Grand Ole Opry, appeared regularly on the Gaither Homecoming Series videos, and was honored to sing for the Rev. Billy Graham’s farewell crusade in New York City. Tickets for the special show can be purchased on the Passion Play website. Billed as “The Greatest Story Ever Told – in a way you’ve never seen it before,” the play has a cast of more than 100, performed in an outdoor hillside amphitheater that seats 4,000. Music for the performance is an original score recorded by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of London. Purported to be “America’s #1 attended outdoor drama,” the set is three stories high and the length of two football fields.

The new “anytime” tickets run $24.85 for adults and $12.85 for 6 –16 years for the play only. Opening weekend tickets are discounted at $15 for adults and $5 for kids. If you prefer the Total Experience package, prices are $39.85, and $24.85 which includes access to: The Sacred Arts Center, which has also been remodeled, is claimed to be one of the most expansive collections of Christ-centered art, with over one thousand works in sixty-four different forms. The New Holy Land Tour, which recreates biblical stories and personalities. The Bible Museum, featuring nearly seven thousand bibles in six-hundred-twenty-five languages and dialects, and a large collection of parchments. The collection includes an original, 1611 first printing of King James; a page from a Gutenberg Bible; the one and only 1898 Gideon’s Bible signed by all the original Gideons; and a first edition of the first bible translated into Cherokee. Two free presentations are included in all tickets: Parables of the Potter – Christian life lessons taught as a vessel is shaped. David the Shepherd – The story of David and Goliath told by demonstrating how to use a slingshot – using marshmallows. A buffet dinner for $12.50 adults and $6.50 for 3 –12 is also available in the Great Hall. Grounds open at 9 a.m. Don’t forget to visit Christ of the Ozarks before seeing the play. The seven story (67 ft.) tall statue with a 65 ft. arm span overlooks the city from an altitude of 1,500 feet, and is also getting refurbished. Those wishing to honor or pay tribute to someone or remember a special occasion can donate $10 to light the Christ Statue for a night and have their special message posted on Facebook for the day selected. See the thegreatpassionplay. org for more information. +

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ur visitors love watching the big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR), and many have become supporters of the refuge’s efforts to rescue these exotic animals from poor living conditions all around the country. Now there’s an opportunity to enjoy a truly unusual experience to cap your stay in Eureka Springs and contribute to the refuge at the same time. The TCWR Board of Directors and Turpentine Creek staff members invite you to join them for an evening of magical merriment on Saturday, April 27, at Castle Rogue’s Manor for a special fundraising dinner celebrating Turpentine Creek’s 21st Anniversary. Enjoy breathtaking scenic views of Table Rock Lake and the surrounding hills from high in the castle and savor fine dining in the medieval Great Hall. It’s an opportunity to feast at the most unique castle in the country while forging memories that will last a lifetime. You will be invited to bid on silent auction items ranging from an overnight stay at the lovely Inn at Sky Ridge to beautiful work by local artisans. All proceeds from this event will benefit Turpentine Creek’s Habitat Fund. The event takes place April 27, 6:30 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $100 and limited to the first 100 respondents, so 
visit the castleroguesmanor.com to get an idea of how spectacular this venue is – then call (260) 571-0443 or click on “Events” at www.turpentinecreek.org to reserve your spot now! Reservations must be made by April 17. See www.castleroguesmanor.com for directions. +

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Need to

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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 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 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 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.

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hether 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! +

New Moon Spa & Salon in the Crescent Hotel, 75 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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Come back and see us . . . in May for the Fine Arts Festival. There are cozy places to stay and lots to celebrate. Be sure to pick up the Fun Guide for all the details – or visit us online at www.independentfunguide.com. +


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FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND


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