Eureka Springs: indulge in spa treatments and commune with the past in this well-preserved Arkansas town
Have a day to play in Eureka Springs? Treat yourself to a wellness getaway in one of Arkansas' most famous spring towns. All those people in the late 1800s who flocked to Eureka Springs had to be onto something. They put up with arduous transport through the rugged Ozark Mountains and lived in muddy tent camps once they got there just to have a chance to take the waters.
Today there's no need to rough it. Eureka Springs is packed with historic hotels, charming B&Bs, top-notch restaurants, and shopping galore, plus variety of spas, baths, and treatments--something to pamper every whim.
Eureka's mineral springs were known to the Native Americans long before the white man "discovered" them in 1856. By the time the town was rounded on July 4, 1879, the population had soared to 10,000, and the big boom period was on. The boom was followed by a lull, until the hippies re-discovered Eureka Springs in the 1960s. It soon morphed into an arts colony and tourist destination as the town rebounded with renewed vigor and lots of renovation and restoration.
These days, 125 years after its founding, Eureka Springs is known as a wedding and honeymoon mecca as well as a hub for forays into the scenic Ozarks. It offers a myriad of ways to relax, refresh, rejuvenate, and renew.