Last week we took a road trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Can you believe this was our first trip of the year? Honestly, felt really strange to be traveling, but it was a needed break. Eureka Springs is about a 5 hour drive from Dallas. It was the perfect amount of time for a road trip. I am used to 12+ hour drives, so this one was a breeze.
Once we arrived, we headed straight to the hotel to unpack and change. We decided to stay in a town called Rogers, which is about 30+ miles outside of Eureka Springs. The reason we did this was because the majority of the places to stay in Eureka are either cabins or bed and breakfasts. Plus, Rogers is a little bit of a bigger town, so that way we could drive into Eureka for the day and then come back to Rogers to eat dinner.
We majorly messed up on reservations for dinner. Brian and I didn’t think it would be a big deal to not make reservations for dinner each night. So, when it came time to pick a restaurant our choices were very limited. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try any of the local restaurants this time! I definitely recommend making reservations if you are headed to Eureka Springs. It’s a very small town and since COVID is limiting capacity the reservation spots fill up quickly.
Now, let’s talk about what we during our trip. Keep reading…
My parents recently visited Eureka Springs and told us that we had to visit this chapel in the woods. It was totally worth the trip! It is a stunning site to see. If I was planning my wedding again…I might have chosen this chapel. It is stunning!
Downtown Eureka Springs
We spent the majority of our days in downtown exploring all the little shops. There is a ton of shopping in this small town! It took us at least 2 days to see everything we wanted.
Christ of the Ozarks
Brian stumbled upon this spot when he was researching things to do in Eureka Springs. I highly recommend checking out Christ of the Ozarks. It is definitely a sight to see. Since, we most likely aren’t going to Rio, Brazil to see their Christ statue, this is the next best thing in my opinion!
Hiking at Beaver Lake
There are a ton of spots in and around Northwest Arkansas to hike. We chose to hike near Beaver Lake since it wasn’t too far from where were staying. It was an easy 1.5 hr hike. I would say it’s probably not very kid friendly, but definitely doable for a novice hiker.
The views of the lake were gorgeous! We stopped quite a bit on our hike to snap photos. If we decide to return to Eureka Springs we definitely want to stay on Beaver Lake.
Historic Downtown Bentonville
The last 2 nights we were in town we discovered Downtown Bentonville. It is about 15 minutes away from Rogers. We had dinner down here and walked around the square. There is a spot to grab ice cream and lots of opportunity for people watching. This was definitely a highlight of the trip for me. It is a picturesque little town!