Weekend Recap: Anniversary Weekend Getaway!

*warning: lots of pictures of our weekend!*
This weekend we went on a little anniversary getaway to Eureka Springs!  It is only 2 hours from home, so it is a perfect little weekend getaway!  We had a great time!  We left Friday after work and got to Eureka around 7ish.  We stayed at a precious Bed and Breakfast called the 5 Ojo Inn.  The owners were so hospitable and sweet!  We had a little cottage-y room.  We checked in and got ready for dinner!
I wore my wedding shoes!  I spent way too much on these little shoes for our wedding, so I wear them on our anniversary! (or at least last year I planned to, but it was too cold and I took them, but couldn’t bear freezing my toes!)
We walked a few blocks down the street to Ermilios for AMAZING Italian dinner!  We had to wait about 40-45 minutes but enjoyed a drink on the patio and talked and laughed! 
A sweet lady wanted us to take her and her husband’s picture, so she offered to take ours too…but it turned out blurry.  But we were all spiffed up.
After a DELICIOUS dinner, we walked back to the room and enjoyed a great night’s sleep in the sweet cottage! 
The next morning, the Inn owners treated us to a wonderful three course breakfast!  Fruit and creme with muffins, ham and cheese frittata and parmesean potatoes, and rum cake.  SO good.  Then we drove around Eureka.  We saw the Crescent Hotel, drove to an off-road park to check it out and saw the Thorncrown Chapel.  It is an architectural beauty of a glass chapel in the woods.  So beautiful!  My picture from my phone doesn’t do it justice! 
On our way back to town, we stopped at an antique store!  I found a Persimmon Fiesta bowl and this wonderful glass.  I used to LOVE watching Happy Days.  I had to take the Fonz home with me.
We walked and shopped around Eureka, then we went to the Garden Bistro for a yummy lunch.  Then we walked back to the main street and watched a bit of the St. Patty’s parade!  The funniest was the “free form marching band” playing Kazoos, seen here! 
After the parade (or rather during….there were like 5 minutes of nothing, so we thought the parade was over.  We walked to our car and headed out of downtown.  People were yelling at us that we broke into the parade.  Ooops.)  We went to Turpentine Creek for the afternoon.  Turpentine Creek is a wildlife refuge where they rescue exotic animals that are mistreated or not wanted anymore.  They had lots of animals that were inbred to be sold and had medical issues, or animals whose owners couldn’t handle them anymore.  They have over 100 animals including lions, tigers, bears, coyotes, ligers, and more!  It was so neat!  We were there in the active time in the afternoon and we stayed for the 5 pm feeding to hear them roar and growl for their food!
You get to stand pretty close to the cages and observe their behavior.  Really neat.  And we got a lil sunburn because it was all outside in the warm sun!
We went back to the room to change and freshen up, then we ate BBQ at Bubba’s!
Tyler LOVES ribs and he ate a whole rack!  I had a wonderful smoked pork chop that tasted like a ham steak.  I was a fan. 
We got tickets from Living Social for 2 for the price of 1 tickets to the Intrigue Theater show…so we checked it out Saturday night.  It was entertaining.  Honestly, the first half of the show was WAY better than the second half, but it was fun.  They did magic in the first half and then did “medium” stuff and tried to “talk to the dead” in the second half, but it seemed kinda fake and cheesy.  But still entertaining.
After another good sleep in the cottage, we had another delicious three course breakfast!  Fruit with a sweet fruit sauce, cinnamon pancakes and pepper bacon and chocolate amaretto cake.  We were full and happy.
We drove to Bentonville and stopped at Crystal Bridges Museum.  It is a free museum (thanks to a donation from Walmart admission is free!) full of American art ranging from colonial art to modern art and some really interesting pieces.  We really loved walking around.
This was a “Last Supper” done in spools of thread upside down.  There is a little glass sphere that you look through that flips the artwork.  So cool.
The Museum itself is artwork with its cool design.  It is in the middle of the woods on a beautiful track of land with a gorgeous pond.  I want to go on another day and walk the art trails!  There are lots of trails with sculptures outdoors with God’s artwork!
I really loved seeing this Andy Warhol painting of Dolly Parton.  Love me some Dolly.
On the way home, we stopped to look at a 68 Mustang.  Tyler has been wanting a vintage Mustang and we had already looked at this one before.  It was just about 30 minutes out of our way.  Well, he fell in love with it and we ended up buying it!  Yup…this is our new car!  


We ate dinner at HuHot in Fayetteville and then drove home.  I hung up my artwork I bought last weekend at the antique show and put up my new Easter plates!
Now we are just chilling and resting and preparing for a fun week!  Hope you had a great weekend!  Our little adventure was wonderful!


  1. What a fabulous weekend! I love your shoes. Ermilios is SO good! Glad you guys had fun in Eureka! I’ll never understand men and their love for ribs… and wings! Ha! Have a good week girl!

  2. Stopping by from Kelly’s Korner. My husband and I went to Eureka Springs on our honey moon and we ate at Ermilio’s…12 years ago, but I remember it was really good! I enjoyed reading your post. =) Hope you have a great weekend!

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