Last month Bobby and I visited the coolest little town in the middle of the Ozark Mountains: Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Before visiting Eureka Springs, I thought places like this existed only in my dreams. It’s the most charming, artsy, rural town. There are spas on every corner, bed and breakfasts, and natural springs. This town is as remote as it gets with limited connectivity (my phone was roaming the whole time so had to put it in airplane mode), but instead of a sleepy Main Street, it’s vibrant and alive.
Exploring Downtown Eureka Springs
One of my favorite things about Eureka Springs was all the street art. It was unlike any place I’ve ever seen. Everywhere I walked there were gnome statues and I even found Humpty Dumpty sitting on a rock wall!
Also, can we talk about how adorable their trollies are? The town with its charming hills, trollies, and eclectic art reminded me of a young San Francisco.
Where We Stayed
We opted to rent out an Airbnb that was both walking distance to downtown Eureka Springs and nature trails. The cottage we booked was so charming and only $99/night. It’s called “Wildflower Cottages” and came with a private hot tub that overlooked the town but most importantly, they allowed pets! 🙂
I love staying at one of a kind places with character and this cottage delivered. From the old school stove to the clawfoot tub, it was full of charm.
Eating Vegan in Eureka Springs
As you can tell, Eureka Springs isn’t your typical small town – they even have veggie burgers! 🙂 Downtown Eureka Springs is full of great restaurants and bars. Here are some of the places we went to.
Local Flavor Cafe
What I got: Veggie Garden Burger with avocado & their soup of the day happened to be vegan that day! They also have veganaise upon request.
Loved this restaurant. Here’s a link to their Yelp page.
Devito’s of Eureka Springs
What I got: Primavera pasta with olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, garlic, and veggies. The sauce was really good and savory. They also have veggie kale balls that I think are supposed to be like a vegetarian alternative to meatballs.
There was a 30 minute wait when we got there, but a table at the bar opened up by a window and we were able to sit immediately since no one in front of us wanted it. Honestly, I think it’s one of the best tables at the restaurant because you’re right next to a window. Here’s a link to their Yelp page.
Mud Street Cafe
What I got: Veggie Burger. They make their own veggie patties from a blend of nuts and beans (cashews, peanuts, lentils, soy). Super tasty!
Here’s a link to their Yelp page.
Blue Spring Heritage Center
Since it was our first time in Eureka Springs, I felt like it wouldn’t be complete without checking out the springs that put this place on the map! We went to go see Blue Spring, which is about 10 miles outside of town. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow pets which was a little bit of a bummer since we had Buttercup, but we made it up to her by walking her around a ton this trip. They have an admission fee and it’s about a mile to walk around and see everything.
Here are some pics of Blue Springs!
And here’s a pretty view of the Ozark hills on our way back to Eureka Springs’ downtown…