THREE TIMELESS TYPICAL DAYS AT CLIFF COTTAGE INN – LUXURY B&B SUITES AND HISTORIC COTTAGES
Day 1: Wake up and brew yourself some imported Costa Rican coffee to enjoy with your elf-provided breakfast delivered on a silver tray to your suite. Explore the one-mile Nature Loop behind the inn, where you may catch a glimpse of local plant life and wildlife near Little Lake Eureka, and Carrie Nation’s last home (Hatchet Hall). Now’s the time to browse the specialty shops, antiques, and art galleries just a few paces away. Have lunch at one of our charming cafes before a short walk back to the inn. Enjoy an early afternoon Historic Tram Tour around Eureka Springs (1pm or 3pm) before taking the short drive to the world-famous Thorncrown Chapel (#4 on the list of top 10 buildings in the United States). Continue to Lake Leatherwood Park and enjoy the 2100-acre, second largest in-city park in America: try out the masterfully-blazed walking trails, take a paddle-boat trip on the lake, and just enjoy nature. Return to the inn and enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Eureka Springs’ great restaurants (just ask the innkeeper, an admitted foodie, where to go). Enjoy an evening show at Intrigue Theater, then a walk around downtown to take in some local music. Return to the inn for a glass of chilled wine waiting in your fridge and take a relaxing dip in the Jacuzzi or hot tub before retiring!
Day 2: After your delivered breakfast (breakfast is included to the suites but not the stand-alone cottage and studio with fully-equipped kitchens), purchase a bottle of wine or Champagne from the inn’s wine cave and make the 20-minute trip to Beaver Lake, picking up some lunch along the way for a romantic picnic. Enjoy a half-day pontoon boat rental at Starkey Marina, or enjoy the Belle of the Ozarks cruise. Take a swim in the State Park next to Starkey Marina after your boat trip. Make the 10-minute drive to Blue Spring Heritage Center and learn about the “Trail of Tears” encampment and the Native Americans who lived in the area. The Pea Ridge Civil War site is just an additional short drive away: take in the history there before enjoying a leisurely drive back through the Ozarks to the inn. Rest up before dinner at another of our fine eateries. Tonight you might choose seats in the 4,100-seat amphitheater for the world-famous Great Passion Play where 150 actors portray the last week of Christ’s life – the inn’s elf is always happy to make reservations for you or you can just go there and get tickets – no advance reservations are required and it is open seating.
Day 3: Once you’ve finished breakfast, head across the street from the inn to the Eureka Springs Historic Museum and learn more about our beautiful town and colorful past residents. Be sure to pick up a copy of their Walking Tours booklet. Pop into one of our cafes for lunch before heading out to Cosmic Cavern featuring two recently discovered underground lakes and beautiful formations, just 18 miles outside of town. Or make the longer trip through the beautiful Ozarks to Branson for a day of shopping the discount malls and enjoying a show or two. Partway there, explore Dogwood Canyon, a naturalist’s paradise! After your day in Branson, on the way back to the inn, stop for a fine dinner at Big Cedar Lodge, owned by Bass Pro Shop. OR, Plan B, drive the 37 scenic miles over to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville to check out the fabulous American art exhibitions including Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of George Washington crossing the Delaware. Once back in Eureka Springs, enjoy another fine dinner followed by an evening of dancing and music at one of the many downtown clubs.