This post will wind up our very full day in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
After our self-guided tour of the Crescent Hotel (HERE if you missed it), we drove back down the mountain side into downtown for lunch at a locally owned small diner. The food is usually always good in these places, and this one did not disappoint.
Then we strolled and shopped and enjoyed the afternoon.
The 1905 Basin Park Hotel is in the middle of the downtown area and provides a view out over the Ozark Mountains from the roof of it's 8-stories. It also provides a ghost hunt and a cave beneath that was once a bustling speakeasy. There are many stories associated with this place and is currently owned by the owners of the Crescent Hotel
We learned that Eureka Springs is actually built on three levels. The Crescent Hotel is on the upper level, and here you see the middle and lower levels.
We certainly got our exercise going up and down the streets, literally.
The walking bridge spans the lower level street to reach this relic Bath House building from the late 1880's.
This is another view of the tallest building in this little town Ripley of Ripley's Believe It Or Not, called one of the top 10 most interesting towns in America.
And we had fun!
The Open Air Tram only runs at 1 and 3 p.m. so we took the later tour. We felt this would be a great way to get an overview of the town and it was worth the $16.75 per person ticket. It was 90 minutes well spent. The guide was excellent and as I stated in a previous post, she is a 5th generation Eureka Springs native with a lot of personal stories and insights.
Here are some of the scenes from our open air ride.
This house was built by a young man who grew up in his grandmother's house across the street and later became a state legislator and helped to revive the dying little town many years ago.
Because the town is built on a mountain, many of the houses may be five-story dwellings.
The early settlers used whatever space was available.
And this is perhaps the largest single Victorian dwelling in the town.
That night we attended The Great Passion Play. All I can say is that it was so very well done. I will share some of my zoomed shots with you to show the amazing details and life-changing story.
It was as if this camel knew I was taking his picture.
The blurred affect of this picture speaks to me.
And what a glorious way to close out this little road trip. We shall see Him as He is one day.