An August 2002 trip
to Eureka Springs by Trinket
Quote: This was a short visit to the Eureka Springs area of the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas on our way home from Austin, TX.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2004
Country Music Inn
139 Huntsville Road
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
The Ozark Village Restaurant is located on the corner of Main Street and serves an excellent breakfast at reasonable prices. A great buffet is available on weekends. Price was $5.00/person.
Mrs. Yoder's, located on Main Street near the entrance to the Passion Play, serves a wonderful buffet with all the trimmings for $8.95/person.
An unusual attraction located on the same side road as the motel is called "Quigley's Castle." Many years ago, Mrs. Elise Quigley wanted her husband to build a larger house for them and their five children, but he kept putting it off. One day he left to run some errands and she tore down the shack they were living in and moved into the shed. She designed her house to bring the outdoors in. As you enter the gate and travel along the stone walkway bordered with trees, flowers, etc., the first thing you notice as you approach the door is that there is a glass wall on the left and in between that and the wall of the house there are trees and shrubs growing. Inside the house are many other interesting features such as a "butterfly wall" in the master bedroom. Elise collected the butterflies and preserved within a glass wall for a unique decor. An aquarium had been built into an alcove in the kitchen, but they had a leakage problem, and all that remains are the stones that formed the bottom of the tank. Many of the things that she collected, such as Depression glass and the quilts she fashioned, are also on display. Her granddaughter and her family still reside in the house and you are allowed to tour the public parts of the house and grounds at your leisure. Elise also collected bottles and other pieces of glass, which she fashioned into birdbaths, feeders, and other ornamental objects scattered around the property. There are paths leading to small ponds, etc., or a bench to relax on while you enjoy the flowers. Admission is $5.50 and is well worth the cost.
We also visited Turpentine Creek, which is a preserve for exotic animals that have been rescued. We saw bears, cougars, lions, tigers, rhesus monkeys, etc. Most of these animals had been owned by private citizens all over the country who wanted them for pets and then found they could no longer care from them. Some of them were wild animals that had been injured and were taken in to be healed and then returned to the wild. The program is mostly supported by donations, and most of the people who work there and care for the animals are volunteers. The animals look content and well cared for. Admission is $6.00/person. There are programs shown at specific times and you are allowed to wander around the compound at your own pace as well.
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