"Hurry up, Internet," I tell the computer as Google can’t seem to deliver my e-mail fast enough. The laser printer spits out the document, I cram it into my wheeled computer bag, and off I jet down the interstate at 70 m.p.h.
Even at that speed, people honk and zoom by as if I’m parked in the driveway; they are annoyed. My heart performs a gymnastic move and my hands strangle the steering wheel as someone cuts me off in his quest to keep up with the rat race, one that no one ever wins.
What happened to the time when life wasn’t so structured, so hurried? Before the thought became a memory, I scheduled myself some double getaway time in Eureka Springs, a historical town known as a historical, elegant bed ad breakfast retreat for all seasons, at the tucked-away-alone- on-its-own street — 5 Ojo Street.
explode in brilliant hues.
The very hospitable owners, Richard and Jan, have created a fairytale setting surrounded by undisciplined flower gardens exploding with hues of magenta, pink, white, and purple, taking up one wooded acre.
Children of all ages can sip in the view of the forest that drops down below the deck or while away the time (and their cares) on one of the rockers on the old Victorian wrap-around porch. An outdoor hot tub wrapped in a wooden gazebo will assist on soaking away any fast-paced worries. Lush emerald trees and inviting trails are irresistible to those who want to explore the forests behind the establishment. A retreat from the rest of the world is definitely in store for those who are blessed enough to claim the inn as their reprieve.
5 Ojo Inn's gazebo.
The innkeepers deliver an ultimate R&R experience with their upscale B&B. Charming personal touches and thoughts of their guests reign throughout the four houses that comprise the B&B. Dressed in traditional Victorian colors, The Ojo House presents an inviting parlor with its antique pine floor and a beautiful stained glass window, a stunning glimpse of days gone by, yet enhanced with modern creature comforts. As guests wander deeper into The Ojo House, they discover that it is home for the Veranda Suite, The Honeymoon Suite, Grandma’s Attic, and the Studio.
A peek into 5 Ojo's Victorian parlor.
The Veranda Suite presents a corner fireplace perfect for cuddling up with loved ones on wintry days and a plush queen bed perfect for burying oneself into on any type of day. A sitting room can accommodate additional guests with its trundle bed. The Jacuzzi for two and plush robes continue the pampering experience of this inn. Two private entrances to this suite lead to wicker rockers lining the wrap-around porch or to the wooded hot tub and gazebo.
5 Ojo's Old World charm with high
speed Internet and laptop computers.
Old World charm floral fabrics reminiscent of a romantic era dresses The Honeymoon Suite. The queen bed faces a beautiful fireplace and a private swing overlooks the dropping-elevation view of the woodsy backyard for a tucked-away, private-entranced little world of your own.
Deep burgundy robes Grandma’s Attic and enhances the angled ceiling. A king bed is heralded by antique French bedside tables. The owner’s great grandmother gave her grandson a beloved old blanket chest which sits at the end of the bed. Another gorgeous fireplace and a luxuriously-draped archway leading to a claw foot tub and Jacuzzi is befitting of this two-level Grandma’s Attic.. Truly exquisite!
Highly textured fabrics in a variety
of Victorian prints exudes at the inn.
Sitting atop on the second floor of The Ojo House, The Studio presents the great outdoors via French doors leading to a private deck. Bold pink colors and unique lighting highlights the suite with its inviting queen bed, large bathroom with a Jacuzzi for two, and a sitting room gives guests the opportunity to unwind.
Built in the 1920s, The Country Cottage is decked out in the style of, well, country.. Its Country Cottage Room is a high-end level of a cottage with white and red walls. From a king-size bed, guests can enjoy the corner fireplace or the television or both. Once again, the Jacuzzi beckons two. The Country Cottage also brags the Honeymoon Hideaway, protected by an ivy-laced rock wall.. With a palette of the hues from the sea, this hidden cottage brings the sea to your side.
Complimentary treats are
served in the 1880s sitting room.
Deep colors and substantial textures offer a regal setting fit for royalty at The Carriage House Room. This was used as a Carriage House into the 1920s. Heavy draperies laden in rich burgundy, a large private deck and entrance, along with a grand Jacuzzi and fireplace lend their white-gloved hand in delivering amenities fit for a king (or queen!).
Now for my favorite place within the 5 Ojo Inn B&B. Oh, The Sweet House. The house was named after the original owners, the Sweets. But I refer to The Sweet House for its sweeeeeet dining!
Sliced Apple with Raisins, Walnuts and Honey Poppy seed Glaze
Banana Nut Muffin
Crisp Smoked Bacon
Heavenly Hash Potatoes
Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Caramel
Blueberries & Cream with Seasonal Fruit
Baked Egg Casserole
Green Chile and Habanero Sausage
Oven baked Parmesan Potatoes
Chocolate Amaretto Cake
Cantaloupe with Blackberry Peach puree
Poppy Seed Muffins
French Toast stuffed with Apricots and Pecans
Sun-dried Tomato Sausage
Strawberries, Bananas & Strawberry-Mint Coulis
Baked Crème Brule French Toast
Rum Bundt Cake
5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast
5 Ojo Street
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
The fare comes in three elegant courses. Served on the cherished golden oak table passed down from Richard’s great-grandmother, gourmet breakfasts are made and served with a big Ozark smile. Richard, with a twinkle in his eye and a love for what he does in his heart, talks about how he invents his signature dishes. His wife Jan assists in the kitchen in order to perfect his food-magazine-material breakfasts. Both husband and wife chat heartily with the guests. A sampling of the sumptuous breakfast creations includes:
It was hard to say goodbye to Richard and Jan and the 5 Ojo Inn. I watched them say a personal goodbye to each guest and spend a few last minutes with them.
They ask me to come back for another visit even before I left. I could not wait to fill out the guestbook. I brought home a couple of clay coffee mugs with the inn’s picture and logo, many photos as words can only say so much, and a rested spirit full of tranquility.
Visit the inn and the owners online at www.5ojo.com then go see them in person.
5 Ojo Inn is unique, just like the town
of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Eureka Springs is noted for its healing
waters, bath houses, & Victorian buildings.
This town was founded in and named on July 4, 1879. Considered as the City of Healing, many tribes traveled to this area believing that the Basin Spring held magical waters which would heal many afflictions and ailments.
Travelers continue to flock to this exquisite, timeless Victorian district. It has been completely restored and its history lives on. In fact, Eureka Springs was listed as one of the top 12 Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason and everything is extraordinary. Streets slither straight up and straight down. Cars weave up and down, around and around as the hills are as ornate as the buildings. This is quite an escape from the new structured subdivisions with its similar homes and chain restaurants and shopping malls.
What to do while in Eureka Springs? Rather, the question should be what is there NOT to do? Succulent dining, expert chefs, cuisines from around the world, one-of-a-kind pubs, and therapeutic spas and bathhouses are just a smidgen of activities to put on your “We have got to go here” list. To find out the who, what, where, when, and why of this town visit www.eurekasprings.org.
Southern Pride Carriage Tours stops right in front of the 5 Ojo B&B to provide an elegant way to travel around town.
Although guests can enjoy a scene-filled walk with a variety of things to view--flower gardens, an abandoned child's merry-go-round, a polished-every-day motorycle, and restored homes--Ada Jensen and her horse Andy will make the visit an event. Princeton, Ada's dog, joins them as they deliver guests in gorgeous white carriages. The owners of the B&B can arrange the rides upon request.
You can speak with Ada Jensen about her carriage tours or ask questions about Eureka Springs by calling 870.749.2665. Southern Pride Carriage Tours' address is 1408 CR 612, Green Forest, AR 72638.
“Eureka Springs! Woo! Every artist dreams of the day!” The audience explodes in laughter as travel writer Jeff Greenwald, author of “Shopping for Buddhas” and “The Size of the World” begins his questions of where in the world is he and what is he doing in Eureka Springs.
The 21st May Festival of the Arts is going on and this is on my “Gotta Do” list. Jeff has created a show that is part comedy, part travel essay, and part “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The show is called Strange Travel Suggestions and no two shows are alike as Jeff has created his own version of “The Wheel of Fortune”.
People in the audience get their chance of spinning this wheel which contains symbols that directs how the show will proceed. Topics such as “Full of Complaints”, “Meals of Misfortune”, and “With Friends Like These”, give him the chance to share his travel adventures and provide comic relief.
A seam-ripping but true travel story involved Jeff being stuck in a village in Nepal. The impoverished village not only treated him like royalty but butchered their only source of protein, a chicken which laid the eggs, just for him. Jeff is wearing a parka that costs more than their two-year salary and yet they heap a mountain of rice, topped with a fried egg, and the prized roasted chicken.
Downtown Eureka Springs.
Relax the old fashion way at
5 Ojo Inn in Eureka Springs.
He could not believe the amount of work, time, and cost that went into this event all in the honor of the Westerner god. While the villagers were busy preparing this meal, which took hours, they sent him up on a mountain to enjoy the view in solitude. When the feast was ready, they proudly presented it to him but in a sudden moment, he tipped the entire mountain of morsels over and in disbelief, destroyed the whole thing! But what did the villagers do? They told him to go back outside and they created the meal again!
Jeff’s live performance can be seen in many places around the country. To catch up and keep up with him, go to your favorite search engine and type in the key words, “Jeff Greenwald”.
Feature by Lena Hunt, Jetsetters Magazine Adventure Editor; photos by Lena and courtesy of the 5 Ojo Inn.