Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Association https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/ Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Association Tue, 14 Apr 2020 21:43:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 Get Away From It All at Arkansas Inns https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2020/03/arkansas-inns-bed-breakfasts/ Sun, 22 Mar 2020 12:00:37 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=3374 Arkansas Bed and Breakfasts take the safety and security of our guests very seriously. We want your visit to the Natural State to be worry-free. Arkansas Inns are currently open and welcoming guests. We’re hard at work maintaining both comfortable lodging and official health recommendations like social distancing to make sure your visit is as […]

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Petit Jean State Park Arkansas Inns

Petit Jean State Park

Arkansas Bed and Breakfasts take the safety and security of our guests very seriously. We want your visit to the Natural State to be worry-free. Arkansas Inns are currently open and welcoming guests. We’re hard at work maintaining both comfortable lodging and official health recommendations like social distancing to make sure your visit is as safe as it is relaxing.

Come enjoy the beauty of our truly stunning state while also staying safe. Walk our forest trails, explore our natural areas, breathe in the fresh air, and get away from all the stress in Arkansas.

What Are Arkansas Inns Doing To Keep You Safe?

Mammoth Spring State Park Arkansas

Mammoth Spring State Park

We are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes additional cleaning and disinfection of all guest areas. We’re limiting all guest and staff interactions and maintaining the recommended 6 feet of social distancing.

Arkansas inns are taking the steps necessary to handle the situation as it evolves. We appreciate your patience, are thankful for our loyal guests, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Visiting Arkansas During Coronavirus

Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker Point Arkansas

Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker Point

Though many attractions are closed and events cancelled during the outbreak, Arkansas is The Natural State and nature is still open! Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, hiking trails and recreation areas remain open.

Come enjoy the hiking, climbing, fishing, birding, kayaking, site-seeing, and more at Arkansas’ state parks. Keep up to date with park restrictions, recommendations, and requirements at www.arkansasstateparks.com.

Traveling at a Later Date

If you’re not able to travel just now but still want to support small businesses such as ours, consider reserving ahead. Arkansas Inns are always happy to see you, no matter when you arrive. Find your perfect Arkansas B&B now – and thank you for your support!

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Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker Point https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2020/03/hawksbill-crag-aka-whitaker-point-hike/ Sun, 15 Mar 2020 12:00:12 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=3354 Hawksbill Crag, also known as Whitaker Point, is one of Arkansas’ must-see outdoor attractions. The natural formation, located in Ozark National Forest, juts out from the bluff, some 150 feet above the forested valley floor below. Whitaker Point is a popular natural area near the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, just inside Ozark National Forest. The […]

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Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker PointHawksbill Crag, also known as Whitaker Point, is one of Arkansas’ must-see outdoor attractions. The natural formation, located in Ozark National Forest, juts out from the bluff, some 150 feet above the forested valley floor below.

Whitaker Point is a popular natural area near the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, just inside Ozark National Forest.

The iconic formation is one of the most photographed points in Arkansas and has been featured in many publications. The stunning view over the river valley is particularly affecting in spring and fall.

Getting to Whitaker Point Trailhead

Whitaker Point Trailhead is located near Ponca, about an hour and a half east of Fayetteville, AR. See a map of the location.

Take Highway 43 south from Ponca toward Boxley. Continue south on to Boxley when Highway 43 merges into Highway 21. Keep an eye out for Cave Mountain Road on the right, a gravel road located just before Boxley Bridge over the Buffalo River.

Cave Mountain Road starts out very steep and unpaved track. Your 2-wheel vehicle should be fine if the weather is dry. The road also levels out soon enough – and the scenery is gorgeous. Follow this road for about 6 miles, until you come to a small “Wilderness Access” parking area. The Whitaker Point trailhead is located across the road from the parking lot.

Park your car and stretch your legs – you’ve made it!

Whitaker Point Trail

Whitaker Point aka Hawksbill CragWhitaker Point Trail is a moderate, clearly marked, 3-mile, there-and-back trail. Hiking boots or other sensible, outdoor shoes are recommended. Hawksbill Crag, also makes for an excellent picnic spot. Consider packing in a few goodies (along with a camera and plenty of water) if that idea appeals to you.

The hike is mostly a pleasant one, with plenty of to savor and enjoy prior to reaching the Crag. Plan at least half a day for a full experience.

The trail crosses a small stream around the 1-mile mark that, when flowing, creates a waterfall over the bluff to the right – Haley Falls. The trail forks just after this stream, with both options leading to the Crag. While both tracks are pleasant, the right includes interesting rock formations and some stunning views. Many take one fork to the Crag, and the other back down.

Hawksbill Crag is located just an easy half mile after the trail fork. The views are simply incredible, with lots of excellent vantage points to shoot pictures of the Point from. Soak up the eye-popping, expansive views, enjoy that picnic lunch, if you brought one, and have fun.

Do be very careful, however. Many people have fallen from Whitaker Point over the years – often with tragic results. The drop is over 150 feet and it can take rescue crews over three hours to reach the base of the bluff below. Exercise caution while approaching or near the edge.

Ticks, snakes, poison ivy, and dehydration are your other considerations. Don’t set yourself up to be unprepared. Take the proper gear and precautions to ensure a truly fun hike to and from Hawksbill Crag.

Arkansas Lodging

No matter what it is that brings you out for an Arkansas vacation, one thing is for sure: staying at a friendly, local Arkansas inn is your best bet for lodging. A locally owned and operated Arkansas bed and breakfast is your best source for personal service, top-tier amenities, and delicious, homemade breakfasts. Find the perfect Arkansas B&B for your getaway now!

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Mountain View Bluegrass Festival – 2020 https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2020/03/mountain-view-bluegrass-festival-2020/ Tue, 10 Mar 2020 05:28:12 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=3281 Mountain View Bluegrass Festival – 2020 Celebrate the end of Winter and the start of Spring by heading to the 18th Annual Bluegrass Festival held indoors at the Ozark Folk Center auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas.  Mark your calendar now for March 11th, 12th and 13th.  Did you know that Mountain View is the Folk […]

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Mountain View Bluegrass Festival – 2020

Celebrate the end of Winter and the start of Spring by heading to the 18th Annual Bluegrass Festival held indoors at the Ozark Folk Center auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas.  Mark your calendar now for March 11th, 12th and 13th.  Did you know that Mountain View is the Folk Music Capital of the World?

Logo of the Bluegrass Festival in sunset shades of green and pale oranges

Bluegrass Festival Logo

Look who’s going to be there:

The Redmond Keisler Band • The Family Sowell • Seldom Scene • The Kody Norris Show • Apple & Setser  • No Time Flat • The Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band • High Fidelity • Volume Five • Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out

The Family Sowell playing their various instruments: base, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar and dobro, on a pastoral hillside under a hazy sun.

The Family Sowell from Knoxville, Tennessee

This three day festival begins Thursday evening, 6 pm, with an all Gospel concert. Friday and Saturday concerts begin at noon featuring traditional bluegrass. There will be an intermissions in the afternoon and a break for dinner with the evening concert ending around 9:30 pm.

Parking is really easy, just park in the Folk Center parking lot.  Hop on the free shuttle bus which takes you to the auditorium entrance and will return you to your car when you’re ready to leave. 

A group of five male musicians standing in a hallway full of photographs.

The Musical Group, Seldom Scene

Don’t worry about hunger pangs during the concert because there’s a concession stand in the auditorium for soft drinks, goodies & great hotdogs! Feeling like catfish, then head out to Jo Jo’s Catfish Wharf on the White River.  For other tastes there are a number of restaurants in town.  For lunch, Oliver’s Bistro.

Get your ticket and your favorite seat by going to: http://www.mountainview-bluegrass.com/contact-and-ticket-info-new/

 

For a Peaceful Stay on Sixty Nine Acres with Your Own Fishing Lake

The best place to stay in Mountain View is the luxurious Country Oaks Bed and Breakfast.  Situated one mile from the Court Square on sixty nine private acres of gardens, pastures and woodlands with a six and a half acre lake.  The private lake is very popular before breakfast and near sundown for catch and release fishing (for guests only).

A stately victorian style farmhouse nestled amongst the oak trees.

The Farmhouse at Country Oaks Bed and Breakfast

And, if you need a little more exercise there’s three miles of trails on the property.  Rest, relax and rise to a gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay.  Then sit on the porch with your book and watch the large family of Canadian geese on the lake.  Or better yet, pitch a game of horseshoes.

For accommodations and more information click here: http://www.CountryOaksBB.com and book online or call Jerry or Carole at 870-269-2704.

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Bayou Bartholomew – The Longest Bayou in the World https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2020/02/bayou-bartholomew-the-longest-bayou-in-the-world/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 12:00:20 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=3264 If you’re a fan of fishing or just enjoy getting out into nature, you may want to check out Bayou Bartholomew. Known as the longest bayou in the world, it stretches 359 river miles from Pine Bluff, AR, to the Ouachita River in Sterlington, LA. The Arkansas River created Bayou Bartholomew some 2,000 years ago […]

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Bayou BartholomewIf you’re a fan of fishing or just enjoy getting out into nature, you may want to check out Bayou Bartholomew. Known as the longest bayou in the world, it stretches 359 river miles from Pine Bluff, AR, to the Ouachita River in Sterlington, LA.

The Arkansas River created Bayou Bartholomew some 2,000 years ago when it moved a ways east, leaving its old bed behind. This slowly filled with a variety of run off to become the leisurely bayou we know today. A “bayou” is a slow moving body of water in a low, flat area, usually serving as the outlet of a lake or river. Bayous are often found leading from (and are thus just as often confused with) swamps.

Bayou Bartholomew was a popular waterway for native Americans, who left artifacts along its banks. It was also an extremely important route for transportation during the 1800s. The interior Delta would have suffered mightily in those days had it not been for such waterways. Cotton, timber, and other goods were sent downstream in exchange for the supplies making their way back up.

Blue Heron along Bayou BartholomewThe bayou was also a popular source of recreation. Locals along its course swam, fished, and were baptized in its waters. They held barbecues, picnics, and revivals by it on its banks.

As with so much of our natural world, the bayou suffered some over the years. Pollution, logjams, and sediment levels have threatened its flow. Organizations like the Bayou Bartholomew Alliance and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, however, stepped in to help. While there is still much to be done, today the bayou is beginning to reclaim its grandeur.

Boating and Fishing On the Bayou

Bayou Bartholomew is well known for its excellent bream, catfish, and crappie fishing. In fact, some stretches of the bayou are considered secret hot spots by local anglers – shhhhhhh!

Good fishing along Bayou BartholomewMinnows, jigs, spinners and light gauge fishing line are recommended for catching those crappie and bream. Catfish, on the other hand, are bottom feeders, best caught with worms, minnows, and stink baits. Be sure to get set with the local fishing regulations, too.

Folks also enjoy canoeing and kayaking along the bayou. Local wildlife includes alligators, turtles, migratory songbirds, and some 35 species of mussels. Bald eagles blue herons, osprey, wild turkeys, and owls are in abundance.

Bayou Bartholomew

Learn more about the world’s longest bayou at www.agfc.com.

Arkansas Lodging

Wherever you go for your Arkansas vacation, rest assured that an Arkansas Inn is somewhere nearby. There’s no better way to stay than at a locally owned and operated Arkansas bed and breakfast. Where else will you find such uncommonly comfortable accommodations, delicious breakfasts, and a deep knowledge of the local area? Find the perfect B&B for your Arkansas getaway today!

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Explore Devil’s Den State Park https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2020/02/devils-den-state-park/ Sat, 15 Feb 2020 12:00:40 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=3242 Devil’s Den State Park, just 40 minutes south of Fayetteville, AR, is an Arkansas icon with fishing, boating, hiking trails, caves, and one of the best-preserved CCC park developments in the country. Devil’s Den State Park was created in the 1930’s as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program. The CCC […]

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Devil’s Den State Park DamDevil’s Den State Park, just 40 minutes south of Fayetteville, AR, is an Arkansas icon with fishing, boating, hiking trails, caves, and one of the best-preserved CCC park developments in the country.

Devil’s Den State Park was created in the 1930’s as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program. The CCC first built the road to Devil’s Den, which later became Arkansas 170. Then they added hiking trails, cabins, offices, and a restaurant. They also built the stone dam across Lee Creek.

The CCC’s signature rustic wood and stone structures utilized native materials that mirror the surrounding beauty. Though some of the original structures have been lost, Devil’s Den remains one of the most complete CCC parks in the country. The entire park was designated a National Historic District in 1994 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sandstone Crevice Caves

One of the park’s most unique features – and where it gets its name – is the sandstone crevice area, containing around 60 caves. The deepest is Devil’s Den Cave, which goes some 550 feet back into the hillside.

The caves are home to a variety of bats, including the endangered Ozark big-eared bat. The Ozark big-eared bat is so endangered, in fact, that Big Ear Cave, the cave they hibernate in here at the park, is off limits and protected by alarm.

Devil’s Den State Park waterfallYou’re more than welcome to explore the park’s other caves and crevices, however. The Devil’s Ice Box, for example, is one of the most popular. The cold air that rushes out of this cave’s mouth and gives it its name, enters at a higher point on the mountain to create the effect. Be sure to bring a flashlight if you hope to explore any of the caves.

The park is also home to a variety of unique and fascinating rock formations that are fun to explore, and climb.

Park Activities

Beyond the caves and rock formations, Devil’s Den offers a wide variety of activities.

If you like hiking, you’ve come to the right place. There are more than 20 trails in the park for hiking and mountain biking. Many lead to back-country areas of the park and Ozark National Forest. One of the most popular is the Devil’s Den Trail, which includes two of the park’s best caves, gravity springs, wet weather waterfalls, and plenty of wildlife.

The 8-acre Lake Devil, formed by the dam on Lee Creek, provides fishing and boating. Canoes, tandem kayaks, pedal boats, and even water bikes are available for rent.

The park cafe and swimming pool, overlooking Lake Devil, open in summer. Other features include a playground, cabins, campsites, and a park store with groceries, fishing tackle, and camping supplies.

The park also hosts a variety of special of events throughout the year, such as the annual Bat-O-Rama and the upcoming Ozark Mountain Bike Festival.

Devil’s Den State Park

11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74, West Fork, AR 72774

Visit www.arkansasstateparks.com for a full list of park activities and amenities.

Arkansas Lodging

Don’t let substandard accommodations ruin your Arkansas getaway. For top tier comforts, personalized service, and overall satisfaction, you can’t beat an Arkansas inn. Find an Arkansas bed and breakfast near your vacation destination, today!

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Discover the Museum of Automobiles Atop Petit Jean Mountain https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2020/01/museum-of-automobiles-petit-jean/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:00:19 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=3176 If you like cars you’ll love the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, AR. This Rockefeller collection turned museum houses over 50 gorgeous, vintage vehicles, dating from 1904 to 1981. The museum also displays antique motorcycles, guns, license plates, arcade machines, auto memorabilia, and more. Winthrop Rockefeller (1912 – 1973) was a third-generation member of the […]

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an antique car at Museum of AutomobilesIf you like cars you’ll love the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, AR. This Rockefeller collection turned museum houses over 50 gorgeous, vintage vehicles, dating from 1904 to 1981. The museum also displays antique motorcycles, guns, license plates, arcade machines, auto memorabilia, and more.

Winthrop Rockefeller (1912 – 1973) was a third-generation member of the famous Rockefeller family and 37th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1967 to 1971. He moved to Central Arkansas in 1953, establishing “Winrock Farms” cattle ranch atop Petit Jean Mountain.

Among many other pursuits, Rockefeller collected antique and classic cars. So many that, in 1964, he decided to found the Museum of Automobiles. When Rockefeller died in 1973, most of his car collection was sold. The museum grounds were donated to the Arkansas Department of Parks.

The Museum reopened in 1976 when a non-profit corporation leased the building from the state and populated it with cars on loan from collectors around the country. The Museum of Automobiles was back to stay!

Visiting The Museum

Today the Museum of Automobiles is home to more than 50 antique cars, motorcycles, automobile memorabilia, and more.

a Corvette dash at Museum of AutomobilesThe museum even managed to retain some of Winthrop Rockefeller’s collection. His 1951 Cadillac is here, as well as his 1914 Cretor’s popcorn wagon. You’ll also see his 1967 Cadillac with its stunning, sterling-silver Santa Gertrudis hood ornament.

The museum is also home to the only known Climber vehicles in existence. Climber Motor Corporation was Arkansas’ first automotive manufacturing company. The company, founded 1919 in North Little Rock, prided itself in making vehicles that would climb like a tractor. They probably should have focused a little harder on finances. By 1923 they were gone.

Other standouts in the collection include a 1904 Oldsmobile French Front, a 1913 Metz Runabout, a 1929 Marmon Coupe, and a 1981 Delorean DMC 12. Motorcycles are also in the collection, with a 1913 Harley Davidson Racer, a 1950 Cushman Eagle, and others on display.

You’ll also see exhibits of antique guns, license plates, arcade machines, an antique gas pump and a working player piano! Be sure to check out all the classic car goodness for sale in the Museum gift shop, too.

Buy, Sell, Trade

a classic car interior at Museum of AutomobilesMany of the vehicles at the Museum of Automobiles are temporary loaners and some are even for sale. With so many comings and goings, you never know what you’ll see when you visit.

The Museum also serves as headquarters for the Mid-American Old Time Automobile Association (MOTAA).

The organization hosts regular car shows and swap meets on the Museum grounds. Father’s Day weekend always sees the largest of these shows.

The 62nd Annual Petit Jean Car Show is scheduled for June 17-19, 2020.

The Museum of Automobiles

8 Jones Lane, Morrilton, AR 72110
Open daily, 10am to 5pm – Closed on Christmas.

Visit the museum website for more details. You can also follow the museum on Facebook.

Arkansas Lodging
No matter what part of the state you find yourself in for your Arkansas getaway, there is a locally owned and operated Arkansas inn nearby, offering a high level of personal service, amenities, and breakfasts you cannot get anywhere else. Do yourself a big favor and stay at an Arkansas bed and breakfast!

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Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2020/01/arkansas-alligator-farm-and-petting-zoo/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:00:32 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=3128 The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, in Hot Springs, is home to emu, goats, lemers, mountain lions, wolves, turtles, peacocks, and yes: alligators. Why, there’s even a leathery old Merman in residence! Hot Springs’ Arkansas Alligator Farm is a lively part of America’s roadside tourist attractions and has been for over a century. In […]

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The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, in Hot Springs, is home to emu, goats, lemers, mountain lions, wolves, turtles, peacocks, and yes: alligators. Why, there’s even a leathery old Merman in residence!

Hot Springs’ Arkansas Alligator Farm is a lively part of America’s roadside tourist attractions and has been for over a century. In fact, the private farm has been raising alligators for exhibition since 1902.

The Farm was started by H.L. Campbell. Campbell was a real Arkansas character. He not only raised alligators but also collected sideshow oddities, shrunken heads and the like, for his roadside museum. His goal, so he said, was to provide Hot Springs with a tourist attraction to accompany the springs. He more than succeeded.

A lot has changed since those early days but the farm still raises alligators – and there is at least one original oddity still on display.

Pet A Goat, Feed an Alligator

With a title like “Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo,” you can be excused for wondering if visitors won’t need to sign a release of some kind. Worry not. The Petting Zoo is a separate attraction and contains animals like emu, pygmy goats, and sheep – not alligators.

The alligators on the Farm, a large collection of both adults and babies, spend much of their time in outdoor ponds. They seem pretty lazy at first, sunning themselves or just floating idly in the water. Watch them spring into action during feeding time, however!

Along with watching feedings, visitors may also have the chance to hold a baby alligator. You may even get the chance to feed the gators, yourself. Watch your fingers!

Come of these activities are only available between May and mid-October. During the colder months, the Farm’s gators spend their time hibernating under heat lamps in a wintering barn. The Farm is open year-round, however, so you can at least view this unique spectacle.

Arkansas Alligator Farm is also home to lemers, mountain lions, wolves, turtles, raccoons, peacocks, and many other animals. You never know who you’ll meet here!

Other Attractions at the Farm

Merman at the Arkansas Alligator Farm

“The Merman of Hot Springs” by Dennis Yang
is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Beyond all the beautiful animals, the farm also has a souvenir shop and a snack bar. A small museum located on the grounds displays a fascinating collection of mounted specimens.

One of the biggest attractions, however, has to be the “Merman” in the barn. This creepy bit of taxidermy (or craft work) is a large example of a classic “Feejee Mermaid,” a hoax popularized by P.T. Barnum in the 1840s. This particular specimen is the farm’s oldest resident, a holdover from H.L. Campbell’s original collection of oddities.

The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

847 Whittington Ave, Hot Springs, AR

Open all year ’round. Seasonal hours. Alligator feeding shows occur May through mid-October. Visit the Zoo online at alligatorfarmzoo.com to learn more. You can also find the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Arkansas Lodging
Looking for value and comfort in your Arkansas lodging? No one does it better than an Arkansas Bed and Breakfast. Whenever and wherever you are in Arkansas, do yourself a favor and book your accommodations at an Arkansas Inn. We’ll make sure you’re snug at night and get you off to a good start with a tasty breakfast in the morning. Best of all, we have all the inside info on what there is to see and do in the area. Book your stay at an Arkansas Bed and Breakfast today … and see you later, alligator!

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Pea Ridge National Military Park https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2019/12/pea-ridge-national-military-park/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 12:00:48 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=3056 Take a trip back in time at Pea Ridge National Military Park, one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields around. The park also preserves a section of the Trail of Tears and includes a museum, a driving tour, hiking trails, and more. The Battle of Pea Ridge The Battle of Pea Ridge, also known […]

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Pea Ridge National Military ParkTake a trip back in time at Pea Ridge National Military Park, one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields around. The park also preserves a section of the Trail of Tears and includes a museum, a driving tour, hiking trails, and more.

The Battle of Pea Ridge

The Battle of Pea Ridge, also known as the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, was fought on March 7th and 8th, in 1862. The battle was over the control of Missouri, a crucial border state held by the Union.

Nearly 26,000 soldiers fought in the battle. Major General Earl Van Dorn led 16,000 Confederate soldiers, including around 800 Cherokees. Brigadier General Samuel R. Curtis defended with a force of 10,250 Union soldiers, half of which were German immigrants.

The battle took place on two separate battlefields. One in Leetown and one at Elkhorn Tavern, both located on Pea Ridge. The Ledetown battle ended at the death of two Confederate generals on March 7th. Tthe battle of Elkhorn Tavern ceased when the Confederates ran out of ammunition.

After two days of attacks and counter attacks, the outnumbered Union forces proved victorious. They drove the Confederates from the battlefield, established control of the region, and opened the door for a continued southern offensive.

Pea Ridge National Military Park honors the nearly 3,500 who fought and died here in the battle. It also preserves what is one of the most intact Civil War battlefields we have.

Visiting Pea Ridge

Pea Ridge National Military Park offers visitors a chance to roam the same lands where these decisive battles were fought. The 4,300 acre park includes the Pea Ridge Visitor Center and museum with interactive exhibits, restored battlefields, and the restored Elkhorn Tavern.

The Pea Ridge tour road allows drivers to take a self-guided tour of the various points of interest in the park. Tour brochures are available at the Pea Ridge Visitor Center.

The park also includes hiking and biking opportunities. The 7 mile long hiking trail passes through both natural and historical sections of the park. The trail includes several shorter loop trails for those wanting something a little less strenuous. Bicycles may be ridden along the tour road with the flow of traffic and obeying all traffic laws.

Trail of Tears

The Pea Ridge Battlefield area was a major crossroads at one time, with several passing through the park. One, the Telegraph Road from Springfield to Fayetteville Road, passes by the Elkhorn Tavern and was used by many troops during the battle.

Some 40 years earlier, this road also saw thousands of dispossessed Native Americans forcefully relocated from their tribal lands. This 2.5 mile segment of road, together with others, forms the Trail of Tears, along which the Cherokee were forced to travel in the 1820s.

Pea Ridge National Military Park

15930 East, US-62, Garfield, AR 72732
Open 365 days a year, 6am to dusk.

The park sees a variety of special events throughout the year. Visit www.nps.gov to learn more. You can also visit the park on Facebook.

Arkansas Lodging

You’ve come to Arkansas for our history, our great outdoors, our excellent food, and endless fun – but don’t forget lodging! The quality of your accommodations can be make or break for a any vacation. With that in mind, we recommend a stay at a locally owned and operated Arkansas Bed and Breakfast. Top tier amenities, personal service, delicious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. That’s an Arkansas B&B to a “T!”

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Onyx Cave – Arkansas’ Oldest Show Cave https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2019/12/onyx-cave-arkansas-oldest-show-cave/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 12:00:58 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=2973 Come explore Arkansas’ oldest show cave. Onyx Cave, just outside Eureka Springs, AR has been attracting tourists since 1893! Arkansas is riddled with naturally occurring caves. They can be found all over the state. Some are big and some are small but all of them are fascinating to those of us who like caves. If […]

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Onyx Cave ArkansasCome explore Arkansas’ oldest show cave. Onyx Cave, just outside Eureka Springs, AR has been attracting tourists since 1893!

Arkansas is riddled with naturally occurring caves. They can be found all over the state. Some are big and some are small but all of them are fascinating to those of us who like caves. If you consider yourself a cave lover, you won’t want to miss a chance to explore one of Arkansas’ the oldest show caves, Onyx Cave.

Arkansas’ Oldest Show Cave

Onyx Cave was discovered in 1891 and was turned into a show cave in 1893.

The cave got its name from the number of flowstone formations found inside of it. Flowstone, once commonly referred to as “cave onyx,” is a smooth, sheetlike formation found in caves. Minerals deposited by flowing water over thousands of years make up the weird shapes. Flowstone typically contains calcite or other carbonate minerals, not onyx. Despite this, numerous caves around the country have “onyx” in their names from the flowstone found within.

In the early days, show caves were not treated with the same respect and understanding that they are today. Back then, folks didn’t think twice about reaching out and snapping off a souvenir or two during their visit to show the folks back home. I guess they never considered how many people might do the same after them, or how many millennia their little keepsake took to be made – much less replaced.

Onyx Cave ArkansasAs one of the state’s oldest show caves, Onyx has seen lots of unthinking destruction, especially true back in the early days. Despite this, the cavern retains its subterranean charm and is remains visit-worthy.

Touring the Cave

Visitors enjoy tours of the cave guided by audio headset. The recording presents an overview of the cave and area history, along with information on the cave’s many chambers, formations, and wildlife.

The cave’s trails are paved, well lit, and mostly level. Steps and handrails are provided where necessary. As with virtually all caves, Onyx sits at an average temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit (13.8 degrees Celsius) all year round. Visitors should dress appropriately.

Outside of cave tours, visitors may also pan for semi-precious gems, try their hand at axe throwing, enjoy snacks, and more.

Onyx Cave Park

338 Onyx Cave Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

The park operates on seasonal hours. Visit the cave website for more information. You can also find the cave on Facebook.

Just like the rest of Arkansas, there is a lot to see and do in the Eureka Springs area. Thorncrown Chapel, Christ of the Ozarks and The Great Passion Play, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Quigley’s Castle, and too much more to list here. Not to mention lovely Eureka Springs, itself, which is home to numerous concerts and festivals throughout the year.

The area is also home to a number of excellent Arkansas bed and breakfast inns. Wherever you are in Arkansas, you can rest assured that, somewhere nearby, there’s an Arkansas inn with a room just for you.

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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019 https://arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/2019/11/arkansas-trail-of-holiday-lights-2019/ Sun, 24 Nov 2019 12:00:33 +0000 https://www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com/blog/?p=2908 The holidays are here and, all across Arkansas, the brightly colored, twinkling lights, creative displays, and classic Christmas tunes are ready. Come follow along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights! It seems that almost everyone enjoys colorful Christmas lights – and who can blame them. Can you imagine how dark and dull December nights would […]

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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019The holidays are here and, all across Arkansas, the brightly colored, twinkling lights, creative displays, and classic Christmas tunes are ready. Come follow along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

It seems that almost everyone enjoys colorful Christmas lights – and who can blame them. Can you imagine how dark and dull December nights would be without them? You don’t even have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate the warmth, joy, and good will they express during one of the colder times of the year.

Arkansans are no different than anyone else – we love our holiday decorations, too. In fact, we might even like them a little more than most. That’s the sense one gets, looking at a listing of Arkansas’ public holiday light displays!

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights

Large, drive-through Christmas light displays weren’t really a thing in Arkansas until the 1980’s. Once one appeared, however, others began to spring up. And, like anything, as they appeared, they began to compete.

First it was how many light bulbs were used. Then intricate, animated decorations and music appeared with the size and number of displays increasing every year. Before you knew it, the state was a cornucopia of twinkling, seasonal, miniature holiday amusement parks you can drive or walk through.

The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights was born!

Traveling The Trail

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019The Arkansas Holiday Light Trail currently has so many stops on it that there’s no expectation of anyone seeing them all – or even half of them. Further, many attractions are added last moment and don’t even make the list.

Consequently, instead of attempting a comprehensive list, below is a short list of five of Arkansas’ most popular, annual holiday displays.

Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights – Sherwood, AR
December 2nd through the 30th, 6pm to 9:30pm
Explore over a mile of spectacular holiday light displays at the Sherwood Sports Complex. Admission is free but donations are accepted – and everyone receives a candy cane! Directions and other information.

Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends – Pine Bluff, AR
November 26th to December 25th – 6pm to 9pm
Come see Pine Bluff’s Regional Park transformed into 1.2 miles of winter wonderland with over 250 displays, many of which are animated. Arkansas’ largest, free, drive-thru holiday lights exhibition. More …

Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights – Hot Springs, AR
November 23rd through December 31st, 4pm to 9pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Visit the gardens when 18 acres of the 210-acre Garden are covered in an artful blanket of more than 5 million Christmas lights! Some special nights include live reindeer, Santa, and free concerts. Learn more.

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019Lights of the Delta – Blytheville, AR
November 25th through December 27th | 5:30pm to 9pm Sun-Thur, 5:30pm to 9pm Fri-Sat
Drive through a landscape of over six millions lights at this 1.5-mile paved display at Arkansas Aeroplex, formerly Ecker Air Force Base. Hayrides, visits with Santa, souvenirs, and more. lightsofthedelta.com

Lights of the Ozarks – Fayetteville, AR
November 22nd through December 31st, 6pm-9pm
See Fayetteville’s Downtown Square transformed into a holiday wonderland with over 400,000 lights, food truck desserts, carriage rides, special events, and much more.

Arkansas Lodging

No matter where you go in Arkansas this holiday season, you can bet there is a locally owned and operated Arkansas Bed and Breakfast somewhere nearby. Inside, you’ll find uncommonly friendly service, luxurious amenities, and delicious, homemade breakfasts. Why stay in some stale, impersonal cookie-cutter hotel or motel when you can be treated like royalty at an Arkansas Inn?

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