From Our Editors
Past the picket fence, up the columned front porch, and within the Red Bud Manor's Victorian-era interior, innkeeper Deborah Stroup greets travelers with lavender cookies and a warm welcome to her restored bed-and-breakfast. Built in 1891 by a successful businesswoman, the manor's luxurious quarters, within walking distance of Eureka Spring's shops, galleries, and restaurants, boast richly upholstered furniture and antique beds with intricate headboards. The entire downtown area, including the manor, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Amy's Hideaway invites guests to curl up in satin-covered armchairs after a dip in the two-person Jacuzzi. The Garden Suite's covered porch and private entrance allow for optimal privacy, and visitors can nestle by the fireplace or prepare a scavenger hunt by hiding canned meats throughout the Victorian queen bed's seven layers of covers. Just outside The Carriage Room, the deck's rocking chairs face the manor's vibrant gardens, where a two-person hammock invites snuggling. All rooms are equipped with WiFi, cable TV, coffee makers, and a stash of grounds and gourmet teas.
In the morning, hearty breakfasts unfurl across a Chippendale table, set with antique crystal and Blue Willow china, as light filters through sheer curtains and glances off the chandelier's teardrop glass. In pleasant weather, a screened porch hosts morning meals. The kitchen specializes in tailoring meals to tantalize diabetic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan palates. A keyhole archway partitions the formal dining room from the parlor, where guests can read a favorite book or quiz Deborah about the manor's use of organic produce, which is plucked by local farmers or gathered from the herb garden planted just outside the kitchen. The manor also hosts tea events, and guests may order up pots of loose-leaf brew.