In the mid-19th century, Eureka Springs was so named for its many geothermal sites, which were believed at the time to cure blindness and injuries. As the city grew, charming Victorian architecture developed around the springs. Nowadays, a traveler is more likely to visit these buildings than the natural baths. Grand Central Hotel and Spa is located in a restored 1880s building, one of several local hotels in town listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The lobby brims with period antiques, many imported from England. Vintage settees with carved wooden frames and tufted upholstery surround a grand piano, and interior windows look into the Grand Taverne, the hotel's onsite restaurant. In the eatery's open kitchen, European-trained chef Dave Gilderson crafts French-inspired dishes such as prosciutto-sprinkled chicken and grilled salmon slathered with pistachio butter (this getaway includes a $10 restaurant voucher).
Upstairs, rooms continue the 19th-century theme with floral wallpaper, lace curtains, and old-fashioned prints of cherubs and picnickers. You'll also find modern amenities such as two-person jacuzzis and kitchenettes. This getaway comes with a $20 credit you can use at the onsite salon and spa.
Highlights of Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Charming Victorian buildings are set on sloping streets in the historic district, which follows the curvature of the Ozarks.
Artists' colonies and galleries sell one-of-a-kind ceramics, crafts, and jewelry in funky shops along North Main Street.