Full Service Year Built 1982 Year Remodeled 2007 Additional Property Description Enjoy being located close to historic downtown shopping within walking distance and near Great Passion Play at our Eureka Springs hotel, where each staff member is committed to putting guests first. Our hotel in Eureka Springs, AR features 122 spacious rooms nestled on 35 acres of the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The hotels beautiful rooms are accompanied by the sparkling pool overlooking natures best and at dusk enjoy a poolside movie. Our hotel is also located on the historic Eureka Springs Trolley route. There are plenty of other family activities to do at our Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR as miniature golf, a game room, and a game court. Eureka Springs, AR is a welcoming city, and we are happy to host you during your trip. Visit the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge for an experience like no other and to really get back in touch with nature. Check out whats happening at Beaver Lake and Tablerock Lake Ozark Mountains, or plan your own day of swimming or hiking. White River and Kings River are favorites for rafters and kayakers. Eureka Springs bike activities are a fun filled way to spend the day with the family, and the trail system in the region is famous. Along with Ozark Mountain Ziplines of Eureka Springs located across the street for a wonderful tour of the Ozark Mountains tree tops. However, if you are here for business, we are also happy to take care of you. Some of our regular Eureka Springs hotel guests are employees of Wal Mart, Tyson Foods and Ducommun LaBarge Technologies Inc. Spacious rooms, luxurious bedding and peace and quiet await you. Its simple to get around the region from our Eureka Springs hotel, and our staff can provide tips and recommendations on must see attractions. Whether you are here for business, on a romantic vaca
Full Service Year Built 1973 Year Remodeled 2007 Additional Property Description Eureka Springs outdoor attractions are all around our area, we are a great location convenient to downtown and only a short drive from the best in recreation in the Ozarks. Having fun in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is simple with the right accommodations. Our hotel is close to Ozark Mountain Zip lines, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, favorite motorcycle routes and family friendly festivals. Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a must for family vacations, and theres never any shortage of things to do or see. Located on the Trolley route, which can take you around town to places like the historic Crescent Hotel for a visit. Our location and service is what attracts many guests to our hotel, but we also offer a great value and reasonable rates. With excellent curb appeal, amenities include a spacious pool and hot tub. We offer the best in service, some interior hallways, level parking, and a well maintained 100 percent non smoking hotel. Free Wi Fi throughout the property along with our free full hot breakfast served in the Gazebo Restaurant featuring a Victorian atmosphere. Meeting rooms are also available on the property for groups up to 120 people. Some of the countrys best motorcycle routes are in the area, and we re a favorite for bikers and photographers alike. The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to spend an afternoon meeting exotic animals and Tigers. Of course, shopping and dining are also a must near our hotel. Whether youre here for sightseeing, taking in a music show or visiting the Ozark Mountains, count on us to be your home away from home. Many city offices and departments regularly welcome out of town employees, and our hotel is a favorite for business travelers. We also regularly welcome employees of Wal Mar
When you stay at 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, you'll be in the historical district and convenient to Pivot Rock and Christ of the Ozarks. This spa hotel is within close proximity of Pine Mountain Jamboree and Museum of Earth History.
Make yourself at home in one of the 72 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as coffee/tea makers and extra towels/bedding.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a sauna and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, dinner, and brunch. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, express check-in, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.
In the heart of Eureka Springs, Basin Park Hotel is close to Pine Mountain Jamboree and Pivot Rock. This hotel is within the vicinity of Thorncrown Chapel and Onyx Cave.
Make yourself at home in one of the 60 individually decorated guestrooms. Relax and take in city and courtyard views from the privacy of your room. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find a spa tub and a sauna. Additional amenities at this Art Deco hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, shopping on site, and billiards. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 5 mi.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Basin Park Hotel. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is included on weekends.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Parking is conveniently located nearby.
Mexican-food cravings are easily satisfied at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina — this popular spot puts a fresh, five-star spin on run-of-the-mill beans and cheese.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
With plenty of room to go around, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina's free wifi hotspot.
On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Through their catering service, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
A typical meal at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina will set you back less than $30.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
So head to On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina for some tasty Mexican fare.
On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina serves up tasty and innovative Mexico-inspired eats, so head over today and try something new.
Visit Myrtie Mae's for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Eureka Springs' Eureka Springs.
Guess what? Myrtie Mae's serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Bigger groups gravitate toward Myrtie Mae's, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration.
Access the Internet free of charge via Myrtie Mae's' complimentary wifi.
Myrtie Mae's' business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Myrtie Mae's will ensure that it is delicious.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Myrtie Mae's.
The menu at Myrtie Mae's is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Myrtie Mae's.
So round up your friends and head over to Myrtie Mae's for a casual American meal.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Myrtie Mae's and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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