Fall Getaway to Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Two-day Eureka Springs getaway: Day two
Mornings are peaceful at Thorncrown Chapel, (479) 253-7401; thorncrown.com. Soak in Eureka Springs' history (literally!) at the Palace Hotel Bath House, (866) 946-0572; palacehotelbathhouse.com. The restored spa isn't chic, but visitors love The Works, a sort of living history spa treatment including a soak in a claw-foot bath.
Have an alfresco lunch at the Garden Bistro, (479) 253-1281. Then hit the road. A pretty 28-mile drive from town, the War Eagle Mill sells stone-ground baking mixes in cute calico bags. (479) 789-5343; wareaglemill.com
In neighboring Hobbs State Park, the paved Van Winkle Trail loops past an old sawmill, (479) 789-5000; arkansasstateparks.com. On the way back to town, stop in at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for rescued big cats, (479) 253-5841; turpentinecreek.org. (Bring a hat and water; the 45-minute guided tour has almost no shade.)
For dinner, the Cottage Inn Restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as a roast duck bathed in thyme-perfumed cranberry chutney. It'll leave you craving one more day in Eureka. (479) 253-5282; www.cottageinneurekaspgs.com
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® September/October 2011.)