Eureka! We’re Back!
We are back from our mini-vacay weekend in Eureka Springs celebrating our 5-year anniversary. And, shocker! I hauled a few pieces of furniture home from our travels with me! Don’t worry, I will give you a run-down of where we shopped.
We left OKC on Friday around 10am and drove to Springdale, AR. It only took us 3.5 hours to get to Springdale and there were several reasons we stopped here.
1. I had to pee.
2. I was hungry.
3. I didn’t want to shop for furniture at the antique shops in Eureka Springs because I knew they would be all touristy-aw-I-got-this-on-vacation so overpriced. Springdale was only 1-hour from Eureka Springs and after a some online research I found that they had several flea markets. Worth a stop in my opinion. You can click here to see a list of Flea Markets in Springdale.
We went by 4 different flea markets and came home with 2 pieces of furniture. Not the best pickins but not the worst either.
I bought one piece at Discount Corner Flea Market. It was pretty old school, as my husband referred to it as the “House of A Thousand Corpses”. I have no idea what that is or means but it wasn’t that bad.
I snagged this entryway piece there.
I originally wanted it for my home, because I am desperate to change up my entryway and I can not find the right piece! This piece was 6 inches too long for my space. Boo! But I bought it anyway so someone else can enjoy it. I will probably eyeball it with a jealousy-ridden sideways glance while it stays in my garage.
I also purchased this chest of drawers. I can’t remember at which store though.
It was so nice to spend time with my man, just us, and not have to wrangle a toddler the entire time.
We arrived in Eureka Springs and I was totally surprised by the charm and adorableness of this little town! Scott has been trying to drag me here for 9 years, since we met, and I have been totally uninterested because it seemed so Branson-Silver-Dollar-Cityish to me. (Sorry Branson lovers.)
We stayed at the Flatiron Flats right in the middle of town.
This was the view from our balcony.
We shopped and ate. And shopped and ate some more.
There is one thing that ranks right there with furniture and painting and it’s food. I get so excited about it. I love it. So if Refunking doesn’t pan out for me, then maybe I will try my hand at being a foodie blogger?
(No, I wouldn’t be any good at it, but if you are in the OKC area please go check out my friend Katie’s blog, Dishin’ & Dishes. She always knows the great spots to eat. And she can also be seen on Freedom 43’s Rise N Shine on Wednesday mornings.)
But here are my fave places to eat from the weekend. Put them on your list and you won’t regret it.
The Mud Street Café – I had the mushroom and spinach omelet.
Local Flavor was recommended by our property manager, who was also a banker. Bankers always know the great places to eat because they have expense accounts. Trust me, I know.
We also had a special fancy dinner night out at the Grand Taverne. The steak rivaled a Chicago Steakhouse. And it was also special because Jerry Yester from Lovin Spoonful was playing the piano and we had a front row seat.
Ok, I have no idea who The Lovin’ Spoonful is or what songs they sang. But everyone seemed to think it was a big deal. Old Jerry sang some Monkey’s covers, so it made me feel like I knew something about something.
And I even ordered dessert and coffee, old lady luncheon style. I love coffee and dessert.
Do you like my JCrew knock-off bubble necklace? I got it at Showplace Market by the way.
We headed back home on Sunday morning, stopping off in Springdale once again to pick up the pieces I purchased on Friday there. It was raining off and on all weekend so we didn’t want the furniture to sit in the bed of our truck all weekend getting soaked.
And look what we drove by.
Joshua Duggar’s car lot from the show 19 Kids and Counting. Am I officially a dork or what? I have probably seen every episode of that show from when I was on maternity leave and up nursing at all hours of the night. I so wanted to stop by, but in the spirit of not waving my dork flag too high, I decided not to.
It was a great trip and I would highly recommend it for a quick getaway with friends, another couple, and we are even thinking about going with my parents next time around.
Have you been to Eureka Springs? What is on your must see or eat list that I missed?