I have had a few best and worst vacations. I think I will skip the worst because it was a while ago and I just wasn’t with the right people. We all know how that can be.
As far as my best vacation goes I will say that my recent trip to Eureka Springs was wonderful. I love the town itself. It was a rustic and historically gifted town that was meant to be admired. The people were wonderful to say the least. Everywhere we went we met someone kind and friendly and made new friends.
Eureka wasn’t a lie on the beach sort of vacation it was a walk around and marvel at the beauty of our ancestral architecture. Nature stood on the city limits and created this cove of charisma and all of the people that lived and worked there were ideal. I could see myself growing old and retiring in a place like that. The days are short because they have their own time in Eureka Springs. Life seemed simpler and so much more genuine and I could imagine myself falling into the routine of simply being.
Walk under the arches of the Basin Park Hotel and in a few short steps you can find yourself standing under a giant cave that is cut into the side of the mountain beside you. Sit in the park and watch the beautiful fountain flow down as time seems to stand still.
Climb up the wooden stairs in one of the side alleys that connects the two main streets. The colors are muted from the sun and rain but it adds depth and character in ways that had never been intended.
I know that I could have chosen the beach, or New York, or anywhere else, but this place was a center of calm. I can’t wait to find my way back.