Mini Vacation: Train Rides, Ghost Hunting and Philanthropy

Real Estate Agent with ERA Henley Real Estate

Well to start with my wife, my son, my mother, my sister and myself all took a trip this past weekend just to get away for a few days.  We went to a small town in Northwest Arkansas called Eureka Springs. 

Eureka Springs Train

The above picture was taken at one of the local train rides in Eureka Springs.  They give a very informative ride and give you a great history lesson behind how Eureka came to be. 

We also had the pleasure of visiting the ThornCrown Chapel during our stay.  To say this building is stunning would be an understatement.  It was designed by award winning architect E. Fay Jones and is being replicated in a few places around the country.  But I have always believed there is nothing like the original.

Thorn Crown Chapel

Inside Thorn Crown Chapel

As you can see you are completely surrounded by nature and the Chapel is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever had the pleasure of visiting and if you are wanting some peace and quiet along with a little time to talk to God this is definitely the place to go.

While we were there we had the chance to visit the Crescent Hotel.  This is a hotel, turned college, turned cancer treatment hospital, turned back into a haunted hotel destination.  The hotel itself has a very storied past and you will have to check it out at the website above as it is way to long to type it all here.  The picture below is a shot of the entrance to the hotel. 

Crescent Hotel Front

The next picture I amgoing to share with you may freak some of you out, but  I just couldn't resist showing off some of our pictures from our ghost tour of the hotel.  I can assure you this is an original and has not been photo-shopped or altered in any way.  When my wife and I looked at this after taking the picture, the chill running down our spines was easy to explain.  Can you see the face?

Ghost Face

Look between the exit sign and the window in the picture and tell me that doesn't give you a chill.  Yes, this is authentic and it was taken this past weekend.  No, the shadow out the window isn't what we are talking about, look for the face.

Well now that we got the spooky stuff out of the way, lets get to the fun stuff.  While we were in town we just had to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.  For those of you who love wildlife and those of you with big hearts looking for a good cause to donate to you have found it.  The organization takes in abused, neglected, and unwanted "big cats".  They provide as natural of a home as possible for Lions, Tigers, Cougars, Pumas, Panthers, etc.  My son absolutely loved it there and so did my wife and I.  You can actually stay there overnight and wake up to the site of Tigers in the morning.  It is quite the feeling to donate to such a cause.

AJ and tigers


The above animals are new to the refuge and after a period of getting used to the other animals they will be released into a bigger natural habitat. 

AJ and me feeding deer

Above the little man and me enjoyed feeding a few White Tail Deer the refuge had taken in.  To say that we had a blast at the refuge would be about as accurate as I could get.  My wife, my son, and I had smiles on our faces the whole time we were there.


Well that about sums up the trip.  We left on Wednesday and came home late on Friday to enjoy all of the firework displays in and around our community.  I would have to say it was quite a fun weekend and some much needed quality time with the family.  It put a smile on their beautiful faces and is that not the most important thing of all?  Thanks for reading!


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Russel-I am lucky enough to live here year round.  Arkansas is definitely a hidden jewel.  We have some of the best fishing in the world and some of the most beautiful landscapes.  I just hope the people who find us help us keep it that way!

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