I will have returned to Eureka Springs Arkansas sometime before my death. That much is certain, unless death comes suddenly and surprisingly. However, even so, perhaps even then, I will have returned to Eureka Springs after my death. All the best ghosts do you know after all it is the most haunted place in America, so the tour guides say.
Be that as it may, I returned today to call on my wholesale accounts and to deliver some handblown glass hummingbird suncatchers to one of my favorite little stores, the Velvet Otter.
The Velvet Otter is a quaint little antique/gift store on Highway 62 out at Inspiration Point. For many years, it was a glass shop owned and operated by a lampwork glassblower by the name of Jerry Driggers. I loved visiting his shop as a kid, watching him blow glass and often watching the sunset out his back windows overlooking the White River. It's a picture perfect place.
Periodically I get to missing Eureka Springs and I have to get my fix. I had been experiencing withdrawals of late and so it was time to return for a bit. My trip was shorter than expected. After I got there, I just wasn't feeling it.
It's a beautiful place and if you've never visited it you should. It's a wonderful little Victorian Village out of the late 1800's sprinkled with hippies, artists, spiritualists, religious fundamentalists, survivalists, motorcyclists, poets, writers, romantics, and misfits of various kinds. Just about everyone will find something to love in Eureka Springs. I certainly have.
It has many beautiful Victorian homes in the downtown area that rival the great Painted Ladies of San Francisco even and it has a very interesting and eclectic shopping district full of artists, craftspeople, and unique shops.
It's a place to see for sure and one that I will have returned to some day if time allows. I've visited Eureka Springs on and off throughout my life, I've loved there from time to time, I've lived there for about a year, and had art galleries there over the years but it's the springs that will always call me back.