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Eureka Springs Itinerary #3 – Inspiration in America’s Victorian Mountain Village

Have breakfast at Myrtie Mae’s where you will devour U.S. Grade A eggs cooked “eggsactly” as you like them. Breakfast is very reasonable; an All-American Breakfast is only $5.95.The feast includes two eggs cooked to order, served with bacon or sausage, hash browns, and toast or biscuits and gravy.
There is nothing like a visit to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to inspire and uplift your spirits. This effort is humanity’s best in action. The mission of the refuge is, “To provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected ‘Big Cats’ with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards and Cougars.” There are unusual lodging opportunities available on the grounds of the refuge. For example, you can sleep with the big cats roaming around below your cabin.
Discover the land of blue sky and laughing waters at Blue Spring Heritage Center. This amazing spring nurtured the Cherokee during the Trail of Tears. It pours 38 million gallons of water per day into the beautiful lagoon.
Thorncrown Chapel located on U.S. 62 West just a few miles from Eureka Springs is an amazing architectural achievement. Due to its majestic beauty yet simple design, critics have called it “one of the finest religious spaces of modern times.” It stands 48 feet tall with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. Thorncrown Chapel is available for daily visitation and weddings and conducts Sunday services. There is no admission fee but donations are accepted. Parking for RVs and buses is available. Groups get special treatment. A presentation is given and one of the Thorncrown musicians will sing an inspirational song.
Christ of the Ozarks Statue is located on the grounds of The Great Passion Play. Gerald K. Smith erected the monumental statue of Jesus Christ in 1966 as a “Sacred Project.” It stands seven stories high and measures at 65.5 feet, which is 20 meters for you metric folks!
The Great Passion Play is billed as America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama and casts over 170 Biblically costumed actors alongside 20 different animals. It is staged in an outdoor amphitheater utilizing a multi-level stage. Since 1968, the last days of Jesus Christ’s life on earth have been performed deep in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. This is a must-see performance even if you are not a Christian.