Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Photo: Photolitherland at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Photolitherland at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
The temperature is starting to drop. The trees are beginning to look crimson and gold instead of green. While it’s impossible to pretend that it’s still summer when you look at the calendar. There’s a little mountain town in Arkansas that would make the perfect autumn getaway.

Not sure about traveling to Arkansas? Eureka Springs is called the Little Switzerland of America. The mountainside town has winding pathways lined with Victorian houses. Trolleys make it easy to explore the steep streets. A wood-and-glass chapel, which has more than 400 windows, overlooks the Ozark Mountains. Native Americans were the first people lured to the area’s hot springs. While beautiful lakes and rivers are surrounded by limestone bluffs and natural caves.

Photo: Treehouse Cottages
Photo: Treehouse Cottages

Still not convinced? Add a treehouse cottage. The Treehouse Cottages fulfill lingering childhood dreams of living in the woods. Four Hidden Forest treehouses are scattered among 33 acres just outside of town. The wooden cabins were built by hand. They feature high vaulted ceilings, large picture windows, and stone fireplaces. King sleigh beds, jacuzzis, and Tiffany chandeliers turn the childhood dream into adult comforts. Plus gas grills on the wraparound decks and homemade pumpkin nut bread will make you feel right at home. Add curious neighbors—birds, squirrels, and maybe even a raccoon—and a hiking trail that leads to a gorgeous lookout point and a seasonal spring for a secluded retreat.

After checking out your treehouse, hiking to the lookout point, and eating most of the pumpkin bread, head back outside to enjoy the gorgeous early fall weather. Ride the trolley and stop at galleries, craft shops, or a spa along the way. A few of the old hotels are (possibly) haunted. Board the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway, a steam passenger train from 1908, that chugs through the nearby hills. Tour the Onyx Cave to see rock formations and hidden chambers. Try to spot eagles on a cruise around Beaver Lake, a huge man-made reservoir. Or paddle down the White River in a bright red kayak. Then sip Chardonel wine—made from a hybrid grape of Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc—and check out the artwork at Keels Creek Winery. Despite your initial worries, Arkansas turns out to be the best foliage trip you’ve ever taken.

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