So I'm going to make a confession. Bryce and I are one of those couples who are crazy obsessed with our dog. We would rather spend time with our furry friend than most people we know. So when talking about taking weekend getaway trips, being able to bring our dog, Tigger is often a big selling point on what we end up doing. Not all cities and locations are dog friendly, some places in fact can make it pretty hard to have your furry friend in toe. For our most recent 3 day getaway with Tigger we chose to go to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and we were not disappointed with our choice!
Let's talk lodging. There are some towns when traveling that may only have a few hotels to choose from and sometimes your lucky to find one that's pet friendly. Eureka Springs is not one of these towns. Eureka Springs has a lot of neat options for lodging. Everything from tradition hotels, cabins on the water and even tree houses high off the ground and many of these establishments welcome pets.
Our little family of three really values peace, quiet and seclusion so we opted to stay in a cabin off the beaten path, but also only about 5 minutes from town. We stayed at Silver Ridge Resort. We arrived on a beautiful Fall afternoon, checked in and made our way to our cabin where the deer were there to greet us. The relaxation starts setting in immediately as you step foot on the porch with views of the Ozark foliage. We could have spent the next two days not leaving the cabin and would have been perfectly happy. The interior of the "honeymoon" cabin was perfect, quite large in fact, complete with a full kitchen, fireplace and whirlpool tub. Tigger sometimes doesn't sleep well the first night in a new place when there's lots of strange noises, but at Silver Ridge he slept through the night in our cozy quiet cabin.
After waking up the first morning and enjoying some hot tea on the porch swing, we headed out to find an adventure to take Tiggy on! We found ourselves a little North West of Eureka at Spider Creek Resort on the White River. We love kayaking but had never attempted to take Tigger with us. We ended up renting a canoe for $20. We opted out of the $50, 4 mile Shuttle option as we weren't quite sure how well Tigger would do. Having the freedom to go up the river and back at our leisure was perfect.
I kept Tigger tethered to me or the boat at all times but he did so well he didn't really need the leash. He was so excited, taking in all the new sights and smells and even spotting fish in the water. After a good mile or so the water got shallow due to a bit of drought and we found the perfect place to stretch our legs and explore the river. It also gave us a chance to enjoy the snacks we packed and watch some of the nearby fly fishermen try and bring in some trout.
Tigger did awesome on his first canoe adventure and convinced us both to do more water activities with him in toe.
After all the paddling on the White River, we were ready for some lunch! Somewhere that Tiggy could eat with us! That's not something we get to do much where we are from since there's only a couple restaurants with pet friendly options. Around Eureka, there's quite a lot of options for dining with your fur babies! Since we still have plenty of day left we decide to drive about an hour to Dogwood Canyon, a nature preserve open for hiking, biking, fishing and tram tours with a cafe and rental cabins, The name is quite fitting as there were many other guests with their pets out walking the trails and enjoying the wonderful cafe. This was our favorite place to eat for the whole weekend. Not only was the food fantastic but the nearby waterfalls made for a perfect Ozark setting. After seeing the trout in the White River I choose to enjoy some for my lunch. We also loved the melody of mushrooms, boasting seven different kinds of mushrooms, harvested from a local farm! After a wonderful lunch, we made our way to the walking trails to burn some of those calories and enjoy the incredible surroundings. This place is picture perfect and has many places for nice photos so don't forget your camera!
After exploring Dogwood Canyon, we were ready to go back to our cabin at Silver Ridge for the evening. After such an adventurous day that whirlpool tub was sounding amazing to me! I enjoyed a nice soak while Tiggy and Bryce enjoyed the fireplace and did some writing. Tiggy was soon out like a light! It was so great seeing him have such an exciting day full of new sights and smells.
We all slept well that night and didn't feel the need to rush out of the cabin. We enjoyed the morning sitting on the porch with hot tea, watching the deer take their morning routes. We all enjoyed some time curled up by the fire before heading into town for an early lunch. We chose to eat at Pepe Tacos at Casa Colina. It came well recommended and of course Tiggy was welcomed. We really loved the atmosphere of the patio and the food was very different from our usual Mexican restaurant at home so it was a very nice treat! After a nice long lunch it was time to get on the road and return home. Tigger slept the entire way home! I've had him since he was a puppy, 9 years now and I think that was the best weekend he's ever had. We plan on doing a similar trip next year with him to explore even more of the area. Next time we will be sure to visit the Bark Park and pet boutiques in town!
There are so many great places to see and explore around Eureka Springs when you have your pets with you! We will definitely all be going back to make more memories! So the next time you are thinking about going away for the weekend, load up your four legged friend and hit the road, the Ozarks are waiting!!