Winter Hideaways

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Best Place for a Safari

The safari lodges at Turpentine Creek are located near the wilderness. A firepit and hot tub are located in the middle of the ring of lodges.

Turpentine Creek

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

You won’t be the only one caroling this winter. The lions that call Turpentine Creek (239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, Arkansas) home join in the fun as they let out their guttural roars late into the night. It’s no wonder this after-hours serenade is called caroling. There’s something surprisingly soothing about drifting off to sleep as lions bellow into the night. So pack your bags, invite a few other love birds, and head out for an adventurous couples’ getaway. Be sure to book the Safari lodges. Each of these five cabins sleeps two people and is equipped with a queen-size bed, coffee maker and mini fridge and opens out onto a wooden patio with a firepit and a hot tub. These cozy lodges were built by hand by artists D. Arthur and Lisa Wilson so each one has its own African theme. There’s bamboo and jewel-tone décor in the Kalahari cabin, and the Okavango cabin is complete with many hues of calming blues. Once you’ve settled in, lace up your walking shoes and head out on a Midwest safari. With more than 450 acres and some 80 large cats to see, Turpentine Creek is the largest wildcat refuge in the region. Spend the day with coyotes, tigers, black bears, those caroling lions and one lovable grizzly bear that loves being the star of the show

Guests of Turpentine Creek enjoy seeing a variety of animals, including tigers, coyotes, black bears and lions.

Things to Love

Perfect For: Memorable couples’ weekend
The Best Part: You can get as close as 5 feet to some of the animals.
Nearby Fun: Warm up with some dinner at Local Flavor in Eureka Springs 
(71 S. Main St., Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 479-253-9522,
Don’t Forget to Pack: A good pair of walking shoes
Cost Per night: $150 including two admissions into the wildcat refuge 
Where to Find It: Just a short 7 miles from Eureka Springs along Highway 23
More Information: Visit or call 479-253-5841.

Get in the Holiday Spirit

As if the caroling lions weren’t enough to get you in the spirit of the holidays, Eureka Springs has plenty of events this December that will have you writing letters to Santa in no time. The weekend of December 13 is filled with Christmas cheer from the Eighth-Annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour to the Ozarks Chorale Christmas Concert. Visit and click on “Events” to learn more about all the festive fun that awaits. 

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