When I was a little girl, I knew where I wanted to retire. I’m fairly certain I had no idea what retirement actually meant, but I did think it was where you got to live when you were an adult, and I knew where that was: Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was, and is, gorgeous. A unique collection of Victorian houses and buildings all built into the bluff sides and mountain terrain. For a little girl, the town was like a collection of life size dollhouses, each distinctive and gorgeous in its own right. Today, its a favorite getaway, a gorgeous ride, and at the very least an annual travel locale.
The town is quite literally built into the mountain terrain, so many of the buildings have street level entrances on multiple floors, there are no ninety degree angle intersections because the streets run with the hillsides, and there are long staircases intermittently throughout town for pedestrians, thus its nickname The Stairstep Town.