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Friday, May 24, 2013

Romance in Real Life

Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas


This week, I went to a friend from college’s wedding in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and it was one of those romance novel moments in real life. He got married in a lovely glass chapel in the middle of the woods on a gorgeous sunny evening. They had red roses and petals sprinkled over the tables, and the reception was partially by candlelight. The DJ even flirted with the best man. But, most of all, the bride and groom were obviously very much in love. Oh, and the groom’s cake was shaped like an open book. On one side, it read, “Once upon a time...” and on the other, it said, “. . .They lived happily ever after.”

And then, the hotel we stayed at, Grand Central Hotel, was beautiful. From the antique furniture to the lace curtains, from the layout of the suite, it felt like we were guests in a lovely old home that could have housed a number of romantic scenes. Here are some pictures from the hotel. Out of respect for my friend, I’m not including pictures from the wedding itself; otherwise, I’d show off the chapel.

Living room in a suite at the Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Living room in a suite at the Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The dining room in the Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The piano in the dining room of the Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The dining room in the Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

In all the chaos and craziness of life, seeing real life places and moments that could come straight out of a book is enchanting and thrilling. Do you have any experiences like that? What was it?

7 comments:

  1. We've spent nights in a couple of historic hotels in San Antonio. Also, at a former sanatorium now hotel in Albuquerque. All were outstanding in the way they had painstakingly appointed the hotels, searching out relics from times past to make the details near perfect. One of our occasions was Christmas, and St. Anthony's, circa 1909, decorated as if it were that time period. It was delightful.

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    1. That sounds delightful! I've heard some of the San Antonio hotels are haunted too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I love the photos, Laura. It's like stepping back in time. I've visited a few cities that have that feel, (Berlin, Maryland is one that comes to mind) and have been in several historical homes that made me feel like I was whisked away to another century.

    What an enchanted wedding and an enchanted hotel! Congrats to your friend. Glad you had such a great time!

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    1. Thanks. I'd love to visit some of those places. I once was in Ireland, County Kerry, for a month and saw some old castles and beautiful countryside, but I didn't get to stay in anything truly historic. Something for a future visit, I suppose.

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  3. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. What a lovely experience. I love the photos. It looks like something out of the past.

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