Even to first-time LGBT visitors, Eureka Springs has a deja vu quality that puts them instantly at ease. So, relax, exhale and fly the flag of your authentic self.

You're about to discover that this is, after all, familiar territory.

Our Domestic Partnership Registry is open to non-residents.

Signed by Eureka Springs city officials, DPR certificates (suitable for framing, of course!) provide public recognition of your committed relationship.

Stroll hand in hand in Eureka Springs while exploring art galleries, gourmet food shops, boutiques, sidewalk cafes, turn-of-the-century neighborhoods, pocket parks and urban trails.


Of course, some nightspots may seem exclusively gay on designated gay weekends, but in the alternate universe that is Eureka Springs, all our bars--and the crowds that pack them--are gay/straight friendly.

On Diversity Weekends, there's always a high-noon G-rated Public Display of Affection involving gay, straight--and sometimes clearly stunned--visitors and locals.

Rainbow boas, beads and balloons recommended.

Gay Capitol of the Ozarks

The first city in Arkansas to officially endorse same-sex marriage and the first and only city in the state with a Domestic Partnership Registry, Eureka Springs also the number one vacation destination in the Mid-South for out and proud LGBT travelers.

The antithesis of the redneck stereotype, our micro mecca has been a beyond-gay-friendly getaway for decades-- long before out was in. Here, one Gay Pride weekend won't do. So, Spring, Summer and Fall we also celebrate a trifecta of Diversity Weekends that attract thousands of gay and lesbian gaycationers.

A microcosm of San Francisco, we boast a disproportionately large gay population, dozens of gay-owned and gay-friendly B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, art galleries, shops, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes and vintage trolleys plying steep and narrow village streets.

For a weekend or a week, find out for yourself how easy it is to be Out In Eureka.

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Owner Calvin Clary put his love of interior design to work and created a clean contemporary space decorated with white leather furnishings, seventies inspired Italian lighting, and custom made window treatments.

Out & About

  • Eureka Springs has a queer affinity not only for LGBT visitors but for all manner of colorful characters, misfits, eccentrics and rugged individualists.

  • Major gay travel publications and websites have Eureka Springs on their gaydar. Here's a sampling:

  • Despite a state constitution that specifically prohibits same-sex unions, Eureka Springs became the first city in the state to officially endorse the idea by a vote of the city council Nov. 12, 2012.