I spent the first 25 years of my life in Iowa and enjoyed every minute of my childhood there; exploring the woods, the lake, the river and helping out on the farm. Opportunities led me to southern California for the next 25 years. While California has many sights and destinations to explore; I missed the green of the woods, the quiet of the lake and the beauty of the night skies.

In 1996, I happened upon Eureka Springs, Arkansas while visiting relatives in southern Missouri. I immediately fell in love with the town. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Eureka Springs offers historic homes with many walking trails through town featuring the beautiful gardens and running springs, an artist and craftsman community (which is right up my alley, as I love working on various crafts) offering unique gift shops, outdoor recreation with nearby Beaver Lake and White River, tourist attractions such as Onyx Cave, Christ of the Ozarks Statue, The Passion Play, and Thorncrown Chapel.

While on a visit in 2006, I had the opportunity to purchase The Rose of Sharon Cottage! My only set back to moving immediately to Eureka Springs was that my two boys, Eric and Scott, were in their teens and wanted to finish High School in Southern California. With property management help from my friends, Ray and Elise Dilfield who own the 1881 Crescent Cottage Inn on Spring Street, I was able to buy the Rose of Sharon Cottage and rent it as a Tourist Lodging.

In January of 2010, with both boys graduated from school and on their own, I made the move to Eureka Springs and the Rose of Sharon Cottage! I spent 2010 & 2011 renovating and decorating the cottage, still keeping it a tourist lodging. It gives me great pleasure to share my home and town with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I invite you to visit, as I look forward to meeting and making new friends!

Wishing you a wonderful stay,

Susie Allen