To start, we got dressed up. We all wore black, except for Mackenzie, & I thought that made things a little more fun! People could tell we were celebrating everywhere we went, & kept congratulating Mackenzie & telling us how pretty we all looked.
Mackenzie's "Bride" sash was super simple to make. I just attached equal lengths of black ribbon & lace ribbon using hot glue. I glued on pre-cut black letters, then outlined them with gold glitter glue. To wear the sash, the bottom is fastened with a safety pin.
Left to right in the big photo is London, Aly, me, Mackenzie, Taryn, Justine, Tenley, & Sydney.
Fun fact: this is the exact moment when I first met Aly, who is standing next to me. Her flight (along with Justine) arrived just in time for them to run in & change before we left.
The train station had two cats that hung out with visitors in the lobby, & there was also a gift shop in the back. The workers were so sweet! It was getting ready to rain, so they offered to hold our umbrella inside the train station while we were at lunch. It started raining while we were on the train, & they ran it outside to us as we got off the train. So nice! One worker also came over to congratulate Mackenzie, & they discovered that her 30th wedding anniversary was the same day as Mackenzie's wedding! It was a fun coincidence.
Lunch options included:
Chicken salad with fruit
Beef stroganoff (I got this & felt it was mostly mushrooms)
Ham & turkey croissant
Grilled cheese croissant with tomato soup (I think this got the best reviews in our group!)
Egg salad with fresh fruit
Chicken strips (this says it's only for kids, but they let people in our group get it too!)
Dinner is available at a higher cost, & has different menu options. You can also ride on a non-dining car for a lower cost.
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There were three shops that I particularly loved. One, I didn't get pictures of, but actually bought things from on both of my trips downtown, Wednesday & Friday. Soap Stop & Body Shop had so many cute items, & great deals! They had a $30 basket where you could pick out about 8 or 10 items if I remember correctly, & I definitely would have gotten that if I didn't already have 90,000 bath bombs at home, because that is such a good deal. I did pick out a cotton candy bubbling bath salt for myself, & got a Unicorn Farts bath bomb as a prize for our game later that night. Plus I got gifts for a few friends. There are so many fun items & creative scents! Many of their products are also available at their Etsy shop.
At Bathe, pictured below, it's more about the experience. The shelves are filled with empty containers, because you choose your own fragrances & colors, & then they mix the products right in front of you. The second picture shows the scent bar, where you can smell their extensive collection of scents & attempt to mix your own. The workers were super helpful in suggesting their favorite blends, but I ended up creating my own: Egyptian musk & washed suede. It smells like a clean, masculine, cologne. I had this blend made into a linen spray, which is fantastic on our sheets! One spray is enough for the whole bed. Mackenzie made one of their cute little bath salt smoothies, which comes in a to-go style cup & has a loofah on top. Her's was a mixture of fruit scents & had pink coloring. The owner was so sweet, & tossed some rubber ducks in her bag & gave her purchase to her with no charge, saying it was an honor to give a gift to a bride! Their products are also available online, so you can try your hand at mixing scents!
The third shop, honestly, doesn't really have anything I'd normally want to buy. It's mostly dragon figurines & wolf t-shirts & things like that. But I go in for another great Eureka experience: The Eureka Springs working bunnies at East by West. These bunnies are trained to hand out change, receipts, & packages, & they are so cute to watch! This one's name was Gumbo, & he was massive. Go in & grab a postcard, if you can't find anything else - It's definitely worth seeing them at work!
Then we headed back to the rental house for the next part of our party!