TripAdvisor announced their top 10 destinations in the U.S to view fall leaves and Eureka Springs is in the top five.
This Fall Season visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel and explore the hallways and experience lights out in the “morgue.” Some venture to this five story historic hotel with eagerness or skepticism, but we’ll let you be the judge of your own experience.
Nightly ghost tours lead groups through the halls and down to the morgue sharing the many stories that have famed why the Crescent has become America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Daily, visitors share their images of orbs or strange reflections in the pictures they take. On numerous accounts a visitor will take a picture of the hallway or staircase, then take another photo directly after which will have something odd that appears in the photo that the visitor can’t explain nor remembers seeing. Others share their stories of feeling some type of energy around them, a poke or feeling light headed. Now its your turn to visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel!
We’ve put together 2 popular ghostly hotel packages that will spark your interest.
*Tip:Weekends in the Fall Season sell out, so book a weekday stay over and actually save money on the pkg.
Stay 2 nights at the Crescent Hotel
2 Tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour
2 Tickets to the Spirits of the Basin Tour
2 Tickets to Flickering Tales (Available for Friday & Saturday stays.)
$324 plus tax Sunday-Thursday.
$480 plus tax Friday & Saturday. (Includes Flickering Tales)
1 night stay in a Premium Room
Breakfast for 2 in the Crystal Dining Room
2 Tickets to the Ghost Tour
1 Ghost Squeezie
1 Ghost Coffee Mug
2 Ghost T Shirts
$229 plus taxes and fees, Sunday-Thursday
$309 plus taxes and fees, Friday
*Saturday night only is based on availability.
According to an article published in Travel & Leisure Magazine written by Jim Becker, senior travelers visit this historic community of 2,000 -hidden away in the Arkansas Ozarks- for many reasons: “great ‘Main Street’ town”, a designated “Distinctive Destination” in America by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and the fact that it is truly a “resort village”. However, “active” seniors flock to enjoy this Extraordinary Escape as it pairs together interesting and enriching activities perfect for just two.
“Active seniors come to Eureka Springs in late summer not to sit in a rocker on one of our verandas and watch the clouds drift by,” explained Jack Moyer, general manager of two local historic hotels. “Rather they come here to race past the clouds while flying along on one of Arkansas’ largest zip lines with no waiting in line behind dozens and dozens of children. These are today’s seniors.”
Eureka Springs, in rebranding itself as the “Extraordinary Escape”, also made a real commitment to the outdoors. Blessed with its location between two rivers and three lakes and within an hour to the Buffalo River Region, visitors enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking and the newest trend of stand-up paddle boarding on its adjacent lakes -Beaver, Table Rock and Leatherwood- and fishing, floating and scenic hikes are often found at the area rivers -White, Kings and Buffalo. Eureka Springs also boasts an urban trail system through many of its parks and past its 63 springs locations. Some trails reveal a hidden staircase or earthen path that leads up to “the crown at the top of the town”, the famous Crescent Hotel. These simple strolls can turn a shopping sojourn into a challenging hiking experience just by turning a corner. Mountain bikers are discovering that many of these hiking trails second as a challenging mountain bike route. The authority site for a full listing of outdoor activities is www.EurekaSpringsOnline.com/outdoors.
Of course fall travel brings motorcyclists to the Ozarks. Riders never stop grinning once they have accepted the challenge of some of our local and area rides like the number one biker ride in the country, ‘The Pig Trail’ which is Arkansas Highway 23.” Great rides are profiled on EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com and ArkansasArtTrail.com and include easy day trips to such sites as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Buffalo River Region. Several Eureka hotels offer overnight covered and locked motorcycle parking with lodging.
Though active seniors may enjoy Eureka Springs’ thrills and excitement by day, it’s the relaxation and entertainment by night that make this destination stand alone as Arkansas’ premier resort destination. Offering more than 2,000 affordable guest rooms ready to embrace visitors as the sun begins to sink but not before enjoying live entertainment, diving into a great meal, or giving in to the well-trained hands of a massage therapist at one Eureka’s numerous spas.
Live entertainment found on the 21 & Fun entertainment listing or the professional shows including Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, or a Crescent Hotel ghost tour offer outstanding and truly unique evening performances. More than 100 area restaurants, including two dozen of the state’s finest, are located in Eureka Springs. Restaurant listings with local favorites may be found at EurekaSpringsRestaurant.com and area attractions are at ReserveEureka.com. Local spa massage professionals work hard to transform tired bodies into a relaxed state. Unique garden settings coupled with well-known national brands like Aveda and Bare Minerals offer patrons an exceptional and pleasant renewal experience.
Whether one refers to Eureka Springs as “The Little Switzerland of America” or “The Stair-Step Town” as Becker did or by the appellation adopted by the city, “The Extraordinary Escape”, it seems active seniors call it “the place to be” for a late summer vacation.
Kickoff Jazz Eureka with a Great Gatsby themed Lawn Party at the Crescent Hotel Fountain Garden on Thursday, September 10th from 7pm-10pm.
Grab your costumes, lawn chairs and dance away under the stars in the Crescent Fountain Garden with live music from “The Crescent City Combo” (6 man band, New Orleans style, along with brass band tunes and funk charts.)
–Cash Bar Available
–Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.
–Costumes also encouraged!
End the Weekend with a Crescent Jazz Sunday Brunch on 9/13/15. Live Music by Swing and a Miss from 11am-2pm. Brunch is $24.95 per person with complimentary champagne and served from 10am-2pm. Reservations recommended by calling: 479-253-9652
PLANNERS WHO BOOK A MID-WEEK MEETING IN AUGUST AT THE 1886 CRESCENT HOTEL & SPA OR THE 1905 BASIN PARK HOTEL, RECEIVES:
*Complimentary meeting room rental
*A complimentary ghost tour or flickering tales ghost stories
*One-Hour complimentary massage for the planner
The sound of families coming to Eureka Springs this summer is a familiar “roar”, not heard in this historic Arkansas Ozark village for the past few years. One of the main reasons for this recent influx is the addition of numerous new evening shows and family-friendly attractions that have added balance to an already bountiful entertainment offering.
“We are so excited about this summer here in Eureka,” stated Jack Moyer, hotel manager and past board chairman for the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. “Even with our summer season just a few days old we are already feeling the positive impact of these new shows and attractions.”
Moyer cited meaningful year-to-date growth in both occupancy and revenue at his two hotels, the Crescent and Basin Park. “And just from my personal observation, based on 20 years of Eureka experience, it seems as though day-trip crowds have grown by a guesstimated 20 percent,” he added.
Some of the new attractions for this summer include Arkansas’ biggest variety show, “Lovin’ Every Minute”, an eye-popping production of songs, dance, live band, The Great Passion PlayCirque-style acrobats and unbelievable special effects performed in the heart of historic downtown at The Aud; “Spirits of The Basin”, a new guided tour at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel that takes patrons from the edge of the roof to the chill of the dark limestone cave while being introduced to spirits of both the paranormal and liquid kind; a behind the scenes tour of The Great Passion Play’s multi-level, authentically-detailed sets provides a new and unique perspective on the monumental aspects of this grand production and Pig Trail Harley-Davison has expanded into the Eureka Springs market by opening the long-awaited Eureka Springs Harley-Davidson.
“The community has really stepped up and brought in attractions and shows that not only round out the family offering but provide balance to the menu of things to see and do for everyone who visits Eureka Springs,” added Moyer. “These man-made attractions coupled with our cornucopia of natural entertainment like the ‘big water’ of Beaver Lake, hiking and mountain bike trails through our forested hills and our celebrated motorcycle rides will keep vacationers happy and active for days.”Eureka Springs Ziplines
Other Eureka Springs attractions include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, the performance of The Great Passion Play, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, The New Moon Spa, Historic District Trolley Tours, Opera in the Ozarks, Belle of the Ozarks, downtown’s Spa1905, Crescent Hotel’s productions of “Flickering Tales” and “Not Really A Door”.
“Perhaps Eureka Springs had lost a little bit of its balance as a destination in the past few years, however with these new attractions added to the fact that Eureka Springs remains a unique mountain town, blessed with many artists and located between two major lakes and famous rivers, we are clearly back as an ‘extraordinary escape’… seven days a week… for all vacationers,” concluded Moyer.
Fleur Delicious Weekend is a Celebration of all the Senses: Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Touch in the historic village of Eureka Springs, AR. It is a French-themed weekend in which restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques, spas, and music venues participate with French inspired indulgences in Food, Wine, Spirits, Art, Entertainment and Luxe Galore. Everyone is welcome to participate in any way imaginable. For more information about Fleur Delicious Weekend, please visit FleurDeliciousWeekend.com
The Crescent Hotel will be participating in this festive weekend by offering French Champagne and a French themed food station during Sunday Brunch on July 12th in the Crystal Ballroom. Brunch is served from 11am to 2pm. Reservations Recommended by calling: 479-253-9652.
The Sky Bar Gourmet Pizzeria (on the 4th floor of the hotel) serving a unique cocktail each day during Fleur Delicious Weekend with Ciroc Vodkas. Open 11am-9pm.
May brings travelers to Eureka Springs, Arkansas with Great Weather, New Attractions Opening for the Season and Lodging Discounts!
Seniors traveling in May can find discounts on lodging, great dining and evening entertainment. The opening of The Great Passion Play on Friday, May 1st is complimented by the George Brothers Show opening in Pine Mountain Jamboree and the exciting introduction of Lovin’ Every Minute, a high production show certain to dazzle you with stunning technical effects and music ranging from jazz to classic rock to broadway! Cirque-style acrobatics and performed downtown Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm in the city auditorium.
Couples looking to venture on a quick getaway can enjoy good outdoor weather while walking the many trails around downtown Eureka Springs or at the city park, Lake Leatherwood. Lots of shopping, spa discount packages, and nightlife to choose from. “Phunkberry Music Festival” and outdoor festival in Eureka Springs is coming up May 7- May 10. Check out lineup and tickets here. Intrigue Theater is also another amazing show of Illusion and Mystery that will leave you guessing how they did it! Opening May 22 this season at Gavioli Theater. View more info.
Bikers love the winding roads leading towards Eureka Springs. Biker friendly hotels are designed to accommodate the riders with comfortable rooms and amenities, discounts on spa services or dining, and locked and covered parking. View Eureka Springs Ride Maps.
Love the Arts? Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts has it all from one of a kind Art Exhibits, Galleries, Artrageous Parade, Music in the park, White Street Walk, Made By Me Maker’s Fair, Books & Bloom and more! View all calendar of events here.
Eureka Springs Tells People “To GET OUT(side)!”
Within a twenty mile radius of Downtown, The greater Eureka Springs’ area offers convenient accessibility to a wealth of outdoor activities such as Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Kings River, White River, Thorncrown Chapel, Blue Springs Heritage Center, Black Bass Lake, Lake Leatherwood, the Hogscald and Big Clifty areas, plus Holiday Island. For even more activities within this area, there are numerous providers: scenic horseback riding stables, Starkey Park Marina, Beaver Dam Site Park, the 12,000-acre Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Madison County Game Refuge, War Eagle Mill, War Eagle Cavern, Onyx Cave, Cosmic Caverns, Roaring River State Park and Trout Hatchery, the Mark Twain National Forest with miles of ATV trails, Buffalo National River, Dogwood Canyon, Beaver Town, and the Pea Ridge National Military Park. All are examples of the excellent outdoor adventures waiting to be experienced, and all of these places are just a short drive away when anyone chooses “America’s Victorian Village” as their vacation hub.
Although many of these outdoor wonders are most accessible and enjoyable the year-round, many are at their peak during the months of spring. That is why the Eureka Springs Parks Commission and its friends from EurekaSpringsOnline have partnered together to call all outdoor enthusiasts to Eureka Springs on the last week of April and specifically Saturday, April 25 for Lake Leatherwood Day: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors and the Ozark Mountain Region. (see more details below)
Jack Moyer, general manager of the Crescent and Basin Park stated, “We are adamant supporters of Eureka Springs’ great outdoors. So, when we tell our guests and visitors to ‘Get out!’ we of course mean ‘Get outdoors!’ while they are visiting us here, encouraging them to enjoy all of the wonderful sights and activities with which our glorious surroundings are blessed.”
Enjoy a weekend full of outdoor fun in Eureka Springs!
Stay at the Crescent all week or just 1 night and SAVE 25% on any room of your choice, including breakfast for two. Then participate in the following outdoor activities at discount provided by the Crescent Hotel:
-10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)
-11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike. Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)
-Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center.)
Sunday, April 26th: Mountain Biking with Adventure Mountain Outfitters from the Crescent Hotel to Lake Leatherwood Park. For intermediate to advance riders. 1-2 hours. (Cost: $50 per person includes bike rental and guide)
Monday, April 27th: Horseback Riding with Dinner Bell Ranch (Cost $30, reduced from $35)
Tuesday, April 28th: Float Trip on the Kings River. 8 1/2 mile float trip with Kings River Outfitters. Includes shuttle, canoe for two, and necessities. (Cost:$60 for two, reduced from $75.)
View the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Outdoor Adventure Week Deal, Click Here.
View the 1905 Basin Park Hotel Outdoor Adventure Week Deal, Click Here.
Lake Leatherwood Day Celebration Weekend Activities Announced
The Eureka Springs Parks Department welcomes residents and visitors alike to enjoy the weekend long celebration being called Lake Leatherwood Day: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors and the Ozark Mountain Region, Saturday April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Activities scheduled for the celebration make up a large and varied list of fun family stuff to do, including:
10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)
11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike. Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)
Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center.)
Other outdoor offerings complimenting the city-owned spaces for the celebration are some of the most exciting outdoor venues unique to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA: