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To Our Valued Guests:
I am writing on behalf of the entire Crescent and Basin Park Hotel’s family to assure you that the health and safety of our team members, guests and community remains our top priority. As the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is having a greater impact in the United States, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the virus. Because this is a rapidly-evolving situation, we feel it is important to reach out to you about the steps we are taking across our properties to help keep you, our team members and our community safe and healthy.
As part of our commitment to your health and well-being, we are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation with regular updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
For Your Protection and in compliance with the Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson the hotel has taken the following precautions to lessen risks.
Steps include but are not limited to:
o Increased cleaning of the public areas, hard surfaces and bathrooms
o Stay over service to the guest room has been temporarily suspended
o The SkyBar Gourmet Pizza menu will be available from 12-8 on a to-go basis
o The SkyBar Gourmet Pizza Dining and Bar has been temporarily closed
o Tram Service and Non-Guests have been restricted from entering the hotel
o CH Breakfast will be available through Room Service or on a To Go Basis
o Resort Activities have been discontinued and the Resort Fee waived
o The New Moon Spa is closed until further notice
o Ghost Tours have been discontinued and room 3500 reserved for guest viewing
o Guests are asked to not congregate in the lobby or halls. Please leave appropriate Social Distancing (4-6 ft) from an unrelated party.
o Check-ins ques should be limited to one person others can wait on one of the porches.
o Staff has been instructed to honor the safe salutation strategy
o To stay updated on changes to hours of operation please visit Crescentresortpass.com
I personally have spoken and demonstrated expectations on increasing our cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection frequency above our already high standards. .Our teams in all of our properties conduct rigorous cleaning of all guest and meeting rooms and all public and back-of-house spaces several times throughout the day. Further, we follow exhaustive cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection protocols that meet or exceed extensive industry guidelines. These protocols, which assist with illness prevention, include:
We will continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the CDC, other health agencies or as directed by the Office of the Governor.
In the meantime, should you have personal concerns related to your health or travel that might warrant a modification to your travel plans there will be no cost to cancel or change your reservation or ticket. If you secured your reservation through a third party (Expedia, Booking.com, etc) you will need to cancel through that booking agent.
We value each guest that honors us with a visit to our destination, and we look forward to serving your upon your next visit to Eureka Springs and our properties.
Executive Vice President
Announcing “SHRED Eureka Springs”: A Spring Food, Wine & Adventure Festival
(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Shred is not only a way to mountain bike but also an attitude of appreciating the good things in life. This spring, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and its partners present “SHRED Eureka Springs”, a nine-day festival, March 27 thru April 4, in this exciting Arkansas Ozark village with SHRED being an acronym for SIP HIKE RIDE EAT DANCE.
It all gets underway Friday evening of weekend one with The Mighty Pines jamming at the Kickoff DANCE Party in Basin Spring Park located in the center of Eureka Springs Entertainment District. This party, benefiting the Buffalo River conservation efforts, will feature the music of the Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu) and will run from 6 o’clock until 8. Also happening that evening, just steps from the park, is the performance of noted Southern Rock singer/songwriter Charlie Daniels in The Aud, the historic municipal auditorium.
This first weekend continues on Saturday with a SIP: a welcoming wine tasting produced in concert with the Basin Park Hotel’s “Chef’s Table”. This event features an opportunity to enjoy up to 30 wines expertly selected by Central Distributors, and Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits. The award-winning wines of the Ozark area will be presented by Keels Creek Winery and Post Familie Winery. Each table will be staffed with an expert to share the wine. The music of Eureka Swings will accompany the event. SIP also offers a VIP option with a unique opportunity to enjoy an exclusive tasting from the Roenigk Wine Cellar Reserves.
That next day, Sunday SHRED activities move to the Crescent Hotel. The East Lawn will be the site for an EAT event: the Sunday Chef Showcase Brunch featuring al fresco seating in the manicured garden of this historic mountaintop spa resort. Five guest chefs will present a tasty brunch. Also included is a Bloody Mary bar featuring locally sourced Bloody Mary Mundi Sauce ensuring a zesty flavoring for this popular brunch beverage. Music of the Honey Collective will fill the air. The brunch will be available for $29.95 with discounts available for overnight guests.
SHRED activities through the week will involve hiking, biking and community. The mornings of Monday through Thursday get underway at the downtown Eureka Springs Coffee House with a Wake-up/Meet-up event scheduled daily at 9 a.m. During the day, each day has a community event that begins at 10 a.m. and guided by either CC Riders or Outdoor Adventures for Women. Each event is just a little bit different from the rest, but each is a whole lot exciting. Monday features a guided mountain biking RIDE at Lake Leatherwood City Park and an evening gathering at the Eureka Springs Brewery for a SIP of local craft beers. Tuesday at 10 a.m. attendees will meet up at the coffeehouse to HIKE to and around Black Bass Lake gathering afterwards to hatchet throw at the Crescent’s Frisco Sporting Club and meet up for tap takeover that night in the SkyBar Gourmet Pizza. Wednesday sees another RIDE event as attendees traverse over the variety of Great Passion Play mountain biking trails. Later, SIP takes the spotlight at the scheduled community meet up at Brews. Thursday is a big day for HIKE: an exploration to the Buffalo River National Park Region and Sweden Creek Falls, one of Arkansas’ tallest waterfalls. Later that day, attendees will enjoy some live music and a whisky SIP in Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar.
SHRED’s second weekend sees the RIDE ramp up. On Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. is the Center Street Bike Party. Guests can roam up and down Eureka Springs’ Entertainment District between Jack Rabbett’s and Chelsea’s Corner Bar. Center Street will be closed for Lone Star Action Sports who, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., will stage a jaw-dropping, free to the public, stunt performance featuring trick mountain bikers and extreme skateboarders. The street party continues with live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. will come from the Food Truck Festival at the corner of Center and East Mountain streets. The street party leaves time that evening for those wanting to attend the performance of Grammy Award-winning rock band America in The Aud. Saturday is SHRED’s RIDE pièce de résistance. Mountain bikers will enjoy free shuttles at Eureka Springs Mountain as you shred the downhill. The new Lake Leatherwood Downhill, designed by Rock Solid, has already gained national notoriety as a signature piece of the Oz Trails System.
Those who will be experiencing the “SHRED Eureka Springs” festival form a new community of friends: those who love the outdoors and all the activities of Eureka Springs region. As a welcome and as a thank you, festival attendees in this inaugural year are being offered a “Community of Friends” special lodging promotional rate. Both, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel are featuring a promotional rate of $55 per night any day Sunday through Thursday during festival week. Book Now.
For details on “SHRED Eureka Springs” go to https://shredeurekasprings.com. Tickets for SIP (Wine Tasting), DANCE (Opening Night Party), EAT (Chef Showcase) or Room Discounts are now available online.
This goes out to all mothers of kids who will soon be Spring Breaking: this year win the title of “Cool Mom”. How? Bring those children to Eureka Springs’ premier resort hotel: the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. Here are some reasons why:
Your day might start out by the just the two of you enjoying morning coffee on your balcony deck, with the quiet surroundings and mountain views. Kick up your feet and take in the beauty of the Ozark Mountain hillside. Many guests choose to enjoy sitting around the hotel lobby by the fireplace with a good book to read.
Ready for some active adventure? Grab your camera and step out the front doors to the Crescent trailhead and explore the wooded in town trails. The quiet surroundings and hilly trails give you that exhilaration in the crisp cool winter days. Deer frequent the trails of Eureka Springs so make sure to have your camera ready and if you enjoy architecture the trails lead you right along some of Eureka Springs prominent historic homes which makes it a fun sight to see and photo op.
Afternoon Resort Activities
A little fun in Winter Wonderland
Stay active and take the best selfie in our Winter Wonderland! The Lifetime Memories skating rink is still open for the season and a great place to hangout fireside and sip on hot chocolate. The perfect way to enjoy those chilly winter days.
If you worked up an appetite enjoy a menu of culinary delights from our Crystal Dining Room or head up to the SkyBar for a delicious pizza and craft beer, the view is amazing. Seeking a little more adventure, take the Crescent Ghost Tour and dive into the unsettling years when the hotel was a cancer hospital and why there was a morgue.
Whatever you end up doing, remember winter is time to slow down, so just be together and enjoy the solitude without all the crowds at the Crescent Hotel.
The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is all about tradition. One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas At The Crescent Celebration was the “growing” of the “Christmas Forest”, an effort to raise money for local and area charities. In the past 11 years this forest has now harvested $43,483 in local area charitable contributions, that’s more than $3,900 per year.
“This town, this region, this state have provided such a wonderful environment for our hotel’s success, it is only right that we, the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, always give something back. It is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” said Jack Moyer, executive vice president and general manager of both properties. “It was a win-win proposition. We had our mountaintop covered in lighted Christmas trees beautifully decorated by local citizens and employees which created a magical setting through which couples and families could stroll and be immersed in the holiday spirit of decoration and giving. And, it gave those who enjoyed the forest an opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas’ with donations to a charity whose tree they liked the best.”
“The concept is quite simple,” Moyer explained. “On or about Thanksgiving each year, we purchase, plus have donated, around 30 or more real evergreen trees. The hotel places them on our property adorning each with lights. Charities then come in, usually represented in part by one or more of our employees, and decorate their tree as festively as possible. And what an amazing job they do each year. The trees are absolutely gorgeous.
“We illuminate the Christmas Forest on the first Saturday night in December. From that day thru December 31, those who come to the forest and wish to ‘vote’ for their favorite tree do so by dropping in the ‘ballot box’ one dollar for each vote they would like to cast. On New Year’s Day, the votes are counted. Each charity gets all of their ‘votes’ plus the Crescent kicks in cash prizes for the top three vote getters, $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and an honorable mention donation of $25 to all of the other charities. Shortly thereafter the stripped trees are donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they become ‘cat toys’ for their big cats.”
Those charities that took top honors this year are Imagination Library in first place, Granny Fund in second place, and Eureka Springs Library in third place.
“Twenty-eight other charities received honorable mention recognition,” said Mary Howze, the hotel’s activities director. “They include Project Self Esteem, Doggie Shop-Good Shepherd Humane Society, Heifer International, Turpentine Creek, Main Street Downtown Network, Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs School of Arts, Clear Spring School, Loaves & Fishes, Preservation Society, Flint Street Food Bank, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, People Helping People, Autism Speaks, Jeremiah House, Nature Conservancy, Eureka Springs Farmers Market, Unconditional Love Pet Rescue, Spay Arkansas, Shriner’s Hospital, Dyslexia, The Purple Flower, Pay It Forward, Children’s Advocacy Center, Women’s Foundation, I’m Dreaming of an Ornery Christmas, Cup of Love Ministry, and American Diabetes Association.”
“This was yet another record year for donations,” Moyer concluded. “With all of the votes added to our additional cash prizes, local area charities netted a 2019 Christmas present of $5,233. Ya see, sometimes money really does grow on trees.”
Ice Skating Returns to the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
Once again this year, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa will be offering ice skating beginning January 1, 2020, 5PM-8PM.
“A little part of us had hoped for colder temperatures to help us with our rink,” stated Jack Moyer, hotel executive vice president and general manager, “but Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated. With that said, we are well on our way and with incoming low temps we expect to open the New Year with a Skate Party. Assuming the temps allow us to establish ‘hard ice’ we will be welcoming skaters on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the season. ‘Eureka Springs Night’ is every Tuesday.”
Regular Season Skating hours:
Thursday: Broom Ball @ 5PM & Free Skate @ 6:30PM
Friday: Weekend Kickoff Party & Learn To Skate
Saturday: Winter Wonderland Party
Sunday: Open Skate
Skating admission is $5 for adults. Children five and under skate free when accompanied by an adult. Skates are available for rent in a good variety of sizes
A new addition this year are the curling lanes. “I am sure you have seen this strange but fun event during the winter Olympics,” Moyer noted, “and now you can try your hand at this ‘shuffleboard on ice’.”
Since all skate days are dependent on the weather conditions, those interested in visiting the Crescent Hotel for ice skating are encouraged to check rink status -open or closed- at crescenthotel.com. The hotel is located at 75 Prospect Avenue on Eureka Springs’ Upper Historic Loop.
Every year, the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa plans out of a week full of fun and holiday experiences during their “Christmas at The Christmas”, December 7-13. This year is wonderfully exceptional.
On that Saturday, you arrive in this Ozark village called Eureka Springs in time to take the Preservation Society’s “Christmas Tour of Homes”. That evening you’ll stumble across the hotel’s Christmas Forest Tree Lighting Ceremony where 30 trees, each decorated by local charity, come alive illuminating this spa resorts mountaintop acreage.
Sunday morning you might opt to unwind with a little Yoga Flow prior to your visit to the Crystal Dining Room for Santa’s Brunch. This feast, hosted by Santa himself, welcomes you to sit in his lap for a photo op between trips to the scrumptious holiday buffet. Afterwards, hear the true story behind the hotel’s recent archeological dig unfold during the “Proof of Our Success” presentation. Eureka Springs’ downtown shops are ready for Christmas shopping, too and are only a hotel shuttle van ride away.
The holiday weekends in Eureka are full, but this week at the Crescent sees the list of experiential activities full and fun like holiday concerts at lunchtime from area schools, wine tastings, craft beer tastings, Christmas craft classes, hatchet throwing, walking tours, and such. Relive history on Thursday when you are invited learn how to create a baked holiday treat from the old Crescent girls’ college cookbook. Remember, the hotel shuttle remains on-ready to take you to and fro downtown for even more shopping each and every day.
Weekday evenings are event-full as well. Hotel mysteries are told in the fireplace-lit lobby on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Added on Wednesday is the “Christmas Community Dinner”, served family-style- in the Crystal Dining Room. And you become part of a “live studio audience” as the Five & Dime Players take the stage in the Conservatory for the presentation of their annual holiday radio show on Thursday and Friday nights.
It comes down to this, Eureka Springs is one great Christmas getaway and this Historic Hotel of America, clothed in brilliant holiday decorations, is its festive epicenter. If you come for the weekend or a few days during the week, you will not be disappointed during “Christmas at The Crescent”.
Continue the holiday spirit thru December with the Eureka Springs Christmas Festival.
The ‘Most Haunted Hotel in America‘ Was Once a Crooked Cancer “The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. Over the years, many guests have reported ghost sightings and other paranormal activity, a fact that was known to Marty and Elise Roenigk when they bought the hotel in 1997. As a result, the Roenigks hired two certified mediums to do a reading of the building. The mediums found that the hotel showed signs of being a portal “to the other side,” as in a “dimension that holds the spirits of the dead” and can be accessed by those “on the same frequency” as ghosts.
“Does this haunted hotel have a portal to the other side? But just why is a supposed portal to the other side located inside a hotel?
“According to legend, in 1937, radio personality and inventor Norman G. Baker bought the building and housed a hospital. There, he treated cancer patients despite lacking any training and, as a result, many allegedly people died. The apparent “portal” in the Crescent Hotel is located on top of what used to be the morgue of that hospital.
“Since then, many guests have booked a stay at the haunted hotel and have experienced many classic signs that a place is haunted. People have reported seeing the ghosts of Baker’s patients as well as that of Morris, a beloved cat that used to live in the hotel and is buried behind it. Because of these sightings, as well as the findings of the mediums hired by the Roenigks, the Crescent Hotel hosts ghost tours every night for guests who want to brave staying overnight in one of the country’s haunted hotels.” (end of MSN release)
And this Halloween night, attendees to a seance might be able to communicate with those on that other side. For on the heels of last year’s amazing and hair-raising séance, internationally-recognized illusionist and medium, Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay, return to the Crystal Ballroom of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa located here in an effort to connect with the ghostly spirits that visit the rooms and roam the hallways of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay will lay out the personalities that are believed to reside in the haunted hotel and will begin the séance with paranormal experiments involving members of the audience. This year’s séance will utilize many of the medical specimen jars extricated from Norman Baker’s “bottle grave” uncovered during a formal archeological dig on the hotel property earlier this year. Baker owned and operated the hotel as a cancer curing hospital in the late 1930s. Some of the glass containers clearly show fleshy remains.
The night will crescendo with the entire audience taking out their pendulums and/or their favorite ghost hunting apps as the couple engages the haunting spirits of this Historic Hotel of America with a custom crafted spiritual encounter just for the night. One goal is to connect with those whose flesh has been sealed in some of the recovered bottles.
Regarding last year’s Crescent Hotel Halloween séance, Sean-Paul said, “The results of the Crescent séance from last year were beyond what we were expecting, and we are excited to see what will happen this year!”
For decades upon decades the stories of “the Baker years” at the 1886 Crescent Hotel have been told. With no living eyewitnesses to these stories, they were mere legend. It wasn’t until earlier this year that actual proof of these stories was literally uncovered when the Arkansas Archeological Survey team carefully uncovered the secret bottle grave of the Crescent’s most infamous resident owner, Norman Baker.
Also unearthed, it seems, was additional paranormal activity further validating this historic resort, located atop the Arkansas Ozarks, as “America’s most haunted hotel”. This ghostly moniker has now been chiseled into granite… or more accurately stated: limestone, the predominate rock formations of Crescent Mountain.
Baker, a charlatan from Muscatine IA, owned the hotel in the late 1930s when he operated the structure as a cancer hospital where promises of a cure filled the hotel with suffering victims of the disease. His bottles contained a) several of his “curing” potions, despite the fact that no one was ever cured; and b) fleshy medical specimens extracted from his patients, despite the fact that Baker was not a doctor. Also found was an identifiable section of one of his promotional movies, a find that the archeologists said was like finding Baker’s business card.
“We had heard the stories. We had read the promises of Baker’s promotional material. We had even seen his poster where he proudly displayed his bottled cures and bottled tumors extricated from his patients,” explained Jack Moyer, hotel vice president and general manager, “but it wasn’t until more than 500 bottles from the northwest corner of our 15 acres were excavated during a formal archeological dig, did we actually get to see these antique bottles of macabre proof.”
Added proof of these bottles’ authenticity came during an interview with two ladies, Genevieve Bowman and Dorothy Bridgeman, who once served the hotel as waitpersons while in high school. Each, upon seeing them again, remembers the bottles as those they saw during excursions to the hotel’s basement area that was Baker’s morgue. It was in the morgue where these bottle were stored in a displayed manner.
The legend now proven has spawned such often re-experienced paranormal encounters as children being seen huddled under the morgue’s autopsy table pleading for help; the reoccurrence of a Baker patient who also served as a hospital assistant being seen in and around Room 419, better known as Theodora’s room; the early morning, loud squeaking of wheels in the third floor corridor accompanied by sightings of a nurse pushing a corpse-laden gurney down the hallway only to see it vanish into thin air; and the numerous “conversations” with former patients by way of responses via an EMF (electromagnetic field) ghost meter during paranormal investigations.
The interest in the paranormal aspect of the Crescent Hotel has drawn more than 15 national and international television production companies to visit this Historic Hotel of America and air ghostly episodes on the hotel. Two such notable programs are the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and the Syfy channel’s “Ghost Hunters”. With the airing of each episode, ghost aficionados flock to Eureka Springs to see firsthand the hotel and now its bottle find. “Our numbers are growing exponentially,” Moyer added.
The best of the unearthed bottles is now back on display in the Crescent’s morgue. Both the morgue, complete with autopsy table, and a walk-in cooler where Baker stored cadavers and body parts are open for public viewing as part of the hotel’s nightly ghost tour. Even the burial site, the archeological dig locale, has been preserved and is open for viewing during the hotel’s VIP Ghost Tour.
To add to the enhanced paranormal interest during the month of October, hotel guests will also be able to take part in such extra resort offerings as “Flickering Tales”, a campfire circle where Ozark ghost stories are told under a nighttime sky; and a private paranormal panel entitled “Ghost Tour Guides: Their Inside Stories”, a forum where veteran Crescent Hotel ghost guides tell of their personal hair-raising encounters while touring the “Grand Ol’ Lady of The Ozarks”.
For more information, go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com.