Christmas at the Crescent Week

December 3rd-11th 2015

Christmastime at the Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa’s week long schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent.”  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 3rd through December 11th which is part of the full Eureka Springs Preservation Society’s Christmas Festival in town.

View the Christmas at the Crescent Week long events, click here.

View the Eureka Springs Preservation Society’s Christmas Festival calendar, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Feast

Join Us this Thanksgiving at the Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.

We will be serving a Thanksgiving Breakfast in the Conservatory from 8am-10am. $9.95 per person. Menu:

Fresh cooked Frittata, Sausage Links, Sliced Ham, Breakfast potatoes, Cheese Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits & Gravy, Fresh cut Fruit Medley, Assorted Breads and Pastries with Local Jams, Jellies and Condiments

Our Thanksgiving Feast in the Crystal Ballroom will be from 11am-4pm. $27.95 per person. Menu:

Chef’s Features and Carving Board Creations~

Oven Roasted Prime Rib with Mushroom Demi Glace and Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Smoked Pit Ham with Pineapple Chutney

Slow Roasted Turkey, House Recipe Savory Dressing and Cranberry Sauce

 Spinach and Onion Stuffed Salmon Over Wild Rice Pilaf

 Traditional Sides~

Green Bean Casserole, Candied Yams, Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Giblet Gravy,

 Locally Grown Harvest Celebrations~

Autumn Squash Sauté, Fall vegetable Pot Pie, Vegetarian Five Spice Acorn Squash Soup, Leafy Greens Salads,  Assorted Fresh Salads, Domestic Cheese Display & Peel and Eat Shrimp

 “Way Over the Top” Sweets and Treats~

Pecan, Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Pies with freshly whipped topping,

Signature Sunday Brunch Chocolate Fountain with bountiful Dipping Display White            Chocolate Bread Pudding with vanilla bean and Hand Dipped Ice Cream Cascading Fruit   Display

*Must make Thanksgiving reservations in advance. 479-253-5296

November unveils hidden treasures in Eureka Springs

Fallen Colors Herald “Discovery Days” In Eureka Springs…eureka springs

When Mother Nature’s critically acclaimed performance of changing leaves of green to gold, crimson, burgundy, tangerine and all colors of the autumnal spectrum has concluded and the leaves like her curtain have fallen, in Eureka Springs the show is not over.  For here, in the midst of the Arkansas Ozarks, this iconic historic village unveils her “discovery days”.  For when this cavalcade of color drifts down from its hardwood canopy, the hidden hillsides expose a whole new level of charm, architecture and mystery.  Easily said, there is much more to see with no leaves on a tree.

“Being a town that was literally nearly totally built in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, the vast majority of our homes and buildings are more than a century old,” stated Jack Moyer, a historic architecture buff.  “As a general manager of two historic hotels, one that is 110 years old the other 129, architectural style and design of the era are easy to fall in love with.

“But most of our homes and buildings were constructed in a time when basically our two mountains were clear cut.  This means that our new, century old tree stand has hidden these structures even though most are located just a block or so off the main downtown streets.  So as the leaves fall, these interesting structures begin to magically pop out for public view.

Moyer further explained that Eureka Springs’ historic downtown area is crisscrossed with urban trails.  “Our trails are easy to get toeureka springs and easy to traverse.  For throughout the years, many of Eureka’s original horse and foot traffic pathways have remained unpaved.  This has produced an instant myriad of interesting trails along limestone bluffs, and past century-old homes and buildings not often seen.  Numerous foundations of buildings long gone can also be discovered along these pedestrian routes over ‘hills-n-hollers’.”

Moyer wanted to emphasize that most are casual trails -easy to moderate- perfect for everyday hikers.  This profusion of routes will lead ramblers up the “hill” where the iconic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa sits and down to the downtown “holler” that features shops, galleries, restaurants and bistros.  Challenging to difficult trails lead more aggressive hikers to still-eureka springsoperational WPA projects like the dam at Black Bass Lake and a similar structure at Lake Leatherwood which includes a waterfall.

In conclusion Moyer said, “One more thing that only the astute traveler takes note of is the fact that the beautiful, colorful leaves that once hung from tree limbs can still be seen but now they are on the ground, many maintaining their color for weeks once grounded.  That is why during our discovery days, days that last well into late November, we encourage our visitors to enjoy not only our hidden architectural treasures but also our fallen colors that are always accompanied by fallen room rates.”

For more information on things to do and fallen room rates, go to

Unexplained Happenings at America’s Most Haunted Hotel

When Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the Crescent Hotel in 1997, they inherited a confused association with the paranormal and what seemed to be a hundred years worth of ghost stories. At that time, years before the TAPS Team of the popular SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters program paid a visit to this Historic Hotel of America, many hotel owners might have hesitated to publicize the fact that their establishment was haunted, but the Roegniks were interested and decided to take a different approach.

That path was to restore the hotel as a destination spa resort but also purs442b0ee4afc877c2f630c55ed542b041ue what many had claimed: the 1886 Crescent Hotel was America’s Most Haunted Hotel. A key part of that early pursuit included Mr. Roenigk pursuing and hiring two certified mediums, Ken Fugate and Carroll Heath, both of San Francisco CA natives, to “read” the building. Their findings, plus the startling number of repeated sightings that had been recorded over the decades, became the basis of what has become the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. It is only now, however, that one of the most compelling discoveries from that initial reading has become ever so clear.

Jack Moyer, hotel general manager for the Roenigk Era, recounted, “I clearly remember Carroll Heath stating that he had discovered a portal to ‘the other side’ for those who are on the same ‘frequency’.” Moyer, a skeptic at the time, laughed and continued, “I remember asking myself ‘what were we thinking’ trying to explore this unexplained world. But after more than a decade of working around the paranormal, I now assuredly recognize how many people truly connect to the spirits here at the Crescent. And there is a new and specific reason why.”

Moyer’s reason is the fact that after 18 years he has been confronted with the realm of a chilling coincidence that caused the original portal discovery to resurface. It started with dialogue involving Moyer and current hotel ghost tour manager Keith Scales.americas most haunted hotel

“Keith came to me to share a concern about a phenomenon that had been reoccurring on his nightly tours,” Moyer explained. “That phenomenon included multiple guests who had grown faint, with a few passing out briefly, at the same tour stop with no reasonable explanation. Then Scales described the location and it was the area that had been indentified as a portal more than a decade ago by Heath.”

“Scales then took me to the place and pinpointed the portal phenomenon as happening just outside the hotel’s ‘annex’ entrance, exactly where Heath had identified the location of his portal years ago,” Moyer disclosed.

This phenomenon has guests suddenly turning pale, falling against and then sliding down the wall in a faint. Although the loss of consciousness does not last very long and complete recovery is immediate, it tends to further substantiate the hotel’s legendary supernatural connection to the paranormal.

Moyer went on to say, “What made that moment most chilling was when Keith and I realized that this portal was directly above the ‘morgue’ located in the bottom level of the hotel.”

Now in its seventeenth year, the ghost tour of the 1886 Crescent Hotel continues to increase in popularity. Paranormal evidence in the form of personal experiences, orb sightings and other anomalous photography keeps coming in, oftentimes on the tours themselves lending credence to the ghostly legend.

“That legend continues to grow as yet another phenomenon is recognized, one that occurs crescent hotel morguewith uncanny frequency about every couple of weeks or so,” Scales added. “What makes it legendary is that seems to rise up in a vertical plane from the notorious Norman Baker’s morgue.” (It should be noted that Norman Baker from Muscatine IA purchased the hotel in 1937 and operated it as a “cancer curing” hospital until late 1939 when he was arrested for mail fraud.)

Scales was quick to point out the Crescent Hotel is super-cautious about accepting events as supernatural. He stated that 95 percent of reported paranormal phenomena can be explained by normal means but there is always a residue, maybe five percent of experiences, that defy explanation, “We don’t know why some people have a tendency to faint at this particular place, we only know that they do at the place where activity of various kinds has been reported over decades.   ”

Both Moyer and Scales agree that the most curious fact is that this event has never been known to occur anywhere else on the tour except at this one, specific location, a location that sits directly above the infamous morgue.

“Whether there are portals to other realities here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel or not, no one can say, confirm, nor deny,” Moyer concluded. “It’s all part of the mysterious, unexplained happenings of America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”

Other paranormal encounters and photographed images may be found at

Haunted Room Specials

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.

Paranormal Pair
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)
Check Availability.


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Share a hotel with “guests who checked out but never left.” America’s Most Haunted Hotel is waiting for you.

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.
Check Availability.


Late Summer: The Season for Active Seniors To Vacation in Eureka Springs

  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.senior ziplines

“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 system89acb8096bae20df92548ab2453a850e 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

Of course fall travel brings motorcyclists to the Ozarks.  Riders never stop grinning once they eureka springs motorcycle rideshave 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 and 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 eureka springs senioroutstanding 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 and area attractions are at  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.

Gatsby-Style Jazz Lawn Party-9/10

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.)

–$10 per person/purchase at door or online (includes entertainment & light snacks)

–Cash Bar Available

–Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

–Costumes also encouraged!

Buy Tickets, Click Here.

View Full Jazz Eureka Schedule

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

Plan a Retreat Meeting to Eureka Springs

Thinking about strategic plans for next year?

Retreat to Eureka Springs in August and add in a complimentary team building activity.


*Complimentary meeting room rental
*A complimentary ghost tour or flickering tales ghost stories
*One-Hour complimentary massage for the planner

CALL TO BOOK:  800-903-4940