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 AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.

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 www.EurekaSpringsOnline.com/outdoors.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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

CALL TO BOOK:  800-903-4940

Eureka Springs is Roaring Back this Summer

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.

For complete travel ideas and information, one may go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com.
For attraction tickets and reservations, one may go to ReserveEureka.com.

Fleur Delicious Weekend

July 7th-12th 2015

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.

Eureka Springs Season in Full Swing

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.