Ozark Mountain Music Festival

 Eureka Springs, Arkansas

January 24/25/26

13 Acts/3 Days

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January might be a little chilly outside, but it is not too cold for the First Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival to be held INDOORS at the Basin Park Hotel on the last weekend of January.

Touted as Eureka Springs’ next great festival, the Ozark Mountain Music Festival will focus around Bluegrass/Indie Folk with a festival lineup that includes multiple stages and lively music all day long, just indoors. Jack Moyer, Manager of the Basin Park since 1996 commented,  “The Basin Park Hotel has always been at the edge of all great music start ups from the Eureka Springs Blues Festival, New Years Eve with Jimmy Thackery,  Eureka Springs Mardi Gras, The Cate Brothers,  Chris Duarte or when the “the Band” reunited to play a ten-year reunion show in the Barefoot Ballroom.  We are excited to host this ‘next great thing’ with the start of the Ozark Mountain Music Festival to which we expect will be an annual event for many years to come.”  Moyer went on to say a key to establishing the event will be both in providing great music on multiple stages,  using regional talent whose genre is mixed with Bluegrass, Rock and Folk and inventing a path where the festival style atmosphere makes the Basin Park Hotel abuzz with activity while attendees enjoy all access passes, overnight at the hotel and a have an atmosphere that encourages eating, drinking and dancing in one central location, an indoor festival grounds per se.

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival will begin Friday, January 24th at 6PM and will continue with at least 11 acts until Sunday’s Bloody Mary Morning Show.  Passes will be affordable and will feature regional favorites HonkySuckle, 3Penny Acre, National Park Radio,  and SxRex as well as other acts contacted and to be announced soon.

Ozark Mountain Music Festival Room Packages:

Friday 1 Night OzMoMu Package (1/24)
1 night stay at the Basin Park Hotel
2 Passes on Friday only
Breakfast for Two

$119-$194. Valid 1/2.  Check Availability. 

Saturday 1 Night OzMoMu Package

1 night stay at the Crescent Hotel
2 Festival Passes for Saturday
Complimentary Shuttle service between hotels

$169-$349. Valid Saturday, 1/25.  Check Availability.

3 Day Festival All Access Passes are $45 per person.  BUY HERE.

Friday ONLY Day Passes are $15 per person.  BUY HERE.

For further information call 877-643-4972.

Schedule Includes:

Friday, 1/24

6PM  Barefoot Ballroom – 3 Penny Acre
8PM
 Ozark Room –  Wink

10 Pm Barefoot Ballroom  - Honky Suckle

Saturday, 1/25
Balcony – Hogscalders

2PM Ozark Room —   Pearl Brick
4PM
 Ozark Room — Tyrannosaurus Chicken

6 PM Barefoot Ballroom – SxRex
8 PM
 Ozark Room  –   Ben Miller Band
10 PM  Ballroom  -
 National Park Radio
MIDNIGHT JAM – Ron Landis and Chuck

Sunday, 1/26
NOON- Bloody Mary Morning Show Ozark Rooms — Handmade Moments

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Ghost Hunt in January

AMATEUR GHOST HUNTERS GATHER IN EUREKA SPRINGS

At last count, there are currently 49 regularly scheduled television shows being broadcast each week across the country that deal with ghosts and/or the paranor1235963_766501886712789_1509974153_nmal.  As good as these shows may be, to the ghost devotee sitting at home and watching, this is passive, second-hand paranormal investigation at best.  However, the weekend of January 3-5, 2014, ghost hunting becomes active, first-hand and personal here at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa during the annual ESP Weekend.

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekend returns to the Crescent for the third consecutive year allowing those “everyday citizens” who have hunted or would love to hunt for ghosts and pursue those entities in a place they have seen often on television.  This year, the ESP event will again feature an expertly-guided, behind-the-scenes quest for evidence in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, a very “active” location with unique stories of its own.ch & bph

“With the inclusion of the Basin Park Hotel into our investigation, it will make ESP Weekend one of the largest ghost hunts in the country,” said Keith Scales, director of Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours.  “This huge, history-making, three-day, hands-on investigation puts the tools of a paranormal investigator into the hands of our participants but is only part of this much anticipated weekend.

“We are also including an introduction to ghost hunting and training at nearbyIntrigue Theater, an up-close look at the Crescent Hotel during a special ghost tour, and unprecedented 970377_644400075594942_660437743_n24-hour access to known highly-active spaces such as rooms 218, 419, 3500 and ‘the morgue’.”

One of the most popular aspects of the past two ESP weekends was the expert assistance and advice from renowned professional paranormal investigator Larry Flaxman.  This year Flaxman will be leading the ghost hunt in both the Crescent on Saturday night and the add-on Basin Park investigation on Sunday night.

“The Basin Park Hotel hunt should prove to be the most hair-raising ghost hunt Larry (Flaxman) has ever led,” added Scales.  “Hotel management is not allowing any overnight guests at the Basin Park on that Sunday night.  There will no guests, no staff, and no electricity.  The hotel will be closed, vacant and dark to generate the best possible setting for close encounters of the ghostly kind.”

The full ESP Weekend Experience includes a welcome reception, an Intrigue Theater production plus ghost hunter training, a ghost tour, a Crescent ghost hunt led by Flaxman, an “all access pass” for 24-hour unfettered access of the entire hotel, room accommodations for two nights, in-house food credits, gifts and more, plus the opportunity to add on the Stay-over Sunday which features the history-making “closed, vacant and dark” Sunday night exclusive ghost hunt and investigation of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel also led by Larry Flaxman.

For more information and reservations for the 2014 Eureka Springs’ Paranormal (ESP) Weekend, one may go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com or check availability on packages here:

2 Night ESP Weekend Package, click here.

1 Night ESP Weekend Package, click here.

 

New Years Eve Celebration

New Years Eve Chef Showcase Dinner-December 31st, 2013
Enjoy a celebration of food, champagne and wine as you ring in the New Year. Dinner served from 7pm-11pm with live entertainment by Swing and a Miss.  Music continues from 11pm-12:30am with Swing and a Miss along with a guest appearance from Intrigue Theater who will do some close up illusion.
Time: 7pm.  Reservations recommended by calling: 479-253-9652

Christmas at the Crescent

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“Christmas At The Crescent” Has

Become Eureka Springs Tradition

 Christmas time at this 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 and Spa’s week longCHF_8859 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 7 through December 13 here at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

            “When we first started this annual event 13 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, wonderful decorations, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time.  So much so, it encouraged us to expand our holiday decorations at the property and build up events during this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”

            One such community-wide event is the Lighting of the Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m.  More than 30 trees willDSC_0030 adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

            “Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

            Also on Saturday Night from 3 – 8 PM, the Crescent Hotel will participate in the annual Preservation Tour of Homes by opening up the iconic Manor house of Lookout Cottages Estate.  The Preservation Tour of Homes, often attended by over 2,000 visitor helps to fund preservation efforts around Eureka Springs including last year’s benefactor, Crescent Spring.

            Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 8 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights areDSC_0095 a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

            Each weekday, the hotel’s activity department creates a festive to do, while at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open its doors for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.

            For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing adaptation of “A ChristmasPhoto by Purdy Art Co. Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast.  This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 10th in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended since seating is limited.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.

            Thursday night, December 12th  will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.  A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” isPhoto by Purdy Art Co. planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state.  Reservations are not required.

             “One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to expand Christmas lighting throughout the town as well as make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas festival,” added Moyer.esxmasparade

            Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, Preservation Tour of Homes and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.

                        “The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said.  “Starting with Christmas parade Friday December 6th and continuing through Christmas at the Crescent and the Sweet Treats Christmas Tour the first two weeks of December are filled with holiday spirit and events.  So many in fact this two-week celebration is now known as the ‘EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival’.”

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information on “Christmas at The Crescent”, one should go to ChristmasattheCrescent.com.

 

Holiday Season in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs Offering “WOW!” This Holiday Season

Are the gifts you buy for your loved ones every year kind of like a plate full of chocolate chip cookies?  Sweet.  Tasty.  Nice… but nothing “WOW!”  That can all change this year when holiday shoppers 484152_550898464923607_1894183831_nsojourn over to Eureka Springs.  There they will find “WOW” (“Wonderland Of Wonderful”) gifts.  Dozens of eclectic shops and galleries are this Victorian village’s trademark.  Inside these twinkling shops and galleries holiday shoppers will actually find those one-of-a-kind gifts.  The kind of gifts that will have the recipients audibly saying “WOW!” after the wrapping paper has been frenetically ripped away.

When shopping in this Dickensian setting, holiday visitors will find themselves actually smiling, enjoying the execution of this required annual task.  Many will chuckle upon realizing that the humming of a tune about Santa Claus coming to town is escaping from behind their smile   This is the pre-Christmas 12-4-10 069experience being offered unassuming holiday celebrants once they have arrived in Eureka Springs, the authentic holiday town.

“If we hear one thing repeated by those who holiday shop in Eureka Springs is that it is fun and authentic holiday shopping experience,” said Amanda Haley, board member for the Eureka Springs Main Street Program (ESDN).  “What organizations like ESDN, the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, and others do is to then work hard to embellish these three magical Christmas shopping weekends with festive, experiential activities and events.

“During these weekends, visiting shoppers might find themselves passing a ‘living window’ or nibbling on a hot S’more while the sounds of Christmas carols surround them in the park.  They can also couple their holiday excitement with a spa-like time of relaxation for what we locals are calling jubilee rejuvenation in one of America’s Distinctive Destinations.”

For those who enjoy the words, “I’m just looking.” there are two special events just for them.  Spectators line the streets early for a good view of The Ozarks’ most festive holiday parade the evening OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAof December 5.  Sponsored by Arvest Bank, this multi-unit spectacle in motion brightly winds its way along Eureka’s historic loop from the Carnegie Library through downtown past Basin Spring Park.  The other “observers only” occasion is the next day on December 6.  The Eureka Springs Preservation Society’s “Holiday Tour of Homes” each year welcomes more than 2,000 sets of eyes to see not only beautiful turn-of-the-century homes but homes gaily decorated.

“Many people can spend one of these three holiday weekends adrift somewhere in a concrete city circling a shopping center or big-box store looking for a parking place only to feel like, once inside, a sardine in a sea of humanity,” noted Haley.  “Here in Eureka our ‘seafood’ is served as an entree, not herded into a never-ending check-out line.

“Visitors complete their Eureka holi-day weekend relaxed, not frazzled, which makes that seafood or steak served in one of our highly-acclaimed, non-chain restaurants even more pleasurable.  Only one thing left to do, travel a block or two and sleep in a bed turned down ‘just for you’ waiting for those dancing sugar plums to appear.”

It is said when you add up all the shops and galleries of downtown, uptown and outlying areas, this nineteenth century Ozark hamlet festooned in its holiday finery, boasts more than 100 retail 481837_550895701590550_1277496998_nbusinesses.  “And none are more than a few steps, a few minutes away one from the others,” Haley explained, “with no fear of getting ‘mall’ed!”

To pluck just one from “the 100” to serve as an example of what shoppers can expect when holiday shopping in Eureka Springs: Iris At Basin Park, located downtown at 8 Spring Street, adjacent to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  This typically eclectic Eureka Springs combination art gallery/gift shop features the work of about 150 American artists, many local.  Some of their art is wearable, hangable, has a utility or is just fun to display in that special focal point in a home or office.  A wide variety of items in a full range of prices allow shoppers with any size budget to come away with a treasure to wrap up and place under the tree; guaranteed to produce a “WOW!”

For more information about ways to enjoy Eureka Springs these three special weekends of the holiday season, one should go to Eureka Springs’ shops and galleries, ESDN Christmas Events, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber’s Calendar of Events, Christmas At The Crescent, or simply go to EurekaSprings.com.

 

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Thanksgiving Day Buffet begins at 11am and continues until 3pm, with dining in The Crystal Ballroom and The Crescent Conservatory.

Reservations are Recommended 479-253-9652

Menu

Oven Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Pork Loin

Holiday Glazed Ham

Carved Roast Beef

 

Green Bean Casserole

Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Holiday Corn

Seasoned Whipped Potatoes & Giblet Gravy

Peel & Eat Shrimp

Fruit Display

Cheese Display

Assorted Chef Made Salads

Rolls & Butter

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

Assorted Cakes

Chocolate Fountain with goodies to dip

Champagne Served from 11am to 3pm

$27.95 for Adults – Children 5-12 years old $12.95

*Our in-house guests will be able to enjoy a light Continental Breakfast from 8am to 11am in the Skybar, located on the 4th floor.

*The Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza will be open from 11am for beverage service only until 6pm, then there will be food service from 6pm to 8pm.

Halloween Night Event

Special Intrigue Performance & Halloween Night Seance at America’s Most Haunted Hotel!

 

2nd Annual Halloween Séance at the Crescent Hotel presented by Intrigue Theater’s Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay.  Once again they will try to reach across to “the other side” but instead of Houdini, this year’s target will be a former guest, patient and/or student utilizing artifacts from the hotel’s colorful 127-year history. The evening will also feature some grand new experiments seen for the first time that evening: hypnosis and mind reading performed on members of the audience.

Click here for Tickets to this Exclusive Event!

What the Spirit of Harry Houdini revealed to Eureka Springs.

Last year Intrigue Theater and the America’s Most Haunted Hotel produced a series of events to celebrate the Spirit of Harry Houdini.  It began when Sean-Paul the Illusionist re-enacted one of Houdini’s most famous escapes – He hung upside down  in a straight jacket from the roof of the Crescent hotel.  Two weeks later he was handcuffed and crammed into a 65 gallon galvanized steel milk can that was filled with water.  In less than 2 minutes he had freed himself, but in reality it was a very close call.Sean-Paul the Illusionist performing Houdini Stunt

Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926 – but before he died –  he promised his wife Bess – if he could – he would give her a sign from the other side.  Every year since Houdini’s death –  all across the country -magicians and fans of the escape artist  have gathered on Halloween night – to see if Harry would make good on his promise.

Last year, Sean-Paul’s’  Two Houdini Style stunts helped set the stage for the big event on Halloween Night.  Sean-Paul and his INTRIGUING partner – Juliana Fay – conducted a Houdini Séance in the Crystal Ballroom of Crescent – America’s most Haunted Hotel.   They believed that the Crescent Hotel would be as good a place as any to get a response from Harry.

“Harry was a no show”, says Sean-Paul, “but we did get a response of some kind, regarding the number 218″  immediately when the number 218 was revealed on a chalk board – people in the room jumped up and believed that it was a sign not from Houdini but from Michael a worker that helped build the Crescent but fell to his death in what became room 218.

Seance in the Crescent Hotel on Halloween night

Almost 200 people packed into the ballroom on Halloween of 2012

This year the Crescent has invited Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay back on Halloween night for another attempt.  This time Harry will not be the target but rather the residence of the Crescent.  This year will be especially interesting as this is the year  the Crescent has worked very hard to restore the old morgue in the basement and in doing so has found some artifacts that might be useful during a séance.  The items include several room keys that date back to the first time the building was used as a Hotel, as well as a front desk bell.  Also to be featured on Halloween night is a funeral Log (from the Cancer Hospital era) which will be brought  to the event on Halloween night.  No-one, including Sean-Paul and Juliane will be able to see it before that time.

The evening will also feature some brand new experiments tohoudini seance Intrigue Theater and will be seen for the first time that evening.   Sean-Paul will really push the human potential with some incredible hypnosis performed on members of the audience.   Juliana Fay has recently tried to break through to see furthur into the minds of those in the audience.

 ”and when it sells out – there will be no more tickets sold.”

Finally, the biggest problem of the event last Halloween was that the room was packed and it was difficult for many people to see.   This year to keep that from happening again the Crescent is doing two things: first there will be a smaller number of tickets sold to the event, and when it sells out – there will be no more tickets sold.  Also – the room will be structured differently so that everyone will be closer to the activity.   Regardless of what happens on Oct 31st – it is hard to imagine  a more perfect way to spend Halloween night than a Intrigue Theater séance at America’s most Haunted Hotel.

Click here for Tickets to this Exclusive Event!

Grand Re-Opening of the MORGUE

Throughout the decades, members of Historic Hotels of America have celebrated re-openings of such hotel facilities as their restaurant, lounge, spa, etc., but only one HHA member has ever made plans to re-open their “morgue”.  Now, just in time for Halloween, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, will celebrate the re-opening of its “morgue” throughout the month of October.

“Our morgue is one of those historic infamies that has made us famous in the world of the paranormal and those interested in that world,” said Bill Ott, the hotel’s director of marketing and communications.  “It wasn’t part of the original business plan of the Eureka Springs Improvement Company who built this mountaintop spa resort more than 125 years ago, it just turned out that way.”

The history of the Crescent includes years when it was something other than a hotel.  For example, from 1908 to 1934 the hotel -in the non-summer months- was used as The Crescent College & Conservatory for Young Women.  The depression caused the college and the hotel to close its doors but in 1934.  However, thanks to “the man from Muscatine”, the Crescent re-swung her doors open to much fanfare in 1937.

smallIn July of 1937, an established nemesis of the American Medical Association, Norman Baker of Muscatine Iowa, began his boldest undertaking of his greedy, imaginative career: The Baker Cancer Curing Hospital, “Where Sick Folks Get Well”, located in a familiar five-story limestone structure that sat high in The Ozark Mountains above a community known the world over for its miraculous stories of healing.  No longer did guests come to this building for vacation lodging.  Instead, for the next three years, it would be patients who would come to this one-time resort for a “promised” cure from their debilitating cancer only to find pain, suffering, loss of life savings, and often loss of life.  These were the unkept promises of a charlatan in saint’s clothing.

“It is the sad years and sad tales of the Baker Hospital that are the genesis of the Crescent Hotel’s morgue,” Ott explained.  “It was in the morgue where Baker used his large walk-in Morgue_Baker'sAutopsyTable_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_10x7cooler to store cadavers and body parts, and his autopsy table more for studying the cancers removed from patients in an effort to discover ‘what went wrong’ when a patient died hoping to stumble upon a cure.  Both of these gruesome artifacts remain intact as do the stories -and some would say the patients- that surround them.”

From the time of Baker’s arrest in late 1939 on charges of mail fraud followed by his conviction in January 1940, the Crescent’s morgue would sit dormant being used only for some storage by the parade of hotel owners and operators from 1946 to 1997.  A Crescent Hotel renaissance began 1997 when Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the property.  They invested the time, love and dollars to return “The Grand Ol’ Lady of The Ozarks” to her nineteenth century grandeur.

“Prior to the Roenigks’ purchase, hotel owners would often hear reports of paranormal activity but put the kibosh on the public repeating of these stories thinking it would hurt occupancy.  The Roenigks took the attitude that if ghosts were a part of the history of this historic hotel, why shouldn’t those stories be told,” Ott noted, “and the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours were born.”

Morgue_Entranceway_MiniTheater_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_10x7“The ghost tours, which have grown exponentially over the past 16 years thanks to exposure on national television programs and in national publications, have always included the morgue,” continued Jack Moyer, hotel’s general manager since 1997, “but until recently that space has had a dual purpose: maintenance area by day, eerie morgue by night.  But now, maintenance has been removed and the morgue readied for thrilling new discoveries by curious ghost tour patrons.”

The enhancement of the focal point of “America’s most haunted hotel” includes placards and photos -dramatically illuminated- telling the Morgue_Locker_FullBodyApparitionSite_TAPS_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_7x10Baker story; inclusion of a wheelchair from the Baker Hospital as well as other medical artifacts from that era; the addition of a micro-theatre; and easier access to the walk-in cooler, autopsy table and the locker made famous by The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) in a Syfy Network “Ghost Hunters” feature episode.  For it was in front of the “2” emblazoned locker that TAPS captured a full-bodied apparition on their thermal imaging camera, something they called “the holy grail of ghost hunting”.

“With the grand re-opening of our ‘morgue’,” Moyer concluded, “our guests and ghost tour patrons will have a brand-new experience in a grand ol’ Historic Hotel of America.”

For more information regarding the morgue and other paranormal facts surrounding the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, one should go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com.

A Eureka Springs Motorcycle Adventure

TWO-WHEELS, TWO-REASONS, TWO SEASONS:

A EUREKA SPRINGS MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE

All over the “lower 48”, men and woman who love their motorcycles are marking days off of their calendars as they count down to when they will pull on their leathers, fire mergedup their bikes and start their adventurous ride to the Arkansas Ozarks and one of “America’s Distinctive Destinations”, Eureka Springs.  The reasons are two-fold and it all centers on “pork” …The Pig Trail and Bikes Blues & BBQ.

               The Pig Trail is a not-so-straight ribbon of asphalt; in fact, the ribbon that looks like someone has scraped it across the edge of a scissor blade.  It stretches, for all practical and awesome purposes, from Interstate 40 near Ozark (AR) north along State Highway 23 to Eureka Springs, the gateway to northwest Arkansas.  This 80-mile route is universally praised in motorcycle magazines, on biker websites, and even by The Discovery Channel for being one of the best in America.  For example, MotorycleRoads.com has elevated the Pig Trail to the number eight position in their most recent “top 100” poll.  BikerBudz.com gives it a “highly recommend” while Motorcycle-USA.com refers to it as “my new favorite ride”.  The Discovery Channel has given the Pig Trail its highest mark yet: number two in the nation.

The official National Scenic Byways’ 19-mile portion of the Pig Trail starts as you enter the Ozark National Forest from the south and ends near Brashears (AR) as top-10-motorcycle-rides-2-pig-trail-625x450you exit the national forest to the north.  This route, which crosses both the Mulberry and the White rivers, has so many S-curves that motorcyclists are forced to make dozens of ultra-quick right-to-left-to-right and back again leans; perfect first-gear switchbacks.  But riders should not think the challenge of the ride is limited to “the forest”.  It starts once you exit Interstate 40 heading north and doesn’t end until you put down your kickstand for the night in Eureka Springs.

“The Scenic Byways section of the Pig Trail may be like the most thrilling point in a roller coaster ride,” one biker explained, “but like a roller coaster, the runs on either side (11 miles to the south; 50 miles to the north) are pretty exciting too.  For me, every year between late August and the Hunter’s Moon is when I enjoy the full 80-mile ride.  ‘Cuz if you’re gonna ride the Pig Trail, ya gotta go whole hog.”

“The highway going up to Eureka Springs and all those around that town,” he continued, “are one exhilarating rush.  I hub out of Eureka, a funky, biker-friendly basinmountain town with lots of places to stay, lots of places to play.  I’ll spend four or five days searching out new Ozark roads with new crazy curves and new breathtaking sights.  It’s like a rally every day.  Plus Eureka’s only about 45 minutes from Fayetteville and the ‘triple-B’, Bikes Blues & BBQ.”

For Bikes Blues & BBQ the aforementioned “whole hog” is dressed, seasoned, grilled till tender, slathered with sauce, and then served up razorback-style when more than 400,000 bikers converge on Fayetteville (AR) for the four fabulous days of this event in September.  This year this awesome fall festival goes from September 18th through the 21st.

“One of the best parts of Bikes Blues & BBQ,” a biker from Central Texas, who has not missed any one of the previous 13 annual events, proudly stated, “is that you 1aNWbikes4colCOLOR_t610don’t just get a festival, you get the Pig Trail and all of its Ozark side-roads.  Me and my group like to arrive a couple days early or stay a couple days late to make sure we have plenty of time for day rides to and around Eureka on their fantastically freaky yellow-striped trails.  We only wish we had routes like this back in Texas.”

To make it easy for those who attend Bikes Blues & BBQ to find new, thrilling nearby routes, both the event and Eureka Springs have online sites for maps and directions: http://www.bikesbluesandbbq.org/rally-info/maps-directions/ and http://www.eurekaspringsmotorcycleroutes.com/ .

If you are unable to attend the “triple-B event” do not despair, because “does Mother Nature have a deal for you” in October and often through early November!  imagesThere is no more lovely autumn color than the reds, oranges, golds and violets of the Ozarks when fall falls.  To help you with perfect timing, the State of Arkansas, beginning in September each year, has a “fall color updates” page on their very popular Arkansas.com website.

And speaking of the State of Arkansas, their Department of Parks & Tourism has developed a short movie that will whet your appetite and make you hungry for a motorcycle vacation to “The Natural State”.  It just so happens that a local motorcycle enthusiast who is also the Mayor of Eureka Springs, Morris Pate, narrates the movie.  His narration begins with him and his 2001 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic parked in front of the “Little Golden Gate Bridge” just a few minutes west from downtown Eureka.

“The Beaver Bridge is a landmark that must not be missed,” bragged Mayor Pate.  “This beautiful old wooden suspension bridge was built in 1949 and is 554 feet long, only 11 feet wide and has been painted a bright yellow.  Because it is so narrow, traffic can only move one way at a time across the span.  So hold your breath and grip tight, this is one bumpy and thrilling ride on two wheels.

So whether you ride the Ozarks in late summer, late fall or anytime in between, you will be glad you did.  “No matter how many other motorcycle routes you’ve been on,” concluded our Texas biker, “once you’ve conquered the Pig Trail and its web of side-roads, you’ll be happier than a hog in slop.”

Special packages just for bikers can be found at numerous web sites, such as EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRoutes.com and Arkansas.com/deals-coupons.

End of Summer Getaway & Events in Eureka Springs

School is back in but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the end of summer fun and weather!  A big parimagest of the Eureka Springs getaway are the roads and pass that brings you here.  Set in the heart of Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is a Mountaintop Spa Destination preserved from 4 lane highway development by winding roads and scenic vistas.   Here is what you can enjoy and experience in September: 

Outdoor Fun

Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Ziplining, Horseback Riding, Swimming and Boating all can be accessed in and around Eureka Springs.  Click here to learn more.

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Are you a thrill seeker, want to be spooked? Experience nightly ghost tours at the historic Crescent or Basin Park Hotels, listen to Ozark Mountain Ghost Stories told around a campfire, or be amazed by the wonders of Illusion at Intrigue Theater.

Historic Tours

One of the best ways to learn about Eureka Springs is visiting our Historical Museum right along Main St. in the downtown area or see it for yourself by taking a Eureka Springs Van Tour, Downtown Walking Tours, Tram or Trolley Tours.  Into nature and beauty, visit one of our many Natural Springs, by driving or walking along Spring St. where many are located in our historic downtown area.

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Of course there is always something for everyone to do and enjoy in Eureka Springs.  Learn of our many year round attractions, click hereBUY your Attractions Tickets ALL in one place, click here.

 

Upcoming Events in Eureka Springs, AR for September:

Crescent Classic Rally: 9/4-9/8   photo

Antique Automobile Festival: 9/6-9/8  Hundreds of vintage classics compete for prizes and trophies.  Parade on Saturday, 9/7 at 11am with the 1922 Bank Robbery Re-enactment directly after the parade.

Woodcarvers Jamboree: 9/8-9/9 at Pine Mountain Village from 10am-5pm.  Demonstrations of woodworking craft, items for sale, and peoples choice for best of show.

Scooting the Ozarks: 9/11-9/14 This event is open to all scooter riders, from mopeds to maxi’s and two strokes to four strokes.  

Jazz Weekend: 9/13-9/15 free music in basin spring park each afternoon from noon until 6pm and a Jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra performs live in the Auditorium on Saturday at 7:30pm.

 Bikes Blues & BBQ: 9/20-9/22  Bikes, Blues, & BBQ is the nation’s largest charitable motorcycle rally located in Fayetteville, Ar.  Many bikers and motorcycle Photo by Purdy Art Co.enthusiasts travel up to Eureka Springs, 45 min away, to enjoy the open road and the downtown atmosphere during the event weekend.

 FUN After 5 in Basin Park-9/27  FREE event in Basin Spring Park from 5pm-7pm. 

Eurekapalooza: 9/28 Outdoor Festival at Lake Leatherwood City Park.  This family-friendly event features 2 stages of non-stop entertainment, an exciting Kid Zone, great food, vendors, and games in the beautiful setting of Lake Leatherwood City Park. Proceeds benefit Clear Spring School.

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