Biker Vacation to Eureka Springs

This time of year here in the “hills-n-hollers” of The Ozarks you can hear the breeze whispering through the trees, the sweet lilt of native songbirds, the chattering of scurrying squirrels and off in the distance you can hear the iconic gentle rumbling of motorcycles as they travel to and from this Victorian village.  What you don’t hear are the “Wow!”s that resonate in the minds of each and every biker as LeanIntoEurekaSprings_300_7x5he or she leans into yet another thrilling curve, staples of the highways that surround Eureka Springs.

“Eureka Springs has been so blessed with a topography that seems as though it was designed just for motorcyclists,” said Bill Ott, former board chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “What some might call our twisty, curvy highways are like tracks of a rollercoaster to those who venture out on two or three wheels.  Our neck of the Arkansas Ozarks is a biker’s dream come true.”

One of the most popular motorcycle rides in the country is a stretch of Highway 23 that has gained the designation of Scenic Byway.  Its natural beauty and grand vistas that run along its shoulder makes it a pretty drive.  Its hairpin S-curves and numerous steep switchbacks makes “The Pig Trail” (aptly named due to its resemblance of the corkscrew tail of a native razorback hog) a pretty thrilling ride.Hwy_7_Harrison_motorcycles_l

Sitting atop The Pig Trail is Eureka Springs,” explained Ott.  “That is why local residents have mapped out five great rides that start and end in a place known for its hospitality and for taking care of weary travelers.  They even secured a website to make it easy for bikers to discover these rides for an exhilarating multi-day biker destination getaway.  That way it’s ride by day, relax by night in a resort community with great places where bikers can put down their kickstands and then kick back.”

The website, EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com, has put together a list of local lodging, dining, and attraction venues.  Ozark mountain resources, an events calendar and a chance for bikers to add their comments to a blog following their experiential excursion to the greater Eureka Springs area can also be found at this online site.  This is in addition to the well-mapped, and well-appointed five suggested mountain rides.

“Those five rides take you to or by some really awesome places,” Ott added.  “The first ride takes you into the Arkansas Grand Canyon and past the grazing elk near Boxley’s Lost Valley.  Ride ar126696298160718two takes you on The Pig Trail through Ozone and back through Withrow State Park.  Number three centers around water, taking riders over the Little Golden Gate Bridge and the dam that forms the popular Beaver Lake with the trout-filled White River just below.  The fourth ride is a sojourn to the Buffalo National River and across the famous Pruitt Bridge.  Ride number five travels north for about 10 miles into Missouri and its Roaring River State Park as well as Dogwood Canyon.  Each ride is both ‘outa sight’ and full of sights to see!”

Ott concluded, “As much as we want our friends on motorcycles to visit our area and have fun while they are here, we want even more for them to ride safely.  In fact, we want all of our visitors -no matter how many wheels they have under ‘em when they arrive here- when they return home to take with them nothing but lifetime memories that they can share again and again with family and friends.”

Crescent Hotel Biker Deal, click here.

 

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt

Enjoy a grand Easter Brunch served in the Crystal Ballroom with all the traditional fixings.  Egg hunt begins at 1pm on the Fountain Garden.
Time: 9am-2pm.  Reservations recommended by calling: 479-253-9652.

Easter Menu

Maple Glazed Petite Jean Ham

Butter Basted Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Salmon with Blood Orange Sauce and Balsamic Glaze

Wild Rice

 Twice Baked Potato

 Cheese Grits

 Carved Prime Rib

 Peas and Pearls Onions

 Vegetable Spring Medley

 Breakfast Frittata

 Sausage

 Biscuits & Gravy

 Homemade Salads

Peel and Eat Shrimp

Cheese Display

Chocolate Fountain

Breads

 

$27.95 per person – Reservations Required

Seating is from 9am to 2pm at this time

Champagne starts at 10am

Call 479 253 9652 for your reservation.

 

Spring Road Trip through Arkansas

Road Trip Renewal and Reconnect

Break the Blah and launch a Spring Road Trip through Arkansas. With Daffadills, Dogwoods and Redbuds blooming an Exploration along the Arkansas Art Trail, Headquartered from Eureka Springs is the perfect path to RENEWAL.  A stay at Arkansas’ Symbol of Hospitality, the 1886 Crescent Hotel shrinks your bucket list, while a call to a few friends to join you makes up for the time you couldn’t go along.

To plan on SAVING a bit of money by traveling Weekdays, here are Great Deals in April to make your 3 Day Renewal A Reality:

Reserve 2 nights at the Crescent Hotel and get the 3rd night for JUST $18.86  (breakfast included)  Check Availability.
OR
Reconnect with friends and rent a cottage in Crescent Park:
Crescent Cottages for 2 couples as LOW as $209 (reg. rate-$319)
OR for the Full Reunion “5 bedrooms” rent the Manor House for $299 (reg. rate-$499)

Valid on these dates: 4/1-4/3, 4/6-4/10, 4/20-4/24, 4/27-5/1.  Check Availability

What to Do During Your Visit to Eureka Springs:

Shop During the Day
Stroll down Main Street and explore unique shops, dine underground, have lunch, take a carriage ride, or explore the history with the Downtown Walking Tours. People watch in Basin Spring Park and see where the town was founded or see what life ??????????????????????was like in the 1900’s with a visit to the Historical Eureka Springs Museum and focus on the Springs of Eureka Springs.

Continue up to the Award Winning Spring Street and visit art galleries, boutiques and dine in local favorites that are open all year round. Whether you are shopping for your favorite pup, gourmet foods, or something to remember your trip by Downtown Eureka Springs offers spectacular shopping.  Don’t forget to we are a Spa Destination, so do your body some good and treat yourself right!

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Nightlife in Eureka Springs is unparalleled! Good times, good food, and good pubs! There are 21 bars in the downtown district and they offer something different at each one! There are casual and cool, loud and fun, and quiet cocktails. Whatever your mood you can find the perfect cocktail and dinner downtown. All the clubs are within walking distance and the taxi service stays open late to get you wherever you need to go!

No Visit to Eureka Springs is complete without time in Downtown Eureka Springs. www.eurekaspringsdowntown.com

Eureka Springs My Wellness Festival

Are we victims of our DNA?
Does the quality of the food we eat matter? Do all the foods we eat need to be organically grown?
What do we need to thrive?
How am I limiting myself?
How supportive is my self-talk?
What resources are available in my community?

The Eureka Springs My Wellness festival will be a day long event held at the Crescent Hotel on March 15th, 2014. Health and Wellness professionals from Eureka Springs and the surrounding areas will be discussing health topics with attendees and spreading their knowledge and wisdom.
Attendees will have the opportunity to actively participate in group discussions on a variety of health and wellness subjects including:
The benefits of eating organic
Alternative healing methods
Ways to achieve a healthy and balanced diet
How to start an organic garden
And much much more!

Join us for this special event. A healthy and local organic lunch will be served to all attendees!
Visit the website to sign up now! Tickets are $50, early bird sign up tickets are $40.
www.mywellnessfestival.com

 

Spring Break Trip Ideas

Warm Up To The Best Spring Break You Ever “Thaw”

Just when you thought the Winter Warlock would never leave town, he has.  Defrosted and ready to welcome students, families and couples ready for Spring Break is probably the most popular destination in the Arkansas Ozarks, Eureka Springs.  Not only is flora beginning to blossom but area attractions are opening up as well.

“We anticipate this to be our biggest Spring Break in decades,” stated Bill Ott. past chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “Folks in our market area have been held hostage in their  eureka springs multiple 2-smallhomes much too much this winter by cold, snow and ice.  Cabin fever is at epidemic level and Eureka Springs has the cure.”

“A huge portion of our fever-reducing Rx is the list of area attractions that reopen just in time for these marvelous weeks in March,” Ott explained.  “Everything from ghosts to big cats, from downtown tours to uptown illusions and everything in between will keep “spring breakers” well entertained while being just steps away from Mother Nature’s reawakened living room.”

A partial list of Eureka Springs attractions that will be open during Spring Break 2014 include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Eureka Ghost Tours at Basin Park Hotel, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, “Hell Raisers, Hoodlums & A Heated History” Walking Tour, Eureka Springs Downtown-N-Underground Tour, Intrigue Theater, and Pig Trail Kart N Golf.  A complete list of open attractions is available by calling the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce at 800-638-7352.

“Those ‘big kids’ who really want to unwind during their spring break visit here, will visit one of the many spas that dot the hillsides of this Photo by Purdy Art Co.stair-step town,” Ott continued.  “And when optimum relaxation is reached, interest turns to food.  For that, Eureka Springs boasts one of the greatest selections of quality restaurants in the state.”

Unfortunately, some in Arkansas and the surrounding states have had their spring breaks cut a day or two short this year because of make-up snow days.  This means many families will be looking for an exciting destination closer to home so valuable “break” time will not be lost to hours of driving.  Plus, “spring breakers” have said that Eureka Springs is a compact enough community that even a few days can be filled with a week full of activities.

“Our research shows that one of the most popular activities during Spring Break is simply exploring this historic, distinctive destination,” noted Ott.  “Just a few feet off of a busy downtown street will put EDITED cook family explore copyyou on a forested trail that will take you to hidden treasures of a town that time forgot.  Best of all, parents feel safe enough here to allow their older kids a chance to explore on their own when accompanied by a cell phone.”

With the compact spring break season, travelers to Eureka Springs are urged to make their lodging reservations far in advance.  Some attractions, spas and restaurants require advance reservations as well.

Ott encourages those with a Spring Break to celebrate, “Put away your snow boots and down parkas and slip on your walking shoes and windbreakers.  Let this recent frozen winter be a sad memory easily erased by the happy lifetime memories that can be accumulated this year in Eureka Springs.  It’ll be the best spring break you ever ‘thaw’.”

Valentine’s Getaway to Eureka Springs

One way not to miss Valentine’s Day is to Celebrate Early!

Travel to a mountaintop spa resort in Eureka Springs this Valentine’s. The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, has an early Valentines Weekend special just for you…
Stay 2 nights, enjoy a dinner for two in the Crystal Ballroom ($75) and experience our Sunday Brunch for two.
Starts at $275 plus tax. Valid Friday & Saturday, 1/31-2/1, 2/7 & 2/8.Check Availability.

The 1886 Steakhouse, inside the Crescent Hotel Crystal Ballroom, will be open for dinner Monday-Friday, 5pm-8pm.  A special Valentine’s Dinner will be served on the February 14th & 15th.  View the 1886 Steakhouse Valentines Day Menu here.  Reservations recommended: 479-253-5296

After dinner, be entertained with illusion and mystery during Intrigue Theater’s Valentines Weekend Show.  February 8th, 14th and 15th.

Intrigue Theater – An Illusionist and a Medium

This Victorian Show takes guests back to the Victorian era where they will witness a series of inexplicable mysteries performed by an Illusionist and A Medium.7:30 p.m. Doors to theater open

7:45 p.m. Pendulum Preshow
8 p.m. Show

General Seating $24.95.  Purchase Tickets here

Bring a little thrill during Valentine’s Weekend by soaring 200ft in the air with the Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs-OPEN Valentines Weekend! Visit the website: www.ziplineeurekasprings.com OR email for reservations at:  ozarkmountainziplines@gmail.com

 

If you have a sweet tooth, The 10th Annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival in Eureka Springs, is on Saturday, February 15th at the Inn of the Ozarks.

9am-3pm, Tickets $12 adult and $6 for children under 6. Purchase Tickets here.

 

9Saturday, February 15th, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center 
207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632.


Winter Things To Do In Eureka Springs

Couples often go on vacation to discover new things about a destination.  From April through November, they might visit Eureka Springs for the emerald green, forested Ozark hills of spring and summer or those same hills ablaze with fiery color in fall; playing on two area lakes or three magnificent rivers; or for some fun at man-made attractions unique to this village which has been recognized as one of America’s Distinctive Destinations.  But when winter comes, most couples escape to this extraordinary destination primarily for one three-letter word, spa.

Savvy winter travelers find that vacationing in Eureka Springs during these months offers them very attractive prices and packages.  Packages that not only include lodging but such mondo pampering services for individuals and couples as hot stone massages, duet massages, facials, and full body wraps that warm the body, mind and spirit.  Many add salon treatments to the regimen in order that their New Year’s “new look” resolution can become a reality.

Many of the more than the dozen or so professionally-operated spa facilities in Eureka Springs also offer such unique services as aromatherapy, body scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, self-heating mud treatments, plus the most popular Swedish and deep-tissue massages.  A complete list of local spas and services can be found at eurekaspringsspa.com.

For Winter Things to Do in Eureka Springs one might be interested in the following activities:

Ozark Mountain Music Festival-January 24th-26th

Indie Film Fest-January 23rd-25th

Arkansas Art Trail

Attractions

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge -Open Everyday 9am-5pm

Keels Creek Winery-Open Wed-Sun, Noon -5pm

Fresh Harvest-Open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Ghost Tours-Open Everyday, nightly tours starting at 8pm

Eureka Van Tours-2pm tours by appointment

Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour-Open Everyday at 11am

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art-Open Everyday except Tuesday.

Flickering Tales-Friday & Saturday, 11pm

Not Really A Door-Friday & Saturday, 10pm

Caves

Cosmic Caverns-Open Sat/Sun 9am-5pm.  After February 8th, 11am tours during the weekdays

Onyx Cave

Horse Back Riding

Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort-Open by appointment

Bear Mountain Riding Stables-Open everyday, rides from 10am-2:30pm

Outdoors & Other Things To Do

Eagle Watching Tours-January thru February 23, tours leave at 3pm by appointment

Hike The Springs

Photo Tours

Lake Leatherwood Hiking Trails

Birding

Black Bass Lake Trail

Shopping

Art Galleries

Pea Ridge National Military Park-Open Everyday 8:30am-4pm

Roaring River State Park

Hobbs State Park

For more information, one should go to eurekaspringsonline.com.

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