Haunting Ghost Experiences Revealed

Every night of the year, dozens of different people wind their way down the hallways and open, serpentine staircases of the five-story 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  Final destination: the hotel’s  “morgue”.  They just know they are strolling amidst what some would say are hundreds of spirits who still frequent this Historic Hotel of America located here atop Crescent Mountain.  Each tour patron is eager to see something, feel something, smell something that they would categorize as a ghostlike experience enabling them to share that close encounter with their world.  However, several of those strolling along those same paranormal chGhostBldg_circa1890pathways have been there before, every night of the year.  These are the stalwart souls known as the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour Guides.

“From smelling mysterious pipe tobacco to seeing an orb entering a boy’s skull, our (ghost tour) guides are exposed nightly to the hotel’s ‘guests who check out but never leave’,” said Keith Scales, director of the hotel’s ghost tour department.  “With that said, each has not only a unique ‘nom de guide’ but a special supernatural experience of their own to tell.  It is their raison d’être for being a tour guide in this world-famous haunted hotel.”

Aunt Reba had always admired the Crescent since moving to Eureka Springs and had her first unexplainable happening while exploring the hotel as a tourist.  The smell of cherry pipe tobacco got her attention when she reached the second floor.  She did not find out until two years later during her training to be a guide that her earlier encounter with that tobacco essence had probably emanated from one of the Crescent’s more illustrious spirits, the hotel’s in-house doctor circa late nineteenth century.  Dr. John Freemont Ellis, whose office was in what is now Room 212, was known for being a heavy pipe smoker of cherry tobacco.

Since then she says that she has detected “that charming aroma” occasionally, both while alone and while leading a ghost tour.  The most bizarre sensing, she explained, came during a recent tour of 24 people,  “We all simultaneously experienced that olfactory sensation for well over a minute.  And let it be understood that our entire hotel is a ‘no smoking’ property and has been for years.”

Duchess Debra, who gives tours and performs in a two-person paranormal play, Not Really A Door, at the hotel on Friday and Saturday nights, was on stage with her co-star during a recent performance.  One scene in the play has the two actors delivering the line “Ghost!” simultaneously.  At that exact point in time, four books used as props on a shelf went flying out toward the audience “as if someone -or something- had tossed them like a Frisbee”.  The books hit no one; however, the unpredictable, unexplainable occurrence got everyone’s attention.

Sweet Lady Sandra had one woman excitedly announce during a tour that she “clearly saw” and “emphatically heard” a man with a buzz-cut hairstyle say the words, “What about my treatment?”  Two others on that same tour said they saw in their peripheral vision a blurred figure of a man go by in that same vicinity at that same moment.

Miss Katherine was standing at the very bottom of the hotel’s open staircase with her tour group pausing before they entered the zigzagging trail to the morgue.  While all were standing still, Katherine experienced a chill causing her to “grow goose bumps” and then momentarily she found it hard to breathe.  The two ladies standing next to her turned pale and quickly asked, “Did anyone feel that?  It’s the little girl.  She is here.  I can feel her!”  They were referring to the story of the little girl that reportedly fell to her death from the fourth floor railing sometime during the early years of hotel operations.  Where she supposedly landed was the exact spot where the tour group was standing during the literal chilling experience.

To add to this story, one man said, “Oh, my.  Look at this photo!”, a photo he had just taken prior to the ladies’ verbal declaration.  He passed his camera around and clearly everyone could see a foggy mist in the shape of a little girl standing right next to the three women.  Unfortunately he did not submit the image to the hotel’s paranormal website AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com as he said he would and as many do when they capture an apparition on a digital device.

Major Tom had a man and wife on a recent tour that had differing attitudes about the plausibility of the paranormal.  She believed in the phenomena; he did not.  The husband said nothing during the entire tour, giving off negative body language throughout.  This was about to change.

As part of the tours’ conclusion in the morgue the lights are turned off.  Guests, standing next to the autopsy table and the walk-in cooler that once stored cadavers and body parts during the cancer “curing” hospital days of the building, are encouraged to take digital photos to see if they could catch the image of an orb, the “energy essence of a ghost”.  While Major Tom’s back was turned, a frightful scream was heard and all witnessed the skeptic running out of the morgue.  The lights were quickly turned back on and the ashen gentleman was invited back into the room whereupon he meekly confessed he had seen an orb with his naked eye as it flew between his face and his camera.  Result: the non-believer had become a believer and his wife had a great story to tell friends and family once they got back home.

Willow also had a strange morgue experience.  Each guide carries an EMF (electromagnetic field) meter during the tour to detect any electrical emissions that might be given out by a nearby spirit.  Reacting to one lady saying she sensed that this one certain spot on the morgue’s floor was energy filled, Willow laid her meter down on that spot.  As the entire tour witnessed, the meter went crazy beeping and flashing.  To follow up, Willow asked, “If there is indeed a spirit in this room, please make the meter slow down.”  It slowed down immediately.  After moments of heartbeat-like pulses, the spirit was asked to speed the meter back up; it did for a few more moments then went dormant.

But perhaps the most macabre-lite morgue story happened during one of Marshal John Law’s spooky sojourns through the hotel.  At the very end of the tour, after the lights come up in the morgue, the guide usually asks if anyone would like to enter the morgue’s infamous walk-in cooler and have the door shut behind them leaving them in total darkness.  Only two brave souls stepped up, a mother with a video camera and her 12-year-old son with a look of cautious zeal on his face.  They stepped into the space that had housed hundreds of dead bodies and innumerable severed body parts during the hotel’s hospital days and the door was closed behind them.  After about thirty seconds the door was opened and the boy, looking ill, staggered out from the cooler with his mother saying, “Please, move.  My son is getting sick.”

The lad plopped into one of the two chairs always kept near the entrance of the morgue for just such occurrences since ever so often someone will feel faint or ill from their time spent in a room where time had ended for so many during the three years a charlatan killed rather than cured unsuspecting cancer patients.  Once the mother was assured her son was okay and with the whole tour group watching, she announced, “You have to see this!”  At which time she played the video she had captured in the closed, darkened cooler.

The video showed an occasional glint of colored light coming from a dot high over her son’s head illuminating his face just enough for brief recognition.  One such dot did not fade like the others but began swinging back and forth.  As this light did begin to fade, a larger, brighter, white light, “as bright as a camera flash”, appeared and continued to glow just above her son’s head.  It slowly descended and disappeared as if it were entering his head only to suddenly reappear seemingly escaping from the boy’s skull just a nanosecond before the door opened allowing the boy to make his quick and queasy exit.

“Something as bizarre as these stories does not happen every night on every tour,” Scales concluded, “but sometimes they do happen.  It is this unknown factor and these documented accounts that have made the ghost tours here in our mountaintop spa resort so popular.  That is why believers and non-believers alike can enjoy and co-exist on our tours.  Some come to find proof, some come to debunk, but all come to have fun.  And that’s what the Crescent Hotel ghost tours are all about.”

 

12-13-14: A Spirited Wedding Celebration

“12/13/14  – The Perfect Date for a Spirited Wedding Celebration”12-13-14

With a once in a lifetime numerical sequence quickly approaching, the iconic Crescent Hotel of Eureka Springs is preparing a spirited wedding celebration. “It is a great stroke of luck that 12/13/14 happens to land on a Saturday night.  So, for couples thinking about tying the knot we created a Spirited Wedding Celebration that will be offered on just that date.” Stated Jodie English Brown Director of Sales.

The package, named appropriately The Spirited Wedding Celebration will include:

  • A winter wedding ceremony in the middle of the Christmas Forest for up to 15 guests6edited
  • A minister for the ceremony
  • Ceremony to be followed by a short celebration in the Conservatory with a warm toast of Hot Chocolate Mint (yes that is peppermint schnapps!), Wedding Cake, and Champagne with keepsake glasses for bride and groom. (Ceremony & Reception to take place within one hour.)

“These spirited celebrations will be scheduled on the hour and are a perfect choice for couples and small parties.” All for only $349 inclusive of tax and service charges.

Eureka Springs, long known as the Wedding Capital of the South regularly celebrates more weddings in one year than people that actually reside in the town.  Internationally recognized sites such as the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and Architectural treasures such as Thorncrown Chapel, The Great Passion Play grounds, Downtown Eureka Springs and now inside the Christmas Forest make wedding pictures in this town unique and special.

The Crescent and Basin Park Hotel boasts that it will host over 400 wedding events in 2014, however is quick to point out that every event is unique and special.

For full details, one should call 800-903-4940 or email lindaboxsales@gmail.com

Jazz Eureka Festival

September 10th-12th 2014

Kickoff Jazz Eureka with a Great Gatsby themed Lawn Party at the Crescent Hotel Fountain Garden on Wednesday, September 10th from 7pm-9pm

Live Jazz Music from the Jeff Grey Quartet

Food, Drinks and Fire Dancing!

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

$10 entry fee (includes entertainment and lite hor d’ voure)

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End of Summer Discounts

Now that the kids are going back to school, its time for the adults to getaway and play. Enjoy a trip to Eureka Springs without all the crowds. 

*Eureka Springs is offering Attraction Discounts 8/18-8/28 on ReserveEureka.com

 

*Active Seniors SAVE Sunday-Thursday in August:

Stay in a Premium Room, Receive a Dinner for Two in the 1886 Steakhouse and 2 Traditional Massages for JUST $275.  Valid 8/18-8/21 & 8/24-8/28. Check Availability.

 

A Thrilling Family Vacation…

A Thrilling Family Vacation Where Families Vacation Together

Instead of dealing with the heat and long lines at an amusement park where the family is off doing different things, why not take a trip to Eureka Springs where the whole Family Vacations Together!

Eureka Springs has many Fun and Thrilling Attractions that the Whole Family can do together.

 

Exploring Downtown

Families love being in downtown where kids can explore the old Civil War Cave, the rock bluff shelter above Basin Spring Park, finding some cool magic tricks at the Magic Shop, or go explore the many staircases that connect Downtown Spring Street and Main Street.  For a fun experience of learning Eureka’s past characters or finding the underground, take one of these walking tours: Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour OR the Downtown – N – Underground Tour.  Tours are Everyday at 11am & 4pm, Kids under 12 are FREE!

Families can take a break and dine downtown together after the parents do some shopping.  Great food for all ages and the best view in downtown is at the Balcony Restaurant, located on the 2nd floor of the Basin Park Hotel.  Stay downtown where the most FUN Happens!

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Uncover the Mystery

Intrigue Theater is great for parents and kids of all ages.  Be amazed at some of the outstanding illusion and magic put on by illusionist, Sean Paul and medium, Juliane Fey. Set in a century year old building with theater style seating you will go back in time as they keep you guessing and entertain you with their close up magic and mystery. An intriguing experience you don’t want to miss!

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Explore America’s Most Haunted Hotel

Bring the whole family and stay over at a haunted hotel. Kids will love exploring the hallways with their cameras to see if they can catch orbs and they will sure to be thrilled on the nightly ghost tour that gives you a glimpse into the haunted past of the historic hotel while ending up in the morgue!  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa sits atop the hillside of Eureka Springs, with beautiful views on the 4th floor of the Ozarks, surrounding gardens, verandas, trails, and a swimming pool.  A great vacation spot to scare up some lifetime memories!

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A Thrill in the Sky

Experience the exhilarating thrill of the Eureka Springs Ziplines Canopy Tour.  This is a must for the whole family! Families can have outdoor fun and a safe adventure tour together through the Ozark treetops. Enjoy 2 hours of fun as you start gradually through the trees and make your way up to the ultimate zipline, soaring 200 + feet high and about 1800 feet long!  A perfect family adventure.

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America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama

Take the whole family and relive The Greatest Story Ever Told! Staged in an outdoor amphitheater, the multi-level set, special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of 170 Biblically costumed actors come together to create the thrilling epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth.  The play is not the only thing to see and do thought.  The Christ of the Ozarks, the Holy Land Tour, Moses Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a section of the Berlin Wall, the Church in the Grove, the Bible Museum, and the Sacred Arts Museum are also on the grounds!

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Jump Into Fun

For great summer fun with the family explore any of the 3 rivers and 3 lakes that surround Eureka Springs. For nearby swimming visit Beaver Dam, rent ski boats or pontoons on Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake or go paddle boating on Lake Leatherwood.  For fishing, kayak or canoe rentals visit the White River, Kings River or Buffalo River. Break off from the heat and have fun in the water on your summer vacation.

Lake Activities

 

Roars & Growls

A visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge brings kids and families face to face with over 150 exotic big cats. Open everyday, the 459 acre refuge offers visitors an education station, keeper talks, self guided tours, habitat tours, and feeding time for visitors to witness.  Only a short 7 mile drive from downtown Eureka Springs, take your kids to see the wild!

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Variety Shows

Everybody loves a laugh and live music so why not take the family to two of Eureka Springs Fun, Family Shows.  The Pine Mountain Theater offers families country, gospel, comedy, bluegrass, blues and rock n roll every evening, except for Sunday, unique souvenir items, and free all you can eat popcorn. Ozark Mountain HoeDown offers shows everynight of new and old country, gospel, comedy, nostalgic rock n roll, motown, do wap, disco, audience participation and impersonations.  Great fun for the whole family.

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Scare Up Some Lifetime Memories

In July, bring the family to Eureka Springs for a Thrilling time!

The following tours and shows will Scare Up some Lifetime Memories:

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Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour-Visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Everyday starting at 8pm.

Eureka Ghost Tours-Tales and legends of downtown Eureka Springs. Everyday starting at 8pm.

Intrigue Theater-Travel back to an age of Intrigue with the Illusionist and the Medium. OPEN Wednesday-Sunday.

Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour-Explore downtown with the legendary “stars” of Eureka Springs Wild West. Everyday at 11am.

Downtown -N- Underground Tour-Behind the Scenes walking adventure tour of Eureka Springs. Everyday at 4pm.

Flickering Tales-Huddle around the campfire to hear ghost stories of the Ozarks among the grounds of America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Everyday at 10pm.

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4th of July in Eureka Springs

Plan your family 4th of July outing to Eureka Springs for 2014.  This year hometown fun just got a little sweeter with the annual downtown Eureka Springs 4th of July Bash.  This event brings families out Photo by Purdy Art Co.every year to play during the day, eat and shop downtown and then families find their way to the surrounding areas for fireworks at night.

The 4th of July Bash will feature free, family friendly events from 3pm-5pm in Basin Spring Park Downtown.  Many favorites include the water-balloon toss, cupcake walk, watermelon seed spitting contest, music and more! Celebrate the 4th of July the old fashioned way – in a Main Street Community!

Surrounding Area Firework Shows:

July 4
Fireworks celebration at the Holiday Island Recreation Center by The Barn. For more information contact Pam Hinson at 479-253-7700.

July 4
13th Annual Fireworks display at Ventris Trails End Resort. These fireworks are choreographed to music and are best seen by boat as they are projected toward Beaver Lake for an incredible effect as they reflect off the water of Beaver Lake.

July 4
Shell Knob, MO fireworks.  37th Annual Fire & Thunder Fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 4.  Known for its impressive bursts of interesting and unique shells, the display will take place around 9:30PM. The fireworks will be shot  about one mile east of the Shell Knob bridge, at lake level and from a platform. Fire & Thunder is a water-specialty show, so best viewing of all the spectacular effects is by water. In the event of inclement weather, the display will be held on July 5th. Tune to area radio stations for rain delay information.

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.”

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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