6 Wonderful Reasons to Fall into Eureka Springs this Autumn

  • Fall Color in The Arkansas Ozarks – There is not a prettier place on the planet earth than The Arkansas Ozarks when autumn arrives. The mountainsides, the hollows, the hiking and mountain biking trails are painted with hues of gold, red, orange, and purple.  Mother Nature turns the emerald green hardwood trees of    summer into explosions of breathtaking color. This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right in town.  The Ozarks boast fall foliage “Top 10 in America” bona fides from such entities as Fodor’s Travel, Travel & Leisure, The Travel Channel, Country Living Magazine, and AARP.   Trip Advisor said of Eureka Springs: “It’s very relaxing, especially in the fall with all the beautiful foliage.”
  • Experience Exclusive Resort Activities – There is only one mountaintop spa resort in Eureka Springs: the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The operative word here is resort… with multiple, daily activities all for overnight guests to enjoy in addition to the traditional offering of spa, dining, grounds, and relaxation.  Some of the featured fall resort activities include: “Rebuilding The Legend – A 20-year review of the Crescent Hotel’s journey to return to prominence as “The Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality”, “The Real Stories of The Crescent College Years” – One of the hotel’s historians will show guests around the College exhibit, speaking about the many fascinating college girls with great stories, “Garden Tour” – Join the Crescent Hotel’s talented gardener as she escorts you around our award-winning gardens educating you on the what and the why of the plants, “Not Really A Door” – A one-hour, two-actress, supernatural comedy-murder-mystery-thriller that is free to registered guests, and “High Time in the SkyBar” – Live music during a high time and high overlook atop The Ozarks.
  • Day Trippin’ on Highways That Are Byways – Eureka Springs makes the perfect hub for day trips along ribbons of asphalt driving to all those fabulous vistas. Whether you opt to drive north, east, south or west, you will be awe struck by the colors near the highway shoulders as well as the vistas these highways offer.   And, whether you arrive on a motorcycle or in a motorcar, the serpentine spokes out of Eureka will not disappoint.  Four popular, nearby day trips are west to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; north to an Ozark must via the Mark Twain National Forest, Branson (MO); east to the Buffalo National Park River region including gazing upon grazing herds of elk in Boxley Valley; and south to the number one road route in America, The Pig Trail National Scenic Byway.
  • Awesome Hiking –n- Mountain Biking Trails – This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right up close and personal. Several hotels have installed trailheads to the web of city maintained trails and routes –like those at Lake Leatherwood and Black Bass Lake– making it easy for those who want to venture out after a good night’s rest.  Maps and tips from hotel activity directors will help you match trails to your comfort level.  With the growing interest of mountain biking, bikes may be rented.  A shuttle to shred The Eureka Springs Downhill is available at Lake Leatherwood City Park.
  • Activities and Attractions Abound – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour are just a few. The architecture of an active downtown entertainment and shopping district is worth a fall stroll in itself.  But you add to that dozens of unique, non-chain shops, art galleries, and nearly two dozen bars and quality restaurants makes a fall vacation to Eureka Springs complete.
  • Overnight Delights – Being a historic community, quaint and iconic historic hotels are the place to stay in the fall. The ambiance of historic lodging that offers 21st century accoutrements make a fall stay in Eureka Springs most enjoyable.  The two lodging properties that have the greatest history and continue to be the most popular not only in Eureka Springs but all of Arkansas are the aforementioned 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and it’s downtown “sister”, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  While discovering downtown, a midday meal outside “on the balcony” at the Basin Park’s Balcony Restaurant affords you a bird’s eye view of shops, galleries and Basin Spring Park City Park.  At the Crescent, whether you opt for a nice dinner in the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room Restaurant or choose to take the short stroll to the popular Ermilio’s Italian Restaurant three blocks away, you must include a cool evening moment for a beverage -seated al fresco- in the hotel’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza that overlooks The Ozarks’ hills-n-hollers highlighted by the brilliant, glowing Christ of The Ozarks statue, the world’s tallest in the northern hemisphere.

So now you know the when (this autumn), you know the where (Eureka Springs, Arkansas), you know the why (fall colors, great activities and attractions, etc.), and you know who is ready to welcome you (the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel) for the fall vacation of a lifetime.   All you need to do now is mark dates on your calendar, book a room, plan your activities, pack up the car and then drive to the “Extraordinary Escape” community nestled in The Arkansas Ozarks.

Halloween Seance at the Crescent Hotel

On the heels of last years Amazing and hair-raising Séance – Intrigue theater’s Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay return to the Crystal Ballroom – to present an evening of Mysteries that embody the Legends and History of Eureka Springs Crown Jewel – the Crescent Hotel.

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The Crescent Hotel
The Crescent Hotel’s legacy is built on many different personalities and none were more notorious than that of Dr. Norman Baker.  But long before he was a “doctor” he was starstruck with the highest grossing performer on the Vaudeville circuit  Ms Anna Eva Fay – the indescribable phenomenon.

The Original Ghost Talker
She was born of the spiritualist movement and could see and tell things from the other side.  Juliana Fay’s Ghost Talker performance is a tribute to Anna Eva Fay and on Halloween Night she will start off the evening with her nationally recognized talents.

The Hypnotist
Norman Baker was so inspired by Anna Eva Fay that he became a vaudeville performer himself as a “MESMERIST”  (HYPNOTIST).   Sean-Paul will bring audience members on stage and put them under trance to perform an full-on Hypnosis segment as a tribute to Norman Baker.   The finale of this segment will be a Past life Regression experiment with someone from the audience.

The Séance! 

Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay will continue to lay out the personalities that are believed to side reside in the haunted hotel and will begin the Séance with more paranormal experiments involving members of the audience.    The night will crescendo will the entire audience taking out their pendulums and or their favorite Ghost Hunting apps as Sean-Paul and Juliane will engage the spirits of the Crescent with a custom crafted script just for  the night.     Sean-Paul recently shared, “The results of  the séance from last year were beyond what we were expecting and we are excited to see what will happen this year!”

Show Begins at 9 p.m  First Segment will be 45 minutes to an hour.
Then a break to refresh the spirits (drinks)  and purchase pendulums
2nd half will begin around 10:15p.m.  and run around 45 minutes
Evening should be done by 11 pm.

Seating:

VIP Seating (Front center/2 rows) $45 Per Person

Premium Seating (Side of Stage/2 Rows)  $39 Per Person

General Seating $32 Per Person

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Roaring 20’s Eureka Jazz Lawn Party

This has been a favorite event for locals and visitors!

Kick off Jazz Eureka Festival with a Roaring 20’s Party on the Lawn at the 1886 Crescent Hotel. Live Jazz Music from Four Score, lite snacks, drinks, and more! Roaring 20’s theme and costumes are encouraged. Guest are also encouraged to bring their own blankets and/or chairs.

7PM-11PM

This is a fun, casual event that puts you in a unique setting under the stars. Bring your friends and dancing partner!

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Summer Resort Activities

Crescent Hotel Resort Activities A hotel built in 1886 for the well-to-do “silk stocking” crowd has been transformed into a mountaintop spa resort, catering to families and couples of all ages who are longing to create lifetime memories.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, was returned to its original grandeur several decades ago.  Now with the addition of the New Moon Spa, two restaurants, and nearly two dozen resort activities each week the year ‘round across its 15 Ozark mountaintop acres, The Crescent has become known as the symbol of hospitality for the state of Arkansas.

Mary Howze, the hotel’s activity director, outlines some of their daily resort activities for this summer and enjoyed throughout the week.  These are in addition to Crescent Hotel staples of “Vintage Spine-Chiller Movies” in the Crystal Ballroom, “Flickering Tales” ghost stories around a campfire, and “Not Really A Door”, in the Crescent College Theater, plus, of course, the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, a ticketed event.

Kick Off The Weekend” Pool Party – Each Friday afternoon (through August) for two hours, gather at the mountaintop pool for snacks, music, movies, games and lots of splashin’-n-swimmin’ fun!  Parents, this is especially a favorite of children who are staying in the hotel. 

Crystal Dining Room Wine Tasting – Every Monday at 5 p.m. gather in the Crystal Dining Room to taste a variety of wines presented by our restaurant wine steward; includes light pallet cleansing nibbles. (Must be 21 years of age.) 

High Time in the SkyBar – Live Music highlights the High Time on the fourth-floor balcony of the SkyBar Gourmet Pizzeria.  Enjoy the tunes and panoramic views on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Watercolor Class – Learn the basics of water color painting; be creative and take a souvenir home with you and be creative! 

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Haunted Room Tour – Hear briefly about the ghost stories connected to several individual guest rooms; view the rooms as available. 

Fitness Walk – Jump start the day with a guided fitness walk in the surrounding Victorian neighborhoods. 

Discover Eureka’s Hidden Treasures – Over coffee with the Concierge in the Lobby you will learn about Eureka Springs’ hard to find places. 

Gentle Yoga Flow – Meet your yoga instructor in the lobby and head to one of the hotel’s peaceful outdoor areas; designed for all ages and all skill levels.  

Afternoon Social – Enjoy some lemonade and treats with fellow guests on the Back Porch.  Nibble, sip and converse as you relax in a rocking chair.

Historical Hiking Tour – From the lobby travel down to downtown Eureka Springs stopping to view the Old Red Brick School House, several historic springs, passing by interesting homes and iconic landmarks. 

History Tour – A casual stroll throughout the Crescent Hotel learning all about the property’s century-old, rich history. 

Self-guided Nature Trail and Grotto Cave Exploring – Collect your hiking guide and backpack for your adventure of discovery.  Remember your camera!

New Moon Morning Activity – The New Moon Spa is the site for this energizing morning wellness activity. 

Craft Beer Tasting – Every Thursday at 4 p.m. gather in the SkyBar Gourmet Pizzeria on the fourth floor to taste some of the area’s local brews offered on tap; free of charge for hotel guests.  (Must be 21 years of age.)

Live Chef Demo– Join Executive Chef Tommy Shaffer in the lobby for his “easy to replicate at home” Chef Demonstration.

            For more information go to crescenthotel.com

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Brunch served in the Crystal Dining Room-May 13th

crescent hotel mother's day brunch

Served from 11am-2pm

Call for Reservations: 877-342-9766

$29.95 for adults
$13.95 for kids up to 12
free 5 and under

Omelet Station and Full Breakfast offerings
Carving Station with Prime Rib
and Rosemary Dijon Turkey Breast
Cioppino with Sour Dough Bread

Seared Porkloin with Marsala Mushroom Sauce

Potatoes Au Gratin
Roasted Carrots and Leeks

Chef Sandi’s Assorted Homemade Salads

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Fountain with Strawberries,
Pineapple, Marshmallows, Pretzels and Oreo Cookies

Red Velvet Cake
Carrot Cake

Assorted petit fours, and mini cheesecakes

May Festival of the Arts

may festival of the arts eureka springs

May Festival of the Arts~ May 1st-30th

Live the Arts in Eureka Springs

The 31st annual May Festival of the Arts is loaded with events all month long with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, parades, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists – The White Street Walk.

Visit this rich, historic artist community nestled in The Ozarks for that unique getaway experience; where the arts comes alive throughout downtown.

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Spring Trip Ideas

Spring is here and its the perfect time to visit Eureka Springs for an affordable and stress free getaway.  Stroll through downtown, visit the natural springs, discover hidden stairs, streets, and historic remnants as you explore town. Visit the many unique galleries and dine around at Eureka’s fabulous chef owned restaurants. A popular destination for couples, active seniors traveling in the southern Ozarks region.

Planning is part of the fun. Eureka Springs is full of quirky shops and galleries, unique dining, and one-of-a-kind experiences.  No longer seasonal, Eureka Springs is now open Year-round so great ideas can quickly transition into stress fixes.  From Ghost Tours, Big Cats, Thrilling Zipline Adventures and Tram Tours, make sure to visit a one stop show for your attraction ticketing ahead of time. Plan Your Trip.

Excitement is abundant in Eureka with the many festive parades, events, nightly music and colorful characters that make up the local scene. Be in the know of what there is all to do on your trip.  Eureka Springs Things To Do. 

Relaxation is the key to your visit.  Take a day to relax in one of Eureka Springs’ spas. Spend quality time with a good book or good company over a cup of joe.  Try Daily Roast downtown by the Flat Iron or Arsagas’ coffee at Brews on Spring Street.  Relax over a regional microbrew at Brews, or sip and sample some delicious wine at Eureka Springs StoneHouse or sit out on the SkyBar deck with the best views of the Ozark hillside. Enjoy some live music or hang with the locals at Chelseas.  Sleep in late and ask for a Sunday Stay Later at one of Eureka Springs’ most preferred accommodations and enjoy some extra time while saving some money on your room with seasonal, “online only” Hot Deals found at ReserveEureka.com.

Nature escapes surround Eureka Springs.  This is your destination to get away and be immersed in nature.  You can find yourself taking a leisurely stroll through the many walking paths in downtown that allow you to explore the natural springs and historic architecture that surrounds this Ozark Mountain village.  Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy exploring two parks nearby town, Black Bass Lake or Lake Leatherwood.  Great views, easy to moderate hiking and a lot of trails to choose from.  Fishing, Kayaking or Mountain Biking are also favorite outdoor activities.  For all trail information visit EurekaSpringsTrails.com

Outdoor Enthusiasts, the greater Eureka Springs’ area offers convenient accessibility to a wealth of outdoor activities such as Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Kings River, White River, Thorncrown Chapel, Blue Springs Heritage Center, Black Bass Lake, Lake Leatherwood, the Hogscald and Big Clifty areas, Holiday Island golf course and marina, numerous providers offering scenic horseback rides, Starkey Park Marina, Beaver Dam Site Park, Beavertown Bridge, the 12,000 acre Hobbs State park, Madison County Game Refuge, War Eagle Mill, War Eagle Cavern, Onyx Cave, Cosmic Caverns, Roaring River State park and Trout Hatchery, The Mark Twain National Forest with its miles of ATV trails, Buffalo National River, Dogwood Canyon, and the Pea Ridge National Military Park. All are examples of the excellent outdoor adventures waiting to be experienced and all of these places are just a short drive away when anyone chooses “America’s Victorian Village” as their vacation hub.

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Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt 2018

Enjoy a Grand Easter Brunch served in the Crystal Ballroom with all the traditional fixings. Served from 11AM-2PM.  Reservations are recommended by calling: 877-342-9766

$29.95 for adults
$14.95 for children
Children 5 and under eat for free

 

Egg Hunt begins at 1pm in the fountain garden for kids 5 and under.  1:15pm for kids 6+.

~Easter Brunch Menu~

Assortment of Chef Sandi’s Homemade Salads

Peel & Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Bagels and Lox

Fruit and Cheese Display

 

Omelet Station

Carving Station Featuring

Smoked Ham with Mango and Pineapple Salsa

Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Au Jus

Oven Roasted Porkloin with Bacon and Spring Mushroom Sauce

Char-Broiled Salmon with Wilted Spinach and Onion

Served Over wild Rice with Balsamic Cabernet Reduction

Oven Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Spring Medley of Vegetables

 

Chocolate Fountain with Peeps, Strawberries, Lady Fingers, Crispy Rice Treats, and Pineapple Chunks

Carrot Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Warm Chocolate Chunk Brownie with Rocky Road Ice Cream

Spring Break Top 5 Reasons To Visit

As spring approaches, so do spring breaks.  And now is the time to start planning –and booking early– for a most memorable several days.  A popular destination for families in mid-America is a little village in the southern Ozarks region: Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Here are five reasons why…

1) Proximity – Eureka Springs, located in Northwest Arkansas, is less than a half-day’s drive from such key metropolitan areas as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, Springfield MO, Little Rock AR and all points in the vicinity of these larger cities.  Gas is saved; frayed nerves avoided from hearing the incessant “Are we there yet?”; and the best part, more time at the destination rather than being in transit.

2) Activity – Eureka Springs has numerous family-oriented attractions and activities in both the city limits and those just outside of town.

>Ozark Mountain Ziplines – experience the exhilarating thrill of a Zip Line Canopy Tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Arkansas Ozarks. Soar through the air from up to 300+ feet high with cable lengths from up to 2,000 feet long over vast, gorgeous, spreads of hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. A nature filled experience guaranteed to satisfy thrill seeking families from all walks of life.

>Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – see African lions; Bengal and Siberian tigers; black and tawny colored leopards; native cougars, bobcats and black bears; and Bam Bam, the playful grizzly bear… up close and personal in their special natural habitats.  TCWR, situated atop the scenic Ozark Mountain, is home to approximately 100 exotic and native animals and is one of the largest and well-respected Big Cat sanctuaries in North America.

>Ghost Tours & Hunts – hunt for ghosts in one of America’s top paranormally active communities in the country.  Most famous is the Crescent Ghost Tour at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, considered by many leading ghost hunters as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  New this year is The Ghost Hunt Adventour at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  Haunted Eureka Springs Tour is a combination van / exploration tour of some of the other active locations in Western Carroll County.

>Three Rivers/Two Lakes – a great place to float or boat are the bodies of water that encircle Eureka Springs.  The Kings and White Rivers are great for floating and fishing.  A day trip to the Buffalo National River for a spring float is one of the more popular river sojourns in America.  The vast, sparkling waters of Beaver and Table Rock Lakes are perfect for kayaking, boating, fishing, or simply sitting on the shore watching the sunset.

>Urban Hiking & Mountain Biking – Eureka Springs is crisscrossed with urban walking and hiking trails.  Just a few hundred feet from downtown sidewalks is an opportunity to walk amid forested hillsides and limestone bluffs.  Mountain biking trails are also quite numerous and challenging especially with the addition of the new downhill feature on the Lake Leatherwood City Park trail designed by renowned Rock Solid Trails out of Michigan.

3) Connectivity – At many family “attractions” the family is so spread out, family members barely see each other let alone share experiences.  Eureka Springs being a smaller village of 2,000 it is hard to get separated, plus attractions are family attractions so all can get involved in each one.  Many hotels have family-oriented resort activities on property designed for the whole family.  Getting from Point A to Point B and beyond in Eureka is made easy through their highly reliable city trolley system.  The trolleys are so much fun, some families choose to see the entire city from the open-air back platform of some of these historic-style transports.

4) Memorability – It is said that more family lifetime memories are generated in Eureka Springs than any other spot in the region.  Why?  The family is not separated and all can enjoy their spring break together as a family.  Whether families opt for Facebook selfies or laughs over Snapchat creations, phones get a full workout during a Eureka Springs spring break.

5) Affordability – If a spring break can promise 1) thru 4), some families would pay anything to achieve all of those.  However, Eureka Springs has historically kept prices affordable so families can enjoy a spring break without breaking the bank.  Even if a spring break includes a visit to such nearby attractions at Silver Dollar City, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, or Roaring River State Park, just across the line in Missouri… day-tripping out of Eureka Springs makes any itinerary affordable.

 

For more information on what Eureka Springs can offer a spring break family, go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com.

 

Your Valentine’s Getaway

Eureka Springs is one of the top choices for that romantic getaway.  Since Valentine’s falls in the middle of the week this year, you have the luxury of choosing when you want to come! Choose from the weekend before, after, or even the day of for that memorable getaway.Here are some suggestions we have come up for you!

Valentine’s Day is officially “Date Night.” Stay at regular rate of $129.86 at the
Crescent Hotel on 2/14 and receive a Free Room Upgrade (based on availability.)  Treat yourself and someone you LOVE to a Couple’s Massage, Body Treatment, or Pedicure at the New Moon Spa.  Complimentary Hot Tub and Infrared Sauna with all services.

Dine in one our many chef owned restaurants in town for that special experience.  Reservations will be filling so call soon.  The Crystal Dining Room will be open for dinner from 5PM-8PM.  View Menu.

$99 Valentine’s Dinner for TWO: Two 6 oz filets, Two 7 oz lobster tails, shareable sides ~ roasted fingerling potatoes & asparagus spears with Hollandaise. Dessert ~ Molten Chocolate cake with Ice Cream. Now or Later ~  TWO Chocolate Covered Strawberries. *Dinner is served with TWO complimentary glasses of Sparkling Wine. (Priced as worded ~ no discount without sparkling wine) Reservations Call 877-342-9766

Chocolate Lover’s Festival, 2/17 continue your Valentine’s Day celebrations with a complete world of chocolate appreciation featured at the 14th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. NEW location, the Eureka Springs Community Center (44 Kingshighway, Eureka Springs, AR). Tickets $10.  View Details.

Asleep At the Wheel Concert Show! Liven up your evening on 2/17 for the postmodern kings of Texas swing, “Asleep at the Wheel” as they perform downtown at The AUD (City Auditorium).  Tickets $20-$40.  Buy Here.

Valentine’s Weekend Deal: 2/16 & 217Stay for 2 Nights in a Premium Room Breakfast for Two Receive 2 tickets to the Saturday Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival Receive 2-60min Traditional Massages Receive 2 tickets to the Saturday Night Concert performed by Asleep at the Wheel Downtown at the AUD
$599 plus taxes and fees. Valid 2/16 & 2/17.For More Info Call: 877-342-9766