When Eureka Springs Blossoms

Flowers bloom.  Trees and the ground turn green again.  Woodland creatures begin to come out and let their resurgence become ever visible through their frolicking about.  Temperatures become mild and consistently mild.  It must be April in Eureka Springs… some say the best month of the year to visit Eureka Springs located in the Arkansas Ozarks.Just as strong of an endorsement is the best place to stay in Eureka during your mini-getaway during this “official” first full month of spring.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, located on the Upper Historic Loop, is the choice for those who want to fully immerse themselves in the historic ambiance of this village.  This “Mountaintop Spa Resort, a proud member of Historic Hotel of America, is literally surrounded by spring for it sits in the middle of 15 acres of pristine woodlands and manicured gardens.  The views are pretty and pretty fantastic too.Crescent Hotel SpringIn addition to the flora and fauna of spring, a few other reasons this is a great month to visit The Ozarks’ “Extraordinary Escape” village is that this historic little resort community offers:

>Eureka Springs is unique because people who visit here boast about how friendly the community is.  It is a tremendous asset to have a vacation destination that is “Always Welcoming”.

>The community is adjacent to two rivers (Kings and White) and three lakes (Beaver, Table Rock, and Leatherwood).  All five liquid playgrounds are perfect for that first kayaking or boating excursion of the year and/or a fishing expedition that the winter has cruelly delayed.

>A new golden asset for Eureka Springs is the host of new and numerous soft hiking trails many with waterfalls.  Eureka offers tame trails for all levels most and each is wonderfully scenic.  You will love the dozens of urban trails that crisscross the hills-n-hollers of the town.  Many of these have trailheads adjacent to lodging sites, such as those at the Crescent Hotel at the top of the mountain.

>Spring Diversity Weekend has become a chance for members of the LGBTQ community from a five-state area to gather and celebrate the love of freely being who they are.  Eureka Springs rolls out the rainbow carpet that says, “Welcome to a loving city that has acceptance as part of its fabric”.

>April in Eureka is the time to dust off your golf bag and start honing your swing pattern.  With championship courses that include Holiday Island and nearby Branson, your game is only interrupted by a pause to gaze at the panoramic views from the links.

>Easter weekend will feature high spirituality with the return of The Great Passion Play, a landmark production that has entertained patrons for decades.  Their Easter Sunrise Service at the base of the Christ of The Ozarks statue (the tallest in the northern hemisphere) is truly awe-inspiring.

>For those who would like to know more about visitors from other planets, other galaxies, the annual UFO Convention convenes here in April.  It is a time to find out more and share with others your thoughts and experiences, comparing yours to theirs.

>Springtime In The Ozarks is a four-day annual event for those who are members of the AA fellowship or are seeking more information about this long-standing program that helps members with their addiction to alcohol.  Noted speakers fill the days and outstanding fellowship activities fill the nights as “friends of Bill W.” gather with nearly 3,000 in attendance.

>The Spring Fling is the huge annual biker rally that welcomes good weather and encourages 5 Days of Fun Riding, Music, Food and More at the Cathouse in Downtown Eureka Springs.

>If you like to visit a yard sale now and then, you need to visit Eureka Springs during the “Yards and Yards of Yard Sales”, a full weekend of finding everything you want and perhaps even some things you need.  A helpful map leads you to each and every yard participating and there are nearly 100 scattered across Western Carroll County.  Be sure to bring a vehicle with a large trunk or truck bed… you will need it.

> Let us also mention all the quality restaurants of Eureka Springs.  Here you will find the greatest assortment of unique, non-chain restaurants that get major rave reviews from foodies.  Inside the Crescent Hotel alone you will find two of these: The Crystal Dining Room and SkyBar Gourmet Pizza.  And on April 5th, Main Street Eureka Springs provides a unique opportunity to sample many of these during “Main Street Eats” a progressive dinner.

>Add to that the great year ‘round attractions like Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, Basin Ghost Adventour and the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour (to name just a few), plus the Crescent Hotel’s resort activities and your days and nights are complete.

>Ride the Dirt Church Mountain Bike Race — MTB Lodging Discount Only $129: 2 Wheels For the Best Deal-Book Now.

You are encouraged to make your reservations now so you can have a bed for your head for the nights after full and fun-filled days.  Instagram is awaiting your images!

Exciting things to Experience this Spring Break

 

The thrill of Spring Breaking in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is enhanced by staying in Eureka’s mountaintop spa resort, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  Not just because it is a Historic Hotel of America, but because of the fun things to do while you are there.  This year’s experiential Spring Break Resort Activities include:

> Haunted Room Tour... sneak a peek at some of the most active paranormal rooms in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”; the rooms you’ve seen on TV

> Flickering Tales… hear some of the most chilling ghost stories of The Ozarks as you sit around an open campfire

> Late-Night Thrillers… see some of the big screen’s greatest black & white thrillers in the Crystal Dining Room; sitting next to you just might be ghosts of the hotel’s gala grand opening held in that same room on May 20, 1886

> VIP Ghost Tours… join the hotel’s leading ghost tour guide and the author of “House of a Hundred Rooms”, as well as one of the nation’s leading experts on Norman Baker, as he takes you on an exclusive, deep-exploration tour of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”

america's most haunted hotlel> Nature Trail & Grotto Cave Exploring… a chance to experience -at your own pace- those natural attractions that are just a “rock’s throw” from the hotel

> Friday Night Fun… live music, refreshments, and chance to “throw a hatchet” just like the pioneers of old

> Wine Tastings in the Crystal Dining Room & Craft Beer Tastings in the SkyBar… adults only.

> Water Color Class & Travel Photography Workshop… a chance to channel your inner artist in two distinct mediums

> Plus such “ya gotta do ‘em” activities as New Moon & You, Morning Stretch, Campfire Fun (s’mores included), Fitness Walk, Crescent Art Tour, Sunrise Stretch, History Tour, Gentle Yoga Flow, “Not Really A Door” Performance, Scenic Power Walk, High Times in the SkyBar, and more!

yoga stretchAnd if that’s not enough to keep you entertained and busy, the Crescent’s shuttle van will take you downtown to discover Eureka Springs’ Downtown Shopping & Entertainment District.  Also, super family attractions in Greater Eureka Springs can be found at EurekaSpringsOnline.com/spring-break-2019/.

Now you can see why the only thing Spring Breakers at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa ask for are a few more days to experience even more family fun and activities.  So make your reservations today; rooms are filling up fast.

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Eureka Springs Mardi Gras

The time is here…Get your Beads, Masks & Bring Your Friends!

Don’t Miss 2 Parades/ 3 Balls and Loads of Fun! Eureka Springs Mardi Festival kicks off February 21st – March 5th with 2 full weekends of festivities.

February 23rd check out the Mardi Gras Night Parade followed by the Black Light Ball at Chelsea’s.  Tickets $35-this will sell out!

March 2nd  join in on the Mardi Gras Day Parade

March 3rd end the weekend with a Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel. 11AM-2PM.  $29.95 per person.  Enjoy fine dining at the Jazz Champagne Brunch in the Crystal Dining Room at the world famous Crescent Hotel. Feast on food, fun, music, and join in on the 2nd line dance.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766.

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Valeninte’s Dinner For Two

crystal ballroom$99 Couples Dinner for Two in the Crystal Dining Room

Two 6 ounce Filet Mignon grilled to order
Two 6 ounce Cold Water Lobster Tails
Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
Shareable Side of Steamed Asparagus spears with Hollandaise
Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream, Garnished with 2 Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Served with 2 glasses of Sparkling wine

*Regular menu service will also be offered this evening.

Offered from 5PM-8PM 2/14 & 2/16. Call for reservations: 877-342-9766

Christmas Tree Forest Winners 2018

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Announces: 2018 “Christmas Forest” Winners

 The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is all about tradition.  One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas At The Crescent Celebration was the “growing” of the “Christmas Forest”, an effort to raise money for local and area charities.  In the past 10 years this forest has now harvested nearly $50,000 in local area charitable contributions.

“This town, this region, this state have provided such a wonderful environment for our hotel’s success, it is only right that we, the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, always give something back.  It is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both properties.  “It was a win-win proposition.  We had our mountaintop covered in lighted Christmas trees beautifully decorated by local citizens and employees which created a magical setting through which couples and families could stroll and be immersed in the holiday spirit of decoration and giving.  And, it gave those who enjoyed the forest an opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas’ with donations to a charity whose tree they liked the best.”

“The concept is quite simple,” Moyer explained.  “On or about Thanksgiving each year, we purchase, plus have donated, around 30 or more real evergreen trees.  The hotel places them on our property adorning each with lights.  Charities then come in, usually represented in part by one or more of our employees, and decorate their tree as festively as possible.  And what an amazing job they do each year.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous.

“We illuminate the Christmas Forest on the first Saturday night in December.  From that day thru December 31, those who come to the forest and wish to ‘vote’ for their favorite tree do so by dropping in the ‘ballot box’ one dollar for each vote they would like to cast.  On New Year’s Day, the votes are counted.  Each charity gets all of their ‘votes’ plus the Crescent kicks in cash prizes for the top three vote getters, $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and an honorable mention donation of $25 to all of the other charities.  Shortly thereafter the stripped trees are donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they become ‘cat toys’ for their big cats.”

Those charities that took top honors this year are Imagination Library in first place with $3,830 in votes, OARS (Ozark AIDS Resources & Services) in second place with $2,344, and Project Self Esteem in third place with $1,022.

“Twenty-nine other charities received honorable mention recognition,” said Mary Howze, the hotel’s activities director.  “They include American Diabetes Association, Autism Speaks, Camp No Limits, Carroll County Music Group, Clear Spring School, Creative Minds of St. James, Dobby Drive, Dyslexia, ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach), Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Community Center, Flint Street Food Bank, Good Shepherd Humane Society, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Many Ways, Heifer International, Jeremiah House, Loaves & Fishes, Main Stage, Main Street Eureka Springs, Melonlite Teen Perform, National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy of Arkansas, NWA Sheep Dog Impact, PEO Sisterhood, People Helping People, Preservation Society, Purple Flower, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.”

“This was yet another record year for donations,” Moyer concluded.  “With all of the votes added to our additional cash prizes, local area charities netted a Christmas present of $10,270 which pushed our ten-year total to more than $50,000.  Ya see, sometimes money really does grow on trees.”

Ice Skating 2019

crescent ice skating rink

The Crescent Hotel Lifetime Memories Ice Skating Rink will open for Winter 2019 Season beginning December 20th! (weather permitted)

Skating Rink is $5 to skate with rentals.  All Ages Welcome.

Schedule of Hours TBA

Enjoy all Winter outdoor activities with the family.  Fireside seating with smores, hatchet throwing, curling and drinks/food will be available.

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Two Nights of Wizardry come to Eureka Springs

Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball comes to the Crescent Hotel January 25 & 26 2019wizards in winter crystal ball

To help celebrate the advent of a magical new year, wizards have been summoned to conjure up some magic the last weekend in January here in a city known for strange and exciting events.  The nights of January 25 and 26 will feature two such events; events of magical matriculation.

Friday night’s event is “An Intriguing Prelude….” in the Crystal Ballroom of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  Creators describe the event thusly: “On the eve of the Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball comes an evening of intrigue and bewilderment hosted by a dashing conjurer and an enchanting ghost talker.”  The conjurer is none other than Sean Paul, the nationally acclaimed illusionist from Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater.  The enchanting ghost whisperer is the clairaudient medium, also from Intrigue Theater, the lovely Juliana Faye.

intrigue theater

This mystical duo has mesmerized audiences from Vegas to the Bahamas.  They have developed a presentation that embraces the wizardry theme of the weekend.  And, to ensure an intimate setting for their bedazzling performance, a limited number of admissions will be made available for this first of its kind evenings.  The doors and the cash bar open at 7:30 the evening of January 25.  The performance begins at 8 o’clock.  Tickets are popularly priced at $29.95 for VIP Seating (center row seats, only 50 available), $19.95 for general admission and  are available through IntrigueTheater.com/event/magicalprelude/.

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Then comes Saturday and the night’s much anticipated event, the “Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball” set in the Crystal Ballroom of “The Crescent College of Magical Matriculation”, a.k.a. the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  The administrators of “the College” are inviting guests to “gather their finest dress robes, best hat, and of course their magic wand” and prepare for a totally unique evening.  Organizers are saying that “professors and students of wizardry” (those who get a kick out of such goings on) are welcome to attend for “a ray of merriment” amid cold weather outside by “gathering just past the fireplace and just inside the room of enchantment for a beguiling evening”.

To make this event the social gathering of year yet to come, formal/magical attire is required.  The night is designed for adults 21 and older.  Partial proceeds from the event will benefit The Merlin Foundation, a public policy and advocacy organization for abused and neglected children with a special focus on the family.  The foundation is headquartered in Berryville, Arkansas.

The ball welcomes guests at 5 p.m. when the cash bar featuring “many magical libations” opens, followed by dinner at 7.  Ticket information available at WizardWayoftheOzarks.ticketspice.com/wizards-in-winter-crystal-ball.

 

 

 

“Christmas At The Crescent” in Eureka Springs

christmas at the crescentChristmastime 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-long 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 1 through December 7 located 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 holiday week back in 2000, it consisted of a decorated lobby and live Nativity scene which suffered not much of an impact crowd-wise due to 10 inches of snow that fell the day before we populated our Bethlehem stable,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “And now, on the other end of the spectrum is this year’s expanded decorations throughout the interior and exterior of the hotel.  These include the adding of red and green spotlights running up the limestone sides of our five-story landmark hotel, and the conversion of our Fountain Garden into the Crescent’s new Winter Wonderland.”“Our landscaping team has constructed both a 30-foot illuminated Christmas tree and huge illuminated presents,” Moyer added.  “This brilliant holiday ensemble is a festive accent to our adjacent outdoor ice-skating rink making its popular return engagement from last year.  Also added for 2018 is an illuminated tunnel of lights leading guests from our Winter Wonderland to our East Lawn, site of our Christmas Forest.”

The lighting of the Crescent Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 1st at 6 p.m. has become a popular community event.  More than 30 trees will 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.  Each dollar donated to a specific tree counts as one vote.  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.

santa's brunch

Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 2 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 are 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.  This holiday breakfast feast is served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3-5, the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room swings open its doors for hungry lunch patrons and musical groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Representing all of Carroll County this year are the Green Forest Chamber Choir on Monday; the Eureka Springs Highlander Band and Choir on Tuesday; and on Wednesday, the Berryville High School Vocal Image, the Berryville Intermediate Bobcat Honor Choir, and the Berryville Elementary Choir.

On Wednesday evening, the Crescent will again host the Annual Holiday Community Dinner, this year benefitting the Writers’ Colony.  This casual, family-style meal welcomes the entire community to come and share delicious holiday fare while helping out this worthwhile local organization.  The meal begins at 6 p.m.

Other evening events will take place in the hotel’s Faculty Lounge Theater and will feature noted storyteller, Keith Scales.  He will be regaling a selection of Christmas ghost stories during his performance of “Frightfully Festive” on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights, December 2, 3 and 5.  On the evenings of December 4 and 6, same time/same place, he will be presenting “The Funny Side of The Ozarks” with lively tales of the area.  All performances begin at 9 p.m.

An afternoon event, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church, will mark its fifty-second year on Thursday, December 6.  The Annual Silver Tea will see the ladies of the church, dressed in period costumes, serving up tea and coffee from polished silver sets in the Crystal Dining Room while offering up a plethora of holiday edibles.  The event takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 and a charitable donation from each guest at the door is greatly appreciated.crescent ice skatingWeather permitting, the highly popular Crescent Ice-Skating Rink will welcome skaters for its official re-opening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night starting on Sunday, December 2.  Friday, December 7, night’s open skate will feature the “Friday Night Fun Kick-Off with Santa” celebration from 5 to 6 in hotel’s Winter Wonderland.

Eureka Springs’ Five and Dime Players take the stage in the hotel’s Conservatory on Friday night, December 7 for their presentation of a live Holiday Radio Show.  Ticket holders will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres at 6 o’clock with the “curtain” going up at 7 for 90 minutes of seasonal fun and songs.

“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, go to ChristmasAtTheCrescent.com.

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New Years Day Feast

Celebrate the new year with a special New Years Day Feast in the Crystal Dining Room.
New Years Day Feast 2019
8 am to 1pm
Cost is $19.95 per Adult $7.95 children 6-12 and 5 and under free
Call for Reservations: 877-342-9766
The Menu will feature: 
Full Breakfast Offerings, Action Station, Carved Prime Rib, Salad and Dessert offerings,  Sausage, Frittata, Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Potatoes.
Lunch entree plates will be also be offered: 2 hot Entrees one pork and one fish, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads and dessert offerings.

Santa’s Brunch

santa's brunchSanta arrives at The Crescent Hotel on Sunday, December 2nd where he is the star attraction at the 19th annual Santa’s Brunch, held in his honor.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite to rival Santa and your favorite camera (don’t forget the kids).  While eating to their heart’s delight guests also get a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a last chance to nudge a good present and convince him you were not one of the naughty one’s, while you family can capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Of course brunch is “up a notch” even from its well known status of “the Best Brunch in the Ozarks” and holiday music entertains the crowd.

Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for just the right shot but be sure to arrive between 11a.m. and 1 p.m. to not miss the opportunity.

Santa’s Brunch 2018
8 am to 1pm
Cost is $19.95 per Adult $7.95 children 6-12 and 5 and under free
Call for Reservations: 877-342-9766
The Menu will feature: 
Full Breakfast Offerings, Action Station, Carved Prime Rib, Salad and Dessert offerings,  Sausage, Frittata, Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Potatoes, just like our typical Saturday and Sunday Fare now.