Santa 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.
The Crystal Dining Room invites you and your family for a holiday feast on Christmas Day at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.
2018 Feast Menu
11am – 2pm. Cost $29.95 for Adults, $14.95 Children 6-12 and 5 and under free. Call for reservations: 877-342-9766
Carved Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Red Wine Au Jus
Carved Leg of Lamb with Fresh Mint Jelly and
Carved Pineapple Glazed Christmas Ham
Homestyle Mashed Potatoes
Country Style Green Beans with Bacon and Caramelized Onions
Roasted Turkey Breast with Giblet Gravy and Cornbread Stuffing
Goose, Duck and Vegetable Pot Pie
Vegetarian Fall Squash Medley
Chef Sandi’s Homemade Salads
Peel and Eat Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Bagels and Lox
Fresh Fruit and Cheese Display
Assorted Christmas Desserts
Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Upscale Fun, the Crescent Hotel welcomes the Melodikats to the Crystal Dining Room for an evening of classic rock and favorite pop hits to fill the room with well known tunes and the dance floor with New Years Eve Revelers. Band will perform 10pm – 1am.
There are two ways to best enjoy the evening:
Full Night – Dinner with a reserved Table
By selecting either an 8:30 or 9:00 pm seating your New years Eve celebration will include a guaranteed VIP table, personal server for the evening, a Four-Course Meal champagne and all taxes and gratuities, plus admission to the NYE party. New Year’s Eve Dinner $125 per person
o Seared Sea Scallops
o Fresh Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Champagne Butter Sauce and Sea Beans
o Field Greens topped with Roasted Beets, Toasted Pignolles and Heirloom Tomato Wedges drizzled with our Champagne Vinaigrette
Entrée Course – Choose 1
o 6 oz Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Ginger Beurre Blanc and Sea Beans served over Organic Black Rice with Sauteed Pancetta, Spinach and Shallot side.
o Surf and Turf. 6 oz Seared Prime Center Cut Filet with Foyer Sauce topped with Grilled Maine Lobster alongside our House Made Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes, Tri-Color Baby Carrots and Steamed Asparagus.
o Smoked Heirloom Tomato Ratatouille Classical Ratatouille with Zucchini, Eggplant, Squash, Red Onion and Leeks topped with Smoked Heirloom Tomato sauce served alongside Sauteed Spaghetti Squash and Toasted Pignolles.
o Chocolate Decadence Cheesecake
*Please call to secure a table for the evening and schedule dining reservations: 877-342-9766
New Years Eve Celebration – Party Only
The evening of upscale fun for those on the Party package begins at 10pm and runs until 1AM. Seating is on a first come first serve basis and not reserved but available. Some may be asked to meet new friends to accommodate those wishing to attend the evening. Parties of 6 or more may be reserved in advance with pre-payment. $35 per person. Buy Tickets.
Traditions change with time and sometimes time changes a tradition. But for the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa one thing has not changed. During the proud 132-year history of this “symbol of Arkansas hospitality” families have come to rely on The Crescent as the place to make holiday season lifetime memories. That is why families flock here to this mountaintop spa resort, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, every year from Thanksgiving through New Years for family reunions and informal gatherings of sort.
“We started coming to the Crescent Hotel during the holiday season several years ago for a mini-winter vacation and to enjoy such novelties as the great shopping and seeing the lights that sparkle throughout this Victorian village,” said one family patriarch. “Then three years ago we decided that it would be a great idea to invite the whole family, immediate and extended, to join us for a holiday reunion. The memories we now make here every year are the best gifts we can share… and they require no batteries. Plus we always make it back to our individual homes for Christmas day and our own hometown scheduled events.”
The overwhelming trend has been that families travel to Eureka Springs each year especially for the Eureka Springs Christmas Festival –2018 dates of November 30 through December 2– featuring signature events like the Historic Downtown Christmas Parade, and the Preservation Society’s Annual Historic Holiday Homes Tour. Many families will extend their visit beyond those dates to include the holiday celebration of “Christmas at The Crescent” that runs December 2 through 9. Some stay even longer.
The Holidays wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a little outside ice skating, hot chocolate, games and outdoor fire pit to gather your family and friends around. Crescent Ice Skating Rink will be opening during December thru January. Check daily resort activities for further info.
Holiday Family Reunion Deal ~ Must Call to Book: 877-342-9766
Some of this year’s holiday season activities slated for this National Register of Historic Places community include:
- Shop Small Saturday November 24th 2:30 – 4:30. Basin Spring Park
Momandpop will be playing, Santa will be available for Santa Selfie’s
and the first 100 people will receive a local retail, dining or spa gift certificate and Shop Small Bag! Basin Park Christmas tree lighting to follow.
- Annual Christmas Parade of Lights… Eureka Springs’ only nighttime parade with floats, bands and spectacular lights winding through the streets of Historic Downtown. Friday, November 30, 6 p.m.
- Annual Tour of Homes… tour some of Eureka Springs’ finest preserved homes decorated for the season. Saturday, December 1, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Christmas Forest Tree Lighting… more than 30 trees brilliantly decorated by local charities come alive with the flip of one switch with caroling and refreshments. Saturday, December 1, 6 p.m. in Crescent Park adjacent to the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.
- Santa’s Brunch… a room full of great holiday treats to eat and chance to meet Santa up-close and personally. Sunday, December 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Crystal Dining Room of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.
- A Night of Merry Making December 8th 5-8PM-Free Fun for the Whole Family,
Caroling in Basin Spring Park with momandpop at 5PM, Living Windows including Living Art Exhibit 5-8PM, Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt 5-8, Snow, Street Theater & More throughout this spectacular night of shopping downtown!
- Annual Silver Tea… coffee, tea and light snacks served from the finest silver to benefit a local charity. Thursday, December 6, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Crystal Dining Room of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.
- View Full Eureka Springs Christmas Schedule
For more information regarding holiday activities and lodging packages, one may visit <crescenthotel.com>.
Breakfast Buffet in the Conservatory 8:00am-10:00am
Fresh Cooked Frittata, Sausage Links, Sliced Ham, Breakfast potatoes, Buttermilk
Biscuits, and Gravy. Assorted Fruits, pastries, and breakfast breads, cereal, Jams,
Jellies, and condiments.
Thanksgiving Feast 11:00 am -4:00 pm. Reservations required: 877-342-9766
Thanksgiving Feast Menu 2018
Carved Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream and au jus
Carved Honey Glazed ham
Roasted Turkey Breast with Fresh Sausage Dressing
Homemade Cranberry Orange Cocktail
Roasted Red Fish over Wild Rice with Caramelized Shallot and Tomato Sauce
Homemade Mashed Potatoes with Giblet Gravy
Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Onions.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Marshmallow condiments
Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Quinoa Casserole with onions, carrots, and
Chef Sandi’s Scrumptious Homemade Salad Choices
Fresh Fruit Display
Peel and eat shrimp with cocktail sauce and fresh lemons
Pecan Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream
Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream
Sweet Potato Pie
Assorted Mini Cakes
Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce and Ice Cream
FALL COLOR IN THE OZARKS: COMING TO A MOUNTAINTOP SPA RESORT NEAR YOU
If you enjoy watching movie trailers (i.e. coming attractions), take a sneak peek at Eureka Springs’ fall colors on the Internet. The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, that sits atop the Arkansas Ozarks on 15 acres, has just installed a webcam allowing views of the increasing fall colors in the hills and hollows that surround this Historic Hotel of America.
For this sneak peek at the changing colors, go to eurekaspringsfallfoliage.com. The views offered are refreshed every 15 daylight minutes. The view shows the huge hardwood trees that as one looks across the Ozark valley to Eureka’s East Mountain and over the top of the historic Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. The source of this bird’s-eye view comes from the open-air balcony of the Crescent’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza located on the hotel’s top floor.
“Autumn in the Arkansas Ozarks takes on a brilliance that acts like a tractor beam to area citizens who want to gaze upon this annual Technicolor spectacle,” said hotel Director of Communications Bill Ott. “Eureka Springs is a traditional top five destination according to TripAdvisor for taking in the panoramic colors of autumn. Add to that a web of hiking and mountain biking trails that connect to our hotel, it is no wonder why we are already welcoming throngs of elated leaf lookers to the Crescent for a blockbuster fall mini-vacation.
“By the way, state fall color prognosticators say this year’s peak of coloration will be during the first week of November.”
“America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is suddenly moving to “world’s most haunted hotel” status thanks to the soon-to-air episode of the Global Photo Association Tokyo, Inc. (GPAUS) program for Fuji Television Network in Japan. The program, “What Is This Mystery” was shot on location at the hotel in May of this year and captured some unexplainable moments.
The founder of Paranormal Inc., Rich Newman of Memphis TN, who has been investigating the paranormal for more than ten years, appears on the program. He shared these experiences with hotel management, “I don’t know if the television crew spoke to you after our night monitoring Theodora’s room (Room 419), but we had quite an exciting night! While monitoring our subject sleeping in that room, several lamps turned themselves on and off. First it was a floor lamp in the couch/TV area. Then it was the nightstand lamp right beside the bed. While we were marveling over the bedside lamp switching on and off, the closet door in the room opened all by itself! What’s better, this all happened on camera!”
The Fuji Tv show makes the sixteenth paranormal program produced featuring the Crescent Hotel in the last dozen years. The most recent is an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America” which recently debuted.
Some of the most haunting Crescent stories to emerge in 2018 are those recounted the hotel’s ghost tour guides. Here are a few:
> At the conclusion of one of our nightly tours, two ladies -sisters- stopped me to ask a question. The blonde-haired lady asked me why I didn’t introduce the gentleman who was sitting in the rocking chair during my opening remarks in the hotel’s history room where we start each of our tours. I looked at her and told her there was no one sitting in the rocking chair. Her sister laughed and said, “That’s what I told her!” The blonde sister went on to say that he was wearing a three-piece brown suit and a rounded hat, and that he smiled, laughed and rocked all during my opening comments.
> One night in the morgue (which is located in the hotel’s basement, used as such by Norman Baker during the time he operated a ‘cancer curing’ hospital in the Crescent during the late 1930s), I had just brought my tour in and they were beginning to sit in the front area. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man high-stepping into the autopsy room. He wore a dark suit and top hat. I excused myself and went into the room, looked around and even opened the meat locker (where Baker stored cadavers and body parts), but there was no one there. However, I saw him as plain as day. The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I had goose bumps.
> While supervising one of my tours, I was standing against the wall across from the SkyBar located on the hotel’s fourth floor when, to my left, I saw an orange-striped tabby cat at the end of the hall. I walked down to that area, looked left and right but there was no cat. I just knew it was Morris, the hotel’s orange-striped tabby cat for 21 years from 1973 to 1994 and is buried -complete with headstone- in the hotel’s East Lawn garden, was paying us another visit! (Note: a cat-like entity is often “felt” in the hotel’s lobby rubbing up against a guest’s leg or jumping into a guest’s lap right below the Morris’ memorial poem and photo.)
> One night this summer, I had a full ghost tour of 24 people seated in the entranceway of the morgue. As I stood up to make my presentation, I heard distinct footsteps in the autopsy room which was just down the short hallway from us. It sounded like someone was pacing back and forth. I had an eerie feeling that it might be a ghost and that I was the only one who was hearing the footsteps. A few seconds later as I was presenting the story of Norman Baker, I noticed that no one on the tour was listening to me; they seemed distracted. So, I paused and asked the group, “Do you hear footsteps?” They all nodded in unison.
While the Crescent’s ghost tour guides capture many stories, guests are also encouraged to submit experiential stories and photos on the “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” Facebook page. Many of these photos include orbs that paranormal theorists contend contain the energy of one or more ghosts or entities. Here is one such account:
>I captured a lot of different orbs on my phone’s camera but I had one orb, seen by my naked eye, basically like kind of attack me. It came from across the room down in the morgue and zig-zagged at me then flew behind me. It made me feel very uncomfortable, plus I got super cold. A few seconds later, it appeared again, coming from behind me, traveling back across the room straight at me. However, this second time, it stopped and was just like hovering in front of me as if it were checking me out, eventually disappearing. What they say about the morgue being (paranormally) active is true indeed.
“The best thing about our mountaintop spa resort is that it is a Historic Hotel of America best known for weddings, romance travel, and a family gathering place,” explained Bill Ott, the hotel’s director of communications. “And, oh by the way, the 1886 Crescent Hotel is also said to have ghosts or what we like to call, ‘guests who check out but never leave’. Our haunted persona is just another avenue for creating lifetime memories.”
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VIP Seating (Front center/2 rows) $45 Per Person
Premium Seating (Side of Stage/2 Rows) $39 Per Person
General Seating $32 Per Person