Sleeping With A Ghost…

SLEEPING WITH A GHOST…
…is guaranteed during the month of October at America’s Most Haunted Hotel as every room -even Michael’s Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel)- will have a “ghost” on the bed welcoming guests as they enter.

 “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is giving overnight guests during the month of October a guarantee that they can sleep with a ghost.   The ghost of the guarantee may not be of the paranormal kind but a “ghost” nonetheless.

“When guests check in to the 1886 Crescent Hotel, the question most often asked when handed their key is ‘Is there a ghost in this room?’  Well, during the month of October, Crescent front desk clerks can cheerfully answer ‘Yes!’,” said Jack Moyer, hotel vice president and general manager.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, has been featured on nearly 10 nationally syndicated paranormal television shows in as many years and is regularly listed at or near the top of all haunted hotel lists found online.  “USA Today has featured our hotel in full-page articles twice and NBC’s Today Show has mentioned our property on numerous Halloween versions of their morning broadcast,” Moyer added.  “However, the best national exposure of our ‘guests who check out but never leave’ was when Syfy’s highly popular Ghost Hunters program captured a full body apparition here on their thermal imaging camera while conducting an on-site investigation.  They called it ‘the holy grail of ghost hunting’.”

Throughout the years, many guests have reported seeing, hearing or feeling an apparition in their room during their overnight stay at the 1886 Crescent.  Some have even described those sensations in or around the bed while sleeping.

“It was the frequency of these random encounters that encouraged us to offer every overnight guest during this October such an experience,” explained Moyer, “even though in a somewhat whimsical manner.  We will be decorating each sleeping room with a cute, cuddly, three-foot by two-foot by one-foot white plush ghost to hang on to during the sleeping hours.  A paranormal security binkie has never taken a more delightful form.”

Moyer concluded, “As an added bonus, if any guest wants to take home one of these snuggly ghosts, they will be available in our hotel gift shop.”

For more information, one may go to CrescentHotel.com and AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com .

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt

Enjoy a grand Easter Brunch servedd in the Crystal Ballroom with all the traditional fixings. 10am-2pm. Reservations are recommended by calling: 479-253-9652

Easter Menu:

Omelet Station

Spring Vegetable Frittata

Sausage

Bacon

Biscuits and Gravy

Peel and Eat Shrimp

Bagels and Lox

Fresh Fruit and Cheese Display

Chocolate Fountain

Assorted Desserts

Assorted Breakfast Breads

Carved Prime Rib

Carved Candied Ham

Salmon over wild rice with Sweet Corn Chowder Sauce

Oven Roasted Pork Loin with BBQ Onion Jus Lie

Cornish Game Hen with Rosemary

Potatoes Au Gratin

Grilled Asparagus with White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce

Assorted Fresh Homeade Salads

 

$27.95 per person (18 and up),  $12.95 (5-17), 4 and under Free

Seating is from 10am to 2pm.  Champagne begins at 10am.

Call 479 253 9652 for your reservation.

 

Annual Crescent Egg Hunt

Egg Hunt Begins at 1pm

Two age groups:
0-6 East Lawn location
6-12 Fountain Garden location
Easter bunny comes to visit on the Boardwalk at 1pm. Bring your cameras!

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

Top 10 Eureka Springs Wedding Tips

TOP 10 PLANNING TIPS FROM THE WEDDING PROFESSIONALS AT THE 1886 CRESCENT HOTEL AND SPAwedding tips

Romance is as bountiful in Eureka Springs, Arkansas as their artesian springs are bounteous following an afternoon rain.  Some say it is the fairy-tale-like aura of this historic village as well as being the home to the iconic Thorncrown Chapel that has attracted -and is still attracting- thousands of brides each year to choose this beautiful community as the site for their wedding.

It is this indisputable fact that caused this marriage Mecca to be aptly named “The Wedding Capital of The South”.  And to make that journey as easy and trouble-free as possible, the wedding professionals at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa have assembled 10 tips on planning a wedding here.

“Most will agree that if Eureka Springs is the wedding tiara brides seek, then Thorncrown Chapel and the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa are its crown jewels,” said Susan Dickson, sales manager for the Crescent Hotel.  “But due to the tremendous popularity of Thorncrown, not everyone can be accommodated.  That is one reason why we here at the Crescent Hotel have been allowed by Thorncrown to have our brides, those who plan their wedding through us, to book this world-renowned chapel farther than one year out.

“Therefore, I strongly recommend TIP #1, first and foremost, to all my brides, especially those planning to book Thorncrown Chapel.”

Dickson and other members of the Crescent wedding team, Sales Manger Terra Lewis and Activities Coordinator Mary Howze, offer up a total of 10 tips to help a bride navigate the unfamiliar waters of planning her Eureka Springs’ wedding.

TIP #1 – Book your venue once you have established your date.  Not to do so, can cause heartbreak and disappointment if where you want to get married and have your reception are booked on what you have chosen to be your special day.  (BONUS TIP:  You and your fiancé should have several discussions with family and friends so you can choose the date most a136Merritt2008PurdyArtCoccommodating to most of them.)

TIP #2 – Take into account the time of year of your event.  Many brides will theme/color coordinate her wedding to that season.  Time of year should also be considered when choosing wedding party wardrobe.  Sleeveless, strapless bridesmaids’ dresses might be uncomfortable for an outdoor wedding in late fall or early spring.  Although Eureka Springs traditionally has mild summer temperatures, some days can be downright hot.  Your groom, his groomsmen, -and your dad- will appreciate not having to wear a wool tux coat and vest midday under an August sun.  (BONUS TIP: One recent trend for outdoor weddings has been coordinated casual ensembles for the wedding party; comfortable and fun.)

TIP #3 – Consider a location that can erect a large tent.  A beautiful, white wedding tent can be perfect for the ceremony and/or the reception.  It c210protects guests from the sun and should the unthinkable happen (whisper “rain”), everything could be moved under cover since most tents offer optional window-like side-panels.  For cool evenings, lighting and well-placed heaters can be added.  (BONUS TIP: Unity candles do not work well out of doors or even under an open tent; the flames blow out with the slightest breeze.  Unity sand might be an alternative choice.)

TIP #4 – Arrive a couple days early for a destination wedding.  This way you can recoup from the travel and get comfortable and familiar with the property.  Have your bridesmaids also arrive early and opt for a wedding day eve morning massage.  It will relax minds and bodies for the rehearsal later in the day and the wedding the next. (BONUS TIP: Remember that your wedding is also a family reunion and most hotels can give you a special rate for any family and friends who would like to arrive a few days early.)

TIP #5 – Make spa and salon appointments months in advance.  This way you know your massage, makeup and that “up-do” hair appointment will fall precisely c052within your schedule.  And remember, moms (and grand-moms) enjoy looking nice for the wedding, too, so think about scheduling -in advance- a hair appointment for them as well.  (BONUS TIP: If you would like to have a facial before your wedding, estheticians highly recommend having it at least 48 hours before your event.)

TIP #6 – Hire a florist to prepare simple reception centerpieces.  Most reception rooms are beautiful and require very little additional décor enhancements.  However, should centerpieces be part of your “vision”, a local or area florist that delivers and sets them in place will take one more task off your wedding day list.  (BONUS TIP: Be sure to give your florist the list of corsages and boutonnières needed.)

TIP #7 – Live music for the wedding is an elegant touch.  A wedding savvy single musician (or ensemble) should be able to play both your selection of ceremony songs on his/her cello, violin, Photo by Purdy Art Co.guitar, keyboard or similar instrument as well as vocal accompaniment -with at least one rehearsal- should they be part of your ceremony.  Reception music is usually determined by the kind of reception you are having.  Live music -like that of your ceremony- makes the perfect enhancement for a sit down dinner.  If the reception is more finger food and open bar, a more upbeat-style band or deejay works best.  (BONUS TIP:  Most deejays can also serve as your reception’s emcee.)

TIP #8 – Think of your personal well-being when scheduling.  Designate an agenda that will get you nourishment and hydration during the time/days leading up to your event.  Many brides, unfortunately, say, “I’m too busy to eat.” or do not drink enough water which leads them to feeling weak and faint on their wedding day.  (BONUS TIP: If need be, ask a friend or bridesmaid to be your “nourishment coach”.)

TIP #9 – Assign friends special tasks.  In addition to your personal “nourishment coach”, another could be “the guest herder” making sure family and friends follow the agreed-upon schedule.  But perhaps the most important assignment will be “the keeper of the cell phone”, a discerning friend protecting you from well-meaning and curious friends and relatives who, during those final hours just prior to the wedding, will bombard you with frivolous calls and text messages.  (BONUS TIP:  Just prior to the ceremony, have an usher or family member ask the congregation to please silence their cell phones.)

TIP #10 – Don’t forget the marriage license!  This is easily achieved by clearly outlining your plan for securing it, presenting it to the minister just prior to the ceremony and returning it -before the deadline- to the county office that issued it.  Get firm answers -far in advance- to such questions regarding where do you purchase a license, what documents are required, the cost, the payment method (cash only?  exact amount required?), where is the courthouse, when is it open, how do we get the signed license registered after the ceremony, etc.  (BONUS TIP:  If your wedding event is on or around a holiday, call and find out -for sure- the courthouse’s hours and days of operations around that holiday.)

“This is not an all-inclusive list by any means,” concluded Dickson.  “However, these were the high-priority suggestions from those of us here at the Crescent who work with brides on a daily basis which add up to more than 400 annual wedding events.”

For more information on planning a Eureka Springs wedding, one may go to http://eurekaspringsweddings.travel/, by calling 800-903-4940, or by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CrescentBride.

Parallel Universes Weekend a HUGE Success…

The recent Parallel Universes Weekend here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
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was an overwhelming success. Everyone who attended had a great time with a lot of eyes, ears, minds and universes being opened. Subtitled “…where paranormal and science meet”, let me say the “meeting” was most pleasurable and the two entities came together like wrapping paper to the sticky side of the tape… and this three day event truly was a gift for even the casually interested parties. Building on its success, the hotel plans to have a “2nd Annual”… so look for it here and other Crescent / Eureka Springs Internet sites and facebook pages. One item I made note of, a speaker said, “The you you see is not you… but the you that is seeing the you in you is.” (Even I kinda sorta got my hands around that one… without causing any blisters!)

-Bill Ogg