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This goes out to all mothers of kids who will soon be Spring Breaking: this year win the title of “Cool Mom”. How? Bring those children to Eureka Springs’ premier resort hotel: the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. Here are some reasons why:
Your day might start out by the just the two of you enjoying morning coffee on your balcony deck, with the quiet surroundings and mountain views. Kick up your feet and take in the beauty of the Ozark Mountain hillside. Many guests choose to enjoy sitting around the hotel lobby by the fireplace with a good book to read.
Ready for some active adventure? Grab your camera and step out the front doors to the Crescent trailhead and explore the wooded in town trails. The quiet surroundings and hilly trails give you that exhilaration in the crisp cool winter days. Deer frequent the trails of Eureka Springs so make sure to have your camera ready and if you enjoy architecture the trails lead you right along some of Eureka Springs prominent historic homes which makes it a fun sight to see and photo op.
Afternoon Resort Activities
A little fun in Winter Wonderland
Stay active and take the best selfie in our Winter Wonderland! The Lifetime Memories skating rink is still open for the season and a great place to hangout fireside and sip on hot chocolate. The perfect way to enjoy those chilly winter days.
If you worked up an appetite enjoy a menu of culinary delights from our Crystal Dining Room or head up to the SkyBar for a delicious pizza and craft beer, the view is amazing. Seeking a little more adventure, take the Crescent Ghost Tour and dive into the unsettling years when the hotel was a cancer hospital and why there was a morgue.
Whatever you end up doing, remember winter is time to slow down, so just be together and enjoy the solitude without all the crowds at the Crescent Hotel.
Ice Skating Returns to the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
Once again this year, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa will be offering ice skating beginning January 1, 2020, 5PM-8PM.
“A little part of us had hoped for colder temperatures to help us with our rink,” stated Jack Moyer, hotel executive vice president and general manager, “but Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated. With that said, we are well on our way and with incoming low temps we expect to open the New Year with a Skate Party. Assuming the temps allow us to establish ‘hard ice’ we will be welcoming skaters on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the season. ‘Eureka Springs Night’ is every Tuesday.”
Regular Season Skating hours:
Thursday: Broom Ball @ 5PM & Free Skate @ 6:30PM
Friday: Weekend Kickoff Party & Learn To Skate
Saturday: Winter Wonderland Party
Sunday: Open Skate
Skating admission is $5 for adults. Children five and under skate free when accompanied by an adult. Skates are available for rent in a good variety of sizes
A new addition this year are the curling lanes. “I am sure you have seen this strange but fun event during the winter Olympics,” Moyer noted, “and now you can try your hand at this ‘shuffleboard on ice’.”
Since all skate days are dependent on the weather conditions, those interested in visiting the Crescent Hotel for ice skating are encouraged to check rink status -open or closed- at crescenthotel.com. The hotel is located at 75 Prospect Avenue on Eureka Springs’ Upper Historic Loop.
Every year, the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa plans out of a week full of fun and holiday experiences during their “Christmas at The Christmas”, December 7-13. This year is wonderfully exceptional.
On that Saturday, you arrive in this Ozark village called Eureka Springs in time to take the Preservation Society’s “Christmas Tour of Homes”. That evening you’ll stumble across the hotel’s Christmas Forest Tree Lighting Ceremony where 30 trees, each decorated by local charity, come alive illuminating this spa resorts mountaintop acreage.
Sunday morning you might opt to unwind with a little Yoga Flow prior to your visit to the Crystal Dining Room for Santa’s Brunch. This feast, hosted by Santa himself, welcomes you to sit in his lap for a photo op between trips to the scrumptious holiday buffet. Afterwards, hear the true story behind the hotel’s recent archeological dig unfold during the “Proof of Our Success” presentation. Eureka Springs’ downtown shops are ready for Christmas shopping, too and are only a hotel shuttle van ride away.
The holiday weekends in Eureka are full, but this week at the Crescent sees the list of experiential activities full and fun like holiday concerts at lunchtime from area schools, wine tastings, craft beer tastings, Christmas craft classes, hatchet throwing, walking tours, and such. Relive history on Thursday when you are invited learn how to create a baked holiday treat from the old Crescent girls’ college cookbook. Remember, the hotel shuttle remains on-ready to take you to and fro downtown for even more shopping each and every day.
Weekday evenings are event-full as well. Hotel mysteries are told in the fireplace-lit lobby on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Added on Wednesday is the “Christmas Community Dinner”, served family-style- in the Crystal Dining Room. And you become part of a “live studio audience” as the Five & Dime Players take the stage in the Conservatory for the presentation of their annual holiday radio show on Thursday and Friday nights.
It comes down to this, Eureka Springs is one great Christmas getaway and this Historic Hotel of America, clothed in brilliant holiday decorations, is its festive epicenter. If you come for the weekend or a few days during the week, you will not be disappointed during “Christmas at The Crescent”.
Continue the holiday spirit thru December with the Eureka Springs Christmas Festival.
The ‘Most Haunted Hotel in America‘ Was Once a Crooked Cancer “The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. Over the years, many guests have reported ghost sightings and other paranormal activity, a fact that was known to Marty and Elise Roenigk when they bought the hotel in 1997. As a result, the Roenigks hired two certified mediums to do a reading of the building. The mediums found that the hotel showed signs of being a portal “to the other side,” as in a “dimension that holds the spirits of the dead” and can be accessed by those “on the same frequency” as ghosts.
“Does this haunted hotel have a portal to the other side? But just why is a supposed portal to the other side located inside a hotel?
“According to legend, in 1937, radio personality and inventor Norman G. Baker bought the building and housed a hospital. There, he treated cancer patients despite lacking any training and, as a result, many allegedly people died. The apparent “portal” in the Crescent Hotel is located on top of what used to be the morgue of that hospital.
“Since then, many guests have booked a stay at the haunted hotel and have experienced many classic signs that a place is haunted. People have reported seeing the ghosts of Baker’s patients as well as that of Morris, a beloved cat that used to live in the hotel and is buried behind it. Because of these sightings, as well as the findings of the mediums hired by the Roenigks, the Crescent Hotel hosts ghost tours every night for guests who want to brave staying overnight in one of the country’s haunted hotels.” (end of MSN release)
And this Halloween night, attendees to a seance might be able to communicate with those on that other side. For on the heels of last year’s amazing and hair-raising séance, internationally-recognized illusionist and medium, Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay, return to the Crystal Ballroom of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa located here in an effort to connect with the ghostly spirits that visit the rooms and roam the hallways of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay will lay out the personalities that are believed to reside in the haunted hotel and will begin the séance with paranormal experiments involving members of the audience. This year’s séance will utilize many of the medical specimen jars extricated from Norman Baker’s “bottle grave” uncovered during a formal archeological dig on the hotel property earlier this year. Baker owned and operated the hotel as a cancer curing hospital in the late 1930s. Some of the glass containers clearly show fleshy remains.
The night will crescendo with the entire audience taking out their pendulums and/or their favorite ghost hunting apps as the couple engages the haunting spirits of this Historic Hotel of America with a custom crafted spiritual encounter just for the night. One goal is to connect with those whose flesh has been sealed in some of the recovered bottles.
Regarding last year’s Crescent Hotel Halloween séance, Sean-Paul said, “The results of the Crescent séance from last year were beyond what we were expecting, and we are excited to see what will happen this year!”
For decades upon decades the stories of “the Baker years” at the 1886 Crescent Hotel have been told. With no living eyewitnesses to these stories, they were mere legend. It wasn’t until earlier this year that actual proof of these stories was literally uncovered when the Arkansas Archeological Survey team carefully uncovered the secret bottle grave of the Crescent’s most infamous resident owner, Norman Baker.
Also unearthed, it seems, was additional paranormal activity further validating this historic resort, located atop the Arkansas Ozarks, as “America’s most haunted hotel”. This ghostly moniker has now been chiseled into granite… or more accurately stated: limestone, the predominate rock formations of Crescent Mountain.
Baker, a charlatan from Muscatine IA, owned the hotel in the late 1930s when he operated the structure as a cancer hospital where promises of a cure filled the hotel with suffering victims of the disease. His bottles contained a) several of his “curing” potions, despite the fact that no one was ever cured; and b) fleshy medical specimens extracted from his patients, despite the fact that Baker was not a doctor. Also found was an identifiable section of one of his promotional movies, a find that the archeologists said was like finding Baker’s business card.
“We had heard the stories. We had read the promises of Baker’s promotional material. We had even seen his poster where he proudly displayed his bottled cures and bottled tumors extricated from his patients,” explained Jack Moyer, hotel vice president and general manager, “but it wasn’t until more than 500 bottles from the northwest corner of our 15 acres were excavated during a formal archeological dig, did we actually get to see these antique bottles of macabre proof.”
Added proof of these bottles’ authenticity came during an interview with two ladies, Genevieve Bowman and Dorothy Bridgeman, who once served the hotel as waitpersons while in high school. Each, upon seeing them again, remembers the bottles as those they saw during excursions to the hotel’s basement area that was Baker’s morgue. It was in the morgue where these bottle were stored in a displayed manner.
The legend now proven has spawned such often re-experienced paranormal encounters as children being seen huddled under the morgue’s autopsy table pleading for help; the reoccurrence of a Baker patient who also served as a hospital assistant being seen in and around Room 419, better known as Theodora’s room; the early morning, loud squeaking of wheels in the third floor corridor accompanied by sightings of a nurse pushing a corpse-laden gurney down the hallway only to see it vanish into thin air; and the numerous “conversations” with former patients by way of responses via an EMF (electromagnetic field) ghost meter during paranormal investigations.
The interest in the paranormal aspect of the Crescent Hotel has drawn more than 15 national and international television production companies to visit this Historic Hotel of America and air ghostly episodes on the hotel. Two such notable programs are the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and the Syfy channel’s “Ghost Hunters”. With the airing of each episode, ghost aficionados flock to Eureka Springs to see firsthand the hotel and now its bottle find. “Our numbers are growing exponentially,” Moyer added.
The best of the unearthed bottles is now back on display in the Crescent’s morgue. Both the morgue, complete with autopsy table, and a walk-in cooler where Baker stored cadavers and body parts are open for public viewing as part of the hotel’s nightly ghost tour. Even the burial site, the archeological dig locale, has been preserved and is open for viewing during the hotel’s VIP Ghost Tour.
To add to the enhanced paranormal interest during the month of October, hotel guests will also be able to take part in such extra resort offerings as “Flickering Tales”, a campfire circle where Ozark ghost stories are told under a nighttime sky; and a private paranormal panel entitled “Ghost Tour Guides: Their Inside Stories”, a forum where veteran Crescent Hotel ghost guides tell of their personal hair-raising encounters while touring the “Grand Ol’ Lady of The Ozarks”.
For more information, go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com.
On the heels of last year‘s 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. BUY TICKETS
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 a full-on Hypnosis show 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 reside in the haunted hotel, and will begin the Séance with more paranormal experiments involving members of the audience. The night will crescendo with the entire audience taking out their pendulums and/or their favorite Ghost Hunting apps as Sean-Paul and Juliane engage the spirits of the Crescent with a script custom-crafted 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., and will include a break to refresh the spirits and purchase pendulums. The 2nd half will begin around 10:15 p.m.
Reserve your seat at this popular event today! BUY TICKETS
(Free to Guests of the Crescent Or Basin Park Hotels)
When the Summer crowds dwindle and the fall leaves are down, out emerges a more intimate feel to the Castle that sits high atop Crescent Mountain. Mountain Lodge best describes the winter months in Eureka Springs at the Crescent Hotel; where couples escape; friends travel and families celebrate together.
This is a unique time for weddings and celebrations.
Consider reconnecting to family and friends as you welcome them to your special place for a winter weekend and wedding celebration. Call your “House Party” to the Bridal Studio in the New Moon Spa & Salon to plan & personalize The Crystal Dining Room for your ceremony and celebration. The hotel will serve as host, the house party will define it as your weekend.
Crystal Ballroom – A Winter Weekend with Friends
This package is designed to accommodate both your wedding ceremony and your reception to be held in the Crystal Ballroom capturing the charm of At Home Celebration while incorporating your “house party” to personalize the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa to your Mountain Retreat for the weekend.
This Winter Weekend Celebration is designed for up to 75 pp and includes the following:
A romantic arbor for your ceremony. The perfect way to bring the feel of the outdoors inside on a beautiful winter day.
A Toasting Lounge in the Ballroom…complete with a sofa, comfy chairs, side tables and rugs. Up against the Ballroom windows, this could also be a great setting for your ceremony as well as a lounge area for your guests during your reception.
A scenic back drop taking you back to the days of movies simulating a movie set that will take you away to another realm. Again, a good backdrop for your ceremony as well as a wonderful photo op for your guests throughout the evening.
Gothic Windows surrounded by period décor creating the illusion of times past. This is ideal for an all white wedding.
Packages are great starting points. If this doesn’t quite fit your dream…call us!
Our wedding team would be honored to help you customize your wedding!
Package available December 2019 through March 2020.
*Some restrictions apply. Offer is based on availability.