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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Winter Things To Do 2018

Wintertime in Eureka Springs brings Relaxation, Re-connection and a chance to explore the Ozark landscapes with Discounted Overnight Room Rates.

For those looking to reconnect and relax with your spouse or partner, plan some spa time, shop, dine and stay over night with discounted Winter room rates by 30-45% from the normal season rates.  Click here for availability.  For Great Winter Things To Do, see below…

Spa Time

Winter Events

Winter Attractions

Horseback Riding

Outdoors & Other Things To Dowinter mountain biking

Late Summer: The Season for Active Seniors To Vacation in Eureka Springs

  According to an article published in Travel & Leisure Magazine written by Jim Becker, senior travelers visit this historic community of 2,000 -hidden away in the Arkansas Ozarks- for many reasons:  “great ‘Main Street’ town”, a designated “Distinctive Destination” in America by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and the fact that it is truly a “resort village”.  However, “active” seniors flock to enjoy this Extraordinary Escape as it pairs together interesting and enriching activities perfect for just two.senior ziplines

“Active seniors come to Eureka Springs in late summer not to sit in a rocker on one of our verandas and watch the clouds drift by,” explained Jack Moyer, general manager of two local historic hotels.  “Rather they come here to race past the clouds while flying along on one of Arkansas’ largest zip lines with no waiting in line behind dozens and dozens of children.  These are today’s seniors.”

Eureka Springs, in rebranding itself as the “Extraordinary Escape”, also made a real commitment to the outdoors.  Blessed with its location between two rivers and three lakes and within an hour to the Buffalo River Region, visitors enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking and the newest trend of stand-up paddle boarding on its adjacent lakes -Beaver, Table Rock and Leatherwood- and fishing, floating and scenic hikes are often found at the area rivers -White, Kings and Buffalo.  Eureka Springs also boasts an urban trail system89acb8096bae20df92548ab2453a850e through many of its parks and past its 63 springs locations.  Some trails reveal a hidden staircase or earthen path that leads up to “the crown at the top of the town”, the famous Crescent Hotel.  These simple strolls can turn a shopping sojourn into a challenging hiking experience just by turning a corner.  Mountain bikers are discovering that many of these hiking trails second as a challenging mountain bike route.  The authority site for a full listing of outdoor activities is www.EurekaSpringsOnline.com/outdoors.

Of course fall travel brings motorcyclists to the Ozarks.  Riders never stop grinning once they eureka springs motorcycle rideshave accepted the challenge of some of our local and area rides like the number one biker ride in the country, ‘The Pig Trail’ which is Arkansas Highway 23.”  Great rides are profiled on EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com and ArkansasArtTrail.com and include easy day trips to such sites as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Buffalo River Region.  Several Eureka hotels offer overnight covered and locked motorcycle parking with lodging.

Though active seniors may enjoy Eureka Springs’ thrills and excitement by day, it’s the relaxation and entertainment by night that make this destination stand alone as Arkansas’ premier resort destination.  Offering more than 2,000 affordable guest rooms ready to embrace visitors as the sun begins to sink but not before enjoying live entertainment, diving into a great meal, or giving in to the well-trained hands of a massage therapist at one Eureka’s numerous spas.

Live entertainment found on the 21 & Fun entertainment listing or the professional shows including Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, or a Crescent Hotel ghost tour offer eureka springs senioroutstanding and truly unique evening performances.  More than 100 area restaurants, including two dozen of the state’s finest, are located in Eureka Springs. Restaurant listings with local favorites may be found at EurekaSpringsRestaurant.com and area attractions are at ReserveEureka.com.  Local spa massage professionals work hard to transform tired bodies into a relaxed state.  Unique garden settings coupled with well-known national brands like Aveda and Bare Minerals offer patrons an exceptional and pleasant renewal experience.

Whether one refers to Eureka Springs as “The Little Switzerland of America” or “The Stair-Step Town” as Becker did or by the appellation adopted by the city, “The Extraordinary Escape”, it seems active seniors call it “the place to be” for a late summer vacation.

Eureka Springs is Roaring Back this Summer

The sound of families coming to Eureka Springs this summer is a familiar “roar”, not heard in this historic Arkansas Ozark village for the past few years. One of the main reasons for this recent influx is the addition of numerous new evening shows and family-friendly attractions that have added balance to an already bountiful entertainment offering.

“We are so excited about this summer here in Eureka,” stated Jack Moyer, hotel manager and past board chairman for the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. “Even with our summer season just a few days old we are already feeling the positive impact of these new shows and attractions.”

Moyer cited meaningful year-to-date growth in both occupancy and revenue at his two hotels, the Crescent and Basin Park. “And just from my personal observation, based on 20 years of Eureka experience, it seems as though day-trip crowds have grown by a guesstimated 20 percent,” he added.

Some of the new attractions for this summer include Arkansas’ biggest variety show, “Lovin’ Every Minute”, an eye-popping production of songs, dance, live band, The Great Passion PlayCirque-style acrobats and unbelievable special effects performed in the heart of historic downtown at The Aud; “Spirits of The Basin”, a new guided tour at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel that takes patrons from the edge of the roof to the chill of the dark limestone cave while being introduced to spirits of both the paranormal and liquid kind; a behind the scenes tour of The Great Passion Play’s multi-level, authentically-detailed sets provides a new and unique perspective on the monumental aspects of this grand production and Pig Trail Harley-Davison has expanded into the Eureka Springs market by opening the long-awaited Eureka Springs Harley-Davidson.

“The community has really stepped up and brought in attractions and shows that not only round out the family offering but provide balance to the menu of things to see and do for everyone who visits Eureka Springs,” added Moyer. “These man-made attractions coupled with our cornucopia of natural entertainment like the ‘big water’ of Beaver Lake, hiking and mountain bike trails through our forested hills and our celebrated motorcycle rides will keep vacationers happy and active for days.”Eureka Springs Ziplines

Other Eureka Springs attractions include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, the performance of The Great Passion Play, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, The New Moon Spa, Historic District Trolley Tours, Opera in the Ozarks, Belle of the Ozarks, downtown’s Spa1905, Crescent Hotel’s productions of “Flickering Tales” and “Not Really A Door”.

“Perhaps Eureka Springs had lost a little bit of its balance as a destination in the past few years, however with these new attractions added to the fact that Eureka Springs remains a unique mountain town, blessed with many artists and located between two major lakes and famous rivers, we are clearly back as an ‘extraordinary escape’… seven days a week… for all vacationers,” concluded Moyer.

For complete travel ideas and information, one may go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com.
For attraction tickets and reservations, one may go to ReserveEureka.com.

Eureka Springs Season in Full Swing

May brings travelers to Eureka Springs, Arkansas with Great Weather, New Attractions Opening for the Season and Lodging Discounts! 

Seniors traveling in May can find discounts on lodging, great dining and evening entertainment.   The opening of The Great Passion Play on Friday, May 1st is complimented by the George Brothers Show opening in Pine Mountain Jamboree and the exciting introduction of Lovin’ Every Minute, a high production show certain to dazzle you with stunning technical effects and music ranging from jazz to classic rock to broadway! Cirque-style acrobatics and performed downtown Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm in the city auditorium.

Couples looking to venture on a quick getaway can enjoy good outdoor weather while walking the many trails around downtown Eureka Springs or at the city park, Lake Leatherwood.  Lots of  shopping, spa discount packages, and nightlife to choose from.   “Phunkberry Music Festival” and outdoor festival in Eureka Springs is coming up May 7- May 10.  Check out lineup and tickets here.  Intrigue Theater is also another amazing show of Illusion and Mystery that will leave you guessing how they did it! Opening May 22 this season at Gavioli Theater.  View more info.

Bikers love the winding roads leading towards Eureka Springs.  Biker friendly hotels  are designed to accommodate the riders with comfortable rooms and amenities, discounts on spa services or dining, and locked and covered parking.  View Eureka Springs Ride Maps.

Love the Arts? Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts has it all from one of a kind Art Exhibits, Galleries, Artrageous Parade, Music in the park, White Street Walk, Made By Me Maker’s Fair, Books & Bloom and more! View all calendar of events here.

End of Summer Discounts

Now that the kids are going back to school, its time for the adults to getaway and play. Enjoy a trip to Eureka Springs without all the crowds. 

*Eureka Springs is offering Attraction Discounts 8/18-8/28 on ReserveEureka.com

 

*Active Seniors SAVE Sunday-Thursday in August:

Stay in a Premium Room, Receive a Dinner for Two in the 1886 Steakhouse and 2 Traditional Massages for JUST $275.  Valid 8/18-8/21 & 8/24-8/28. Check Availability.

 

A Thrilling Family Vacation…

A Thrilling Family Vacation Where Families Vacation Together

Instead of dealing with the heat and long lines at an amusement park where the family is off doing different things, why not take a trip to Eureka Springs where the whole Family Vacations Together!

Eureka Springs has many Fun and Thrilling Attractions that the Whole Family can do together.

 

Exploring Downtown

Families love being in downtown where kids can explore the old Civil War Cave, the rock bluff shelter above Basin Spring Park, finding some cool magic tricks at the Magic Shop, or go explore the many staircases that connect Downtown Spring Street and Main Street.  For a fun experience of learning Eureka’s past characters or finding the underground, take one of these walking tours: Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour OR the Downtown – N – Underground Tour.  Tours are Everyday at 11am & 4pm, Kids under 12 are FREE!

Families can take a break and dine downtown together after the parents do some shopping.  Great food for all ages and the best view in downtown is at the Balcony Restaurant, located on the 2nd floor of the Basin Park Hotel.  Stay downtown where the most FUN Happens!

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Uncover the Mystery

Intrigue Theater is great for parents and kids of all ages.  Be amazed at some of the outstanding illusion and magic put on by illusionist, Sean Paul and medium, Juliane Fey. Set in a century year old building with theater style seating you will go back in time as they keep you guessing and entertain you with their close up magic and mystery. An intriguing experience you don’t want to miss!

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Explore America’s Most Haunted Hotel

Bring the whole family and stay over at a haunted hotel. Kids will love exploring the hallways with their cameras to see if they can catch orbs and they will sure to be thrilled on the nightly ghost tour that gives you a glimpse into the haunted past of the historic hotel while ending up in the morgue!  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa sits atop the hillside of Eureka Springs, with beautiful views on the 4th floor of the Ozarks, surrounding gardens, verandas, trails, and a swimming pool.  A great vacation spot to scare up some lifetime memories!

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A Thrill in the Sky

Experience the exhilarating thrill of the Eureka Springs Ziplines Canopy Tour.  This is a must for the whole family! Families can have outdoor fun and a safe adventure tour together through the Ozark treetops. Enjoy 2 hours of fun as you start gradually through the trees and make your way up to the ultimate zipline, soaring 200 + feet high and about 1800 feet long!  A perfect family adventure.

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America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama

Take the whole family and relive The Greatest Story Ever Told! Staged in an outdoor amphitheater, the multi-level set, special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of 170 Biblically costumed actors come together to create the thrilling epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth.  The play is not the only thing to see and do thought.  The Christ of the Ozarks, the Holy Land Tour, Moses Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a section of the Berlin Wall, the Church in the Grove, the Bible Museum, and the Sacred Arts Museum are also on the grounds!

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Jump Into Fun

For great summer fun with the family explore any of the 3 rivers and 3 lakes that surround Eureka Springs. For nearby swimming visit Beaver Dam, rent ski boats or pontoons on Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake or go paddle boating on Lake Leatherwood.  For fishing, kayak or canoe rentals visit the White River, Kings River or Buffalo River. Break off from the heat and have fun in the water on your summer vacation.

Lake Activities

 

Roars & Growls

A visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge brings kids and families face to face with over 150 exotic big cats. Open everyday, the 459 acre refuge offers visitors an education station, keeper talks, self guided tours, habitat tours, and feeding time for visitors to witness.  Only a short 7 mile drive from downtown Eureka Springs, take your kids to see the wild!

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Variety Shows

Everybody loves a laugh and live music so why not take the family to two of Eureka Springs Fun, Family Shows.  The Pine Mountain Theater offers families country, gospel, comedy, bluegrass, blues and rock n roll every evening, except for Sunday, unique souvenir items, and free all you can eat popcorn. Ozark Mountain HoeDown offers shows everynight of new and old country, gospel, comedy, nostalgic rock n roll, motown, do wap, disco, audience participation and impersonations.  Great fun for the whole family.

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For More Things To Do Visit:

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www.eurekaspringsonline.com

www.eurekaspringskids.com

www.eurekaspringsmarina.com

 

 

Scare Up Some Lifetime Memories

In July, bring the family to Eureka Springs for a Thrilling time!

The following tours and shows will Scare Up some Lifetime Memories:

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Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour-Visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Everyday starting at 8pm.

Eureka Ghost Tours-Tales and legends of downtown Eureka Springs. Everyday starting at 8pm.

Intrigue Theater-Travel back to an age of Intrigue with the Illusionist and the Medium. OPEN Wednesday-Sunday.

Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour-Explore downtown with the legendary “stars” of Eureka Springs Wild West. Everyday at 11am.

Downtown -N- Underground Tour-Behind the Scenes walking adventure tour of Eureka Springs. Everyday at 4pm.

Flickering Tales-Huddle around the campfire to hear ghost stories of the Ozarks among the grounds of America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Everyday at 10pm.

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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.
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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

Winter Things To Do In Eureka Springs

Couples often go on vacation to discover new things about a destination.  From April through November, they might visit Eureka Springs for the emerald green, forested Ozark hills of spring and summer or those same hills ablaze with fiery color in fall; playing on two area lakes or three magnificent rivers; or for some fun at man-made attractions unique to this village which has been recognized as one of America’s Distinctive Destinations.  But when winter comes, most couples escape to this extraordinary destination primarily for one three-letter word, spa.

Savvy winter travelers find that vacationing in Eureka Springs during these months offers them very attractive prices and packages.  Packages that not only include lodging but such mondo pampering services for individuals and couples as hot stone massages, duet massages, facials, and full body wraps that warm the body, mind and spirit.  Many add salon treatments to the regimen in order that their New Year’s “new look” resolution can become a reality.

Many of the more than the dozen or so professionally-operated spa facilities in Eureka Springs also offer such unique services as aromatherapy, body scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, self-heating mud treatments, plus the most popular Swedish and deep-tissue massages.  A complete list of local spas and services can be found at eurekaspringsspa.com.

For Winter Things to Do in Eureka Springs one might be interested in the following activities:

Ozark Mountain Music Festival-January 24th-26th

Indie Film Fest-January 23rd-25th

Arkansas Art Trail

Attractions

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge –Open Everyday 9am-5pm

Keels Creek Winery-Open Wed-Sun, Noon -5pm

Fresh Harvest-Open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Ghost Tours-Open Everyday, nightly tours starting at 8pm

Eureka Van Tours-2pm tours by appointment

Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour-Open Everyday at 11am

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art-Open Everyday except Tuesday.

Flickering Tales-Friday & Saturday, 11pm

Not Really A Door-Friday & Saturday, 10pm

Caves

Cosmic Caverns-Open Sat/Sun 9am-5pm.  After February 8th, 11am tours during the weekdays

Onyx Cave

Horse Back Riding

Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort-Open by appointment

Bear Mountain Riding Stables-Open everyday, rides from 10am-2:30pm

Outdoors & Other Things To Do

Eagle Watching Tours-January thru February 23, tours leave at 3pm by appointment

Hike The Springs

Photo Tours

Lake Leatherwood Hiking Trails

Birding

Black Bass Lake Trail

Shopping

Art Galleries

Pea Ridge National Military Park-Open Everyday 8:30am-4pm

Roaring River State Park

Hobbs State Park

For more information, one should go to eurekaspringsonline.com.