May Festival of the Arts

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May is a great time to take a getaway to Eureka Springs for Fun, ARTinspired events.  Stay at a Mountaintop Spa Resort at the Crescent Hotel and take advantage of being at the center of it all.  Some great key events not to miss are:

  • ARTrageous Parade: 5/7 at 5pm in downtown Eureka Springs
  • John Two Hawks Mother’s Day Concert: 5/8, 2pm-4pm at the City Auditorium.
  • Art in the Park: 5/14 11am-6pm in Basin Spring Park.  Artists will be set up offering textiles, jewelry, painting, sculpting, and fine wood designs  available all day to discuss their process and medium.
  • 2nd Saturday Music Series: 5/14 Free concert in Basin Spring Park.  The Gypsy Jazz of Fayetteville’s Block Street Hot Club will be in the bandshell from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Later, internationally recognized Saxophonist/Flutist Bryan Savage will perform both at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Books & Bloom Literary Festival: 5/15 at the Crescent Fountain Garden from Noon – 5pm.  www.booksinbloom.org
  • White Street Walk: 5/20 4pm-10pm on  the historic loop-White Street.  Art fair in the neighborhood of White Street.
  • The Art of Crochet: 5/21  Come celebrate the art of crochet with Gina Rose Gallina! All day community yarn bombing, Kids Corner, Pom Pom Hut, Granny Square Twister, Ugly Crochet Contest, Crocheted May Pole and Melonlight Dance Studio performance, live music by Brian Martin and Sad Daddy in Basin Spring Park

May Hot Deals at the Crescent Hotel:

Stay for JUST $99
Stay the night in a Premium Room or Balcony Room for JUST $99 the first week of May!
Valid Sunday-Thursday, May 1st-May 5th only.  Check Availability

Snuggle with a friend!Take a little YOU TIME.  Grab a book, enjoy a full-body massage, relax in the tub and snuggle with a cute new friend.  Made affordable because you deserve it.

  • One Night Stay in a Premium Room
  • 60 min Traditional Massage
  • Breakfast Included
  • Crescent Bear
  • Daily Spa Resort Activity
  • Crescent Hotel Book of Choice

$195 plus taxes and fees.  Valid Tuesday – Thursday, 4/5-5/26
*Massage available (W, Th, or F)  Check Availability.

Stay on the Weekend at Weekday Rate!

Stay 2 nights on either 5/6 & 5/7 at Weekday Rate.  (Savings start at $60 per night!)

Valid May 6th & 7th. CALL to BOOK: 877-342-9766 FREE

For Full Calendar of Events Visit: www.eurekafestivalofthearts.com

Spring Break Getaway

Families all over Arkansas / Oklahoma and Missouri have had one week in March circled on Eureka Springs 045-smalltheir calendars since the school year started.  Inside that circle are written the words “Eureka Springs”.  Why?  Because kids’ love to spend Spring Break in a place not too far away that thrills with zip-lines, ghost hunting, lions and tigers, and so much more.  That’s why families from “SEC Country” will be traveling to the Arkansas Ozarks and the “Extraordinary Spring Break Escape”: Eureka Springs.

Here families can challenge the state’s highest zip-line as speeds through the 10403615_804405189655398_713016398762441017_ncanopy of trees high in the Ozark hills.  Ozark Mountain Zip-lines offer an extreme adventure for ages three and up.  Ten zip-lines 120- to 1800-feet long suspended 20-to 200-feet above the ground. Opening March 5th!

Eureka’s Must See Show! Intrigue Theater is back this season starting March 9th (Wed-Sunday shows.) Fun for the whole family, you won’t believe what this illusionist and medium can do.

At least two hotels in Eureka Springs offer top-rated ghost huntingThe 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has become known as “America’s most haunted hotel” because of the unparalleled paranormal discoveries, seen and/or digitally captured by those on the hotel’s nightly ghost tour as well as numerous television programs such as SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”.  The newest venture into the past and the beyond is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s “Sprits of The Basin” nightly tour.  Thisghost tour in hallway top to bottom tour of Downtown Eureka’s only skyscraper introduces names and mental images of those who have walked –and some say still walking- the hallways of this historic seven story structure and the tales that have made them immortal.

Saved from extinction, big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge roam their natural habitats roaring and waiting for families’ close-up looks.  These lions and tigers and bears, creatures that someday may be only a picture online, become stars of safe safaris daily.  These massive, beautiful animals were rescued from awful imagescircumstances and given a new chance to live out their years here in a loving, caring natural environment.

Other family-friendly Spring Break attractions include hiking the “hills and hollers” of the urban Ozark trails, sojourning through time on the Downtown-n- Underground tour; experiencing the inspiration of The Great Passion Play’s Bible Museum and pre-arranged Holy Land Tour; holding on tight on the back deck of a vintage trolley as it traverses over Eureka’s twisty, zigzag, up and down streets; and capturing “new history” with an antique family photo at Judge Roy Bean’s.

Planning a Eureka Springs’ Spring Break is also fun and easy by finding things to do on EurekaSpringsOnline.com and booking tickets and securing hot deals on ReserveEureka.com.

November unveils hidden treasures in Eureka Springs

Fallen Colors Herald “Discovery Days” In Eureka Springs…eureka springs

When Mother Nature’s critically acclaimed performance of changing leaves of green to gold, crimson, burgundy, tangerine and all colors of the autumnal spectrum has concluded and the leaves like her curtain have fallen, in Eureka Springs the show is not over.  For here, in the midst of the Arkansas Ozarks, this iconic historic village unveils her “discovery days”.  For when this cavalcade of color drifts down from its hardwood canopy, the hidden hillsides expose a whole new level of charm, architecture and mystery.  Easily said, there is much more to see with no leaves on a tree.

“Being a town that was literally nearly totally built in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, the vast majority of our homes and buildings are more than a century old,” stated Jack Moyer, a historic architecture buff.  “As a general manager of two historic hotels, one that is 110 years old the other 129, architectural style and design of the era are easy to fall in love with.

“But most of our homes and buildings were constructed in a time when basically our two mountains were clear cut.  This means that our new, century old tree stand has hidden these structures even though most are located just a block or so off the main downtown streets.  So as the leaves fall, these interesting structures begin to magically pop out for public view.

Moyer further explained that Eureka Springs’ historic downtown area is crisscrossed with urban trails.  “Our trails are easy to get toeureka springs and easy to traverse.  For throughout the years, many of Eureka’s original horse and foot traffic pathways have remained unpaved.  This has produced an instant myriad of interesting trails along limestone bluffs, and past century-old homes and buildings not often seen.  Numerous foundations of buildings long gone can also be discovered along these pedestrian routes over ‘hills-n-hollers’.”

Moyer wanted to emphasize that most are casual trails -easy to moderate- perfect for everyday hikers.  This profusion of routes will lead ramblers up the “hill” where the iconic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa sits and down to the downtown “holler” that features shops, galleries, restaurants and bistros.  Challenging to difficult trails lead more aggressive hikers to still-eureka springsoperational WPA projects like the dam at Black Bass Lake and a similar structure at Lake Leatherwood which includes a waterfall.

In conclusion Moyer said, “One more thing that only the astute traveler takes note of is the fact that the beautiful, colorful leaves that once hung from tree limbs can still be seen but now they are on the ground, many maintaining their color for weeks once grounded.  That is why during our discovery days, days that last well into late November, we encourage our visitors to enjoy not only our hidden architectural treasures but also our fallen colors that are always accompanied by fallen room rates.”

For more information on things to do and fallen room rates, go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com.

Unexplained Happenings at America’s Most Haunted Hotel

When Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the Crescent Hotel in 1997, they inherited a confused association with the paranormal and what seemed to be a hundred years worth of ghost stories. At that time, years before the TAPS Team of the popular SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters program paid a visit to this Historic Hotel of America, many hotel owners might have hesitated to publicize the fact that their establishment was haunted, but the Roegniks were interested and decided to take a different approach.

That path was to restore the hotel as a destination spa resort but also purs442b0ee4afc877c2f630c55ed542b041ue what many had claimed: the 1886 Crescent Hotel was America’s Most Haunted Hotel. A key part of that early pursuit included Mr. Roenigk pursuing and hiring two certified mediums, Ken Fugate and Carroll Heath, both of San Francisco CA natives, to “read” the building. Their findings, plus the startling number of repeated sightings that had been recorded over the decades, became the basis of what has become the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. It is only now, however, that one of the most compelling discoveries from that initial reading has become ever so clear.

Jack Moyer, hotel general manager for the Roenigk Era, recounted, “I clearly remember Carroll Heath stating that he had discovered a portal to ‘the other side’ for those who are on the same ‘frequency’.” Moyer, a skeptic at the time, laughed and continued, “I remember asking myself ‘what were we thinking’ trying to explore this unexplained world. But after more than a decade of working around the paranormal, I now assuredly recognize how many people truly connect to the spirits here at the Crescent. And there is a new and specific reason why.”

Moyer’s reason is the fact that after 18 years he has been confronted with the realm of a chilling coincidence that caused the original portal discovery to resurface. It started with dialogue involving Moyer and current hotel ghost tour manager Keith Scales.americas most haunted hotel

“Keith came to me to share a concern about a phenomenon that had been reoccurring on his nightly tours,” Moyer explained. “That phenomenon included multiple guests who had grown faint, with a few passing out briefly, at the same tour stop with no reasonable explanation. Then Scales described the location and it was the area that had been indentified as a portal more than a decade ago by Heath.”

“Scales then took me to the place and pinpointed the portal phenomenon as happening just outside the hotel’s ‘annex’ entrance, exactly where Heath had identified the location of his portal years ago,” Moyer disclosed.

This phenomenon has guests suddenly turning pale, falling against and then sliding down the wall in a faint. Although the loss of consciousness does not last very long and complete recovery is immediate, it tends to further substantiate the hotel’s legendary supernatural connection to the paranormal.

Moyer went on to say, “What made that moment most chilling was when Keith and I realized that this portal was directly above the ‘morgue’ located in the bottom level of the hotel.”

Now in its seventeenth year, the ghost tour of the 1886 Crescent Hotel continues to increase in popularity. Paranormal evidence in the form of personal experiences, orb sightings and other anomalous photography keeps coming in, oftentimes on the tours themselves lending credence to the ghostly legend.

“That legend continues to grow as yet another phenomenon is recognized, one that occurs crescent hotel morguewith uncanny frequency about every couple of weeks or so,” Scales added. “What makes it legendary is that seems to rise up in a vertical plane from the notorious Norman Baker’s morgue.” (It should be noted that Norman Baker from Muscatine IA purchased the hotel in 1937 and operated it as a “cancer curing” hospital until late 1939 when he was arrested for mail fraud.)

Scales was quick to point out the Crescent Hotel is super-cautious about accepting events as supernatural. He stated that 95 percent of reported paranormal phenomena can be explained by normal means but there is always a residue, maybe five percent of experiences, that defy explanation, “We don’t know why some people have a tendency to faint at this particular place, we only know that they do at the place where activity of various kinds has been reported over decades.   ”

Both Moyer and Scales agree that the most curious fact is that this event has never been known to occur anywhere else on the tour except at this one, specific location, a location that sits directly above the infamous morgue.

“Whether there are portals to other realities here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel or not, no one can say, confirm, nor deny,” Moyer concluded. “It’s all part of the mysterious, unexplained happenings of America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”

Other paranormal encounters and photographed images may be found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.

Haunted Room Specials

This Fall Season visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel and explore the hallways and experience lights out in the “morgue.” Some venture to this five story historic hotel with eagerness or skepticism, but we’ll let you be the judge of your own experience.

Nightly ghost tours lead groups through the halls and down to the morgue sharing the many stories that have famed why the Crescent has become America’s Most Haunted Hotel.    Daily, visitors share their images of orbs or strange reflections in the pictures they take.  On numerous accounts a visitor will take a picture of the hallway or staircase, then take another photo directly after which will have something odd that appears in the photo that the visitor can’t explain nor remembers seeing.  Others share their stories of feeling some type of energy around them, a poke or feeling light headed.  Now its your turn to visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel!

We’ve put together 2 popular ghostly hotel packages that will spark your interest.
*Tip:Weekends in the Fall Season sell out, so book a weekday stay over and actually save money on the pkg.

Paranormal Pair
Stay 2 nights at the Crescent Hotel
2 Tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour
2 Tickets to the Spirits of the Basin Tour
2 Tickets to Flickering Tales (Available for Friday & Saturday stays.)

$324 plus tax Sunday-Thursday.
$480 plus tax Friday & Saturday.  (Includes Flickering Tales)
Check Availability.

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Share a hotel with “guests who checked out but never left.” America’s Most Haunted Hotel is waiting for you.

1 night stay in a Premium Room
Breakfast for 2 in the Crystal Dining Room
2 Tickets to the Ghost Tour
1 Ghost Squeezie
1 Ghost Coffee Mug
2 Ghost T Shirts

$229 plus taxes and fees, Sunday-Thursday
$309 plus taxes and fees, Friday
*Saturday night only is based on availability.
Check Availability.

 

Just for the Two of You

Getaway to Eureka Springs this Winter with Just the Two of You! 

Overnight in the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a Mountaintop Spa Resort in Eureka Springs, Arkasnas and enjoy a breathtaking and unique setting with a romantic weekend package built for just the Two of You. Order up a bottle of wine with chocolate, relax with a couples massage, and make it a half day of relaxation with a good book stretching your spa time in the hot tub or spa chill space. All included in your package and less than $500.

-2 Night Stay in a Premium Room ($199)
-Wine & Chocolate (wine $50, chocolate $15)
-Couples Massage ($153)

$417 plus tax. Valid Weekends, 2/20-2/28.  Check Availability. 

View additional Hot Deals.

View Winter Things To Do

 

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

Celebrating its 10th Year in 2015, the Eureka Springs, Arkansas Mardi Gras is truly a Eureka Springs Mardi GrasNew Orleans style Mardi Gras set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas within the downtown area of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

February 6th-17th 2015

This Year’s Theme is Carnival Around The World!

Plan a trip to Eureka Springs for this FUN & Colorful festival set in the Ozarks. With two parades, public balls, royal court, beads, and live music throughout downtown you will not want to miss this one of a kind event!

You Are Invited! 2 PUBLIC BALLS
Mayor’s Ball-2/6
Residents & Visitors Welcome
Second Line & Beads
Live music from Joe Giles and the Homewreckers! Come in costume or casual
$25 per person
Location: Basin Park Hotel
12 Spring St. Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Black Light Ball-2/7

Visitors are welcome to attend this Sexy, Artistic, & Fun event in a stylish underground space with Black Light Paint, Models, Music & More! $30 per person.  Limited Capacity. 8PM-Midnight. BUY TICKETS HERE.

View Entire Mardi Gras Festival Schedule.


Winter Spa Escape

THAT Amazing Spa is THIS Amazingly Close. Located just minutes away in Northwest Arkansas is a destination spa, The New Moon Spa, welcoming stressed visitors year round who seek relaxation.   Visit our Mountaintop Spa Resort and relax after the holidays by tucking yourself away in one of our Jacuzzi Suites or Private Cottages, indulge in our spa services, walk around our historic village, and dine at the 1886 Steakhouse.  For more Winter Things to Do in Eureka Springs, click here.

Take January to Recover:

Winter Spa Escape-Stay Monday -Thursday at just $99 in a Crescent Hotel Cottage and receive Spa Treatments at 10% Off! *Must make spa appointment separately. Not valid with any other pkg, or discount.

Valid Monday-Thursday, 1/1-1/29. Check Availability.

Winter Vacation
Buy two nights at regular rate and Get the 3rd Night for JUST $18.86.  Includes Breakfast for two.
Valid any day of the week, 1/1-1/31. Call to reserve: 877-342-9766

20% OFF Spa Services 
Receive 20% off any spa service on Fridays in January.
Call the New Moon Spa for discount: 479-253-2879. Not valid with any other pkg, or discount.

For all spa services visit: www.newmoonspa.com

Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

SOLD OUT

We apologize but due to popular demand this event is now Sold Out.  Crescent ghost tours for the general public will still be open during these weekends.

Eureka Springs  Paranormal Weekend invites your to join us in another 3 Day Paranormal Event January 9, 10, 11 2015.  The ESP event will again feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, which will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants.

This three-day, hands on investigation puts tools of the paranormal investigator in your hands as well as an introduction to ghost hunting , tour of the property on the ghost tour and unheard of 24 hour access to “active space” including rooms 218, 419, and THE MORGUE at America’s Most Haunted Hotel.

Lodging Packages

2 Night ESP Package

1 Night ESP Package

Stayover Sunday for just $89  at the Crescent Hotel for the private investigation at the Basin Park Hotel.    The Basin Park Hotel will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants only.  Call 877-342-9766 to Stayover Sunday at the Crescent.

 

We have capped attendance (and reluctantly had to turn some folks away) to keep the group sizes down to reasonable proportions. And we have extended the hours of access to active areas to include the entire night.

Late Friday and Saturday evenings, veteran Paranormal Investigator Larry Flaxman will guide small group investigations. When they conclude, the rest of the night is yours to independently investigate known active areas.

And on Sunday night Larry will be conducting a guided investigation of the sister hotel to the Crescent, the historic Basin Park – which will be closed and entirely empty for the occasion!

Ghost tours, a ghost play, Ozark tales of ghosts and the supernatural, personal ESP evaluation and the ever-popular Psychomanteum (this year constructed at the highest point in the Ozarks – the notorious Norman Baker’s penthouse suite, 502), van tours of Eureka Springs – all this and plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with others of similar interests to your own – plus T-shirts!

If we were not able to accommodate you in 2015, please stay in touch and maybe we can be persuaded to run ESP for two weekends next year…

ESP weekend – a Eureka Springs tradition.


Swing in the New Year

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This Event is SOLD OUT.

Please join the New Years Eve Celebration Downtown at our sister hotel, the Basin Park Hotel, at the Ballroom Blitz.
Live Music & Dancing from Red Ambition.  Tickets are $25, purchase here.
479-253-7837.
www.basinpark.com

Pairing the excited energy of New Year’s Eve with the classy elegance of the old school 1940′s supper club era, The Crescent Hotel & Spa starts a new tradition of celebration on NYE2014.

With music by Swing and a Miss, and dance by MelonLight studios, the Celebration begins with seating’s at 8 PM, 8:15 PM , 8:30 PM and 8:45 PM for the four-course meal, entertainment begins at 9  with dancing to follow until the Champagne toast at the stroke of Midnight. 21 and Over preferred. View menu below:

1st  Course: Guest’s choice of either Soup or Salad

Fresh Garden Salad or a Classic Caesar Salad

Creamy Lobster Bisque or French Onion Soup

2nd  Course: Guest’s choice of Appetizer

Pesto-stuffed Button Mushrooms with Mozzarella

(The Crescent’s historic) Crab Lorenzo in a spiced cream sauce over toast points.Glasses-of-Champagne460x300

 

3rd  Course: Guest’s choice of Entrée Prosciutto Wrapped Sea Scallops with Tangerine Sauce Jumbo sea scallops wrapped in shaved prosciutto and drizzled with a sweet tangerine sauce. Served with sweet potato hash and sautéed asparagus.

Grilled Rib Eye with a Coffee Caramel Glaze
A 14 oz. cut of Rib Eye grilled to your liking and lightly accented  with a coffee caramel glaze. Served with red skin mashed potatoes and steamed broccolini.
Classic Chicken Picatta
Pan seared chicken breast, paired with a white wine butter sauce featuring capers and slices of fresh lemon. Served with roasted fingerling potatoes and roasted julienne carrots.

 

4th Course: Guest’s choice of Dessert

Tiramisu served with a coffee liqueur mousse
Chocolate Lava Cake served with whipped cream and fresh strawberries

 

Want to Party Downtown? Visit our sister hotel, Basin Park Hotel, for the Ballroom Blitz with Live Music from Red Ambition! Click here for details.