Summertime at The 1886 Crescent Hotel Lots of ideas

crescent hotel swimming poolFamilies make history with each vacation to the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Arkansas’ premier mountaintop spa resort, for many reasons. Families tell us the Crescent Hotel’s unique family resort activities and the family playground of Eureka Springs, Arkansas are the top two. And for this summer, those two are even better.

crescent sporting clubThe Crescent has recently added Frisco Sporting Club which features supervised hatchet throwing, disc golf, cornhole toss, giant chess-n-checkers, mammoth Jenga, hammock hangs, and a fire pit on cool evenings; New Moon Spa Fitness Room featuring Woodway Treadmills and Peloton Bikes, the most convenient and immersive indoor cycling experience; scenic trails for historical hiking and thrilling mountain biking; mountaintop yoga and yin yoga flow; “yappy hour” for the family dog; “slumber party” with movies; managers reception; a haunted room tour; and a peek at the ghostly archeological dig site during a VIP ghost tour.

These activities are added to the already long list , such as a mountaintop swimming pool, bocce ball, Crescent History museum, water color painting class, use of the Eureka Springs Community Center, nightly hotel ghost tours, hotel history tours, nature trail and Grotto Cave exploring, and theatrical presentations like Not Really A Door and Flickering Tales. For those adult moments, there is a craft beer and wine tasting. A full list of family resort activities is available daily and a Resort Pass is the invitation to families to enjoy all the hotel has to offer.

downtown eureka springsThe expanded Eureka Springs 2019 menu of fun family things to do include nuances and traditional venues that have been bringing families here for generation after generation. Here are just a few:

1) Escape Room 13 – The adaptation of the 1922 Eureka Springs Bank Heist crafted into a story that anyone from 8 years old to over 80 years old can enjoy. It’s a hands-on experience with secret messages, hidden passages and more. Not a scary event and quite family friendly. EscapeRoom13.com

2) Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – More than 100 rescued animals now call Turpentine Creek’s 459 acres home. Animals include tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, bears, ligers, servals, monkeys and a macaw. These beautiful creatures were abandoned, abused and neglected but now rescued to enjoy a happy, stress free life in wonderful natural habitats. Daily tours are available. TurpentineCreek.org

3) Ozark Mountain Ziplines – Soar through the air from up to 300 feet high with cable lengths from up to 2,000 feet long over vast, gorgeous Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. Experience 10 cables and one swinging bridge during two hours of fun per tour for persons three years of age or older. Open daily except Wednesdays. ZiplineEurekaSprings.com

4) Mountain Biking Trails – Mountain biking has become the new adventure for Eureka Springs. Miles and miles of trails of all kinds for riding skill levels of all kinds crisscross the community for families to enjoy on two wheels. Lake Leatherwood City Park, Great Passion Play trail system, Eureka’s In-City System, and the most spectacular downhill biking course on the Oz Trails System… just waiting to be shred. BikeEurekaSprings.com

5) Onyx Cave – The oldest show cave in Arkansas awaits new eyes to behold its splendor. Discovered in 1893, this collection of underground natural flowstone creations is perfect for the family. Located just six miles east of Eureka, this unique self-guided tour with easy access ramps offers a constant underground temperature of 57 degrees the year ‘round. OnyxCaveEurekaSprings.com

6) Intrigue Theater – Experience the intrigue of spending an evening with a world-class illusionist and an awe-inspiring medium. Even the most hardened cynics are amazed by what they encounter. The performance features nationally acclaimed illusionist Sean-Paul and medium Juliana Fay performing in the elegant and elaborate setting in the mysterious Gavioli Theater. Performances Wednesday through Saturday nights. For exact schedule, IntrigueTheater.com

7) Beaver Lake and Table Rock Lake – If your family enjoys the fun only “big water” can provide, well pack your swimsuits, kayak, canoe, motorboat, or just a blow-up raft or innertube because there are two such sprawling attractions adjacent to Eureka Springs: Beaver Lake and Table Rock Lake. These two Corps of Engineers’ lakes are some of the most popular in the nation as are the three adjacent rivers. You might throw in a fishing pole or two as well. Each “big water” is home to some “big fish” and even bigger fish tales. EurekaSprings.com/Waterworld

8) Downtown Eureka Springs – Far and away the most popular, most visited attraction in Eureka Springs is its downtown with a unique combination of “districts” offering shopping, dining, art gallery, entertainment, and nightspots. The city trolleys hub out of downtown and will take you as far east as the Christ of The Ozarks statue, a far west as Thorncrown Chapel, and all around the upper and lower Historic Loops. It is said that “the most fun is downtown”, so i guess that’s why it is such a magnet for families on vacation. EurekaSpringsDowntown.com

“Families who stay with us here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa will not want for fun things to do,” said Hotel Manager Jack Moyer. “It is our promise to those who select our mountaintop spa resort.”

For more information CrescentHotel.com

Halloween Seance at the Crescent Hotel

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.

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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.

The Hypnotist
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.

The Séance! 

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.

Seating:

VIP Seating (Front center/2 rows) $45 Per Person

Premium Seating (Side of Stage/2 Rows)  $39 Per Person

General Seating $32 Per Person

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Summer Resort Activities

Crescent Hotel Resort Activities A hotel built in 1886 for the well-to-do “silk stocking” crowd has been transformed into a mountaintop spa resort, catering to families and couples of all ages who are longing to create lifetime memories.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, was returned to its original grandeur several decades ago.  Now with the addition of the New Moon Spa, two restaurants, and nearly two dozen resort activities each week the year ‘round across its 15 Ozark mountaintop acres, The Crescent has become known as the symbol of hospitality for the state of Arkansas.

Mary Howze, the hotel’s activity director, outlines some of their daily resort activities for this summer and enjoyed throughout the week.  These are in addition to Crescent Hotel staples of “Vintage Spine-Chiller Movies” in the Crystal Ballroom, “Flickering Tales” ghost stories around a campfire, and “Not Really A Door”, in the Crescent College Theater, plus, of course, the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, a ticketed event.

Kick Off The Weekend” Pool Party – Each Friday afternoon (through August) for two hours, gather at the mountaintop pool for snacks, music, movies, games and lots of splashin’-n-swimmin’ fun!  Parents, this is especially a favorite of children who are staying in the hotel. 

Crystal Dining Room Wine Tasting – Every Monday at 5 p.m. gather in the Crystal Dining Room to taste a variety of wines presented by our restaurant wine steward; includes light pallet cleansing nibbles. (Must be 21 years of age.) 

High Time in the SkyBar – Live Music highlights the High Time on the fourth-floor balcony of the SkyBar Gourmet Pizzeria.  Enjoy the tunes and panoramic views on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Watercolor Class – Learn the basics of water color painting; be creative and take a souvenir home with you and be creative! 

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Haunted Room Tour – Hear briefly about the ghost stories connected to several individual guest rooms; view the rooms as available. 

Fitness Walk – Jump start the day with a guided fitness walk in the surrounding Victorian neighborhoods. 

Discover Eureka’s Hidden Treasures – Over coffee with the Concierge in the Lobby you will learn about Eureka Springs’ hard to find places. 

Gentle Yoga Flow – Meet your yoga instructor in the lobby and head to one of the hotel’s peaceful outdoor areas; designed for all ages and all skill levels.  

Afternoon Social – Enjoy some lemonade and treats with fellow guests on the Back Porch.  Nibble, sip and converse as you relax in a rocking chair.

Historical Hiking Tour – From the lobby travel down to downtown Eureka Springs stopping to view the Old Red Brick School House, several historic springs, passing by interesting homes and iconic landmarks. 

History Tour – A casual stroll throughout the Crescent Hotel learning all about the property’s century-old, rich history. 

Self-guided Nature Trail and Grotto Cave Exploring – Collect your hiking guide and backpack for your adventure of discovery.  Remember your camera!

New Moon Morning Activity – The New Moon Spa is the site for this energizing morning wellness activity. 

Craft Beer Tasting – Every Thursday at 4 p.m. gather in the SkyBar Gourmet Pizzeria on the fourth floor to taste some of the area’s local brews offered on tap; free of charge for hotel guests.  (Must be 21 years of age.)

Live Chef Demo– Join Executive Chef Tommy Shaffer in the lobby for his “easy to replicate at home” Chef Demonstration.

            For more information go to crescenthotel.com

Home for the Holidays

Making Lifetime “Holiday” Memories at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

Christmas Week thru New Years is a perfect time to make a quick visit to the Crescent Hotel for that couples getaway or family gathering.  During this week, rates drop and the fun begins!

Stay for only $129 weekdays or $159 on the Weekend December 23rd-December 31st!  Reserve Now

Staying at the Crescent one can enjoy the daily resort activities that includes new moon spahistory/haunted room tours, morning stretches, afternoon socials and more! This is the time to be delve into that slower pace and relax by gathering around the lobby fireplace, enjoy our specialty dining at the SkyBar or Crystal Dining Room and plan on taking a nightly ghost tour.   Make a special trip just for you to the New Moon Spa for many of our popular massage services, scalp massage, reflexology and complimentary infra red sauna for all spa guests.  Play outside and try  out the Crescent’s newest feature outdoor ice skating! Or go for a leisurely hike on the Harmon Park Loop Trail right outside the Crescent front doors.  Mountain biking in Eureka Springs is another great way to take in that outdoor adventure experience.  There are some amazing trails hand built at Lake Leatherwood City Park, only a few miles from town.    

Don’t forget New Years Eve is just around the corner! Swing in the New Year at the Crescent Hotel with live music by Swing and a Miss.  Details Here!

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