Fall Color & Webcam

FALL COLOR IN THE OZARKS: COMING TO A MOUNTAINTOP SPA RESORT NEAR YOU

If you enjoy watching movie trailers (i.e. coming attractions), take a sneak peek at Eureka Springs’ fall colors on the Internet.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, that sits atop the Arkansas Ozarks on 15 acres, has just installed a webcam allowing views of the increasing fall colors in the hills and hollows that surround this Historic Hotel of America.

For this sneak peek at the changing colors, go to eurekaspringsfallfoliage.com.  The views offered are refreshed every 15 daylight minutes. The view shows the huge hardwood trees that as one looks across the Ozark valley to Eureka’s East Mountain and over the top of the historic Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.  The source of this bird’s-eye view comes from the open-air balcony of the Crescent’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza located on the hotel’s top floor.

Autumn in the Arkansas Ozarks takes on a brilliance that acts like a tractor beam to area citizens who want to gaze upon this annual Technicolor spectacle,” said hotel Director of Communications Bill Ott. “Eureka Springs is a traditional top five destination according to TripAdvisor for taking in the panoramic colors of autumn.  Add to that a web of hiking and mountain biking trails that connect to our hotel, it is no wonder why we are already welcoming throngs of elated leaf lookers to the Crescent for a blockbuster fall mini-vacation.

“By the way, state fall color prognosticators say this year’s peak of coloration will be during the first week of November.

“America’s Most Haunted Hotel” Gains International Attention

 

America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is suddenly moving to “world’s most haunted hotel” status thanks to the soon-to-air episode of the Global Photo Association Tokyo, Inc. (GPAUS) program for Fuji Television Network in Japan.  The program, “What Is This Mystery” was shot on location at the hotel in May of this year and captured some unexplainable moments.

The founder of Paranormal Inc., Rich Newman of Memphis TN, who has been investigating the paranormal for more than ten years, appears on the program.  He shared these experiences with hotel management, “I don’t know if the television crew spoke to you after our night monitoring Theodora’s room (Room 419), but we had quite an exciting night!  While monitoring our subject sleeping in that room, several lamps turned themselves on and off.  First it was a floor lamp in the couch/TV area.  Then it was the nightstand lamp right beside the bed.  While we were marveling over the bedside lamp switching on and off, the closet door in the room opened all by itself!  What’s better, this all happened on camera!”

The Fuji Tv show makes the sixteenth paranormal program produced featuring the Crescent Hotel in the last dozen years.  The most recent is an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America” which recently debuted.

Some of the most haunting Crescent stories to emerge in 2018 are those recounted the hotel’s ghost tour guides.  Here are a few:

> At the conclusion of one of our nightly tours, two ladies -sisters- stopped me to ask a question.  The blonde-haired lady asked me why I didn’t introduce the gentleman who was sitting in the rocking chair during my opening remarks in the hotel’s history room where we start each of our tours.  I looked at her and told her there was no one sitting in the rocking chair.  Her sister laughed and said, “That’s what I told her!”  The blonde sister went on to say that he was wearing a three-piece brown suit and a rounded hat, and that he smiled, laughed and rocked all during my opening comments.

> One night in the morgue (which is located in the hotel’s basement, used as such by Norman Baker during the time he operated a ‘cancer curing’ hospital in the Crescent during the late 1930s), I had just brought my tour in and they were beginning to sit in the front area.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man high-stepping into the autopsy room.  He wore a dark suit and top hat.  I excused myself and went into the room, looked around and even opened the meat locker (where Baker stored cadavers and body parts), but there was no one there.  However, I saw him as plain as day.  The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I had goose bumps.

> While supervising one of my tours, I was standing against the wall across from the SkyBar located on the hotel’s fourth floor when, to my left, I saw an orange-striped tabby cat at the end of the hall.  I walked down to that area, looked left and right but there was no cat.  I just knew it was Morris, the hotel’s orange-striped tabby cat for 21 years from 1973 to 1994 and is buried -complete with headstone- in the hotel’s East Lawn garden, was paying us another visit!  (Note: a cat-like entity is often “felt” in the hotel’s lobby rubbing up against a guest’s leg or jumping into a guest’s lap right below the Morris’ memorial poem and photo.)

> One night this summer, I had a full ghost tour of 24 people seated in the entranceway of the morgue.   As I stood up to make my presentation, I heard distinct footsteps in the autopsy room which was just down the short hallway from us.  It sounded like someone was pacing back and forth.  I had an eerie feeling that it might be a ghost and that I was the only one who was hearing the footsteps.  A few seconds later as I was presenting the story of Norman Baker, I noticed that no one on the tour was listening to me; they seemed distracted.  So, I paused and asked the group, “Do you hear footsteps?”  They all nodded in unison.

While the Crescent’s ghost tour guides capture many stories, guests are also encouraged to submit experiential stories and photos on the “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” Facebook page.  Many of these photos include orbs that paranormal theorists contend contain the energy of one or more ghosts or entities.  Here is one such account:

>I captured a lot of different orbs on my phone’s camera but I had one orb, seen by my naked eye, basically like kind of attack me.  It came from across the room down in the morgue and zig-zagged at me then flew behind me.  It made me feel very uncomfortable, plus I got super cold.  A few seconds later, it appeared again, coming from behind me, traveling back across the room straight at me.  However, this second time, it stopped and was just like hovering in front of me as if it were checking me out, eventually disappearing.  What they say about the morgue being (paranormally) active is true indeed.

“The best thing about our mountaintop spa resort is that it is a Historic Hotel of America best known for weddings, romance travel, and a family gathering place,” explained Bill Ott, the hotel’s director of communications. “And, oh by the way, the 1886 Crescent Hotel is also said to have ghosts or what we like to call, ‘guests who check out but never leave’.  Our haunted persona is just another avenue for creating lifetime memories.”

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

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Brunch served in the Crystal Dining Room-May 13th

crescent hotel mother's day brunch

Served from 11am-2pm

Call for Reservations: 877-342-9766

$29.95 for adults
$13.95 for kids up to 12
free 5 and under

Omelet Station and Full Breakfast offerings
Carving Station with Prime Rib
and Rosemary Dijon Turkey Breast
Cioppino with Sour Dough Bread

Seared Porkloin with Marsala Mushroom Sauce

Potatoes Au Gratin
Roasted Carrots and Leeks

Chef Sandi’s Assorted Homemade Salads

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Fountain with Strawberries,
Pineapple, Marshmallows, Pretzels and Oreo Cookies

Red Velvet Cake
Carrot Cake

Assorted petit fours, and mini cheesecakes

May Festival of the Arts

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May Festival of the Arts~ May 1st-30th

Live the Arts in Eureka Springs

The 31st annual May Festival of the Arts is loaded with events all month long with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, parades, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists – The White Street Walk.

Visit this rich, historic artist community nestled in The Ozarks for that unique getaway experience; where the arts comes alive throughout downtown.

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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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Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt 2018

Enjoy a Grand Easter Brunch served in the Crystal Ballroom with all the traditional fixings. Served from 11AM-2PM.  Reservations are recommended by calling: 877-342-9766

$29.95 for adults
$14.95 for children
Children 5 and under eat for free

 

Egg Hunt begins at 1pm in the fountain garden for kids 5 and under.  1:15pm for kids 6+.

~Easter Brunch Menu~

Assortment of Chef Sandi’s Homemade Salads

Peel & Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Bagels and Lox

Fruit and Cheese Display

 

Omelet Station

Carving Station Featuring

Smoked Ham with Mango and Pineapple Salsa

Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Au Jus

Oven Roasted Porkloin with Bacon and Spring Mushroom Sauce

Char-Broiled Salmon with Wilted Spinach and Onion

Served Over wild Rice with Balsamic Cabernet Reduction

Oven Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Spring Medley of Vegetables

 

Chocolate Fountain with Peeps, Strawberries, Lady Fingers, Crispy Rice Treats, and Pineapple Chunks

Carrot Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Warm Chocolate Chunk Brownie with Rocky Road Ice Cream

Spring Break Top 5 Reasons To Visit

As spring approaches, so do spring breaks.  And now is the time to start planning –and booking early– for a most memorable several days.  A popular destination for families in mid-America is a little village in the southern Ozarks region: Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Here are five reasons why…

1) Proximity – Eureka Springs, located in Northwest Arkansas, is less than a half-day’s drive from such key metropolitan areas as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, Springfield MO, Little Rock AR and all points in the vicinity of these larger cities.  Gas is saved; frayed nerves avoided from hearing the incessant “Are we there yet?”; and the best part, more time at the destination rather than being in transit.

2) Activity – Eureka Springs has numerous family-oriented attractions and activities in both the city limits and those just outside of town.

>Ozark Mountain Ziplines – experience the exhilarating thrill of a Zip Line Canopy Tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Arkansas Ozarks. Soar through the air from up to 300+ feet high with cable lengths from up to 2,000 feet long over vast, gorgeous, spreads of hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. A nature filled experience guaranteed to satisfy thrill seeking families from all walks of life.

>Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – see African lions; Bengal and Siberian tigers; black and tawny colored leopards; native cougars, bobcats and black bears; and Bam Bam, the playful grizzly bear… up close and personal in their special natural habitats.  TCWR, situated atop the scenic Ozark Mountain, is home to approximately 100 exotic and native animals and is one of the largest and well-respected Big Cat sanctuaries in North America.

>Ghost Tours & Hunts – hunt for ghosts in one of America’s top paranormally active communities in the country.  Most famous is the Crescent Ghost Tour at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, considered by many leading ghost hunters as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  New this year is The Ghost Hunt Adventour at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  Haunted Eureka Springs Tour is a combination van / exploration tour of some of the other active locations in Western Carroll County.

>Three Rivers/Two Lakes – a great place to float or boat are the bodies of water that encircle Eureka Springs.  The Kings and White Rivers are great for floating and fishing.  A day trip to the Buffalo National River for a spring float is one of the more popular river sojourns in America.  The vast, sparkling waters of Beaver and Table Rock Lakes are perfect for kayaking, boating, fishing, or simply sitting on the shore watching the sunset.

>Urban Hiking & Mountain Biking – Eureka Springs is crisscrossed with urban walking and hiking trails.  Just a few hundred feet from downtown sidewalks is an opportunity to walk amid forested hillsides and limestone bluffs.  Mountain biking trails are also quite numerous and challenging especially with the addition of the new downhill feature on the Lake Leatherwood City Park trail designed by renowned Rock Solid Trails out of Michigan.

3) Connectivity – At many family “attractions” the family is so spread out, family members barely see each other let alone share experiences.  Eureka Springs being a smaller village of 2,000 it is hard to get separated, plus attractions are family attractions so all can get involved in each one.  Many hotels have family-oriented resort activities on property designed for the whole family.  Getting from Point A to Point B and beyond in Eureka is made easy through their highly reliable city trolley system.  The trolleys are so much fun, some families choose to see the entire city from the open-air back platform of some of these historic-style transports.

4) Memorability – It is said that more family lifetime memories are generated in Eureka Springs than any other spot in the region.  Why?  The family is not separated and all can enjoy their spring break together as a family.  Whether families opt for Facebook selfies or laughs over Snapchat creations, phones get a full workout during a Eureka Springs spring break.

5) Affordability – If a spring break can promise 1) thru 4), some families would pay anything to achieve all of those.  However, Eureka Springs has historically kept prices affordable so families can enjoy a spring break without breaking the bank.  Even if a spring break includes a visit to such nearby attractions at Silver Dollar City, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, or Roaring River State Park, just across the line in Missouri… day-tripping out of Eureka Springs makes any itinerary affordable.

 

For more information on what Eureka Springs can offer a spring break family, go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com.

 

Your Valentine’s Getaway

Eureka Springs is one of the top choices for that romantic getaway.  Since Valentine’s falls in the middle of the week this year, you have the luxury of choosing when you want to come! Choose from the weekend before, after, or even the day of for that memorable getaway.Here are some suggestions we have come up for you!

Valentine’s Day is officially “Date Night.” Stay at regular rate of $129.86 at the
Crescent Hotel on 2/14 and receive a Free Room Upgrade (based on availability.)  Treat yourself and someone you LOVE to a Couple’s Massage, Body Treatment, or Pedicure at the New Moon Spa.  Complimentary Hot Tub and Infrared Sauna with all services.

Dine in one our many chef owned restaurants in town for that special experience.  Reservations will be filling so call soon.  The Crystal Dining Room will be open for dinner from 5PM-8PM.  View Menu.

$99 Valentine’s Dinner for TWO: Two 6 oz filets, Two 7 oz lobster tails, shareable sides ~ roasted fingerling potatoes & asparagus spears with Hollandaise. Dessert ~ Molten Chocolate cake with Ice Cream. Now or Later ~  TWO Chocolate Covered Strawberries. *Dinner is served with TWO complimentary glasses of Sparkling Wine. (Priced as worded ~ no discount without sparkling wine) Reservations Call 877-342-9766

Chocolate Lover’s Festival, 2/17 continue your Valentine’s Day celebrations with a complete world of chocolate appreciation featured at the 14th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. NEW location, the Eureka Springs Community Center (44 Kingshighway, Eureka Springs, AR). Tickets $10.  View Details.

Asleep At the Wheel Concert Show! Liven up your evening on 2/17 for the postmodern kings of Texas swing, “Asleep at the Wheel” as they perform downtown at The AUD (City Auditorium).  Tickets $20-$40.  Buy Here.

Valentine’s Weekend Deal: 2/16 & 217Stay for 2 Nights in a Premium Room Breakfast for Two Receive 2 tickets to the Saturday Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival Receive 2-60min Traditional Massages Receive 2 tickets to the Saturday Night Concert performed by Asleep at the Wheel Downtown at the AUD
$599 plus taxes and fees. Valid 2/16 & 2/17.For More Info Call: 877-342-9766