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

When Eureka Springs Blossoms

Flowers bloom.  Trees and the ground turn green again.  Woodland creatures begin to come out and let their resurgence become ever visible through their frolicking about.  Temperatures become mild and consistently mild.  It must be April in Eureka Springs… some say the best month of the year to visit Eureka Springs located in the Arkansas Ozarks.Just as strong of an endorsement is the best place to stay in Eureka during your mini-getaway during this “official” first full month of spring.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, located on the Upper Historic Loop, is the choice for those who want to fully immerse themselves in the historic ambiance of this village.  This “Mountaintop Spa Resort, a proud member of Historic Hotel of America, is literally surrounded by spring for it sits in the middle of 15 acres of pristine woodlands and manicured gardens.  The views are pretty and pretty fantastic too.Crescent Hotel SpringIn addition to the flora and fauna of spring, a few other reasons this is a great month to visit The Ozarks’ “Extraordinary Escape” village is that this historic little resort community offers:

>Eureka Springs is unique because people who visit here boast about how friendly the community is.  It is a tremendous asset to have a vacation destination that is “Always Welcoming”.

>The community is adjacent to two rivers (Kings and White) and three lakes (Beaver, Table Rock, and Leatherwood).  All five liquid playgrounds are perfect for that first kayaking or boating excursion of the year and/or a fishing expedition that the winter has cruelly delayed.

>A new golden asset for Eureka Springs is the host of new and numerous soft hiking trails many with waterfalls.  Eureka offers tame trails for all levels most and each is wonderfully scenic.  You will love the dozens of urban trails that crisscross the hills-n-hollers of the town.  Many of these have trailheads adjacent to lodging sites, such as those at the Crescent Hotel at the top of the mountain.

>Spring Diversity Weekend has become a chance for members of the LGBTQ community from a five-state area to gather and celebrate the love of freely being who they are.  Eureka Springs rolls out the rainbow carpet that says, “Welcome to a loving city that has acceptance as part of its fabric”.

>April in Eureka is the time to dust off your golf bag and start honing your swing pattern.  With championship courses that include Holiday Island and nearby Branson, your game is only interrupted by a pause to gaze at the panoramic views from the links.

>Easter weekend will feature high spirituality with the return of The Great Passion Play, a landmark production that has entertained patrons for decades.  Their Easter Sunrise Service at the base of the Christ of The Ozarks statue (the tallest in the northern hemisphere) is truly awe-inspiring.

>For those who would like to know more about visitors from other planets, other galaxies, the annual UFO Convention convenes here in April.  It is a time to find out more and share with others your thoughts and experiences, comparing yours to theirs.

>Springtime In The Ozarks is a four-day annual event for those who are members of the AA fellowship or are seeking more information about this long-standing program that helps members with their addiction to alcohol.  Noted speakers fill the days and outstanding fellowship activities fill the nights as “friends of Bill W.” gather with nearly 3,000 in attendance.

>The Spring Fling is the huge annual biker rally that welcomes good weather and encourages 5 Days of Fun Riding, Music, Food and More at the Cathouse in Downtown Eureka Springs.

>If you like to visit a yard sale now and then, you need to visit Eureka Springs during the “Yards and Yards of Yard Sales”, a full weekend of finding everything you want and perhaps even some things you need.  A helpful map leads you to each and every yard participating and there are nearly 100 scattered across Western Carroll County.  Be sure to bring a vehicle with a large trunk or truck bed… you will need it.

> Let us also mention all the quality restaurants of Eureka Springs.  Here you will find the greatest assortment of unique, non-chain restaurants that get major rave reviews from foodies.  Inside the Crescent Hotel alone you will find two of these: The Crystal Dining Room and SkyBar Gourmet Pizza.  And on April 5th, Main Street Eureka Springs provides a unique opportunity to sample many of these during “Main Street Eats” a progressive dinner.

>Add to that the great year ‘round attractions like Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, Basin Ghost Adventour and the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour (to name just a few), plus the Crescent Hotel’s resort activities and your days and nights are complete.

>Ride the Dirt Church Mountain Bike Race — MTB Lodging Discount Only $129: 2 Wheels For the Best Deal-Book Now.

You are encouraged to make your reservations now so you can have a bed for your head for the nights after full and fun-filled days.  Instagram is awaiting your images!

Two Nights of Wizardry come to Eureka Springs

Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball comes to the Crescent Hotel January 25 & 26 2019wizards in winter crystal ball

To help celebrate the advent of a magical new year, wizards have been summoned to conjure up some magic the last weekend in January here in a city known for strange and exciting events.  The nights of January 25 and 26 will feature two such events; events of magical matriculation.

Friday night’s event is “An Intriguing Prelude….” in the Crystal Ballroom of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  Creators describe the event thusly: “On the eve of the Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball comes an evening of intrigue and bewilderment hosted by a dashing conjurer and an enchanting ghost talker.”  The conjurer is none other than Sean Paul, the nationally acclaimed illusionist from Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater.  The enchanting ghost whisperer is the clairaudient medium, also from Intrigue Theater, the lovely Juliana Faye.

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This mystical duo has mesmerized audiences from Vegas to the Bahamas.  They have developed a presentation that embraces the wizardry theme of the weekend.  And, to ensure an intimate setting for their bedazzling performance, a limited number of admissions will be made available for this first of its kind evenings.  The doors and the cash bar open at 7:30 the evening of January 25.  The performance begins at 8 o’clock.  Tickets are popularly priced at $29.95 for VIP Seating (center row seats, only 50 available), $19.95 for general admission and  are available through IntrigueTheater.com/event/magicalprelude/.

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Then comes Saturday and the night’s much anticipated event, the “Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball” set in the Crystal Ballroom of “The Crescent College of Magical Matriculation”, a.k.a. the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  The administrators of “the College” are inviting guests to “gather their finest dress robes, best hat, and of course their magic wand” and prepare for a totally unique evening.  Organizers are saying that “professors and students of wizardry” (those who get a kick out of such goings on) are welcome to attend for “a ray of merriment” amid cold weather outside by “gathering just past the fireplace and just inside the room of enchantment for a beguiling evening”.

To make this event the social gathering of year yet to come, formal/magical attire is required.  The night is designed for adults 21 and older.  Partial proceeds from the event will benefit The Merlin Foundation, a public policy and advocacy organization for abused and neglected children with a special focus on the family.  The foundation is headquartered in Berryville, Arkansas.

The ball welcomes guests at 5 p.m. when the cash bar featuring “many magical libations” opens, followed by dinner at 7.  Ticket information available at WizardWayoftheOzarks.ticketspice.com/wizards-in-winter-crystal-ball.

 

 

 

Christmas Day Feast 2018

The Crystal Dining Room invites you and your family for a holiday feast on Christmas Day at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. 

Breakfast: Fresh Cooked Frittata, Sausage Links, Breakfast potatoes, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Gravy. Assorted Fruits, pastries, and breakfast breads, cereal,  Jams, Jellies, and condiments.

2018 Feast Menu

11am – 2pm. Cost $29.95 for Adults, $14.95 Children 6-12 and 5 and under free.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766

Carved Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Red Wine Au Jus

Carved Leg of Lamb with Fresh Mint Jelly and

Carved Pineapple Glazed Christmas Ham

Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

Country Style Green Beans with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Roasted Turkey Breast with Giblet Gravy and Cornbread Stuffing

Goose, Duck and Vegetable Pot Pie

Vegetarian Fall Squash Medley

Chef Sandi’s Homemade Salads

Peel and Eat Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Bagels and Lox

Fresh Fruit and Cheese Display

 

Strawberry Trifle

Assorted Christmas Desserts

Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

 

Swing in the New Year!

Upscale Fun, the Crescent Hotel welcomes the Melodikats to the Crystal Dining Room for an evening of classic rock and favorite pop hits to fill the room with well known tunes and the dance floor with New Years Eve Revelers. Band will perform 10pm – 1am.

There are two ways to best enjoy the evening:

Full Night – Dinner with a reserved Table     

By selecting either an 8:30 or 9:00 pm seating your New years Eve celebration will include a guaranteed VIP table, personal server for the evening, a Four-Course Meal champagne and all taxes and gratuities, plus admission to the NYE party. New Year’s Eve Dinner $125 per person

Appetizer

o   Seared Sea Scallops

o   Fresh Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Champagne Butter Sauce and Sea Beans

Salad Course

o   Field Greens topped with Roasted Beets, Toasted Pignolles and Heirloom Tomato Wedges drizzled with our Champagne Vinaigrette

Entrée Course – Choose 1

o   6 oz Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Ginger Beurre Blanc and Sea Beans served over Organic Black Rice with Sauteed Pancetta, Spinach and Shallot side.

o   Surf and Turf. 6 oz Seared Prime Center Cut Filet with Foyer Sauce topped with Grilled Maine Lobster alongside our House Made Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes, Tri-Color Baby Carrots and Steamed Asparagus.

o   Smoked Heirloom Tomato Ratatouille Classical Ratatouille with Zucchini, Eggplant, Squash, Red Onion and Leeks topped with Smoked Heirloom Tomato sauce served alongside Sauteed Spaghetti Squash and Toasted Pignolles.

Dessert Course

o   Chocolate Decadence Cheesecake

*Please call to secure a table for the evening and schedule dining reservations: 877-342-9766

 

New Years Eve Celebration – Party Only

The evening of upscale fun for those on the Party package begins at 10pm and runs until 1AM.  Seating is on a first come first serve basis and not reserved but available.  Some may be asked to meet new friends to accommodate those wishing to attend the evening.  Parties of 6 or more may be reserved in advance with pre-payment.  $35 per person.  Buy Tickets.

6 Wonderful Reasons to Fall into Eureka Springs this Autumn

  • Fall Color in The Arkansas Ozarks – There is not a prettier place on the planet earth than The Arkansas Ozarks when autumn arrives. The mountainsides, the hollows, the hiking and mountain biking trails are painted with hues of gold, red, orange, and purple.  Mother Nature turns the emerald green hardwood trees of    summer into explosions of breathtaking color. This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right in town.  The Ozarks boast fall foliage “Top 10 in America” bona fides from such entities as Fodor’s Travel, Travel & Leisure, The Travel Channel, Country Living Magazine, and AARP.   Trip Advisor said of Eureka Springs: “It’s very relaxing, especially in the fall with all the beautiful foliage.”
  • Experience Exclusive Resort Activities – There is only one mountaintop spa resort in Eureka Springs: the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The operative word here is resort… with multiple, daily activities all for overnight guests to enjoy in addition to the traditional offering of spa, dining, grounds, and relaxation.  Some of the featured fall resort activities include: “Rebuilding The Legend – A 20-year review of the Crescent Hotel’s journey to return to prominence as “The Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality”, “The Real Stories of The Crescent College Years” – One of the hotel’s historians will show guests around the College exhibit, speaking about the many fascinating college girls with great stories, “Garden Tour” – Join the Crescent Hotel’s talented gardener as she escorts you around our award-winning gardens educating you on the what and the why of the plants, “Not Really A Door” – A one-hour, two-actress, supernatural comedy-murder-mystery-thriller that is free to registered guests, and “High Time in the SkyBar” – Live music during a high time and high overlook atop The Ozarks.
  • Day Trippin’ on Highways That Are Byways – Eureka Springs makes the perfect hub for day trips along ribbons of asphalt driving to all those fabulous vistas. Whether you opt to drive north, east, south or west, you will be awe struck by the colors near the highway shoulders as well as the vistas these highways offer.   And, whether you arrive on a motorcycle or in a motorcar, the serpentine spokes out of Eureka will not disappoint.  Four popular, nearby day trips are west to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; north to an Ozark must via the Mark Twain National Forest, Branson (MO); east to the Buffalo National Park River region including gazing upon grazing herds of elk in Boxley Valley; and south to the number one road route in America, The Pig Trail National Scenic Byway.
  • Awesome Hiking –n- Mountain Biking Trails – This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right up close and personal. Several hotels have installed trailheads to the web of city maintained trails and routes –like those at Lake Leatherwood and Black Bass Lake– making it easy for those who want to venture out after a good night’s rest.  Maps and tips from hotel activity directors will help you match trails to your comfort level.  With the growing interest of mountain biking, bikes may be rented.  A shuttle to shred The Eureka Springs Downhill is available at Lake Leatherwood City Park.
  • Activities and Attractions Abound – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour are just a few. The architecture of an active downtown entertainment and shopping district is worth a fall stroll in itself.  But you add to that dozens of unique, non-chain shops, art galleries, and nearly two dozen bars and quality restaurants makes a fall vacation to Eureka Springs complete.
  • Overnight Delights – Being a historic community, quaint and iconic historic hotels are the place to stay in the fall. The ambiance of historic lodging that offers 21st century accoutrements make a fall stay in Eureka Springs most enjoyable.  The two lodging properties that have the greatest history and continue to be the most popular not only in Eureka Springs but all of Arkansas are the aforementioned 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and it’s downtown “sister”, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  While discovering downtown, a midday meal outside “on the balcony” at the Basin Park’s Balcony Restaurant affords you a bird’s eye view of shops, galleries and Basin Spring Park City Park.  At the Crescent, whether you opt for a nice dinner in the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room Restaurant or choose to take the short stroll to the popular Ermilio’s Italian Restaurant three blocks away, you must include a cool evening moment for a beverage -seated al fresco- in the hotel’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza that overlooks The Ozarks’ hills-n-hollers highlighted by the brilliant, glowing Christ of The Ozarks statue, the world’s tallest in the northern hemisphere.

So now you know the when (this autumn), you know the where (Eureka Springs, Arkansas), you know the why (fall colors, great activities and attractions, etc.), and you know who is ready to welcome you (the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel) for the fall vacation of a lifetime.   All you need to do now is mark dates on your calendar, book a room, plan your activities, pack up the car and then drive to the “Extraordinary Escape” community nestled in The Arkansas Ozarks.

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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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

may festival of the arts eureka springs

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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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