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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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.

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. 

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