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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Swing in the New Year

Swing in the New Year-Classy, Upscale & Sexy!

New Years Eve Crescent Hotel

For the 130th time, Swing in the New Year at 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa with a “Classy, Upscale, & Sexy” Celebration!

New Years Eve Dinner will be served from 5PM-7:30PM in the Crystal Dining Room (last seating at 7:30PM.) Reservations need to be made separately by calling : 877-342-9766

New Years Entertainment: Will begin at 10PM for dancing and to enjoy the sounds of the amazing band ” Swing and a Miss!” This iconic evening of celebration and decadence is available for $35 per person or $50 per couple. Get your tickets now before they’re gone! Click here for tickets

Christmas Day Feast

crescent christmas feast

Bring Your Family to the Crystal Dining Room and enjoy a Christmas Feast in a historic setting. Served from 11am-2pm
Adults (13 & Up) $29.95
Youth (6 & Up) $14.95
Kids (5 & Under) Complimentary
Reservations recommended by calling: 877-342-9766

Christmas 2017 Menu

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

Dinner Items:

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

Carved Leg of Lamb with Fresh Mint Jelly and

Carved Pineapple Glazed Christmas Ham

White Cheddar and Garlic 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

 

Desserts:

Strawberry Trifle

Assorted Christmas Desserts

Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Chocolate fountain with Dipping Treats

 

Food & Wine Night

 
Explore your palate during Eureka Springs Annual Food & Wine Weekend.  The Crescent Hotel will be participating in this event on Thursday, November 9th with a Food & Wine Night.

 

11/9 Crystal Dining Room ~ Welcome Reception  
5pm-7pm $20 per person / $35 per couple
Sample wines and artisan cheeses from around the world in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere featuring live entertainment from John Rainone the ‘Piano Man’.
Reception attendees value added list:  Access to our very special Crystal dining Room Family Of Wines by the glass list available for one night only to our Food and Wine celebration attendees.  Stay for dinner and receive a 10% discount on all wines (bottles & by the glass)

 

11/9 Crystal Dining Room ~ Dinner 

Seating 5 pm – 8 pm

Very Special Family wines by the glass list.  Rare and collectible wines from the     most popular Family selections including Duckhorn, Heitz, Beringer, Penfolds, Phelps, Mondavi & Jadot.  Chef’s featured selections will be paired with the featured wines.

To Make Reservations please call 877-342-9766.

 

ROOM NIGHT DISCOUNT!

Stay for only $99 at the Crescent Hotel on 11/9 if you are an attendee to the food & wine night. Book Now.

Fall Color in Eureka Springs

 “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  These words of French philosopher Albert Camus best describe the Arkansas Ozarks when these emerald hills and hollows begin their transformation into their fall brilliance.  This brilliance acts like a tractor beam to area citizens who want to gaze upon this annual Technicolor spectacle.  And at least one Northwest Arkansas city is ready to welcome these throngs of elated leaf lookers once again.

“Eureka Springs, clothed in its glistening fall coat, is a traditional top five destination according to TripAdvisor for taking in the colors of autumn,” said Jack Moyer, past chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, “and we’ve surrounded Mother Nature with a plethora of fun events, activities and attractions.”

Events and activities include Gallery Strolls, Music In The Park, Dancing In The Park, Blue Grass Weekend, Voices In The Silent City, Oktoberfest, Zombie Crawl, Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular, and Diversity Weekend.  Attractions open in the fall include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Spirits of The Basin Tour, Intrigue Theater, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Belle of The Ozarks, nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and nearby Branson, Missouri.

“This total package is just what fall travelers to the Arkansas Ozarks are seeking,” Moyer added.

Digital electronics have further enhanced what Eureka has to offer.  “Every October we are inundated with telephone calls inquiring about our fall foliage.  ‘Have they started changing yet?’   Moyer explained that the solution was to have a webcam installed at the on the hotel grounds to watch the changing fall colors daily at eurekaspringsfallfoliage.com. 

“True, there is no better way to see our fabulous fall colors than up close and in person,” concluded Moyer, “In the meantime, we hope folks will enjoy this new fall foliage feature.  Our awesome, natural, autumnal feature performance of Mother Nature now can be shared worldwide.”

 

Fat Tire Festival

19th annual Fat Tire Festival in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Attracting riders, IMG_0969spectators, and party-goers from surrounding states, this 3 day weekend is packed with downhill, super-d, short track, and cross country racing.

Glued together with group rides, social gatherings, live music, craft beer, arts and crafts and mobile food court. Bring the entire family!

Stay Downtown at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa for ONLY $99 (regular rate $229) during this Festival Weekend.  Must Call to Book and mention: Fat Tire Discount Rate: 877-342-9766

For information on vendors permits and registration for riders visit fattirefestival.com.

Your Valentine’s Getaway

Eureka Springs has Romantic written all over it.  From your cozy cottage or premium hotel escape, to dining in our many chef owned restaurants, take the mini getaway for Valentine’s Weekend!

Valentines’ Lodging Deals–Click Here

 

Four Course Sweetheart Dinner for Two–2/10, 2/11 & 2/14

Join us Valentine’s Weekend in the Crystal Dining Room for a Four Course Sweetheart Dinner for Two!
$125 for Two-Includes a Bottle of Wine

Offered on Fri, Sat & Tuesday eveings from 5pm-9pm. (2/10, 2/11, & 2/14)

COURSE ONE
Shared Appetizer
(Choice of One)
Crab Lorenzo, our signature Historic Hotels of America dish
Grilled Portebello Mushroom on Bacon Jalepeno Grits

COURSE TWO
Choice of House-made Soup or Salad

COURSE THREE
Choice of two Entrees:
8oz. Filet Mignon with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potato
Grilled Scottish Salmon over Avocado Risotto
Pan Fried Grouper with Tomato Shrimp Butter Sauce and Avocado Risotto
Pork Chops with Apple Fennel Compote and Smoked Gouda Mashed Potato

COURSE FOUR
Shared Dessert
Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise and Chocolate sauces

Call to Reserve: 877-342-9766

Eureka Springs Tells People To “Get OUT (side)!”

Within a twenty mile radius of Downtown, 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, plus Holiday Island. For even more activities within this area, there are numerous providers: Ozark Mountain Ziplines, scenic horseback riding stables, Starkey Park Marina, Beaver Dam Site Park, the 12,000-acre Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, 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 miles of ATV trails, Buffalo National River, Dogwood Canyon, Beaver Town, 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 extraordinary escape vacation hub.

Outdoor Adventure Week & Lake Leatherwood Day

Although many of these outdoor wonders are accessible and enjoyable the year-round, many are at their peak during the months of spring, especially late April and early May. This is when The Ozarks’ hillsides are all abloom and fully green with temperatures comfortably mild.  Here is a little bit more about some of these attractive spring attractions:

  • Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The truth is, experienced mountain bikers and those who are just getting into it will find that Eureka Springs has something to offer for all levels and interests. Adventure Mountain Outfitters is the local cycling authority and offers rentals, repairs and comprehensive information on the sport. The reason is clear why Eureka Springs is the home of major events like the Fat Tire Festival.
  • Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, hiking in and around Eureka Springs is spectacular. Easily accessible trails are located near most Eureka Springs lodging. For some light hiking, try following some of the city historic trails marked by historic plaques; discover the dozens of historic natural springs flowing full from springtime rain; or explore Eureka Springs prettiest street, Spring Street “boulevard”. For day hiking, consider hiking along Lake Leatherwood trails or visit Blue Spring Heritage Center.
  • Record crowds will again fly high over The Ozarks as they experience the exhilarating thrill of a zip line canopy tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs. Screams of delight and thunder of excited laughter from patrons of Ozark Mountain Ziplines will pierce the woodland silence as they soar through the air from up to 300 feet high with cable lengths up to 2,000 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs.
  • Black Bass Lake is a natural area located on 200 hidden acres and only a quarter of a mile from the heart of downtown Eureka Springs.  Black Bass Lake presently has two-and-a-half miles of hiking trails although construction has begun to connect the trails between Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood.  In addition to hiking, Black Bass Lake offers a historic and picturesque dam, beautiful scenery, and great fishing on the lake itself.  This is a perfect spot to spend a warm afternoon taking in the wonders of nature.
  • A little south of Eureka Springs, there is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a safe haven for big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars.  Additionally, they have bears and other animals that visitors can watch for an extraordinary wildlife adventure.  Turpentine Creek also hosts Eureka’s Annual Kite Festival.
  • Not far from Turpentine Creek, sits Quigley Castle, a unique dwelling built for a woman -by that woman- who wanted to bring nature indoors.  The one-of-a-kind structure was hand-constructed with rocks and stones she collected from all over the world.
  • Just off Arkansas Highway 12, War Eagle Mill is a scenic place and home to not only the Bean Palace Restaurant but also one of America’s most successful craft shows.  The mill sits alongside War Eagle Creek, which drives their burrstone wheel, and home for fishing and for feeding the ducks.
  • Nearby War Eagle Cavern offers a bat’s eye view of stunning underground scenery, nature paths, gem and fossil panning, and lodging.
  • Beaver Lake, west of Eureka, has 500 miles of shoreline alone.  It boasts some of the best fishing in the area, with many fishing tournaments held annually.  Visitors can kayak, catch a trophy bass, striper, or walleye, and then relax in one of the many parks offering camping, picnicking, and swimming.  This crystal-clear lake is the fifth most visited lake in the country that is operated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Starkey Park offers camping, a marina and boat launch, fishing, water sports, eagle watch, pavilion and is home to The Belle of the Ozarks, a “ship” offering wonderful sightseeing excursions including those that “set sail” to do some seasonal eagle watching.
  • The Dam Site Park is one of the most popular parks in the area and is located near Beaver Dam. From this are guests may enjoy sailing, power house tours, fishing, scuba diving, and driving tours.
  • At C&J Sports, located near Beaver Dam, guests can make their way through an excellent archery course, or play a game of paintball.  Scuba diving is offered and quite popular in the clear waters of Beaver Lake.
  • The White River, also west of Eureka Springs, is known for some of the best trout fishing anywhere.  There are stores in the area that are well equipped to outfit anyone wishing to have an adventure on the White River, whether it is fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, or anything else a visitor can dream up.
  • A little farther out U.S. Highway 62 West, Blue Spring Heritage Center is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been drawing visitors since 1948.  Thirty-eight million gallons of clear water pour out daily into the trout filled sparkling blue lagoon below.  Blue Spring with its unique bluff shelter was part of the Trail of Tears upon which Cherokee and other Native American tribes traveled to their new, designated home in Oklahoma.
  • Near Blue Spring, Inspiration Point rises high above the White River valley, and has a spectacular view that beckons guests to pull off the road and take in the tranquil scenery.
  • E. Fay Jones globally award-winning Thorncrown Chapel, also known as the “glass chapel”, is home to thousands of weddings each year and can be seen peeking out through the treetops west of Eureka.  Its distinctive architecture proudly displays 425 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass with interior acoustics that must be heard to be believed.
  •  Traveling east of Eureka Springs, the choices in outdoor activities are abundant.  The Kings River is waiting to show guests some beautiful scenery.  This river is about 90 miles long, and has many attractive features, such as colorful bluffs, unique flora and fauna, and is a fine place to watch for wildlife.  Many eagles have been spotted along the banks of the Kings.  The small-mouth bass fishing is excellent, as are the float trips in a canoe or kayak.
  • Caving offers abundant venues in the greater Eureka area.  For example, Onyx Cave, which was discovered in 1891, is one of the oldest show caves in Arkansas.  They offer tours that include beautiful underground formations.  Cosmic Caverns, close to Berryville, has many one-of-a-kind natural wonders.  It has been named one of the top 10 show caves in the U.S. with its two underground bottomless lakes (lakes in which divers have never found the bottom), one of which features cave trout.  Rare, blind cave salamanders sometimes show themselves during tours at nearby Cosmic Caverns.
  • Still on the east side of town, visitors can experience one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery of The Ozarks via horseback.  Red Bud Riding Stables, a family-owned business, has been showing folks around the “hills-n-hollers” on horseback for more than 20 years.  The hospitable guides at Red Bud are knowledgeable about plant and animal life, and the trails cover a variety of terrain on the privately owned wildlife preserve.
  • Also for enthusiastic equestrians, the Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort is a place where the horseback rides are suitable for all ages and skill levels.  The trails offer spectacular panoramic views, as well as possible wildlife sightings.  Riders can choose from many different types and lengths of rides, anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.   Guests can have a real outdoor experience with breakfast, lunch, or dinner rides where a tasty meal is cooked up over a campfire.
  • Back to the west, the town of Beaver is one of those charming little spots where visitors love to explore.  The history there is rich with old trails and the much-photographed Beaver Town Bridge.  This “Little Golden Gate” bridge is a 554-foot single-lane expansion over the White River.  The Beaver Recreation Park is located here, with camping, floating, RV Park, boat launch and a quaint little store.  Rock Climbing is a popular sport in this area.

Jack Moyer, general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa with its surrounding 15 acres of forested hillsides and manicured gardens and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel that sits in the midst of a web of urban trails, stated, “We are adamant supporters of Eureka Springs’ great outdoors. In fact, we tell our guests and visitors to ‘Just get out!’. We of course mean it as our invitation for them to ‘Get outdoors!’ while they are visiting us, encouraging them to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor sights and activities our glorious region offers, especially in late April and early May.”

For trail maps, visit www.EurekaSpringsTrails.com

For more information, one should go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com

 

 

 

 


Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

January 8th, 9th, 10th & January 15th, 16th, 17th

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.

ESP weekend at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States – so popular that we have added a second weekend to accommodate demand while offering our loyal friends and newcomers a choice of dates for their hands-on, independent, nocturnal investigations.

ESP Weekends feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel, and also an investigation our of sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park -which will be fully closed off and empty but for event participants.

This is a weekend of serious investigation of “the most haunted hotel in America” on a hilltop overlooking beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the majestic Basin park Hotel, “the people’s Hotel” just steps from the famous healing spring.  The spaces known to be the most active at the Crescent Hotel will be open for investigation from midnight to dawn.  On Saturday nights, the ghost hunts will be orchestrated and led by Crescent hotel resident investigator, author of seven books about the supernatural and founder of ARPAST, the awesome Larry Flaxman!

Activities include:

  • Crescent Ghost tours – highly recommended before conducting your own investigation – hear the stories of recurrent sightings, identify active locations, learn the fascinating history of the 1886 Crescent Hotel.
  • Spirits of the Basin Tour – hear about the spirited people who made Eureka Springs what it is today, the spirits that are said to linger in the halls and ballrooms, and the sample the contraband  that was available during the “Chicago years”, when the Basin Park Hotel was a notorious – and very popular – speakeasy!
  • ESP testing – expanded in 2016 to include more and longer tests, more hours. Come check out your own psi potential!
  • The Psychomanteum – an ancient Greek form of deprivation chamber, where the spirits of the dead were contacted.
  • Not Really a Door – a one-hour, two-actress, supernatural-comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, commissioned by the Crescent Hotel for our guests.
  • Flickering Tales – a collection of authentic Ozark stories of witches, monsters and of course ghosts, told by our trained team of storytellers in the shadowy barefoot ballroom at the Basin Park Hotel.
  • Psychics Salon – our resident mediums will be on hand throughout the events, to divine your future through a variety of means!

Snacks and beverages available in the small hours at both hotels.

Shuttles available certain hours

Discounted rate for  ESP participants Mon-Thur Jan 11-14 at both hotels

2016 PACKAGE RATES

Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($439.00) Include :

  • 2 Night Stay on the BEST Available Room (based on availability)
  • Nightly Reception
  • Spirits of the Basin Tour (offered F, Sat, & Sun)
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
  • “Active Space” pass to Rooms 218, 419, 3500 and THE MORGUE.  (NOTE 101?)
  • $30 per day Food Credit
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts (2)
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door, Flickering Tales)

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Saturday 1 Night Package  (1/9 or 1/16) $269.00 Include:

  • Premium Guest Room
  • Ghost Tour
  • “Active Space” pass
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a Door, Flickering Tales)

 

Thanksgiving Day Feast


Join Us this Thanksgiving at the Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.

We will be serving a Thanksgiving Breakfast in the Conservatory from 8am-10am. $9.95 per person. Menu:

Fresh cooked Frittata, Sausage Links, Sliced Ham, Breakfast potatoes, Cheese Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits & Gravy, Fresh cut Fruit Medley, Assorted Breads and Pastries with Local Jams, Jellies and Condiments


Our Thanksgiving Feast in the Crystal Ballroom will be from 11am-4pm. $27.95 per person. Menu:

Chef’s Features and Carving Board Creations~

Oven Roasted Prime Rib with Mushroom Demi Glace and Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Smoked Pit Ham with Pineapple Chutney

Slow Roasted Turkey, House Recipe Savory Dressing and Cranberry Sauce

 Spinach and Onion Stuffed Salmon Over Wild Rice Pilaf

 Traditional Sides~

Green Bean Casserole, Candied Yams, Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Giblet Gravy,

 Locally Grown Harvest Celebrations~

Autumn Squash Sauté, Fall vegetable Pot Pie, Vegetarian Five Spice Acorn Squash Soup, Leafy Greens Salads,  Assorted Fresh Salads, Domestic Cheese Display & Peel and Eat Shrimp

 “Way Over the Top” Sweets and Treats~

Pecan, Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Pies with freshly whipped topping,

Signature Sunday Brunch Chocolate Fountain with bountiful Dipping Display White            Chocolate Bread Pudding with vanilla bean and Hand Dipped Ice Cream Cascading Fruit   Display

*Must make Thanksgiving reservations in advance. 479-253-5296