Halloween Seance

On the heels of last year‘s 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. 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 a full-on Hypnosis show 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 reside in the haunted hotel, and will begin the Séance with more paranormal experiments involving members of the audience. The night will crescendo with the entire audience taking out their pendulums and/or their favorite Ghost Hunting apps as Sean-Paul and Juliane engage the spirits of the Crescent with a script custom-crafted 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., and will include a break to refresh the spirits and purchase pendulums. The 2nd half will begin around 10:15 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/intriguetheater/videos/269052177069040/ Reserve your seat at this popular event today!

On the heels of last year‘s 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. BUY TICKETS

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 a full-on Hypnosis show as a tribute to Norman Baker. The finale of this segment will be a Past Life Regression Experiment with someone from the audience.
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The Séance!

Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay will continue to lay out the personalities that are believed to reside in the haunted hotel, and will begin the Séance with more paranormal experiments involving members of the audience. The night will crescendo with the entire audience taking out their pendulums and/or their favorite Ghost Hunting apps as Sean-Paul and Juliane engage the spirits of the Crescent with a script custom-crafted 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., and will include a break to refresh the spirits and purchase pendulums. The 2nd half will begin around 10:15 p.m.

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Reserve your seat at this popular event today!  BUY TICKETS

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.”

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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!

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras

The time is here…Get your Beads, Masks & Bring Your Friends!

Don’t Miss 2 Parades/ 3 Balls and Loads of Fun! Eureka Springs Mardi Festival kicks off February 21st – March 5th with 2 full weekends of festivities.

February 23rd check out the Mardi Gras Night Parade followed by the Black Light Ball at Chelsea’s.  Tickets $35-this will sell out!

March 2nd  join in on the Mardi Gras Day Parade

March 3rd end the weekend with a Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel. 11AM-2PM.  $29.95 per person.  Enjoy fine dining at the Jazz Champagne Brunch in the Crystal Dining Room at the world famous Crescent Hotel. Feast on food, fun, music, and join in on the 2nd line dance.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766.

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Christmas Tree Forest Winners 2018

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Announces: 2018 “Christmas Forest” Winners

 The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is all about tradition.  One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas At The Crescent Celebration was the “growing” of the “Christmas Forest”, an effort to raise money for local and area charities.  In the past 10 years this forest has now harvested nearly $50,000 in local area charitable contributions.

“This town, this region, this state have provided such a wonderful environment for our hotel’s success, it is only right that we, the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, always give something back.  It is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both properties.  “It was a win-win proposition.  We had our mountaintop covered in lighted Christmas trees beautifully decorated by local citizens and employees which created a magical setting through which couples and families could stroll and be immersed in the holiday spirit of decoration and giving.  And, it gave those who enjoyed the forest an opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas’ with donations to a charity whose tree they liked the best.”

“The concept is quite simple,” Moyer explained.  “On or about Thanksgiving each year, we purchase, plus have donated, around 30 or more real evergreen trees.  The hotel places them on our property adorning each with lights.  Charities then come in, usually represented in part by one or more of our employees, and decorate their tree as festively as possible.  And what an amazing job they do each year.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous.

“We illuminate the Christmas Forest on the first Saturday night in December.  From that day thru December 31, those who come to the forest and wish to ‘vote’ for their favorite tree do so by dropping in the ‘ballot box’ one dollar for each vote they would like to cast.  On New Year’s Day, the votes are counted.  Each charity gets all of their ‘votes’ plus the Crescent kicks in cash prizes for the top three vote getters, $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and an honorable mention donation of $25 to all of the other charities.  Shortly thereafter the stripped trees are donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they become ‘cat toys’ for their big cats.”

Those charities that took top honors this year are Imagination Library in first place with $3,830 in votes, OARS (Ozark AIDS Resources & Services) in second place with $2,344, and Project Self Esteem in third place with $1,022.

“Twenty-nine other charities received honorable mention recognition,” said Mary Howze, the hotel’s activities director.  “They include American Diabetes Association, Autism Speaks, Camp No Limits, Carroll County Music Group, Clear Spring School, Creative Minds of St. James, Dobby Drive, Dyslexia, ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach), Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Community Center, Flint Street Food Bank, Good Shepherd Humane Society, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Many Ways, Heifer International, Jeremiah House, Loaves & Fishes, Main Stage, Main Street Eureka Springs, Melonlite Teen Perform, National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy of Arkansas, NWA Sheep Dog Impact, PEO Sisterhood, People Helping People, Preservation Society, Purple Flower, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.”

“This was yet another record year for donations,” Moyer concluded.  “With all of the votes added to our additional cash prizes, local area charities netted a Christmas present of $10,270 which pushed our ten-year total to more than $50,000.  Ya see, sometimes money really does grow on trees.”

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.

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.

Roaring 20’s Eureka Jazz Lawn Party

This has been a favorite event for locals and visitors!

Kick off Jazz Eureka Festival with a Roaring 20’s Party on the Lawn at the 1886 Crescent Hotel. Live Jazz Music from Four Score, lite snacks, drinks, and more! Roaring 20’s theme and costumes are encouraged. Guest are also encouraged to bring their own blankets and/or chairs.

7PM-11PM

This is a fun, casual event that puts you in a unique setting under the stars. Bring your friends and dancing partner!

TICKETS $10 ~ BUY TICKETS

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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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.