Once famously stated, “Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.“ This is how that happens in Eureka Springs and at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.
Here are four suggestions for this year’s winter season to include in your escape to Eureka Springs:
1) Warmth – While it may be chilly outside while roasting a s’more around the campfire at outdoor skating rink, or on a mountain bike ride rolling along an Ozark hillside, warmth awaits back at the hotel proper. Crescent guests can enjoy the hot tub outside the New Moon Spa or stretch out under the stars soaking your muscles in the 90 degree-plus “hot pool” prepared evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Continue your evening with a hearty meal finished with a warm brandy before heading to your room to snuggle in one of our comfortable beds with your special someone.
2) Find Yourself – With little time these days to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment, an escape to Eureka Springs is the path to finding yourself. Enjoy any set of services that can help bring you back to center at the New Moon Spa & Salon.
Once relaxed, your recentering meditation can continue during a morning stretch, or step outside and travel at your own pace along the easy hiking trails that start and end at the Crescent. Getting back to nature is as easy as walking out of the hotel’s front door of this mountaintop resort. View Daily Resort Activities.
3) Give a Gift to Yourself – Perfect for you and uniquely found in Eureka Springs over the winter season is what everyone needs right now: a day of eclectic shopping, a fine meal, and a glass of wine.
Eureka Springs is your ideal host, with its nearly 100 local shops and galleries, none are a chain, none are big box, and a downtown that offers up to 21 restaurants, cafés, bars and bistros.
4) Every Day Is Different– With the change in season, so changes the many things to do in the Ozarks and at this mountaintop spa resort.
For a limited time, the Crescent Hotel returns one of the most popular activities in which this Historic Hotel of America has ever ventured: an outdoor skating rink with natural ice. “We create lifetime memories,” said Jack Moyer, hotel executive vice president and general manager, “and that is the reason why our hotel decided to add a ‘frozen pond’ in our Fountain Garden.” The rink and curling lane will be open, weather permitting, Thursday through Monday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as some extended hours on Saturdays.
The winter season in this Ozark mountain village continues to be active with mountain biking, soft day adventure hiking and eagle watching on Beaver Lake. Downtown walking tours are far more pleasant than during the peak of the summer heat. Turn-of-the-century architecture strolls reveal hidden treasures previously covered by the spring, summer and fall leaf canopies.
Indoor resort activities continue at the Crescent and are expanded to include appropriately spaced game rooms for challenging one another to your favorite board games or simply collaborating on putting together a stimulating puzzle.
The darkness and quiet of winter only add to the thrill of staying on property to enjoy the greatest tour ever offered: the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. This world-renowned encounter to the other side will introduce you to the more famous “guests who checked out but never left”, give you a chance to discover a few apparitions of your own, and finally will escort you on an eerie trip down into the macabre morgue.
So, this winter season, experience Eureka Springs and the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa where every day is warm, enlightening, rewarding and different. In other words, every day is good… a great way to wind up 2020.
Many think the history of 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa of today started on May 20, 1886 when the grand opening of “the finest hotel west of the Mississippi” held its grand opening gala in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. Actually, the history of today’s Crescent Hotel started about two decades ago shortly after Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased “The Grand Ol’ Lady of The Ozarks” on February 28, 1997.
On the date of the Roenigks’ purchase, the hotel was not that grand. In fact, the Crescent was in pretty bad shape. The primary reason that Marty and Elise purchased the Crescent was because of their history as preservationists. They did not want to see this hotel, this historic structure fall into complete ruin.
In May of 2000, at a huge garden party in the hotel’s Fountain Garden, the Roenigks announced their 10-year goal to fully restore the Crescent to its original grandeur. The event was called the “Dawning of the Crescent’s Second Golden Age”. Mr. Roenigk said that the hotel’s future would be based on a concept he called “economic sustainability”. The process began.
Marty, along with Hotel General Manager Jack Moyer crafted his goals into a workable plan. The plan was made doable by Marty and Elise’s preservation spirit allowing the 10-year plan to be accomplished. Marty’s goals became a reality thanks to a hotel team of professionals led by Moyer and the development of and strict adherence to a hotel creed created then; still followed today. That creed has four tenets: create lifetime memories, build the individual, protect the irreplaceable, and be community minded. This creed and good solid plans economically supported by ever increasing revenue from room rental, weddings, food service and more, saw the “golden age” prophecy not only come to fruition but get even brighter in the past 20 years.
The “stone and mortar” developments of the Crescent during the last 20 years have been quite expansive led by a team of design and construction preservationists.
>Design and construction of the fifth floor that was completely destroyed during a devastating fire in 1967. The design, led by architect Laura Derrick was carefully crafted to replicate the skyline of the original structure. The interior of that design was artfully styled using the techniques of Frank Lloyd Wright to serve as living quarters for the Roenigks and, worth noting, is the highest point in Carroll County.
>Improvement of the overnight room product through annual upgrading of up to 20 sleeping rooms each and every year. Initial improvement included painting walls in Victorian colors highlighted by Richard Pollard’s hand-stenciling, efforts that are also seen in the hotel’s lobby. Further enhancements include newer, historically themed furnishings; bathroom renovations; and clever redesigns to make nineteenth century rooms more twenty-first century “guest friendly”.
>Development of “dead space” in a historic adjacent and connected building -the old servants’ quarters- that had not been used for more than 75 years. Thanks to the cooperation of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, this project became the “class assignment” of their interior design school students and a winning “assignment” was chosen by the Roenigks. Following detailed construction and furnishing, the Crescent netted four, upscale and very popular Annex Suites.
>The most aggressive room development came in 2008 when plans were drawn up for the construction of four two-bedroom, “treetop cottages”. In order to blend with a Eureka Springs’ look, architect David McKee patterned designs in the E. Fay Jones (a student of Frank Lloyd Wright) style, in a special corner of the hotel’s 15 mountaintop acres. Two-buildings, two-stories each, with floors connected by an elevator in each building, made the perfect location for wedding and family groups desiring a little more seclusion and privacy.
To enhance the burgeoning wedding offering at the Crescent, the Conservatory was built on the footprint of the original conservatory utilized by the Crescent College for Young Women, the prestigious girls’ school that occupied the hotel from 1908 to 1934. This new glass enclosed room has become the most popular venue for wedding receptions. The development of other wedding ceremony sites on the hotel grounds includes the expanded Fountain Garden; the East Lawn and Gazebo; and the new, rustic Glenwood Hollow carefully carved out of an Ozark hillside.
The spa industry had become such an integral part of quality hotels, the Roenigks realized early on that the Crescent needed one to establish the Crescent as a year-round resort. That realization was followed by the careful development and opening of the New Moon Spa, a concept of local Cat Zorok, which began with a small fitness gym, an aerobic area, and a pair of treatment rooms. Specially designed private rooms were added for traditional and nouveau massages, facials, and other body treatments. A “chill room”, complete with a juice bar, was added for the “living room” comfort of spa customers to utilize before and after treatments.
But the New Moon Spa & Salon continued to grow and now occupies the entire footprint of the hotel’s Garden Level with numerous innovative additions.
>Replacing the original fitness area with a salon and bridal studio. The salon offers full hair, nails and makeup services for guests and brides who need hair styling, manicures, pedicures, waxing, etc. It should be noted that history was preserved during this transformation phase when the old “duck bowling” lanes were uncovered below the existing floor. The floor was lowered to the wooden stripes’ level. These contrasting “stripes” are now the design focal point of the salon. The Bridal Studio was added to allow brides and their entourage a private place for pre-wedding dressing and beauty preparation. This studio also provides easy access to wedding venue sites easily accommodating the bride’s “surprise reveal” to the groom in waiting. Replacement of the juice bar enabled an adjacent retail area to be developed allowing guests to take home product used during their spa and salon treatments.
>Reflecting the New Moon’s beginnings, a fitness room that includes two Peloton bikes and a Peloton treadmill has recently been added. This, coupled with a large outdoor hot tub and an infrared sauna, adds not only to the spa but to resort activity opportunities as well.
Food service has continued to be a staple of the Crescent, however the “golden age” put a new focus on reestablishing consistent food quality and enhanced dining patron service.
>The Crystal Ballroom became the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, although still available as a ballroom for special occasions and large wedding receptions. Fine dining in the evening, breakfast each morning, and a well-attended Sunday brunch was the first “golden” phase of this restaurant. However, as the ever-changing tastes and desires of the market were recognized, the offerings changed. First came evening dining with a new entrée focus under the name 1886 Steakhouse. Then brunch was replaced with a “breakfast feast”. With the steakhouse theme dropped, the current CDRR dinner offering is a concept called ~La Cena featuring Italian cuisine with popular dishes served in generous, shareable portions family-style. Breakfast continues to be served every day with “the feast” featured on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.
>The fourth floor of the hotel in 2000 was the Top of the Crest; a simple place to grab a cocktail. That space was then updated to mark history while featuring unique décor, a full selection menu for casual daytime and evening dining, and the new name and theme of Dr. Baker’s Bistro & SkyBar. Today this space is known as SkyBar Gourmet Pizza which overlooks the Ozark Mountains from its awninged alfresco seating. Its award-winning pizzas can be served for seating indoor or out, delivered to guest rooms, or even delivered throughout the city of Eureka Springs.
The Crescent’s reputation as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” has grown exponentially in the past 20 years thanks to 17 national and international paranormal television shows that have featured this Historic Hotel of America as a definite mecca for “friendly” spirits. The biggest boost came in 2019 when, purely by accident, the midden of Norman Baker, the charlatan who ran the hotel as a “cancer-curing” hospital in the late 1930s, was uncovered. A certified archeological dig found hundreds of bottles of Baker’s “secret formula” as well as jars containing “medical specimens” that had been surgically removed from patients. This expansive collection was added to the already macabre ambiance of the hotel’s “morgue” with its autopsy table and cadaver walk-in cooler, leftovers from the Baker years. All of these ghostly aspects are on display during nightly hotel ghost tours.
Fun additions were not overlooked for the “golden age”. A full, year-round schedule of daily resort activities has further enhanced the Crescent’s reputation as a destination resort. The creation of the Frisco Sporting Club with its popular hatchet throwing; huge yard games; woven, free-flying swings; bonfires complete with ghost stories and s’mores are just a few of the activities associated with this club. Added to that are such scheduled activities as nature hikes, walking trails, mountain biking trails, history tours, sunrise yoga, wine tastings, watercolor art classes, and many more. With this level of guest offerings, “Mountaintop spa resort” has become the Crescent’s new brand.
Seasonal activities now also abound. For example, during “Christmas at The Crescent”, guests can enjoy a hay-sleigh ride, a stroll through the sparkling Christmas forest, Santa’s Brunch, a “Path of Memories” light display, and the Victorian holiday style decorations throughout the hotel.
The Crescent’s most ambitious resort addition has been the opening of a winter outdoor ice-skating rink that includes a curling lane. Not many hotels this far south have dared such an endeavor as this. Hotel employees say that these vanguard efforts are rewarded with the smiling faces of guests and their children as they glide across the glistening frozen surface, especially those taking to the ice for the first time.
The past twenty years has also seen heartache. The hotel and the entire community were dealt a tragic blow in 2009 when Marty was killed in an automobile accident. But his goals and loving proprietorship of the Crescent have been seamlessly continued by Elise. Her love of the property and its team of employees has never wavered. Her continuation of and the commitment of the staff and management to the hotel’s two-decade-long efforts have secured the Crescent’s reputation as a successful, well-respected destination resort hotel and “The Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality”.
The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is located at 75 Prospect Avenue, along Eureka Springs’ Upper Historic Loop.
Special Note: Arkansas requires Masks in all Indoor Spaces through March 31, 2021
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
1905 Basin Park Hotel
RESPONSE TO COVID-19 – The following operational protocols were created as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Crescent & Basin Park Hotel’s top priority is the health and safety of our guests, staff, and community.
Jack V Moyer
Executive Vice President
GENERAL/ALL STAFF PROTOCOLS
Staff with a Temperature exceeding 100.4 will be required to return home.
Staff is required to wear a mask while working indoors as well as in areas where 6ft social spacing is unavailable each day.
Gloves will be provided to employees whose responsibilities require them to be in direct contact with guests.
Through March 31, 2021
Masks are required inside the Crescent and Basin Park Hotel.
Restaurant patrons will be required to wear a mask until order is placed.
Beginning April 1
Masks are recommended in all interior spaces
Masks are Required on tour, spa and riding in the shuttle
Guests are advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least 6ft away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines, using elevators or moving around the property. Restaurant tables and other physical layouts will be arranged to honor guidelines and appropriate distancing. Employees will be reminded not to touch their faces and to practice physical distancing by standing at least 6ft away from guests and other employees whenever possible.
Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at key guest and employee entrances and contact areas such as reception areas, hotel lobbies, in all public restrooms, restaurant entrances, vending area, resort host/retail area, venue rooms, spas, elevators, and exercise areas.
Correct hygiene and frequent hand washing with soap is vital to help combat the spread of the virus. Employees must wash their hands after using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, smoking, eating, drinking, going on break and before or after a shift.
There will be health, hygiene and Arkansas Department of Dealth Directive reminders throughout the property for staff and guests. All hand sinks and employee restrooms have correct hand washing signs in English and Spanish. Signage will be placed at the front of restaurants to alert patrons not to enter the facility if they are sick or have symptoms such as cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath.
Our hotels use cleaning products which meet EPA guidelines and are approved for use and effective against viruses. All managers inspect daily cleaning supplies and coordinate with Stewarding on needs
GUEST ROOMS PROTOCOLS
Modified stay over service is in effect.
See the front desk for details
No room access from employees during stay.
Plexiglas shields for the front desk with a 6″ gap at the bottom
Express checkout (key drop box)
Keys to be sanitized after every use.
Groups must be family in order to ride together. Independent parties must ride separate.
FOOD & BEVERAGE PROTOCOLS
Clean and sanitize reusable menus.
Dine-in service shall require seating to maintain 6 foot physical distancing between tables.
All staff will be required to where face coverings (as recommended by the CDC) if they have direct contact with guests.
THROUGH March 31, Patrons must wear a face covering upon entrance and while in the restaurant until the food or drink is served.
Events will be held to a capacity of 50% of any given space
Crystal Ballroom — 248 – (125 temporary Capacity through June 30)
Conservatory — 96 – (50 temporary Capacity through June 30)
Barefoot Ballroom –200 – (100 temporary Capacity through June 30)
Meal service will encourage plated/served meals.
Manned buffets are optional but not desired
Beverage service (coffee, tea, water) will be served by a server.
Bar service with social spacing
Servers will wear Masks
SALES TEAM PROTOCOLS
Event diagrams to be reviewed on an event by event basis to ensure appropriate social distancing guidelines meet all county, state, federal and CDC guidelines.
Sales Team to create diagrams ensuring social distancing… tables must be 6 feet apart.
All Vendors attending the event must follow employee protocol
Guest & Providers remain in masks.
Infrared Sauna –By appointment only. Single use only.
Fitness Room – Single party use. Clean and disinfect equipment. Bike #2 will not be scheduled for use to create a 6ft distancing.
Ensure all single use items are new.
Guest face down breathe in pillow covering
Temperature checks will required for BOTH employees and Clients guests.
Anyone above 100.4 will be sent home and/or appointment canceled at no cost.
Hot Tub Single use only. NMS/CH appointment only.
Activities will be provided to in house guests in a responsible manner with a focus on outdoor and open spaces.
6 feet of social distancing at all times during the activities.
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Eureka Springs’ two landmark historic hotels, the 1886 Crescent and the 1905 Basin Park, will be reopening to full service on Monday, June 15. This comes on the heels of several successful “weekend only” careful openings at both properties. Both properties will continue to strictly adhere to health safe protocols as set down by Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) during this reopening phase.
“Our guests are ready to come back to the places that have provided such wonderful lifetime memories and fun throughout the years. Eureka Springs and our two hotels are such places.” said Jack Moyer, general manager and executive vice-president for both properties. “This includes all of our services at both the Crescent and the Basin Park to our guests, patrons and friends.”
Downtown Eureka Springs’ centerpiece, the Basin Park Hotel, will also be swinging its doors fully on June 15 offering guests an even more enjoyable experiential visit than in years past. This follows the recent redevelopment of this seven-story epicenter in the heart of the entertainment district.
“Key to our redevelopment were such projects as upgrading our nightly lodging with the addition of two-bedroom suites,” Moyer noted. “These suites offer not only a bedroom on either side but an expanded common area and the inclusion of a soaking tub and walk-in shower. The Basin Park Hotel now has 26 suites with tubs.”
Moyer went on to explain another project was the continued expansion of Spa1905. Added were highly comfortable and sharply designed spa suites for guests who want to immerse themselves into the spa experience. Guests who stay in a spa suite enjoy added service and amenities, exclusive hot tub access and are just footsteps away from the plethora of services and treatments that Spa1905 offers. Located just outside the spa on the same floor is the magnificent new outdoor gathering space, set aside a limestone bluff. This space includes an outdoor hot tub, fire pit and patio furnishings with only the sky overhead.
A totally new addition to Eureka Springs’ downtown scene is Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar offering the casual atmosphere of a living room featuring plush, comfortable seating, a fireplace, pool tables, and walls of big screen televisions. This downtown getaway is located just down the hallway from the highly popular Balcony Restaurant & Bar, also being fully reintroduced, with its alfresco seating that overlooks downtown on one side and Basin Spring Park on the other.
“We have also placed a resort host, seated in the lobby, to guide guests to everything fun and exciting to see and do in Eureka Springs plus introducing hotel guests to the well-developed list of daily programming,” said Moyer, “which includes such activities as whisky tastings in Jack Rabbett’s, theater-style showing of movies, and a morning stretch on the roof. Not many hotels around the country allow guests to welcome the day from their rooftop.”
The paranormal aspect of the Basin Park Hotel has not been overlooked. In development and soon to be offered, both hotel guests and visitors to Eureka Springs will be treated to not only hearing tales that occurred inside the limestone and pink dolomite walls of this historic structure but they will also be able to partake in a unique investigation from the roof to the depths of the hidden cave. Ticketing for this adventure is available through ReserveEureka.com.
“Safety and compliant protocols will continue as suggested by the AHD when we fully open for business as usual beginning by this mid-June date,” concluded Moyer. “We join our local hospitality partners as Eureka Springs returns for the full enjoyment of guests and visitors on June 15. It will be the experience you remember.”
Numerous attractions will be open by this time. Attractions that include the Great Passion Play, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs Brewery, Escape Room 13, Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway, Float Eureka, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Turtle Back Ridge Family Fun Park, Cosmic Cavern, Onyx Cave, Quigley’s Castle, Promised Land Zoo, Eureka Springs Historical Museum, and Eureka Springs Tram Tours. This is in addition to Eureka Springs’ host of outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, water sports on this Ozark village’s two lakes and three rivers, and/or just sitting in the city’s numerous parks just living in the moment and people watching, a favorite pastime of visitors and residents alike.
Special events will be returning to Eureka Springs as well. A full calendar of these special day activities can be found at EurekaSpringsOnline.com.
This goes out to all mothers of kids who will soon be Spring Breaking: this year win the title of “Cool Mom”. How? Bring those children to Eureka Springs’ premier resort hotel: the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. Here are some reasons why:
Ghost Tours– Kids love paranormal stuff. That’s why television shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures have such a high rating with school aged children. (FACTOID: both of the aforementioned tv programs have produced and aired highly-popular episodes on the Crescent and its “guests who check out but never leave”!) The Crescent offers nightly ghost tours. Each tour has a small, maximum number of patrons thereby allowing patrons to have a more intimate exposure/relationship with the knowledgeable tour guides. Patrons get a chance to “meet” such notable hotel spirits as Michael (Room 218), Theodora (Room 419), the lady in the Victorian nightgown (Room 3500), and Norman Baker (the morgue). By the way, the rooms mentioned get booked early and often, so if you want to overnight in one of these “active” rooms book it early. Staying in and allowing them to explore late “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” nets an abundance of “Cool Mom” points.
Mom & Daughter Spa Visits – What a win-win situation. Ladies love to get manicures, pedicures and other spa services and when mom and daughter do it together it vaults simple pampering into a lifetime memory. The Crescent’s New Moon Spa & Salon loves to cater to mother and daughter duos. They realize how special these moments can be and are attuned to maximizing this wonderful experience for both. Reservations need to be made in advance as to fit into a well-planned Spring Break schedule. The New Moon has recently added some high-tech workout equipment such as Pelotonbikes giving moms and daughters a chance to spin together. All of this adds up to more “Cool Mom” points.
Family-Designed Resort Activities– Some say a resort hotel is only as good as its daily resort activities. That is why the Crescent has become well known in the region as a truly remarkable mountaintop resort, especially for families. Whether families opt to take a hike on urban trails, a Eureka Springs’ history walk, arts & craft classes, outdoor games, or a chance to experience Hatchet throwing in the Frisco Sporting Club, plus so much more, lifetime memories will be made here. Each day has a fresh list of resort activities, so a multi-night stay will not get boring. It is worth noting that if the family enjoys mountain biking, bring ‘em along. The Crescent has a mountain biking trailhead just outside their front door and the whole community has become a mountain bike trail mecca for those who like to cruise and/or shred. If the family enjoys kayaking or canoeing, bring ‘em along. Minutes from the Crescent are two “big water” lakes, Beaver and Table Rock; and three remarkable rivers, White, Kings and nearby Buffalo National River. Family resort activities allow even more “Cool Mom” points to be accumulated.
Great Meals– Moms garner “Cool Mom” bonus points by providing fantastic meals for all family members while enjoying your Spring Break at the Crescent. The hotel offers a one-of-a-kind daily breakfast buffet and wonderful evening meals both in its Crystal Dining Room Restaurant with selections to appeal to all. The SkyBar Gourmet Pizza, located high up on the hotel’s fourth floor, offers award-winning pizzas, wings, burgers, salads, desserts and the most breathtaking vistas in the Ozarks while seated al fresco on their balcony. And for those who might want to try some of the town’s wide array of epicurean delights, they are all just a short hotel shuttle van ride away… and back. The nice thing about garnering these “Cool Mom” points is mom doesn’t have to cook or clean up the mess and everyone can wear casual clothes to any local restaurant.
So, if you add it all up, becoming a “Cool Mom” this Spring Break is simple. Make the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and Eureka Springs your 2020 Spring Break destination.
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.
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.
Families 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.
The 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.
The 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.”
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.In 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.
March 3rd end the weekend with a Jazz Brunchat 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.