Year-Round Ways to Relax

crescent hotelOnce 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, especially during the 2020 holiday season.

Here are four suggestions for this year’s holiday season to include in your escape to Eureka Springs this November and December:

1) Warmth – While it may be chilly outside while roasting a s’more around the campfire at the Frisco Sporting Club, 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 5 p.m. to 8 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.

crescent hot pool

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.

crescent hotel yoga3) Give a Gift to Yourself –   Perfect for you and uniquely found in Eureka Springs over the holiday 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.  No buyer’s remorse either, since the Crescent is offering you holiday friendly rates during this time of the year: a gift to your budget.

eureka springs holiday shopping4) 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.

Beginning in December, the hotel will be festooned, both inside and out, for the Christmas season.  Everything from the inside traditional decor of a Victorian home to the more modern display of contemporary glittering lights artistically displayed on handcrafted monoliths that will make you feel like you are walking through a holiday fairyland.   Yes, Eureka Springs is Holiday Town, USA.

christmas at the crescentThe holiday season in this Ozark mountain village has more things to do than just seeing light displays.  In fact, outdoor activities during the holiday season are just as active as any other time of the year.  Beaver Lake plays host to awe inspiring eagle watches.  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.

crescent hotel checkers 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 holiday 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.

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Your Fall Wedding Under a Brilliant Canopy of Light & Color

A WEDDING PRESENT FROM THE CRESCENT HOTEL:

UPGRADE TO GLENWOOD HOLLOW FOR FREE

(a $350 upgrade at no charge)

Be married under a 200 foot canopy of Light and Color at the arbor in Glenwood Hollow this Fall.  Book the Elopement Wedding Package any Sunday – Thursday through November and get a FREE Upgrade to a guaranteed wedding location including the most beautiful – Glenwood Hollow.

These SUNDAY Dates are still available:

10/18 — 10/25 — 11/1 — 11/8

CALL 800-903-4940


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The Elopement Package includes:

Valid Sunday – Friday  (October 11th – November 15th 2020)

This package includes:

  • A one night stay in one of our suites
  • One bottle of champagne and two keepsake glasses
  • One cake for two (two tier white cake with white frosting)
  • A ceremony location at Glenwood Hollow (guaranteed with this promotion until 11/8/20.)
  • An officiant for your ceremony.

Price: Just $650 includes all taxes and service charges.

 Call Today 800-903-4940

Look forward to Fall “Peak Week” November 2nd.

Hotel Operational Protocols

TEMPORARY OPERATIONAL PROTOCOLS

The Crescent & Basin Park Hotels

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

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL/ALL STAFF PROTOCOLS……………………………………………………………3

Departmental Guidelines……………………………………………….4

GUEST ROOM PROTOCOLS…………………………………………4

FRONT DESK……………………………………………………………5

CONCIERGE……………………………………………………………..5

SHUTTLE…………………………………………………………….…..5

FOOD & BEVERAGE PROTOCOLS….………………………………6

BANQUETS/MEETINGS……………………………………….………8

SALES TEAM PROTOCOLS………………………………………….9

SPA PROTOCOLS……………………………………………………..10

ACTIVITIES……………………………………………………………..12

GHOST TOURS………………………………………………………..13

GENERAL/ALL STAFF PROTOCOLS

ALL STAFF- SAFETY & HYGIENE

  • Temperature taken of all staff upon entering property. If temperature is higher than 100.4 degrees, staff is asked to return home.
  • Masks & Gloves. (PPE) will be issued to staff upon entering property and 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. Overnight guests will be provided a mask upon check in.  Restaurant patrons will be required to wear a mask until order is placed. Masks are required in the Crescent lobby and spa.
  • Physical Distancing. Guests will be 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. 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.
  • Hand Washing. 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.
  • Signage. 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.
  • Cleaning Products. 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

Departmental Guidelines

 GUEST ROOMS PROTOCOLS

  • Guest Requirements.

-100% Hotel Capacity

  • Masks required in lobby.
  • All surfaces to be disinfected after every departure.
  • Jacuzzi tubs  cleaned and cycled with a bleach or alternative after every checkout.
  • Guest room doors, handles, remotes, windows, furniture, and seating to be disinfected with Quat 64.
  • No stay over service. No room access from employees during stay.
  • Disinfect all stair railings and public area door knobs at least twice a day.
  • Elevator. A sign will be posted about not riding the elevator with strangers.  Families can ride the elevator together assuming they are practicing social distancing as a family unit.  Buttons and handrails need to be wiped down 3 times a day.
  • Encourage guests to be environmentally friendly.
  • Safety Officer.

-Hotel will schedule a safety officer during periods where social distancing is not available.

-Daily chemical usage training, inventory and distribution.

-Responsible for sanitizing housekeeping carts, linen carts, laundry room equipment, etc.

-Performs daily temperature checks on all staff.

-Monitors and maintains continued protocols.

FRONT DESK

  • Plexiglas shields for the front desk with a 6″ gap at the bottom, temporarily.
  • All luggage carts restricted to employee use only (require being moved from fireplace area.)
  • Express checkout (key drop box)
  • Keys to be sanitized after every use.
  • Employee keys to be sanitized upon checkout and checkin.
  • Remove couches from lobby area and provide chair seating.

RESORT HOST

  • Social Distancing of at least 6ft must be maintained.
  • Hard surfaces will be frequently sanitized throughout the day.  Concierge to sanitize with gloves and mask on.
  • Please avoid physical contact with retail items unless necessary.

SHUTTLE

  • Driver will deep clean surfaces in the shuttle at the beginning of every shift.
  • Driver will wipe hard surfaces between guest rides.
  • Groups must be family in order to ride together. Independent parties must ride separate.
  • Masks required
  • Routes will be restricted to and from hotel parking areas and from hotel to hotel.

FOOD & BEVERAGE  PROTOCOLS

OPERATING HOURS

Crystal Dining Room Breakfast 7 am – 11AM, daily

  • Masks required.
  • Breakfast operation will be in the dining room at approved capacity, plated menu service only.
  • Room Service will also be available.

SkyBar Gourmet Pizza Open Daily

  • Masks required for entry
  • Masks required for all service personnel
  •  Delivery continues
  • Skybar open

Balcony Restaurant Open Daily (Basin Park Hotel)

  • Tables have been spaced 10 ft apart.
  • In service breakfast box available Sat, Sun & Mon to overnight guests.
  • Servers to wear masks & gloves.

Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar Open Daily 2pm-10pm (Basin Park Hotel)

  • Masks required for entry
  • Masks required for all service personnel

PROTOCOLS

  • Food Safety.

-Discard all food items that are out of date.

-Change, wash and sanitize utensils frequently and place appropriate barriers in open areas.

-Person in charge is ServSafe certified and that their certification is up to date, and provide food handler training to refresh employees.

– Remind third-party delivery drivers and any suppliers of the internal distancing requirements

  • Cleaning and Sanitizing.

Thoroughly detail-clean and sanitize entire facility with a focus on high-contact areas that would be touched by both employees and guests.

Between seating’s, clean and sanitize table condiments, digital ordering devices, check presenters, self-service areas, tabletops, and common touch areas. Single-use items should be discarded.

Clean and sanitize reusable menus. Paper menus will be discarded after each customer use. Implement procedures to increase how often you clean and sanitize surfaces in the back-of-house. Avoid all food contact surfaces when using disinfectants.

Hand sanitizer stations will be readily available to guests.

– Kitchen. All hand sinks in kitchen will be inspected for supplies at the end of every shift. Continue disinfecting hard surfaces and touch points throughout the day.

  • Dining. 

-Dine-in service shall be limited up to 60% of total seating capacity.  This includes indoor and outdoor dining areas.

-Seating shall be adjusted to maintain 10 foot physical distancing between tables so occupied seats are 6 feet from seats at adjacent tables.

-All staff will be required to where face coverings (as recommended by the CDC) if they have direct contact with guests.

-Patrons must wear a face covering upon entrance and while in the restaurant until the food or drink is served.

 -Groups shall be limited, not to exceed 10 people.

-Following each meal service, the tables, chairs, menus and any other frequently contacted surfaces including but not limited to, condiment containers, napkin holders and salt/pepper shakers shall be cleaned and disinfected prior to seating the next customer.

-Service may be declined to patrons not wearing masks.

BANQUETS/MEETINGS

With Approval

  • Events will be held to a ceiling of 50% capacity.
  • Menu Offering.

-Meal service will all be plated/served meals.  No buffets or food stations until further notice.

-Appetizer service will all be single service.

-Beverage service (coffee, tea, water) will be served by a server.

-Bar service with social spacing

-Servers will wear Masks and Gloves

-Guests will be pre-assigned by seating chart

SALES TEAM PROTOCOLS

Event Planning:

  • 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…4pp per round table, tables must be 10 feet apart.
  • Obtain place cards from guest for seating arrangements.
  • Educate guest regarding social distancing guidelines and procedures
  • Have guest sign off on Social Distancing Guideline Agreement prior to event.
  • Guests are encouraged to stay at the Crescent Hotel. Special wedding rates will be applied by event sales manager to encourage lodging to better manage guest needs.

Sales Interactions:

  • Site inspections and client meetings/planning sessions will be done virtually or appropriately social distanced.
  • Tastings on hold for summer season.

Vendor Guidelines:

  • All Vendors attending the event must wear masks and practice social distancing guidelines and sanitary guidelines.

SPA PROTOCOLS

NEW MOON SPA & SALON

  • Disinfect all touch points hourly and after every interaction
  • Front desk team disinfecting the entire desk area between each guest interaction
  • Front desk workspace disinfected throughout the day- includes computer keyboard, phones, door handles, light switches and POS equipment
  • All doors and door handles sanitized throughout the shift with each guest entering or exiting the area
  • Retail area sprayed with disinfectant after each guest
  • Waiting area chairs/couches should be removed or spaced in such a manner to accommodate social distancing requirements.
  • Leather chaise lounges sanitized after each guest
  • Place signage in window to notify guests of our diligence in practicing proper safety measures.
  • Hand sanitizer available within the salon/retail/treatment rooms.
  • Hot Tub clean and disinfect all non-porous surfaces. By appointment only. Single use only.
  • 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.
  • Salon Work Stations.

Clean and disinfect all hair tools/supplies, drawers, chairs, and containers for storage.

-All items on nail stations must either be new, never used or cleaned and disinfected.

-Clean and disinfect all shampoo bowls, tubs, handles, hoses, spray nozzles, shampoo & pedicure chairs.

-Turn on pedicure jets and let disinfectant solution circulate for 10min.

-Ensure all single use materials are new.

-Employees should wear a clean smock between each guest.  Smocks should be laundered after each use or use disposable smocks and dispose of the smock after use on a guest.

  • Treatment Rooms.

-Clean and disinfect equipment and treatment tables.

              -Guest & Providers remain in masks.

-Ensure all single use items are new.

               -Guest face down breathe in pillow covering

– All linens changed between guests.

  • PPE such as gloves, drapes and linens should be changed between each client. These used items will be cleaned and disinfected or discarded in a closed container.
  • Guests of the Salon.

-Appointments only. No walk-ins.

-Payments only by Credit/Debit cards.  No cash. Using credit card on file.

-Curbside retail will continue.

-Minimum of one patron per service provider in business at any one time. Parent is allowed if a minor child is receiving haircut.

-Guests should avoid touching products that they do not plan to purchase.

              -Guest are requried to complete an intake form.

-Guests will be asked before entering if they have had a fever or cough in the last 14 days or have been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the last 14 days.

-Temperature checks will be given to guests. Anyone above 100.4 will be sent home and appointment canceled.

-Stagger appointments to eliminate multiple people checking in and out at the same time.

-Schedule every other workstation to create a minimum of 6ft distance between guests having services.

– Each guest should be draped with a clean cape.  Capes should be laundered or disinfected after each use or use disposable capes and dispose of the cape after it is used.

SPA1905

Staff:

  • Mask required by all staff of the spa.
  • Temperature check of all staff upon arrival. Any person with a fever of 100.4 or above will be sent home.
  • All temperature checks recorded and filed by day.
  • Disinfect all touch points hourly and after every interaction.
  • Spa Coordinators disinfecting the entire desk area between each guest interaction.
  • Front desk workspace disinfected throughout the day – includes computer keyboards, phones, door handles, light switches, POS equipment and bathroom.
  • Retail area sprayed with disinfectant after each guest.
  • Waiting area chairs/couch to be spaced in such a manner to accommodate social distancing requirements
  • Waiting area to be disinfected after each guest.
  • Signage placed to notify guests of our diligence in practicing proper safety measures.
  • Hand sanitizer available in retail area, waiting room, and all treatment rooms.
  • Hot Tub – clean and disinfect all non-porous surfaces.  Single party use only.  Sign in on clip board provided in Spa Deck entry.

 

Treatment Rooms:

  • Clean and disinfect all equipment, product bottles, treatment tables and stools/ chairs.
  • All linens changed between each guest.
  • Ensure all single use items are new.

Guests:

  • Masks required by all guests in the spa.
  • Temperature check upon arrival. Any guest with a temperature of 100.4 will be sent home and appointment cancelled.
  • Covid screening form to be filled out by each guest to ensure no symptoms or contact.
  • All temperature checks and Covid screening forms will be filed daily for tracing purposes.

ACTIVITIES PROTOCOLS 

CRESCENT RESORT ACTIVITIES

  • Activities will be provided to in house guests only in outdoor and open spaces.
  • 6 feet of social distancing at all times during the activities.
  • The program will be included in all room rates and will involve daily activities, Self Guided Adventures, Pool Area and Ghost Tours.
  • Daily Activities:

www.CrescentResortPass.com

www.BasinParkActivityPass.com

  • Pool Area will be open including the bocce ball court and lounging areas.
  •                -Sign in required to use the pool area.

    -Sanitize all cushions on a daily basis.

    -Hand sanitizer station set up for guests.

  • Frisco Sporting Club 
  •              -Sanitize all hard surfaces in between use-Sanitize games in between each family’s use-Attendant on site at activity times to encourage a clean space-Hand sanitizer station set up for when an attendant is not available.-6 Ft separation for parties around games and fire pit.

GHOST TOURS

Mask Required on Tour.

Attendance cap of 15 people.

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS (Basin Park Hotel)

  • Our Ghost Tour Team will host a paranormal investigation Thursday – Saturday at 10:30PM
  • Face Masks required.

 

Celebrate A Full Reopening 6/15

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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.”

Welcome Back Room Rates

Returning and opening to full capacity in Arkansas’ mountaintop spa resort, the Crescent Hotel, will be nightly lodging, SkyBar Gourmet Pizza and scenic overlook dining, New Moon Spa & Salon, a full-slate of daily resort activities, and the ever-popular Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours.  The planning for weddings at the Crescent’s numerous venues has also been opened for gatherings up to 50 total attendees.

basin park hotel

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.”

Spa1905 Spa Deck

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.

Jack Rabbett's Whisky Bar

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.”

Basin Park Hotel Ghost Tour

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.”

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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.

 

Easy way to become the “Cool Mom” this Spring Break

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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 & SpaHere 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.crescent hotel
  • 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 Peloton bikes giving moms and daughters a chance to spin together.  All of this adds up to more “Cool Mom” points.mother daughter spa
  • 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.frisco sporting club
     

    spring break things to do

  • Great MealsMoms 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.crescent hotel

 

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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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.”