“Christmas At The Crescent” in Eureka Springs

christmas at the crescentChristmastime at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s week-long schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”.  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 1 through December 7 located at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

“When we first started this holiday week back in 2000, it consisted of a decorated lobby and live Nativity scene which suffered not much of an impact crowd-wise due to 10 inches of snow that fell the day before we populated our Bethlehem stable,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “And now, on the other end of the spectrum is this year’s expanded decorations throughout the interior and exterior of the hotel.  These include the adding of red and green spotlights running up the limestone sides of our five-story landmark hotel, and the conversion of our Fountain Garden into the Crescent’s new Winter Wonderland.”“Our landscaping team has constructed both a 30-foot illuminated Christmas tree and huge illuminated presents,” Moyer added.  “This brilliant holiday ensemble is a festive accent to our adjacent outdoor ice-skating rink making its popular return engagement from last year.  Also added for 2018 is an illuminated tunnel of lights leading guests from our Winter Wonderland to our East Lawn, site of our Christmas Forest.”

The lighting of the Crescent Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 1st at 6 p.m. has become a popular community event.  More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

“Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  Each dollar donated to a specific tree counts as one vote.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

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Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 2 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  This holiday breakfast feast is served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3-5, the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room swings open its doors for hungry lunch patrons and musical groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Representing all of Carroll County this year are the Green Forest Chamber Choir on Monday; the Eureka Springs Highlander Band and Choir on Tuesday; and on Wednesday, the Berryville High School Vocal Image, the Berryville Intermediate Bobcat Honor Choir, and the Berryville Elementary Choir.

On Wednesday evening, the Crescent will again host the Annual Holiday Community Dinner, this year benefitting the Writers’ Colony.  This casual, family-style meal welcomes the entire community to come and share delicious holiday fare while helping out this worthwhile local organization.  The meal begins at 6 p.m.

Other evening events will take place in the hotel’s Faculty Lounge Theater and will feature noted storyteller, Keith Scales.  He will be regaling a selection of Christmas ghost stories during his performance of “Frightfully Festive” on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights, December 2, 3 and 5.  On the evenings of December 4 and 6, same time/same place, he will be presenting “The Funny Side of The Ozarks” with lively tales of the area.  All performances begin at 9 p.m.

An afternoon event, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church, will mark its fifty-second year on Thursday, December 6.  The Annual Silver Tea will see the ladies of the church, dressed in period costumes, serving up tea and coffee from polished silver sets in the Crystal Dining Room while offering up a plethora of holiday edibles.  The event takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 and a charitable donation from each guest at the door is greatly appreciated.crescent ice skatingWeather permitting, the highly popular Crescent Ice-Skating Rink will welcome skaters for its official re-opening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night starting on Sunday, December 2.  Friday, December 7, night’s open skate will feature the “Friday Night Fun Kick-Off with Santa” celebration from 5 to 6 in hotel’s Winter Wonderland.

Eureka Springs’ Five and Dime Players take the stage in the hotel’s Conservatory on Friday night, December 7 for their presentation of a live Holiday Radio Show.  Ticket holders will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres at 6 o’clock with the “curtain” going up at 7 for 90 minutes of seasonal fun and songs.

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information, go to ChristmasAtTheCrescent.com.

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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.

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

May Festival of the Arts

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May Festival of the Arts~ May 1st-30th

Live the Arts in Eureka Springs

The 31st annual May Festival of the Arts is loaded with events all month long with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, parades, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists – The White Street Walk.

Visit this rich, historic artist community nestled in The Ozarks for that unique getaway experience; where the arts comes alive throughout downtown.

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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.

 

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

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

Feeling the Winter slump? Bring your friends and take a quick getaway to Eureka Springs, Arkansas where they know how to party!

Don’t Miss 2 Parades/ 2 Balls and Loads of Fun! Eureka Springs Mardi Festival kicks off February 2nd-13th with 2 full weekends of festivities.

February 3rd check out the Mardi Gras Night Parade followed by the Black Light Ball at Chelsea’s.  Tickets $30-this will sell out!

February 10th join in on the Mardi Gras Day Parade followed by the Mayor’s Ball at  the Basin Park Hotel.  Tickets $25 Buy Now!
*When you buy a ticket to the Mayor’s Ball, you become a Member of the Mayor’s Krewe!  You get to be a part of the Mardi Gras Day Parade and walk in the parade with the Mayor on 2/10.  Parade begins at 2pm.  (Meet on Upper Spring Street at 1:45pm by the Eureka Springs Library to walk in parade.)

February 11th end the weekend with a Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel. 11AM-2PM. 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

Special Room Rate:

Stay for 2 nights in a Premium Room at the Crescent Hotel
Breakfast for Two
2 Tickets to the Black Light Ball (2/3)
OR
2 Tickets to the Mayor’s Ball (2/10)

$419 plus taxes and fees. Valid 2/2-2/3 or 2/9-2/10. Book Now.

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Winter Things To Do 2018

Wintertime in Eureka Springs brings Relaxation, Re-connection and a chance to explore the Ozark landscapes with Discounted Overnight Room Rates.

For those looking to reconnect and relax with your spouse or partner, plan some spa time, shop, dine and stay over night with discounted Winter room rates by 30-45% from the normal season rates.  Click here for availability.  For Great Winter Things To Do, see below…

Spa Time

Winter Events

Winter Attractions

Horseback Riding

Outdoors & Other Things To Dowinter mountain biking

Home for the Holidays

Making Lifetime “Holiday” Memories at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

Christmas Week thru New Years is a perfect time to make a quick visit to the Crescent Hotel for that couples getaway or family gathering.  During this week, rates drop and the fun begins!

Stay for only $129 weekdays or $159 on the Weekend December 23rd-December 31st!  Reserve Now

Staying at the Crescent one can enjoy the daily resort activities that includes new moon spahistory/haunted room tours, morning stretches, afternoon socials and more! This is the time to be delve into that slower pace and relax by gathering around the lobby fireplace, enjoy our specialty dining at the SkyBar or Crystal Dining Room and plan on taking a nightly ghost tour.   Make a special trip just for you to the New Moon Spa for many of our popular massage services, scalp massage, reflexology and complimentary infra red sauna for all spa guests.  Play outside and try  out the Crescent’s newest feature outdoor ice skating! Or go for a leisurely hike on the Harmon Park Loop Trail right outside the Crescent front doors.  Mountain biking in Eureka Springs is another great way to take in that outdoor adventure experience.  There are some amazing trails hand built at Lake Leatherwood City Park, only a few miles from town.    

Don’t forget New Years Eve is just around the corner! Swing in the New Year at the Crescent Hotel with live music by Swing and a Miss.  Details Here!

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Halloween Seance

At America’s Most Haunted Hotel…

On Halloween, the stars of Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater, Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay, will be returning to the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom for an elegant and exclusive dinner seance show. This year they will astound their audience with paranormal experiments between courses. Then following dessert, patrons will witness a seance in an effort to reach some who have “crossed over.” Limited seating! Doors open at 7pm, dinner served at 7:30pm and event concludes by 10pm.

$65 per person-Purchase Tickets Here

 

Ghostly Attractions

Eureka Springs has become The Halloween City to  to visit during the month of October.  Haunted Shows, Ghost Tours, Zombie Parade and so much more! Check out the ghost attractions listed below or visit www.thehalloweencity.com 

Not Really A Door (Live Theater): Fridays at 7pm at the Crescent Hotel.  A one hour, two-woman, jam-packed, keep-em-guessing, supernatural murder-mystery comedy-thriller. Performed in America’s Most Haunted Hotel, it runs 60 minutes with no intermission. Recommeded for ages 12+ SPECIAL OFFER!   $15 Per Person.  Buy Tickets.  

Flickering Tales (Live Theater): Fridays & Saturdays at 11pm at the Crescent Hotel.  Huddle around a fire at America’s Most Haunted Hotel, the 1886 Crescent Hotel, to hear Ozark stories of witches, monsters and ghosts. Made even more thrilling with a Midnight visit to Eureka’s most haunted site, the Crescent Hotel Morgue. 60 minutes.  $12 per person.   Buy Tickets.

Spirits of the Basin Tour: Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm at the Basin Park Hotel.  Explore the legendary Basin Park Hotel, from the Crow’s Nest to the underground cave, and experience the spirits – living, dead and 92 proof. The tour presents the history of Early Eureka Springs and includes a guided ghost hunt of the most haunted spaces and ends with a chilling ghost story told by candlelight while surrounded by the limestone bluff.  $18 Per Person.  Buy Tickets.  

Crescent Ghost Tour: Tours Nightly at 8pm.  America’s Most Haunted Hotel where some guests checked out…but never left. The Crescent has been featured on popular shows like Ghost Hunter’s and Bio Channel’s My Ghost Story. Tours gain exclusive access to some of the most famous ghost sighting locations and into the morgue.  $22.50 per person.  Buy Tickets.

Anna: A Haunting Theatrical Experience (Live Theater): Th, F, Sat, M 7pm, 8pm, & 9pm THE STORY ANNA: a haunting theatrical experience has become a Halloween staple in Eureka Springs. We invite you to step inside Crowe Manor and back in time to 1940. Meet James and Annabelle Crowe and keenly observe as their frightening secrets are revealed. Listen for the whispers in the walls, and doubt not if you think you’ve seen a ghost. The roots run deep and the blood is real. You may make it out alive, but will you go crazy?  “Wow & wow. What an experience!”  $20 per person.  Buy Tickets.

Downtown N Underground Tour (Walking Tour): W, Th, F, Sat, & Sun at 4PM.  (Sat offered 2pm & 4pm) Take a brave step into Eureka Springs unexplained underground. Discover buildings that lie under the streets and see the city in a way that even local residents haven’t seen! 75 minutes.  $13.50 per person . Buy Tickets.  

Intrigue Theater (Illusion Show): W, Th, F & Sat at 8pm This Exclusive experience is limited to less than 24 people seated in the round as Sean-Paul, the Illusionist, entertains with close-up Sleight-of-hand and Mentalism. Surprises and paranormal demonstrations can also be expected.  $24.95 per person.  Buy Tickets.  

Haunted Eureka Tours (Driving Tour): Sun-Fri at 8pm Take a guided shuttle bus tour of one of the most haunted towns in the United States!   Learn to use ancient and modern ghost hunting tools while going on property at various “active” sites along the route.   See parts of town most tourists don’t know exists and learn about our fascinating and haunted history.  $24.50 per person . Buy Tickets.  

Escape Room 13: Sun-Th 10am-10pm An immersive live action adventure that puts you in the story.   Can you prove someone’s innocence in one hour?  $25 per person.  Buy Tickets.  

Voices of the Silent City Cemetary Tour (Walking Tour): 10/19-10/21 & 10/28-10/29  5:30-8:30pm Tours leave every 20minutes.  Join us for this one of a kind 1 hour costumed, guided walking tour set in the Eureka Spring Cemetery located on Hwy. 62 East.  Free parking and shuttle service on hwy 62 at the former Victoria Inn hotel.  Tickets available at any Cornerstone Bank location, Chamber of Commerce, E S Historical Museum 479-253-9717 or @ the parking site.  Adults $10, kids 12 and under $5.  Buy Tickets

Halloween Seance with Intrigue Theater: 10/31 at 6pm On Halloween, the stars of Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater, Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay, will be returning to the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom for one late night dinner show.  This year they will astound their audience with paranormal experiments between courses.  Then following dessert, patrons will witness a seance in an effort to reach some who have “crossed over.”  This ticketed event is open to hotel guests and visitors. $65 per person.  Buy Tickets. 

 

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