In Winter, Visitors Escape To Eureka Springs For The Spas
EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Couples often go on vacation to discover new things about a destination. From April through November, they might visit Eureka Springs for the emerald green, forested Ozark hills of spring and summer or those same hills ablaze with fiery color in fall; playing on two area lakes or three magnificent rivers; or for some fun at man-made attractions unique to this village which has been recognized as one of America’s Distinctive Destinations. But when winter comes, most couples escape to this extraordinary destination primarily for one three-letter word, spa.
Savvy winter travelers find that vacationing in Eureka Springs during these months offers them very attractive prices and packages. Packages that not only include lodging but such mondo pampering services for individuals and couples as hot stone massages, duet massages, facials, and full body wraps that warm the body, mind and spirit. Many add salon treatments to the regimen in order that their New Year’s “new look” resolution can become a reality.
Many of the more than the dozen or so professionally-operated spa facilities in Eureka Springs also offer such unique services as aromatherapy, body scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, self-heating mud treatments, plus the most popular Swedish and deep-tissue massages. A complete list of local spas and services can be found at eurekaspringsspa.com.
Something new this winter for one’s extraordinary Eureka Springs escape is the new Arkansas Art Trail with its anchor, a true masterpiece; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art located 45 minutes west of Eureka Springs. This $500,000,000 facility is said to be the finest collection of art of this kind in the world.
“With the advent of Crystal Bridges there grew an overwhelming interest in art in the northwest corner of our state,” said Bill Ott director of communications for two of Eureka Springs’ historic hotels, the 1886 Crescent and the 1905 Basin Park. “The Arkansas Art Trail links created art, like at Crystal Bridges; art being created, as in the dozens of living galleries in Eureka Springs; and breathtaking natural sights and vistas that provide the inspiration of great art throughout The Ozarks and along such area rivers as Buffalo National River Park.”
Eclectic shopping, one of Eureka Springs’ hallmark activities, is still viable during the winter with many shops offering great post-holiday bargains. Restaurants of note also open their doors to wintertime guests for a relaxing gourmet sojourn. Nightspots offer live music, adult beverages and great opportunities for dancing like “the stars”. Historical museums and unique attractions like Turpentine Creek, a refuge for lions, tigers and other big cats, welcome visitors for a more relaxed viewing.
“Special events have been added to Eureka’s winter bill of fare,” Ott noted. “Such events as Eureka Gras, Eureka Springs’ answer to Mardi Gras; and of course the most romantic time of the year, Valentine’s Day week.”
Eureka Springs is also attractively situated as the perfect hub for day trips. Many travel northeast to Branson (MO), only an hour away, for their shows and outlet malls. Others travel to the west less than an hour for visits to Hobbs State Park Conservation Area with its Pigeon Roost Trail; War Eagle Mill, a working water-driven gristmill; and two “must see” sesquicentennial Civil War sites, Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove State Park.
“Many already know that Eureka Springs is alive and well during the winter months and come annually,” concluded Ott, “yet we still have a few spa appointment openings, just in case anyone else would like to come and join us for supreme relaxation. It’s a great way to start the new year.”
Check availability for a winter vacation by calling 877-4972 at the Basin Park Hotel.
Check availability for HOT Deals at a Mountaintop Spa Resort-Crescent Hotel