OzMoMu~4 Announces 2017 Headliner

HEADLINERS FOR OzMoMu~4 (Ozark Mountain Music Festival, January 19-22, 2017 at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas  :: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

HEADLINERS FOR OzMoMu~4 (Ozark Mountain Music Festival, January 19-22, 2017 at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas :: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) – OzMoMu~4, the 2017 version of the annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, has just announced its headliner.  Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will take the main stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel during the festival’s four-day event scheduled for January 19-22.

“Horseshoes and Hand Grenades are,” as one writer puts it, “five guys from Wisconsin who have carried their acoustic instruments and deep-rooted musical style from the Midwest to the mountain west picking up fans and rave reviews at every turn.  Rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink have mostly inspired this talented quintet.  This five-piece band is as sturdy as any Midwest river bed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise.”

For more information on OzMoMu~4 tickets and overnight accommodations, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.


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For more information, contact:

Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator



Fall For Eureka Springs… It’s Color-full!

Fall color of the Arkansas Ozarks surround this Historic Hotel of America.

Fall color of the Arkansas Ozarks surround this Historic Hotel of America.

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – Every fall in the Arkansas Ozarks, two things happen.  First, the leaves of the hardwoods covering the majestic hills and adjoining hollows morph from emerald green to the fiery hues of orange, violet, gold and red.  Second, seasoned travelers who enjoy seeing this colorful transition up close and personal go in search of a cottage that places them right in the middle of this seasonal segue.  The mountain village of Eureka Springs is well known for accommodating visitors looking for satisfaction on both points with the bonus of unbeatable weather and plentiful events and attractions.

“Arkansas’ fall foliage is recognized nationally as a top ten destination for its color and magnificence with The Ozarks as its crowned jewel,” said Jack Moyer, general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, a Historic Hotel of America, “and as a further enhancement we have added to our overnight hospitality offering by adding adjacent cottages to our existing, five-story, nineteenth century structure.”

Moyer added, “At the Crescent, we recognized the demand for upscale lodging, allowing couples to travel together, with access to hotel services but guaranteeing the peace and quiet that a natural setting in the woods provides.  And since The Crescent Hotel is blessed with 15 mountaintop acres, known as Crescent Park, we were able to carve out just enough woodland to strategically place our four two-bedroom cottages amid the trees thereby protecting their remote nature.  Treetop cottages surrounded by an urban forest.  The reaction of our guests to these E. Fay Jones-style structures has been consistently positive and complimentary.”

Crescent Cottages are neighbors to their sister property, Lookout Cottage Estate, in-town upscale cottages that are secluded and each with its own unique and historic ambiance.  Both are located within simple walking distance to the historic, main structure of the Crescent offering guests the reciprocal opportunity to enjoy all in-hotel amenities like the restaurants, New Moon Spa & Salon, daily resort activities and the famous Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour.  However, the cottages are tucked away far enough for guests to enjoy the peace and quiet of a hidden mountain hideaway.

For those guests who enjoy a woodland adventure right outside their front door, both Crescent Cottages and Lookout Cottage Estate are located adjacent to the newly opened Harmon Park Loop, a 1.4-mile loop trail for hiking and mountain biking.  The Harmon Park Loop connects to the city playground, its dog park, and links to the city’s master trail system including Lake Leatherwood City Park.

For rates or more information on Crescent Cottages, Lookout Cottage Estate and other similar lodging properties in the greater Eureka Springs area, one may go to CrescentPark-Arkansas.com or EurekaSpringsOnline.com .


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GREAT PLACE TO START YOUR LEAF PEEPING… Those interested in getting a preview of the changing Fall Colors in Eureka Springs can go to the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa’s “Fall Color Web Cam” which is updated every 15min.  http://crescent-hotel.com/webcam.shtml

Submitted by

Bill Ott



Destination Small Meetings Find Northwest Arkansas’ Eureka Springs

SKY'S THE LIMIT......a glass ceiling accents The Atrium, just one of the venues for small meetings in Northwest Arkansas' Eureka Springs.[1905 Basin Park Hotel]

…a glass ceiling accents The Atrium, just one of the venues for small meetings in Northwest Arkansas’ Eureka Springs.
[1905 Basin Park Hotel]

Destination Small Meetings Find Northwest Arkansas’ Eureka Springs

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Eureka Springs, long seen as a vacation destination, is enjoying somewhat of a rebirth as a destination meeting location.  Surprisingly convenient, Eureka Springs is less than 35 miles east of the I-49 corridor of Northwest Arkansas -home to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and Bella Vista- and boasts easy access from both Northwest Arkansas Regional (XNA) and Branson (BKG) airports.

“In Eureka Springs, we found ourselves at full occupancy on the weekends and soft during the week.  As the senior, family and bus markets have lessened we realized that we needed to enhance our weekday trade through diversification.  By combining our talented chefs, service team, spas and activities with our technology upgrades and high quality meeting space, the corporate meeting was a perfect fit,” stated Jack Moyer, General Manager of Eureka’s 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  “Most important is that small meetings of 75 attendees or less may get lost in a typically large convention hotel, where at our place with 82 rooms including cottages, a small meeting becomes the big meeting.”

Interviews with meeting planners reveal that there are other enticing elements of a small destination meeting in Eureka Springs.

Value Dates – As Eureka Springs is primarily a tourism destination rates tend to tick upwards on Friday and Saturday nights.  Rates commonly dip 30 percent Sunday through Thursday nights with group rates occasionally seeing an even greater margin of discount.  These same weekday rates are oftentimes available on weekends should meeting dates follow major holidays or are in the off-season from November 15 to March 15.

Shoulder Seasons – By booking during shoulder seasons (March through April and November through December) crowds are often less and special group pricing is often available at off-site attractions such as the Ozark Ziplines, day spas, a “behind the scenes tour” of The Great Passion Play, and others.  Also during these seasons, wait times at such primary dining locations such as Ermilio’s or Local Flavor are short or non-existent.

After Hours – Eureka Springs’ downtown hotels partner with more than twenty bars and lounges through the “21 & Fun” program.  This makes the challenges that go along with the “hospitality room” one less thing about which to be concerned as well as providing savings to the meeting sponsors.

Things to Do – In Eureka Springs there is more to your meeting than just your agenda.  A classic destination for meetings to include spouses, Eureka Springs is fortunate to sit neatly between three lakes and two rivers, plentiful trails and parks, a collection of more than 100 shops and galleries, dozens of quality restaurants, and more than a dozen day spas.  Golf is nearby, located only 10 minutes to the north, and more than 30 local attractions adorn the landscape from The Great Passion Play to the remarkable illusions of the world-renowned Intrigue Theater.

Eureka Springs has two traditional historic hotels that actively welcome destination meetings to this village in the Arkansas Ozarks: 1905 Basin Park Hotel and 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.

The 1905 Basin Park HotelOne site that is most favored for corporate retreats is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in the heart of Eureka Springs’ downtown historic district.  Initially providing housing for health seekers and the business trade for a new, bustling nineteenth century community, this second-generation 1905 building replaced the luxurious Perry House that perished in the great fire of 1888.  Today, The Basin Park Hotel is back with a vigorous approach to hospitality.  Experiencing its greatest period of growth since the county sheriff removed liquor by the drink and slot machines in 1951, The Basin Park Hotel is alive with weddings, weekend travel, and corporate meetings and retreats.  The hotel is an ideal location for meeting planners wishing to add something more to their meeting than just the agenda points.  The Basin Park offers turn of the century Mission-style décor, renovated guest rooms and suites, Rooftop Billiards & Bar, Balcony Restaurant & Bar, and Spa1905.  All these in-hotel offerings sit in a location whose front doors open to the nineteenth century buildings that house shopping, dining, and the ever so popular entertainment district.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa - This mountaintop spa resort, a prestigious award-winning member of Historic Hotels of America, is the leader in the Eureka Springs’ market for destination meetings.  Focusing on meeting groups of 75 attendees and less, The Crescent Hotel has been sought nationwide as a highly productive business environment with a destination spa, adjacency to the Harmon Park Loop trail, and several outstanding places to dine, eat, nibble and sip like the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, and the new SkyBar Gourmet Pizza; it is considered the headquarters hotel to the resort destination that is Eureka Springs.  The Crescent Hotel has been fully-restored, offers black-tie catering, VIP meeting services, advanced high-tech technology and is a sought-after destination to bring spouses.

The two most often asked questions about a destination meeting in Eureka Springs are “How do we get there?” and “Will my group fit?”

Getting to Eureka Springs – Eureka Springs is located in Northwest Arkansas at the junction of U.S. Highway 62 and State Highway 23.  Eureka Springs, by automobile, is 4 hours from Little Rock, 3 hours from Tulsa, 2 Hours from Springfield and 1 hour from most points along Northwest Arkansas’ I-49 corridor.  The destination is also just 54 miles from both the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) and the Branson Airport (BKG).

Meeting Size – Meetings in Eureka Springs usually focus on groups of less than 400 with a primary focus on meetings that bring 50 to 100 attendees.  “One thing for sure,” Moyer tenaciously concluded, “attendance at meetings held in Eureka Springs is strong.  If planners need everyone to adjust their schedules to attend, we are the place because attendees jump at the chance to adjust and attend.  Eureka Springs turns meeting planners into heroes.”

For more info go to basinpark.com/eurekaspringsmeetingsgrouptravel.shtml  -and/or- crescent-hotel.com/meetings.shtml





~S I D E B A R~

Eureka Springs’ Historic Hotels Meeting Room Capacities

The Basin Park Hotel

Hotel Guest Rooms:            60 Total…  including 14 Jacuzzi Suites

Meeting Space:

Atrium Room                           880 Sq Ft                          5 –   40 attendees

Ozark Room                           1,180 Sq Ft                        15 –   115 attendees

Grand Ballroom                    2,300 Sq Ft                       50 – 200 attendees

The Crescent Hotel and Spa

Hotel Guest Rooms:            76 Total including…  7 Jacuzzi and/or Premium Suites plus 4 Cottages

Meeting Space:

Roenigk Board Room                                                                      8 attendees

Conservatory                        1,180 Sq Feet                        25 – 125 attendees

Crystal Dining Room         3,200 Sq Feet                        75 – 300 attendees



Sleep With A Ghost -Guaranteed

SLEEPING WITH A GHOST... ...is guaranteed during the month of October at America's Most Haunted Hotel as every room -even Michael's Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel)- will have a "ghost" on the bed welcoming guests as they enter.  [1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas]

…is guaranteed during the month of October at America’s Most Haunted Hotel as every room -even Michael’s Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel)- will have a “ghost” on the bed welcoming guests as they enter.
[1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas]
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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is giving overnight guests during the month of October a guarantee that they can sleep with a ghost.   The ghost of the guarantee may not be of the paranormal kind but a “ghost” nonetheless.

“When guests check in to the 1886 Crescent Hotel, the question most often asked when handed their key is ‘Is there a ghost in this room?’  Well, during the month of October, Crescent front desk clerks can cheerfully answer ‘Yes!’,” said Jack Moyer, hotel vice president and general manager.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, has been featured on nearly 10 nationally syndicated paranormal television shows in as many years and is regularly listed at or near the top of all haunted hotel lists found online.  “USA Today has featured our hotel in full-page articles twice and NBC’s Today Show has mentioned our property on numerous Halloween versions of their morning broadcast,” Moyer added.  “However, the best national exposure of our ‘guests who check out but never leave’ was when Syfy’s highly popular Ghost Hunters program captured a full body apparition here on their thermal imaging camera while conducting an on-site investigation.  They called it ‘the holy grail of ghost hunting’.”

Throughout the years, many guests have reported seeing, hearing or feeling an apparition in their room during their overnight stay at the 1886 Crescent.  Some have even described those sensations in or around the bed while sleeping.

“It was the frequency of these random encounters that encouraged us to offer every overnight guest during this October such an experience,” explained Moyer, “even though in a somewhat whimsical manner.  We will be decorating each sleeping room with a cute, cuddly, three-foot by two-foot by one-foot white plush ghost to hang on to during the sleeping hours.  A paranormal security binkie has never taken a more delightful form.”

Moyer concluded, “As an added bonus, if any guest wants to take home one of these snuggly ghosts, they will be available in our hotel gift shop.”

For more information, one may go to CrescentHotel.com and AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com .






The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has announced that on Friday and Saturday nights during October they will be expanding their nightly ghost tour offering.  The regular nightly tour, which takes patrons from the hotel’s fourth floor down five flights of stairs to “the morgue”, has added an “all of the stories, none of the stairs” tour on Friday and Saturday nights only at 10, 10:30 and 11 o’clock.

For more information, one may go to AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.


8 Thrilling Loops Await Bikes, Blues & BBQ’ers

There is nothing motorcyclists enjoy more than a whole bunch of highway curves that they can really lean into.  So the folks over here in Eureka Springs -45 minutes from Fayetteville- have developed eight motorcycle ride loops for all those 400,000 riders coming into Northwest Arkansas for the “Bikes, Blues & Barbecue” rally, September 21-24, to enjoy.  Here is that story….


Eight Thrilling Motorcycle Ride Loops Await “Bikes, Blues & Bar-B-Q” 2016

PIG TRAIL VIDEO>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02fnjQ8a2rQ

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Just in time for the more than 400,000 riders coming to the 2016 version of Northwest Arkansas’ highly-popular “Bikes, Blues & BBQ” motorcycle rally, September 21-24 comes three new “loop” rides that bikers will love to lean into!  Starting and ending in Eureka Springs, which is only 45 minutes east of Fayetteville, are the three new loops: Peel Ferry, Arkansas Dragon’s Tail, and War Eagle Mill.   These have been added to the much-ridden “Big 5” of Eureka Springs: Goldwing/Highway 21; Beaver Town Bridge; Jasper; Highway 103; and the number one motorcycle ride in America, The Pig Trail.  Each offers outstanding curves, switchbacks, hairpins, scenery and panoramas.  And each of these loops is a day’s ride or less.

The Peel Ferry loop takes riders north into Missouri; east through highways carved out of limestone and into world-famous Branson; then further east and south into Arkansas.  There, along the banks of Bull Shoals Lake, bikes will board Peel Ferry that runs during daylight hours the year-round and is the only existing ferry that plies any Arkansas river or lake.  Serpentine highways wind past Bull Shoals southward to U.S. Highways 412 and 62 leading riders back to Eureka Springs.  This ride is approximately a 200 mile / 5 hour sojourn.

The Arkansas Dragon’s Tail loop takes riders south and east of Eureka Springs through the hills-n-hollers shared with such topographic notables as the Buffalo River National Park, America’s only river ever designated as a national park, and the “Arkansas Grand Canyon”.  At the bottom of the loop is the little historical community of Lurton that sits along the old wagon trail that was known as the Chisum (sic) Turnpike.  On either side coming down or going back up toward Eureka Springs, riders will be “passin’ thru” Western Grove; Mt. Judea (pronounced “Judy”); Ponca and its herds of grazing elk; and Howe Hollow valley.  Total round trip is 177 miles or approximately four hours of travel time.

The third “new” loop is called The War Eagle Mill and times out at one hour and 16 minutes with 54 miles being logged to and fro Eureka Springs.  “What makes this short loop so awesome,” said one rider, “is that it leaves plenty of time to eat, shop or just relax in the rustic charm of the mill itself.”  War Eagle Mill is one of America’s last operating undershot, burrstone gristmills that sits over War Eagle Creek.  Here riders can watch product being made, taste some that has been baked up in the mill’s Bean Palace restaurant, take plenty of product home or have it shipped.  The loop also takes riders in, around and through Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, 12 thousand acres of pristine Arkansas woodlands.

The Goldwing/Highway 21 loop encourages riders to leave Eureka Springs early to see the sunrise over amazing vistas like the Bluebird Hill Overlook.  As this loop continues along its 269-mile and six-hour route, it takes riders through the Buffalo River National Park and a chance to watch grazing elk near Boxley and Lost Valley.  An eagle could be spotted overhead as riders near Kingston and the “Arkansas Grand Canyon”.

Curvy roads and historic bridges carry riders over the White River and Beaver Lake on the Beaver Town Bridge loop with great views of the water.  Riders have perhaps a once in a lifetime experience as they encounter one of the true treasures of the Southern road.  The historic Beaver Bridge, best known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, was built in 1949, is 554 feet long but only 11 feet wide thereby only allowing one way at a time traffic.  This is quite a large return for a ride that is only 26 miles and 44 minutes.

The Jasper loop is another route that takes riders through the Buffalo River National Park and across the 1930’s iron truss Pruitt Bridge.  Two stops during the 150-mile/four-hour ride could be the Elk Education Center in Ponca and the Ozark Café on the town square in Jasper.

Riders are in store for a potpourri of wildlife opportunities on the Highway 103 loop.  Big cats, up close and personal, at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and a trout hatchery and fishing stream at Roaring River State Park, just over the line in Missouri.  All of this with the added dividend of Ozark scenery is part of the 142 miles and 4 hours invested.

But the cherry on top of the Eureka Springs’ loops’ sundae is the internationally famous Pig Trail.  This ride is as challenging as it is scenic.  Switchback after switchback between hairpin turns makes this ride a “must do” event when riding in Northwest Arkansas.  The Designated Scenic Highway portion of Arkansas Highway 23 is truly breathtaking.  Stops in Withrow State Park and alongside the Mulberry River allow riders to catch their breath and relax in beautiful, natural surroundings.  Many riders say that this loop is the best seven hours and 280 miles of their riding lives.

For more information about all eight of these loops designed for motorcyclists, one should go to EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com.


PIG TRAIL VIDEO>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02fnjQ8a2rQ



Submitted by

            Bill Ott





PUBLIC INVITED... to Roaring '20s Lawn Party, the kick-off event of Jazz Eureka 2016

PUBLIC INVITED… to Roaring ’20s Lawn Party, the kick-off event of Jazz Eureka 2016


(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — The much anticipated annual celebration of jazz begins, this year, here on Thursday, September 8. Scheduled that day is the Roaring ‘20s Jazz Lawn Party on grounds of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. Performing for costumed guests -and those who just come as they are- will be The Crescent City Combo. Admission to the 7p.m. to 10 p.m. soirée is $10 per person with tickets available at the door or by going online to ReserveEureka.com . Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
The lawn party is just the foretaste of a weekend overflowing with music for jazz fans. The schedule for the rest of the weekend is as follows:
>Friday, September 9… Rodney Block Collective will be playing for “The Block Party” in Basin Spring Park located in the center of downtown. Admission is free and gets underway at 7pm
>Saturday, September 10… The musical day begins at 12 noon in Basin Spring Park with six hours of free performances. Those performing will be Matt & Gus Jazz Duo, Claudia Burson Trio, Calle Soul Band, and Justin Young.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, will headline the weekend festival with a 7:30pm performance in The Aud, Eureka Springs’ city auditorium located downtown. Tickets are $30 per person and are available online at TheAud.org .
>Sunday, September 11… Jazz Eureka comes to a “taste-full” end when the doors swing open for the annual Jazz Eureka Sunday Brunch in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the 1886 Crescent Hotel. While guests fill their mouths with the exquisite breakfast and lunch items, their ears will be filled with the jazz stylings of Swing & A Miss from 10am to 1pm. Cost is $24.95 per person and includes passed champagne. Reservations are recommended by calling 479-253-9652.
For more information on the weekend, one may go to JazzEureka.org or call 479-253-7333.

Chris Duarte Returns to Eureka Springs Blues Weekend




 When Chris Duarte left the Barefoot Ballroom stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on March 7, 2008 he wondered if his 10-year successful run of “Chris Duarte Weekends” ???????????????????????????here in the Eureka Springs’ downtown hotel had come to an end. The wondering is over and the answer is no.  The self-proclaimed “Rockin’ Blues Man” returns “home” to Eureka Springs’ most popular historic blues venue to open the 2016 Blues Weekend on Thursday, June 16.

This homecoming to the stage of the Barefoot Ballroom will mark eight years and seven albums since Chris Duarte’ last Eureka Springs’ appearance.  Both his Thursday evening kickoff performance and his Friday night exclusive concert at his favorite downtown Basin Park Hotel location begin at nine o’clock.

“This is an exciting time for us,” stated Jack Moyer, hotel general manager.  “Having Chris back on stage in our hotel brings back many great memories from those performances booked by the unforgettable promoter Roger ‘Mr. Music’ Jones to the unforgettable ‘snow show’ when the hotel fell victim to a power outage but Chris played on… acoustically.   With that said, Chris’ music was always so well received that his audiences became loyal hotel guests and have become part of the fabric that makes up our long-term lodging and entertainment success.”

Duarte is a savant, a sorcerer of tone, a master at channeling the spirits and sounds of great musicians of our past, while remaining completely recognizable in his own sound.  He has shared his stage with many of the greatest musicians of our time as well as the multitude of “young lions” and local musicians he meets on the road.  From his many years as a sideman in Austin, he easily changes roles from front to side, graciously allowing all to share in the convergence of the jam.

Chris Duarte’s music is also ever changing.  In many interviews, he has said, “Music must evolve to stay fresh and relevant.”  His own early offerings often become magical journeys into changing tempo and jazzy interludes before returning to their core.  With such a vast catalog of recordings, there are no two shows alike.  Every set list is different, and each song may be offered distinctly, based on the feel of a show and the audience.  For those reasons, loyal fans often return to a Chris Duarte show again and again, night after night and always walk away awed and satisfied to have witnessed such a legendary, but humble, guitarist.

The Chris Duarte Group emerged on the music scene out of Austin, Texas in the early ‘90s and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Conference.  In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing, Duarte quickly gained a National reputation as a young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist.  One music critic wrote, “Chris’ style is that of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.  It is best experienced live and in your face!  The Chris Duarte Group shows are unique each night; never the same show twice.”

Opening for the Chris Duarte Group on Friday will be The Kory Montgomery Band.  Based out of Fayetteville, AR, this three-man ensemble of talented musicians –an electric bass, drums, and vocals- has been spreading their name and reputation across the country for six years.  They continue to gain new popularity with their solid grooves, intense solos, and demanding lyrics.  The KMB will take the Barefoot Ballroom stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on Friday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the Duarte shows are available on ReserveEureka.com and range from in price from $15 to $25.

The 2016 Eureka Springs’ Blues Weekend runs through the expanded dates of Thursday through Sunday, June 16-19 and is a fundraiser for Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR).  With this year’s new non-profit partner, the 2016 “big stage” relocates from The Aud in Eureka Springs’ downtown, to the Turpentine Festival Stage, located on the grounds of TCWR just south of Eureka Springs on State Highway 23.  A full list of performers and performance times can be found at EurekaSpringsBlues.com.

For more information regarding lodging and ticket packages, one should call 800-643-4972.  A glimpse of a historic Chris Duarte Eureka Springs Jam from 2006 can be found here.

Eureka Springs Tells People To “Get OUT (side)!”

Within a twenty mile radius of Downtown, the greater Eureka Springs’ area offers convenient accessibility to a wealth of outdoor activities such as Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Kings River, White River, Thorncrown Chapel, Blue Springs Heritage Center, Black Bass Lake, Lake Leatherwood, the Hogscald and Big Clifty areas, plus Holiday Island. For even more activities within this area, there are numerous providers: Ozark Mountain Ziplines, scenic horseback riding stables, Starkey Park Marina, Beaver Dam Site Park, the 12,000-acre Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Madison County Game Refuge, War Eagle Mill, War Eagle Cavern, Onyx Cave, Cosmic Caverns, Roaring River State Park and Trout Hatchery, the Mark Twain National Forest with miles of ATV trails, Buffalo National River, Dogwood Canyon, Beaver Town, and the Pea Ridge National Military Park.  All are examples of the excellent outdoor adventures waiting to be experienced, and all of these places are just a short drive away when anyone chooses “America’s Victorian Village” as their extraordinary escape vacation hub.

Although many of these outdoor wonders are accessible and enjoyable the year-round, many are at their peak during the months of spring, especially late April and early May. This is when The Ozarks’ hillsides are all abloom and fully green with temperatures comfortably mild.  Here is a little bit more about some of these attractive spring attractions:

  • Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The truth is, experienced mountain bikers and those who are just getting into it will find that Eureka Springs has something to offer for all levels and interests. Adventure Mountain Outfitters is the local cycling authority and offers rentals, repairs and comprehensive information on the sport. The reason is clear why Eureka Springs is the home of major events like the Fat Tire Festival.
  • Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, hiking in and around Eureka Springs is spectacular. Easily accessible trails are located near most Eureka Springs lodging. For some light hiking, try following some of the city historic trails marked by historic plaques; discover the dozens of historic natural springs flowing full from springtime rain; or explore Eureka Springs prettiest street, Spring Street “boulevard”. For day hiking, consider hiking along Lake Leatherwood trails or visit Blue Spring Heritage Center.
  • Record crowds will again fly high over The Ozarks as they experience the exhilarating thrill of a zip line canopy tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs. Screams of delight and thunder of excited laughter from patrons of Ozark Mountain Ziplines will pierce the woodland silence as they soar through the air from up to 300 feet high with cable lengths up to 2,000 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs.
  • Black Bass Lake is a natural area located on 200 hidden acres and only a quarter of a mile from the heart of downtown Eureka Springs.  Black Bass Lake presently has two-and-a-half miles of hiking trails although construction has begun to connect the trails between Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood.  In addition to hiking, Black Bass Lake offers a historic and picturesque dam, beautiful scenery, and great fishing on the lake itself.  This is a perfect spot to spend a warm afternoon taking in the wonders of nature.
  • A little south of Eureka Springs, there is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a safe haven for big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars.  Additionally, they have bears and other animals that visitors can watch for an extraordinary wildlife adventure.  Turpentine Creek also hosts Eureka’s Annual Kite Festival.
  • Not far from Turpentine Creek, sits Quigley Castle, a unique dwelling built for a woman -by that woman- who wanted to bring nature indoors.  The one-of-a-kind structure was hand-constructed with rocks and stones she collected from all over the world.
  • Just off Arkansas Highway 12, War Eagle Mill is a scenic place and home to not only the Bean Palace Restaurant but also one of America’s most successful craft shows.  The mill sits alongside War Eagle Creek, which drives their burrstone wheel, and home for fishing and for feeding the ducks.
  • Nearby War Eagle Cavern offers a bat’s eye view of stunning underground scenery, nature paths, gem and fossil panning, and lodging.
  • Beaver Lake, west of Eureka, has 500 miles of shoreline alone.  It boasts some of the best fishing in the area, with many fishing tournaments held annually.  Visitors can kayak, catch a trophy bass, striper, or walleye, and then relax in one of the many parks offering camping, picnicking, and swimming.  This crystal-clear lake is the fifth most visited lake in the country that is operated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Starkey Park offers camping, a marina and boat launch, fishing, water sports, eagle watch, pavilion and is home to The Belle of the Ozarks, a “ship” offering wonderful sightseeing excursions including those that “set sail” to do some seasonal eagle watching.
  • The Dam Site Park is one of the most popular parks in the area and is located near Beaver Dam. From this are guests may enjoy sailing, power house tours, fishing, scuba diving, and driving tours.
  • At C&J Sports, located near Beaver Dam, guests can make their way through an excellent archery course, or play a game of paintball.  Scuba diving is offered and quite popular in the clear waters of Beaver Lake.
  • The White River, also west of Eureka Springs, is known for some of the best trout fishing anywhere.  There are stores in the area that are well equipped to outfit anyone wishing to have an adventure on the White River, whether it is fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, or anything else a visitor can dream up.
  • A little farther out U.S. Highway 62 West, Blue Spring Heritage Center is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been drawing visitors since 1948.  Thirty-eight million gallons of clear water pour out daily into the trout filled sparkling blue lagoon below.  Blue Spring with its unique bluff shelter was part of the Trail of Tears upon which Cherokee and other Native American tribes traveled to their new, designated home in Oklahoma.
  • Near Blue Spring, Inspiration Point rises high above the White River valley, and has a spectacular view that beckons guests to pull off the road and take in the tranquil scenery.
  • E. Fay Jones globally award-winning Thorncrown Chapel, also known as the “glass chapel”, is home to thousands of weddings each year and can be seen peeking out through the treetops west of Eureka.  Its distinctive architecture proudly displays 425 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass with interior acoustics that must be heard to be believed.
  •  Traveling east of Eureka Springs, the choices in outdoor activities are abundant.  The Kings River is waiting to show guests some beautiful scenery.  This river is about 90 miles long, and has many attractive features, such as colorful bluffs, unique flora and fauna, and is a fine place to watch for wildlife.  Many eagles have been spotted along the banks of the Kings.  The small-mouth bass fishing is excellent, as are the float trips in a canoe or kayak.
  • Caving offers abundant venues in the greater Eureka area.  For example, Onyx Cave, which was discovered in 1891, is one of the oldest show caves in Arkansas.  They offer tours that include beautiful underground formations.  Cosmic Caverns, close to Berryville, has many one-of-a-kind natural wonders.  It has been named one of the top 10 show caves in the U.S. with its two underground bottomless lakes (lakes in which divers have never found the bottom), one of which features cave trout.  Rare, blind cave salamanders sometimes show themselves during tours at nearby Cosmic Caverns.
  • Still on the east side of town, visitors can experience one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery of The Ozarks via horseback.  Red Bud Riding Stables, a family-owned business, has been showing folks around the “hills-n-hollers” on horseback for more than 20 years.  The hospitable guides at Red Bud are knowledgeable about plant and animal life, and the trails cover a variety of terrain on the privately owned wildlife preserve.
  • Also for enthusiastic equestrians, the Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort is a place where the horseback rides are suitable for all ages and skill levels.  The trails offer spectacular panoramic views, as well as possible wildlife sightings.  Riders can choose from many different types and lengths of rides, anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.   Guests can have a real outdoor experience with breakfast, lunch, or dinner rides where a tasty meal is cooked up over a campfire.
  • Back to the west, the town of Beaver is one of those charming little spots where visitors love to explore.  The history there is rich with old trails and the much-photographed Beaver Town Bridge.  This “Little Golden Gate” bridge is a 554-foot single-lane expansion over the White River.  The Beaver Recreation Park is located here, with camping, floating, RV Park, boat launch and a quaint little store.  Rock Climbing is a popular sport in this area.

Jack Moyer, general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa with its surrounding 15 acres of forested hillsides and manicured gardens and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel that sits in the midst of a web of urban trails, stated, “We are adamant supporters of Eureka Springs’ great outdoors. In fact, we tell our guests and visitors to ‘Just get out!’. We of course mean it as our invitation for them to ‘Get outdoors!’ while they are visiting us, encouraging them to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor sights and activities our glorious region offers, especially in late April and early May.”

For more information, one should go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com.

5 Arkansas properties listed on National Register of Historic Places

Five Arkansas properties have recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NTHP), the country’s official list of historically significant properties.  The announcement was made in Little Rock by Frances McSwain, Director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP), the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources.  One local property made the list, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “a building that reflects the French Renaissance and Richardsoniancrescent hotel Romanesque styles of architecture”, the AHPP press release stated.

The release quoted the National Register nomination, “The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is an architecturally significant work by architect Isaac S. Taylor from St. Louis, Missouri.  He is world renowned for leadership in the execution of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.  He also designed a total of 10 hotels during his career; nine of which were actually built with only a few still standing.

“His modern classic design of the Crescent pulls many elements from his other works.  Such features include the rough-faced, square stonework; the Roman arches over the windows and French doors; and the towers that create the penthouse level.  However, it is this mix of various styles that gives the Crescent a uniquely authentic style that sets it apart from Taylor’s other works.”

Jack Moyer, hotel general manager and vice-president of operations for both the Crescent and its sister downtown hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, responded to the announcement, “We could not be happier.  The Crescent already is a proud member of NTHP’s Historic Hotels of America, but this honor further validates this ‘Grand Ol’ Lady of The Ozarks’ rightful place in the pantheon of preserved and functional landmarks.  We have Marty and ch_circa1890sElise Roenigk to thank for ‘protecting the irreplaceable’ when they purchased the Crescent in 1997 and then put millions of dollars into its refurbishing which made a pathway to economic sustainability through quality of product and delivering above guest expectations.

“In fact, it was Marty who was instrumental in the formulation of our hotel creed upon which all employees are schooled when first employed:  ‘Protecting The Irreplaceable’; ‘Creating Lifetime Memories’ for our guests; ‘Being Community Minded’ for our town, region, state and nation; and ‘Building The Individual’ through ongoing training which results in promotion from within when an upper level position becomes open.”

Other Arkansas buildings equally honored by NTHP were Overstreet Hall on the campus of Southern Arkansas University located in Magnolia, Union Chapel School and Shop Building in Conway County near Springfield, the Little River County Training School Historic District in Ashdown, and Monroe County Bank Building in Brinkley.