Experience Christmas in Eureka Springs

EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS IN EUREKA SPRINGS

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Christmas holidays in Eureka Springs offer a full schedule of traditional events through the month of December.  The front-loaded to start the holidays off in style.

*Weekend of November 30-December 2 (Eureka Springs Christmas Festival)

>Christmas Parade of Lights on Friday, November 30 at 6p.m. will wind through downtown Eureka on Spring Street.  Bands, floats and -of course- Santa Claus will form the festive, twinkling line of pageantry.

>Fire Fighters & Santa In The Park on Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.   This mixed ensemble of hard working volunteers will meet and greet visitors to Basin Spring Park.

>Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes typically sees around 800 revelers walking the established route later that day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Eureka Springs Preservation Society has chosen a select number of iconic Victorian and historic homes -this year including Penn Castle- for ticket holders to see from the inside and out.  This trip back in time has been voted “Best Eureka Holiday Event”.

> Crescent Hotel’s Annual Christmas Tree Forest Lighting Ceremony will have the ceremonial light switch flipped at 6 p.m. to “on” illuminating the more than 30 trees that will be adorning the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  It should be noted that each tree is decorated by and for a local charity.  rest

>16th Annual John Two Hawks Concert in the City Auditorium from 7 to 9 o’clock that evening.  This Grammy-nominated recording artist will perform his favorite Christmas songs.

>Santa’s Brunch on Sunday, December 2, offers a feast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. sitting in his big chair ready for families to gather for a family portrait with the jolly ol’ elf.  Families are encouraged to bring a camera and an appetite for this annual event in the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Dining Room.  It should be noted that concerts performed by local musical groups are scheduled in this same room during weekdays around the noon-hour

>Ice Skating –weather permitting- will be available from 5 to 8 that Sunday evening in the Fountain Garden of the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.

>Frightfully Festive is a selection of Christmas ghost stories regaled at 9 p.m. Sunday in the Faculty Lounge of the Crescent Hotel.

*Weekend of December 6-9 (Weekend of Merrymaking)

>52nd Annual Silver Tea starts this weekend off a day early on Thursday afternoon.  From 1:30 to 3:30 polished tea and coffee sets are gently tipped to fill the cups of patrons by the ladies of the St. James Episcopal Church, festooned in Victorian gowns.  The entire Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent hotel is brimming with trays and trays of handmade holiday snacks and hors d’oeuvres.

>”Friday Night Fun” Kickoff with Santa is Friday night at 5 o’clock in the Fountain Garden of the Crescent Hotel.  Holiday treats and yuletide surprises will be followed by ice skating –weather permitting- until 8.

>Holiday Radio Show featuring the Five & Dime Players may be “seen” on the stage of the Crescent Hotel’s Conservatory Friday evening at 6.  Snacks and sipping will start the evening followed by a festive old-fashioned theatrical production from 7 to 8:30.

>The Night of Merrymaking presented by Main Street Eureka Springs is the Saturday night feature.  From 5 to 8, this event offers free fun for the whole family.  This Christmas event includes Community Caroling in Basin Spring Park with Kids’ Choice award-winners, momandpop; Living Windows that transform downtown store showroom windows into living art exhibits; Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt; Street Characters in The Snow; A Merry Dine-Around; Night of A Thousand Santas; and so much more.

> A Merry Dine-Around  presented by Main Street Eureka Springs is Saturday evening from 5-9 and is a tasty adventurous, festive saunter to different dining locations downtown.  More than a dozen eateries will themed sample plates and/or cocktails and ticket holders get to choose four to enjoy.

> Night of a Thousand Santas (or Krampus – you decide!) presented by Main Street Eureka Springs gives Saturday night visitors to Eureka’s Downtown Entertainment District a chance to come dressed as Santa (nice) or Krampus (naughty) and stroll along with your fellow Saint Nicks from 6 to 10 starting with the Pre-Party at Chelsea’s Corner Café.  Following this hour featuring adult beverage availability, the Santa Stroll & Scavenger Hunt moving from one location to another then another, etc., making merry all the way.

>Ozarks Chorale Holiday Concert will take place on the stage at the city auditorium on Saturday at 7 p.m. for ticket holders.  This mixed ensemble of angelic voices will perform an evening of harmonious holiday favorites.

*Weekend of December 14-16 (Home for The Holidays Weekend)  

>A Eureka Christmas is a holiday concert on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. featuring Arkansas’ own Barrett Baber, from NBC’s popular “The Voice” television program.  Barrett and his band will entertain along with Rachel Fields, the Northwest Arkansas Gospel Choir, plus a special visit from native Arkansan Shannon Wurst.  This free show in THE Aud, Eureka’s city auditorium, requests that guests present non-perishable food items or cash donations at the door for local food banks.

*Home for the Holidays Free Concert

>An added bonus, the CAPC is once again, producing the annual Home for the Holidays Free Concert on December 22nd. Regional musicians make merry on the stage of the Aud. Bring a donation of a canned good or two for Flint Street Food bank.

Christmas comes but once a year, but Main Street Eureka Springs and its partners have tried to spread it out over a dozens of days.  For more information, go to EurekaSpringsChristmas.com and ChristmasAtTheCrescent.com.

6 Wonderful Reasons To Fall Into Eureka Springs This Autumn

  • Fall Color in The Arkansas Ozarks – There is not a prettier place on the planet earth than The Arkansas Ozarks when autumn arrives. The mountainsides, the hollows, the hiking and mountain biking trails are painted with hues of gold, red, orange, and purple.  Mother Nature turns the emerald green hardwood trees of    summer into explosions of breathtaking color. This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right in town.  The Ozarks boast fall foliage “Top 10 in America” bona fides from such entities as Fodor’s Travel, Travel & Leisure, The Travel Channel, Country Living Magazine, and AARP.   Trip Advisor said of Eureka Springs: “It’s very relaxing, especially in the fall with all the beautiful foliage.”
  • Experience Exclusive Resort Activities – There is only one mountaintop spa resort in Eureka Springs: the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The operative word here is resort… with multiple, daily activities all for overnight guests to enjoy in addition to the traditional offering of spa, dining, grounds, and relaxation.  Some of the featured fall resort activities include: “Rebuilding The Legend – A 20-year review of the Crescent Hotel’s journey to return to prominence as “The Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality”, “The Real Stories of The Crescent College Years” – One of the hotel’s historians will show guests around the College exhibit, speaking about the many fascinating college girls with great stories, “Garden Tour” – Join the Crescent Hotel’s talented gardener as she escorts you around our award-winning gardens educating you on the what and the why of the plants, “Not Really A Door” – A one-hour, two-actress, supernatural comedy-murder-mystery-thriller that is free to registered guests, and “High Time in the SkyBar” – Live music during a high time and high overlook atop The Ozarks.  (The complete list of activities can be found at  http://www.crescent-hotel.com/activityplannerA/ )
  • Day Trippin’ on Highways That Are Byways – Eureka Springs makes the perfect hub for day trips along ribbons of asphalt driving to all those fabulous vistas. Whether you opt to drive north, east, south or west, you will be awe struck by the colors near the highway shoulders as well as the vistas these highways offer.   And, whether you arrive on a motorcycle or in a motorcar, the serpentine spokes out of Eureka will not disappoint.  Four popular, nearby day trips are west to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; north to an Ozark must via the Mark Twain National Forest, Branson (MO); east to the Buffalo National Park River region including gazing upon grazing herds of elk in Boxley Valley; and south to the number one road route in America, The Pig Trail National Scenic Byway.
  • Awesome Hiking –n- Mountain Biking Trails – This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right up close and personal. Several hotels have installed trailheads to the web of city maintained trails and routes –like those at Lake Leatherwood and Black Bass Lake- making it easy for those who want to venture out after a good night’s rest.  Maps and tips from hotel activity directors will help you match trails to your comfort level.  With the growing interest of mountain biking, bikes may be rented.  A shuttle to shred The Eureka Springs Downhill is available at Lake Leatherwood City Park.
  • Activities and Attractions Abound – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour are just a few. The architecture of an active downtown entertainment and shopping district is worth a fall stroll in itself.  But you add to that dozens of unique, non-chain shops, art galleries, and nearly two dozen bars and quality restaurants makes a fall vacation to Eureka Springs complete.
  • Overnight Delights – Being a historic community, quaint and iconic historic hotels are the place to stay in the fall. The ambiance of historic lodging that offers 21st century accoutrements make a fall stay in Eureka Springs most enjoyable.  The two lodging properties that have the greatest history and continue to be the most popular not only in Eureka Springs but all of Arkansas are the aforementioned 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and it’s downtown “sister”, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  While discovering downtown, a midday meal outside “on the balcony” at the Basin Park’s Balcony Restaurant affords you a bird’s eye view of shops, galleries and Basin Spring Park City Park.  At the Crescent, whether you opt for a nice dinner in the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room Restaurant or choose to take the short stroll to the popular Ermilio’s Italian Restaurant three blocks away, you must include a cool evening moment for a beverage -seated al fresco- in the hotel’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza that overlooks The Ozarks’ hills-n-hollers highlighted by the brilliant, glowing Christ of The Ozarks statue, the world’s tallest in the northern hemisphere.

So now you know the when (this autumn), you know the where (Eureka Springs, Arkansas), you know the why (fall colors, great activities and attractions, etc.), and you know who is ready to welcome you (the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel) for the fall vacation of a lifetime.   All you need to do now is mark dates on your calendar, book a room, plan your activities, pack up the car and then drive to the “Extraordinary Escape” community nestled in The Arkansas Ozarks.

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You Are Engaged To Be Married, Now What? Eight Timely Tips…

 

 

There it is, that ring you have always dreamed about sitting on the third finger of your left hand.  It was placed there by the man you also have dreamed about.  And after your announcement photo has run in your local paper, it is now time to begin planning your next dream: your wedding day.  Here are a few tips for your planning journal:

  • Think about the when> talk to your family, and to your fiancé with input from his family as to when a general time (season) would be most advantageous for you and those who might attend your wedding. Does it need to be a weekend event?  HINT: Most reception venues offer healthy discounts on winter dates, days other than Saturday, etc. so you might take this into consideration.
  • Establish a rough budget> This step is not so much on possible costs but establishing how much money you and/or your family can comfortably set aside for the ceremony/reception, the gown etc. Some weddings save dollars by no host bar, casual attire for wedding party, and securing a group discount for guest rooms.  HINTMany forget to include honeymoon expense as well.
  • Ceremony / Reception site selection> Vows being exchanged on the Waikiki Beach may sound ultra-romantic but will your family and friends be able to join you? Exotic sites may eliminate attendance by those closest to you due to cost.  Brides sold on a destination wedding site may find a unique place in their home area thereby allowing friends and family to be brought together for a full weekend of memories.  Make sure, however, that your destination is one that has the credentials of producing successful, custom weddings.  It makes it accessible and affordable.  HINT: Most destination sites can help you find vendors with a list of proven vendors such as ministers, florists, photographers, musicians, etc.
  • Buy your gown> This is probably the most difficult step. Not only does your gown -that you will wear only once- meet your beautiful expectations but what is the cost.  How does it fit into your general budget?    HINT: Wedding pictures create an album full of lifetime memories to be enjoyed by generations to come while a wedding dress is worn only once.
  • Fine tune your budget> Some brides will spend up to 50 percent of their budget on the ceremony/reception with the honeymoon expense and the gown following close behind.  Then single digit percentage amounts for such things as the photographer, wedding attire for attendants, rings, flowers, music, invitations, etc. based on your personal prioritization.  HINT: Find a budget template example at <http://www.elegantelight.com/fine-tuning-the-wedding-budget-part-1-the-big-categories/>
  • Merge and refine invitation lists> You have friends and relatives you want to invite as does your fiancé; both families will have added people that “just have to be invited”. Once these lists have been merged with duplicates eliminated, see how the total number of possible guests times the “per person reception cost” fits into your budget.  If it fits comfortably, no problem.  If not, you will need to calmly begin the delicate chore of refining and reducing names from the list.  Then send out your invitations.  HINT: If you would not have a certain invitee “over for dinner”, you might consider not sending that person an invitation.
  • Plan for your wedding-day beauty> Most well-known ceremony/reception venues will have ideas as to where you, your attendants, moms, etc. can receive professional hair styling and makeup services near the venue. Make sure the salon is near your wedding site and be sure to make your salon reservations and include these times in the in the photo timeline you create.  Oftentimes when you do your site visit to a ceremony/reception venue, a visit to suggested stylists and makeup artists will help put your mind at ease.  HINT: Consider a bride and groom photo shoot before the ceremony.
  • Work your plan… and relax> Nothing allows you to enjoy the leadup to your wedding than having an established budget and timetable calendar in your planning journal. Following both will better help you to put a check mark in all the necessary boxes in a comfortable, anxiety-free fashion… for a relaxed bride is a happy bride.  HINT: Surround yourself with relaxing fragrances.  Proper aromas have been proven to take the edge off of stressful situations.

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Blues Blast Award Winner Headlines Eureka Springs Blues Weekend ‘18

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2018 Headliner – Joe Nemeth

(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – “Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move.”  That’s the opening line of John Németh’s bio on his website, JohnNemeth.com.  And one of the places his “move” will find him is on the Barefoot Ballroom stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Friday, June 15 when he brings two big performances headlining the 2018 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend.  This year’s “weekend” runs from Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17.

Németh, a native of Boise, Idaho, and winner of two Blues Blast awards, has already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers.  Influenced by his relocation to San Francisco, he fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre, a sound that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, he creates music that is personal as well as universal.

It is said that Németh’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city backed up by his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar.

Now residing in Memphis, Németh continues to be one of the hottest stars in the musical firmament, touring nationally and internationally with his Memphis band, taking the world by storm.  That storm thunders onto the top-floor stage of the Basin Park Hotel at 7 and 9 o’clock on Friday night, June 15.

General admission ticket prices for each performance are $15 per person or a $20 ticket allows attendance at both performances.  Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $30 each. All tickets may be purchased in advance at ReserveEureka.com/attractions/johnnemeth.

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BLUES WEEKEND ’18 COMES TO DOWNTOWN EUREKA SPRINGS

John Nemeth & The Blue Dreamers Band – Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2018

(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Blues Weekend returns to Historic Downtown Eureka Springs for 2018 starting on Thursday, June 14.  This year’s headliner acts will be on Friday night at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and Saturday at The Aud (Eureka Springs City Auditorium).  Performing in the Barefoot Ballroom of the Basin Park Hotel on Friday night, June 15 for two big shows at 7 and 9 o’clock is John Németh, backed up by the Blue Dreamers.  On Saturday its John Mayall with special guest Carolyn Wonderland at 7:30 p.m. in The Aud.

John Németh’s music has been on the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts, and he has been nominated for a Blues Music Award an amazing fourteen times.  Németh has won two Blues Blast Music Awards – Best New Artist Debut Recording and Sean Costello Rising Star Award.  General admission ticket prices for each performance are $15 per person or a $20 ticket allows attendance at both performances.  Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $30 each. All tickets may be purchased in advance online at ReserveEureka.com/attractions/johnnemeth.

For more than 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues.”  Mayall’s special guest is Texas guitarist extraordinaire Carolyn Wonderland.  Wonderland will open the evening with her band, then join Mayall and his band the Bluesbreakers.  For tickets, go to theaud.org/tickets.

On the side stages, a full weekend of music begins on Thursday, June 14 at Chelsea’s Corner Café & Bar with Shelley King.  Blues at Chelsea’s continues Friday, June 15 with Sister Lucille, and Saturday, June 16 with Earl and Them.  Chelsea’s regular, Patrick Sweaney, will also entertain throughout the weekend ending with a Sunday, June 17 matinee at 2 o’clock.

Other downtown Blues Weekend ’18 events include Coyote Claw, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon, both in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Selwyn Birchwood, Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell; Mark Shields & Good Company, Friday at 9:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Blew Reed & The Flatheads, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Brick Fields Band, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell;; and Scott Garner & The Speedshift Band, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den followed at 9:00 p.m. by Los Roscoes on that same stage.

Rounding out the festival on Sunday is the annual Father’s Day Sunday Blues Picnic beginning at 12 noon at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge which located 7 miles south of downtown on State Highway 23.  Artists include Tom Baker, Tony Redman, and Fast Johnny Ricker Band.  An all-star jam will be the grand finale at 4:30 p.m.

Performances in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell are free and open to the public.  Tickets for other Blues Weekend ’18 performances can be found at EurekaSpringsOnline.com/blues-weekend.

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Top 6 Reasons Why Meeting Planners Love Eureka Springs AR

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Eureka Springs, located in the Southern Ozarks, is a hidden pearl that meeting planners are thrilled to discover; adjacent to the booming I-49 corridor of Northwest Arkansas.   Many planners have referred to Eureka as “ideal” for small meetings and corporate retreats.  A few of the reasons for this positive feedback are…

 

LOCATION – Just 45 minutes from the Interstate 49 corridor (Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista), it is close enough for attendees working in that area to enjoy easy access but far enough away where they won’t run home or back to the office between sessions.  Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) is only 49 miles away for those speakers, delegates and attendees who are flying in.  (By the way, XNA now has numerous non-stop flights to/from such airports as DFW, ORD, LAX, CLT, LGA, ATL, CVG, MSP, EWR, IAH, SFO, DEN and soon DCA.)  If delegates are driving in, they will find they are only 3.5 hours from Little Rock, 3 hours from Tulsa, 4 hours from Kansas City, and 2 hours from Springfield MO.

 

HIGHER ATTENDANCE – Eureka Springs is in such a naturally beautiful setting with so many eclectic things to see and do, meeting planners have stated that events held here get maximum attendance since it seems everyone wants to get away to Eureka.  With Eureka Springs being a condensed community, the more than a hundred bars, bistros, restaurants, shops, and art galleries are only a few minutes’ walk from any headquarters hotel.  This allows delegates to enjoy experiences outside the hotel’s meeting space during free times.  Many delegates choose to bring spouses and/or families to enjoy a few days of vacation in Eureka Springs before or after the scheduled dates of the meeting or retreat.

 

UNIQUE FACILITIES – Despite being a historic town (the entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places), hotels that specialize in small meetings and retreats provide delegates with a blend of required technology, interesting and diverse meeting space, plus top shelf meeting accoutrements to ensure a successful meeting.  These hotels also have the charm, food quality and professional service that reflect their community’s reputation as a hospitality mecca.

 

WELL-FED DELEGATES – Food truly matters to delegates/attendees, so the local hotels balance their culinary food and beverage high-end demand during their busy weekend wedding market (Eureka Springs is known as “The Wedding Capitol of The South”) with weekday demands from the meeting market.  Exquisite food service and presentation is noticeably a notch above the norm.  Eureka Springs is a well-respected foodee village.

 

SETTING – Eureka Springs meet expectations for indoor meetings.  A relaxed local environment allows creative outdoor meeting and/or activities for recreation or team building to far exceed expectations.  Acres of open space, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and two lakes and three rivers open up a whole new opportunity for planners to “think outside the box” for that Wow! agenda.

 

AFFORDABILITY – Planners are pleasantly surprised at the affordability of Eureka Springs as a meeting and retreat site especially during weekdays.  Many meeting hotels offer a discount of up to 35 percent off regular rates during these days making it much less expensive than most competitive markets.

Atrium _ 1905 Basin Park Hotel _ Downtown Eureka Springs Arkansas

Conservatory _ 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa _ Mountaintop Spa Resort _ Eureka Springs Arkansas

 

For more information, go to ArkansasMeetings.com

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5 Reasons Why Families Choose Eureka Springs AR for Spring Break

 

5 Reasons Why Families Choose Eureka Springs AR for Spring Break

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. Anature 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 EurekaSprings.com.

 

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Crescent Ice Skating Rink

Lifetime Memories Skating Rink is now closed and will re-open for the season in Dec18’/Jan19′

We make lifetime memories,” said Jack Moyer, vice president and general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a mountaintop spa resort located here and a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, “and that is the reason why our hotel decided to add a ‘frozen pond’ in the area that hosts hundreds of weddings during warmer seasons.  Financially, adding an ice skating rink might not be the best decision, however with guests now traveling year-round to our resort hotel and with a gap of activities for our local kids during the winter months, we thought this might be a perfect way to further connect the hotel to our community while adding an additional resort activity for our guests.”

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The Crescent Hotel Ice Rink will be open daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an open skate.  The rink will operate when the temperature is below 40 degrees.  Please check our Crescent Facebook page for up to date information.  Local children, age 12 and under, from Carroll County can skate for free.  All adults, all teens, as well as children who live outside the specified local area will be charged $5.00 each per day.  For all hotel guests, adults and children, the fee is included in their Crescent Hotel Resort Pass.  There are a limited number of skates available for rent, included with admission.  Up to 20 skaters can be on the ice at any one time.  Moyer noted that individuals wishing to donate skates to this community project will receive a 2017-2018 season pass for free skating.

 

“We are also creating a festive environment adjacent to the rink,” Moyer added, “with a nightly fire as well as tables and chairs where the community can gather.  SkyBar Gourmet Pizza will provide food service for this area if folks want to make it an evening.  The Crescent Hotel Ice Rink will also be available for private party rentals in times other than those of the open skate, based upon availability, for $100 per hour.”

 

The plan is to have the Crescent’s 2017-2018 ice skating season run from opening day through the end of February.  “This seems like a perfect fit for our resort hotel and our community,” concluded Moyer, “and I am so enthused about the great amount of local support we have already received.  We want every kid from Eureka Springs and our county plus our pre-teen hotel guests to say that one of their favorite lifetime memories was skating on the Crescent Hotel Ice Rink.”

 

Ozark Mountain Music Festival #5 Celebrates With 12 Bands In Four Days

Ozark Mountain Music Festival returns to Eureka Springs Arkansas on January 18, 2018 and runs thru the 21st with 12 big bands.  http://www.ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com/

Ozark Mountain Music Festival #5 Celebrates With 12 Bands In Four Days

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2018 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, has just added 10 bands to its two headliners to fill out the lineup for its January 18-21 event.  This popular event features what is called Ozark Mountain Fusion of Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana Roots music.  Headlining this year’s “outdoor music festival held indoors” is Tall Tall Trees from Asheville, NC; and Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy from Lawrence, KS.

Mike Savino, the Tall Tall Trees banjo-wielding bard, has reshaped the landscape of what is possible with his instrument featuring its basic iteration and the banjo’s drum roots.  Audiences become wildly mesmerized with his mastery of electronic effects, loops, toy ray guns, and heaps of spontaneous creativity.

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy is a high-energy ‘Brass ‘n’ Grass’ sextet whose sound has been described as ‘a stagecoach in overdrive’.  Their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and Dixieland has energized audiences all across America and in five other countries.

The trending bands to round out OzMoMu during its fifth successful four-day weekend of music includes:

>DimeTrip – Five guys out of Eureka Springs, AR that have decided to work towards a common goal of creating and playing original music with diverse sounds for as many people as this life allows.

>Alaina Blake & Dylan Hawf – A pair of expert musicians from Fayetteville, AR who have teamed up to prove that when it comes to music, style and performance skill one plus one does equal three much to the wild enjoyment of their fans, and audience members who quickly become fans.

>Urban Pioneers – Mix one part Texas fiddle and one part Tennessee banjo, add doghouse bass and a splash of guitar and you have a delicious cocktail for your ears known as the Urban Pioneers. This string band hammers out a variety of original songs that encompass old time hillbilly music, western swing, rockabilly, and even a few gypsy type songs for good measure.

>High-Fi Hillbillies – A trio of “knuckle-heads” from Tulsa, OK, who have way too much fun playing music! They came together through a comedy of errors and are riding this musical train to see where it goes. They play great songs by artists like Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, and Creedence Clearwater Revival!

>The Creek Rocks – This duo, part of the former group Big Smith, from Springfield, MO delves into the ups and downs of the deep Ozarks sound with a special focus on old-time music that soars above the hills and hollers.

>American Lions – From Conway, AR comes this band formed in early 2012 and today features a new style of music from Blues-driven ballads to rowdy Indie rock, all connected with the influences of Southern roots.

>Grassfed – A quick pickin’ string band out of KC/MO that pivots on the foundation of traditional bluegrass entwined with an eclectic array of influences. Forged by songwriters and driven by instrumental conversation, this band brings a punching sound all its own.

>Miles Over Mountains – a progressive bluegrass band based in McHenry, IL.  Their live shows are high energy, centered around an arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs served up in their own unique style.

>Camptown Ladies – Two ladies, Gina Gallina and Melissa Carper, from Eureka Springs, AR who serve up hillbilly swing like it was a banquet of sound.  This duo, plus some surprise guests, is dynamic, to say the least.

All performances all four days will be on stages in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in the middle of Eureka Springs Downtown Entertainment District.  The popular Late Night Jam on both Friday and Saturday nights will be held in nearby Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.

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Submitted by Bill Ott / billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

Out of the Dead of Winter Walks Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends

Out of the Dead of Winter Walks Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends

 

“America’s Most Haunted Hotel” -the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa- looks even spookier in the heavy fog that sometimes rolls into the Arkansas Ozarks atop which it sits.

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(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – For those desiring unlimited access to “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” in the “dead” of winter comes Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends, January 5-7 and January 12-14.  It is widely accepted that two of the most popular venues in the country for such hunts have been the 1886 Crescent Hotel and her sister, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located here in Eureka Springs AR.  Both are known internationally for their paranormal activity thanks to the airing of numerous network television programs introducing viewers to the “guests who check out but never leave”.  Now, for two haunting weekends in January, both hotels have been set aside for paranormal enthusiasts who will be given the same full, free rein that the professionals have enjoyed during their televised investigations of these two ghostly properties.

More commonly known as ESP Weekends, the 2018 weekends will include such topics as psychomanteum; telepathy assessment; independent nocturnal investigations of known active areas; dream exchange; group séance; interactive, personal ESP explorations; evidence exchange sessions for participants to share and compare weekend experiences; plus the hotel’s classic ghost tour.  Headliners for the two weekends are author and noted paranormal researcher Larry Flaxman; and from the wildly popular paranormal talk radio show, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, comes author and world-acclaimed paranormal conference speaker Dave Schrader.

“A castle on a mountain top overlooks a village that grew up around magic springs in this hidden valley.  She is haunted by the shades of the many whose lives were led within its walls.  Just steps away below limestone bluffs is the second iteration of a hotel specifically built adjacent to the most magical spring of them all,” explained Keith Scales, event coordinator and director of ghost tours at both hotels.

Scales goes on to ask, “How would you like to participate in paranormal investigations of both hotels as well as testing your own second sight, psychic awareness, and ability to connect with those who have passed away and traversed into another dimension?  This is what we are offering at both of our ESP Weekends.”

“So much of what has previously been hidden will come to the fore during these two weekends for those who dare to take that first step walking boldly into the ‘dead’ of winter,” Scales concluded.

Complete schedules for both weekends are found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.  Reservations should be made in advance.  For in order to keep the weekend events more intimate for individual attendees, reservations are limited.

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