Ozark Mountain Music Festival

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival is a celebration of Indie Folk music held annually at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  With bands often celebrated at such major festivals as Wakarusa or Harvest Fest, the Basin Park Hotel has invited festival goers to come camp inside on a chilly January Weekend with some hot music and great memories.

January 22nd-25th 2015

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ozmomu 2015 lineup

 

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Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

ESP Weekend 2015

Eureka Springs  Paranormal Weekend invites your to join us in another 3 Day Paranormal chGhostBldg_circa1890Event January 9, 10, 11 2015.  The ESP event will again feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, which will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants.

This three-day, hands on investigation puts tools of the paranormal investigator in your hands as well as an introduction to ghost hunting , tour of the property on the ghost tour and unheard of 24 hour access to “active space” including rooms 218, 419, and THE MORGUE at America’s Most Haunted Hotel.

Lodging Packages:

Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($395.00)
Includes :
Upgraded room accommodations for two nights
Welcome reception
Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
“Active Space” pass
$30 per day Food Credit
ESP Weekend t-shirts
Team review of evidence gathered.
2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)
$395 plus tax. Valid 1/9-1/11. Check Availability.

1 Night Saturday Only Package ($239.00)
Premium Guest Room
Ghost Tour
“Active Space” pass
ESP Weekend t-shirts
Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
Team review of evidence gathered.
2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)
$239 plux tax. Valid 1/10.  Check Availability.

2014 Southern Hospitality Hotel

 

ConventionSouth Media Group
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www.ConventionSouth.com

PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact:

Blakeli Myrick, Marketing Coordinator

ConventionSouth

(251) 968-5300

bmyrick@coveypubs.com

 

 

The Guide to Meeting Sites in the South Reveals

“Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels For Groups”

Arkansas Claims Five Winners

 

GULF SHORES, Ala. (June 24, 2014)—The Editors of ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South and the publishers of the annual Guide to Meeting Sites in the South, have announced their 2014 Hot Picks for the “Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels for Groups.” This list is comprised of hotels with meeting space located throughout 16 states in the U.S. South and the Caribbean Seas region.  Hotels were nominated by the readers and fans of ConventionSouth magazine, then researched and verified for qualification by ConventionSouth editorial team.

 

In Arkansas, five hotels made the list:

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

Inn at Carnall Hall

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

The Austin Hotel & Convention Center

The Capital Hotel

 

A complete list of the hotels selected for the “Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels for Groups” can be found online at www.conventionsouth.com/sohohotels.htm and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/conventionsouth/southern-hospitality-hotels

 

Editors sought nominations for hotels with ample meeting space that offer an attractive, charming appearance as well as provide top-of-the line service. “It is with great honor to recognize these hotels,” said ConventionSouth Editor/Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock.  “For a hotel to offer Southern hospitality, it’s location, aesthetics, amenities and staff must present an all-around welcoming spirit for groups and attendees from across the country and world.”

 

Along with releasing this list online today, editors will reveal the list this August within The Guide to Meetings Sites in the South, an annual directory that showcases the most proactive meeting sites in the South as well as how-to insight on hosting meetings & events with authentic Southern hospitality and charm.

 

ABOUT THE MAGAZINE: Celebrating 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is circulated to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country that book meetings held within the South, according to Bundock.

 

ABOUT THE GUIDE TO MEETING SITES IN THE SOUTH: Each August, ConventionSouth magazine publishes The Guide to Meeting Sites in the South, which is distributed to 18,000+ meeting planners across the country and available online in a searchable format. The guide is the definitive reference book for meeting planners and buyers to obtain up-to-date-contact information and detailed site data on hundreds of the top meeting suppliers in the South. For more information on the guide, including signing up for a free copy and to list a meeting venue, visit www.conventionsouth.com/advertise/directoryoptions.htm

 

New Years Eve Parties

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Pairing the excited energy of New Year’s Eve with the classy elegance of the old school 1940′s supper club era, The Crescent Hotel & Spa starts a new tradition of celebration on NYE2014.

With music by Swing and a Miss, and dance by MelonLight studios, the Celebration begins with seatings at 8 PM, 8:15 PM , 8:30 PM and 8:45 PM for the four-course meal, entertainment begins at 9  with dancing to follow until the Champagne toast at the stroke of Midnight. View menu below:

1st  Course: Guest’s choice of either Soup or Salad

Fresh Garden Salad or a Classic Caesar Salad

Creamy Lobster Bisque or French Onion Soup

2nd  Course: Guest’s choice of Appetizer

Pesto-stuffed Button Mushrooms with Mozzarella

(The Crescent’s historic) Crab Lorenzo in a spiced cream sauce over toast points.Glasses-of-Champagne460x300

3rd  Course: Guest’s choice of Entrée

Prosciutto Wrapped Sea Scallops with Tangerine Sauce

Jumbo sea scallops wrapped in shaved prosciutto and drizzled with a sweet tangerine sauce. Served with sweet potato hash and sautéed asparagus.

Grilled Rib Eye with a Coffee Caramel Glaze

A 14 oz. cut of Rib Eye grilled to your liking and lightly accented  with a coffee caramel glaze. Served with red skin mashed potatoes and steamed broccolini.

Classic Chicken Picatta

Pan seared chicken breast, paired with a white wine butter sauce featuring capers and slices of fresh lemon. Served with roasted fingerling potatoes and roasted julienne carrots.

4th Course: Guest’s choice of Dessert

Tiramisu served with a coffee liqueur mousse

Chocolate Lava Cake served with whipped cream and fresh strawberries

Reservations are limited for  “Swing in the New Year”  and may be secured by the following options…

 

Reserve a 1 night stay at regular rate and book the new years pkg for an additional $262 plus tax.
Pkg Includes:

  • Dinner for Two at the 1886 Steakhouse on New Year’s Eve (*Must make dinner reservations separately once this pkg is booked for the following times: 8pm, 8:15pm, 8:30pm, 8:45pm. Call 479-253-9652.)
  • Dance & Party Favors
  • Live Entertainment by Swing and a Miss Band
  • Champagne Toast at Midnight
  • Breakfast for Two
  • In-Room Wine Delivery

$431 for a Premium King, Queen, Double/Double or Balcony + the New Years Eve pkg, Check Availability.
$490 for a King Parlor Suite + New Years Eve pkg, Check Availability.
$568 for Jacuzzi Suite, Governor’s Suite, or Cottages + New Years Eve pkg, Check Availability.

Dinner & Dance Only
Dinner for Two
Dance & Party Favors (champagne toast at midnight)
Live Entertainment by Swing & A Miss Band
Dinner Seating Times: 8pm, 8:15pm, 8:30pm, 8:45pm
$199 Purchase Your Ticket, Click Here.


10 PM-12:30AM
Dance Party Only

$25 per person (includes champagne toast at midnight & party favors)
Admission does not guarantee seating.
Purchase Your Ticket, Click Here.

 

 

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 Ring In A Historically “Fun” New Year In Eureka Springs

As Eureka Springs’ end-of-the-year party goers begin to make their plans as to where they will be ringing in the New Year they can simply ask, “Where is the most fun?” It has often been said that in Eureka “the most fun is downtown”. In an effort to live up to that benchmark, this Ozark community’s premiere historic downtown hotel, the 1905 Basin Park, has put together an evening extravaganza for December 31, 2014.

The Basin Park will repeat their very popular New Year’s Eve event, The Ballroom Blitz. This gala evening that begins at 8 o’clock includes the top floor party upstairs in the Barefoot Ballroom featuring Arkansas’ party band Red Ambition, party favors, great snacks and the “highest” midnight countdown downtown with a champagne toast at the first stroke of 2014.

Tickets are online, click here, for just $25 per person.

To book a room package:

1 Night Stay
2 Tickets to Red Ambition New Years Eve Party (9pm-1am on the 6th Floor)
Breakfast for Two

$183 for a Premium King or Double/Double, check availability.
$205 for a Superior King, Queen Jacuzzi Room, or 2 Double Bed Suite, check availability.
$274 for a Queen Bed Jacuzzi Suite, check availability.

Halloween Night UPDATE

GHOST TOURS ON HALLOWEEN AT THE MOST HAUNTED HOTEL IN AMERICA… WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU BE?

 

It’s not just about trick or treating – on All Hallows Eve the doors are said to be open between this world and the next, and the spirits of the dead can pass freely from their realm into ours…

Ghost tours will begin as early as 5.00 pm and leave every half hour through midnight

Tickets may be purchased in advance online (recommended) at www.reserveeureka.com or at the hotel – but decide soon: tours from 7 through 9.30 are already totally booked!

Intrigue Theater Halloween Show is SOLD OUT!

Stats

$21.50 plus tax, half price under 13.  27 max. on each tour. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone over 18.

Tour lasts one hour ten minutes – start on the 4th floor in the Faculty Lounge, end in the notorious Norman Baker’s Morgue…

Photography encouraged – orbs abound at the Crescent Hotel!

Absolutely no alcohol allowed on the tours, disruptive rowdies will be asked to leave.

The tour goes down three flights of stairs and along a narrow passageway – if you have accessibility issues, please let us know in advance.

 

Wait – there’s more!

FLICKERING TALES – traditional Ozark ghost stories told by trained storytellers around a blazing campfire! Tickets available through www.ReserveEureka.com or at the front desk. Meet in the lobby at 11.00 pm.  It may be a little on the cool side – blankets will be provided.

 

Staying over on Saturday? We will continue in the Halloween spirit with a special extra-long version of Flickering Tales, told by four (4) storytellers!

 

Checking in on TONIGHT?  Our supernaturally themed comedy-murder-mystery play Not Really a Door will move from its usual 10.00 pm Friday performance time to the previous evening, to accommodate demand for ghost tours on Halloween. Normal schedule resumes on Saturday, November 1.

 

THE WORLD-FAMOUS 1886 CRESCENT HOTEL – THE MOST HAUNTED HOTEL IN AMERICA – THE PLACE TO BE ON HALLOWEEN!

 

The Crescent Legend Continues Thanks To The Continued Support Of Its Guests

Every new employee on their first day of work at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa learns about that hotel’s established foundation and the vision that is planned for moving forward.  These core exterior chprinciples, coined “Our Hotel Creed”, include Creating Lifetime Memories for every guest; Building the Individual with a competent, service-driven culture that provides opportunities for promotion from within; Being Community Minded by instilling a belief that “a high tide rises all boats”; and Protecting the Irreplaceable through operating sharp and efficient businesses that allows proceeds to be reinvested directly back into the historic structures that house those businesses.  This creed was established to ensure that the “Crescent legend” might continue for generations to come

“Each year in November, ownership and management come together to review the current year and to discuss what worked, what didn’t work, and what improvements need to happen in the upcoming year to make certain that our properties continue to stay on top,” said Jack Moyer, vice president and general manager of the Crescent and its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  “We are fortunate to have an owner who allows us to reinvest our profits.  For example, this year we were again able to use the revenue brought to the hotel from our loyal guests -our investors- to secure the future of this irreplaceable symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886.

“Our 2014 action plan has seen improvements continuing longer into season than in the past but necessary to keep up with guest standards and expectations.  We anticipate completion of this plan by the end of August only to start anew in late November with our 2015 plan. We owe each and every guest a heartfelt word of thanks for their role in making the fourth tenet of our creed come true.  ‘Protecting the Irreplaceable’ matters and I want them to know that their part in it is very much appreciated.”

The Crescent Hotel’s 2014 improvements have included:20140128_131728-SMALL

  • Repair of the poolside chimney, roof and metal fascia
  • Historic restoration of Guest Room 219 which included interior demolition, infrastructure improvement, a balcony addition, and the adding of a whirlpool tub
  • Additions at the New Moon Spa and Salon including a “Chill Room”, locker space, and a sauna facility
  • Installation of air conditioning to the laundry and “the morgue”
  • Replacement in the South Penthouse of window glass, sashes and frames
  • Historic restoration of the 2nd Floor hallway which included demolition, electric upgrade, insulation, sheetrock, paint, and historic texturing20140128_131301-SMALL
  • Historic restoration of the 4th Floor hallway which included sheetrock, paint, and historic texturing
  • Improvements to Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza including the purchase and installation of a new pizza oven, placement of additional seating, and expansion of guest conveniences
  • Upgrade and the addition of supplementary hotel hot water heaters to expand capacity
  • Upgrade and the addition of supplementary air conditioning to the Crystal Ballroom
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  • Finalized bedding and furniture upgrade to all rooms
  • Completed the Wedding Court by installing the Prospect Avenue decorative rock wall

Final projects to be completed in August include:

  • Installation of LED bulbs to all kitchen and lobby lights
  • Installation of new historic archival displays on the 4th Floor
  • Resurfacing of the Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza deck
  • Installation of new 4th Floor carpeting

Moyer, who came Eureka Springs to manage the two hotels in 1997, went on to explain, “Even though these physical improvements are important for our guests, equally as impressive is the continuing promotion of our community as a premier Arkansas, Ozarks, and regional destination.  More than $50,000 annually goes to the improvement of our online networks that promote Eureka Springs year-round providing free Internet links and referrals for local businesses on such popular web sites as EurekaSpringsOnline.com, ReserveEureka.com, EurekaSpringsMarina.com, ArkansasArtTrail.com, EurekaSpringsKids.com to name just a few.  That promotion goes well beyond the Internet.  More than $150,000 annually goes into a community-minded campaign to advertise and position Eureka Springs as the year-round ‘Extraordinary Escape’ including underwriting Eureka Springs’ events that bolster the shoulder seasons and weekday travel while improving the overall image of our destination.  We feel this is putting our money where our creed is when it comes to being community minded.”

Local events and event organizations underwritten in toto or in part by the Crescent and/or Basin Park Hotels include Blues Weekend, Eureka Springs’ Mardi Gras, Books in Bloom Literary Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.

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Christmas at the Crescent 2014

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“Christmas At The Crescent” Has

Become Eureka Springs Tradition

 

Christmastime 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 weeklong ??????????????????????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 6 through December 14 here 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 annual event 14 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, wonderful decorations, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time.  So much so, it encouraged us to expand our holiday decorations at the property and build up events during this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”

One such community-wide event is the Lighting of the Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 6 at 6 p.m.  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.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to CHF_8863that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 7 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.  Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each weekday, the hotel’s activity department creates a festive to do, while at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open its doors for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.

For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast.  This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 9th in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended since seating is limited.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.

Thursday night, December 11th  will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has CHF_9036performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.  A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” is planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state.  Reservations are not required.

Christmas at the Crescent concludes with the Spring Street stroll down Eureka Springs’ Promenade from the Crescent Hotel to Crescent Spring and an event ONLY to beheld in 2014 as the Crescent celebrates a “Spirited Wedding Celebration” in the Christmas forest on 12-13-14.

“One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to expand Christmas lighting throughout the town as well as make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas festival,” added Moyer.

Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time Downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, Preservation Tour of Homes and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.

“The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said.  “Starting with Christmas parade Friday December 5th and continuing through Christmas at the Crescent and the Sweet Treats Christmas Tour the first two weeks of December are filled with holiday spirit and events.  So many in fact this two-week celebration is now known as the ‘EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival’.”

“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 on “Christmas at The Crescent”, one should go to ChristmasattheCrescent.com.

 

Crescent Hotel Ghosts – HAUNTING GHOST EXPERIENCES REVEALED BY THE 1886 CRESCENT HOTEL TOUR GUIDES

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every night of the year, dozens of different people wind their way down the hallways and open, serpentine staircases of the five-story 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  Final destination: the hotel’s  “morgue”.  They just know they are strolling amidst what some would say are hundreds of spirits who still frequent this Historic Hotel of America located here atop Crescent Mountain.  Each tour patron is eager to see something, feel something, smell something that they would categorize as a ghostlike experience enabling them to share that close encounter with their world.  However, several of those strolling along those same paranormal chGhostBldg_circa1890pathways have been there before, every night of the year.  These are the stalwart souls known as the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour Guides.

“From smelling mysterious pipe tobacco to seeing an orb entering a boy’s skull, our (ghost tour) guides are exposed nightly to the hotel’s ‘guests who check out but never leave’,” said Keith Scales, director of the hotel’s ghost tour department.  “With that said, each has not only a unique ‘nom de guide’ but a special supernatural experience of their own to tell.  It is their raison d’être for being a tour guide in this world-famous haunted hotel.”

Aunt Reba had always admired the Crescent since moving to Eureka Springs and had her first unexplainable happening while exploring the hotel as a tourist.  The smell of cherry pipe tobacco got her attention when she reached the second floor.  She did not find out until two years later during her training to be a guide that her earlier encounter with that tobacco essence had probably emanated from one of the Crescent’s more illustrious spirits, the hotel’s in-house doctor circa late nineteenth century.  Dr. John Freemont Ellis, whose office was in what is now Room 212, was known for being a heavy pipe smoker of cherry tobacco.

Since then she says that she has detected “that charming aroma” occasionally, both while alone and while leading a ghost tour.  The most bizarre sensing, she explained, came during a recent tour of 24 people,  “We all simultaneously experienced that olfactory sensation for well over a minute.  And let it be understood that our entire hotel is a ‘no smoking’ property and has been for years.”

Duchess Debra, who gives tours and performs in a two-person paranormal play, Not Really A Door, at the hotel on Friday and Saturday nights, was on stage with her co-star during a recent performance.  One scene in the play has the two actors delivering the line “Ghost!” simultaneously.  At that exact point in time, four books used as props on a shelf went flying out toward the audience “as if someone -or something- had tossed them like a Frisbee”.  The books hit no one; however, the unpredictable, unexplainable occurrence got everyone’s attention.

Sweet Lady Sandra had one woman excitedly announce during a tour that she “clearly saw” and “emphatically heard” a man with a buzz-cut hairstyle say the words, “What about my treatment?”  Two others on that same tour said they saw in their peripheral vision a blurred figure of a man go by in that same vicinity at that same moment.

Miss Katherine was standing at the very bottom of the hotel’s open staircase with her tour group pausing before they entered the zigzagging trail to the morgue.  While all were standing still, Katherine experienced a chill causing her to “grow goose bumps” and then momentarily she found it hard to breathe.  The two ladies standing next to her turned pale and quickly asked, “Did anyone feel that?  It’s the little girl.  She is here.  I can feel her!”  They were referring to the story of the little girl that reportedly fell to her death from the fourth floor railing sometime during the early years of hotel operations.  Where she supposedly landed was the exact spot where the tour group was standing during the literal chilling experience.

To add to this story, one man said, “Oh, my.  Look at this photo!”, a photo he had just taken prior to the ladies’ verbal declaration.  He passed his camera around and clearly everyone could see a foggy mist in the shape of a little girl standing right next to the three women.  Unfortunately he did not submit the image to the hotel’s paranormal website AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com as he said he would and as many do when they capture an apparition on a digital device.

Major Tom had a man and wife on a recent tour that had differing attitudes about the plausibility of the paranormal.  She believed in the phenomena; he did not.  The husband said nothing during the entire tour, giving off negative body language throughout.  This was about to change.

As part of the tours’ conclusion in the morgue the lights are turned off.  Guests, standing next to the autopsy table and the walk-in cooler that once stored cadavers and body parts during the cancer “curing” hospital days of the building, are encouraged to take digital photos to see if they could catch the image of an orb, the “energy essence of a ghost”.  While Major Tom’s back was turned, a frightful scream was heard and all witnessed the skeptic running out of the morgue.  The lights were quickly turned back on and the ashen gentleman was invited back into the room whereupon he meekly confessed he had seen an orb with his naked eye as it flew between his face and his camera.  Result: the non-believer had become a believer and his wife had a great story to tell friends and family once they got back home.

Willow also had a strange morgue experience.  Each guide carries an EMF (electromagnetic field) meter during the tour to detect any electrical emissions that might be given out by a nearby spirit.  Reacting to one lady saying she sensed that this one certain spot on the morgue’s floor was energy filled, Willow laid her meter down on that spot.  As the entire tour witnessed, the meter went crazy beeping and flashing.  To follow up, Willow asked, “If there is indeed a spirit in this room, please make the meter slow down.”  It slowed down immediately.  After moments of heartbeat-like pulses, the spirit was asked to speed the meter back up; it did for a few more moments then went dormant.

But perhaps the most macabre-lite morgue story happened during one of Marshal John Law’s spooky sojourns through the hotel.  At the very end of the tour, after the lights come up in the morgue, the guide usually asks if anyone would like to enter the morgue’s infamous walk-in cooler and have the door shut behind them leaving them in total darkness.  Only two brave souls stepped up, a mother with a video camera and her 12-year-old son with a look of cautious zeal on his face.  They stepped into the space that had housed hundreds of dead bodies and innumerable severed body parts during the hotel’s hospital days and the door was closed behind them.  After about thirty seconds the door was opened and the boy, looking ill, staggered out from the cooler with his mother saying, “Please, move.  My son is getting sick.”

The lad plopped into one of the two chairs always kept near the entrance of the morgue for just such occurrences since ever so often someone will feel faint or ill from their time spent in a room where time had ended for so many during the three years a charlatan killed rather than cured unsuspecting cancer patients.  Once the mother was assured her son was okay and with the whole tour group watching, she announced, “You have to see this!”  At which time she played the video she had captured in the closed, darkened cooler.

The video showed an occasional glint of colored light coming from a dot high over her son’s head illuminating his face just enough for brief recognition.  One such dot did not fade like the others but began swinging back and forth.  As this light did begin to fade, a larger, brighter, white light, “as bright as a camera flash”, appeared and continued to glow just above her son’s head.  It slowly descended and disappeared as if it were entering his head only to suddenly reappear seemingly escaping from the boy’s skull just a nanosecond before the door opened allowing the boy to make his quick and queasy exit.

“Something as bizarre as these stories does not happen every night on every tour,” Scales concluded, “but sometimes they do happen.  It is this unknown factor and these documented accounts that have made the ghost tours here in our mountaintop spa resort so popular.  That is why believers and non-believers alike can enjoy and co-exist on our tours.  Some come to find proof, some come to debunk, but all come to have fun.  And that’s what the Crescent Hotel ghost tours are all about.”

For more stories visit: www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com

Purchase a Ghost Tour Ticket, click here.

3 New Motorcycle Rides in Arkansas

Three New, Thrilling Motorcycle Ride Loops Ready For Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2014

Just in time for the 2014 version of Northwest Arkansas’ highly-popular “Bikes, Blues & BBQ” motorcycle rally (September 24-27) comes three new rides that bikers will “love to lean into!”  Starting and 1018_okCC_BikerEvents[ar_ok]ending in Eureka Springs, which is only 45 minutes east of Fayetteville, are the Peel Ferry Loop, the Arkansas Dragon’s Tail Loop, and the War Eagle Mill Loop.  Each offers outstanding curves, switchbacks, hairpins, scenery and panoramas.  And each loop is a day’s ride or less.

“When we started formulating motorcycle ride loops nearly four years ago, we took some great established rides, added the thrilling curves of the Arkansas Ozarks in and around Eureka Springs and Carroll County, and looped them into five great serious and exceptional rides so travelers could begin and end their day in the same place adding continuity to a multi-day motorcycling getaway,” said Amanda Haley, direct of digital marketing for EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com.  “These three new rides are just as extraordinary, if not more so, than our first five.”

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 onlywar eagle mill 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 Loop and times out at one hour and 16 minutes with 54 miles being logged to and fro Eureka Springs.  “The reason that makes this short loop so awesome,” noted Haley, “is that it leaves plenty of time to eat, shop or just relax in the rustic charm of one of America’s last operating undershot, burrstone gristmills that sits over War Eagle Creek.  Here you can watch product being made, taste some that has been baked up in the mill’s Bean Palace restaurant, and 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.

Haley concluded, “To come to Bikes, Blues and Barbecue and not experience one or two of these loops is like going to Buffalo, New York and not visiting Niagara Falls.  These loops are iconic experiential rides.”

Bikes, Blues & BBQ Biker Rates in Eureka Springs:

Pre Party or Post Party in Eureka Springs-$79 in a Premium Room at the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels on 9/22, 9/23, 9/24, 9/29, 9/30, 10/1

Check Availability at the Crescent Hotel

Check Availability at the Basin Park Hotel

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

Active Seniors Vacation to Eureka Springs

PacAug-222‘Tis The Season for Active Seniors To Vacation in Eureka Springs

 

 According to a recent article in Travel & Leisure written by Jim Becker, senior travelers visit this historic community of 2,000 residents that is hidden away in the Arkansas Ozarks for many reasons:  “great ‘Main Street’ town”, a designated “Distinctive Destination” in America by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and the fact that it is truly a “resort village”.  However, members of Eureka Springs’ tourism industry over the past several years have monitored the last few weeks of summer and have determined that it seems that “active” seniors flock here to play in, on, and with all of Eureka’s summer fun while claiming it for their own now that schools are back in session.

               “Now that -age wise- the sixties and seventies are the new twenties and thirties, active seniors come to Eureka Springs in late summer not to sit in a rocker on one of our verandas and watch the clouds drift by,” explained Jack Moyer, general manager of two local historic hotels.  “Rather they come here to race past the clouds while flying along on Arkansas’ largest zip line with no waiting in line behind dozens and dozens of children.  These are today’s seniors.”

               Moyer made an abbreviated grocery list of activities that active seniors love to enjoy during this time of year, “Boating, canoeing and kayaking on our adjacent lakes 20140410_130834-Beaver, Table Rock and Leatherwood- and our area rivers -White, Kings and Buffalo.  Our urban trail system here in Eureka can turn a shopping sojourn into a challenging hiking experience just by turning a corner.  Both motorcyclists and bicyclists never stop grinning once they have accepted the challenge of some of our local and area rides like the number one biker ride in the country, ‘The Pig Trail’ which is Arkansas Highway 23.”

               It has been said that active seniors enjoy Eureka Springs’ thrills and excitement by day and its relaxation and entertainment by night.  More than 2,500 affordable guest rooms are ready to embrace visitors as the sun begins to sink but not before diving into a great meal, catching a great show, or giving in to the well-trained hands of a massage therapist at one Eureka’s numerous spas.

               “Shows like Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, Pine Mountain Theater, the Ozark Hoe-Down, or a hotel ghost tour PacAug-105offer outstanding evening entertainment.  More than two dozen of the state’s finest restaurants are located in Eureka Springs with varying cuisines that will tickle the most discriminating palates.  And local spa massage professionals work hard not to tickle but transform tired bodies into tranquil ones,” added Moyer.

               Moyer was also quick to point out that seniors this time of year can really save money by discovering special package deals and money saving offers by most of Eureka’s hotels, motels and other lodging establishments.  “With just a little bit of Internet investigation, seniors can save ‘the big bucks’ on room rates.  Many properties offer packages that include some meals and tickets to local attractions.  This time of the year is ideal for getting a lot for a little,” said Moyer.

               Whether one refers to Eureka Springs as “The Little Switzerland of America” or “The Stair-Step Town” as Becker did or by the appellation adopted by the city, “The Extraordinary Escape”, it seems active seniors call it “the place to be” for a late summer vacation.

For more information on lodging, attractions and restaurants, one may go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com or ReserveEureka.com.