A New Tradition of Family Christmas in Eureka Springs
Almost all households who celebrate Christmas will do so at home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning. However, for many families from Arkansas, Western Oklahoma, Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and beyond, their newest holiday tradition has become a “family Christmas” reunion where everybody comes together the week between Christmas and New Year’s in a town that’s not too far away, in a charming place that feels like home, and at a destination the whole family enjoys. That place for the past dozen years or so has been the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, located in historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The families that “gather up” at the Crescent not only appreciate and take pride in this mountaintop spa resort being the gathering place for their family but the hotel itself, its vast garden area and the cottages are magnificently decorated for that crowning “feel of home” touch.
“When you add our Cottages at Crescent Park and Lookout Cottage Estate to our numerous spacious suites and penthouses located in our hotel proper, the Crescent now has multiple choices for a family to choose for their Christmas week holiday family reunion,” said Jack Moyer, general manager of the Crescent. “In Lookout Estate, our five-bedroom Manor House can accommodate most families while some families choose a combination of Crescent cottages and selected suites to accommodate their family members. No need to pull out the sleeper sofa at Grandma’s for the kids, to set up cots for the cousins, or to convince Uncle Willy that sleeping in the recliner really can be a relaxing experience.”
Moyer explained that the normal pattern is for family members to start arriving from all directions on Christmas or the day after, still while the kids are out of school. “Hugs-n-howdies” that first night followed by “the roundup” in the hotel’s lobby or other designated spot the next day for the onset of the family’s week of discovering each other as well as one America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, Eureka Springs.
“Some families find that the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is ideal for them, “continued Moyer “Those six nights and seven days are usually free of commitments and those few days invested in a family get-together are guaranteed to make wonderful lifetime memories.”
In past years, families have seemed to enjoy the more than 100 local shops to pick up on after-Christmas sales. Eureka shops, eclectic in nature and “non-chain”, are perfect for finding those just right, one-of-a-kind gifts. This year they will also be able to enjoy Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Intrigue Theater, and other area attractions open during this special week.
Moyer explained that the Manor House, other cottages and suites become quickly reserved. So he encouraged families to exercise haste in calling in or going online to reserve their group of rooms. Reservations for our Christmas Buffet, spa appointments, and certain holiday events should also be made far in advance.
“Once the reservations have been made,” Moyer concluded, ”the only thing left for the family to do is to go over the river and through the woods to their historic holiday home, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, for an unforgettable family reunion in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. ”