“Re-Yule-ions”: The Latest Trend in Holiday Family Travel

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Almost all households who celebrate Christmas will do so at home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning.  However, extended families, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on who live within a drivable distance from each other, want to share meaningful time collectively during this festive winter season.  They long for a family reunion of sorts.  Families from Arkansas, Western Oklahoma, Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and beyond, have for years chosen Eureka Springs for the site of their holiday family “re-yule-ion”.

This nouveau holiday tradition seems to be growing in popularity.  Family members who live in or the near the Arkansas Ozarks are coming together in increasing numbers 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 in a destination the whole family seems to enjoy for multi-generational reasons.  That destination is Eureka Springs, the extraordinary family escape for holiday reunions.

Someone who has been witnessing this festive phenomenon for nearly two decades is Jack Moyer, general manager of two Eureka Springs historic hotels.  He explains, “The families that gather up here appreciate and take pride in our historic community and its holiday ambiance.  They say it is the perfect setting for developing lifetime memories for their family with the added bonus of scenic spots galore for taking those Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ shared photos.”

               One style of gathering spot that seems to trending upward for these holiday reunions are cottages, ones that offer multiple bedrooms, large living rooms, scenic decks and kitchen facilities.  “When we added our Cottages at Crescent Park and Lookout Cottage Estate to our numerous suites and penthouses located in our adjacent hotel, it offered multiple choices from which a family could choose,” added Moyer.  “There are numerous such choices within Eureka Springs proper.  Cottages surrounded by nature but within walking distance to the urban niceties of shops, galleries, restaurants and bistros for which downtown Eureka Springs has become famous.”

               Moyer explained that the normal pattern has been family members starting to arrive from all directions on Christmas or the day after, well inside that window for when the kids are out of school.  “Hugs-n-howdies” normally become the first order of business that first night.  The next morning normally is set aside for “the roundup” and the onset of the family’s week of rediscovering 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 is ideal for them, “continued Moyer “Those specific days and nights are usually free of commitments allowing folks to invest those few days in the family complete.”

Moyer concluded, “A holiday bonus is that many cottages, hotels and motels in Eureka Springs historically offer very attractive rates and packages for this week.  The trick is to get reservations in early so families can secure that ‘idyllic spot’ before the neighbors do.  The Internet has allowed easy shopping for these deals.”

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