EUREKA SPRINGS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF THE ROENIGKS’ PROPRIETORSHIP OF THE CRESCENT AND BASIN PARK HOTELS

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February 28, 2017 – AS PART OF THE CELEBRATION… the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s centennial time capsule (circa January 1, 2000) was opened to add memorabilia from today’s 20th anniversary.  A divider was placed inside to separate the two levels of “treasures” then resealed for opening in 2100.  Pictured is the time capsule -artistically constructed from parts taken from a Tyson’s chicken processing plant- and all the friends who attended the celebratory luncheon.

EUREKA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF THE ROENIGKS: THE FULL STORY

 

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — On February 28, 1997, a couple from East Hampton, Connecticut, came to the Arkansas Ozarks looking for a place to retire.  They were seeking a place with interesting people and enjoyable activities; a place where they could make a meaningful, community-wide contribution; and a place where they could call home.  Their choice was the top floor of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel located in the heart of Eureka Springs’ downtown historic district.

So they purchased that property and in less than three months later, they purchased the 1886 Crescent Hotel.  Not because they loved hotels, but because they were preservationists and did not want to see these two structures deteriorate beyond repair.  This was the start of a great marriage between Elise and Marty Roenigk and the village of Eureka Springs.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, past employees of the two hotels and friends of Elise gathered here in the Barefoot Ballroom of the Basin Park Hotel for an anniversary luncheon and a program of remembrances.  The more than 200 attendees enjoyed a video presentation that highlighted the changes in various categories that occurred during the years of the Roenigk ownership.  Those categories and the changes therein included:

– The Buildings – With both hotels contributing to the National Trust for Historic Preservation registry, care has been taken to protect the original facades.  However, the Basin Park Hotel has added a Mountainside Spa Sun Deck; The Atrium with its crown of a glass ceiling was enhanced with a surround sound system, LCD projector with an electric screen, and numerous history “window” cases; and the addition of a Skyline Deck used for weddings and as part of the Spirits of The Basin tour.  The Crescent has perhaps seen the most construction.  What was the burned out plateau of the fourth floor as a result of a 1967 fire was converted into fifth floor living quarters for the Roenigks in a design that replicated the hotel’s original, iconic roofline.  Added just below that home on the fourth floor are The Faculty Lounge, a repository for historic hotel memorabilia; and SkyBar Gourmet Pizza and panoramic overlook.  The original conservatory, destroyed by a falling chimney weakened by the 1967 fire, was replicated into the new Conservatory, the most popular indoor venue for weddings and receptions, as well as corporate meetings.  Perhaps the greatest conversion happened on the Garden Level (basement) of the hotel.  A dimly lit “beer joint” was converted into the New Moon Spa that has been growing ever since its inception.  It has grown from one room to now occupying nearly the complete bottom level footprint.  On that level, enhanced but kept fairly “as it was”, sits “the morgue”, a leftover from the Norman Baker hospital days of the late 1930s.  This epicenter of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” has become the highlight of the nightly hotel ghost tours.  Additionally, to assist Crescent guests and visitors to rise and descend, a new elevator has been installed allowing guests now to ride to all five levels.

– Sleeping Rooms – When the hotels were first purchased by the Roenigks all rooms in each hotel received renovations.  Now, in an effort to always make the hotels’ product a little bit better each and every year, annual profits are reinvested to update, refurbish and enhance from five to ten sleeping rooms with due diligence devoted to ensure the historic integrity is maintained.  However, such things as Jacuzzi tubs, state of the art televisions, and Wi-Fi give these century-old hotels twenty-first century accoutrements.

– Restaurants – While the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the Crescent, generally speaking, looks much the same as it did in 1997; the bills of fare have been ever-changing to meet the trending tastes of hotel guests, visitors and local customers.  Up on the fourth floor, that restaurant has also morphed from basically a cocktail lounge to a “Dr. Baker” themed eatery to today’s highly popular SkyBar Gourmet Pizza with its canopy-covered alfresco seating affording one of the best panoramic views of the surrounding hills-n-hollers which includes the Christ of the Ozarks statue.  Downtown Eureka had the Balcony Bar & Restaurant in ’97 but such enhancements as the canvas canopies, cold-weather curtains, overhead heaters for winter and mist sprayers for summer, and most recently the construction of the Copper Bar overlooking Basin Spring Park have converted it into a “must visit” for a nibble and a sip.  In the last two decades, the Basin Park Hotel has also been home to other food and beverage experiments such as a coffee and bakery cave bistro with its War Eagle Mill gift shop, as well as a downtown deli.

– Spas – As mentioned, the Roenigks gave birth to the Crescent’s New Moon Spa.  However, this one-room experiment has grown to include a full salon.  It is worth noting that during the construction of the salon, Marty made sure the original duck bowling lanes used by the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women were restored to become the focal point of the salon’s new floor.  The New Moon has also added an exquisite Bridal Studio where brides and her bridesmaids can get dressed, have makeup applied, and up-dos created in a private setting.  A spa has also been added to the Basin Park Hotel.  What started as the Serenity Spa with its one massage room has grown into Spa1905 that now occupies nearly the hotel’s entire second floor and includes overnight spa rooms for girlfriend getaways.  Connected by one step outside, sits the spa’s sundeck with its popular hot tub.

– Miscellaneous – The Roenigks preservation efforts since moving to Eureka have included:  the purchase and restoration of War Eagle Mill, and -what is now- the 1901 Gavioli Chapel; restoration assistance to the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow House and its 505 Spring Street House; purchase of 1,200 prime, pristine acres of land adjacent to the Buffalo River National Park then donated to the Nature Conservancy; the construction of four E. Fay Jones-style cottages carefully placed amid the standing trees on the Crescent’s mountaintop acreage; efforts to redevelop Eureka’s 63 historic springs; and championed the total refurbishing of The Aud, the city’s municipal auditorium, by going to Washington, D.C. to lobby for and then secure for the city a “Save America’s Treasures” matching grant.  Their philanthropy has been overwhelming with such organizations as the Writers Colony, Main Stage, Eureka Springs School of the Arts, Carroll County Carnegie Library, Opera In The Ozarks, Eureka Gras, Eureka Springs Trails, University of Arkansas School of Hospitality and Innovation, and a number of other arts, tourism, and preservation entities.

– Numbers – Twenty years ago, the hotels had approximately 30 employees.  That number has grown to more than 240 during peak season making the properties the largest employer in Eureka Springs.  Revenues have grown from less than $1 million during the first year of operation to an excess of $11 million in 2016.  The economic impact both hotels have had on the local and state economies are, conservatively stated, astronomical.  For example, local and state taxes alone collected in 2016 were in excess of $1.3 million.  Total investment in the two hotels during the past twenty years is nearing the $10 million mark.

“I have had the honor of working with the Roenigks since day one of their hotel purchases,” said Jack Moyer, vice president of operations and general manager for both hotels.  “We started our relationship by creating a creed which includes a tenet that perfectly embraces the philosophy of the Roenigks as owners and proprietors of these two lodging properties: Protecting the Irreplaceable.  Thanks to dedicated employees during the past two decades combined with Marty and Elise’s guidance to pursue economic sustainability versus a more typical profitability model ensures that our two hotels will be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike for years to come.  This is and will continue to be the Roenigks legacy.”

For a video glimpse of those comments and memories presented by the luncheon’s head table and various friends in the audience, one should go to https://youtu.be/SOGbvFERZQE.

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2016 “Christmas Forest” Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Announces

2016 “Christmas Forest” Winners

 

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is all about tradition.  One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas At The Crescent Celebration was the “growing” of the “Christmas Forest”, an effort to raise money for local and area charities.  In the past eight years this forest has harvested $27,002.60 in charitable contributions.

“This town, this region, this state have provided such a wonderful environment for our hotel’s success, it is only right that we, the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, always give something back.  It is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both properties.  “It was a win-win proposition.  We had our mountaintop covered in lighted Christmas trees beautifully decorated by local citizens and employees which created a magical setting through which couples and families could stroll and be immersed in the holiday spirit of decoration and giving.  And, it gave those who enjoyed the forest an opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas’ with donations to a charity whose tree they liked the best.”

“The concept is quite simple,” Moyer explained.  “On or about Thanksgiving each year, we purchase plus have donated, like from our very own Sunfest Grocery Store, around 30 real evergreen trees.  The hotel places them on our property adorning each with lights.  Charities then come in, usually represented in part by one or more of our employees, and decorate their tree as festively as possible.  And what an amazing job they do each year.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous.

“We illuminate the Christmas Forest on the first Saturday night in December.  From that day thru December 31, those who come to the forest and wish to ‘vote’ for their favorite tree do so by dropping in the ‘ballot box’ one dollar for each vote they would like to cast.  On New Year’s Day, the votes are counted.  Each charity gets all of their ‘votes’ plus the Crescent kicks in cash prizes for the top three vote getters, $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and an honorable mention donation of $25 to all of the other charities.  Shortly thereafter the stripped trees are donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they become ‘cat toys’ for their big cats.”

Those charities that took top honors this year are OARS (Ozark AIDS Resources & Services) in first place with $1,376 in votes, Arkansas Children’s Hospital in second place with $1,349, and Good Shepherd Humane Society in third place with $178.

“Twenty-six other charities received honorable mention recognition,” said Mary Howze, the hotel’s activities director.  “They include Autism Speaks, Bereaved Parents of USA-NWA Chapter, Berryville Elementary Nurses Program, Camp No Limits, Carroll County Music Group, Christy Davis, Clear Spring School, ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach), Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, Eureka Springs School of Arts, Flint Street Food Bank, Food Not Bombs, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Heifer International, Holiday Island Fire Department, Jeremiah House, Loaves & Fishes, Main Stage, Mercy Hospice-NWA Chapter, Operation Smile, Preservation Society, Project Self Esteem, The Ozarks Chorale, The Purple Flower, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.”

“This was yet another record year for donations,” Moyer concluded.  “With all of the votes added to our additional cash prizes, local and area charities netted a Christmas present of $4,657 which pushed our eight year total to more than $27,000.  Ya see, sometimes money really does grow on trees.”

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OzMoMu4 Spotlight #2: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

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OzMoMu4 Spotlight #2

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The second band in the 2017 Ozark Mountain Music Festival to be spotlighted is the headliner for OzMoMu4, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades:

“In 2010, the five Wisconsinites that make up Horseshoes & Hand Grenades found themselves in a living room in the college town of Stevens Point, WI, holding acoustic instruments and enjoying a hodgepodge of fermented beverages. Music and revelry ensued that evening and, while many of the party guests eventually bid their goodbye well into the morning hours, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades wasn’t ready to let the get-together fade. Many years later, the music still hasn’t stopped and the party is still going strong, from the mountain west to the river towns of the Midwest that the quintet calls home, and all across America.

“While strongly rooted in bluegrass, old-time, and folk music, the band produces a sound that draws on the vaults of music collectively and individually enjoyed throughout the course of their lives thus far. The music doesn’t lend itself well to categories or boundaries. One could possibly be formed, but the boys seem to generally prefer fishing a river, or enjoying the company of friends and barley beers.

“With their music well-defined or not, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades has begun to form a place in the American music scene, gaining recognition on both a regional and national scale. The band took 3rd place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Band Competition in 2012 and has since shared the stage with Trampled By Turtles, The Travelin’ McCourys, Railroad Earth, Merle Haggard, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marty Stuart, and many more. The group’s third full-length Middle Western was released in March of 2015 and another record is expected in 2017. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five-piece is as sturdy as any Midwest riverbed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise.”

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival, “an outdoor festival held indoors”, returns to the stages of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in historic downtown Eureka Springs for the fourth straight year.  The dates for OzMoMu4 are January 19-22.  For the full lineup of bands for this year’s festival, go to http://www.ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com/lineup/ .  For tickets, go to http://www.reserveeureka.com/attractions/ozmomu .

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OzMoMu4 Spotlight #1: A.J. Gaither One Man Band

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OzMoMu4 Spotlight #1

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The first band in the 2017 Ozark Mountain Music Festival to be spotlighted is A.J. Gaither One Man Band:  “Everything is better when it’s homemade. And it don’t get more down home or DIY than AJ Gaither. From the building of the instruments to the writing of the songs and making of the albums, everything about this “one man junk band” is lo-tech and hands on.

“The sound is cold lonely bars and old empty barns, highways and heartaches. From raging high octane foot stompin’ brag songs to slow and soulful songs about struggle and being homesick, every bit of it is drenched in whiskey and hard living.

“The instruments are old cigar boxes and scrap lumber, spare bolts and wood screws. Each is one unique in tone and appearance. A large feed bucket and a wooden mallet provide the kick drum, accompanied by a junk snare drum rigged to be played by foot. All built by the same hands that play them.

“Often referred to by his peers as ‘the hardest working musician in Kansas City’, you will be hard pressed to find any solo musical performer that plays as many shows a year and exudes so much energy on stage night after night. The love for his craft is blatantly apparent.

“Born in southern Arkansas AJ spent his early childhood in a rural community known as Locust Bayou. After growing up while moving around northern Arkansas and Memphis, at age 18 (to avoid arrest [tongue in cheek] in the previously mentioned states) he found himself living in Kansas City, KS. After 13 years of knuckle busting on old cars to make a dollar he formed the hillbilly two piece The Fall Down Drunks, who after releasing one album, ‘13 Shots’, and a brief amount of touring disbanded in the end of 2011.

“In an effort to bring as much energy, sound and originality as he could while performing solo, he chose the path of a DIY multi-instrumentalist.  Marking this transition was the release of his first solo album ‘Half-Lit & Whole Hearted’ in 2012. He currently travels back roads and haunts biker bars, honky-tonks and dives of the South and Midwest, or anyplace with a good supply of whiskey and folks to lend an ear.”

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival, “an outdoor festival held indoors”, returns to the stages of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in historic downtown Eureka Springs for the fourth straight year.  The dates for OzMoMu4 are January 19-22.  For the full lineup of bands for this year, go to http://www.ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com/lineup/ .  For ticket information go to http://www.reserveeureka.com/attractions/ozmomu .

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At OzMoMu4, Downtown Eureka Springs Becomes Your Playground!

The feel of an outside festival but all inside in an historic hotel; but step outside and eureka springs is your playground!

The feel of an outside festival but all inside in a historic hotel; but step outside and eureka springs is your playground!

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

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Bill Ott

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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]

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]

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

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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

 

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Spa1905 Opens in Downtown Eureka Springs

On July 1, 2015, exactly 110 years from the opening of the “newest” hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs, that hotel, the 19JMM_5031-Edit05 Basin Park Hotel, will be adding another compelling amenity for its visitors.  On that Wednesday, Spa1905, a new Aveda Spa, Salon and Retail Center, will open on the second floor of the hotel with expanded services in a space previously occupied by Serenity Spa.

Designed as a center for relaxation in a busy downtown, Spa1905 will occupy most of the second level of the Basin Park Hotel and welcomes visitors with warm earth tones, sun deck and mountain backdrop. “Our hotel is historic in nature however our mission ensures we remain fresh and relevant to today’s consumer expectations. Spa1905, in expanding its services and joining the 1886 Crescent Hotel’s New Moon Spa as the only Aveda spas and salons in the greater Eureka Springs area is sure to meet those customer desires” stated Jack Moyer vice president and general manager of the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels.

Highlighting those expanded services will be a full menu of day spa services with focus on the Aveda TM Stress Fix and Chakra Balance massages.JMM_5150-Edit  Other services and amenities for Spa1905 will include an expansive Aveda retail center, sun deck with sauna and hot tub, a rain bar for a relaxing finish to mud wraps and exfoliations, and a continued emphasis on duet services for couples.

The new Aveda salon will be offering guests and local residents manicures, pedicures and hair styling.  However, the addition of the sought after Aveda product line will soon bring all Aveda salon services, each reflecting strict brand standards, to the hotel’s second floor including hair coloring.  The retail center will carry Aveda hair and skin products from opening.

“Managing Spa1905 will be Kimberly Roberts,” Moyer noted.  “Kim, who currently manages our New Moon Spa, has been promoted to the newly created post of Director of Spas, reflecting a core value of our hotels: Build the Individual.  Kim has been with our hotels for more than 15 years and is a preeminent expert in Aveda and its brand expectations.”  Daily operations will be supported by assistant director, Haley Franklin.2015-06-23 09.27.35

Spa1905 will host a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, July 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. where one can expect two celebration cakes; one for the hotel’s birthday and one for the grand opening of the hotel’s new spa.  The public is invited.

For more information, go to www.spa1905.com.

 

Eureka Springs Outdoor Adventure Week

Celebrate the Outdoors with a week full of outdoor fun in Eureka Springs, Arkansas during April!

eureka springs outdoor adventure week

Stay at the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels all week or just 1 night and SAVE 25% on any room of your choice. Then participate in the following outdoor activities at discount provided by the Crescent & Basin Park Hotels:

Friday, April 24th: Hike to Kings River Overlook (free) View Map.
Saturday, April 25th: Lake Leatherwood Hiking and Photography trip. (free) View Map
Sunday, April 26th: Mountain Biking with Adventure Mountain Outfitters from the Crescent Hotel to Lake Leatherwood Park. For intermediate to advance riders. 1-2 hours. (Cost: $50 per person includes bike rental and guide)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monday, April 27th: Horseback Riding with Dinner Bell Ranch (Discount of $30, reduced from $35)
Tuesday, April 28th: Float Trip on the Kings River. 8 1/2 mile float trip with Kings River Outfitters. Includes shuttle, canoe for two, and necessities. (Cost:$60 for two, reduced from $75.)

Valid 4/24-4/28.

Check Availability at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, click here.

Check Availability at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, click here.

Spring Break FUN in Eureka Springs

Spring Break Eureka Springs

Families all over Arkansas / Oklahoma and Missouri have had one week in March circled on their calendars since the school year started.  Inside that circle are written the words “Eureka Springs”.  Why?  Because kids’ love to spend Spring Break in a place not too far away that thrills with zip-lines, ghost hunting, lions and tigers, and so much more.  That’s why families from “SEC Country” will be traveling to the Arkansas Ozarks and the “Extraordinary Spring Break Escape”: Eureka Springs.Eureka Springs Ziplines

Here families can challenge the state’s highest zip-line as speeds through the canopy of trees high in the Ozark hills.  Ozark Mountain Zip-lines offer an extreme adventure for ages three and up.  Ten zip-lines 120- to 1800-feet long suspended 20-to 200-feet above the ground.

At least two hotels in Eureka Springs offer top-rated ghost hunting.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has become known as “America’s most haunted hotelSpirits of the Basin Tour” because of the unparalleled paranormal discoveries, seen and/or digitally captured by those on the hotel’s nightly ghost tour as well as numerous television programs such as SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”.  The newest venture into the past and the beyond is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s “Spirits of The Basin” nightly tour.  This top to bottom tour of Downtown Eureka’s only skyscraper introduces names and mental images of those who have walked –and some say still walking- the hallways of this historic seven story structure and the tales that have made them immortal.

Saved from extinction, more than 100 big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge roam their natural habitats roaring and wTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refugeaiting for families’ close-up looks.  These lions and tigers and bears, creatures that someday may be only a picture online, become stars of safe safaris daily.  These massive, beautiful animals were rescued from awful circumstances and given a new chance to live out their years here in a loving, caring natural environment.

Other family-friendly Spring Break attractions include hiking the “hills and hollers” of the urban Ozark trails, sojourning through time on the Downtown-N- Underground tour; experiencing the inspiration of The Great Passion Play’s Bible Museum and The Great Passion Playpre-arranged Holy Land Tour; holding on tight on the back deck of a vintage trolley as it traverses over Eureka’s twisty, zigzag, up and down streets; and capturing “new history” with an antique family photo at Judge Roy Bean’s.

Planning a Eureka Springs’ Spring Break is also fun and easy by finding Things To Do on EurekaSpringsOnline.com and booking tickets and securing Hot Deals on ReserveEureka.com.