4 HAUNTING REASONS TO BE PART OF ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) WEEKEND 2019

4 HAUNTING REASONS TO BE PART OF ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) WEEKEND 2019

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  • Investigate -in depth- “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, from midnight to dawn… from “Dr.” Baker’s morgue (with its autopsy table & walk-in cadaver ice box), to 218 (Michael’s room), 419 (Theodora’s room), etc., etc.
  • Ghost Hunt side-by-side with seasoned paranormal investigators Larry Flaxman, Dave Harkins and Bud Steed (representing more than 100 years of combined ghost hunting skills)
  • Communicate with the dead made possible in the rare and powerful psychomanteum via the “scrying chamber”.
  • Learn techniques of hypnosis -an aid in past-life regression- with Certified Hypnotherapist Melanie Bell.

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The preeminent paranormal gathering in the Midwest returns to “Americas Most Haunted Hotel” in January 2019 for not one but two full weekends.  The Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend, a.k.a. ESP Weekend, is scheduled here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa for January 4-6 and January 11-13.

Special guests featured this year will be noted paranormal investigators Larry Flaxman, Dave Harkins, and Bud Steed; Melanie Bell, Certified Hypnotist; and John Healea, live-wire host of the nationally syndicated Hotrod Paranormal Radio program.  Overseeing and coordinating both weekend events will be Keith Scales, author, playwright, tour manager for both the Crescent Hotel and its downtown sister property, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  Scales also serves as the creative director for ESP Weekends.

Friday night events include a welcome reception, a demonstration of “Past-Life Regression”, the presentation of “Not Really A Door” ghostly play, Psychomanteum (scrying chamber), Crescent Hotel ghost tour, a workshop in Self-Hypnosis, and a midnight “Toast to the Ghosts”.

Saturday begins at 12:30 midnight with nocturnal investigations of known active areas in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel led by Flaxman, Harkins, and Steed.  An investigation of the Basin Park Hotel follows.  A “Small Hours Snack Party” begins at 3:00 a.m. followed by the presentation of “A Flickering Tale”, a spooky story delivered by one of the famous Crescent Theatre storytellers.

Later Saturday morning, following a short respite for sleep, breakfast will be available in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the Crescent Hotel.  “Interactive Explorations” will take place at 10:00 a.m. and will feature Telepathy Testing, Remote Viewing Experiments, Psychomanteum, Psychic Salon, and a chance for private sessions with hypnotist Bell.

At 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon, a repeat of the 10 o’clock morning sessions will take place, as well as readings and book-signings by Flaxman, Steed and Scales.  That evening at 6 o’clock will be a session entitled “The Pursuit of Apparitions” featuring those intrepid researchers of supernatural mysteries, Harkins and Steed.  A dinner break will follow.

At 9 o’clock Saturday will be “Larry Flaxman Presents…”, featuring the headliner of ESP Weekends since 2013.  His multimedia presentations and live commentary will once again challenge and inspire.  A chance to mingle with fellow investigators will take place at 10:30 p.m. as a precursor to the late-night adventures that begin at midnight.

Just past the stroke of twelve in the dead of night, the Nocturnal Investigations of both hotels begin.  This allows participants the same access of both properties that famous television paranormal investigators had during the taping of their specific program.  (Note: to date the hotels have been featured in sixteen nationally televised program episodes!)  A 3:00 a.m. “Small Hours Snack Party” will be offered followed by another iteration of “A Flickering Tale”.  At 6:00 a.m. as the sun rises, participants can settle down for another short nap.

For those wanting a Sunday morning repast, the Crescent’s “Breakfast Feast” will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  And probably the most popular event of the weekend begins at 10 o’clock that morning when participants get to swap weekend experiences and paranormal images captured on their digital devices with each other.

Scales concluded, “With as much paranormal notoriety as the Crescent and Basin Park hotels have garnered over the years, it is only right and salutary for us to allow non-professional ghost enthusiasts to be immersed in these two properties.   ESP Weekend participants are provided a chance to get up close and personal with some of the ghosts that have gained notoriety while perhaps discovering a few new spirit stars.”

Complete details on the two ESP Weekends for 2019 may be found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.

 

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Submitted by: Bill Ott / billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com  / 479-981-9313

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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FAMILY VINEYARDS: THE FOCUS OF CRESCENT’S FOOD & WINE NIGHT 2017

FAMILY VINEYARDS: THE FOCUS OF THE CRESCENT’S FOOD & WINE NIGHT 2017

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2017 Eureka Springs Food & Wine Festival will debut November 9 in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  The pièce de résistance for the evening will be, from that renowned Australian family vineyard, an eight ounce pour of Penfolds Grange 2000 Shiraz for $80.  The featured dinner entrée~wine pairing will be that same Penfolds Grange 2000 Shiraz with the Rack of Lamb for $100.

The evening begins at 5 o’clock for the Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception with a focus on such family vineyards as Penfolds, Duckhorn, Beringer, Bell, Kistler, Rodney Strong, Robert Mondavi, MacMurray, and Seghesio.  From 5 until 7, guests will enjoy representative wine samplings, artisan cheeses from around the world, and John Rainone at the piano.  Pricing for this event is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Dinner seatings will be from 5 until 8 p.m.  Entrées range in price from $16 to $39.  Reservations for both events are recommended.

“One might note that when it comes to ‘family’ vineyards, there is not one that epitomizes family more than MacMurray,” stated Brian VanSickle, food and beverage director at the Crescent Hotel, “for this vineyard’s namesake is none other than Fred MacMurray the actor, probably best known for his role as the father in the television show ‘My Three Sons’.”

For reservations and more information call 877-342-9766, or go to https://crescent-hotel.com/blog/food-wine-night/.

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SEE EUREKA SPRINGS’ FALL COLOR HERE FIRST…

Fall color of the Arkansas Ozarks surround this Historic Hotel of America.

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  These words of French philosopher Albert Camus best describe the Arkansas Ozarks when these emerald hills and hollows begin their transformation into their fall brilliance.  This brilliance acts like a tractor beam to area citizens who want to gaze upon this annual Technicolor spectacle.  And at least one Northwest Arkansas city is ready to welcome these throngs of elated leaf lookers once again.

“Eureka Springs, clothed in its glistening fall coat, is a traditional top five destination according to TripAdvisor for taking in the colors of autumn,” said Jack Moyer, past chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, “and we’ve surrounded Mother Nature with a plethora of fun events, activities and attractions.”

Events and activities include Gallery Strolls, Music In The Park, Dancing In The Park, Blue Grass Weekend, Voices In The Silent City, Oktoberfest, Zombie Crawl, Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular, and Diversity Weekend.  Attractions open in the fall include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Spirits of The Basin Tour, Intrigue Theater, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Belle of The Ozarks, nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and nearby Branson, Missouri.

“This total package is just what fall travelers to the Arkansas Ozarks are seeking,” Moyer added.

Digital electronics have further enhanced what Eureka has to offer.  “Every October we are inundated with telephone calls inquiring about our fall foliage.  ‘Have they started changing yet?’  ‘To what degree have they changed?’  With our hotel sitting on the highest point in the county, we thought it only appropriate to design a way to help interested parties see for themselves,” Moyer noted.

            Moyer explained that the solution was to have the eurekaspringsfallfoliage.com webcam be placed in the Crescent’s Fountain Garden. The camera gives a wide view of this portion of the hotel’s 15 mountaintop acres and includes the huge hardwood trees that serve as a canopy over the hotel’s entranceway.

“True, there is no better way to see our fabulous fall colors than up close and in person,” concluded Moyer, “In the meantime, we hope folks will enjoy this new fall foliage feature.  Our awesome, natural, autumnal feature performance of Mother Nature now can be shared worldwide.”

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

Billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

AREA EDUCATORS GET SPECIAL HOLIDAY BEFORE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

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AREA EDUCATORS GET SPECIAL HOLIDAY BEFORE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — As teachers prepare for the start of the new school year, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel are showing their appreciation to these hard working and dedicated instructors by making it possible for each to have another couple days or evenings of enjoyment before heading back into the classroom.  These two Eureka Springs historic hotels are extending a special discount to all area teachers, administrators, and school workers for all these two historic hotels have to offer.

“From August 1 thru August 6, any person showing proper school-affiliated identification from an area school, college or other institute of learning will receive a twenty-five percent discount on hotel lodging, food in our restaurants, services in our spas, and tickets to our tours,” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both hotels.  “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to this group of dedicated educators and school workers.”

The discount may be used for overnight rooms at both hotels; food in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, SkyBar Pizza, Crescent Confections, and the Balcony Restaurant; any and all services at both the New Moon Spa & Salon and Spa 1905; tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour, Flickering Tales, Not Really A Door production, and the Spirits of The Basin tour; plus hotel souvenirs.  Teachers are reminded that reservations are suggested at some of these venues and that this special, limited-time teacher discount may not be combined with any other discount or promotional offer.

Moyer concluded, “We feel that in addition to this being one last chance for the folks employed by our area schools to enjoy summer, it will also give each of them a chance to recharge their internal batteries before plugging into the new school year.”

For more information, teachers may go to CrescentHotel.com or BasinPark.com.

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EUREKA SPRINGS BECOMES BOLD IN SPRING

(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Eureka Springs, the “Extraordinary Escape” located in the Arkansas Ozarks, is alive and welcoming the year ‘round, but in spring it becomes ever so bold.  Why?  Because in spring this historic village begins to strut its stuff.  And in 2017, that includes new stuff at great attractions such as The Great Passion Play, Intrigue Theater, America’s Most Haunted Hotel, Phunkberry, May Festival of the Arts, as well as Main Street Eureka Springs.

  • The Great Passion Play will begin its fiftieth season, on Friday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. but with nuances for the 2017 season.  Added to the entranceway of the Holy Land Tour is a Biblical marketplace featuring carpenters, potterers, and other artisans making hand-crafted items.  Also new is Noah’s Ark Park, a petting zoo with camels; llama; an assortment of miniature goats, donkeys and horses; plus, a pharaoh hound.   The play itself boasts of more than 170 actors, dozens of birds and animals, all assembled to portray the last days of Christ on a set that is three stories tall and 550 feet across and meticulous replicates Jerusalem of 2000 years ago.  The play will have evening performances on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of the opening month with two added performances on Thursday, May 25 and Sunday, May 28 for the Memorial Day weekend.  Surrounding the amphitheater are The Christ of the Ozarks, the New Holy Land, Sacred Arts Center, the Bible Museum, hiking trails, and more.  www.greatpassionplay.org/
  • Intrigue Theater has already begun its seventh season and continues to completely mystify each and every audience that witnesses their extensive journey into the art of magic and illusion.  Illusionist Sean-Paul and ghost whisperer Juliana Fay have drawn from their decades of performing around the world to transform the 1910 Gavioli Chapel into a performance venue that vibrantly enhances their innovative and brilliant homage to the Golden Age of Magic and the Ghostly Spiritualist movement of the early 1900s.  A new stage with augmented audience sight lines, a proscenium, crystal chandeliers, period stage lighting and historic props has now transformed this Victorian, limestone chapel into a showplace of mind-boggling magic, mysticism and journeys to “the other side.  The new Intrigue Theater dynamically adds to the ambiance of a town known for the unknown.  intriguetheater.com/
  • America’s Most Haunted Hotel further solidifies Eureka Springs as a town known for the unknown.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s nightly ghost tour has for 2017 added a new history room at the tour’s origination point.  This “Faculty Lounge” honors the Crescent College & Conservatory for Young Women (circa 1908-1934).  Here patrons can look at images of the “living” co-eds prior to touring, prior to perhaps bumping into one those ladies who never left or returned to the building following graduation.  Another off-beat, recovered treasure displayed in the room is an original calliaphone invented and manufactured by the infamous Norman Baker.  It is the morgue of his Cancer Curing Hospital (circa 1937-1939) that is the pièce de résistance of the tour.  Said to be the most paranormally active area in the hotel, it culminates the tour which winds down from the fourth floor to the basement with numerous stops and stories of ghostly encounters along the way, stories that oftentimes make even the most brave feel faint.  www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com/
  • Phunkberry is Eureka Springs’ newest music festival.  This second three-day event, May 4-6, has an all new line up with the newest of now sounds focusing on the top national and regional funk and jazz bands.  Featured for 2017 is The Motet, an American funk, Afrobeat and jazz influenced group from Denver CO; The Werks, a psychedelic dance, jam, funk, rock group from Dayton 0H; and from Chicago IL comes Maniac Focus, and electronic music project of John “JmaC” McCartin.  All 16 groups will take the stage in front of thousands at “The Farm”, 160 panoramic acres atop the Ozark Mountains. phunkberry.com/
  • May Festival of the Arts honors a community that has, for more than a decade, been anchored on the “Top 25 Cities for Art” in the small cities category in such publications as American Style Magazine.  And, since Eureka Springs boasts of more than 350 working artists in a town of 2,000 where cutting-edge is a way of life, the hot and exciting nuance in this month-long fête is “The Eurekan Spectacle”, an augmented reality based experiential app that allows users to witness a Shakespearean play at various real-world locations around Eureka Springs. The Eurekan Spectacle goes live May 1.  Download instructions and a walking tour map can be found at www.eurekanspectacle.com.  Eureka’s May Festival is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists: The White Street Walk.  www.eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com/
  • Main Street Eureka Springs is blessed each year with shop owners and downtown entrepreneurs who keep a watchful eye on the latest trends and products and 2017 is no exception.  A swarm of new shops and new inventories at established shops await Eureka’s nearly one million visitors starting in May.  Just as new as the merchandise downtown is the “Downtown N Underground” tour.  Its 2017 reboot features an extended route that takes strollers along the same exact sidewalks and sidetrails used by the outlaws and zealots, the famous and infamous back when Eureka Springs was considered the wild west.  The tour also includes an exclusive visit to three underground locations, private and off limits to the general public with one final stop as “guests take the stage” at the city’s historic auditorium.  eurekaspringsdowntown.com/

“If you ever wanted to see a town strut, travel this spring to the crown jewel of Northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs,” said Bill Ott, former chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, “and once you get here you will be strutting right along with us with no desire ever to return home.”

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Spring Break Excursion Starts In Oklahoma City

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Oklahoma City

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Oklahoma City area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads east.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Rock Café, Stroud OK (approx. 67 miles from Oklahoma City)… The Rock Café, named for its local sandstone construction, opened in 1939 and has remained a Route 66 landmark ever since.  Despite a devastating fire in 2008, the structure’s four rock walls and Betsy, the original stainless steel grill that has turned out more than 5 million burgers, survived and is back serving customers.  It is also worth noting that the café’s owner Dawn Welch provided the inspiration for ‘Sally Carrera’ in the Pixar film, “Cars”.  rockcafert66.com/

POI #2: Rock Creek Bridge, Sapulpa OK (approx. 37 miles from POI #1)… Built in 1921 to serve the Ozark Trail, ‘Bridge No. 18 at Rock Creek’ became part of Route 66 in 1926 and remained busy until 1952 when the highway was realigned to the south. The bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 120 feet-long steel truss design and is particularly notable for the brick decking.  Although it closed as an auto traversable bridge in 2013, the bridge remains open to pedestrians.  nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/bridge18_Rock_Creek_Sapulpa.html

POI #3: Blue Whale, Catoosa OK (approx. 28 miles from POI #2)… The Blue Whale in Catoosa may be one of the most famous landmarks along this well-preserved section of Route 66 that runs through Oklahoma.  Built in 1972 by one Hugh S. Davis thousands of families stop by to explore the whale and pose for this one-of-a-kind family photo opportunity, perfect for sharing on social media.  Even though the pond has closed, adjacent picnic tables are still available.  travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.653

POI #4: Totem Pole Park, Foyil OK (approx. 22 miles from POI #3)… Located just 3.5 miles off Route 66, the extraordinary, eccentric collection of totem poles is the work of Oklahoma folk artist Ed Galloway. The centerpiece is a spectacular 90-ft tall construction – making it the World’s Largest Concrete Totem Pole – and features brightly colored animals as well as portraits of Native Americans. travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.13179

POI #5: Wal-Mart Visitor Center, Bentonville AR (approx. 116 miles from POI #4)… Although officially called the Wal-Mart Visitor Center, this quaint facility is a tribute to the main street entrepreneurship and rags-to-riches struggle that launched it all.  Facing the town square, this site of Sam Walton’s original “5 & 10” store still maintains its down-home facade on the outside and even its down-home feel on the inside.  Most of the facility houses a museum chronicling Walton’s extraordinary life and career, plus features his beloved 1979 red Ford pickup. corporate.walmart.com/our-story/history/the-walmart-museum

POI #6: Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield AR (approx. 17 miles from POI #5)… The Battle of Pea Ridge was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.  The National Park Service describes the park as “the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States”, which includes the legendary Elkhorn Tavern.  nps.gov/peri/learn/index.htm

POI #7: Beaver Bridge, Beaver AR (approx. 16 miles from POI #6)… This historic wooden suspension bridge, built in 1949 and known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, is a hidden delight.  A single-lane, wooden construction bridge that is 554 feet long and only 11 feet wide that spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  exploresouthernhistory.com/beaverbridge

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 7 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. eurekaspringsonline.com.

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

 

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Metroplex

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Metroplex

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 (EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Dallas/Fort Worth area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads north.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Endangered Ark Foundation, Hugo OK (approx. 130 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth area)…   This refuge is home to the second largest herd of Asian elephants in America. The foundation was started in 1993 to help preserve this endangered species and tours are available with advance reservation only. < endangeredarkfoundation.org >

POI #2: Pete’s Place, Krebs OK (approx. 74 miles from POI #1)…   Located in Oklahoma’s “Little Italy”, this fourth generation, landmark restaurant opened in 1925 and continues to serve fresh, family-style Italian cuisine as well as being “the home of Choc Beer”.  They are most famous for their generous portions of lasagna, ravioli, Italian sausage, chicken Parmesan, garlic bread and more with guests being seated in various rooms throughout “the house”. < petes.org >

POI #3: USS Batfish, Muskogee OK (approx. 65 miles from POI #2)…   The USS Batfish is one of Oklahoma’s most unique attractions.  An actual World War II submarine, the Batfish sank three enemy submarines and eleven other enemy vessels during her tenure in battle.  Visitors can tour the inside of the submarine, including the torpedo room and crew cabins. In the adjacent park are an army tank, cannons, missiles, and other military memorabilia for view.  < ussbatfish.com >

POI #4: Fort Gibson, Fort Gibson OK (approx. 9 miles from POI #3)…   Oklahoma’s oldest frontier fort was established in 1824 and is steeped in colorful history along with blue lakes, sparkling rivers and green hillsides stretching over 80 acres of grounds with 29 historic buildings and numerous archeological ruins.  Nearby this National Historic Landmark and American Treasure, sits Fort Gibson National Cemetery, one of two national cemeteries in Oklahoma, honoring fallen U.S. military personnel. < okhistory.org/sites/fortgibson >

POI #5: Scenic Highway 10, Talequah to U.S. 412 (approx. 49 miles from POI #4)…   This picturesque byway runs from north of Tahlequah and follows the serene banks of the Illinois River on a relaxing jaunt through breathtaking stone bluffs and lush forests.  Remember: keep your speedometer low, as Highway 10 is known for its winding lanes and curvy turns. < okhighways.wkinsler.com/route10.htm >

POI #6: Arkansas Welcome Center, Siloam Springs AR (approx. 13 miles from POI #5)…   The center, operated by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, offers visitors up-to-the minute information on attractions, regional events, and weather conditions throughout “The Natural State”.  Travelers have access to computer kiosks, Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee. < arkansas.com/travel-tools/welcome-centers/siloam-springs/ >

POI #7: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs AR (approx. 58 miles from POI #6)…   [EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this is an attraction at which you might want to spend some serious time, you might consider visiting it tomorrow after a good night’s rest; it’s been a long day!]  With more than 450 acres and 130 big, exotic cats plus a couple bears, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is the largest big cat sanctuary in North America.  This non-profit organization provides lifetime homes for abandoned, abused and neglected ‘big cats’ and is one of the Top 10 Attractions in Arkansas. < turpentinecreek.org >

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 9 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. < eurekaspringsonline.com >

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Wichita

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Wichita

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 (EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Wichita area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads east.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Chanute-Wright Brothers Memorial, Chanute KS (approx. 109 miles from Wichita)… This memorial is so much more than mobile sculpture that moves with the wind; it replicates the Wright brothers’ flying machine and commemorates the important relationship between the town’s namesake and the birth of flight. French-born Octave Chanute never was a resident of Chanute, Kansas; however, one of the four railroads he built through Kansas made the town possible.  This memorial, like the town, is an homage to this engineer and the brothers he mentored.  kansastravel.org/chanutewrightbrothers.htm

POI #2: Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott KS (approx. 50 miles from POI #1)…More than 26,000 visitors come to this National Historic Site each year. The 20 historic structures, eleven of which are original, represent a military fort of the 1840s and focuses on the role of the U.S. Army on the frontier.  This site interprets this critical era with interpretive exhibits, period furnishings, and living history programs that include soldiers drilling on horseback and artillery demonstrations. nps.gov/fosc/index.htm

POI #3: Big Brutus, Mineral KS(approx. 52 miles from POI #2)… The second largest electric shovel in the world, Big Brutus stands 160 feet high, and is visible for miles around.  From 1962 to 1974, it was a powerful aid to the Kansas mining industry. Today, the public is invited to climb inside it, look around, and even sit in the operator’s seat. A visitors’ center next to it provides more background information. bigbrutus.org/

POI #4: Kan-O-Tex Service Station, Galena KS (approx. 31 miles from POI #3)… This restored gas station recalls the heyday of Route 66 when it was a major thoroughfare.  It’s the home of the 1951 International tow truck that was the inspiration for ‘Tow Mater’ in the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars” plus a collection of memorabilia relating to Route 66 and the “Cars” film.  kansastravel.org/4womenontheroute.htm

POI #5: Bluff Dwellers Cavern, Noel MO (approx. 58 miles from POI #4)… This bluff has significant archaeological significance having served as shelter for the native Bluff Dwellers some 12,000 years ago.  The non-strenuous tour features a musical rock formation. bluffdwellerscavern.com

POI #6: Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield AR (approx. 30 miles from POI #5)… The Battle of Pea Ridge was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.  The National Park Service describes the park as “the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States”, which includes the legendary Elkhorn Tavern.  nps.gov/peri/learn/index.htm

POI #7: Beaver Bridge, Beaver AR (approx. 26 miles from POI #6)… This historic wooden suspension bridge, built in 1949 and known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, is a hidden delight.  A single-lane, wooden construction bridge that is 554 feet long and only 11 feet wide that spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  exploresouthernhistory.com/beaverbridge

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 7 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. eurekaspringsonline.com.

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313