GM’s mother reports on her haunted experience

GM’s MOTHER REPORTS MYSTERIOUSLY VIBRATING BED IN HER ROOM AT “AMERICA’S MOST HAUNTED HOTEL”

 

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — There is a member of Historic Hotels of America that is considered by many to be “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is a mountaintop spa resort located here that credits the largest portion of its business to weddings and spa travel but just happens to have -it is said- “guests who check out but never leave”.  Regular guests to the hotel annually report numerous accounts of the paranormal.  Special guests do too.

“Several months ago my mom came down with three ladies for a ‘girlfriends’ getaway’ to Eureka Springs for spa treatments and to run over to Crystal Bridges (Museum of American Art) in nearby Bentonville,” explained Jack Moyer, vice president and general manager of the Crescent.  “I always like putting Mom up in a room that we have just refurbished or remodeled for two reasons… one, she’s my mom and I want to give her a room that is special; and two, I can use her to test it out and give me the unvarnished assessment of our changes.

“So this last visit I put her in a room that we had just redesigned, a room that is adjacent to Michael’s Room, one of our more reportedly paranormally active rooms.  This is Mom’s story that she reported as she was preparing to depart back to the mountains of east Tennessee:”

On my last visit to the Crescent Hotel, I was staying in the newly remodeled room that adjoined the most haunted room in the hotel (Michael’s Room, Room 218).  The first evening as I was watching TV while sitting up in bed, all of a sudden the entire bed started rocking as if I had put a quarter in the “Magic Fingers” coin-box (remember those in motels) and of course there was none on this bed.  It vibrated for about half a minute then all of a sudden stopped just as I was about to jump off the bed.

The next night, I checked the door to the balcony outside my room (that overlooks the Christ of the Ozarks) before going to bed, making sure that was locked.  On waking in the morning, the first thing I thought of was that the heat had shut off sometime during the night.  As I went down the two steps to the bathroom, I was thinking that the floor was extremely cold.  (It was still dark and I hadn’t turned on a light.)  All of a sudden, I realized that the door that I had locked the night before was OPEN (with the big Jesus statue staring at me) …and my laundry bag was moved from one side of the room to the other, plus some of my clothing had been pulled out of the bag and was lying on the step inside the room.  (I found out later that this clothes deal was one of the most common pranks of Crescent ghosts!)

During my entire visit, I had taken numerous pictures in my room and caught many “orbs” floating overhead.  These orbs are said to be the “energy essence” of the ghosts.  Perhaps “they” were my nightly “guests”, guests who indeed added some “lifetime memories” to those two nights at the Crescent Hotel.  I wasn’t spooked, just intrigued.

I must say, all in all it was a great visit …and certainly full of surprises.

Moyer concluded, “Mom still loves me and still loves the Crescent.  In fact she probably loves it a little bit more than she did before experiencing these events.  Before, she had only heard about our paranormal reports but now she was able to report one of her own.”

For more information on the paranormal aspect of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, one should go to <americasmosthauntedhotel.com>.  The web address for general information is <crescenthotel.com>.

 

 

Families Vacation “Together”

FAMILIES VACATION “TOGETHER” IN EUREKA SPRINGS

What, in 2014, brings mom and dad with kids under 14 to a wonderful village set in The Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas for a family vacation?  This was the question to which local businesses here that ??????????????????????are active in serving family vacationers wanted to know.  So an informal survey was conducted and the one overriding comment that kept surfacing was, “In Eureka Springs our whole family can vacation together.”

“That’s it!  Sure,” exclaimed Jack Moyer, general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  “Thanks to our unusual collection of family attractions everyone does everything together.  You don’t see half the group, usually the younger ones, standing in line to ride the skyscraper, loop-de-loop ride while the other half bakes on the asphalt waiting for ‘em.”

Basin-Park2He continued, “I guess you can say added to that is the fact that our set is authentic.  Downtown is an attraction in itself that boasts hundreds of unique buildings, shops and eateries that are still individually owned and operated by the same people as decades ago.  We’ve got the best people watching anywhere in Arkansas.  Our crazy streets, caves, springs and sidewalks offer exciting urban exploring.  Eureka Springs is truly a family adventure enjoyed still today by those special groups known as ‘the family’.”

Although downtown is the crown jewel of Eureka Springs, family fun certainly doesn’t stop there.  For surrounding this vacation community are hills, hollers, and water holes.  The Ozark Mountains may afford families stimulating wilderness hiking trails but summer calls for water fun.  Nearby venues for families to get wet include three rivers -Kings, White and Buffalo- and three lakes -Beaver, Table Rock and Leatherwood- with those first two being considered “big water”.  Many families like to bring their own boats, kayaks and canoes with rentals at area marinas.  Numerous picturesque places to swim, such as the beaches at Beaver Dam, can accommodate any sized family’s penchant for splashing.

Two of Eureka Springs’ newest family attractions are Ozark Mountain Ziplines and Intrigue Theater.  Both get hearts pumping a little bit faster.  Ozark Mountain Zipline, which accepts five-year-old omzfallzippingchildren and up, is the largest zipline adventure in the state.  Families love the exhilarating thrill of being 200 feet in the air and flying along on an 1,800-foot journey through the canopy of Ozark hardwoods.  Intrigue Theater takes families’ breath away as mystery and illusion appear then disappear in the blink of an eye.  A surprise visit of a special guest from “the other side” will have the family asking each other “How’d he do that?” long after they have left this small, historic, limestone, some say eerie, retrofitted Victorian church.

untitledAtop Eureka Springs’ two facing city mountains, families will experience ghost stories on one and “the greatest story ever told” on the other.  Nightly, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “Americas Most Haunted Hotel”, takes families on a ghost tour through century-old hallways that some say are inhabited by those “guests who check out but never leave”.  Later that night, Flickering Tales will have families sitting around an open campfire while listening to Ozark ghost stories followed by a midnight sojourn to the hotel’s morgue.  The Great Passion Play is performed in an open amphitheater by a huge cast with live animals on a set that expertly replicates biblical locations.  The play sits in the shadow of the Christ of The Ozarks, the second tallest Christ statue in the western hemisphere.

Most vacationing families do not leave Eureka Springs until they have visited some well established and greatly loved local attractions.  Feeding time at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge serves up a20-620x330“Oohs” and “Ahs “ as families watch hundreds of nature’s most powerful beasts -big cats and huge bears- enjoy “dinner at home” in their habitats.  Great music and clean family comedy is enjoyed nightly at the Ozark Mountain Hoe-down and Pine Mountain Theater.  And not many families get to ride on the open-air, back platform of a trolley but sprawling intra-city travel aboard several operated by Eureka Springs Trolleys will and all for just one daily fare per person.

“And when your family screams for ice cream, two places that will quiet them while exciting the sweet tooth of each are Colossal Cupcakes and Cones and The Big Dipper,” Moyer added.

Moyer concluded, “Eureka Springs is family budget friendly.  Families will find more than 2,500 sleeping rooms with a comfortable range of affordability.  Within our vast assortment of wonderful restaurants, ranging from the casual such as Pancake’s Family Restaurant to the more upscale like Local Flavor, families can find a menu that best fits their family’s tastes and pocketbook.

“Simply put, Eureka Springs is just a great complete family vacation destination enjoyed by the complete family.  Lifetime memories are generational too. I guess that is why we see so many grandparents bringing back their grandkids.  They want to share, to repeat that ‘family vacationing together’ experience.”

For a full list of Eureka Springs lodging visit EurekaSpringsonline.com or for a list of attractions and things to do visit ReserveEureka.com.

 

A Thrilling Family Vacation…

A Thrilling Family Vacation Where Families Vacation Together

Instead of dealing with the heat and long lines at an amusement park where the family is off doing different things, why not take a trip to Eureka Springs where the whole Family Vacations Together!

Eureka Springs has many Fun and Thrilling Attractions that the Whole Family can do together.

 

Exploring Downtown

Families love being in downtown where kids can explore the old Civil War Cave, the rock bluff shelter above Basin Spring Park, finding some cool magic tricks at the Magic Shop, or go explore the many staircases that connect Downtown Spring Street and Main Street.  For a fun experience of learning Eureka’s past characters or finding the underground, take one of these walking tours: Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour OR the Downtown – N – Underground Tour.  Tours are Everyday at 11am & 4pm, Kids under 12 are FREE!

Families can take a break and dine downtown together after the parents do some shopping.  Great food for all ages and the best view in downtown is at the Balcony Restaurant, located on the 2nd floor of the Basin Park Hotel.  Stay downtown where the most FUN Happens!

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Uncover the Mystery

Intrigue Theater is great for parents and kids of all ages.  Be amazed at some of the outstanding illusion and magic put on by illusionist, Sean Paul and medium, Juliane Fey. Set in a century year old building with theater style seating you will go back in time as they keep you guessing and entertain you with their close up magic and mystery. An intriguing experience you don’t want to miss!

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Explore America’s Most Haunted Hotel

Bring the whole family and stay over at a haunted hotel. Kids will love exploring the hallways with their cameras to see if they can catch orbs and they will sure to be thrilled on the nightly ghost tour that gives you a glimpse into the haunted past of the historic hotel while ending up in the morgue!  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa sits atop the hillside of Eureka Springs, with beautiful views on the 4th floor of the Ozarks, surrounding gardens, verandas, trails, and a swimming pool.  A great vacation spot to scare up some lifetime memories!

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A Thrill in the Sky

Experience the exhilarating thrill of the Eureka Springs Ziplines Canopy Tour.  This is a must for the whole family! Families can have outdoor fun and a safe adventure tour together through the Ozark treetops. Enjoy 2 hours of fun as you start gradually through the trees and make your way up to the ultimate zipline, soaring 200 + feet high and about 1800 feet long!  A perfect family adventure.

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America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama

Take the whole family and relive The Greatest Story Ever Told! Staged in an outdoor amphitheater, the multi-level set, special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of 170 Biblically costumed actors come together to create the thrilling epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth.  The play is not the only thing to see and do thought.  The Christ of the Ozarks, the Holy Land Tour, Moses Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a section of the Berlin Wall, the Church in the Grove, the Bible Museum, and the Sacred Arts Museum are also on the grounds!

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Jump Into Fun

For great summer fun with the family explore any of the 3 rivers and 3 lakes that surround Eureka Springs. For nearby swimming visit Beaver Dam, rent ski boats or pontoons on Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake or go paddle boating on Lake Leatherwood.  For fishing, kayak or canoe rentals visit the White River, Kings River or Buffalo River. Break off from the heat and have fun in the water on your summer vacation.

Lake Activities

 

Roars & Growls

A visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge brings kids and families face to face with over 150 exotic big cats. Open everyday, the 459 acre refuge offers visitors an education station, keeper talks, self guided tours, habitat tours, and feeding time for visitors to witness.  Only a short 7 mile drive from downtown Eureka Springs, take your kids to see the wild!

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Variety Shows

Everybody loves a laugh and live music so why not take the family to two of Eureka Springs Fun, Family Shows.  The Pine Mountain Theater offers families country, gospel, comedy, bluegrass, blues and rock n roll every evening, except for Sunday, unique souvenir items, and free all you can eat popcorn. Ozark Mountain HoeDown offers shows everynight of new and old country, gospel, comedy, nostalgic rock n roll, motown, do wap, disco, audience participation and impersonations.  Great fun for the whole family.

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For More Things To Do Visit:

www.reserveeureka.com

www.eurekaspringsonline.com

www.eurekaspringskids.com

www.eurekaspringsmarina.com

Scare Up Some Lifetime Memories

In July, bring the family to Eureka Springs for a Thrilling time!

The following tours and shows will Scare Up some Lifetime Memories:

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Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour-Visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Everyday starting at 8pm.

Eureka Ghost Tours-Tales and legends of downtown Eureka Springs. Everyday starting at 8pm.

Intrigue Theater-Travel back to an age of Intrigue with the Illusionist and the Medium. OPEN Wednesday-Sunday.

Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour-Explore downtown with the legendary “stars” of Eureka Springs Wild West. Everyday at 11am.

Downtown -N- Underground Tour-Behind the Scenes walking adventure tour of Eureka Springs. Everyday at 4pm.

Flickering Tales-Huddle around the campfire to hear ghost stories of the Ozarks among the grounds of America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Everyday at 10pm.

 

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4th of July in Eureka Springs

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Plan your family 4th of July outing to Eureka Springs for 2014.  This year hometown fun just got a little sweeter with the annual downtown Eureka Springs 4th of July Bash.  This event brings families out Photo by Purdy Art Co.every year to play during the day, eat and shop downtown and then families find their way to the surrounding areas for fireworks at night.

The 4th of July Bash will feature free, family friendly events from 3pm-5pm in Basin Spring Park Downtown.  Many favorites include the water-balloon toss, cupcake walk, watermelon seed spitting contest, music and more! Celebrate the 4th of July the old fashioned way – in a Main Street Community!

Surrounding Area Firework Shows:

July 4
Fireworks celebration at the Holiday Island Recreation Center by The Barn. For more information contact Pam Hinson at 479-253-7700.

July 4
13th Annual Fireworks display at Ventris Trails End Resort. These fireworks are choreographed to music and are best seen by boat as they are projected toward Beaver Lake for an incredible effect as they reflect off the water of Beaver Lake.

July 4
Shell Knob, MO fireworks.  37th Annual Fire & Thunder Fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 4.  Known for its impressive bursts of interesting and unique shells, the display will take place around 9:30PM. The fireworks will be shot  about one mile east of the Shell Knob bridge, at lake level and from a platform. Fire & Thunder is a water-specialty show, so best viewing of all the spectacular effects is by water. In the event of inclement weather, the display will be held on July 5th. Tune to area radio stations for rain delay information.

Basin Park Hotel Spirit Experience

Basin Park Hotel Spirit Experience
Eureka Springs, AR

Prior to attending a conference in nearby Rogers, Arkansas, in 2013, several colleagues from Louisiana and I decided to meet up with other colleagues from Arkansas for a weekend at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs.  This is an account of my personal experience with a spirit resident of the Basin Park Hotel.

Upon arrival, I tossed my luggage into the hotel room and hit the streets.  A few hours later, I stopped by my room to put some powder in my shoes.  I distinctly remembered the powder being the last thing I packed before leaving Baton Rouge.  However, the powder was nowhere to be found, so I left for more sightseeing.  Later, when I returned to the hotel, the powder was sitting on top of my luggage.

The following morning I struck out on foot again to get in a little shopping before our departure the next morning.  I purchased a simple but interestingly designed sterling silver ring from Magee’s jewelry shop up the hill and around the corner from the hotel.  That evening, I removed the ring from my finger and placed it on the nightstand along with my watch, glasses and loose change, then went to sleep.  The next morning the ring was nowhere to be found.  After searching everywhere around the bed and sifting through the luggage items I gave up, raised my arms into the air and said aloud, “When you finish playing with the ring, please return it to me.”  Somehow I had a feeling it was a female spirit; a child.

Two weeks later, while sweeping along the baseboards of my home I made a strong sweep with the broom and set the broom back down in the same path as we do when sweeping.  As soon as I set the broom down, the ring appeared immediately in front of it exactly midway of the width of the broom.  Had the ring been there the moment before, it would have shot across the room like a hockey puck.  I picked up the ring, put it on my finger, and said aloud “Thanks for returning my ring. Stay and visit if you like.”

My spirit guest stayed for 3 weeks and would make him/herself known midweek around midnight by knocking four distinct times, exactly like knocking on a door.  The first time I heard it, I thought someone was at my front door.  I got up from bed to check only to learn no one was there.  The next week I tried to locate the knock inside the house but could not pinpoint it.  The third week I had a houseguest.  We were watching TV when the knocking occurred.  When I did not move to get up, he remarked that someone was at the door.  I explained that no one was at the door, it was a spirit traveler visiting from Arkansas.

Leon Steele
Baton Rouge, LA

Intrigue Theater is BACK!

Come experience the mystery of Intrigue Theater

for its 4th Season in Eureka Springs!

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Opening Night Kicks off on Thursday, May 15th 2014

Travel back to an AGE OF INTRIGUE with
The Illusionist and the Medium.

Experience an evening of Mystery and Intrigue with Sean-Paul the Illusionist and Juliane Fay the Medium – featuring special guests from the other side.  The evening begins as guests enter century year old building that only seats 75 people.  Everything in this throw back production is based on Real Historical entertainment that is still so effective that it can bring even today’s most cynical audiences to the edge of their seats!

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Besides adding New Mysteries to the Intrigue Experience, Intrigue Theater is offering a special show:safe_image
Exclusive Evenings “Up Close & Incredible” 
This Exclusive experience is limited to 16 people, seated around the table
for 1 hour as Sean-Paul the Illusionist entertains them with Close-up slight of Hand and Mentalism.

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Joe David Rice Caps Semester Long Hospitality Speaker Series

Joined by Superintendant Kellogg, Principal Lavendar, and Instructor Sherry Sullivan, Arkansas Tourism Director Joe David Rice was welcomed to Eureka Springs Schools to deliver one of the final guest 10270575_10152391135858921_8586588118204687941_nlectures for  Eureka’s newest business class.  A partnership of the Arkansas Hospitality Association and brought to Eureka Springs by Lavendar, the class entitled The Business Of Hospitality is a collaboration of Career Education Instructor Sherry Sullivan and Basin Park Hotel Manager Jack Moyer.  The class has featured 25 guest speakers from across Arkansas with group’s gaining feedback to be included in a semester project that entails writing a business plan that follows SBA.gov standards.

“We felt Joe David Rice was the perfect speaker to summarize all that we have learned throughout the semester” stated Moyer.  “I think he was impressed with our students, their questions and mostly their interest and understanding of the industry.”  Semester Speakers in the hospitality series have included Mike Bishop, Mike Maloney and Jacqueline Wolven representing their respective organizations as well as industry professionals such as Britt Evans,  Ruth Hager, Kathy Pickowitz, Randy Wolfinbarger, Kent Butler, Tanya Smith, David Mitchell, Jill Rohrbach, Gina Drennon, Bill Ott,  Jodie English, Amanda Haley, Leslie Stilwell, Kelly Way, Tanner Montgomery and Teri Gage with the National Parks Service.

One Speaker, Eureka Inn’s Jed Bullock added “Best Westerns of Arkansas Co-op is an original and long standing partner of the Arkansas Hospitality Associations lodging management program.  We 10153661_10152391149658921_2390276927574800739_nunderstand the need and value of investing in our industry through education of our youth and creating awareness of opportunities that the Hospitaltiy industry offers.  As Best Westerns of Arkansas has contributed over $50,000 to the LMP program, you can understand I am proud that this program has been established in Eureka Springs Schools.”

The hospitality program continues with semester projects through five work groups, visits from the Arkansas Hospitality Association and a field trip to learn about the hospitality industry in our neighboring communities of Bentonville, Rogers and Fayetteville.

 

Biker Vacation to Eureka Springs

This time of year here in the “hills-n-hollers” of The Ozarks you can hear the breeze whispering through the trees, the sweet lilt of native songbirds, the chattering of scurrying squirrels and off in the distance you can hear the iconic gentle rumbling of motorcycles as they travel to and from this Victorian village.  What you don’t hear are the “Wow!”s that resonate in the minds of each and every biker as LeanIntoEurekaSprings_300_7x5he or she leans into yet another thrilling curve, staples of the highways that surround Eureka Springs.

“Eureka Springs has been so blessed with a topography that seems as though it was designed just for motorcyclists,” said Bill Ott, former board chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “What some might call our twisty, curvy highways are like tracks of a rollercoaster to those who venture out on two or three wheels.  Our neck of the Arkansas Ozarks is a biker’s dream come true.”

One of the most popular motorcycle rides in the country is a stretch of Highway 23 that has gained the designation of Scenic Byway.  Its natural beauty and grand vistas that run along its shoulder makes it a pretty drive.  Its hairpin S-curves and numerous steep switchbacks makes “The Pig Trail” (aptly named due to its resemblance of the corkscrew tail of a native razorback hog) a pretty thrilling ride.Hwy_7_Harrison_motorcycles_l

Sitting atop The Pig Trail is Eureka Springs,” explained Ott.  “That is why local residents have mapped out five great rides that start and end in a place known for its hospitality and for taking care of weary travelers.  They even secured a website to make it easy for bikers to discover these rides for an exhilarating multi-day biker destination getaway.  That way it’s ride by day, relax by night in a resort community with great places where bikers can put down their kickstands and then kick back.”

The website, EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com, has put together a list of local lodging, dining, and attraction venues.  Ozark mountain resources, an events calendar and a chance for bikers to add their comments to a blog following their experiential excursion to the greater Eureka Springs area can also be found at this online site.  This is in addition to the well-mapped, and well-appointed five suggested mountain rides.

“Those five rides take you to or by some really awesome places,” Ott added.  “The first ride takes you into the Arkansas Grand Canyon and past the grazing elk near Boxley’s Lost Valley.  Ride ar126696298160718two takes you on The Pig Trail through Ozone and back through Withrow State Park.  Number three centers around water, taking riders over the Little Golden Gate Bridge and the dam that forms the popular Beaver Lake with the trout-filled White River just below.  The fourth ride is a sojourn to the Buffalo National River and across the famous Pruitt Bridge.  Ride number five travels north for about 10 miles into Missouri and its Roaring River State Park as well as Dogwood Canyon.  Each ride is both ‘outa sight’ and full of sights to see!”

Ott concluded, “As much as we want our friends on motorcycles to visit our area and have fun while they are here, we want even more for them to ride safely.  In fact, we want all of our visitors -no matter how many wheels they have under ‘em when they arrive here- when they return home to take with them nothing but lifetime memories that they can share again and again with family and friends.”

 

Eureka Springs Weddings- JULY Special

HOT DATES for Weddings in July.

Book your wedding at either the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels
before May 15th for a  July 2014 Wedding
and

Receive a 50% Discount on Venue Rental.

 

Dates available: 7/5, 7/19, 7/26.  CALL 800-903-4940