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.


Winter Things To Do in Eureka Springs

Winter Things to Do in Eureka Springs 2015:



ESP Weekend (Eureka Springs Paranormal) – January 9, 10, 11th

Ozark Mountain Music Festival-January 22th-25th

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival-February 6th-February 17th



Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge -Open Everyday 9am-5pm

Keels Creek Winery-Everyday Noon -5pm

Fresh Harvest Olive Oil Tasting-Open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm

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Crescent Ghost Tours-Open Everyday, nightly tours starting at 8pm

Eureka Van Tours-2pm tours by appointment 479-253-8737

Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour-Open Everyday at 11am

Downtown -N-Underground Tour-Open Saturdays at 4pm

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art-Open Everyday except Tuesday.

Not Really A Door-Friday & Saturday, 10pm at the Crescent Hotel

Trolley Rides-Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

War Eagle Mill



Cosmic Caverns-Open Sat/Sun 9am-5pm.  Weekday tours are available,  call to verify: 870-749-2298

Onyx Cave-479-253-9321winter serenity spa


Winter Spa Escape

Serenity Spa-Open Everyday: Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sun-Fri: 9:30am to 5:00pm

New Moon Spa-Open Everyday: Sun-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-7pm


Horse Back Riding

Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort-Open by appointment: 479-253-2900, $35 per person

Bear Mountain Riding Stables-Open everyday, rides at 11:30, 1pm, 2:30pm by appointment: 479-253-6990


Craft Beer Bar’s

The Ozark Mountain Taproom-exclusive brewed beers from Arkansas

Brews-Craft Brew Bar & Coffee House

Eureka Alehouse-Brewery & Distillery


Outdoors & Other Things To Doeaglebeaverlake

Eagle Watching Tours-January thru March 1st, tours leave at 3pm daily at Rocky Branch Marina on Beaver Lake through Hobbs State Park. $10 for adults, $5 for 6-12 years, free for kids under 6.  Must make an appointment by calling Hobbs State Park: 479-789-5000

Hike The Springs- Spring Maps available at the Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mtn Village

Lake Leatherwood Hiking Trails

Black Bass Lake Trail


Art Galleries

Nightlife-Live Music & Bars in Eureka Springs

Photography- Winter is the best time to capture images of Eureka Springs Architecture, Landscapes, and Thorncrown Chapel

Pea Ridge National Military Park-Open Everyday 8:30am-4pm

Roaring River State Park

Hobbs State Park

Buffalo River National Park


For more information, one should go to eurekaspringsonline.com.

For Eureka Springs HOT DEAL, go to reserveeureka.com


WIN 2 Free Tickets to OzMoMu2!

WIN 2 Free Tickets to OzMoMu

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January 22nd-25th 2015

Indie Folk Winter Music Fest

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Ozark Mountain Music Festival

OzMoMu2: 2nd Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival

Set for Eureka Springs, January 22-25, 2015


(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) –The hottest thing in Eureka Springs, AR in January 2014 was OzMoMu, the Ozark Mountain Music Festival.  Hundreds came and enjoyed the eclectic mountain music sounds of 10 bands.  This year, partnering with the ESDN – The Eureka Springs Main Street Program, OzMoMu2 return10653651_762091693877855_1795527241608858403_ns to the1905 Basin Park Hotel, January 22-25, 2015.

“Last year we touted OzMoMu as Eureka Springs’ next great festival,” said Mary Howze, festival coordinator, “and we did not disappoint.  Even before the last note of OzMoMu1 music stopped echoing through the Barefoot Ballroom, the crowd wanted to know the dates of OzMoMu2, the sequel.  And just like last year’s musical extravaganza, OzMoMu2 will focus around Indie Folk with a festival lineup that includes multiple stages and lively music for four exciting days.”

The 2015 Ozark Mountain Music Festival will begin Thursday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. and will continue with 10 acts until Sunday’s “Bloody Mary Morning Show” with passes once again being kept affordable.  OzMoMu2 will feature the following: Mountain Sprout, Hooten Hallers, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Dimetrip, Chucky Waggs, Foley’s Van, Brody Buster, Spring Street Band, Dusty Pearls, and Hosty Duo.

“A key to establishing this event,” noted Jack Moyer, general manager of the hotel, “will be in both providing great Indie/Folk music performed by regional

talent on multiple stages, and inventing a path where the festival-style atmosphere makes the Basin Park Hotel abuzz with activity like attendees enjoying all-access passes, overnighting at the hotel, and being immersed in an atmosphere that encourages eating, drinking and dancing in one central location that has an indoor ‘festival grounds’ feel, per se.”

Room bundles for two attendees include two-nights lodging and two (2) “All-Access” passes and begin at $325.  Festival “4-Day All-Access” passes are $55.  For further information or online room sales, guests are encouraged to visit ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com.

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

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

This nouveau holiday tradition seems to be growing in popularity.  Family members who live in or the near the Arkansas Ozarks are coming together in increasing numbers the week between Christmas and New Year’s in a town that’s not too far away, in a charming place that feels like home, and in a destination the whole family seems to enjoy for multi-generational reasons.  That destination is Eureka Springs, the extraordinary family escape for holiday reunions.

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

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

               Moyer explained that the normal pattern has been family members starting to arrive from all directions on Christmas or the day after, well inside that window for when the kids are out of school.  “Hugs-n-howdies” normally become the first order of business that first night.  The next morning normally is set aside for “the roundup” and the onset of the family’s week of rediscovering each other as well as one America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, Eureka Springs.

               “Some families find that the week between Christmas and New Year’s is ideal for them, “continued Moyer “Those specific days and nights are usually free of commitments allowing folks to invest those few days in the family complete.”

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

View Hot Deals for Family Re-Yule-ions:





Ozark Mountain Music Festival

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival is a celebration of Indie Folk music held annually at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  With bands often celebrated at such major festivals as Wakarusa or Harvest Fest, the Basin Park Hotel has invited festival goers to come camp inside on a chilly January Weekend with some hot music and great memories.

January 22nd-25th 2015

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ozmomu 2015 lineup


View Tickets & Accommodations, click here.

Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

ESP Weekend 2015

Eureka Springs  Paranormal Weekend invites your to join us in another 3 Day Paranormal chGhostBldg_circa1890Event January 9, 10, 11 2015.  The ESP event will again feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, which will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants.

This three-day, hands on investigation puts tools of the paranormal investigator in your hands as well as an introduction to ghost hunting , tour of the property on the ghost tour and unheard of 24 hour access to “active space” including rooms 218, 419, 3500, 502 and THE MORGUE at America’s Most Haunted Hotel.

Lodging Packages:

Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($395.00)

Package is good for two people
Includes :
Upgraded room accommodations for two nights
Welcome reception
Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
“Active Space” pass
$30 per day Food Credit
ESP Weekend t-shirts
Team review of evidence gathered.
2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)
$395 plus tax. Valid 1/9-1/11. Check Availability.

1 Night Saturday Only Package ($239.00)

Package is good for two people

Premium Guest Room
Ghost Tour
“Active Space” pass
ESP Weekend t-shirts
Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
Team review of evidence gathered.
2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)
$239 plux tax. Valid 1/10.  Check Availability.


Stayover Sunday for just $89  at the Crescent Hotel for the private investigation at the Basin Park Hotel.    The Basin Park Hotel will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants only.  Call 877-342-9766 to Stayover Sunday at the Crescent.

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The Guide to Meeting Sites in the South Reveals

“Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels For Groups”

Arkansas Claims Five Winners


GULF SHORES, Ala. (June 24, 2014)—The Editors of ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South and the publishers of the annual Guide to Meeting Sites in the South, have announced their 2014 Hot Picks for the “Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels for Groups.” This list is comprised of hotels with meeting space located throughout 16 states in the U.S. South and the Caribbean Seas region.  Hotels were nominated by the readers and fans of ConventionSouth magazine, then researched and verified for qualification by ConventionSouth editorial team.


In Arkansas, five hotels made the list:

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

Inn at Carnall Hall

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

The Austin Hotel & Convention Center

The Capital Hotel


A complete list of the hotels selected for the “Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels for Groups” can be found online at www.conventionsouth.com/sohohotels.htm and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/conventionsouth/southern-hospitality-hotels


Editors sought nominations for hotels with ample meeting space that offer an attractive, charming appearance as well as provide top-of-the line service. “It is with great honor to recognize these hotels,” said ConventionSouth Editor/Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock.  “For a hotel to offer Southern hospitality, it’s location, aesthetics, amenities and staff must present an all-around welcoming spirit for groups and attendees from across the country and world.”


Along with releasing this list online today, editors will reveal the list this August within The Guide to Meetings Sites in the South, an annual directory that showcases the most proactive meeting sites in the South as well as how-to insight on hosting meetings & events with authentic Southern hospitality and charm.


ABOUT THE MAGAZINE: Celebrating 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is circulated to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country that book meetings held within the South, according to Bundock.


ABOUT THE GUIDE TO MEETING SITES IN THE SOUTH: Each August, ConventionSouth magazine publishes The Guide to Meeting Sites in the South, which is distributed to 18,000+ meeting planners across the country and available online in a searchable format. The guide is the definitive reference book for meeting planners and buyers to obtain up-to-date-contact information and detailed site data on hundreds of the top meeting suppliers in the South. For more information on the guide, including signing up for a free copy and to list a meeting venue, visit www.conventionsouth.com/advertise/directoryoptions.htm


New Years Eve Parties

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This Event has just SOLD OUT.  Please join the New Years Eve Celebration Downtown at our sister hotel, the Basin Park Hotel, at the Ballroom Blitz.
Live Music & Dancing from Red Ambition.  Tickets are $25, purchase here.


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 Ring In A Historically “Fun” New Year In Eureka Springs

As Eureka Springs’ end-of-the-year party goers begin to make their plans as to where they will be ringing in the New Year they can simply ask, “Where is the most fun?” It has often been said that in Eureka “the most fun is downtown”. In an effort to live up to that benchmark, this Ozark community’s premiere historic downtown hotel, the 1905 Basin Park, has put together an evening extravaganza for December 31, 2014.

The Basin Park will repeat their very popular New Year’s Eve event, The Ballroom Blitz. This gala evening that begins at 8 o’clock includes the top floor party upstairs in the Barefoot Ballroom featuring Arkansas’ party band Red Ambition, party favors, great snacks and the “highest” midnight countdown downtown with a champagne toast at the first stroke of 2014.

Tickets are online, click here, for just $25 per person.

To book a room package:

1 Night Stay
2 Tickets to Red Ambition New Years Eve Party (9pm-1am on the 6th Floor)
Breakfast for Two

$183 for a Premium King or Double/Double, check availability.
$205 for a Superior King, Queen Jacuzzi Room, or 2 Double Bed Suite, check availability.
$274 for a Queen Bed Jacuzzi Suite, check availability.

Halloween Night UPDATE



It’s not just about trick or treating – on All Hallows Eve the doors are said to be open between this world and the next, and the spirits of the dead can pass freely from their realm into ours…

Ghost tours will begin as early as 5.00 pm and leave every half hour through midnight

Tickets may be purchased in advance online (recommended) at www.reserveeureka.com or at the hotel – but decide soon: tours from 7 through 9.30 are already totally booked!

Intrigue Theater Halloween Show is SOLD OUT!


$21.50 plus tax, half price under 13.  27 max. on each tour. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone over 18.

Tour lasts one hour ten minutes – start on the 4th floor in the Faculty Lounge, end in the notorious Norman Baker’s Morgue…

Photography encouraged – orbs abound at the Crescent Hotel!

Absolutely no alcohol allowed on the tours, disruptive rowdies will be asked to leave.

The tour goes down three flights of stairs and along a narrow passageway – if you have accessibility issues, please let us know in advance.


Wait – there’s more!

FLICKERING TALES – traditional Ozark ghost stories told by trained storytellers around a blazing campfire! Tickets available through www.ReserveEureka.com or at the front desk. Meet in the lobby at 11.00 pm.  It may be a little on the cool side – blankets will be provided.


Staying over on Saturday? We will continue in the Halloween spirit with a special extra-long version of Flickering Tales, told by four (4) storytellers!


Checking in on TONIGHT?  Our supernaturally themed comedy-murder-mystery play Not Really a Door will move from its usual 10.00 pm Friday performance time to the previous evening, to accommodate demand for ghost tours on Halloween. Normal schedule resumes on Saturday, November 1.