(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — A series of events that has become holiday tradition here will celebrate its sixteenth year beginning December 1 at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. “Christmas At The Crescent”, a multi-day Yule festival, was started in 2001 by this Historic Hotel of America as an effort to extend Eureka Springs’ tourism season. It must have worked since Arkansas’ “extraordinary escape” community has become one of the region’s most popular holiday destinations by thousands of visitors annually.
The 2016 “Christmas At The Crescent” includes the following:
>Thursday, December 1 – Annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the St. James Episcopal Churchwomen; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Crystal Ballroom
>Saturday, December 3 – Annual Christmas Forest Tree Lighting, dozens of trees decorated by local charities and available for viewing and “voting” through December 31; 6:00 p.m.; East Lawn.
>Sunday, December 4 – Santa’s Brunch, a chance to bring the family for a sumptuous brunch buffet and an opportunity to sit in the lap of Ol’ Saint Nick; 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Crystal Ballroom.
>Monday, December 5 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk. Eureka Springs or Berryville School Christmas Concert; 12:00 noon; Crystal Ballroom. Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
>Tuesday, December 6 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk (afternoon activity: Festive Afternoon Tea). Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
>Wednesday, December 7 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk. Berryville or Eureka Springs School Christmas Concert; 12:00 noon; Crystal Ballroom.
>Thursday, December 8 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk (afternoon activity: Festive Afternoon Tea). Evening “Sounds Of The Season”; 6:30 p.m. (dinner service 5:00-9:00 p.m.); Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
>Friday, December 9 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk (afternoon activity: Holiday Culinary Experience). Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
For more information, go to www.christmasatthecrescent.com or call 479-253-9766.
(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) – OzMoMu~4, the 2017 version of the annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, has just announced its headliner. Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will take the main stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel during the festival’s four-day event scheduled for January 19-22.
“Horseshoes and Hand Grenades are,” as one writer puts it, “five guys from Wisconsin who have carried their acoustic instruments and deep-rooted musical style from the Midwest to the mountain west picking up fans and rave reviews at every turn. Rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink have mostly inspired this talented quintet. This five-piece band is as sturdy as any Midwest river bed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise.”
For more information on OzMoMu~4 tickets and overnight accommodations, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.
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For more information, contact:
Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator
(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 .
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
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 Hotel – One 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
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
Roenigk Board Room 8 attendees
Conservatory 1,180 Sq Feet 25 – 125 attendees
Crystal Dining Room 3,200 Sq Feet 75 – 300 attendees
(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is giving overnight guests during the month of October a guarantee that they can sleep with a ghost. The ghost of the guarantee may not be of the paranormal kind but a “ghost” nonetheless.
“When guests check in to the 1886 Crescent Hotel, the question most often asked when handed their key is ‘Is there a ghost in this room?’ Well, during the month of October, Crescent front desk clerks can cheerfully answer ‘Yes!’,” said Jack Moyer, hotel vice president and general manager.
The 1886 Crescent Hotel, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, has been featured on nearly 10 nationally syndicated paranormal television shows in as many years and is regularly listed at or near the top of all haunted hotel lists found online. “USA Today has featured our hotel in full-page articles twice and NBC’s Today Show has mentioned our property on numerous Halloween versions of their morning broadcast,” Moyer added. “However, the best national exposure of our ‘guests who check out but never leave’ was when Syfy’s highly popular Ghost Hunters program captured a full body apparition here on their thermal imaging camera while conducting an on-site investigation. They called it ‘the holy grail of ghost hunting’.”
Throughout the years, many guests have reported seeing, hearing or feeling an apparition in their room during their overnight stay at the 1886 Crescent. Some have even described those sensations in or around the bed while sleeping.
“It was the frequency of these random encounters that encouraged us to offer every overnight guest during this October such an experience,” explained Moyer, “even though in a somewhat whimsical manner. We will be decorating each sleeping room with a cute, cuddly, three-foot by two-foot by one-foot white plush ghost to hang on to during the sleeping hours. A paranormal security binkie has never taken a more delightful form.”
Moyer concluded, “As an added bonus, if any guest wants to take home one of these snuggly ghosts, they will be available in our hotel gift shop.”
The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has announced that on Friday and Saturday nights during October they will be expanding their nightly ghost tour offering. The regular nightly tour, which takes patrons from the hotel’s fourth floor down five flights of stairs to “the morgue”, has added an “all of the stories, none of the stairs” tour on Friday and Saturday nights only at 10, 10:30 and 11 o’clock.
For more information, one may go to AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.
There is nothing motorcyclists enjoy more than a whole bunch of highway curves that they can really lean into. So the folks over here in Eureka Springs -45 minutes from Fayetteville- have developed eight motorcycle ride loops for all those 400,000 riders coming into Northwest Arkansas for the “Bikes, Blues & Barbecue” rally, September 21-24, to enjoy. Here is that story….
Eight Thrilling Motorcycle Ride Loops Await “Bikes, Blues & Bar-B-Q” 2016
PIG TRAIL VIDEO>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02fnjQ8a2rQ
(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Just in time for the more than 400,000 riders coming to the 2016 version of Northwest Arkansas’ highly-popular “Bikes, Blues & BBQ” motorcycle rally, September 21-24 comes three new “loop” rides that bikers will love to lean into! Starting and ending in Eureka Springs, which is only 45 minutes east of Fayetteville, are the three new loops: Peel Ferry, Arkansas Dragon’s Tail, and War Eagle Mill. These have been added to the much-ridden “Big 5” of Eureka Springs: Goldwing/Highway 21; Beaver Town Bridge; Jasper; Highway 103; and the number one motorcycle ride in America, The Pig Trail. Each offers outstanding curves, switchbacks, hairpins, scenery and panoramas. And each of these loops is a day’s ride or less.
The Peel Ferry loop takes riders north into Missouri; east through highways carved out of limestone and into world-famous Branson; then further east and south into Arkansas. There, along the banks of Bull Shoals Lake, bikes will board Peel Ferry that runs during daylight hours the year-round and is the only existing ferry that plies any Arkansas river or lake. Serpentine highways wind past Bull Shoals southward to U.S. Highways 412 and 62 leading riders back to Eureka Springs. This ride is approximately a 200 mile / 5 hour sojourn.
The Arkansas Dragon’s Tail loop takes riders south and east of Eureka Springs through the hills-n-hollers shared with such topographic notables as the Buffalo River National Park, America’s only river ever designated as a national park, and the “Arkansas Grand Canyon”. At the bottom of the loop is the little historical community of Lurton that sits along the old wagon trail that was known as the Chisum (sic) Turnpike. On either side coming down or going back up toward Eureka Springs, riders will be “passin’ thru” Western Grove; Mt. Judea (pronounced “Judy”); Ponca and its herds of grazing elk; and Howe Hollow valley. Total round trip is 177 miles or approximately four hours of travel time.
The third “new” loop is called The War Eagle Mill and times out at one hour and 16 minutes with 54 miles being logged to and fro Eureka Springs. “What makes this short loop so awesome,” said one rider, “is that it leaves plenty of time to eat, shop or just relax in the rustic charm of the mill itself.” War Eagle Mill is one of America’s last operating undershot, burrstone gristmills that sits over War Eagle Creek. Here riders can watch product being made, taste some that has been baked up in the mill’s Bean Palace restaurant, take plenty of product home or have it shipped. The loop also takes riders in, around and through Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, 12 thousand acres of pristine Arkansas woodlands.
The Goldwing/Highway 21 loop encourages riders to leave Eureka Springs early to see the sunrise over amazing vistas like the Bluebird Hill Overlook. As this loop continues along its 269-mile and six-hour route, it takes riders through the Buffalo River National Park and a chance to watch grazing elk near Boxley and Lost Valley. An eagle could be spotted overhead as riders near Kingston and the “Arkansas Grand Canyon”.
Curvy roads and historic bridges carry riders over the White River and Beaver Lake on the Beaver Town Bridge loop with great views of the water. Riders have perhaps a once in a lifetime experience as they encounter one of the true treasures of the Southern road. The historic Beaver Bridge, best known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, was built in 1949, is 554 feet long but only 11 feet wide thereby only allowing one way at a time traffic. This is quite a large return for a ride that is only 26 miles and 44 minutes.
The Jasper loop is another route that takes riders through the Buffalo River National Park and across the 1930’s iron truss Pruitt Bridge. Two stops during the 150-mile/four-hour ride could be the Elk Education Center in Ponca and the Ozark Café on the town square in Jasper.
Riders are in store for a potpourri of wildlife opportunities on the Highway 103 loop. Big cats, up close and personal, at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and a trout hatchery and fishing stream at Roaring River State Park, just over the line in Missouri. All of this with the added dividend of Ozark scenery is part of the 142 miles and 4 hours invested.
But the cherry on top of the Eureka Springs’ loops’ sundae is the internationally famous Pig Trail. This ride is as challenging as it is scenic. Switchback after switchback between hairpin turns makes this ride a “must do” event when riding in Northwest Arkansas. The Designated Scenic Highway portion of Arkansas Highway 23 is truly breathtaking. Stops in Withrow State Park and alongside the Mulberry River allow riders to catch their breath and relax in beautiful, natural surroundings. Many riders say that this loop is the best seven hours and 280 miles of their riding lives.
For more information about all eight of these loops designed for motorcyclists, one should go to EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com.
PIG TRAIL VIDEO>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02fnjQ8a2rQ