Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #2

Take into account the time of year of your event.

Many brides will theme/color coordinate her wedding to that season.  Time of year should also be considered when choosing wedding party wardrobe.  Sleeveless, strapless bridesmaids’ dresses might be uncomfortable for an outdoor wedding in late fall or early spring.  Although Eureka Springs traditionally has mild summer temperatures, some days can be downright hot.  Your groom, his groomsmen, -and your dad- will appreciate not having to wear a wool tux coat and vest midday under an August sun.  (BONUS TIP: One recent trend for outdoor weddings has been coordinated casual ensembles for the wedding party; comfortable and fun.) View Wedding Tip #3

Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #1

Book your venue once you have established your date. 

Not to do so, can cause heartbreak and disappointment if where you want to get married and have your reception are booked on what you have chosen to be your special day.  (BONUS TIP:  You and your fiancé should have several discussions with family and friends so you can choose the date most accommodating to most of them.) View Wedding Tip #2

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Overnight Packages

Writers & Fan Pack PackageDouble Occupancy at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

  • 2 nights stay in a Premium Room
  • Welcome Reception-Friday
  • 2 Passes to presentations, round tables, author readings and Writers Workshop at the Writers Colony.
  • Breakfast for 2 each morning
  • Lunch for 2 on Saturday
  • 2 Ghost Tour Tickets
  • 2 Late Night Theatre Tickets
  • 2 Tickets to the Eureka Springs History Tour

$599 per person-double occupancy. Valid 1/25 & 1/26.

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Writers & Fan Pack PackageSingle Occupancy at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

  • 2 nights stay in a Premium Room
  • Welcome Reception-Friday
  • 1 Pass to presentations, round tables, author readings and Writers Workshop at the Writers Colony.
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • 1 Ghost Tour Ticket
  • 1 Late Night Theatre Ticket
  • 1 Ticket to the Eureka Springs History Tour

$685 per person-single occupancy. Valid 1/25 & 1/26

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Fan PakDouble Occupancy

  • Stay 2 nights in a Premium Room
  • Welcome Reception-Friday
  • 2 Passes to presentation, round tables, and author readings (does not include 1 1/2 days of the Writers Workshop)
  • Breakfast for two Saturday morning
  • 2 Ghost Tour Ticket
  • 2 Late Night Theatre Ticket
  • 2 Ticket to the Eureka Springs History Tour

$399 per person-double occupancy. Valid 1/25 & 1/26.

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Fan Pak-Single Occupancy

  • Stay 2 nights in a Premium Room
  • Welcome Reception-Friday
  • 1 Pass to presentation, round tables, and author readings (does not include 1 1/2 days of the Writers Workshop)
  • Breakfast Saturday morning
    1 Ghost Tour Ticket
    1 Late Night Theatre Ticket
    1 Ticket to the Eureka Springs History Tour

$485 per person-Single Occupancy. Valid 1/25 & 1/26.

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Crescent Hotel Christmas Forest Winners

1886 Crescent Hotel’s “Christmas Forest” Nets Local Charities $3565

The annual “Christmas Forest” of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa has netted local charities here $3,565 in donations thanks to a combination of one-dollar “votes” and cash prizes.  Twenty-five charities participated with OARS (Ozark AIDS Resource Services) garnering the most “votes”, $588, to become the winning tree for 2012.  Second and third place vote getters were Friends of RoAnna with $475 and Arkansas Children’s Hospital with $332.

A “vote” came in the form of a one-dollar donation placed in a collection “ballot” box that was on-site at the forest.  After visitors walked through the forest during the month of December they were encouraged to write the name of their favorite tree on a little envelope placing their “votes” inside.

Other charities represented in the 2012 forest were American Veterans Association, Autism Speaks, Berryville Elementary Nurses Program, Born This Way, Brighton Ridge Residents’ Activity Fund, Carroll County Literacy Council, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Clear Spring School, ECHO, Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, Flint Street Food Bank, Good Shepherd Humane Society, Heifer International, Loaves & Fishes, Our House, Ozarks Chorale, Project Self-Esteem, St. John’s Hospice, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Womenade, and Wounded Soldiers.

Each year, the Crescent Hotel supplies the trees, the lights and the prize money.  All participants get to keep all of their “votes” plus the top three “vote” getters receive an additional $200 for first prize, $150 for second prize, and $100 for third prize.  The Crescent also awards every non-winning charity a $25 “honorable mention” donation.

“What a wonderful addition to Eureka’s holiday season,” said Mary Howze, hotel activities coordinator, “and a real win-win situation.  Visitors to and residents of Eureka Springs get to see a beautiful garden filled with lavishly decorated holiday trees and local charities receive donations.

“And this year’s forest has another winner, too.  All of our trees, after the lights and decorations were removed, were given to the Table Rock Fish Habitat where they will supply underwater cover for our finny friends.”

Howze concluded by saying, “Our next Christmas Forest will be our eighth.  Each 2013 tree will be decorated and ready for voting following our gala illumination ceremony the first Saturday in December with the ‘polls’ closing again at midnight on New Year’s Eve.”

Crescent Hotel Bride

Your Wedding at the Crescent Hotel & Spa

The moment has come, she looks one last time in the mirror, takes a deep breath, smiles and imagines herself as a little girl dreaming what her big day would be like.  It has arrived.

At the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa your dreams come true.   Nostalgic, Memorable and Romantic is how you feel when married at this Arkansas Icon.

For those of you that have over 100 guests , we have developed thoughts for when it’s your turn to see what “Your Wedding Day” could be like at the Crescent Hotel…  Enjoy our recommendations

The Perfect Location

For the rest of your life, friends and acquaintances will say “ You were married at the Crescent Hotel… wow”  Our Crescent Brides love the location of the Eureka Springs. The Hotel, tucked away high atop the Ozark Mountains includes beautiful views, delicately manicured gardens and a great valley below.  This is what will be in your wedding photos creating  a beautiful backdrop for the Bride and Groom to be featured. Featuring a wide variety of options for both  inside or outside wedding ceremony and receptions we always encourage a site visit before decisions are made.

Your Site Visit

Planning your big day can become very overwhelming and support from your wedding partners is important.  At the Crescent Hotel you will meet a sales manager that coach you, make suggestions and will guide you through all the steps of your wedding plans while at the hotel and with our supporting vendors.  Attention to detail is important and with so much to do with the wedding as a whole, support on the spa, lodging, ceremony and reception is important.  We care about your dream and we pride ourselves in that It feels like you have a personal friend taking care of all the big plans.

The New Moon Spa & Salon

Only at the Crescent Hotel can brides and their bridesmaids enjoy getting ready inside the hotel and at the salon.  The New Moon Bridal Studio offers a private, relaxed Living room, three faceted full length mirror, bridal closet and bath making it easy for the bridal party to get ready together while enjoying one another’s company.  Much larger than any hotel room or suite, you also have the option of having a catered luncheon.

The Ceremony

Romantic Ceremonies with beautiful settings are a special feature of any event  in the Wedding Capital of the South.  The Crescent Wedding Sales Managers recommend for Wedding Ceremonies over 100 attendees- four options.

The Crescent Fountain Gardens has been expanded and improved in 2013 to further its status as the premier outdoor ceremony venue.

For a Downtown and indoor event with a historic flair, The Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom is a 2300 square foot ballroom surrounded by stained glass windows, large stage and still has its original pine flooring.

World Renown Thorncrown Chapel, only 3 miles from hotel, is one of the most impressive glass chapels ever built.  Standing 48 feet tall with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass, this makes for a special one of a kind wedding site.

For events up to 300, The Thorncrown Worship Center, located adjacent to the Chapel is equally as stunning.  Designed by the E Fay Jones, the worship center creates a incredible backdrop to what is the most impressive bridal march available.  The Worship Center can hold up to 300 people.

*SPECIAL NOTE — The Crescent Hotel is the only wedding partner that can book a year out with Thorncrown Chapel and the Worship Center.

Memorable Receptions

For your reception you might choose an evening sunset ceremony in the front of the fountain garden and the wedding reception in the Conservatory and Gazebo Boardwalk. Decorations are put in place and evening candles light up the Conservatory room for a romantic, intimate setting.

With over 100 guests you decide on a plated dinner as you were offered a tasting from the Chef prior to your wedding date and loved that special Chicken Boursin.

You could decide to go with the wedding vendors that the hotel offered to include an acoustic guitarist for your walk down the aisle and a fun DJ for the reception party.  You offered your guests a couple of cakes to choose from, both a grooms cake and a wedding cake as well as an open bar with champagne for toasting.  The staff are professionals with a lot of wedding experience as you will find them  very attentive and helpful in making your day stress free.   When the last song has played, you will find yourself thanking everyone for coming, however equally as thankful for your bridal suite and comfortable bed located just upstairs.  The next morning you meet everyone again for the Crescent’s famous Sunday Brunch in the Crystal Ballroom.  This added a special moment to reconnect with the stress fleeting and great memories instilled.  After brunch you say your goodbye’s and your off on your honeymoon.  Nostalgic, Romantic and Memorable to say the least.  Make plans on coming back to the Crescent Hotel to celebrate your 1 year anniversary as this grand Historic Hotel of America is now a significant part of your lifetime memories.

Reception Options at The Crescent Hotel

The Fountain Garden

This is the best place for a large outdoor garden wedding.  The fountain area makes a perfect backdrop for a ceremony as the bride makes her way through the garden path.  The gardens have recently been expanded to hold up to 350 people.  A big garden tent would make a romantic enclosed area for an outdoor garden reception.

The Conservatory

An elegant room surrounded with windows on three sides of the room overlooking the gardens, hardwood floors and delicate chandeliers set this room off as truly one-of-a-kind.  A boardwalk and stairwell leads out to a gazebo and fountain gardens, perfect for a garden ceremony. Brides and families enjoy having the garden access for a ceremony and an intimate room for a reception.

The Crystal Ballroom

Walking into this grand ballroom will take your breath away not only by the size but the historic, romantic setting of this room.  With the ability to fit 300 people you definitely will not be limited on space for a grand wedding.  Hardwood floors, granite top bar, and chandeliers make this room a perfect setting for a fun and memorable wedding.

The East Lawn

Step right outside of the hotel onto the East Lawn with a scenic view of the Ozark valley below.  The East Lawn has a gazebo backdrop, perfect for an outdoor ceremony or the lawn provides an intimate area for a garden tent reception.

The Wedding Partners

The Crescent Hotel has been in the wedding business for many years and averages about 250 weddings a year so they have many local and regional wedding partners to help you out on your big day if you want ideas on cakes, flowers, music etc.  View the Wedding Partners of Eureka Springs.

Call us today for any information 800-903-4940 or visit us online at

Christmas at the Crescent

“Christmas At The Crescent” Has Become Eureka Springs Tradition

Christmastime at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s weeklong schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”.  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 1 through December 7.

“When we first started this annual event 12 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel Vice-President of Operations and Development Jack Moyer.  “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time.  So much so, it encouraged us to build up this week not only for our hotel guests but to also impact the holiday season for the entire Greater Eureka Springs area.”

One such community-wide event is the Christmas Forest Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m.  Twenty-five trees will adorn the hotel’s East Lawn this year allowing it to be seen both on-property and from across the valley from the East Mountain Rotary Overlook.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

“Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 2 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch. The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ content guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each weekday -except Thursday- at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom will swing its doors open for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.

Something new this year will be “Stories for The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” presented during dinner service in the Crescent’s 1886 Steakhouse.  Professional actors will festively portray seasonal stories -old and new- at 7:30pm for steakhouse guests each of the evenings of Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday during “Christmas at The Crescent” week.

For those who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Holiday Readers Theater Troupe will present a rousing adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” following a delicious four-course Dickensian-themed feast.  This dinner theater production is a Tuesday night affair and is held in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended since seating is limited.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance at 8.  Some seating will be made available this year for performance-only patrons at a special admission price.

Thursday night will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale.  A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” is planned at 6:30 p.m. during dinner and wine service in the Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are not required.

For those who simply long to share a laugh or a happy tear with friends and family while watching classic holiday motion pictures, Dr. Baker’s Bistro and Sky bar is where guests will want to congregate on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:00p.m..  Each of these evenings this popular lounge and eatery transforms itself into a miniplex for enjoying Christmas cinematic classics.  As a holiday gift to Dr. Baker’s patrons, there is no admission for this nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Other events that have been included in this year’s weeklong menu of activities are Thursday’s “Silver Tea”, a fund-raiser to benefit Eureka Springs School of the Arts; Friday’s “Chef Of The Day: Building a Sunday Brunch”; and Friday evening’s performance of Intrigue Theater in the hotel’s satellite 1901 Gavioli Chapel at 8pm.

For more information and the complete “Christmas at The Crescent” schedule, one should go here.