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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Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

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2016 “Christmas Forest” Winners Announced

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1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Announces

2016 “Christmas Forest” Winners

 

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is all about tradition.  One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas At The Crescent Celebration was the “growing” of the “Christmas Forest”, an effort to raise money for local and area charities.  In the past eight years this forest has harvested $27,002.60 in charitable contributions.

“This town, this region, this state have provided such a wonderful environment for our hotel’s success, it is only right that we, the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, always give something back.  It is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both properties.  “It was a win-win proposition.  We had our mountaintop covered in lighted Christmas trees beautifully decorated by local citizens and employees which created a magical setting through which couples and families could stroll and be immersed in the holiday spirit of decoration and giving.  And, it gave those who enjoyed the forest an opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas’ with donations to a charity whose tree they liked the best.”

“The concept is quite simple,” Moyer explained.  “On or about Thanksgiving each year, we purchase plus have donated, like from our very own Sunfest Grocery Store, around 30 real evergreen trees.  The hotel places them on our property adorning each with lights.  Charities then come in, usually represented in part by one or more of our employees, and decorate their tree as festively as possible.  And what an amazing job they do each year.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous.

“We illuminate the Christmas Forest on the first Saturday night in December.  From that day thru December 31, those who come to the forest and wish to ‘vote’ for their favorite tree do so by dropping in the ‘ballot box’ one dollar for each vote they would like to cast.  On New Year’s Day, the votes are counted.  Each charity gets all of their ‘votes’ plus the Crescent kicks in cash prizes for the top three vote getters, $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and an honorable mention donation of $25 to all of the other charities.  Shortly thereafter the stripped trees are donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they become ‘cat toys’ for their big cats.”

Those charities that took top honors this year are OARS (Ozark AIDS Resources & Services) in first place with $1,376 in votes, Arkansas Children’s Hospital in second place with $1,349, and Good Shepherd Humane Society in third place with $178.

“Twenty-six other charities received honorable mention recognition,” said Mary Howze, the hotel’s activities director.  “They include Autism Speaks, Bereaved Parents of USA-NWA Chapter, Berryville Elementary Nurses Program, Camp No Limits, Carroll County Music Group, Christy Davis, Clear Spring School, ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach), Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, Eureka Springs School of Arts, Flint Street Food Bank, Food Not Bombs, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Heifer International, Holiday Island Fire Department, Jeremiah House, Loaves & Fishes, Main Stage, Mercy Hospice-NWA Chapter, Operation Smile, Preservation Society, Project Self Esteem, The Ozarks Chorale, The Purple Flower, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.”

“This was yet another record year for donations,” Moyer concluded.  “With all of the votes added to our additional cash prizes, local and area charities netted a Christmas present of $4,657 which pushed our eight year total to more than $27,000.  Ya see, sometimes money really does grow on trees.”

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ESP17: Eureka Springs Weekends Schedule Announced

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ESP17
Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends
January 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15, 2017

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekends at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas have grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States – so popular it now includes two weekends to accommodate demand. Participants will be investigating two local, historic hotels in one weekend at ESP17!

Participants will be expertly guided for a behind-the-scenes quest for evidence in the famed 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel in America”, that sits on a mountaintop overlooking beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The quest, for those who opt for an additional night, will included the Crescent’s sister hotel, the majestic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa _ Eureka Springs AR _ from above _ sepia _ rev1905 Basin Park, in downtown Eureka Springs and just steps from the famous Basin healing spring, the one that first put Eureka on the map back in the nineteenth century.

The spaces known to be the most active at the Crescent Hotel will be open for investigation from midnight to dawn. On Saturday nights, the Crescent Hotel ghost hunt will be orchestrated and led by our ever-popular resident investigator, author of seven books about the supernatural and founder of ARPAST, the awesome Larry Flaxman! Those who choose to stay an extra night will be able to explore the Basin Park Hotel, with Larry in the lead –when the entire building hotel will be closed and empty except for event participants.

A plethora of events have been planned for the weekend. They include receptions; midnight champagne toasts to the ghosts; fully-costumed experienced ghost tour guides always on hand to facilitate the event; all the amenities of the famous 1886 Crescent Hotel including breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant and socializing in the newly-expanded SkyBar; the gallery of historic photographs on the fourth floor; the new Crescent College and Conservatory Museum; as well as the unique and picturesque Ozark Mountain village of Eureka Springs to explore – all this and T-shirts, too! (And perhaps a few surprises…)

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(Please note: programs for each weekend are identical)

Activities

GUIDED INVESTIGATION OF THE MOST ACTIVES AREA OF THE CRESCENT HOTEL – rooms 419, 3500, 218, 101 (Governor’s Suite, new this year) and of course, 20140104_130618Norman Baker’s MORGUE – led by our resident paranormal investigator, the renowned LARRY FLAXMAN, author of seven books and founder of ARPAST. Saturday nights.

GUIDED INVESTIGATION OF THE BASIN PARK HOTEL, which will be closed and completely empty for this event. Led by the great Larry. Sunday nights.

INDEPENDENT NOCTURNAL INVESTIGATIONS – free roam from midnight to dawn with participants conducting their own search for our “guests who checked out but never left!”

Scheduled Events

NIGHTLY GHOST TOURS at the 1886 Crescent and1905 Basin Park hotels, geared especially to ESP investigators. Learn the history of the hotels and the town, hear the stories behind the sightings and identify the most active areas of the buildings.

STORY CIRCLE Gives participants a chance to relate their experiences of the supernatural, here and elsewhere, and to hear the stories of other ESP participants – hosted by long-time favorite tour guide Aunt Reba.

A SÉANCE Under controlled circumstances and with the assistance of trained psychics, participants will attempt to communicate with some of the better known departed spirits of the Crescent Hotel such as Norman Baker; the “Girl in the Mist”; and of course, Michael, the mischievous stonemason!

TECHNOPHILIA, or “My gadget is more sensitive than your gadget!” Participants will contrast and compare ghost-hunting equipment with other paranormal investigators.Larry Preparing This gives participants the opportunity to show off their favorite toys and to drool over the ones they don’t have… yet.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF THE DEAD: a performance in words and music by popular duo Victoria Ralph and Bobby Matthews who will ask the questions: “Why do people seek scary experiences?” and “What is it that scares us the most?”
IMMERSION – a theater experience with no “fourth wall.” Vince Johari will be the featured paranormal entertainer and guide into this realm of spirit communication.

On-Going

ESP TESTING – Participants will investigate the phenomena known as telepathy, thought transference or remote viewing for personal evaluation. The tests will continue as they become more elaborate allowing participants to learn more about this fundamental mystery of human mental capacities as well as a chance to test their own PSI potential!

PSYCHOMANTEUM – Opens up the conduit to one’s own mind – or is it simply “the Other Side”? In ancient Greece, trained priests attempted to contact the spirits of the dead in a specially constructed, completely silent, subterranean temple called a psychomanteum. Reached through a complicated underground series of tunnels, the inner sanctum contained a still pool of water and single candle. In the process known as scrying, the initiate would gaze into the pool until visions appeared. A modern version of this sensory deprivation chamber was created by Dr. Raymond Moody, employing a soundproofed, mirrored room. Past participants have reported startling results.

Those who participate will experience the psychomanteum at the highest point in the Ozark hills. Whether one believes that the images come from “in there”, “out there”, or can find no distinction, the psychomanteum provides a rare and unique experience for the adventurous.

PSYCHIC SALON
Psychics Lisa Dawn (Shustah cards); Michelle Rasmussen Foster (Intuitive Angel Readings); and Margo “the Charmreader” will be available throughout both ESP17 weekends to give readings and to enable future appointments to be made.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

NOT REALLY A DOOR, a one-hour, two-actress, keep-‘em-guessing, supernatural, comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, created especially for our guests at “America’s Most Flickering TalesHaunted. It has the distinction of being the second longest running-play in Eureka Springs history! (Note: there will be no prizes for those who identify the longest, just the accolades of fellow participants.)

FLICKERING TALES – genuine Ozark stories of witches, monsters and ghosts, delivered by trained storytellers.

PLUS

Awaiting participants will be receptions; midnight champagne toasts to the ghosts; fully-costumed experienced ghost tour guides always on hand to facilitate the event; the amenities of the famous 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa including breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room restaurant, socializing in the expanded SkyBar, the historic photograph gallery on the fourth floor; the Crescent College and Conservatory Museum; as well as the unique and picturesque Ozark Mountain village of Eureka Springs to explore. All this and T-shirts! (And maybe even a few surprises…)
>Snacks and beverages available in the “small hours” at both hotels.
>Shuttles available between hotels during certain hours
>Discounted rate for extended stays by ESP17 participants Monday-Thursday, Jan 9-12, at both hotels

This Event Sells Out so please Reserve Your Spot by booking online for a 2 night or 1 night ESP Pkg:

2 Night (Fri/Sat) ESP Package-BOOK NOW

1 Night (Sat) ESP Package-BOOK NOW

 

 

A New Tradition of Family Christmas in Eureka Springs

A New Tradition of Family Christmas in Eureka Springs

Almost all households who celebrate Christmas will do so at home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning.  However, for many families from ArDSC_0095kansas, Western Oklahoma, Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and beyond, their newest holiday tradition has become a “family Christmas” reunion where everybody comes together 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 at a destination the whole family enjoys.  That place for the past dozen years or so has been the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, located in historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  The families that “gather up” at the Crescent not only appreciate and take pride in this mountaintop spa resort being the gathering place for their family but the hotel itself, its vast garden area and the cottages are magnificently decorated for that crowning “feel of home” touch.

            “When you add our Cottages at Crescent Park and Lookout Cottage Estate to our numerous spacious suites and penthouses located in our hotel proper, the Crescent now has  lcManorHouse_snow_300multiple choices for a family to choose for their Christmas week holiday family reunion,” said Jack Moyer, general manager of the Crescent.  “In Lookout Estate, our five-bedroom Manor House can accommodate most families while some families choose a combination of Crescent cottages and selected suites to accommodate their family members.  No need to pull out the sleeper sofa at Grandma’s for the kids, to set up cots for the cousins, or to convince Uncle Willy that sleeping in the recliner really can be a relaxing experience.”

            Moyer explained that the normal pattern is for family members to start arriving from all directions on Christmas or the day after, still while the kids are out of school.  “Hugs-n-howdies” that first night followed by “the roundup” in the hotel’s lobby or other designated spot the next day for the onset of the family’s week of discovering 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 Day is ideal for them, “continued Moyer “Those six nights and seven days are usually free of commitments and those few days invested in a family get-together are guaranteed to make wonderful lifetime memories.”

In past years, families have seemed to enjoy the more than 100 local shops to pick up on after-Christmas sales.  Eureka shops, eclectic in nature and “non-chain”, are perfect 484152_550898464923607_1894183831_nfor finding those just right, one-of-a-kind gifts.  This year they will also be able to enjoy Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Intrigue Theater, and other area attractions open during this special week.

            Moyer explained that the Manor House, other cottages and suites become quickly reserved.  So he encouraged families to exercise haste in calling in or going online to reserve their group of rooms.  Reservations for our Christmas Buffet, spa appointments, and certain holiday events should also be made far in advance.

            “Once the reservations have been made,” Moyer concluded, ”the only thing left for the family to do is to go over the river and through the woods to their historic holiday home, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, for an unforgettable family reunion in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  ”

            For reservations and information, one should go to crescenthotel.com or call 800-342-9766.

Food & Wine Weekend

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Come experience the culinary excellence of Eureka Springs. Many local restaurants will be featuring their chef’s signature courses expertly paired with perfect wines. Other wine and food events all around town. 

For Full schedule click here

The Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa would like to invite you to the following events:

Friday – November 8thEureka Springs 1-2006 (21)

The 1886 Steakhouse

4pm to 4:30 Class on Why Cheese Is So Good With Wine: $10 per person

4:30 to 5pm Taste our house wines

5pm to 9pm  The Chefs Food & Wine Feature

An appetizer plate of fruit and cheese paired with Barefoot MuscatoPhoto by Purdy Art Co.

Guests choice of a 10oz Filet or a 16oz Ribeye paired with Keikan Malbec

Chefs choice of sides for the evening

Rich Cheese Blintz with a Wildberry Topping paired with Spumanti Champagne

 

Saturday- November 9th

Sky Bar Gourmet PizzaPhoto by Purdy Art Co.

All Day in The Skybar its Calzone and Chianti, a classic pairing of rich food and big tannins $23

 

Sunday – November 10th

Sunday Brunch

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Scrumptious Cheese Blintz paired with a Cordial of Dessert Wine

Enhance your Brunch and Glass of Veuve Clicquot French Champagne  for only $10

 

 

Eureka Springs Weddings – Just the Two of Us

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Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #10

Don’t forget the marriage license! 

This is easily achieved by clearly outlining your plan for securing it, presenting it to the minister just prior to the ceremony and returning it -before the deadline- to the county office that issued it.  Get firm answers -far in advance- to such questions regarding where do you purchase a license, what documents are required, the cost, the payment method (cash only?  exact amount required?), where is the courthouse, when is it open, how do we get the signed license registered after the ceremony, etc.  (BONUS TIP:  If your wedding event is on or around a holiday, call and find out -for sure- the courthouse’s hours and days of operations around that holiday.)

Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #8

Think of your personal well-being when scheduling. 

Designate an agenda that will get you nourishment and hydration during the time/days leading up to your event.  Many brides, unfortunately, say, “I’m too busy to eat.” or do not drink enough water which leads them to feeling weak and faint on their wedding day.  (BONUS TIP: If need be, ask a friend or bridesmaid to be your “nourishment coach”.)  View Wedding Tip #9

Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #3

Consider a location that can erect a large tent.  

A beautiful, white wedding tent can be perfect for the ceremony and/or the reception.  It protects guests from the sun and should the unthinkable happen (whisper “rain”), everything could be moved under cover since most tents offer optional window-like side-panels.  For cool evenings, lighting and well-placed heaters can be added.  (BONUS TIP: Unity candles do not work well out of doors or even under an open tent; the flames blow out with the slightest breeze.  Unity sand might be an alternative choice.)  View Wedding Tip #4

Parallel Universes: Things Unknown

Who has not heard of the Crescent Hotel in magical Eureka Springs, Arkansas? Our nightly ghost tours provide an unforgettable experience – walking the restored-to-period corridors, recalling the residents of long ago, and lingering in the  Morgue/museum of glamorous charlatan Norman Baker. But there is more! The Crescent Hotel also offers other ways to investigate the Paranormal- including semi-annual themed conferences and live theatre with supernatural themes.

Our next major event will be:

PARALLEL UNIVERSES: THINGS UNKNOWN

A confluence of evidence, thoughts and theories on some of the enduring mysteries in the mind, on the planet and in the heavens.

August 23, 24,25 2013

Topics include:

DOWSING – Controversial, yet employed all over the world–Gladys Mcoy, Ozark Research Institute, will recount the history of dowsing around the world; give a personal demonstration; and lead a “hunt” on the grounds of the Crescent Hotel!

AUTOMATIC WRITING – for centuries there have been isolated individuals who, while asleep or in trance, would write down material that appears to come from somewhere other than their own minds – often elaborate philosophical and cosmological systems, sometimes beyond the comprehension of the writer. Where does this material originate?

SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION - Declared impossible – yet it keeps happening Larry Arnold, director of ParaScience International, author of ABLAZE! will explore several bizarre cases and propose various explanations for discussion.

PSI POTENTIAL – Do you have hidden abilities? Are you capable of remote viewing? ESP? Larry Flaxman, founder and president of Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, will administer a series of scientifically governed tests.

In House Investigations

THE DOGON – How did the Dogon, a tribe in Mali West Africa,  come to possess knowledge of astronomical phenomena invisible to the naked eye? The ancient legends tell of travelers who came to earth from the Sirius star system.Things Unknown - Marbles Blast - Page 1 copy

CROP CIRCLES – Man made? Messages from space? Both? The jury is still out! Thomas Stacks will present the latest circles, theories and controversies.

BIZARREKANSAS: An exporation of the stranger side of the Natural state! Performers ED and Karen Underwood; authors of “Forgotten Tales of Arkansas.”

LIVE THEATER: Not Really A Door-a one hour roller-coaster, keep ‘em guessing supernatural, comedy thriller & Flickering Tales-authentic Ozark ghost stories told around a fire-pit, ending with a trip to Norman Baker’s notorious morgue.  Plus the Ghost Tours!

These and other fascinating unexplained mysteries will be examined in detail by experts and discussed by conference participants – you!

Join us at our mountaintop Gothic chateau in the Ozark forest for a weekend of exploration into the unknown, among like-minded friends. We are pleased to offer generous discounts rates to our colleagues in curiosity.

2 Night Conference Package

2 nights in a Premium Room, Breakfast for 2, All Events Pass, 2 Tickets to Not Really A Door, and 2 Tickets to the Ghost Tour.

$439 plus tax.  Valid Friday & Saturday, 8/23 & 8/24.

Check Availability.

 

Day Passes Available: Friday $75, Saturday $100, 3-Day $125  Check Availability, click here.

Call for passes 877-342-9766

 

For any questions, email: kscales@ix.netcom.com

Visit Americas Most Haunted Hotel
75 Prospect Ave.

Eureka Springs, AR 72632 877-342-9766

www.crescenthotel.com