Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #9

Assign friends special tasks. 

In addition to your personal “nourishment coach”, another could be “the guest herder” making sure family and friends follow the agreed-upon schedule.  But perhaps the most important assignment will be “the keeper of the cell phone”, a discerning friend protecting you from well-meaning and curious friends and relatives who, during those final hours just prior to the wedding, will bombard you with frivolous calls and text messages.  (BONUS TIP:  Just prior to the ceremony, have an usher or family member ask the congregation to please silence their cell phones.) View Wedding Tip #10

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 #7

Live music for the wedding is an elegant touch. 

A wedding savvy single musician (or ensemble) should be able to play both your selection of ceremony songs on his/her cello, violin, guitar, keyboard or similar instrument as well as vocal accompaniment -with at least one rehearsal- should they be part of your ceremony.  Reception music is usually determined by the kind of reception you are having.  Live music -like that of your ceremony- makes the perfect enhancement for a sit down dinner.  If the reception is more finger food and open bar, a more upbeat-style band or deejay works best.  (BONUS TIP:  Most deejays can also serve as your reception’s emcee.)  View Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #8

Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #6

Hire a florist to prepare simple reception centerpieces. 

Most reception rooms are beautiful and require very little additional décor enhancements.  However, should centerpieces be part of your “vision”, a local or area florist that delivers and sets them in place will take one more task off your wedding day list.  (BONUS TIP: Be sure to give your florist the list of corsages and boutonnières needed.) View Wedding Tip #7

Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #5

Make spa and salon appointments months in advance. 

This way you know your massage, makeup and that “up-do” hair appointment will fall precisely within your schedule.  And remember, moms (and grand-moms) enjoy looking nice for the wedding, too, so think about scheduling -in advance- a hair appointment for them as well.  (BONUS TIP: If you would like to have a facial before your wedding, estheticians highly recommend having it at least 48 hours before your event.)  View Wedding Tip #6

Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #4

Arrive a couple days early for a destination wedding. 

This way you can recoup from the travel and get comfortable and familiar with the property.  Have your bridesmaids also arrive early and opt for a wedding day eve morning massage.  It will relax minds and bodies for the rehearsal later in the day and the wedding the next. (BONUS TIP: Remember that your wedding is also a family reunion and most hotels can give you a special rate for any family and friends who would like to arrive a few days early.)  View Wedding Tip #5

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

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

Eureka Springs Summer Vacation

Take the kids on a vacation they will remember this summer. Nestled in the safety of a small mountain town is a unique and wonder filled destination. Why go to Disney when you can experience the real thing? Explore the authentic little village of Eureka Springs with its twisty streets, historic businesses and colorful characters. Here are some ideas for how to have fun on a three day vacation:

Make plans to stay downtown. Some people miss out on experiencing the thrill of staying downtown because they don’t know how to handle parking. It can be a challenge if you don’t have the inside info but the Basin Park Hotel makes it easy. Just pull up in front of the hotel to unload and check in then park in the hotels secured and lighted parking. You won’t need your car for the rest of your visit. The basin park hotel shuttle will take you where you need to go. To really know the town, take a walk. The Basin Park Hotel sits in the heart of downtown overlooking the famous Basin Spring Park.

Getting settled…Your first night.
Basin Park Hotel’s newly renovated rooms offer relaxing space with arts and crafts era decor and furnishings blended with the latest amenities. Make your way down to Basin Spring Park. It’s a great place to people watch and it is the staging area for a variety of activities and live music from the band shell. Grab a bite at one of Eureka Springs unique downtown restaurants.

As the sun sets, take the shuttle up to one of the highest points in town, the Crescent Hotel. With a reputation as America’s Most Haunted Hotel, the Crescent specializes in haunted tours. You may want to reserve your crescent hotel ghost tours in advance on They are usually sell-out tours most nights. (If you are doing a ghost tour, consider dinner at Sky bar Gourmet pizza on the top floor of the Crescent Hotel)

Day 1
On your first full day in Eureka Springs wake up to some extreme fun with a Zipline tour. Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs has the longest, highest lines in the state. Even though it is
considered an extreme sport, ziplining is a very safe when guidelines are followed. Will and Kendra will get you geared up and feeling confident before you zip and the acclimation course will have you prepared for the real fun. After a bite of lunch, relax with a trolley ride through the historic district or take a van tour. You can even send the kids on a tour and spend some time in Serenity spa. End the evening with a great meal overlooking downtown at the Balcony Restaurant. The Balcony has a diverse menu with some local specialties and also has a full bar so the adults can enjoy their favorite drink. After dinner, prepare to be amazed at Intrigue Theater.

Day 2
Just steps from your room are dozens of interesting shops and galleries. Have an old-timey family portrait done at Judge Roy Beans, find the perfect gift or memento and just have fun ex
ploring the downtown shops. From the kiosk in Basin Spring Park, join up with the Downtown-N-Underground Tour. It’s a mildly adventurous tour with access to some neat spaces and colourful history of Eureka Springs. After lunch, take a trip to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and spend some time with hundreds of big cats, bears and more then settle around the campfire for haunted stories and Flickering Tales.

Day 3
After breakfast, plan to spend an inspiring day at the Great Passion Play. The Great Passion Play “has become a touchstone of Christian culture,” writes the Los Angeles Times. Walk through gate to Jerusalem and tour the Holy Land, set in biblical times. Self-guided tours through the Holy Land take visitors through full-scale replicas of the Eastern Gate in Jerusalem, the Tabernacle and more. View one of the most extensive collections of Christ-centered art in the Sacred Arts Center. Works range from the 9th century to present day and view over 7,000 bibles in 625 different languages. Ancient parchments, an original King James Bible from 1611 and a page from the Gutenberg Bible are some of what is on display at the Bible Museum. Of course, no visit to Eureka Springs is complete without a photo of the Christ of the Ozarks. At 67 feet high with an arm span of 65 feet, the Christ of the Ozarks stands overlooking the mountain village. As the evening arrives, grab a bite before The Great Passion Play begins. See hundreds of costumed characters and live animals perform the “Greatest Story Ever Told” in an unforgettable way.

Eureka Springs summer vacations are fun. For more ideas on things to do visit the blog or see the Official Eureka Springs Calendar of Events. Staying downtown is convenient. Just park your car and let the shuttle or trolley take you where you need to go. No worrying about directions. Purchase your attraction tickets early and everything will be ready for your arrival. Want to stay somewhere else? See more Eureka Springs lodging.

What Goes “Zip!”, “Wow!”,” Ooo!”, “Roar!” and “Splash!”?

What Goes “Zip!”, “Wow!”,” Ooo!”, “Roar!” and “Splash!”?

A Eureka Springs Summer Vacation

A family summer vacation in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, can be historical and hysterically fun thanks to some new attractions and some legendary ones with a new twist.


(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — What do “ZZZZZip!”, “Wow!”,”Ooo-OO-oo-oo!”, “Roar!”and “Splash!” all have in common?  They are all the sounds of a 2013 family vacation to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This year families can enjoy the new Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Intrigue Theater, ghost tours and tales of the macabre at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, 34 new big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and all the nuances of Beaver Lake’s Starkey Marina.  These are in addition to the dozens of other family-friendly venues and events located in and happening around this Arkansas Ozark Victorian village.

“It seems as though in years past the age of the average vacationing visitor has been creeping up,” said Bill Ott, past chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, “but with the addition of some new attractions and classic attractions being rediscovered, the age has been coming down and this year should see a huge jump.  Moms and dads, as well as grandparents, are loading up the kids of all ages -even those sophisticated older teens- and everyone is having a wonderful vacation in a destination known as ‘The Extraordinary Escape’.”

When the question is inevitably asked, “What’s there to do in Eureka Springs, especially for kids and families?” it can now be answered quite easily and enthusiastically.  Heading that list for 2013 is the new Ozark Mountain Ziplines (OMZ).  This popular, nationwide craze, which originated in Costa Rica, has never seen a better setting than the Arkansas Ozarks in and around Eureka Springs.  OMZ allows guests -ages three to 83- to soar more than 200 feet high over vast, gorgeous, beautiful hardwood trees and limestone cliffs with cable lengths up to 1,800 feet, the length of six football fields.

“I could not believe the thrill,” said one recent patron.  “It was like flying.  The best part about it was that my entire party and I felt super-safe in every phase of the adventure.  There’s minimal hiking from one point to the next and an air-conditioned van took us back up the mountainside.  Whoever said man cannot fly never took a ride on a zipline like the ones they have in Eureka Springs.”

Another relatively new attraction is Intrigue Theater.  Set in a eerie and intimate redeveloped Victorian church, this show takes audience members on a magical, humorous, and mind-blowing venture into the world of telepathy.

“My family and I were not only amazed, they were thrilled about being so close to such a high level of talent,” said one father as he exited the theatre following a performance.  The talent about which he spoke are noted illusionist and medium, Sean Paul, and his lovely assistant, Juliane,

The couple weaves an accompanying tale of intrigue as the unexplainable happens right before your eyes,” added the father.  “It was so entrancing, my teenage girls actually put down their smart phones and stopped texting.  Both the monkey and I approved of that.”

Sean Paul explained, “We place the audience into a time-capsule of the mind.  In doing so, members of the audience actually become part of our unfolding, mystical tales, magical demonstrations and introductions to special guests from ‘the other side’.  We even ask one member of the audience to come up on stage and, while under hypnosis, will have that volunteer regress back to a previous life only to return with physical proof of having crossed over.”

And speaking of “the other side”, no building is more famous for their “guests who check out but never leave” than the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  Well-respected as a mountaintop spa resort and wedding destination, this Historic Hotel of America takes guests on a hotel ghost tour every night giving them the chance to perhaps meet apparitions like Michael, Theodora, or the Lady In The Mist.

Recognized by many as America’s most haunted hotel, the Crescent has added a late-night nuance to their presentation of the paranormal.  “Flickering Tales” has guests, especially teens, sitting around an open campfire -in chairs- and being introduced to regional ghost stories almost lost to history.  These macabre stories are theatrically spun by noted international thespian, Keith Scales.  Once the hair is suitably standing up on the back of patrons’ necks, Scales leads them into a special trip to the hotel’s infamous “morgue” as the grand finale.

One of the biggest guesses at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) is wondering just how many big cats do they take care of at this 450-acre ranch located just a few minutes from downtown Eureka Springs.  But guests should never be too quick to hit the total button because it seems the folks at TCWR are adding to the number of abused, abandoned and neglected lions and tigers (and a bear) all the time.

Most recently, TCWR rescued nearly three-dozen big cats from a nearby county where they were being inadequately housed and cared for by a lady, due to her age and health condition, who could no longer give the animals proper care.  With this transition in its final stages, guests can meet the latest “cool cats” at this magnificent and breathtaking refuge that now houses nearly 150 animals including 138 big cats including mountain lions, cougars, panthers, bobcats, oh… and a bear.

On one of America’s most popular U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ lakes, Beaver Lake, sits Starkey Marina, located just west of Eureka Springs.  This floating cavalcade of watercrafts is the lake’s most popular stop for those who like to play on the water.  They will surely secure that standing in 2013 as they open a small, new restaurant as well as vastly increasing the number of personal watercrafts, pontoon and fishing boats to their fleet.  All the proper and required accoutrements are also available at Starkey ensuring your exploration of this clear blue 28,370-acre lake with its 480 miles of shoreline will create the finest in “memory chips”.

More information about these and all of Eureka Springs’ family-style attractions can be found at as well as lodging-attractions packages and hot deals.  To avoid standing in line, attraction tickets may be purchased in advanced at