Sleep With A Ghost -Guaranteed

SLEEPING WITH A GHOST... guaranteed during the month of October at America's Most Haunted Hotel as every room -even Michael's Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel)- will have a "ghost" on the bed welcoming guests as they enter.  [1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas]

…is guaranteed during the month of October at America’s Most Haunted Hotel as every room -even Michael’s Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel)- will have a “ghost” on the bed welcoming guests as they enter.
[1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas]
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(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.”

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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.

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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 week longCHF_8859 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 7 through December 13 here at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

            “When we first started this annual event 13 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, wonderful decorations, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time.  So much so, it encouraged us to expand our holiday decorations at the property and build up events during this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”

            One such community-wide event is the Lighting of the Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m.  More than 30 trees willDSC_0030 adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  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.

            Also on Saturday Night from 3 – 8 PM, the Crescent Hotel will participate in the annual Preservation Tour of Homes by opening up the iconic Manor house of Lookout Cottages Estate.  The Preservation Tour of Homes, often attended by over 2,000 visitor helps to fund preservation efforts around Eureka Springs including last year’s benefactor, Crescent Spring.

            Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 8 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 areDSC_0095 a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight 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 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

            Each weekday, the hotel’s activity department creates a festive to do, while at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open its doors 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.

            For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing adaptation of “A ChristmasPhoto by Purdy Art Co. Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast.  This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 10th in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended since seating is limited.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.

            Thursday night, December 12th  will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.  A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” isPhoto by Purdy Art Co. planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state.  Reservations are not required.

             “One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to expand Christmas lighting throughout the town as well as make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas festival,” added Moyer.esxmasparade

            Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, Preservation Tour of Homes and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.

                        “The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said.  “Starting with Christmas parade Friday December 6th and continuing through Christmas at the Crescent and the Sweet Treats Christmas Tour the first two weeks of December are filled with holiday spirit and events.  So many in fact this two-week celebration is now known as the ‘ Christmas Festival’.”

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

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You Are Invited To Celebrate The Crescent Bride in Eureka Springs

You are invited to Celebrate the Crescent Bride in Eureka Springs!

April 28th~3pm-5pm

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Eureka Springs Weddings-Petal Design

Whether you are planning on an indoor or outdoor wedding, we are finding our brides are creating fabulous designs with flower petals in lieu of an aisle runner. A great way to add a little personal touch to your wedding that your guests will remember!

Winter Spa Escape

In Winter, Couples Choose Eureka Springs’ “Spa-scape”

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Couples often slip off on a getaway to discover new things about a destination.  The primary nuance that couples seem to discover -or rediscover- in Eureka Springs, a 19th century village situated among the folds of the Arkansas Ozarks, during the winter is an indoor activity of extreme indulgence.  For when the cold winds blow, most couples escape to this extraordinary destination primarily for one three-letter word, spa.

Savvy winter travelers find that a “spa-scape” to Eureka Springs, one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, during these months offer very attractively priced packages.  Packages that not only include lodging but the ultimate pampering services such as hot stone massages; duet massages; facials; and full body wraps that warm the body, mind and spirit.  Many add salon treatments to the regimen in order that their New Year’s “new look” resolution can become a reality.

There are more than a dozen professionally-operated Spa Facilities in Eureka Springs offering such unique services as aromatherapy, body scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, self-heating mud treatments, plus the most popular Swedish and deep-tissue massages.

Two new attractions that were added last winter for a Eureka Springs’ spa-scape” are the new Arkansas Art Trail and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art located 45 minutes west of Eureka Springs.  Crystal Bridges, founded by Alice Walton, is said to be the world’s finest collection of American art.

“With the advent of Crystal Bridges there grew an overwhelming interest in art in the northwest corner of our state,” said Bill Ott director of communications for two of Eureka Springs’ historic hotels, the 1886 Crescent and the 1905 Basin Park.  “The Arkansas Art Trail links created art, as displayed at Crystal Bridges; art being created, as in the dozens of living galleries in Eureka Springs; and breathtaking natural sights and vistas that provide the inspiration of great art throughout The Ozarks and along such area rivers as Buffalo National River Park.

The modern architectural design of Crystal Bridges is contrasted by those nineteenth century limestone structures that line the streets of Downtown Eureka Springs.  Downtown’s easy to moderate trails transport visitors from commercial to urban with its Victorian homes to pristine with all The Ozarks has to offer in just a very few steps.

Those interested in the natural and historic travel, to the west less than an hour for visits to Hobbs State Park Conservation Area with its Pigeon Roost Trail; War Eagle Mill, a working water-driven gristmill; and two “must see” sesquicentennial Civil War sites, Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove State Park.

Just to the southwest is one of the most predictable places in Arkansas to see elk, Boxley Valley.  And during the cool time of the year, they can be seen grazing just about all day in fields adjacent to the state highway that has plenty of places to safely pull over and “set a spell”.  The adjacent Upper District of the Buffalo River National Park is a great place to look up and see majestic bald eagles this time of year.  Tours are also available on Beaver Lake to watch the Eagles.

Eclectic shopping, one of Eureka Springs’ hallmark activities, is still viable during the winter with many shops offering great post-holiday bargains.  Restaurants of note also open their doors to wintertime guests for a relaxing gourmet sojourn.  Nightspots offer live music, adult beverages and great opportunities for dancing like “the stars”.  Historical museums and unique attractions like Turpentine Creek, a refuge for lions, tigers and other big cats, welcome visitors for a more relaxed viewing.

For those opting for a fly-drive adventure, two airports serve Eureka Springs.  Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) is 50 miles to the west while the new Branson Airport (BKG) is that same distance to the northeast.  The major rental car companies serve both.

“Many already know that Eureka Springs is alive and well during the winter months and visit annually,” concluded Ott, “yet we still have a few spa appointments still open just in case anyone new would like to come and join us for a supremely relaxing ‘spa-scape’.  It’s a great way for the two of you to start the new year.”

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In the middle of winter also is a flurry of special activities and events to keep visitors entertained and enchanted:

EUREKA GRAS “A Mardi Gras Extravaganza” — Now in its seventh year, the 2013 version of this community-wide festival crescendos February 7th-12th with such activities as Hookers and Jokers Ball, Coronation Royalty BalljMardi Gras Daytime Parade, Krazo (Ozark spelled backwards) Costume Contest, Beaux Arts Masquerade Ball, and New Orleans-style Jazz Brunch.  And in those moments between scheduled events, fun ensues with impromptu celebrations breaking out all over town during this “laissez les bon temps rouler” celebration week.

VALENTINE’S WEEK — One day is not enough time for celebrating love in the “Wedding Capital of The South”.  From February 14-16, hotels, chapels, restaurants and the courthouse are abuzz with couples who want to get married, are married, or those who are just in love.  Eureka Springs has no waiting period for those who want to get married on the spur of the moment.  All that is needed is a marriage license obtained during the day at Carroll County Western District Courthouse; just add a minister.

CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ FESTIVAL — As part of Eureka Springs’ salute to those who love their sweetie comes an event for those who love sweets of the chocolate variety.  This festival, held this year in the Eureka Springs Convention Center on February 9, is in its ninth year and is designed to satisfy even the strongest sweet-tooth.

Thanksgiving Buffet

Thanksgiving Dinner at The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa’s Crystal Ballroom

Thursday, November 22nd 2012
9AM TO 2PM (Unreserved seating until 3pm)


Rosemary and Garlic Pork Loin, Carved Roasted Beef


Roasted Turkey and Dressing w/ Gravy, Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple Salsa, Mesquite Salmon

Home-style Green Bean Casserole, Mixed Vegetables, Candied Yams, Roasted Corn and Home-made Mashed Potatoes and Gravy


Fresh Garden Salad, Chopped Steakhouse Salad, Greek Marinated Vegetable & Greens Salad, Ambrosia


Cheese Display, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Smoked Salmon Display, Cascade of Fresh Fruit


Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Chocolate Fountain with all the goodies to dip in, Carrot Cake and 3 Kinds of Hot Fruit Cobblers

~ Adults $27.95~Children Ages 5-12 $9.95 ~
~ Kids 4 and under Free ~

By Reservations 479-253-9766 Ext 108 OR the direct line is 479-253-9652.  You are welcome to email your reservation to

Other information of note:

  • · Groups that are larger than 8 in number will be seated at separate tables that are close by each other
  • · For Groups of 6 or more there will be an automatic 18% Gratuity added on to the ticket
  • · Groups of 6 or more that require separate checks are subject to a 20% Gratuity
  • · Please bear in mind that the time that you have requested is a “window” for you and your group to be seated.  Given the nature of Holiday Events, we try to stay as close as possible to that time-however there can be delays in seating that are out of our control.
  • · Reservations are HIGHLY Recommended (the availability of for walk-is historically is very limited)
  • Parties of 10 or more will need to secure the reservation with a Credit Card when making the reservation, Cancelations-reduction in # or guests or no show will result in a $25 charge to your credit card.  Cancelations are accepted up until 9am on Nov. 24th.  After that you are responsible for the payment of your reservation.

Thanks to all and Happy Holidays

Michael Jaschke

Director of Food & Beverage

Wedding Testimonials at the Crescent Hotel

Allison Brooks & Ben Scott – October 2, 2010

Why did you choose a Destination Wedding?

Our friends and family are spread across the country, no matter where we held our wedding, we knew the majority would be traveling.  We loved that our wedding became a mini-vacation for everyone to a unique and magical town.

How did you meet Ben?

Ben came for an interview at the Architecture firm where I was working.  Within minutes I told the Principal Architect that Ben needed to be hired as he was going to be my new boyfriend.  We all laughed it off, but 5 years later, he’s now my husband!

What was the most romantic moment of the day?

It had to be the first moment that Ben and I saw each other during a private photo session before the wedding.  The weight of months of planning and chaos just lifted once we got to hold each other.

What was your experience with the Crescent Hotel & Spa?

The team at the Crescent Hotel was of great assistance, and proved that even the smallest details mattered to them as much as it did to us! The Spa treated us with grace and provided amazing services – we all looked absolutely gorgeous!

Photography: Hudson Photography, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Wedding Coordination & Design: Finishing Touch Event Design, Little Rock, Arkansas

Ceremony Venue: Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Reception Venue: Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Floral Design: Finishing Touch Event Design, Little Rock, Arkansas

Wedding Cake: Eureka Sweets, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Entertainment: Pearl Nation, Springfield, Missouri

Get Away Car: Eureka Springs Limousine Company, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Katie Holland& Mike Adams – September 5, 2010

Tell us about the proposal.

For my birthday we had dinner in the Crystal Dining Room of the Hotel.  It was so romantic because were the only ones there!  After dinner, he got down on one knee and proposed.  I sat in shock for 10 min and then began to cry…..for 45 minutes more!!  Looking back, I should have caught on with all the signs and how nervous Mike seemed…..but I’m glad I didn’t!

What do you love most about your husband?

He is the most humble and honest man I’ve ever met.   I am a better person because he is in my life; where I lack, he fills me in.

What was your favorite part of the wedding?

That’s a hard one, probably when Mike was taking off my garter and he discovered it was a Razorback one.  I love surprises and I love that cheesy tradition!

Why did you choose the Basin Park Hotel?

There were many reasons we chose the Basin; the beauty of the building and the Ballroom coupled with the location, being in the center of everything, was more than perfect!  Also, my experience with Management was wonderful.

Reception Venue: Basin Park Hotel

Photography: Purdy Art Co

Floral Design: Holiday Island Flowers

Wedding Cake: Sunfest Market, Holiday Island

Dress:  Lowes Bridal, Brinkley AR

Custom Hairpiece: Jodie Maries, N Little Rock AR

Hair & Makeup: New Moon Spa & Salon, Eureka Springs AR

Rings: Robertson’s, Little Rock AR

Artist in Residence-Karrie Evenson

Arkansas Art Trail Schedules “Artist In Residence” Workshop with Karrie Evenson.

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – When most people think of art, their minds turn to the oxymoron of passive activity.  The Arkansas Art Trail, where nature inspires art in Northwest Arkansas, is dedicated to making the month of April experiential through a series of workshops.  Its final sponsored workshop event is entitled “Artist In Residence” and features a painter that describes herself as an “emotional painter”.  Karrie Evenson, a resident of the Arkansas Ozarks, will be conducting four two-hour workshops here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa on April 25 and 26.

“My goal during these four hands-on sessions will be to teach attendees how to paint abstract birds, flowers and landscapes,” said Evenson, “but not in the normal ‘art school’ fashion.  I encourage aspiring painters to paint with emotion and passion, not for traditional perfection but for a canvas that says, ‘This is who I am.’  Painting can and should be fun and fearless.”

The names Evenson has given to the individual workshops bespeaks her philosophy of painting bright, colorful and free: Colorful Abstract Birds, Abstract Florals, Luscious Abstract Landscapes, and “Spice It Up” Chili Pepper Abstracts.

The two-day / one night package, based on two people per package, includes admission to two workshop sessions per day, overnight lodging with breakfast at the Crescent Hotel plus a wine and cheese reception with the artist.  The “Arts In Residence” package is limited to the first 10 reservations with prices beginning at $129.

Evenson concluded, “Each and every one of my paintings is seasoned with the fact that I walk my own path, make my own journey, write my own story, and create my own happiness.  That is why I try to instill into my workshop attendees a willingness to be brave and bold; daring them to dream, encouraging them to love life since it is the only one they will ever have.”

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Photography Exhibit & Workshop

Arkansas Art Trail Schedules Edward Robison Photography Exhibit and Workshop

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — As part of the Arkansas Art Trail’s celebration of “April Art Experiences”, several weekend events have been planned here at one of the Trail’s partners, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  The event planned for Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, is the Photography Exhibit and Workshop featuring award-winning landscape photographer and artist, Edward C. Robison III.

Robison, a native of the Missouri Ozarks, has focused his lens from coast-to-coast with emphasis in the Midwest.  He now lives in Eureka Springs where he owns and operates the Sacred Earth Gallery.  He has authored numerous books and has been commissioned by such national clients as Capitol One, Bass Pro Shops and The Sierra Club.

“There is so much to see and photograph along the Arkansas Art Trail, I would like to help our attendees maximize the digital images they will capture along that trail no matter the style, size or cost of the camera they use,” said Robison.  “Not only will I be instructing them on the dynamics of light and understanding landscape photography, but I will also share how to get the most out of their camera but how to digitally enhance their images by using computerized software tricks.”

The Thursday evening session of the workshop will be a trip out to one of Robison’s favorite “off the beaten path” spots along the trail; a place in the Ozarks near Beaver Lake, where he has captured breathtaking images in the past.  The Friday morning session, conducted in one of Cottages at Crescent Park, will be an artful examination of some of Robison’s award winning work as well as constructively critiquing three to five images of each attendee that he or she captured the evening before.

The Arkansas Art Trail’s Photography Exhibit and Workshop is only open to the first 12 package participants at the Crescent Hotel.  For the Thursday night session, attendees are asked to bring personal cameras; those cameras of at least the five megapixel variety are recommended. Workshop Packages, that include overnight lodging at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and a complimentary breakfast Saturday morning in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, begin at just $289 per couple.  For complete details and to check availability click here or call the Crescent Hotel at 800-342-9766.

OR Tickets available for Individual participation for $95 per person.  Please email if you are interested.

Artist Studio Tour with Larry Mansker

Arkansas Art Trail Schedules “Artist Studio Tour” with Larry Mansker

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) – All along the recently opened Arkansas Art Trail, travelers can find places where art is hung like Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; places where art is made like the artist village of Eureka Springs; and places that inspire such art like the hills and hollows of The Ozarks.  During this month, the trail creators have also created a series of special workshops and exhibits entitled “April Art Experiences”.  These efforts come from a partnership between the Trail and the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, located here atop Crescent Mountain.

The first workshop of the month features a well-respected Eureka Springs artist, Larry Mansker.  This Kansas City native has made the most of the Trail’s vistas and panoramic views over the past five decades.  “Whether ones view is from a mountaintop or at street level, the eye can be trained to see things in a happy mood that expresses the brighter aspects of being alive” Mansker explained.

Mansker’s exclusive package, entitled “Artist Studio Tour”, will be held at both the Crescent and at the artist’s private studio all on the evening of April 15.  The package events begin with a tour of the Crescent Hotel and its eclectic art collection.  The tour will be led by hotel Vice-President of Operations and Development Jack Moyer.  The tour includes the commissioned display of Larry Mansker’s detailed murals that depict local scenes enhanced by popular local activities.

Following the hotel sojourn will be an intimate, artist-led tour of Mansker’s studio.  Wine and cheese will be served as the artist shares his private collection and workspace.  Attendees will then return to the hotel for an artistically created dinner in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.

The “Artist Studio Tour” package, based on two people per package, includes overnight lodging and breakfast at the Crescent Hotel, the private studio tour and reception, and dinner in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant with the artist.  Participation is limited to the first 10 reservations with package rates beginning at $199.

“This gathering is designed to be both intimate and revealing,” said Mansker.  “I want attendees to get a true feel of the elements of design –line, texture, contrast, composition and color- that create that happy mood in my paintings.  I want to teach attendees how to ‘feel’ a painting with their emotions rather than simply gazing upon it with their eyes.”

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