Sleep With A Ghost -Guaranteed

SLEEPING WITH A GHOST... ...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]

SLEEPING WITH A GHOST…
…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.”

For more information, one may go to CrescentHotel.com and AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com .

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SIDEBAR

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.

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JAZZ “ROARS” INTO EUREKA SPRINGS

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — The much anticipated annual celebration of jazz begins, this year, here on Thursday, September 8. Scheduled that day is the Roaring ‘20s Jazz Lawn Party on grounds of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. Performing for costumed guests -and those who just come as they are- will be The Crescent City Combo. Admission to the 7p.m. to 10 p.m. soirée is $10 per person with tickets available at the door or by going online to ReserveEureka.com . Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
The lawn party is just the foretaste of a weekend overflowing with music for jazz fans. The schedule for the rest of the weekend is as follows:
>Friday, September 9… Rodney Block Collective will be playing for “The Block Party” in Basin Spring Park located in the center of downtown. Admission is free and gets underway at 7pm
>Saturday, September 10… The musical day begins at 12 noon in Basin Spring Park with six hours of free performances. Those performing will be Matt & Gus Jazz Duo, Claudia Burson Trio, Calle Soul Band, and Justin Young.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, will headline the weekend festival with a 7:30pm performance in The Aud, Eureka Springs’ city auditorium located downtown. Tickets are $30 per person and are available online at TheAud.org .
>Sunday, September 11… Jazz Eureka comes to a “taste-full” end when the doors swing open for the annual Jazz Eureka Sunday Brunch in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the 1886 Crescent Hotel. While guests fill their mouths with the exquisite breakfast and lunch items, their ears will be filled with the jazz stylings of Swing & A Miss from 10am to 1pm. Cost is $24.95 per person and includes passed champagne. Reservations are recommended by calling 479-253-9652.
For more information on the weekend, one may go to JazzEureka.org or call 479-253-7333.

Eureka Springs Tells People To “Get OUT (side)!”

Within a twenty mile radius of Downtown, the greater Eureka Springs’ area offers convenient accessibility to a wealth of outdoor activities such as Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Kings River, White River, Thorncrown Chapel, Blue Springs Heritage Center, Black Bass Lake, Lake Leatherwood, the Hogscald and Big Clifty areas, plus Holiday Island. For even more activities within this area, there are numerous providers: Ozark Mountain Ziplines, scenic horseback riding stables, Starkey Park Marina, Beaver Dam Site Park, the 12,000-acre Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Madison County Game Refuge, War Eagle Mill, War Eagle Cavern, Onyx Cave, Cosmic Caverns, Roaring River State Park and Trout Hatchery, the Mark Twain National Forest with miles of ATV trails, Buffalo National River, Dogwood Canyon, Beaver Town, and the Pea Ridge National Military Park.  All are examples of the excellent outdoor adventures waiting to be experienced, and all of these places are just a short drive away when anyone chooses “America’s Victorian Village” as their extraordinary escape vacation hub.

Although many of these outdoor wonders are accessible and enjoyable the year-round, many are at their peak during the months of spring, especially late April and early May. This is when The Ozarks’ hillsides are all abloom and fully green with temperatures comfortably mild.  Here is a little bit more about some of these attractive spring attractions:

  • Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The truth is, experienced mountain bikers and those who are just getting into it will find that Eureka Springs has something to offer for all levels and interests. Adventure Mountain Outfitters is the local cycling authority and offers rentals, repairs and comprehensive information on the sport. The reason is clear why Eureka Springs is the home of major events like the Fat Tire Festival.
  • Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, hiking in and around Eureka Springs is spectacular. Easily accessible trails are located near most Eureka Springs lodging. For some light hiking, try following some of the city historic trails marked by historic plaques; discover the dozens of historic natural springs flowing full from springtime rain; or explore Eureka Springs prettiest street, Spring Street “boulevard”. For day hiking, consider hiking along Lake Leatherwood trails or visit Blue Spring Heritage Center.
  • Record crowds will again fly high over The Ozarks as they experience the exhilarating thrill of a zip line canopy tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs. Screams of delight and thunder of excited laughter from patrons of Ozark Mountain Ziplines will pierce the woodland silence as they soar through the air from up to 300 feet high with cable lengths up to 2,000 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs.
  • Black Bass Lake is a natural area located on 200 hidden acres and only a quarter of a mile from the heart of downtown Eureka Springs.  Black Bass Lake presently has two-and-a-half miles of hiking trails although construction has begun to connect the trails between Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood.  In addition to hiking, Black Bass Lake offers a historic and picturesque dam, beautiful scenery, and great fishing on the lake itself.  This is a perfect spot to spend a warm afternoon taking in the wonders of nature.
  • A little south of Eureka Springs, there is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a safe haven for big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars.  Additionally, they have bears and other animals that visitors can watch for an extraordinary wildlife adventure.  Turpentine Creek also hosts Eureka’s Annual Kite Festival.
  • Not far from Turpentine Creek, sits Quigley Castle, a unique dwelling built for a woman -by that woman- who wanted to bring nature indoors.  The one-of-a-kind structure was hand-constructed with rocks and stones she collected from all over the world.
  • Just off Arkansas Highway 12, War Eagle Mill is a scenic place and home to not only the Bean Palace Restaurant but also one of America’s most successful craft shows.  The mill sits alongside War Eagle Creek, which drives their burrstone wheel, and home for fishing and for feeding the ducks.
  • Nearby War Eagle Cavern offers a bat’s eye view of stunning underground scenery, nature paths, gem and fossil panning, and lodging.
  • Beaver Lake, west of Eureka, has 500 miles of shoreline alone.  It boasts some of the best fishing in the area, with many fishing tournaments held annually.  Visitors can kayak, catch a trophy bass, striper, or walleye, and then relax in one of the many parks offering camping, picnicking, and swimming.  This crystal-clear lake is the fifth most visited lake in the country that is operated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Starkey Park offers camping, a marina and boat launch, fishing, water sports, eagle watch, pavilion and is home to The Belle of the Ozarks, a “ship” offering wonderful sightseeing excursions including those that “set sail” to do some seasonal eagle watching.
  • The Dam Site Park is one of the most popular parks in the area and is located near Beaver Dam. From this are guests may enjoy sailing, power house tours, fishing, scuba diving, and driving tours.
  • At C&J Sports, located near Beaver Dam, guests can make their way through an excellent archery course, or play a game of paintball.  Scuba diving is offered and quite popular in the clear waters of Beaver Lake.
  • The White River, also west of Eureka Springs, is known for some of the best trout fishing anywhere.  There are stores in the area that are well equipped to outfit anyone wishing to have an adventure on the White River, whether it is fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, or anything else a visitor can dream up.
  • A little farther out U.S. Highway 62 West, Blue Spring Heritage Center is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been drawing visitors since 1948.  Thirty-eight million gallons of clear water pour out daily into the trout filled sparkling blue lagoon below.  Blue Spring with its unique bluff shelter was part of the Trail of Tears upon which Cherokee and other Native American tribes traveled to their new, designated home in Oklahoma.
  • Near Blue Spring, Inspiration Point rises high above the White River valley, and has a spectacular view that beckons guests to pull off the road and take in the tranquil scenery.
  • E. Fay Jones globally award-winning Thorncrown Chapel, also known as the “glass chapel”, is home to thousands of weddings each year and can be seen peeking out through the treetops west of Eureka.  Its distinctive architecture proudly displays 425 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass with interior acoustics that must be heard to be believed.
  •  Traveling east of Eureka Springs, the choices in outdoor activities are abundant.  The Kings River is waiting to show guests some beautiful scenery.  This river is about 90 miles long, and has many attractive features, such as colorful bluffs, unique flora and fauna, and is a fine place to watch for wildlife.  Many eagles have been spotted along the banks of the Kings.  The small-mouth bass fishing is excellent, as are the float trips in a canoe or kayak.
  • Caving offers abundant venues in the greater Eureka area.  For example, Onyx Cave, which was discovered in 1891, is one of the oldest show caves in Arkansas.  They offer tours that include beautiful underground formations.  Cosmic Caverns, close to Berryville, has many one-of-a-kind natural wonders.  It has been named one of the top 10 show caves in the U.S. with its two underground bottomless lakes (lakes in which divers have never found the bottom), one of which features cave trout.  Rare, blind cave salamanders sometimes show themselves during tours at nearby Cosmic Caverns.
  • Still on the east side of town, visitors can experience one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery of The Ozarks via horseback.  Red Bud Riding Stables, a family-owned business, has been showing folks around the “hills-n-hollers” on horseback for more than 20 years.  The hospitable guides at Red Bud are knowledgeable about plant and animal life, and the trails cover a variety of terrain on the privately owned wildlife preserve.
  • Also for enthusiastic equestrians, the Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort is a place where the horseback rides are suitable for all ages and skill levels.  The trails offer spectacular panoramic views, as well as possible wildlife sightings.  Riders can choose from many different types and lengths of rides, anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.   Guests can have a real outdoor experience with breakfast, lunch, or dinner rides where a tasty meal is cooked up over a campfire.
  • Back to the west, the town of Beaver is one of those charming little spots where visitors love to explore.  The history there is rich with old trails and the much-photographed Beaver Town Bridge.  This “Little Golden Gate” bridge is a 554-foot single-lane expansion over the White River.  The Beaver Recreation Park is located here, with camping, floating, RV Park, boat launch and a quaint little store.  Rock Climbing is a popular sport in this area.

Jack Moyer, general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa with its surrounding 15 acres of forested hillsides and manicured gardens and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel that sits in the midst of a web of urban trails, stated, “We are adamant supporters of Eureka Springs’ great outdoors. In fact, we tell our guests and visitors to ‘Just get out!’. We of course mean it as our invitation for them to ‘Get outdoors!’ while they are visiting us, encouraging them to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor sights and activities our glorious region offers, especially in late April and early May.”

For more information, one should go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com.

5 Arkansas properties listed on National Register of Historic Places

Five Arkansas properties have recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NTHP), the country’s official list of historically significant properties.  The announcement was made in Little Rock by Frances McSwain, Director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP), the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources.  One local property made the list, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “a building that reflects the French Renaissance and Richardsoniancrescent hotel Romanesque styles of architecture”, the AHPP press release stated.

The release quoted the National Register nomination, “The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is an architecturally significant work by architect Isaac S. Taylor from St. Louis, Missouri.  He is world renowned for leadership in the execution of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.  He also designed a total of 10 hotels during his career; nine of which were actually built with only a few still standing.

“His modern classic design of the Crescent pulls many elements from his other works.  Such features include the rough-faced, square stonework; the Roman arches over the windows and French doors; and the towers that create the penthouse level.  However, it is this mix of various styles that gives the Crescent a uniquely authentic style that sets it apart from Taylor’s other works.”

Jack Moyer, hotel general manager and vice-president of operations for both the Crescent and its sister downtown hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, responded to the announcement, “We could not be happier.  The Crescent already is a proud member of NTHP’s Historic Hotels of America, but this honor further validates this ‘Grand Ol’ Lady of The Ozarks’ rightful place in the pantheon of preserved and functional landmarks.  We have Marty and ch_circa1890sElise Roenigk to thank for ‘protecting the irreplaceable’ when they purchased the Crescent in 1997 and then put millions of dollars into its refurbishing which made a pathway to economic sustainability through quality of product and delivering above guest expectations.

“In fact, it was Marty who was instrumental in the formulation of our hotel creed upon which all employees are schooled when first employed:  ‘Protecting The Irreplaceable’; ‘Creating Lifetime Memories’ for our guests; ‘Being Community Minded’ for our town, region, state and nation; and ‘Building The Individual’ through ongoing training which results in promotion from within when an upper level position becomes open.”

Other Arkansas buildings equally honored by NTHP were Overstreet Hall on the campus of Southern Arkansas University located in Magnolia, Union Chapel School and Shop Building in Conway County near Springfield, the Little River County Training School Historic District in Ashdown, and Monroe County Bank Building in Brinkley.

Unexplained Happenings at America’s Most Haunted Hotel

When Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the Crescent Hotel in 1997, they inherited a confused association with the paranormal and what seemed to be a hundred years worth of ghost stories. At that time, years before the TAPS Team of the popular SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters program paid a visit to this Historic Hotel of America, many hotel owners might have hesitated to publicize the fact that their establishment was haunted, but the Roegniks were interested and decided to take a different approach.

That path was to restore the hotel as a destination spa resort but also purs442b0ee4afc877c2f630c55ed542b041ue what many had claimed: the 1886 Crescent Hotel was America’s Most Haunted Hotel. A key part of that early pursuit included Mr. Roenigk pursuing and hiring two certified mediums, Ken Fugate and Carroll Heath, both of San Francisco CA natives, to “read” the building. Their findings, plus the startling number of repeated sightings that had been recorded over the decades, became the basis of what has become the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. It is only now, however, that one of the most compelling discoveries from that initial reading has become ever so clear.

Jack Moyer, hotel general manager for the Roenigk Era, recounted, “I clearly remember Carroll Heath stating that he had discovered a portal to ‘the other side’ for those who are on the same ‘frequency’.” Moyer, a skeptic at the time, laughed and continued, “I remember asking myself ‘what were we thinking’ trying to explore this unexplained world. But after more than a decade of working around the paranormal, I now assuredly recognize how many people truly connect to the spirits here at the Crescent. And there is a new and specific reason why.”

Moyer’s reason is the fact that after 18 years he has been confronted with the realm of a chilling coincidence that caused the original portal discovery to resurface. It started with dialogue involving Moyer and current hotel ghost tour manager Keith Scales.americas most haunted hotel

“Keith came to me to share a concern about a phenomenon that had been reoccurring on his nightly tours,” Moyer explained. “That phenomenon included multiple guests who had grown faint, with a few passing out briefly, at the same tour stop with no reasonable explanation. Then Scales described the location and it was the area that had been indentified as a portal more than a decade ago by Heath.”

“Scales then took me to the place and pinpointed the portal phenomenon as happening just outside the hotel’s ‘annex’ entrance, exactly where Heath had identified the location of his portal years ago,” Moyer disclosed.

This phenomenon has guests suddenly turning pale, falling against and then sliding down the wall in a faint. Although the loss of consciousness does not last very long and complete recovery is immediate, it tends to further substantiate the hotel’s legendary supernatural connection to the paranormal.

Moyer went on to say, “What made that moment most chilling was when Keith and I realized that this portal was directly above the ‘morgue’ located in the bottom level of the hotel.”

Now in its seventeenth year, the ghost tour of the 1886 Crescent Hotel continues to increase in popularity. Paranormal evidence in the form of personal experiences, orb sightings and other anomalous photography keeps coming in, oftentimes on the tours themselves lending credence to the ghostly legend.

“That legend continues to grow as yet another phenomenon is recognized, one that occurs crescent hotel morguewith uncanny frequency about every couple of weeks or so,” Scales added. “What makes it legendary is that seems to rise up in a vertical plane from the notorious Norman Baker’s morgue.” (It should be noted that Norman Baker from Muscatine IA purchased the hotel in 1937 and operated it as a “cancer curing” hospital until late 1939 when he was arrested for mail fraud.)

Scales was quick to point out the Crescent Hotel is super-cautious about accepting events as supernatural. He stated that 95 percent of reported paranormal phenomena can be explained by normal means but there is always a residue, maybe five percent of experiences, that defy explanation, “We don’t know why some people have a tendency to faint at this particular place, we only know that they do at the place where activity of various kinds has been reported over decades.   ”

Both Moyer and Scales agree that the most curious fact is that this event has never been known to occur anywhere else on the tour except at this one, specific location, a location that sits directly above the infamous morgue.

“Whether there are portals to other realities here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel or not, no one can say, confirm, nor deny,” Moyer concluded. “It’s all part of the mysterious, unexplained happenings of America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”

Other paranormal encounters and photographed images may be found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.

Gatsby-Style Jazz Lawn Party

Kickoff Jazz Eureka with a Great Gatsby themed Lawn Party at the Crescent Hotel Fountain Garden on Thursday, September 10th from 7pm-10pm.

Grab your costumes, lawn chairs and dance away under the stars in the Crescent Fountain Garden with live music from “The Crescent City Combo” (6 man band, New Orleans style, along with brass band tunes and funk charts.)

–$10 per person/purchase at door or online (includes entertainment & light snacks)

–Cash Bar Availablejazz eureka

–Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

–Costumes also encouraged!

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End the Weekend with a Crescent Jazz Sunday Brunch on 9/13/15.  Live Music and Dancing. $24.95 per person with complimentary champagne. Brunch served from Jazz Brunch10am-2pm.  Reservations recommended by calling: 479-253-9652

Eureka Springs Outdoor Adventure Week

Celebrate the Outdoors with a week full of outdoor fun in Eureka Springs, Arkansas during April!

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Stay at the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels all week or just 1 night and SAVE 25% on any room of your choice. Then participate in the following outdoor activities at discount provided by the Crescent & Basin Park Hotels:

Friday, April 24th: Hike to Kings River Overlook (free) View Map.
Saturday, April 25th: Lake Leatherwood Hiking and Photography trip. (free) View Map
Sunday, April 26th: Mountain Biking with Adventure Mountain Outfitters from the Crescent Hotel to Lake Leatherwood Park. For intermediate to advance riders. 1-2 hours. (Cost: $50 per person includes bike rental and guide)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monday, April 27th: Horseback Riding with Dinner Bell Ranch (Discount of $30, reduced from $35)
Tuesday, April 28th: Float Trip on the Kings River. 8 1/2 mile float trip with Kings River Outfitters. Includes shuttle, canoe for two, and necessities. (Cost:$60 for two, reduced from $75.)

Valid 4/24-4/28.

Check Availability at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, click here.

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Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

ESP Weekend 2015

Eureka Springs  Paranormal Weekend invites your to join us in another 3 Day Paranormal chGhostBldg_circa1890Event January 9, 10, 11 2015.  The ESP event will again feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, which will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants.

This three-day, hands on investigation puts tools of the paranormal investigator in your hands as well as an introduction to ghost hunting , tour of the property on the ghost tour and unheard of 24 hour access to “active space” including rooms 218, 419, 3500, 502 and THE MORGUE at America’s Most Haunted Hotel.

Lodging Packages:

Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($395.00)

Package is good for two people
Includes :
Upgraded room accommodations for two nights
Welcome reception
Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
“Active Space” pass
$30 per day Food Credit
ESP Weekend t-shirts
Team review of evidence gathered.
2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)
$395 plus tax. Valid 1/9-1/11. Check Availability.

1 Night Saturday Only Package ($239.00)

Package is good for two people

Includes:
Premium Guest Room
Ghost Tour
“Active Space” pass
ESP Weekend t-shirts
Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
Team review of evidence gathered.
2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)
$239 plux tax. Valid 1/10.  Check Availability.

 

Stayover Sunday for just $89  at the Crescent Hotel for the private investigation at the Basin Park Hotel.    The Basin Park Hotel will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants only.  Call 877-342-9766 to Stayover Sunday at the Crescent.

The Crescent Legend Continues Thanks To The Continued Support Of Its Guests

Every new employee on their first day of work at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa learns about that hotel’s established foundation and the vision that is planned for moving forward.  These core exterior chprinciples, coined “Our Hotel Creed”, include Creating Lifetime Memories for every guest; Building the Individual with a competent, service-driven culture that provides opportunities for promotion from within; Being Community Minded by instilling a belief that “a high tide rises all boats”; and Protecting the Irreplaceable through operating sharp and efficient businesses that allows proceeds to be reinvested directly back into the historic structures that house those businesses.  This creed was established to ensure that the “Crescent legend” might continue for generations to come

“Each year in November, ownership and management come together to review the current year and to discuss what worked, what didn’t work, and what improvements need to happen in the upcoming year to make certain that our properties continue to stay on top,” said Jack Moyer, vice president and general manager of the Crescent and its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  “We are fortunate to have an owner who allows us to reinvest our profits.  For example, this year we were again able to use the revenue brought to the hotel from our loyal guests -our investors- to secure the future of this irreplaceable symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886.

“Our 2014 action plan has seen improvements continuing longer into season than in the past but necessary to keep up with guest standards and expectations.  We anticipate completion of this plan by the end of August only to start anew in late November with our 2015 plan. We owe each and every guest a heartfelt word of thanks for their role in making the fourth tenet of our creed come true.  ‘Protecting the Irreplaceable’ matters and I want them to know that their part in it is very much appreciated.”

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  • Repair of the poolside chimney, roof and metal fascia
  • Historic restoration of Guest Room 219 which included interior demolition, infrastructure improvement, a balcony addition, and the adding of a whirlpool tub
  • Additions at the New Moon Spa and Salon including a “Chill Room”, locker space, and a sauna facility
  • Installation of air conditioning to the laundry and “the morgue”
  • Replacement in the South Penthouse of window glass, sashes and frames
  • Historic restoration of the 2nd Floor hallway which included demolition, electric upgrade, insulation, sheetrock, paint, and historic texturing20140128_131301-SMALL
  • Historic restoration of the 4th Floor hallway which included sheetrock, paint, and historic texturing
  • Improvements to Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza including the purchase and installation of a new pizza oven, placement of additional seating, and expansion of guest conveniences
  • Upgrade and the addition of supplementary hotel hot water heaters to expand capacity
  • Upgrade and the addition of supplementary air conditioning to the Crystal Ballroom
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  • Finalized bedding and furniture upgrade to all rooms
  • Completed the Wedding Court by installing the Prospect Avenue decorative rock wall

Final projects to be completed in August include:

  • Installation of LED bulbs to all kitchen and lobby lights
  • Installation of new historic archival displays on the 4th Floor
  • Resurfacing of the Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza deck
  • Installation of new 4th Floor carpeting

Moyer, who came Eureka Springs to manage the two hotels in 1997, went on to explain, “Even though these physical improvements are important for our guests, equally as impressive is the continuing promotion of our community as a premier Arkansas, Ozarks, and regional destination.  More than $50,000 annually goes to the improvement of our online networks that promote Eureka Springs year-round providing free Internet links and referrals for local businesses on such popular web sites as EurekaSpringsOnline.com, ReserveEureka.com, EurekaSpringsMarina.com, ArkansasArtTrail.com, EurekaSpringsKids.com to name just a few.  That promotion goes well beyond the Internet.  More than $150,000 annually goes into a community-minded campaign to advertise and position Eureka Springs as the year-round ‘Extraordinary Escape’ including underwriting Eureka Springs’ events that bolster the shoulder seasons and weekday travel while improving the overall image of our destination.  We feel this is putting our money where our creed is when it comes to being community minded.”

Local events and event organizations underwritten in toto or in part by the Crescent and/or Basin Park Hotels include Blues Weekend, Eureka Springs’ Mardi Gras, Books in Bloom Literary Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.

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Crescent Hotel Ghosts – HAUNTING GHOST EXPERIENCES REVEALED BY THE 1886 CRESCENT HOTEL TOUR GUIDES

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every night of the year, dozens of different people wind their way down the hallways and open, serpentine staircases of the five-story 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  Final destination: the hotel’s  “morgue”.  They just know they are strolling amidst what some would say are hundreds of spirits who still frequent this Historic Hotel of America located here atop Crescent Mountain.  Each tour patron is eager to see something, feel something, smell something that they would categorize as a ghostlike experience enabling them to share that close encounter with their world.  However, several of those strolling along those same paranormal chGhostBldg_circa1890pathways have been there before, every night of the year.  These are the stalwart souls known as the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour Guides.

“From smelling mysterious pipe tobacco to seeing an orb entering a boy’s skull, our (ghost tour) guides are exposed nightly to the hotel’s ‘guests who check out but never leave’,” said Keith Scales, director of the hotel’s ghost tour department.  “With that said, each has not only a unique ‘nom de guide’ but a special supernatural experience of their own to tell.  It is their raison d’être for being a tour guide in this world-famous haunted hotel.”

Aunt Reba had always admired the Crescent since moving to Eureka Springs and had her first unexplainable happening while exploring the hotel as a tourist.  The smell of cherry pipe tobacco got her attention when she reached the second floor.  She did not find out until two years later during her training to be a guide that her earlier encounter with that tobacco essence had probably emanated from one of the Crescent’s more illustrious spirits, the hotel’s in-house doctor circa late nineteenth century.  Dr. John Freemont Ellis, whose office was in what is now Room 212, was known for being a heavy pipe smoker of cherry tobacco.

Since then she says that she has detected “that charming aroma” occasionally, both while alone and while leading a ghost tour.  The most bizarre sensing, she explained, came during a recent tour of 24 people,  “We all simultaneously experienced that olfactory sensation for well over a minute.  And let it be understood that our entire hotel is a ‘no smoking’ property and has been for years.”

Duchess Debra, who gives tours and performs in a two-person paranormal play, Not Really A Door, at the hotel on Friday and Saturday nights, was on stage with her co-star during a recent performance.  One scene in the play has the two actors delivering the line “Ghost!” simultaneously.  At that exact point in time, four books used as props on a shelf went flying out toward the audience “as if someone -or something- had tossed them like a Frisbee”.  The books hit no one; however, the unpredictable, unexplainable occurrence got everyone’s attention.

Sweet Lady Sandra had one woman excitedly announce during a tour that she “clearly saw” and “emphatically heard” a man with a buzz-cut hairstyle say the words, “What about my treatment?”  Two others on that same tour said they saw in their peripheral vision a blurred figure of a man go by in that same vicinity at that same moment.

Miss Katherine was standing at the very bottom of the hotel’s open staircase with her tour group pausing before they entered the zigzagging trail to the morgue.  While all were standing still, Katherine experienced a chill causing her to “grow goose bumps” and then momentarily she found it hard to breathe.  The two ladies standing next to her turned pale and quickly asked, “Did anyone feel that?  It’s the little girl.  She is here.  I can feel her!”  They were referring to the story of the little girl that reportedly fell to her death from the fourth floor railing sometime during the early years of hotel operations.  Where she supposedly landed was the exact spot where the tour group was standing during the literal chilling experience.

To add to this story, one man said, “Oh, my.  Look at this photo!”, a photo he had just taken prior to the ladies’ verbal declaration.  He passed his camera around and clearly everyone could see a foggy mist in the shape of a little girl standing right next to the three women.  Unfortunately he did not submit the image to the hotel’s paranormal website AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com as he said he would and as many do when they capture an apparition on a digital device.

Major Tom had a man and wife on a recent tour that had differing attitudes about the plausibility of the paranormal.  She believed in the phenomena; he did not.  The husband said nothing during the entire tour, giving off negative body language throughout.  This was about to change.

As part of the tours’ conclusion in the morgue the lights are turned off.  Guests, standing next to the autopsy table and the walk-in cooler that once stored cadavers and body parts during the cancer “curing” hospital days of the building, are encouraged to take digital photos to see if they could catch the image of an orb, the “energy essence of a ghost”.  While Major Tom’s back was turned, a frightful scream was heard and all witnessed the skeptic running out of the morgue.  The lights were quickly turned back on and the ashen gentleman was invited back into the room whereupon he meekly confessed he had seen an orb with his naked eye as it flew between his face and his camera.  Result: the non-believer had become a believer and his wife had a great story to tell friends and family once they got back home.

Willow also had a strange morgue experience.  Each guide carries an EMF (electromagnetic field) meter during the tour to detect any electrical emissions that might be given out by a nearby spirit.  Reacting to one lady saying she sensed that this one certain spot on the morgue’s floor was energy filled, Willow laid her meter down on that spot.  As the entire tour witnessed, the meter went crazy beeping and flashing.  To follow up, Willow asked, “If there is indeed a spirit in this room, please make the meter slow down.”  It slowed down immediately.  After moments of heartbeat-like pulses, the spirit was asked to speed the meter back up; it did for a few more moments then went dormant.

But perhaps the most macabre-lite morgue story happened during one of Marshal John Law’s spooky sojourns through the hotel.  At the very end of the tour, after the lights come up in the morgue, the guide usually asks if anyone would like to enter the morgue’s infamous walk-in cooler and have the door shut behind them leaving them in total darkness.  Only two brave souls stepped up, a mother with a video camera and her 12-year-old son with a look of cautious zeal on his face.  They stepped into the space that had housed hundreds of dead bodies and innumerable severed body parts during the hotel’s hospital days and the door was closed behind them.  After about thirty seconds the door was opened and the boy, looking ill, staggered out from the cooler with his mother saying, “Please, move.  My son is getting sick.”

The lad plopped into one of the two chairs always kept near the entrance of the morgue for just such occurrences since ever so often someone will feel faint or ill from their time spent in a room where time had ended for so many during the three years a charlatan killed rather than cured unsuspecting cancer patients.  Once the mother was assured her son was okay and with the whole tour group watching, she announced, “You have to see this!”  At which time she played the video she had captured in the closed, darkened cooler.

The video showed an occasional glint of colored light coming from a dot high over her son’s head illuminating his face just enough for brief recognition.  One such dot did not fade like the others but began swinging back and forth.  As this light did begin to fade, a larger, brighter, white light, “as bright as a camera flash”, appeared and continued to glow just above her son’s head.  It slowly descended and disappeared as if it were entering his head only to suddenly reappear seemingly escaping from the boy’s skull just a nanosecond before the door opened allowing the boy to make his quick and queasy exit.

“Something as bizarre as these stories does not happen every night on every tour,” Scales concluded, “but sometimes they do happen.  It is this unknown factor and these documented accounts that have made the ghost tours here in our mountaintop spa resort so popular.  That is why believers and non-believers alike can enjoy and co-exist on our tours.  Some come to find proof, some come to debunk, but all come to have fun.  And that’s what the Crescent Hotel ghost tours are all about.”

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