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and

Receive a 50% Discount on Venue Rental.

 

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Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt

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Basin Park Hotel Ghost Investigation

 

GHOST TOUR MANAGER’S REPORT ON BASIN PARK INVESTIGATION.

2014

 

Ice and snow prevented Larry Flaxman’s invaluable participation and kept a few ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) fans at home, but we had a marvelous group of guests and the nocturnal investigations of the 1886 Crescent and 1905 Basin Park hotels were thoroughly enjoyable.

 

The Crescent obliged, as always, with indications of unseen presences, some great orb pictures and odd, inexplicable occurrences.  In January the plan had been to empty the Basin Park completely and explore the entire building while it was vacant – but then the ice came down and that plan had to be abandoned. By mid-February we had guests booked in already, but we were able to close down two floors and turn off hall lights. We started around 9 pm in the curious “cave” at the back of the Basin Park Hotel on street level – a high, wide aperture in the bluff against which the building is built. There were 20 guests and four Crescent Hotel tour guides. After explaining that, as none of us knew much about the Basin Park, we were all starting without preconceptions, we headed for the sixth floor.

 

We split into two groups. One party explored the Grand Ballroom, famous for the barefoot ball, the other the Lucky Seven Bar and Billiard Room, site of much illicit activity during Prohibition.  The orbs in the dark and cavernous Ballroom were brilliant and highly energized. In cameras we could see them performing aerial stunts, diving and swooping in the gloom – bright white, perfectly spherical and definitely not dust or insects.

 

Apart from spikes here and there on our EMF meters, the next major event took place in Room 519, which is known as one of the active spaces in the building. Several readers came up with the exactly the same finding – there seemed to be someone lying on the bed! We checked all around for sources of A/C current – there seemed to be no earthly reason for the off-the-chart readings down the center of the king bed in the center of the room.

 

On the third floor, room 313 showed a high rate of impulses, so we crowded in, closed the door, fell silent and then called to anyone who might be present. The impulses stopped, and try as we might, we could get no more response. Perhaps the entity did not like been in a tight space with so many strangers!

 

Throughout the rest of the investigation, slight phenomena occurred – someone felt cold on the back of their neck, apps produced words seemed uncannily apropos, spots where the meters responded seemed to move around, etc. No full body apparitions, nothing moved and no one poked or spoken to. We all wished we had more sophisticated equipment to follow up on what seemed to be strong indications. A little after midnight we called it a night.

 

So now we are looking forward to next January, when ESP weekend will be spread over two weekends – that way we should be able to keep the groups small enough to conduct serious explorations, our investigations will not be weather dependent and we will be bringing in more heavy-duty equipment.

 

So join us in 2015, to conduct a fully-equipped search, led by veteran paranormal investigators, of the 1886 Crescent and 1905 Basin park hotels in historic Eureka Springs!

 

FOOTNOTE – to all who were this us on this escapade: if you have pictures or experiences to share of your night at the Basin park – and we know some of you have some great stuff – do please send what you have to Barbara Kennedy  at Crescentghosts@gmail.com – we would love to post and archive all the evidence we gather very beginning!

 

Thanks, and we hope to see you all on the first weekend of  2015 – when ESP attendance will be capped at a reasonable number for serious investigation, and repeated the on the second weekend!

 

See you in the shadows – Keith Scales

For more information on ghost hunts and ghost tours, visit americasmosthauntedhotel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Hunters Gather in Eureka Springs

AMATEUR GHOST HUNTERS GATHER IN EUREKA SPRINGS

At last count, there are currently 49 regularly scheduled television shows being broadcast each week across the country that deal with ghosts and/or the paranor1235963_766501886712789_1509974153_nmal.  As good as these shows may be, to the ghost devotee sitting at home and watching, this is passive, second-hand paranormal investigation at best.  However, the weekend of January 3-5, 2014, ghost hunting becomes active, first-hand and personal here at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa during the annual ESP Weekend.

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekend returns to the Crescent for the third consecutive year allowing those “everyday citizens” who have hunted or would love to hunt for ghosts and pursue those entities in a place they have seen often on television.  This year, the ESP event will again feature an expertly-guided, behind-the-scenes quest for evidence in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, a very “active” location with unique stories of its own.ch & bph

“With the inclusion of the Basin Park Hotel into our investigation, it will make ESP Weekend one of the largest ghost hunts in the country,” said Keith Scales, director of Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours.  “This huge, history-making, three-day, hands-on investigation puts the tools of a paranormal investigator into the hands of our participants but is only part of this much anticipated weekend.

“We are also including an introduction to ghost hunting and training at nearbyIntrigue Theater, an up-close look at the Crescent Hotel during a special ghost tour, and unprecedented 970377_644400075594942_660437743_n24-hour access to known highly-active spaces such as rooms 218, 419, 3500 and ‘the morgue’.”

One of the most popular aspects of the past two ESP weekends was the expert assistance and advice from renowned professional paranormal investigator Larry Flaxman.  This year Flaxman will be leading the ghost hunt in both the Crescent on Saturday night and the add-on Basin Park investigation on Sunday night.

“The Basin Park Hotel hunt should prove to be the most hair-raising ghost hunt Larry (Flaxman) has ever led,” added Scales.  “Hotel management is not allowing any overnight guests at the Basin Park on that Sunday night.  There will no guests, no staff, and no electricity.  The hotel will be closed, vacant and dark to generate the best possible setting for close encounters of the ghostly kind.”

The full ESP Weekend Experience includes a welcome reception, an Intrigue Theater production plus ghost hunter training, a ghost tour, a Crescent ghost hunt led by Flaxman, an “all access pass” for 24-hour unfettered access of the entire hotel, room accommodations for two nights, in-house food credits, gifts and more, plus the opportunity to add on the Stay-over Sunday which features the history-making “closed, vacant and dark” Sunday night exclusive ghost hunt and investigation of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel also led by Larry Flaxman.

For more information and reservations for the 2014 Eureka Springs’ Paranormal (ESP) Weekend, one may go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com or check availability on packages here:

2 Night ESP Weekend Package, click here.

1 Night ESP Weekend Package, click here.

 

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:

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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

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

 

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Thanksgiving Day Buffet begins at 11am and continues until 3pm, with dining in The Crystal Ballroom and The Crescent Conservatory.

Reservations are Recommended 479-253-9652

Menu

Oven Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Pork Loin

Holiday Glazed Ham

Carved Roast Beef

 

Green Bean Casserole

Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Holiday Corn

Seasoned Whipped Potatoes & Giblet Gravy

Peel & Eat Shrimp

Fruit Display

Cheese Display

Assorted Chef Made Salads

Rolls & Butter

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

Assorted Cakes

Chocolate Fountain with goodies to dip

Champagne Served from 11am to 3pm

$27.95 for Adults – Children 5-12 years old $12.95

*Our in-house guests will be able to enjoy a light Continental Breakfast from 8am to 11am in the Skybar, located on the 4th floor.

*The Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza will be open from 11am for beverage service only until 6pm, then there will be food service from 6pm to 8pm.

Lookout Cottages Ghost Stories

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The Crescent Hotel’s Lookout Cottages

 

____Have Spooky Stories Of Their Own

          Stories reporting paranormal experiences at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa have been told for decades.  With the hotel now managing adjacent Lookout Cottage Estate, it has been discovered that the hotel is not the only building atop that limestone-based Crescent Mountain to have stories about the unexplainable.  Those who once frequented the homes -now the cottages- at Lookout Estate could be some of those “visitors”.

Perhaps one of those could be Marge Lyons, a feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, or her husband Jedge.  They lived in Lookout’s manor beginning in the late 1940s.  Marge, like many locals, would often visit Basin Spring Bathhouse and take advantage of the Eureka’s “magic” spring water, bathing in it for her health.

          Perhaps one could be the gregarious young nurse who Marge met at the bathhouse.  Alice Coleman built up quite a clientele dispensing her skill as a therapy caregiver.  Alice, who is recognized as the “founder” of the modern day spa movement in Eureka Springs, often visited Lookout and gave Marge in-home healing treatments.

          Perhaps one could be another of Alice’s clients, a world-renowned dancer, actress and Eureka Springs’ resident, Irene Castle.  Irene’s ghost has been seen, it is reported, at the Crescent Hotel.

And perhaps one could be yet another of Alice’s clients, a paralyzed man who lived on the estate in the gatehouse.  So appreciative was he that, upon his death, gave Alice his gatehouse and the adjoining guest quarters which she renamed Anchorage (her nickname for Eureka) and Suite Alice, respectively.

 Could these intertwined characters be some of the “visitors” who still frequent the cottages at Lookout Estate?  Perhaps.

 Here are a few of those unexplainable stories that Lookout employees have told:

 A couple, just going to bed in the Anchorage, watched a blue orb travel from the living room doorway, across the bedroom and disappear through the upstairs door.  The next day the husband made an unrelated phone call to his mother who surprisingly explained -without prompt- a blue orb was harmless even though her son had not mentioned the mysterious incident from the night before.  NOTE: It is said an orb is a ball of energy, the manifestation of a spirit beings’ soul.

 Occasionally guests driving up to the estate’s gate have seen a ghostly light in an upstairs Anchorage window, yet no light source has ever been found by guests once inside the cottage.

 During lunch one day, I was telling a story about when I was in elementary school over in Rogers (AR).  There was this shy, quiet boy named David Rose who rode our school bus and was teased by everybody but me.  Then one day he was gone; some said he died.  Right after lunch I went over to clean Suite Alice.  The first thing I did, as I always do, was to check the guest book.  It was open uncharacteristically to the back inside cover.  There, in a child’s script, was written, “I came to see you.” It was signed, David Rose.

HISTORIC HOTEL OF AMERICA CELEBRATES THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF ITS MORGUE

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Throughout the decades, members of Historic Hotels of America have celebrated re-openings of such hotel facilities as their restaurant, lounge, spa, etc., but only one HHA member has ever made plans to re-open their “morgue”.  Now, just in time for Halloween, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, will celebrate the re-opening of its “morgue” throughout the month of October.

“Our morgue is one of those historic infamies that has made us famous in the world of the paranormal and those interested in that world,” said Bill Ott, the hotel’s director of marketing and communications.  “It wasn’t part of the original business plan of the Eureka Springs Improvement Company who built this mountaintop spa resort more than 125 years ago, it just turned out that way.”

The history of the Crescent includes years when it was something other than a hotel.  For example, from 1908 to 1934 the hotel -in the non-summer months- was used as The Crescent College & Conservatory for Young Women.  The depression caused the college and the hotel to close its doors but in 1934.  However, thanks to “the man from Muscatine”, the Crescent re-swung her doors open to much fanfare in 1937.

smallIn July of 1937, an established nemesis of the American Medical Association, Norman Baker of Muscatine Iowa, began his boldest undertaking of his greedy, imaginative career: The Baker Cancer Curing Hospital, “Where Sick Folks Get Well”, located in a familiar five-story limestone structure that sat high in The Ozark Mountains above a community known the world over for its miraculous stories of healing.  No longer did guests come to this building for vacation lodging.  Instead, for the next three years, it would be patients who would come to this one-time resort for a “promised” cure from their debilitating cancer only to find pain, suffering, loss of life savings, and often loss of life.  These were the unkept promises of a charlatan in saint’s clothing.

“It is the sad years and sad tales of the Baker Hospital that are the genesis of the Crescent Hotel’s morgue,” Ott explained.  “It was in the morgue where Baker used his large walk-in Morgue_Baker'sAutopsyTable_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_10x7cooler to store cadavers and body parts, and his autopsy table more for studying the cancers removed from patients in an effort to discover ‘what went wrong’ when a patient died hoping to stumble upon a cure.  Both of these gruesome artifacts remain intact as do the stories -and some would say the patients- that surround them.”

From the time of Baker’s arrest in late 1939 on charges of mail fraud followed by his conviction in January 1940, the Crescent’s morgue would sit dormant being used only for some storage by the parade of hotel owners and operators from 1946 to 1997.  A Crescent Hotel renaissance began 1997 when Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the property.  They invested the time, love and dollars to return “The Grand Ol’ Lady of The Ozarks” to her nineteenth century grandeur.

“Prior to the Roenigks’ purchase, hotel owners would often hear reports of paranormal activity but put the kibosh on the public repeating of these stories thinking it would hurt occupancy.  The Roenigks took the attitude that if ghosts were a part of the history of this historic hotel, why shouldn’t those stories be told,” Ott noted, “and the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours were born.”

Morgue_Entranceway_MiniTheater_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_10x7“The ghost tours, which have grown exponentially over the past 16 years thanks to exposure on national television programs and in national publications, have always included the morgue,” continued Jack Moyer, hotel’s general manager since 1997, “but until recently that space has had a dual purpose: maintenance area by day, eerie morgue by night.  But now, maintenance has been removed and the morgue readied for thrilling new discoveries by curious ghost tour patrons.”

The enhancement of the focal point of “America’s most haunted hotel” includes placards and photos -dramatically illuminated- telling the Morgue_Locker_FullBodyApparitionSite_TAPS_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_7x10Baker story; inclusion of a wheelchair from the Baker Hospital as well as other medical artifacts from that era; the addition of a micro-theatre; and easier access to the walk-in cooler, autopsy table and the locker made famous by The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) in a Syfy Network “Ghost Hunters” feature episode.  For it was in front of the “2” emblazoned locker that TAPS captured a full-bodied apparition on their thermal imaging camera, something they called “the holy grail of ghost hunting”.

“With the grand re-opening of our ‘morgue’,” Moyer concluded, “our guests and ghost tour patrons will have a brand-new experience in a grand ol’ Historic Hotel of America.”

For more information regarding the morgue and other paranormal facts surrounding the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, one should go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com.

Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

1235963_766501886712789_1509974153_nEureka Springs Paranormal Weekend (ESP)

January 3, 4, 5, 2014
A 48-hour ghost hunt in
one of the most haunted buildings in the country:
The 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR.

Paranormal investigators are encouraged to bring all their equipment and be prepared to stay up at night investigating the most active areas of the hotel – 24/7!

All levels of experience welcome – come and learn from the pros, mingle, make connections, share your stories and experiences beyond the veil with other explorers of the supernatural and unexplained!

As usual, packages will include premium rooms, great food, entertainment, informational presentations by guest speakers and opportunities to meet ghost hunters from around the country. What better place and time to explore the supernatural then the famous mountaintop gothic chateau in the Ozarks, the 1886 Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas – in the dead of winter!

NEWSFLASH: We have restored the notorious Morgue to its original square footage! See the Morgue “reborn” with another original room, displays and a mini-theatre.

BONUS:NEW TO 2014 STAYOVER SUNDAY NIGHT for just $89 at the Basin Park Hotel on 1/5/14.  Exclusive to ESP Participants ONLY! The Basin Park Hotel will be shut down, dark, and only open to the Ghost Hunters to Investigate! To book your stay on Sunday at this special rate, please call the Basin Park Hotel at 877-643-4972 and give them your confirmation number for either ESP Weekend Packages below.

2 Night ESP Package, click here.

1 Night ESP Package, click here.

View Full Event Weekend Schedule here.

It’s not too soon to start making plans for the biggest ghost hunt in the country!

Information:
479-253-9766
CrescentHotelGhostTours@gmail.com

Eureka Springs Motorcycle Adventure

TWO-WHEELS, TWO-REASONS, TWO SEASONS:

A EUREKA SPRINGS MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE

All over the “lower 48”, men and woman who love their motorcycles are marking days off of their calendars as they count down to when they will pull on their leathers, fire mergedup their bikes and start their adventurous ride to the Arkansas Ozarks and one of “America’s Distinctive Destinations”, Eureka Springs.  The reasons are two-fold and it all centers on “pork” …The Pig Trail and Bikes Blues & BBQ.

               The Pig Trail is a not-so-straight ribbon of asphalt; in fact, the ribbon that looks like someone has scraped it across the edge of a scissor blade.  It stretches, for all practical and awesome purposes, from Interstate 40 near Ozark (AR) north along State Highway 23 to Eureka Springs, the gateway to northwest Arkansas.  This 80-mile route is universally praised in motorcycle magazines, on biker websites, and even by The Discovery Channel for being one of the best in America.  For example, MotorycleRoads.com has elevated the Pig Trail to the number eight position in their most recent “top 100” poll.  BikerBudz.com gives it a “highly recommend” while Motorcycle-USA.com refers to it as “my new favorite ride”.  The Discovery Channel has given the Pig Trail its highest mark yet: number two in the nation.

The official National Scenic Byways’ 19-mile portion of the Pig Trail starts as you enter the Ozark National Forest from the south and ends near Brashears (AR) as top-10-motorcycle-rides-2-pig-trail-625x450you exit the national forest to the north.  This route, which crosses both the Mulberry and the White rivers, has so many S-curves that motorcyclists are forced to make dozens of ultra-quick right-to-left-to-right and back again leans; perfect first-gear switchbacks.  But riders should not think the challenge of the ride is limited to “the forest”.  It starts once you exit Interstate 40 heading north and doesn’t end until you put down your kickstand for the night in Eureka Springs.

“The Scenic Byways section of the Pig Trail may be like the most thrilling point in a roller coaster ride,” one biker explained, “but like a roller coaster, the runs on either side (11 miles to the south; 50 miles to the north) are pretty exciting too.  For me, every year between late August and the Hunter’s Moon is when I enjoy the full 80-mile ride.  ‘Cuz if you’re gonna ride the Pig Trail, ya gotta go whole hog.”

“The highway going up to Eureka Springs and all those around that town,” he continued, “are one exhilarating rush.  I hub out of Eureka, a funky, biker-friendly basinmountain town with lots of places to stay, lots of places to play.  I’ll spend four or five days searching out new Ozark roads with new crazy curves and new breathtaking sights.  It’s like a rally every day.  Plus Eureka’s only about 45 minutes from Fayetteville and the ‘triple-B’, Bikes Blues & BBQ.”

For Bikes Blues & BBQ the aforementioned “whole hog” is dressed, seasoned, grilled till tender, slathered with sauce, and then served up razorback-style when more than 400,000 bikers converge on Fayetteville (AR) for the four fabulous days of this event in September.  This year this awesome fall festival goes from September 18th through the 21st.

“One of the best parts of Bikes Blues & BBQ,” a biker from Central Texas, who has not missed any one of the previous 13 annual events, proudly stated, “is that you 1aNWbikes4colCOLOR_t610don’t just get a festival, you get the Pig Trail and all of its Ozark side-roads.  Me and my group like to arrive a couple days early or stay a couple days late to make sure we have plenty of time for day rides to and around Eureka on their fantastically freaky yellow-striped trails.  We only wish we had routes like this back in Texas.”

To make it easy for those who attend Bikes Blues & BBQ to find new, thrilling nearby routes, both the event and Eureka Springs have online sites for maps and directions: http://www.bikesbluesandbbq.org/rally-info/maps-directions/ and http://www.eurekaspringsmotorcycleroutes.com/ .

If you are unable to attend the “triple-B event” do not despair, because “does Mother Nature have a deal for you” in October and often through early November!  imagesThere is no more lovely autumn color than the reds, oranges, golds and violets of the Ozarks when fall falls.  To help you with perfect timing, the State of Arkansas, beginning in September each year, has a “fall color updates” page on their very popular Arkansas.com website.

And speaking of the State of Arkansas, their Department of Parks & Tourism has developed a short movie that will whet your appetite and make you hungry for a motorcycle vacation to “The Natural State”.  It just so happens that a local motorcycle enthusiast who is also the Mayor of Eureka Springs, Morris Pate, narrates the movie.  His narration begins with him and his 2001 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic parked in front of the “Little Golden Gate Bridge” just a few minutes west from downtown Eureka.

“The Beaver Bridge is a landmark that must not be missed,” bragged Mayor Pate.  “This beautiful old wooden suspension bridge was built in 1949 and is 554 feet long, only 11 feet wide and has been painted a bright yellow.  Because it is so narrow, traffic can only move one way at a time across the span.  So hold your breath and grip tight, this is one bumpy and thrilling ride on two wheels.

So whether you ride the Ozarks in late summer, late fall or anytime in between, you will be glad you did.  “No matter how many other motorcycle routes you’ve been on,” concluded our Texas biker, “once you’ve conquered the Pig Trail and its web of side-roads, you’ll be happier than a hog in slop.”

Special packages just for bikers can be found at numerous web sites, such as EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRoutes.com and Arkansas.com/deals-coupons.