Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

The time is here…BOOM BOOM MARDI GRAS!

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Winter doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors.  Take a road trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas where they know how to party! Eureka Springs Mardi Festival kicks off February 16trh-28th with 2 full weekends of festivities.  5 Balls, 2 Parades, & lots of Fun!!!

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Parades & Public Balls Not To Miss:

Night Parade-2/18 starting at 6pm in Downtown Eureka Springs.  Line up along Spring Street and watch krewes hit the streets with lights and music.

Black Light Ball-2/18 after the parade don’t miss this public ball! 8pm-Midnight. Dance to DJ Testube in Eureka Springs hottest club, Event Eureka under black light ballblack lights. Let a body artist paint you with glow in the dark paint,  a glow necklace and celebrate Mardi Gras! Music will be spinning, lights will be flashing all for a great cause – Main Street Eureka Springs. Tickets $30 per person.  BUY HERE.

Day Parade-2/25 starting at 2pm see the best mardi gras floats cruise downtown Spring St.

Mayor’s Ball-2/25 after the parade that evening, get your costumes, feathers and beads out for this fun public ball! 7pm-Midngiht at the Basin Park Hotel.  Tickets $35 per person. The theme is Great Gatsby featuring Mayor Butch Berry & the Mardi Gras Royalty.  Music from the Downtown Livewires.  BUY HERE.

 

Jazz Brunch-2/26 end the weekend right with a Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel.   11am-2pm.  Tickets $27.95 per person.  Live music, second line and an amazing brunch display.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766.

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.

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.

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Winter Things To Do in Eureka Springs

Winter Things to Do in Eureka Springs 2015:

 

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ESP Weekend (Eureka Springs Paranormal) – January 9, 10, 11th

Ozark Mountain Music Festival-January 22th-25th

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival-February 6th-February 17th

 

Attractions

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge –Open Everyday 9am-5pm

Keels Creek Winery-Everyday Noon -5pm

Fresh Harvest Olive Oil Tasting-Open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm

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Crescent Ghost Tours-Open Everyday, nightly tours starting at 8pm

Eureka Van Tours-2pm tours by appointment 479-253-8737

Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour-Open Everyday at 11am

Downtown -N-Underground Tour-Open Saturdays at 4pm

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art-Open Everyday except Tuesday.

Not Really A Door-Friday & Saturday, 10pm at the Crescent Hotel

Trolley Rides-Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

War Eagle Mill

 

Caves

Cosmic Caverns-Open Sat/Sun 9am-5pm.  Weekday tours are available,  call to verify: 870-749-2298

Onyx Cave-479-253-9321winter serenity spa

 

Winter Spa Escape

Serenity Spa-Open Everyday: Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sun-Fri: 9:30am to 5:00pm

New Moon Spa-Open Everyday: Sun-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-7pm

 

Horse Back Riding

Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort-Open by appointment: 479-253-2900, $35 per person

Bear Mountain Riding Stables-Open everyday, rides at 11:30, 1pm, 2:30pm by appointment: 479-253-6990

 

Craft Beer Bar’s

The Ozark Mountain Taproom-exclusive brewed beers from Arkansas

Brews-Craft Brew Bar & Coffee House

Eureka Alehouse-Brewery & Distillery

 

Outdoors & Other Things To Doeaglebeaverlake

Eagle Watching Tours-January thru March 1st, tours leave at 3pm daily at Rocky Branch Marina on Beaver Lake through Hobbs State Park. $10 for adults, $5 for 6-12 years, free for kids under 6.  Must make an appointment by calling Hobbs State Park: 479-789-5000

Hike The Springs– Spring Maps available at the Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mtn Village

Lake Leatherwood Hiking Trails

Black Bass Lake Trail

Shopping

Art Galleries

Nightlife-Live Music & Bars in Eureka Springs

Photography- Winter is the best time to capture images of Eureka Springs Architecture, Landscapes, and Thorncrown Chapel

Pea Ridge National Military Park-Open Everyday 8:30am-4pm

Roaring River State Park

Hobbs State Park

Buffalo River National Park

 

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

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