Spring Break Excursion Starts In Oklahoma City

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Oklahoma City

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Oklahoma City area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads east.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Rock Café, Stroud OK (approx. 67 miles from Oklahoma City)… The Rock Café, named for its local sandstone construction, opened in 1939 and has remained a Route 66 landmark ever since.  Despite a devastating fire in 2008, the structure’s four rock walls and Betsy, the original stainless steel grill that has turned out more than 5 million burgers, survived and is back serving customers.  It is also worth noting that the café’s owner Dawn Welch provided the inspiration for ‘Sally Carrera’ in the Pixar film, “Cars”.  rockcafert66.com/

POI #2: Rock Creek Bridge, Sapulpa OK (approx. 37 miles from POI #1)… Built in 1921 to serve the Ozark Trail, ‘Bridge No. 18 at Rock Creek’ became part of Route 66 in 1926 and remained busy until 1952 when the highway was realigned to the south. The bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 120 feet-long steel truss design and is particularly notable for the brick decking.  Although it closed as an auto traversable bridge in 2013, the bridge remains open to pedestrians.  nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/bridge18_Rock_Creek_Sapulpa.html

POI #3: Blue Whale, Catoosa OK (approx. 28 miles from POI #2)… The Blue Whale in Catoosa may be one of the most famous landmarks along this well-preserved section of Route 66 that runs through Oklahoma.  Built in 1972 by one Hugh S. Davis thousands of families stop by to explore the whale and pose for this one-of-a-kind family photo opportunity, perfect for sharing on social media.  Even though the pond has closed, adjacent picnic tables are still available.  travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.653

POI #4: Totem Pole Park, Foyil OK (approx. 22 miles from POI #3)… Located just 3.5 miles off Route 66, the extraordinary, eccentric collection of totem poles is the work of Oklahoma folk artist Ed Galloway. The centerpiece is a spectacular 90-ft tall construction – making it the World’s Largest Concrete Totem Pole – and features brightly colored animals as well as portraits of Native Americans. travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.13179

POI #5: Wal-Mart Visitor Center, Bentonville AR (approx. 116 miles from POI #4)… Although officially called the Wal-Mart Visitor Center, this quaint facility is a tribute to the main street entrepreneurship and rags-to-riches struggle that launched it all.  Facing the town square, this site of Sam Walton’s original “5 & 10” store still maintains its down-home facade on the outside and even its down-home feel on the inside.  Most of the facility houses a museum chronicling Walton’s extraordinary life and career, plus features his beloved 1979 red Ford pickup. corporate.walmart.com/our-story/history/the-walmart-museum

POI #6: Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield AR (approx. 17 miles from POI #5)… The Battle of Pea Ridge was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.  The National Park Service describes the park as “the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States”, which includes the legendary Elkhorn Tavern.  nps.gov/peri/learn/index.htm

POI #7: Beaver Bridge, Beaver AR (approx. 16 miles from POI #6)… This historic wooden suspension bridge, built in 1949 and known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, is a hidden delight.  A single-lane, wooden construction bridge that is 554 feet long and only 11 feet wide that spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  exploresouthernhistory.com/beaverbridge

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 7 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. eurekaspringsonline.com.

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

 

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Metroplex

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Metroplex

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 (EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Dallas/Fort Worth area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads north.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Endangered Ark Foundation, Hugo OK (approx. 130 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth area)…   This refuge is home to the second largest herd of Asian elephants in America. The foundation was started in 1993 to help preserve this endangered species and tours are available with advance reservation only. < endangeredarkfoundation.org >

POI #2: Pete’s Place, Krebs OK (approx. 74 miles from POI #1)…   Located in Oklahoma’s “Little Italy”, this fourth generation, landmark restaurant opened in 1925 and continues to serve fresh, family-style Italian cuisine as well as being “the home of Choc Beer”.  They are most famous for their generous portions of lasagna, ravioli, Italian sausage, chicken Parmesan, garlic bread and more with guests being seated in various rooms throughout “the house”. < petes.org >

POI #3: USS Batfish, Muskogee OK (approx. 65 miles from POI #2)…   The USS Batfish is one of Oklahoma’s most unique attractions.  An actual World War II submarine, the Batfish sank three enemy submarines and eleven other enemy vessels during her tenure in battle.  Visitors can tour the inside of the submarine, including the torpedo room and crew cabins. In the adjacent park are an army tank, cannons, missiles, and other military memorabilia for view.  < ussbatfish.com >

POI #4: Fort Gibson, Fort Gibson OK (approx. 9 miles from POI #3)…   Oklahoma’s oldest frontier fort was established in 1824 and is steeped in colorful history along with blue lakes, sparkling rivers and green hillsides stretching over 80 acres of grounds with 29 historic buildings and numerous archeological ruins.  Nearby this National Historic Landmark and American Treasure, sits Fort Gibson National Cemetery, one of two national cemeteries in Oklahoma, honoring fallen U.S. military personnel. < okhistory.org/sites/fortgibson >

POI #5: Scenic Highway 10, Talequah to U.S. 412 (approx. 49 miles from POI #4)…   This picturesque byway runs from north of Tahlequah and follows the serene banks of the Illinois River on a relaxing jaunt through breathtaking stone bluffs and lush forests.  Remember: keep your speedometer low, as Highway 10 is known for its winding lanes and curvy turns. < okhighways.wkinsler.com/route10.htm >

POI #6: Arkansas Welcome Center, Siloam Springs AR (approx. 13 miles from POI #5)…   The center, operated by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, offers visitors up-to-the minute information on attractions, regional events, and weather conditions throughout “The Natural State”.  Travelers have access to computer kiosks, Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee. < arkansas.com/travel-tools/welcome-centers/siloam-springs/ >

POI #7: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs AR (approx. 58 miles from POI #6)…   [EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this is an attraction at which you might want to spend some serious time, you might consider visiting it tomorrow after a good night’s rest; it’s been a long day!]  With more than 450 acres and 130 big, exotic cats plus a couple bears, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is the largest big cat sanctuary in North America.  This non-profit organization provides lifetime homes for abandoned, abused and neglected ‘big cats’ and is one of the Top 10 Attractions in Arkansas. < turpentinecreek.org >

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 9 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. < eurekaspringsonline.com >

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Wichita

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Wichita

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 (EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Wichita area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads east.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Chanute-Wright Brothers Memorial, Chanute KS (approx. 109 miles from Wichita)… This memorial is so much more than mobile sculpture that moves with the wind; it replicates the Wright brothers’ flying machine and commemorates the important relationship between the town’s namesake and the birth of flight. French-born Octave Chanute never was a resident of Chanute, Kansas; however, one of the four railroads he built through Kansas made the town possible.  This memorial, like the town, is an homage to this engineer and the brothers he mentored.  kansastravel.org/chanutewrightbrothers.htm

POI #2: Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott KS (approx. 50 miles from POI #1)…More than 26,000 visitors come to this National Historic Site each year. The 20 historic structures, eleven of which are original, represent a military fort of the 1840s and focuses on the role of the U.S. Army on the frontier.  This site interprets this critical era with interpretive exhibits, period furnishings, and living history programs that include soldiers drilling on horseback and artillery demonstrations. nps.gov/fosc/index.htm

POI #3: Big Brutus, Mineral KS(approx. 52 miles from POI #2)… The second largest electric shovel in the world, Big Brutus stands 160 feet high, and is visible for miles around.  From 1962 to 1974, it was a powerful aid to the Kansas mining industry. Today, the public is invited to climb inside it, look around, and even sit in the operator’s seat. A visitors’ center next to it provides more background information. bigbrutus.org/

POI #4: Kan-O-Tex Service Station, Galena KS (approx. 31 miles from POI #3)… This restored gas station recalls the heyday of Route 66 when it was a major thoroughfare.  It’s the home of the 1951 International tow truck that was the inspiration for ‘Tow Mater’ in the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars” plus a collection of memorabilia relating to Route 66 and the “Cars” film.  kansastravel.org/4womenontheroute.htm

POI #5: Bluff Dwellers Cavern, Noel MO (approx. 58 miles from POI #4)… This bluff has significant archaeological significance having served as shelter for the native Bluff Dwellers some 12,000 years ago.  The non-strenuous tour features a musical rock formation. bluffdwellerscavern.com

POI #6: Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield AR (approx. 30 miles from POI #5)… The Battle of Pea Ridge was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.  The National Park Service describes the park as “the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States”, which includes the legendary Elkhorn Tavern.  nps.gov/peri/learn/index.htm

POI #7: Beaver Bridge, Beaver AR (approx. 26 miles from POI #6)… This historic wooden suspension bridge, built in 1949 and known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, is a hidden delight.  A single-lane, wooden construction bridge that is 554 feet long and only 11 feet wide that spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  exploresouthernhistory.com/beaverbridge

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 7 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. eurekaspringsonline.com.

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

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.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

June 13th-21st

Headliners: Chris Thomas King and Jimmy D. Lane

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

Eureka Springs is proud to announce that Blues Weekend has extended the event to a full week of great Blues, bringing in more mid-week visitors after adding feature shows to the event on Sunday three years ago to encourage even longer stays. Our headliners are Chris Thomas King and Jimmy D. Lane.

 

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Grammy Award winner Chris Thomas King helped expose millions of movie-goers to the Blues as Tommy Johnson in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, the blockbuster hit starring George Clooney. The movie featured several songs performed by King, including a rendition of “Hard Time Killing Floor” that was recorded live during filming. King also starred as Ray Charles’s bandleader Lowell Chris Thomas KingFulson in the movie Ray, as Blind Willie Johnson in Soul of a Man and has appeared in the HBO series Treme.Born in Baton Rouge, King is the son of the late Swamp Blues musician and club owner Tabby Thomas. Chris played with his father, and helped run Tabby’s Blues Box and Heritage Hall, where he was exposed to and played with literally hundreds of blues acts over the years. King’s latest recording is “D2D” or “Direct to Disc”. As the title suggests, it was recorded direct to a master vinyl disc at the legendary Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. It is as close as possible today to recreate the “sing into the can” recording experience depicted in “Oh Brother”, where the music is taken directly from the microphone to the master record which is then used to create the pressing plates.  As King wrote about the experience “Only my J-45 Gibson guitar, vocal, and the ethereal reverb from hallowed church walls, is etched into the 200-gram vinyl disc. “

 

Jimmy D. Lane is a Chicago bluesman, son of the legendary Jimmy Rogers. Like his father, Lane has traveled the world playing the Blues. His father was a singer, guitarist Jimmy D. Laneand harmonica player best known for his work with Muddy Waters, and then as a solo artist who recorded the hits “That’s All Right” and “Walking By Myself”. Lane has recorded and performed with a list of musicians too long to list here, but it includes his father Jimmy Rogers, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jeff Healy, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Lowell Fulson, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Stephen Stills, Van Morrison and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
Jimmy performed on The Conan O’Brien Show and in dozens of countries around the world. He also performed for President Clinton and the First Lady in 1998. Jimmy was also the Music Director at Blue Heaven Studios from 1999 through 2005, where he helped establish the studio as one of the premiere analog studios in world. It has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News, CNN News and NPR Radio’s “All Things Considered”.

 

Other headliner and featured acts include The Bel-Airs, Earl & Them, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops, Kelley Hunt, Jimmy D. Lane, The Nace Brothers and The Noah Wotherspoon Band. Noah was this year’s Albert King Award winner at the International Blues Challenge, and will host fellow Albert King award winners Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot and Jonn Del Toro Richardson of Blue Mercy in a Tribute to Albert King.

 

We’ll also feature Free Music in Basin Spring Park with performances by Brick Fields, Doghouse Daddies, Isayah Warford & Friends, The Jones Brothers and Lucious Spiller. It begins on Saturday, June 13th at 5pm and Saturday, June 20th starting at Noon.  Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
We’ll also feature the winners of this year’s Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Blues Challenge Buddy Shute and Amanda Rey & West Street Blues. And at noon on Saturday, June 20, we’ll give away 100 Hohner harmonicas to kids of all ages during our Blues For Kids Harmonica Workshop with George Hunt. Plus there will be blues music in all of our partner clubs featuring great local, regional and national acts. They include the Shari Bales Band, Brody Buster, Shannon Hope, Jeff HortonNorman Jackson, Akeem Kemp, RJ Mischo, Patrick Sweany, Pete & Dave, Tightrope and many more great acts.In addition to the music, workshops will include “Basics of Blues Guitar”, “How To Build And Play A Diddly-Bow”, “Performance Photography”,  and “Writing The Perfect Blues Song”.

The weekend ends with a Father’s Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek, on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. The afternoon starts with Brick Fields’s Gospel Blues Brunch. Turpentine Creek Following will be Luscious Spiller & the Noah Wotherspoon Band.   To top off the day, musicians who performed during Blues Weekend will take the stage for a legendary Blues jam.  There will be food and drinks, arts and crafts, and fun activities for the kids.   Admission is only $5 per person at the gate.  Kids under six get in free.

Blues Weekend Lodging Deal:

Enjoy Blues Weekend Festival in Eureka Springs 2

1 night stay in a Premium Room at the Downtown Basin Park Hotel
2 Tickets to Shawn Holt & The Teardrops concert at the Basin Hotel, 6th floor Ballroom on 6/18.
$25 Food Voucher for the Balcony Restaurant

$139 plus tax. Valid on 6/18.  Check Availability.

 

For a complete schedule, tickets, lodging info and more, please visit www.EurekaSpringsBlues.com.

Lake Leatherwood Day!

Lake Leatherwood Day Celebration Weekend Activities Announced

The Eureka Springs Parks Department welcomes residents and visitors alike to enjoy the weekend long celebration being called Lake Leatherwood Day: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors and the Ozark Mountain Region, Saturday April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Activities scheduled for the celebration make up a large and varied list of fun family stuff to do, including:lake leatherwood day

10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike.  Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center.)

  • For Mountain Bikers-Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The temperature is perfect this time of year for biking. 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. There is a reason that Eureka Springs is the home of major events like the Fat Tire Festival!
  • For Hikers In-City Trails-Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, hiking in and around Eureka Springs spectacular. Easily accessible trails are located near most Eureka Springs lodging. For some light hiking, try following some of the city historic trails, view map, which are marked by historic plaques, discover the dozens of historic natural springs or explore Eureka Springs prettiest street. For day hiking, consider hiking along Lake Leatherwood trails or visit Blue Spring Heritage Center.
  • Black Bass Lake is a natural area located on 200 hidden acres 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.
  • Lake Leatherwood City Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, exhibits many different ways to enjoy the outdoors.  The park has more than 20 miles of single-track nature trails, used by both hikers and mountain bikers. Mountain bikers especially love the unique challenges the trails hold with its rocky ledges, steep slopes, creek crossings and varied terrain.  The very successful Fat Tire Festival is held annually here at this outdoor playground.  Shady picnic areas are provided, and the lake has a WPA-built diving platform, and swimming, camping, birding, and other watchable wildlife abound.  There are also such amenities as canoe, paddleboat, and boat rentals.  There is a ball field, a bathhouse, a marina, boat launch, a barbecue shelter house, a playground and an area for volleyball.  Leatherwood Park is handicap accessible and has the unique recognition as being one of America’s largest city parks.

 

Other outdoor offerings complimenting the city-owned spaces for the celebration are some of the most exciting outdoor venues unique to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA:

  • A little south of Eureka Springs, there is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which is 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 and Native American Pow-Wow 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.  This multi-day annual event is held both in the spring and in the fall of each year and is two of the highest attended craft fairs in the country.
  • 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.
  • Eureka Springs’ Marina – 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.  Many unique lodging facilities are available nearby, as well as sailing, power house tours, fishing, scuba 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 0found 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.

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

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: 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 vacation hub.eureka springs outdoor adventure week

Although many of these outdoor wonders are most accessible and enjoyable the year-round, many are at their peak during the months of spring.  That is why the Eureka Springs Parks Commission and its friends from EurekaSpringsOnline have partnered together to call all outdoor enthusiasts to Eureka Springs on the last week of April and specifically Saturday, April 25 for Lake Leatherwood Day: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors and the Ozark Mountain Region. (see more details below)

Jack Moyer, general manager of the Crescent and Basin Park stated, “We are adamant supporters of Eureka Springs’ great outdoors.  So, when we tell our guests and visitors to ‘Get out!’ we of course mean ‘Get outdoors!’ while they are visiting us here, encouraging them to enjoy all of the wonderful sights and activities with which our glorious surroundings are blessed.”

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Outdoor Adventure Week

April 24th-28th

Enjoy a week full of outdoor fun in Eureka Springs!
Stay at the Crescent all week or just 1 night and SAVE 25% on any room of your choice, including breakfast for two. Then participate in the following outdoor activities at discount provided by the Crescent Hotel:

Friday, April 24th: Hike to Kings River Overlook (free) View Map.lake leatherwood eureka springs
Saturday, April 25th: Lake Leatherwood Day!  View Map.

-10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

-11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike.  Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

-Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center.)

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 (Cost $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.)

View the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Outdoor Adventure Week Deal, Click Here.

View the 1905 Basin Park Hotel Outdoor Adventure Week Deal, Click Here.

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Lake Leatherwood Day Celebration Weekend Activities Announced

The Eureka Springs Parks Department welcomes residents and visitors alike to enjoy the weekend long celebration being called Lake Leatherwood Day: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors and the Ozark Mountain Region, Saturday April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Activities scheduled for the celebration make up a large and varied list of fun family stuff to do, including:lake leatherwood day

10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike.  Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center)

Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood boating center.)

  • For Mountain Bikers-Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The temperature is perfect this time of year for biking. 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. There is a reason that Eureka Springs is the home of major events like the Fat Tire Festival!
  • For Hikers In-City Trails-Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, hiking in and around Eureka Springs spectacular. Easily accessible trails are located near most Eureka Springs lodging. For some light hiking, try following some of the city historic trails, view map, which are marked by historic plaques, discover the dozens of historic natural springs or explore Eureka Springs prettiest street. For day hiking, consider hiking along Lake Leatherwood trails or visit Blue Spring Heritage Center.
  • Black Bass Lake is a natural area located on 200 hidden acres 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.
  • Lake Leatherwood City Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, exhibits many different ways to enjoy the outdoors.  The park has more than 20 miles of single-track nature trails, used by both hikers and mountain bikers. Mountain bikers especially love the unique challenges the trails hold with its rocky ledges, steep slopes, creek crossings and varied terrain.  The very successful Fat Tire Festival is held annually here at this outdoor playground.  Shady picnic areas are provided, and the lake has a WPA-built diving platform, and swimming, camping, birding, and other watchable wildlife abound.  There are also such amenities as canoe, paddleboat, and boat rentals.  There is a ball field, a bathhouse, a marina, boat launch, a barbecue shelter house, a playground and an area for volleyball.  Leatherwood Park is handicap accessible and has the unique recognition as being one of America’s largest city parks.

 

Other outdoor offerings complimenting the city-owned spaces for the celebration are some of the most exciting outdoor venues unique to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA:

  • A little south of Eureka Springs, there is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which is 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 and Native American Pow-Wow 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.  This multi-day annual event is held both in the spring and in the fall of each year and is two of the highest attended craft fairs in the country.
  • 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.
  • Eureka Springs’ Marina – 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.  Many unique lodging facilities are available nearby, as well as sailing, power house tours, fishing, scuba 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 0found 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.

 

Spring Break FUN in Eureka Springs

Spring Break Eureka Springs

Families all over Arkansas / Oklahoma and Missouri have had one week in March circled on their calendars since the school year started.  Inside that circle are written the words “Eureka Springs”.  Why?  Because kids’ love to spend Spring Break in a place not too far away that thrills with zip-lines, ghost hunting, lions and tigers, and so much more.  That’s why families from “SEC Country” will be traveling to the Arkansas Ozarks and the “Extraordinary Spring Break Escape”: Eureka Springs.Eureka Springs Ziplines

Here families can challenge the state’s highest zip-line as speeds through the canopy of trees high in the Ozark hills.  Ozark Mountain Zip-lines offer an extreme adventure for ages three and up.  Ten zip-lines 120- to 1800-feet long suspended 20-to 200-feet above the ground.

At least two hotels in Eureka Springs offer top-rated ghost hunting.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has become known as “America’s most haunted hotelSpirits of the Basin Tour” because of the unparalleled paranormal discoveries, seen and/or digitally captured by those on the hotel’s nightly ghost tour as well as numerous television programs such as SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”.  The newest venture into the past and the beyond is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s “Spirits of The Basin” nightly tour.  This top to bottom tour of Downtown Eureka’s only skyscraper introduces names and mental images of those who have walked –and some say still walking- the hallways of this historic seven story structure and the tales that have made them immortal.

Saved from extinction, more than 100 big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge roam their natural habitats roaring and wTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refugeaiting for families’ close-up looks.  These lions and tigers and bears, creatures that someday may be only a picture online, become stars of safe safaris daily.  These massive, beautiful animals were rescued from awful circumstances and given a new chance to live out their years here in a loving, caring natural environment.

Other family-friendly Spring Break attractions include hiking the “hills and hollers” of the urban Ozark trails, sojourning through time on the Downtown-N- Underground tour; experiencing the inspiration of The Great Passion Play’s Bible Museum and The Great Passion Playpre-arranged Holy Land Tour; holding on tight on the back deck of a vintage trolley as it traverses over Eureka’s twisty, zigzag, up and down streets; and capturing “new history” with an antique family photo at Judge Roy Bean’s.

Planning a Eureka Springs’ Spring Break is also fun and easy by finding Things To Do on EurekaSpringsOnline.com and booking tickets and securing Hot Deals on ReserveEureka.com.

 

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.

For Eureka Springs HOT DEAL, go to reserveeureka.com

 

Ozark Mountain Music Festival

OzMoMu2: 2nd Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival

Set for Eureka Springs, January 22-25, 2015

 

(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) –The hottest thing in Eureka Springs, AR in January 2014 was OzMoMu, the Ozark Mountain Music Festival.  Hundreds came and enjoyed the eclectic mountain music sounds of 10 bands.  This year, partnering with the ESDN – The Eureka Springs Main Street Program, OzMoMu2 return10653651_762091693877855_1795527241608858403_ns to the1905 Basin Park Hotel, January 22-25, 2015.

“Last year we touted OzMoMu as Eureka Springs’ next great festival,” said Mary Howze, festival coordinator, “and we did not disappoint.  Even before the last note of OzMoMu1 music stopped echoing through the Barefoot Ballroom, the crowd wanted to know the dates of OzMoMu2, the sequel.  And just like last year’s musical extravaganza, OzMoMu2 will focus around Indie Folk with a festival lineup that includes multiple stages and lively music for four exciting days.”

The 2015 Ozark Mountain Music Festival will begin Thursday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. and will continue with 10 acts until Sunday’s “Bloody Mary Morning Show” with passes once again being kept affordable.  OzMoMu2 will feature the following: Mountain Sprout, Hooten Hallers, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Dimetrip, Chucky Waggs, Foley’s Van, Brody Buster, Spring Street Band, Dusty Pearls, and Hosty Duo.

“A key to establishing this event,” noted Jack Moyer, general manager of the hotel, “will be in both providing great Indie/Folk music performed by regional

talent on multiple stages, and inventing a path where the festival-style atmosphere makes the Basin Park Hotel abuzz with activity like attendees enjoying all-access passes, overnighting at the hotel, and being immersed in an atmosphere that encourages eating, drinking and dancing in one central location that has an indoor ‘festival grounds’ feel, per se.”

Room bundles for two attendees include two-nights lodging and two (2) “All-Access” passes and begin at $325.  Festival “4-Day All-Access” passes are $55.  For further information or online room sales, guests are encouraged to visit ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com.