The Season for Active Seniors To Vacation in Eureka Springs

               According to an article published in Travel & Leisure Magazine written by Jim Becker, senior travelers visit this historic community of 2,000 -hidden away in the Arkansas Ozarks- for many reasons:  “great ‘Main Street’ town”, a designated “Distinctive Destination” in America by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and the fact that it is truly a “resort village”.  However, “active” seniors flock to enjoy this Extraordinary Escape as it pairs together interesting and enriching activities perfect for just two.senior ziplines

“Active seniors come to Eureka Springs not to sit in a rocker on one of our verandas and watch the clouds drift by,” explained Jack Moyer, general manager of two local historic hotels.  “Rather they come here to race past the clouds while flying along on one of Arkansas’ largest zip lines with no waiting in line behind dozens and dozens of children.  These are today’s seniors.”

Eureka Springs, in rebranding itself as the “Extraordinary Escape”, also made a real commitment to the outdoors.  Blessed with its location between two rivers and three lakes and within an hour to the Buffalo River Region, visitors enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking and the newest trend of stand-up paddle boarding on its adjacent lakes -Beaver, Table Rock and Leatherwood- and fishing, floating and scenic hikes are often found at the area rivers -White, Kings and Buffalo.  Eureka Springs also boasts an urban trail system89acb8096bae20df92548ab2453a850e through many of its parks and past its 63 springs locations.  Some trails reveal a hidden staircase or earthen path that leads up to “the crown at the top of the town”, the famous Crescent Hotel.  These simple strolls can turn a shopping sojourn into a challenging hiking experience just by turning a corner.  Mountain bikers are discovering that many of these hiking trails second as a challenging mountain bike route.  The authority site for a full listing of outdoor activities is www.EurekaSpringsOnline.com/outdoors.

Of course fall travel brings motorcyclists to the Ozarks.  Riders never stop grinning once they eureka springs motorcycle rideshave accepted the challenge of some of our local and area rides like the number one biker ride in the country, ‘The Pig Trail’ which is Arkansas Highway 23.”  Great rides are profiled on EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com and ArkansasArtTrail.com and include easy day trips to such sites as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Buffalo River Region.  Several Eureka hotels offer overnight covered and locked motorcycle parking with lodging.

Though active seniors may enjoy Eureka Springs’ thrills and excitement by day, it’s the relaxation and entertainment by night that make this destination stand alone as Arkansas’ premier resort destination.  Offering more than 2,000 affordable guest rooms ready to embrace visitors as the sun begins to sink but not before enjoying live entertainment, diving into a great meal, or giving in to the well-trained hands of a massage therapist at one Eureka’s numerous spas.

Live entertainment found on the 21 & Fun entertainment listing or the professional shows including Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, or a Crescent Hotel ghost tour offer eureka springs senioroutstanding and truly unique evening performances.  More than 100 area restaurants, including two dozen of the state’s finest, are located in Eureka Springs. Restaurant listings with local favorites may be found at EurekaSpringsRestaurant.com and area attractions are at ReserveEureka.com.  Local spa massage professionals work hard to transform tired bodies into a relaxed state.  Unique garden settings coupled with well-known national brands like Aveda and Bare Minerals offer patrons an exceptional and pleasant renewal experience.

Whether one refers to Eureka Springs as “The Little Switzerland of America” or “The Stair-Step Town” as Becker did or by the appellation adopted by the city, “The Extraordinary Escape”, it seems active seniors call it “the place to be” for a late summer vacation.

Active Seniors Vacation to Eureka Springs

PacAug-222‘Tis The Season for Active Seniors To Vacation in Eureka Springs

 

 According to a recent article in Travel & Leisure written by Jim Becker, senior travelers visit this historic community of 2,000 residents that is hidden away in the Arkansas Ozarks for many reasons:  “great ‘Main Street’ town”, a designated “Distinctive Destination” in America by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and the fact that it is truly a “resort village”.  However, members of Eureka Springs’ tourism industry over the past several years have monitored the last few weeks of summer and have determined that it seems that “active” seniors flock here to play in, on, and with all of Eureka’s summer fun while claiming it for their own now that schools are back in session.

               “Now that -age wise- the sixties and seventies are the new twenties and thirties, active seniors come to Eureka Springs in late summer not to sit in a rocker on one of our verandas and watch the clouds drift by,” explained Jack Moyer, general manager of two local historic hotels.  “Rather they come here to race past the clouds while flying along on Arkansas’ largest zip line with no waiting in line behind dozens and dozens of children.  These are today’s seniors.”

               Moyer made an abbreviated grocery list of activities that active seniors love to enjoy during this time of year, “Boating, canoeing and kayaking on our adjacent lakes 20140410_130834-Beaver, Table Rock and Leatherwood- and our area rivers -White, Kings and Buffalo.  Our urban trail system here in Eureka can turn a shopping sojourn into a challenging hiking experience just by turning a corner.  Both motorcyclists and bicyclists never stop grinning once they have accepted the challenge of some of our local and area rides like the number one biker ride in the country, ‘The Pig Trail’ which is Arkansas Highway 23.”

               It has been said that active seniors enjoy Eureka Springs’ thrills and excitement by day and its relaxation and entertainment by night.  More than 2,500 affordable guest rooms are ready to embrace visitors as the sun begins to sink but not before diving into a great meal, catching a great show, or giving in to the well-trained hands of a massage therapist at one Eureka’s numerous spas.

               “Shows like Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, Pine Mountain Theater, the Ozark Hoe-Down, or a hotel ghost tour PacAug-105offer outstanding evening entertainment.  More than two dozen of the state’s finest restaurants are located in Eureka Springs with varying cuisines that will tickle the most discriminating palates.  And local spa massage professionals work hard not to tickle but transform tired bodies into tranquil ones,” added Moyer.

               Moyer was also quick to point out that seniors this time of year can really save money by discovering special package deals and money saving offers by most of Eureka’s hotels, motels and other lodging establishments.  “With just a little bit of Internet investigation, seniors can save ‘the big bucks’ on room rates.  Many properties offer packages that include some meals and tickets to local attractions.  This time of the year is ideal for getting a lot for a little,” said Moyer.

               Whether one refers to Eureka Springs as “The Little Switzerland of America” or “The Stair-Step Town” as Becker did or by the appellation adopted by the city, “The Extraordinary Escape”, it seems active seniors call it “the place to be” for a late summer vacation.

For more information on lodging, attractions and restaurants, one may go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com or ReserveEureka.com.