Cabin Fever? Spring Break is just around the corner

Cabin Fever? Spring Break is just around the corner in Eureka Springs, AR.

As Spring Break approaches, a variety of travelers -moms wanting to bond with their daughters, couples looking for a romantic escape, ladies dying for a post-winter girlfriend spa getaway, and grandparents looking for an interesting and safe place to take the grandkids while school’s out- will once again be pointing their mouse to Eureka Springs online as they begin planning for that special March diversion.  This quaint Victorian village of 2,000 tucked away in The Arkansas Ozarks has played host in March to many suffering from “cabin fever” or simply looking for an relaxing respite from the ordinary, everyday rote and regimen.

“Research shows there are five major reasons why people visit Eureka Springs during spring break,” stated Bill Ott, director of marketing for two of the town’s historic hotels, “Those reasons are as follows: not too far away, one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, variety of things to see and do, a village you can call your own, and Eureka Springs has a very favorable cost-to-value ratio.”

Not Too Far Away – For those who live within the ellipse formed roughly by connecting the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita they are at the most a little more than a five-hour drive from Eureka Springs.  Much of this sojourn from all of these cities is along scenic highways.

One of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations – For those planning a Spring Break getaway but are not familiar with Eureka Springs, take heart.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation is quite familiar with it.  In fact, the NTHP describes it as “an appealingly unconventional Victorian village tucked in the hills of Northwest Arkansas, surrounded by miles of lakes and rivers.  In the 1850s, its early visitors were attracted to the magical waters of its miraculous ‘Great Healing Spring’.  Today, tourists come to enjoy its downtown Historic District, thriving community of artists and writers, and independent Ozark Mountain spirit.”  In fact, the entire town of Eureka Springs is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.”

Variety of Things to See and Do – In addition to the inherent cultural and enchanting heritage aspects of this “hidden village”, Eureka Springs offers Spring Break-ers a plethora of other activities and attractions.  “Ladies coming in March for girlfriend getaways or as a mother-daughter duo, seem to gravitate to the numerous spas in the area, as do romantic couples wanting that added intimate ‘memory chip’ of a duet massage,” said Ott.  “Surrounding spa treatments, ladies find the unique, non-chain store shopping exciting and rewarding.”  All of this frenetic and fun activity creates a hunger that the numerous quality, locally owned restaurants and eateries can easily sate.  “When it comes to adults with kids during Spring Break such uncommon attractions as hotel ghost tours, a trip to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a peek at Eureka’s ‘underground’, and hiking the urban trails of a city that time forgot -to name just a few- will fill a Pinterest page and require the telling of tall tales once home as an expanded follow up to Twitter tweets.”

A Village You Can Call Your Own – Visitors say one of the most alluring qualities of Eureka Springs is that, due to its size, the community seems like it is an escape that is all their own, Ott explained.  “Eureka Springs is not like a Times-Square, frenetic and always packed with people.  To the contrary, Eureka’s smaller size and slower pace makes each little discovery -a hidden staircase, an eclectic shop, a restaurant with that one-of-a-kind dish, a never-felt-before massage technique, and so on- seem like a first-time find.  Those type of ‘eureka’ moments enhances their experience, transforming a simple vacation into an explorer’s escape.”  As anyone can see, especially during Spring Break, this exploration is enjoyed by visitors of all ages.  Kids love to wind their way through downtown with its century-old buildings.  Then, in just a few steps, they can go from urban to natural, forested hillsides complete with limestone bluffs and hiking trails.  Parents love it for their kids because both feel safe here; not something you can say about many popular Spring Break destinations,” Ott added.

Very Favorable Cost-to-Value Ratio – In this day and age of economic uncertainty, one thing is certain: Eureka Springs is an affordable destination. Room rates are unbelievably “pocketbook friendly” and many hotels and bed-and-breakfasts package lodging with attraction tickets, spa treatments and dining discounts.  These added-value packages allow visitors to better budget their Spring Break getaway.

Ott concluded, “You know winter is a memory when our hillsides are abloom with daffodils and jonquils and our sidewalks, shops, spas and restaurants are in blossom with the smiles of those who have discovered Eureka Springs again for what feels like the first time.  It’s an escape worth repeating,

For more information on Eureka Springs’ lodging, attractions, spas, restaurants, shopping and special Spring Break packages, one should go to eurekaspringsonline.com .

March FUN Begins in Eureka Springs

Plan your Spring Vacation to Eureka Springs this March-The FUN Starts HERE!

March 15thCocktails for a Cause at the Voulez Vous Lounge

Supporting the Good Shepherd Humane Society & Eureka Springs Downtown Network
$10 Cover Charge + $1 for Every Drink Sold Donated to Both Nonprofits.  Come out and make a difference to our local nonprofits while having a great time! 5pm-7pm

March 16th-18thSpring Antique Show at the Inn of the Ozarks

16th Annual Spring Antique Show & Sale
Saturday and Sunday March 17 & 18 2012
Regular admission $5.00 good both days.  Contact Jane Baker for more info at 479.253.7551.
*Preview Showing/Wine & Cheese Friday, March 16, 5:30 – 7:00 – $10

March 17th-St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Get your Green On this Saturday along Spring St.  Parade begins at 2pm.

March 17th- Downtown TOURS Start for the Season!

Hell Raisers, Hoodlums & a Heated History Walking Tour-10am EVERYDAY at Basin Spring Park.

Many a character have enhanced the Eureka Springs landscape and this 45 minute walking tour tells you all about them! We bring out the “Stars” of the town over time, share the strange happenings, and clue you into the legends that we live with.

Downtown -N- Underground Tour-4pm EVERYDAY at Basin  Spring Park

The Behind the Scenes walking adventure offers visitors a unique 75 minute opportunity to enjoy stories of Eureka Springs’ Wild West Period, its renewal as an artist community and to explore the mysteries of a underground city. Explore the Downtown in Eureka Springs in a new and exciting way. The history and the colorful characters who have made Eureka Springs their home throughout the ages come alive through interactive storytelling.

March 17th-The Magic is BACK!

Intrigue Theater at the Auditorium

Intrigue holds Ghostly Seance Experiments and explores “unlocking the subconscious.”
The show takes place at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium. Call 479.253.7333 for tickets and information.

March 17th-31st FREE Spring Break Activities

A great place to be a kid again! Starting March 19th through the 31st come play with the whole family in Eureka Springs. Games and free fun for all ages – every single day! We have turned Eureka Springs into your playground!  Meet in Basin Spring Park.

March 24th -Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

The 22nd annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, theme this year is: The “Art With An Altitude,”

Admission to the kite festival is free. Regular admission prices apply for those wishing to tour the refuge. The annual event is one of the refuge’s most attended days of the year. Proceeds help finance the rescue of and sanctuary for the tigers, lions, cougars, leopards and other animals housed there. Call 479-253-5841 for more information.

March 31st-“The Art of Chipping Flint” at  Blue Spring Heritage Center

Blue Spring Heritage Center CELEBRATES Arkansas Archaeology Month

On March 31st Blue Spring will host Aaron Wagoman, a local fintknapper from Bentonville Arkansas in the Bluff Shelter from 11am-2pm.  Aaron will be demonstrating the art of chipping flint rock into arrowheads and prehistoric tools just as the paleoindians who once inhabited the bluff shelter.  Call 479-253-9244 for more information.

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