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SHRED Eureka Springs Schedule

SHRED Eureka Springs, March 27 – April 3

A Food, Wine and Adventure Festival is perfect for hikers, bikers and people who love the good stuff.

Friday 3/27

Buffalo River Partners – KickOff Dance Party

  • Presented by The Ozark Mountain Music Festival
  • 6pm-8pm
  • Basin Spring Park

Eureka Springs Auditorium

The Charlie Daniels Band

Saturday 3/28

SIP – A Welcoming Wine Tasting

  • Presented by the Basin Park Hotel Chef’s Table
  • 15 Tables – 30 Wines
  • VIP Room – Tastings from the Roenigk Cellar
  • 2pm-5pm;  Cost $35 / $55
  • Basin Park Hotel – Barefoot Ballroom

Sunday 3/29

Chef Showcase Sunday Brunch

  • Presented by the Crescent Hotel
  • Live Music from 11-1
  • Five Action Stations
  • One Great Bloody Mary bar
  • $29.95 per person

Monday 3/30  – Thursday 4/2

A Community of Friends who love the outdoors

Festival Rooms at The Basin Park & Crescent Hotels are all “Family Rate of $55”


Monday – Thursday

Wake up — Meet Up  

  • Eureka Springs Coffee House

Monday

  • Bike Lake Leatherwood
  • Eureka Springs Brewery

Tuesday

  • Hike Black Bass Lake
  • Frisco Sporting Club – hatchet throwing

Wednesday

  • Bike the Great Passion Play Trails
  • TAP Takeover at Brews 

Thursday

  • Exploration to the Buffalo River Waterfalls
  • Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar – private tasting 

Friday  4/3

Center Street – Block Party  4PM – 8PM

Stunt Teams, Trick Riders  and Food Trucks

Center Street Trick Riders

  • Lone Star Action Sports
  • 4pm-6pm

Food Truck Festival

  • 4pm-8pm
  • Band from 6pm-8pm

Beverages From Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar & Chelseas

Eureka Springs Auditorium

America

Saturday 4/4

Lake Leatherwood Downhill

  • Free Shuttles off the Mountain 
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SHRED Eureka Springs

Coming to Eureka Springs…

…a new springtime festival in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas.  Touted as an “Ozark Mountain Explosion of the Senses”, this Food, Wine and Adventure Festival is perfect for hikers, bikers and people who love the good stuff.  SHRED Eureka Springs, another OZ  production, kicks off its inaugural year on March 27, 2020. 

Sip  Hike  Ride  Eat  Dance

D is for Dance”

The kickoff event in Basin Spring Park, benefitting the Buffalo River Partners(tentative), brings the music of The Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu) outdoors.  Weekend One continues with SIP, a welcoming Wine Tasting produced in concert with the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s “Chef’s Table”.  The VIP room includes a unique opportunity to enjoy samples from the Roenigk Wine Cellar. The fresh springtime breeze encourages alfresco dining, therefore the weekend  finishes with a Chef Showcase Brunch to savor while Eating in the gardens of the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel.

WE ARE ALL FRIENDS HERE

A Community of Friends who love the outdoors are welcomed throughout the week at both the Crescent and Basin Park hotels with their “A Community of Friends” promotion featuring all rooms at a $55 per night rate.  Expect daily Hikes or rides plus evening activities ranging from TAP takeovers, brewery visits, and hatchet throwing at the Frisco Sporting Club.  

LET’S RIDE

R for Ride” as Weekend Two ramps up on Friday with Lone Star Action Sports staging a jaw-dropping, “FREE to the public”, stunt performance featuring mountain bikers and skateboarders.  Trick Riders perform on Center Street as guests roam up and down the Eureka Springs’ Entertainment District between the Basin Park Hotel’s Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar and the food trucks staged out of the parking lot near Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.  Then on Saturday, SHRED Eureka Springs welcomes riders to Eureka Springs’ Mountain as the Shuttles at Lake Leatherwood, sponsored by the festival, are FREE to all downhillers.

See the Schedule

 

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Live Music in March

Welcome back Oz fans!
This month we have more music than last.  With spring in the air, so comes music in the hills “oh ya” its also St Patrick’s Day! 

Teaser ALERT –

OzMoMu is moving outside – Benefit show on March 27th 
You have to read to the bottom to find out more   

The Eureka Springs Auditorium will be kicking off and ending the month with some must see concerts! Asleep at the Wheel with Red Dirt Rangers is March 7th and Charlie Daniels Band is March 27th. Get more info and tickets here: https://theaud.org/
Brews will host Brown Mountain Lightening Bugs on March 13th. The duo is traveling in from North Carolina and bring with them the sound of Folk/Americana. Combining their unique backgrounds that range from classic rock to classical guitar, they create a blend of original music with deep roots in the past with a contemporary twist here and there. Check them out 7PM-10PM. 
The Gravel bar will host a show every weekend in March starting @ 7PM with NO cover! Brian Martin (who kicked off OzMoMu20!) will be back with his original folk tunes on March 6th. Tom Powell will follow him on March 7th. Local favorites Catherine Reed and Vince Turner will be playing March 13th and 14th. March 27th the Gravel bar will host Joe Dillstrom. 
Chelseas Corner Bar will continue their weekly programming…Sprungbill Monday, Open Mic Night Tuesday, Drink and Draw on Wednesday and live music on the main stage every Friday and Saturday. Catch Jake Conway, a southern rock and country band from MO on March 13th. 
As tradition has it Eureka Springs will host their lively St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14th in the afternoon and the town will be full of energy and music to follow! 
On March 20th Pretend Friend will be playing traditional bluegrass and folk with a rock and roll zest. Coming from Wichita, Kansas to play, show starts @ 9:30PM!  
Catch another Oz favorite on March 27th, Trashcan Bandits! The will bring swamp-grass to Chelsea’s main stage for a dancing good time! 

Big Announcement – Coming March 27th – April 4th
Another Oz Production
a new springtime festival in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas.  Touted as an “Ozark Mountain Explosion of the Senses”, this Food, Wine and Adventure Festival is perfect for hikers, bikers and people who love the good stuff.  SHRED Eureka Springs, another OZ  production, kicks off its inaugural year on March 27, 2020

Happy March! Next time around we will be talking outdoor concerts, events and SHRED Eureka Springs! 
Love Always, 
Oz
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Springtime Travel to Eureka | Ozark Mountain Lifestyle

So much to do and see in Eureka Springs, AR

We asked some of our return visiting couples just what keeps them coming back to Eureka Springs?

Table Rock Lake Arkansas Ozarks Eureka Springs summer fun

Life is good on Table Rock Lake!

Here’s what they told us:

“We love having so many options! Sometimes we come as a couple other times we bring along friends, just to show them why we come back every year. Sometimes we hit the Buffalo or Kings River or we can kayak  to the jumping bluffs party cove on Table Rock and that is really fun. Eagle watching at dinner time is always a hit at our place because we almost always see the eagles”.
Arkansas Ozarks Table Rock Lake Eureka Springs fishing summer vacation

Laid back day of fishing on Table Rock Lake just minutes from Eureka Springs.

“When we crave lunch in town and shopping for the girls, there’s no bigger hit than Historic Eureka Springs! There’s something sure to please everyone.  Ermilio’s is always a big hit with us. We usually spend a couple of hours taking in all the sites and sounds up and down Spring St.  I have my favorite little shops and they have become a hit with most of my visiting girlfriends.  Though, it depends on their personal interests, as well.   If the guys come in with us, they will shop for a bit (usually not very long), then go down to Chelsea’s or The Balcony Bar & Grill for a beer. Another hotspot is us is Brews we love it during the day or early evening for coffee, sandwiches and craft beer! (and they usually have live music on the weekends)”.
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Good folks, good food and good times on Beaver Lake! Make Eureka Springs your vacation destination!

“For dinner, it really depends on the group and their interest…we really like to eat outside if the weather is nice and will pick a destination like Local Flavor based on that option.
We have a lot of friends who are also photo buffs and walking the streets of Eureka with a camera is pretty hard to beat”.
“Day trips to the Buffalo River and Lost Valley for a hike are a fun activity with lunch at Low Gap or Ozark Cafe”.
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Enjoy the natural beauty of our local lakes in Eureka Springs.

“Crystal Bridges is a sometimes activity…mostly this is something we encourage them to do on their way here or on their way home”.
“Once again, we spend a lot of time hanging out…very casual, very relaxed”.
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Discover one of a kind artwork at Zarks Gallery in Downtown Eureka Springs!

Here a just a few more things to love about the  The Ozark Mountain – Southern Region:
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  •  Clear Blue Lakes

Beaver Lake

Stretching from Eureka Springs to Rogers, Beaver Lake is a favorite destination for relocation as well as short term visits. 
Stroll along the shore of beautiful clear Beaver Lake to the amazing natural entrance to War Eagle Cavern. Follow the stream that flows from deep inside the mountain and stroll along beneath and along side breathtaking cave formations. If shopping for unique local gifts don’t miss War Eagle Mill for organic whole grains, jams, jellies, gifts and kitchen items, knives and more.
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Breathtaking view of the Beaver Bridge!

Table Rock Lake runs from Branson to Kimberling City all the way down to Holiday Island and Eureka Springs.

Rent a boat or bring yours; go fishing, skiing, paddle boarding, or just soak in the beautiful lake scenery with a cold beverage in hand and good friends by your side.

Table Rock Lake summer vacation arkansas ozarks eureka springs

Relax and take in the beauty of Table Rock Lake.

  • Scenic Winding Rivers

Buffalo River Region 

“No trip to The Ozarks Southern Region is complete without a float down the Buffalo National River!”

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Hawksbill Crag in the amazing Arkansas Ozarks. Let the you summer adventure begin!

This National Park Region is just a one hour drive from Eureka Springs. The upper Buffalo, where Ponca is located, offers the river’s—and Arkansas’—finest scenic beauty. With its massive towering bluffs, countless waterfalls, watchable wildlife, ties to both historic and prehistoric cultures, and remote unspoiled location, the upper Buffalo River wilderness is surely mid-America’s finest outdoor destination.  Floating, Hiking and Wildlife Watching are favorite activities. 

Map of the Buffalo River Region

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Imagine landing this whopper! Come discover some real fishing fun in the Arkansas Ozarks!

Kings River

Located conveniently just minutes from Eureka Springs is one of the few remaining free-flowing rivers in the country, The Kings River in Arkansas begins in the Boston Mountains of the Ozark National Forest and flows Northward for more than 90 miles where it empties into Table Rock Lake at the Missouri State line. This family friendly river flows casually past massive rock bluffs, shady tree-lined banks, crystal clear pools, and sloping gravel bars. You will discover wonderful spots for Arkansas Canoe Trips, swimming, picnicking, fishing, camping, and observing wildlife.

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Adventure awaits you on the Kings River just minutes from Eureka Springs!

  In-Town Hikes

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Black Bass Lake located right in the middle of Eureka Springs!

Extreme outdoor activities in The Arkansas Ozarks may not be for everyone so here’s the 411 on some leisurely scenic trails and unique hidden spots that are sure to take your breath away instead of making you out of breath!

Black Bass Lake

This in-town jewel is a peaceful and welcoming park just minutes from downtown. Black Bass Lake is perfect for leisurely hiking, biking, fishing or even a picnic while enjoying the natural flora and fauna of the area. Picture yourself enjoying butterflies, dragonflies and a blissful clear blue-green lake surrounded by stunning bluffs!

This park is sure to put you back in touch with nature without exhausting your spirit to explore it!

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Want breath hike that won’t leave you out of breath? Discover Black Bass Lake trails right here in Eureka Springs!

Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church 

Located conveniently just a few steps down from The 1886 Crescent Hotel’s backdoor is the historic St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. Built in the early 1900’s, this church is a serene site filled with stunning architecture, statues created from white Italian Carrara marble, carefully manicured gardens and beautiful vaulted cathedral. Also located on site is a small gift shop filled with one of a kind gifts. After you leave St. Elizabeth’s take the scenic Magnolia Trail all the way back down to Spring Street and Historic Downtown.

Listed on the National Historic Registry, St. Elizabeth’s Church is a must see in Eureka Springs!

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St. Elizabeth’s Church located behind the 1886 Crescent Hotel is a jewel you will not want to miss!

Downtown Eureka Springs is the place to be for for the most fun and excitement! This little Main Street’s of America mountain town boasts several eclectic one of a kind boutiques, galleries, shops, restaurants and much more. You can spend the day browsing, dining or having a cocktail on a balcony or deck with friends or just people watch. Downtown Eureka Springs delivers on the good times and great memories! 

Rogue’s Manor

Just one of many delightful and unique restaurants located Downtown, Rogue’s Manor has become a destination of choice for fine dining and lodging in Eureka Springs.  Although they are a fine-dining establishment, they encourage everybody to come as they are,  formal or casual. With so many delicious menu choices this  one of a kind restaurant is sure to be a food and drink favorite dining destination!
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When good food is at “steak” Rogue’s Manor is always the one to bet on! Enjoy amazing cuisine in a unique upscale atmosphere that is uniquely Downtown Eureka Springs!

Rogues Manor in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is must for your vacation dining!

Since the opening in 1995, Zarks Gallery has continued to redefine the art scene. This amazing gallery has quickly become a favorite destination for art collectors and appreciators alike. Zarks focuses on blown glass, contemporary paintings, local pottery and fine jewelry. This unique gallery features a regular schedule of artist receptions and fundraisers, Zarks Gallery features one of the most eclectic collections in Eureka Springs. Be sure to make Zarks Gallery your first and last stop on your trip to historic Downtown Eureka Springs!
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If unique art is what your looking for then Zarks in Downtown Eureka Springs is where you’ll find it!

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Mardi Gras Deals

Basin Park Hotel

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Elmwood House

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Crescent Hotel & Spa

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Loblolly Pines Adventure Camp

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Bella Paradisio

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Spring Break Hikes | Waterfalls

Locals know that Spring rains mean amazing waterfalls. Some waterfalls are accessed by hiking and other by floating but all of them are accompanied by an adventure. To get you pointed in the right direction, here are a few located in the area around Eureka Springs. Grab your camera or phone and head out to discover the wonderful world of waterfalls.

Black Bass Spillway- accessible by footwaterfall eureka springs

Accessed from Hwy 62 on Oil Springs Road in Eureka Springs, Black Bass Lake is home to an earthen and cut stone dam that dates to 1894 and is one of the oldest still standing in the Ozarks. Located just below town in the headwaters of the West Leatherwood Creek valley, visitors descend Oil Springs Road passing historic Oil and Johnson Springs. Spring rain makes the spillway a sparkling cascade but photos must be taken from the parking area because the spillway and dam are NO Access areas. General parking is available by the kiosk and across the bridge.

Stay overnight in Eureka Springs and discover even more adventure.

The Buffalo River Region offers may Waterfall Excursions

Sweden Falls

From All Trails .. Sweden Creek Falls is a 2.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kingston, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Glory Hole

From all trails.. Glory Hole Waterfall Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Deer, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Hemmed in Hollow-accessible by foot or canoe

Hemmed in Hollow is the tallest waterfall between the Appalachians and Rockies and is located on the Buffalo River about an hour from Eureka Springs. Water falls from 220 feet and seldom quit flowing. The easiest way to access the falls is by canoe from the Buffalo River floating from Ponca to Kyles landing. About 70% of the way through this float is a nondescript landing on the left. Leave your canoe here and hike up stream. The trail is usually very clear and easy to follow. About 3/4 of a mile one way.

To hike to the falls, start at the trailhead located near Compton, AR and follow downhill to a streambed then turn left and hike up the stream bed to the falls. Getting back out will take much longer than getting there as the hike will be uphill.

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Camp Orr-accessible by foot

Located just off of Hwy 74 near Mt. Sherman, between the Ponca intersection and Jasper. The turn off is to the north and is marked as “Kyle’s Landing” and BSA Camp Orr. This a a dirt road which which is three long, downhill miles. The BSA Camp Orr road is a hairpin corner off the Kyle’s Landing road, to the right. The falls are located down an easy, flat trail.

Hidden Cascades – accessible by canoe

Also on the Buffalo River found just down the river on the left side from the Hemmed in Hollow Falls, a piece of red material tied up to a tree that marks a trail leading to a small waterfall cascading from the rocks into the river.  This path reveals many waterfalls tucked into the hillside.

Discover  more outdoor things to do in Eureka Springs. Hike Eureka Springs trails and visit many of the flowing natural springs in Eureka Springs.

Get the best prices on Eureka Springs lodging at ReserveEureka.com.

 

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GALentine’s Weekend

~ Love Bites…Hang with the Girls!
Spa1905 offers this Limited Time Deal just for You & Your Girls…
(4 people)
2 Rooms for 2 Nights (Friday & Saturday)
Champagne upon arrival

Spa sheet masks, Robes, and Slippers
Yoga & Mimosa Morning Activity
Fresh Continental Breakfast
Plus 20% OFF Any Spa Service!
ONLY $99 Per Person!

4 people must book deal.

Valid 2/7-2/9.
Call: 877-643-4972

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Live Music – February Tips from Oz

February Music in Eureka Springs

Wow what a fun January we had! We hope that you made it out for the sold out #OzMoMuFest 2020 and if not we hope you plan to attend next year!

Riding the wave into February, Eureka Springs is ready to celebrate Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and Live music all month long! Did you know that Eureka has 6 days of live music every week, all year long?!

On January 31st find the one and only, Brian Martin back in town performing at the Gravel Bar! Following Brian Martin, The Gravel bar host live music every Friday and Saturday every weekend in February. For their full event schedule: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wanderoolodge/events/

Chelsea’s Corner bar kicks off the month with one of Oz’s favorites bands…the Creekrocks on Feb 1st! The Creekrocks are a folk duo (also of the famous group Big Smith) out of Springfield, MO.

On Feb 8th Ocie Fisher is back in town and ready to get you all dancing at Chelsea’s with her powerful vocals and high energy! As the Mardi Gras festivities begin Chelsea’s will also be hosting the black light ball featuring DJ Shortfuze!

Chelsea’s full event schedule: https://www.chelseascafeeureka.com/event-calendar

For Mardi Gras Celebrations be sure to check out: http://www.eurekaspringsmardigras.org/ Eureka will host two parades, three balls and fun for all in between!

A new venue has popped up and with it’s lounge feel and wonderful service it makes a great spot for some after dinner music…be sure to check out Missy’s White Rabbit Lounge here

Do not forget that every Monday at Chelsea’s is Spungbilly, our local bluegrass celebrities…every Tuesday is Open Mic Night (a great opportunity to catch some traveling artist)…and Wednesday is Drink and Draw featuring a new band each week!

Happy Valentine ’s Day and Mardi Gras! Have fun dancing out there!

Love,
Oz

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Treat Yourself to a Spa Day! | Eureka Springs Spas and Services

Still tense from the holidays? Tax-season a little rough? Treating yourself to a spa day in Eureka Springs is always a one of a kind experience. The plentiful natural springs and revitalizing fresh air of the Ozark Mountains  make the picture perfect spa setting.

With several day spas and massage services to choose from in our charming  mountain town you can customize your tune up and do it your way. Whether you prefer to spend a day being pampered in one of our many day spas or just want to chill in your room and have the relaxation brought to you, it’s all up to you!

Here are just a few amazing spas for you to choose from:

New Moon Spa

The New Moon Spa Salon is a one of the the largest destination spas in Northwest Arkansas and the Ozark Mountains. Comforting, private spaces surrounded by the beautiful iconic views from the Crescent Hotel create a rejuvenating environment year round. Come see us for a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, waxing, teeth whitening, hair services, retail boutique and so much more! Relax, look beautiful and be happy! New Moon is located on the garden level of the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel. Come experience The New Moon Spa where renewal awaits you!

Call To Book: 877-342-9766
Spa 1905
Spa1905 is a cozy Day Spa located in the center of historic Downtown Eureka Springs, AR on the second floor of The Basin Park Hotel. Spa1905 offers a Day Spa as well as a Spa Boutique. The spa is designed with warm earth tones and featuring a sun deck, hot tub and mountain backdrop, this Day Spa features a full array of services and trained therapists with a focus on skin care and relaxation. It’s you own private oasis in the very heart magical Eureka Springs! After experiencing the most fun downtown, stop and enjoy the most relaxation downtown!
Call to Book 877-643-4972

 hot tub with couples drinking coffee

Relax in your own downtown private oasis!

Grand Central Hotel & Spa
 Phone: 479-253-6756 

Grand Central Hotel’s Spa offers a quiet, elegant stately atmosphere to relax and unwind. We invite you to relax, refresh and renew your mind body and spirit. Enjoy our specialty The Hawaiian Mana Lomi Massage utilizing hot towels and hot stones to communicate deep within the bones of the individual which allows the practitioner to connect to the soul of the person.

Healthworks Massage and Reflexology Center

Phone: 479-253-7977

Healthworks takes the time to pamper you. Soothing music, aroma therapy, and negative ion generators in each spa room all enhance the soothing, nurturing experience. Aromatherapy massage techniques include Swedish, acupressure, polarity, and Reiki. Couples room available.

 

Palace Bath House 
Phone: 479-253-8400
In this historic bath house you can indulge in the soothing bliss of a whirlpool mineral bath, clay mask, and massage therapy, soak in original claw-foot tubs, and enjoy a eucalyptus steam treatment in the same wood barrels world travelers used at the turn of the century. Staff massage therapists use the Swedish technique, with an emphasis on athletic massage. The most popular treatment at The Palace is The Works, which includes a whirlpool mineral bath, eucalyptus steam, a revitalizing clay masque and massage.

Suchness Spa

Phone (479) 253-2828

Suchness Spa offers signature new age services for psychosomatic wellness – massage, crown chakra energy work, Thai herbal treatments, facial, hands and feet rituals. Located on historic Spring Street in Downtown Eureka Springs you sure to find your center and fine tune your balance here!

Take some time for yourself and enjoy some downtime in the city known for it’s amazing healing atmosphere!

For a complete listing of spas and services go to: https://www.eurekasprings.org/category/activities/spas-massage/

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February Things to Do in Eureka Springs

Valentine’s Day Meets Eureka Gras…

Result: Perfect Couple’s Getaways

In 2020, two of Eureka Springs’ most special and enjoyable events meet on the February calendar.  Everyone is familiar with the romantic getaway to this mountain village to celebrate Valentine’s day, marked this year by the Annual Chocolate Festival at the Eureka Springs Community Center on Saturday, February 15.  At this event you can get a luscious taste of the products of local chocolatiers, a sweet start to a lovers’ weekend.  By the way, many local restaurants offer Valentine special dining experiences both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Added this year to the festival of the heart -thanks to lunar juxtaposition- are local Mardi Gras activities.  This local “Fat Tuesday” festival, known as Eureka Gras offers a plethora of fun activities for couples wanting a truly memorable getaway.

For starters, after you have recovered from your chocolate high on Saturday, you can get ready to see the light and catch some beads.  The evening of February 15 is the Annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Parade of Lights.  Floats, convertibles, marching musicians and a lot of purple, gold and green festooned characters parade down Spring Street through Downtown.  These folks throw out a lot of beads as they glisten past enthusiastic throngs of people on the sides of the street.  So, put on your mask and get ready for fun.

But don’t take that mask off quite yet.  After the last parade unit passes by that evening, get ready to glow at the Annual Black Light Ball.  Downtown’s Chelsea’s Corner -just a short walk from downtown lodging- invites you to wear your most luminescent ensemble and party hearty as the band plays great music for dancing the night away.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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If your special February getaway can’t get away until the following weekend, never fear… there will be enough activity for the two of you to create lifetime memories.  Starting with yet another Eureka Gras parade the Saturday afternoon of February 22.

The Mardi Gras Day Parade travels right through downtown Eureka Springs.  Once again, the floats, convertibles, musicians and festive people stroll along, throwing beads, and wishing all well.  Dress as wild as you want and don those masks because it is a wild affair New Orleans’ style.

And speaking of New Orleans, the tastes of the French Quarter are served up in the Crystal Dining Room of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa during their Jazz Brunch on Sunday, February 23.  Chef Tommy pulls out all of the stops for a fantastic and festive feed.  Bring your umbrella because during breaks from the buffet you will be invited to join in the traditional second lining to the strains of live jazz.  You’ll go away feeling full and in high spirits

            So, this February celebrate with your special someone in Arkansas’ “extraordinary escape” community.  Love awaits.

PLEASE NOTE:  Many of these Eureka Gras events sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early.  For more information go to http://www.eurekaspringsmardigras.org/.  And if you want that special room to share with your valentine, it is best to book that room early as well.

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