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Finish the Year Strong | Fun Fall/Winter Activities

Eureka Springs is a Great Get-a-Way Year Round

Thinking about travelling over the Holidays? Gather your friends and family and head on over to Eureka Springs, the little mountain town that knows how to make the best of the chilly season!

Colorful Views

Love the late Fall as you Experience the stunning fall foliage that’s made the Ozarks famous. Located inside of Eureka Springs’ city limits, the 1.8 mile Black Bass Lake trail is calling your name. Lightly trafficked and highly accessible, you can count on this trail to experience the quiet peace of nature- just read these great reviews!

Scenic lookout at the top of the Crescent Hotel

Feeling a bit more adventurous? Lake Leatherwood Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park offers over 20 miles of trails of various difficulties. Discover springs, an intermittent creek, historic stone walls and bridges, unusual rock formations and the beauty of nature found throughout these trails.

Photo by Purdy Art Co.

 

Winter Magic 

In early December, bring the family and plan to Challenge your reality at Eureka Springs’ must see shows featuring Sean Paul the illusionist, and ghost talker Juliane Fay. Their extensive journey in the art of Magic and Illusion has given them a deep respect for the Grand Master of the Golden Age of Magic. Witness their tribute to the Ghostly Spiritualist movement of the early 1900s during the week of Thanksgiving, as well as the first two Saturdays in December at Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater. This show sells quickly, so snag your tickets soon!

 

Ice and Fire

Starting in December and continuing through January, the whole family can participate in a traditional winter pastime at the Crescent Hotel’s Lifetime Memories Skating Rink. Perfect for when the weather drops below 40 degrees, gather round the warm nightly fire with some hot cocoa and watch the kids skate their hearts out. New in 2019 is Curling.  Be sure to check for rink updates on the Crescent’s Facebook page as the season approaches.

 

Share these lifetime memories and more when you make Eureka Springs your Home For the Holidays.

 

Christmas Season calendar.

 

Christmas Activities At The Crescent Hotel

 

Cool weather brings HOT deals for your trip to Eureka Springs!  Click Here

 

 

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Eureka Springs Folk Festival

71st Annual Ozark Folk Festival : Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs Arkansas’ 71st Annual Folk Festival Featuring Original Members of Little Feat

Nov. 7

The Auditorium 6pm FREE, Hedgehoppers 

Basin Park Hotel Ozark Room 8pm – Vance Randolph “The Funny Side of the Ozarks” stories from Keith Scales and music from Clark Buehling. Adult beverages available.

Nov. 8

Brews 7pm FREE

Folk Festival Sampler: Minstrels, Storytellers & Other Scoundrels – Music from: Chistee Lene’e, Buffalo Gals, Spook Handy, and Storyteller Keith Scales with Vance Randolph material “The Bawdy Side of the Ozarks” Adult beverages served.

Nov. 9

Basin Springs Park Bandshell 2pm-6pm

2pm Spook Handy (50),

3:15 pm Christie Lene’e (50),

4:30 pm April Verch (75)

The Auditorium 7pm – FREE show + CD to first 100 guests

The Ozark Highballers (45)

Still on the Hill (70)

Cane Hill program.

Basin Park Hotel Barefoot Ballroom 9pm

Mountain Sprout – FREE

Nov. 10

Community Center 9 am – 4pm

Ozark Folk Festival Fair A living history – FREE Family event.

Musicians, story tellers, artisans, crafts, workshops & demonstrations from Ozark traditions & years gone by:

Music & Workshops by Spook Handy 10am

Stories from Vance Randolph “Spooky Side of the Ozarks” 11am

Ozark Instrument: Still on the Hill 1pm

Clark Buehling an Arkansas treasure 2:30pm

ESNA Railway Excursion rides 11am,1+3pm. Limited FREE tickets at the Historic Museum (Friday + Sat.) & the Community Center Sat.

Basin Park Bandshell 2pm-5:30pm FREE

2pm Roy & Aviva,

3pm Roanoke,

4pm Sad Daddy

The Auditorium 7pm – Tickets at www.theaud.org

Christie Lene’e

Sierra Hull

Funky Feat

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Eureka Springs Shopping | Unique Gift Ideas

Going ’round and ’round thinking about what to buy this holiday season? Find a sound purchase at Mojo’s Records!

 

As the holiday’s draw near, you may be wondering where you can find unique, one of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones. Lucky for you, Eureka Springs is known for its many extraordinary stores, each filled with items that can’t be found anywhere else.

If you’re looking for a gift with a personal touch, one store at the top of our list is Mojo’s Records. Owner Morgan Haney has been collecting since the age of 6, when her aunt gave her the special gift of her first set of vinyl records. “I guarantee you’ll come in here and find something you’ll like” says Morgan.  Mojo’s records is in Downtown Eureka Springs on Spring Street across from Rogues Manor and Statton Gallery

 

Music brings people together, it’s good for your soul”

For Morgan, getting to see somebody add to his or her collection is really fun.  The memories people often attach to music often come back for a moment in the store as they have a nostalgic moment. Mojo’s huge selection is almost entirely vintage, and Morgan’s technique of buying mystery bulk collections of records has resulted in finding some real treasures (like a signed Elvis Presley album).

She especially loves to see young people coming in to build their collection. A 90’s kid herself, it’s cool to see younger generations, who are often accustomed to the crisp, clean sounds, appreciate the individual and unique sound of each record.

Her store reflects this thought, effortlessly cool (as is Morgan), fun and cosy, a gem in and of itself.

Her favorite thing about records?

“That they’re personal- hold in your hands tangible”

So share the music, find your perfect gift, and and have a ton of fun at Mojo’s Records in Eureka Springs, AR! They’re open ’till 9 for the Gallery Stroll every Saturday.

Eureka Springs Shopping

Morgan is one of several young female entrepreneurs giving it a start in Eureka Springs.  Looking for more great stores? Head over to House of Style, and owned and operated by another great entrepreneurial Eurekan, Jessica Swofford! There you’ll find casual, contemporary, women’s clothing, hand picked by Jess herself. 

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Home for the Holidays

Home For the Holidays

Plan a gathering this winter to the Crescent Hotel. Book 3 rooms (at regular rate) and get 6 FREE ghost tour tickets and Free Ice Skating

Phone 877-342-9766

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Christmas at the Crescent Week

Early Christmas Present

Dec 3 – Dec 7th

All Rooms at the Crescent Hotel~Just $99, plus Free Ice Skating.

Click Get Deal and enter promo code: ALL99

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I’m Getting Married at the Crescent Hotel – Part 3

My Eureka Springs Wedding Story

I was calm because I could rely on others to plan and coordinate.       

   

In the weeks leading to the wedding, there was a calm buzz of emotion. Everyone involved could feel the energy, enthusiasm, and sometimes anxiety, which pulsed through our group as we handed off reactions and concerns to one another. Thinking back, some of the details are a little blurry but the weeks before were a flurry of activity full of checklists, last-minute phone calls, and an endless number of decisions. As I’ve noted before, it is hard to anticipate how much effort goes into planning this type of event. In my memory, it went like this; after I provided my initial impressions and ideas, the wind suddenly swept me off my feet and I floated through the air, blissfully unaware of the bustling action down below. For this, I am extra thankful for the huge team of individuals coordinating all of the details. Amy Redmon, my wedding planner from The Vintage Soul , captured the vision for the event and began to secure all of the furnishings, linens, silver, glassware, etc. My mother-in-law to be worked with my sales manager Jodie English-Brown from the Crescent & Basin Park Hotels to plan and set up the rehearsal dinner. I know my step dad was working all kinds of behind the scenes magic in preparation, and my amazing mother steadily harmonized every detail as she spun the crazy web of to-do lists into the most incredible night of my life.  Mom, Amy and Jodie worked together to keep the timeline and unbeknownst to me develop possible alternatives.  This planning would prove necessary.

It was important to me to find some way to contribute. I found it comforting to take charge of one important element related to the event, the program. It would be fair to say that I obsessed over them- they were totally awesome and unique and I definitely made it harder than it needed to be, and I loved every second of it.

 

The Big Weekend Arrives – The Ceremony Site is Ready

The night before our big day, we waited with eager anticipation as our wedding party met us to rehearse. A concern was that it was raining on and off so we rehearsed Inside (again well planned by the Crescent Team) and Outside at the Glenwood Hollow Arbor, but honestly I don’t even remember if the rehearsal went well or not- all I could take in was the happy faces of our loved ones surrounding us. 

After standing in the sprinkles and pretending to rehearse, the group made their way downtown to the Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards (a unique billiards bar on top of the hotel), where The Basin Park Hotel Wedding Team catered our rehearsal dinner. We wanted something casual so we chose to blend a taco bar for food with the pool tables, bar games and casino games for entertainment.  To say service was delivered with a personal touch doesn’t do it justice. I’ll always remember a moment shared with an old friend from grade school who was on the staff that night, which offered me a bit of grounding in the chaos. The Lucky 7 offered a unique and comfortable space for family to be received – games, bar, pictures, food, and smiles. This allowed me to stay calm, enjoy family and just appreciate all that was happening.

Now, I have the privilege to say thank you to all of the people who worked hard from beginning to end, to create the event that Nick and I truly have no words to describe; and memories to last us a lifetime.

Tomorrow is my wedding day

-and-

The opening of the

Glenwood Hollow Wooded Wedding Venue.

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Basin Park Hotel | 2 Wheels Best Deals-$99

Downtown Motorcycle & Mountain Bike

Room Discounts

2 Wheels – Best Deals 

  • 1 night stay in a Premium Room
  • Covered & Locked Parking
  • 20% OFF in the Balcony Restaurant
  • 1 hour of FREE Pool in the Lucky 7 Billiards.

Valid Sunday-Thursday.

 

 

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Base Camp Eureka Springs | Mountain Biking in Arkansas

Mountain Biking Adventures in the Ozark Mountains

While Mountain Bike Trails may be springing up everywhere, Destination Mountain Bike Trails paired with a Lively Ozark Mountain Town rise to a special class of awesome.

Eureka Springs Downhill at Lake Leatherwood

Plan a Mountain Bike Outing

Keep in mind that you can’t ride all day, so an evening filled with great food, live music and craft beer will make a fun trip; memorable.  This is where the Ozark Mountain Town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas rises to the top.  Working hard to stay small in the burgeoning area of Northwest Arkansas, this unique mountain town is quickly adding sought after activities for today’s traveler while passionately protecting what makes it unique.  A small dot in the forest, Eureka sits between three lakes and two rivers with a nationally recognized Historic District splattered with independent restaurants, hotels and retail outlets.

A perfect place for annual get together of friends.

Rather than a couples get-a-way or expensive ski trip make it a Mountain Biking adventure.  With better weather and lower costs, Arkansas’ location in the center of the US is a perfect place to bring back your group of friends whose careers may have strewn them across the country.  A easy drive from most locations in the Midwest, in-expensive direct flights into Branson (just 38 miles north) and Northwest Arkansas (XNA) featuring flights from all over the US including direct from CH, NY, LA, ATL and more, Eureka Springs is easily accessible.

Eureka Springs – The Mountain Biking is Great Here

Headlined by the Eureka Springs Downhill located in Lake Leatherwood Park; bikers can enjoy professionally designed trails that span all riding levels.  The Downhill, Built by Rock Solid Construction is a seven (7) run course with three (3) black, two (2) blue, one (1) green and one(1) Expert Double Black.  All runs are at least one mile in length and Lake Leatherwood City Park runs a shuttle to bring you back to the top.  The Eureka Springs Downhill is widely recognized the best in the OzTrails system.

 

Lake Leatherwood Mountain Bike

Other bike trails in the Eureka area include:

Lake Leatherwood has ten additional trails built much in part by Progressive Trail design

The Great Passion Play has 18 acres of trails, designed by Tony Boone  See Map

Black Bass Lake offers a hidden lake and cool WPA Dam in the middle of town  -a fun 1mi loop

In-City trails are abundant – Harmon Park Loop travels behind homes, the Crescent and more

More Trail information on Eureka Springs is easily accessible on BikeEurekaSprings.com

Stay longer, Base Camp from Eureka Springs to explore Oz. 

Underwritten by avid mountain bikers Tom and Steuart Walton, The OzTrails System has put NorthWest Arkansas on the elite list of National Mountain Bike Destinations.  A few of many Oz Rides include:

The Back 40 includes the challenging Slaughter Pen and Blowing Springs rides

The Upper Buffalo is riding in the Buffalo River National Park Region

Hobbs State Park is smooth riding through thick patches of pine and heavy woods

Coler Mountain Bike Park with its feature Double Black “Hammer”

Bike Rentals and Mountain Bike Guides:

For friends who fly in or others who want to try some upscale equipment, Eureka Springs is serviced by multiple bike shops.  Phat Tire from NorthWest Arkansas has an elite line of Trek rentals with hard tail or full suspension.  In Eureka Springs, Adventure Mountain Outfitters has a wide variety of rentals.  Both Phat Tire and Adventure Mountain offer both shuttle and guide service.

Base Camp – Eureka Springs

After a day of shredding the trails, you can find beer in Eureka Springs.  The Coolest town in the Mid-West by far, this hip hamlet was brought back to life by a hippie invasion in the late 70’s and has kept its edge while everything around it has gone modern.  Over 100 mom and pop restaurants and shops, historic hotels built between 1884 – 1905 and over 21 bars and dives offering regular live music have a welcoming attitude to riders.  Don’t camp; Ride hard, enjoy the vibe and sleep in a soft bed.  Then Repeat.

Keep it Affordable

While rates in ski cities may climb from November – March, when the leaves fall in the Ozarks so do room rates.  In fact, beginning November 1 guest room rates drop 20% and will continue to shrink until they hit bottom in the winter months of January and February.  For riders, this means rates at the historic hotels begin as low as $89/$99 with deals posted online at reserveeureka.com.

Featured Mountain Bike Deals

LODGING:  The Basin Park Hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs offers:

 “Two Wheels – Best Deals” rate that begins at $89 and includes discounts in the restaurant, free pool in the bar and covered and locked storage for your bikes – Check Rates

DINING:  SkyBar Gourmet Pizza on the Harmon Park Loop – 4th Floor Crescent Hotel

“Ride in for Free Wings” – On Weekdays – Riders can order a gourmet pizza and a couple of beers and ask for a free order of wings – Ask your server for the “singletrack special”

For More Information:

Mountain bikers are encouraged to visit BikeEurekaSprings.com for further trail information and take advantage of the Bike Friendly hotels  of the Crescent Hotel (www.crescenthotel.com) or Basin Park Hotel (www.Basinpark.com)

 

 

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Eureka Springs– IS HALLOWEEN

Eureka Springs: The Halloween City

During the entire month of October, this Victorian-era community declares to “Eureka Springs offers 31 days of Halloween Thrills and Chills- more per square mile than any other community in America.” The not-for-the-faint-of-heart enjoyable includes ghost tours, haunted theatrical shows, zombie ceremony, cemetery excursions, séances, haunted hotels, and also a lot more. “It’s a little a lot more on the innovative side,” states SeanPaul. “It’s ghost tours and also haunted shows, not just a number of dark spaces with people leaping out at you.” illusionist SeanPaul as well as Ghosttalker Juliane Fay, through their show Intrigue Theater, take guests back in time for a Victorian, turn-of-the-century experience in traditional mentalist performances like seen in the movies The Illusionist and also The Eminence. “We always strive to portray that age,” SeanPaul describes.  Eureka Springs naturally represents it as well with the finest Victorian architecture as well as haunted history, making it a backdrop hailed right from the Victorian/Edwardian golden era of ghost stories and also spiritualism.

So this October, begin with a remain or check out to America’s A lot of Haunted Hotel, the Crescent Hotel, built in 1886 and set down on a hilltop forgeting the community. Below you’ll find the preferred Crescent ghost excursion, which begins on top flooring of the structure as well as works its way to the basement as well as former morgue of the well-known Dr. Baker. The autopsy table is still there. Famous spirits at the Crescent include Michael, the Irish stonemason who fell to his death while developing the resort in 1885; Theodora, the cancer cells person of the Dr. Baker hospital days who seems to require aid finding her room key; and also an enigma patient in a white nightgown that appears at the foot of your bed in the deluxe suites. These excursions are scheduled nightly in October from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and up until 11 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Visitors to The Halloween City can likewise enjoy AdvenTour at Basin Park Hotel. These scenic tours are provided at 8 p.m. Tuesday with Saturday with an extra 6 p.m. trip on Fridays as well as Saturdays throughout October. This assisted ghost quest starts on the roofing of the eight-story downtown hotel as well as profits in phases to a cave once serving as a hidden Speakeasy.  Leaning away from ghosts as well as floating orbs that are sometimes supposed to be seen on the haunted hotel scenic tours are the historic experiences of Voices of the Silent City and Haunted Eureka Springs Ghost Tours. In the former, costumed Eureka Springs locals play the duties of several of the people of the community currently hidden in the cemetery, where the living history presentations take place. Voices of the Silent City takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20, 21, 27 as well as 28. The Haunted Eureka scenic tours entail both a shuttle bus and also some walking to check out even more of the town’s haunted areas. It takes place every night of October. Sign up for the 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. scenic tour. Various other enjoyable alternatives consist of The Downtown Underground excursions, Escape Room 13, and Flickering Tales.

Three programs are supplied that will give you goosebumps.

ANNA: a haunting theatrical experience, set at Crowe Chateau in the 1940s, occurs at Melonlight Theater. Buy tickets at Melonlight.com.

Not Really a Door, a two-woman play executed at the Crescent Hotel, is a mythological comedy-thriller.

Eureka Springs Zombie Parade

The Signature Activity of the Halloween Season is Intrigue Theater:

Intrigue Theater, includes The Illusionist SeanPaul as well as the Ghost Talker Juliane Fay with a series of thrilling paranormal experiments. Tickets available at Intriguetheater.com. “Our Intrigue Theater show will be the routine show via the month of October but utilizing some Halloween segments within it,” SeanPaul clarifies. An unique Intrigue Theatre reveal on Oct. 28 will consist of a witch trial hanging for Juliane. But SeanPaul claims he will have a noose around his neck as well. Besides, the duo remains in it “til fatality do us part.” Given that Halloween gets on a Tuesday this year, The Halloween City has actually marked Saturday, Oct. 28 for the huge night of enjoyable.

In addition to the yearly Intrigue Theatre Halloween reveal at the Eureka Springs Auditorium, there will be a Zombie crawl (parade) at 6:30 p.m. complied with by a Thriller Flash Mob Dance. Then on actual Halloween night on the 31st SeanPaul and Juliane will hold a séance with paranormal experiments at Americas Most Haunted Hotel – The Crescent. Seats is for around 125 individuals.  Buy Tickets Here 

For more information on things to do as well as places to remain, visit The HalloweenCity.com

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