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Eureka Springs Restaurants are Re-opening

Home of the Chef-Owned eatery, Visitors to Eureka Springs have grown to appreciate the high level of service and food quality closely identified by the chef in the kitchen.

As Eureka Springs Slowly and Carefully re-opens season, so returns the heart of the destination.  The Return of the Eureka Springs Restaurant.

CLICK HERE for an updated list

Together we make Travel Safer – Please be respectful of Health Department Protocols

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Six weeks of Fun in Eureka Springs

As Careful Travel has returned Eureka Springs is getting ready

Plans are underway to have a FUN summer in Eureka Springs

When the time is right

Businesses are already planning Fun and building a calendar of Six weeks of Activities that feature wide-open spaces, family activities and all that makes Eureka Springs Special

Check back regularly – The Calendar will be published soon.

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Crescent Hotel Re-opens May 15th

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Set to Carefully Reopen on May 15

(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) — Arkansas’ Symbol of Hospitality, the 1886 Crescent Hotel, is now ready to welcome vacationers from Surrounding states following the Phase I guidelines set by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.  This nationally renowned mountaintop spa resort, located here in The Ozarks, temporarily suspended operations giving the property time to spruce up for this unique reopening.

It should be noted that the Crescent will be carefully reopening under and following the strict protocols of the Arkansas Department of Health, National Restaurant Association, and American Hotel & Lodging Association.  These protocols include:

o    Guests will be welcomed beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15 for weekend accommodations only with all guests checking out no later than 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18.  This Friday through Monday weekend lodging pattern will remain in place for the time being.

o    All arriving guests will be issued a mask and asked to review and agree to travel protocols.  In addition, hotel protocols will be made available to guests to review, both online and in printed form.

o   The hotel will only allow fifty percent (50%) occupancy to ensure separation protocols.  This represents thirty-six (36) hotel rooms.  The resort will also be making available their four (4) cottages.

  • Only three (3) people maximum per room occupancy will be allowed which includes adults and children.
  • Guests from “hot spots” defined by the Arkansas Department of Health will be unable to overnight in Eureka Springs

o   The hotel will remain closed to all day trippers, trolley and tram riders.

In further keeping with the aforementioned guidelines, the Crescent Hotel resort venues will adhere to these protocols:

o   SkyBar Gourmet Pizza will be open all three days from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. where Arkansas Department of Health guidelines regarding masks and spacing requirements will be followed.  Delivery and pick-up orders will also be available during these same hours.

o   Breakfast will be served on Saturday through Monday via “room service only” from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

o   New Moon Salon will return to operation.  New Moon Day Spa will remain closed temporarily.  “Direct Contact Areas” will require additional safety protocols.  Salon services require reservations and advanced consultation.

o   Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours will be offering a nightly activity for registered guests only.  The number of participants will be limited in order to provide for proper social distancing.

o   Resort activities will be available to registered guests throughout the weekend with maximum numeric protocols in place to ensure proper social distancing.

Additional “Direct Contact Areas” (i.e. salon, ghost tour, etc.) protocols will apply such as:

o   Patrons will agree to a non-invasive temperature testing prior to any such activity.

o   If any patron tests above 100.4 degrees F., that person will be given a no-charge cancellation (i.e. full refund or credit)

o   Any and all patrons participating in any of these activities will be required to wear a nose and mouth covering mask during the full activity period.  If a guest patron does not have a mask, an adequate mask will be provided by the hotel at no additional cost.

“As a reminder to our friends who come and join us here in Eureka Springs during these weekends, we would appreciate you staying in those properties that follow these appropriate protocols and adhering to proper social distancing while avoiding crowds of greater than ten (10),” Jack Moyer, general manager and executive vice-president of the Crescent, stated.

He went on to say, “We would further encourage you if you have been or are feeling sick to please reschedule your trip.  Also, if you or anyone in your party has recently been around someone who has been feeling sick, please reschedule your trip.”

“Our staff and our property are ready to welcome back travelers from surrounding states.  We all love and need this opportunity to travel and to improve our morale and optimism during these challenging times,” Moyer concluded.  “Let’s follow these simple rules that are spelled out.  It is a shared responsibility for those who are traveling here, to keep Arkansas safe. It is the next step to saving our beloved travel industry.”

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Basin Park Hotel Activity Pass

Welcome to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.

Arkansas, known as the Natural State and Eureka Springs in particular is fortunate to be surrounded by the great outdoors.  In this time of great caution, here is a list of things to do that are in the area and that have been placed online at BasinParkActivityPass.com.

  • Hiking around Eureka Springs
  • Scenic Drives and National Park Sites
  • Self-Guided Exploring (Caves & Civil War Sites)
  • Waterfall Chasing
  • Self-Guided Walking tour of the Crescent Hotel
  • Exploring Eureka Springs Historical Structures

Visit basinparkactivitiespass.com for detailed information on each adventure. Please know, the Activity Fee has been removed however services such as WiFi, Free Parking and your digital newspaper remain included with your stay.  Furthermore, a FREE continental breakfast is being delivered to you daily between 9 AM and 10AM.

Enjoy your time here in Natural Eureka Springs.  Although in-person activities have been suspended, I remain available by email and would be happy to share my experience as you create your adventure!

Happy Exploring!

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Picnic”ing” in Eureka Springs

When life gives you lemons..

Eureka Springs makes lemonade.

Like everywhere, indoor dining is restricted.

In Eureka Springs, we have a great idea.  

Lets picnic

Enjoy the spring colors

Order ToGo from our great restaurants

Find a beautiful open air spaces.

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Step 1: order ToGo

 For a list of restaurants CLICK HERE

Step two: Pick a picnic place – Here are a few ideas

Crescent Spring

Lovers Leap – Spring & Howell

Sweet Spring  – Spring and Pine

Your Eureka Springs will be back soon, but in the meantime have a glass of lemonade.

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Travel Restriction

Guidance for Commercial Lodgings and Short-Term Rentals in response to Executive Order 20-13
   Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Executive Order 20-13 (EO 20-13) on April 4, 2020. In an effort to stop recreational travel by out-of-state residents and enhance the state’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, EO 20-13 directs commercial lodging and short-term rentals, including but not limited to, hotels, motels, and vacation rentals to restrict occupancy to certain authorized guests. The list of authorized guests is as follows:
a.     Healthcare professionals
b.     First responders
c.     Law enforcement
d.    State or Federal employees on official business
e.     National Guard Members on active duty
f.      Airline crew members
g.     Patients of hospitals and their families
h.    Journalists
i.       Persons unable to return to their home due to COVID-19 travel restrictions
j.       Arkansas citizens unable to return to their home due to exigent circumstances, such as fire, flood, tornado, or other disaster
k.     Persons in need of shelter due to domestic violence or homelessness
l.       Employees of hotels, motels, or other service providers/contractors of a hotel or motel
m.  Persons away from their home due to work or work-related travel
·        Nothing in this directive shall prevent lodging operators from offering occupancy to any individual traveling through the state for work-related reasons and needing shelter, including those professions listed above and others that require frequent travel and over-night accommodations, such as truck drivers.
·        Nothing in this directive shall prevent lodging operators from offering occupancy to an Arkansas resident for reasons not addressed in the Executive Order. While in-state and out-of-state recreational travel is strongly discouraged for Arkansans at this time, circumstances may arise beyond the scope of those in the list above that necessitate Arkansans to seek overnight accommodations in commercial lodgings and short-term rentals.

 

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Live Music Update

During the Covid19 Crisis

Restaurants and Bars are temporarily suspended.  Therefore no live music is available

We all hope to soon return the the AWESOME live music destination that Eureka Springs has become known.

In the meantime – Keep Jamming at home.

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Open-Air Activities In and Around Eureka Springs

Arkansas, known as the Natural State and Eureka Springs in particular is fortunate to be surrounded by the great outdoors.  In this time of great caution, here is a list of things to do that are in the area

  • Hiking around Eureka Springs
  • Scenic Drives and National Park Sites
  • Self-Guided Exploring (Caves & Civil War Sites)
  • Downtown Springs and In-town Trails
  • Waterfall Chasing
  • Exploring Eureka Springs Historical Structures

Enjoy your time here in Natural Eureka Springs, please exercise Physical Spacing and breathe the fresh air.

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Hikes & Hard to Find Sites

EXPLORE EUREKA SPRINGS

If you want to enjoy nature and history but not be brutalized by it then Eureka Springs is the town for you! With so many interwoven trails, unique historical sites and enchanting springs, you’re sure to find this one of a kind town the perfect destination for your spring travel!

Little Lake Eureka

Tucked away at the end of Douglas and Steele Streets, just up the hill from Downtown Eureka Springs, is one of Eureka’s true hidden gems! This little covert treasure started out as Eureka Springs first water supply and at one point it was fixed up as the main swimming hole for the town. One more little known fact is that it is located up the hallow from the now non-existent Water Street, which was the original main entrance to  Downtown!

Located just around the corner from the lake on Steele St. is another commonly overlooked piece of history, The Carrie Nation House (Hatchet Hall). It’s the one time boarding house and home to this iconic prohibitionist.  Hatchet Hall was also at one time a museum but is now just a landmark. You will also find right across the street is the beautiful Carrie Nation Spring, created by Miss. Nation herself with a stick of dynamite!

With historic sites, beautiful unique homes and quaint cottages, a trip up and around this scenic hallow is sure to not disappoint. It’s also located conveniently just above Downtown Eureka Springs.

Harmon Park Trail

With the entrance to this scenic trail located right outside the front door of The 1886 Crescent Hotel, you’re literally just minutes away from exploring the natural beauty of Eureka Springs! Just start at the trail-head and walk down the hill through the woods and down to Spring Street.

Located on the right on Spring Street is Grotto Springs, this unique spring provokes a sense of magic and peace. Esto Perpetua (translates: let it be eternal) is carved above the entrance to The Grotto Springs and visitors report that a candle is always found burning inside.

Magic, history and tranquility right on beautiful iconic Spring Street! Check out some more of the great trails and sites that make up The Harmon Park Loop!

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.

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

Hardin Spring- Sweet Spring Trail

Harding Spring is located at the corner of Howell Street and Spring Street. These historic springs where believed by some to have healing properties. Named after Emmett Harding who earned his keep in the late 19th century by taking photographs of visitors and locals in front of the spring. To this day it is still a popular site for folks to indulge their inner shutterbugs!

Harding Spring and Sweet Spring are connected by a trail along the bluff line above.

Black Bass Lake

A peaceful and welcoming park just minutes from downtown that seems like it’s  a whole different world from the hustle and bustle of the world. 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!

Magnetic Springs

Located just a short drive up Magnetic off North Main St., Magnetic Springs is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. With reported healing magnetic properties the clear blue-green water of this spring is sure to bring tranquility.  Also located on site is a drinking fountain and a spacious covered picnic area.

Take pictures, enjoy a relaxing lunch or just explore the trails above, it’s all here in one easy to get to location!

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Eureka Springs offers everything to nourish your inner nature and history buff. So when a relaxing stroll through the woods and through time is what you crave, we’ve got your adventure at your pace!

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