Read our interview below to discover how to have some fun and learn something new. Visit the Big Cats for an experience you’ll never forget!
Crescent Hotel Rates are dropped 35% from Standard Rate
Basin Park Hotel Rates are dropped 25% from Standard Rate
Based upon availability
Eureka Springs is an intimate destination in the Winter. This picturesque mountain town hosts visitors all year round. In fact, the winter season is one of the best times to visit particularly if you are into great food. Eureka Springs is home to many independently owned and award-winning restaurants. Great tasting, creative dishes inspired by the region draw the largest crowds making it more difficult to experience during the peak summer season. The winter season means smaller crowds. Because many Eureka Springs restaurants are careful to use locally sourced food, this also means that the winter season brings a seasonally curated menu that is unavailable at other times of the year. Here are some of the best restaurants in Eureka Springs that are open through the holidays and beyond. Don’t miss these local treasures and enjoy their unique menus.
Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking at 26 White Street on the Historic Loop
There is a reason that home is in the name. Ermilio’s kitchen turns out Italian food that tastes like your mom makes (if you had an Italian mom who cooks amazing food). Simply put, Ermilio’s makes comfort food, perfect for cold (and even rainy or snowy) evenings. Open from 5pm to 9pm every day, Ermilio’s menu features dishes like Mom’s Homemade Meatballs in Red Sauce and Uncle Sal’s Favorite Ravioli. See the full Ermilio’s restaurant menu here. Don’t forget to ask about their specials.
Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse at 2883 Highway 23 North
Hand cut steaks from beef grown on Creekstone Farms are served elegantly in a charming cabin built in the 1860’s. The cozy surroundings are elevated with the quality of offerings making Gaskins both comfortable and exquisite. Gaskins is open 5pm -10pm and takes reservations. Don’t miss trying the burgundy mushroom soup made the same day and check out the great selection of wine. See the full Gaskins menu here.
Skybar Gourmet Pizza at 75 Prospect Avenue on the top floor of the Crescent Hotel
Voted the Best Eureka Springs Pizza, Skybar has hands down, the best view as well! Open daily from 11am-11pm, the Skybar also delivers if you are in the mood to stay put. The Napoli pizza is just one of many speciality pizzas but Skybar will customize your toppings and has some great tasting standbys too! Pair pizza with a craft beer from the Northwest Arkansas Region. See the Skybar menu here.
Nyx Café Restaurant and Bar at 85 S Main Street
A new Eureka Springs hang out serving lunch, dinner, and drinks. Still gathering steam, this place is sure to be a hit this winter. They are open 11am-11pm so check it out anytime! See the full Nyx Menu here.
Mud Street Café & the Mud Street Annex where Main and Spring meet
Head underground to one of Eureka Spring’s most unique restaurant locations. Mud Street Café is open 8am- 3pm Wednesday-Monday. Their newest location is above ground but features a glass floor with the natural spring running below. Both locations are at the corner of Main Street and Spring Street downtown just feet from each other. See the Mud Street Café menu here. Check out the local spirits. Mud Street serves Bloody Mary’s made from a locally sourced mix and also features regionally made moonshine.
The Gravel Bar at Wanderloo Lodge at 216 W Van Buren
Offering a limited menu Sunday thru Thursday 4pm-10pm, full menu Friday and Saturday until 9pm, with a limited menu continuing until midnight. Check out their Winter menu!
Aquarius Taqueria at 91 S Main Street
This popular gluten free option has wonderful service, food, and people! See the full Taqueria Menu here. Winter hours are Thursday and Sunday noon-8pm and Friday and Saturday noon-9pm!
When I left you last, it was the night before the wedding. After we finished the rehearsal dinner, I stayed the night with my mom and best friend.
The morning of the big day, I felt surprisingly calm and composed. My sweet momma woke me with a beautifully made special gift. After we roused Shelby, I suggested we eat, and sheepishly admitted that I had been thinking about the crystal dining room’s biscuits all night. Since high school, their biscuits and gravy have been my favorite, and they were a perfect way to start the day. Everything from this point on is a blur!
After breakfast, we rushed off for mimosas while my stylist at Salon Seven prepared to work her magic. A couple of drinks and one coffee later, we were set to meet our group in the lobby to start the picture taking process. The only problem was that I wasn’t in my dress! As we pulled up to the front of the Crescent, we saw that all of the bridal party AND THE GROOM were chillin in front of the stairs and elevator. Cue the only meltdown of the day. How do I get to room where my dress is waiting up on the 4th floor of the hotel? The anxiety of trying to make it past my friends dressed in a bathrobe collided with the emotion of what was happening the moment I saw Nick in the entry. Did I mention it was raining?
Luckily, a calm maid of honor and a few moments to breath reminded me of an alternate entry in the salon. We ran through the rain, into the crescent, through the salon, up the stairs, quietly snuck past my friends in the lobby, and ran all the way up to the 4th floor.
That morning, my stepdad did everything he could to make our original plan in Glenwood Hollow work out. But as it rained harder, it became clear that we would be executing wedding Plan B. I had no idea how we would pull it off, as literally every part of the wedding was intended to be experienced outdoors. I was definitely nervous, but reassured by the awesome team of creative people that made our wedding possible.
Pushing any unhelpful thoughts to the side, I attempted to center myself before stepping out of the elevator for our ‘first look’ photos. Seeing Nick reminded me of what was most important about that day- our privilege to share our happiness with all of our most loved ones in one space.
He looked super dope.
Upstairs, we finally got to see the crystal dining room. Jodie, Amy, and my mom had prepared and executed an extensive rain plan. Bringing our outdoor wooded wedding indoors. It was amazing, and I am at a loss for words to describe my perception of the room. (SEE THE DETAILS OF PLAN B)
527392 thousand pictures and about 200 guests later, it was time. I waited with my parents as I watched my friends enter the room before me one by one. I heard my friend Alexandria playing the harmonium, and it’s steady rhythm kept me walking towards the doors. The number of people gathered, all looking at me, shocked me, and I felt really nervous until I looked at Nick. Rosie prepared a surprise speech that said everything I could have ever wanted to hear before saying ‘I do’! Our vows were a really genuine expression of ourselves, and I don’t even remember anything but our kiss (Geez that sounds sappy).
Family pictures were supposed to happen after the ceremony. All of the places we had previously chosen outdoors were in the rains territory, so we followed suit with our previous sessions and took the photos in the Crescent before heading back to the reception.
The dining room’s acoustics were perfect for live performance. My Husband and his brothers played much of the night, making dedications and recalling fond family memories. The pasta bar was enticingly and creatively displayed, incorporating woodland elements to fit the theme of the event.
I only have bits and pieces of the remainder of the evening, presumably since there was so much to take in- the cake was amazing, our friends are the best in the world, and our families went out of their way to show their love for us. It was a party of emotion, happiness, and healing.
The night ended with another surprise from my parents, who reserved the penthouse for us to stay in. Having never seen it before, I spent a good two minutes running around saying ‘look at this!’ about the various amenities. The view of our hometown was particularly special.
The only thing I knew for sure when planning the wedding is that I didn’t want it at the crescent. I thought it would be cliché to have it at a place that was already so connected to my family, that it might be too expected. Ironically, fate knew better. Every picture, every memory, every person was marked by the hotel that holds so much history, and a truly unique place in our hearts.
In the end, two high school sweethearts got married, surrounded by love.
Read the story from the Beginning – Click Here for Part One
Will you be next to Live your dreams at the Crescent Hotel?
Trust my friend Jodie English-Brown – you can call her at 479-981-0036
Amazing photo credits go to Bruce Lewis of Ronin Imaging.
Be sure to go check out his work!
We love outdoor weddings at the Crescent Hotel, however we are experienced enough to know the best outdoor wedding has a solid Indoor Rain Plan.
Below are the Banquet Event orders of a Wedding scheduled for the Woods of Glenwood Hollow that mother nature had different thoughts and the rain plan that ensured the event remained remarkable and memorable.
ORIGINAL WEDDING PLAN
BOWER RAIN PLAN
BOWER WEDDING MENU
6th Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival:
Basin Park Hotel
January 17, 18, 19, 20 2018…
11 Acts/4 Days:
Outdoor Vibe – Indoor Fun
Downtown Eureka Springs
ESP 19 RATES
ESP weekends are different every year. In honor of our tenth ESP event we have re-structured the fee scale to the most affordable rates possible, and to provide an attractive alternative for local residents.
Friday/Saturday Room Rates for January 4th & 5th:
$99.00 per person (based on Double occupancy) for two night stay!
Friday/Saturday Room Rates for January 11th & 12th:
$129.00 per person (based on Double occupancy) for two night stay!
Room Rates include a ghost tour
CONFERENCE FEE: $125.00 per person
Locals and Visitors alike, plan to attend on Friday December 8th and celebrate along Spring Street with a collection of signature events all happening at the SAME TIME in the SAME LOCATION.
Purchase your ticket for the Merry Eats Dining Stroll in Downtown Eureka Springs. You and your party get stroll to the 11 participating locations choosing from 4 different locations to sample small plates or sip coffee or cocktails. Explore places you haven’t gone to before or visit old favorites to see the special offer they have that night.
Some examples of the night’s offerings:
Tickets are $25 per person. BUY NOW
Pick up your tickets at the Basin Park Hotel Lobby. 5-9PM
MUSIC & FUN SPILLS INTO THE STREET
Bring the kids to sing along with Mom –N- Pop or stroll along Sprng St and stop to sing a carol or two with our Merry Maker Caroling. Kids Choice Award nominee Mom-N-Pop will be at Pendergraff Corner throughout the night. Lead by Five and Dime Player, Justine Ryan, this roving group of carolers invites you and your friends to sing a few familiar holiday songs starting at 5PM in Basin Spring Park and strolling up Spring and down South Main. Catch them wherever they are and lend your voice. 5-8PM
LIVING WINDOWS RETURN
Living Windows takes on a whole new meaning this year as Main Street Eureka Springs produces the Living Art Window with Hilka West. This window will feature master art works come alive throughout the night. Girl With a Pearl Earring, Frida Kahlo, American Gothic and more all with live actors on Spring Street. Other windows will join the fun with artists and musicians, including Delvis, and the Eureka Springs Public Library reading holiday books gracing their glass. 5-8PM
Shops will be open for later shopping and serving bites and cider to warm you up while you purchase last minute gifts. Stop by Eureka Clothing Company to pick up an Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt card to play throughout the day. Selfie winner will win a trip back to Eureka Springs. momandpop will be playing on Spring Street, snow will be made and Melonlight dancers will twirl through the night. Going to the Ozarks Chorale in the Auditorium? Stroll down Spring Street before you do to take in the sites and shop. 5-8PM
End your night with the Night of 1000 Santas. This annual Scavenger Hunt brings a whole new flavor – Krampus! This German legend will be joining Santa this year. You decide do you want to be Santa or Krampus? Either way start the fun at the pre-party at Chelsea’s at 6PM and then take off at 7PM to play along with the Scavenger Hunt. Your wristband can be picked up at the Basin Park Hotel. $15 6-11PM
Tickets are available online CLICK HERE TO BUY
Special Guestroom Rates on:
The Night of Merry Making
Crescent Hotel – SAVE 35% – Click Here
Basin Park Hotel – Save 25% Click Here
Christmas is creeping closer…
Coming up with unique gift ideas can be difficult! In Eureka Springs however, locally made, one of a kind items are everywhere. We’ve searched in some of Eureka’s best shops to find unique gift ideas that can only be found in our jolly mountain town.
Grab some girlfriends and schedule a Shopping Adventure to Eureka Springs. Show the one you love how unique and special they are – by finding something unique and special just for them on Christmas.
These one of a kind suncatchers are made by hand, and each one of them has their own distinct character. Owner Joanna Hanna creates
Hanna uses imaginative color schemes and bead/gem combinations when building these individual pieces. One can also piece together their own jewelry in this quirky shop.
Hookah/Tobacco connoisseurs look no further! White River Tobacco is the place for you. This painted beauty is enjoyable to use and to look at!
How cute is this little elephant? This isn’t the only impressive piece of art in the store, they have shelves full of fun glass pipes!
Brian Watson’s beautifully designed ‘Cosmic’ earrings can only be found at Quicksilver. Crafted from copper and sterling silver, each imaginative piece of jewelry is individual.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s out of this world, we’ve found it! Inspired by our planetary neighbors, this delicate bracelet is aptly named ‘Solar System’. Be sure to stop by Quicksilver and check out all of Watson’s Collection, several new pieces have been created just in time for the holidays. If you pop in on a Monday, Friday, or Saturday you can ask the artist about his work!
Reminiscent of the Ozarks’ natural beauty, this pit fired pottery will fit right in on the walls of any adventure’s home. Part of the Leaf Shadows collection created by Mark Rademacher, it’s an exclusive of the Quicksilver Gallery. Examples of more of his work offered in the gallery can be seen on his website.
For the avid golfer, exquisite glass putters that will bring envy to your competitors. These show-stoppers speak for themselves- in store and on the course.
This is one magnificent sculptural work by local artist James Sawyer. Others from the artist can be found alongside this, including a derby car driving pug!
For someone who needs a little light in their life! This modern industrial lamp is sure to be in the limelight in any home.
Rustic Cuff brand bracelets can only be found at one store in Northwest Arkansas. With a array of choices and styles, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here.
Who wouldn’t love to receive special, handmade soap? Perfect for pampering everyday, these Eureka Made, scrumptious smelling soaps come in so many varieties, it will be hard to choose just one!
If you’re looking for a gift to reflect the holiday spirit, look no further than these charming blown glass ornaments to bring some cheer to any window!
Find it here: The Town Shop
Choose your favorite dragon mug, creations of local artist, Steve Beacham. A perfect gift for any die hard coffee fan.
Find it here: The Town Shop
Shop unique Eureka themed tshirts in the heart of downtown!
Bake for Santa with your loved one. This little gift is perfect if you’re looking for an easy, scrumptious activity, famous colossal cupcakes now sells cookies!
Lodging DEALS over the Holidays
View the Holiday Events Schedule Here –
Ice Skating and Christmas Events at the Crescent Hotel