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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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BEST FOR FAMILY REUNIONS: Kings River DeckHouse

A Family Reunion Space for Nature Lovers

The tree-lined path smells of earth and pine. It wanders down into a valley and hovers just above Rockhouse Creek. It bounds gracefully over multicolored stones and persistent green mosses as it flows to the river just ahead. Even in the winter, sounds of life abound. Chickadees tweet discretely in the brushiest part of the woods and a self-confident armadillo scours the woodland floor for his next tasty treat without any concern for us as we hike past him. Within a mile, we make our way to the bluff overlooking the Kings River and as we exit the canopy of pine and cedar, we spot him. He is hunting, although it  eagles on the shore of kings riverappears more like dancing, as he patrols the water and shoreline. It isn’t until he rests on a branch stretching out over the river that we can view his intimidating talons and the intensity in his eyes. Bald eagles are regularly spotted on this section of the river but standing nearly at his level on the bluff offers an unforgettable view. Just downstream his fishing partner, just as intense and beautiful, soars close to the water’s surface. By a measure of time and effort, the hike to the river from the Kings River Deckhouse is short but the journey is far from ordinary.

hiking near kings river

Hiking near the Kings River Deckhouse.

Upon entering the front door, it is apparent that this is a very special place. Wood-sided and thoughtfully designed, the house lives to complement the land that surrounds it. Large windows look out toward the river and the massive deck suspends you over the dense forest managed by the Nature Conservancy. Inside, the kitchen and living area are separated by several stories of stacked native rock, forming a massive fireplace at the center of the home. The stately main house is flanked by two separate bungalows (containing two full suites in each) and connected by a large pavilion and a monumental stone firepit making the property feel a bit like Camp David. It’s no surprise that this compound was once owned by the Liedtke family.

large deck overlooking kings river

Kings River Deckhouse at night.

For three days our extended family made the Kings River Deckhouse our home. During the day we hiked, watched movies, and spent time catching up. We cooked elaborate meals together and ate around a rustic live edge wooden table surrounded by windows that offered an unobstructed view of the natural beauty all around.

In the evening we played epic card games and stayed up watching the last coals of a once roaring fire, flicker out before heading to bed. On the final morning, we all woke shortly before 5am and met on the deck with a cup of coffee to watch the sun rise over the trees. Painfully aware that it was our last morning together before life returned to normal, we all reflected on the experiences we enjoyed here and vowed to do this every year. I am certain that the Kings River Deckhouse has been filled with the joy and laughter of many moments like ours and many more to come.

sun rise over the kings river

View of the sunrise over the Kings River.

Your stay at the Kings River Deckhouse supports the mission of the Nature Conservancy, to protect precious land and water resources and create a world where people and nature thrive.

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The Kings River Deckhouse is located just 5 miles from Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Rockhouse Road. It is a perfect place to relax, hike, and watch wildlife without ever getting into your car. Of course mountain biking, floating, fishing, and hiking are just minutes from the property. With downtown Eureka Springs just a few minutes down the road, your family can enjoy Eureka Springs dining, shopping, spas, and more. The Ozark Mountain region has so many things to do, you will plan your next trip before leaving Eureka Springs!

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Winter Adventure | Eagle Watching in Greater Eureka Springs

Who says the outdoor adventure comes to an end in Winter for the greater Eureka Springs area! Grab your friends and your binoculars and head for the hills for  one of a kind Eagle watching excitement! 

Arkansas is a mecca for eagle watching and the Eureka Springs region is the center for it . This is because of the large open waters of Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and rivers like the White River and America’s first national river, the Buffalo River. Following their food supply, bald eagles move south as northern waters begin to freeze and arrive in Arkansas around October making the state their home until around February.

Eagles on a lake in northwest arkansas

Stunning views!

Hobbs State Park- Watch Tours through February

Cloudy skies and chilly weather doesn’t seem to be the  to best time for a day excursion on Beaver Lake but the guides say this is actually the best time to see Bald Eagles in the Ozarks.

Traditionally, Beaver Lake has been known to harbor the area’s largest concentration of eagles. Depending on winter weather up north, more than 200 have been counted around the lake in certain years.

The Eagle Watch tours are managed through Hobbs State Park, November through February and depart from Rocky Branch Marina on Beaver Lake.  Be sure to call ahead to reserve your seats as the weekends fill up quickly! Also, because the tours run through the winter months make sure to bundle up; it’s always colder on the lake with the open water and wind chill. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the park’s visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection. Adults $10.00 + tax. Children 6-12 $5.00 + tax. Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina at 3:00 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000

people on a boat eagle watching

Bundle up and enjoy the adventure on Beaver Lake!

Trigger Gap-Kings River

Chances of seeing eagles locally improves considerably in the aftermath of big winter storms further North causing the eagles to migrate Southward.

Near his business at Trigger Gap on the Kings River, Ernie Kilman regularly uses binoculars to monitor a riverside roost that can be seen from Arkansas 221. He counts as many as 10-15 eagles by the evening.

eagle on icy branch

Regale Eagle in Winter.

The Roost- Rockhouse Creek-Kings River

The roost is located in a bluff-lined bend about a mile upstream from where Rockhouse Creek enters the Kings River. People report counting as many as two dozen eagles on the roost in a week.

Together, the two roosts located along about nine miles of river provide ample numbers of wintering eagles throughout the area.

Eagles roosting in northwest arkansas

An eagle of view like no other!

White River

The White River below Beaver Dam is another common gathering spot for eagles. They are best seen up close from a canoe but also are likely to be spotted from banks of public-access areas like Parker Bottoms.

Check out these amazing Hot Deals for Eureka Springs Winter Lodging!

 

 

 

 

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Downtown Dance Party – NYE

Eureka Springs’ New Years Eve Downtown Dance Party

The Basin Park Hotel. 800-643-4972

Book Here: https://www.reserveeureka.com/attractions/downtowndanceparty

The Downtown Dance Party for New Year 2020 will be at the Basin Park Hotel.   Fresh this year, you can expect a BIG Dance Party to favorite tunes and an electric atmosphere on the  Basin Park Hotel’s top floor. The historic ballroom will transform to the hottest club and Cover Band Red Ambition will bring the energy and popular sounds to an evening full of drinks, dancing and surprises.  Free flowing champagne, light fare, dessert and a appropriate midnight breakfast is included.   Scheduled from 9 PM – 1AM tickets are $50 per person or $85 per couple. Another FUN Oz production

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Ozark Mountain Music Festival

Basin Park Hotel

Festival Rates begin at Just $99

Ozark Mountain Music Festival

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ESP Weekend – January 10 – 12

Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

ESP weekends at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States

Room Rates begin at just $129.86

 

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Any Room in Hotel – SAME PRICE

Crescent Hotel & Spa

Book any room in the hotel (including the Penthouse) and pay the same price.  Any weekday in January.

Phone – 800-342-9766

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2nd Night just $19.05

Basin Park Hotel

Stay first night at Best rate

Get your second Night for just $19.05

Valid Sunday – Thursday nights in January 2020

Phone 800-643-4972

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Crescent Hotel Free Upgrade

Book any weekday spa package and receive a FREE upgrade to the Best Available Room!

ADDED BONUS:

  • FREE self-heating mud or thermal packs with a massage (up to a $30 savings per person)
    • Self-heating mud is wonderful for chronic pain.
    • Thermal Packs are great to loosen the muscles.

Call in Only: 877-342-9766

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January Get-a-way Ideas to Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs Arkansas may not be best known for vacation getaways during the chilly part of the year, but that is changing with this Ozark Mountain destination evolving into a year round travel spot.

Romantic cabin retreats, year-round dining, destination spas, music festivals, paranormal events, valentines day, scenic hiking, eagle watching and destination mountain biking have transformed this season into a sought after mountain escape.

EUREKA SPRINGS LODGING

Popular lodging in the winter season is readily available in Eureka Springs.

Downtown hotels such as the Basin Park Hotel offer lodging in the center of downtown district adjacent to the many year-round restaurants, coffee stops and entertaining nightlife. (Shopping is assured on weekend days)

Cabins resorts are perfect to escape and find renewal with a quiet escape overlooking Beaver Lake or the fresh smells of the Ozarks during this crisp period. Try Loblolly Pines Adventure Camp with its on-property trail, waterfall, community deck and outdoor hot tub.

Loblolly Pines

Of course, the venerable Crescent Hotel and Spa is open year round. Known as a preeminent destination spa resort, the winter season sees fewer day visits and the hotel finds a more peaceful path towards relaxations. For those investigating the paranormal, a weekday visit with a sparsely populated hotel paired with a late night ghost tour is a bucket check item.

EUREKA SPRINGS RESTAURANTS

For dining, the majority of Eureka Springs restaurants are also open now year round. (Weekends are sure, however check operating hours mid-week as a common pattern is to close two days and reduce hours Monday – Thursday.)

Breakfast at Mud Street will always start your day in a good way with a big pancake, tasty muffin top or healthy fruit, granola and yogurt

Lunch on the Balcony Restaurant is a winner year round. Indoor dining available. Try the monte cristo with the blackberry jam or enjoy one of the home made soups.

Dinner in the winter at Rogues Manor is an event. Sip on a scotch from a wide collection, take you time and enjoy one of the finest steaks you will find.

When you need coffee Downtown Eureka Springs has three great coffee shops. Eureka Springs Coffee is on Main St, Daily Roast is at Spring and Center and Brews can be found on upper Spring.

THINGS TO DO

Ozark Mountain Music Festival

While enjoying some you time, there are also plenty of great activities that may be a bit different that how you previously visited this quaint mountain town.

Mountain bike trails have arrived at both the Great Passion Play site and Lake Leatherwood accenting what was already a great place to ride. In fact, Groups are opting to leave the bikes out and keep the skis in storage.
(This years ski trip can be a mountain bike adventure – same attitude better weather.)

Without the bike, great hiking is available. Picturesque trails often times play witness to bird migration and the overpowering awe of a bald eagle in flight while the Downtown N Underground tour tells the somewhat seedy tales of Eureka Springs’ early days.

For Daytripping, its a short drive to such major sites as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Roaring River State Park, Pea Ridge National Battlefield, or an Arkansas Razorback mens basketball game.

Closer to your cabin, evening activities include a thrilling ghost tour of Americas Most Haunted Hotel or the common live music in the many clubs. Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend and The Ozark Mountain Music Festival both occur in January.

 

No visit is complete without a trip around the ice at the Crescent Hotel. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4-8 pm current conditions. (some visits more special than others)

It may not be what you were thinking but Eureka Springs Arkansas is ready to host visitors year round.

 

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