I’m Getting Married at the Crescent Hotel – Ceremony & Celebration

My Eureka Springs Wedding Story

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.



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!

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Bower Wedding Rain Plan

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.






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Ozark Mountain Music Festival 1/17

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

Buy Tickets Here

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ESP Paranormal Weekend


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

Reserve Your Conference Pass

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Holiday DISCOUNT RATES at the Historic Hotels

Celebrating Christmas In Eureka Springs


Crescent Hotel Rates are dropped 35% from Standard Rate

Basin Park Hotel Rates are dropped 25% from Standard Rate

Based upon availability  valid 12/1 through 12/23

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Eureka Springs Christmas Events | Merry Making

Your Guide to The Night of Merry Making

December 8th in Downtown Eureka Springs



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.

Main Street Merry Eats


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:

  • Brews: Latte & a Truffle
  • Rogue’s Manor: Deb’s Famous Egg Nog
  • Colossal Cupcakes (at the Basin Park Hotel): A Colossal Chocolate Reindeer CupCake
  • Daily Roast: Freshly Made Peppermint Mocha
  • The Balcony: Ozark Avalanche of Nachos
  • Amigos: Blue Margaritas and an Amigos Nacho Plate
  • Grotto: Peppered Goat Cheese Plate
  • DeVitos: smoked trout deviled eggs appetizer
  • Aquarius Taqueria: Mexican hot chocolate


Tickets are $25 per person. BUY NOW

Pick up your tickets at the Basin Park Hotel Lobby. 5-9PM


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 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

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Find the Perfect “One-of-a-Kind” Gift

A Christmas Shopping Adventure on Spring Street – Eureka Springs, Arkansas


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

Find it here: Crescent Moon Beads

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.

Find it here: Crescent Moon Beads

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! 

Find it here: White River Tobacco

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!

Find it here: White River Tobacco

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.

Find it here: Quicksilver Art & Fine Craft Gallery

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!

Find it here: Quicksilver Art & Fine Craft Gallery

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.

Find it here: Quicksilver Art & Fine Craft Gallery

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.

Find it here: Zarks Gallery   

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!

Find it here: Zarks Gallery

For someone who needs a little light in their life! This modern industrial lamp is sure to be in the limelight in any home.

Find it here: The Jewelry Show

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.

Find it here: The Jewelry Show

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!

Find it here: Soap Stop & Body Shop

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!

Find it here: Basin Park Hotel

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!

Find it here: Basin Park Hotel   Colossal Cupcakes & Cones

Lodging DEALS over the Holidays

View the Holiday Events Schedule Here –

Ice Skating and Christmas Events at the Crescent Hotel

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Christmas in The Ozark Mountains


CONCERT ADDED on December  15th  

The Auditorium presents an all Arkansas Christmas featuring Arkansas’ own Barrett Baber, from NBC’s “The Voice” along with his band.

Rachel Fields will bring her Christmas favorites to the stage along with a powerful and soulful NW Arkansas Gospel Choir & another special Arkansas guest, Shannon Wurst.

This is a FREE show and a way to help the Flint Street Food Bank and a couple of our local charities with your donations of food and cash.

We hope you can come and join us for a wonderful musical holiday evening.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.

(EUREKA SPRINGS) — Christmas holidays in Eureka Springs offer a full schedule of traditional events beginning November 24 through the month of December.  The first four weekends have been frontloaded to start the holidays off in style.


*Weekend of November 22-25 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

>Shop Small Saturday on November 24 encourages folks to shop throughout Eureka playing “Shop Small Saturday Scavenger Hunt”.  The first 100 participants will receive a local retail, dining or attraction gift certificate and a “Shop Small” bag at the hunt’s starting point, the Eureka Clothing Company at 31 Spring Street.

>Santa In The Park brings Ol’ Saint Nick to Basin Spring Park from 2:30 to 4:30 that afternoon giving kids of all ages a chance to sit in Santa’s lap while posing for a selfie.

>Live Entertainment will fill the park all afternoon with the sounds of the season provided by Kids’ Choice award-winners, momandpop.

>Official Christmas Tree Lighting will see Eureka’s downtown holiday focal point become illuminated in Basin Spring Park during a festive ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m.  During the ceremony, the winners of the “Shop Small Saturday Scavenger Hunt” will be announced.


*Weekend of November 30-December 2 (Eureka Springs Christmas Festival)

>Christmas Parade of Lights on Friday, November 30 at 6p.m. will wind through downtown Eureka on Spring Street.  Bands, floats and -of course- Santa Claus will form the festive, twinkling line of pageantry. Sponsored by the Eureka Springs Chamber

>Fire Fighters & Santa In The Park on Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.   This mixed ensemble of hard working volunteers will meet and greet visitors to Basin Spring Park.

>Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes typically sees around 800 revelers walking the established route later that day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Eureka Springs Preservation Society has chosen a select number of iconic Victorian and historic homes -this year including Penn Castle- for ticket holders to see from the inside and out.  This trip back in time has been voted “Best Eureka Holiday Event”.

> Crescent Hotel’s Annual Christmas Tree Forest Lighting Ceremony will have the ceremonial light switch flipped at 6 p.m. to “on” illuminating the more than 30 trees that will be adorning the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  It should be noted that each tree is decorated by and for a local charity.  Christmas at the Crescent runs from December 1 – December 7

>16th Annual John Two Hawks Concert in the City Auditorium from 7 to 9 o’clock that evening.  This Grammy-nominated recording artist will perform his favorite Christmas songs.

>Santa’s Brunch on Sunday, December 2, offers a feast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. sitting in his big chair ready for families to gather for a family portrait with the jolly ol’ elf.  Families are encouraged to bring a camera and an appetite for this annual event in the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Dining Room.  It should be noted that concerts performed by local musical groups are scheduled in this same room during weekdays around the noon-hour

>Ice Skating –weather permitting- will be available from 5 to 8 that Sunday evening in the Fountain Garden of the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.

>Frightfully Festive is a selection of Christmas ghost stories regaled at 9 p.m. Sunday in the Faculty Lounge of the Crescent Hotel.

Christmas at The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs

*Weekend of December 6-9 (Weekend of Merrymaking)

>52nd Annual Silver Tea starts this weekend off a day early on Thursday afternoon.  From 1:30 to 3:30 polished tea and coffee sets are gently tipped to fill the cups of patrons by the ladies of the St. James Episcopal Church, festooned in Victorian gowns.  The entire Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent hotel is brimming with trays and trays of handmade holiday snacks and hors d’oeuvres.

>”Friday Night Fun” Kickoff with Santa is Friday night at 5 o’clock in the Fountain Garden of the Crescent Hotel.  Holiday treats and yuletide surprises will be followed by ice skating –weather permitting- until 8.

>Holiday Radio Show featuring the Five & Dime Players may be “seen” on the stage of the Crescent Hotel’s Conservatory Friday evening at 6.  Snacks and sipping will start the evening followed by a festive old-fashioned theatrical production from 7 to 8:30.

>The Night of Merrymaking is the Saturday night feature.  From 5 to 8, this event offers free fun for the whole family.  This Christmas event includes Community Caroling in Basin Spring Park with Kids’ Choice award-winners, momandpop; Living Windows that transform downtown store showroom windows into living art exhibits; Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt; Street Characters in The Snow; A Merry Dine-Around; Night of A Thousand Santas; and so much more. Sponsored by Main Street Eureka Springs

> A Merry Dine-Around is Saturday evening from 5-9 and is a tasty adventurous, festive saunter to different dining locations downtown.  More than a dozen eateries will themed sample plates and/or cocktails and ticket holders get to choose four to enjoy.

> Night of a Thousand Santas (or Krampus – you decide!) gives Saturday night visitors to Eureka’s Downtown Entertainment District a chance to come dressed as Santa (nice) or Krampus (naughty) and stroll along with your fellow Saint Nicks from 6 to 10 starting with the Pre-Party at Chelsea’s Corner Café.  Following this hour featuring adult beverage availability, the Santa Stroll & Scavenger Hunt moving from one location to another then another, etc., making merry all the way.

            >Ozarks Chorale Holiday Concert will take place on the stage at the city auditorium on Saturday at 7 p.m. for ticket holders.  This mixed ensemble of angelic voices will perform an evening of harmonious holiday favorites.

*Weekend of December 14-16 (Home for The Holidays Weekend)  

>A Eureka Christmas is a holiday concert on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. featuring Arkansas’ own Barrett Baber, from NBC’s popular “The Voice” television program.  Barrett and his band will entertain along with Rachel Fields, the Northwest Arkansas Gospel Choir, plus a special visit from native Arkansan Shannon Wurst.  This free show in THE Aud, Eureka’s city auditorium, requests that guests present non-perishable food items or cash donations at the door for local food banks.

Christmas comes but once a year, but Main Street Eureka Springs and its partners have tried to spread it out over a dozens of days.  For more information, go to and

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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

Christie Lene’e

Sierra Hull

Funky Feat

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