Krewe of Eureka Springs – Everyone Join In

Mardi Gras – Eureka Springs


On Saturday, February 23rd!


Everyone is one big KREWE

Schedule an Adventure to Eureka Springs the Weekend of February 22-24

Unique to Eureka Springs, on Saturday at 6PM the Lights and Sound Parade rolls through the streets of Downtown Eureka Springs. Everyone is in the KREWE so plan to dress up, join the street party and throw some beads.

Following the Parade continue the festive vibe on the streets carried into the many shops and Restaurants while keeping an eye out for the Second Line Street Dancing (Join In)

DON’T FORGET THE BALL (Not Formal – Just Fun)

The Mardi Gras Event of the Year is the BLACK LIGHT BALL
Hosted By Main Street Eureka Springs for the Krewe of Eureka Springs – Everyone is Welcome.

Come Costumed, Grab your cape and your mask and unleash your inner superhero – this year’s Mardi Gras theme! Let your alter ego fly at this adults only venue as hoopers, dancers and black lights flash. No costume? No problem! You can have an artist do some glow paint or just enjoy the spectacle of the night.

This event is limited to 200 and sells out every year. Get your tickets in advance at


Forecasted weather in the 50s

Let the Good Times Roll in Downtown Eureka Springs!

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Put a Break Back in Your Spring-Eureka Style!

Wacky Winter weather got you worn out?

Do you need to put a “break” back in your Spring?

Well you and your family will find the cure you crave high in the Arkansas Ozarks! For Spring Break 2019, choose Eureka Springs and the scenic surrounding Ozark Mountain Southern Region. Below are a few hints for you to customize your perfect getaway in this one of a kind exciting  mountain town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas!









Arkansas Spring Break – Spa Days!

New Moon Spa


The New Moon Spa Salon is a one of the the largest destination spas in Northwest Arkansas and the Ozark Mountains. Comforting, private spaces surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of Crescent Garden create a rejuvenating environment year round. Come see us for a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, waxing, teeth whitening, hair services, retail boutique and so much more! Feel relaxed, look beautiful, and be happy! New Moon is located on the garden level of the 1886 Crescent Hotel, a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America. Come experience The New Moon Spa where renewal awaits you!

Call to book: 479-253-2879

Check out this great deal!

Feel Relaxed/Look Beautiful-2 Night Spa Revitalizer

Spa 1905

Photo by Purdy Art Co.

Spa1905 is a cozy Day Spa located in the center of historic Downtown Eureka Springs, AR on the second floor of The Basin Park Hotel. Spa1905 offers a Day Spa as well as a Spa Boutique. The spa is designed with warm earth tones and featuring a sun deck, hot tub and mountain backdrop, this Day Spa features a full array of services and trained therapists with a focus on skin care and relaxation. It’s you own private oasis in the very heart magical Eureka Springs! After experiencing the most fun downtown, stop and enjoy the most relaxation downtown!

Call to Book: 877-643-4972

Check out this great deal!

Spa1905-2 Night Duet


Spring Break Arkansas – Outdoors! 

New Lake Leatherwood Downhill Bike Trails


Maybe cycling is your passion? Bring the whole family and experience the new thrilling Lake Leatherwood Downhill Bike Trails! This exciting addition to Eureka Springs boasts 7  different mile long trails tailored for all skill levels. To access the Downhill trails, parking is available at Leatherwood Sports Field or at Miner’s Rock parking lot and shuttle up to the entrance of the Downhill trails off of Hwy 62 West across from Angler’s Restaurant.

Surrounded by rivers and lakes, Eureka Springs affords exciting outdoor adventures just minutes from in-town lodging. Experience fishing in the refreshing mountain lake air or kayak and canoe the tranquil waters of Table Rock or Beaver Lakes. The 1600-acre Lake Leatherwood City Park boasts over 21 miles of cycling and hiking trails and it’s 85-acre spring fed lake is tailor made for a day of relaxing fishing or boating.

Located close to town you’ll find caves and caverns to explore. War Eagle Cavern located on Beaver Lake, Onyx Cave, and Cosmic Cavern all provide adventure for all ages! If horseback riding is your thing we have that covered as well. With several stables in the area you can make your dreams of a horseback adventure a reality! 

Soar Among the Trees!

Ozark Mountain Ziplines


Experience the exhilarating thrill of a Zip Line Canopy Tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. At Ozark Mountain Zip-lines you can fly through the air from up to 200+ feet high with cable lengths from up to 1800 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. The zip lines are open Thursday through Tuesday, from 10 am to 4 pm starting March 3rd, 2019.

Springs Break – Eureka Springs History!


While in Eureka Springs, take a narrated tram tour or walking tour and learn about our historic buildings, architecture and unique past. Avoid the parking hassle and utilize the Trolleys (Eureka’s public transit) they are a preferred way to get around the winding, crisscrossed streets of our truly one of a kind town. You can also take in the colorful past of this historic town and the colorful people who lived here at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum located downtown. 

Another fascinating salute to Eureka Springs history is the Crescent College for Women and Conservatory Exhibit located on the 4th floor of the 1886 Crescent Hotel. For a quarter of a century The Crescent was operated, during the school year, as a college and conservatory for young women. One hundred students per year came from over thirty states to the limestone castle in the Ozark hills, where they received an education equal to – – and often better than – –  that of any establishment in the country!


Spring Break Scary –  Haunted Eureka Springs!


No trip to Eureka Springs is complete without experiencing one of The 1886 Crescent Hotel’s famous Ghost Tours! Ghost Tours are offered every night of the year at The 1886 Crescent Hotel “The Most Haunted Hotel in America” beginning at 8.00 pm. (Tours added earlier and later to accommodate demand.) Your professional, costumed guides will take through the building, pointing out the most active areas and telling you the stories behind the sightings that have been reported over many generations. The tour ends in the highly active morgue – legacy of the notorious Norman Baker “Cancer Curable” Hospital. After the tour the guides will be happy to share their extensive knowledge of the hotel and Eureka Springs with those who have questions.

Check out this great package!

Spirit of the Crescent Package


Ghost Hunt at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel

Basin Park Hotel Ghost Tour


Join in the thrill of the hunt with the new and exciting interactive Adventour at The Basin Park hotel in historic Downtown Eureka Springs and become a paranormal investigator for a day! This is a unique experiment in otherworldly group-sourced data-collection.  You can contribute your very own evidence of paranormal activity at the historic 1905 Basin park Hotel.

Family Spring Break!

Participate in the many festive events and activities planned for our beautiful Spring days here in Eureka! Everyone feeling Irish can join in the 24th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16th. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m. as the parade rolls down Spring Street from the Carnegie Library to the courthouse on Main Street. Runners and walkers will participate in the 36th Annual Victorian Classic on Saturday the 24th.

Lions, Tigers and Bears Oh My!!!


Turpentine Creek is fun and educational for the entire family! This fascinating wildlife refuge is one of the largest in the nation. Big cats and bears are being rescued from many states across the country including Arkansas. Beginning March 10, 2019 the park will be open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm daily. 


Speed it up, mix it up or slow it down. You are the artist and Eureka Springs is the palette upon which you’ll paint the picture perfect Spring Break!!! 

Treat Yourself!!!

Spring Break – Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Whether you’re looking for relaxation and rejuvenation or seeking the thrill of the outdoors is here during Spring Break 2019! Spend your day being pampered in one of our many luxurious day spas, dining and drinking in our amazing unique restaurants or hiking and biking on our many scenic adventure trails. Perhaps retail therapy is what you crave? Eureka Springs is a shoppers dream come true! With so many unique boutiques, galleries, antique stores, gift shops and so much more, you’re sure to find that just right treasure for yourself or a loved one.

Check out this great deal! 

Extraordinary Escape

Best of the  Basin

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Valentines Day Weekend

Three Fun Couples Events

Eureka Springs Chocolate Lovers Festival

Casino Night At Main Stage

SweetHeart Skate at The Crescent Hotel Ice Rink

Last Day – Sunday February 17,2019  3-7PM


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OzMoMu festival recap | Fun in Eureka Springs

Live Music In Eureka Springs is Electrifying

In January, I attended the Outdoor “held Indoors” Ozark Mountain Music Festival (otherwise known as OzMoMu) at the Basin Park Hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs. OzMoMu is held annually during the third weekend of January at the Historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel. As a festival goer, it proved a unique experience to have my bedroom in the same building as the concert, this made me think of other festivals I’ve been to and what makes them each unique!


The Good, The Bad, and the Muddy

Anyone who has attended a festival of any kind knows they are not all the same. I’ve attended festivals that were large, small, local, and in large cities. As most are outdoors, I’ve camped at some, had to get an off-site motel room at others. In OzMoMu, I found one of the best of all things festival.

Large Outdoor Festivals

Large festivals usually have big acts, but they can sometimes be difficult due to the sheer number of people. (I was even separated from my group once at Music Midtown!) And, as with any outdoor event, the weather is always unpredictable and can sometimes cause cancellations.

Outdoor Music Festivals in the South

Regional outdoor festivals like Wakarusa (which was notorious for turning into an epic mud slide) had a great atmosphere, and was where I saw one of OzMoMu’s headliners, The Ben Miller Band, for the first time. Wakarusa lived up to its reputation, and was an amazing, if messy, event. Just like that mudslide, any situation can be made fun if you have the right mindset. At “Waka” it was particularly easy because of the opportunity to experience awesome live music, yet I must admit that after the third day of sleeping on wet blankets and bathing in the river, I was thankful to have a dry bed.


The Best of All Things Festival

My Festival experiences up to this point have taught me that the best parts of music festivals is that they are welcoming, social, and fun.   

OzMoMu combines the Best of all Things Festival. The chill atmosphere is full of interesting people of all ages! There were plenty of options for how to enjoy the music. The Barefoot Ballroom has plenty of space and the stage allows you to be right there with the performers! The Ben Miller Band always gives an energetic live show, and they were sure to deliver this time as well. You can be up front jumping in the crowd, but those who want to dance and mingle have space to do so, and those who would like to sit and listen have a place as well. The bar is close by, if you’re interested in livening up the party, and best of all, when the evening is over, all you have to do is descend a floor to your room in the Basin Park Hotel!


Stay Close to OzMoMu 2019


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Eureka Springs Spa Specials | February 2019

COUPLES Flock to Eureka Springs to Recharge and Reconnect

1905 Basin Park Hotel


 Jacuzzi Suite for $99!

Book a Friday Massage at Spa1905

– Get a Friday night Jacuzzi Suite for JUST $99 (not valid 2/15.)

Valid 2/1-2/22.

Call Spa1905 to Book: 855-862-3428

Mardi Gras Festival Weekends 

Come out and Celebrate Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs. Parades, Parties & More!

Mardi Gras Pkg (2/22-2/24)

  • 2 Night Stay in a Premium Room
  • Beads To Throw & Masks
  • 2 Tickets to Black Light Ball 2/23

Total: $375 + taxes and fees.

VIP Mardi Gras (3/1-3/3)

  • 2 Night Stay in a Jacuzzi Suite
  • Beads & Masks
  • VIP Table/Food on the Balcony to watch the Day Parade (Sat)

Total: $450 + taxes and fees.

 SAVE 20% on a Spa 1905 Package

Book a 2 Night Duet Spa Package and Save 20% any day of the week.

(Spa Packages begin at $499)  CLICK HERE

    • 2 night stay in a Premium Room
    • $40 Spa Voucher
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 60min Traditional Massages

Valid 2/1-2/28.


1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

SAVE 25% on a Spa Package

Book any 2 Night Spa Packages and SAVE 25% any day of the week.

(Weekend Spa Packages begin at $599.)

Valid 2/1-2/28.  CLICK HERE

SAVE $100 on the Celebration Package

 Book the Celebration Package and Save $100!                           

  • 2 Night Stay
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 2-60 minute Traditional Massages
  • Champagne with Collectable Glasses 

Not valid on Saturdays or on 2/15.   

Weekends Begin at $550

Book Now

Couples Massage $150

With an overnight room, Couples can book a “Couples Massage” for just $150 (reg rate $190) during February.  Includes use of the hot tub and the infrared sauna.

Not Valid on Saturdays or on 2/15.

Phone 800-599-9772

Friday Night Fun!

Experience Winter Outdoor Fun at the Crescent Hotel.

-Curling 4pm on Fridays

-Hatchet Throwing, Pizza, Fire pit, and Ice Skating open from 5pm-7pm.

(Weather permitting for ice skating.)

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Eureka Springs Mardi Gras | 2019 Schedule

Eureka Springs Things to Do In February

Don’t miss one of the most exciting events of the year! Mardi Gras has come, once again, to its second home- Eureka Springs. 

Here is the schedule of events you can attend!

Saturday, February 23rd

The bustling Light and Sound Night Parade starts at 6pm. Pick a spot along the parade route (from the Carnegie Public Library, down Spring Street to the Court House on Main Street) and watch those crazy Eurekans do their thing!

The 6th Annual Black Lite Ball begins 7pm at Chelsea’s Café located at 10 Mountain Street. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at


Friday, March 1st

The infamous Jokers Masquerade Ball is held at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. From 6pm on, there’ll be music, a mini parade, buffet with heavy hors-d’oeuvres and a cash bar and with prizes awarded for best costume. Tickets are $30/per. To purchase tickets email

Saturday, March 2

The second Mardi Gras parade, led by the Krewe of Krazo, will roll downtown starting 2pm!

Sunday, February 11

Enjoy a scrumptious New Orleans-style Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel from 11am2pm at 75 Prospect. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 479-253-9652. 

Fat Tuesday, March 5

Experience the grand finale- the Saint ‘Lizbeth King Cake Ball and dinner. An oyster bar, gourmet Cajun dinner, and praline King Cake are sure to satisfy!  Dinner begins at 6pm with music by Naturally Brass, at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center. For more information call 479-253-4503 or 479-253-8864.


For more details on all events, visit


Insider Tip to Eureka Springs Mardi Gras:

Go to the Blacklight Ball! Anticipated by Eurekans ALL YEAR LONG. There is often face painting, awesome music, and more. Be sure to bring beads, clothes that glow, and your party shoes! (Bonus points if you are in costume!)

This is my best friend and I at last year’s Blacklight Ball!

Tickets to the Ball are $35 and may be purchased at

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Eureka Springs Winter Activities | Big Cats at Turpentine Creek

Looking for things to do in the winter?
Eureka Springs has plenty of cold weather activities. To find out more, we talked to the very cool Ike Weaver, promotions coordinator at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (one of only a handful of big cat sanctuaries in the United States accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries). TWCR is an ethical animal tourism destination and with every visit, every purchase and every overnight reservation, guests are actually helping protect survivors of the exotic animal trade. 

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!

Sissy in the snow

Q: What does Turpentine offer in the winter?
A: While many area businesses temporarily close this time of year, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) is open every day – excluding Christmas Day – during the Winter season. We offer unique opportunities to see and learn about exotic and native animals, and we also share eye-opening insight into the harmful nature of the exotic animal trade. At the Refuge, guests can enjoy fun, family-friendly experiences through daily tours or overnight experiences in our adults-only and family-friendly lodging accommodations. But even if you can’t visit, we offer membership opportunitiessponsorship options and a variety of other ways get involved. Go to for more information in that regard. And we’re pretty active on social media, too. So curl up with our cat videos if you’re not able to visit!


Spyke the not so snowy Leopard

Q: What is special about visiting y’all in the colder months?
A: If you haven’t visited the Refuge or stayed overnight during the Winter months, you’re missing out on a neat experience. The majority of our animal residents develop heavier coats leading into the cooler season, so dropping temperatures really don’t affect them much. Having said that, our African animal residents (i.e. lions, servals, etc.) tend to stay close to their heated night house areas, whereas our native residents (i.e. bobcats, cougars, black bears, etc.) and tigers love to be active in the colder weather. In fact, tigers are one of the few felines that like water. So when it snows, guests can often see tigers playing with “snowman enrichment” or otherwise enjoying their habitats all Winter long.

Bam Bam the Holiday Bear

Q: What can readers look forward to?
A: Guests are in for fun, educational experience when they visit! TCWR admission includes access to our Discovery Area, as well as guided tours along our half-mile tour loop. In a lot of instances, guests within our Discovery Area can safely be within 5 feet of apex predators while learning about our animal residents through educational signage and animal biography plaques. After spending time in our Discovery Area, guests can learn about our larger animals (i.e. lions, tigers, ligers, etc.) during half-mile guided tours by our knowledgeable animal care interns. During the tours, guests learn a great deal about the harmful nature of the exotic animal trade while viewing residents in 5,000-20,000 square foot habitats. While on property, guests may also hear unique exotic and native animal vocalizations – like “caroling” or “chuffing” – or witness natural animal behaviors, and they may also see our animals enjoying habitat enrichment like boomerballs and other large carnivore playthings.

Rocklyn and her big red ball

While daily guests can have a great time at the Refuge, overnight lodging guests receive a really unique, immersive experience. Collectively known as Africa In The Ozarks, we offer a variety of family-friendly and adults-only lodging accommodations, each with their own unique color schemes, decor and features. All of our accommodations are really comfortable and fun, and include amenities you would expect in any standard hotel room. What’s more, is that the Refuge is located seven miles south of Eureka Springs, so during this time of year there is hardly any light pollution. Which means stargazers are in for a real treat when they stay overnight at the Refuge!

Abagail playing it cool

Q: What is different about Turpentine’s routine in the winter? (Animals, staff, etc.)
A: Regardless of the season, we are always working for our animal residents. And while we work like dogs to take care of all of these cats, some things do change a bit during the Winter season. Our animal care team are more vigilant when monitoring water levels/status, as freezing temperatures tend to do…what freezing temperatures do. With the exception of our bears and a few other species, the majority of our residents expend more energy during the colder months, so we increase their food intake accordingly. During this time of year, our bears actually go into a state of slowed physiological activity known as torpor. In this state, our bears do not eat as much as they would during the warmer months, so we reduce their food intake as necessary.

Willy Lion chillin in the leaves

You can find their hours of operation, tour times and other important information on their website, as well as educational content, and photos and videos via Facebook.

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Paranormal Spring Break in Haunted Eureka!

Why settle for a normal Spring Break when you can experience a Paranormal Spring Break in Eureka Springs?!


Enjoy a thrilling “Super”Natural Spring Break in One of a Kind Eureka Springs! Here’s a paranormal peek at what’s going on in our haunted historic  mountain town this Spring!



Ghost Hunt at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel

Since we started to incorporate a ghost hunt into our tours, reports of paranormal activity in certain areas of the building a have multiplied. Is it because we have more people searching for evidence of the supernatural, or are our investigations encouraging our invisible friends to reach back to us from beyond the veil? Either way, we know that the more people investigating, the more results we accumulate.

This is where you come in.

Join us for Adventour and become a paranormal investigator for a day! This is a unique experiment in otherworldly crowd-source data-collection.  You can help us to garner evidence of paranormal activity at the historic 1905 Basin park Hotel.

Start the evening with an informal gathering of investigators in the Lucky 7.  Your journey begins with an exclusive visit to the roof, where photo-ops from the tallest building in old town Eureka Springs make for “lifetime memories.”

As a preliminary to the main event your guide will recount the stories of ghostly activity in the building that have been handed down over generations,  and introduce you  to a few characters from the colorful history of Eureka Springs whose lives were bound up with the Basin park hotel and are very likely to be still present – in some form!

Then you will be given the tools to investigate the most active areas for yourself – these include the Barefoot Ballroom, the notorious third floor and the underground cave.

Your experiences, photographs and other evidence will be recorded and documented on our websites and Facebook pages. In this way you will help us build an archive of supernatural occurrences in the Basin Park Hotel – testimonials that will be read by guests at the hotel for years to come.

ADVENTOURS are offered every Friday and Saturday evening at 8.00 p.m. *

*To accommodate our spring break guests we have extended the schedule to Tuesday – Saturday from March 12-23.

$15.00 adults;  under 13 $8.00

Not recommended for very small children.

This is an alcohol-free event.

Tickets may be purchased at the Front Desk or (advised) in advance through


No trip to Eureka Springs is complete without experiencing one of The 1886 Crescent Hotel’s famous Ghost Tours!

Ghost Tours are offered every night of the year at The 1886 Crescent Hotel “The Most Haunted Hotel in America” beginning at 8.00 pm. (Tours added earlier and later to accommodate demand.)

Your professional, costumed guides will take through the building, pointing out the most active areas and telling you the stories behind the sightings that have been reported over many generations. The tour ends in the highly active morgue – legacy of the notorious Norman Baker “Cancer Curable” Hospital. After the tour the guides will be happy to share their extensive knowledge of the hotel and Eureka Springs with those who have questions.

This is an alcohol free tour and is not recommended for very small children.

Meet your guide and fellow guests 10-15 minutes before your tour at the Faculty Lounge on the fourth floor.

$22.50 adults, under 13 $8.00.

Tickets may be purchased at the Front Desk or (advised) in advance through




How many hotels offer live theater as an amenity for their guests? The Crescent Hotel does!

Every Friday evening at the convenient time of 7.00 p.m. our guests can enjoy a play especially written for them! This play has been running for over four years. See reviews below.

It’s subtle, it’s a guessing game, it’s dry humor, it’s a brain-teaser – it’s a one hour, two-actress, jam-packed, keep ‘em guessing, supernatural comedy-murder-mystery thriller, it’s:

Back from the dead, with baggage!

Two women in a lonely house in Eureka Springs during a thunderstorm.  Each claims she is in her own house and the other must be ghost. Then things get complicated…


 Rebecca J. Becker and “Duchess” Debra Workman

“these ladies are ready for Broadway”

Not Really a Door was developed especially for the guests at the most haunted hotel in America by ghost tour manager, actor and playwright Keith Scales.

Faculty Lounge, 4th floor, 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa


Discounts available

Tickets may be purchased at the Front Desk or (advised) in advance through


 “One of a kind experience!”

This was fantastic! …Very well crafted story that won’t allow you to take a moment off. The actresses were “dead on” with their performances.. Do yourself a favor and do this. You will not be disappointed.

“Not Really A Door is a fun must-see!

We so thoroughly enjoyed the play Not Really A Door! The women performing are nothing short of first rate amazing. The play is creative, clever and fun, and how cool to see such a play in a truly haunted hotel! Perfection!

“Don’t Miss “Not Really A Door

“Not Really A Door” at the 1886 Crescent Hotel will keep you engaged from beginning to end. The play is a ghost story, a farce, a mystery-thriller, and a puzzle. The actresses are fully immersed in their roles and the story comes alive in the intimate theatre setting.

“Unexpectedly Fantastic!”

…we found ourselves laughing, and gasping, and actually really caring about the two women in the play.  One is a ghost, one is a killer – – we knew that going in because of the brochure advertising the play. But that’s all we knew. ..An hour later, we were applauding like crazy, and even though we knew who was who, we’re not telling!.. But we will tell you this – – go see the play, Not Really A Door. You’ll have a LOT of fun!


The intimate Faculty Lounge performance space is located steps away from the famous SKYBAR PIZZA.

Enjoy dinner and a show at affordable prices!


Part of the mission of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is to “preserve the irreplaceable.”

The Ozarks region is famous for a long storytelling tradition. Strange tales that originated in these hills – stories of witches, monsters, spook-lights and ghosts – were told by the “old folks” for decades, passed down through the generations and only recently written down. These stories will make you wonder, make you shiver, make you laugh – but where can you hear them today?

At the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, or course!

Prepare yourself to hear the eerie tales of Raw Head and Bloody Bones, the Raven Mocker, the Vanishing Rider, the Tall Stranger and the Small, the Fiddler in Faralone Cave, the Fillyloo bird, the Giasticus, the White River Monster, Albino Sasquatch and of course…the fearsome Gowerow! The stories are delivered by trained storytellers around an outdoor fireplace (weather permitting, otherwise indoors) at 11.00 pm, with no light except the moon and the firelight, in our intimate outdoor amphitheater in the very shadow of the most haunted hotel in America. This is a not-to-missed opportunity, a unique lifetime memory.

Friday and Saturdays at 11.00 pm

Thursdays and Sundays added especially for Spring break

March 9 – 25th

Meet your guide in the lobby at 10.55 pm

$12.00 adults, $6.00 under 13. Not recommended for very small children.

Tickets available at the Front Desk or (advised) in advance at



For a quarter of a century the Crescent was operated, during the school year, as a college and conservatory for young women. One hundred students per year came from over thirty states to the limestone castle in the Ozark hills, where they received an education equal to – – and often better than – –  that of any establishment in the country!

While the Conservatory focused on music, drama, and art, and teachers were celebrated artists and musicians in their own right, Crescent College offered courses in languages, history, physics, chemistry, political science and child welfare and much more.  The range, breadth and depth of classes is astonishing.

Many of the young women who received instruction here went on to major careers as musicians, artists, writers, designers, physicians, professors and legislators.  One or two of them, of course, went to the dark side – – we had one graduate who became one of the most notorious criminals on the F.B.I.’s Most Wanted list!

Historian Rebecca J. Becker has taken on the exciting task of tracing the lives and careers of the alumnae from Crescent College, painstakingly searching through old records, locating new information, finding photographs, contacting families, conducting oral histories, and assembling her research into an ever-changing but always fascinating  permanent exhibit in the Faculty Lounge, on the 4th floor of the Crescent Hotel.

Wander the walls of the exhibit and see pictures of the students, get to know their interests, and read their comments about the world they lived in – and each other!



Teachers: your students will enjoy this accessible, highly visual glimpse into the lives of students who lived and worked here, filling our halls with laughter and music, a century ago.


You love coming to the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. You leave reluctantly.  It’s a place you will always cherish in your memory and you will be back!

In the meantime, you can take a little of the Crescent Hotel experience home with you – between the covers of a remarkable book.

HOUSE OF A HUNDRED ROOMS; Tales the Ghost Tour Guides Do Not Tell

Location: the 1886 Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Characters: ghosts, guests and tour guides.

House of a Hundred Rooms is a collection of eerie tales woven into an account of a ghost tour that grows increasingly bizarre as the characters begin to come to life – or do they?

  • A young worker who died during the construction of the Crescent Hotel turns up at Crescent College and Conservatory for Women, thirty years later.
  • A gangster in fear of his life has been hiding out in the hotel since Prohibition.
  • A student died in a fall from an upper balcony – was it an accident, was she pushed, or did something else occur?
  • A murdered politician sends a newspaperman to the underground city to find his body.
  • A woman’s arm appears through a wall in a later decade.
  • A despicable genius, making his fortune from the misfortunes of others, has reasons to distrust those closest to him.
  • A secret has kept a man waiting for his beloved for a hundred years.
  • Two lost children make a home in a huge empty building that is not as deserted as it appears.

These stories, and others from various periods in the history of Eureka Springs, are told at various stops on a ghost tour being given by a weary and somewhat skeptical guide.  His guests are unruly and his colleagues seem to vanish one by one.

However, by the end of the night the stories of ghosts, guides and guests merge, and the tour leader’s doubts are forever dispelled.


House of a Hundred Rooms was written over five years (at night) by ghost tour manager Keith Scales. The tales it does tell recount incidents that could have occurred, but probably didn’t.  The historic settings are faithfully recreated.

Take the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa home with you, so you can get your Eureka Springs fix at any time!

Available (signed) in the lobbies of The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and The Basin Park Hotel or purchase (unsigned) on Amazon.

Come and experience the paranormal thrills and chills of haunted historic Eureka Springs and make this “Super”natural Spring Break a memory to last a lifetime!

Check out these great package deals for The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and The Basin Park Hotel:

Spirits of The Crescent

Crescent Favorites

The Basin Park Hotel

For more information or to book your stay go to & or call us at 877-342-9766 today!

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Blog by Keith Scales/Header and editing by Scott Moore

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Crescent Hotel Wedding Season Special

Photo courtesy:  Tiffany Rea Photography.

Book a Wedding Site Visit at The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa through our sales department at 800-903-4940 and enjoy a $99 special rate.  

Valid any day of the week.

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New Moon Spa | Couples Retreat

Crescent Hotel

New Moon Spa

The Perfect Gift

With any overnight room, Couples can book a “Couples Massage” for just $150 includes use of the hot tub and infrared sauna  –  (not valid Saturdays or on 2/15)

Call to book: 479-253-2879

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