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BB King Entertainer of the Year Headlines Blues Weekend ‘17

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BB King Entertainer of the Year Headlines Blues Weekend ‘17

(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Victor Wainright and WildRootsstatic1.squarespace-3 return to the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend as the BB KING Entertainer of the Year. Wainwright, backed up by the Band of the Year, WildRoots will headline the late-night stages in Downtown Eureka Springs, performing in the Barefoot Ballroom of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on Friday night, June 16, for two shows at 8 and 10 o’clock. Price of admission also admits patrons to the “After-Party” in the hotel’s Lucky7 Rooftop Billiards Bar for a “meet-n-greet” with the evening’s entertainers.  $15 per person>>BUY TICKETS HERE.

Blues Weekend 2017, features music throughout Eureka Springs with a festival stage at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) during the day on Saturday and Sunday, and late-night stages in Historic Downtown Eureka Springs Thursday through Saturday.

Highlights of Blues Weekend ’17 include late-night, downtown performances at Chelsea’s with Scott Ellisonon Thursday, Josh Hoyer on Friday, and Patrick Sweany on Saturday. Scheduled for a Friday sundown performance in downtown’s Basin Spring City Park is Eric Gales.

Festival Stage headliners include Toronzo Cannon and Fiona Boyes plus a full slate of performers at TCWR, all playing during daylight hours.

“A multi-day blues festival in Eureka Springs is a true tradition of fun times that has a proud history,” said Jack Moyer, General Manager of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, “and this year’s kick off with Eric Gales in the park and high-energy Victor Wainwright and WildRoots in the hotel ballroom, will make this year’s Weekend as much fun as ever.”

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Wainwright is a Georgia-native but now a Memphis (TN) resident. His capturing the coveted Blues Music Award for BB King Entertainer of the Year was no surprise since he is considered one of the most exciting piano performers on the roots music scene today. He is known for his raucous, high-octane boogie-woogie performances. American Blues News put it this way, “He is always entertaining and madly talented. You will never see Victor play a room and not have it go over with the crowd in a big way.VictorW

“Wainwright is backed by the firepower of WildRoots, one of the tightest, smokin’ bands around!”

Tickets to the Wainwright performances are limited and may be purchased in advance online at ReserveEureka.com. Ticket prices are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

The Eric Hales performance in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell is free and open to the public. Ticket information is on ReserveEureka.com with a full schedule for Blues Weekend ’17 performances at EurekaSpringsBlues.com.

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New Things Happening in May

Eureka Springs, the “Extraordinary Escape” located in the Arkansas Ozarks, is alive and welcoming the year ‘round, but in spring it becomes ever so bold.  Why?  Because in spring this historic village begins to strut its stuff.  And in 2017, that includes new stuff at great attractions such as The Great Passion Play, Intrigue Theater, America’s Most Haunted Hotel, Phunkberry, May Festival of the Arts, as well as Main Street Eureka Springs.

  • The Great Passion Play will begin its fiftieth season, on Friday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. but with nuances for the 2017 season.  Added to the entrance way of the Holy Land Tour is a Biblical marketplace featuring carpenters, potters, and other artisans making hand-crafted items.  Also new is Noah’s Ark Park, a petting zoo with camels; llama; an assortment of miniature goats, donkeys and horses; plus, a pharaoh hound.   The play itself boasts of more than 170 actors, dozens of birds and animals, all assembled to portray the last days of Christ on a set that is three stories tall and 550 feet across and meticulous replicates Jerusalem of 2000 years ago.  The play will have evening performances on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of the opening month with two added performances on Thursday, May 25 and Sunday, May 28 for the Memorial Day weekend.  Surrounding the amphitheater are The Christ of the Ozarks, the New Holy Land, Sacred Arts Center, the Bible Museum, hiking trails, and more.  www.greatpassionplay.org/
  • Intrigue Theater has already begun its seventh season and continues to completely mystify each and every audience that witnesses their extensive journey into the art of magic and illusion.  Illusionist Sean-Paul and ghost whisperer Juliana Fay have drawn from their decades of performing around the world to transform the 1910 Gavioli Chapel into a performance venue that vibrantly enhances their innovative and brilliant homage to the Golden Age of Magic and the Ghostly Spiritualist movement of the early 1900s.  A new stage with augmented audience sight lines, a proscenium, crystal chandeliers, period stage lighting and historic props has now transformed this Victorian, limestone chapel into a showplace of mind-boggling magic, mysticism and journeys to “the other side.  The new Intrigue Theater dynamically adds to the ambiance of a town known for the unknown.  intriguetheater.com/
  • America’s Most Haunted Hotel further solidifies Eureka Springs as a town known for the unknown.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s nightly ghost tour has for 2017 added a new history room at the tour’s origination point.  This “Faculty Lounge” honors the Crescent College & Conservatory for Young Women (circa 1908-1934).  Here patrons can look at images of the “living” co-eds prior to touring, prior to perhaps bumping into one those ladies who never left or returned to the building following graduation.  Another off-beat, recovered treasure displayed in the room is an original calliaphone invented and manufactured by the infamous Norman Baker.  It is the morgue of his Cancer Curing Hospital (circa 1937-1939) that is the pièce de résistance of the tour.  Said to be the most paranormally active area in the hotel, it culminates the tour which winds down from the fourth floor to the basement with numerous stops and stories of ghostly encounters along the way, stories that oftentimes make even the most brave feel faint.  www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com/
  • Phunkberry is Eureka Springs’ newest music festival.  This second three-day event, May 4-6, has an all new line up with the newest of now sounds focusing on the top national and regional funk and jazz bands.  Featured for 2017 is The Motet, an American funk, Afrobeat and jazz influenced group from Denver CO; The Werks, a psychedelic dance, jam, funk, rock group from Dayton 0H; and from Chicago IL comes Maniac Focus, and electronic music project of John “JmaC” McCartin.  All 16 groups will take the stage in front of thousands at “The Farm”, 160 panoramic acres atop the Ozark Mountains. phunkberry.com/
  • May Festival of the Arts honors a community that has, for more than a decade, been anchored on the “Top 25 Cities for Art” in the small cities category in such publications as American Style Magazine.  And, since Eureka Springs boasts of more than 350 working artists in a town of 2,000 where cutting-edge is a way of life, the hot and exciting nuance in this month-long fête is “The Eurekan Spectacle”, an augmented reality based experiential app that allows users to witness a Shakespearean play at various real-world locations around Eureka Springs. The Eurekan Spectacle goes live May 1.  Download instructions and a walking tour map can be found at www.eurekanspectacle.com.  Eureka’s May Festival is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists: The White Street Walk.  www.eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com/
  • Main Street Eureka Springs is blessed each year with shop owners and downtown entrepreneurs who keep a watchful eye on the latest trends and products and 2017 is no exception.  A swarm of new shops and new inventories at established shops await Eureka’s nearly one million visitors starting in May.  Just as new as the merchandise downtown is the “Downtown N Underground” tour.  Its 2017 reboot features an extended route that takes strollers along the same exact sidewalks and sidetrails used by the outlaws and zealots, the famous and infamous back when Eureka Springs was considered the wild west.  The tour also includes an exclusive visit to three underground locations, private and off limits to the general public with one final stop as “guests take the stage” at the city’s historic auditorium.  eurekaspringsdowntown.com/

“If you ever wanted to see a town strut, travel this spring to the crown jewel of Northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs,” said Bill Ott, former chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, “and once you get here you will be strutting right along with us with no desire ever to return home.”

Spring Break Getaway

Families all over Arkansas / Oklahoma and Missouri have had one week in March circled on Eureka Springs 045-smalltheir calendars since the school year started.  Inside that circle are written the words “Eureka Springs”.  Why?  Because kids’ love to spend Spring Break in a place not too far away that thrills with zip-lines, ghost hunting, lions and tigers, and so much more.  That’s why families from “SEC Country” will be traveling to the Arkansas Ozarks and the “Extraordinary Spring Break Escape”: Eureka Springs.

Here families can challenge the state’s highest zip-line as speeds through the 10403615_804405189655398_713016398762441017_ncanopy of trees high in the Ozark hills.  Ozark Mountain Zip-lines offer an extreme adventure for ages three and up.  Ten zip-lines 120- to 1800-feet long suspended 20-to 200-feet above the ground. Opening March 5th!

Eureka’s Must See Show! Intrigue Theater is back this season starting March 17th (Wed-Sunday shows.) Fun for the whole family, you won’t believe what this illusionist and medium can do.

At least two hotels in Eureka Springs offer top-rated ghost huntingThe 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has become known as “America’s most haunted hotel” because of the unparalleled paranormal discoveries, seen and/or digitally captured by those on the hotel’s nightly ghost tour as well as numerous television programs such as SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”.  The newest venture into the past and the beyond is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s “Spirits of The Basin” nightly tour.  Thisghost tour in hallway top to bottom tour of Downtown Eureka’s only skyscraper introduces names and mental images of those who have walked –and some say still walking- the hallways of this historic seven story structure and the tales that have made them immortal.

Saved from extinction, big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge roam their natural habitats roaring and waiting for families’ close-up looks.  These lions and tigers and bears, creatures that someday may be only a picture online, become stars of safe safaris daily.  These massive, beautiful animals were rescued from awful imagescircumstances and given a new chance to live out their years here in a loving, caring natural environment.

Other family-friendly Spring Break attractions include hiking the “hills and hollers” of the urban Ozark trails, sojourning through time on the Downtown-n- Underground tour; experiencing the inspiration of The Great Passion Play’s Bible Museum and pre-arranged Holy Land Tour; holding on tight on the back deck of a vintage trolley as it traverses over Eureka’s twisty, zigzag, up and down streets; and capturing “new history” with an antique family photo at Judge Roy Bean’s.

Planning a Eureka Springs’ Spring Break is also fun and easy by finding things to do on EurekaSpringsOnline.com and booking attraction tickets and securing hot deals on ReserveEureka.com.

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

The time is here…BOOM BOOM MARDI GRAS!

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Winter doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors.  Take a road trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas where they know how to party! Eureka Springs Mardi Festival kicks off February 16trh-28th with 2 full weekends of festivities.  5 Balls, 2 Parades, & lots of Fun!!!

Special Room Rates have been put together to offer you the Best Savings and loads of fun. Bring your beads, your friends, and join Eureka Springs best winter festival. View the Mardi Gras Hot Deals.

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Parades & Public Balls Not To Miss:

Night Parade-2/18 starting at 6pm in Downtown Eureka Springs.  Line up along Spring Street and watch krewes hit the streets with lights and music.

Black Light Ball-2/18 after the parade don’t miss this public ball! 8pm-Midnight. Dance to DJ Testube in Eureka Springs hottest club, Event Eureka under black light ballblack lights. Let a body artist paint you with glow in the dark paint,  a glow necklace and celebrate Mardi Gras! Music will be spinning, lights will be flashing all for a great cause – Main Street Eureka Springs. Tickets $30 per person.  BUY HERE.

Day Parade-2/25 starting at 2pm see the best mardi gras floats cruise downtown Spring St.

Mayor’s Ball-2/25 after the parade that evening, get your costumes, feathers and beads out for this fun public ball! 7pm-Midngiht at the Basin Park Hotel.  Tickets $35 per person. The theme is Great Gatsby featuring Mayor Butch Berry & the Mardi Gras Royalty.  Music from the Downtown Livewires.  BUY HERE.

 

Jazz Brunch-2/26 end the weekend right with a Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel.   11am-2pm.  Tickets $27.95 per person.  Live music, second line and an amazing brunch display.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766.

Winter Things To Do

Winter Things To Do 2017

Wintertime in Eureka Springs brings Relaxation, Re-connection and a chance to explore the Ozark landscapes with Discounted Overnight Room Rates.turpentinecreekwinter

For those looking to reconnect and relax with your spouse or partner, plan some spa time, shop, dine and stay over night with discounted Winter room rates by 30-45% from the normal season rates.  Click here for availability.  For Great Winter Things To Do, see below…

Spa Time

Winter Events

Winter Attractions

Horseback Riding

Outdoors & Other Things To Do

Ozark Mountain Music Festival Jan.19-22

OzMoMu4 COMING HERE SOON!

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The extraordinarily popular Ozark Mountain Music Festival, more commonly referred to as OzMoMu, returns to the stages of Eureka Springs’ downtown 1905 Basin Park Hotel January 19 to 22, 2017. This event stretches out over four days and nights and features 11 bands performing the sound described as the Ozark Mountain collection of bluegrass, folk, and American roots music; each band with it’s own particular, special spin and presentation of this energetic sound. This year’s musical extravaganza, OzMoMu4, will once again present its festival lineup throughout this historic hotel exclusively on multiple stages for its full run of four exciting days and nights.

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Headlining this year’s festival is Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, an acoustic quintet that has swept the Midwest with their unique present12604845_996686733751682_6546612585379855004_oation of a sound “that draws on the vaults of music” that has been both “collectively and individually enjoyed throughout their lives”. The musical lives of these five Wisconsinites came together at a party “in a living room in the college town of Stevens Point, WI” back in 2010 and they say, “the party is still going strong.”

Other bands performing during OzMoMu4 include the following:

>Schwag (St. Louis, MO) – a band of musicians dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia thru their high-energy, organic interpretations of “The Dead”. They use a working song-list of 200 songs that guarantees “a different show every night”.

>AJ Gaither (Kansas City, MO) – this “one-man junk band” not only makes his own instruments, but also writes his own songs. His sound is described as “cold, lonely bars and old, empty barns”; some are “high-octane, foot-stompin” while others are “soulful… about struggle and being homesick… drenched in whiskey and hard living.”

>ClusterPluck (St. Louis, MO) – offers a sound that is “firmly within the “newgrass” sub-genre of bluegrass music” which is said to be “the fusion of old-time bluegrass with 12513969_937473843000530_5338718750023851697_oother genres such as pop, jazz and world music.”

>Squarshers (Fayetteville, AR) – this quartet explains that their sound is best described as “jam grass music” that is “way more rock and roll”. Part of their “new unique style comes from drawing on each other’s talents and energies, and playing off their fellow band mates.”

>High Plains Jamboree (Austin, TX) – a string-band that takes their sound to “a different plane” where they are considered “a bluegrass band west of the Mississippi and a country band east of the Mississippi.” To best explain it, they say, “HPJ’s vibe is modern country-western style.”

>Sad Daddy (Eureka Springs, AR) – is the union of four Arkansas-based musicians who bring “their own unique styles together to creative beautiful music. The foursome perform utilizing a guitar, stand-up bass, banjo and a fiddle.

>Ponder the Albatross (“Front Range of Colorado”) – is “a very original, high-energy band with original songs from reggae to trippy instrumental” from “folk/rock to bluegrass”. It has been said that they are “one of the best up-and-coming bands around.”

>The Fried Pies (Little Rock, AR) – One fan’s account best sums up this band following a recent festival event, “(We) saw there was a banjo heading to the stage… we both 12525511_996686710418351_300530538598233158_ogot excited but weren’t prepared for what we were about to see. The only show of the weekend in which we were captivated beginning to end.”

>Fast Food Junkies (McPherson, KS) – This duo has been playing together for 10 years and has written more than 80 songs. They are self-described as “a couple of regular guys from Kansas, born and raised country who take pride in our craft as mechanics, tradesmen, songwriters and musicians.”

>Rozenbridge (Fayetteville, AR) – their genre is referred to as “Rock-folk Grooves” created by vocals, guitar and a cello that “join forces to create a ripping and dynamic duo” sound. Theirs is a “refreshing mix of music genres: folk, reggae, bluegrass, rock, and metal.” They perform original music while also putting their own “spin on covers”.

Jack Moyer, general manager and vice-president of operations for the 1905 Basin Park Hotel commented, “The key to establishing this annual event has been in both providing great relevant music performed by regional talent on multiple stages, and inventing a path where the festival-style atmosphere makes the Basin Park Hotel abuzz with activity like attendees enjoying all-access passes, overnighting at the hotel, and being immersed in an atmosphere that encourages eating, drinking and dancing in one indoor, central location that has an outdoor festival grounds feel, per se.”

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OzMoMu4 room packages for two attendees during the festival include two-nights lodging and two (2) “All-Access” passes. Festival “All-Access” passes and simple daily passes are also available. For further information, online room packages, and/or passes one is encouraged to visit OzarkMountianMusicFestival.com.

 

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekend


January 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15, 2017

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekends at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas have grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States – so popular it now includes two weekends to accommodate demand. Participants will be investigating two local, historic hotels in one weekend at ESP17!

Participants will be expertly guided for a behind-the-scenes quest for evidence in the famed 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel in America”, that sits on a mountaintop overlooking beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The quest, for those who opt for an additional night, will included the Crescent’s sister hotel, the majestic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa _ Eureka Springs AR _ from above _ sepia _ rev1905 Basin Park, in downtown Eureka Springs and just steps from the famous Basin healing spring, the one that first put Eureka on the map back in the nineteenth century.

The spaces known to be the most active at the Crescent Hotel will be open for investigation from midnight to dawn. On Saturday nights, the Crescent Hotel ghost hunt will be orchestrated and led by our ever-popular resident investigator, author of seven books about the supernatural and founder of ARPAST, the awesome Larry Flaxman! Those who choose to stay an extra night will be able to explore the Basin Park Hotel, with Larry in the lead –when the entire building hotel will be closed and empty except for event participants.

A plethora of events have been planned for the weekend. They include receptions; midnight champagne toasts to the ghosts; fully-costumed experienced ghost tour guides always on hand to facilitate the event; all the amenities of the famous 1886 Crescent Hotel including breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant and socializing in the newly-expanded SkyBar; the gallery of historic photographs on the fourth floor; the new Crescent College and Conservatory Museum; as well as the unique and picturesque Ozark Mountain village of Eureka Springs to explore – all this and T-shirts, too! (And perhaps a few surprises…)

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(Please note: programs for each weekend are identical)

Activities

GUIDED INVESTIGATION OF THE MOST ACTIVES AREA OF THE CRESCENT HOTEL – rooms 419, 3500, 218, 101 (Governor’s Suite, new this year) and of course, 20140104_130618Norman Baker’s MORGUE – led by our resident paranormal investigator, the renowned LARRY FLAXMAN, author of seven books and founder of ARPAST. Saturday nights.

GUIDED INVESTIGATION OF THE BASIN PARK HOTEL, which will be closed and completely empty for this event. Led by the great Larry. Sunday nights.

INDEPENDENT NOCTURNAL INVESTIGATIONS – free roam from midnight to dawn with participants conducting their own search for our “guests who checked out but never left!”

Scheduled Events

NIGHTLY GHOST TOURS at the 1886 Crescent and1905 Basin Park hotels, geared especially to ESP investigators. Learn the history of the hotels and the town, hear the stories behind the sightings and identify the most active areas of the buildings.

STORY CIRCLE Gives participants a chance to relate their experiences of the supernatural, here and elsewhere, and to hear the stories of other ESP participants – hosted by long-time favorite tour guide Aunt Reba.

A SÉANCE Under controlled circumstances and with the assistance of trained psychics, participants will attempt to communicate with some of the better known departed spirits of the Crescent Hotel such as Norman Baker; the “Girl in the Mist”; and of course, Michael, the mischievous stonemason!

TECHNOPHILIA, or “My gadget is more sensitive than your gadget!” Participants will contrast and compare ghost-hunting equipment with other paranormal investigators.Larry Preparing This gives participants the opportunity to show off their favorite toys and to drool over the ones they don’t have… yet.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF THE DEAD: a performance in words and music by popular duo Victoria Ralph and Bobby Matthews who will ask the questions: “Why do people seek scary experiences?” and “What is it that scares us the most?”
IMMERSION – a theater experience with no “fourth wall.” Vince Johari will be the featured paranormal entertainer and guide into this realm of spirit communication.

On-Going

ESP TESTING – Participants will investigate the phenomena known as telepathy, thought transference or remote viewing for personal evaluation. The tests will continue as they become more elaborate allowing participants to learn more about this fundamental mystery of human mental capacities as well as a chance to test their own PSI potential!

PSYCHOMANTEUM – Opens up the conduit to one’s own mind – or is it simply “the Other Side”? In ancient Greece, trained priests attempted to contact the spirits of the dead in a specially constructed, completely silent, subterranean temple called a psychomanteum. Reached through a complicated underground series of tunnels, the inner sanctum contained a still pool of water and single candle. In the process known as scrying, the initiate would gaze into the pool until visions appeared. A modern version of this sensory deprivation chamber was created by Dr. Raymond Moody, employing a soundproofed, mirrored room. Past participants have reported startling results.

Those who participate will experience the psychomanteum at the highest point in the Ozark hills. Whether one believes that the images come from “in there”, “out there”, or can find no distinction, the psychomanteum provides a rare and unique experience for the adventurous.

PSYCHIC SALON
Psychics Lisa Dawn (Shustah cards); Michelle Rasmussen Foster (Intuitive Angel Readings); and Margo “the Charmreader” will be available throughout both ESP17 weekends to give readings and to enable future appointments to be made.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

NOT REALLY A DOOR, a one-hour, two-actress, keep-‘em-guessing, supernatural, comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, created especially for our guests at “America’s Most Flickering TalesHaunted. It has the distinction of being the second longest running-play in Eureka Springs history! (Note: there will be no prizes for those who identify the longest, just the accolades of fellow participants.)

FLICKERING TALES – genuine Ozark stories of witches, monsters and ghosts, delivered by trained storytellers.

PLUS

Awaiting participants will be receptions; midnight champagne toasts to the ghosts; fully-costumed experienced ghost tour guides always on hand to facilitate the event; the amenities of the famous 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa including breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room restaurant, socializing in the expanded SkyBar, the historic photograph gallery on the fourth floor; the Crescent College and Conservatory Museum; as well as the unique and picturesque Ozark Mountain village of Eureka Springs to explore. All this and T-shirts! (And maybe even a few surprises…)
>Snacks and beverages available in the “small hours” at both hotels.
>Shuttles available between hotels during certain hours
>Discounted rate for extended stays by ESP17 participants Monday-Thursday, Jan 9-12, at both hotels

This Event Sells Out–please Reserve Your Spot by booking online for a 2 night or 1 night ESP Package:

2 Night (Fri/Sat) ESP Package-BOOK NOW

1 Night (Fri) ESP Package-BOOK NOW

Ballroom Blitz New Years Eve Party

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Downtown at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel will see the return of the

popular “Ballroom Blitz”.  The Barefoot Ballroom will be rockin’ with the sounds of

“Red Ambition”.

Tickets $35 per person.  BUY HERE.

Time: 8pm-Midnight

New Years Eve Lodging Deal: 800_3736

  • 2 Nights Stay in a Premium Room (Fri/Sat)
  • Breakfast for Two Daily
  • 2 Tickets to the Ballroom Blitz NYE Event

$499 plus taxes and fees.  Check Availability.

Eureka Springs Christmas Festival

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The Eureka Springs Preservation Society proudly sponsors the Annual Eureka Springs Christmas Festival featuring family fun, shopping for the holiday season, parades, tours and more! If you are looking for that perfect gift, want to experience a true small town Christmas, or are just looking for a place to play with your friends or sweetie during the holiday season – there is something for everyone! Truly explore the spirit of Christmas and the holidays in Eureka Springs during the festival and throughout the New Year.

View the Christmas Festival Calendar!

8 Thrilling Motorcycle Rides

“Bikes, Blues & Bar-B-Q” 2016

Just in time for the more than 400,000 riders coming to the 2016 version of Northwest Arkansas’ highly-popular “Bikes, Blues & BBQ” motorcycle rally, September 21-24 comes three new “loop” rides that bikers will love to lean into!  Starting and ending in Eureka Springs, which is only 45 minutes east of Fayetteville, are the three new loops: Peel Ferry, Arkansas Dragon’s Tail, and War Eagle Mill.   These have been added to the much-ridden “Big 5” of Eureka Springs: Goldwing/Highway 21; Beaver Town Bridge; Jasper; Highway 103; and the number one motorcycle ride in America, The Pig Trail.  Each offers outstanding curves, switchbacks, hairpins, scenery and panoramas.  And each of these loops is a day’s ride or less.

The Peel Ferry loop takes riders north into Missouri; east through highways carved out of limestone peel ferry rideand into world-famous Branson; then further east and south into Arkansas.  There, along the banks of Bull Shoals Lake, bikes will board Peel Ferry that runs during daylight hours the year-round and is the only existing ferry that plies any Arkansas river or lake.  Serpentine highways wind past Bull Shoals southward to U.S. Highways 412 and 62 leading riders back to Eureka Springs.  This ride is approximately a 200 mile / 5 hour sojourn.

The Arkansas Dragon’s Tail loop takes riders south and east of Eureka Springs through the hills-n-hollers shared with such topographic notables as the Buffalo River National Park, America’s only river ever designated as a national park, and the “Arkansas Grand Canyon”.  At the bottom of the dragons-tailloop is the little historical community of Lurton that sits along the old wagon trail that was known as the Chisum (sic) Turnpike.  On either side coming down or going back up toward Eureka Springs, riders will be “passin’ thru” Western Grove; Mt. Judea (pronounced “Judy”); Ponca and its herds of grazing elk; and Howe Hollow valley.  Total round trip is 177 miles or approximately four hours of travel time.

The third “new” loop is called The War Eagle Mill and war-eagle-milltimes out at one hour and 16 minutes with 54 miles being logged to and fro Eureka Springs.  “What makes this short loop so awesome,” said one rider, “is that it leaves plenty of time to eat, shop or just relax in the rustic charm of the mill itself.”  War Eagle Mill is one of America’s last operating undershot, burrstone gristmills that sits over War Eagle Creek.  Here riders can watch product being made, taste some that has been baked up in the mill’s Bean Palace restaurant, take plenty of product home or have it shipped.  The loop also takes riders in, around and through Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, 12 thousand acres of pristine Arkansas woodlands.

The Goldwing/Highway 21 loop encourages riders to leave Eureka Springs early to see the sunrise goldwingover amazing vistas like the Bluebird Hill Overlook.  As this loop continues along its 269-mile and six-hour route, it takes riders through the Buffalo River National Park and a chance to watch grazing elk near Boxley and Lost Valley.  An eagle could be spotted overhead as riders near Kingston and the “Arkansas Grand Canyon”.

Curvy roads and historic bridges carry riders over the White River and Beaver Lake on the Beaver Town Bridge loop beaver-townwith great views of the water.  Riders have perhaps a once in a lifetime experience as they encounter one of the true treasures of the Southern road.  The historic Beaver Bridge, best known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, was built in 1949, is 554 feet long but only 11 feet wide thereby only allowing one way at a time traffic.  This is quite a large return for a ride that is only 26 miles and 44 minutes.

The Jasper loop is another route that takes riders through the Buffalo River National Park and jasper-rideacross the 1930’s iron truss Pruitt Bridge.  Two stops during the 150-mile/four-hour ride could be the Elk Education Center in Ponca and the Ozark Café on the town square in Jasper.

Riders are in store for a potpourri of wildlife opportunities on the Highway 103 loop.  Big cats, up close and personal, at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and a trout hatchery and fishing stream at Roaring River State Park, just over the line in Missouri.  All of this with the added dividend of Ozark scenery is part of the 142 miles and 4 hours invested.

But the cherry on top of the Eureka Springs’ loops’ sundae is the internationally famous Pig Trailpig-trailThis ride is as challenging as it is scenic.  Switchback after switchback between hairpin turns makes this ride a “must do” event when riding in Northwest Arkansas.  The Designated Scenic Highway portion of Arkansas Highway 23 is truly breathtaking.  Stops in Withrow State Park and alongside the Mulberry River allow riders to catch their breath and relax in beautiful, natural surroundings.  Many riders say that this loop is the best seven hours and 280 miles of their riding lives.

For more information about all eight of these loops designed for motorcyclists, one should go to EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com.