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Your Visit to Downtown Eureka Springs

“Be in The Moment” During Your Family Vacation to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas          

When asked, “Be in the Moment” tends to be the most common response by visitors to the Downtown Eureka Springs’ 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  It is not surprising for one never knows what to expect on a visit to the center of the historic, shopping and entertainment district of one of America’s most interesting places to visit.  Street parades marching by.  Pop-up musicians playing your favorite tune.  Jugglers performing.  Artists creating art right before your eyes.  Ice cream cone moustaches being formed above a smile.  Balloon animals magically appearing.  Simple people-watching the interesting individuals who flock to Basin Spring Park.   All of these experiences create the family-friendly inner personality that shines brightly in this “Extaordinary Escape” Arkansas Ozark’s community during the summer months.

An overnight at the 1905 Basin Park hotel only compliments what occurs on the street.  Best friends -oftentimes mother and daughter combinations- are regular visitors to the hotel’s Spa1905 for group facials.  Couples love hanging out on the spa’s huge sun deck or relaxing in the hot tub.  Adult guests are attuned to listening for the break of pool balls during a friendly game of eight ball in the Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards parlor.  All guests casually enjoy the common occurrence of music echoing from the most popular restaurant in town, The Balcony).   Evenings bring ghost hunting throughout the hotel from “the rooftop to the ‘Bootleggers Cave’” during the Basin Park’s Ghost Adventour.  This popular attraction brings both an adventure and a ghost tour while teaching a few ghost hunting tips where the kids can extend their exploration until their comfortable bed calls.

It should be noted, that guests of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel can also splash in the mountaintop pool of the 1886 Crescent Hotel, sister hotel of the Basin Park.  A hotel shuttle will take guests to and from so no need to use the family car or SUV.  By the way, the shuttle is also available for families to use for transportation to and from many local area restaurants.

The city itself has expanded Eureka Springs’ 2019 menu of fun family things to do.  That menu includes nuances and traditional venues that have been entertaining families for generation after generation.  Here are just a few:

  • Escape Room 13 – The adaptation of the 1922 Eureka Springs Bank Heist crafted into a story that anyone from 8 years old to over 80 years old can enjoy. It’s a hands-on experience with secret messages, hidden passages and more. Not a scary event and quite family friendly.  com
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – More than 100 rescued animals now call Turpentine Creek’s 459 acres home. Animals include tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, bears, ligers, servals, monkeys and a macaw.  These beautiful creatures were abandoned, abused and neglected but now rescued to enjoy a happy, stress free life in wonderful natural habitats.  Daily tours are available.  org
  • Ozark Mountain Ziplines – Soar through the air from up to 300 feet high with cable lengths from up to 2,000 feet long over vast, gorgeous Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. Experience 10 cables and one swinging bridge during two hours of fun per tour for persons three years of age or older.  Open daily except Wednesdays.    com
  • Mountain Biking Trails – Mountain biking has become the new adventure for Eureka Springs. Miles and miles of trails of all kinds for riding skill levels of all kinds crisscross the community for families to enjoy on two wheels.   Lake Leatherwood City Park, Great Passion Play trail system, Eureka’s In-City System, and the most spectacular downhill biking course on the Oz Trails System… just waiting to be shred.  com
  • Onyx Cave – The oldest show cave in Arkansas awaits new eyes to behold its splendor. Discovered in 1893, this collection of underground natural flowstone creations is perfect for the family.  Located just six miles east of Eureka, this unique self-guided tour with easy access ramps offers a constant underground temperature of 57 degrees the year ‘round.   com
  • Intrigue Theater – Experience the intrigue of spending an evening with a world-class illusionist and an awe-inspiring medium. Even the most hardened cynics are amazed by what they encounter.  The performance features nationally acclaimed illusionist Sean-Paul and medium Juliana Fay performing in the elegant and elaborate setting in the mysterious Gavioli Theater.  Performances Wednesday through Saturday nights.  For exact schedule, com
  • Big Water – For families who like to enjoy the “big water”, just minutes from downtown are Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Lake Leatherwood, and the two rivers: Kings and White enabling a “splashtastic” time. Bringing along a kayak, canoe, motorboat, or just a blow-up raft or innertube on your Eureka Springs’ vacation would not be out of order.  You might also throw in a fishing pole or two for developing your very own fish tales.    com/Waterworld

In Eureka Springs you truly can escape from your everyday life; become immersed in the this totally unique, little Ozark village; and simply adopt the ‘Be in the Moment’ philosophy.  This allows you to share your time and full attention with the people who mean the most to you: your family.

That is why families who long to ‘be in the moment’ with each other on a one-of-a-kind summer vacation, tend to choose the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, where the most fun is.

For more information BasinPark.com.

April: When Eureka Springs Blossoms

A strong endorsement for the best place to stay in downtown Eureka during your mini-getaway during this “official” first full month of spring is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in the heart of the Eureka Springs shopping and entertainment district, is the choice for those who want to park their vehicle only once and fully immerse themselves in the historic ambiance of this village.This seven-story architectural phenomenon, built right into the limestone Ozark bluffs, offers birds eye views of downtown and sits right next to the spring, and now the park, where it all started: Basin Spring Park.  Nearly 100 eclectic shops and art galleries, bars, bistros and nightspots are literally just outside the hotel’s front door, all within walking distance.  The hotel’s Balcony Restaurant has become the place for downtown visitors to enjoy a snack, a meal, a cold shake, a craft beer or other adult beverages all while resting a few moments in the al fresco seating that affords patrons a chance to oversee the activity below.basin park hotelIn addition to the flora and fauna of spring, a few other reasons this is a great month to visit The Ozarks’ “Extraordinary Escape” village is that this historic little resort community offers:

>Eureka Springs is unique because people who visit here boast about how friendly the community is.  It is a tremendous asset to have a vacation destination that is “Always Welcoming”.

>The community is adjacent to two rivers (Kings and White) and three lakes (Beaver, Table Rock, and Leatherwood).  All five liquid playgrounds are perfect for that first kayaking or boating excursion of the year and/or a fishing expedition that the winter has cruelly delayed.

>A new golden asset for Eureka Springs is the host of new and numerous soft hiking trails many with waterfalls.  Eureka offers tame trails for all levels most and each is wonderfully scenic.  You will love the dozens of urban trails that crisscross the hills-n-hollers of the town.  Many of these have trailheads adjacent to lodging sites, such as those at the Crescent Hotel at the top of the mountain.

>Spring Diversity Weekend has become a chance for members of the LGBTQ community from a five-state area to gather and celebrate the love of freely being who they are.  Eureka Springs rolls out the rainbow carpet that says, “Welcome to a loving city that has acceptance as part of its fabric”.

>April in Eureka is the time to dust off your golf bag and start honing your swing pattern.  With championship courses that include Holiday Island and nearby Branson, your game is only interrupted by a pause to gaze at the panoramic views from the links.

>Easter weekend will feature high spirituality with the return of The Great Passion Play, a landmark production that has entertained patrons for decades.  Their Easter Sunrise Service at the base of the Christ of The Ozarks statue (the tallest in the northern hemisphere) is truly awe-inspiring.  Spa1905 at the Basin Park Hotel is offering a 2 Night Duet package arriving Friday, 4/19 to celebrate Easter Weekend:

>For those who would like to know more about visitors from other planets, other galaxies, the annual UFO Convention convenes here in April.  It is a time to find out more and share with others your thoughts and experiences, comparing yours to theirs.

>Springtime In The Ozarks is a four-day annual event for those who are members of the AA fellowship or are seeking more information about this long-standing program that helps members with their addiction to alcohol.  Noted speakers fill the days and outstanding fellowship activities fill the nights as “friends of Bill W.” gather with nearly 3,000 in attendance.

>The Spring Fling is the huge annual biker rally that welcomes good weather and encourages 5 Days of Fun Riding, Music, Food and More at the Cathouse in Downtown Eureka Springs.

>If you like to visit a yard sale now and then, you need to visit Eureka Springs during the “Yards and Yards of Yard Sales”, a full weekend of finding everything you want and perhaps even some things you need.  A helpful map leads you to each and every yard participating and there are nearly 100 scattered across Western Carroll County.  Be sure to bring a vehicle with a large trunk or truck bed… you will need it.

> Let us also mention all the quality restaurants of Eureka Springs.  Here you will find the greatest assortment of unique, non-chain restaurants that get major rave reviews from foodies.  Inside the Crescent Hotel alone you will find two of these: The Crystal Dining Room and SkyBar Gourmet Pizza.  And on April 5th, Main Street Eureka Springs provides a unique opportunity to sample many of these during “Main Street Eats” a progressive dinner.>Add to that the great year ‘round attractions like Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, Basin Ghost Adventour and the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour (to name just a few), plus the Crescent Hotel’s resort activities and your days and nights are complete.

You are encouraged to make your reservations now so you can have a bed for your head for the nights after full and fun-filled days.  Instagram is awaiting your images!

 

Exciting things to Experience this Spring Break

Spring Breaking in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is enhanced by the many fun things to do exploring this unique family fun town.  This year check out the many experiential Spring Break things to do…

Attractions:

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Intrigue Theater

Escape Room

Eureka Springs Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Downtown –N-Underground Tour

Haunted Eureka Springs Tours

Crescent Ghost Tour

Basin Park Ghost Adventour

Flickering Tales

Not Really A Door

The Great Passion Play “Behind the Scenes Tour” & Christ of the Ozarks Statue

Trolly /Tram Tour

Bear Mountain Stables

Caves: 

Onyx Cave, Cosmic Cavern, War Eagle Cavern

 

Outdoors:

Hiking/Trails

Mountain Biking

Sightseeing

Fishing

Floating

Golf

Parks: Black Bass Lake, Lake Leatherwood, Harmon Park (Skate Park & Dog Park)

Beaver Lake/Dam

Beaver Town Bridge

Downtown:

Shops

Kid Friendly Shops:

Magic Shop

TRex Shop

Judge Roy Beans

Crescent Moon Beads

Fudge Shops

Nut House

Funnel Cake

Colossal Cupcakes & Cones

Geo Caching

Civil War Cave (staircase next to Funnel Cake Shop on Spring & Main Street)

Exploring the Staircases, Springs Basin Park Bluff

Restaurants

Bars

 

Day Trips:

Crystal Bridges

Buffalo River

Roaring River State Park

Hobbs State Park

Withrow Springs State Park

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Branson/Silver Dollar City

War Eagle Mill

Now you can see why the only thing Spring Breakers traveling to Eureka Springs ask for is a few more days to experience even more family fun and activities.  So make your reservations today; rooms are filling up fast. Book Now!

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

The time is here…Get your Beads, Masks & Bring Your Friends!eureka springs mardi grasDon’t Miss 2 Parades/ 3 Balls and Loads of Fun! Eureka Springs Mardi Festival kicks off February 21st – March 5th with 2 full weekends of festivities.

February 23rd check out the Mardi Gras Night Parade followed by the Black Light Ball at Chelsea’s.  Tickets $35-this will sell out!

March 2nd  join in on the Mardi Gras Day Parade

March 3rd end the weekend with a Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel. 11AM-2PM.  $29.95 per person.  Enjoy fine dining at the Jazz Champagne Brunch in the Crystal Dining Room at the world famous Crescent Hotel. Feast on food, fun, music, and join in on the 2nd line dance.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766.

 

Mardi Gras Packages:

Mardi Gras (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. Book Now. 

Mardi Gras VIP (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. Book Now.

View Full Mardi Gras Schedule.

Ozark Mountain Music Festival 2019

7 Reasons OzMoMu ’19 Is The Thing To Do In January

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  • Winter’s only outdoor festival held indoors
  • Where the attendees and the bands party together; there’s no backstage
  • Foot-stompin’, energizing, sing right along with Ben Miller
  • Take over the whole hotel… friends on every floor
  • Roll to Chelsea’s after hours… then roll back to rest up for next day
  • Kick-a** Galaxy Grass with the Kitchen Dwellers
  • Bloody Mary Show Finale on Sunday to say “G’bye… till OzMoMu ‘20”          

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Downtown Eureka Springs ~ 1905 Basin Park Hotel

4 Days / 10 Acts 

$55 All Access Passes – BUY TICKETS

 

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.

 

 

Christmas Season in Eureka Springs

FOUR FUN-FILLED YULE WEEKENDS HIGHLIGHT EUREKA SPRINGS’ CHRISTMAS SEASON

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.

>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.  rest

>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.

 

*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.

> 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 EurekaSpringsChristmas.com and ChristmasAtTheCrescent.com.

Mysteries need to be Solved at the Basin Park Hotel

Ever since the Basin Park Hotel opened its doors here in 1905, tales of the paranormal have coursed through the hallways of this seven-story structure.  Some say it is due to the hotel being built on the “grave” of the Perry House, the original hotel on that plot of real estate that burned to the ground in 1890.  Others say it is because of the mystic quality of the original “healing spring”, sacred to the Native Americans who first discovered it, located in the city park adjacent to the hotel.  The origins of the hotel’s ghosts are as mysterious as those phantoms themselves, each a mystery to be solved.

“When the Roenigks first purchased this historic hotel in 1997, locals shared tales of the spirits reported to dwell inside the Basin Park,” said Jack Moyer, hotel general manager since that purchase, “and Marty and Elise agreed that these mysteries needed to be solved.  And what better source of verification than our guests themselves.  That’s what our Ghost Adventour is all about.”

            Mysteries unresolved include the reoccurring orbs that are seen on the guest floors, especially those wings of the hotel that abut the ramps to the limestone bluffs behind the hotel; the human shaped shadows seen in the Barefoot Ballroom; and the large faces that appear on the inside of the stained-glass windows in the ballroom’s foyer.  The most intriguing mystery is what caused the marks around the throat of a tour guide in January of this year.

“A well-known national paranormal expert and his wife were granted access to the Barefoot Ballroom for a private investigation,” explained Keith Scales, manager of the paranormal tours at both the Basin Park Hotel and its sister property, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  “After the group had seen several moving shadows and experienced numerous temperature fluctuations, one of our tour guides during an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) session started feeling pressure on his throat.  The pressure increased causing him to cough, unable to breathe.  He scrambled to his feet and left the ballroom hoping to ‘escape this grasp and get some air’.

“When he returned to the ballroom he pulled down his turtleneck to a have the others in the room check his neck.  There they saw red marks encircling a white area at the front of his throat as though two hands had tried to choke him.”

“It is these kinds of mysteries that we are asking our guests and Adventour patrons to help us solve,” Moyer noted.  “We would like to have solved the mysteries of the who, the where and the why these spirits that reside in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel,” Moyer said.  “Our Ghost Adventour has been designed to be that solving platform.”

Scales added, “The Ghost Adventour of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel is designed to combine the thrills of a ghost tour with the adventure of a paranormal investigation.  Patrons learn the stories of the colorful characters who stayed, worked, died, and perhaps remain inside the walls of ‘the people’s hotel’ while participating in a guided paranormal investigation.  This investigation takes tour guests from the hotel’s rooftop to the underground cave that stored bootleg whiskey during the years of prohibition.”

“And, it seems like the more people that tour, the more differing encounters are reported.  A true mystery,” Moyer concluded.  “We hope folks will help us continue to solve these mysteries.  We kind of think of these efforts as a paranormal census of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.”

Headliners Announced for Ozark Mountain Music Festival

The 2019 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, will return January 17-20 to Downtown Eureka Springs.  This popular event features an Americana Roots style which is an Ozark Mountain Fusion of Bluegrass, Folk, Urban and Americana Roots sounds.  The winter festival, held inside at the Basin Park Hotel is known for a unique vibe of an outdoor music festival on indoor stages. Headlining this year’s is Hog Slop String Band from Nashville, TN; and The Kitchen Dwellers from Bozeman, MT.   

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee. Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands.

Montana-bred bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed Galaxy Grass. The group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. 2017 has seen the band release their second studio album, “Ghost In The Bottle” while continuing to push the boundaries of their genre.

Other bands confirmed so far for OzMoMu19 include:

Ben Miller Band– is an American band that was formed in 2005 in Joplin, Missouri. The band’s lineup currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Miller, bassist (playing a homemade one-string washtub bass), drummer, and back-up vocalist, Scott Leeper, lead/back-up vocalist, violinist/cellist, guitarist, and electric-cactus player, Rachel Ammons, and guitarist/bassist/percussionist, Bob Lewis.  The Ben Miller Band combines elements of folkbluesbluegrass, and country into their music. Originally, The Ben Miller Band’s sound had been self-described by the band as “Ozark Stomp” but in reference to their label, is now referred to as “Mudstomp”.

Whiskey for the Lady– Whiskey for the Lady’s intense stage performance continues to bend genres and melt minds. From festival set to porch session, the band’s unique roots sound and determination delivers a refreshing energy to the Kansas City folk scene and an unforgettable live experience that you don’t want to miss.

The Mighty Pines – The Mighty Pines are a soul-inspired roots rock band influenced by the wide rivers and red-brick streets of St. Louis. With soaring vocals and thoughtful composition, the two principle songwriters shift the band’s sound from catchy rock ‘n’ roll to earthy instrumentals.

Jacob Tovar – A man from a different time, a different era. With a gentleman’s handshake, booming voice, contagious smile, and quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all through his sincere Roots Country songs: a weaving of Americana, folk, and old school country styles.

Performances kickoff with the return of the high energy Ben Miller Band on Thursday night and continue for four days on multiple stages in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  The Festival located in the middle of Eureka Springs Downtown Entertainment District includes popular Late Night Jam on both Friday and Saturday nights to be held in nearby Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.

“With no backstage area the attendees and bands are all together in the same space.  Hanging out with the bands is what makes OzMoMu so unique” stated Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator.

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.

 

Eureka Springs Fall Color & Webcam

If you enjoy watching movie trailers (i.e. coming attractions), take a sneak peek at Eureka Springs’ fall colors on the Internet.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, that sits atop the Arkansas Ozarks on 15 acres, has just installed a webcam allowing views of the increasing fall colors in the hills and hollows that surround this Historic Hotel of America.

For this sneak peek at the changing colors, go to eurekaspringsfallfoliage.com.  The views offered are refreshed every 15 daylight minutes. The view shows the huge hardwood trees that as one looks across the Ozark valley to Eureka’s East Mountain and over the top of the historic Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.  The source of this bird’s-eye view comes from the open-air balcony of the Crescent’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza located on the hotel’s top floor.

Autumn in the Arkansas Ozarks takes on a brilliance that acts like a tractor beam to area citizens who want to gaze upon this annual Technicolor spectacle,” said hotel Director of Communications Bill Ott. “Eureka Springs is a traditional top five destination according to TripAdvisor for taking in the panoramic colors of autumn.  Add to that a web of hiking and mountain biking trails that connect to our hotel, it is no wonder why we are already welcoming throngs of elated leaf lookers to the Crescent for a blockbuster fall mini-vacation.

“By the way, state fall color prognosticators say this year’s peak of coloration will be during the first week of November.

6 Wonderful Reasons to Fall into Eureka Springs this Autumn

  • Fall Color in The Arkansas Ozarks – There is not a prettier place on the planet earth than The Arkansas Ozarks when autumn arrives. The mountainsides, the hollows, the hiking and mountain biking trails are painted with hues of gold, red, orange, and purple.  Mother Nature turns the emerald green hardwood trees of    summer into explosions of breathtaking color. This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right in town.  The Ozarks boast fall foliage “Top 10 in America” bona fides from such entities as Fodor’s Travel, Travel & Leisure, The Travel Channel, Country Living Magazine, and AARP.   Trip Advisor said of Eureka Springs: “It’s very relaxing, especially in the fall with all the beautiful foliage.”
  • Experience Exclusive Resort Activities – There is only one mountaintop spa resort in Eureka Springs: the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The operative word here is resort… with multiple, daily activities all for overnight guests to enjoy in addition to the traditional offering of spa, dining, grounds, and relaxation.  Some of the featured fall resort activities include: “Rebuilding The Legend – A 20-year review of the Crescent Hotel’s journey to return to prominence as “The Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality”, “The Real Stories of The Crescent College Years” – One of the hotel’s historians will show guests around the College exhibit, speaking about the many fascinating college girls with great stories, “Garden Tour” – Join the Crescent Hotel’s talented gardener as she escorts you around our award-winning gardens educating you on the what and the why of the plants, “Not Really A Door” – A one-hour, two-actress, supernatural comedy-murder-mystery-thriller that is free to registered guests, and “High Time in the SkyBar” – Live music during a high time and high overlook atop The Ozarks.
  • Day Trippin’ on Highways That Are Byways – Eureka Springs makes the perfect hub for day trips along ribbons of asphalt driving to all those fabulous vistas. Whether you opt to drive north, east, south or west, you will be awe struck by the colors near the highway shoulders as well as the vistas these highways offer.   And, whether you arrive on a motorcycle or in a motorcar, the serpentine spokes out of Eureka will not disappoint.  Four popular, nearby day trips are west to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; north to an Ozark must via the Mark Twain National Forest, Branson (MO); east to the Buffalo National Park River region including gazing upon grazing herds of elk in Boxley Valley; and south to the number one road route in America, The Pig Trail National Scenic Byway.
  • Awesome Hiking –n- Mountain Biking Trails – This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right up close and personal. Several hotels have installed trailheads to the web of city maintained trails and routes –like those at Lake Leatherwood and Black Bass Lake– making it easy for those who want to venture out after a good night’s rest.  Maps and tips from hotel activity directors will help you match trails to your comfort level.  With the growing interest of mountain biking, bikes may be rented.  A shuttle to shred The Eureka Springs Downhill is available at Lake Leatherwood City Park.
  • Activities and Attractions Abound – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour are just a few. The architecture of an active downtown entertainment and shopping district is worth a fall stroll in itself.  But you add to that dozens of unique, non-chain shops, art galleries, and nearly two dozen bars and quality restaurants makes a fall vacation to Eureka Springs complete.
  • Overnight Delights – Being a historic community, quaint and iconic historic hotels are the place to stay in the fall. The ambiance of historic lodging that offers 21st century accoutrements make a fall stay in Eureka Springs most enjoyable.  The two lodging properties that have the greatest history and continue to be the most popular not only in Eureka Springs but all of Arkansas are the aforementioned 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and it’s downtown “sister”, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  While discovering downtown, a midday meal outside “on the balcony” at the Basin Park’s Balcony Restaurant affords you a bird’s eye view of shops, galleries and Basin Spring Park City Park.  At the Crescent, whether you opt for a nice dinner in the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room Restaurant or choose to take the short stroll to the popular Ermilio’s Italian Restaurant three blocks away, you must include a cool evening moment for a beverage -seated al fresco- in the hotel’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza that overlooks The Ozarks’ hills-n-hollers highlighted by the brilliant, glowing Christ of The Ozarks statue, the world’s tallest in the northern hemisphere.

So now you know the when (this autumn), you know the where (Eureka Springs, Arkansas), you know the why (fall colors, great activities and attractions, etc.), and you know who is ready to welcome you (the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel) for the fall vacation of a lifetime.   All you need to do now is mark dates on your calendar, book a room, plan your activities, pack up the car and then drive to the “Extraordinary Escape” community nestled in The Arkansas Ozarks.