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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.

Kickoff Blues Weekend at the Basin!

 

CHRIS DUARTE RETURNS TO

EUREKA SPRINGS to Kickoff Blues Weekend with TWO SHOWS!

 Blues Weekend June 16th -19th

Chris Duarte returns to Eureka Springs to the Basin Ballroom, opening Blues Weekend on Chris DuarteThursday, June 16th.   Duarte rocked the house many times during the early years of Blues Weekend Festival and we welcome him back for an epic weekend of Blues throughout Eureka Springs.  Read more here.

Limited Availability–Book Now!

On Friday night, June 17th, opening for the Chris Duarte Group will be Kory Montgomery at 7pm.  Purchase Tickets Here.

Blues still lives in downtown and this year for 2016, Blues expands to Turpentine eureka springs blues weekendCreek Wildlife Refuge for a variety of featured acts at an outdoor venue.  Arts, crafts, and area food vendors will participate in this year’s festival.  There will be plenty of Free Parking at Turpentine Creek.  Great music during the day and then as the sun starts going down, we’ll end the music at Turpentine Creek so everyone can go into town and enjoy even more great Blues music at our partner venues all around historic Eureka Springs!

Just 7 miles south of Eureka Springs, Turpentine Creek gives refuge to over 100 lions, tigers, bears and all sorts of “OH MY!” animals like turpentine creek cougars and other exotic animals, all rescued and given lifetime homes in natural habitats. For more info, click here!

BLUES KickOff Show Tickets: 

Thursday, June 16th @ 9pm.  Tickets $15– BUY HERE

Friday, June 17th starts @ 7pm opening with Kory Montgomery & 9pm with Chribasin park hotel blues weekends Duarte.  Combo Tickets $25–BUY HERE

BLUES Kickoff Show Hotel Pkg:

Stay at either the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels in Downtown Eureka Springs and get 2 Tickets to Chris Duarte’s opening show on Thursday, June 16th and Breakfast for Two.  ONLY $150 plus tax. 

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For more information regarding lodging and ticket packages, one should call 800-643-4972.

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Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts

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May is a great time to take a getaway to Eureka Springs for Fun, ARTinspired events.  Stay Downtown at the Basin Park Hotel and take advantage of being at the center of it all.  Some great key events not to miss are:

  • ARTrageous Parade: 5/7 at 5pm in downtown Eureka Springs
  • John Two Hawks Mother’s Day Concert: 5/8, 2pm-4pm at the City Auditorium.
  • Art in the Park: 5/14 11am-6pm in Basin Spring Park.  Artists will be set up offering textiles, jewelry, painting, sculpting, and fine wood designs  available all day to discuss their process and medium.
  • 2nd Saturday Music Series: 5/14 Free concert in Basin Spring Park.  The Gypsy Jazz of Fayetteville’s Block Street Hot Club will be in the bandshell from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Later, internationally recognized Saxophonist/Flutist Bryan Savage will perform both at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Books & Bloom Literary Festival: 5/15 at the Crescent Fountain Garden from Noon – 5pm.  www.booksinbloom.org
  • White Street Walk: 5/20 4pm-10pm on  the historic loop-White Street.  Art fair in the neighborhood of White Street.
  • The Art of Crochet: 5/21  Come celebrate the art of crochet with Gina Rose Gallina! All day community yarn bombing, Kids Corner, Pom Pom Hut, Granny Square Twister, Ugly Crochet Contest, Crocheted May Pole and Melonlight Dance Studio performance, live music by Brian Martin and Sad Daddy in Basin Spring Park

May Hot Deals at the Basin Park Hotel:basin park hotel may festival of the arts

Stay on the Weekend at Weekday Rate! Stay 1 night on either 5/6 or 5/7 at Weekday Rate.  (Savings start at $80!)  Valid May 6th & 7th.

CALL to BOOK: 877-643-4972

 

Spa 1 Night Duet

  • 1 night stay in a Premium Room
  • 2 60min Traditional Massages
  • $40 Dinner Voucher at the Balcony Restaurant

$299 plus taxes and fees, Sunday-Thursday ($324.27)
$399 plus taxes and fees, Friday ($438.35)
$419 plus taxes and fees, Saturday ($458.46)
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 Birthday/Anniversary Celebration basin park hotel birthday anniversary

    • 2 night stay in a Jacuzzi Suite
    • Breakfast each morning
    • Dinner for two at the Balcony Restaurant ($40 Value)
    • 2-60min Traditional Massages

$519 plus taxes and fees, Sunday-Thursday ($582.24)
$645 plus taxes and fees, Friday-Saturday ($732.28)

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For Full Calendar of Events Visit: www.eurekafestivalofthearts.com

Eureka Springs Tells People To “Get OUT (side)!”

Within a twenty mile radius of Downtown, the greater Eureka Springs’ area offers convenient accessibility to a wealth of outdoor activities such as Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Kings River, White River, Thorncrown Chapel, Blue Springs Heritage Center, Black Bass Lake, Lake Leatherwood, the Hogscald and Big Clifty areas, plus Holiday Island. For even more activities within this area, there are numerous providers: Ozark Mountain Ziplines, scenic horseback riding stables, Starkey Park Marina, Beaver Dam Site Park, the 12,000-acre Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Madison County Game Refuge, War Eagle Mill, War Eagle Cavern, Onyx Cave, Cosmic Caverns, Roaring River State Park and Trout Hatchery, the Mark Twain National Forest with miles of ATV trails, Buffalo National River, Dogwood Canyon, Beaver Town, and the Pea Ridge National Military Park.  All are examples of the excellent outdoor adventures waiting to be experienced, and all of these places are just a short drive away when anyone chooses “America’s Victorian Village” as their extraordinary escape vacation hub.

Outdoor Adventure Week & Lake Leatherwood Day

Although many of these outdoor wonders are accessible and enjoyable the year-round, many are at their peak during the months of spring, especially late April and early May. This is when The Ozarks’ hillsides are all abloom and fully green with temperatures comfortably mild.  Here is a little bit more about some of these attractive spring attractions:

  • Eureka Springs is known for its rugged landscape making it a mountain biking haven. The truth is, experienced mountain bikers and those who are just getting into it will find that Eureka Springs has something to offer for all levels and interests. Adventure Mountain Outfitters is the local cycling authority and offers rentals, repairs and comprehensive information on the sport. The reason is clear why Eureka Springs is the home of major events like the Fat Tire Festival.
  • Whether you have 30 minutes or all day, hiking in and around Eureka Springs is spectacular. Easily accessible trails are located near most Eureka Springs lodging. For some light hiking, try following some of the city historic trails marked by historic plaques; discover the dozens of historic natural springs flowing full from springtime rain; or explore Eureka Springs prettiest street, Spring Street “boulevard”. For day hiking, consider hiking along Lake Leatherwood trails or visit Blue Spring Heritage Center.
  • Record crowds will again fly high over The Ozarks as they experience the exhilarating thrill of a zip line canopy tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs. Screams of delight and thunder of excited laughter from patrons of Ozark Mountain Ziplines will pierce the woodland silence as they soar through the air from up to 300 feet high with cable lengths up to 2,000 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs.
  • Black Bass Lake is a natural area located on 200 hidden acres and only a quarter of a mile from the heart of downtown Eureka Springs.  Black Bass Lake presently has two-and-a-half miles of hiking trails although construction has begun to connect the trails between Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood.  In addition to hiking, Black Bass Lake offers a historic and picturesque dam, beautiful scenery, and great fishing on the lake itself.  This is a perfect spot to spend a warm afternoon taking in the wonders of nature.
  • A little south of Eureka Springs, there is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a safe haven for big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars.  Additionally, they have bears and other animals that visitors can watch for an extraordinary wildlife adventure.  Turpentine Creek also hosts Eureka’s Annual Kite Festival.
  • Not far from Turpentine Creek, sits Quigley Castle, a unique dwelling built for a woman -by that woman- who wanted to bring nature indoors.  The one-of-a-kind structure was hand-constructed with rocks and stones she collected from all over the world.
  • Just off Arkansas Highway 12, War Eagle Mill is a scenic place and home to not only the Bean Palace Restaurant but also one of America’s most successful craft shows.  The mill sits alongside War Eagle Creek, which drives their burrstone wheel, and home for fishing and for feeding the ducks.
  • Nearby War Eagle Cavern offers a bat’s eye view of stunning underground scenery, nature paths, gem and fossil panning, and lodging.
  • Beaver Lake, west of Eureka, has 500 miles of shoreline alone.  It boasts some of the best fishing in the area, with many fishing tournaments held annually.  Visitors can kayak, catch a trophy bass, striper, or walleye, and then relax in one of the many parks offering camping, picnicking, and swimming.  This crystal-clear lake is the fifth most visited lake in the country that is operated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Starkey Park offers camping, a marina and boat launch, fishing, water sports, eagle watch, pavilion and is home to The Belle of the Ozarks, a “ship” offering wonderful sightseeing excursions including those that “set sail” to do some seasonal eagle watching.
  • The Dam Site Park is one of the most popular parks in the area and is located near Beaver Dam. From this are guests may enjoy sailing, power house tours, fishing, scuba diving, and driving tours.
  • At C&J Sports, located near Beaver Dam, guests can make their way through an excellent archery course, or play a game of paintball.  Scuba diving is offered and quite popular in the clear waters of Beaver Lake.
  • The White River, also west of Eureka Springs, is known for some of the best trout fishing anywhere.  There are stores in the area that are well equipped to outfit anyone wishing to have an adventure on the White River, whether it is fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, or anything else a visitor can dream up.
  • A little farther out U.S. Highway 62 West, Blue Spring Heritage Center is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been drawing visitors since 1948.  Thirty-eight million gallons of clear water pour out daily into the trout filled sparkling blue lagoon below.  Blue Spring with its unique bluff shelter was part of the Trail of Tears upon which Cherokee and other Native American tribes traveled to their new, designated home in Oklahoma.
  • Near Blue Spring, Inspiration Point rises high above the White River valley, and has a spectacular view that beckons guests to pull off the road and take in the tranquil scenery.
  • E. Fay Jones globally award-winning Thorncrown Chapel, also known as the “glass chapel”, is home to thousands of weddings each year and can be seen peeking out through the treetops west of Eureka.  Its distinctive architecture proudly displays 425 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass with interior acoustics that must be heard to be believed.
  •  Traveling east of Eureka Springs, the choices in outdoor activities are abundant.  The Kings River is waiting to show guests some beautiful scenery.  This river is about 90 miles long, and has many attractive features, such as colorful bluffs, unique flora and fauna, and is a fine place to watch for wildlife.  Many eagles have been spotted along the banks of the Kings.  The small-mouth bass fishing is excellent, as are the float trips in a canoe or kayak.
  • Caving offers abundant venues in the greater Eureka area.  For example, Onyx Cave, which was discovered in 1891, is one of the oldest show caves in Arkansas.  They offer tours that include beautiful underground formations.  Cosmic Caverns, close to Berryville, has many one-of-a-kind natural wonders.  It has been named one of the top 10 show caves in the U.S. with its two underground bottomless lakes (lakes in which divers have never found the bottom), one of which features cave trout.  Rare, blind cave salamanders sometimes show themselves during tours at nearby Cosmic Caverns.
  • Still on the east side of town, visitors can experience one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery of The Ozarks via horseback.  Red Bud Riding Stables, a family-owned business, has been showing folks around the “hills-n-hollers” on horseback for more than 20 years.  The hospitable guides at Red Bud are knowledgeable about plant and animal life, and the trails cover a variety of terrain on the privately owned wildlife preserve.
  • Also for enthusiastic equestrians, the Dinner Bell Ranch & Resort is a place where the horseback rides are suitable for all ages and skill levels.  The trails offer spectacular panoramic views, as well as possible wildlife sightings.  Riders can choose from many different types and lengths of rides, anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.   Guests can have a real outdoor experience with breakfast, lunch, or dinner rides where a tasty meal is cooked up over a campfire.
  • Back to the west, the town of Beaver is one of those charming little spots where visitors love to explore.  The history there is rich with old trails and the much-photographed Beaver Town Bridge.  This “Little Golden Gate” bridge is a 554-foot single-lane expansion over the White River.  The Beaver Recreation Park is located here, with camping, floating, RV Park, boat launch and a quaint little store.  Rock Climbing is a popular sport in this area.

Jack Moyer, general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa with its surrounding 15 acres of forested hillsides and manicured gardens and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel that sits in the midst of a web of urban trails, stated, “We are adamant supporters of Eureka Springs’ great outdoors. In fact, we tell our guests and visitors to ‘Just get out!’. We of course mean it as our invitation for them to ‘Get outdoors!’ while they are visiting us, encouraging them to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor sights and activities our glorious region offers, especially in late April and early May.”

For trail maps, visit www.EurekaSpringsTrails.com

For more information, one should go to EurekaSpringsOnline.com

 

 


Eureka Springs Outdoor Adventure Week

4/25-4/30

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Stay at the Basin Park Hotel any day during 4/25-4/28 and SAVE 25% on ANY room of your choice and enjoy the Outdoors in Eureka Springs.  Call to Book: 877-643-4972.

Fun things to do Outdoors near Eureka Springs:

  • Float the Kings River
  • Hike the trails of Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood City Park
  • Kayak Lake Leatherwood
  • Mountain Bike from Harmon Park (in town park) to Lake Leatherwood City Park
  • Fish Beaver Lake

See a Full list of outdoors activities at EurekaSpringsOnline

DON’T MISS:Lake Leatherwood Day! 4/30
Celebrate Lake Leatherwood Day by getting outdoors!

  • 10AM-2PM: FREE Boat Rental (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood marina)
  • 11AM-1PM: FREE Guided Mountain Bike (Bring your bike. Meet at the Lake Leatherwood marina.)
  • Noon: FREE Guided Hike (Meet at the Lake Leatherwood marina.)

View Eureka Springs Trail Maps-Click Here

 

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 9th (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 “Sprits 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 tickets and securing hot deals on ReserveEureka.com.

 

Mardi Gras Festival

Celebrating its 11th Year in 2016, the Eureka Springs, Arkansas Mardi Gras is truly a eureka springs mardi grasNew Orleans style Mardi Gras set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas within the downtown area of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

This year’s theme is “Hollywood!”

2 Parades, 5 Balls, King & Queen plus the Royal Court, Beads, Drinks & Fun! Join in on one of Eureka’s biggest parties in downtown Eureka Springs.  2 Ball Events Open to the Public:

Black Light Ball – Sat 1/30-SOLD OUTMayors Ball

Mayor’s Ball-Sat 2/6

Melonlight proudly partners with the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce to host the hottest Mardi Gras event of the season featuring New Orleans traditions with a Hollywood twist.  Show up ready for the red carpet and walk the runway for the Mask Walk Off-Garde.  Be Fabulous and dress in the colors of the evening: black, silver, gold and red.  Enjoy DJ Testtube featuring live vocalist Opal Agafia and mysterious performances by Melonlight Dance Ensemble.  Dance floor, Pool Hall, 2nd Line Runway, Red Carpet Photo Op, Cocktails, Hor D’oeuvres, Beads, Fashion, and Fun! Click here for Tickets.

View the 2016 Schedule, Click Here.

For Overnight Room Packages, Click Here.

 

Winter Things To Do

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

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

Caves

Horseback Riding

Outdoors & Other Things To Do

  • Beaver Lake Eagle Watching Tours- (Nov-Feb)
  • Hobbs State Park-479-789-5000
  • Hike The Natural Springs in Town-Spring Maps available at the Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Leatherwood Hiking Trails
  • Black Bass Lake Trail
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Art Galleries
  • St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park-Daily 8:30am-4pm
  • Roaring River State Park
  • Hobbs State Park
  • Buffalo River Outdoor Center
  • War Eagle Mill
  • Promise Land Zoo
  • Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
  • Drive to Beaver Bridge or Beaver Dam

Ozark Mountain Music Festival Jan21-24

(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – The extraordinarily popular Ozark Mountainozark mountain music festival Music Festival, more commonly referred to as OzMoMu, returns to the stages of Eureka Springs’ downtown 1905 Basin Park Hotel January 21 to 24, 2016.  This year’s musical extravaganza, OzMoMu3, will once again focus around an Ozark Mountain fusion of bluegrass, folk, and American roots music with a festival lineup that includes multiple stages and lively music for four exciting days.”

The band everyone in the region is buzzing about is The Haunted Windchimes.  Their sound is traditional folk and blues with songs of imagevintage quality leaving crowds wondering if the tune was written yesterday or 75 years ago.  The group’s subtle and collective genius features original material.  Their vocal harmonies are interwoven with instrumental mastery to form an embroidered musical sound that really set them apart.  They will be headlining on Friday night.

Kicking off the four days on Thursday night is Friends of the Phamily from imageRogers, Arkansas.  Even though they enjoy performing original material, the focus of their time on stage is devoted to their “true love”, the music of the Grateful Dead.  This performance will be followed by the first round of probably the wildest blending of sounds of the long weekend.  These four nightly finale sessions, aptly called Group JAM!, will be where all bands gather ‘round and play together as one until the wee hours.

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Entertaining on Friday night in addition to aforementioned The Haunted Windchimes will be Chucky Waggs, a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter based out of the hills of Eureka Springs.  He will present his intimate, often humorous, folk ballads and downright rowdy stomp-alongs.  Also taking the stage for one of the six performances that day will be The Whole Famn Damily.  This Conway, Arkansas band is not related by blood, only by the sweat and tears they pour into their music rooted in the old traditions of the mountains.

 

Saturday the festival will feature nine performances featuring the imageheadliner, The Kansas City Bear Fighters.  Their sound is said to be an homage to the music that serves as a salve for one’s soul.  Other groups taking one of the Basin Park stages, Barefoot Ballroom, Ozark Room and The Balcony, are Grazzhopper from Tulsa, Oklahoma with their fusion of the best parts of bluegrass and folk; Opal Agagia & The Sweet Nothings from Eureka Springs offering sweet bluegrass, jazz and funk as they did at OzMoMu2; Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu (a.k.a. The Creekrocks) from Springfield, Missouri who have been making “Big Smith” music for more than a dozen years and sweet harmonies as a married duo for two; Arkansauce from Fayetteville, Arkansas play their inspired brand of Ozark Mountain music, a blend of bluegrass and folk; and Calamity Cubes from Wichita, Kansas, a four-piece “thrashicana band”.

And when the sun is high in the sky on Sunday, OzMoMu3 closes out their imageweekend music festival extravaganza with the über-popular Bloody Mary Show, this year featuring Jimmy Wayne Garrett Band from Eureka Springs.  They will ring up another bluesy performance as gathered music lovers say farewell to the festival and each other knowing full-well they will be returning to OzMoMu4 in 2017.

Jack Moyer, general manager and vice-president of operations for the 1905 Basin Park Hotel commented, “The Basin Park Hotel has always been on the cutting edge of all great music start ups from the Eureka Springs’ Blues Festival, New Year’s Eve with Jimmy Thackery, Eureka Springs’ Mardi Gras, The Cate Brothers, and Chris Duarte to when Levon Helm reunited ‘The imageBand’ to play a ten-year reunion show in our Barefoot Ballroom.  We are excited to be hosting this next great Eureka Springs musical tradition.  With our solid two-year start of our Ozark Mountain Music Festival, we are planning on OzMoMu being an annual event for many, many years to come.”

Moyer went on to say, “The key to establishing this 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.”

Room bundles for two attendees include three-nights lodging and  (2) “4-Day All-Access” passes.  CLICK HERE

Two-nights lodging and 2 Day Passes-CLICK HERE

BUY TICKETS- CLICK HERE

 General festival information may be found at OzarkMountianMusicFestival.com and on Facebook

Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

January 8th-10th & 15th-17th

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SOLD OUT

We apologize but due to popular demand this event is now Sold Out.  Crescent ghost tours for the general public will still be open during these weekends.

 

ESP weekend at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States – so popular that we have added a second weekend to accommodate americas most haunted hoteldemand while offering our loyal friends and newcomers a choice of dates for their hands-on, independent, nocturnal investigations.

ESP Weekends feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel, and also an investigation our of sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park -which will be fully closed off and empty but for event participants.

This is a weekend of serious investigation of “the most haunted hotel in America” on a IMG_1383-editedhilltop overlooking beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the majestic Basin Park Hotel, “the people’s Hotel” just steps from the famous healing spring.  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 ghost hunts will be orchestrated and led by Crescent hotel resident investigator, author of seven books about the supernatural and founder of ARPAST, the awesome Larry Flaxman!

Activities include:

  • Crescent Ghost tours – highly recommended before conducting your own investigation – hear the stories of recurrent sightings, identify active locations, learn the fascinating history of the 1886 Crescent Hotel.
  • Spirits of the Basin Tour – hear about the spirited people who made Eureka Springs what it is today, the spirits that are said to linger in the halls and ballrooms, and the sample the contraband  that was available during the “Chicago years”, when the Basin Park Hotel was a notorious – and very popular – speakeasy!
  • ESP testing – expanded in 2016 to include more and longer tests, more hours. Come check out your own psi potential!
  • The Psychomanteum – an ancient Greek form of deprivation chamber, where the spirits of the dead were contacted.
  • Not Really a Door – a one-hour, two-actress, supernatural-comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, commissioned by the Crescent Hotel for our guests.
  • Flickering Tales – a collection of authentic Ozark stories of witches, monsters and of course ghosts, told by our trained team of storytellers in the shadowy barefoot ballroom at the Basin Park Hotel.
  • Psychics Salon – our resident mediums will be on hand throughout the events, to divine your future through a variety of means!

Snacks and beverages available in the small hours at both hotels.

Shuttles available certain hours

Discounted rate for  ESP participants Mon-Thur Jan 11-14 at both hotels

2016 PACKAGE RATES

Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($439.00) Include :

  • 2 Night Stay on the BEST Available Room (based on availability)
  • Nightly Reception
  • Spirits of the Basin Tour (offered F, Sat, & Sun)
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
  • “Active Space” pass to Rooms 218, 419, 3500 and THE MORGUE.  (NOTE 101?)
  • $30 per day Food Credit
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts (2)
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door, Flickering Tales)

Check Availability

*Sunday there will be a Basin Park Ghost Hunt (hotel will be closed off and vacated exclusively for ESP participants.) Room Night Deal: Plan a Stayover Sunday at the Crescent Hotel for just $89 in the BEST Available Room (based on availability.) Please call the hotel for this added arrangement: 877-342-9766.

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Saturday 1 Night Package  (1/9 or 1/16) $269.00 Include:

  • Premium Guest Room
  • Ghost Tour
  • “Active Space” pass
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a Door, Flickering Tales)

Check Availability

*Sunday there will be a Basin Park Ghost Hunt (hotel will be closed off and vacated exclusively for ESP participants.) Room Night Deal: Plan a Stayover Sunday at the Crescent Hotel for just $89 in the BEST Available Room (based on availability.) Please call the hotel for this added arrangement: 877-342-9766.