Everything that has happened in the past three months, all has not been bad for the Eureka Springs tourism industry. With repurposed employees and construction teams allowed to continue to work, these past many weeks have seen great productivity as the Basin Park Hotel. This landmark hotel has been diligently cleaned, painted and upgraded. The result is the emergence of a “new” 1905 Basin Park Hotel focused around guest experiences, services and an upgraded quality of product. The Basin Park, as the only 24-hour downtown property with bell service, shuttle service, a resort host, hotel security, a restaurant, a spa, two bars and guaranteed parking, can once again step into its century-old role as “the Centerpiece of Main Street Eureka Springs”.
“Key to our redevelopment were such projects as deep cleaning, repainting and upgrading of our nightly lodging venues including the addition of several two-bedroom suites,” explained General Manager Jack Moyer. “These new suites offer not only a bedroom on either side but an expanded common area and the inclusion of a soaking tub and walk-in shower. It should be noted that the Basin Park Hotel now has 26 suites.”
Moyer went on to explain additional completed hotel projects include the expansion of Spa1905. Added were highly comfortable and sharply designed spa suites for guests who want to immerse themselves into the spa experience. Guests who stay in a spa suite enjoy added service and amenities, exclusive outdoor hot tub access and are just footsteps away from the plethora of services and treatments that Spa1905 offers. Located just outside the spa on the same floor is the magnificent new outdoor gathering space. This new spa deck sits aside a limestone bluff and includes an outdoor hot tub, fire pit and patio furnishings with only the sky overhead. A totally new addition to Eureka Springs’ downtown scene is Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar offering the casual atmosphere of a living room featuring plush, comfortable seating; a fireplace; pool tables; and walls of big screen televisions. This downtown getaway is located just down the hallway from the highly popular Balcony Restaurant & Bar, also being fully reintroduced, with its alfresco seating that overlooks downtown on one side and Basin Spring Park on the other.
“We have also added a resort host, seated in the lobby, to guide guests to everything fun and exciting to see and do in Eureka Springs plus introducing hotel guests to the new well-developed list of daily resort programming,” added Moyer, “which includes such activities as whisky tastings in Jack Rabbett’s, theater-style showing of movies, and a morning stretch on the roof. Not many hotels around the country allow guests to welcome the day from their rooftop.”
The paranormal aspect of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel has not been overlooked. In development and soon to be offered to both hotel guests and visitors to Eureka Springs, is an experience that includes not only hearing hotel tales that occurred inside the limestone and pink dolomite walls of this historic structure but patrons will also be able to partake in a unique paranormal investigation that will extend “from the roof to the depths of the hidden cave”. Ticketing for this adventure is available through ReserveEureka.com.
“Safety and compliant protocols will continue as suggested by the Arkansas Department of Health as we fully open for business,” concluded Moyer.
What to Expect:
With many Downtown Restaurants & Shops opening their doors again, guests can expect a new way to enjoy the Eureka Springs Experience while planning on some guidelines put in place to protect staff and visitors. Visitors can enjoy the wide open spaces of Eureka Springs by exploring the natural springs and park areas, stroll our outdoor mall with the majority of shops having returned to operation or Zipline the tree canopy but also expect that restaurants have returned to operation. The Balcony Restaurant will be open to dine in service from 12 – 8 PM under Health department Guidance (10 ft spacing & mask required for entry). Guests may also choose take out and enjoy your food outside; picking a unique place to dine outside with a view or under the trees.
Trolley and Trams are running for visitors to jump on and check out the surroundings of Eureka Springs. Trolley will operate Wed-Sat 10AM-5PM and the Trams will be open Fri/Sat 1PM & 3PM. Call for tickets. 479- 253-9572
At the Basin Park Hotel we are opening to overnight guests on the weekends at 2/3 occupancy. Travel protocols are in place therefore, all arriving guests will be issued a mask (logo souvenir item) and be asked to review and agree to travel protocols.
All overnight guests will also receive a “breakfast box” delivered to your guest room and several guest activities will be available to registered guests throughout the weekend with maximum numeric protocols in place to ensure proper social distancing. These activities include things such as access to Jack Rabett’s pool tables, the morning stretch, whisky / wine tastings and self guided adventures.
Who will be Open:
Eureka Nuthouse: Thursday-Sunday Noon-5PM
Eureka Clothing Company: Tuesday-Thursday 9:30AM-6PM, Fri/Sat 9:30AM – 7PM, Sunday 9:30AM-5PM
Lazy One: Mon-Fri 10AM-5PM, Sat/Sun 10AM-6PM
Secret Garden: Fri/Sat/Sun 10AM-5PM
Gourmet Eureka: Fri/Sat/Sun 10AM-5PM
Tummy Ticklers: Mon-Fri 10AM-3PM, Sat/Sun 10AM-5PM
Blackie’s Backyard: Open for appointments only
Eureka & Co: Daily 10AM-6PM
Granny’s Place: Daily 10AM-5PM
All That Glitters: Saturday 10AM-5PM
Eureka Clock Co: Saturday 10AM-5PM
Mud St. Store: Saturday 10AM-5PM
Eureka Springs Coffee House – Daily 8AM-5PM
Balcony Restaurant – Fri/Sat/Sun, Noon – 8PM (dine in or carry out)
Amigos – Fri/Sat, 11AM-9PM (carryout)
Chelsea’s Pizza – Daily, Noon – 7PM (delivery or curbside)
Oscar’s Café – Tuesday-Sunday 10AM – 2PM (curbside pick up)
SkyBar Gourmet Pizza – Fri/Sat/Sun, Noon – 8PM (dine in or carry out)
Nyx Cafe– curbside or delivery
Le Stick Nouveau – Friday/Saturday (Five Course Tasting Menu – Reservations only)
Main Street BBQ Bus – Friday’s 4PM-10PM (food truck)
Grotto Wood Fire Grill – Friday/Saturday 5PM-9PM (dine in or carryout)
Rowdy Beaver Den – Noon – 8PM (dine in or carryout)
Ermillios – Friday-Sunday, 4PM-8PM (curbside pick up and carryout)
Pirate Burritos – W & Th Noon to 8PM, Fri/Sat Noon to 10PM, Sun Noon to 8PM. (food truck)
Creekside Cafe – (carry out)
Announcing “SHRED Eureka Springs”: A Spring Food, Wine & Adventure Festival
(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Shred is not only a way to mountain bike but also an attitude of appreciating the good things in life. This spring, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and its partners present “SHRED Eureka Springs”, a nine-day festival, March 27 thru April 4, in this exciting Arkansas Ozark village with SHRED being an acronym for SIP HIKE RIDE EAT DANCE.
It all gets underway Friday evening of weekend one with The Mighty Pines jamming at the Kickoff DANCE Party in Basin Spring Park located in the center of Eureka Springs Entertainment District. This party, benefiting the Buffalo River conservation efforts, will feature the music of the Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu) and will run from 6 o’clock until 8. Also happening that evening, just steps from the park, is the performance of noted Southern Rock singer/songwriter Charlie Daniels in The Aud, the historic municipal auditorium.
This first weekend continues on Saturday with a SIP: a welcoming wine tasting produced in concert with the Basin Park Hotel’s “Chef’s Table”. This event features an opportunity to enjoy up to 30 wines expertly selected by Central Distributors, and Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits. The award-winning wines of the Ozark area will be presented by Keels Creek Winery and Post Familie Winery. Each table will be staffed with an expert to share the wine. The music of Eureka Swings will accompany the event. SIP also offers a VIP option with a unique opportunity to enjoy an exclusive tasting from the Roenigk Wine Cellar Reserves.
That next day, Sunday SHRED activities move to the Crescent Hotel. The East Lawn will be the site for an EAT event: the Sunday Chef Showcase Brunch featuring al fresco seating in the manicured garden of this historic mountaintop spa resort. Five guest chefs will present a tasty brunch. Also included is a Bloody Mary bar featuring locally sourced Bloody Mary Mundi Sauce ensuring a zesty flavoring for this popular brunch beverage. Music of the Honey Collective will fill the air. The brunch will be available for $29.95 with discounts available for overnight guests.
SHRED activities through the week will involve hiking, biking and community. The mornings of Monday through Thursday get underway at the downtown Eureka Springs Coffee House with a Wake-up/Meet-up event scheduled daily at 9 a.m. During the day, each day has a community event that begins at 10 a.m. and guided by either CC Riders or Outdoor Adventures for Women. Each event is just a little bit different from the rest, but each is a whole lot exciting. Monday features a guided mountain biking RIDE at Lake Leatherwood City Park and an evening gathering at the Eureka Springs Brewery for a SIP of local craft beers. Tuesday at 10 a.m. attendees will meet up at the coffeehouse to HIKE to and around Black Bass Lake gathering afterwards to hatchet throw at the Crescent’s Frisco Sporting Club and meet up for tap takeover that night in the SkyBar Gourmet Pizza. Wednesday sees another RIDE event as attendees traverse over the variety of Great Passion Play mountain biking trails. Later, SIP takes the spotlight at the scheduled community meet up at Brews. Thursday is a big day for HIKE: an exploration to the Buffalo River National Park Region and Sweden Creek Falls, one of Arkansas’ tallest waterfalls. Later that day, attendees will enjoy some live music and a whisky SIP in Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar.
SHRED’s second weekend sees the RIDE ramp up. On Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. is the Center Street Bike Party. Guests can roam up and down Eureka Springs’ Entertainment District between Jack Rabbett’s and Chelsea’s Corner Bar. Center Street will be closed for Lone Star Action Sports who, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., will stage a jaw-dropping, free to the public, stunt performance featuring trick mountain bikers and extreme skateboarders. The street party continues with live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. will come from the Food Truck Festival at the corner of Center and East Mountain streets. The street party leaves time that evening for those wanting to attend the performance of Grammy Award-winning rock band America in The Aud. Saturday is SHRED’s RIDE pièce de résistance. Mountain bikers will enjoy free shuttles at Eureka Springs Mountain as you shred the downhill. The new Lake Leatherwood Downhill, designed by Rock Solid, has already gained national notoriety as a signature piece of the Oz Trails System.
Those who will be experiencing the “SHRED Eureka Springs” festival form a new community of friends: those who love the outdoors and all the activities of Eureka Springs region. As a welcome and as a thank you, festival attendees in this inaugural year are being offered a “Community of Friends” special lodging promotional rate. Both, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel are featuring a promotional rate of $55 per night any day Sunday through Thursday during festival week. Book Now.
For details on “SHRED Eureka Springs” go to https://shredeurekasprings.com. Tickets for SIP (Wine Tasting), DANCE (Opening Night Party), EAT (Chef Showcase) or Room Discounts are now available online.
Love Bites…Hang with the Girls!
- 2 Rooms for 2 Nights (Friday & Saturday)
- Champagne upon arrival
- Spa sheet masks, Robes, and Slippers
- Yoga & Mimosa Morning Activity
- Fresh Continental Breakfast each morning
- Plus 20% OFF Any Spa Service!
“Pardon our mess while we are remodeling to serve you better” is the message the 1905 Basin Park Hotel wants to get out to the citizens of and visitors to Eureka Springs during the next few weeks. A major renovation is now underway in a property that has become known as “the people’s hotel”.
“Elise (Roenigk) and I are very excited about what we are doing at our downtown property,” stated hotel Executive Vice President and General Manager Jack V. Moyer. “Not only are we doing an update in nine of our guest rooms but we are also adding a nuance that guests and especially locals are going to fall in love with.”
The nuance is the transition of the Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards into Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar. This new bar will be located in what is now the Ozark Room, next door to the Balcony Restaurant, and will include the professional-style pool tables now featured upstairs in Lucky 7, moved downstairs to the new location. Other planned accoutrements for Jack Rabbett’s will be 3 big screen television sets, living room style seating, in addition to normal around-the-bar stools.
“We have had such success with the Basin Park Hotel since the Roenigks purchased it in 1997, this is our gift back to the loyal guests who return year after year to enjoy our hotel and the entire surrounding downtown Eureka Springs shopping, entertainment and FUN district,” added Moyer.
The renovation project for rooms and bar is scheduled to be completed by late February. Moyer noted that he hotel and the Balcony Restaurant will be open for business during the construction period.
We appreciate the patience of both our guests and our fellow businesses as we re-invest in Downtown Eureka Springs.
There is no better place to use as the center of your Downtown Eureka Springs Christmas weekend celebrations than the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, 12 Spring Street, adjacent to Basin Spring Park. You will realize that when you take one step out of their front door and you are immersed in holiday lights, decorations, and an atmosphere that surrounds you with the spirit of the season. And, here are a few more yuletide reasons why:
Annual Christmas Parade of Lights – Of all the parades that travel through downtown, this parade is the favorite of visitors and residents alike. Floats, bands, smiling faces throwing candy and, of course, a chance to catch a glimpse of Ol’ Saint Nick… and the best place to see all of this is in front of the hotel. Many like to arrive early for light snack in the hotel’s Balcony Restaurant or dropping in after Santa has gone by to sip on a cup of hot chocolate or an adult beverage while looking out over the downtown lights.
Shopping for Unique Gifts – One of the best holiday celebrations is going from store to store in downtown to pick out that perfect gift… a unique gift, the kind you won’t find in one of those chain stores. A good starting point and a “we’ll meet you back here afterwards” point is the Basin Park Hotel. A quick meal “afterwards” on The Balcony is a great place for your gang to compare all the treasures you purchased.
Entertainment in The Aud – The Eureka Springs City Auditorium (The Aud) is only one block from the 1905 Basin Park Hotel… and The Aud has numerous concerts and events during the Christmas season: John Two Hawks Christmas Concert, December 7; Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre, December 13; Ozarks Chorale Christmas Concert, December 14; “Home For The Holidays” Concert, December 20; and “Grady Nichols Christmas”, December 21. If you are traveling from out of town for a performance at The Aud, the Basin Park is the place to stay since it is close and only a casual walk away. Locals will meet at the hotel for a cocktail before and after a performance to make the special holiday evening even more special.
Night of MerryMaking – On Saturday, December 14 beginning at 4 p.m. is “The Night of MerryMaking”, a festive, uproarious and experiential holiday event that starts in Basin Spring Park and includes… what seems to be 1,000 Santas blanketing the downtown streets; plus Spring Street full of “Living Windows”, three-dimensional canvases with live actors as they pose in storefront tableaux replicating artwork from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; mömandpöp singing; snow falling; and sidewalk Christmas carolers.
Food & Wine – The weeks surrounding the holidays also make up a great time to gather with those close to you to have a casual lunch or dinner, sip your favorite wine or craft beer, or simply enjoy each other’s company. Whether you choose the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s Balcony Restaurant & Bar, the casual atmosphere of their Lucky 7 Rooftop Lounge, or any one of the other 21 bars and bistros in walking distance from the hotel (you are in the center of the Eureka Springs Entertainment District, you know), either place is a fun and delightful get-together spot for kicking back and sharing holiday cheer with friends and family.
Fresh this year, you can expect a BIG Dance Party to favorite tunes and an electric atmosphere on the Basin Park Hotel’s top floor. The historic ballroom will transform to the hottest club and Cover Band Red Ambition will bring the energy and popular sounds to an evening full of drinks, dancing and surprises. Free flowing champagne, light fare, dessert and a appropriate midnight breakfast is included.
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. View our Fall Webcam. The views offered are refreshed every 15 daylight minutes. 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.
An Active Town – 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. Take in the views of the Ozark Valley to Eureka’s East Mountain and over the top of the historic Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Trolley or Tram Rides are a great way to view town and the Fall color.
Great Weather – This is THE TIME for you Leaf lookers to enjoy all things Fall! Get outdoors and take in that cooler, fall crisp air in the Ozark Mountains.
Great Food – Did you know that many of our restaurants are chef-owned? This unique flare gives the visitor a wide range of options of local culinary flavors to choose from.
Lots of Activities & Things To Do – There are so many events and FUN Things To Do during the Fall Season in Eureka Springs… choose from Music Festivals, Craft Fairs, Zombie Crawl, Halloween Seance, Cemetery Tours or view the full list of Things To Do.
Road Trip Opportunities – Allow yourself for some easy day trip drives (less than an hour) to nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Roaring River State Park, Hobbs State Park or Pea Ridge State Park. Buffalo National River is a perfect outdoor experience if you want to be immersed in nature, great hiking and catch some waterfalls.
LEAF SEASON IN THE OZARKS – VALUE DEALS: Stay for Just $109 (reg rate $209) during these dates at the Basin Park Hotel:
10/14-10/15, 10/22-10/24, 10/27-10/30, 11/3-11/7. BOOK NOW
PEAK WEEK NOVEMBER 1st – 10th
“By the way, state fall color prognosticators say this year’s peak of coloration will be during the first week of November.” View Peak Week Map.