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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…

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Outdoors & Other Things To Do

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.

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)
Check Availability.

 

 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)

Check Availability

 

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

The Mystical Arts of Tibet

The Mystical Arts of Tibet-July 14, 15, 16

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For the past 16 years, the Mystical Arts Monks of Tibet have traveled the globe performing the sacred art of the Mandala Sand Painting.  On July 14th, 15th and 16th this special event will take place in Eureka Springs at the Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom. Using millions of grains of colored sand, the monks will create an elaborate and ancient Healing Medicine Sand Mandala. Each day over a 3 day period, the community is invited from 9am until 12 noon and 2pm until 5pm, to watch the monks build a sand mandala that has been recreated for over 2500 years. When the sand painting is complete, the monks deliberately sweep away the painting, offering half the sand to the community members who are there at the closing ceremony and then offering the other half of the sand to the earth.  During the day, talks, a children’s mandala table and other events are planned.  There will also be a Dharma Store where various items can be purchased.

This special and sacred event is being brought to Eureka Springs as a gift by the Venerable Geshe Thupten Dorjee and the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas of Fayetteville.  Special Thanks to the Basin Park Hotel for hosting the event in the Barefoot Ballroom, The Joy Motel for hosting the Monks and The Angler Inn and Geraldo’s Pizza, New Delhi Café and Mud Street Café for offering food.  Donations are gratefully accepted but not required.

Opening Ceremony July 14, 9am-Noon

Closing Ceremony July 16, 3:30pm

Free to the Public.

For more information please visit www.artibet.com

 

 

 

 

 

Free Tickets to a New Show

FREE Tickets to a NEW Show!
NEW Show in Eureka Springs! “Lovin Every Minute,” a high production show certain to dazzle you with stunning technical effects and music ranging from jazz to classic rock to broadway! Cirque-style acrobatics and performed downtown Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm in the city auditorium. Easy Walking distance from the Basin Park Hotel.

1 Night Pkg
1 night stay in a Premium Room
2 Tickets to Lovin Every Minute

$149 plus tax.  Valid Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Sun. 6/1-7/30.  Check Availability.

2 Night Pkg
2 night stay in a Premium Room
2 tickets to Lovin Every Minute Show
2 Tickets Spirits of the Basin Tour (not available on Mondays)

$245 plus tax. Valid Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Sun.  6/1-7/30.  Check Availability.

Fleur Delicious Weekend

July 7th-12th 2015

Fleur Delicious Weekend is a Celebration of all the Senses: Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Touch in the historic village of Eureka Springs, AR. It is a French-themed weekend in which restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques, spas, and music venues participate with French inspired indulgences in Food, Wine, Spirits, Art, Entertainment and Luxe Galore. Everyone is welcome to participate in any way imaginable. For more information about Fleur Delicious Weekend, please visit FleurDeliciousWeekend.comBalcony Restaurant Fleur Delicious Weekend

The Balcony Restaurant will be participating in this festive weekend by offering drink specials with Ciroc Vodkas during Fleur Delicious Weekend, 11am-9pm.

Intrigue Theater is BACK!

Exclusive-Eveings-web-pic-1024x691Come Experience the Mystery of Intrigue Theater for its 4th Season in Eureka Springs! 

Opening Night Kicks off on Thursday, May 15th 2014

Travel back to an AGE OF INTRIGUE with The Illusionist and the Medium.

Experience an evening of Mystery and Intrigue with Sean-Paul the Illusionist and Juliane Fay the Medium – featuring special guests from the other side.  The evening begins as guests enter century year old building that only seats 75 people.  Everything in this throw back production is based on Real Historical entertainment that is still so effective that it can bring even today’s most cynical audiences to the edge of their seats!

View 2014 Schedule & Purchase Tickets-Click HERE

Besides adding New Mysteries to the Intrigue Experience, Intrigue Theater is offering a special show:safe_image
Exclusive Evenings “Up Close & Incredible” 
This Exclusive experience is limited to 16 people, seated around the table
for 1 hour as Sean-Paul the Illusionist entertains them with Close-up slight of Hand and Mentalism.

View Schedule-Click Here

Basin Park 2014 Update

I am honored to invite you back to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs.

This past winter has been a busy one for our downtown team.  With the introduction of the 14Ozark Mountain Music Festival in January and the growth of our local Mardi Gras into a ten day event, we have seen our weekends during this normally quiet time become solid and fun.  And when visitation was soft on the weekdays, our team has stayed true to our mission of “Protecting the Irreplaceable” by donning painters caps and tool belts then going to work to improve the hotel.

In fact, this year saw the most dramatic aesthetic improvements in years here at the Basin.  Some of those improvements included:  hallway carpets being installed… historical artwork being installed… four dynamic guestroom renovations on our Parkside wing… elevator repair… addition of 14 new king beds and 10 new double beds… more flat screen televisions added… Balcony Bar & Restaurant carpet installation… Barefoot Ballroom foyer window and color redevelopment… a significant upgrade to The Atrium history cases… and in the Serenity Spa the addition of a “chill space” for guests and a Salon to now offer manicures and pedicures.

Although we are not done yet, our team will take off their construction clothes and move to the forefront supplying to our guests the Basin Park’s iconic quality customer service.

Furthermore, The Balcony Bar & Restaurant’s menu will undergo its annual refinement based upon our customers’ feedback.  Our reservations team has received additional all imagestraining for more streamlined and comprehensive service.  The Serenity Spa “experience” has been developed and fine-tuned.  Most exciting is the “Barefoot Bride” will emerge as our Downtown Eureka Springs wedding campaign.  This campaign will be focused around the fun and unique location that is the top floor of the Basin Park Hotel.  There, brides, family and friends capture the comfortable and real emotion of a wedding in the hotel famous for memorable celebrations.

The 1905 Basin Park Hotel is truly a one-of-a-kind Arkansas landmark.  It is through your continued support and patronage that such improvements can –and will- continue.  Thank you and please know it is your efforts that help us “Protect the Irreplaceble”, The 1905 Basin Park Hotel.

 

Spring Break Trip Ideas

Warm Up To The Best Spring Break You Ever “Thaw”

Just when you thought the Winter Warlock would never leave town, he has.  Defrosted and ready to welcome students, families and couples ready for Spring Break is probably the most popular destination in the Arkansas Ozarks, Eureka Springs.  Not only is flora beginning to blossom but area attractions are opening up as well.

“We anticipate this to be our biggest Spring Break in decades,” stated Bill Ott. past chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “Folks in our market area have been held hostage in their  eureka springs multiple 2-smallhomes much too much this winter by cold, snow and ice.  Cabin fever is at epidemic level and Eureka Springs has the cure.”

“A huge portion of our fever-reducing Rx is the list of area attractions that reopen just in time for these marvelous weeks in March,” Ott explained.  “Everything from ghosts to big cats, from downtown tours to uptown illusions and everything in between will keep “spring breakers” well entertained while being just steps away from Mother Nature’s reawakened living room.”

A partial list of Eureka Springs attractions that will be open during Spring Break 2014 include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Eureka Ghost Tours at Basin Park Hotel, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, “Hell Raisers, Hoodlums & A Heated History” Walking Tour, Eureka Springs Downtown-N-Underground Tour, Intrigue Theater, and Pig Trail Kart N Golf.  A complete list of open attractions is available by calling the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce at 800-638-7352.

“Those ‘big kids’ who really want to unwind during their spring break visit here, will visit one of the many spas that dot the hillsides of this ??????????????????????stair-step town,” Ott continued.  “And when optimum relaxation is reached, interest turns to food.  For that, Eureka Springs boasts one of the greatest selections of quality restaurants in the state.”

Unfortunately, some in Arkansas and the surrounding states have had their spring breaks cut a day or two short this year because of make-up snow days.  This means many families will be looking for an exciting destination closer to home so valuable “break” time will not be lost to hours of driving.  Plus, “spring breakers” have said that Eureka Springs is a compact enough community that even a few days can be filled with a week full of activities.

“Our research shows that one of the most popular activities during Spring Break is simply exploring this historic, distinctive destination,” noted Ott.  “Just a few feet off of a busy downtown street will put EDITED cook family explore copyyou on a forested trail that will take you to hidden treasures of a town that time forgot.  Best of all, parents feel safe enough here to allow their older kids a chance to explore on their own when accompanied by a cell phone.”

With the compact spring break season, travelers to Eureka Springs are urged to make their lodging reservations far in advance.  Some attractions, spas and restaurants require advance reservations as well.

Ott encourages those with a Spring Break to celebrate, “Put away your snow boots and down parkas and slip on your walking shoes and windbreakers.  Let this recent frozen winter be a sad memory easily erased by the happy lifetime memories that can be accumulated this year in Eureka Springs.  It’ll be the best spring break you ever ‘thaw’.”

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