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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.”

Spring Trip Ideas

Spring is here and its the perfect time to visit Eureka Springs for an affordable and stress free getaway.  Stroll through downtown, visit the natural springs, discover hidden stairs, streets, and historic remnants as you explore town. Visit the many unique galleries and dine around at Eureka’s fabulous chef owned restaurants. A popular destination for couples, active seniors traveling in the southern Ozarks region.

Planning is part of the fun. Eureka Springs is full of quirky shops and galleries, unique dining, and one-of-a-kind experiences.  No longer seasonal, Eureka Springs is now open Year-round so great ideas can quickly transition into stress fixes.  From Ghost Tours, Big Cats, Thrilling Zipline Adventures and Tram Tours, make sure to visit a one stop show for your attraction ticketing ahead of time. Plan Your Trip.

Excitement is abundant in Eureka with the many festive parades, events, nightly music and colorful characters that make up the local scene. Be in the know of what there is all to do on your trip.  Eureka Springs Things To Do. 

Relaxation is the key to your visit.  Take a day to relax in one of Eureka Springs’ spas. Spend quality time with a good book or good company over a cup of joe.  Try Daily Roast downtown by the Flat Iron or Arsagas’ coffee at Brews on Spring Street.  Relax over a regional microbrew at Brews, or sip and sample some delicious wine at Eureka Springs StoneHouse or sit out on the SkyBar deck with the best views of the Ozark hillside. Enjoy some live music or hang with the locals at Chelseas.  Sleep in late and ask for a Sunday Stay Later at one of Eureka Springs’ most preferred accommodations and enjoy some extra time while saving some money on your room with seasonal, “online only” Hot Deals found at ReserveEureka.com.

Nature escapes surround Eureka Springs.  This is your destination to get away and be immersed in nature.  You can find yourself taking a leisurely stroll through the many walking paths in downtown that allow you to explore the natural springs and historic architecture that surrounds this Ozark Mountain village.  Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy exploring two parks nearby town, Black Bass Lake or Lake Leatherwood.  Great views, easy to moderate hiking and a lot of trails to choose from.  Fishing, Kayaking or Mountain Biking are also favorite outdoor activities.  For all trail information visit EurekaSpringsTrails.com

Outdoor Enthusiasts, 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, Holiday Island golf course and marina, numerous providers offering scenic horseback rides, Starkey Park Marina, Beaver Dam Site Park, Beavertown Bridge, the 12,000 acre Hobbs State park, 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 its miles of ATV trails, Buffalo National River, Dogwood Canyon, 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 vacation hub.

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Your Valentine’s Getaway

Eureka Springs is one of the top choices for that romantic getaway.  Since Valentine’s falls in the middle of the week this year, you have the luxury of choosing when you want to come! Choose from the weekend before, after, or even the day of for that memorable getaway.Here are some suggestions we have come up for you!
Valentine’s Day is officially “Date Night.” Stay in a Jacuzzi Suite for Just $99 at the Basin Park Hotel on 2/14!  Make it extra special: When you book a massage at Spa1905 (second floor) receive a free upgrade of a romance inspired aromatherapy.  All ladies will receive a rose and chocolate.
Dine in one our many chef owned restaurants in town for that special experience.  Reservations will be filling so call soon.
Chocolate Lover’s Festival, 2/17 continue your Valentine’s Day celebrations with a complete world of chocolate appreciation featured at the 14th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. NEW location, the Eureka Springs Community Center (44 Kingshighway, Eureka Springs, AR). Tickets $10.  View Details.
Asleep At the Wheel Concert Show! Liven up your evening on 2/17 for the postmodern kings of Texas swing, “Asleep at the Wheel” as they perform downtown at The AUD (City Auditorium).  Tickets $20-$40.  Buy Here.
Valentine’s Weekend Deal: 2/16 & 217
Stay for 2 Nights in a Premium Room
Breakfast for Two
Receive 2 tickets to the Saturday Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival
Receive 2-60min Traditional Massages
Receive 2 tickets to the Saturday Night Concert performed by Asleep at the Wheel Downtown at the AUD
$499 plus taxes and fees. Valid 2/16 & 2/17. 
For More Info Call: 877-643-4972

Ozark Mountain Music Festival Jan 18-21

Eureka Springs Comes Alive in the Middle of Winter!

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival is an Ozark Mountain fusion of Bluegrass, Folk and American Roots Music held annually at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With bands often celebrated at such major festivals as Wakarusa or Harvest Fest, the Basin Park Hotel has invited festival goers to come camp inside on a chilly January Weekend with some hot music and great memories.

5th Year Anniversary of OzMoMu!  $55 4 Day Passes Available~ Click Here

4 Days / 11 Acts: Festival lineup includes multiple stages and music for 4 days with local and regional bands across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Dallas.  With no backstage area, the attendees and bands are all together in the venues inside the Basin Park Hotel which creates a unique community music experience for festival goers. The vibe is of an outdoor music festival that is held indoors in the winter when its too cold to play outside.

The festival encourages jams as part of the OzMoMu experience for both talent and attendees.  Thursday is opening night and locals night, which admission is free for those that bring an instrument and jam afterwards.

Check out the 2018 Headliners!

Friday and Saturday nights, Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar, located downtown, will be the Late Night After Party Show.

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Home for Holidays

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Make Holiday Memories in Downtown Eureka Springs

Christmas Week thru New Years is a perfect time to make a quick visit to Eureka Springs  for that couples getaway or family gathering.  During this week, rates drop and the fun begins!

Stay for only $99 weekdays or $149 on the Weekend December 26th-December 31st!  Reserve Now

Staying at the Basin Park Hotel one can enjoy the close proximity to everything! Shopping, 25074816_10159613607690487_5463982039799634367_odining and downtown attractions are all footsteps away from being in the center of town.  This is also the time to get that discount on after Christmas sale items!

Explore the many steps/stairwells and walking trails leading you around to the natural springs, architecture and overlooks.  Grab a great bite to eat and people watch from the Balcony Restaurant on the first floor or treat yourself to a relaxing massage on the second level at Spa1905.  Walkins are welcome!25188613_10159613586990487_7284605744749067260_o

Nightly fun, go on a Spirits Tour at the Basin, play a little pool at the Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards on the 6th floor or check out live music in downtown. 

Don’t forget New Years Eve is just around the corner! Only a few tickets left for the Ballroom Blitz with Red Amibition!  Details Here!

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New Years Eve Ballroom Blitz

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Ring in the New Year at the TOP of the Basin Park Hotel-8pm

to Midnight.  Downtown at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel will see the return of the

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

Red Ambition”.

Tickets $35 per person. Buy Tickets Now. 

Time: 8pm-Midnight

Click Here For Lodging Availability

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Shop Early in Eureka Springs!

“SHOP EARLY IN EUREKA SPRINGS AND GET THE BEST STUFF” ~~Santa C. shopping eureka springs

Just as the fall colors of the Arkansas Ozarks are crescendoing, comes an idea that has been catching on in popularity throughout the last decade: visiting Eureka Springs in early November ahead of traditional shoppers to capture the one-of-a-kind gift, Made in Eureka for each of those special people on your Christmas shopping list.

Eureka Springs is home to more than 100 retail stores, vastly owner operate. These stores are unique but so is their merchandise, since most store owners stock so many of their shelves with artistic and/or handcrafted items, often made by a Eureka artisan and many times an individual items as the only one in stock or produced.  This oddity in today’s world of retail is also why wise shoppers are shopping early November before that ‘just perfect’ gift has been purchased by somebody else.

To assist these smart early bird procurers of exclusive items, the premier historic downtown hotel, the 1905 Basin Park is offering “Shop Early” accommodation packages.

Shop Early – Made in Eureka Special:

  • Guests who plan a one-night weekday stay (Sunday thru Thursday nights) and book their room by November 10th will get a special rate of only $99.
  • For Serious Shoppers -those who like to shop AND build in some relaxation time- who book a two-night weekday stay get the $99 per night rate PLUS a $50 shopping voucher to a participating store.

To take advantage of these “Shop Early” packages:

Phone the reservation Office at 800-643-4972 by November 10, 2017.

New Things Happening in May

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

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

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

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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Winter Events

Winter Attractions

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Outdoors & Other Things To Do

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekend


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

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

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

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

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

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(Please note: programs for each weekend are identical)

Activities

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

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

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

Scheduled Events

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

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

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

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

On-Going

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

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

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

PLUS

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

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

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

1 Night (Fri) ESP Package-BOOK NOW