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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

Lodging Pkg Available Soon

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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

Eureka Springs Christmas Festival

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The Eureka Springs Preservation Society proudly sponsors the Annual Eureka Springs Christmas Festival featuring family fun, shopping for the holiday season, parades, tours and more! If you are looking for that perfect gift, want to experience a true small town Christmas, or are just looking for a place to play with your friends or sweetie during the holiday season – there is something for everyone! Truly explore the spirit of Christmas and the holidays in Eureka Springs during the festival and throughout the New Year.

View the Christmas Festival Calendar!

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

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