Year-Round Ways to Relax

Once famously stated, “Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.”  One way to relax during the holiday season is to take a short drive to a destination that seems a million miles away; then leave the car parked while you relax.  The ideal destination: the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in the center of Eureka Springs’ downtown entertainment district.

Here are four suggestions to enjoy the holiday season and include in your escape to Downtown Eureka Springs in November and December:

1) Warmth Coming inside after a day of seasonal shopping adventures, expect to be greeted by a warm fireplace in the lobby and many spaces to get comfortable. On Spa1905’s Deck, located on the second floor find a warm hot tub and plan a romantic evening with someone you love, snuggling up in the comfortable seating surrounding the lava-stone fire pit with a blanket and glass of wine.

Continue your evening with a hearty meal on The Balcony, finished with a nip of  George Dickel’s “Jack Rabbett Select” Whisky in the casual, living room atmosphere of Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar by the fireplace.  Then head to your room to a soothing soak, comfortable bed and revitalizing rest with your special someone.

jack rabbett's whisky bar

2) Find Yourself – With little time these days to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment, a full immersion into the world of Spa1905 might be the answer. You can now overnight inside the spa in a newly renovated whirlpool suite, enjoy a duet spa appointment or CBD treatment and gain late night access to the hot tub and firepit on the spa deck.

basin park hotel spa deck

Wake up early to a cool morning and peaceful downtown to enjoy a brisk walk or light jog through the historic neighborhoods and along the historic promenade adorned with Victorian cottages and numerous spring reserves.  All followed by a stop at the Eureka Springs Coffee to start another day of renewal.

3) Give a Gift to Yourself –   Perfect for you and uniquely found in Eureka Springs over the holiday season is what everyone needs right now: a devil-may-care day of eclectic shopping, and more shopping, and even more shopping.

Downtown Eureka Springs is your ideal host, with its dozens of galleries, and local shops: none of which are a chain, none of which are big box.  Eureka Springs’ downtown also offers up to 21 restaurants, cafés, bars and bistros.  Good news: since once your day of shopping has ended, you deserve some fine dining and your favorite glass of wine in such nearby places as The Grotto, Local Flavor and Grand Taverne.  Too tired to walk there?  Just ask the hotel’s front desk clerk to have the bellman drop you off and then pick you back up in the hotel’s shuttle.

Downtown Shopping Eureka Springs

You will enjoy this day of without buyer’s remorse since the Basin Park Hotel, during the holiday season, is offering you a “downtown deal”: an affordably priced room with a free upgrade to a room with a whirlpool tub.

4) Every Day Is Different – With the change of season, so changes the many things to do in this Ozarks’ resort community.  Beginning in December, all of downtown will be festooned for the holidays.  Yes, Eureka Springs is Holiday Town, USA.

Outdoor activities during the holiday season are just as active as any other time of the year.  Beaver Lake plays host to awe inspiring eagle watches.  Hiking at Lake Leatherwood and Black Bass Lake offer some beautiful trails and mountain biking at Leatherwood are both challenging and fun.  All are just a short drive from downtown.

lake leatherwood

Additionally, Resort activities continue every day.  Downtown walking tours explore “Underground Eureka Springs” and self-guided adventures point you to such places as the Civil War cave used as a hospital to treat both Union and Confederate soldiers and the many staircases and springs that surround the hotel.   Other activities include a trip down the Rabbett Hole to enjoy a whisky or wine tasting, spa time in Spa1905, and a “behind the scenes tour” of the hotel exploring from the rooftop down to Bootleggers Cave.

basin wine cave

Adding to the thrill of a visit to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel is the Paranormal Investigation, enhanced in the darkness and quiet of fall and winter.  This encounter leads you to “the other side” giving you a chance to discover a few apparitions of your own, as well as possibly meeting some that are already known.  Let us also mention that other mysterious adventures can be experienced at “Escape Room 13”. This popular attraction is on Main Street just down “the rainbow stairs” from Spring Street.

So, this holiday season, find yourself in Eureka Springs at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel where every day is warm, insightful, rewarding and different.  In other words, every day is good… in Downtown Eureka Springs.

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