Spring Break – 3 Reasons to Getaway to Eureka Springs

1. Families Find FUN

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Kids of all ages love to get close to the lions, tigers and bears at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and with so many places to explore, there is no shortage of Eureka Springs Attractions to keep things interesting. Hike the urban trails and hear tales of Eureka’s Wild West on a Downtown-N-Underground tour. Video your own Ghost Adventures with Ghost Tours through America’s Most Haunted Hotel.
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Eureka Springs is one of the Nations Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Unique shopping, awarding winning and one of a kind restaurants and eclectic nightlife make this historic town anything but old. Find a new culinary favorite in one of Eureka Springs Restaurants. Enjoy premium aged beef cooked to order in the 1886 Steakhouse. Have a drink and enjoy the best view of the St. Patty’s Day Parade from a downtown restaurant. Watch a burlesque show or just listen to an up and coming band at one of Eureka Springs clubs.
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Eureka Springs has been a spa destination for more than a century. Filled with world-class spas, girls love to getaway for a spa vacation. If you are planning a girlfriend getaway, reserve the suite inside New Moon Spa. It is a great place for the gang to relax with refreshments between treatments and catch up. Spring means great deals.
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Find Your Own Ghost Story During ESP Weekend 2013

Take a trip to America’s Most Haunted Hotel for ESP Weekend. The Crescent Hotel has been featured on GhostHunters, Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story and more. In January of 2013, the public will get a chance to gain exclusive access to America’s Most Haunted Hotel during ESP Weekend.

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The 1886 Crescent Hotel is thought to be America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Anyone who has stayed there is reminded that it is a world class mountaintop spa resort.

The history of the Crescent Hotel is colorful. For a quarter of a century the corridors and gardens of the Crescent Hotel were walked by men in top hats and muttonchops and ladies in ball-gown fluttering fans, and the atmosphere was permeated by political intrigues and financial shenanigans.  In the early 1900’s it became a conservatory for young ladies. The hotel rooms became classrooms and dormitories and the hall and gardens were trodden by young ladies in uniforms who came to Eureka to finish their education at one of the most progressive, exclusive and expensive schools of the day. Then in 1934, the depression brought everything to a grinding halt and the school closed down. The mansion remained silent until 1937 when a famous, flamboyant broadcaster and multimillionaire catalogue salesman drove into town in his purple roadster. Norman Baker bought the derelict building and twenty eight surrounding acres for a song, and established what he called a “cancer curable hospital.” Unfortunately, Dr. Baker was eventually proclaimed a fraud and the hospital was closed. Once again the building sat empty, until the end of World War II.  It wasn’t until 1997 when the Crescent was restored to its original glory. Today it is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America.

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The main staircase of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. A member of Historic Hotels of America.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and New Moon Spa now offers ghost tours every evening of the year, guided by experts conversant with the history of the building and the region. Live performances offer ghost tales old and new. And annual conferences investigate various aspects of the paranormal. 

The first Friday and Saturday nights of each year are devoted to ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) weekend. For those nights only, the rooms and areas of the history-drenched building that have been identified as the most “active” are opened up for paranormal investigators to explore at will – all through the small hours.

Explore America’s Most Haunted Hotel during ESP weekend. Perhaps you will return home with some ghost stories of your own.

The night is the time for encountering ghosts. During the day you will be entertained and informed by performances and presentations, all relating to the world unseen. This year we present:
• the latest on the “remote viewing” experiments conducted by the military
• experiments in telepathy
• a psychometron (sensory deprivation chamber) set up in Baker’s infamous morgue
• a ghost play
• an excursion to the famous Intrigue Theatre for a night of magic and illusion
• talks and demonstration on developing your own extra-sensory perceptive powers
• a salon of psychics
• ghost tours
• nocturnal ghost hunts led by Paranormal Investigator Larry Flaxman, founder of ARPAST, one of the biggest PI groups in the United States.

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Check availability now for 1-day packages (Sat only: $274.00) include a room and many if the above events.  Check availability now for 2-day packages ($489.00) include all the above plus events on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. 


Extraordinary Escapes by Intrigue Theater

by Rachael Moyer

The jacket holds his arms in an unnatural position and behaving as if insane, he writhes and rolls about to free himself. Fear courses through his body. The wind blows him in dizzying circles high above the ground and he looks out onto a world that has literally been turned upside down.

Escaping from a straitjacket while suspended in air is a performance made famous by Harry Houdini. See Houdini’s suspended straitjacket escape and the famous milk can escape performed live by Illusionist Sean-Paul of Intrigue Theater in Eureka Springs in October. Join Sean-Paul and medium Juliane Fay for a seance in America’s Most Haunted Hotel on Halloween night and attempt to communicate with the Great Houdini from beyond the grave.

An insane escape…

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Sean-Paul will perform the Suspended Straitjacket Escape on October 4th at noon at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.

The Citizen Newspaper has obtained a regulation straitjacket and has formally challenged Sean Paul to perform the escape that Houdini made famous. Buckled into the straitjacket, Sean-Paul will be hoisted 50 feet in the air and hung upside down.

Ironically, Sean Paul will be hanging from the overlook of the Crescent Hotel and from the same spot where Michael, a mason working on the construction of the Crescent Hotel in the 1800’s, fell to his death. Documented paranormal activity has been captured in the hotel on many occasions earning it the title of America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Watch as Sean Paul attempts this insane escape in Eureka Springs on Saturday, October 4, 2012 at noon from the Crescent Hotel. This event is free and open to the public.

Failure means a drowning death…

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The milk can escape will be performed by Sean-Paul of Intrigue Theater on October 20 at 7pm in Basin Spring Park.

How long can you hold your breath? On Saturday, October 20th, Sean Paul will step handcuffed into an oversized 30 gallon milk container filled with water. The milk can will then be secured with four padlocks. Houdini first performed the Milk Can escape in 1901 earning him notoriety as a master escape artist. See Sean Paul escape ‘a drowning death’ on October 20 in Basin Spring Park at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Communication beyond the grave…

Houdini was fascinated with spiritualism and before his death, he promised his wife Bess that he would communicate with her if he were able. Following Houdini’s death in 1926 on Halloween, Bess held yearly séances on same date for ten years. This year on October 31st, Sean-Paul and Juliane Fay of Intrigue Theater will hold a séance and attempt to contact Houdini’s spirit. “While there have been perhaps hundreds of Houdini séances in the past 86 years – we don’t know of one ever conducted in a place as haunted as the Crescent Hotel,” says Juliane. Join Sean-Paul and Juliane for The Best of Intrigue Theater followed by a Houdini Séance beginning at 10pm in America’s Most Haunted Hotel on Halloween night. Get your tickets now!

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On Halloween, the anniversary of Houdini’s death, Intrigue Theater will hold a seance in America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Reserve your tickets today!

In October, Sean-Paul will struggle to escape a fatal fall or drowning death but Intrigue Theater will turn YOUR world upside down. Explore the mysteries of the mind and the intrigue of the Victorian era with a Nationally-Acclaimed Illusionist and a Clairaudient Medium. Films like “The Illusionist” or “The Prestige” have captured the attentions of millions at the box office but you can experience it LIVE in the authentic Victorian town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Shows are Thursday-Saturdays at 8pm in the historic Gavioli Theater. Learn more about the 2012 Halloween show. Purchase your tickets online now! Watch a video about the Halloween engagements.

Eureka Springs Makes History

Eureka Springs has a rich, documented history. In fact, much of the mountain town has preserved its history for all to enjoy. Historic architecture, a historic downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and historic tours are just some of the features of Eureka Springs. If you are interested in American history, there are several historical programs and activities in 2012.

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Bowling Club in the Crescent Hotel. Eureka Springs has a well documented history just waiting for you to discover.

Here are a few things to do:
1.  In observation of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, Eureka Springs will be the site of several Civil War programs.
2. Explore the Civil War Cave in downtown Eureka Springs near Judge Roy Beans.
3. Plan a visit to the Eureka Springs Historical Museum and view the new exhibit Let Freedom Ring.
4. Take a guided walking tour with Downtown-N-Underground or Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour. Buy your tickets now online!
5. Enjoy a self-guided historic walking tour. Pick up brochure downtown or at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.
6. Visit one of the most celebrated historic structures in Eureka Springs, the 1886 Crescent Hotel. Theaters and ghost tours held nightly explore the various stories of days gone by.
7. Take a day trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to see historic landscape paintings of early America and ongoing exhibits. Guided tours familiarize visitors with the history of the art displayed.
8. Take a day trip to Pea Ridge National Military Park and learn more about skirmishes in Arkansas affected America’s Civil War.
9. Visit the natural springs of Eureka Springs. Plaques located at many of the springs tell their history.
10. Make your own history in Eureka Springs. Enjoy everything Eureka Springs has to offer. Discover great events year round. Plan your Eureka Springs vacation on EurekaSprings.com. Find great Eureka Springs accomodations, dining, shopping, nightlife and attractions in Eureka Springs.

Paranormal Investigations in Eureka Springs

Are ghosts real? Can the paranormal be explained with science? Hold your own investigations in a place where paranormal activity has been documented. Attend PARALLEL UNIVERSES: and explore the areas where science meets the supernatural. paranormal investigations ghosts eureka springs

Parallel Universes: August 24-26, 2012 in America’s Most Haunted Hotel, the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Today, paranormal investigators use technology to record unexplained phenomenon and often take a science based approach to test theories and disprove hoaxes. The scientific world is changing every day. Scientists are developing new models of reality-multiple universes and entangled particles that may one day explain the currently inexplicable. Join others as they explore Parallel Universes: Where Science Meets the Supernatural.paranormal investigation ghost haunted hotel
12:00 Check-in at the lobby
Pick up programs/badges/sign-ups for tours
6:00 pm CONSERVATORY/bridge
Welcoming coffee and cocktail reception
Talk: The interface today; knowledge and the unknown.
Multi-media presentation
Physics of the Future; nanobots and superpowers
Does the Brain contain the Mind? OBEs (Out of body experiences) and NDEs (Near death experiences)
Late Night Theatre
11:00 pm-1:00 am BAKERS LOUNGE
Finger food and opinion exchange.

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Announcements at breakfast
9:00 am GAZEBO
Coffee and Cellos
ESP #1
The Limits of perception: intuition/clairvoyance/remote viewing
Speakers: a psychic, a neuroscientist, a psychologist, TBA.
ESP #2
Mind over matter: Telekinesis, teleportation and telepathy
Speakers: mentalist, a quantum physicist, a paranormal investigator TBA
11:30 – 2:00 pm BAKERS LOUNGE: lunch buffet
Dogma, direct experience and direction in life. Religious teacher TBA
3:00 – 6:00 pm FREE TIME – explore Eureka – tours downtown
Documentaries and coffee in the FACULTY LOUNGE
4:00 – 6:00 pm LOCATION TBA -
Telepathy experiments – audience participation (sign-up)
Mysterious Phenomena – auras, automatic writing, the placebo effect, etc
The Other World; astral plane/alternate reality holographic multiverse
PANEL DISCUSSION – Open to the public
Moderator w/ 4 questions Keith
10:30-12:00 FACULTY LOUNGE
Late night Theatre
11:00 – 12:00 BAKER LOUNGE
Magical Mystery Music Videos
Cocktails and chocolate.
Announcements at breakfast
Cellos in the gazebo, mimosas on the lawn
11:00 Check-out
On-going Activities:
Fri noon – Sunday noon CONSERVATORY
EXHIBIT: The metaphysical in art and literature: an art show on the walls, Ipods with music, poetry and prose.
GHOST TOURS Fri/Sat 6:00 – 9:30
PSYCHIC READERS in the lobby
SIGN-UP FOR DOWNTOWN TOURS etc in the lobby.
For more details visit www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com or call 479-253-9766
Seminar Cost: $100 per person

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Parallel Universe Lodging Package:
2 nights stay in a Premium Room
2 Seminar tickets
2 Ghost tour or Late Night Theatre Tickets
$379 plus tax


Discover Intrigue in Eureka Springs

Granite sidewalks lead past rows of 19th century stone buildings. A line begins to form in front of an old theater and an excited chatter emerges from the orderly crowd creating a palpable buzz in the air. The line begins to ascend the stairs and enter a grand lobby. People exchange their ticket for their seat in the historic auditorium and at once, an ethereal glow of incandescent light draws the attention of the crowd to a man in a black tuxedo and brilliant white shirt. What happens next can only be described as a blend of science and mystery, illusion and experiment, spiritualism and theater.

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Nationally=acclaimed Illusionist Sean-Paul and Juliane Fay perform in Intrigue Theater in Eureka Springs.

The 19th century was the beginning of Golden Age of Magic. Made popular again by films like The Illusionist and The Prestige, stage magic has been kept alive by dedicated students of the theatrical art. To experience a Victorian theatrical illusion in person is rare but a trip to the small, quirky Victorian village of Eureka Springs offers just such a chance.

Intrigue Theater is a turn of the century performance of authentic Victorian illusions and spiritualism. Hundreds of visitors to Eureka Springs are drawn to the performances with excited anticipation.  Intrigue Theater’s Sean-Paul and Juliane share their captivating gifts with their audience. With dazzling effects and authentic surroundings, the performances are, at their core, skilled. “The audience is an important part of the performance,” admits Sean-Paul. “We help them explore the power of the human mind. It is entertaining and inspiring.”

As a young boy, Sean-Paul was enchanted by magic. It sparked his imagination and revealed the aptitude of the human mind leaving him with a desire to spark the imagination of others. At the age of eleven he began performing on stage and over the next two decades, Sean-Paul would familiarize himself with the complex workings of entertainment industry. Juliane Fay, with a background in journalism, worked as a private investigator and professional NBA dancer before bringing her special gifts to the stage. Sean-Paul would team up with his stage partner, Juliane in 1995. Together they would combine innovative demonstrations of precognition, telekinesis and telepathy with a sense of humor for a delightfully entertaining show.

Discover unexplained mysteries for yourself at Intrigue Theater in the historic Auditorium. “It is like traveling back in time. The show captures the energy and character of Eureka Springs,” Sean-Paul promises. It’s time travel for entertainment. It is an illusion you won’t want to miss. Due to limited engagements, advance tickets to Intrigue Theater are recommended. Tickets are available online at ReserveEureka.com. See the Official Eureka Springs Calendar of Events for dates and times and visit Intrigue Theater online. The Auditorium is located in downtown Eureka Springs at 36 South Main Street.

After the show, explore the streets of Eureka Springs for an up-close look at an authentic 19th century town. Discover all of the modern amenities available from fine dining to comfortable lodging at EurekaSprings.com, the official website for the Greater Eureka Springs Region.

What is a ghost? Find out during Eureka Springs ESP Weekend.

He has a kind nature and authoritative tone. He speaks with skepticism and a hint of an English accent. His name is Keith Scales and he may be the last person you would expect to find directing ghost tours at the famous Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.

The Crescent Hotel was built in 1886 and sits overlooking the Victorian village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Widely acclaimed to be “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” the Crescent has a rich, recorded history.  You could call it a mecca for ghost hunters and serious paranormal investigators.

Much of the hotel’s haunted history stems from a period in the 1930’s when a man named Norman Baker acquired the Crescent Hotel and opened a hospital. He promised a non-surgical cure for cancer. Unfortunately, the Baker cure would not save the lives of many of his patients. Stemming from years of fights with the American Medical Association and numerous other issues, Baker would be judged a charlatan and end up in jail.

The Ghost Hunters of TAPS arrive at the Crescent Hotel to shoot a television segment.

The Crescent Hotel owes its reputation to historical documentation and in no small part to the televised investigations and aired stories on popular shows like the Scifi Channel’s TAPS and Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. (Read the story behind the story of Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story.) The hotel also keeps a database of photos submitted by the guests who stay at the Crescent Hotel. See the ghost photos guests have submitted and read about the Crescent Hotel ghosts in the news. Visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel now.

Crescent Hotel ghost tours take people to the basement of the hotel and leads them back to the morgue, (built in the 1930’s and still intact). The history learned on the tour will make you wonder whether the medical methods used here were introduced before their time and based on unlocking the power of the human brain to heal or just nonsense? It is an area of investigation to this day.

America’s Most Haunted Hotel hosts such investigations every January during ESP Weekend. It is an opportunity for those who believe in paranormal activity to gain full and exclusive access to the most famous sites within the hotel. For those who have a curiosity, it is a chance to explore one of the country’s most intriguing historic structures and learn about current trends in parapsychological investigation. Whether ESP Weekend attendees come armed with a camera, video recorder, or more sophisticated scientific equipment, they all discover a thrilling and entertaining weekend.

Paranormal Science or Fiction?

Photo taken by guest of the hotel. The arrow points to what appears to be a face in the wall.

You only have to turn on the TV to realize pop culture’s fascination with the paranormal. From SciFi to Biography to the Travel Channel, each network has its own version of ghost hunters and psychics investigating legends and unexplained occurrences in front of the camera. This is more than just a passing fad.

Investigations into the paranormal began as early as 1886 and have consistently had a firm basis in science. Although a worldwide interest, prestigious American universities like Stanford and Duke began critical studies of ESP and psychokinesis in the laboratory using experiments to collect quantitative data using statistical approaches in their studies. In the 1960’s the established Parapsychological Association took a large step in advancing the field of parapsychology when it became affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general scientific society in the world. Today, the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychiatric Medicine and the University of Arizona’s Vertias Laboratory as well as the Institute of Noetic Sciences are scientific leaders in the field of parapsychology which include studies in a number paranormal phenomenon, including but not limited to:
•   Telepathy: Transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses.
•    Precognition: Perception of information about future places or events before they occur.
•    Clairvoyance: Obtaining information about places or events at remote locations, by means unknown to current science.
•    Psychokinesis: The ability of the mind to influence matter, time, space, or energy by means unknown to current science.
•    Near-death experiences: An experience reported by a person who nearly died, or who experienced clinical death and then revived.
•    Reincarnation: The rebirth of a soul or other non-physical aspect of human consciousness in a new physical body after death.
•    Apparitional experiences: Phenomena often attributed to ghosts and encountered in places a deceased individual is thought to have frequented, or in association with the person’s former belongings.

The Man Behind Crescent’s ESP and Ghosts

Keith Scales, Director of the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours and organizer of ESP Weekend in Eurkea Springs.

Keith Scales is the director of the wildly popular Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours. In fact Keith is the key to the Crescent Hotel’s ESP Weekend. “I love history and Shakespeare,” he confessed. A writer, actor and director, Keith moved from London to America when he was 26 years old. Passionate about Greek dramas and theater he found a home in the artistic town of Eureka Springs. His love of history makes him a valuable asset to the Crescent Hotel.

Relentless research of one of the Crescent Hotel’s famous owners, Dr. Norman Baker, led Keith to eventually write and act in the hotel’s newest attraction, Midnight Theater. Keith’s endlessly inquisitive (and skeptical) nature has landed him coordinating ESP Weekend for 2012. “Just because we can’t explain or understand something does not mean that it does not exist,” he answered when asked if he was a believer in ghosts. It is one of the most interesting preoccupations in human history…to explain the unexplained.

After leading a ghost tour to the morgue Keith extends an invitation, “come and spend a weekend at the Crescent.  Discover credible and rational explanations to the unexplained if you can.”

If you are intrigued by parapsychology and want to investigate one of America’s most reportedly active historic properties then consider attending ESP Weekend or visit AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel, a member of the prestigious National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America, is also known as America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will enjoy the Crescent Hotel. This mountaintop resort hotel has a lot to offer as does the entire little mountain town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Check availability for ESP Weekend. Stay 1 night or 2 nights.

The Crescent Hotel offers nightly tours and ghost stories. Get ghost tours tickets and other great Eureka Springs attraction tickets online. Do you belong to an association or group? Bring your group or meeting to Eureka Springs, a unique place for conventions and meetings. Discover Eureka Springs lodging, restaurants, shopping and more on the Official Website for the Greater Eureka Springs Region.