Slow down and see the sights

Friday, November 2, 2007
The Crescent and Basin Park Hotels' Ghost Tours offer other-worldly thrills for intrepid visitors to Eureka Springs.

The bustle of summer is over, and the holiday hurry has yet to start. Why not slow down and enjoy quality time together while seeing the sights? November is a perfect time to explore the area's history, from tales of Native American history and the Trail of Tears at Blue Spring, to Civil War history at War Eagle Mill. See the natural history of the Ozarks with a tour through Cosmic Cavern, walk through a bit of nature's beauty. Looking for something a bit different? Meet the tigers and lions at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, or go for a thrill with a Eureka Springs Ghost Tour. Of course, there's always the evening holiday shows at the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down to make you laugh and put you in a relaxed holiday mood. Browse through the listings below and find the attractions tailor-made for your perfect, take-it-as-it-comes getaway day.

• Basin Park Ghost Tour - The 1905 Basin Park Hotel has long carried the lore of spirits, haunting and unusual happenings. The "Haunting Tales of Downtown Eureka Springs & Ghosts of The Basin Park Hotel" tour is both a chance to learn more about the many tales and fascinating stories of the history of Downtown Eureka Springs as well as possibly witnessing and/or capturing on film our next ghost story. Tours are every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets available at the front desk $15 per person.

•Bear Mountain Riding Stables and Dude Ranch - is a brand new facility offering trail rides, hayrides, dude weekends and cowboy weddings (on or off horseback) with all the trimmings, including rehearsal dinners and barn dance receptions for up to 150 people. Located three miles West of Eureka Springs on Highway 62. Give them a call to arrange a cowboy experience you will fondly remember. (479) 253-6185.

• Cosmic Cavern - Take a 1.25 hour tour through the warmest cave in the Ozarks, always a humid 62º. The cave is well-lit, so you can see and photograph grotesque, colorful formations. This major Arkansas cave has bottomless lakes, and rare cave fish and amphibians. Spend an hour spelunking. It's fun for all ages. Hwy 21 north of Berryville.

• Eureka Springs Ghost Tours - Nightly tours at the Crescent Hotel. Room 212, which include legends and modern clairvoyant research, brought to life by trained guides. This is the top-rated ghost tour in the country and has been featured on the Sci-Fi Channel and the Travel Channel. These talented clairvoyants also offer energy and chakra work, private readings, seminars, and ghost tours at other locations. For more information call (479) 253-6800 or see website:

• Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down - Voted #1 in Country and Comedy, the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down is in its 26th season in Eureka Springs. You won't want to miss this high energy family show with some of the hottest players and funniest comedians in the region. The evening kicks off with a bluegrass pre-show at 7:30 p.m., followed by a visit from "P. Nutt" and "Granny" that will have you rolling! The main show begins at 8pm and features non-stop laughter and entertainment. The Hoe-Down is the place to go if you're looking for group interaction. Your group won't just be the audience...they'll be a part of the entertainment. After the show, P. Nutt will even escort your group back to the bus for a visit before you leave for your next destination. Don't leave Eureka Springs without seeing the hottest show in the Ozarks, and be sure to catch the BRAND NEW 3 p.m. show, too! Hwy 62 East.

• Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge - Turpentine Creek rescues neglected and unwanted big cats and other wild animals nationwide and gives the public a chance to get up close and personal with the king of the jungle and his regal cousins. You've probably never seen this many big cats in one place. It's awesome and the kids will definitely love it. Open 9 a.m. every day; feeding time is at 5 p.m., and the animals really spring to life then. Hwy 23 South, 7 mi.

• War Eagle Mill - A scenic half-hour drive from Eureka Springs, War Eagle Mill is definitely worth the trip. The historic water-powered grist mill on lovely War Eagle Creek is a step back in time. The working mill today grinds high-quality organic grains which can be purchased while you're there. Or have some delicious corn bread made from freshly milled corn in the Bean Palace restaurant. Yum! Take Hwy. 23 south to Hwy. 12 W, then left on War Eagle Rd. You can't miss it.

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