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Celebrate the Ozarks: Crescent Hotel still is grand ol' lady of Eureka Springs

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:23:41 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 03 2013 03:24:56 PM CDT

It was the highlight of society in the Victorian era. It's still a place for a luxurious relaxation.


This tourist town does a good job of staying true to its roots, from not having traffic signals or street lights downtown to preserving and keeping its landmarks vital.  The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places, including the renowned Crescent Hotel.

It was the highlight of society in the Victorian Era.  In the late 1800s, garden parties at the Crescent Hotel brought wealthy people from across America who socialized after a day at the spas and springs.  Anybody who was anybody would stay at the Crescent Hotel.

It was a grand resort catering to society's elite. They arrived by train with servants and trunks of clothing. They even carried their own china and silver to feel more at home. They'd stay for weeks.

The grand tradition continues. The main ballroom hosts countless wedding receptions, lavish dinners, and champagne brunches on Sundays. The lobby is much as it was in 1886. The rooms are decorated with antique furniture but with modern mattresses and bathrooms. The gardens are as well tended as they were a century ago.

As evening falls on the Crescent, people fill the hallways of the hotel for what's become a popular evening pastime: the ghost tour. The hotel is said to be haunted by mysterious apparitions.

As modern day Eurekans enjoy history preserved here, they pay tribute to their beloved hotel. To them, it brings to mind the era when people took long vacations in opulent resorts, enjoying music, fine food and fancy hats. And, just as back then, to this day the Crescent stands as the iconic image of Eureka Springs.