With the much anticipated opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art small meetings are scheduling Northwest Arkansas for their annual gatherings. Eureka Springs, AR, long seen as a vacation destination is enjoying somewhat of a re-birth as a Destination Meeting location offering a product with a surprisingly convenient location due to recent road improvements, being less than 35 miles east of the Museum and with easy access from both XNA and Branson Airports. In fact, Eureka Springs now boasts the most prestigious title as of “One of America’s Dozen Most Distinctive Destinations” and regional meeting planners have taken note. “We first learned of Eureka Springs through its efforts in preservation, however we held our annual meeting there and our attendees enjoyed everything from golf, lake, scenery and of course the historic hotels” Stated Compudyne (CDCY) CFO Geoff Feidelberg.
In Eureka Springs, we found ourselves at full occupancy on the weekends and empty during the week. As the senior, family and bus market began to soften we realized that we needed to enhance our weekday trade through diversification. With the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum and with Eureka Springs being a Top 25 Art Community blessed with numerous activities and unique, high quality meeting space the corporate meeting was a perfect fit” Stated Jack Moyer, Crescent Hotel General Manager.
Hosting Arkansas Conventions since 1979
Eureka Springs has hosted meetings and conventions in Arkansas since 1979, when the Inn of the Ozarks opened the first convention center in the state. With over 100 small shops and eateries, golf available at Holiday Island, Kings River and Branson Creek, lively entertainment both wholesome and otherwise and outdoor activities tied to Table Rock Lake, Beaver Lake, Lake Leatherwood and the Kings and White Rivers, a meeting in Eureka Springs is an easy choice and one that makes meeting planners look great. “We hear from every group that their attendance is never higher than the Eureka Springs meeting. It does not matter whether the group originates from Little Rock or New Orleans.” Eureka Springs hosts nearly one million tourists annually and is the second most traveled destination in the state of Arkansas. Meeting itineraries may be found on www.arkansasmeetings.com and by clicking the Featured Destination tab.
Getting to Eureka Springs
Eureka Springs is located in Northwest Arkansas at the junction of Highways 62 and 23. Just 54 miles from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) and 49 Miles from the Branson Airport the region is served by many carriers including the low-cost carrier AirTran. Eureka Springs by automobile is 4 hours from Little Rock, 3 hours from Tulsa, 2 Hours from Springfiled and 1 hour from most points on I540.
THE 1905 Basin Park Hotel
One site favored for corporate retreats is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. Initially housing health seekers and business trade for a bustling new town this second generation 1905 building replaced the luxurious Perry House which perished in the great fire of 1888. Today, The Basin Park Hotel is back. Experiencing its greatest period of growth since the county sheriff removed liquor by the drink and slot machines in 1951, The Basin Park Hotel is alive with weddings, romance and corporate meetings. An ideal location for meeting planners wishing to add something more to their meeting than just the agenda points, The Basin Park offers turn of the century “Mission Style” décor, renovated guest rooms and suites, Rooftop Billiards, Balcony Dining, Serenity Spa Services, Fresh baked goods in the War Eagle Outpost, Arkansas Outdoor Adventures and of course meeting rooms that are fully equipped with 21st century technology; all this with a location whose front door opens to the 19th century shopping dining and entertainment district.
THE 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
This Mountaintop Spa Resort known as a prestigious member of the Historic Hotels of America is the leader in the Eureka Springs market for Destination Meetings. Focusing on meeting group of 75 and down, The Crescent Hotel has been sought nationwide as a highly productive business environment, a destination spa and the headquarters to the resort destination that is Eureka Springs. The Crescent Hotel has been fully-restored, offers fine dining in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, black-tie catering, VIP meeting services, advance AV and High Time on the Sky bar from 9-11PM daily.
Eureka Springs also boasts the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, host of the cities convention center and expert meeting host since 1979 and The Best Western Eureka Inn located at the gateway to the Eureka Springs.
The Basin Park Hotel can accommodate:
Hotel Guest Rooms:
61 Total 14 Jacuzzi Suites
Atrium Room 880 Sq Feet 5 – 40 attendees
Ozark Room 1180 Sq Feet 15 – 115 attendees
Grand Ballroom 2300 Sq Feet 50 – 200 attendees
Dining and Entertainment:
Balcony Restaurant and Bar Casual American Fare – Outdoor Dining
Rooftop Billiards Lounge, billiards, board games and sports
Serenity Spa Hot Stones, Serenity Rain Bar, Duets
The Crescent Hotel and Spa can accommodate:
Hotel Guest Rooms:
76 Total 7 Jacuzzi and/or Premium Suites
Faculty Lounge 810 Sq Feet 10 – 70 attendees
Conservatory 1180 Sq Feet 25 – 125 attendees
Crystal Dining Room 3200 Sq Feet 75 – 300 attendees
Dining and Entertainment:
Crystal Dining Room Fine Cuisine – Resort Casual Dress
Dr. Baker’s Bistro Scenic Overlook, Full-menu & Bar
Dr. Baker’s Sky Bar Late Night Food, High Time from 9-11PM
New Moon Spa Arkansas’ Largest Resort Spa