Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Haunted Hotels of Eureka Springs are Perfect for a Halloween Getaway

Eureka Springs is known for its haunted hotels and ghost tours, which makes it a perfect place to visit during Halloween.

The Crescent Hotel & Spa is regarded as one of the most haunted hotels in America. There are numerous stories accounting for its haunting, including a stone worker who fell to his death during construction from what was to become room 218. His presence is supposedly very active in room 218, where doors open and slam shut, hands appear on the bathroom mirror and cries can sometimes be heard.

More hauntings came after Dr. Norman Baker leased the hotel and turned it into a makeshift hospital. The truth of the matter was that Dr. Baker had no medical training and his cures, according to legend, made many of his patients go mad. There was a mental ward located on the fourth floor and a morgue located in the basement, which are now haunted by Dr. Baker’s patients, and even Dr. Baker himself. Ghost sightings on the fourth floor are abundant: a nurse with a gurney appears regularly near room 434 and a ghost known as “Theodora” materialized often near room 419. Dr. Baker sightings usually occur in the lobby.

A Spirit of the Crescent tour is available to guests who want to explore the ghosts and spirits that haunt the hotel. The tours are $18.75 per person and start nightly at 8pm.

The Basin Park Hotel, located in downtown Eureka Springs, also has a long history of spirits, ghosts and unusual happenings. The Basin Park Hotel has long been the social center of Eureka Springs, from the Wild West era during which cowboys and bars reigned supreme, to an era marked by gambling and illegal excess. These characters are the object of many sightings at the Basin Hotel. The Basin offers the Haunting Tales of Downtown Eureka Springs & Ghosts of The Basin Park Hotel seven nights a week. Tickets for adults are $15 and tickets for children (under 9) are $7.

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