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Eureka Springs Winter

January 6th, 2014 by Sam Feldman

Not a lot of folks come here to enjoy a Eureka Springs winter (especially January), but there is a certain beauty to it! Of course, not all winters are like this one (today’s temp when we got up was -1, wind chill was -19, all of which is rather unusual). We did have about 4″ of snow yesterday (after our 8″ we had the first weekend in December, which is the earliest we’ve ever seen snow since we moved here in 2002). What else can you do but snuggle down and watch Netflix? But we thought we’d just share how beautiful our little mountain town is at this time of year.

Remember, you can come visit us anytime – we do have fireplaces and jetted tubs, books, games, puzzles and magazines. Enjoy our big breakfast and just “chill”.

Eureka Springs Winter:

Eureka Springs Winter

Spring & Center, the Flatiron Flats building

Eureka Springs Winter

Bridgeford House sign, up towards street level from the sunken garden

 

 

Eureka Springs Winter

Bridgeford House B&B, deep in snow

 

Eureka Springs Winter

Thorncrown Chapel, deep in winter, still spiritual

Eureka Springs Winter

Grotto Spring in winter

Eureka Springs Winter

Spring St., right by post office

Eureka Springs Winter

Eureka’s Carnegie Library

Only one of a few gorgeous icicle formations that we get in winter

Eureka Springs Winter

The Crescent Hotel, from afar

Basin Spring Park

 

 

 

 

Mountain St. in winter, near Chelsea’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grotto Spring – Beauty in Eureka Springs, AR

May 8th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

It is said that we have over 100+ natural cold springs in our little town of 2000. Most of them are in people’s back yards, a few inside their houses or stores downtown. We are lucky enough to live on Spring St., which has some of the most well-known historical springs in the city and have extensive gardens around them, paid for by the City of Eureka Springs and the work of mostly one employee, who must have 10 green thumbs. Our favorite is just down the street from us (of course!) and is called Grotto Spring.

Around 1900

Around 1900

“The words “Esto Perpetua” emblazoned upon a stone above the entrance to Grotto Spring declare the prevailing belief that these healing waters would flow forth forever. Early Townspeople discovered the spring under an overhanging rock ledge a short distance from the well known as Dairy Spring. Extensive street construction on “The Boulevard” as Spring Street was then called, began in 1890. This necessitated construction of an enclosure of limestone and ornamental stonework hand worked by very skilled stonemasons. Grotto Spring was located only a few steps from the Electric streetcar line. Some of the first Ordinances enacted by city government were to protect the springs for public use in perpetuity. The wooded area on the hillside above and around the spring is delineated by ordinance that appears to be Oak or Sheffield Spring described in Ordinance No 81 dated February 14, 1886. The Sheffield family resided nearby in 1880 and may have operated the original dairy for which the hollow below this site was named.”

Grotto Spring today

Grotto Spring today

Today, Grotto Spring can be entered down a flight of stone steps, into a cool (literally!) atmosphere. The modern gardener, Don E,  started lighting candles in the cave a few years ago, so it’s a very peaceful and spiritual experience, where many people leave notes for their loved ones or their hopes and dreams scribbled on a piece of paper. There’s even a bench you can sit on. Outside, he does a wonderful job with color, texture and shapes, even a couple of topiary animals.

Caterpiller topiary

Caterpillar topiary

Bird topiary

Bird topiary

Grotto Spring in Bloom

Grotto Spring in Bloom

 

Stop by this beautiful oasis the next time you’re visiting Eureka Springs (and hopefully staying with us!) and you’ll find one of your favorite things to do when you visit our lovely little corner of the world.

 

 

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

 

Historic Springs in Eureka Springs

May 23rd, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Part of Eureka Springs’ natural beauty comes from our historic springs. Way back in the 1860′s, long before the tourists arrived, the Indians knew all about our healing waters. This area was considered sacred ground and all weapons were laid down before entering the sacred area. Of course, the white man did find it eventually and that was the beginning of the town of Eureka Springs. There are sixty-something original springs throughout the area (I’ve actually heard there were over 100, but that may be because more is outside the city limits). Some springs are actually in people’s back yards and one that I know of is inside a well-known (and really cool!) store called Mountain Eclectic, on Main St.

There are six well-known springs right on Spring St., within easy walking distance of the Bridgeford House. Our favorites are Crescent Spring and Harding Spring (oh, shoot, we love Grotto Spring, too, which has a neat cave). The area surrounding these springs are fashioned into a vision of beauty during the season by our incredible city gardener, Don E. Allen. Talk about magic at work and more than two green thumbs!

Harding Spring Roses

Harding Springs Centerpiece

Some springs (and all around town) you will see incredible limestone bluffs and caves. There are paths all around these springs and bluffs which make for some exciting discoveries on foot.

Harding Spring Bluff

Grotto Spring & Cave

These photos do not even do these gardens and springs justice – you have to come see for yourself! Also, watch our Facebook page for photos posted often as the gardens develop and the seasons change.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

Beaver Bridge on the White River

February 20th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

By Jerry Kwit (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Beaver Bridge Photo by Jerry Kwit


For those of you who have visited with us, hopefully we sent you on a driving tour. Eureka Springs in Northwest Arkansas has some of the most beautiful countryside in the continental United States. Green, glorious mountains, two sparkling and very active rivers, the White River and the Kings River (canoeing and floating are available during season), and two exceptional lakes for boating and fishing, Beaver Lake and Tablerock Lake. Everywhere are incredible, breath-taking views of the Ozark mountains.

One of our favorite side trips that we like to send people on is over to Beaver Bridge on the White River, about a 5 minute drive from the Bridgeford House B&B. This is a rare example of a one-lane suspension bridge in Arkansas, built in 1943. Called the “Golden Gate of the Ozarks,” this historic swinging bridge is the last one in Arkansas open to vehicular traffic and is referred to as “the bridge to nostalgia.” The structure was featured in the 2005 movie, “Elizabethtown.” As you can see from this photo, the beauty of the surrounding area cannot be matched.

Come see us and we’ll make sure you know how to get there!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

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