Posts Tagged ‘Arkansas bed and breakfast’

Our Original Murder Mystery Story Returning in September

July 29th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We have a new date set for an upcoming Murder Mystery weekend and already half our rooms are booked ! September 7 & 8th, 2012, we will again feature our very first story, The Conrail Affair. This has always been our favorite story and originally debuted in April of 2005.

Murder Mystery Weekend in Eureka Springs, AR

As many of you know, innkeeper Jeff Feldman has written all four of our Murder Mysteries stories. He has always tried to write a story that stems from something in Eureka’s past and the Conrail Affair is certainly no different. This story is based on the arrival of the railroad in Eureka Springs, set in 1905. (The railroad actually arrived in 1883, but we like to take a certain license with the story to make things fun.)

While the railroad opens up the world to Eureka Springs,
its coming is not without controversy. There are several city groups and individuals opposed to the coming of the railroad: A conservationist group concerned that the railroad will spoil the natural beauty of the area, a reactionary group opposed to progress and technology in general, a women’s temperance group against the threat of saloons that might arise from increased travel, six property owners that lost ownership of parcels of land to eminent domain for the rail right-of-way, and three individuals who claim to have been cheated when selling their land. Then there are the greedy and covetous friends and relatives of Mr. Cyrus K. Conrail, a man who would never describe himself as a paragon of virtue and civility, much less be described as such by his family, friends, and business associates.

So, as you can see – it becomes very interesting! The Conrail Affair is one of our favorites partly because of the chance to wear the more elaborate Victorian costumes that people actually wore back then. The narrow, winding streets, flowering parks, fabulous restaurants, spas, art galleries & specialty shops will definitely enhance your one-of-a-kind and unforgettable weekend. So there’s a little murder involved – so what?

As with all of our MM weekends, the mystery is broken up into three rounds. Round 1 is Friday night, which features a cocktail party-like atmosphere and heavy appetizers (enough for a meal!). Round 2 is late Saturday morning (after your full breakfast at the B&B) and features coffee, tea and breakfast dessert (we promise you will never go hungry during this weekend!). After Round 2 you have all afternoon to yourselves to nap or  go downtown and shop and – oh, yeah – we have clues for you to hunt for! Kind of like an intelligent scavenger hunt. Then Round 3 is Saturday evening with a full buffet dinner and dessert.

Murder Mystery in Eureka Springs, ARNo one else in Arkansas does these Murder Mysteries – certainly not like we do. So call today – you can’t book these online – to get your room booked for September 7 & 8th. You’ll be glad you did.

Warmest regards,

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

 

Buttermilk Pie

June 18th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Okay, we don’t normally have pie for breakfast here at the Bridgeford House (although we probably would if you asked!), but we wanted to share this awesome (and easy) pie recipe that we bake all the time for the holidays:

Buttermilk PieFood at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast

1 (9-inch) pie shell, unbaked
1/4 cup butter
2 cups (scant) granulated sugar
3 (rounded) TBs all-purpose flour
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
Nutmeg to garnish surface of pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Let eggs and buttermilk come to room temperature.

Cream butter and sugar; add flour, then eggs. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla, beating until smooth. Pour into unbaked pie shell; sprinkle top of pie with nutmeg. Bake 45 to 50 minutes until pie tests done when the tip of a knife is inserted in center; knife should come out clean.

Enjoy!

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

Top 10 Myths About Staying at a Bed and Breakfast

June 3rd, 2012 by Sam Feldman

 

Many folks out there have never stayed at a bed and breakfast because, well…they’re scared! So we want to debunk any preconceived ideas you may have about staying at a B & B:

1.  You have to share a bathroom. Maybe in Europe, but in the United States, that’s pretty much a thing of the past. In fact, quite often B&B bathrooms are luxurious with jetted tubs and separate showers. We also provide fluffy towels, hair dryers, makeup mirrors, glycerin soap and conditioning shampoo. (We have had people ask us if they need to bring their own sheets and towels! Uh…no.)

2.  I don’t want to have a curfew and have a bunch of rules. We have one basic rule here: have a good time! We do not care what time you come in – you are provided your own key and front door code. We are not your mama!

3.  But there’s no privacy! We guarantee you will have more privacy here than you will at a hotel and it’s much quieter, too. Each of our rooms are separated from each other so it’s rare if you even hear other folks. After we check you in and make sure you know how to reach us if you need anything at all, including giving you our cell phone number, we leave you alone – unless you want to visit and lots of folks like to.

4.  But you have to eat with a bunch of strangers! All B&Bs are different, but in our case, we do have one large table and one 9:00 a.m. seating. We are always happy to serve you in your room if you prefer, but we rarely have anyone ask because getting to know other folks is fun and interesting – and we always make sure we laugh a lot at breakfast!

5.  The innkeepers are going to be hovering around us to make sure we don’t mess up their stuff. Yes, this is our home but it’s primarily our business. We have faith in people (and have rarely been proven wrong) to be respectful of our property and we never hover – we make sure you can find us if you need us, but sometimes we don’t see folks at all except during breakfast (and sometimes not even then, if they choose to sleep in).

6.  All B&Bs are old, creaky houses with Grandma furnishings. B&Bs nowadays can come in all shapes and decors. There are many modern B&Bs, log home B&Bs, traditional B&Bs and, as ours is, Victorian B&Bs. So while you might expect ours to have tons of doilies, nope, not the case. While we do have some lovely antique furniture that befits our 130-year-old house, we have upscale furnishings, decor and bedding. We provide flat-screen TVs, iPhone docking stations/ alarms, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators and microwaves in the rooms.  We even have electricity! (Little joke there…).Relax in Eureka Springs Arkansas

7.  B&Bs don’t accept credit cards. Not only do we accept credit cards, that’s the majority of our business.

8.  Innkeeping is just a hobby for them. Unless it’s a very small B&B, 1 or 2 rooms, most B&Bs, including ours, are our business. We make it our 7-days-a-week job to take care of you and make sure you have a wonderful stay. We’re not out just putzing around some place while you’re here – 90% of the time we are right on the premises and if we’re not due to necessity, we make sure you can reach us.

9.  Innkeepers aren’t on site, so there’s no 24/7 front desk. You’re right, we don’t have staff on 24/7, however, we live here! In Eureka Springs, it’s the law that innkeepers live on site and that’s true of most B&Bs around the country, even if it’s not a requirement – it’s what makes a B&B a B&B and not a hotel or motel! That’s the whole point of a B&B, to have it seem like home with someone right there to take care of your needs, but to be unobtrusive.

10. B&Bs are expensive. B&Bs are very comparable to many hotels and, trust me, we provide much, much more for the price! Most hotels will nickel and dime you to death with their charges, but we provide not only a large 4-course breakfast with your rate, but cold soft drinks and waters in your fridge, coffee pot and microwave in your room, along with coffee, tea, popcorn and cocoa. We make sure you have utensils to use, wine glasses, drinking glasses and a corkscrew, just in case. We have games and puzzles and videos. We have chocolates all over the house and do homebaked treats for you each afternoon that we place on your bed as we do maid service. What hotel does all that?

So tell your friends, tell your relatives, send this to all the folks you know that would never stay at a bed and breakfast because they’re “too old-fashioned and stuff”. Send ‘em here – we’ll change their minds.

It’s most definitely A Better Way to Stay!

Warmest regards,

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

 

B and B’s – A Better Way to Stay

April 5th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

March 26th, 2012

There have long been many myths surrounding bed and breakfasts and what they may be like. In order to combat that, Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) has launched a campaign known as “A Better Way to Stay” – or any other words, “Death to the Doily”!

While you might find one (or maybe even two) doilies at the Bridgeford House, you will also find updated and luxurious private bathrooms, all with showers and some with jetted tubs (big enough for two!), 26″ flatscreen TVs with built-in DVD player (and a big selection of up-to-date movies), refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots in every room (you never have to leave your room if you don’t want to, since we also supply you with coffee, tea, popcorn, cocoa and home-baked treats) AND a huge homemade breakfast served on fine china and gold flatware.

We also have FREE Wi-Fi, iPhone/iPod Docking Alarm Clocks, luxurious linens, soft and fluffy towels, gorgeous views, easy access to the historic downtown (either by feet or by trolley) and we’re on site and available for when you need something we didn’t think to provide for you ahead of time – and we’ll remember your name! How many hotels (let alone a motel!) can give you that?

So spread the word – B and B’s really ARE A Better Way to Stay – follow them on Twitter and Facebook and keep up-to-date with current news and promotions on what the B&B industry has to offer. Don’t believe those myths – because we’ve blown them away!

Warmest regards,

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


Take Part of the Bed and Breakfast Experience Home With You

March 18th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

If anyone has stayed at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast in the last couple of months, you’ll have slept on our brand new sheets from Comphy Co.

These linens look and feel like 600 count cotton, yet they are an eco-friendly micro-fiber that is 100% recyclable. They dry quickly, do not need ironing (very important to this girl!) and are treated for stain release. They are highly recommended for people with sensitive skin as the extra-fine weave protects against dust mite allergens. Poly microfiber is the fabric of choice for athletic teams and outdoor wear companies such as Patagonia, because of its breathability and comfort.

We have two lovely shades on our beds, cream and teagreen, but they are also available in chocolate, silver blue and white. In addition to the sheet sets (which include one fitted sheet with 18″ deep pockets, one flat and two pillowcases), duvet covers, eye pillows and case, quilted blankets and throws are also available to purchase through our inn, to be drop-shipped directly to your home.

So if this sounds good but you’re just not sure – come sleep in one of our beds and you’ll become a believer!

Warmest regards,

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

Yet Another New Murder Mystery Story in Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

March 11th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We love our Murder Mystery Weekends so much – and guests do, too – that we keep writing new ones! Our Murder Mystery author- extraordinary (Jeff) is just finishing up “The Noble Experiment”, a mystery that takes place during Prohibition.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has an interesting history during Prohibition, with lots of gangsters and illegal activity. So…what better story to have as a backdrop to a new murder mystery?

Synopsis:  Mob bosses; agents from the U.S. Bureau of Investigation, Federal Prohibition Enforcement Agency and State Police; federal, state and local politicians; and concerned citizens have gathered at the invitation of one of the nation’s most infamous “bootleggers”.
In an effort to spare the revered and sacrosanct resort of Eureka Springs from the horrendous illegal alcohol-fueled violence that has plunged New York, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Chicago into bloody chaos, a lottery has been proposed that will award the winner exclusive rights to the importation of prohibited goods into the resort town.
But before the lottery can be held, a heinous crime occurs that threatens to plunge the peaceful Ozarks into outright war.

Who dies and who did it?

With characters like “Hudson Duster” – also known as “Two Gun” – (Chief Financial Officer of the Irish Syndicate), “Ostap Filkowski” – AKA “One eye” – (2nd in command of Kielbasa Posse), or “Krzysztof Sprysak” (say that one three times real fast) – AKA “Clown Shoes” (Head bookie for Kielbasa Posse) – how can you not have fun ?

The inaugural weekend for this exciting new mystery is March 30 & 31st, 2012 – which is already booked up! But we look forward to the next MM weekend, which will be posted on our website soon (most likely in the middle of June). So watch for the date – or give us a call to put you on a wait list. Date will be posted this next week.

Until then – always keep an eye on us here in Eureka Springs – because there’s always murder afoot!

Warmest regards,

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

 

Eureka Springs Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek

March 4th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

March 24th will mark the 22nd Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Here’s  a fun video about one of Turpentine Creek’s residents and the kite festival itself:

By the way, that cute staff member is our youngest daughter, Jessica, who worked at Turpentine Creek for several years!

The Kite Festival is that Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll have plenty of time to fly kites, visit lions and tigers and bears – oh, my! and be back in the historic downtown in time for a lovely dinner at one of our many wonderful restaurants. We’ll be happy to give you some recommendations.

You can’t walk to Turpentine Creek from our place but, as many of you know, you can walk to just about anywhere else! So bring your kite – remember, March is supposed to be windy!

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Springs Web Cam – Live!

February 26th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We know not everyone is lucky enough to live in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, but you can always see what’s going on! Check out Eureka’s live webcam site and see what’s happening downtown, what the weather’s like, if there’s a parade going on, and even what Beaver Lake looks like on that day.

Web Cam 1 is just down from the Basin Park area (near Spring and Main), Web Cam 2 is Spring St., right at Pendergrass corner (at the Eureka Grill, looking up towards the Post Office), Web Cam 3 is right at Spring and Center (looking at the Basin Park Hotel and the Flatiron Flats building), Web Cam 4 is beautiful Beaver Lake and Web Cam 5 is Spring St., at Pendergrass corner, looking the other way (away from the post office), past the New Orleans Hotel. Each Web Cam page has facts and figures, some features on some of our local musicians, Beaver Lake information, and some on the history of Eureka Springs.

Web Cam 3

So if you can’t make it here, never fear. You’re never too far away.

But we always look forward to visits from folks that stay here at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast and remember, you can walk right down to any of these spots easily – or just stay right on our front porch and watch the world go by you!

Warmest regards,

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

Intrigue Theater – The Ghosts Have Answers, in Eureka Springs Arkansas

February 13th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Last year a wonderful show came to town. Intrigue Theater will make you doubt your common good sense. We are very excited that they will be coming back for spring break, March 16-31 and then returning for the whole summer on June 28th, right back into our own Victorian auditorium. You will travel back to an age of Intrigue during the Victorian era and witness an evening of incredible and mysterious demonstrations performed by an Illusionist and a Medium.  The evening also features special guests from the other side.

Folks, we have seen this show and it is awesome! And it will make you wonder…

This is a wonderful portrayal of entertainment back in the Victorian age, complete with fabulous costumes and the vernacular of that particular age. But what is most exciting is the performance itself, which includes magical demonstrations, feats of astonishing mental capabilities, and elements of spiritualism, as observed and celebrated in the 19th century – spirits may make their presence known with whispered answers and unexplained phenomenon.

Sean-Paul actually rifled through Sam’s purse, pulling out object after object, while Juliana, blindfolded and up on stage quite a ways from where we were sitting, told him what each one of them was. How the heck did they do that?

Come see for yourself. Spring break is a wonderful time to visit Eureka Springs Arkansas and see that the ghosts really do have all the answers! Come stay with us and get discounted tickets to see this unique show (yep, you can walk there!).

Warmest regards,

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

 

8th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival in Eureka Springs Arkansas!

January 30th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 11, 2012, for chocolate gorging.

There is chocolate sampling all day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults ($6 for children) and worth every penny, because you get to take a box around with you to all the display tables, chow down on samples AND fill up the box for wonderful chocolate to take home. You will see some wonderful displays (great for ideas for weddings and parties) and one of my favorite things in the whole wide-world:  chocolate fountains.

The Chocolate Lovers’ Festival is always planned every year to coincide with Valentine’s Weekend, so what could be more perfect? This is a nationally acclaimed festival, which has been featured in the national media, including Southern Living magazine. On top of that, it has been selected as the second-best attraction for Valentine’s Day in the state of Arkansas!

A complete world of chocolate appreciation will be featured at the 8th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival including cakes, cookies, ice cream, multiple dipping fountains, beverages and more. Chocolate novelty items and body products will be on hand as well.

We will be happy to host you here at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs Arkansas – and we will help you eat the chocolate, too, if you just end up with way too much (is there such a thing?) Weather so far this winter has been gorgeous, so come on up to Eureka! Sophie’s waiting in the window!

 

Warmest regards,

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


 

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