Posts Tagged ‘Arkansas bed and breakfast’

Weddings at the Bridgeford House

March 28th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Simply put, we love to do weddings. We may not be able to do the large weddings that Thorncrown Chapel or the Crescent Hotel can do, but we can do them special. If it’s just you and your soul mate, or if you have just a few friends and family that would like to join you on your special day, please come tie the knot here at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast.

We have a lovely stone sunken garden where we do the majority of our weddings. Trickling waterfalls between goldfish ponds adds to the music, an abundance of flowers and ferns adds to your bridal bouquet, and the ease and loveliness of our special ceremonies will create memories that will last forever.

We happily add champagne or sparkling juice, and a lovely (and scrumptious) wedding cake for a small, intimate reception. Bridal flowers and groom boutonnieres can be provided, plus additional package items can be added if you choose to spend your honeymoon here as well, to make your special day unforgettable.

In the off-season, we really look forward to helping couples start their lives together – it lets sunshine into the cold season! We have a lovely Victorian parlor that provides a cozy, historic atmosphere to your nuptials.

Traditional wedding music is available and we can supply a professional photographer for a small fee or will take photos with your camera for free.

Whatever season you choose, how ever many loved ones join you, or if it’s just an intimate wedding for the two of you, we simply love to do weddings.

Warmest regards,

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

A Day in the Life of An Innkeeper

October 4th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

So you want to be an innkeeper…

Back in 1990, the inspiration hit that I wanted to be an innkeeper. I rushed home in the Dallas traffic, avoiding mass quantities of cars aimed at me like bullets from a machine gun and told Jeff what I thought we should do and that I thought we should go stay in one. His response was, “Now let me get this straight. You want me to go to a stranger’s house, sleep in a stranger’s bed and get up and have breakfast with a bunch of strangers?!!” Well, yep, that was about the gist of it.

We stayed in our first one in Jefferson, TX, and loved visiting with the innkeeper so much that when we drove home after our visit, Jeff said, “Looks like fun, let’s do it!”

Well, it took us 12 years to actually get to “doing it”, but 7 years after the fact we have this down pat. So let’s take a peek behind the curtain and see what a “day in the life” looks like:

Jeff’s an early bird. I have given him permission to drag me out of bed at an indecent hour as well – not to cook, but to walk! So for those of you that think we are up before the crack of dawn to start cooking and baking, think again. We are actually out there with a poop bag following Sophie for 2 miles.

Anyway, once we are back and cleaned up, we are in the kitchen by 7:45. A quick breakfast for ourselves (we don’t eat all this fattening food ourselves, you know) and it’s getting on with breakfast. Here at the Bridgeford House we serve a four-course breakfast. That’s a fruit dish, an egg or pancake (or French toast) dish, a side dish and a meat. There is also usually a garnish of some sort, plus juice and coffee. We have such a good system that we can fix a breakfast for 10 in an hour. Planning, planning, planning!

Once folks have eaten and gone (and they often stay talking at the breakfast table for an hour or more!), clean up is accomplished. (Usually somewhere about that time is another Sophie walk, so more exercise is expended, whether I want to or not.) We serve our breakfasts on fine china, crystal and gold flatware and much of that is hand-washed. I’m not kidding.

Daily sweet treats need to be baked next. Cinnamon scones (although I discovered by accident recently that butterscotch scones are wonderful, too!), gooey lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies…well, you get the idea. Those are all baked up by yours truly and wrapped on plates and put on the guests’ beds, new ones coming in or those staying over. For those staying over, we also change out used towels for fresh ones, check drinks and coffee supplies, empty trash, and straighten beds for a “turned down” look. This is known in the industry as a “fluff”. I just like saying that word.

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For those guests that have left, an entire room turnover is needed. Fresh sheets and towels, restocking of supplies and an entire disinfecting clean of the bathrooms, followed lastly by a good and thorough vacuuming. On a good day, I have a housekeeper that does all this for me! On a medium day, I have my husband helping me (he works Monday-Friday at the Eureka Springs Chamber office). On a bad day, Sophie helps me.

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Throughout our days, there is a comforting and constant reality to give us total job security – laundry. With five rooms and fresh towels provided daily to current guests (something we insist upon), laundry can pile up high enough to bury ten Sophies. I have learned to do laundry in my sleep and also during all other activities, so that it is barely noticeable. Oh, and you will be glad to know that I do find time to do our own personal laundry – not to worry.

Believe it or not, on some days, all these things except laundry (remember, it’s going on in the background) can be done by 1 or 2 p.m. Then it’s time to check guests in, if they are arriving in mid-afternoon, which most of them do. Getting them settled in and toured takes about 15 minutes or so each (depending on how talkative I am or how long they play with Sophie). How, you might ask, do I check in more than one room at a time, if they all arrive at the same time? The most valuable words in an innkeeper’s vocabulary:  planning and keep it simple. We stick a note out on the door to have new arrivals make themselves comfortable until we return.

There is a lot of time in between these tasks doing website updates, answering emails (and the phone, of course), and hopefully making reservations. Depending on the particular innkeepers, these extra duties, loosely described as “shamelessly promoting ourselves” can take a lot of time or very little time. We happen to be pretty computer-savvy and like to make it as complicated as possible.

This is our life and we love it. This was a behind-the-scenes tour rarely seen by our guests – and that’s the way it should be!

Warmest regards,

Sam and Sophie (Jeff’s at work!)

New Mid-Week Pricing for our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast

August 14th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

As the end of the summer approaches, we have decided it’s a good time to look at offering mid-week discounts. Here at the Bridgeford House B & B,  Sundays and Thursdays are now $10 off the regular rate and staying a Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday will save you $20 to $30 off a room per night, depending on the room! Mid-week is a great time to come see Eureka Springs:  less traffic, less people. It’s the quiet peacefulness of Eureka that those of us that are blessed to live here get to experience. 

There is still plenty to do during the week. The Great Passion Play is open every night except Sunday and Wednesday, the Pine Mountain Jamboree has a show every night except Sunday and the Ozark Mountain Hoedown is closed only on Tuesday nights. So no matter what night you are here, there’s always something going on! We are happy to make any show reservations for you and they are all wonderful!

We are having such a good time this summer with all our wonderful guests that have come visiting. Some of them have been with us many times and we always enjoy them coming back. Whatever you need to make your getaway special, please let us know! And we hope by saving you money with mid-week specials will be a good place to start!

Warmest regards,

Sam and Jeff (and Sophie, of course!)

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