Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs

November 12th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

In just a few weeks, we will be opening up our inn for the 6th year in a row for the annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs. On Saturday, December 14, 2013, (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) all nine inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs group will be featured in a wonderful holiday tour of their properties, all dressed up for Christmas. At each inn you’ll receive samples of two different sweet treats, plus the recipes, as you tour these Victorian lovelies.

Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs at Bridgeford House

Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast, dressed up for Christmas

At this time, the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast is still experimenting on what our two treats will be, but examples from the past are:  Butterfinger Chunk Cookies, Orange Cream Brownies, Malted Milk Ball Cookies, Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies, Cream Cheese Meltaways with Lemon Glaze, and Jumbo Raisin Cookies.

Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs-Details:

  • Nine unique bed and breakfasts included on the tour
  • Yummy cookies & treats with recipes to add to your collection
  • Holiday decorating ideas from each of the beautifully decorated inns
  • A chance to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Finish your shopping in Eureka Springs’ unique shops and art galleries
  • Enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates good at any of the Sweet Treats Cookie Tour participating inns
  • Contact us here at the Bridgeford House to purchase a ticket, $20 per person, limited number is availableSweet Treats Cookie Tour at Bridgeford House

This will be a self-guided tour (maps of all the participating properties will be provided) so you can visit the inns and the innkeepers at your leisure. All of our bed and breakfasts are on or close to one of Eureka Springs’ trolley routes. Parking at each inn will be limited so we urge you to enjoy the city sights while you ride the trolley.

Please come and enjoy our lovely town! Call us to reserve your tickets today.

Warmest regards,

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


Christmas Time in Eureka Springs, AR

October 29th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

We’re writing this just as the fall color is at its peak – we cannot describe to you how gorgeous it is outside our window right now! But as this season blends into the next, we turn our thoughts to holiday time. There is nothing more beautiful at Christmas time than Eureka Springs. Most of the town has their lights up starting around November 15th (us included, barring any last minute delays), so taking a carriage ride at this time of the year is magical.

Christmas Carriage Rides in Eureka Springs, AR

Christmas Carriage Rides in Eureka Springs, AR

Santa comes to Basin Park as early as November 29 and for the entire month of December, you can visit the Christmas Forest at the Crescent Hotel (we always recommend popping into the Crescent for a ghost tour anyway).

The 42nd Annual St. James Episcopal Church Silver Tea is on December 5 – a seasonal favorite! And don’t miss the Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6th, one of the best holiday parades we’ve ever seen. There will be all kinds of Christmas downtown activities from December 6-14, so be sure to check here for the schedule.

A very popular holiday activity is the Candlelight Tour of Homes, put on by the Preservation Society. You get to see inside some of these gorgeous Victorian homes, your only chance all year long, on Saturday, December 7th. And the next weekend is another great tour, the Annual Sweet Treats B&B Cookie Tour, Saturday, December 14th. Yours truly, the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast, always participates in this tour every year.

December 7-13 is the 14th Annual “Christmas at The Crescent”. They really dress to the nines at that beautiful historic hotel just up the mountain from us, in true Victorian style, and it’s just a short walk from your room here at the B&B.

Throughout November and December, the shops downtown have all kinds of sales going on, so this is the time to come! Get in the holiday spirit with a Christmas time visit to Eureka Springs, AR.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – (with Sophie and her new little “sister”, Fiona!)

Introducing Lady Fiona Glenanne, our newest member of our family.

Introducing Lady Fiona Glenanne, our newest member of our family.




Merry Christmas – Made in America! (In Two Minutes or Less!)

December 3rd, 2011 by Sam Feldman

Well, it’s only a couple weeks away from Christmas.

No doubt, that perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for relative, friend or co-worker still escapes you.

There has been a big push this year across America to buy “Made in the USA,” or possibly gift services that are performed locally like car repair, beauty care, massages, etc.

What could be more American than a getaway in the heart of the nation in Eureka Springs, Arkansas this coming year?

Why not consider giving the gift of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation:

A gift certificate for a stay at the 1884 Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast!

You can purchase your gift certificate on our website online with a credit card, give us some custom instructions to include on the certificate, and we’ll snail mail or email your purchase to you or directly to the recipient. Or call us at the inn and we’ll take your order over the phone.

You can purchase a Bridgeford House gift certificate in any amount or purchase a stay in a particular room. You already know we’ll treat your special someone right at the inn, so it won’t be like the “lovely” sweater you got last year from Aunt Mabel.

It doesn’t get any easier or more thoughtful than that.

Here’s hoping you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Warmest regards,

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


Eureka Springs, AR: Ready to Get in the Holiday Spirit!

October 16th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

I know we haven’t even seen Halloween yet, but our thoughts are already turning to Christmas and the wonderful holiday look and feel that Eureka Springs has. The very first weekend in December is always the most exciting of the winter weekends. On Friday night, December 2nd, will be the Eureka Springs Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. While we are a small town, we really know how to put on a parade and our Christmas parade is one of the best. Beautiful floats, costumes, twinkling lights throughout the area and lots of townspeople out enjoying our beautiful town. Shops will be open late and the “Living Windows” will be featured from 3 – 6, where you can see costumed characters take over the downtown windows before the parade – pure magic!

On Saturday, December 3rd, will be the 29th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, put on by the Preservation Society. Always one of the most popular events of the season, each year will showcase a different historic neighborhood. Ticket holders can tour inside the beautifully decorated 19th century private homes in that neighborhood and the event is widely attended. The tour is from 3 – 8 p.m. and tickets go on sale on November 1st.

In addition, there are lots of other happy holiday festivities through December, so be sure to click on and bookmark Eureka Springs Downtown Network to keep abreast of all the latest happenings in our little village.

As always, just give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you in any way we can. We look forward to a wonderful and prosperous holiday for everyone!

Warmest regards,

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

The Secret Season

December 12th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

The Christmas parade is done, the Historic Home tour was fabulous (but wrapped up until next year), the Sweet Treats Tour was a great success yesterday but there is nothing left but crumbs…and the Christmas shopping is starting to wind down. So what’s next? How about just some good old-fashioned hanging out and resting?

Curl up before the fire with a good book

Winter is the Secret Season in Eureka Springs. No crowds, no traffic (no motorcycles!), no noise, nothing but the beautiful mountains and some time alone to relax and refresh. We have lots of books, games, puzzles, magazines and movies. We have fireplaces and whirlpool baths to keep you warm. We have coffee and cocoa in the rooms, popcorn and sweet treats to snack on, and a fresh hot breakfast every morning. Come on, you know you want to do it.

The parlor is full of places to cozy up and books, magazines, puzzles, movies...

This season is a lot of our guests’ favorite. So come find us here and settle in for a rest…Sophie will be glad to cuddle up with you.

Cold and frosty outside, warm and cozy inside!

Merry Christmas!

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!
P.S. Winter rates are starting now – $20 – $30 off per night!

Gift Certificates Make Quick and Easy Presents!

December 5th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Gift certificates make for wonderful (and easy!) presents to give at Christmas time (or birthday, or anniversary, or graduation, or just as a much deserved thank you…) Here at Bridgeford House we are happy to email or snail-mail out a gift certificate customized just for what you need. It’s already early December, so there is still plenty of time but it is going fast! If you like, you can order a gift certificate at night, drinking a hot toddy and sitting around in your pajamas, right here.

Or feel free to give us a call to talk to us directly about what you want, if you’d prefer to customize it a bit, and we’ll take it from there!

All of our certificates are good for 1 year and even if you order now, if it’s for Christmas, we won’t date it until December 25th. They are particularly nice sticking out of the top of a stocking!

Of course, gift certificates can be purchased any time of the year, for any reason, but we especially like to give them out at Christmas time – it’s just such a giving time of the year and so appreciated!

Warmest regards and Merry Christmas!

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

Even Santa Shops in Eureka Springs!

November 21st, 2010 by Sam Feldman

And you thought we were done talking about holiday happenings in Eureka Springs, AR…but we haven’t talked about the great Christmas shopping in the historic downtown! And this year there is so much going on, it needed a blog all by itself.

First of all, there is once again the Win A Window Contest: Nov. 15 – Dec. 15
The Annual Win a Window contest is supported by Eureka Springs’ retail shops! Contestants try to guess the total amount of all the gifts in the Win A Window window across from the courthouse. The one closest wins the whole thing! You can cross everyone off your holiday shopping list. Come see the window this winter and enter for a chance to win!

And new this year, especially for kids, Find The Elves Downtown: Nov. 26, 5-7pm, Basin Spring Park
Where are those darn elves hiding? You and your family are invited to search through downtown to find live elves! Each elf will punch your Elf Card for the chance to win a free portrait session with Santa. Every participant will get prizes from the elves and receive a discount on their portrait with Photo with Santa. Come find the 7 Elves downtown with your family!

And don’t forget Santa in the Park: Nov. 26, 5-7pm, Basin Spring Park
The Chamber of Commerce brings Jolly Old St. Nick to Basin Park to hear their holiday wishes. Now this is done all by Jeff’s staff and very often there are elf costumes involved here, too…

This was a hit last year: Downtown Living Windows: Dec. 3, 3-5:30pm, Spring & Main St.
Windows downtown will come alive with live actors right before the Christmas Parade. Celebrate the winter holidays with these living postcards sure to delight your whole family.

Don’t forget Eureka Springs Christmas Parade: Dec. 3, 6pm, Downtown
This night parade sparkles to the delight of children of all ages. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, the parade attracts floats, bands, and groups from all over the area ready to show their holiday spirit. It’s like a Norman Rockwell painting!

Photos with Santa: Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 1-3pm, Basin Park
Santa will be in the park with Old Time Photo taking amazing photos! No Christmas photo is more special than one snapped in Basin Spring Park with Santa. Kids, families, couples, brides and pets are all welcome to sit on the big red lap!

And remember, you can walk to the Christmas Forest Tree Lighting: Dec. 4th 6pm, Crescent Hotel from the Bridgeford House B&B for the
Christmas Trees within the Forest of the Crescent Hotel gardens. They’ll be decorated by area nonprofit organizations. Come vote for your favorite and celebrate the season by sharing the vision of the holidays through the trees!

Santa’s Sunday Brunch: Dec. 5, 9:30am-2pm Crescent Hotel
This annual event is a highlight of families throughout the area! Sitting with Santa as you enjoy the delicious Crescent Hotel brunch is a season special moment. Make this a family tradition!

And this year the downtown merchants are happy to accept a new holiday discount card! A list of some of the places that are accepting the cards are:

Even Santa Shops in Eureka Springs!


Back Porch
Blue Spring Trading Post
Casa Colina
Cottage Caboodle
Eureka Massage
Eureka Thyme
Gift Corner
Iris at the Basin
Just Between Friends
Myrtie Mae’s
New Moon Spa
Old Time Photos
Paper Odyssey
Pine Mountain Theater
Pizza Bar
Practical Magic Art Supply
Rowdy Beaver
Serendipity at the Crescent
Serenity Spa
Small World
Spry Girls
The Quilt Shop
Tummy Tickler’s
Wild Blue Yonder
Don’t put your shopping off any longer – you can find it all here!

Warmest regards,

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

Christmas in Eureka Springs AR

November 9th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Can you believe it’s almost here? Another Christmas season and it’s in the mid-70′s today! Life can be so confusing sometimes that we don’t even know what month we’re in – or what day of the week it is! So to help you plan ahead, here is some must-see calendar happenings coming up over the next two months in beautiful Eureka Springs, AR:

November 11-December 11: “A Season of Celebration” Christmas show at the Pine Mountain Theatre

November 12-December 18: The Great Passion Play’s “The Reason for the Season” Christmas Show and Drive-through Light Display

November 19-21: Eureka Springs Pantaloons and Painted Ladies Victorian Festival

November 20-21: 22nd Annual Fall Antique Show and Sale at the Inn of the Ozarks.

November 26: Santa in the Park

December 2: 43rd Annual Silver Tea at the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Dining room

December 3: Eureka Springs Christmas parade – this is a great parade with an up-close view from our little streets – put on by the Chamber of Commerce (yep, that would be my hubby, Jeff!)

December 4: The ever-popular Candlelight Tour of Homes, a look inside some of the most gorgeous historic homes in Eureka! Quit just driving by them; come see them all decorated up inside!

December 4-10: 11th Annual Christmas at the Crescent – all kinds of holiday activities spread out over a week!

December 10: 8th Annual Christmas Ball at the Basin Park Hotel

December 11: Ozark Chorale Performance at the Auditorium

December 11: 4th Annual Sweet Treats Tour of Eight Fantastic Bed & Breakfasts dressed to the nines for the holidays – including yours truly! Come sample 16 sweet treats and take home the recipes! We have special packages for that weekend starting at $285, which include two tickets to the tour, two special keepsake ornaments to take home with you, and two trolley tickets to make the rounds to all the inns – plus, of course, one of our comfy rooms for two nights and the luscious breakfast each morning, not to mention Sophie to cuddle up with.

December 17: Home for the Holidays Concert at the Auditorium

If you’re not feeling like celebrating after any of those, than you just have a bit of the Scrooge in ya – come to Eureka to get rid of that -  “God Bless us – every one!”

Warmest regards,

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

Christmas at the Queen Anne Mansion

October 24th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Come celebrate an authentic Victorian Christmas at the Queen Anne Mansion! This year will be the inaugural holiday season for the $4 million newly-renovated mansion that sits at the top of the entrance to our lovely historic downtown. As described by the Queen Anne Mansion folks themselves, “Smells of evergreen and spices set a festive stage for garland, wreaths, bows and beading. Delicate ornaments, richly carved woodwork, and jewel colored stained glass sparkle in firelight and candlelight creating a feast for the eyes.  Guests are invited to a Victorian Christmas with refreshments and live music in a festive atmosphere. Victorian Christmas decor adorns authentic 19th century furnishings in this 1891 mansion.”

And to start your holiday shopping out right, visit their gorgeous gift shop while you’re there:

Dates for this fabulous tour are November 27th, December 4th and December 11th. Tickets are $25 for the candlelight tour and starts at 5 p.m.

Eureka Springs will be beautiful during the holiday season, starting around mid-November and of course the shopping will be wonderful! Come visit us here and see wonderful lights, our very popular Christmas parade (Friday, December 3), the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes (December 4) and the 4th annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour (December 11).

You will really believe you have stepped back in time for a truly Victorian Christmas!

Warmest regards,

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

Christmas and the Holiday Season in Eureka Springs!

October 19th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

Well, that magical time is almost here! Christmas will be here before you know it, but before it’s been here and gone, make sure you come enjoy the true spirit of Christmas with that special Eureka Springs flair! Lots of shopping and lots of sales and of course, lots of holiday activities! Listed below is everything you wanted to know about what is happening and when – and feel free to call us for any questions!Christmas Cookie Display for tour

Santa in the Park

Friday, November 27

Start the holidays off right with a visit with that Jolly Ole’ Elf, himself, Santa Claus. Santa arrives via trolley to Basin Spring Park around 5:00 the day after Thanksgiving to receive your wishes. Music, hot chocolate and costumed carolers help put you in the spirit of the season. For information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 479-253-8737.

Fifth Annual Arts Eureka Art Show

Saturday, November 28 – Sunday, November 29

Fifth Annual Arts Eureka Art Show at the Inn of the Ozarks. Don’t miss this once a year event with over 50 dynamic artists. Thanksgiving weekend Sat and Sun great food great gifts, great fun! For more information or for a booth call 479 253-5826.

43rd Annual Silver Tea

December 3

At the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, produced by St. James Church.

Living Windows & Win a Windows Contest

December 3-6

Experience the amazing window decorations throughout Eureka Springs and register to win the contents of a store window!

Annual Evening Christmas Parade of Lights

December 4

This eye-popping and heartwarming event lights up historic downtown with holiday floats, bands and walking displays glowing with thousands of lights.  Produced by the Chamber of Commerce.

Annual Christmas Ball & Silent Auction

December 4

At the 1904 Basin Park Hotel, produced by and benefiting the Historical Museum.

Preservation Society Tour of Homes

December 5

Tour the antique-filled historic homes for which Eureka Springs is famous, all decorated in their holiday finest.

3rd Annual Merry Ging-Eureka Contest

December  5

Amazing and delicious Gingerbread goodies in all sorts of unusual shapes, presented by Tummy Ticklers store.

Lighting of the City Christmas Tree

December 5

Join Santa in Basin Spring Park for the ceremonial lighting of the tree.  Presented by the Chamber of Commerce and Eureka Springs Downtown Network.

Annual Christmas Concert with John Two-Hawks

Saturday, December 5

Annual Christmas Concert with John Two-Hawks to benefit Heifer International for tickets and information or 253-5826.

Christmas at the Crescent

Sunday, December 6 – Friday, December 11

10th Annual Christmas as the Crescent.  At the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  Arriving at the doorstep of this delightfully decorated Historic Hotel of America, guests are swept in by the jubilant breeze of Christmas. A time to look and listen…a time to share with your fellow travelers memories anew and it all begins on Sunday with Santa’s Brunch.  For more information call 479-253-9766 or visit

Santa Sunday Brunch

December 6

At the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.

Yuletide Feast at Saint Elisabeth Hall

Friday, December 11

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church presents a traditional yuletide celebration, a feast for eyes, ears, and taste buds. Live music and fine dining to transport you to another time and place to enjoy the glories of Christmas past. Five course dinner with wine by chef Fr. Shaun Wesley. $75 per person. For More Information: Email Father Shaun Wesley at  Or call 479-253-2222.

Ozarks Chorale Concert

Saturday, December 12

Annual Christmas concert at THE Auditorium. 479-253-7788.

3rd Annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour

Saturday, December 12

A self guided tour of 12 B&B’s serving yummy sweet treats, each with recipes to add to your collection. Sponsored by the Alliance of Better Bed and Breakfasts. For more information visit and click on the link for Sweet Treats 2009.

We hope to see you here in December!Christmas at the Bridgeford House

Warmest regards,

Sam & Jeff (and Sophie, too!)