Posts Tagged ‘Eureka Springs AR’

Early Eureka Springs History- Part II

April 17th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

Whenever guests come to stay with us here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, they’re always interested in the history of our quaint Victorian town. It truly does have a fascinating history, so from time to time, we’ll do a blog with some historic photos (we have TONS that are available in town at various places) and some of the interesting aspects of our history. There is nowhere quite as interesting as this little mountain town tucked away in the beautiful green Ozark Mountains!

A very interesting site that we get a lot of our information from is This site is researched and put together by a Katrina-transplant, Dan Ellis. Some excerpts from one of those pages:

Eureka Springs 1879-1881

 In the Beginning

“One of the first men reported to have been at the healing springs was Dr. Alvah Jackson who brought his son there to cure his eye disease. The internal and external use of the spring water was effective in the cure.

Dr. Jackson then recommended that his friend Judge Saunders pursue a water treatment. The Judge went to the spring in May of 1879 and while there taking the “cure.” he recalled a Cherokee Indian who he had encountered in 1835 during the “Trail of Tears,” had told him about a healing spring located in North Arkansas on a tributary of the White River. Several years later, the Judge, while conversing with a Spaniard, was told the story of a Great World Healing Spring.

Judge Saunders remained there under a tent for nearly two months during which time he was cured of his disease, lost 40 pounds, and his yellow-whitish hair turned black with new growth.

On a later occasion, the Judge suggested to Dr. Jackson, that with the increased notoriety of the waters and new folks arriving each day, that the area should be called Jackson Springs. The Doctor rebutted, “No, it should be called Saunders Springs.”

With that, young Buck Saunders jumped up and exclaimed, “Eureka! — I found it!” — claiming that was what Ponce de Leon called the Fountain of Youth in the book he was reading. Thereafter, the site, memorialing the land of healing springs, became known as Eureka Springs.”

Today this spring is called Basin Spring, in downtown Eureka Springs:

At 1750 feet above mean sea level, Eureka Springs is situated  in the White River mountains at the headwaters of Leatherwood Creek, a tributary to the White River.

At 1750 feet above mean sea level, Eureka Springs is situated in the White River mountains at the headwaters of Leatherwood Creek, a tributary to the White River.

Obviously it looks much different today! For some more details on these two early Eurekans, read further.

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Van Tours

January 23rd, 2013 by Sam Feldman

We send many of our guests to Eureka Van Tours, which is the best city tour in town for the money. $25 per person (adults) for a 2 1/2 hour tour, Michelle will take you to places in Eureka that you didn’t even know existed! She’ll fill you in on gossip, both current and historical, and take you to places you do know about, including Thorncrown Chapel, the haunted Crescent Hotel, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, and Carrie Nation’s house, as well as some wonderful views of the Ozarks.

The proprietor, Michelle McDonald, also owns Celebrations and Traditions, which has a collection of historical garb that you would not believe. She dresses folks for weddings, plays, town events and our own murder mysteries!

Celebrations and Traditions, Eureka Van Tours

Celebrations and Traditions, Eureka Van Tours


Check out a short video about:


Eureka Van Tours, Eureka Buzz






We hope that whatever you decide to do in Eureka Springs, you’ll enjoy every minute. We certainly do!

Warmest regards,

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



Thai House Restaurant – New in Town!

August 12th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

I have never been a big fan of Thai food, although I like other Asian food. Just the ones we had tried back in Dallas didn’t do anything for me. But we have eaten three times here in the last two weeks since this new restaurant has opened up, the Thai House Restaurant on Hwy 62. The food is awesome and it’s so nice to have another great restaurant in our little burg.

New Restaurant in Eureka Springs, ARThey have an extensive menu with everything from appetizers, noodles, curry, beef, pork and seafood to soups and salads. My absolute love is Fried Pork Dumplings (ground pork with Thai herbs) served with a wonderful homemade dumpling sauce, in the photo. My entree favorite, currently, is Lad-Na (Crispy egg noodles topped with carrots, onions, fresh mushrooms – which I have them leave out, not a fan – and broccoli in a garlic brown sauce. That sauce is to die for!

We have also had Teriyaki Beef (I eat off of Jeff’s plate, shamelessly), Cashew Nut chicken, Ginger chicken, and another appetizer: the Summer Rolls (rice paper wrapped with lettuce, bean sprouts, chicken, fried eggs and served with a sweet creamy sauce & ground peanuts). We have had fellow innkeepers that are big fans of the Pan Thai (stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, bean sprouts, green onions and topped with ground peanuts) and Evil Jungle Prince (choice of meat sauteed in red chili paste, coconut milk, bamboo shoots and basil, served on a bed of chopped cabbage). As you can see, reading the menu is half the fun!

Be sure and try them the next time you stay with us – no, you can’t walk to this one, unfortunately, but it’s worth the car trip!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Sam Feldman – and Sophie, too!

Olden Days Carriage Rides – Live the Romance!

July 16th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

For either romance or a fantastic tour of downtown Eureka Springs, take a one-of-a-kind carriage ride with Olden Days Carriage Services. For $40 per couple for a 30-minute ride (and sometimes longer), it’s money well spent!

Book a carriage ride through Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast!

Owner Tom Tharp is a 4th-generation Eurekan and excels at offering a “historical carriage tour” rather than your run-of-the-mill sitting behind a horse. He will tell you all kinds of secrets about Eureka Springs, historical and otherwise, that will surprise and delight you. An especially enjoyable time is during the winter time, with Christmas lights up and a heated blanket wrapped around you. Champagne or sparkling juices are permitted on the carriages (bring your own – they  cannot sell it). Hot beverages are permitted as long as they come in a mug/cup with a lid on it. So you can be just as comfy as you like. (They do offer a $20 15-minute carriage ride without the history, but trust me, you’ll be missing a lot. However, if you just want to concentrate on your loved one, that may be just what you want!)

Tom or one of his other carriage drivers will pick you up at other places along the historical loop (such as yours truly, Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast) for an additional fee. See their website for all their pricing. Olden Days supports our troops and offers a $10 off discount to active or retired military. They also prefer reservations for a ride to be made ahead of time, which will make best use of your time and theirs. We are happy to add on a ride to your reservation here at our inn and/or make your reservation for you when you stay with us. Of course, just about any place in Eureka offers weddings and Olden Days Carriages is not exception.

Watch Tom’s site for his future book, “You Might be a Tourist…”, detailing some of the funny questions that Tom has been asked over the years. His recent favorite is “Do people actually live here?” (What, do you think we commute from Branson??)

Whatever the reason to spend an evening enjoying Tom’s rides, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a whole different world out there in the evening seen from the back of a carriage.

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!

Writers Conference Coming to Eureka Springs

September 25th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

We all have a wanna-be-a-writer inside of us. I’ve even started a book or two. I think if I just stuck with it, it might not even be half bad! But one thing that always gets me in the mood is inspiration from authors I enjoy reading. Coming back to Eureka Springs is the 43rd Annual Ozark Creative Writers Conference, October 6-8, 2011. Featured speaker is David Morrell, who has been a long-time favorite of mine, because I love action thrillers. He should have some awesome tips to share. Also featured is a writer’s agent, Gordon Warnock.

The conference has several other speakers and subjects including such items as “Ten Stupid Things in Writing You Never Thought About. And the Secret to Never Forgetting Them” and “Dialogue, Speaking Frankly. The Secrets to Making Your Characters Talk Naturally and Not Sound Forced or Staged, While at the Same time Moving Your Story. Tips for Talking and Pitfalls to Avoid”. Cost for the conference is $119.00 per person. There are a few contests and awards. Check out their site for more details.

And you can come to Eureka Springs throughout the seasons for true inspiration!

Warmest regards,

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

Living in Paradise – or How the Feldmans Ended up in Eureka Springs, AR

June 19th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

When Jeff and I left Richardson, TX, nine years ago, it was to head to paradise here in Eureka Springs, AR – which took a while to find.

We had certain criteria we were looking for:

#1 – it had to be within a short day’s drive back to Dallas and our kids (and therefore was a short day’s drive from there and several other large cities for guests to travel easily).

#2 – it had to be near a lake. At the time we had a small sailboat and we needed a place to park it. Beaver Lake is one of the most gorgeous (and not crowded) lakes you could possibly find.

#3 – it had to have green mountains (we loved Colorado, too, but those mountains are not nearly as green, plus it’s MUCH more expensive there). Arkansas has some of the most beautiful scenery you will find in the entire country.

#4 – it had to be a small town (we had, after all, been living near 7 million of our closest friends, being in one of the largest cities in the country – that gets old!).  We wanted the small town to have culture and things to do and to not feel like a “hick” town. Eureka is #12 in “American Style Magazine’s 2011 Top Arts Destinations for Small Cities” (and at only a little over 2200 people, “city” is rather a misnomer).

#5 – we wanted plenty of good restaurants to choose from (and we were just thinking about our own stomachs here, but it works great for our guests, too). We have around 100 restaurants in the general area to pick from and right in town there are only three chain fast-food places; all the rest are local owners. You need to come for enough days just to make sure you make all the rounds.

#6 – we wanted to be near a “metropolitan” area so that whatever Eureka didn’t have, we could find close by. We are within an hour’s drive of Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville (home of Wal-Mart headquarters). We are also within an hour’s drive of Branson, MO, which has top entertainment and new places to eat (still thinking of our own stomachs here) and we are within 2-1/2 hours drive of Tulsa, Ok, and an international airport.

#7 – to be near a university, in case we wanted or needed to continue with some education. Of course Fayetteville is the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the University of Arkansas – you can’t get any better than that! (Woo pig sooie!!!!) 

#8 – we wanted to feel safe (Dallas – remember???). I often tell guests that you could walk around town at 2 a.m. in the morning and not have to worry about anything more dangerous than being accosted by a deer or tripping over our rolling sidewalks.

#9 – a place where tourists would want to visit. Well, there’s a reason so many folks come to visit here, all twelve months of the year. Besides 1-8 above, we have one of the largest historic districts in the country.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Eureka Springs as a “Distinctive Destination”. The entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. and

#10 – Something that wasn’t “cookie cutter”. Suburbs all look alike – come to Eureka to get a different perspective. You will not leave the same person!

For those of you that aren’t lucky enough to move here, check out what it’s like just to visit.

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Springs August Taste of the Inns Tour

August 2nd, 2009 by Sam Feldman

The first annual August Taste of the Inns will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2009, from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. Join us for a self-guided tour of the best of the best in Eureka Springs. Each inn will host you with sensational appetizers, music and selected non-alcoholic beverages. All members of the Alliance of Better Bed and Breakfasts are easy to find and most are on or close to one of the trolley routes.

Tickets are $25 per person. As you tour, you may register at each inn for the possibility to win one of the following:  1) Three $50.00 Gift Certificates to any of the 12 inns, 2) a $100 shopping certificate to “Vintage Cargo”, 3) a $50 shopping certificate to “Gourmet Eureka”, 4) a $25 shopping certificate to “Keel’s Creek Winery & Art Gallery” or 5) a complimentary appetizer at “Ermilio’s” restaurant.

The Bridgeford House is offering a special package for that weekend:

  • Scrumptious gourmet breakfast each morning for two
  • Two tickets to the Taste of the Inns Tour
  • Two all-day Trolley Tickets to use to travel to the other inns
  • A $40 voucher for dinner-choose from the best restaurants in town
  • Gourmet chocolate basket will be waiting for you in your room
  • Each person has a chance to win one of the great seven prizes
  • And of course all the great appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages on the tour!

Package Price for two: $150.00 in addition to 2 nights in the room of your choice, based on availability (room rates at regular posted rates; total package prices range from $380.00 to $508.00, plus tax)

It is not necessary to stay in an inn to purchase a ticket for the tour – but much more fun! Join us at the 1884 Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast for a food-filled weekend. Call us today for tickets, 888-567-2422.