It’s almost time for one of the busiest times of the year here in the beautiful Ozark Mountains: October, fall, and the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair! Starting Thursday, October 17th, and running through Sunday, October 20th, on the beautiful War Eagle Mill grounds, professional craft men and women offer original, handmade work such as country decorative items, folk art, watercolor and oil painting, pottery, stoneware, wreaths, potpourris, dried arrangements, quilts, miniatures, country clothing, wearable art, candles, homemade soaps, country furnishings, antique broken china jewelry, bird houses and feeders, collectables and much more. These juried participants come from across the United States. Get there early and bring a vehicle with lots of storage!
War Eagle is a working grist mill on beautiful War Eagle Creek. Every October, the fields on either side of the bridge fill with the craft fair participants – and shoppers! Weather is usually gorgeous, with fall leaves creating a breath-taking panorama.
The mill and bridge
Visit one of the many food truck vendors at the fair or eat at the Bean Palace Restaurant on the 3rd floor of the mill, which serves breakfast and lunch and offers beans, cornbread, slaw, sandwiches, soups and salads. Shop for a wide variety of organic flours and cornmeals while you’re there.
Enjoy the drive between Eureka Springs and War Eagle, out south of Eureka on Hwy 23 (you’ll go right past Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, be sure to stop in and see the big cats), turn right on Hwy 12 through Clifty, then catch Hwy 45 to Hwy 412, to Fm 303. All gorgeous hills and fields along the way.
Your drive is only about 30 minutes, so stay in Eureka and hop out to War Eagle for the day. Here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, we’ll make sure you have a full tummy and directions to keep you from getting lost. Happy fall!
3 cups water
1 cups grits
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup milk
2 extra large eggs, separated
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1/8 tsp. red pepper
1/4 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup shredded cheese, can be cheddar or mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack
Heat water to boiling. Add grits; reduce heat; cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring often. Remove from heat. Add butter.
Stir cheese and garlic into grits.
Add milk to egg yolks and beat; add salt and peppers. Add egg mixture to grits. Beat egg whites and then fold into grits just before baking.
Bake in greased casserole dish at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or longer until firm in middle. Sprinkle cheese or paprika on top.
Makes 6 ramekins
Fall is coming soon, so plan your next trip to beautiful Eureka Springs and come see us!
1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar
2 tbsp reserved juice from canned peaches
1 29 oz can of peaches, drained
1 French baguette, cubed
8 oz cream cheese, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 c half-n-half
1 tsp vanilla
Heat butter, sugar and peach juice in saucepan until bubbly. Pour into a 13×9 inch casserole dish. Scatter peach slices over caramel sauce. Top with bread cubes then pieces of cream cheese. Place eggs, half-n-half, and vanilla in blender; blend to combine. Pour egg mixture over bread and cream cheese. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour but preferably overnight. Bake, uncovered, in 350F oven for 50-60 minutes.
We LOVE to eat in Eureka Springs, it’s one of the reasons folks come here. We’re so excited about a new restaurant that just opened up, not too far from the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast. It’s called Farm to Table Fresh – for good reason – and you have to go eat here the next time you’re visiting. For those of you that have been coming to Eureka for a while, it’s located in the old Cafe Sante Fe building on Main St., which has been totally renovated into this new bistro but also includes a small gallery space that you’ll want to visit.
Jeff had the roast beef sandwich and I had the turkey 1/2 sandwich, because I just had to have their everyday homemade onion soup with Gruyere cheese, which is a big favorite of mine. Both plates came with a wonderful coleslaw and homemade potato chips.
All of their sandwiches are served on their homemade bread. Anything “homemade” is extra good, in my opinion!
And do not, under any circumstances, skip dessert. Pack it up and take it with you if you have to. Jeff had an apple popover of some kind and I had something I’ve never had before and is to die for, a chocolate brownie with a cookie inside! Yep, try that as your next experiment, I bet you don’t make it half as good as these folks did.
These folks have also purchased one of the historic buildings across the street, which had been an art gallery at one time (what building in Eureka hasn’t?) but they have fixed it up and turned it into Deja Vu, a unique antique and home decor shop. After you’re stuffed from their good food, walk across the street and buy fun stuff.
2 cans (10 oz) Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 whole jalapeno, quartered (leave out seeds if you want)
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 fresh cilantro (more to taste)
1/2 whole lime, juiced (I use 1-1/2 TB lime juice)
Combine all ingredients into a large food processor or blender – this will all fit just right in a Vitamix, will probably be too much for a regular-sized blender. Pulse until you get the consistency you like.
A fairly new weekend festival has really taken off in popularity, called Fleur Delicious Weekend, a French-themed festival, with a street fair atmosphere. Its intent is to celebrate all of the senses: Taste, smell, sight, touch and sound! Restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques, spas and music venues all participate with French-inspired indulgences in food, wine, spirits, art and entertainment. That includes us here at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast, where we will feature French-themed cuisine in our morning menu. (And, of course, we will feature Sophie, the German dog with the French name!)
Enjoy some cool refreshing drinks
Events start out early on Wednesday, July 3, with the Ciroc Vodka Bartender Competition. Things really start hopping in Eureka starting Thursday, July 11th. Check out the entire schedule. (We’re particularly excited about Frankie the Monkey coming back that weekend to star in the show at Intrigue Theater – he steals all the thunder!).
The Stonehouse Wine Bar will be featuring a “Regions of France” wine tasting Thursday, Friday and Saturday that weekend – and the Stonehouse by itself is worth the visit! Another major favorite of ours is the Grand Tavern, featuring special menu items and French wines all weekend (in addition to all their other fabulous food!), as well as DeVito’s (although normally Italian), who does a personality change for the weekend, serving a special Fleur Delicious menu and French wine flights (in addition to the regular wonderful food, of course).
Come join us that weekend – park your car for the duration and walk around our lovely town, enjoying the sights, sounds, smells, touch and – most especially – the taste France! And a special bonus – the Grand Illumination event will run in conjunction with Fleur Delicious, featuring tons of Oriental silk and paper lanterns (including our B&B!) decorating our lovely Victorian architecture, all over town.
We love hanging out the lanterns during the Grand Illumination!
We have been doing Murder Mystery Weekends in conjunction with another B&B in our neighborhood since about 2005. To say that they make for a good time is an understatement! We provide fun, food, drink, history and even plenty of downtime for you during one of our exciting weekends. We only have them three or four times a year, so when you see a date posted, mark your calendars and call to book us as soon as you can, rooms often go quite quickly. Next one is July 26 & 27th, The Sure Pop Oil Well Scandal! Your MM package price ranges from $439-579, for two, depending on the room that you book, and includes all food, your room for both nights and usual amenities provided, and the MM activities. The only thing not included is any rental on a costume, should you choose to rent (rental is not a requirement but wearing a costume of some kind is!) and lunch on Saturday.
For a little preview into one of our stories:
We have four different stories, all written by innkeeper Jeff, so there is something for everyone. For those of you that are always asking how the weekend works, here’s a recap:
We assign you a character for the MM about 2 weeks out and mail you a package with all the information you’ll need, including a timeline of events. You will each get a booklet (that you will need to bring with you) that recaps all the characters and a little bit about them. Your particular character will have a bit more information that you’ll not want to share with others (shhh, your shady background is a secret…for now!). Our MM weekends are rather unusual in that they are entirely ad-lib. We do not give you lines to say and there are no actors doing a play for you – you are the actors! We will give you clues each round that we want your character to be sure to bring up in conversation but the rest is up to you – and believe us, it makes for some wild red herrings!
We would like everyone to check into the B&B by 5:00 on that Friday (earlier is fine, too, we are usually for sure ready for you by 3). If you are renting costumes from Celebrations and Traditions (our local Victorian costume shop), you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to get by there to get fitted for your costume and be checked in by 5.
Each round lasts about 2 hours. The first round will be at 6:00 on Friday evening, in full costume, and is usually a celebration of the major “event” happening in the story – in July it will be the celebration of the local oil well that everyone expects to get rich from. So Friday is a full table of heavy appetizers (enough for a meal) and drinks and it’s a celebration…until something…uh…happens. Everyone then becomes a suspect and advised not to leave the county, yadda, yadda, yadda…
The second round will be after your huge breakfast at the B&B, at 11 a.m., for a little “breakfast dessert”. (You will not come away from this weekend hungry in any way.) The story is moved along by the bumbling detective and usually involves forensic reporting and other clues dropped by all the characters. You’ll want to bring a pen to take notes in your booklet! You are then left to spend Saturday afternoon in any way you wish, but be sure to spend some time hunting for clues that we’ll provide you. It will be fun to try to figure those out as you shop and eat lunch in our beautiful historic downtown. The shopkeepers love to be involved in this.
Round 3 is Saturday night, at 6, and involves…yep, more food. A buffet dinner is provided and we will have you share the last of the clues before the big reveal of “who done it”. We usually have a small awards presentation and yes, you’ll still have time to go out on the town afterward. We have many of our guests, who have made fast friends with other characters/guests, go out and party at some of our local hangouts. You can even call for the pink limo in town to take you back and forth. Be sure to go in your costumes, the townspeople love that.
Sunday morning, of course, you will receive another large breakfast at the B&B, with checkout not until 11 a.m.
So if you’ve always wanted to do one, here’s your chance! We also will be glad to schedule a MM weekend for a particular group, if you come up with a minimum of 12 people on your own, we’ll come up with a weekend date that works for all of us. We have had family members all come together and it’s great fun! We’ve had one particular family that has participated in our MM weekends at least 4 times – and at least one story they’ve done twice! The story is never the same and we are able to change the ending (and the murderer) any time we want.
Please feel free to call us with any questions at all about our Murder Mystery weekends and we look forward to seeing you at one of them soon!
We’re just a few weeks away from the annual Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, one of the most popular music festivals in beautiful Eureka Springs, AR. Top headliners are Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, The Nighthawks, Chicago Blues Revue, Leah and the Mojo Doctors and EG Kight. And that’s just a few that are at the auditorium – there are 63 performances over the four-day period of the festival, June 13-16. Venues exist all over the city, including a lot outside in our wonderful historic Basin Park – for free!
The town will be rowdy and wild, but that’s so much a part of the fun! Down here at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast, it’s much quieter, but it’s still a very easy walk to downtown and all the music. No security worries after dark, either, so come see us!
Beat eggs, oil, and milk. Add flour and salt, beating until very smooth. Chill 30 minutes; it should be like heavy cream. If too thick, add a little milk. Grease hot skillet with light coating of butter. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter into the skillet, turning pan to coat it. Fry lightly on one side. Repeat with remaining batter. Stack crepes on waxed paper, brown side up.
Beat filling ingredients together until smooth. Fill each crepe with 2 heaping tablespoons of filling, fruit or seafood, and roll up egg style by folding in sides of crepe over filling. May be frozen at this point, then fried without defrosting. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat in large skillet. Fry crepes until golden brown on all sides.
The first weekend starts out with one of our favorite events, the ARTrageous parade, Saturday, May 4th (2:00 p.m. – bright, colorful, loud and joyful!). Tied for first place in favorites is the 23rd Annual White Street Walk on Friday, May 17th, from 4 to 10 p.m. The entire street becomes a street fair, with resident artists opening up their homes to guests (lots of free food and wine provided by these wonderful hosts) and there are more than 40 street exhibits as well from other artists, displaying and selling art in the form of weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass and much more.
Sunday, May 19th, you will find Books in Bloom attracting crowds at the Crescent Hotel (just a few steps up the hill from the Bridgeford House). From noon until 5, you can meet and listen to such well-known authors as Catherine Coulter, James Grippando, and Craig Johnson (he of the A&E “Longmire” mystery series, a favorite of ours) and many others. Again – one of our favorite events – how can we have so many?
Check out a full schedule on the festival’s website. These are only a few of the major events going on during the weekends, but there are true artist events and showings during every day of the week in May. May is a beautiful month to visit our lovely little town in the Ozarks, so make your plans today!