For those of you that think there is nothing to do in Eureka Springs in the wintertime (oh contraire!), we have a new and exciting development that will only be available November through end of March. Welcome to Cafe Roulant, Eureka Springs’ new rolling cafe!
Cafe Roulant, Eureka’s own rolling cafe!
The Rolling Cafe:
“You can eat in your car
You can eat in a plane
You can eat on a train
But have you ever enjoyed a meal… in a trolley?”
Enjoy the unique historic district of beautiful Eureka Springs, AR, while enjoying a scrumptious meal prepared by some of the finest chefs and most popular restaurants in town.
Don’t worry about spills, because they use specially designed plates, glasses, and silverware, which stay in their place nicely at the slow speeds they roll along. Who else do you know that can say they ate lunch or dinner in a trolley?
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.
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 available
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.
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie and Fiona, too!
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
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.
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.
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – (with Sophie and her new little “sister”, Fiona!)
Introducing Lady Fiona Glenanne, our newest member of our family.
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!
Coming soon, September 13-15, is Eureka’s Jazz Festival, a whole weekend of some of the best Jazz you’ll hear around! We’re particularly excited about the headliner at the Auditorium, Spyro Gyra! This band is a jazz fusion band that formed in the mid-1970s (and we remember listening to them for many a night in high school!). The band’s sound has its roots in traditional jazz, but combines elements of R&B, funk and pop music and is known for their mastery over their instruments and the energy for their live performances. They have performed over five thousand shows, released twenty-nine albums selling over ten million albums, achieving one platinum and two gold albums. Next year Spyro Gyra will celebrate forty years as a band while showing little sign of wanting to slow down, having earned Grammy nominations for each of their last four albums! They will be performing Saturday night at the Aud.
The Fayetteville Jazz Collection will be performing Friday night, in the Basin Park, for free! With over two centuries of combined jazz experience, the 18 Piece Fayetteville Jazz Collective has been thrilling audiences all around the 4-state region of Northwest Arkansas. Attendance at one of the Fayetteville Jazz Collective’s performances is sure to impress, excite and entertain any listener. An evening with the FJC is one that you will never forget and one that you’ll want to share with both family and friends.
There will continue to be live *** free *** Jazz music all Saturday afternoon at Basin Park and Sunday afternoon, as well.
The weather is forecasted to be extremely gorgeous – sunny and in the mid-80s – so come spend some time with us, sit back and enjoy the music.
Music and watermelon! What more could you ask for, in lovely downtown Eureka Springs, AR. That’s what’s happening this weekend, August 15-17, 2013. The Bluegrass Festival kicks off with a watermelon social in Basin Spring Park. This event is an open jam and everyone is invited to bring their instruments and join in. Free watermelon & water will be provided.
(Video includes Jesse McReynolds as the main act, but, due to health reasons, he has had to cancel. Legendary Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press will be performing instead.)
Free music starts at noon on Friday in Basin Spring Park. Acts will include: The Clark Family Trio featuring Bill Nesbitt, The Dragon Masters, Gary Allbritton & Friends, Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band, Mountain View Friends, and a return of the Clark Family Trio to wrap up the afternoon.
On Saturday, the free music in Basin Spring Park kicks off with the Buffalo City Ramblers at noon, followed by Ozark Alliance, Buddy Griffin & Friends, The Clark Family, Pam Setser and Mountain View Friends, The Dragon Masters and the Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band.
Saturday evening at The Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street, a whole host of performers will take the stage beginning at 7 p.m. Acts will include many of the musicians who are appearing in the park. Plus Tim Crouch, Arkansas Red, Ron Landers, Donny Catron, Retro & Smiling, and Spoon Man along with Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press. Ticket prices for the show are $17.50 balcony or $22.50 orchestra and will be available online or at the door for $22.50 and $27.50. For more info call 479-253-7333.
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!
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!