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Fall Food – Apple Pie!

October 21st, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Well, we can’t quit thinking about food, with a gorgeous (and extremely busy!) fall upon us, we keep thinking about eating and most particularly today, about pie. We have a busy Thanksgiving weekend coming up here at the B&B and we’re thinking we will have several pies cooked for our guests to enjoy while they are here – and my favorite is this version of the great American Apple Pie, which I saw on Good Morning America years ago:

Crunchy Caramel Apple PiePie at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, Arkansas



1 pastry crust for a deep-dish pie 9-inch

1/2 cup sugar

3 tb all-purpose flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples

1 recipe crumb topping (see below)

1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1/4 cup caramel topping


Ingredients for Crumb Topping:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats

1/2 cup butter


Directions for crumb topping:


Stir together brown sugar, flour, rolled oats.

Cut in 1/2 cup butter until topping is like course crumbs. Set aside.


Pie Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.

Add apple slices and gently toss until coated.

Transfer apple mixture to the pie shell.

Sprinkle crumble topping over apple mixture.

Place pie on cookie sheet so the drippings don’t drop into your oven.

Cover edges of pie with aluminum foil.

Bake in a preheated oven 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Then remove foil and put back in for another 25 to 30 minutes without foil.

Remove from oven. Sprinkle pie with chopped nuts and drizzle with heated caramel sauce on top.

Cool on a wire rack and enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Remember the “secret season” in Eureka Springs, late fall and winter, when the crowds are gone and the fireplaces are lit here at the Bridgeford House. Come for Thanksgiving and come eat pie!

Warmest regards,

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



Voices From the Silent City

September 30th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We have several really cool things that happen in October. Well, actually more than just several – we do have Corvette Weekend, War Eagle Weekend, Eagle Watch Weekend, the fall folliage and cooler weather, Folk Festival, Howl-O-Ween at Turpentine Creek (and a new event coming this year, the Zombie Crawl!) – but one event that’s only been around for a couple of seasons is Voices From the Silent City. This is a costumed, guided Historical tour that takes place in our beautiful (yep, I said that) city cemetery on October 12 & 13 and then again on October 26 & 27th. Eureka Springs has a rich history that goes back to the 1870′s and many of these folks that are long gone are buried in our local cemetery. Our Eureka Springs Historical Museum has been creating this event for the past four years, “resurrecting” the dead and their stories.

Eureka Springs, AR

This year’s cemetery tour will focus on Civil War veterans. Included will be Dr. Alvah Jackson who is credited with founding Eureka Springs; a woman who worked as a gun runner for the Confederate army stationed in Berryville; a dentist and his wife; a bugle boy; the man who built some of the largest early stone walls in town; a railroad man; the famous evangelist William Evander Penn and the Salvation Singers.

A special presentation during the cemetery tour will be an exhibition and demonstration in a Civil War surgical tent by Doug Kidd of Tontitown.

Tours will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. Tours take about an hour and fifteen minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Parking at the old Victoria Inn on Highway 62 east. Shuttles will take visitors from the parking area to the cemetery and back. There is no parking at the cemetery.

Tickets will be available at the museum at 95 S. Main, Cornerstone banks, the Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mountain Village on Highway 62 east, and at the parking area each night.

For more information, call the Museum at 479/253-9417 or email

Check with us for vacancies for those weekends, but if we don’t have anything, it’s worth the trip anyway. We might see you there, because we go every year!

Warmest regards,

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

Bikes, Blues and BBQ

September 23rd, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Lodging in Eureka Springs AR

Yep, they’re coming! It’s time for Bikes, Blues and BBQ over in nearby Fayetteville, AR. The event is Sept. 26-29 and has something for everybody at this motorcyclist’s enthusiast’s dream weekend, including more music than you can even stand listening to. Weather looks to be excellent, with cool nights and warm days – just like we like it here in NW Arkansas! Now folks in the know realize that B, B and BBQ is fun to do, but you really want to stay in Eureka Springs during that weekend – and may have already found out there’s nothing left in lodging by now over there anyway. Best places to ride is around Eureka Springs, just 45 minutes away from Fayetteville, so make your plans now to stay here. We have plenty of rooms and plenty of parking. There’s a Motorcycle Arts Show at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center and our great biker-friendly gorgeous historic downtown to visit. You can only do so much around Dickson Street in Fayetteville, but tons of stuff to do over here in Eureka Springs, so ride on over!

Warmest regards,

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

7th Annual ADVENTURE INTO ART, Coming This Weekend, Sept. 20-23

September 16th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Eureka is all about art, so this upcoming weekend, Sept. 20-23, is perfect for touring our wonderful artists’ studios. Join us for ADVENTURE INTO ART, the 7th Annual Eureka Springs Artists Studio Tour.

This free, self-guided annual art event is a wonderful way to spend four cultural days exploring beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. See some wonderful local artist’s work, such as Julie Kahn Valentine’s rendition of our local Carnegie library.

Carnegie Library Eureka Springs AR

The 4-day event kicks off with a fun “Demonstration Day” on Thursday and continues with open studios through Sunday afternoon.

Artworks are on exhibit and for sale including original oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel paintings and prints, pottery, jewelry, wood and metal and other fine crafts. Meet the artists in their personal work environments, enjoy demonstrations of technique and personal style in a wide range of media – plus Q & A time and lots of interaction with the artists in their working environments.

The fall weather and scenery will make this a trip to remember.

And don’t forget, this is also Jazz Eureka weekend – free jazz in the park with local and regional players. It will be a wonderful weekend – just walk right down from the Bridgeford House!

Warmest regards,

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

Eagle Watch and Fall Folliage in Eureka Springs, AR

September 10th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

It’s almost here – the most glorious time here in the Ozarks, the fall. The colors are gorgeous, the weather is cool and so enjoyable, and the eagles are flying – yep, we do have eagles!







From October 1-31, expert guides with 23 years experience will take you on a lovely ride aboard the Belle of the Ozarks where they will tell passengers about the Bald Eagle’s features, habitats and help to sight the eagles on the 1-hour and 15 minute cruise. Complete with restroom and concessions aboard, this is a relaxing way to view nature at its best – with the fall foliage and a wonderful way to see one of God’s most magnificent creatures. Come stay with us at the Bridgeford House B&B in Eureka Springs and we’ll make sure you know how to get there and when the tours are. It’s not to be missed!

Warmest regards,

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

42nd Annual Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival

September 2nd, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Although Bridgeford House B&B will be hosting one of our murder mystery weekends on September 7 & 8th, many of our guests and visitors to Eureka Springs will be enjoying our annual antique auto festival, which features some of the coolest cars ever!

They come right by Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast during the parade!Hundreds of vintage classics compete for prizes up at the Pine Mountain shopping center all weekend. You will see them all through town the entire time (watch them from your favorite restaurant deck or balcony) and on Saturday, they will all parade through town, one right after the other. And they all come right by the Bridgeford House! It’s one of our favorite parades to watch right from our front porch.


The other event that is always on the Antique Automobile weekend is the reenactment of the 1922 Bank Robbery, the first time an automobile was used as a getaway car in a bank robbery. It takes place right in the middle of downtown mid-day Saturday (after the parade, which starts at 11 a.m.) and includes a fitting end to the bad guys, an accurate mock shootout. It’s great fun (except for the bad guys, of course) and shows what fun small towns can have with their history. Check out this video of shootouts from years past to get a feel for the afternoon’s festivities.

So, as you can see, the first weekend in September is filled with historical action:  murder mysteries, antique cars and wild shootouts. Come join us!

Warmest regards,

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



Jazz Eureka 2012

August 19th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

More music is coming! September 20-23 will be the return of the Jazz Festival, featuring Ron Radford (Flamenco guitarist who will showcase some of the roots of Jazz with his Flamenco and Gypsy guitar stylings-tickets available at the door of the Aud) and An Evening with  Delfeayo Marsalis, jazz trombonist and a member of the well-known Marsalis jazz family.

Jazz in Eureka Springs AR













Make plans also for the night of the 21st for A Sinatra Tribute with Tom Tiratto & The Fayetteville Jazz Collective at The Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center- 7:30 PM:

“Channel your inner Don Draper, break out the skinny ties and Dior sheaths, ice up the martinis and come party like the Rat Pack. An evening of cocktails and dancing to an 18-piece big band and a recreation of playing the big room at the Sands with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.” Tickets available for the Marsalis concert and the Sinatra Tribute here.

Of course, as always in Eureka Springs, there will be free music in Basin Park all weekend, so grab your dancing feet and come join the fun! We still have availability here at the Bridgeford House and yes, you can walk right to all the music without ever getting back in your car!

Warmest regards,

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




Our Original Murder Mystery Story Returning in September

July 29th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We have a new date set for an upcoming Murder Mystery weekend and already half our rooms are booked ! September 7 & 8th, 2012, we will again feature our very first story, The Conrail Affair. This has always been our favorite story and originally debuted in April of 2005.

Murder Mystery Weekend in Eureka Springs, AR

As many of you know, innkeeper Jeff Feldman has written all four of our Murder Mysteries stories. He has always tried to write a story that stems from something in Eureka’s past and the Conrail Affair is certainly no different. This story is based on the arrival of the railroad in Eureka Springs, set in 1905. (The railroad actually arrived in 1883, but we like to take a certain license with the story to make things fun.)

While the railroad opens up the world to Eureka Springs,
its coming is not without controversy. There are several city groups and individuals opposed to the coming of the railroad: A conservationist group concerned that the railroad will spoil the natural beauty of the area, a reactionary group opposed to progress and technology in general, a women’s temperance group against the threat of saloons that might arise from increased travel, six property owners that lost ownership of parcels of land to eminent domain for the rail right-of-way, and three individuals who claim to have been cheated when selling their land. Then there are the greedy and covetous friends and relatives of Mr. Cyrus K. Conrail, a man who would never describe himself as a paragon of virtue and civility, much less be described as such by his family, friends, and business associates.

So, as you can see – it becomes very interesting! The Conrail Affair is one of our favorites partly because of the chance to wear the more elaborate Victorian costumes that people actually wore back then. The narrow, winding streets, flowering parks, fabulous restaurants, spas, art galleries & specialty shops will definitely enhance your one-of-a-kind and unforgettable weekend. So there’s a little murder involved – so what?

As with all of our MM weekends, the mystery is broken up into three rounds. Round 1 is Friday night, which features a cocktail party-like atmosphere and heavy appetizers (enough for a meal!). Round 2 is late Saturday morning (after your full breakfast at the B&B) and features coffee, tea and breakfast dessert (we promise you will never go hungry during this weekend!). After Round 2 you have all afternoon to yourselves to nap or  go downtown and shop and – oh, yeah – we have clues for you to hunt for! Kind of like an intelligent scavenger hunt. Then Round 3 is Saturday evening with a full buffet dinner and dessert.

Murder Mystery in Eureka Springs, ARNo one else in Arkansas does these Murder Mysteries – certainly not like we do. So call today – you can’t book these online – to get your room booked for September 7 & 8th. You’ll be glad you did.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (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!

Fleur Delicious Weekend Recipe

July 8th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Since Fleur Delicious weekend is coming up next weekend, July 13 & 14th, we wanted to include one of our French-style recipes that we’ll be making for our guests:

Cheesy Apple Quiche

1 pie crust, unbaked
2 apples, peeled and sliced (I use Granny Smith)At the Bridgeford House B&B for Fleur Delicious Weekend
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tb sugar
2 tb butter

Saute apple slices in a large saucepan with the butter, sugar and cinnamon for about 5-10 minutes, until slices are tender. Meanwhile, whisk together the whipping cream and eggs until well blended. Place apples in the bottom of the pie crust and cover with the cheese. Pour egg mixture over apples and cheese. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven about 35 minutes or until completely set. Let cool about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Serves 6

Happy eating!

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