Posts Tagged ‘historic downtown’

Early Eureka Springs History-Part 1

January 30th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is rich in colorful history. From time to time, we will devote a blog to some of the more interesting aspects, a lot of which you can learn about first hand on a visit to Eureka. As you walk this beautiful town, you will come across historical plaques and photo placards that allow you to look at a site in person, to see how it has changed. Here is a photo of Mud St. (now known as Main St.), which is quite different from what you see today:

Mud St. below Basin avenue 1880

Verbiage that explains this photo:  “Mud Street” is shown taking a rather deep grade downward. The building at right just past the City Drug Store shows its “pilings” that hold it in place. All the buildings on the right side are suspended across the Leatherwood (Creek) Branch which “Mud Street” runs parallel to. The buildings at left butt up to limestone walls that holds up Spring Street fronting the Basin Spring.

More than a dozen laborers and onlookers are in this Main Street scene.” This photo was reportedly taken between 1882 and 1884.

Today, folks find it hard to believe that there is a creek that runs the length of Main Street, under all those buildings (on the right), including the Courthouse and the Auditorium. You can go into the basement of the Auditorium and open trap doors that look down into the creek. “Mud St.” was built up a level in the late 1800′s, due to the flooding of that creek, which caused that street to be very, well… muddy! So there is a whole level of buildings down below street level, most of which are closed off to the public today (but we hope will be opened up in the future, as part of the Underground Tour). For a nice view of one of these buildings underground (and a fabulous lunch!), go eat at the Mud St. Cafe.

Remember, it’s a lovely walk from Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast to the historical downtown, with many sights to see along the way, so come join us soon!

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!



Voulez-Vous Lounge – Part of the Nightlife!

January 7th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

If you are here in Eureka looking for some great nightlife, look no further than the Voulez-Vous Lounge in the historic downtown. Directly below the New Orleans Hotel, this swanky and sexy bar provides a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, with a wide variety of musical events. It has lots of room, with some of the seating on cushy couches. There’s a huge bar with a lot of specialty cocktails and champagnes, cognacs, scotches, and wines, many that you would not find elsewhere. Their staff is always dressed up in burlesque-type clothes, so you feel like you’ve gone back to a much bawdier time.

voulez vous

French food – to die for! Crepes and croissants, hummus and cheese plates. What more could you ask for: good food, good drinks and good music, which all add up to a wonderful time! Check out the video below of their first night open – if you look hard enough, you can see a couple of clips of us in there! And, yep, easy to walk to from our place.

Warmest regards,

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

Gourmet Eureka

December 16th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Many of you know that we have great shopping in downtown Eureka Springs. It’s a rare person that doesn’t buy something when they visit our beautiful downtown historic area. But one of our favorite stores is Gourmet Eureka which has such a variety of kitchen items that you’ll spend hours in there. They have an assortment of coffees, teas and jams and jellies.

Gourment Eureka in Eureka Springs, ARThey’ve got marinades, sauces and dips and wonderful regional cookbooks. They’ve got spices, sauces, soups and dip mixes. They even have gourmet items for dogs! Sophie loves their stuff – and often guests will buy treats for her and bring them back to the B&B. Once she’s gotten a taste, she always wants us to take her shopping down there.

If you can’t make it to Eureka, you can also shop online. But, of course, you know it’s much more fun to come, stay and play while you’re here. We are within walking distance of Gourmet Eureka, so if you do end up buying any of their candies and cookies, you’ll walk the calories off!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

Warmest regards,

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


EurekaGras Mardi Gras!

December 2nd, 2012 by Sam Feldman

You can’t find a better MardiGras celebration north of New Orleans than what we produce right here in Eureka Springs! Organized by tried and true New Orleans transplants, EurekaGras is the real thing, with an activity-packed schedule, from January 5th to February 12th, 2013.

Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast Enjoys EurekaGras!









This is truly a New Orleans style Mardi Gras setting in the beautiful Ozarks within the Downtown area of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This event, in its seventh year, has grown phenomenally and is now deep rooted in the Victorian Town with up and down curly-Q streets. The Krewe of Krazo, OZARK spelled backwards, welcomes visitors and locals -” Laissez les bon temps Rouler”, Let the Good Times Roll!
If you like to party, love to watch people, and just generally love to have a good time, plan a visit to Eureka Springs during one of these MardiGras events. You can walk to almost everything from our place!
Warmest regards,
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

The 6th Annual B&B Sweet Treats Cookie Tour

November 11th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Polish up your sweet tooth because it’s that time again – the annual holiday Sweet Treats Cookie Tour is coming, Saturday, December 8th, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by BABIES (Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs), of which we are a proud member, this event includes a tour of all nine inns of the organization (all dressed to the nines – get it? – for the holidays), as well as samples of the two treats that are baked at each inn, especially for you.

Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs

Tickets are $20 per person (and you can call us to reserve yours) AND tickets are included in our own personal Sweet Treats Tour Package at our inn if you decide you’d like to experience what it’s like to stay at one of these glorious Victorian inns (lodging is not a requirement!):

* 2 nights stay in one of our lovely bed and breakfast rooms (some have Jacuzzis and fireplaces)
* Full 4-course gourmet breakfast each morning
* 2 tickets for the Sweet Treats Tour
* 2 all-day trolley tickets to ride to most inns
* 2 keepsake Christmas ornaments
* 2 cookie samplings and recipes at our inn
* Hot Chocolate here at the Bridgeford House

Package price for two: $314-454, depending on room, two night minimum on packages.

In addition, your ticket will allow you to enter BABIES’ giveaway contest for a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates, good at any of the Sweet Treats Cookie Tour participating inns.

So call today – here’s your chance to see nine beautiful Victorian inns in all their Christmas finery (you know you always wanted to see the insides of these Painted Ladies!) and get your fill of sugar. Yes, it’s like Trick or Treat in December!

Christmas at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast

And, of course, we’ll have Sophie here to greet you.

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Springs Food and Wine Festival-2012

November 4th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

If you’re in the area this next week, November 7-11th, come join us for the Food and Wine Festival!

Enjoy fabulous wines and exceptional food at some of Eureka’s finest restaurants:  DeVito’s, The Grand Tavern, Cottage Inn, Garden Bistro, and Ermilio’s, just to name a few. You can also enjoy special events such as winery tours and tank tasting, French cuisine cooking classes, special art showings, and an open house at Eureka’s newest winery, Railway Winery.

This is truly a unique weekend festival in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas, when the weather is gorgeous (and right now there is still tons of fall color left on the trees!), there is food and plenty of wine to be consumed, and it’s close enough to Christmas to start shopping! So make your plans now, or mark your calendar for next year, because this is a special festival not to be missed! We certainly enjoy this event and we know you will, too!

Warmest regards,

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

Candlelight Tour of Homes

October 28th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Mark your calendars, December 1, 2012, is the 30th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, hosted by the Eureka Springs Preservation Society. Tour times are 3-8 p.m. and worth every penny of the $20 ticket price ($15 if you buy in advance). Ten wonderful homes will be featured this year, all lavishly dressed in holiday finery and featuring all the wonderful historic architecture that Eureka Springs is known for. You will find the town dolled up in the wonderful Christmas spirit, with Victorian-dressed docents, Christmas carolers and a good amount of goodies and drink at each stop.

Check out pics from tours past:

Come see us here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast while you’re here – we have rooms available and are usually very close to the tour, often within walking distance -  and sometimes on our street!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) 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!