Posts Tagged ‘historic downtown’

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!

Eureka Springs Summer Music Festival

May 21st, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Eureka Springs now has a wonderful new festival over the summer – the CICA International Summer Music Festival. From June 18th to July 7th, our town will be filled with musicians and aspiring musicians, young and old alike. Check out their website for the schedule for three weeks of classical chamber and symphony concerts, just about every night, at our local venue, The Aud. In addition, there will be international attendance from students coming to learn from the pros. Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, guitar and even composition and voice are offered in full sessions and weekly programs. There is also the Antonio Stradivari International Violin Makers Competition and Conference, which is designed for violin makers, performers, students, teachers, and people who are interested in stringed instruments making and performance to meet together and to share the ideas of stringed instruments making and performance.

Summer Musical Festival in Eureka Springs, ARSo once again, Eureka Springs offers some incredible musical opportunities, and what a great time to visit! Come see us while you’re here and as always, enjoy your stay in our lovely village.

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2012

April 22nd, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Mark your calendars for May 31, June 1, 2 and 3 and make plans to come to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for one of the biggests music festivals in the south! The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend packs a wallop of great Blues, throughout the entire 4 days of the festival. Headliners this year include:  Ruthie Foster, Kenny Neal and Tommy Castro. And that’s only a small portion of the artists that will grace our fair city! For those of you that have been to our Blues weekends before, you know there are plenty of music venues and styles to pick from. There are some main shows at the Aud and there are lots of shows in our little bars throughout town and even outdoors at the Basin Park right downtown. And a large majority of these are FREE!

See past headliner Elvin Bishop:

One of our local favorites, Brick Fields, will be playing at the New Delhi Cafe and is worth the trip just for themselves:

They’re here every weekend and then some, so if you can’t make it to Blues Weekend, come any other time to hear this great band!

We do still have rooms available here at our B and B, Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, and yes – you can walk to just about every venue downtown from here! When you’re ready to leave all the music and noise behind, we’ll be waiting for you in our quiet little area on Spring St., so you get the best of both worlds.

Call and book as soon as you can, because we do expect these rooms to fill up. This is also the only weekend of the year that we require a 3-night minimum, because you really need to stay for the whole thing – seriously!

Warmest regards,

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

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Yet Another New Murder Mystery Story in Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

March 11th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We love our Murder Mystery Weekends so much – and guests do, too – that we keep writing new ones! Our Murder Mystery author- extraordinary (Jeff) is just finishing up “The Noble Experiment”, a mystery that takes place during Prohibition.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has an interesting history during Prohibition, with lots of gangsters and illegal activity. So…what better story to have as a backdrop to a new murder mystery?

Synopsis:  Mob bosses; agents from the U.S. Bureau of Investigation, Federal Prohibition Enforcement Agency and State Police; federal, state and local politicians; and concerned citizens have gathered at the invitation of one of the nation’s most infamous “bootleggers”.
In an effort to spare the revered and sacrosanct resort of Eureka Springs from the horrendous illegal alcohol-fueled violence that has plunged New York, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Chicago into bloody chaos, a lottery has been proposed that will award the winner exclusive rights to the importation of prohibited goods into the resort town.
But before the lottery can be held, a heinous crime occurs that threatens to plunge the peaceful Ozarks into outright war.

Who dies and who did it?

With characters like “Hudson Duster” – also known as “Two Gun” – (Chief Financial Officer of the Irish Syndicate), “Ostap Filkowski” – AKA “One eye” – (2nd in command of Kielbasa Posse), or “Krzysztof Sprysak” (say that one three times real fast) – AKA “Clown Shoes” (Head bookie for Kielbasa Posse) – how can you not have fun ?

The inaugural weekend for this exciting new mystery is March 30 & 31st, 2012 – which is already booked up! But we look forward to the next MM weekend, which will be posted on our website soon (most likely in the middle of June). So watch for the date – or give us a call to put you on a wait list. Date will be posted this next week.

Until then – always keep an eye on us here in Eureka Springs – because there’s always murder afoot!

Warmest regards,

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


Eureka Springs Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek

March 4th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

March 24th will mark the 22nd Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Here’s  a fun video about one of Turpentine Creek’s residents and the kite festival itself:

By the way, that cute staff member is our youngest daughter, Jessica, who worked at Turpentine Creek for several years!

The Kite Festival is that Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll have plenty of time to fly kites, visit lions and tigers and bears – oh, my! and be back in the historic downtown in time for a lovely dinner at one of our many wonderful restaurants. We’ll be happy to give you some recommendations.

You can’t walk to Turpentine Creek from our place but, as many of you know, you can walk to just about anywhere else! So bring your kite – remember, March is supposed to be windy!

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Springs Web Cam – Live!

February 26th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We know not everyone is lucky enough to live in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, but you can always see what’s going on! Check out Eureka’s live webcam site and see what’s happening downtown, what the weather’s like, if there’s a parade going on, and even what Beaver Lake looks like on that day.

Web Cam 1 is just down from the Basin Park area (near Spring and Main), Web Cam 2 is Spring St., right at Pendergrass corner (at the Eureka Grill, looking up towards the Post Office), Web Cam 3 is right at Spring and Center (looking at the Basin Park Hotel and the Flatiron Flats building), Web Cam 4 is beautiful Beaver Lake and Web Cam 5 is Spring St., at Pendergrass corner, looking the other way (away from the post office), past the New Orleans Hotel. Each Web Cam page has facts and figures, some features on some of our local musicians, Beaver Lake information, and some on the history of Eureka Springs.

Web Cam 3

So if you can’t make it here, never fear. You’re never too far away.

But we always look forward to visits from folks that stay here at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast and remember, you can walk right down to any of these spots easily – or just stay right on our front porch and watch the world go by you!

Warmest regards,

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

Intrigue Theater – The Ghosts Have Answers, in Eureka Springs Arkansas

February 13th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Last year a wonderful show came to town. Intrigue Theater will make you doubt your common good sense. We are very excited that they will be coming back for spring break, March 16-31 and then returning for the whole summer on June 28th, right back into our own Victorian auditorium. You will travel back to an age of Intrigue during the Victorian era and witness an evening of incredible and mysterious demonstrations performed by an Illusionist and a Medium.  The evening also features special guests from the other side.

Folks, we have seen this show and it is awesome! And it will make you wonder…

This is a wonderful portrayal of entertainment back in the Victorian age, complete with fabulous costumes and the vernacular of that particular age. But what is most exciting is the performance itself, which includes magical demonstrations, feats of astonishing mental capabilities, and elements of spiritualism, as observed and celebrated in the 19th century – spirits may make their presence known with whispered answers and unexplained phenomenon.

Sean-Paul actually rifled through Sam’s purse, pulling out object after object, while Juliana, blindfolded and up on stage quite a ways from where we were sitting, told him what each one of them was. How the heck did they do that?

Come see for yourself. Spring break is a wonderful time to visit Eureka Springs Arkansas and see that the ghosts really do have all the answers! Come stay with us and get discounted tickets to see this unique show (yep, you can walk there!).

Warmest regards,

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