Posts Tagged ‘historic downtown’

Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs, 2012!

December 20th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

Thanks to the “Krewe of Krazo” (that’s “Ozark” spelled backwards), there is truly a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras setting here in the beautiful Ozarks within the downtown area of Eureka Springs, AR. This event, in its seventh year, has grown phenomenally and is now deeply rooted in the Victorian town with our up and down and curly-Q streets. So if you’re looking for some good fun in the doldrums of wintertime – and always think Eureka is too quiet during the winter – check out the Mardi Gras schedule below:

Sunday, January 8: King’s Day Kickoff
Saturday, January 28: Christening the Floats
Saturday, February 11: Taste of N’Awlins
Thursday, February 16: Hookers & Jokers Ball
Friday, February 17: Coronation Ball
Saturday, February 18: Downtown Parade
Saturday, February 18: Costume Contests
Saturday, February 18: Beaux Art Ball
Sunday, February 19: Jazz Brunch
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, February 19, 20 & 21: ArtiGras
Monday, February 20: Artists Reception
Tuesday, February 21: Krazo 2nd Line Pub Crawl
Tuesday, February 21: St. ‘Lizbeth Cajun Ball

For more details on when and where, click here.

Most everything is within walking distance of us here at the Bridgeford House, so it won’t matter if you imbibe a little bit. So – Laissez les bon temps Rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

Warmest regards,

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


DeVito’s of Eureka Springs – You Can’t Beat Great Italian Food!

November 13th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

Right off the bat I can tell you my favorite item at DeVito’s Restaurant in downtown Eureka Springs and you’re going to laugh, but I’m not kidding…trout fingers! Bet you didn’t even know trout had fingers! Honestly, they are a wonderful appetizer of crispy, boneless strips of trout with a seasoned cornmeal coating and served with a smoky dill sauce – they are just awesome! Check their menu out for main dishes and you will find a huge variety of homemade Italian splendor, not the least of which is their trout dishes that they are famous for. Owner James DeVito continues a tradition begun by his family back in 1956 and the trout are served fresh from his family’s trout farm. Try this on for size: Pesto Trout Parmesan…or Lemon Trout…or Chargrilled Trout – okay, they’re all good. You get the point.

However, let’s not forget we are here for classic Italian – how about Spaghetti, Ravioli or Fettuccine? Start with that base and pick a sauce or meat to go on top:  Pesto, meatballs, Italian sausage – how about fresh cream, butter and Parmesan cheese over your fettuccine? I think ’nuff said.

DeVito’s has a full bar, of course – and a huge selection of wines! This is a perfect place to bring someone special, order a lovely bottle of wine and propose to her right there. James and his lovely wife, Teresa, will take very good care of you. Then go put your new fiance on a carriage ride right through downtown Eureka Springs… well, you get the idea. DeVitos’ has a lovely intimate atmosphere for that kind of thing, plus, coming in 2012, they will add 4-story high rooftop dining overlooking East Mountain for some incredible views! So add that to your to-do list the next time you come to Eureka – hopefully visiting our Arkansas bed and breakfast here at the Bridgeford House. (You know how lonely our Mini Schnauzer, Sophie, gets for company.) And yes, of course you can walk to DeVito’s from here!

Warmest regards,

Sophie looking for guests to arrive

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

Quicksilver Art & Fine Craft Gallery

October 2nd, 2011 by Sam Feldman

On your next visit to Eureka Springs, you must visit Quicksilver Art & Fine Craft Gallery.  A store filled with the beautiful works of over 120 local, regional and nationally known artists, including artist made jewelry and unique art including one of a kind wall tapestries, wildlife watercolors, photographs, limited edition prints, pottery (rustic, hand-thrown pieces fired in a wood burning kiln, gold or platinum drenched porcelain and raku fired with Ostrich feathers) in a variety of shapes and glazes, and numerous works in wood and metal.

They also have a hands-on exhibit of beautiful musical instruments on the lower level – strumsticks, gongs and chimes, brass Tibetan singing bowls and the melodious sounding Freenotes, an offshoot of xylophones, are available to play. Open seven days a week, they have an incredible helpful and welcoming staff. They always have some of the best window displays as well! (Our favorite is always their unique Christmas displays.)

The Quicksilver Gallery is a member of the Eureka Springs Gallery Association, the 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk, and the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and is very involved in the tourism industry here in Eureka Springs. Check out their Facebook page for news and information.

And guess what? Yep – they’re a short walk from the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast! We told you we really do have the greatest location!

Warmest regards,

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

Upcoming Car Shows

August 28th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

Well, I write this to the sights and sounds of all the great VW bugs and buses that have been in town all this past weekend. We had a blast watching them from our front porch with some great guests, who collected lots of candy and Mardi Gras beads! It made us start looking forward to the next car show, which is one of my favorites, the Antique Auto Festival – in its 41st year! Coming September 9 & 10th, it’s sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and event details include hundreds of vintage classics competing for prizes and trophies. Includes a car show with  the parade, which of course – goes right by our front porch! The 1922 Bank Robbery re-enactment follows directly after the antique car parade; re-creating the first time an automobile was used as a getaway vehicle in a bank robbery. That is always loads of fun and no bystanders have ever been shot yet {grin}.

From Bridgeford House B& B Front PorchThe first weekend in October has the Carroll County Cruisers Open Car Show. And by far one of the most exciting is the Annual Corvette weekend, October 6-9, their 21st time in Eureka! Gorgeous ‘vettes will be everywhere, both new and restored. This show is so big they used to run the parade only at night time. Now you just get to see them all over town.

October 20-23 will see all the Mini-Coopers arriving. I love the minis – just the right size for Sophie to drive! Very colorful and of course, easy to drive around Eureka’s skinny and windy streets. Fall color should be hitting just right about that time.

So come enjoy the cars without the car maintenance bills! There’s always something going on in Eureka Springs, AR!

Warmest regards,

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

The Bugs are Coming!

August 21st, 2011 by Sam Feldman

No, not that kind…VW bugs! And all other manner of Volkswagen vehicles – back again for their annual festival, for the 19th year! August 26, 27th and 28th, 2011 – you can sit right on our front porch and watch these colorful automobiles tootle by during their Saturday afternoon parade, as many as 300 of them right in front of you. Some of them are pretty outrageous (there is usually one that’s all dressed up like a frog).  It’s one of the biggest car parades that Eureka has and also one of the most colorful!


There’s a Saturday show and swap meet, a Sunday Countryside Tourcade (and you know what our countryside looks like!) and a BBQ dinner, for those folks that register to be in the show. But for you wanna-bes, just come enjoy the bugs and buses for yourself, while shopping and dining and people-watching – it’s a great weekend to just get outside!

Warmest regards,


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

Vintage Cargo – Euro Shopping in Eureka Springs

August 7th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

For many of you that come to Eureka Springs, you’ve probably already discovered and fallen in love with Vintage Cargo, a Euro-Vintage marketplace that has an eclectic array of fascinating home furnishings and objects d’art, as well as personal essentials, such as decorative accessories, kitchenware, lighting and miscellaneous gifts. Located right at the entrance to the upper part of the Historic Loop (across from the Inn of the Ozarks), it occupies a 4000 sq. ft. showroom. These showroom offerings are complimented by one of a kind antiques from many parts of Europe. They do have a great online store on their website, so that you can continue to shop for their ever-changing product selections when you can’t be in Eureka.

The staff at Vintage Cargo offer exceptional customer service, from complimentary gift wrap to a personal shopping service. It’s a great store and one that a lot of our guests make a point of visiting when they are staying with us. If you can’t find any great shopping in Eureka Springs, you’re just not trying!

Warmest regards,

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

Ride the Rails in Eureka!

July 23rd, 2011 by Sam Feldman

One of the many fun things to do in Eureka Springs is ride the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway. The collection of vintage rolling stock at ES&NA is one of the Ozarks’ largest, and all the authentic railroad memorabilia is there to re-create the turn-of-the-century era and give modern visitors a taste of how it was when rail service brought the first visitors to Eureka Springs in 1883. (Our original Murder Mystery story is based on the arrival of the railroad in Eureka Springs and it’s being offered to folks that want to come have a wildly fun weekend on August 26th & 27th.)

One of the nicest ways to experience this nostalgic 4-1/2 mile journey out in the beautiful Ozark mountains is to take either a lunch or dinner train. The lunch train departs at 12 noon, May through October, and gives you a main choice of beef stroganoff, chicken salad with fresh fruit, or a hot deli sandwich. The dinner train departs at 5:00 and gives you a main choice of baked chicken breast (“Chicken Eurekan”), Chef’s prime rib (“The Conductor”) or Rainbow Trout Almondine (“The City of New Orleans”). Great sides accompany both lunch and dinner – you do need to call ahead and make a reservation and let them know which choice you would like. The food is quite good and you eat while the train is chugging out into the woods – really makes you feel as if you have gone back in time! There is a special dessert that you have to see to believe.

The railroad’s season runs from April through October (with a  limited schedule in April). Great time to come out and hop on is in the fall when the leaves are changing! Bring your camera.

We’re not far from the railroad here at the Bridgeford House B&B and we can hear the train whistle quite often. Now that brings back neat childhood memories!

Warmest regards,

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


See Eureka Springs by Trolley!

July 4th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

Public transit began in Eureka Springs in 1891 and we still have them today, although they are a little bit modernized now:

Have you been to Eureka Springs and seen the trolleys toodling around town? They run right past our place on the Red Route. If you’ve come to Eureka and gotten frustrated by our traffic on weekends, be sure to get an all-day trolley ticket next time. $5 for all day long, on any of the four routes (get off and on as many times as you want to!) The folks that work at the Eureka Springs Transit Center are some of the nicest and most helpful folks you’ll meet, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions about where your stop is (they will not, however, be tour guides for you – they have the Historic Tram Tours for that!)

Warmest regards,

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



Friendly Eureka Springs, AR – and “Just Between Friends” Shopping!

June 26th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

A couple of years ago Jeff bought me an anniversary gift that consisted of a leather thong bracelet and one bead. The bead was gorgeous but I thought he had forgotten to buy the rest of the jewelry! Turns out he got this “starter kit” at Just Between Friends, one of my favorite shops in downtown Eureka Springs, AR. And now, guess what? I’m always going down to Just Between Friends and adding beads and spacers to my bracelet. I almost have a full one now and there are so many to choose from, I will probably have to start another one.

“Pandora Jewelry: Life’s magic moments. Carry them as a collection of wonderful memories in a bracelet of charms or in a necklace and make them last forever. Beautifully hand-finished charms made in sterling silver and 14K gold with genuine gemstones give you limitless possibilities for styling and mixing to match both the occasion and your personality. Put them together on a silver or gold chain, or a fabric or leather string, and make your unforgettable moments last forever.

Pandora Jewelry is one of the world’s three largest jewelery brands in 2009, and is present in over 40 different countries around the world. Well positioned within the affordable luxury segment of the fine jewelery market, Pandora Jewelry offers modern, high quality, hand finished products.”

Next time you’re visiting Eureka, stop by and tell Marsha hi, and start a bracelet or necklace of your own! And, yes, they have other fabulous things, I’m just afraid to look at anything else…

Warmest regards,

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

Living in Paradise – or How the Feldmans Ended up in Eureka Springs, AR

June 19th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

When Jeff and I left Richardson, TX, nine years ago, it was to head to paradise here in Eureka Springs, AR – which took a while to find.

We had certain criteria we were looking for:

#1 – it had to be within a short day’s drive back to Dallas and our kids (and therefore was a short day’s drive from there and several other large cities for guests to travel easily).

#2 – it had to be near a lake. At the time we had a small sailboat and we needed a place to park it. Beaver Lake is one of the most gorgeous (and not crowded) lakes you could possibly find.

#3 – it had to have green mountains (we loved Colorado, too, but those mountains are not nearly as green, plus it’s MUCH more expensive there). Arkansas has some of the most beautiful scenery you will find in the entire country.

#4 – it had to be a small town (we had, after all, been living near 7 million of our closest friends, being in one of the largest cities in the country – that gets old!).  We wanted the small town to have culture and things to do and to not feel like a “hick” town. Eureka is #12 in “American Style Magazine’s 2011 Top Arts Destinations for Small Cities” (and at only a little over 2200 people, “city” is rather a misnomer).

#5 – we wanted plenty of good restaurants to choose from (and we were just thinking about our own stomachs here, but it works great for our guests, too). We have around 100 restaurants in the general area to pick from and right in town there are only three chain fast-food places; all the rest are local owners. You need to come for enough days just to make sure you make all the rounds.

#6 – we wanted to be near a “metropolitan” area so that whatever Eureka didn’t have, we could find close by. We are within an hour’s drive of Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville (home of Wal-Mart headquarters). We are also within an hour’s drive of Branson, MO, which has top entertainment and new places to eat (still thinking of our own stomachs here) and we are within 2-1/2 hours drive of Tulsa, Ok, and an international airport.

#7 – to be near a university, in case we wanted or needed to continue with some education. Of course Fayetteville is the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the University of Arkansas – you can’t get any better than that! (Woo pig sooie!!!!) 

#8 – we wanted to feel safe (Dallas – remember???). I often tell guests that you could walk around town at 2 a.m. in the morning and not have to worry about anything more dangerous than being accosted by a deer or tripping over our rolling sidewalks.

#9 – a place where tourists would want to visit. Well, there’s a reason so many folks come to visit here, all twelve months of the year. Besides 1-8 above, we have one of the largest historic districts in the country.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Eureka Springs as a “Distinctive Destination”. The entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. and

#10 – Something that wasn’t “cookie cutter”. Suburbs all look alike – come to Eureka to get a different perspective. You will not leave the same person!

For those of you that aren’t lucky enough to move here, check out what it’s like just to visit.

Warmest regards,

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