Posts Tagged ‘history’

New Eureka Springs Tour Package

June 6th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

We have had several new and exciting things opening up in town, including the new Eureka Springs Underground Tour and the newly remodeled Queen Anne Mansion. So we have put together a new package to offer to our guests, the Eureka Tour Extravaganza Package! This package is for a two-night stay and besides all of our usual amenities that are included in our wonderful Victorian rooms we will provide tickets to:

  • “Soft” adventure tour exploring the famous underground and history of Eureka Springs (horse-drawn carriage ride is alternate activity if tour is rained out or if it’s off-season for tour). Bring your tennis shoes!
  • The brand-new, multi-million dollar renovated Queen Anne Mansion, self-guided tour. Closed Tuesdays.
  • Made famous on the Sci-Fi Ghost Hunters show, the Crescent Hotel’s Ghost Tours, held every evening.
  • “Experience life in the past lane and shunpike” through our Victorian Village! 2-hour van tour, available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Package price for two:  Add on $139.00 to the cost of your room, two night minimum required. Again, this price DOES NOT include the cost of your room, which varies depending on which room you choose.

We hope this provides you with yet another option to have your vacation all worked out for you ahead of time, so all you have to do is enjoy, eat and sleep! What more could you ask for?

Hope to see you soon!

Warmest regards,

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

Ozark Medieval Fortress

May 30th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

We have the coolest things in the Ozark mountains – even a medieval castle! It’s actually a medieval castle being built, from the ground up, using only 13th century methods and materials:  hand-carved stones, felled oaks, forged tools and bare hands. The recent grand opening allowed the first glimpse at the general outline that has been completed in stone. Visiting the site visitors will see stonecutters, carpenters, rope makers, potters and carters, all dressed in 13th century garb. They will be constructing a real fortress with 24-foot high towers, a drawbridge, and 6-foot thick stone walls surrounding an expansive inner courtyard. And it will take 20 years to complete!

Ozark Medieval Fortress will provide a thrilling educational, scientific and emotional experience, with daily guided tours, workshops, exhibitions and special events, including re-enactments featuring tournaments, archery, falconry, and other medieval athletic pastimes.

The castle is only a little over an hour’s drive from Eureka Springs and the Bridgeford House. Come visit and watch history being made.

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Springs AR Secret Underground

February 28th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Long awaited, it appears that the Eureka Springs Underground will finally be opening in March 2010. For those of you that have never visited Eureka Springs before – or maybe even for some of you that have – you may not know that we have a hidden level of tunnels, abandoned storefronts and passages under Main St. and Spring St.

The story goes that in the late 1800′s, when the town was growing by leaps and bounds and folks were cutting down the trees right and left, Main Street would flood with mud runoff every time it rained (and would eventually became known as “Mud Street”). The solution to this at the time was to build up the street one level, which created a whole level of shops underneath the current level of shops, which have been mostly abandoned all this time. One place you can see a good example of the stonework and beams that are underground is at the Mud St. Cafe, one of our favorite places in town to eat. It is located at the intersection of Main St. and Spring St. and has a plaque outside their entrance that tells of the building up of the street. It is one of very few places that is accessible. (Little known fact, there is also a very active creek that runs under Mud St. Cafe, the auditorium and the courthouse on that side – so it’s under the sub-basement, which is under the underground part, which is under the shops and restaurants…we go deep in Eureka Springs!)

On Upper Spring St., where Bridgeford House is located, you can see all along our side of the street the wall that currently holds up Spring St. We believe the street was built up even this far up on Spring St., which makes the layout of the Bridgeford House make more sense. Our garden is a full level below the street and the door that now opens into our dining room from that garden level we believe must have been the original front door to the original parlor (that dining room has one of only two original fireplaces and the other one is covered up). Our current front door is just a few steps up from the modern level of the street and opens up to our current parlor. Two of the five B&B guest rooms, which were the original bedrooms in the house, open up right off that parlor. We don’t believe the original front door would have been right near the bedrooms! Victorians were way too uptight for that!

Come to Eureka this season and take a tour of this brand-new Eureka-scape! We’ll make sure you get tickets!

Warmest regards,

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