Posts Tagged ‘inexpensive vacations’

Crystal Bridges – Fantastic Art Surrounds Eureka Springs

January 30th, 2014 by Sam Feldman

It’s been almost 2 1/2 years since Crystal Bridges first opened in nearby Bentonville, AR, but the response from the world has been incredible. When Crystal Bridges was first proposed, annual attendance was estimated at 150,000 to 300,000 guests. Since its opening on 11/11/11, the museum’s attendance has far surpassed that, to welcome more than 650,000 visitors in its first year. During the week of August 12, 2013, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomed its one-millionth visitor.

Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges

Built by Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart’s founder, Sam Walton, the museum is sponsored by Wal-Mart and has free admission to view its permanent collection, which is open year-round. Traveling exhibits (such as last year’s Norman Rockwell exhibit) is an additional cost. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The grounds are open daily and if you are there at sunrise or sunset, be sure to visit the Skyspace for an unique experience.

Just a short 1-hour drive from Eureka Springs, AR, (which in itself has incredible art galleries of its own) Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has world-class art that covers the walls of a unique and artistic building, designed by architect Moshe Safdie. It is designed to be at one with the surrounding landscape and includes gorgeous outdoor trails and outdoor art.

Crystal BridgesThere is some incredible art from the 1600′s, 1700′s and 1800′s that is our favorites. There is also a very modern section, where you can view Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton and Jackson Pollock’s Reclining Woman. There are incredible sculptures, as well, both inside and outside.

The museum itself will take quite a bit of your day, but if you’re visiting during beautiful weather, you have to spend some time out on the walking trails. There are more than 3.5 miles of trails that wind through the Museum’s 120-acre site, providing guests with access to the beautiful Ozark landscape.

Crystal Bridges

What a wonderful way to spend a day during your visit to Eureka Springs and hopefully, Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, where we can pamper you to no end. Get busy planning your next visit now!.

Warmest regards,

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

2013 Winter, New Year’s and Valentine’s Specials

December 9th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Well, it’s finally starting to wind down, the hustle and bustle, the concerts and car weekends, Bikes, Blues and BBQ – you name it, Eureka Springs has it. But there’s a special season not many folks know about – the “secret season”. That’s the one where there aren’t tons of people here and lots of noise from the many visitors. It’s the one where you can just enjoy some down time, reading a book, working a jigsaw puzzle, playing games with your best friend, watching a movie while chowing down on some popcorn, but you get somebody else to cook for you and clean up after you – it’s the off season! Eureka is still very much open in the off-season, which is mid-December through mid-March. There are a few restaurants that do close for an extended period, but those are few. We have so many restaurants here for a town of 2200 that there is always somewhere good to eat. Shops are open and the town is still one of the loveliest to walk around in. Our winter’s are mild, so the chance of getting stuck here due to snow is unlikely (and ice even less likely!) so there’s no excuse -


we’re offering a great winter discount this year! Book one night with us Sunday through Thursday and you get one night free! If you want to come over the weekend, book one night and you can get the second night for 50% off! That does include all our amenities and our usual full-size breakfast and afternoon treats, so there’s really no reason to look elsewhere, we’ve got it all! (Not good for New Year’s or Valentine’s – see those specials below!)

Yes, we do have special deals for New Year’s and Valentine’s this year, since they both fall mid-week. For New Year’s, stay three nights, including New Year’s Eve, and receive one of those three nights for free! Plus we are providing a complimentary bottle of champagne in each room on New Year’s to ring in 2013.

For Valentine’s Day, stay 3 nights (2/14, 2/15 & 2/16) and receive the 3rd night free! A complimentary box of locally-made chocolates will be waiting for you in your room as well.

So come join us – soak in a Jacuzzi, have a picnic in front of the fire with your loved one or just nap – all the things you wish you had time for during the summer months but never seem to happen you can make time for now, you just have to get away from all those obligations. Come stay at the Bridgeford House and enjoy some peace.

Warmest regards,

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

Blackberry Biscuit Cobbler

October 7th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Fall is here! If you were in Eureka Springs this past weekend, you would have had your heavy jacket on and carried your umbrella (just in case) and got to watching the trees start to really turn red in earnest. The heat’s been turned on and the fireplaces lit. So how ’bout a nice warm breakfast recipe to try? If you can’t get here, then try this at home:

Breakfast at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast Eureka Springs AR


Blackberry Biscuit Cobbler

Biscuit dough:
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups whipping cream

1 cup sugar
2 TB cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2-16 ounce packages of frozen or fresh berries (6 cups)

In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and whipping cream with a fork until well combined. Set aside.

In a large saucepan combine 1 cup sugar, 2 TB cornstarch, and 1/4 cup water. Stir in 6 cups (two 16-ounce) packages) fresh or frozen blackberries (or raspberries or cherries). Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Divide mixture amount eight (could stretch to 10) ramekins. Drop 1 or 2 mounds of batter on top of each.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and mixture is bubbly. Makes 8-10 servings.

This is a favorite among guests, so if you’d rather us make it, we’ll be happy to! Come see us!

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!

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!

Beaver Lake, Spear Fishing and Scuba Diving

June 10th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We have an incredibly beautiful lake just 15 minutes from downtown Eureka Springs, AR, called Beaver Lake. There is a huge variety of lake activities available here, including a lovely scenic lake cruise on the Belle of the Ozarks.

Here is a great article that fills you in on many other underwater secrets of this beautiful mountain getaway.

Just 15 minutes from Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast

So the next time you’re visiting us in Eureka, spend some down time out on the lake. It’s a paradise just outside of Paradise.

Warmest regards,

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

B and B’s – A Better Way to Stay

April 5th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

March 26th, 2012

There have long been many myths surrounding bed and breakfasts and what they may be like. In order to combat that, Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) has launched a campaign known as “A Better Way to Stay” – or any other words, “Death to the Doily”!

While you might find one (or maybe even two) doilies at the Bridgeford House, you will also find updated and luxurious private bathrooms, all with showers and some with jetted tubs (big enough for two!), 26″ flatscreen TVs with built-in DVD player (and a big selection of up-to-date movies), refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots in every room (you never have to leave your room if you don’t want to, since we also supply you with coffee, tea, popcorn, cocoa and home-baked treats) AND a huge homemade breakfast served on fine china and gold flatware.

We also have FREE Wi-Fi, iPhone/iPod Docking Alarm Clocks, luxurious linens, soft and fluffy towels, gorgeous views, easy access to the historic downtown (either by feet or by trolley) and we’re on site and available for when you need something we didn’t think to provide for you ahead of time – and we’ll remember your name! How many hotels (let alone a motel!) can give you that?

So spread the word – B and B’s really ARE A Better Way to Stay – follow them on Twitter and Facebook and keep up-to-date with current news and promotions on what the B&B industry has to offer. Don’t believe those myths – because we’ve blown them away!

Warmest regards,

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

Classes for Budding Artists

January 20th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We have a wonderful treasure right here in Eureka Springs. It’s call ESSA, The Eureka Springs School of the Arts. This venue offers  workshops in arts and crafts throughout the year for interested, emerging and professional artists. Award-winning and noted artists and crafts persons guide students to learn new art forms and expand their current skill levels. Their mission statement says it all: In the belief that art is vital to the human spirit, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts is committed to cultivating, promoting, and encouraging artistic expression by providing art education opportunities in a unique environment of beauty and creativity.

Examples of some classes include “Intro to Wheel Throwing in Clay” for beginning students, taught in a real artist’s studio by Terry L. Russell, who has been a clay artist for 40 years. Students will learn the basic skills for making vessels on the potters wheel.

Or you could try “Introduction to Jewelry Making”, “Metalsmithing: Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet”, “Basic Acrylic Painting” and even “Marketing for the Professional Artist Series”. There is “Digital Photography”, “Introduction to Botanical Painting”, or “Bookmaking”. A wide variety of classes are offered and you can see their 2012 calendar on their website.

There are even limited scholarships that are available, awarded on the basis of merit and need and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Come stay with us while you study – we’ll make sure you’re well-fed and get to where you need to go. And we would love to see your work when you finish!

Warmest regards,

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


Home is Where the Heart Is

January 1st, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Winter is here and I’ve always loved this time of the year because it’s quiet. Our regular home back in Richardson, TX, was like that, too. It’s as if the world was suddenly at peace after the intense hustle and bustle of summer – the constant going, going, going. You could curl up with a good book in front of a roaring fireplace, often times with a blanket of snow outside to really deaden all the outside noise, and the world would leave you alone. There was no more secure place in the world.

Winter in Eureka Springs, AR, is like that. And life is like that at the Bridgeford House. We have had guests that have gotten snowed in that have told us that it was one of the best vacations of their lives. (Of course, we can’t guarantee it will snow while you’re here, but the cold winter chill outside still keeps us cozy as kittens inside). A good bed and breakfast can provide you that home away from home – without the hard work and clean up! A good pampering can set anybody right and allow them the the rest and peace to go back and face the world.

We love doing that for you here. Several of our rooms have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. All of them have a coffee pot and microwave right in your room, for hot tea, cocoa or popcorn – all provided for you at your complementary (yes, that means “free of charge”!) refreshment station (including a refrigerator) – right in your room! Home-baked sweets are provided for you each afternoon, so all you have to do is wait for it to be delivered! A hot, 4-course breakfast each morning will pretty much fill you up so that you don’t even need to go out for lunch if you don’t want to. Our parlor is full of games, puzzles and movies to play on your personal TVs in your room.

And don’t let anyone tell you Eureka closes up for the winter – there is always stuff open! Most of the shops stay open all winter long (with shorter hours), there are always restaurants and local pubs that are open, as well – what do you think we locals do in the wintertime? We still have to eat and we still like to get out and have a good time. Trust me, there are still lots of spas that will provide relaxing massages. If the trolleys aren’t running that particular day, you know we’re just a few minutes walk to downtown. And when the leaves are gone from our forest of trees – a whole new world opens up! Get out there and hike through our little mountains and neighborhoods that are right here in the historic district. You’ll see stuff you never see in the summertime.

And…Sophie is always here to cuddle.

Warmest regards,

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

Charity Begins in Eureka Springs!

May 15th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

We belong to a wonderful group of local B&Bs, called Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs, and we are all featuring an awesome opportunity this summer to give back to the community. Starting July 18th and ending August 31st, come stay at our Arkansas bed and breakfast for a two-night Sunday-Thursday stay and you can purchase the 1st night at regular rate and get the second night free – by writing a $35 check (or more, if you like!) to ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach). ECHO is Eureka’s free health care clinic for uninsured, low-income individuals and provides incredible care to these folks in need. The ECHO Clinic has been featured on Oprah, in People magazine, and on ABC News’ “Spirit of America” series.

Dr. Oz with founders Suzie and Dan Bell

Another opportunity to give to ECHO is our annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour (this year on Saturday, December 10th, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) where a percentage of the proceeds also go to ECHO.

We know that not everyone takes the time to give as they’d like, so here’s an easy way to do just that while enjoying some downtime in Eureka Springs. Come enjoy the beauty and selflessness that is Eureka Springs.

Warmest regards,

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