Posts Tagged ‘outdoor fun’

Eureka Springs Dog Park

March 4th, 2014 by Sam Feldman

Sophie and Fiona are VERY happy about our new upcoming Eureka Springs Dog Park! It’s staked out, fence is ordered and we’re all just waiting on some decent weather to get that fence up. We’re hoping it’s up and open by April! The park is just a very short walk to Harmon Park from our bed and breakfast here on Spring St. So when you bring your little pup to stay with us in the Captain Bridgeford room, you’ll be able to take him or her down the street for lots of catch and playing with other dogs. Maybe Sophie and Fiona will head over there with you.

Eureka Springs Dog Park

Eureka Springs Dog Park

Looking forward to spring and lots of outside activities!









Warmest regards,

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

2013 Bluegrass Festival at Eureka Springs, AR

August 13th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

Music and watermelon! What more could you ask for, in lovely downtown Eureka Springs, AR. That’s what’s happening this weekend, August 15-17, 2013. The Bluegrass Festival kicks off with a watermelon social in Basin Spring Park. This event is an open jam and everyone is invited to bring their instruments and join in. Free watermelon & water will be provided.

(Video includes Jesse McReynolds as the main act, but, due to health reasons, he has had to cancel. Legendary Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press will be performing instead.)

Free music starts at noon on Friday in Basin Spring Park. Acts will include: The Clark Family Trio featuring Bill Nesbitt, The Dragon Masters, Gary Allbritton & Friends, Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band, Mountain View Friends, and a return of the Clark Family Trio to wrap up the afternoon.

On Saturday, the free music in Basin Spring Park kicks off with the Buffalo City Ramblers at noon, followed by Ozark Alliance, Buddy Griffin & Friends, The Clark Family, Pam Setser and Mountain View Friends, The Dragon Masters and the Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band.

Saturday evening at The Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street, a whole host of performers will take the stage beginning at 7 p.m. Acts will include many of the musicians who are appearing in the park. Plus Tim Crouch, Arkansas Red, Ron Landers, Donny Catron, Retro & Smiling, and Spoon Man along with Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press. Ticket prices for the show are $17.50 balcony or $22.50 orchestra and will be available online or at the door for $22.50 and $27.50. For more info call 479-253-7333.

The festivities are just a short walk from the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, so come join us!

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2013

May 29th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

We’re just a few weeks away from the annual Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, one of the most popular music festivals in beautiful Eureka Springs, AR. Top headliners are Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, The Nighthawks, Chicago Blues Revue, Leah and the Mojo Doctors and EG Kight. And that’s just a few that are at the auditorium – there are 63 performances over the four-day period of the festival, June 13-16. Venues exist all over the city, including a lot outside in our wonderful historic Basin Park – for free!


The Nighthawks






The town will be rowdy and wild, but that’s so much a part of the fun! Down here at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast, it’s much quieter, but it’s still a very easy walk to downtown and all the music. No security worries after dark, either, so come see us!

Warmest regards,

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

Grotto Spring – Beauty in Eureka Springs, AR

May 8th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

It is said that we have over 100+ natural cold springs in our little town of 2000. Most of them are in people’s back yards, a few inside their houses or stores downtown. We are lucky enough to live on Spring St., which has some of the most well-known historical springs in the city and have extensive gardens around them, paid for by the City of Eureka Springs and the work of mostly one employee, who must have 10 green thumbs. Our favorite is just down the street from us (of course!) and is called Grotto Spring.

Around 1900

Around 1900

“The words “Esto Perpetua” emblazoned upon a stone above the entrance to Grotto Spring declare the prevailing belief that these healing waters would flow forth forever. Early Townspeople discovered the spring under an overhanging rock ledge a short distance from the well known as Dairy Spring. Extensive street construction on “The Boulevard” as Spring Street was then called, began in 1890. This necessitated construction of an enclosure of limestone and ornamental stonework hand worked by very skilled stonemasons. Grotto Spring was located only a few steps from the Electric streetcar line. Some of the first Ordinances enacted by city government were to protect the springs for public use in perpetuity. The wooded area on the hillside above and around the spring is delineated by ordinance that appears to be Oak or Sheffield Spring described in Ordinance No 81 dated February 14, 1886. The Sheffield family resided nearby in 1880 and may have operated the original dairy for which the hollow below this site was named.”

Grotto Spring today

Grotto Spring today

Today, Grotto Spring can be entered down a flight of stone steps, into a cool (literally!) atmosphere. The modern gardener, Don E,  started lighting candles in the cave a few years ago, so it’s a very peaceful and spiritual experience, where many people leave notes for their loved ones or their hopes and dreams scribbled on a piece of paper. There’s even a bench you can sit on. Outside, he does a wonderful job with color, texture and shapes, even a couple of topiary animals.

Caterpiller topiary

Caterpillar topiary

Bird topiary

Bird topiary

Grotto Spring in Bloom

Grotto Spring in Bloom


Stop by this beautiful oasis the next time you’re visiting Eureka Springs (and hopefully staying with us!) and you’ll find one of your favorite things to do when you visit our lovely little corner of the world.



Warmest regards,

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


Carving in the Ozarks

April 2nd, 2013 by Sam Feldman

Once a year, every year in April,  a magical thing happens. Incredible sculptors come to Eureka Springs to create beautiful things out of wood – with chainsaws!

For 2013, the dates are April 19-20, and it will be the 9th year this great event was held. Carving in the Ozarks typically has 20 to 25 carvers participating each year, creating a masterpiece right before your eyes. The weekend starts bright and early Friday morning, at 8 a.m., with its first event, and a second event will start Saturday morning, same time. An auction will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, where you will have a chance to take home one of these beautiful pieces for yourself. (A percentage of the proceeds from the auction goes to local charities.) There is a new location this year, so be sure to check out their website.

We’ve got plenty of room at our place, so give us a quick call. It’ll be a great time to visit Eureka Springs!

Warmest regards,

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

Eureka Springs Zipline!

February 13th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

We have some very exciting news, a new Eureka Springs attraction that is opening March 1st, 2013 – Ozark Mountain Ziplines at Eureka Springs! Now you don’t have to leave Eureka for Branson to get some awesome zipline adventure.


Zip Line Canopy Tours first originated in Costa Rica as a way for people to experience the animal & plant life that are unique to the canopy of a rainforest. Ozark Mountain Ziplines’ hardwood forest canopy has its own bird, plant, and animal life, which their guided tour is designed to introduce you to as you glide along from tree to tree!

 Their experience derives from years of designing, building and operating zip lines all over the world from as far south as Costa Rica, Ecuador, and all over the Continental United States and Canada.
Their equipment is inspected after every tour and the zipline itself is inspected every morning. They will be offering tours every day except Wednesdays, starting at 8 a.m.

Call them today and make your reservations, 479-363-6699 (tell them Bridgeford House sent you). Can you imagine anything more beautiful than the pristine Ozarks in the spring and fall? We are so excited!

Warmest regards,
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too! (although she will not be riding the zipline…)


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!




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!

Xterra Eureka Springs and Other Fun Runs!

February 5th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

If you’re a runner or a bicyclist, you need to come to Eureka Springs for some great events. We’ll post in a future blog about cycling, but we do have some running events coming soon and we wanted to make sure you knew about them!

Yep, we have the Santa’s on Spring Fun Run. But that’s not until December…if you head on down here this month, we have the Freakin Eurekan 15K Trail Race, on February 11th (that’s a really busy weekend around here!). Eureka Springs’s first footrace of the year dashes along the challenging course at Lake Leatherwood, starting at 10 a.m. The race takes place in any weather, along the same course every year, unless the trail is snow-covered, which happened in 2011. In most years, the weather is good, with temperatures in the mid-40s. Roughly 100 runners participate in the 15K race each year, mainly from Arkansas. The proceeds from the 2012 race will benefit the University of Arkansas Cycling Club.

On March 10th, the 30th Annual Victorian Classic Road Race takes place. A 10K run, a 2 mile run and a 2 mile fun walk all take place in the beautiful downtown historic district (they go right in front of our B&B!) Proceeds benefit ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Organization) and Carroll County Food Banks.

In beautiful May, there is a run with a twist, the 3rd Annual Run Eureka, benefiting Clear Spring School. A scavenger hunt fun run for the whole family, runners/walkers explore Eureka Springs while solving clues and completing challenges from point to point to win prizes. Teams are encouraged to wear costumes and be prepared for zany fun!

XTERRA Eureka Springs is on June 9, starting at 7 a.m., and features an off-road Triathlon and 5 mile trail run. With over 60 races on the XTERRA America Tour in 2011, XTERRA Eureka Springs was ranked FIRST overall by racers who participated in a post-race survey. XTERRA Eureka Springs offers a beautiful venue, challenging course and a production crew that pulls out all the stops.

August 12-14 brings the Eurekan Multi-Sport Event, which in its 2nd year has been a very popular swimming-biking-foot race event. The three-day multi-sport festival consists of a sprint-distance triathlon on Friday afternoon, road bike tour rides and racing on Saturday morning and running races on Sunday. Participants can enter individual events or take “The Eurekan” challenge. Any participant who enters the “The Eurekan” who can complete the triathlon, 100 mile ride and 10K run will be known as “The Eurekan”!

And last, but not least, is the Santa’s on Spring Fun Run, which takes place on December 1st. This is also the best Christmas weekend in town, with the Living Windows Contest, the Candlelight Tour of Homes, Christmas activities at the Crescent Hotel, and the John Two Hawkes Christmas Concert at the Auditorium. Definitely a wonderful time to visit our beautiful town!

But you don’t really need a specifc event to come run in the Ozarks. Check out these running maps to put together your own personal event. And when you’re done…come soak in one of our Jacuzzis!

Until then,

Warmest regards,

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