Posts Tagged ‘outdoor fun’

Dogwood Canyon – More Nature Close By!

July 11th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

Just over the MO state line is a 2200-acre paradise called Dogwood Canyon. While we hate to send you away from anything in Arkansas, this is well worth it (and, of course, we expect you to come right back to Eureka Springs!) Located within a 30 minute drive of us, Dogwood Canyon offers unrivaled Ozark Mountain natural beauty. Check out the video below for a quick sneak peak:

This incredible nature park offers hiking and biking, ATVs, Segways, tram tours, horseback riding, archery, trout fishing (including a 2-day fly fishing school!) and even shopping and eating at their outdoor cafe. If you have truly come to see the beautiful Ozark Mountains, this is one way to experience it while remaining close by to all the wonderful things Eureka Springs has to offer.
Just the hiking alone is worth the trip. Their round-trip paved trail covers 6 1/2 miles and is relatively level. It guides you past beautiful limestone bluffs and tumbling waterfalls, over bridges formed of native stone or hand-crafted of wrought iron, and even a covered bridge of Amish construction. The beautiful rainbow trout swim in clear spring-fed waters, easily visible as you pass by. It’s a wilderness park and so you may see a variety of native wildlife. Allow plenty of time to absorb the beauty that surrounds you at any season of the year. A printed guide is provided that will interpret the history of the canyon, which is filled with Indian lore.

And best of all…Sophie can go with us!

Warmest regards,

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

The New Great Passion Play is Here!

May 9th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

This past Friday, May 6th, saw the New Great Passion Play open for the 2011 season. This wonderful outdoor drama depicts the last few days of Christ’s mortal life on earth portrayed with a dramatic cast and live animals, donkeys, camel, sheep and more. This unforgettable and inspiring performance has been enjoyed by more than seven million people from all over the world for over 40 years.
Performed in their stunning 4,100 seat panoramic outdoor amphitheater, The Great Passion Play features state-of-the art sound and lighting effects and original music in a dramatic two-hour presentation of the last week in the incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth.

Witness the colorful spectacle of the marketplace, the pageantry of the chariots and camel caravan, and the hustle and bustle of the crowds as they go about their daily activities drawing water from the well or herding their sheep through the streets of Jerusalem.


It’s not just about the play, either. Other activities to be enjoyed on the Passion Play grounds are:

  • Parables of the Potter
  • “Top of the Mountain” Dinner Theater featuring the award winning Gospel Music of the Texans
  • The Living Bible 2-hour Tour
  • World renown Bible Exhibit displaying over 6000 Bibles and related items
  • Christ of the Ozarks statue
  • An authentic piece of the Berlin Wall and
  • a wonderful gift shop featuring Christian gifts and apparel

Less than a 5-minute drive from us here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, we offer a special Passion Play Package put together for your enjoyment, which allows you to do nothing more than show up!

Visable from the Bridgeford House B&B




Come join us for a little renewal here in Eureka Springs, AR.

Warmest regards,

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


Opera in the Ozarks

March 27th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

Close to our inn and celebrating 61 years, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point is a unique training program and festival founded in 1950. Affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), Opera in the Ozarks has earned the reputation of being a prominent training program for all singers interested in pursuing a career in opera. Our alumni have sung on all the major operatic stages of the world. One of the outstanding features of the program is that every participant is afforded an opportunity to perform in fully produced operas, an evening scenes program or an educational outreach program taken to the several areas in Northwest Arkansas. Four weeks of intensive rehearsals under the direction of a professional staff lead to a culminating month of performances over the course of which the season artists continue to grow and develop.

Opera in the Ozarks is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas, seven miles west of beautiful and historic Eureka Springs, on scenic Route 62. One of the most picturesque spots in the south central USA, Inspiration Point is a look-out site  perched atop Rock Candy Mountain, between the beautiful White River Valley and Beaver Lake.

The Opera’s 2011 season starts Friday, June 24th, with Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss, Jr. The season runs through July 23rd and also features Little Women, by Mark Adamo, and Le Nozza di Figaro, by Mozart (sung in Italian). These are incredible performances done by up and coming young opera stars – don’t miss it!

Warmest regards,

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


Arkanas State Parks near Eureka Springs

October 3rd, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Last week Jeff and I (and Sophie) spent a lovely afternoon hiking at Hobbs State Park, which is just about 30 minutes southwest of us. It is actually Arkansas’s largest state park and it combines a lot of limestone features (called karst), including caves, sinkholes, pits and crevices. We didn’t make it far enough to see any caves, but it there was some definite climbing and balancing on some ridges where the trail ran. The theme for this park is not one large mountain or lake or river or forest or historical event or the myriad plants and animals. It is some of all of these. It is diversity:  “Hobbs…awareness of the diversity of life”.

Native Americans lived and hunted buffalo, deer, turkey, elk and bear in this area. Of course, white settlers eventually moved in and also enjoyed the area’s plants, animals, streams and rivers. The park has a fascinating history centered around the Peter Van Winkle industrial mill complex, large antebellum home and slave quarters. During the 1870′s, the largest steam-driven saw mill in Arkansas operated here, providing huge amounts of lumber for the reconstruction of northwest Arkansas following the Civil War. Most of the lumber for the Victorian-style houses in Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Eureka Springs, as well as the lumber in “Old Main” at the University of Arkansas, came from this mill.

There are three sections of nature hikes: Shaddox Hollow – 1.5 miles, Pigeon Roost (the one we were on) – 8.4 miles, and Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail – 23 miles. The 1/2 mile Historic Van Winkle Trail is wheelchair accessible with a paved parking lot and tunnel under Hwy 12. Interpretive panels with pictures tell the story of the early industrial center.

There is also a gun shooting range and is the only state park that allows managed hunting, with special permits. They have a weekly schedule on their website, with lots of great workshops and kids’ activities. Recently they had a class to learn kayaking, which we really wanted to take. Oh, well, maybe next time!

Warmest regards,

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

Canoeing the White River

April 12th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

So about a week ago Jeff and I canoed one of the local rivers, my first time ever. Words cannot express the beauty – and I bet this week was even better, with all the dogwoods and red buds in bloom since then.

Lovely float

We have to thank Riverview Resort for the wonderful afternoon we had. They were the best in explaining what to do and why. And, of course, shuttling us to the drop off point!

Remember, though, we are between two wonderful rivers (White and Kings) and not far from another incredible canoeing adventure, the Buffalo River! This is a very easy activity for everyone to enjoy, with or without experience. Come experience the beautiful Ozark mountains from a completely different view than the shops and restaurants.

We are looking forward to going again soon, perhaps to the Kings River, to the east. I’m looking for a life vest in Sophie’s size…

Call us and we’ll make all the arrangements for you, when you come stay at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast.

Warmest regards,

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

Recession Vacations

July 27th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

With the economy having the characteristics of a perpetual roller coaster, a four-day vacation to our neck of the woods (and, boy, do we have woods!) is just the ticket! Inexpensive, relaxing, fun-filled and just plain gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe what a vacation in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, can be like.

We have found that quite a few reservations here lately have been four-day jaunts for folks that are within a day’s drive. To make the budget even happier, we here at the 1884 Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast Inn offer that fourth night 1/2 off! You don’t even have to ask for it, we’ll just automatically give it to you. And remember what else you get that is included in your inn stay, no extra charge: A full-size, 4-course breakfast each morning (which most guests say fill them up so much they never eat any lunch – see, we save you money right there!), home-baked treats placed on your bed each afternoon (helps hold you over from the skipped lunch until dinner out at one of our many fabulous unique restaurants in town), cold soft drinks and cold bottled water in your room’s refrigerator which we replenish each and every day, and popcorn in your room for a late-night snack.

And the amount of things to do in Eureka Springs and the surrounding area are phenomenal. Just to name the top few: Shopping in our beautiful downtown historic district at truly unique boutique shops and wonderful art galleries, visiting one of our many fabulous day spas, eating at one of over 75 restaurants, attending ghost tours, canoeing or rafting on not one, but two different rivers, renting a boat on beautiful Beaver Lake or taking the lake sightseeing tour cruise on the Belle of the Ozarks, climbing through one the many caves in the area (there are five or six just within an hour’s drive and one right here in town!). Should I go on? Okay – there is incredible outdoor and free music every day in our beautiful Basin Spring Park right downtown, there is world-class fishing on Beaver Lake, complete with guide if you desire, there is historic architecture to view on unbelievably beautiful walking paths throughout downtown, incredible art to view and buy from our large and talented artistic community, there’s horseback riding, there’s a railroad with dinner and lunch rides, there’s our wonderful large cat refuge right outside of town, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, there’s…there’s too much to even do in four days! But at least come get started!

Warmest regards,

Sam and Jeff (and Sophie, of course!)