Posts Tagged ‘scenery’

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!

Eagle Watch and Fall Folliage in Eureka Springs, AR

September 10th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

It’s almost here – the most glorious time here in the Ozarks, the fall. The colors are gorgeous, the weather is cool and so enjoyable, and the eagles are flying – yep, we do have eagles!







From October 1-31, expert guides with 23 years experience will take you on a lovely ride aboard the Belle of the Ozarks where they will tell passengers about the Bald Eagle’s features, habitats and help to sight the eagles on the 1-hour and 15 minute cruise. Complete with restroom and concessions aboard, this is a relaxing way to view nature at its best – with the fall foliage and a wonderful way to see one of God’s most magnificent creatures. Come stay with us at the Bridgeford House B&B in Eureka Springs and we’ll make sure you know how to get there and when the tours are. It’s not to be missed!

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!

Gaskins Cabin Steak House – Log Cabin Style!

September 12th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

One of the best restaurants in Eureka Springs is the Gaskins Cabin Steak House – about 3 miles north of Eureka on Hwy 23. This authentic log cabin was built in 1864 by a well-known bear hunter and one of the area’s earliest settlers, John Gaskins. He lived there with his wife and 11 children! (We can imagine “time out” for those kids – threaten ‘em with a bear!)

Gaskins Cabin was a gathering place. The Gaskins family always welcomed train-travelers. After they unloaded from the Gaskins Switch train depot, visitors would relax in the Gaskins’ home while waiting for family and friends to pick them up and take them to their final destinations. Here, the guest would eat, drink, and share stories of their lives, becoming extended family to the Gaskins. We love this philosophy – just like ours!

Now, 140 years later, Gaskins Cabin is the oldest standing property in Carroll County, and it is still a gathering place.


Examples of some of their menu items are Classic Escargot, Atlantic Salmon, Shrimp Scampi and Deep Fried Shrimp. Their steak choices include Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, and Boneless Rib Eye. You will be asked what color you want the center to be and it will be exactly that when you receive it! They also have a great wine list and phenomenal desserts – we bet you can bring dessert back to your room if you’re too full of steak; we have utensils for you in your room for just such an occasion.

Okay, we admit that this is one of the very few places you really can’t walk to from Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, but it’s well worth the short drive. And no charge for parking there, either!

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!


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!


Rental Scooters are Back!

April 4th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Eureka Springs is a wonderful place to walk and look at the beauty around us. But it’s also a great place to ride!

For those of you that have missed them the last few years, the scooter rentals are back! Black Jack, LLC up on Hwy 62 now has scooters for rent:  2009 Honda Metropolitans with a 49cc 4-stroke engine, which makes it easy and fun to tour Eureka Springs. There are, of course, certain requirements which include:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must provide a current valid drivers license or motorcycle license
  • Credit card is the only method of payment accepted
  • Must pass Black Jack’s 4-stage screening process (which I believe includes driving a test course!)

See them at 2059 E. Van Buren (Hwy 62) or call 479-253-6999. We’ll make sure you know how to get there.

Warmest regards,

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

Beaver Bridge on the White River

February 20th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

By Jerry Kwit (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Beaver Bridge Photo by Jerry Kwit

For those of you who have visited with us, hopefully we sent you on a driving tour. Eureka Springs in Northwest Arkansas has some of the most beautiful countryside in the continental United States. Green, glorious mountains, two sparkling and very active rivers, the White River and the Kings River (canoeing and floating are available during season), and two exceptional lakes for boating and fishing, Beaver Lake and Tablerock Lake. Everywhere are incredible, breath-taking views of the Ozark mountains.

One of our favorite side trips that we like to send people on is over to Beaver Bridge on the White River, about a 5 minute drive from the Bridgeford House B&B. This is a rare example of a one-lane suspension bridge in Arkansas, built in 1943. Called the “Golden Gate of the Ozarks,” this historic swinging bridge is the last one in Arkansas open to vehicular traffic and is referred to as “the bridge to nostalgia.” The structure was featured in the 2005 movie, “Elizabethtown.” As you can see from this photo, the beauty of the surrounding area cannot be matched.

Come see us and we’ll make sure you know how to get there!

Warmest regards,

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