Posts Tagged ‘tours’

Rolling Cafe

December 12th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

For those of you that think there is nothing to do in Eureka Springs in the wintertime (oh contraire!), we have a new and exciting development that will only be available November through end of March. Welcome to Cafe Roulant, Eureka Springs’ new rolling cafe!

Rolling Cafe

Cafe Roulant, Eureka’s own rolling cafe!

The Rolling Cafe:

“You can eat in your car
You can eat in a plane
You can eat on a train

But have you ever enjoyed a meal… in a trolley?”

Enjoy the unique historic district of beautiful Eureka Springs, AR, while enjoying a scrumptious meal prepared by some of the finest chefs and most popular restaurants in town.
Don’t worry about spills, because they use specially designed plates, glasses, and silverware, which stay in their place nicely at the slow speeds they roll along. Who else do you know that can say they ate lunch or dinner in a trolley?

Rolling Cafe

A look at Cafe Roulant’s inside setup

Examples of restaurants that will be providing dinner meals:  Farm to Table FRESH (fabulous new place in town!), Garden Bistro and Cottage Inn Restaurant. Lunch is from DeVito’s Italian Restaurant, which is one of our favorites.

So now you have no excuse not to come see us – just bundle up!

Warmest regards,

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

 

 

Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs

November 12th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

In just a few weeks, we will be opening up our inn for the 6th year in a row for the annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs. On Saturday, December 14, 2013, (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) all nine inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs group will be featured in a wonderful holiday tour of their properties, all dressed up for Christmas. At each inn you’ll receive samples of two different sweet treats, plus the recipes, as you tour these Victorian lovelies.

Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs at Bridgeford House

Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast, dressed up for Christmas

At this time, the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast is still experimenting on what our two treats will be, but examples from the past are:  Butterfinger Chunk Cookies, Orange Cream Brownies, Malted Milk Ball Cookies, Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies, Cream Cheese Meltaways with Lemon Glaze, and Jumbo Raisin Cookies.

Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs-Details:

  • Nine unique bed and breakfasts included on the tour
  • Yummy cookies & treats with recipes to add to your collection
  • Holiday decorating ideas from each of the beautifully decorated inns
  • A chance to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Finish your shopping in Eureka Springs’ unique shops and art galleries
  • Enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates good at any of the Sweet Treats Cookie Tour participating inns
  • Contact us here at the Bridgeford House to purchase a ticket, $20 per person, limited number is availableSweet Treats Cookie Tour at Bridgeford House

This will be a self-guided tour (maps of all the participating properties will be provided) so you can visit the inns and the innkeepers at your leisure. All of our bed and breakfasts are on or close to one of Eureka Springs’ trolley routes. Parking at each inn will be limited so we urge you to enjoy the city sights while you ride the trolley.

Please come and enjoy our lovely town! Call us to reserve your tickets today.

Warmest regards,

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

 

Christmas Time in Eureka Springs, AR

October 29th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

We’re writing this just as the fall color is at its peak – we cannot describe to you how gorgeous it is outside our window right now! But as this season blends into the next, we turn our thoughts to holiday time. There is nothing more beautiful at Christmas time than Eureka Springs. Most of the town has their lights up starting around November 15th (us included, barring any last minute delays), so taking a carriage ride at this time of the year is magical.

Christmas Carriage Rides in Eureka Springs, AR

Christmas Carriage Rides in Eureka Springs, AR

Santa comes to Basin Park as early as November 29 and for the entire month of December, you can visit the Christmas Forest at the Crescent Hotel (we always recommend popping into the Crescent for a ghost tour anyway).

The 42nd Annual St. James Episcopal Church Silver Tea is on December 5 – a seasonal favorite! And don’t miss the Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6th, one of the best holiday parades we’ve ever seen. There will be all kinds of Christmas downtown activities from December 6-14, so be sure to check here for the schedule.

A very popular holiday activity is the Candlelight Tour of Homes, put on by the Preservation Society. You get to see inside some of these gorgeous Victorian homes, your only chance all year long, on Saturday, December 7th. And the next weekend is another great tour, the Annual Sweet Treats B&B Cookie Tour, Saturday, December 14th. Yours truly, the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast, always participates in this tour every year.

December 7-13 is the 14th Annual “Christmas at The Crescent”. They really dress to the nines at that beautiful historic hotel just up the mountain from us, in true Victorian style, and it’s just a short walk from your room here at the B&B.

Throughout November and December, the shops downtown have all kinds of sales going on, so this is the time to come! Get in the holiday spirit with a Christmas time visit to Eureka Springs, AR.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – (with Sophie and her new little “sister”, Fiona!)

Introducing Lady Fiona Glenanne, our newest member of our family.

Introducing Lady Fiona Glenanne, our newest member of our family.

 

 

 

A Must Do! The Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs – A Personal Perspective

March 14th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

Jeff having the time of his life!

Jeff having the time of his life!

 

From innkeeper Jeff:  On My Bucket List

A zip line adventure has been on my bucket list since seeing them on a Travel Channel cable television show about six or seven years ago. I almost did a zip line tour in Honduras while taking a land excursion on a five-day ocean cruise. The zip line operators only accepted cash and all I had were credit cards, so no zip. It was probably a good thing as I wasn’t one hundred percent sure about the safety of that operation.

Fast forward about six years. A zip line operator installed a ten line (so far) attraction in Eureka Springs just a few miles from my bed and breakfast inn. As a “soft” opening for the new attraction the managers invited the merchants, restaurateurs, attractions and lodging owners for a complimentary zip line tour for up to two employees of the local business. I jumped at the chance to experience the new zip line as well as being able to tell my guests first-hand about the adventure in store for them. I would like to thank Will and Kendra Wall, the managers, for making this available and making it a fantastic experience.

I watched as some of the zip lines were being built in Branson, Missouri, and in the Ponca, Arkansas, area in the last few years. While I haven’t done the zip lines in either Branson or Ponca, in my opinion, the Eureka Springs installation and experience is an authentic tree-top zip line experience. The entire tour exceeded my expectations.

Before You Go

You would think this type of “extreme adventure” attraction would have some rigorous requirements to participate, but the requirements are much less than you might imagine. Check the Ozark Mountain Zip Line website for the official list of requirements to ride. They have had riders as young as three years old (with a guide) and as long as you can hike a little ways, you’re good to go. I had no physical challenges zipping all ten lines.

Closed toe shoes are recommended and shorts can be worn. In hindsight I recommend wearing a shirt you can easily tuck in to your pants as it makes putting on and adjusting the harness easier. Moderately-sized back packs seemed wearable while zipping. You can carry your DSLR or camera phone in your backpack as there are opportunities to photograph and video others in your group riding the line when you’ve already done your turn. I recommend not having anything in your front pants pockets that you’re going to want to get to while between lines as the harness can make it hard to access those pockets. I couldn’t get to my iPhone for photos without undoing and redoing my harness. Plan ahead. You’ll be wearing a helmet while zipping so you might want to leave hats and caps in the car. Sunglasses on a sunny day are a must. It’s a two-hour tour to do all ten lines so you might want a small bottle of water available between lines.

Preparation

You will need to call the Ozark Mountain Zip Line office in Eureka Springs to make your reservation. Plan on arriving one-half hour early to the office before your tour time to meet the friendly crew and staff and to complete your waiver, customer information and make payment. The paper work takes about 10-12 minutes. After completing the paperwork, you’ll be taken to the harness room where you’ll be fitted with a helmet, gloves, a harness and a “truck”. A truck is tethered to you and the zip line while you’re on it and allows you to glide along the line, steer and brake. After “harnessing up” you’ll be loaded on the bus to be transported to the zip line site. It’s about a 5-minute ride on the bus.

Acclimation

The Ozark Mountain Zip Line property is a beautiful 30 acre tract covered with trees with high hills and deep valleys. We call ‘em “hollars” (hollows) in Arkansas. The first zip line is for acclimation – getting used to riding the zip line, learning to steer and the all important braking function. The guides are extremely patient, clear and deliberate in explaining what they are doing when they “hook you up” to the line and how to ride and use the brake. I felt extremely comfortable with the interaction with my guides. The safety and equipment seemed first class and I always felt secure on the platforms and the lines themselves as well as the harness. During the tour, one of the guides zips the line first to the receiving platform. This guide is there to signal your braking, catch you (if necessary) at the platform and for traffic control. The other guide remains to hook you up and send you down the line when the other guide signals “all clear”. After you and the members of your tour ride the line, the remaining guide zips over and you start again in the next line. My first zip was a little challenging as I was so enthralled with zipping along I ignored the braking signal from the forward guide and had to be caught before I hit the tree. I was patiently sent back for another try where I perfected my braking technique. The brake is really effective so other than using it to stop at the end of the line you don’t really need to use it lest you get stalled in the middle of a zip trip. If you do, you can hand-over-hand on the line or a guide will come out and get you.

Getting High in the Ozarks

The next two lines were a little longer and a little higher in the trees. Many of the zip line platforms are suspended from trees or perched in the side of the high hills, so you’re zipping from tree to tree on many of the lines. There is a small uphill hike to reach a couple of the lines, but generally you’re going from line to line. My favorite was the longest and highest line. I won’t spoil it by revealing too much detail but it was a breathtaking ride over the trees. The trees were naked when I did my tour, but I imagine it will be even more breathtaking when the trees have their leaves come spring. When I looked back at the originating platform upon completing my “long” ride, I had trouble believing that I rode suspended on a cable that long and that high. On this ride the wind was blowing through the “hollar”. The wind has a tendency to twist you around as you traverse the valley, but the steering by the truck is very responsive and I had no trouble keeping my body pointed in the direction of travel. Some people like to twist in the wind, but you want to be facing forward when you land at the platform at the end of the line.

Great Experience

The guides were great, the equipment was substantial, comfortable and secure, and the lines and platforms look to be engineered beyond requirements for safety and security. I do a fair amount of repair at the bed and breakfast (a 130-year-old building next year) and I tend to over-engineer everything; I had nothing but confidence in the security of the lines, platforms or equipment. This tour definitely got my adrenaline going and my heart rate up without any overt exertion. I was very saddened when I realized we had done ten lines and were done with the tour. I definitely wanted to go again. Look for the announcement of additional lines as well as “tours by torchlight” (night tours) coming in the future.

If a tour like this isn’t on your bucket list it should be, and here is a great place to get it checked-off and have a great time!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too! (although not on the zipline!)

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.

zipline

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…)

 

Early Eureka Springs History-Part 1

January 30th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is rich in colorful history. From time to time, we will devote a blog to some of the more interesting aspects, a lot of which you can learn about first hand on a visit to Eureka. As you walk this beautiful town, you will come across historical plaques and photo placards that allow you to look at a site in person, to see how it has changed. Here is a photo of Mud St. (now known as Main St.), which is quite different from what you see today:

Mud St. below Basin avenue 1880

Verbiage that explains this photo:  “Mud Street” is shown taking a rather deep grade downward. The building at right just past the City Drug Store shows its “pilings” that hold it in place. All the buildings on the right side are suspended across the Leatherwood (Creek) Branch which “Mud Street” runs parallel to. The buildings at left butt up to limestone walls that holds up Spring Street fronting the Basin Spring.

More than a dozen laborers and onlookers are in this Main Street scene.” This photo was reportedly taken between 1882 and 1884.

Today, folks find it hard to believe that there is a creek that runs the length of Main Street, under all those buildings (on the right), including the Courthouse and the Auditorium. You can go into the basement of the Auditorium and open trap doors that look down into the creek. “Mud St.” was built up a level in the late 1800′s, due to the flooding of that creek, which caused that street to be very, well… muddy! So there is a whole level of buildings down below street level, most of which are closed off to the public today (but we hope will be opened up in the future, as part of the Underground Tour). For a nice view of one of these buildings underground (and a fabulous lunch!), go eat at the Mud St. Cafe.

Remember, it’s a lovely walk from Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast to the historical downtown, with many sights to see along the way, so come join us soon!

Warmest regards,

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

 

 

Eureka Van Tours

January 23rd, 2013 by Sam Feldman

We send many of our guests to Eureka Van Tours, which is the best city tour in town for the money. $25 per person (adults) for a 2 1/2 hour tour, Michelle will take you to places in Eureka that you didn’t even know existed! She’ll fill you in on gossip, both current and historical, and take you to places you do know about, including Thorncrown Chapel, the haunted Crescent Hotel, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, and Carrie Nation’s house, as well as some wonderful views of the Ozarks.

The proprietor, Michelle McDonald, also owns Celebrations and Traditions, which has a collection of historical garb that you would not believe. She dresses folks for weddings, plays, town events and our own murder mysteries!

Celebrations and Traditions, Eureka Van Tours

Celebrations and Traditions, Eureka Van Tours

 

Check out a short video about:

 

Eureka Van Tours, Eureka Buzz

 

 

 

 

 

We hope that whatever you decide to do in Eureka Springs, you’ll enjoy every minute. We certainly do!

Warmest regards,

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

 

 

Candlelight Tour of Homes

October 28th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Mark your calendars, December 1, 2012, is the 30th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, hosted by the Eureka Springs Preservation Society. Tour times are 3-8 p.m. and worth every penny of the $20 ticket price ($15 if you buy in advance). Ten wonderful homes will be featured this year, all lavishly dressed in holiday finery and featuring all the wonderful historic architecture that Eureka Springs is known for. You will find the town dolled up in the wonderful Christmas spirit, with Victorian-dressed docents, Christmas carolers and a good amount of goodies and drink at each stop.

Check out pics from tours past:

Come see us here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast while you’re here – we have rooms available and are usually very close to the tour, often within walking distance -  and sometimes on our street!

Warmest regards,

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

Voices From the Silent City

September 30th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We have several really cool things that happen in October. Well, actually more than just several – we do have Corvette Weekend, War Eagle Weekend, Eagle Watch Weekend, the fall folliage and cooler weather, Folk Festival, Howl-O-Ween at Turpentine Creek (and a new event coming this year, the Zombie Crawl!) – but one event that’s only been around for a couple of seasons is Voices From the Silent City. This is a costumed, guided Historical tour that takes place in our beautiful (yep, I said that) city cemetery on October 12 & 13 and then again on October 26 & 27th. Eureka Springs has a rich history that goes back to the 1870′s and many of these folks that are long gone are buried in our local cemetery. Our Eureka Springs Historical Museum has been creating this event for the past four years, “resurrecting” the dead and their stories.

Eureka Springs, AR

This year’s cemetery tour will focus on Civil War veterans. Included will be Dr. Alvah Jackson who is credited with founding Eureka Springs; a woman who worked as a gun runner for the Confederate army stationed in Berryville; a dentist and his wife; a bugle boy; the man who built some of the largest early stone walls in town; a railroad man; the famous evangelist William Evander Penn and the Salvation Singers.

A special presentation during the cemetery tour will be an exhibition and demonstration in a Civil War surgical tent by Doug Kidd of Tontitown.

Tours will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. Tours take about an hour and fifteen minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Parking at the old Victoria Inn on Highway 62 east. Shuttles will take visitors from the parking area to the cemetery and back. There is no parking at the cemetery.

Tickets will be available at the museum at 95 S. Main, Cornerstone banks, the Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mountain Village on Highway 62 east, and at the parking area each night.

For more information, call the Museum at 479/253-9417 or email info@eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org.

Check with us for vacancies for those weekends, but if we don’t have anything, it’s worth the trip anyway. We might see you there, because we go every year!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Sam (Nadara) 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!

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