Posts Tagged ‘tours’

The Sweet Treats are Coming!

October 29th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

That’s right, it’s almost time for the 5th annual Sweet Treats Tour, sponsored by the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs, of which we are a proud member. Scheduled for December 10, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., tickets include holiday tours of nine of the premier B&Bs in Eureka Springs, who will each bake two different sweet treats (could be cookies, fudge, hard candy – who knows?!). Each ticket holder gets a sample of each treat, plus the recipes. Come hungry! An example of one of the cookies we plan on baking here at the Bridgeford House is Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies. They will melt in your mouth!

Specifics as to the tour and accompanying prizes are:

Date:  Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Time:  1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $20 per person

Tickets are limited. Only 250 tickets will be issued this year. You may contact us directly at 888-567-2422 to purchase tickets.

Tour 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 any participating inn to purchase a ticket.

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. A percentage of the proceeds benefits our local free medical clinic, ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach).

And if you would like to come stay with us as well, we have a special package, just right for  your favorite room:

Bridgeford House Special Sweet Treats’ Package for two:

  • Two all-day Trolley tickets
  • Two Sweet Treats Tour tickets
  • Two unique Holiday ornaments
  • And, of course, all the complimentary amenities and the 4-course breakfast that always come with our rooms!

Package price for two: $286-414, depending on room. 2 night minimum required.

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

Warmest regards,

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

Christmas at the Queen Anne Mansion

October 24th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Come celebrate an authentic Victorian Christmas at the Queen Anne Mansion! This year will be the inaugural holiday season for the $4 million newly-renovated mansion that sits at the top of the entrance to our lovely historic downtown. As described by the Queen Anne Mansion folks themselves, “Smells of evergreen and spices set a festive stage for garland, wreaths, bows and beading. Delicate ornaments, richly carved woodwork, and jewel colored stained glass sparkle in firelight and candlelight creating a feast for the eyes.  Guests are invited to a Victorian Christmas with refreshments and live music in a festive atmosphere. Victorian Christmas decor adorns authentic 19th century furnishings in this 1891 mansion.”

And to start your holiday shopping out right, visit their gorgeous gift shop while you’re there:

Dates for this fabulous tour are November 27th, December 4th and December 11th. Tickets are $25 for the candlelight tour and starts at 5 p.m.

Eureka Springs will be beautiful during the holiday season, starting around mid-November and of course the shopping will be wonderful! Come visit us here and see wonderful lights, our very popular Christmas parade (Friday, December 3), the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes (December 4) and the 4th annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour (December 11).

You will really believe you have stepped back in time for a truly Victorian Christmas!

Warmest regards,

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

Voices From Eureka’s Silent City

September 18th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Last year on Halloween weekend we did something we had never done before – tour a really, really old cemetery at night. It was one the coolest (literally) things that we have ever done! This “living” history walking tour through the Eureka Springs Cemetery features actors in period costumes playing the roles of early citizens reminiscing about their colorful lives. Eureka Springs has such a rich background, we learn new things all the time, even after living here for over eight years! The cemetery holds so many interesting historical figures, we look forward to many years of wonderful stories to be told.

This year, eleven “citizens” of Eureka’s Silent City have been asked to share their stories. The cast includes Cyrus Wilson who was shot in the 1922 robbery of a Eureka Springs bank and Earnest Jordan, the man who shot him; Miss Kitty Goodwin who ran a dance hall in 1880s, Charles W. Conner, the stonemason who built the Carnegie Public Library; plus a miner, a newspaper woman, a vaudeville and Hollywood actress, a bathhouse proprietor, a Civil War widow who ran a rooming house, and the town’s first telephone operator.

Volunteers in period clothing host and lead the tours. It’s an approximately one hour walking tour that includes 5 minute stops with each “citizen.” Tours are scheduled to start around 5:30 p.m. and will leave every twenty minutes, the last one ending at 8:30 p.m. After dusk, participants will be led  by guides with lanterns and the path will be softly illuminated with garden lights. Torches will mark the way, all creating an atmosphere befitting the tales.

The tour is a fund-raising project of the members of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. Proceeds are used to finance daily operations, special exhibits and on-going restoration projects.

Dates for this fabulous event are October 15 & 16th, October 29th & 30th and there will also be other dates in May of 2011, the 6th & the 13th! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Parking is free! There is also a shuttle service and refreshments included in the price of the ticket.

We are looking forward to going again this year; we hope to see you there!

Warmest regards,

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

Cosmic Cavern – Guided Tours

August 16th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Last week we had the rare occasion to host one of our grandsons during the week, here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast. We took the opportunity to take him to one of the coolest attractions (literally, since it was around 100 degrees the day we went) around Eureka Springs, Cosmic Cavern, just a 1/2 hour from here.

Average tour time is about 1 hour and 10 minutes. We had an awesome tour guide, named Angie, who knew everything about the cave and a ton about its history. The Cosmic has several known underground lakes, including one that contains Rainbow Trout, and the cave is a cool 62 degrees all year round. Definitely bring your camera because there are some spectacular photo ops.

Cosmic Caverns now offers their Wild Cave Tour! This tour is offered after hours and by reservation only. There are other special requirements and supplies needed for this tour, as you are going “off the beaten track”. Mud is involved, we hear.

So go see them and tell them the Feldmans sent you!

Warmest regards,

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

New Eureka Springs Tour Package

June 6th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

We have had several new and exciting things opening up in town, including the new Eureka Springs Underground Tour and the newly remodeled Queen Anne Mansion. So we have put together a new package to offer to our guests, the Eureka Tour Extravaganza Package! This package is for a two-night stay and besides all of our usual amenities that are included in our wonderful Victorian rooms we will provide tickets to:

  • “Soft” adventure tour exploring the famous underground and history of Eureka Springs (horse-drawn carriage ride is alternate activity if tour is rained out or if it’s off-season for tour). Bring your tennis shoes!
  • The brand-new, multi-million dollar renovated Queen Anne Mansion, self-guided tour. Closed Tuesdays.
  • Made famous on the Sci-Fi Ghost Hunters show, the Crescent Hotel’s Ghost Tours, held every evening.
  • “Experience life in the past lane and shunpike” through our Victorian Village! 2-hour van tour, available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Package price for two:  Add on $139.00 to the cost of your room, two night minimum required. Again, this price DOES NOT include the cost of your room, which varies depending on which room you choose.

We hope this provides you with yet another option to have your vacation all worked out for you ahead of time, so all you have to do is enjoy, eat and sleep! What more could you ask for?

Hope to see you soon!

Warmest regards,

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

Ozark Medieval Fortress

May 30th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

We have the coolest things in the Ozark mountains – even a medieval castle! It’s actually a medieval castle being built, from the ground up, using only 13th century methods and materials:  hand-carved stones, felled oaks, forged tools and bare hands. The recent grand opening allowed the first glimpse at the general outline that has been completed in stone. Visiting the site visitors will see stonecutters, carpenters, rope makers, potters and carters, all dressed in 13th century garb. They will be constructing a real fortress with 24-foot high towers, a drawbridge, and 6-foot thick stone walls surrounding an expansive inner courtyard. And it will take 20 years to complete!

Ozark Medieval Fortress will provide a thrilling educational, scientific and emotional experience, with daily guided tours, workshops, exhibitions and special events, including re-enactments featuring tournaments, archery, falconry, and other medieval athletic pastimes.

The castle is only a little over an hour’s drive from Eureka Springs and the Bridgeford House. Come visit and watch history being made.

Warmest regards,

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

Queen Anne Mansion Re-opens!

April 25th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Following a four year, multimillion dollar restoration, The Queen Anne Mansion will open as house museum on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 10 AM. Museum tours feature fanciful American Queen Anne style architecture, one of the most impressive collections of 19th century decorative arts, and stories of The Queen Anne Mansion’s first family and their distinctive houseguests.

Location:     The Queen Anne Mansion House Museum

115 West Van Buren

Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

Hours:         Thursday-Monday, 10 AM-5 PM & Wednesday 7 PM- 9PM

Tickets:       Self guided tours $15, Docent led tours $25 (by reservation only)

$2 of every ticket in May goes to the Eureka Springs Art Council to support future art exhibits.

Built in 1891 by decorated Civil War veteran and mining industry businessman Curtis Wright, The Queen Anne Mansion was a modern marvel of the 19th century and a work of art. From the personal touches including mineral covered gables and limestone facing to the superb craftsmanship of hand carved stone and stained glass, The Queen Anne Mansion remains magnificent in scale and artful in details.

The Architecture

The Queen Anne exemplifies style inside and out. A wraparound porch, moon windows, an asymmetrical roofline, multiple shingle patterns and balconies all work to create a distinctive exterior while the interior showcases a skylight to illuminate the main staircase, massive pocket doors, intricate metalwork, and hand carved woodwork by German and Italian artisans.

The Collection

The Queen Anne Mansion is home to a private collection of 19th century decorative arts which include works by some of the most famous of their craft including works by John Henry Belter and J. & J. Meeks among others. Similar works can be viewed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. The Queen Anne Mansion provides Mid-America’s most coveted access to such craftsmanship with intimate look at these works of art in their intended setting.

The Gallery

Intimate viewing of art is not restricted to 19th century works. The Queen Anne Mansion features a state-of-the-art gallery that will host rotating cultural exhibits throughout the year. The first such event, coinciding with May Festival of the Arts, is the First Annual Eureka Springs Invitational Art Show during the entire month of May. The show features accomplished artists living in Eureka Springs. The Queen Anne will donate a portion of museum ticket sales to benefit the Eureka Springs Art Council. Future cultural events planned for The Queen Anne Mansion include touring exhibits from respected cultural institutions like the Smithsonian.

The Lore

The Queen Anne Mansion has no shortage of stories from family, friends and remarkable feats. Tours introduce guests to the Wright family and some of their famous friends including Buffalo Bill and best selling early 20th century author, Harold Bell Wright while also recapturing the history of The Queen Anne Mansion’s move. (Originally built in Carthage, Missouri, The Queen Anne was dismantled, moved, and reassembled in the current location in the 1980’s.)

The Queen Anne Mansion House Museum is the first major attraction to open in Eureka Springs in over a decade and has been well received by the Eureka Springs community dedicated to the principals of preservation, accessibility to the works of the 19th Century and a commitment to the art and cultural community of travelers.

Here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast we plan on including the Queen Anne Mansion in a new tour package, along with the Crescent Ghost Tours and the new Underground Tours. Watch our website for that new package!

Warmest regards,

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