Posts Tagged ‘Turpentine Creek’

Fall War Eagle Arts and Crafts Fair

September 22nd, 2013 by Sam Feldman

It’s almost time for one of the busiest times of the year here in the beautiful Ozark Mountains:  October, fall, and the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair! Starting Thursday, October 17th, and running through Sunday, October 20th, on the beautiful War Eagle Mill grounds, professional craft men and women offer original, handmade work such as country decorative items, folk art, watercolor and oil painting, pottery, stoneware, wreaths, potpourris, dried arrangements, quilts, miniatures, country clothing, wearable art, candles, homemade soaps, country furnishings, antique broken china jewelry, bird houses and feeders, collectables and much more. These juried participants come from across the United States. Get there early and bring a vehicle with lots of storage!

War Eagle is a working grist mill on beautiful War Eagle Creek. Every October, the fields on either side of the bridge fill with the craft fair participants – and shoppers! Weather is usually gorgeous, with fall leaves creating a breath-taking panorama.

The mill and bridge

The mill and bridge

Visit one of the many food truck vendors at the fair or eat at the Bean Palace Restaurant on the 3rd floor of the mill, which serves breakfast and lunch and offers beans, cornbread, slaw, sandwiches, soups and salads. Shop for a wide variety of organic flours and cornmeals while you’re there.

Enjoy the drive between Eureka Springs and War Eagle, out south of Eureka on Hwy 23 (you’ll go right past Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, be sure to stop in and see the big cats), turn right on Hwy 12 through Clifty, then catch Hwy 45 to Hwy 412, to Fm 303. All gorgeous hills and fields along the way.

Your drive is only about 30 minutes, so stay in Eureka and hop out to War Eagle for the day. Here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, we’ll make sure you have a full tummy and directions to keep you from getting lost. Happy fall!

Warmest regards,

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

War eagle fall painting

Eureka Springs Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek

March 4th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

March 24th will mark the 22nd Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Here’s  a fun video about one of Turpentine Creek’s residents and the kite festival itself:

By the way, that cute staff member is our youngest daughter, Jessica, who worked at Turpentine Creek for several years!

The Kite Festival is that Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll have plenty of time to fly kites, visit lions and tigers and bears – oh, my! and be back in the historic downtown in time for a lovely dinner at one of our many wonderful restaurants. We’ll be happy to give you some recommendations.

You can’t walk to Turpentine Creek from our place but, as many of you know, you can walk to just about anywhere else! So bring your kite – remember, March is supposed to be windy!

Warmest regards,

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

Turpentine Creek’s Tiger Release

December 16th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

Check out Turpentine Creek’s most recent podcast, which shows 3 tigers being released into new habitats. What beautiful animals! Go to to donate to this worthy organization. And come to Eureka Springs to see them up close and personal!

Social Networking is Hot in Eureka Springs!

September 19th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

For those of you that don’t live in a cave way out on a whole ‘nother planet, in a whole ‘nother solar system, you may have heard about a couple of things called Twitter and Facebook. You might think to yourself, “Naw, I’ll never do that, I’m too busy and too important to care about that stuff.” Oh, ye of such doubtful nature – try it, it will get you, too.

We are Twittering and Facebooking here at Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast and loving it! (Icons are on the bottom left of our home page.) Not only can we keep in daily touch with our friends, family and guests, we can keep in touch with people we admire and people that inspire us! Check out this article (from a really cool social networking site, by the way) that lists about 25 motivational folks that we all love to hear snippets from (Tony Robbins, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Brian Tracy and some folks I never heard of but I’d like to meet!). You can also “follow” (tweet talk) celebrities that you’ll never meet (and no, you won’t find us following Paris Hilton or Snoop Dogg) but I get a kick out of David Hewlett (helloooo, Stargate Atlantis fame??) and if anyone watches that great new show, “Castle”, Nathan Fillion (star of said show) does a great job Twittering as his character, Richard Castle, under “WriteRCastle”. You get a whole little mystery to follow with his Tweets. And does anybody remember John Cleese? ‘Nuff said…

Facebook is a great way to spread the word about Eureka Springs and all its happenings. You can use a lot more characters to get your message across (I expect my grandkids to start keeping their conversations to 140 characters or less from now on…if you don’t understand that – get with the rest of the world in Twitter land!) But Facebook makes it easy for me to see photos and cute things our grandchildren are doing, since they all live in another state. We are much more in tune with them than we ever were by phone. It’s also a great way to re-connect with folks from high school and college, which was actually how Facebook started.

Give Twitter a try first. Search and start following these folks to get the low-down from a Eureka Springs perspective:  “Eureka_Springs” (from the folks at our great advertising and promotion commission), “Turpentine Creek”, “featheryournest“, “SpringStCandle“, and of course the Chamber of Commerce, “ESARChamber“.

Yeah, you’ll get addicted. And you’ll love it. Trust us.

Warmest regards,

Sam & Jeff (and Sophie, of course!)

Fall Coming to Eureka Springs

September 10th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

Fall is on its way. You can feel it already in the air. Fall just has a different feel to it – it’s hard to explain. It’s suddenly all about home and comfort and snuggling into your favorite old sweater with the bright gold and rust colors. You just want to start nesting, although I’ve always stopped short of actually tearing up newspapers and piling them in a corner.

View from the East Mountain Overlook

View from the East Mountain Overlook


Whereas in summer most people crave ice cream and sunshine, in the fall I find myself craving chicken & dumplings and curling up in my lounge chair with a good book (my motto:  so many books, so little time…). I think it makes one look forward to the ending of a cycle, just as much as spring has one looking forward to the beginning of a new one.

Of course Eureka Springs is known for its gorgeous mountains, fall colors and unique perspective on autumn. It’s predicted that we are to have an early one this year and I sure hope it’s a long one. Don’t forget how much there is to do here in this season, one of the best being the Early Bird Eagle Watch on the Belle of the Ozarks ( on October 16-18th. Another great outing for everyone is the 14th Annual Howl-O-Ween Party at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on October 24th, which is the only time you can see and hear the large cats at night. They also take you through their haunted field for a truly terrifying Halloween experience! And on October 30-31 there will be costumed guided Historical tours at the Eureka Springs Municipal Cemetary – there’s bound to be some ghosts there!

All of these activities, plus just driving our lovely mountain roads searching for the best possible fall color panorama, should put you in the mood to stay over in Eureka to enjoy snuggling down with a cup 0f hot cocoa and a fireplace. We provide both, so check out our availability calendar for dates that will be open for you to come stay with us.

All this talk of fall puts me in the mood for a fall recipe. Hope you try this and enjoy:

Easy Apple Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled & cut in 4 pieces

2 cans Crescent rolls

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 sticks butter

12 oz can Sprite

Melt butter and add sugar and cinnamon, stirring until blended. Cut each can of crescent rolls in 4 squares and wrap an apple slice in each square. Pour sugar mixture in bottom of pan (or casserole dish), place dumplings on top, pour Sprite over dumplings and bake at 350 for 35 min. Turn dumplings over (carefully) and cook about 10 min. longer.



Warmest regards,

Sam (Sophie’s mom)