New Year’s Eve

December 28th, 2013

New Year's Eve

Come celebrate!

Ready to ring in a new year? Boy, we are! 2013 has been a hard one for a lot of folks, so it’s time to look onward and upward! Bring it in with a bang (or just some quiet time alone) here in Eureka Springs. Come see us on New Year’s Eve.

If it’s a party you’re looking for, there are several in town, most within walking distance to us:

New Year’s Eve celebrations:

Crescent Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Dinner & Champagne Party – begins at 7 p.m. with dinner served until 11 p.m. Dance to popular local jazz/swing band Swing and a Miss (check out our YouTube video of them – great band!). From 11 p.m. to midnight-thirty, Sean-Paul from Intrigue Theater will work the room to dazzle diners and dancers with some fascinating close-up illusions. Cost is $125 per couple for a three-course Chef Showcase Dinner, party favors, and all the dancing your feet can stand.

The Basin Park Hotel hosts the gala Ballroom Blitz beginning at 8 p.m., upstairs in the Barefoot Ballroom, with The Ariels (another great local band!), party favors, great snacks and the “highest” midnight countdown downtown with a champagne toast at the first stroke of 2014. Tickets are $25 per person.

New Delhi Cafe – New Year’s Eve Bash features a Seafood Buffet, party favors and champagne, $29.95 per person. Foley’s Van plays from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Eureka Live - Feather and Mask New Year’s Eve Gala, 5 p.m. to close. Wiener bar and champagne at midnight, $10 cover includes party favors! Eureka’s largest dance floor, DJ officiating.

The Squid and the Whale Masquerade Party – No cover, complimentary party favors, late night buffet, champagne at midnight, featuring Springbilly Bluegrass.

Rowdy Beaver - $10 cover for midnight breakfast buffet, toast and party favors, starts at 8:30, features Ride Shy Band.

Voulez-Vous Lounge – “Get Unhinged” New Year’s Eve Bash, starts at 8 p.m. with The Big Dam Horns. $15 cover includes midnight champagne toast and party favors galore! Very enticing price giveaways from The Fine Art of Romance every hour! You can’t be shy at this lounge, they are over the top!

Chelsea’s New Year’s Eve – Eureka’s local hangout, features Fossils of Ancient Robots (hey, you can’t make this stuff up).

And you’ll find lots of happenings in all the local bars on New Year’s, so don’t worry if none of these sound quite right. There’s a party around every corner (or in Eureka’s case, every curve)!

Warmest regards,

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

 

Rolling Cafe

December 12th, 2013

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!

 

 

Best Bed and Breakfast Brunch Recipes

November 30th, 2013

This is one of the best bed and breakfast brunch recipes we’ve come across recently – we even make it for dinner for ourselves sometimes! Come on, you know you guys only have poptarts for breakfast, on your way out the door with a cup of coffee in your hand. Take a few minutes (and this is easy as…well…pie!) to make this for yourselves and pretend you’re at a bed and breakfast. Think of us here in Eureka Springs when you do.

Hot Smoked Sausage Pie

Ingredients:

1 pound or package smoked sausage (I like Polish Kielbasa)

6 eggs, beaten

5 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and pour into lightly greased quiche or pie pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven – until middle is firm. Makes 6 servings.

Best Bed and Breakfast Brunch Recipes

A savory breakfast pie!

If you don’t feel up to making it, come see us and we’ll make it for you!

Warmest regards,

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

The Breakfast in this Arkansas Bed and Breakfast

November 17th, 2013

We love to do breakfast at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast. Ask anybody that’s been here on more than one occasion (and we have a good many return guests every year) and they’ll tell you – you most often don’t need lunch. A good example is what we fixed this morning for some newbies and a couple that come every year (and always bring dog treats and dog toys for you-know-who): Mixed Fruit with a Honey-lime dressing, Peaches and Cream French Toast, Baked Oatmeal, and sausage. Of course, we always have a juice or smoothie to go with it, as well as tea, coffee or milk, if you’d like. Another example:

Breakfast at bed and breakfast

Cheese Blintzes, Grilled Brie and Tomato on Crusty Bread, and Bacon

In addition, we love to dress up a table. We believe that most folks in today’s world are eating off paper plates 90% of the time and 50% of that is probably over the kitchen sink! We want to take you back to yesteryear, the way it used to be done, on fine china and gold flatware. We even provide knife rests and beaded beverage covers. You’ll find good conversation to go along with all that wonderful food.

Breakfast at bed and breakfast

Table Setting at the Bridgeford House dining room

We hope that the next time you’re in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, you’ll choose our B&B as your home base. We’ll make sure you’re well-fed.

Warmest regards,

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

Sweet Treats Cookie Tour Eureka Springs

November 12th, 2013

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

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.

 

 

 

Fall War Eagle Arts and Crafts Fair

September 22nd, 2013

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 Jazz Festival – Spyro Gyra!

September 8th, 2013

spyro-gyraComing soon, September 13-15, is Eureka’s Jazz Festival, a whole weekend of some of the best Jazz you’ll hear around! We’re particularly excited about the headliner at the Auditorium, Spyro Gyra! This band is a jazz fusion band that formed in the mid-1970s (and we remember listening to them for many a night in high school!). The band’s sound has its roots in traditional jazz, but combines elements of R&B, funk and pop music and is known for their mastery over their instruments and the energy for their live performances. They have performed over five thousand shows, released twenty-nine albums selling over ten million albums, achieving one platinum and two gold albums. Next year Spyro Gyra will celebrate forty years as a band while showing little sign of wanting to slow down, having earned Grammy nominations for each of their last four albums! They will be performing Saturday night at the Aud.

The Fayetteville Jazz Collection will be performing Friday night, in the Basin Park, for free! With over two centuries of combined jazz experience, the 18 Piece Fayetteville Jazz Collective has been thrilling audiences all around the 4-state region of Northwest Arkansas. Attendance at one of the Fayetteville Jazz Collective’s performances is sure to impress, excite and entertain any listener. An evening with the FJC is one that you will never forget and one that you’ll want to share with both family and friends.

There will continue to be live *** free *** Jazz music all Saturday afternoon at Basin Park and Sunday afternoon, as well.

The weather is forecasted to be extremely gorgeous – sunny and in the mid-80s – so come spend some time with us, sit back and enjoy the music.

Warmest regards,

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

 

 

A Good Southern Recipe – Baked Cheesy Grits!

August 28th, 2013

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Baked Cheesy Grits

 

3 cups water
1 cups grits
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup milk
2 extra large eggs, separated
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1/8 tsp. red pepper
1/4 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup shredded cheese, can be cheddar or mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack

Heat water to boiling. Add grits; reduce heat; cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring often. Remove from heat. Add butter.

Stir cheese and garlic into grits.

Add milk to egg yolks and beat; add salt and peppers. Add egg mixture to grits. Beat egg whites and then fold into grits just before baking.

Bake in greased casserole dish at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or longer until firm in middle. Sprinkle cheese or paprika on top.

Makes 6 ramekins

Fall is coming soon, so plan your next trip to beautiful Eureka Springs and come see us!

Warmest regards,

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

2013 Bluegrass Festival at Eureka Springs, AR

August 13th, 2013

Music and watermelon! What more could you ask for, in lovely downtown Eureka Springs, AR. That’s what’s happening this weekend, August 15-17, 2013. The Bluegrass Festival kicks off with a watermelon social in Basin Spring Park. This event is an open jam and everyone is invited to bring their instruments and join in. Free watermelon & water will be provided.

(Video includes Jesse McReynolds as the main act, but, due to health reasons, he has had to cancel. Legendary Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press will be performing instead.)

Free music starts at noon on Friday in Basin Spring Park. Acts will include: The Clark Family Trio featuring Bill Nesbitt, The Dragon Masters, Gary Allbritton & Friends, Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band, Mountain View Friends, and a return of the Clark Family Trio to wrap up the afternoon.

On Saturday, the free music in Basin Spring Park kicks off with the Buffalo City Ramblers at noon, followed by Ozark Alliance, Buddy Griffin & Friends, The Clark Family, Pam Setser and Mountain View Friends, The Dragon Masters and the Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band.

Saturday evening at The Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street, a whole host of performers will take the stage beginning at 7 p.m. Acts will include many of the musicians who are appearing in the park. Plus Tim Crouch, Arkansas Red, Ron Landers, Donny Catron, Retro & Smiling, and Spoon Man along with Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press. Ticket prices for the show are $17.50 balcony or $22.50 orchestra and will be available online or at the door for $22.50 and $27.50. For more info call 479-253-7333.

The festivities are just a short walk from the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, so come join us!

Warmest regards,

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

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