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10 Summer Kids’ Activities in Hot Springs AR

June 18th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

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Mid-America Science Museum Skywalk

Summer reminds us of all the activities in Hot Springs AR that are great to enjoy with a kid (or as a kid at heart!). Here are ten of our favorite kids activities in the area:

10. Cutwell for Kids – On the first Saturday of every month, Cutwell 4 Kids (a non-profit organization) hosts a program at Maurice Bathhouse to allow kids to paint and create. Materials are provided to give kids an equal chance to express themselves artistically. It’s a great way to take in the history of downtown Hot Springs while creating something new. Plus, you can always follow it up with a cupcake from Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcakes!

9. Mid-America Science Museum – A great option for a rainy day or an inside activity, MASM has wonderful, engaging exhibits designed to spark your scientific understanding. Learn new things through observation and discovery at the newly renovated Smithsonian Affiliate.

8. Magic Springs & Crystal Falls – This amusement park has two sides–one dedicated to rides and the other to a water park. Both offer numerous fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

Kids Activities Hot Springs AR7. Hiking – Especially good for summer mornings, hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors and find new pockets of adventure. Our favorite trails are at Lake Catherine, which also has a waterfall for you to enjoy.

6. Lookout Point Cooking School for Kids – The Lookout Point Cooking School class for kids, which usually takes place in July, is a fun way for kids to learn basic kitchen skills, eat some tasty food, and spend a day making something in the kitchen. You can learn more about what’s in store for this year’s class (on July 25) on our website.

5. Movies at the Market – Each Thursday during the summer, Hot Springs hosts a free movie night at the Farmers Market. The movies are all family friendly, and there are snacks available for purchase. Check out the whole schedule.

4. Crystal Digging – Like going on a treasure hunt, digging for crystals gives kids the opportunity to discover souvenirs for themselves. Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mind, where the Inn recommends you dig, also has zip lining for the adventurous ones!

3. Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic – Maxwell Blade creates a magic show that’s entertaining for all ages. With equal parts of comedy and illusion, this show is a great way to spend an evening in Hot Springs National Park.

2. Food Truck Fridays – Make Friday the Fun Day by trying different kinds of foods downtown at the Farmers Market. With so many tasty options to choose from, you are sure to enjoy the fun atmosphere and music as much as you like the food.

1. Water Activities – There are five lakes around Hot Springs, including Lake Hamilton which our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is located on. Enjoy the lake with swimming, fishing, going on a boat tour with Captain Ray, or even canoeing in the Lookout Point canoe.

If you’d like help creating a great getaway for your family, stay at Lookout Point, where you can start each day with a gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Summer at the Hot Springs Farmers Market

June 11th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Farmers MarketThe Hot Springs Farmers Market supplies produce that is extremely healthy, plentiful and locally grown in early summer. In the last few seasons the Market has added Food Truck Friday on the last Friday of the month through October and Movies at the Market on Thursdays through July.

All of the events at the Farmers Market are fun and entertaining for locals and a special attraction for our visitors to Hot Springs. During the summer the Market is open 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays or until the produce runs out and 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Market always offers quality home-grown produce, and some additional items include:

  • Fresh herbs, plants and flowers
  • Eggs and meat products
  • Fresh-baked breads and desserts
  • Local honey, jams, jellies and spreads
  • Live music

Food Truck Friday started in 2015 and was such a hit it has continued. Food Truck Friday takes place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the last Friday of the month at the Farmers Market. Some of the vendors include:

  • Cajun Delights @ Kristina’s
  • Itz Gud Fud
  • Little Penguin Tacos
  • Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches
  • Stevie’s Lunch Box
  • Whitworth’s Concessions

Movies at the Market offers free movies on Thursday evenings in June and July in a family friendly atmosphere. Participants are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets, pets on leashes, bug spray, plus ice chests (no glass containers).

The fun summer movies include:

  • June 9 Jurassic World
  • June 16 Karate Kid
  • June 23 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • June 30 Cinderella
  • July 7 Despicable Me2
  • July 14 Blue Hawaii
  • July 21 Top Gun

The Hot Springs Farmers Market has a lot to offer of good family fun. Our out-of-town visitors can add a bit of local food and excitement to the list of enjoyable things to do in Hot Springs.

While in the area, we would love to have you stay with us at our Hot Spring bed & breakfast. The gardens are blooming; the canoe, kayaks and Captain Ray’s boat trips are great hits; our delicious breakfasts include summer fruit and veggies; and the view of the lake from each of our rooms is stunning. Sounds like fun? It is! Make reservations for a Hot Springs getaway early as we fill up quickly in the summer. Reserve online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your summer adventure.

The Hot Springs Farmers Market has so much more than just fresh produce. Food Truck Friday, Movies at the Market there’s so much to check out!

June Cooking School to Feature Southern Cooking

May 27th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

       

Hands-on Learning in one of our cooking classes at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast

Hands-on Learning

I’ve had the pleasure of eating delicious Southern cooking for years prepared by Lula Barnes, mother of one of my long-time friends, Larie Barnes Engles. Mrs. Barnes of Forest City, Arkansas was always the expert on cooking in the Barnes family, and she was the go-to person anytime her children or grandchildren had questions on recipes. She passed some of her delicious recipes on to her family and we have the privilege of sharing her recipes and preparing a few of them during our June cooking class.

My friend Larie Engles will teach the class on techniques and cooking several of her mother’s recipes and I will assist. If you have always loved Southern cooking and would like to learn a little more on preparation, please sign up for Cooking School for June 27. We’ll have a great time cooking together and we’ll probably have stories to share on some of our recipes.

The class is from 11 am until 3pm on June 27 in the kitchen at our Hot Springs inn. The cost is $70 with a reduced price if you’re also a guest at the Inn. Fresh Peaches for Southern cooking classes in ArkansasAll of the food we will be preparing are mouth-watering terrific, flavorful and oh-so-satisfying! The recipes we will prepare are:

  • Homemade Chicken & Dumplings
  • Eggplant Rosa
  • Cornbread
  • Peach Cobbler

Reserve by calling 501.525.6155 and we’ll make sure your place is secured for our Cooking School on June 27. Places fill quickly, so make plans to attend cooking class and stay with us at the Inn. We have so many wonderful events going on in Hot Springs during June.

Family Fun On the Playlist at 2016 Magic Springs Concert Series

May 17th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Magic Springs Concert Series 2016The Magic Springs Concert Series is known for attracting a variety of musicians–from current pop and country to 80s and 90s hits to Christian artists. This year’s line up is sure to please the entire family, or be a lovely outing for two.

Starting June 4th with Hunter Hayes (pictured above), the concert series will have a different band every Saturday until September 4th. The lineup includes Hinder, MercyMe, Cheap Trick, Maddie & Tae, Dwight Yoakam, Blues Traveler, and more. Each concert takes place in the Timberwood Amphitheatre, where you can listen to great music while relaxing on the lawn.

Plus, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Amusement Park is a destination in itself! Magic Springs has roller coasters and kids rides, bumper cars and swings, and even more fun rides. Crystal Falls, attached to Magic Springs, has water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river for relaxing. You can start the day enjoying the rides, each some lunch at the park, spend the afternoon enjoying the water slides, and then finish the fun day at one of these concerts!

If you would like to reserve a stay in Hot Springs AR for your getaway, try Lookout Point. You could begin each day of your stay with gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton as you eat your gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.535.6155 for more information.

You can see the entire concert series line up on the Magic Springs website.

Everyone’s Welcome at our Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

May 13th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Let me be clear. Very clear.  All people are welcome at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn.  When Ray & I created the inn 14 years ago, our vision statement includes recognition that all people will be welcomed with exceptional hospitality.  And we truly mean it and live it.

same sex wedding in Hot Springs, ArkansasWhen it comes to weddings and elopements, the same principle applies:  all couples desiring to marry are welcome!  Since the Supreme Court ruling of June, 2015 we’ve received an increasing number of calls inquiring about same sex weddings.  Happily, we respond that of course we welcome you!  The relief heard in the caller’s voice is often palpable, since that welcome is not always heard here in the south.

Our little city of Hot Springs has a long and rich history of hospitality, whether it be visitors or people relocating to Hot Springs.  The diversity seen and experienced in our town is truly a joy.  All people receive a friendly welcome, in this town known as the Spa City where people have come for healing over the centuries.

The wedding and elopement packages offered at Lookout Point provide a variety of choices, in a stunning lakeside garden setting.  Our Wedding Coordinator, Tiffany, will assist you in creating the wedding of your dreams.  We specialize in intimate, meaningful weddings so the primary restriction that we have related to weddings is size:  up to 30 persons maximum.

Every wedding ceremony at the inn is customized to suit your preferences. For all couples (including same sex couples), a wedding minister is honored to officiate, and adapts the ceremony for you. We will provide suggested vows for the service, however you are welcome to write your own vows. Of course, you are invited to select the site for your wedding, whether in our lakeside gardens or indoors. If you select a wedding package with flowers and reception, Tiffany will consult with you to determine your selections and take care of all the arrangements.  It’s stress-free!

As you celebrate your lifelong commitment, we at Lookout Point are honored to provide a beautiful and loving venue for your wedding.

Give us a call to reserve your very special wedding, 501.525.6155, or e-mail weddings@lookoutpointinn.com for more information from our wedding coordinator.

10 Great Activities for Summertime in Hot Springs

May 11th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

kayaking in Hot Springs, ARWe have fun in our great city year ‘round, but especially in the summertime. Since we have three lakes (Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita) water sports is probably the number one activity guests enjoy during the summer. Every type of water sport imaginable is possible in our area. At our cozy Hot Springs inn we have regularly scheduled boat tours as well as private sunset tours. We also have a canoe (complimentary) and kayaks for rent. That just skims the surface of what Hot Springs has to offer our guests during the warm weather season.

We have more summer events than we can mention in our blog, but our 10 favorites are:

  1. Magic Springs Hot Springs AR“Enchanted Forest” An Art Installation by W. Gary Smith at Garvan Gardens from May through spring of 2017
  2. 5th Annual $86,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge May 1 – July 31 on Lakes Catherine and Hamilton
  3. Crystal Falls Water Park Annual Reopening at Magic Springs May 7 through the summer
  4. 3rd Annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival 6-9 p.m. May 21 at Hot Springs Convention Center
  5. Pocket Theatre production of “Seeing Stars in Dixie” June 3-12 at The Pocket Theatre
  6. Hot Springs Music Festival June 5-18 at various venues throughout Hot Springs
  7. 4th Annual Tinkerfest June 18 at Mid-America Science MuseumBike Rally in Hot Springs AR
  8. Arkansas State Hog Rally June 22-23 at Hot Springs Convention Center
  9. July 4th Celebrations of Spa Blast in the Infield July 1st at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming. Hot Springs Fireworks July 2nd across Hwy 7 near the Clarion Hotel
  10. Jazz Fest Aug. 31-Sept. 5 at various venues throughout Hot Springs

For more information on these events and others visit www.hotsprings.org. Since these are our favorites at the Inn, many additional events in Hot Springs offer more opportunities for fun in the Spa City.

Anytime you are in Hot Springs during the summer months to enjoy water sports or special events, we’d love to have you round out your visit by staying at Lookout Point. Our beautiful Inn, situated on Lake Hamilton, provides views of the lake from every room. Enjoy a delicious freshly prepared breakfast in the relaxing dining room or outdoors on the terrace. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a Hot Springs summer vacation to remember.

Summer dining at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast

Even the Dining Room overlooks Lake Hamilton!

Kick Off Summer with Beer & Fireworks

May 5th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Beer and fireworks at the Hot Springs beer festivalThe month of May kicks off summertime in Hot Springs, and we’re ready to join in the fun!

Warm weather invites craft beer aficionados, so come on to the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival on May 21st at the Hot Springs Convention Center. With more than 70 local and regional breweries attending, you’ll have the opportunity to taste and compare. Purchase tickets for the Beer Festival directly at the festival. The Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery will be present, with tastes of their local brew using the Hot Springs Thermal Waters.

Complete the month with fireworks over the lake on Memorial Weekend. Enjoy spectacular fireworks, date TBD. Your Lookout Point Innkeepers will give you tips for the very fireworks watching locations. Our city celebrates every summer long weekend (Memorial, July 4th and Labor Day holidays) with fireworks over the lake.

We would love to be your home away from home for your trip to Hot Springs!  If you choose to stay 2 nights in May, you’ll receive one complimentary flight of beer at the Superior Brewery plus 2 free Lookout Point beer glasses. Book online, and use code CRAFTBEER16, or give us a call at 501-525-6155.

Top 5 Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

April 14th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Mother's Day Gifts Hot Springs ARSpring has sprung, which means it’s the perfect time of year to appreciate the strong women in your life! Mother’s Day is around the corner, and it has us thinking of what we value most in holiday celebrations–time spent together with family and friends.  With the busy lives we all lead, Mother’s Day has the opportunity to be a day set aside for laughing, talking, and making new memories.

One way that we show our appreciation for all the hard work the women in our lives accomplish is to give them gifts. From the homemade to the big picture items, we have a few suggestions for Mother’s Day gifts for you!

5. Spa Day – Treat her to a day completely focused on pampering her! Whether you give her a spa basket (like the one in the Lookout Point gift shop) or you take her for a massage, it is sure to be a day she appreciates completely!

4. Lookout Point Cooking Classes – Give her the gift of creativity and laughter with a gift certificate to attend the Lookout Point Cooking School! Kristie will make her feel welcome, and she’ll leave with new knowledge and new friends.

3. Gifts in a Jar – Jars are easy to make personal and cute; plus, the gifts travel and store easily! Some of our favorites include bath salts, cookie mix, hot chocolate mix, and pedicure-in-a-jar.

2. Trip to Lookout Point Inn – Our Hot Springs bed & breakfast is the perfect getaway for the women in your life, with a gorgeous garden by the lake and gourmet breakfast each morning. She can explore the many fun activities in Hot Springs while she’s here!

1. Gift Certificate – A gift certificate for a stay at our Arkansas b&b, or to attend one of our cooking classes, will give her the flexibility to enjoy Mother’s Day with family and enjoy personal time later.

If you’d like to experience this sanctuary along the edge of Lake Hamilton, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. Gourmet breakfast and gorgeous views await you!

Celebrating 100 years at Hot Springs National Park!

April 5th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs National Park, named one of the top 15 visited National Parks in the USA, invites visitors from around the globe to downtown Hot Springs. This year the country celebrates 100 years of existence of the national park system, which was by President Woodrow Wilson and signed into law. Hot Springs National Park became an official national park in 1921.

National Park Promenade at Hot Springs National Park

National Park Promenade

According to National Geographic Magazine, “The park calls itself the ‘oldest area in the national park system’ because in 1832, before Yellowstone became the first national park, President Andrew Jackson set aside the hot springs as a special reservation.”

Each day about 700,000 gallons of water flows through 47 springs in Hot Springs National Park. We are so proud of our rich heritage because we are the only place where a national park is actually bordered by a city.

Included in Hot Springs National Park is Bathhouse Row, a part of the National Historic Landmark District and represents an impressive collection of bathhouses. The Hot Springs National Park area includes a number of places to visit and honor our rich history. Some of those include:

Fordyce Vistors Center at Hot Springs National Park

Fordyce Vistors Center

  • Fordyce Bathhouse, the visitor’s center and museum
  • Quapaw Bathhouse, with 4 pools and a modern spa
  • Superior Bathhouse, now a brewery, distillery and restaurant
  • Buckstaff Bathhouse, operating continuously since 1912
  • Ozark Bathhouse, currently a Cultural Center
  • Grand Promenade, a pathway situated above the bathhouses
  • Mountain Tower, 21 stories for an overview of the city and area
  • Jug fountains where people fill containers with hot springs water
  • Hiking trails in the National Park Mountains

We have so many interesting places in Hot Springs to experience every day, and the area situated in the national park is filled with great history and fun things to do. So, when you plan a visit to Hot Springs National Park this year take time to celebrate with us 100 years of being a special place within the national park system.

While you’re here, please complete your trip by staying with us at Lookout Point. We are honored to be in an area rife with history. At the Inn we are situated on Lake Hamilton with beautiful views and a very peaceful setting including our extraordinary gardens. Each of our rooms has its own personality and our breakfasts are, by far, the best in town. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan your trip to celebrate 100 years of national park history.

Here’s a link to a recent CBS news article on Hot Springs National Park.

Cooking School: Marinades, Grilling and Smoking Great Meat!

March 29th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Come join in the fun of Lookout Point’s next Cooking School on April 23!  This is the first time to offer an outdoor cooking school, focused on meats.  Joining Kristie, and leading the class will be her favorite meat masters: son-in-law Robby Theodore and husband Ray.  You’ll learn tips from safety to selection of cuts, cooking techniques, and favorite marinades.smoked ribs from a cooking class in Arkansas

This is definitely not a vegetarian class, however we’ll throw in a grilled veggie and fruit for lunch.  You’ll enjoy grilled steak and Catalina chicken at lunch–that you prepare.  This is a hands-on involved cooking class, with extremely limited number of participants. You’ll learn the secret to slow-cooked smoked ribs, and even take home a sample.

To reserve your spot in the Cooking School, call 501-525-6155. Cost is $70 per person, however if you are a guest staying at the inn the cost is $60 person. We look forward to great food and fun!

 

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