A view of the inn waterfall and garden path

Grand 25th Anniversary, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

September 20th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

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Louis Gossett Jr

Film goers will be celebrating in high style as celebrities descend upon Hot Springs October 7-16!  Join Louis Gossett Jr, Beau Bridges, Barry Bostwick, Ed Asner for amazing documentaries and festivities.  Seriously!

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America and an Academy-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. Yes, you get to vote on films, interact with actors, producers and directors and watch films from morning until late at night.  Consider dressing the part for a raucous screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (featuring Barry Bostwick in person, oh my!)

Barry Bostwick

Barry Bostwick

This is truly one of the greatest events in Hot Springs, and folks travel from all over North America to attend our Film Festival.  Get a VIP pass, and enjoy the entire scene.  Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the HSDFI, and to host one of those actors named above.  But we’re not telling the name, or when.

We’d love to have you be a VIP at Lookout Point for the Film Festival.  You’ll be treated royally, as every guest experiences that enters our doors.

Magic & Music: September Festivals in Hot Springs

September 13th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic  One of the most popular and fun activities in Hot Springs is visiting the Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic. This is not your average magic show; the performances are fascinating from beginning to the end, performed in an intimate venue. In addition, each year Hot Springs hosts a magic festival. This year the Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic delights attendees from around the world Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

The Festival of Magic takes place at Maxwell Blade’s Theater of Magic, Tillmans Apartment Theatre and Adair Park Stage. The Festival includes magic shows, lectures and workshops with some great magicians performing and teaching. You can even learn the art of magic through personal hands on training and instruction.

At the same time, Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 1 at Hill Wheatley Plaza. While the main event of the Festival is music, Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival it also offers art, food and drink, contests and kids activities. Food trucks will be on hand with interesting food fare, including Hot Rod Weiners. An Art Fair also continues to be a part of the Music Festival with artisans selling paintings, pottery, jewelry and more.

These two festivals are different in scope but both are very entertaining. Consider making a Hot Springs getaway to attend both events. While you’re in town, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point! We serve an outstanding breakfast each morning, and the setting is an incredibly relaxing place to return to after a fun day attending festivals. Each room has a gorgeous view of the Lake Hamilton, plus our gardens are lovely and include a swing, hammock and labyrinth. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll assist you with making the weekend of festivals one to remember

Your Guide to the Garland County Fair in Hot Springs AR

September 11th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Garland County FairSome of my favorite memories of my childhood involve spending time at the county fair. We would eat funnel cakes and corn dogs, watch the Demolition Derby, and ride the ferris wheel. Each year, the Garland County Fair rolls into town just in time for fall to be kicking into gear. Enjoy all the rides and carnival food you can stand this week, from September 12-17, 2016.

Each day of the county fair, you can enjoy carnival food and rides, and the arts and crafts fair. There are games for you to win prizes and lots of rides made especially for children. There are even gospel concerts at 7pm most evenings. Plus, on Friday and Saturday you can also enjoy the Demolition Derby at 7:30pm, a rousing event that involves a tournament-style wrecking of cars until the final round on Saturday night.

The Garland County Fair is the perfect trip for an Arkansas getaway, giving you time to make fun memories and enjoy the lovely fall weather. Tickets for a full day of fun at the fair are $20-25, and you can find out more information about the fair events and schedule on their website.

While you enjoy your getaway in Hot Springs National Park, stay at Lookout Point. You can begin each day with gourmet breakfast and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and it can end with a soak in the whirlpool tub and sleep between luxurious sheets. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your Arkansas vacation!

 

Hot Springs, Arkansas Colorful Past, Present and Future

September 8th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs is rife with an interesting history starting with the Native American inhabitants before the first Europeans arrived. The Native Americans referred to this area as Valley of the Vapors and they obviously understood the significance of the hot springs, befitting from the healing of the hot mineral waters.

In the mid-1500s Spanish and French settlers came to the area and Hernando de Soto visited the region in 1541.Historic bath houses in Hot Springs, AR In the late 1800s bathhouses were completed and Hot Springs became an elegant spa resort. President Andrew Jackson named Hot Springs as the first federal reservation in 1832, which was essentially America’s first national park. For centuries, continuing today, people traveled to the Spa City for healing!

U.S. presidents visited Hot Springs to soak in the hot mineral waters and enjoy the flourishing amenities. In the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, Hot Springs became a popular spot for organized crime vacations with Al Capone, Frank Costello, Bugs Moran, Lucky Luciano visiting the area on a regular basis. The lively Gangster Museum will fill in the fun details!

In the 1880s, the Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs) held spring training in Hot Springs with many teams following.  Many baseball greats including Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Cy Young trained in Hot Springs with their teams long before the grapefruit and citrus leagues began spring training in Arizona and Florida. The Army and Navy Hospital, the first combined hospital designed to treat patients in the Army and the Navy, opened as the first of its kind in the U.S. in Hot Springs.Famous Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, AR

Thoroughbred racing started in Hot Springs in 1904 at Essex Park with Oaklawn Park opening the following year. For more than 100 years, talented horses and horse people come to the city. Hot Springs has lots of historical places to visit in the city and lots of rich history to learn about. Some of the famous historical places in Hot Springs include:

Planning a weekend to learn more about the rich history of Hot Springs will be both educational and fun. Stay at the Lookout Point while you’re in town for a great way to complement your getaway retreat. We offer a beautiful Inn situated on Lake Hamilton with relaxing and gorgeous views of the Lake from each room. Our gourmet breakfasts are out of this world and our attention to detail in every area of the Inn is exquisite. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your visit to this lively Spa City.

We are excited to live in Hot Springs, and look forward to the city’s grand future.

 

Spa City Summer Fest 2016: JazzFest and Blues Festival

August 25th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Spa City Summer FestThe Spa City Summer Fest will be combining two unstoppable musical forces this Labor Day–Jazz and Blues. For one weekend, you can experience two very different, active genres with a schedule that will excite and dazzle you.

Sensing that the Hot Springs Jazz Society and the Hot Springs Blues Society complement each other, they decided to join forces to celebrate the 25th Hot Springs Jazz Festival and the 20th Hot Springs Blues Festival at one time. The Jazz Festival will take place from Aug. 31 to Sept.4, while the Blues Festival will be running during the weekend from Sept. 3-4.

Although it is not the first time these two festivals have joined forces, they did work together to create a schedule that would appeal to both of their audiences. They are especially excited for Saturday’s programming, which will have both jazz and blues music playing downtown from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

As you plan your Labor Day getaway, plan to visit the Spa City Summer Fest. You can stay at Lookout Point, where you will have gorgeous views of  Lake Hamilton and gourmet breakfast every morning. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We’d love to help you plan your vacation!

For the most updated listing of artists for the Blues Festival or more JazzFest details, be sure to check out their websites.

 

8 Reasons for Dallas Couples To Plan a Fall Wedding at This Arkansas Inn!

August 24th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

It’s close! Our Hot Springs, Arkansas wedding venue is a just short, easy drive from the Dallas area, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away.

It’s one-of-a-kind! Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is the most gorgeous setting, featuring stunning lake views and beautifully landscaped gardens. Choose your favorite from three unique ceremony sites: on the peaceful labyrinth, under the shady canopy of our whimsical crepe myrtles, or in front of a wide open backdrop of lake and sky.

It’s relaxing! Wake up on your wedding day feeling refreshed and renewed from a great night’s sleep on your luxury bed. Start the day with a delicious gourmet breakfast and our fresh ground coffee – you don’t even have to get out of your ultra-comfy Lookout Point robe, or your room for that matter!

It’s fun! When your wedding guests have gone, start exploring a great honeymoon destination without having to pack up again or board a plane. Hot Springs has tons of honeymoon-worthy activities to offer, from spas, museums and art galleries to boating, hiking and zip-lining. Don’t be surprised, though, if you spend the entire honeymoon in our waterfront hammocks.

It’s cool! We’ll soon be welcoming lower temperatures and less humidity. It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor weddings. Plus, who doesn’t love falling leaves and gorgeous colors decorating the landscape!

It’s easy! From helping you select the perfect wedding package to setting up and cleaning up on your special day, we do the work for you. As an experienced coordinator, I’ll assist you every step of the way, for a stress-free wedding experience. We are also your full concierge during your stay – dinner reservations, spa appointments, fun activities – we’ll handle them all so you can relax.

It’s meaningful! Choosing an intimate wedding at our luxury bed and breakfast inn affords you the priceless opportunity to enjoy moments with each of your most cherished friends and family. An elopement with only you and your sweetheart is also a great alternative to a traditional large wedding.  If you want to focus on what matters on this most important day – Lookout Point is the place to do it!

It’s yours! You don’t have to forego all the fun personalizing just because you’re choosing a shorter guest list. Our customizable Diamond and Emerald wedding packages allow you to make it your own with options for the ceremony, flowers, cake, décor, music and delicious food. I’ll use your inspiration to coordinate all the details of the memorable wedding you envision. If you want to keep things super simple, the Sapphire wedding or elopement is perfect for you!

We’re booking fall weddings now! Give us a call to reserve your very special wedding, 501.525.6155, or e-mail weddings@lookoutpointinn.com for more details.

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Lake Catherine State Park: Summer Day Trips

August 21st, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Lake Catherine hikingLake Catherine is the smallest of our three area lakes near Hot Springs and is the least crowded, and one of the true gems in our area. It is easy to make a day of fun spending time hiking at Lake Catherine State Park, lunching on Lake Catherine in Diamondhead and spending the afternoon among the trails and beautiful flowers at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Since the mornings are a little cooler, starting your day early at Lake Catherine State Park for an early hike on one of the four lovely hiking trails is a great way to kick off a day of fun enjoying the beauty of the area. The four hiking trails are:

  1. Slunger Creek Nature Trail, 5/8 mile for hikers of all levels
  2. Dam Mountain Trail, 4 miles, moderate difficulty with streams and cascades
  3. Horseshoe Mountain Trail, 3 ½ miles, moderate difficulty with scenic vistas
  4. Falls Branch Trail, 2 miles, moderate difficulty with a waterfall

Lake Catherine State ParkAfter a morning of hiking at the state park, visitors can leave and go a couple of miles down the road to the newly opened Eagles Point Grill & Marina in Diamondhead (pictured here). The marina café is situated on Lake Catherine with lake views and tables on the deck. The food is delicious with one of the specialties being fresh shrimp flown in each day. The hamburgers are also scrumptious and notoriously large. Appetizers include fried mushrooms, stuffed jalapenos, quesadillas, fried pickles, loaded fries and Zydeco shrimp. There’s much more on the menu. The restaurant is the perfect stop to rest, enjoy the lake and replenish with great food.

From Diamondhead it’s only a short drive to the world-class Garvan Gardens. The Gardens are beautiful all year, but they are fun to visit in the summer with blooming annuals and perennials especially colorful this time of year. Be sure and take your camera, water bottle and comfortable shoes because there are about 5 miles of walking trails. The Chipmunk Café in the gardens is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy a cold drink and snack. Special events are going on throughout the summer and are enjoyable to plan a visit around.

Lookout Point Inn is a short distance from Lake Catherine and a relaxing place to return to after a day of hiking and fun. We have snacks and cold drinks waiting in our snack bar and a delicious afternoon gathering with dessert, appetizer, tea and wine. Our rooms are beautiful and incredibly comfortable. Most rooms have a patio or balcony to enjoy during the day and evening. Make reservations for the Inn online or by calling 501.525.6155.

Boating on a Beautiful Hot Springs AR Lake

August 4th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

boat tour 2015Grab your swimsuit, sunscreen, toys and goggles and spend some time in the water this summer. The number one pastime in Hot Springs during the summer months is boating. The water has warmed in our area lakes; lots of boats, skis, wakeboards, tubes and blow-up floats are popping up everywhere on the water. Boating is certainly popular and it’s so much fun.

We spent last night with good friends on our boat. We stopped for a swim and to float around, then we had our supper on the boat and swam some more. Nothing can beat spending quality time with family and friends in the water.
If you don’t own a boat, that is no problem in Hot Springs. We have lots of places to rent boats, skis, tubes, kneeboards, life vests and stand up paddle boards. There are rental places on Lakes Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita. Some of the rental places are:

  • Sunset Cruise Hot Springs ARAqua Fun Boat Rentals on Lake Ouachita
  • Gregg Orr Marine on Lake Hamilton
  • Kahuna Bay Boat Rental & Marina on Lake Hamilton
  • Lake Catherine State Park on Lake Catherine
  • Long Island Lake Resort on Lake Hamilton
  • Paradise Cove on Lake Hamilton
  • Salty Dog Boating Center on Lake Hamilton

For our guests at the Inn we also have boating choices. One of our most popular summer boating outings is with Captain Ray. He offers 90-minute boat tours of Lake Hamilton that include stories of the history of the lake. They are usually from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Capt. Ray also offers private sunset boat tours for two on the Lookout Point pontoon. Kayaks are also available for rental for up to four hours or for a full day. The single person kayaks are easy to maneuver and lots of fun. Our canoes are also popular to use year ‘round but especially in the warm months. For reservations for a boating outing call the Inn at 501.525.6155 or reserve after checking in.

Why not plan a super fun boating vacation in Hot Springs and stay with us at the Inn? We are situated on beautiful Lake Hamilton with stunning views of the lake from each of our rooms. Most rooms have covered balconies or patios and are perfect for outdoor fun. Reservations fill quickly, so give us a call at 501.525.6155 or make reservations online for a fun-filled summer getaway including lake activities. We’ll help you plan your trip!

Check Out the Hot Springs AR Art Scene

July 22nd, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Art abounds in Hot Springs from so many different venues. The atmosphere in Hot Springs is conducive to inspiring quite a few local artists. The medium varies but the art and galleries are quite impressive.

Favorite Local Artists:

 

Family enjoying art from a Hot Springs, AR art galleryOne of our favorite local artists, Robin Young, is not hard to find. Robin is one of our fabulous innkeepers at Lookout Point and her art is displayed prominently down the hallway on the first floor. How inspiring for all of us at the Inn to work with Robin and be able to enjoy her artwork every day. She has watercolors of animals, children, nature and local well know Hot Springs subjects, all of which are for sale. Robin owned an art gallery outside of Washington D.C. and has a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Another of my favorite local artists is Alison Parsons. Alison uses whimsy in her animated paintings saturated with bold color. We have a few of her pieces at our Hot Springs inn and she owns Alison Parsons Gallery in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Her paintings can be found throughout the world and her creativity is certainly a treasure for Hot Springs.

Richard Stephens is another of my favorite local artists. His work is featured in several of the galleries downtown. We have a couple of his pieces in the Inn and get lots of ooohs and aaahs over them. According to his website, “Although recognized for his landscape, architectural and figurative work Stephens feels the real subjects of most of his paintings are his brushwork and the light he tries to capture and amplify through value contrast and an unexpected color palette.

For the size of Hot Springs, we are blessed with quite a few local art galleries. Most of the galleries are situated in the same area of Hot Springs and are fun to browse from gallery to gallery and enjoy some time taking in some of the local artistic talent.

On the first Friday of each month the galleries offer Gallery Walk. The art galleries stay open in the evening from 5-9 p.m. and serve wine, tea, lemonade and appetizers. Gallery Walk brings in visitors to our area and is an enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening.

We’d love to have you stay with us at the Inn and to help you organize a Hot Springs art getaway. Guests can start at the Inn by talking with Robin about her work and about art and artists in the area. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous weekend exploring the Hot Springs AR Art Scene.

Catch the Big One (Al) on Hot Springs’ Lakes

June 28th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Lake Hamilton from our Hot Springs, AR inn

View from Lookout Point Inn

In the great state of Arkansas, many people love to fish. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and kids enjoy spending time on the lakes fishing. Each year our city has a Fishing Challenge on Lakes Hamilton and Catherine with cash awards totaling $86,000! The biggest award goes to the angler who catches Big Al. He hasn’t been caught in the last four years and he’s worth $10,000!

Eight prize fish totaling $7,500 in prize money have been caught so far this summer.

Hot Springs fishing

Why not plan a trip to Hot Springs and try fishing for Big Al? The winner will go home $10,000 richer. Besides Big Al, the contest has additional smaller prizes of $500 to $5,000 to anglers who catch fish with tags that include a phone number and a prize number.

The released fish for the Fishing Challenge include:

  • Largemouth bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • White bass
  • Crappie

    Fishing in Hot Springs, AR

    Photos: AR Game & Fish

  • Walleye

Plenty of fishing goes on at the lakes besides the Fishing Challenge. Anglers come with their own boats, rent boats from businesses in Hot Springs or at the state parks, or fish from the bank. At the Inn, we have guests who enjoy fishing from our dock or from the canoe. We also have one extra boat slip that guest’s may reserve for their boat, complimentary.

Plan a fishing getaway and stay with us at the Inn! If you’re interested in having a fishing guide, we can organize that also. We’d love for one of our guests to win a big prize in the Fishing Challenge, so make reservations at our Hot Springs inn or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan an exceptional fishing expedition.

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