May 16th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Beginning June 2, we will all be able to listen to live classical music in historic downtown Hot Springs Arkansas. The Hot Springs Music Festival has concerts each night for two weeks with different programs and in different venues, including the Arlington Hotel, several churches, Historic Bathhouse Row and ending at Oaklawn VPA Magnet School on June 15. On June 8 the unique, outdoor Progressive Concert begins at 7:30 and the audience will move with the band down Bathhouse Row in the National Park.
This is the 18th season for the Festival, which is titled “Coming of Age” and celebrates the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner’s births and the centennial of Benjamin Brittan’s. Some of the song selections for the programs come directly from these three composers’ operatic repertoire, promising an entertaining festival from start to finish.
The concerts and venues are listed on the Festival website along with ticket information. This is such a wonderful event in Hot Springs, bringing in talented musicians and allowing the audiences to enjoy world-renowned music.
Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the Festival. If you’re looking forward to this Festival as much as we are, we hope you’ll consider adding a stay at our luxury Hot Springs resort to your getaway. Call us at 501.525.6155 for more information.
The Progressive Concert in downtown Hot Springs National Park.
Peter Bay conducting at Hot Springs Music Festival.
Musician prepares backstage for Hot Springs Music Festival.
May 9th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
One very special and personal touch our Hot Springs bed and breakfast offers to our incredible lodging guests is a private full-service dinner for two
Dining with a lake view
prepared at Lookout Point Inn. It can be a romantic candlelit dinner by the waterfalls outdoors with an amazing view of Lake Hamilton as a backdrop or a cozy dinner in the quiet and well-appointed dining room. Either place is a perfect spot for an outstanding meal.
Guests will have our private Chef Eve (of Chiffonade Chef Services) who prepares the scrumptious custom-planned event. If you have a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday, or if you’re planning to propose, this could be the perfect way to show your special someone how much they mean to you with a dinner to remember.
You’ll pick the a menu that is just right and incorporate the most breathtaking setting in Hot Springs – this has to be the best combination for celebration during your Hot Springs getaway.
Call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll start planning your exceptional dinner rendezvous.
May 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the opportunity to visit the always-active Magic Springs in Hot Springs AR. The amusement park has a few surprises up its sleeve this year, including a new water park addition, Splash Island, and a lively concert series.
Thrilling rides at Magic Springs
From 90s favorites to 80s legends, Christian and country artists, some rock and alternative groups, and even a pop act, there is a little something for everyone in this year’s line-up. The series begins just before Memorial Day on May 25th with Collective Soul, and it continues all summer, giving you plenty of chances to catch some of these acts.
The concerts are held outside in the Timberwood Amphitheater. The events are family friendly, with people camped out on the lawn with blankets and chairs. The atmosphere is best soaked up with sunglasses, sunscreen, a big smile, and a glass of water. To make a day of it, visit the park prior to the event and ride some roller coasters or swim at Crystal Falls.
While you are enjoying the concert series, feel free to add a stay our Hot Springs bed and breakfast to your fun agenda. We are only minutes from Magic Springs, and we’ll save you money with discount admissions to the amusement park! Call us at 501-525-6155 for reservations and we’ll make sure your trip is filled with smiles.
April 27th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
When we turn onto Central Avenue in Hot Springs, I can’t help but sit up in my seat to watch the buildings pass. We are here twice a year, so I know exactly where we are going. As the wind blows past the windows, I see Lake Hamilton in the distance. Just thinking about the all the grass and flowers waiting for me makes me SING. Really loudly.
The other dogs I see just don’t understand. They must not be going to Lookout Point.
When we round the curve to park in front of the inn, I am anxious to get out the door. As soon as I am inside the room, I want to eat all the treats waiting for me, but my master insists I look at the note written for me first. “Dear Lany,” it says, “enjoy a pawfect stay.” I ignore all the stuff written in the middle because there is a hammock outside calling my name.
It really is the perfect spot for a nap, even if I have to share it. Sometimes I like to go for a swim.
Alert on the labyrinth
Splashing around in the water makes my masters laugh. They don’t get upset if I get them wet because we each have our own beach towels, but I like to sit in the labyrinth and let the sun warm me up.
I play for as long as I can, running on the path in the garden and by the waterfall. I make sure to keep an eye on all the birds that like to eat from the feeders at the top of the hill. One of my favorite things about staying here is exploring the garden. There are always flowers to sniff and grass to sit on.
Lany exploring scents
Enjoying the lake breeze
I know we just left Lookout Point, but I am ready to go back right now.
Lany, (a beautiful vizsla and frequent guest at Lookout Point)
If you would like to bring your dog to stay at our dog-friendly Hot Springs B&B, call us at 501.525.6155 and make a reservation today. Dogs are welcome in the 4 first-floor guest rooms.
April 14th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
May 2-4 Hot Springs is loud and lively with bikers who come in for the Arkansas H.O.G. Rally. Bikers love the hot time in the city from the moment they ride into town, enjoying the stunning Arkansas scenery along the way. The Hot Springs community welcomes the Rally with open arms and true Arkansas hospitality!
Arkansas H.O.G Rally Fun
In addition to the picturesque spring scenery and winding roads, bikers enjoy the many special events planned for the Rally. Friday night includes entertainment by LaFuSo, 11 talented musicians from NW Arkansas and SW Missouri. Country music legend Sammy Kershaw performs Saturday night. He’s had a steady stream of major hits since his debut in the 90′s.
At our Hot Springs B&B, we love having bikers with stay with us during the Rally (or anytime), and we provide covered parking for the bikes. If you love all the action and rumble during the day, you’ll equally love our luxurious Hot Springs lodging with breathtaking views of Lake Hamilton, plus savor a long soak in your whirlpool tub.
We will pamper you upon arrival, and take good care of you all weekend. Call 866.525.6155 for reservations, or reserve online. A few great rooms are still available.
April 9th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Traveling from Texas to their destination elopement, Gail and Andy uniquely created a memorable wedding at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. In her beautiful gown, on a gorgeous spring afternoon, the two exchanged vows at the water’s edge of Lake Hamilton. Congratulations, Andy & Gail!
Their wedding was attended by her parents, and the maid of honor was their dog, Luna. Actually, Luna was referred to as the “Best Dog”. Love it! She wasn’t too wild about her lace booties, but the fancy white hat stayed on for a while.
Newlyweds Andy & Gail
The Best Dog
Custom Hourglass Sand Blessing
Stunning Groom & Bride
Starting your married life together is one of the most treasured days of your life! The cool thing about getting married at our Hot Springs wedding venue is our attention to detail, and desire to help your create the wedding of your dreams. Check out our many wedding photos, and give Tiffany or me (Kristie) a call at 866.525.6155.
April 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Beginning the second week in April, 225 pieces of magnificent multi-colored art glass created by Arkansas artist James Hayes will be installed and displayed at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs. Art plus nature – what a creative combination!
Hayes’ unique creations
James Hayes at work
The artist said, “I use nature, chance and my emotions as inspiration for my art glass.” He was born in Pine Bluff and owns the James Hayes Art Glass Company there. Hayes has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. including an invitation from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament.
I can’t wait to see the exhibit at the Gardens! It will be displayed outside and runs May 1-Sept. 30. If you love art and the outdoors, what a stunning exhibition this will be. Make plans to spend a few days in Hot Springs to visit the display and spend some time at the Inn. Just call us at 501.525-6155, or reserve online.
The artist said: “My art is playful, adventurous, colorful and distinctive. When I make something I always begin with the end in mind. However, during the glassmaking process the design can change.”
April 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
OK, I know quite often we talk about the advantages of staying at an inn or bed and breakfast over a hotel. There are just so many good reasons, but what about the incentives for weary business travelers? Some of our very favorite business travelers continue to stay with us again and again, and some so often they are considered part of the family. They come to the inn tired and leave refreshed.
View from Your Guest Room
Here are 10 Fabulous Reasons they say they continue to choose an inn over a hotel stay:
- Free wifi AND free parking
- Calm, serene lake views from every room
- Secure and Quiet Setting
- Late check-ins always accommodated
- Special weekday Corporate rates for business travelers
- Grab N Go breakfasts for really early departures
- Complimentary refreshments available 24/7
- A complimentary glass of wine awaiting the guest’s arrival
- Great beds
- Our own Rewards-for-Stays Program (ReST)
So, if you’re a business traveler and would consider making the switch from a hotel, give us a call @ 502.525.6155. Once you’re here you’ll be hooked and we hear you’ll never go back to the box hotels again.
March 18th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
March 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
As I make plans to visit Garvan Woodland Gardens to take in the magnificent array of tulips this month, I became curious about the origin of the beautiful flower. In fact, the story is very intriguing and is quite old.
125,000 Tulips Blooming
Tulips have been a favorite flower of spring gardens for generations. It is the national flower of Turkey and Iran and the floral emblem of Netherlands. The unusual shape and colors of tulips make them one of the most loved flowers on Earth. Because tulips bloom at the start of spring, they symbolize a new beginning.
The tulip originated in Turkey centuries ago and became a symbol of the Turkish Empire. The flower was introduced in Europe in the 16th century. It was then given the name “tulip”, which is the Persian name for “turban.”
In Netherlands in the 17th century, the tulip reached great popularity and was used as a form of currency. The phenomenon became known as “tulip mania” and was a symbol of affluence. The price of a single bulb soared. When the tulip market crashed, it devastated the Netherlands economy and was similar to the 1930s stock market crash in the U.S.
As you know, tulips come in an array of colors and each has a different meaning. All tulips are associated with perfect love, imagination, eternal life and fame. The dark velvet-like center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by passion. The array of bright colors is said to inspire imagination. The symbolism of each different color is significant:
- Red – perfect love and passion, a declaration of love
- Yellow – cheer, hope, joyfulness and sunshine
- White – heaven, purity and worthiness
- Purple – royalty and wealth
- Cream – eternal love
- Pink – happiness, confidence and affection
- Orange – happiness, energy, desire, warmth and enthusiasm, passion
The cheerful colorful tulips will begin to emerge about the first of March all over Arkansas and are in wide array in Hot Springs at Garvan Gardens. The Tulip Extravaganza, Hot Springs’ own “tulip manie” includes 125,000 tulips plus hyacinths; red, pink and white azaleas; and thousands of delicate dogwood blossoms.
The “Tulip Extravaganza” is definitely an unforgettable “must-see”. Make plans for a full day at the Gardens and plan to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn to complete your perfect spring getaway. For reservations, call 501.525.6155 for book online.
- Passionate Purple Tulips