A view of the inn waterfall and garden path

State Basketball Finals March 9th-11th Return to Hot Springs

February 14th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

arkansas state basketball finals Come see some of the best basketball players in the state of Arkansas play for the state title.  Hot Springs’ Bank of the Ozarks Arena will host the State Basketball Finals March 9th -11th.  All divisions, 1A – 7A, will play their final game at Bank of the Ozarks Arena.  The top two teams from the regional rounds will meet in Hot Springs to shoot for the title. 

 

 

Need a great place to stay while cheering on your favorite basketball player?  Although our rooms are filling quickly, we’d love to welcome you to the inn.  Check out our availability and book your room online

2017 World’s Shortest St. Pat’s Parade with Alfonso plus Clydesdales!

February 9th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

Alfonso RibeiroThe 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 is always a zany, hilarious blast! Come see the Alfonso Ribiero (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Dancing With the Stars, plus America’s Funniest Videos) as Grand Marshall! This parade is wild proof that Hot Springs does not take itself too seriously.

In addition to Alfonso, you’ll see the world-renowned Clydesdales sponsored by Express Employment Professionals as a new addition to the parade. Of course, returning are the Irish Elvis impersonators, green Irish wolfhounds, marching units such as Paddy O’Furniture, Irish belly dancers and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.Cheerleader at Hot Springs St. Patrick's Day Parade

Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said: “The Clydesdales will be pulling a beautiful custom-designed stagecoach, which will make their participation that much more thrilling for the 30,000 parade-goers. These magnificent animals will be a wonderful addition to what is already recognized as one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world.”

The Clydesdales are most famous for escorting William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their recent visit to North America. These Clydesdales are a rare black and white color and stand 17 to 18 hands high weighing more than 2,000 pounds. While this breed usually varies in different shades of bay, chestnut and black, only 10 percent of the Clydesdale population in North America is black and white.Leprechaun at Hot Springs parade

So, if you love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and you love Clydesdales, I guarantee you’ll love coming to our very famous and wacky parade. We’d love to have you celebrate with us at the Inn. Our beautiful rooms, most with balconies or patios, offer a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton. Each morning we prepare a gourmet breakfast including our own signature coffee, which we also sell in the gift shop. Each room is individually appointed, incredibly comfortable, restful and quiet.

Make reservations online early because we will have lots of extra guests in town for St. Patrick’s Day or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a very Irish getaway!

New Look for Hotel Rooms Overlooking Lake Hamilton

January 31st, 2017 by Ray Rosset

At Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, we are constantly making changes and updating guest experiences. The conversion of the former Possum Grape Queen Room to the Paris Queen Room is complete. And we are so delighted with the changes!  In case you don’t know, all of our rooms are names after towns in Arkansas. There really is a Paris, Arkansas.

Old Possum Grape Room:

Possum Grape Room

New Paris Room:
Paris Room

closeup of our Paris room at our hotel on Lake Hamilton

updated bathroom in one of our lake view rooms

In addition to the new Paris Room, the bathroom of the Birdsong room has been freshened with new floor and shower floor tiles, plus a beautiful granite vanity top.

Prior to Update:

original bathroom in the Birdsong room

Updated Birdsong Bathroom:

updated bathroom at our boutique hotel on Lake Hamilton

bathroom makeover

You are invited to come check out the changes. As Katie wrote in a recent Trip Advisor review, “We were the first to stay in Paris, and we LOVED it. With warm gray, black and white, and accents of red, it is the ultimate combination of comfort and sophistication. The bathroom was also renovated and includes a really nice deep soaker tub.” 

Reserve your room online or give us a call at 501-525-6155.  See you soon!

Two Fun February Events in Hot Springs

January 24th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

In addition to live horse racing and romantic getaways throughout the month of February, two different but entertaining events occur.

The Home & Garden Show showcases vendors with the very latest ideas and equipment for indoor and outdoor living. Some of the companies include landscaping, windows and doors, painting, cleaning, siding, electronics, lawn mowing, hot tubs, pools, energy savings and plumbing. Anyone interested in updating or changing indoor and outdoor spaces would enjoy time at the show.

treats from the Hot Springs Chocolate FestivalOn Feb. 5 the 13th Annual Chocolate Festival takes place at Embassy Suites. This event is a fundraiser benefitting Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic. It’s a day to indulge in decadent sweets for a very good cause. In addition to chocolate, the festival includes a silent auction and live entertainment. Sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy chocolate and contribute to a good cause. The lines are often long, so we recommend purchasing tickets prior to the event.

 Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is a great place to stay in Hot Springs for a weekend seeking home improvement ideas and eating lots of great chocolate. In the afternoon at the Inn, you’ll enjoy a reception including wine, tea and appetizers, and frequently we serve chocolate desserts.

Don’t miss out on this fun first weekend in February. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you with your plans. Check out our specials offered throughout February. 

Love Is In The Air Throughout February

January 17th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

chocolates and rosesLong stem roses, champagne, fine chocolates, couples massage… It is easy to romance your Love in Hot Springs while staying Lookout Point.  In addition to the luxury accommodations, you and “Your’s truly” will wake up to gourmet breakfast and then an innkeepers reception in the afternoon.  You can stay “inn” watching a movie, reading a book by the fire, or bird watching in the gardens. 

If you wish to venture out we will be happy to help reserve you a table at one of our favorite local restaurants.  While out for an evening head downtown for a horse drawn carriage ride to enjoy a one of kind historic downtown experience. Love in Hot Springs, AR

Throughout February, save $20 when you stay any two nights in February, and add the Inn the Mood Package (reg. $90, now $70 with this offer). Plus we’ll sprinkle fresh rose petals in your private bathroom. Use code LOVE17 when booking online. Just select your room, then add the Inn the Mood Package.  

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr in Hot Springs

January 11th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

Once again, we celebrate the birthday of one of our country’s great leaders, with the holiday on January 16. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly in his short life for the equality of all people, and he endeavored to complete his mission nonviolently. Martin Luther King Jr

I believe if Dr. King were still with us, he’d encourage us all to have hope, to work for peace and to pray diligently for our new president and our American leaders in government. One of my favorite quotes by Dr. King, which seems appropriate this year, is, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

I hope you will join me in taking time for reflection on MLK Day. Reflect on the amazing life of this outstanding man who contributed so much to our country, then begin to apply some of his ideals for peace and love in our lives.

In Hot Springs, we celebrate MLK Day with a Prayer Breakfast sponsored by our local NAACP 8 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. For more information, contact Elmer Beard at 501.624.6866. We’d love to have our out-of-town visitors join us at the breakfast.

We’d also like to invite you to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. Our Inn celebrates the lives and dignity of all people and believes that whenever we work together in this great nation, we can achieve astounding successes. If you’d like to stay at our inn overlooking Lake Hamilton, please make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you with travel plans.Martin Luther King Jr. Marching

Your Next Getaway: Holiday Recovery

January 4th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

holiday recoveryEach year, the holidays are filled with many gatherings. Though these range in size, are filled with great food and amazing fellowship with friends and family, the weeks of gatherings and shopping leave me feeling overwhelmed. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I leave the holidays feeling like I need to recharge.

The new year offers the opportunity to start fresh, rejuvenate. After the decorations are put away, I find that the perfect solution to a peaceful January is a change of pace. A relaxing getaway is a great option for giving you a much needed break.

Some of our best tips for recovering from the holidays are:

  • get great rest in a great bed, with soft sheets and sumptuous pillows
  • take time for you–a soaking bath or relaxing with a great view
  • give yourself time to reflect and refresh by taking a walk outside

At Lookout Point, we can help you with the best steps you need to create a relaxing getaway for you, or for you and your loved ones. Hot Springs National Park has a beautiful backdrop for holiday recovery, with quaint shops and hiking trails and lovely festivals. The Inn will be the perfect sanctuary for your rejuvenation, and you can reserve your stay online or call 501.515.6155 for more information.

We’re Off to the Races Starting January 13 in Hot Springs

December 21st, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Oaklawn Racing

Oaklawn Racing

There’s usually a lull after the holidays when all the lights are put away, the gifts exchanged and we’re contemplating-but-not-following a New Year’s diet. Not in Hot Springs! We’re gearing up for the exciting live thoroughbred racing season starting Jan. 13 at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming.

Racing season runs 3-5 days each week and culminates April 15 with the Arkansas Derby. Check out the schedule, and plan a visit to the races!

Thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn goes back more than a century, beginning in 1905. The crowd for the first race on Feb. 24, 1905, included 3,000 fans. It was such a big event that the Hot Springs mayor declared a half-day holiday for the city.

Last year, Oaklawn’s Arkansas Derby winner, Creator, also won Belmont Stakes. In 2015 American Pharoah won the Arkansas Derby before becoming the triple crown winner in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Oaklawn continues to be a grade 1 racetrack with the top horses in the country racing here.

Friends enjoying drinks at the Oaklawn Jockey Club

Fun at the OJC!

Every year our family and close friends plan several outings to Oaklawn. We enjoy watching the horse races from the Jockey Club indoors with delicious food, a comfortable atmosphere and a relaxed way to place bets on the horses. Viewing the horse races from the multi-story glass windows in addition to individual screens on each table, makes for a terrific day at Oaklawn.

Throughout January & February, you are invited to be our guests at the private Oaklawn Jockey Club, complimentary with a two-night stay at the inn.  Enjoy your own private table with video screen, great service, and awesome view from the elevated position of the Jockey Club. Appropriate attire required at the OJC, and we’ll fill you in with details before your trip.

Oaklawn Horse Races in Hot Springs, AR

Excitement at the rails

Enjoy a day at the races, then return to our cozy Hot Springs inn for relaxation in a beautiful setting on Lake Hamilton. Each unique room provides a view of the lake, most with either a balcony or patio. Our breakfasts are delightful and each of our luxury rooms offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort.

Each year the races bring in more and more visitors, so make your reservations early online. For reservations in January or February with admission to the Jockey Club, enter code OJC2017. Or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a weekend of excitement at the races.

 

Give a Gift of Love This Holiday Season

December 8th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

arkansas gift certificateImagine waking up in the morning to beautiful views of Lake Hamilton, with atmospheric fog in the early winter morning or the garden beginning to bloom in spring. You are well-rested, and you can smell fresh coffee and breakfast being prepared. There is no rush to be anywhere, so you grab a cup of coffee and sit on your balcony looking at the amazing view and listening to the birds chirping below.

This holiday season, you can give the gift of that perfect morning to your loved ones. With a gift certificate to Lookout Point, they can choose which dates would be right for them to enjoy an Arkansas getaway. The Inn provides pampering to all its guests, with gourmet breakfast and large whirlpool tubs, and Innkeepers who are excited to help you plan the perfect trip.

The spirit of the holidays is all about spending time with loved ones, making lasting memories and forging deeper connections. The peaceful atmosphere of our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is the perfect spot for you and your loved ones to continue that spirit after the holidays have ended.

To find our more information about our gift certificates, or get help planning a lovely getaway, call 501.525.6155. You can also purchase an arkansas gift certificate or reserve a your stay online.

Five Wonderful Winter Activities in Hot Springs, AR!

December 6th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

This little city of Hot Springs, and the surrounding area, never stops.  Each season offers spectacular activities, with winter no exception.  Wintertime is one of my favorite times in Arkansas, with the starkness of the trees, birdwatching, and exceptional hiking opportunities. Here’s a list of our top five winter experiences:

Male Cardinal in Hot Springs, AR

Male Cardinal

  1. Birdwatching.  A variety of birds and waterfowl spend their winters in Hot Springs.  Bald eagles, osprey, cormorands, coots, cardinals, tufted titmouse, juncos, chickadees, finches of all varieties, several types of woodpeckers, doves, and the list goes on.  Dozens of cardinals nest on our property, so you are guaranteed to see them at our feeders.  
  2. Garvan Woodland Gardens.  Throughout December, the Holiday Lights are a magical wonderland.  Although the gardens are closed in January, you’ll find great walks along blooming camelia trails and thousands of stunning daffodils during the month of February. 
  3. Bald Eagle Tours. Three nearby state parks offer tours via boat to see the wintering bald eagles. The tours, at Lake Ouachita, Lake Catherine and Lake DeGray State Parks require advance reservations. 

    Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa

    Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa

  4. Hiking. With cooler temps, no humidity, and few people on the trails, winter may be the very best time for outdoor enthusiasts.  With lots of hiking trails, from easy to challenging, we’ll provide suggestions and maps for our guests.  The Hot Springs National Park provides many hiking trails, plus the nearby state parks also have fabulous hikes.  
  5. Thermal Water Relaxation. When coming to the Spa City, a soak in the thermal waters may be just the prescription for removing aches and pains.  Check out the Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa, where you can spend an entire day soaking in pools of warm thermal water. 
  6. Oaklawn Thoroughbred Racing. Starting January 13, live horse racing returns to Oaklawn!  

Enjoy a great getaway to Hot Springs this winter! We’ll be happy to make activity suggestions for you, and we promise to have the fireplace roaring on chilly evenings so that you might snuggle with a cup of hot cocoa. To reserve your room, book online or call 501.525.6155.

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