A view of the inn waterfall and garden path

Love Is In The Air Throughout February

January 17th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

Long 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. 

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.

Celebrate Christmas With Live Theater in Arkansas

December 3rd, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Lookout Point ChristmasWith the Inn decked out for the holidays, we are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit! One of our favorite things about this time of year is taking time to enjoy holiday performances with friends and family. For the next few weeks, there are two plays guaranteed to remind you of the spirit of the holiday, of the important relationships and connections in your life.

At the Pocket Theatre just a few minutes from the Inn, It’s a Wonderful Life will be performed by local actors. As one of the most well-known and loved movies of all time, this play will remind you of the importance of family and community, just as the events in the play convince George Bailey of the wonder of his own life. It’s the perfect play for the lovely community of Hot Springs National Park, and it will be performed as live theater for the next two weekends. You can find out more about the schedule and tickets, on the Pocket Theatre website.

Christmas Story live theaterFrom now until December 26, you can watch another classic performed at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre–A Christmas Story. The play will cast a nostalgic eye upon one of your favorite holiday films, complete with a leg-shaped lamp and a pink bunny suit. There will be plenty of laughs for you, your friends, and your family. Find out more about performance, including tickets, on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre website.

If you would like to plan a holiday getaway, we would love to help! You can stay at Lookout Point, begin each day with gorgeous views and a gourmet breakfast, and enjoy the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon before going to see a live theater performance. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving From Your Friends at Lookout Point

November 24th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

From all of us at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, we genuinely send greetings to you and yours for a Thanksgiving week filled with love and gratitude.  Whether you are surrounded with a rambunctious family, or spending a quiet holiday alone, we wish you all the very best.

Here at the inn, we are especially grateful for:Baby feet

  • a new baby boy, Axel, born this month into our staff family to long-time employee Rufina
  • our truly kind and wonderful guests, who create a joyful place to work
  • the beauty of nature in our stunning gardens, along with the variety of birds and waterfowl.  The bald eagles returned this week, too!
  • good health, and a team who truly cares for each other when good health does not always reign
  • the promising future of baby Kameron (former Innkeeper Annalee’s baby), who lived through devastating disease this year. His family moved to North Carolina for a complicated, rare surgery for Kameron, and the news is hopeful!

It would be a joy to welcome you to the inn soon.  Winter is a spectacular time to visit Hot Springs, especially the month of December with gazillions of lights throughout town.  jingle-pups

Those of us who are dog lovers are grateful for the unconditional love of our pets.  Consider bringing your pup to Jingle Dogs Pup Parade at Garvan Gardens on December 5 at 5pm.  Your pup can visit Santa and even get a photo taken.  Our rescue dog Otto (lab/great dane) may have to miss this event, however. My guess is the parade really wants “well-behaved” dogs.

We have a great special offer for December, so if you can get away to Hot Springs, we would be ever so grateful to welcome you!

Top 4 Hot Springs Holiday Concerts 2016

November 21st, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Music fills the air in November and December in Hot Springs with concerts all over town. The concerts range from big band to string ensembles to handbells to women’s barbershop chorus to flutes and more! We start celebrating before Thanksgiving and keep the music going until Christmas.

With so many opportunities to get into the holiday spirit, plan a trip to Hot Springs in order to get into a peaceful and grateful frame of mind!

The Hot Springs top holiday concerts venues include:

  1. The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens hosts 15 concerts this season! A glorious setting to put you in the Christmas spirit, brings glorious music. One of our favorites is the Muses “Voices of Angels” Concert, with Lookout Point a sponsor for the event. For a full listing, visit Garvangardens.org.
  2. Five Star Dinner Theatre dinner presents Five Star Christmas Shows with dinner starting at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 16-18 and 22-23. Call 501.318.1600 for more information.
  3. Christmastime in Arkansas LIVE featuring Ned Perme and the Ned Perme Band, Buddy Jewell, Frank Byers, Heather Hoyt, Steve McCann and Anne Benoit and the Rock Solid Band at 7 p.m. at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, and sell out quickly.
  4. Holiday in the Park, an annual holiday musical event sponsored by National Park Community College, Fun City Chorus and several local school choirs, takes place 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The entrance fee is two non-perishable food items–what a wonderful deal.

With all the holiday festivities, we’d love to have you come and stay with us at the Inn during the holidays. The Inn is decorated and festive and a wonderful place to stay after a day of holiday fun. You’ll find hot chocolate, tea and coffee available and a wonderful afternoon gathering including wine, tea and holiday goodies. Make reservations soon, we are already beginning to fill for the holidays. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Hot Springs Holiday Adventure.

Experience Garvan Gardens Holiday Lights in Hot Springs

November 10th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Garvan Gardens Holiday LightsWith Halloween in the rearview mirror, we can’t help but look forward to the holiday season on the horizon. One of our favorite things about the holidays in Hot Springs, AR is the giant, gorgeous light display at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Year-round, Garvan Gardens is 17 acres of beautiful blooms that showcase the natural beauty Arkansas is best known for. During the holiday season those 17 acres transform into over 4 million brilliant bulbs. Around each corner you can see a different vignette, from archways that are perfect for a quick holiday photo to a train for kids to play on to a gingerbread house you can walk through. You can make the trip as long or as short as you would like, wander through the acres at your own leisurely pace.

Located only a few minutes from Lookout Point, the Garvan Gardens holiday lights are a wonderful way to celebrate the joy and beauty of the holiday season. Each night, starting on November 19, the lights will be on display from noon to 9pm. Complimentary hot chocolate in included, so make the trip before the lights fade for the year on December 31!

If you would like to experience the holiday lights for yourself, stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast! There are gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, gourmet breakfast, and tranquility waiting for you. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

To see more of fall foliage and outdoors that Hot Springs National Park has to offer, try our Fall Foliage Package. (It includes tickets to see the beautiful botanical gardens, too!) You can also find our more about admissions to the holiday lights and the hours on the Garvan Woodland Gardens website.

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