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Tiptoe Through Hot Springs Tulips :: Arkansas Spring Getaway

February 22nd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Garvan Gardens

Garvan Gardens Tulips

The Hot Springs Tulips will be blossoming soon and we are excited! With so many garden events at Garvan Woodland Gardens throughout the year that I love to attend that it’s hard to pick my all-time favorite. But, if I did I think it would be Tulip Extravaganza March 22-April 19. The schedule of when the tulips bloom and the colors of the multitude of varieties really make me stop and ponder the intricacies of planning for all the beautiful flowers that come up in the Gardens. No matter how often I go during the season the tulips are stunning.

According to Bob Byers, associate executive director at the Gardens, “Dressed in all the colors of the rainbow, tulips are deservedly an emblem of the return of the sun and it’s hard to beat 138,000 of them.” He said garden favorites are:
• Ollioules (lavender pink with white edge)
• Daydream (orange and yellow)
• Red Impression that are the mainstays along Woodland Walk this year

Garvan Gardens is such a treasure in Hot Springs. Its peaceful, beautiful landscaping including seasonal flowers, special exhibits and exquisite walkways throughout the gardens is world-class. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the splendor and serenity exhibited there.

 

I hope I’ve convinced you to plan a getaway to Hot Springs to enjoy the beauty of the tulips in early spring. While you’re in town we’d also like to convince you to stay with us at our lovely Arkansas bed and breakfast inn on Lake Hamilton. Our garden flowers are beginning to peak through and we have benches, swings, hammocks and a labyrinth with the beauty of Lake Hamilton awaiting your arrival. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan the perfect spring fling.

Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade :: Hot Springs Fun

February 19th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Officially known as the First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this wildly fun and crazy event meets NASCAR next month. Mark Martin, NASCAR legend, has agreed to be the 2015 Grand Marshall. He’ll bring his famous No. 01 U.S. Army race car, on display for two days at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The parade begins at 6:30pm on March 17, however you’ll want to get there early for a good vantage spot. Since the parade is only 98 feet long–the entire length of Bridge Street–it’s a hoot to watch band members start playing at the beginning of Bridge Street and then stop at the end.

At the parade you’ll see Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, Elvis impersonators, marching Irish wolfhounds, bands, floats, and all sorts of odd and goofy groups. Following the parade, the Swon Brothers perform a free outdoor concert.

This parade provides a perfectly fun setting to wear your green and celebrate with 30,000 “Irish” friends. We’d love to welcome you to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast, and we’ll gladly provide best tips for parking and viewing the parade.

Intimate Lakeside Weddings in Arkansas

February 17th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Engagement photos

Just engaged!

If you are one of the many couples who recently became engaged this Valentine’s, you are beginning to make plans for your wedding day. I invite you to picture a different image for your wedding. Rather than spending $25,000 (an average price tag for a typical wedding) and reeling from the stress of the event, you might want to consider a beautiful alternative.

Picture this:

  •  a stress free day, with the details handled by a professional wedding coordinator and customized for you
  • you are surrounded by your closest friends and family–a small, intimate group that loves you
  • you get married in a beautiful garden at the lakeside, with Mother Nature providing the music and backdrop
  • save tens of thousands of dollars! You can put that money towards a home, or education, or simply avoid going into debt.
  • perhaps you might want to elope, and then have a reception back at home. This option also saves lots of money, but you still have the big party with all your friends and extended family.

At our extraordinary Hot Springs wedding venue, you’ll receive our total attention and professional services. We offer a variety of wedding packages, from a simple elopement to the extraordinary Diamond Wedding Package. Our specialty is weddings for up to 25 persons. This is a fabulous alternative to production-style weddings.

To speak to our wedding coordinator, give us a call at 501.525.6155. Or submit a request for proposal, and we’ll get back with you quickly.

Congratulations to all engaged couples planning a wedding!

 

Mid-America Science Museum Re-Opening in Hot Springs AR

February 17th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

museum hot springs arAs you plan your Spring Break Getaway, you might want to include a trip to a jewel of Hot Springs AR: Mid-America Science Museum. A true one of a kind, the museum promotes interactive learning for people of all ages.

For the past few months, the museum has undergone renovations to create even more dynamic exhibits for visitors and locals alike. There will be a Marvelous Motion Gallery, for example, that shows natural marvels–like kinetic energy, gravity, and wave motion. You’ll be able to explore things unique to Arkansas, learn more about light, and discover more about energy and rhythm.

There are so many exhibits planned for the re-opening, including a new dome theater for an array of shows, but the one that is pictured to right is sure to provide enjoyment; the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk extends into the forest canopy surrounding the museum, taking advantage of the natural wonders to provide more hands-on learning opportunities.

The Mid-America Science Museum has always been a perfect stop during a family getaway, but when it opens the doors again on March 7, it is sure to please everyone who visits Hot Springs National Park.

When you are planning your vacation, stay at our Hot Springs AR bed & breakfast. Lookout Point is the perfect spot to relax, canoe on Lake Hamilton, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Daffodil Days Herald Spring in Hot Springs, AR!

February 6th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Daffodil Days are Upon Us!

The very first daffodil bloom of the season makes my heart skip a Daffodil Gardensbeat with excitement and a sense of renewal. I love the stark beauty and quiet of winter, yet that bright yellow bloom gets me thinking about all the good things to come! We’re lucky here in the south, with our early blooms! My first jonquil sprung forth in bloom on January 30 this year.

The Daffodil Days at Garvan Gardens has become a tradition and begins February 15 and continues through March 15. With more than 220 varieties of daffodils in bloom, a stroll through the gardens delights the senses.

Daffodils are the perfect southern spring bulb, in my opinion. These beauties are hardy, bloom and spread each year, plus deer are averse to these flowers. Give yourself a treat and come for a visit to our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast, and the Garvan Gardens! We’d love to welcome you.

Spring Break Getaway in Hot Springs AR

February 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Spring Flowers Hot Springs ARSpring is a time of renewal–with blossoming flowers, green leaves, and an optimistic spirit. Hot Springs National Park is the perfect retreat to enjoy the beautiful season.

The first stop for you on your trip should be Garvan Gardens. The gardens have gorgeous botanical landscapes for you to explore and enjoy on a Spring afternoon. For those that prefer hiking, Hot Springs has many trails to offer. One of our guests’ favorites is at Lake Catherine State Park; it has four different trails for you to choose from, in varying lengths. The great feature of Lake Catherine, other than beautiful views of the lake, is the Falls Branch Waterfall that can be seen from some of the trails.

Next, you should plan for a day digging crystals at Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mine. Spend an afternoon digging at this mine to unearth the possibility of taking home a unique, and beautiful, souvenir. Plus, you can always add an element of adventure by taking advantage of the new zip-lining attraction at Ron Coleman’s as well!

For an evening treat, you should visit Maxwell Blade’s Magic Theater downtown. The show will dazzle people of all ages, and have you laughing as well! For a special treat, try eating Cuban/Ecuadorian food at Rolando’s or authentic Mexican food at Vina Morita before attending the show.

Spring Break trips fill up fast at Lookout Point, and not just because we have a canoe that’s always waiting for an adventure. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast before your adventures each day and rest in a luxurious bed in the evening, all while looking at a breathtaking view of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your Hot Springs AR Spring Break online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to See Bald Eagles in Arkansas

January 25th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

One Saturday morning about 8 a.m. before the first guests arrived for breakfast there was quite a ruckus on the lake from the dining room windows. The water was perfectly calm except for a pretty serious wave rolling to the east about 40 feet wide. A large flock of ducks was tightly huddled and moving quickly together as one body.Bald Eagle - Hot Springs, AR

The reason for their distress was two bald eagles that were swooping in towards them looking for their breakfast. It was quite a spectacle and lasted for only a few minutes before the eagles flew off. There wasn’t even time to get a camera before the eagles had left looking for easier prey.

January and February are bald eagle watching time on the area lakes in Hot Springs. No matter how many times I see an eagle they always take my breath away, and all work stops. With a wing-span of up to 8 feet, they weigh between 9-12 pounds with a length of 35-40 inches. It’s a majestic sight to see one soaring!

One morning at home I looked out to spy two bald eagles that spent most of the day feasting on an animal carcass by the edge of the water. These two eagles took turns at the feast, with lesser birds of prey hovering and hoping for a turn.

According to wild-bird-watching.com, suggestions for embarking on an eagle watching expedition include:

• Get out early. The best time to see one is when the temperature is rising during mid-to late morning

• Stay behind a blind. A tree or a car acts as a blind. People walking around or towards a perched eagle will chase it off its roost. (Note: “our” eagles don’t seem to mind our dog running around!)

• Look near the waterways. Eagles stay about ¾ of the way up trees while fishing from the banks.

• Look into a guided tour in the area.

• Report any nest sightings. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission monitors all eagle nests in the state as part of nationwide conservation efforts.

• Be mindful of the law. Possession of an eagle feather or other body part is a felony with a fine of up to $10,000.

In Hot Springs, eagle watching tours are scheduled on the area lakes. Lake Ouachita has bald eagle tours scheduled for Jan. 25 and 31. For more information or reservations call 501.767.9366. Lake DeGray (501.865.5850) in Bismark has multiple tours scheduled for Jan. 23-25.

At Lookout Point Inn we’d love to have you come to watch for bald eagles and stay with us at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast. We are situated on Lake Hamilton and all of our rooms have a view of the lake. So depending on the flight pattern of the eagles, you might just catch a glimpse of these splendid birds from your patio or balcony.

 

Hot Springs, AR Chocolate Festival

January 18th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Chocolate Festival - Hot SpringsThe tastiest fundraiser in Hot Springs, AR is back on Feb. 1, 2015! All proceeds from the Chocolate Festival go towards the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic, which provides healthcare for those in need.

This decadent event takes place at Embassy Suites every year, and it involves much more than just tasty treats. While guests walk around enjoying the chocolate provided, there is also a silent auction filled with great prizes and live entertainment.

Guests at the Inn are very aware of how much we love chocolate. (Chocolate Covered Wednesdays make that obvious indeed!) Each year, we look forward to this festival in Spa City, and we would love to share the experience with our guests.

While you enjoy this delicious fundraiser in town, stay at Lookout Point. You can indulge your sweet tooth during the afternoon, relax in a luxurious bed that evening, and enjoy a gourmet breakfast the next morning! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Admissions for the event are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You can contact the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic for more details on the event at (501) 318-1153.

Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey

January 13th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

We are fortunate to have many local artists in Hot Springs and one we continually hear about is Linda Williams Palmer. Linda is known for her photographs and color pencil drawings of the “Champion” trees in Arkansas. The Arkansas Forestry Commission has designated more than 125 Arkansas trees as “Champions,” which means they are the largest of their species in the state. Arkansas is known as the Natural State and part of the beauty throughout the area can be seen in the majestic trees.

Palmer currently has an exhibit “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey” at the Hot Springs National Park Cultural Center in the Ozark Bathhouse in Historic Downtown Hot Springs through August 2015. The exhibit features large and detailed drawings and documentary photographs of 18 champion trees. This is one incredible exhibit not to be missed.

The “Champion” trees are located throughout Arkansas and Hot Springs is fortunate to have five local trees designated as “Champions.” The Hot Springs trees are American Basswood, Serviceberry, Sourwood, Magnolia Umbrella and Horse Chestnut. They are situated in different sites around the city. The exact locations of the champion trees may be found at the Arkansas Forestry website.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network featured the champion trees and Palmer’s artwork in an original 60-minute documentary. The documentary was recognized with several awards including an Emmy for Best Cultural Documentary and Best Cinematography in the 2014 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Exhibit curator Barbara Satterfield of Conway said the exhibit includes anecdotes and stories to encourage multi-generational conversations. She said, “The goal is to bring people together to enjoy Arkansas’ greatest natural resources – its land and its people.”

Making a trip to Hot Springs to see the “Champion Trees” exhibit would make a great weekend getaway. Hot Springs is home to several outstanding art galleries in the downtown area. The first Friday of each month Gallery Walk takes place and the local galleries stay open from 5-9 p.m. and serve wine and appetizers. So, the combination of the new exhibit along with Gallery Walk would make a great cultural arts weekend.

And, while in town, we’d love to have you stay with us at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast. We have a beautiful Inn where all rooms include a view of picturesque Lake Hamilton. Our rooms are incredibly comfortable and our breakfasts are delicious – the best in Hot Springs. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you with reservations and information on the fabulous new “Champion Trees” art exhibit.

Celebrate Valentine’s Love in Hot Springs

January 11th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — Victor Hugo

The month of February reminds us to share that greatest happiness with the one who loves us just as we are. Romantic Getaway in Hot Springs, AR

“Indulge Each Other” with our new package created for you and your Valentine! This sweet package is available throughout the month of February–why limit the fun to just one weekend of the month?

In addition to all the great pampering and amenities of our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast, The “Indulge Each Other” Valentine’s package features:

  • A relaxing 50-minute couples massage
  • Our custom spa basket for enjoying your whirlpool tub
  • Fine French sparkling wine with souvenir champagne flutes in your room upon arrival
  • Of course, chocolate! One half dozen chocolate covered strawberries freshly prepared for you.

We have a few rooms available for Valentine’s Weekend, however anytime in February is the right time to celebrate your love. Nothing says I adore you more than planning a getaway for just the two of you.

To reserve your “Indulge Each Other” package (only $319 in addition to your room), give us a call at 501-525-6155 or reserve online.

 

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