July 2nd, 2015 by
Hot Springs National Park is known for a myriad of things–from art galleries and bathhouses to hiking trails and gorgeous gardens. But one of the gems in the city’s crown is the night life on Bathhouse Row.
Here are some of our favorite spots downtown:
- Superior Bathhouse Brewery – The brewery is perfect for starting your evening out. They have delicious appetizers (try the Buffalo Chicken Dip!) and craft beer made on site.
- The Ohio Club – Across the street from the brewery, this historic bar has great cheeseburgers and a wonderful atmosphere. Plus, there’s often live blues music.
- Maxine’s – This whiskey bar has a drink menu influenced by writers and movies, and it’s a long one. There are tasty drinks to be experienced, some outside seating for you to enjoy, and often live music for your entertainment.
- Copper Penny Pub – This is a very casual environment, with sports on the televisions and live music played by the front door. The pub fare is classic with a twist (there is tarragon in the Ranch dip, for example), and they have a good list of imported beers on the menu.
- Rolando’s Speakeasy – Step back in time and enjoy classic drinks and costumes. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.
If you would like to experience Hot Springs AR Nightlife, reserve a stay at Lookout Point. The Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon would be the perfect start to an evening on the town. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
June 25th, 2015 by
The newest trends for foodies everywhere to explore is food trucks. There are several in Hot Springs National Park that delight visitors–a few not far from the Inn–and the Farmers Market has decided to highlight these gems every Friday until October 31.
The lineup for the trucks will change a bit each month, but they are stationed for long hours in the market to cater to the lunch and dinner crowds downtown.
The food trucks being featured in Food Truck Friday Hot Springs AR this month are:
- Bionic Grasshopper, serving wraps, sandwiches, and salads.
- Flossie’s Funnel Cakes, offering carnival fare.
- Its Gud Fud, which partners with local farmers to feature gluten, chemical, and hormone-free areas, crepes, and salads.
- Kristina’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Fruit Smoothies, showcases locally grown fruits in freshly made products.
- LA Taco, serves up authentic Latin food creations.
- New Orleans Style Shaved Ice, cooling things down with a summer favorite and yummy flavors.
- Next Level Barbecue, a tasty summer treat.
- Solfood Catering, highlighting vegan goodness for the lunch crowd.
During the lunch crowd, from 11am-1pm, you can be entertained by Mike Fraz, a New Orleans jazz and blues artist. For those exploring during the 5-7:30pm dinner crowd, you can listen to the rock stylings of Two Lane Backdrop.
Food Truck Fridays: A Farm to Fender Event is designed to be family friendly, so bring your lawn chairs, family, friends, dogs on leashes, and bug spray. This is a series you will want to be a part of!
If you would like to add more gourmet food to your vacation menu, reserve your Arkansas getaway at Lookout Point. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
June 18th, 2015 by
In the news this month, Lookout Point had the good fortune to be featured in two different publications.
The Inn was recently featured on OnlyInYourState.com as one of the Top 26 B&Bs in Arkansas! In the article, our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is called “an exceptional inn of obvious distinction” and praised for its pampering and tranquility.
Our Hot Springs luxury lodging was also mentioned in South Texas Living, in their Visit Hot Springs, Arkansas issue. In addition to mentioning the wonderful hospitality found at the Inn, it also highlights the gorgeous sunset cruise with Captain Ray.
The article also features some of our guests’ favorite Hot Springs National Park highlights: Garvan Woodland Gardens, McClard’s Bar-B-Q, and Bleu Monkey Grill.
If you would like to experience the Inn’s hospitality (and gourmet breakfasts!), you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
June 17th, 2015 by
Different groups in Hot Springs take pride in providing fireworks displays to celebrate the July 4th birthday of America. Independence Day is such a patriotic holiday. People all around are dressed in red, white and blue and most are waving flags. Pockets of celebration throughout Hot Springs enjoy cookouts with hot dogs with all the fixings, and make homemade ice cream. We’re pretty much a Norman Rockwell painting covered in patriotism.
To top off the American holiday, three major fireworks displays take place throughout the weekend. They are:
• Magic Springs and Crystal Falls plans to celebrate all month with fireworks each Friday night in July – the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. The events will start about 8 to 8:30 p.m.
• Oaklawn Racing and Gaming hosts a Spa Blast beginning at 4 p.m. July 3 on the Infield at the Racetrack. The event is free and open to the public. It is family-friendly and includes a petting zoo for children. The fireworks start at dark.
• An impressive fireworks show takes place at dusk on July 4 across Highway 7 from the Super Duty Docks and Lift location directly across from the Clarion Hotel. This display is on Lake Hamilton and is a great celebration on the 4th. One of the best ways to see these fireworks is from the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat on their fireworks cruise.
At the Inn we also celebrate the birthday of America during the July 4th weekend. We’re a wonderful place to stay for the holiday. Our comfortable beds and quiet rooms provide a nice place to return to after a fun day in the water, at Garvan Gardens, at Magic Springs or cruising Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Our breakfasts are delicious, the view of Lake Hamilton is stunning and the friendly Inn staff is a treat for our guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for the July 4th weekend.
June 7th, 2015 by
This summer, you can enjoy a movie outside, in a family friendly atmosphere, for free! The new Movies at the Market series will be taking place on Thursday evenings at dark (though you can begin arriving around 6:30pm). It will remind you of the days when drive-in movies were popular.
The movies will be shown at the Hot Springs Historical Farmers Market downtown, and admission is free. You are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs, picnic baskets and ice chests, your children or pets (as long as the dogs are on leashes).
The summer movie line up is:
- June 11 – Frozen
- June 18 – Seabiscuit
- June 25 – The Goonies
- July 2 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
- July 9 – Grease
- July 16 – True Grit
- July 23 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
You can spend the day exploring the downtown area, stop at Rolandos for dinner and Fat Bottomed Girls Cupcakes for dessert, watch a movie at the market, and then finish the night relaxing in your luxurious bed at Lookout Point. It’s a perfect summer evening to share with your loved ones!
You can reserve your stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
May 25th, 2015 by
With Father’s Day coming June 21, there’s no better way to celebrate your ol’ Dad than treating him to a really good burger. In Hot Springs we have quite a few fabulous places to choose from. It all depends on how you like your burger.
Three of Ray’s favorite Hot Springs hamburger places are:
- The Ohio Club
- KJ’s Grill
- KJ’s Grill with Great Burgers
- Burger at Bubbalu’s
• BubbaLu’s Bodacious Burgers & Classy Dogs in Historic Downtown Hot Springs offers old fashioned burgers made from Black Angus beef. The name itself makes me stop and smile and so do the cheeseburgers and onion rings. I added a diet Coke, but I understand the malts and milkshakes are delicious. So, if you’re downtown cruising with your Dad, treat him to one of Hot Springs’ finest – a bodacious burger from BubbaLu’s.
• KJ’s out on Airport Road is my all –time favorite Hot Springs burger. The 1/2 –pound burger is a little ominous, but they are perfectly prepared and utterly delicious. Add fries or onion rings and I guarantee your dad will walk away having thoroughly enjoyed his Father’s Day treat. The desserts are also scrumptious, but there was no way I had room for dessert after a 1/2 –pound burger.
• The Ohio Club also in Historic Downtown Hot Springs offers several varieties of tasty burgers. The mushroom, Swiss burger was mouth-watering and the fries and onion rings completed the meal. The Ohio Club is the oldest bar in Arkansas and it is quite authentic. The food is great and the atmosphere is plenty of fun, with live music daily. The drinks from the famous bar are refreshing and go great with the burgers.
There are plenty of additional places to enjoy burgers in Hot Springs, but these are three of our favorites. They are all quite different in atmosphere, and the food in all three places is exceptional.
While celebrating Father’s Day, Dads would also enjoy staying at Lookout Point Inn. We offer gourmet breakfasts, our own custom ground coffee and lots of treats available throughout the Inn. There are lots of places to sit and watch birds, to enjoy a ride in our canoe on Lake Hamilton or to take a boat ride on the lake with Capt. Ray. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Father’s Day celebration.
May 19th, 2015 by
Remarkable summer vacations will commence within the next month for travelers that involve adventures, education, pure fun and great food. As travelers make plans for all the wonderful daytime activities, one way to make a vacation a trip to remember life-long, is to add a luxurious place to return to in the evening. Lookout Point Inn is one of those fabulous places to make memories.
Three terrific reasons to stay at a bed & breakfast is to have a place to come back not only to
- rest in luxury
- relax in beautiful surroundings,
- and to have a place that encourages great conversation.
Daily Innkeepers Reception
In the afternoon we serve refreshments of wine, tea and appetizers for our guests at 4 p.m. not only to give them time to relax and refresh but to encourage conversation and allow time for guests to meet one another if they choose.
At the Inn we have several gathering places for all our guests. Our very bright and cheery sun room has comfortable seating, tables for playing cards or board games and a great place to converse with your traveling partner or group and with others staying in the Inn.
Next to the sun room is the living room, a quieter, more intimate setting with leather couches and chairs, bookcases with exceptional books and a fireplace. This room is a perfect setting for quiet conversation and reading. Books written by authors who have stayed at the Inn reside in one of our bookcases. So, bring the book you’re reading, pick up one of the newspapers or choose one of our books to read while relaxing in the living room.
Owners Ray & Kristie enjoying the sun room
While both the sun room and living room are great places to gather, I also love to sit outdoors outside the sun room and spend time talking with other guests about their day’s adventures. Near the lake we have a labyrinth, benches, a swing, a hammock and the dock, all of which attract lots of guests and great conversation.
It’s a little different to plan a place to stay that encourages great conversation. However, some of the best ideas and plans our family has ever made have come about on our vacations. So, why not add the component of places for great conversation to your summer vacation plans?
Hot Springs has so many great adventures, educational opportunities, fun places to visit and fabulous places to eat; add a great place to stay at the Inn and your vacation will be complete. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help make reservations for you.
May 18th, 2015 by
Whether for health reasons or preference, an increasing number of folks are eating “gluten free”. Therefore, I’ve learned to cook gluten free and thought it would be a great idea to share what I’ve learned about gluten-free cooking with others.
So, our next Lookout Point Inn cooking class will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 16 at the Inn. We’ve had such a good time with our Cooking School.
Interactive Cooking School
Participants come by themselves, pair with a friend or spouse or organize a group to come. The class includes lunch, all of the recipes from the day, a gift and a sampler plate of the items made in class.
If you have gluten health issues or just want to cook with fresh ingredients and healthier, we encourage you to sign up for Gluten Free: Fresh and Delicious Class in our June Cooking School. The classes fill quickly, so give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll give you more information and get you signed up. Cost is $70 per person.
Make reservations to stay at the Inn while you’re in Hot Springs for the class and we’ll give you a discount for the Cooking School. The Inn is situated on beautiful Lake Hamilton. All of our rooms have a lake view, most with a lovely balcony or patio. Before class, we serve a delicious breakfast for our guests and then we’re off to a day of learning to cook gluten free. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help with reserving the right room for you. Our classes are all hands on,so participants truly learn to prepare the recipes, not just watch an instructor cook. This new Gluten Free class is an opportunity that’s offered just once this year. Don’t miss your chance to learn more about the effects of gluten and to begin to look at cooking differently.
May 14th, 2015 by
Each year, the Magic Springs & Crystal Falls theme park brings in a list of talented artists to liven up the summer. Starting on May 30th, the concert series will kick off again at the Timberwood Ampitheater
The Magic Springs Concerts 2015 kicks off with Randy Houser. It includes Newsboys, Family Force 5, Lecrae, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Charlie Daniels Band, Bret Michaels, and many more. Until the last performance on August 15, you can experience music from different acts every weekend all summer. There’s a little bit of everything for all the loved ones in your life.
The concert series has a little bit of everything, bringing people together. When you attend the concert, you gather in front of the stage on the lawn, relaxing on chairs or blankets that you brought. Before the concert begins, you can enjoy the rides in the diverse amusement park, and try out all the slides in the water park.
While you are in town enjoying the concerts, stay at Lookout Point. You can relax in your luxurious bed, eat a gourmet breakfast in the morning, and experience the hospitality of the Innkeepers at the afternoon reception. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
May 12th, 2015 by
For me, music calms my soul, clears my mind and rejuvenates my heart. So, when the annual Hot Springs Music Festival comes along each year, I look forward to listening to some great music in interesting venues. We are also honored to be sponsors of the Festival again this year.
This is the 20th season for the Festival, May 31-June 13, and includes celebrating the joy of classical music in a multitude of venues with very talented musicians from around t he world. This is one of my favorite music events in Hot Springs. I look forward to it every year!
This Festival is quite unique in purpose and is two-fold in its mission. The Festival provides performance experience and mentorship opportunities for especially talented international pre-professional musicians and it provides high-quality music performances and performing art-related activities at reasonable cost to residents of and visitors to Arkansas and the Hot Springs community. For more information go online to hotmusic.org.
Patrons of the Festival can come for the entire two weeks and purchase a Festival Pass or attend as many individual events as desired. All of the rehearsals are free and open to the public. The venues are as varied as the Opening Fanfare at the Arlington Hotel with the Festival Brass Ensemble to the Festival Symphony Orchestra performing at the Oaklawn School for Visual and Performing Arts. There is even music at the Farmers Market on two Saturdays.
Some of the Orchestral Highlights include:
• Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919)
• Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2 Menuet Antique
Pavane for a Dead Princess
• Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
• Haydn Symphony No 102
• Rossini La scala di seta Overture
• Chabrier Espana
I hope I have enticed you to come for all or part of the Music Festival. It is delightful in scope, venue and quality of performances. While you’re in Hot Springs for the
Lake Hamilton views from every room
Festival, we encourage you to finish out your experience by staying with us at Lookout Point Inn. We have lovely rooms, scrumptious breakfasts, views of Lake Hamilton from each room – most with balconies or patios and wonderful guests to share your Hot Springs Music Festival experiences with.
Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your music adventure.