A view of the inn waterfall and garden path

Spa City Summer Fest 2016: JazzFest and Blues Festival

August 25th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Spa City Summer FestThe Spa City Summer Fest will be combining two unstoppable musical forces this Labor Day–Jazz and Blues. For one weekend, you can experience two very different, active genres with a schedule that will excite and dazzle you.

Sensing that the Hot Springs Jazz Society and the Hot Springs Blues Society complement each other, they decided to join forces to celebrate the 25th Hot Springs Jazz Festival and the 20th Hot Springs Blues Festival at one time. The Jazz Festival will take place from Aug. 31 to Sept.4, while the Blues Festival will be running during the weekend from Sept. 3-4.

Although it is not the first time these two festivals have joined forces, they did work together to create a schedule that would appeal to both of their audiences. They are especially excited for Saturday’s programming, which will have both jazz and blues music playing downtown from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

As you plan your Labor Day getaway, plan to visit the Spa City Summer Fest. You can stay at Lookout Point, where you will have gorgeous views of  Lake Hamilton and gourmet breakfast every morning. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We’d love to help you plan your vacation!

For the most updated listing of artists for the Blues Festival or more JazzFest details, be sure to check out their websites.

 

8 Reasons for Dallas Couples To Plan a Fall Wedding at This Arkansas Inn!

August 24th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

It’s close! Our Hot Springs, Arkansas wedding venue is a just short, easy drive from the Dallas area, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away.

It’s one-of-a-kind! Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is the most gorgeous setting, featuring stunning lake views and beautifully landscaped gardens. Choose your favorite from three unique ceremony sites: on the peaceful labyrinth, under the shady canopy of our whimsical crepe myrtles, or in front of a wide open backdrop of lake and sky.

It’s relaxing! Wake up on your wedding day feeling refreshed and renewed from a great night’s sleep on your luxury bed. Start the day with a delicious gourmet breakfast and our fresh ground coffee – you don’t even have to get out of your ultra-comfy Lookout Point robe, or your room for that matter!

It’s fun! When your wedding guests have gone, start exploring a great honeymoon destination without having to pack up again or board a plane. Hot Springs has tons of honeymoon-worthy activities to offer, from spas, museums and art galleries to boating, hiking and zip-lining. Don’t be surprised, though, if you spend the entire honeymoon in our waterfront hammocks.

It’s cool! We’ll soon be welcoming lower temperatures and less humidity. It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor weddings. Plus, who doesn’t love falling leaves and gorgeous colors decorating the landscape!

It’s easy! From helping you select the perfect wedding package to setting up and cleaning up on your special day, we do the work for you. As an experienced coordinator, I’ll assist you every step of the way, for a stress-free wedding experience. We are also your full concierge during your stay – dinner reservations, spa appointments, fun activities – we’ll handle them all so you can relax.

It’s meaningful! Choosing an intimate wedding at our luxury bed and breakfast inn affords you the priceless opportunity to enjoy moments with each of your most cherished friends and family. An elopement with only you and your sweetheart is also a great alternative to a traditional large wedding.  If you want to focus on what matters on this most important day – Lookout Point is the place to do it!

It’s yours! You don’t have to forego all the fun personalizing just because you’re choosing a shorter guest list. Our customizable Diamond and Emerald wedding packages allow you to make it your own with options for the ceremony, flowers, cake, décor, music and delicious food. I’ll use your inspiration to coordinate all the details of the memorable wedding you envision. If you want to keep things super simple, the Sapphire wedding or elopement is perfect for you!

We’re booking fall weddings now! Give us a call to reserve your very special wedding, 501.525.6155, or e-mail weddings@lookoutpointinn.com for more details.

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Lake Catherine State Park: Summer Day Trips

August 21st, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Lake Catherine hikingLake Catherine is the smallest of our three area lakes near Hot Springs and is the least crowded, and one of the true gems in our area. It is easy to make a day of fun spending time hiking at Lake Catherine State Park, lunching on Lake Catherine in Diamondhead and spending the afternoon among the trails and beautiful flowers at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Since the mornings are a little cooler, starting your day early at Lake Catherine State Park for an early hike on one of the four lovely hiking trails is a great way to kick off a day of fun enjoying the beauty of the area. The four hiking trails are:

  1. Slunger Creek Nature Trail, 5/8 mile for hikers of all levels
  2. Dam Mountain Trail, 4 miles, moderate difficulty with streams and cascades
  3. Horseshoe Mountain Trail, 3 ½ miles, moderate difficulty with scenic vistas
  4. Falls Branch Trail, 2 miles, moderate difficulty with a waterfall

Lake Catherine State ParkAfter a morning of hiking at the state park, visitors can leave and go a couple of miles down the road to the newly opened Eagles Point Grill & Marina in Diamondhead (pictured here). The marina café is situated on Lake Catherine with lake views and tables on the deck. The food is delicious with one of the specialties being fresh shrimp flown in each day. The hamburgers are also scrumptious and notoriously large. Appetizers include fried mushrooms, stuffed jalapenos, quesadillas, fried pickles, loaded fries and Zydeco shrimp. There’s much more on the menu. The restaurant is the perfect stop to rest, enjoy the lake and replenish with great food.

From Diamondhead it’s only a short drive to the world-class Garvan Gardens. The Gardens are beautiful all year, but they are fun to visit in the summer with blooming annuals and perennials especially colorful this time of year. Be sure and take your camera, water bottle and comfortable shoes because there are about 5 miles of walking trails. The Chipmunk Café in the gardens is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy a cold drink and snack. Special events are going on throughout the summer and are enjoyable to plan a visit around.

Lookout Point Inn is a short distance from Lake Catherine and a relaxing place to return to after a day of hiking and fun. We have snacks and cold drinks waiting in our snack bar and a delicious afternoon gathering with dessert, appetizer, tea and wine. Our rooms are beautiful and incredibly comfortable. Most rooms have a patio or balcony to enjoy during the day and evening. Make reservations for the Inn online or by calling 501.525.6155.

Boating on a Beautiful Hot Springs AR Lake

August 4th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

boat tour 2015Grab your swimsuit, sunscreen, toys and goggles and spend some time in the water this summer. The number one pastime in Hot Springs during the summer months is boating. The water has warmed in our area lakes; lots of boats, skis, wakeboards, tubes and blow-up floats are popping up everywhere on the water. Boating is certainly popular and it’s so much fun.

We spent last night with good friends on our boat. We stopped for a swim and to float around, then we had our supper on the boat and swam some more. Nothing can beat spending quality time with family and friends in the water.
If you don’t own a boat, that is no problem in Hot Springs. We have lots of places to rent boats, skis, tubes, kneeboards, life vests and stand up paddle boards. There are rental places on Lakes Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita. Some of the rental places are:

  • Sunset Cruise Hot Springs ARAqua Fun Boat Rentals on Lake Ouachita
  • Gregg Orr Marine on Lake Hamilton
  • Kahuna Bay Boat Rental & Marina on Lake Hamilton
  • Lake Catherine State Park on Lake Catherine
  • Long Island Lake Resort on Lake Hamilton
  • Paradise Cove on Lake Hamilton
  • Salty Dog Boating Center on Lake Hamilton

For our guests at the Inn we also have boating choices. One of our most popular summer boating outings is with Captain Ray. He offers 90-minute boat tours of Lake Hamilton that include stories of the history of the lake. They are usually from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Capt. Ray also offers private sunset boat tours for two on the Lookout Point pontoon. Kayaks are also available for rental for up to four hours or for a full day. The single person kayaks are easy to maneuver and lots of fun. Our canoes are also popular to use year ‘round but especially in the warm months. For reservations for a boating outing call the Inn at 501.525.6155 or reserve after checking in.

Why not plan a super fun boating vacation in Hot Springs and stay with us at the Inn? We are situated on beautiful Lake Hamilton with stunning views of the lake from each of our rooms. Most rooms have covered balconies or patios and are perfect for outdoor fun. Reservations fill quickly, so give us a call at 501.525.6155 or make reservations online for a fun-filled summer getaway including lake activities. We’ll help you plan your trip!

Check Out the Hot Springs AR Art Scene

July 22nd, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Art abounds in Hot Springs from so many different venues. The atmosphere in Hot Springs is conducive to inspiring quite a few local artists. The medium varies but the art and galleries are quite impressive.

Favorite Local Artists:

 

Family enjoying art from a Hot Springs, AR art galleryOne of our favorite local artists, Robin Young, is not hard to find. Robin is one of our fabulous innkeepers at Lookout Point and her art is displayed prominently down the hallway on the first floor. How inspiring for all of us at the Inn to work with Robin and be able to enjoy her artwork every day. She has watercolors of animals, children, nature and local well know Hot Springs subjects, all of which are for sale. Robin owned an art gallery outside of Washington D.C. and has a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Another of my favorite local artists is Alison Parsons. Alison uses whimsy in her animated paintings saturated with bold color. We have a few of her pieces at our Hot Springs inn and she owns Alison Parsons Gallery in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Her paintings can be found throughout the world and her creativity is certainly a treasure for Hot Springs.

Richard Stephens is another of my favorite local artists. His work is featured in several of the galleries downtown. We have a couple of his pieces in the Inn and get lots of ooohs and aaahs over them. According to his website, “Although recognized for his landscape, architectural and figurative work Stephens feels the real subjects of most of his paintings are his brushwork and the light he tries to capture and amplify through value contrast and an unexpected color palette.

For the size of Hot Springs, we are blessed with quite a few local art galleries. Most of the galleries are situated in the same area of Hot Springs and are fun to browse from gallery to gallery and enjoy some time taking in some of the local artistic talent.

On the first Friday of each month the galleries offer Gallery Walk. The art galleries stay open in the evening from 5-9 p.m. and serve wine, tea, lemonade and appetizers. Gallery Walk brings in visitors to our area and is an enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening.

We’d love to have you stay with us at the Inn and to help you organize a Hot Springs art getaway. Guests can start at the Inn by talking with Robin about her work and about art and artists in the area. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous weekend exploring the Hot Springs AR Art Scene.

Catch the Big One (Al) on Hot Springs’ Lakes

June 28th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Lake Hamilton from our Hot Springs, AR inn

View from Lookout Point Inn

In the great state of Arkansas, many people love to fish. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and kids enjoy spending time on the lakes fishing. Each year our city has a Fishing Challenge on Lakes Hamilton and Catherine with cash awards totaling $86,000! The biggest award goes to the angler who catches Big Al. He hasn’t been caught in the last four years and he’s worth $10,000!

Eight prize fish totaling $7,500 in prize money have been caught so far this summer.

Hot Springs fishing

Why not plan a trip to Hot Springs and try fishing for Big Al? The winner will go home $10,000 richer. Besides Big Al, the contest has additional smaller prizes of $500 to $5,000 to anglers who catch fish with tags that include a phone number and a prize number.

The released fish for the Fishing Challenge include:

  • Largemouth bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • White bass
  • Crappie

    Fishing in Hot Springs, AR

    Photos: AR Game & Fish

  • Walleye

Plenty of fishing goes on at the lakes besides the Fishing Challenge. Anglers come with their own boats, rent boats from businesses in Hot Springs or at the state parks, or fish from the bank. At the Inn, we have guests who enjoy fishing from our dock or from the canoe. We also have one extra boat slip that guest’s may reserve for their boat, complimentary.

Plan a fishing getaway and stay with us at the Inn! If you’re interested in having a fishing guide, we can organize that also. We’d love for one of our guests to win a big prize in the Fishing Challenge, so make reservations at our Hot Springs inn or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan an exceptional fishing expedition.

10 Summer Kids’ Activities in Hot Springs AR

June 18th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

mid america science museum

Mid-America Science Museum Skywalk

Summer reminds us of all the activities in Hot Springs AR that are great to enjoy with a kid (or as a kid at heart!). Here are ten of our favorite kids activities in the area:

10. Cutwell for Kids – On the first Saturday of every month, Cutwell 4 Kids (a non-profit organization) hosts a program at Maurice Bathhouse to allow kids to paint and create. Materials are provided to give kids an equal chance to express themselves artistically. It’s a great way to take in the history of downtown Hot Springs while creating something new. Plus, you can always follow it up with a cupcake from Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcakes!

9. Mid-America Science Museum – A great option for a rainy day or an inside activity, MASM has wonderful, engaging exhibits designed to spark your scientific understanding. Learn new things through observation and discovery at the newly renovated Smithsonian Affiliate.

8. Magic Springs & Crystal Falls – This amusement park has two sides–one dedicated to rides and the other to a water park. Both offer numerous fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

Kids Activities Hot Springs AR7. Hiking – Especially good for summer mornings, hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors and find new pockets of adventure. Our favorite trails are at Lake Catherine, which also has a waterfall for you to enjoy.

6. Lookout Point Cooking School for Kids – The Lookout Point Cooking School class for kids, which usually takes place in July, is a fun way for kids to learn basic kitchen skills, eat some tasty food, and spend a day making something in the kitchen. You can learn more about what’s in store for this year’s class (on July 25) on our website.

5. Movies at the Market – Each Thursday during the summer, Hot Springs hosts a free movie night at the Farmers Market. The movies are all family friendly, and there are snacks available for purchase. Check out the whole schedule.

4. Crystal Digging – Like going on a treasure hunt, digging for crystals gives kids the opportunity to discover souvenirs for themselves. Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mind, where the Inn recommends you dig, also has zip lining for the adventurous ones!

3. Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic – Maxwell Blade creates a magic show that’s entertaining for all ages. With equal parts of comedy and illusion, this show is a great way to spend an evening in Hot Springs National Park.

2. Food Truck Fridays – Make Friday the Fun Day by trying different kinds of foods downtown at the Farmers Market. With so many tasty options to choose from, you are sure to enjoy the fun atmosphere and music as much as you like the food.

1. Water Activities – There are five lakes around Hot Springs, including Lake Hamilton which our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is located on. Enjoy the lake with swimming, fishing, going on a boat tour with Captain Ray, or even canoeing in the Lookout Point canoe.

If you’d like help creating a great getaway for your family, stay at Lookout Point, where you can start each day with a gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Summer at the Hot Springs Farmers Market

June 11th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Farmers MarketThe Hot Springs Farmers Market supplies produce that is extremely healthy, plentiful and locally grown in early summer. In the last few seasons the Market has added Food Truck Friday on the last Friday of the month through October and Movies at the Market on Thursdays through July.

All of the events at the Farmers Market are fun and entertaining for locals and a special attraction for our visitors to Hot Springs. During the summer the Market is open 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays or until the produce runs out and 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Market always offers quality home-grown produce, and some additional items include:

  • Fresh herbs, plants and flowers
  • Eggs and meat products
  • Fresh-baked breads and desserts
  • Local honey, jams, jellies and spreads
  • Live music

Food Truck Friday started in 2015 and was such a hit it has continued. Food Truck Friday takes place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the last Friday of the month at the Farmers Market. Some of the vendors include:

  • Cajun Delights @ Kristina’s
  • Itz Gud Fud
  • Little Penguin Tacos
  • Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches
  • Stevie’s Lunch Box
  • Whitworth’s Concessions

Movies at the Market offers free movies on Thursday evenings in June and July in a family friendly atmosphere. Participants are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets, pets on leashes, bug spray, plus ice chests (no glass containers).

The fun summer movies include:

  • June 9 Jurassic World
  • June 16 Karate Kid
  • June 23 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • June 30 Cinderella
  • July 7 Despicable Me2
  • July 14 Blue Hawaii
  • July 21 Top Gun

The Hot Springs Farmers Market has a lot to offer of good family fun. Our out-of-town visitors can add a bit of local food and excitement to the list of enjoyable things to do in Hot Springs.

While in the area, we would love to have you stay with us at our Hot Spring bed & breakfast. The gardens are blooming; the canoe, kayaks and Captain Ray’s boat trips are great hits; our delicious breakfasts include summer fruit and veggies; and the view of the lake from each of our rooms is stunning. Sounds like fun? It is! Make reservations for a Hot Springs getaway early as we fill up quickly in the summer. Reserve online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your summer adventure.

The Hot Springs Farmers Market has so much more than just fresh produce. Food Truck Friday, Movies at the Market there’s so much to check out!

June Cooking School to Feature Southern Cooking

May 27th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

       

Hands-on Learning in one of our cooking classes at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast

Hands-on Learning

I’ve had the pleasure of eating delicious Southern cooking for years prepared by Lula Barnes, mother of one of my long-time friends, Larie Barnes Engles. Mrs. Barnes of Forest City, Arkansas was always the expert on cooking in the Barnes family, and she was the go-to person anytime her children or grandchildren had questions on recipes. She passed some of her delicious recipes on to her family and we have the privilege of sharing her recipes and preparing a few of them during our June cooking class.

My friend Larie Engles will teach the class on techniques and cooking several of her mother’s recipes and I will assist. If you have always loved Southern cooking and would like to learn a little more on preparation, please sign up for Cooking School for June 27. We’ll have a great time cooking together and we’ll probably have stories to share on some of our recipes.

The class is from 11 am until 3pm on June 27 in the kitchen at our Hot Springs inn. The cost is $70 with a reduced price if you’re also a guest at the Inn. Fresh Peaches for Southern cooking classes in ArkansasAll of the food we will be preparing are mouth-watering terrific, flavorful and oh-so-satisfying! The recipes we will prepare are:

  • Homemade Chicken & Dumplings
  • Eggplant Rosa
  • Cornbread
  • Peach Cobbler

Reserve by calling 501.525.6155 and we’ll make sure your place is secured for our Cooking School on June 27. Places fill quickly, so make plans to attend cooking class and stay with us at the Inn. We have so many wonderful events going on in Hot Springs during June.

Family Fun On the Playlist at 2016 Magic Springs Concert Series

May 17th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Magic Springs Concert Series 2016The Magic Springs Concert Series is known for attracting a variety of musicians–from current pop and country to 80s and 90s hits to Christian artists. This year’s line up is sure to please the entire family, or be a lovely outing for two.

Starting June 4th with Hunter Hayes (pictured above), the concert series will have a different band every Saturday until September 4th. The lineup includes Hinder, MercyMe, Cheap Trick, Maddie & Tae, Dwight Yoakam, Blues Traveler, and more. Each concert takes place in the Timberwood Amphitheatre, where you can listen to great music while relaxing on the lawn.

Plus, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Amusement Park is a destination in itself! Magic Springs has roller coasters and kids rides, bumper cars and swings, and even more fun rides. Crystal Falls, attached to Magic Springs, has water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river for relaxing. You can start the day enjoying the rides, each some lunch at the park, spend the afternoon enjoying the water slides, and then finish the fun day at one of these concerts!

If you would like to reserve a stay in Hot Springs AR for your getaway, try Lookout Point. You could begin each day of your stay with gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton as you eat your gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.535.6155 for more information.

You can see the entire concert series line up on the Magic Springs website.

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