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.
May 5th, 2015 by
Because we enjoy living in Hot Springs and want to share some of the opportunities for fun in our own backyard, we have plenty Packages and Specials available for guests. Spring and summer are excellent times of the year for enjoying all Hot Springs has to offer.
For the May Special Deckless Delight, if you stay 3 nights in either the Queen Deluxe Sunset Room or King Deluxe Snowball Room (our only 2 rooms without a deck or porch), you’ll receive $100 off! Some restrictions apply, including Memorial Weekend of course.
We offer several Packages for our guests and their families and friends. Each Package is explained in detail on the website along with costs.
Our Packages for fun in the Hot Springs sun include:
• Romance Packages for a romantic getaway including:
• Hot Springs Honeymoon Packages to celebrate the beginning of a life together
• Outdoor Adventure Packages for fabulous outdoor fun Family Vacation Packages to encourage families to play together
• Girlfriend Getaways to honor the lives of women Special Occasion Packages to celebrate special events such as birthdays and babymoon:
• Create Your Own Package for anything we haven’t already thought of!
In addition to the packages, we offer Specials at the Inn including a Hybrid Discount of $10 per night Sunday-Thursday for guests driving a hybrid to the Inn. Our Mighty Military Discount includes a 10 percent discount off room rates Sunday-Thursday for all active duty men and women serving in the military.
What could be better than choosing one of our preplanned Packages or Specials for a fabulous Hot Springs vacation? Our Hot Springs bed and breakfast is the perfect setting for any vacation. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.
April 28th, 2015 by
Arts & the Park
We are fortunate to live in a community who honors and respects the cultural arts. It seems we have visual and performing arts, literary, music and dance festivals on regular basis. Also, that attention to the arts also spreads into our schools. It’s no wonder we have such talented artists, writers, musicians and dancers in the Hot Springs area!
This spring we have a 10-day celebration of regional artists of all disciplines for Arts & the Park, May 1-10 throughout Hot Springs with the majority of the events taking place in Historic Downtown. Arts & the Park is sponsored by the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance, a non-profit organization consisting of area artists, gallery owners, arts organizations and arts supporters. The mission of this organization is to see the Hot Springs arts community thrive and grow. For more information on the event go online to hotspringsarts.org. The May Celebration features:
Arts & the Park Paint Jam
• Studio Tours
• Plein Air Paint-Out
• Art Fest
• Music and juried artisan work
• Docent-led sculpture tour
• Farmers market events
• Theatrical debuts
• Dance performances
• Yoga classes, and more
We have local art displayed at the Inn by Robin Young, a local artist and a member of our staff, plus art from several area artists. The Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton and is a respite after a day of fun attending art events or playing at some of the enjoyable local fun spots in town. Our rooms are individually named after Arkansas towns and each is decorated differently. We have porches and balconies for doing a bit of sitting and enjoying the lake, birds and waterfowl. The Inn fills quickly in the spring, so make reservations online or by calling 501.525.6155 and we’ll try to answer any questions you might have about the Arts & the Park Celebration or other places to visit in the area.
April 9th, 2015 by
One of the truly unique things about staying at Lookout Point is the Innkeepers and staff dedicated to making your stay a memorable (and peaceful) one.
The two owners, Ray & Kristie Rosset, find it incredibly important to be involved in the hospitality industry. Ray has served as the President of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Arkansas for over a year; just as that role shifted, he became the President of the Garland County Chapter of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. He also serves on the board for the Arkansas Lodging Association.
Kristie, in addition to being a member of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, is a member of the Leadership Board for the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals.
The Rosset’s involvement in the hospitality industry increases their knowledge and passion for hospitality, while also keeping current in the field. Plus, they meet some great people along the way, and they come back to the Inn to share their passion with staff and guests.
If you’d like to experience the rejuvenation of our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, and meet Ray & Kristie in person, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
April 5th, 2015 by
Arkansas has lots of opportunities for exciting, beautiful and educational experiences throughout the state. Some of my favorites are Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, William J. Clinton Library and Museum in Little Rock and Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Even though all three places are in different locations, they would be excellent choices for summer fun.
Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation for all to enjoy. The name comes from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction is incorporated in the building. The amenities include:
- Permanent collection of art spanning five centuries of American masterworks
- Temporary exhibits featuring different artists
- Restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds
- Museum store
- Library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material
- Sculpture and walking trails
William J. Clinton Library and Museum is part of a unique heritage for preserving the documents and artifacts of our American presidents and offers historical insights from the time period in which they lived. The Clinton Library and Museum includes:
- Replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room
- Documents, photographs and videos
- Interactive stations
- Timeline and alcoves that highlight domestic and foreign policy and life in the U.S
- Museum store and beautiful restaurant in the museum
- Special exhibits
Garvan Woodland Gardens were donated by local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Garvan as an incredible gift to all people. They are botanical gardens situated in the Ouachita Mountains with outstanding seasonal displays of nature. The Gardens include:
- A canopy of pines reaching skyward protecting delicate flora and fauna
- Gentle lapping waves of Lake Hamilton with 4.5 miles of wooded shoreline
- Anthony Chapel Complex
- Restaurant and gift shop
- Children’s area
- Special exhibits and workshops throughout the year
These three magnificent places in Arkansas are some of my favorite examples of the beauty and wonder we offer visitors and guests in our great state. Hot Springs is a central location to stay while visiting all three places. We’d love to have you stay with us at our Arkansas Bed and Breakfast and make us your home base during your visit to Arkansas. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a memorable vacation.
April 2nd, 2015 by
One of the things I like most about New Orleans is the food; and gumbo and crawfish are both near the top of my food “must do’s.” So, I was so excited to learn that we’re about to have our first Gumbo and Crawfish Festival from 2-6 p.m. April 18 at Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs.
This is a great opportunity for visitors to come to Hot Springs for a weekend to enjoy some great Hot Springs hospitality with local residents and to sample delicious gumbo and crawfish while enjoying live music. Spa City Blues sponsors the fundraising event with proceeds going to community enrichment activities such as:
• Gumbo and Crawfish Festival
• Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival
• Blues in the Schools
• Hot Springs Blues Festival
Any event that takes place in Historic Downtown Hot Springs is fun to attend, with great food and lots of laughter. Before or after the Festival, Hot Springs offers several art galleries, unique boutique shopping, luxurious spas on Bath House Row and museums including the Gangster Museum. For more information on the Festival, go online to www.hsgumbofest.com.
Hot Springs is a great place to visit any time of year, but the first Gumbo and Crawfish Festival sounds like a great way to kick off spring in Hot Springs.
We’d also love to have you stay with us at our luxurious Arkansas bed and breakfast. You might even see a crawfish in our meadering stream! All of our rooms have a stunning view of Lake Hamilton with a gorgeous garden full of spring flowers. The Inn is a relaxing way to spend the weekend and includes a delicious gourmet breakfast, beautifully appointed guest rooms and a friendly staff eager to help you plan your spring Hot Springs getaway. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your weekend.
March 26th, 2015 by
The deck of our King Standard Mountain View Room has been a favorite of many guests for years. Now a two-person soaking tub may be added to list of favorite things! After an extensive bathroom remodel, you’ll find beautiful granite, tile bathtub surround, and a stress-relieving tub to soak away your worries.
Beautiful Mtn. View bathroom
Experience the same soothing, private room with the added bonus now of a two-person soaking tub. Aroma therapy provided, of course. Perfect for your special day or honeymoon! Book online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 to reserve your escape. We’d love to welcome you.
- Organic Amenities
- Soaking Tub for Two