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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.

 

Martin Luther King Weekend Getaways in Hot Springs AR

January 4th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Oaklawn Races Hot Springs ARAs the new year begins and winter continues onward, begin planning a getaway to enjoy Hot Springs AR. The Martin Luther King weekend is a perfect time to experience the joy of Spa City as the town celebrates a national hero.

The Oaklawn Race Track will have races going all weekend, including Monday, for those that are interested in seeing the exciting horse races. For this season only, the general admission fee is free, so be sure to make a trip to see the races and explore Oaklawn’s newly expanded construction.

There will be special events in town that weekend, including a parade on Jan. 19 to celebrate Martin Luther King. The parade begins at 10am downtown, followed by programs in Horner Hall in the Convention Center. You will not want to miss out on this commemorative parade.

And in true Hot Springs AR fashion, the Ohio Club bar will be celebrating its former patron Al Capone. Since it’s the famous gangster’s birthday, there will be live music and drink specials as well as costume contests. Get your best gangster outfit together and celebrate in style on Jan. 17 at 8pm. You might just learn more about famous gangsters and baseball players while you listen to some great music by the Ohio Club Players.

While you are Martin Luther King Weekend getaways in Hot Springs National Park, stay at Lookout Point where luxurious beds and a gourmet breakfast are waiting just for you! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your memorable getaway.

2015 Race Season Begins at Oaklawn in Hot Springs AR

December 23rd, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Oaklawn Hot Springs ARIt’s off to the races again on Jan. 9! The exciting horse race season is about to begin at Oaklawn Race Track, and we’re so excited for the very full calendar up ahead.

The races happen every weekend from Jan. 9 until the Arkansas Derby on April 11, 2015. The Arkansas Derby is the final race of the Racing Festival in the South, which draws in thousands of racing enthusiasts from all over the world. You can see the full schedule, complete with purse amounts, on their website.

On Jan. 10, Oaklawn will officially kick off the season with its annual Corned Beef Day; you can enjoy corned beef sandwiches for 50 cents and soft drinks for 10 cents. It doesn’t get better than that!

As an added bonus for 2015 guests, Oaklawn’s updates are finally finished. To thank the public for its patience during renovation, Oaklawn is waiving general admission fees for the 2015 season. Plus, the expansion means that there are more games in the casino, and a new bar & grill for guests to enjoy as well. Oaklawn is ready to celebrate the completion of their project, and they’d love for you to take part in that joy!

When you stay two or more nights at Lookout Point in January, you can receive 2 free admissions to the Oaklawn Jockey Club, where you can watch the live action races in style. Plus, adding a stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast will insure a delicious gourmet breakfast before the races begin and a luxurious bed to relax in after the races are finished for the day. You can reserve your getaway online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Lookout Point Cooking Classes Schedule for 2015

December 18th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most entertaining additions we incorporated at Lookout Point Inn for 2014 was Cooking School for our guests and friends in the community. We had such fun teaching cooking students how to make chocolate treats, egg dishes, breakfast in bed, puff pastry, cheesecake, soups and holiday desserts.

We had students who were already great cooks and wanted to learn more along with students who had cooked very little and were eager to gain confidence cooking. We met great people who participated in our classes in 2014 and hope to have them back in 2015 along with new students who want to learn more about cooking.

Our classes are hands-on for all students in our kitchen at Lookout Point. We teach students to prepare several recipes during the cooking school and then we eat some of what we prepare for lunch. Tiffany and I have such fun teaching the classes and we always learn something new from our students.

Last year we cooked a variety of foods for Cooking School and we have our schedule ready for the new year. The cost is $70 per person ($60 if you are a guest at Lookout Point for the class). The classes meet from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The 2015 schedule for Cooking School includes:

Hot Springs AR Cooking School

A gift certificate for a Lookout Point Cooking Class or for all the classes is a perfect Christmas gift idea for all cooks and aspiring cooks. A stay at the Inn the night before and after the cooking class makes the class just that much more fun. The classes fill quickly so be sure to reserve your spot for the class and reserve a room at the Inn to complete your stay.

Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with each room having a lake view. Every room is different and named after an Arkansas town. Our breakfasts are delicious and the grounds and labyrinth are beautiful and special places for resting and rejuvenation. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your cooking classes hot springs ar and room reservation.

How To Decorate for the Holidays

December 11th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Lookout Point ChristmasJust in case you haven’t yet decorated for the holidays, I have five suggestions to help your home achieve Christmas cheer without making you crazy. Begin by getting out the décor that you already have in storage boxes.

1. Cull! Remove old, tired decorations and Christmas ornaments unless an item has a very special emotional bond for you. If it’s your Grandma’s homemade ornament, keep it and use it. Otherwise, discard/give away the stuff that has seen better days and do not repack to have to deal with next year. Tired wreaths with sagging bows do not create a welcome on your front door!

2. Organize and group items by themes, textures or colors. For example, gather your Santas together, the snowmen in a separate spot, all of your purple and white ornaments together, etc. Whatever you have in your collection of décor, separate and look at it carefully. Your collections have greater impact when grouped together, so give it a try.

3. Now decide the spots in your home that will really highlight your collections. Is it a mantle over the fireplace, the top of your china cabinet, a bookshelf, a tea cart, or a Christmas tree?

For example, on a mantle at the inn we grouped a couple of St. Nicks together with greenery and ornaments in coordinating colors that are happy with the art work already on the wall. It was so easy, and looks great.

4. Look for objects in your home to enhance your collection that are not holiday décor.  I gathered a collection of snowmen to place on top of a sofa table. A couple of the small, fabric snowmen were “squishy”, so they are now sitting in old-fashioned champagne glasses for a little elevation and quirkiness. Use colorful books or boxes to place under objects in order to provide a variety of heights and interest.

At the Inn, we placed several of our small vases used for weddings, and added them to the mantle and lobby table to complement the mardi-gras themed decorations this year. Jewel tones of purple, green, and blues are featured on the tree and throughout the inn.

5. To decorate the tree, a color scheme or theme makes this job easy. First place the lights. Decide on your color or theme, and then gather those from your stash. At the inn, we adjust or change the color scheme every year, adding a few new ornaments of varying sizes for interest. Don’t limit your tree decoration to ornaments, either. Big, bold colorful flowers are beautiful on a tree, and hide gaps in the branches. The colorful netting, the can be purchased in rolls, adds great interest.

Another idea: gather small tree branches from the yard, and spray paint in a sparkly color that suits your theme. Use wire to fashion your own creative tree topper!

Another theme for your Christmas tree might be simply ideas from your childhood. How about a Barbie tree, or firetruck tree? Just add ornaments and ribbons of complementary colors, and you’re set with a lovely tree that brings joy and smiles.

Finally, when it’s that dreaded time to take down the holiday decorations, CULL! In 2015 you’ll be glad you completed that step.

8 Broads Cook Up New Recipes

December 9th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

8 Broads in the Kitchen CookbookThe Eight Broads in the Kitchen are celebrities in the hospitality industry for their expertise as Innkeepers and chefs. When 8 Innkeepers who love to cook get together, you can probably guess what one of their favorite activities is—sharing recipes!

This week, they are proud to begin sharing those recipes with the world in their brand new cookbook. Just in time for the holidays, you can learn delicious breakfast, lunch, and dessert recipes; what a great source of inspiration for the season!

8 BroadsWe are not the only ones really excited for this to hit the shelves. The cookbook has already been featured on Zesterdaily.com, which praised not only the cookbook but collective expertise of the 8 Broads. (Plus, it has a sneak peek at 6 of the recipes from the book that are great for every day food preparation.)

You can order your gorgeous, hardback copy of the cookbook by calling 501.525.6155. Or, you can order directly from Eightbroads.com. The cost is $29.95, including shipping. The sooner you order, the quicker you can start making delicious recipes, so order quickly.

For those wanting a one-on-one experience with the Broads, Kristie Rosset and Kathryn White will be teaching a Lookout Point Cooking School Installment on January 31, 2014 entitled Raising Dough. You can find out more information (and reserve your spot) by calling our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast. Space is very limited.

Top 6 Gift Ideas in Hot Springs AR

December 7th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Tea Supplies Lookout Point6. Tea making set: Make every cup of tea the best with quality loose-leaf tea, a hand-thrown ceramic mug, and a tea pot that guarantees you’ll never have leaves swirling in your cup. You can find all of these items in the Lookout Point Gift Shop, or you can go one step further and buy loose-leaf tea from local favorites, Java Primo.

5. Gift Certificates to Local Highlights: The Spa City area has a lot for friends and family to explore, no matter the season. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Luna Bella. Dig for crystals or zipline over a quartz mine at Ron Coleman Mining. Explore scientific mysteries at Mid-America Museum. The possibilities are endless, and gift certificates to any of these would be a fantastic gift for loved ones.

4. 8 Broads Cookbook: Hot off the presses, the 8 Broads Cookbook is a gift that keeps giving inspiration year-round. We’re not trying to give you any spoilers, but there is great food just waiting to be made from these recipes. To add an extra special element, try making a dessert recipe from the book and packaging it with the book for the gift. Yum!

3. Extended Passes: Season passes for 2015 are on sale for Magic Springs; it’s a family-friendly park with a water park and a lively concert series that you’ll definitely want to enjoy with your friends and family! As always we also recommend a Garvan Gardens membership, since the botanical gardens are gorgeous year-round.

2. Local Art: Let your loved ones keep the flavor of Hot Springs with them year round by investing in local art pieces. You can enjoy the watercolors by our own Innkeeper, Robin, or get a handcrafted wooden bowl or sculpture from Forest Path Gallery. Your friends and family will delight in these keepsakes for years to come!

1. Day at the Spa: Hot Springs National Park is known as Spa City for a reason! Give your loved one the gift of absolute relaxation when you present a gift certificate to Quapaw Baths & Spa, Living Wellness, or Chrysalis Day Spa. For a special presentation, have a stocking full of bath products (like the glorious ones found in our gift shop) to accompany the certificate.

As always, the best gift for the holidays is time with family and friends. If you’d like to consider Lookout Point as a venue for that quality relaxation time, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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