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Planning for Arkansas Summer Vacations

April 5th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Crystal Bridges Museum ARArkansas 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

Clinton Library ARWilliam 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.

Hot Springs Gumbo and Crawfish Festival Coming in April

April 2nd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

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.gumbo 1
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 Festivalcrawfish
• 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.

Corvette Club Car Show :: Hot Springs, AR Upcoming Event

March 18th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

For car enthusiasts, especially Corvette car owners and admirers, the annual Central Arkansas Corvette Club Car Show takes place April 16-18 at the Hot Springs Convention Center along with other events at local destinations. The Corvette Weekend benefits the Club’s charities-Spina Bifida and Beyond Boundaries.

Corvette Car Show, Hot Springs, AR

Corvette Car Show

Terry Stegall, chairman of the Corvette Weekend Event, said between 400 to 500 Corvettes and about 1,000 Corvette owners are expected for the occasion. He reports, “We already have participants registered from 14 states including Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.” For more information on the Car Show – www.centralarkansascorvetteclub.com.

The schedule of events for the Car Show includes:

  • Thursday, April 16

Registration, Meet & Greet

  • Friday, April 17

Tour and Poker Run

Valve Cover Race

Vendors

Cannonball Run or Scenic Road Tour

National Park Parade

BBQ Cookout & Social

  • Saturday, April 18

Show Car Staging

Indoor Corvette Show

Merchandise Raffle & 50/50 Pot

Vendors

4th Annual Valve Cover Car Races

Catfish & Chicken & Homemade Fried Pies

Live Auction

Awards

If you love Corvettes and visiting with Corvette owners, this would make a wonderful time to plan a weekend visit to Hot Springs and take advantage of all the events associated with the Car Show. We’d love to have you stay with us our Hot Springs bed & breakfast while you’re in town. After the day’s events the Inn would be a great place to continue the car talk in the evening.
Our Inn offers a view of Lake Hamilton from each room, luxurious accommodations, scrumptious gourmet breakfasts and the best staff in town to help with any question about the area. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a stay at our luxury Hot Springs lodging.

Valley of the Vapors in Hot Springs AR

March 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

NOTS, VoV Sunday

NOTS, playing at VoV on Sunday

With the collection of artists in the area, it’s no surprise that Hot Springs is home to a successful and entertaining Indie music festival. Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival enters its 11th year on March 20, 2015.

This year, the line-up is filled with talented artists—from The Mutts, to the Memphis Dawls, from Ronnie Hart to The AMFMS, and so many more. (See their website for a full list of the schedule.) There are secret shows to be announced for each day of the festival, keeping the in-the-know feeling present throughout. Plus, there is a trail show each day, bringing music and the outdoors in harmony. It’s perfect for Hot Springs National Park.

But the music is only the beginning for this festival. There are workshops each day, including ones that explain how to tour for artists, a pop-up photography exhibit, and even a comic book producing workshop. This year, they have also added a documentary film showing to several of the days, highlighting the connection to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

The festival begins March 20, and ends on March 24. You can get your tickets ahead of time, or check out the schedule and enjoy some of the free events.

While you are in town for Valley of the Vapors, stay at Lookout Point to fully extend your Indie-loving getaway. You can support a local business, and take advantage of the gourmet breakfast each morning and spectacular views of Lake Hamilton. (It’s a win-win situation.) Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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.

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.

Where to Mountain Bike in Hot Springs AR

November 9th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

philbalchinflickrOne of the secret gems in Hot Springs is the mountain bike (and hiking) trails at Cedar Glades Park. There are 15 miles of premium trails, which were voted best trails in the state by the Arkansas Mountain Bike Racing Series.

The trails have an interesting mix of long descents and medium climbs. Another unique feature to these trails is their interconnecting nature, enabling cyclists to mix and match to get the distance wanted. Plus, the trails section through different views—from pine forest to glades to mature hardwood forest.

The trail surface is loose but not slippery, and the materials used (soil, rock, and a bit of sand) drain quickly to let cyclists ride without fear of mud, even if it rained that morning. Cedar Glades prides itself on trails that challenge, not frustrate. It makes for a fun trip for the each person!

If you want to experience even more of what the park has to offer, you can always explore the 432 acres of beautiful cedar forests, see streams from the observation deck, climb the 35-foot climbing wall, enjoy the three story tree house or disc golf course. You can take a loaded Lookout Point backpack to enjoy at the pavilions or scenic overlooks.

While you are in town enjoying all Cedar Glades Park has to offer, stay at Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is perfect for relaxing after a bike ride—luxurious linens, whirlpool tubs, wine at the Innkeeper’s Reception, and a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

When to See the Holiday Lights in Hot Springs, AR

October 30th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Downtown AssociationOne of the best things about Hot Springs National Park is the holiday season. I love all of the cheer—the bright lights, festive music, and sense of compassion. This really kicks off downtown near Thanksgiving, when the Hot Springs Downtown Association hosts the Chili Cook Off.

In addition to all-you-can-eat chili, the event is the beginning of the holiday lighting season in Spa City. For four hours, guests eat on Central Avenue while waiting on the colorful display to begin. The historic area takes on a new level of glee, delighting onlookers and preparing them for the holiday season.

This year, for the 12th Annual Chili Cook Off, chili will be available in the Exchange Street Parking Plaza from 4-8pm. Lights will be turned on after the event. All proceeds support the Deck the Park Challenge (the catchy name for decorating the downtown area every year), and the cost is $5 for as much chili as you want!

Cooking begins at 1pm for participants, so you can see the action begin as you walk along Bathhouse Row. While you are in town to see the festivities, consider staying at Lookout Point. You can relax with some hot chocolate while enjoying the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Fall Harvest at the Hot Springs Farmers Market

October 7th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Arkansas Farmers MarketAlong with the crisp, cool air come different kinds of produce at our local Farmers Market. We are fortunate in Hot Springs to have the Farmers Market all year. The seasonal produce and winter hours change, but the farmers and crafts people keep coming during the colder months. The October hours for the Market are Saturdays from 7 a.m.-noon and 9a.m.-noon November-April.

Ray and I always enjoy going to the Market on Saturday mornings. We usually run into someone we know and if we don’t we take a few minutes to slow down, enjoy looking at the produce and visiting with some of the great farmers in our area. I always come away invigorated with my sacks full of great local produce.

Downtown Hot SpringsThis time of year the produce from the fall harvest includes lots of kinds of squash, zucchini, gourds, pumpkins, fresh greens, peppers and much more. Also, there are a multitude of different canned goods, great hot sauce, local honey, baked goods and plenty of craft items for sale. Last weekend the SPCA was at the Market with dogs to be adopted. (Dogs on leashes are also welcome.)

The Market is located near Historic Downtown Hot Springs at 121 Orange St. near Orange and Broadway. For more information go online to hotspringsfarmersmarket.com. So, if you’re coming to Hot Springs for a weekend getaway, make plans to visit the Market on Saturday mornings and take a little of Hot Springs back home with you.

While you’re in town, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We offer a wonderful place to vacation and rejuvenate. At the Inn we have lots of places to sit outside and enjoy the weather and Lake Hamilton. When it gets a little cooler we’ll have a fire in the fireplace. The inside common areas have several spots to curl up and read a book, write a letter, play a game or cards or take a quick nap. The ambience is relaxing, luxurious and quite comfortable. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you schedule a wonderful weekend in Hot Springs.

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