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Great Day Trip Ideas from Hot Springs, AR :: Romantic B&B Getaway

September 8th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Earlier this week my daughter, good friend and I set out on a day trip near Little Rock, about an hour from Hot Springs. Our day consisted of seeing some things we’d never experienced before, starting with the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a national historic landmark, near Scott, Arkansas.

Three Toltec mounds remain from the original 18. The Mounds date from the late-Woodland through early-Mississippian Period, which was from A.D. 650 to 1050. The Visitor Center includes artifacts from the site and an archeological research laboratory. Visitors can take a self-guided 3/4-mile trail, 1.6-mile turf trail or a guided tour by reservation. The Toltec Mounds are quite amazing to see and are definitely an Arkansas treasure.
From the Toltec Mounds we drove to the Scott Plantation Settlement. The history of Scott is preserved on the settlement site with an 1840s log cabin, one-room school, hewn cypress corn crib, tenant houses, wash house, smoke house, blacksmith shop, doctor’s office, sorghum mill, ice house, railroad depot and more. It is full of Arkansas history and a great educational opportunity for children and adults.
Just down the road is Cotham’s Mercantile and home of the hubcap burger. The mercantile was built in 1917. Through the years it has been a mercantile store for farmers and plantation owners, a military commissary and a lockup for local law violators. Now, the mercantile is a small cafe and is famous for serving hamburgers the size of hubcaps. The fried pies are really good too. Cotham’s is also a favorite eating place for local politicians including Bill Clinton and David Pryor.
After visiting Cotham’s we went into Little Rock and finished off the day visiting the Civil Rights Museum and Visitors Center. The Center offers lots of information, photos and videos from school desegregation at Little Rock Central High School. It includes stories on The Little Rock Nine, the black students who were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School. The Museum, Commemorative Garden, Historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School are included in the National Historic Site.
From the Toltec Mounds to the Scott Plantation Settlement and Cotham’s Mercantile and then on to the Civil Rights Museum, we had a great day trip learning more about the people and history of Arkansas.
At the Inn, we’d be glad to help you plan a memorable day trip near Hot Springs and we’d love to have you stay with us and let us make the Inn your home base. We have a lovely bed and breakfast and great place to rest and return to at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. Our rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. Our breakfasts are delicious and we offer a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a wonderful time to interact with other guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and let us help you plan a great Hot Springs getaway.

Festival of Magic in Hot Springs AR

September 3rd, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Magic Festival Hot Springs ARMaxwell Blade has been located in Hot Springs, AR for 20 years, but since 2013 he has been steadily perfecting a magical festival that takes place in different locations downtown. This year, the Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic is promising to bring even more fun to Spa City.

From September 25-27, magic will be in the air in Hot Springs. There are several free shows during that time in Adair Park, at Kollective Coffee, Rolando’s, and The Ohio Club. In addition, the featured magicians will perform spectacular one-man shows during the evenings each night of the festival. You can see the full schedule of performances on the festival website.

The festival this year features magicians Ken Boyer, Jeff McBride, Bizarro, Jacquel, and host Maxwell Blade. In includes workshops and lectures as well as performances, giving the audience the chance to witness behind the scenes tips.

While you are learning all the tricks involved with magic, stay at Lookout Point to enjoy the magic of a rejuvenating getaway. Gourmet breakfast, stunning lake views, and luxurious linens await you at our Hot Springs luxury hotels. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Learn about the different kinds of passes available on the festival’s website.

Cooking School for Kids in Hot Springs – Lakeside Getaway

June 16th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Calling all kids that want to learn more about cooking! Come to our Cooking School on Monday, August 3 from 11am-3pm. Any child age 7 or older is welcome, and the kids will learn some great cooking tips and skills during our time together.

Registration is limited to only 8 children, and there will be one adult for every 2-3 children attending. Last year my grandson, Blaine, popped into the inn’s kitchen when we were winding up a full day of cooking school. Blaine asked: “Grandma, will you do a Cooking School for kids sometime? “ How could I refuse?? So I checked with Blaine to find out what he would like to learn, and he immediately replied “cakes and cookies”.

We’ll learn to make great cakes and cookies, and each child will take home a plate of their creations. A kid-friendly lunch will be served. Cost to attend the class is only $70 per child. Parents, you can go enjoy a few hours alone while we have fun at the inn!

To register for the Cooking School at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, call 501-525-6155. Payment is due at registration, and a 7 day cancellation notice is necessary for a full refund.

Favorite Hamburger Spots :: Father’s Day in Hot Springs, AR

May 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

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:

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.

Hot Springs Cooking School :: Gluten Free and Delicious!

May 18th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

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

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.

Gluten Free Cooking Class




Music Fills the Air in Arkansas :: Hot Springs Music Festival

May 12th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

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.Hot Springs Music Festival 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 Lodging

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.

Arts & the Park Celebration :: Hot Springs Events

April 28th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset


Spring Events in Hot Springs, AR

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:

Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance

Arts & the Park Paint Jam

• Studio Tours
• Plein Air Paint-Out
• PaintJam
• Art Fest
• Music and juried artisan work
• Docent-led sculpture tour
• Farmers market events
• Theatrical debuts
• Dance performances
• Concerts
• 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.

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


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


4th Annual Valve Cover Car Races

Catfish & Chicken & Homemade Fried Pies

Live Auction


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.

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