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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

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.

 

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