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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.

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.

Don’t Miss the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival!

October 5th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

The 2nd Annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival is taking place just in time to get you into the mood for a Fright-tastic Halloween. This year the festival takes place from Oct. 23-26 at the historic Central Theater downtown.

The HSHFF takes pride in honoring not just horror films, but also sci-fi and thriller films. This mix of fantasy and intrigue with slashers and thrillers gives each audience something new to treasure. The director, Bill Volland, has a background in art direction and set design, giving a unique perspective to the horror genre. The hostess this year is actress and filmmaker TamaHot Springs Horror Film Festivalra Glynn, known for her role in Halloween 5.

The special screenings taking place at the 2014 Hot Springs Horror Film Festival are “The Oscar Legacy,” “Jersey Shore Massacre,” “Tales of Poe,” and a teaser for “Blood Reservoir.” There will also be a film-marketing seminar hosted by Ted Hatfield, who is also achieving a Lifetime Achievement Award. The full schedule will be up on the website soon, where you can also purchase tickets.

In preparation for the film festival, the Hot Springs Arts and Film Institute will also be hosting the Theater of Horror at the Central Theater. It promises to be a combination of entertainment—from movie to theater to haunted attraction. The showings will happen each Thursday through Sunday, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 2. More information about that attraction is available on the website as well, and all proceeds support the film festival.

While you are in town enjoying the thrills of the films, add a stay at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast to your agenda. You can extend the movie fun during your stay, with a library of DVDs for you to choose from and complimentary popcorn (and snacks!) available 24 hours a day. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

23rd Annual Documentary Film Festival is Hot Springs, AR Treasure

September 28th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Documentary Film FestivalI love to go to the movies. It’s a treat I treasure anytime I am able to go see a film I’ve looked forward to watching. Of course, popcorn and soda go along with the outing. So, each year when the Documentary Film Festival comes to town, Ray and I try to take some time off to see some of the fabulous films that are featured.

This year the Festival takes place Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel and Low Key Arts. The breadth of the international films includes an amazing lineup. What attracts me the most in watching the documentaries are the many subjects covered in the films. Last year the selection was great; I feel this year’s films may be even better.

Opening Night, Oct. 10, features “Glen Campbell…I’ll be Me” and looks to be an amazing evening for film aficionados. Some of the schedule for the evening includes a screening of the movie at 6:15 p.m. followed by a Q&A with Director and Producer James Keach, Producer Trevor Albert along with some members of the Campbell family including Campbell’s wife Kim and children Ashley, Cal and Shannon. Other events are also scheduled after the Q&A. For more information, a schedule and ticket information go online to www.hsdff.org.

The entire schedule of films is not on the website yet, but will be there soon. The featured documentaries this year include:
“Satellite Beach”
“The Story of the Rhinestone Cowboy”
“Meet the Patels”
“An Honest Liar”
“Stray Dog”
“George Takei”

One of my favorite events to attend in the fall is the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. I’m looking forward to the excitement of seeing some great documentaries this year. We love to have out-of-town guests who come to the Film Festival to also stay with us at the Inn. We have a great place to retreat to during the day or after the films in the evening.

Lookout Point is situated on Lake Hamilton with each of our unique rooms sharing a view of the lake. The cooler air is inviting and our gardens and labyrinth are great places to sit, be still and enjoy the great weather. Our beds are luxurious with fabulous linens and our breakfasts are superb. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great week or weekend at the Documentary Film Festival.

4th Annual Hot Water Hills Music Arts Festival – October 3-5, 2014

September 23rd, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Water Hills Music Festival Hot Springs ARAnother music festival is hitting Hot Springs on Oct. 3-5, 2014 – The Fourth Annual Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival. There will be two stages of music, fine artists, food, wine & beer, and all day long kids’ activities. Bring your lawn chair to Hill Wheatley Plaza downtown to see some indie bands in action. The Hot Water Hills Music Festival will feature two Songwriter Showcases, on Friday and Saturday. In addition, Amasa Hines, Banditos, Dana Falconberry, and Rude King will be performing.

Live Music Hot Springs Hot Water Hills Music FestivalOn Saturday, there is even a kids-centered concert with Laura Lee. There are many other acts lined up, so be sure to check out the website for the schedule. The festival will also have an Art Fair Retro Rummage event filled with handmade items for buying. With a quirky mix of food, art, and music, there is something appealing for hipsters, hippies, children, and everyone in between. Admission for adults is $7. This year, Hot Water Hills is also trying to earn a Zero Waste Event certification. The festival is hoping to preserve not just the community but the beautiful natural environment that the festival takes place in. Nearly everything being brought in to the festival is recycled, reusable, compostable, or borrowed. They would love crowd support to help them keep the waste levels down. Since our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast tries to keep the ecological footprint to a minimum, we are very excited about the festival’s green ambitions.

While you are in town for the Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival, consider adding a stay at our Inn. In addition to having a gourmet breakfast in the morning, there will be a luxurious bed waiting for you at night and a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton to wake you in the morning. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Inspirational Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library

August 24th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chihuly at Clinton Presidential LibraryOne of the nice things about living in Hot Springs is the close proximity to Little Rock and all the cultural arts available in the city. Currently, one of the astonishing art displays in Little Rock is the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library.

Dale Chihuly is a renowned American artist, who is well known internationally, and helped to elevate the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. His presentation of color, shape and form are exquisite. His talent is amazing and such a gift for anyone who visits his exhibits. We’re lucky to have such amazing art to experience in Little Rock through January 5, 2015.

Four specific installations are featured at the Clinton Library including Red Reeds which is visible outdoors at the entrance and has dramatic lighting at night; Sea Blue and Green Tower which is situated in the Sky Lobby and includes about 700 hand-blown glass elements; the Mille Fiori installation that features an incredible Dale Chihuly garden of glass; and Seaforms and Drawings which reflects inspiration from the sea and is on view in a temporary exhibition space. The Chihuly glass is just amazing. His art is an inspiration to be more creative and think outside the box. His advice for young aspiring artists is: “Surround yourself with artists and see as much art as possible. Go with your gut and create something that nobody has ever seen before.” For more information on the Chihuly exhibit go online to www.clintonfoundation.org/Chihuly.

If you’re planning a trip to the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Library, we’d love to have you come to Hot Springs to spend some time with us and stay at Lookout Point Inn. We have artists’ work on display in our common areas and support all the cultural arts. Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with all rooms having a view of the lake, most with patios or balconies. It is a beautiful place to unwind and enjoy the peaceful gardens and labyrinth and the serenity and beauty of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan a trip to Hot Springs with a special excursion to Little Rock to the Chihuly Exhibit.

Hot Springs AR Jazz Fest 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Each year the Hot Springs Jazz Society presents a festival promoting jazz music in Spa City.

For the 23rd year in a row, the JazzFest will feature Arkansas’ Jazz Artists. The first day of the festival begins onHot Springs Jazz Festival Sept. 16 with Guitar-rama, an event featuring six different guitar players from all genres of music. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, you can learn about the history of the musical movement at Jazz 101.

The festival continues until Sept. 21, with a free event on Saturday called Jazz in the Streets. That event will happen under the Broadway Street Bridge, from 11am to 5pm. For the first time, the free event will also include Dancing in the Streets, featuring TwiceSax. The genres will range from Dixieland to Latin Jazz and everywhere in between.

The Hot Springs Jazz Society prides itself on not just promoting jazz, but also perpetuating and preserving it as an original American art form. Each of the events during the festival go toward this purpose—not just providing entertainment, but providing a sense of history for jazz music as a whole. To find out more information about JazzFest or buy tickets, visit the website at hsjazzsociety.org or call 501.627.2425.

While you are enjoying the music from the festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. There are comfortable beds with luxurious linens, gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and scrumptious breakfast awaiting you! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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