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Top 5 Winter Activities in Hot Springs, Arkansas

January 14th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

We are so fortunate to live in an area that is brimming with activities during the winter months. We don’t have much time between the end of the holidays and the beginning of fun and diverse activities in January in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

 

 

Bald Eagle thrills guests

Bald Eagle thrills guests

One of the most exhilarating events that we look forward to in the winter months is watching for bald eagles at the Inn. In addition, several state parks in the area have eagle watching tours including Lake Catherine, Lake Ouachita, DeGray Lake Resort and Pinnacle Mountain near Little Rock. It never gets old to see a bald eagle in flight. Check the state park websites for information on the tours.

 

 

Top 5 Winter Activities in Hot Springs, Arkansas:

  1. winter in Hot Springs, ArkansasBird Watching at the Inn includes watching flocks of many different species of birds on our feeders during the winter.
  2. Hiking during the winter is a great time to bundle up and head to one of the trails at the state parks, pack a picnic lunch and spend time in nature.
  3. Horse racing at Oaklawn starts Jan. 15 and continues every weekend until the middle of April. We are members of the Jockey Club and offer the opportunity for our guests
    to experience the horse races indoors in the luxury and quiet of the Jockey Club. The photo to the right is of Abel Flores (recent guest) riding the beauty Tapiture at Churchill.  Last year’s Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah won the Arkansas Derby!
Oaklawn Racetrack Hot Springs, Arkansas

Award winning photo by Barbara Livingston

  • Mid-America Museum continues to receive accolades for the fabulous exhibits at the Museum. It is a great place to visit anytime but especially when it is cold during the winter months.
  • Garvan Woodlands Gardens is also a fun place to visit year round. In February there are special events planned. Feb. 20 Nolen Buffalo will conduct several workshops titled “Do It Yourself” including beer making. Both events sound like fun.

 

 

 

If you are looking for a weekend getaway during the winter, we encourage you to come to Hot Springs and enjoy one or several of the activities that take place in January and February. Of course, the perfect pairing with the winter events includes a stay at the Inn. We have the fireplaces going; hot chocolate, tea and coffee brewing; a beautiful room with exquisite linens and comfortable beds waiting and plenty of time to grab a pair of binoculars and sit for a spell watching birds. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a winter retreat to remember.

Lookout Point Inn Cooking School :: 2016 Cooking Classes

January 7th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Cooking Classes in 2016 Include Lots of Instruction and Fun

 

We’ve had such a great time at the Lookout Point Inn Cooking School sharing our love of cooking with the wonderful people who’ve attended our classes. I’m not sure who has more fun, the staff or the attendees. We have a great line-up this year for our Cooking School starting in February and continuing through November.

 

The 2016 line-up includes:

  • Saturday, Feb. 6  Best of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, Part 1, with guest Chef Joyce Schulte from Seattle, one of the 8 Broads!
  • Saturday, April 23   Marinades, Grilling and Smoking Great Meat with Robby Theodore & Ray Rosset
  • Monday, June 27  Old Fashioned Cooking in Memory of Lula Barnes with guest Larie Engles
  • Monday, July 25  Cooking with Kids
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 Everything Bread: from Yeast to Sweet! With guest chef Kathryn White
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 Cheesecake Heaven with cheesecake queen Tiffany Wilson

 

cooking classes Hot Springs, Arkansas

If you love to cook and you’re always eager to learn more or if you are just beginning to learn to cook, you’ll take away a lot of new ideas and skills from spending time with us at Cooking School. We have a few guest instructors this year including two of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, mh master griller son-in-law Robby Theodore and Ray, and my good friend Larie Engles. Of course, I will be presenting/sharing all of the Cooking Schools along with the guest chefs.

 

Cooking School is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more detailed information check our website. The classes fill quickly so register early.  Attendees who are also guests at the Inn get a discount on Cooking School.

 

 

Staying at the Inn enhances the joy of attending the Cooking School. We have luxurious rooms all with a view of Lake Hamilton, scrumptious breakfasts, a wonderful staff who enjoy sharing their knowledge about Hot Springs and a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a chance to meet other guests. Make room reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll be glad to assist you.  ~ Kristie Rosset

 

 

 

Note:  Cooking School costs $70 per person ($60 if staying at the inn), payable at time of reservation for the Cooking School. Full refund offered if cancelled at least 7 days before the school.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr and Civil Rights in Arkansas

December 29th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Each year we pause to remember Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, along with the holiday on Jan. 18 and his powerful contributions to our country. Hot Springs honors Dr. King with a parade in historic downtown Hot Springs on Jan. 18.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

In the same spirit of gratitude, this past year I visited the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The site includes a Visitor Center with lots of interesting exhibits telling the stories of the Little Rock Nine at Central High School; Commemorative Garden; Education Center at the historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School.

At the Visitor Center my daughter, friend and I spent lots of time reading and listening to stories about the events surrounding the desegregation of Central High School in 1957. This was an historic event for the entire country and helped Arkansas offer a better and more equitable way to educate all of our children.

It occurred to me that making a visit to the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site around the time we celebrate MLK Day would be a great way to honor Dr. King’s memory. The Site is operated by the National Park Service and is open every day except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. For more information go online to www.nps.gov/chsc or call 501.374.1957. The onsite park rangers were information and helpful, and very open to being asked lots of questions.

It’s only an hour’s drive to the Historic Site in Little Rock from Hot Springs from the Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs bed and breakfast would be a great place to stay during the MLK weekend. We would be glad to help our guests plan a trip to Little Rock. In addition to the Historic Site, the Clinton Library is also a great place to learn a little more about our national and Arkansas history. At the Inn, we have a great location on Lake Hamilton to return to in the evening and a delicious breakfast to enjoy the next morning.

We’re glad to suggest places to dine and visit explore in Hot Springs.  Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll make suggestions for a wonderful Arkansas adventure.

Oaklawn Racetrack Hot Springs, Arkansas – January 2016

December 14th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Oaklawn Race Track in Hot Springs, AR

After all the holiday glitter has been put away and we vow to eat less and exercise more in 2016, horse racing season starts in the middle of January in Hot Springs. Horse racing at Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas is one of the most exciting Hot Springs events that happens all year. The 2016 racing season begins January 15 and runs through April 16. Last year’s winner of the Arkansas Derby, gorgeous American Pharoah, went on the win the Triple Crown!

Attending the races is an event our entire family loves, including our grandchildren. We spend a few days each season with our family and friends at the races, with lots of laughter and excitement.  Getting so close to these beautiful animals inspires awe.  Plus the food at Oaklawn Racetrack is delicious, the atmosphere electric and the horse racing exhilarating.

Races take place four to five days each week, with the calendar on Oaklawn’s website. The attendance at Oaklawn is the envy of most tracks around the country!

Part of the fun of coming to Hot Springs for horse racing is completing the weekend by staying with us at our top rated Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast. We can make reservations for our guests at the private Jockey Club at Oaklawn and enjoy watching the horse races from indoors with great food and easy access for placing bets on each race.

It’s an added treat to return to the luxurious Inn after the races, rest for awhile, make reservations for dinner at one of the fabulous area restaurants, and return to our lovely Hot Springs boutique hotel for a restful night’s sleep. Find your perfect room at our Hot Springs, Arkansas bed and breakfast! Each room has an incredible view of Lake Hamilton. Rise the next morning to the scents of breakfast cooking and coffee brewing. The pairing of Oaklawn horse races with a stay at the Inn makes for a wonderful Hot Springs getaway weekend. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help with all the details.

2015 Top Ten Live Musical Events for the Holidays in Hot Springs

November 23rd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Known for performing and visual arts, Hot Springs Arkansas presents live musical events to bring gratitude and joy to your holiday spirit!   All of these events are held at the Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens. Here’s our Top Ten favs:holidays in Hot Springs

  1.  The Muses “Voices of Angels” concert, December 13.  Spectacular!  If you can only attend one Christmas concert, this is it.  We love The Muses so much that we are a small sponsor of this event.
  2. Classics in the Chapel. Be inspired with piano and vocal classics, December 2.
  3. Village Chorale Holiday Concert, December 1. You’ll feel the Christmas gratitude.
  4. Fun City Chorus, a talented barbershop quartet brings great fun on December 7.

5.   Ringers of Hope Handbell Choir, a student group from the Ouachita Academy in Amity presents a musical extravaganza including handbells, strings and vocals. December 8.

6.   Nutcracker Excerpts, present by Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company. Nutcracker play in Hot Springs Who doesn’t love seeing talented and cheerful children perform this classic? November 29.

7.   Village Chorale Holiday Concert, with holiday inspired songs on December 1.

8.   Hot Springs Flute Ensemble presents “Christmas Around the World” December 21.

9.   Village Strings Christmas Concert performs a variety of holiday favorites on December 9.

10.  Crystal Chimes Barbershop Chorus celebrates the season on December 15.

Most concerts are free, some have a small charge.  Check online for full details.

We’d love to have you stay at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn as you prepare for the enchanting holiday season.  Feel free to reserve your room online, or give us a call at 501.525.6155.

Top Holiday Events in Hot Springs :: Luxury Winter Getaway

November 19th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Many events are scheduled for December in Hot Springs including art, music, theater and much more. In the first part of December a few of the events you might enjoy attending each year include:

Christmas in Hot Springs, AR

Photo by Richard Finley

Holiday in the Park at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Convention Center in Horner Hall. This is an annual holiday event sponsored by National Park Community College and Fun City Chorus. Holiday in the Park includes holiday music by National Park Community College Choir, Fun City Chorus, Soundwaves and several local high schools and elementary schools.
Gallery Walk from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4. This is a monthly event the first Friday of each month at the local art galleries in Hot Springs. Gallery Walk is a treat every month, but in December it’s a great way to see what’s new in the galleries, enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers, visit with other patrons and maybe get a little Christmas shopping done.

Christmas Parade, Dec. 7 at 6:30pm with an old-fashioned small town feel in downtown.  This Christmas parade in Hot Springsyear’s theme, “The Art of Christmas” features two amazing local artists Richard Stephens and Gary Simmons as Grand Marshalls.  (You’ll find lots of Richard Stephens art at Lookout Point.)
• “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 sponsored by Pocket Community Theater. This play is a delightful production about a couple struggling to put on a church pageant and includes lots of fun and humor.
These are only four of the many holiday happenings Hot Springs has in store during December. Check the calendar for more information and lots more opportunities.
As always, at the Inn we provide a wonderful place for out-of-town guests to stay during December. The Inn will be decorated and ready for the holidays. It is situated on Lake Hamilton and provides toasty fireplaces; mugs of coffee, cocoa and hot tea; afternoon gatherings with holiday treats; and scrumptious gourmet breakfasts.
Rates are at the lowest during December, so make reservations online or give us a call @ 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Hot Springs holiday getaway weekend.

Taste of the Holidays Supports Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs

October 29th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Taste of the Holidays, November 19 from 6-9pm, is a fun event to support our fantastic Science Museum,

Tesla Coil

Lightning Made by the Tesla Coil

right here in Hot Springs! A few days ago, Ray & I took our two grandchildren to the museum, and we were blown away with great fun that we all shared!  I just bought our tickets to the Taste of the Holidays, determined to support this incredible museum. You might want to make a trip to Hot Springs, and join in the fun.  Over twenty vendors will be providing scrumptious treats, we’ll enjoy live music, and the museum staff will entertain with awesome science experiments!

The newly remodeled and updated museum features interactive, mind-boggling exhibits.After 2 hours, we still had not seen nor experienced all of the cool stuff. Quite memorable for my grandchildren was the drum set with head set, making lightning in the Tesla theatre, climbing the tree house, and discovering nature’s power to eliminate dead critters.  Fascinating! Note: grandkids or children not required for having fun at the museum!

You are invited to getaway to Hot Springs, and take in the many sights including the Mid-America Science Museum. We would love to welcome you to Lookout Point, and provide great hospitality with comfortable luxury on the shores of Lake Hamilton.  It’s a great time to come stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast!

Crystal Mining Near Hot Springs :: Fall Weekend Getaway

October 23rd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Fall is a great time of year to consider making a trip to Hot Springs to visit the Ron Coleman Crystal Mine in Jessieville, which is a short distance from Hot Springs. The cooler weather makes digging for crystals a lot more fun. For those wanting to learn more about the crystal mines, a digging Lecture Tour is offered at 11 a.m. until noon Dec. 5 at Ron Coleman’s with information on:

  • learning how to dig for crystals
  • explaining what to look for
  • showing participants how to clean crystals
mining in Hot Springs

Dig for quartz in Hot Springs

 

The Crystal Mine is a popular attraction for tourists from all over the U.S. and is touted as one of the best crystal mines in the country. Visit their website for more information  or call 501.984.5396.

While you’re in town, we’d love to have you stay with us at the Inn and let us know firsthand about your crystal mining adventures. We offer guests a luxurious Inn to return to at the end of an exciting day visiting the crystal mines, plus we’ll provide dark towels for cleaning off the crystals and your shoes. :)

We have a gathering late in the afternoon with wine or tea and a delicious appetizer before planning your Hot Springs dinner at one of our fabulous restaurants.

Our rooms have luxurious beds and linens, a quiet place for a retreat and a breath-taking view of Lake Hamilton from each room. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you schedule a fun outing at the Crystal Mines. Reservations fill quickly this time of year.

Pearl’s Girls, An Original Play :: Garvan Woodland Gardens

October 15th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, AR

Anthony Chapel

Pearl’s Girls, written by local playwright Isabel McQuiston, is an award-winning one act play centered on Pearl and her three daughters. The play will be premiered on October 25, 5:00pm in the stunning Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

According to McQuiston, “My mother was Pearl, and my sisters and I often referred to ourselves as Pearl’s girls. I was the youngest, my three sisters were all several years older. They have all passed.”

The play’s setting is the home of Pearl, and touches on the challenging issues after a loved one has died, including how to divide belongings.

We invite you to stay at the Inn during this beautiful season of autumn, and enjoy an original work of live art!

“Ballet & Blooms” at Garvan Woodland Gardens :: Hot Springs Luxury Inn

October 8th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

This fall Garvan Gardens will host a “Ballet & Blooms”

Hot Springs dance show

Garvan’s Ballet and Blooms

special event and reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Anthony Chapel and Garvan Pavilion. This extraordinary event is a one-of-a-kind performance and includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oreuvres and a special performance by Ballet Arkansas. Call 800.366.4664 for reservations and more information.

While you’re in Hot Springs for “Ballet & Blooms” a perfect addition to attending the outstanding event would be to stay with us at the Inn. We offer a welcome respite at the end of the day with a quiet setting on Lake Hamilton, a fabulous gourmet breakfast and award-winning Inn that caters to the comfort of each guest.

This is a popular time of year to visit Hot Springs because of the breathtaking fall colors in our area. So, make reservations soon online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you set up an Arkansas autumn weekend to attend “Ballet & Blooms” and explore all Hot Springs has to offer.

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