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Mystic Creatures at Garvan Gardens :: Hot Springs Attraction

July 12th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Last year I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Mystic Creatures topiary structures at Garvan Woodlands Gardens. The topiaries are large in scale and it boggles my brain trying to determine how in the world the artists came up with the ideas for each structure and how they carried them out with plants. Each display is made of thousands of brightly colored annuals planted in intricate patterns on steel forms covered with netting and soil.
Move forward to this summer and the Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Takes Flight is even bigger and better than last year and is available through Aug. 31. This is an exhibit that brings out the child in all of us.
I think my favorite of the six topiary creations is Sea Serpent. He’s just magnificent. I spent quite a while marveling at his size and his shape, but also his impish persona.

You really must see this magical mystical creature. Even though the Sea Serpent is my favorite, I also was thoroughly entertained by the other five Mystic Creatures which include:
• 30-foot tall Sasquatch
• Fairy Gourdmother Playhouse
• Family of Marching Mushrooms
• Village of Fairies
• 20-foot wide “flaming” Phoenix
So, while vacationing in Hot Springs, an absolute must is to spend some time at Garvan Gardens with the Mystic Creatures. They are guaranteed to make your trip worthwhile. While you’re in Hot Springs, please also consider staying at the Inn to round out your visit.
During the summer months, it’s quite warm outside. So, enjoy the outdoors and then come to our Arkansas bed and breakfast to spend your quiet, cooler evenings with us. Situated on Lake Hamilton, each room has a view of the lake; most have either balconies or patios. We prepare a wonderful gourmet breakfast fit for a queen or king, luxuriously comfortable beds and linens and beautifully appointed rooms. Part of the charm of staying at a bed and breakfast involves spending time visiting with other guests at the Inn– however the inn is plenty spacious so that you may enjoy as much privacy as you desire.
Make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a delightful Hot Springs retreat.

Inn the News in June: Arkansas Getaways

June 18th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Lookout Point Lakeside InnIn the news this month, Lookout Point had the good fortune to be featured in two different publications.

The Inn was recently featured on OnlyInYourState.com as one of the Top 26 B&Bs in Arkansas! In the article, our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is called “an exceptional inn of obvious distinction” and praised for its pampering and tranquility.

Our Hot Springs luxury lodging was also mentioned in South Texas Living, in their Visit Hot Springs, Arkansas issue. In addition to mentioning the wonderful hospitality found at the Inn, it also highlights the gorgeous sunset cruise with Captain Ray.

The article also features some of our guests’ favorite Hot Springs National Park highlights: Garvan Woodland Gardens, McClard’s Bar-B-Q, and Bleu Monkey Grill.

If you would like to experience the Inn’s hospitality (and gourmet breakfasts!), you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Hot Springs Fireworks – 4th of July Celebration

June 17th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Different groups in Hot Springs take pride in providing fireworks 4th of July Celebration displays to celebrate the July 4th birthday of America. Independence Day is such a patriotic holiday. People all around are dressed in red, white and blue and most are waving flags. Pockets of celebration throughout Hot Springs enjoy cookouts with hot dogs with all the fixings, and make homemade ice cream. We’re pretty much a Norman Rockwell painting covered in patriotism.
To top off the American holiday, three major fireworks displays take place throughout the weekend. They are:
• Magic Springs and Crystal Falls plans to celebrate all month with fireworks each Friday night in July – the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. The events will start about 8 to 8:30 p.m.
• Oaklawn Racing and Gaming hosts a Spa Blast beginning at 4 p.m. July 3 on the Infield at the Racetrack. The event is free and open to the public. It is family-friendly and includes a petting zoo for children. The fireworks start at dark.
• An impressive fireworks show takes place at dusk on July 4 across Highway 7 from the Super Duty Docks and Lift location directly across from the Clarion Hotel. This display is on Lake Hamilton and is a great celebration on the 4th. One of the best ways to see these fireworks is from the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat on their fireworks cruise.
At the Inn we also celebrate the birthday of America during the July 4th weekend. We’re a wonderful place to stay for the holiday. Our comfortable beds and quiet rooms provide a nice place to return to after a fun day in the water, at Garvan Gardens, at Magic Springs or cruising Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Our breakfasts are delicious, the view of Lake Hamilton is stunning and the friendly Inn staff is a treat for our guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for the July 4th weekend.

3 Reasons to Stay at a Bed & Breakfast :: Hot Springs Luxury Inn

May 19th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Remarkable summer vacations will commence within the next month for travelers that involve adventures, education, pure fun and great food. As travelers make plans for all the wonderful daytime activities, one way to make a vacation a trip to remember life-long, is to add a luxurious place to return to in the evening. Lookout Point Inn is one of those fabulous places to make memories.
Three terrific reasons to stay at a bed & breakfast is to have a place to come back not only to

  • rest in luxury
  • relax in beautiful surroundings,
  • and to have a place that encourages great conversation.

    Luxury Inn in Hot Springs, AR

    Daily Innkeepers Reception

In the afternoon we serve refreshments of wine, tea and appetizers for our guests at 4 p.m. not only to give them time to relax and refresh but to encourage conversation and allow time for guests to meet one another if they choose.
At the Inn we have several gathering places for all our guests. Our very bright and cheery sun room has comfortable seating, tables for playing cards or board games and a great place to converse with your traveling partner or group and with others staying in the Inn.
Next to the sun room is the living room, a quieter, more intimate setting with leather couches and chairs, bookcases with exceptional books and a fireplace. This room is a perfect setting for quiet conversation and reading. Books written by authors who have stayed at the Inn reside in one of our bookcases. So, bring the book you’re reading, pick up one of the newspapers or choose one of our books to read while relaxing in the living room.

Hot Springs B&B

Owners Ray & Kristie enjoying the sun room

While both the sun room and living room are great places to gather, I also love to sit outdoors outside the sun room and spend time talking with other guests about their day’s adventures. Near the lake we have a labyrinth, benches, a swing, a hammock and the dock, all of which attract lots of guests and great conversation.
It’s a little different to plan a place to stay that encourages great conversation. However, some of the best ideas and plans our family has ever made have come about on our vacations. So, why not add the component of places for great conversation to your summer vacation plans?
Hot Springs has so many great adventures, educational opportunities, fun places to visit and fabulous places to eat; add a great place to stay at the Inn and your vacation will be complete. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help make reservations for you.

Magic Springs 2015 Concert Series

May 14th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

magic springs concerts 2015Each year, the Magic Springs & Crystal Falls theme park brings in a list of talented artists to liven up the summer. Starting on May 30th, the concert series will kick off again at the Timberwood Ampitheater

The Magic Springs Concerts 2015 kicks off with Randy Houser. It includes Newsboys, Family Force 5, Lecrae, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Charlie Daniels Band, Bret Michaels, and many more. Until the last performance on August 15, you can experience music from different acts every weekend all summer. There’s a little bit of everything for all the loved ones in your life.

The concert series has a little bit of everything, bringing people together. When you attend the concert, you gather in front of the stage on the lawn, relaxing on chairs or blankets that you brought. Before the concert begins, you can enjoy the rides in the diverse amusement park, and try out all the slides in the water park.

While you are in town enjoying the concerts, stay at Lookout Point. You can relax in your luxurious bed, eat a gourmet breakfast in the morning, and experience the hospitality of the Innkeepers at the afternoon reception. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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.

Special Promotions for Spring & Summer in Hot Springs

May 5th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Because we enjoy living in Hot Springs and want to share some of the opportunities for fun in our own backyard, we have plenty Packages and Specials available for guests. Spring and summer are excellent times of the year for enjoying all Hot Springs has to offer.

Snowball Room - Hot Springs Spring Getaway

Snowball Room

For the May Special Deckless Delight, if you stay 3 nights in either the Queen Deluxe Sunset Room or King Deluxe Snowball Room (our only 2 rooms without a deck or porch), you’ll receive $100 off! Some restrictions apply, including Memorial Weekend of course.

We offer several Packages for our guests and their families and friends. Each Package is explained in detail on the website along with costs.

Our Packages for fun in the Hot Springs sun include:
Romance Packages for a romantic getaway including:Romantic Picnic in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Hot Springs Honeymoon Packages to celebrate the beginning of a life together
Outdoor Adventure Packages for fabulous outdoor fun Family Vacation Packages to encourage families to play together
Girlfriend Getaways to honor the lives of women Special Occasion Packages to celebrate special events such as birthdays and babymoon:
Create Your Own Package for anything we haven’t already thought of!

In addition to the packages, we offer Specials at the Inn including a Hybrid Discount electric-carof $10 per night Sunday-Thursday for guests driving a hybrid to the Inn. Our Mighty Military Discount includes a 10 percent discount off room rates Sunday-Thursday for all active duty men and women serving in the military.

What could be better than choosing one of our preplanned Packages or Specials for a fabulous Hot Springs vacation? Our Hot Springs bed and breakfast is the perfect setting for any vacation. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

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.

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