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On the Lookout: Labor Day in Hot Springs AR

July 17th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs Bed & BreakfastSummer is in full swing in Spa City, with concerts, water sports, and afternoons spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors. While you are soaking in the summer sun, you might also be planning your next big getaway—Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day Weekend in Hot Springs AR is filled with all your favorite holiday activities—great food, shopping, and perfect weather for enjoying the outdoors. You can have a picnic lunch (packed by Lookout Point) while you enjoy Garvan Woodland Gardens or the hiking trails at Lake Catherine. Follow up a day outside by enjoying gelato or cold beer at Superior Bathhouse Brewery downtown.

The next day, you can shop in the boutiques downtown or browse through antique shops and flea markets. And for dinner you need to enjoy a Labor Day favorite: barbeque! McClards and Smokin’ In Style are local favorites that pack Southern flavor into their dishes.

If you are planning your trip, consider reserving your room at Lookout Point this weekend. Until July 20, you can receive 5% off your 3 night stay. (Make sure that your dates include at least 1 night between the dates of Aug. 29, 30, or 31.) The canoe is waiting for you to enjoy, so reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Historic Downtown Farmers Market

June 5th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Farmers MarketA wonderful growing trend throughout Arkansas and the country is the revival of farmers markets. We are lucky in Hot Springs to have a wonderful Farmers Market every Saturday morning in our Historic Downtown area. It is a delightful place to spend some time buying local produce and much more, enjoying local musicians, sipping some coffee and visiting with the local farmers and neighbors. It has become a mainstay for many Hot Springs residents and a special attraction for visitors to our city.

Some of the offerings at the Market include quality home-grown produce, fresh herbs, plants, flowers, eggs, meat products, fresh-baked breads and desserts, local honey, jams and jellies. Art, furniture, jewelry, clothing, knife sharpening, soaps and creams, and more are also available on any given Saturday. During the summer the Market is also open on Tuesday evenings.

The Farmers Market has roots back to the mid-1970s, was dormant for a while and reopened in the mid ‘90s. In 2006, Hot Springs received a grant along with donations and built its permanent open-air pavilion at Broadway and Orange streets. It has since become a leading Farmers Market, receiving state and national recognition. It incorporates landscaping by the local master gardeners and a state of the art Cairn Fountain designed by Bennett Brothers Stone. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Summer hours for the Farmers Market are 7 a.m.-noon and Tuesday nights 5-7 p.m. For more information online visit www.hotspringsfarmersmarket.com.

So if you’re planning a vacation to Hot Springs we hope you’ll consider adding a trip to the Farmers Market to your local fun places to visit list. We’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn when you come to town. We offer a beautiful Inn situated on Lake Hamilton with all our rooms offering a view of the lake. Our rooms are individually decorated and named after Arkansas towns. The beds and linens are luxurious and our breakfast is superb. Reservations can be made online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a wonderful Hot Springs vacation.

Favorite Golf Courses in Hot Springs AR

April 22nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

golf courses in hot springs ar

Along with the sunny days, daffodils and tulips, and outdoor activities, come the golfers ready for a new season and some time on the course. We are fortunate to have plenty of great golf courses in Hot Springs AR to accommodate all of our out-of-town guests along with the local golfers.

Arkansas golf packagesGolfing has so many benefits – great exercise, challenging game, good competition, excellent place to socialize and conduct business plus it’s just plain fun–at least for many people. Mostly, it’s an escape from everyday life and it’s so enjoyable to be outdoors this time of year. At Lookout Point Inn we have simplified your golf outing so all you have to do is make a phone call to our bed and breakfast in Hot Springs, AR and show up with your clubs when you reserve our Hole Lot of Fun Golf Package.

The Golf Package includes two nights’ accommodation for two, two rounds of golf for two with cart, and several other amenities Golfers can choose between two beautiful and very different area courses – Glenwood Country Club and Diamondhead Resort Community Golf Course. These are Ray’s favorite courses! For an additional charge, the famous Hot Springs Country Club is often available for a round.

We’d love to help you plan a golf weekend. Of course, if one of you does not enjoy golfing, how about a spa experience? We will customize the package just for you, and arrange tee times and spa appointments. Check out our “Hole Lot of Fun Golf” package on the website, make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your weekend of golf fun.

 

Where to See Tulips in Hot Springs AR

March 2nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

orange tulips

Seas of Tulips

As the weather heats up, the daffodils and hyacinths at Garvan Woodland Gardens will be joined by friends—the tulips! With over 130,000 blooms planted for this year’s event, the tulips are sure to be a breathtaking sight.

The Extravaganza officially begins on March 19 in the botanical gardens, and it continues for a little over a month. Before it ends in April, the tulips will be joined by beautiful azaleas and dogwood blossoms, both of which are lovely reminders of the new beginnings taking place in Spring. The actual dates that the tulips bloom depends on the weather (it’s been a cold winter, after all!), but regardless, you will definitely see some beautiful flowers when you visit.

Lookout Point is only a few minutes away, so reserve your stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast online to see the Gardens in all their glory. You could plan to take advantage of our March special, too; when you stay 3 weeknights, you receive admission for two to the Gardens for free! Give us a call for more information at (501).525.6155.501.525.615

How to Plan Your Arkansas Spring Break in Hot Springs

February 20th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

When daffodils start blooming, spring is drawing near. All this winter weather has families excited to plan for their Arkansas Spring Break, a time in which the weather will be a bit warmer and the flowers starting to show their colors.

St. Patrick's Day in Hot Springs AREach year, Hot Springs marches spring in with a celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The First Ever 11th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade features marching bands, leprechauns, unique floats, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and Irish Elvis impersonators. The Celebrity Grand Marshal for 2014 is Jim Belushi, so there will be plenty of laughs, too. This quirky parade always has a surprise planned, so come paint the town green and discover the magic!

While you are in town for the parade, you can enjoy a show at Maxwell Blade’s Theater of Magic, stroll through the flowers at Garvan Woodland Gardens, paddle around Lake Hamilton in the Lookout Point canoe, and eat some delicious dessert at Fat Bottomed Girls Cupcakes. That’s just the beginning!As you plan your spring getaway, remember that the Lakeview Terrace Condo is perfectly suited for families, with a 36-foot deck and a spacious, relaxing interior. Reserve your stay at our lakeside bed and breakfast in Hot Springs, AR online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We’d love to help you plan your vacation!

Where to See Daffodils in Hot Springs, Arkansas

February 15th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Garden Gardens

Hooray! The daffodils are blooming in our garden! What a wonderful reminder that spring is actually coming. Every winter when I’m worn out with the cold, that first burst of color and bloom in our gardens makes me believe once again in the hope of renewed life with the arrival of springtime.

Garvan Gardens, a short drive from the Inn, also has a few early daffodil bloomers with more to come with the warmer weather. Feb. 15-March 15 is the official Daffodil Days at the Gardens. Check out their facebook page for posts on the daffodils as they emerge.

When the flowers are in full bloom, Daffodil Hill at Garvan Gardens is a spectacle to behold. The color and variety of the first signs of spring is certainly worth a trip to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. We’ll provide maps and tips to make your stay extraordinary.

This is a perfect opportunity to plan a getaway to our bed and breakfast in Hot Springs, AR while you’re taking in some of the spring flowers in our area. Our guests enjoy spending time in our gardens, walking the labyrinth, napping in the hammock or reading a book on the balconies and patios outside each room. It’s also fun to take the canoe out to enjoy the peace and tranquility on Lake Hamilton.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that daffodils begin blooming right around Valentine’s Day. There is certainly a lot of love in the air, and we’re celebrating the new joy all around us. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Arkansas getaway.

Bald Eagles Soar in Hot Springs in the Winter

January 10th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Just a few months ago, I was sitting on my deck at home with Ray drinking coffee when we spotted a bald eagle. I can’t begin to tell you how exhilarating it was to see our country’s national symbol – the bald eagle – perched in a tree in our back yard.

bald eagle in hot springs arBald eagles are a unique combination of beauty and efficient design that pass over most of Arkansas during the winter months and are easily spotted in the Hot Springs area at Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks.

Lake Catherine Park hosts a Bald Eagle Tour Weekend which includes boat tours and hikes in search of the soaring eagles as they pass over the area. Events are scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 17-19. A more detailed schedule will be available near the event weekend at lakecatherine@arkansas.com or by calling the Lake Ouachita Eagle Tours. There are eagle watch cruises out of the Lake Ouachita State Park using a covered barge that cruises the shoreline of the lake watching for eagles. The Eagle Tours last about 1½ hours and are offered January 18-19. Contact the visitor center at the Park at lakeouachita@arkansas.com or by calling 501.767.9366501.767.9366 for a schedule and more information.

We look forward to the Bald Eagle Tours in January and love to hear stories in the evenings from our guests of the adventures in searching for the magnificent bald eagles. Please make plans to stay with us at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast when you make reservations for the Bald Eagle Tours at Lake Catherine or Lake Ouachita. The Inn is a warm wonderful place to return to after a day of eagle watching. We’ve got homemade hot chocolate, teas and our special blend of coffee so that you can warm up quickly by the roaring fireplace or in your luxurious room.

The Inn is close to the State Parks and would complete a wonderful Arkansas retreat weekend. Make reservations online or call us at (501) 525.6155 for more information. Don’t forget your binoculars and cameras!

Bring New Traditions to the New Year

December 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

happy new year 2014Lookout Point is gearing up to start the New Year off right. Whether you are looking for luck, prosperity, adventure, or peace, we have some ideas from around the world of how to bring new traditions to your New Year.

For peace in the upcoming year, many traditions start with dispensing with the bad spirits from the year before. In Ireland, they hit the walls and doors of the house with the Christmas bread at midnight; the bread symbolizes abundance taking the place of the bad spirits being scared away by all the noise. Some people write down bad things from the year prior on a piece of paper and burn it, to symbolize a new start.

Of course, you can always follow the Austrian tradition of waltzing as the New Year clock strikes. There is sure to be peace, joy, and music all throughout your year if you begin it that way! Or, you can carry around an empty suitcase in the hopes of attracting adventure like they do in Columbia.

For a little bit of luck, you can leap off a chair at midnight. In Denmark, they do this to literally represent “jumping” into the New Year. In Mexico and Bolivia, people wear yellow underwear when the clock strikes twelve, in the name of luck.

For some prosperity or fortune in the upcoming year, try wearing polka dots and eating round foods. In the Philippines, the round represents prosperity; they even go so far as to follow their ancestors’ footsteps and eat 12 grapes (to represent the 12 months of the year) right before the clock strikes.

first footing traditionThe Scottish do a little bit of everything! They begin the year by singing “Auld Lang Syne” in caroling groups. The first caroler to come to your door is invited inside, and their hair color determines how your next year will go. You’re hoping that a tall, dark-haired person will show up with coal (so the house will always be warm), bread (so the house will never go hungry), salt (so the house will always have flavor), and whisky (for good luck). The tradition is called first-footing, and it certainly starts the year off on the right foot!

You can always participate in the Southern tradition of eating a spoonful of black eyed peas for luck, some greens for prosperity, and some bread to represent an abundance of food. My family also bangs pans together to ring in the New Year, scaring away the bad spirits from the year before.

Whether you are celebrating your own New Year’s Eve traditions or looking forward to starting some new ones, consider ringing in the New Year with a peaceful getaway at Lookout Point. We would love to welcome you, and January, with hope and cheer. You can reserve your room online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information. Happy Holidays!

Thank You From Hot Springs, Arkansas

November 26th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Gratitude changes my perspective immediately. When I remember to be grateful, almost any situation I find myself in changes directions. And, so this is my theme for Thanksgiving.

Gratitude for simple things.

Gratitude for simple things.

I would like to express gratitude and say thank you to the wonderful people in my life – those I work with each day (especially my husband of 38 years, Ray),  the special guests who visit the Inn, my family and friends I enjoy spending time with, and to Hot Springs for providing a beautiful and fun place in which to live.

            My life is so full of interesting experiences – some challenging and others filled with great joy, all capable of becoming more meaningful when I look on them with appreciation. I truly believe this is what Thanksgiving was meant to be – a time to experience and show gratitude.

            At Lookout Point Inn we love the holidays: the cool, crisp weather, making cookies with my grandchildren, decorating the Inn for Christmas, visiting Holiday Lights at Garvan Gardens and in Downtown Hot Springs, offering Thanksgiving dinner to guests at the Inn and in the community, and so much more.

            So, thank you to all the guests we’ve had the privilege of meeting and getting to know during the last 11  years. I’ve said it before and it is still true: YOU are the best guests in the entire world! If you haven’t spent time with us during Christmas, treat yourself to a weekend getaway in Hot Springs and stay at the Inn. What a great Christmas gift to give yourself.

We’re getting the decorations out, Christmas desserts are planned for the afternoon reception, and almost every day there is an entertaining event somewhere in Hot Springs. We’ll be blogging about many of them. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155.

Top Ten Winter Activities in Hot Springs AR

November 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Snow at Lookout PointAs the weather turns chilly in Hot Springs AR, I am looking forward to all my favorite winter activities. There’s nothing like frost on the grass in the morning or snow on the tree branches, but enjoying the winter chill takes a healthy combination of inside activities and outside adventures.

 

My Top Ten Favorite Winter Activities are:

  1. Enjoying hot chocolate by the fire – Whether in the packets, using a homemade mix, or melting chocolate on the stove, there is no way to go wrong with watching the light of the fire flicker while enjoying a beverage that warms you on the inside as well.
  2. Baking cookies—I am especially fond of sugar cookies as the holidays roll around. But if you’d like to enjoy the cookies without the work, you can always eat the cookies at our Innkeeper’s Reception.
  3. Cozy up in the garden—Put on your cutest mittens (because you can only wear those in winter!), coat, and hat and explore the garden. Lake Hamilton is so tranquil in winter, and you’ll want to take it all in to help your relaxing getaway.
  4. Take a bubble bath in the Number Nine roomTake a bubble bath—Bubbles and hot water and a relaxing bath! Oh my!
  5. Play board games or finish a jigsaw puzzle—The view from the sunroom can’t be beat, except if you’re spending your time beating your traveling companion in a rousing board game.
  6. Drive and see festive lights—You can always enjoy a brisk walk through Garvan Woodland Gardens and enjoy the holiday lights, but you can also drive through the residential areas in Hot Springs and see how locals celebrate the season.
  7. Watch your favorite movies in flannel pajamasIt’s a Wonderful Life is only made better when you can watch it from the comfort of a luxurious bed (like the ones in our rooms at Lookout Point) in your favorite pjs.
  8. Make holiday decorations with your family or friends—The best cards and presents are homemade, so the more memorable decorations should be the same way! Plus, it’s a great way to get quality time with family or friends while exercising your creative side. You can get some ideas from our Pinterest board.
  9. People watch at your favorite coffee shop—This is the best of both worlds! You can enjoy a hot beverage while watching holiday cheer all around you. My favorite spot for this in Hot Springs is Java Primo. (Their Chai Lattes are incredible!)
  10. Curl up with a good book—If you read your favorite book from your childhood, you’ll get a tinge of nostalgia with your holiday cheer. Don’t forget to use a warm blanket!

If you’d like to enjoy these activities during your own winter getaway at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155. We’ll keep the hot water on standby for your hot chocolate!

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