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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.

How to Celebrate the New Year in Hot Springs AR

December 8th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

New Year Hot Springs ARIn Hot Springs AR, there are several festive events to help you celebrate the start of a new year, but sometimes the best way to appreciate a new beginning is to spend it in a peaceful, quiet setting. Here are three of our favorite tips to help you start your year on the right note!

  1. Quality over quantity — The most important part of celebrating the new year is making sure that you are surrounded by people who make you feel happy and secure. The smaller the number of those around, the more meaningful those interactions will be. This is definitely the time to get away with loved ones and concentrate on your relationships!
  2. Create a new tradition — When I was younger, my family would shoot fireworks on New Year’s Eve; later, we would rush outside to hit pots and pans when the clock struck midnight. Now, however, we prefer things a little quieter. We spend the evening with snack food–popcorn and cookies are a sure staple–and watching some of our favorite movies. With the limited numbers that attend the marathon, each person gets to choose a movie to share with the group. It creates a shared experience, both new and old, and helps us start the new year with a deeper connection. And that’s just one example of how to start a new, fun tradition!
  3. Start the new year with a bang — Don’t forget to commemorate the time that the year shifts to the next one. Count down, or watch the ball drop in NYC, or toast with a glass of champagne. Start the year with a positive action!

The atmosphere at Lookout Point is perfect for starting the new year with tranquility and close connections. With the snack bar open 24 hours a day, a large selection of movies and books, and a gourmet breakfast waiting for you the next morning, you really want to experience the pampering for yourself.

You can reserve your winter getaway online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to welcome you to 2016!

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.

Fall Colors in Arkansas :: Luxury Hot Springs Getaway

October 3rd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

If you are searching for beautiful fall colors in autumn, you’ll find a colorful view from your room overlooking Lake Hamilton and the low-lying Ouachita Mountains in the distance. To enjoy a drive through the colors, virtually every drive from Hot Springs sports stunning colors and some twisty roads. Typically every October offers the best weather of the year, too!  Come to Hot Springs and enjoy the gorgeous autumn, a stroll through Garvan Gardens, plus the many festivities happening.

autumn in Arkansas

The website Arkansas.com provides updates of the best times for seeing the fall colors in differing parts of Arkansas.  We’d love to welcome you to Lookout Point and share some of our favorite drives and spots with you! You’ll be happy just staying on our property and enjoy the view. You can book online or call us at 501-525-6155.

 

Great Day Trip Ideas from Hot Springs, AR :: Romantic B&B Getaway

September 8th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Earlier this week my daughter, good friend and I set out on a day trip near Little Rock, about an hour from Hot Springs. Our day consisted of seeing some things we’d never experienced before, starting with the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a national historic landmark, near Scott, Arkansas.


Three Toltec mounds remain from the original 18. The Mounds date from the late-Woodland through early-Mississippian Period, which was from A.D. 650 to 1050. The Visitor Center includes artifacts from the site and an archeological research laboratory. Visitors can take a self-guided 3/4-mile trail, 1.6-mile turf trail or a guided tour by reservation. The Toltec Mounds are quite amazing to see and are definitely an Arkansas treasure.
From the Toltec Mounds we drove to the Scott Plantation Settlement. The history of Scott is preserved on the settlement site with an 1840s log cabin, one-room school, hewn cypress corn crib, tenant houses, wash house, smoke house, blacksmith shop, doctor’s office, sorghum mill, ice house, railroad depot and more. It is full of Arkansas history and a great educational opportunity for children and adults.
Just down the road is Cotham’s Mercantile and home of the hubcap burger. The mercantile was built in 1917. Through the years it has been a mercantile store for farmers and plantation owners, a military commissary and a lockup for local law violators. Now, the mercantile is a small cafe and is famous for serving hamburgers the size of hubcaps. The fried pies are really good too. Cotham’s is also a favorite eating place for local politicians including Bill Clinton and David Pryor.
After visiting Cotham’s we went into Little Rock and finished off the day visiting the Civil Rights Museum and Visitors Center. The Center offers lots of information, photos and videos from school desegregation at Little Rock Central High School. It includes stories on The Little Rock Nine, the black students who were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School. The Museum, Commemorative Garden, Historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School are included in the National Historic Site.
From the Toltec Mounds to the Scott Plantation Settlement and Cotham’s Mercantile and then on to the Civil Rights Museum, we had a great day trip learning more about the people and history of Arkansas.
At the Inn, we’d be glad to help you plan a memorable day trip near Hot Springs and we’d love to have you stay with us and let us make the Inn your home base. We have a lovely bed and breakfast and great place to rest and return to at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. Our rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. Our breakfasts are delicious and we offer a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a wonderful time to interact with other guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and let us help you plan a great Hot Springs getaway.

Hot Springs JazzFest :: Labor Day Weekend 2015

August 26th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

One of the great things to do in New Orleans is to spend some time listening to the amazing jazz performed at Preservation Hall. The wonderful musicians and the incredible jazz they perform fill souls for quite a while.

Coming to Hot Springs Sept. 2-7 is the annual JazzFest and it is a musical treat not to be missed! All the things people love about jazz at Preservation Hall are extended for several days right here in Hot Springs, including Labor Day weekend.
One of my favorite performances is the Jazz Mass on Sunday morning at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The jazz during the service is very soulful and includes some traditional pieces such as “When the Saints Go Marching In.” I feel it is a service that any religious person would enjoy. For more information and a schedule go online to hsjazzsociety.org.


Highlights of the events for JazzFest include:
• Sept. 2 – “Sax in the Park”
• Sept. 3 – “S’Wonderful Dancin’”
• Sept. 4 – “Classical & Jazz Explosion”
• Sept. 5 – “Jazz in the Streets”
• Sept. 6 – “Jazz Mass”, “Jazz After Church”, “Stardust Tea Dance”

If you enjoy listening to jazz and you like to dance, I encourage you to make plans to come to Hot Springs for JazzFest in September. We’d also love to have you complete your trip to Arkansas by staying with us at the Inn–a very few rooms remain available. We provide a luxurious resting place after listening to an afternoon or evening of jazz performances. Our rooms are individually appointed and beautifully decorated. Our balconies and patios offer a splendid view of Lake Hamilton and our gourmet breakfasts are scrumptious and a great way to start every day on your Hot Springs jazz getaway. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your trip.

3 Best Barbecue Joints in Hot Springs

August 11th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Don’t get me wrong, barbecue is great anytime of the year, but it seems to lend itself best to summer. There are quite a number of great barbecue joints – they seem better described as joints rather than restaurants – all over Arkansas and we have some of the very best right here in Hot Springs.

Three of my favorites are McClard’s, Smokin’ in Style and Stubby’s. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I must I’d lean toward Smokin’ in Style. One of my favorite menu items is a combination of delicious meats with a few side dishes. This is more than Ray and I can eat together, but it makes great leftovers for several days.
McClard’s is probably the most famous Hot Springs barbecue. The food is delicious and the portions are enormous. The décor looks the same as it did decades ago, which is fun and nostalgic. The line to get in tends to be long, especially on the weekends, but the food is certainly worth the wait. McClard’s delivered regularly to the White House during the Clinton years.
Stubby’s looks exactly the way I think a barbecue joint should look.

BBQ in Hot Springs

Tasty food!

There is a wall full of old car license plates and signs. Barbecue is ordered while standing in line and it is very tasty. I recently had the pulled pork sandwich with baked beans like my mom use to make, slaw and potato salad – all delicious.
I really enjoy all three Hot Springs barbecue joints and they are certainly part of my summer time food cravings. They are located in different parts of town, easily accessible and a treat for all barbecue lovers.
We’d love to help you decide which barbecue to try and give you directions to the restaurant. We also encourage any Hot Springs visitors to spend time with us at our award-winning bed and breakfast and we’ll treat you like royalty. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous Hot Springs getaway.

Gallery Walk is a Hot Springs Treasure!

August 6th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most delightful evening strolls in Historic Downtown Hot Springs on the first Friday of every month is Gallery Walk. It’s an enjoyable event for those of us who live in Hot Springs and a very special outing for out-of-town visitors who just happen to be in Hot Springs on that Friday evening.
We have a significant number of art galleries in Downtown and they are grouped relatively close together. Gallery Walk takes place from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of each month and includes wine, tea and lemonade along with appetizers for patrons of the arts who come to look and shop at the wonderful galleries. Each gallery is unique and offers such a great assortment of art.


A couple of my favorites that are next door to each other are Alison Parsons Gallery and Gallery Central, but I thoroughly enjoy browsing in them all. It’s always amazing to me how many new pieces the galleries exhibit from month to month. From Gallery Central, I’ve given various Houston Llew’s Spiritiles (glass infused on copper) as wedding gifts and baby gifts.
An added treat for us for the evening includes eating at Rolando’s, downtown. The food is always fresh and

restaurants in Hot Springs, AR

Rolando’s for great food

delicious. I’ve never gotten a meal I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Also, on Friday and Saturday nights Rolando’s has live music on their very unique and interesting outside patio.
So, my suggestion is to eat an early or late supper at Rolando’s and then mosey on over to the galleries to take your time and enjoy all the art Hot Springs has to offer.
An additional suggestion is to make it a getaway weekend and stay with us at our Arkansas bed and breakfast. We have our own art gallery at the Inn with our in-house artist, Robin Young, who has her incredible work on exhibit and for sale. In addition, every guest room has original fine art! You’ll also love our gourmet breakfasts and our luxurious rooms. Each room has its own individual personality with a peaceful and beautiful view of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a weekend to remember.

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.

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