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Improvisation, Syncopation, Rhythm and Ragtime Saturates Hot Springs

August 25th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

No where else can you find back-to-back Blues and Jazz Festivals with such incredible talent as you’ll find in Hot Springs kicking-off Labor Day weekend. Any blues and jazz fan will love either or both Festivals!

The Blues 17th Annual Festival is Labor Day weekend with a pre-event line-up starting Aug. 28. Gates to the Festival open at 2:30, Aug. 31 and 1:30 Sept. 1 and continue all day. After-parties start at 9 p.m. each night at different locations. So, Blues aficionados get two full days and most of the night with fantastic and diverse blues performances. Check the website for details and ticket information.

Red. white & blue background to the 2013 Jazz Fest in Hot Springs

Then in less than two weeks later the six-day Jazz Festival takes place Sept. 10-15. Top jazz pianists kick off the Jazz Festival including swing, blues, stride, boogie-woogie, bebop and contemporary. The festival continues each day with different themes in different locations and concludes with Stardust Big Band the afternoon of Sept. 15. For more information see their website

The perfect addition to the Blues and/or Jazz Festivals would be to stay at our luxurious Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast during the Festivals. This combination would be a great pairing: impressive music and a breathtaking place to rest and rejuvenate. We offer indulgence in each room, a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton and the most delicious breakfast you can find. What a wonderful Arkansas getaway! Reserve your room online here.

August: Romance Awareness Month

July 27th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Great Romance Package in Romance roomIn Arkansas, the hottest month of the year is August. The air is definitely warmer, and the lake water is refreshing. But, did you know August is also Romance Awareness Month? I guess someone filtered in the hotness factor when deciding on the month for romance! We all know that love is popular at any time, but to honor this month’s theme, our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast is offering the Great Romance Package at a 10 percent discount.

The Package includes:

  • 3 nights in your choice of room
  • Hearty homemade breakfast each morning
  • Spa basket for enjoying your whirlpool tub
  • Chilled sparkling wine, fine chocolates and cheese/cracker basket en suite
  • 1 dozen long stemmed roses
  • Relaxing couples massage
  • Admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens and the Mountain Tower
  • $50 fine dining certificate to a restaurant of your choice

So, consider bringing your beloved to Lookout Point and celebrating Romance Awareness Month in style at our Arkansas getaway. Check out the Great Romance Package or give us a call at 1.800.525.6155. We’ll be glad to set up your reservation for August so you can celebrate the romance in your life!

Fresh, Flavorful Breakfasts Outshine Hot Springs Hotels

July 1st, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Last week I attended a meeting in Baltimore, and stayed in a very well respected hotel chain with one of the larger self-service breakfast buffets. The only fresh item on the buffet was a banana! Pre-packaged foods and reconstitued scrambled eggs and sausage just cannot compete with the breakfasts served at our Hot Spring B&B.

I love to play with food, and creating fresh breakfast dishes using local products as much as possible is especially fun! As a member of the Eight Broads in the Kitchen, I continually gain new ideas from my colleagues par excellance. Among the Eight Broads, the discussion recently turned to breakfast salads.

When the temperature was nearing 100 degrees outside, I decided it was time to experiment and served a Breakfast Salad last week to great reviews. Poached eggs served over an arugula/spring mix topped with a homemade orange vinaigrette was light and tasty! Most guests said they’ve never had salad at breakfast, but really like it. In addition, we servedfresh peaches with cream, and a cinnamon crunch coffee cake.

Here’s some photos of recent dishes served at Lookout Point. Way better than a chain hotel breakfast!!

 

Musical Summer Ahead for Hot Springs AR

June 22nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Although the Hot Springs Music Festival is over, the Spa City still has plenty of options for summer music enjoyment.

One week from today, Music in the Park will be taking place at Lake Catherine. The event features Fer Goodness Sake, a group that sings mostly blue grass, country, and folk tunes. If the variety of music doesn’t hit the spot, the free Dutch oven cobbler definitely will!

lake catherine state parkBefore the event, you can always walk the beautiful hiking trails located at Lake Catherine. You can sit by the waterfall while you wait to dive into that cobbler and some Southern music.  Lookout Point can give you maps to all the best spots.

Just before Independence Day, on July 3rd, Lee Greenwood will be playing for the Spa Blast crowd at Oaklawn Racing Track. The event begins at 5:30, and it ends with fireworks. With an inflatable kid’s zone, “family-priced” concessions, and free entry, Oaklawn definitely has a good time in store for you.

As a little treat, Greenwood is recording the event for a live album. He is letting fans request songs via social media or email. You can read more information about that here, if you’d like to contribute.

On July 6th, we’ll have even more good Southern music playing at Magic Springs. Lynyrd Skynyrd will start at 8 o’clock at the Timberwood Ampitheater. Skynyrd plays the rock side of Southern music, with hits like “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” making them unforgettable to multiple generations. You can sit on the lawn and have a good time with the band and the rest of the crowd!

When you’re thinking of enjoying music during your Arkansas vacation this summer, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your fun time. Give us a call at 501.525.6155 to reserve your room today!

Ten Reasons to Plan an Outdoor Adventure with Lookout Point

June 11th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

hsporch1.       You can enjoy the garden, described as an “idyllic getaway” in the Betters Homes and Gardens blog. It is the perfect way to start a day filled with outdoor activities. Don’t forget to lie in the hammocks to get a little sun!

2.       Waiting for you on the boat dock, a canoe is itching to be out exploring Lake Hamilton. We’ll show you the life jackets and oars, and then you get to have a fun time paddling around the bay and islands.

3.       If you’re interested in swimming in the lake, there are steps leading directly from the garden into the tranquil waters. We’ll provide the beach towels!

4.       You can relax your mind by walking the labyrinth in our garden.

5.       Hot Springs AR has lovely hiking trails, taking advantage of the lakes and the mountain scenery. Lookout Point is happy to give guests maps to the best spots.

6.       Captain Ray gives boat tours of Lake Hamilton on his pontoon boat. There’s no better way for you to see the mansions lining Lake Hamilton or hear a little about the history of Hot Springs.

7.       With plants catering to butterflies, you can take some amazing photographs of flowers and wildlife. Be sure to stop and smell the rose bushes and magnolia trees.

8.       You can fish off the dock at the bottom of the hill. If you’d prefer to look at fish, there’s a pond by the waterfall with coy and goldfish, too!

DSCN02689.       For bird watchers, there are feeders outside the dining room. From cardinals and hummingbirds to ducks, birds stay active for guests to enjoy while eating breakfast or walking the garden. For those interested in catching sight of an eagle (which sometimes grace the area), binoculars are available for use.

10.   The gardens are also a lovely spot to start another kind of big adventure—marriage. If you are thinking about Arkansas weddings, you can read more about our wedding packages here.

For even more options for an active vacation, check out Lookout Point’s Active Lifestyles packages. Call 501.525.6155 to start your Arkansas getaway today!

 

Music Fills the Air in Hot Springs in June

May 16th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

HSMF logoBeginning June 2, we will all be able to listen to live classical music in historic downtown Hot Springs Arkansas. The Hot Springs Music Festival has concerts each night for two weeks with different programs and in different venues, including the Arlington Hotel, several churches, Historic Bathhouse Row and ending at Oaklawn VPA Magnet School on June 15. On June 8 the unique, outdoor Progressive Concert begins at 7:30 and the audience will move with the band down Bathhouse Row in the National Park.

This is the 18th season for the Festival, which is titled “Coming of Age” and celebrates the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner’s births and the centennial of Benjamin Brittan’s. Some of the song selections for the programs come directly from these three composers’ operatic repertoire, promising an entertaining festival from start to finish.

The concerts and venues are listed on the Festival website along with ticket information. This is such a wonderful event in Hot Springs, bringing in talented musicians and allowing the audiences to enjoy world-renowned music.

Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the Festival. If you’re looking forward to this Festival as much as we are, we hope you’ll consider adding a stay at our luxury Hot Springs resort to your getaway. Call us at 501.525.6155 for more information.

Thrills and Thrilling Concerts at Magic Springs, Hot Springs!

May 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the opportunity to visit the always-active Magic Springs in Hot Springs AR. The amusement park has a few surprises up its sleeve this year, including a new water park addition, Splash Island, and a lively concert series.

Thrilling rides at Magic Springs

Thrilling rides at Magic Springs

From 90s favorites to 80s legends, Christian and country artists, some rock and alternative groups, and even a pop act, there is a little something for everyone in this year’s line-up. The series begins just before Memorial Day on May 25th with Collective Soul, and it continues all summer, giving you plenty of chances to catch some of these acts.

The concerts are held outside in the Timberwood Amphitheater. The events are family friendly, with people camped out on the lawn with blankets and chairs. The atmosphere is best soaked up with sunglasses, sunscreen, a big smile, and a glass of water. To make a day of it, visit the park prior to the event and ride some roller coasters or swim at Crystal Falls.

While you are enjoying the concert series, feel free to add a stay our Hot Springs bed and breakfast to your fun agenda. We are only minutes from Magic Springs, and we’ll save you money with discount admissions to the amusement park!  Call us at 501-525-6155 for reservations and we’ll make sure your trip is filled with smiles.

A Dog’s Perspective of Hot Springs Dog-Friendly B&B

April 27th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

When we turn onto Central Avenue in Hot Springs, I can’t help but sit up in my seat to watch the buildings pass. We are here twice a year, so I know exactly where we are going. As the wind blows past the windows, I see Lake Hamilton in the distance. Just thinking about the all the grass and flowers waiting for me makes me SING. Really loudly.

The other dogs I see just don’t understand. They must not be going to Lookout Point.

 When we round the curve to park in front of the inn, I am anxious to get out the door. As soon as I am inside the room, I want to eat all the treats waiting for me, but my master insists I look at the note written for me first. “Dear Lany,” it says, “enjoy a pawfect stay.” I ignore all the stuff written in the middle because there is a hammock outside calling my name.

pet friendly Arkansas b&b

Whew, naptime!

It really is the perfect spot for a nap, even if I have to share it. Sometimes I like to go for a swim.

dog friendly Hot Springs hotel

Alert on the labyrinth

Splashing around in the water makes my masters laugh. They don’t get upset if I get them wet because we each have our own beach towels, but I like to sit in the labyrinth and let the sun warm me up.

I play for as long as I can, running on the path in the garden and by the waterfall. I make sure to keep an eye on all the birds that like to eat from the feeders at the top of the hill. One of my favorite things about staying here is exploring the garden. There are always flowers to sniff and grass to sit on.

I know we just left Lookout Point, but I am ready to go back right now.

Lany, (a beautiful vizsla and frequent guest at Lookout Point)

If you would like to bring your dog to stay at our dog-friendly Hot Springs B&B, call us at 501.525.6155 and make a reservation today. Dogs are welcome in the 4 first-floor guest rooms. 

 

A Bit of Tulip History, Prepping for Hot Springs’ Tulip Extravaganza

March 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

As I make plans to visit Garvan Woodland Gardens to take in the magnificent array of tulips this month, I became curious about the origin of the beautiful flower. In fact, the story is very intriguing and is quite old.

125,000 Tulips Blooming

125,000 Tulips Blooming

Tulips have been a favorite flower of spring gardens for generations. It is the national flower of Turkey and Iran and the floral emblem of Netherlands. The unusual shape and colors of tulips make them one of the most loved flowers on Earth. Because tulips bloom at the start of spring, they symbolize a new beginning.

The tulip originated in Turkey centuries ago and became a symbol of the Turkish Empire. The flower was introduced in Europe in the 16th century. It was then given the name “tulip”, which is the Persian name for “turban.”

In Netherlands in the 17th century, the tulip reached great popularity and was used as a form of currency. The phenomenon became known as “tulip mania” and was a symbol of affluence. The price of a single bulb soared. When the tulip market crashed, it devastated the Netherlands economy and was similar to the 1930s stock market crash in the U.S.

As you know, tulips come in an array of colors and each has a different meaning. All tulips are associated with perfect love, imagination, eternal life and fame. The dark velvet-like center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by passion. The array of bright colors is said to inspire imagination. The symbolism of each different color is significant:

  • Red – perfect love and passion, a declaration of love
  • Yellow – cheer, hope, joyfulness and sunshine
  • White – heaven, purity and worthiness
  • Purple – royalty and wealth
  • Cream – eternal love
  • Pink – happiness, confidence and affection
  • Orange – happiness, energy, desire, warmth and enthusiasm, passion

The cheerful colorful tulips will begin to emerge about the first of March all over Arkansas and are in wide array in Hot Springs at Garvan Gardens. The Tulip Extravaganza, Hot Springs’ own “tulip manie” includes 125,000 tulips plus hyacinths; red, pink and white azaleas; and thousands of delicate dogwood blossoms.

The “Tulip Extravaganza” is definitely an unforgettable “must-see”. Make plans for a full day at the Gardens and plan to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn to complete your perfect spring getaway. For reservations, call 501.525.6155 for book online.

Tulips galore!

Tulips galore!

Spring's Glory

Passionate Purple Tulips
Passionate Purple Tulips

Delicate Dogwoods

 

Hot Springs Turns up the Green for St. Paddy’s Day

March 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

If you love parades with leprechauns, quirky floats, marching bands and Irish Elvis impersonators, then you’ll absolutely love the First Ever Tenth Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Come celebrate the Irish!

Come celebrate the Irish!

Just the name makes me laugh and that’s exactly how much fun you can count on at the event. After participating in the 2012 festivities, I wouldn’t miss this year’s celebration for anything. And, I hope you won’t either.

The grand marshals for the parade are Bo Derek from the movie “10” and John Corbett, the TV star from “Northern Exposure.” Previously, Bo and John were each grand marshals in different years, now we’re excited to have this long-time couple share the duties!

The 98-foot-long parade (for real – it’s really only 98 feet) is held on Bridge Street with a green celebration and green libation and includes the kissing of the Blarney Stone.

I hope I have convinced you to come and enjoy the traditional Irish celebration on Bridge Street in Hot Springs on March 17 in a very non-traditional manner. You’ll have lots to tell your friends!

And, please while you’re in town – make your visit complete with a stay at Lookout Point Inn. Call 501-525-6155 for reservations or book online.

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