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Valley of the Vapors 2016 Hot Springs AR

March 10th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Valley of Vapors Hot Springs AR 2016The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival is around the corner, from March 18-22, and we can’t wait to see all the musicians in the lineup.

Each year, this festival showcases some of the best independent acts from around the country, as well as hosting workshops, and VIP parties. The festival officially kicks off with the four bands pictured (to the right), beginning at 7pm at Low Key Arts on 118 Arbor Street.

The festival has a little something for everyone. There is karaoke, knitting and photography workshops, thrift store craft shows, album release parties, crawfish boils and brunch shows, and so much more. (You can find the entire schedule on their website.) A wide variety of musical genres are represented, and you have the option of buying festival passes, day passes, or even paying at the door if you want to see one specific event.

Since the events take place at different locations throughout the festival, you will get a chance to dive into the local flavor of Hot Springs National Park while listening to some amazing music. It’s a great way to get into the Spring season!

While you are enjoying the festival, stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. Lookout Point is the perfect sanctuary during your Arkansas getaway, with gourmet breakfast each morning and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

31 Hot Springs Adventures in 31 Days

March 1st, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

In honor of the 31 days in March we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do in Hot Springs, AR. Here are some highlights, in no particular order or ranking.Things to do in Hot Springs AR

  1. Gallery Walk – March 4th
  2. Oaklawn Live Thoroughbred Racing
  3. Golf
  4. Alligator Farm
  5. Canoe/Kayak
  6. Superior Bathhouse
  7. Gangster Museum
  8. High School Basketball State Tournament- March 10-12
  9. Mid-America 1st Anniversary Reopening – March 19th
  10. Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulips
  11. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concert @ Garvan Gardens – March 20th
  12. World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade w/ Bacon brothers – March 17th
  13. MassageCraft brews in Hot Springs
  14. Go-karts
  15. LaserTag
  16. Shopping
  17. Hiking Lake Catherine State Park
  18. Miniature Golf
  19. Motorcycle ToursHistoric Bathhouses Hot Springs AR
  20. Board Games
  21. Carriage Rides
  22. Fishing
  23. Crater of Diamonds State Park
  24. Mountain Biking at Cedar Glades Park
  25. Arlington Park – Hot Springs Fountains
  26. Climb Hot Springs Mountain
  27. Mountain Tower
  28. Arkansas Walk of Fame
  29. Bathhouses
  30. McClard’s Famous BBQ
  31. Eat 🙂

Let us assist in planning your perfect spring vacation with a stay at Lookout Point. After a day enjoying these exciting adventures, relax in one of our beautiful rooms and take in the gorgeous views.

St. Patty’s Day in Hot Springs Spells FUN!

February 16th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Events

St. Pat’s Parade, Hot Springs

It is so much fun to attend the 13th Annaul First Ever World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Hot Springs!  Truly, the actual parade is only 99 feet long, and a high school band cannot play all at the same time–only for 99 feet.  The entire experience is a hoot. The parade has garnered attention around the globe and increased in popularity among locals and tourists who come to town for the celebration.

This year, the official parade starter is actor Gary Busey, and the celebrity Grand Marshals are actor Kevin Bacon, along with his brother Michael Bacon.  After the parade, the Bacon Brothers Band provides a free street concert!

A word to parade newcomers: get a spot along the parade route early, dress in green and get ready to have a blast.  An assortment of entertainment during the parade includes:

  • Irish Elvis Impersonators
  • Green Irish Wolfhounds

    The Bacon Brothers

    The Bacon Brothers

  • Zany floats
  • Marching bands, playing for 99 feet
  • Candy and beads tossed to the crowd
  • New surprises every year

Make plans to visit for St. Pat’s festivities on March 17 and stay at our Hot Springs, Arkansas bed & breakfast/inn. Our luxurious rooms are incredibly comfortable and individually appointed.  Delicious breakfast are served each morning in our dining room (or on trays to your room), where our guests enjoying bird watching. The cardinals entertain every morning, plus lots of other varieties.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs, AR

Wacky Fun

Make reservations early online or give us a call at 501-525-6155.  We’ll assist in planning a great St. Patrick’s Day and Hot Springs getaway!

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.

Quirky Activities: AR Shorts Film Festival

December 17th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

AR Shorts FestivalOn January 2, the 9th Annual Arkansas Shorts festival will be taking place at the Arlington. Low Key Arts, who is responsible for the Hot Water Hills and Valley of the Vapors indie music festivals, will be hosting the event.

The AR Shorts Festival showcases short films made by Arkansas residents, from professionals to hobbyists and beginners. Each film is 10 minutes or less, and the festival is segmented into “E for Everyone” at 5pm, and “Mature audiences” beginning at 8pm. Before each screening, there will be a cash bar and reception.

Founded in 2008, the festival highlights a variety of film types, from musical to experimental, to animation, narratives, and documentaries. The full schedule will be released on Dec. 23, both on their website and their Facebook.

Come join us as we begin the new year with this celebration of art! Lookout Point would love to welcome you to this quirky city, with gourmet breakfast each morning and luxurious linens to end the day in peace. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

You can get your tickets to the ‘jewel of January’ for $10, at the Arlington on the night of the event.

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!

13th Annual Chili Cook Off & Christmas Lights Hot Springs AR

November 3rd, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Chili Cook Off and Lighting Historic DowntownEvery year, downtown Hot Springs prepares for the holidays with a community celebration, gorgeous lights, and tasty chili.

The 13th Annual Chili Cook Off and Christmas Lighting will take place from 4-8 pm on Monday, November 23. You can enjoy all the chili your heart desires for $5, and it will take place at the downtown parking deck on Exchange Street. Proceeds benefit the lighting display budget, so that others can enjoy the lights (and this event) for years to come.

The historic downtown area will officially turn on the holiday lights right after the cook off ends, signaling the beginning of the holiday season. There is nothing quite like Christmas lights and a cool evening to get you into the holiday spirit, and we hope that you won’t miss this event!

Stay at Lookout Point during your getaway, where you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast, tranquil atmosphere, and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

 

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!

Mrs. Arkansas Pageant Returns to Hot Springs AR

October 27th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Mrs. Arkansas Pageant

The Mrs. Arkansas Pageant is an exciting tradition, with contestants from a broad variety of backgrounds. The contestants are married women; they are secretaries, teachers, administrators, business owners, homemakers, and so much more.

The pageant focuses on celebrating the beauty and intelligence of married women, on the wonderful life that happens after a fairy-tale “ever after” ending. The Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant is the most prestigious pageant for married women in the state, and Hot Springs National Park is always excited to host the event.

The pageant takes place on November 14 at 7pm in the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tickets can be bought at the door, and families are welcome to attend and celebrate the hard-working women in their life.

While you are in town participating in the event, we would love to pamper you at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast. After a rejuvenating night’s sleep, you can begin your day with gourmet breakfast and the delicious Lookout Point coffee blend. You can reserve your stay, and gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton, online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Garvan Woodland Gardens Knows How to Celebrate During the Holidays

October 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The highlight for the Christmas season in Hot Springs is Holiday Lights at Garvan Gardens! This is an event that makes the season come to life with more than four million lights and transforms the Gardens into a wonderland of imagination and delight for children and adults. Even though we’ve yet to celebrate Halloween, I want all our guests to know that we have a wonderful holiday celebration starting in November and continuing throughout the season.

Holiday Lights starts the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas until Dec. 31. We love visiting the Gardens for the Lights with our extended family, where children of all ages are enchanted.

Most nights the Gardens are busy and careful planning on when to arrive helps the outing be even more enjoyable. Along with the Holiday Lights Nov. 21-Dec. 31 are a myriad of holiday events that take place at the Gardens almost daily throughout the season. Some of my favorites are:

  • Workshop on “An All Arkansas Holiday” 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 22
  • Jingle Dogs Pup Parade 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Village Chorale Holiday Lights Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Holiday High Tea 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Classics in the Chapel Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2
  • Ringers of Hope Handbell Choir Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8
  • The Muses “Voices of Angels” Winter Holiday Concert 3 p.m. Dec. 13
  • Crystal Chimes Barbershop Chorus Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15

At the Inn we decorate early so that we stay festive throughout the holidays. We’d love to have guests stay with us while they are in town to see Holiday Lights and take in one or more of the special events that are available at the Gardens.

In order for more people to stay at the inn to visit the Holiday Lights, we have dropped our rates for a Queen Standard Room to the lowest price of the year from December 1-23.  Only $109 per night (Sun-Thur), and that price still includes the freshly prepared breakfast and the Innkeepers Reception every afternoon!

Hot Springs and the Inn are especially charming during the holidays. The view of Lake Hamilton is magical this time of year. The Inn is warm and toasty with fireplaces, hot chocolate and delicious goodies made in our kitchen. Our rooms are beautifully appointed and include comfortable beds and beautiful linens. Make reservations early online or give us a call at 501.525.6155.

Winter on Lake Hamilton

Winter on Lake Hamilton

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