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Five Wonderful Winter Activities in Hot Springs, AR!

December 6th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

This little city of Hot Springs, and the surrounding area, never stops.  Each season offers spectacular activities, with winter no exception.  Wintertime is one of my favorite times in Arkansas, with the starkness of the trees, birdwatching, and exceptional hiking opportunities. Here’s a list of our top five winter experiences:

Male Cardinal in Hot Springs, AR

Male Cardinal

  1. Birdwatching.  A variety of birds and waterfowl spend their winters in Hot Springs.  Bald eagles, osprey, cormorands, coots, cardinals, tufted titmouse, juncos, chickadees, finches of all varieties, several types of woodpeckers, doves, and the list goes on.  Dozens of cardinals nest on our property, so you are guaranteed to see them at our feeders.  
  2. Garvan Woodland Gardens.  Throughout December, the Holiday Lights are a magical wonderland.  Although the gardens are closed in January, you’ll find great walks along blooming camelia trails and thousands of stunning daffodils during the month of February. 
  3. Bald Eagle Tours. Three nearby state parks offer tours via boat to see the wintering bald eagles. The tours, at Lake Ouachita, Lake Catherine and Lake DeGray State Parks require advance reservations. 

    Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa

    Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa

  4. Hiking. With cooler temps, no humidity, and few people on the trails, winter may be the very best time for outdoor enthusiasts.  With lots of hiking trails, from easy to challenging, we’ll provide suggestions and maps for our guests.  The Hot Springs National Park provides many hiking trails, plus the nearby state parks also have fabulous hikes.  
  5. Thermal Water Relaxation. When coming to the Spa City, a soak in the thermal waters may be just the prescription for removing aches and pains.  Check out the Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa, where you can spend an entire day soaking in pools of warm thermal water. 
  6. Oaklawn Thoroughbred Racing. Starting January 13, live horse racing returns to Oaklawn!  

Enjoy a great getaway to Hot Springs this winter! We’ll be happy to make activity suggestions for you, and we promise to have the fireplace roaring on chilly evenings so that you might snuggle with a cup of hot cocoa. To reserve your room, book online or call 501.525.6155.

Celebrate Christmas With Live Theater in Arkansas

December 3rd, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Lookout Point ChristmasWith the Inn decked out for the holidays, we are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit! One of our favorite things about this time of year is taking time to enjoy holiday performances with friends and family. For the next few weeks, there are two plays guaranteed to remind you of the spirit of the holiday, of the important relationships and connections in your life.

At the Pocket Theatre just a few minutes from the Inn, It’s a Wonderful Life will be performed by local actors. As one of the most well-known and loved movies of all time, this play will remind you of the importance of family and community, just as the events in the play convince George Bailey of the wonder of his own life. It’s the perfect play for the lovely community of Hot Springs National Park, and it will be performed as live theater for the next two weekends. You can find out more about the schedule and tickets, on the Pocket Theatre website.

Christmas Story live theaterFrom now until December 26, you can watch another classic performed at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre–A Christmas Story. The play will cast a nostalgic eye upon one of your favorite holiday films, complete with a leg-shaped lamp and a pink bunny suit. There will be plenty of laughs for you, your friends, and your family. Find out more about performance, including tickets, on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre website.

If you would like to plan a holiday getaway, we would love to help! You can stay at Lookout Point, begin each day with gorgeous views and a gourmet breakfast, and enjoy the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon before going to see a live theater performance. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Latte, Cappucino, Poetry and Lit in Historic Hot Springs

October 5th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

We are so very fortunate to have Kollective Coffee+Tea kollective coffee shop in Hot Springs, ARin Historic Downtown Hot Springs. First of all, the coffee and tea is superb and includes batch, manual and nitro cold brew coffees; espresso; latte; cappuccino, flat white, mocha, caramel latte, cortado and a large selection of loose-leaf tea. Second of all, Kollective sponsors Wednesday Night Poetry from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday and Lattes & Lit once a month.

The setting for this interesting coffee shop is impressive and comfortable, and the friendly staff makes the experience so much fun. It is a great place to order an memorable cup of coffee or tea along with something delicious to eat, and then spend time enjoying the wonderful historic architecture of the building and the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.Cozy sitting area in Hot Springs coffee shop

Wednesday Night Poetry features local, regional or touring artists who speak/perform for about 20 minutes. Then, Open Mic lets anyone perform for 3-4 minutes with readings, recitations or singing. Lattes & Lit is a monthly literary round table presenting a guest speaker extending interesting insights and then opening the conversation for discussion.

For a great getaway, stay at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn and continue with the great atmosphere from the coffee house. We offer a wonderful, tranquil experience at our Hot Springs luxury inn on the shores of Lake Hamilton. Our rooms and gathering places are incredibly comfortable and well appointed. We offer gourmet breakfasts (along with custom blend coffee) and beautiful gardens. Make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fabulous escape.

Grand 25th Anniversary, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

September 20th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

louis-gossett-jr

Louis Gossett Jr

Film goers will be celebrating in high style as celebrities descend upon Hot Springs October 7-16!  Join Louis Gossett Jr, Beau Bridges, Barry Bostwick, Ed Asner for amazing documentaries and festivities.  Seriously!

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America and an Academy-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. Yes, you get to vote on films, interact with actors, producers and directors and watch films from morning until late at night.  Consider dressing the part for a raucous screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (featuring Barry Bostwick in person, oh my!)

Barry Bostwick

Barry Bostwick

This is truly one of the greatest events in Hot Springs, and folks travel from all over North America to attend our Film Festival.  Get a VIP pass, and enjoy the entire scene.  Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the HSDFI, and to host one of those actors named above.  But we’re not telling the name, or when.

We’d love to have you be a VIP at Lookout Point for the Film Festival.  You’ll be treated royally, as every guest experiences that enters our doors.

Magic & Music: September Festivals in Hot Springs

September 13th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic  One of the most popular and fun activities in Hot Springs is visiting the Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic. This is not your average magic show; the performances are fascinating from beginning to the end, performed in an intimate venue. In addition, each year Hot Springs hosts a magic festival. This year the Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic delights attendees from around the world Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

The Festival of Magic takes place at Maxwell Blade’s Theater of Magic, Tillmans Apartment Theatre and Adair Park Stage. The Festival includes magic shows, lectures and workshops with some great magicians performing and teaching. You can even learn the art of magic through personal hands on training and instruction.

At the same time, Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 1 at Hill Wheatley Plaza. While the main event of the Festival is music, Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival it also offers art, food and drink, contests and kids activities. Food trucks will be on hand with interesting food fare, including Hot Rod Weiners. An Art Fair also continues to be a part of the Music Festival with artisans selling paintings, pottery, jewelry and more.

These two festivals are different in scope but both are very entertaining. Consider making a Hot Springs getaway to attend both events. While you’re in town, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point! We serve an outstanding breakfast each morning, and the setting is an incredibly relaxing place to return to after a fun day attending festivals. Each room has a gorgeous view of the Lake Hamilton, plus our gardens are lovely and include a swing, hammock and labyrinth. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll assist you with making the weekend of festivals one to remember

Your Guide to the Garland County Fair in Hot Springs AR

September 11th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Garland County FairSome of my favorite memories of my childhood involve spending time at the county fair. We would eat funnel cakes and corn dogs, watch the Demolition Derby, and ride the ferris wheel. Each year, the Garland County Fair rolls into town just in time for fall to be kicking into gear. Enjoy all the rides and carnival food you can stand this week, from September 12-17, 2016.

Each day of the county fair, you can enjoy carnival food and rides, and the arts and crafts fair. There are games for you to win prizes and lots of rides made especially for children. There are even gospel concerts at 7pm most evenings. Plus, on Friday and Saturday you can also enjoy the Demolition Derby at 7:30pm, a rousing event that involves a tournament-style wrecking of cars until the final round on Saturday night.

The Garland County Fair is the perfect trip for an Arkansas getaway, giving you time to make fun memories and enjoy the lovely fall weather. Tickets for a full day of fun at the fair are $20-25, and you can find out more information about the fair events and schedule on their website.

While you enjoy your getaway in Hot Springs National Park, stay at Lookout Point. You can begin each day with gourmet breakfast and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and it can end with a soak in the whirlpool tub and sleep between luxurious sheets. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your Arkansas vacation!

 

Spa City Summer Fest 2016: JazzFest and Blues Festival

August 25th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Spa City Summer FestThe Spa City Summer Fest will be combining two unstoppable musical forces this Labor Day–Jazz and Blues. For one weekend, you can experience two very different, active genres with a schedule that will excite and dazzle you.

Sensing that the Hot Springs Jazz Society and the Hot Springs Blues Society complement each other, they decided to join forces to celebrate the 25th Hot Springs Jazz Festival and the 20th Hot Springs Blues Festival at one time. The Jazz Festival will take place from Aug. 31 to Sept.4, while the Blues Festival will be running during the weekend from Sept. 3-4.

Although it is not the first time these two festivals have joined forces, they did work together to create a schedule that would appeal to both of their audiences. They are especially excited for Saturday’s programming, which will have both jazz and blues music playing downtown from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

As you plan your Labor Day getaway, plan to visit the Spa City Summer Fest. You can stay at Lookout Point, where you will have gorgeous views of  Lake Hamilton and gourmet breakfast every morning. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We’d love to help you plan your vacation!

For the most updated listing of artists for the Blues Festival or more JazzFest details, be sure to check out their websites.

 

June Cooking School to Feature Southern Cooking

May 27th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

       

Hands-on Learning in one of our cooking classes at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast

Hands-on Learning

I’ve had the pleasure of eating delicious Southern cooking for years prepared by Lula Barnes, mother of one of my long-time friends, Larie Barnes Engles. Mrs. Barnes of Forest City, Arkansas was always the expert on cooking in the Barnes family, and she was the go-to person anytime her children or grandchildren had questions on recipes. She passed some of her delicious recipes on to her family and we have the privilege of sharing her recipes and preparing a few of them during our June cooking class.

My friend Larie Engles will teach the class on techniques and cooking several of her mother’s recipes and I will assist. If you have always loved Southern cooking and would like to learn a little more on preparation, please sign up for Cooking School for June 27. We’ll have a great time cooking together and we’ll probably have stories to share on some of our recipes.

The class is from 11 am until 3pm on June 27 in the kitchen at our Hot Springs inn. The cost is $70 with a reduced price if you’re also a guest at the Inn. Fresh Peaches for Southern cooking classes in ArkansasAll of the food we will be preparing are mouth-watering terrific, flavorful and oh-so-satisfying! The recipes we will prepare are:

  • Homemade Chicken & Dumplings
  • Eggplant Rosa
  • Cornbread
  • Peach Cobbler

Reserve by calling 501.525.6155 and we’ll make sure your place is secured for our Cooking School on June 27. Places fill quickly, so make plans to attend cooking class and stay with us at the Inn. We have so many wonderful events going on in Hot Springs during June.

Family Fun On the Playlist at 2016 Magic Springs Concert Series

May 17th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Magic Springs Concert Series 2016The Magic Springs Concert Series is known for attracting a variety of musicians–from current pop and country to 80s and 90s hits to Christian artists. This year’s line up is sure to please the entire family, or be a lovely outing for two.

Starting June 4th with Hunter Hayes (pictured above), the concert series will have a different band every Saturday until September 4th. The lineup includes Hinder, MercyMe, Cheap Trick, Maddie & Tae, Dwight Yoakam, Blues Traveler, and more. Each concert takes place in the Timberwood Amphitheatre, where you can listen to great music while relaxing on the lawn.

Plus, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Amusement Park is a destination in itself! Magic Springs has roller coasters and kids rides, bumper cars and swings, and even more fun rides. Crystal Falls, attached to Magic Springs, has water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river for relaxing. You can start the day enjoying the rides, each some lunch at the park, spend the afternoon enjoying the water slides, and then finish the fun day at one of these concerts!

If you would like to reserve a stay in Hot Springs AR for your getaway, try Lookout Point. You could begin each day of your stay with gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton as you eat your gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.535.6155 for more information.

You can see the entire concert series line up on the Magic Springs website.

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.

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