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State Basketball Finals March 9th-11th Return to Hot Springs

February 14th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

arkansas state basketball finals Come see some of the best basketball players in the state of Arkansas play for the state title.  Hot Springs’ Bank of the Ozarks Arena will host the State Basketball Finals March 9th -11th.  All divisions, 1A – 7A, will play their final game at Bank of the Ozarks Arena.  The top two teams from the regional rounds will meet in Hot Springs to shoot for the title. 

 

 

Need a great place to stay while cheering on your favorite basketball player?  Although our rooms are filling quickly, we’d love to welcome you to the inn.  Check out our availability and book your room online

2017 World’s Shortest St. Pat’s Parade with Alfonso plus Clydesdales!

February 9th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

Alfonso RibeiroThe 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 is always a zany, hilarious blast! Come see the Alfonso Ribiero (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Dancing With the Stars, plus America’s Funniest Videos) as Grand Marshall! This parade is wild proof that Hot Springs does not take itself too seriously.

In addition to Alfonso, you’ll see the world-renowned Clydesdales sponsored by Express Employment Professionals as a new addition to the parade. Of course, returning are the Irish Elvis impersonators, green Irish wolfhounds, marching units such as Paddy O’Furniture, Irish belly dancers and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.Cheerleader at Hot Springs St. Patrick's Day Parade

Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said: “The Clydesdales will be pulling a beautiful custom-designed stagecoach, which will make their participation that much more thrilling for the 30,000 parade-goers. These magnificent animals will be a wonderful addition to what is already recognized as one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world.”

The Clydesdales are most famous for escorting William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their recent visit to North America. These Clydesdales are a rare black and white color and stand 17 to 18 hands high weighing more than 2,000 pounds. While this breed usually varies in different shades of bay, chestnut and black, only 10 percent of the Clydesdale population in North America is black and white.Leprechaun at Hot Springs parade

So, if you love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and you love Clydesdales, I guarantee you’ll love coming to our very famous and wacky parade. We’d love to have you celebrate with us at the Inn. Our beautiful rooms, most with balconies or patios, offer a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton. Each morning we prepare a gourmet breakfast including our own signature coffee, which we also sell in the gift shop. Each room is individually appointed, incredibly comfortable, restful and quiet.

Make reservations online early because we will have lots of extra guests in town for St. Patrick’s Day or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a very Irish getaway!

Two Fun February Events in Hot Springs

January 24th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

In addition to live horse racing and romantic getaways throughout the month of February, two different but entertaining events occur.

The Home & Garden Show showcases vendors with the very latest ideas and equipment for indoor and outdoor living. Some of the companies include landscaping, windows and doors, painting, cleaning, siding, electronics, lawn mowing, hot tubs, pools, energy savings and plumbing. Anyone interested in updating or changing indoor and outdoor spaces would enjoy time at the show.

treats from the Hot Springs Chocolate FestivalOn Feb. 5 the 13th Annual Chocolate Festival takes place at Embassy Suites. This event is a fundraiser benefitting Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic. It’s a day to indulge in decadent sweets for a very good cause. In addition to chocolate, the festival includes a silent auction and live entertainment. Sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy chocolate and contribute to a good cause. The lines are often long, so we recommend purchasing tickets prior to the event.

 Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is a great place to stay in Hot Springs for a weekend seeking home improvement ideas and eating lots of great chocolate. In the afternoon at the Inn, you’ll enjoy a reception including wine, tea and appetizers, and frequently we serve chocolate desserts.

Don’t miss out on this fun first weekend in February. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you with your plans. Check out our specials offered throughout February. 

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr in Hot Springs

January 11th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

Once again, we celebrate the birthday of one of our country’s great leaders, with the holiday on January 16. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly in his short life for the equality of all people, and he endeavored to complete his mission nonviolently. Martin Luther King Jr

I believe if Dr. King were still with us, he’d encourage us all to have hope, to work for peace and to pray diligently for our new president and our American leaders in government. One of my favorite quotes by Dr. King, which seems appropriate this year, is, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

I hope you will join me in taking time for reflection on MLK Day. Reflect on the amazing life of this outstanding man who contributed so much to our country, then begin to apply some of his ideals for peace and love in our lives.

In Hot Springs, we celebrate MLK Day with a Prayer Breakfast sponsored by our local NAACP 8 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. For more information, contact Elmer Beard at 501.624.6866. We’d love to have our out-of-town visitors join us at the breakfast.

We’d also like to invite you to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. Our Inn celebrates the lives and dignity of all people and believes that whenever we work together in this great nation, we can achieve astounding successes. If you’d like to stay at our inn overlooking Lake Hamilton, please make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you with travel plans.Martin Luther King Jr. Marching

We’re Off to the Races Starting January 13 in Hot Springs

December 21st, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Oaklawn Racing

Oaklawn Racing

There’s usually a lull after the holidays when all the lights are put away, the gifts exchanged and we’re contemplating-but-not-following a New Year’s diet. Not in Hot Springs! We’re gearing up for the exciting live thoroughbred racing season starting Jan. 13 at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming.

Racing season runs 3-5 days each week and culminates April 15 with the Arkansas Derby. Check out the schedule, and plan a visit to the races!

Thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn goes back more than a century, beginning in 1905. The crowd for the first race on Feb. 24, 1905, included 3,000 fans. It was such a big event that the Hot Springs mayor declared a half-day holiday for the city.

Last year, Oaklawn’s Arkansas Derby winner, Creator, also won Belmont Stakes. In 2015 American Pharoah won the Arkansas Derby before becoming the triple crown winner in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Oaklawn continues to be a grade 1 racetrack with the top horses in the country racing here.

Friends enjoying drinks at the Oaklawn Jockey Club

Fun at the OJC!

Every year our family and close friends plan several outings to Oaklawn. We enjoy watching the horse races from the Jockey Club indoors with delicious food, a comfortable atmosphere and a relaxed way to place bets on the horses. Viewing the horse races from the multi-story glass windows in addition to individual screens on each table, makes for a terrific day at Oaklawn.

Throughout January & February, you are invited to be our guests at the private Oaklawn Jockey Club, complimentary with a two-night stay at the inn.  Enjoy your own private table with video screen, great service, and awesome view from the elevated position of the Jockey Club. Appropriate attire required at the OJC, and we’ll fill you in with details before your trip.

Oaklawn Horse Races in Hot Springs, AR

Excitement at the rails

Enjoy a day at the races, then return to our cozy Hot Springs inn for relaxation in a beautiful setting on Lake Hamilton. Each unique room provides a view of the lake, most with either a balcony or patio. Our breakfasts are delightful and each of our luxury rooms offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort.

Each year the races bring in more and more visitors, so make your reservations early online. For reservations in January or February with admission to the Jockey Club, enter code OJC2017. Or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a weekend of excitement at the races.

 

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

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