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Hot Water Hills Indie Music Festival 2015

September 22nd, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Magnolia Sons bandThe Hot Water Hills music festival celebrates independent artists and musicians each fall in downtown Hot Springs AR. Taking place in Hill Wheatley Plaza on October 2-3, the festival will appeal to all-ages.

On Friday, October 2, the gates will open at 4 pm and feature local musicians on the main stage, as well as acts from around the country. Saturday’s line up will start at 4pm, but the gates open at noon that day with activities for children and families.

Each day will have a variety of musical genres represented, such as the motown sounds of Magnolia Sons (pictured here), folk and alternative country music. You can learn more about the full schedule of events on the festival’s website, and there is a little something for everyone.

While you are in town for the festival, you can stay at Lookout Point. Early October is especially beautiful in Spa City, with the weather shifting and the leaves changing. We would love to welcome you to this gorgeous city! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.


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.

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.

FREE Justin Moore Concert in Hot Springs AR

August 6th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Justin Moore Hot Springs AROn Sunday, August 23, the Bank of the Ozarks arena downtown will have a special treat for Hot Springs National Park. Justin Moore will be showcased prior to the final weigh-in of the world championship of professional bass fishing, the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.

Moore is the reigning Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year, and Spa City is excited to welcome the Arkansas-native back home as he moves up in the country world. His music is well-rounded to hit all the favorite styles of country music fans–from sentimental hits to mission declarations and fidelity pledges.

He will be performing at 4 p.m. to celebrate the end of the bass fishing championship, which takes place from August 20-23, 2015. The tournament will feature the 50 best bass fishing professionals in the world, and it will end with a prize of $500,000.

While you are in town to see Justin Moore, and sing along to “Small Town USA,” stay at Lookout Point! Our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast has beautiful views of Lake Hamilton, gourmet breakfast served in the morning, and luxurious beds for resting. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.


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.

Food Truck Fridays in Hot Springs AR

June 25th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

solfood catering arThe newest trends for foodies everywhere to explore is food trucks. There are several in Hot Springs National Park that delight visitors–a few not far from the Inn–and the Farmers Market has decided to highlight these gems every Friday until October 31.

The lineup for the trucks will change a bit each month, but they are stationed for long hours in the market to cater to the lunch and dinner crowds downtown.

The food trucks being featured in Food Truck Friday Hot Springs AR this month are:

  • Bionic Grasshopper, serving wraps, sandwiches, and salads.
  • Flossie’s Funnel Cakes, offering carnival fare.
  • Its Gud Fud, which partners with local farmers to feature gluten, chemical, and hormone-free areas, crepes, and salads.
  • Kristina’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Fruit Smoothies, showcases locally grown fruits in freshly made products.
  • LA Taco, serves up authentic Latin food creations.
  • New Orleans Style Shaved Ice, cooling things down with a summer favorite and yummy flavors.
  • Next Level Barbecue, a tasty summer treat.
  • Solfood Catering, highlighting vegan goodness for the lunch crowd.

During the lunch crowd, from 11am-1pm, you can be entertained by Mike Fraz, a New Orleans jazz and blues artist. For those exploring during the 5-7:30pm dinner crowd, you can listen to the rock stylings of Two Lane Backdrop.

Food Truck Fridays: A Farm to Fender Event is designed to be family friendly, so bring your lawn chairs, family, friends, dogs on leashes, and bug spray. This is a series you will want to be a part of!

If you would like to add more gourmet food to your vacation menu, reserve your Arkansas getaway at Lookout Point. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Hot Springs Fireworks – 4th of July Celebration

June 17th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Different groups in Hot Springs take pride in providing fireworks 4th of July Celebration displays to celebrate the July 4th birthday of America. Independence Day is such a patriotic holiday. People all around are dressed in red, white and blue and most are waving flags. Pockets of celebration throughout Hot Springs enjoy cookouts with hot dogs with all the fixings, and make homemade ice cream. We’re pretty much a Norman Rockwell painting covered in patriotism.
To top off the American holiday, three major fireworks displays take place throughout the weekend. They are:
• Magic Springs and Crystal Falls plans to celebrate all month with fireworks each Friday night in July – the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. The events will start about 8 to 8:30 p.m.
• Oaklawn Racing and Gaming hosts a Spa Blast beginning at 4 p.m. July 3 on the Infield at the Racetrack. The event is free and open to the public. It is family-friendly and includes a petting zoo for children. The fireworks start at dark.
• An impressive fireworks show takes place at dusk on July 4 across Highway 7 from the Super Duty Docks and Lift location directly across from the Clarion Hotel. This display is on Lake Hamilton and is a great celebration on the 4th. One of the best ways to see these fireworks is from the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat on their fireworks cruise.
At the Inn we also celebrate the birthday of America during the July 4th weekend. We’re a wonderful place to stay for the holiday. Our comfortable beds and quiet rooms provide a nice place to return to after a fun day in the water, at Garvan Gardens, at Magic Springs or cruising Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Our breakfasts are delicious, the view of Lake Hamilton is stunning and the friendly Inn staff is a treat for our guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for the July 4th weekend.

Movies at the Market in Hot Springs AR

June 7th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

farmers market hot springs arThis summer, you can enjoy a movie outside, in a family friendly atmosphere, for free! The new Movies at the Market series will be taking place on Thursday evenings at dark (though you can begin arriving around 6:30pm). It will remind you of the days when drive-in movies were popular.

The movies will be shown at the Hot Springs Historical Farmers Market downtown, and admission is free. You are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs, picnic baskets and ice chests, your children or pets (as long as the dogs are on leashes).

The summer movie line up is:

  • June 11 – Frozen
  • June 18 – Seabiscuit
  • June 25 – The Goonies
  • July 2 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • July 9 – Grease
  • July 16 – True Grit
  • July 23 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

You can spend the day exploring the downtown area, stop at Rolandos for dinner and Fat Bottomed Girls Cupcakes for dessert, watch a movie at the market, and then finish the night relaxing in your luxurious bed at Lookout Point. It’s a perfect summer evening to share with your loved ones!

You can reserve your stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Music Fills the Air in Arkansas :: Hot Springs Music Festival

May 12th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

For me, music calms my soul, clears my mind and rejuvenates my heart. So, when the annual Hot Springs Music Festival comes along each year, I look forward to listening to some great music in interesting venues. We are also honored to be sponsors of the Festival again this year.
This is the 20th season for the Festival, May 31-June 13, and includes celebrating the joy of classical music in a multitude of venues with very talented musicians from around t he world. This is one of my favorite music events in Hot Springs. I look forward to it every year!
This Festival is quite unique in purpose and is two-fold in its mission.Hot Springs Music Festival The Festival provides performance experience and mentorship opportunities for especially talented international pre-professional musicians and it provides high-quality music performances and performing art-related activities at reasonable cost to residents of and visitors to Arkansas and the Hot Springs community. For more information go online to hotmusic.org.
Patrons of the Festival can come for the entire two weeks and purchase a Festival Pass or attend as many individual events as desired. All of the rehearsals are free and open to the public. The venues are as varied as the Opening Fanfare at the Arlington Hotel with the Festival Brass Ensemble to the Festival Symphony Orchestra performing at the Oaklawn School for Visual and Performing Arts. There is even music at the Farmers Market on two Saturdays.
Some of the Orchestral Highlights include:
• Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919)
• Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2 Menuet Antique
Pavane for a Dead Princess
• Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
• Haydn Symphony No 102
• Rossini La scala di seta Overture
• Chabrier Espana
I hope I have enticed you to come for all or part of the Music Festival. It is delightful in scope, venue and quality of performances. While you’re in Hot Springs for the

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Lake Hamilton views from every room

Festival, we encourage you to finish out your experience by staying with us at Lookout Point Inn. We have lovely rooms, scrumptious breakfasts, views of Lake Hamilton from each room – most with balconies or patios and wonderful guests to share your Hot Springs Music Festival experiences with.
Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your music adventure.

Arts & the Park Celebration :: Hot Springs Events

April 28th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset


Spring Events in Hot Springs, AR

Arts & the Park

We are fortunate to live in a community who honors and respects the cultural arts. It seems we have visual and performing arts, literary, music and dance festivals on regular basis. Also, that attention to the arts also spreads into our schools. It’s no wonder we have such talented artists, writers, musicians and dancers in the Hot Springs area!

This spring we have a 10-day celebration of regional artists of all disciplines for Arts & the Park, May 1-10 throughout Hot Springs with the majority of the events taking place in Historic Downtown. Arts & the Park is sponsored by the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance, a non-profit organization consisting of area artists, gallery owners, arts organizations and arts supporters. The mission of this organization is to see the Hot Springs arts community thrive and grow. For more information on the event go online to hotspringsarts.org. The May Celebration features:

Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance

Arts & the Park Paint Jam

• Studio Tours
• Plein Air Paint-Out
• PaintJam
• Art Fest
• Music and juried artisan work
• Docent-led sculpture tour
• Farmers market events
• Theatrical debuts
• Dance performances
• Concerts
• Yoga classes, and more
We have local art displayed at the Inn by Robin Young, a local artist and a member of our staff, plus art from several area artists. The Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton and is a respite after a day of fun attending art events or playing at some of the enjoyable local fun spots in town. Our rooms are individually named after Arkansas towns and each is decorated differently. We have porches and balconies for doing a bit of sitting and enjoying the lake, birds and waterfowl. The Inn fills quickly in the spring, so make reservations online or by calling 501.525.6155 and we’ll try to answer any questions you might have about the Arts & the Park Celebration or other places to visit in the area.

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