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Garvan Gardens Features Unique Splash of Glass

April 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Beginning the second week in April, 225 pieces of magnificent multi-colored art glass created by Arkansas artist James Hayes will be installed and displayed at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs. Art plus nature – what a creative combination!

The artist said, “I use nature, chance and my emotions as inspiration for my art glass.” He was born in Pine Bluff and owns the James Hayes Art Glass Company there. Hayes has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. including an invitation from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament.

I can’t wait to see the exhibit at the Gardens! It will be displayed outside and runs May 1-Sept. 30.   If you love art and the outdoors, what a stunning exhibition this will be. Make plans to spend a few days in Hot Springs to visit the display and spend some time at the Inn. Just call us at 501.525-6155, or reserve online.

The artist said: “My art is playful, adventurous, colorful and distinctive. When I make something I always begin with the end in mind. However, during the glassmaking process the design can change.”

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.

Daffodil Days

February 28th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Last week Ray & I were in a little Manitoba, Canada town to bury his 95 year old mother, and to celebrate anamazing life. The temps were about -15 F, and at the snow covered graveside the rose petals froze before we could place them! And then we returned to Arkansas, where in the middle of the bleak cold winter pops a bright yellow happy daffodil, and the phlox is in bloom. It catches me off guard each winter and always gives me a reason to hope. I love everything about the beautiful first blooming flowers with the promise of spring and warmer weather.

Daffodil Days

Daffodil Days

A single flower is stunning; a whole field of daffodils is breathtaking. Daffodil Days at Garvan Gardens continues through March 16. At this time (the end of February) 250,000 daffodils in several shades of yellow and orange will make their emergence from the winter Earth. You don’t want to miss this grand entrance of Spring!

Please add a stay at Lookout Point Inn to your fun daffodil excursion. Call us at 501-525-6155 for reservations and we’ll make sure your trip is one to remember. Stay 3 nights in March, and you will receive Garvan Gardens admission for two complimentary.

 

 

10 Years of Gratitude in Hot Springs!

February 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

We’ve reached our 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Inn in February 2003! For Ray and me, it’s been an incredible journey full of all kinds of emotion, but, mostly, pure joy.

We’ve had amazing guests from all walks of life both locally and from all over the world. We’ve had the privilege of sharing their lives for a few days and celebrating their journeys. We are filled with gratitude for our time together and our time at Lookout Point Inn.

During this year, occasionally we’d like to reminisce and share stories and our thoughts with you. To start with, here’s a photo of the property before Lookout Point was built!

Before Lookout Point Construction Began

Before Lookout Point Construction Began

We encourage you to comment on our blogs or Facebook to tell stories we may not know.

We started with a dream of the finest hospitality anyone could offer and we’ve turned that into a gift of compassion and shared lives – much more than we ever dreamed possible.

Many have come our way and we want to kick-off our year-long celebration with a thank you to all who’ve helped to make our Inn a tremendous success and who’ve made the world a little kinder for us all.

 

Oaklawn “Ponies Up” January 11-April 10

January 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

A brand-spanking new thoroughbred horse racing season gets underway in Hot Springs at Oaklawn Racetrack Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Everyone gets all gussied up and the horses seem more handsome than ever on Opening Day. And, then we are all off to the races! OK, that’s about all the horse references I can write  in one paragraph.

On a little more serious hoof, the racetrack offers some of the most competitive racing in the U.S. with more than $20 million available for purses and a multitude of popular promotions fans look forward to every season.

If you’ve never been to a horse race, or never been to a race at Oaklawn, or if you come every year – there are so many reasons to give Oaklawn a try again and again this season. Some of the highlights are:

  • Jan. 11: Opening Day
  • Jan. 12 $.50 corned beef sandwiches and $.10 soft drinks
  • Jan. 21: Free Oaklawn Cap Giveaway/$100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes
  • Feb. 18: $55,000 Progressive Cash Giveaway/$250,000 Southwest Stakes
  • March 16: Boat and Truck Giveaway/$500,000 Rebel Stakes Day
  • April 10: Racing Festival of the South

Of course, we want you to stay at Lookout Point when you come to the races making your experience more enjoyable. When you stay two nights in January on race days, you’ll receive complimentary admission to the exclusive members-only Jockey Club (dress code enforced). A comfortable bed, delicious breakfast and other guests at the inn discussing the day’s race events (some of it exaggerated, of course) – what could be more fun!

Just give us a call at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation.

Special Rates December 14 & 15 in Hot Springs!

December 12th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

If you can get away this weekend, Dec 14 &15, we are offering a special holiday discounted rate for any King Deluxe or Queen Deluxe Room. Stay one or more nights, and you’ll receive a 20% discount. Just give us a call at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation.

While you’re in Hot Springs, don’t miss the magical light shows at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

http://youtu.be/SKCNmlexHbA

Words fail to describe the beauty of the lighted walking trails while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate (free).

While you’re in Hot Springs, check out The Muses Christmas concert Sunday afternoon concert in the stunning Anthony Chapel. Lookout Point is proud to sponsor this concert! For tickets, visit the 3 Arts Cafe in the Hale Bathhouse, or online.

 

Hot Air Balloons Take Over Hot Springs September Skies

August 19th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

If you’ve got people in your life full of hot air – the Legends Balloon Rally

Legends Balloon Rally

might be just the event to enjoy together, September 21-22, 2012. The Rally is a great place to work off some of that energy, to share a few laughs and to experience the beauty and splendor of the balloons. Hot Air Balloons always elicit a feeling of exhilaration and pure delight. In all sincerity, the rally is a  wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.

The Legends Balloon Rally has been a part of the end of summer/beginning of fall happenings in Hot Springs since 2008. Every year the event brings visitors from outside the area and folks from Hot Springs. The Rally includes hot air balloon competitions, a car show, a free concert and plenty of time to gaze into the sky and enjoy the balloons with the array of bright colors.

One of my favorite parts of the Rally is the Balloon Glow Friday and Saturday night around dusk. At that time of evening the colorful and majestic balloons are tethered to the ground for the unforgettable balloon glow display. The evening light elicits a beautiful addition to the luminosity of 25 or more balloons. It truly is a sight to behold – the result is astonishing!

After spending the night at the inn and enjoying a gourmet breakfast and a cup of our special blend coffee, you’ll be ready for the Rally, which is held at Hot Springs Memorial Airport. For more information, contact or call our office at 501.525.6155 or visit the Legends Balloon Rally.

Much Motorcycle Mania in Hot Springs

August 5th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Our city once again hosts the Hot Springs Rally Sept. 6-9 for a multitude of motorcycle enthusiasts. Not only is the rally a roaring good time

Hot Springs Rally

for bikers to ride the trails through the beautiful scenic mountain curves, but the Schedule of Events also offers entertainment all weekend from concerts to a parade to antique motorcycles in the park.

Two concerts this year feature Mustang Sally on Friday night, Sept. 7, and Foreigners on Saturday, Sept. 8. The festive parade starts on Friday evening and concludes with the Mustang Sally concert at the Convention Center.

If you’re tired just reading about the motorcycle rally and weekend full of events, consider escaping each evening by staying with us at Lookout Point Inn on Lake Hamilton to refresh your body and spirit. The inn is the perfect place to continue your conversations from the day, rest and take a break from all the motorcycle excitement.

Guests can soak in our wonderful whirlpool tubs and get a great night’s sleep in our luxurious beds. The view and sunset on the lake, which is visible from each of our rooms, is both relaxing and inspiring. We also have an added convenience for our motorcycle guests with covered parking. Did I mention the breakfasts are a gourmet delight – a perfect way to start the day!

For more information on the inn, please contact us at www.LookoutPointInn.com or on the rally, contact www.thehotspringsrally.com.

Fun, Fun, Fun Included with Summer Concerts at Magic Springs

June 24th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

No vacation is complete without a trip to the amusement, theme or water park in the area. In Hot Springs that special place is Magic Springs & Crystal Falls

Magic Springs Fun in Hot Springs

(What a great name for an amusement park – full of magic and fun!) And we’ll save you money with discounted tickets to the park.

Many of guests at our Hot Springs’ lakeside inn enjoy a special day at Magic Springs when they are visiting the area. This summer in addition to the Thrill, Family or Kids Rides and Water Park, guests can plan a trip around special concerts featured at Magic Springs.

Upcoming concerts include:

Kris Allen                                                       June 30

Gretchen Wilson                                          July 7

Switchfoot                                                     July 14

Brandon Heath                                            July 15

TESLA                                                           July 21

Creed                                                             July 28

The added bonus for all the concerts is that they are included with the price of the one-day general admission ticket or Season Pass. Free seating is on the lawn or VIP Reserved Seating can be purchased for $10 or Regular Reserved Seating is available for $5.

As guests of Lookout Point Inn, we’re always glad to help you plan a fun day!

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