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Music Fills the Air in Hot Springs in June

May 16th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

HSMF logoBeginning June 2, we will all be able to listen to live classical music in historic downtown Hot Springs Arkansas. The Hot Springs Music Festival has concerts each night for two weeks with different programs and in different venues, including the Arlington Hotel, several churches, Historic Bathhouse Row and ending at Oaklawn VPA Magnet School on June 15. On June 8 the unique, outdoor Progressive Concert begins at 7:30 and the audience will move with the band down Bathhouse Row in the National Park.

This is the 18th season for the Festival, which is titled “Coming of Age” and celebrates the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner’s births and the centennial of Benjamin Brittan’s. Some of the song selections for the programs come directly from these three composers’ operatic repertoire, promising an entertaining festival from start to finish.

The concerts and venues are listed on the Festival website along with ticket information. This is such a wonderful event in Hot Springs, bringing in talented musicians and allowing the audiences to enjoy world-renowned music.

Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the Festival. If you’re looking forward to this Festival as much as we are, we hope you’ll consider adding a stay at our luxury Hot Springs resort to your getaway. Call us at 501.525.6155 for more information.

Thrills and Thrilling Concerts at Magic Springs, Hot Springs!

May 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the opportunity to visit the always-active Magic Springs in Hot Springs AR. The amusement park has a few surprises up its sleeve this year, including a new water park addition, Splash Island, and a lively concert series.

Thrilling rides at Magic Springs

Thrilling rides at Magic Springs

From 90s favorites to 80s legends, Christian and country artists, some rock and alternative groups, and even a pop act, there is a little something for everyone in this year’s line-up. The series begins just before Memorial Day on May 25th with Collective Soul, and it continues all summer, giving you plenty of chances to catch some of these acts.

The concerts are held outside in the Timberwood Amphitheater. The events are family friendly, with people camped out on the lawn with blankets and chairs. The atmosphere is best soaked up with sunglasses, sunscreen, a big smile, and a glass of water. To make a day of it, visit the park prior to the event and ride some roller coasters or swim at Crystal Falls.

While you are enjoying the concert series, feel free to add a stay our Hot Springs bed and breakfast to your fun agenda. We are only minutes from Magic Springs, and we’ll save you money with discount admissions to the amusement park!  Call us at 501-525-6155 for reservations and we’ll make sure your trip is filled with smiles.

Arkansas H.O.G. Rally Soon to Hit Hot Springs

April 14th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

May 2-4 Hot Springs is loud and lively with bikers who come in for the Arkansas H.O.G. Rally. Bikers love the hot time in the city from the moment they ride into town, enjoying the stunning Arkansas scenery along the way. The Hot Springs community welcomes the Rally with open arms and true Arkansas hospitality!

Arkansas H.O.G Rally Fun

Arkansas H.O.G Rally Fun

 

In addition to the picturesque spring scenery and winding roads, bikers enjoy the many special events planned for the Rally. Friday night includes entertainment by LaFuSo, 11 talented musicians from NW Arkansas and SW Missouri. Country music legend Sammy Kershaw performs Saturday night. He’s had a steady stream of major hits since his debut in the 90′s.

At our Hot Springs B&B, we love having bikers with stay with us during the Rally (or anytime), and we provide covered parking for the bikes. If you love all the action and rumble during the day, you’ll equally love our luxurious Hot Springs lodging with breathtaking views of Lake Hamilton, plus savor a long soak in your whirlpool tub.

We will pamper you upon arrival, and take good care of you all weekend. Call 866.525.6155 for reservations, or reserve online. A few great rooms are still available.

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.

 

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