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Weekend of Wonder to WOW Hot Springs AR

August 28th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Weekend of Wonder magicians Berry & BladeFor the second year in a row, internationally known magicians Maxwell Blade and Jay Scott Berry are teaming up to present a festival magic. Weekend of Wonder, as it is known, will take place from Sept. 19-21 in Hot Springs National Park.

Last year, the magic festival exceeded even the vision of its founders, Blade and Berry. Each show was sold out, with audiences who appreciated magic and wanted to learn more. In addition to the shows, the workshops were also crowded with participants. Because the event was so well received in 2013, even more amazing magicians from around the world have been signed on for this year.

The main venue this year is Maxwell Blade’s theater, but there are 14 other places in the downtown area where magic will be appearing that weekend. “Strolling magic” is a special delight of the festival, and it happens more at the smaller venues so that the audience can have an intimate magic experience. For example, Paul Prater and Daryl Sprout will present a late night show at Fat Jacks on Friday and Saturday, after the main event has finished at Maxwell Blade Theater.

To see the jam-packed list of events and talented performers coming to entertain and inspire in September, check out the Weekend of Wonder website.

While you are in town for the festival, experience the magic of tranquility at Lookout Point. With views of the stunning Lake Hamilton and a gourmet breakfast each morning, you will be prepared to take in all the illusions of the Weekend of Wonder. You can reserve your stay at the Inn online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Barhopping on Lake Hamilton

August 12th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Recently one of our young friends passed her CPA exam and Ray and I decided as a treat for her that we’d take her and her family out on Lake Hamilton to the bars that have lake accessibility. We weren’t able to go to all of them in one evening, but we were able to make two stops for cold drinks and appetizers and the last stop for dinner.

Drinks in Hot Springs ARThe evening was a little warm but once we got out on the water with Capt. Ray at the helm the breezes quickly cooled us off. The night was exceptionally beautiful and we had a wonderful time on our lake adventure.

We all met at the Inn to board the boat and cruised around to our first stop of the evening, Fisherman’s Wharf. This is always a popular restaurant in Hot Springs because it has a large outdoor patio with lots of fans and a great view of the water. We sat outside, of course, and ordered cocktails including a margarita, strawberry margarita, Tom Collins, and a couple of fruity drinks. We also added spinach artichoke dip and fried dill pickles. The drinks and appetizers were quite enjoyable and the outdoor patio was a perfect place to kick off our fun evening. After visiting for a while, we decided to move on to our next destination. It was such fun to travel by boat and enjoy the lake in the afternoon. The water was calm and the lake wasn’t busy. It was the perfect setting for a festive evening.

Drinks in Hot Springs AROur second stop was Barefoots Lakeside Grill, situated on Central Ave. but accessible by boat. We ordered similar drinks, calamari and onion and jalapeno strips. At this stop we decided to eat indoors and cool off a bit. The food was good and we were beginning to get into the barhopping mentality. We stayed quite a while and enjoyed the food and company. When we decided to move toward our dinner spot, it was near sunset.

So, we cruised the lake for a while enjoying the cool breezes and beautiful sunset before embarking on our last stop for dinner at Back Porch Grill. None of us had dined at Back Porch for a while, so we were pleased to be able to drive to the dock and enter the restaurant from the water. By this time, it had cooled off enough that we all agreed eating outdoors would be fun. We ordered another round of drinks including beer and mojitos. We had an assortment of entrees including sea bass with vegetables and the mac and cheese casserole (a hit with everyone at the table), scallops with twice baked potatoes, red snapper with baked potato and two Caesar salads – one with shrimp and one with chicken. Everyone agreed the food and atmosphere were quite enjoyable.

This was an exceptional evening with friends and family, the ambience of Lake Hamilton, and good food and drinks. The evening could be replicated by visitors to Hot Springs. When you come to Hot Springs for vacation or a weekend getaway, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We have a beautiful Inn on Lake Hamilton with lake views in all the rooms. Each room is individually decorated and named after a town in Arkansas. Our breakfasts are the best in town and we’d be happy to share more of our barhopping evening. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to Find Ice Cream in Hot Springs AR

August 7th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Nom Bars Hot Springs AROne of my favorite ways to cool off in the summer is eating ice cream—whether in milk shakes or banana splits or generous scoops or root beer floats. When the air is humid and hot outside, frozen treats hit the spot! Here’s a list of the Top 4 Places for Frozen Treats in the area:

4. Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery – Superior does a very good job with everything they try, from brewing their own root beer to their lunch menu and some particularly tasty gelato. The flavor of the gelato is dense, and the texture of the gelato is smooth. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere lovely, and the location is tough to beat! It is a definite must-see when in Hot Springs National Park.

3. Scoops—A great stop for handmade ice cream. The flavors are classic and always taste wonderful. The creamy texture of the ice cream is perfect. The atmosphere itself is very casual, with picnic tables and walls painted with cartoon cows. It’s a great stop for families in particular. (Kids really love the cotton candy flavor!) As the name suggests, ice cream is their specialty, and they love to keep dreaming up new flavors.

Dolce Gelato Hot Springs AR2. Dolce Gelato—Nestled in Cornerstone shopping center, Dolce Gelato takes the atmosphere all the way to Italy, with Italian pop music playing on the radio and décor that reminds you of a coffee shop. The owners do most of the making of the gelato, and the serving. They are very knowledgeable about their product, and they have a variety of flavors for you to try. Bonus: they let you mix the flavors within your cup, so if you are eyeing the lemon and the amaretto, you can have the best of both worlds!

1. Nom Noms Mexican Grill & Chill—This is a local favorite, and not just because they have the largest variety of flavors in town (about 44). Nom Noms covers all the bases with the “chill” portion of their restaurant—including sorbets, sherbets, and Nom Bars, all homemade. They use the freshest ingredients in their products, making them fresh daily, and it really shows in the end result. You definitely need to enjoy this hidden gem when you are in Spa City.

When you travel to Hot Springs to take your ice cream tasting tour, consider staying at Lookout Point. You can have a gourmet breakfast in the morning, ice cream for lunch, and a night relaxing in a luxurious bed afterwards! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

25 Years of Incredible Art in Hot Springs AR

July 22nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Gallery WalkOne of the many cherished events that I love in Hot Springs the first Friday evening of each month is Gallery Walk. The Walk is an informal invitation from the art galleries in Historic Downtown Hot Springs to come and browse the new art; enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers; and visit with friends, artists and gallery owners. Every time I go I come away amazed at the wide range of artists who live in Hot Springs. My creative juices always begin to flow after visiting with local artists and gallery owners. It’s such an enjoyable evening.

The 25th Anniversary of Gallery Walk will be celebrated the weekend of August 1-3. The kickoff Friday, Aug. 1, focuses on opening receptions at all downtown Hot Springs galleries from 5-9 p.m. with some special exhibits, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Then on Saturday, special events are scheduled throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Some of the titles for the creative exhibits and workshops are:

“Women’s Paint Out” at Gallery Central
“Rock Music” at Blue Rock Studio
“Travel and Painting: Two Passions Combined” at Justus Fine Art Gallery
“The Creative Power of Depth of Field, Aperture, and Shutter Speed in Photography” at Taylor Bellott Nature Gallery
“How to Start Collecting Art,” “Inspiration and Process,” and “Essential Elements” at Justus Fine Art Gallery

Much more is planned in the galleries during the day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. For more information and a schedule contact Dolores Justus at 501.321.2335 or go online to hotsprings.org.

If you’ve been thinking about a trip to Hot Springs this summer, this would be a great weekend to come and visit. A perfect pairing for the 25th Anniversary of Gallery Walk would be to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. After three days of enjoying all the arts have to offer at Gallery Walk, returning to a calm, peaceful Inn on Lake Hamilton would make an incredible weekend. We have quiet places to sit and visit, gorgeous scenery of the lake and our gardens, and a gourmet breakfast that is always an artistic endeavor. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fabulous weekend with the anniversary of Gallery Walk.

Where are the Best Spas in Hot Springs, Arkansas?

May 29th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Spas in Hot Springs ARThere’s nothing that soothes my soul quite like an hour or more to myself and a relaxing massage. We are so fortunate to have so many great spas in the Hot Springs area. One of the reasons for our good fortune is that we have healing natural thermal hot springs in Hot Springs, thus the reason for our name. We’re also referred to as spa city!

At Lookout Point Inn we strive to give our guests a relaxing, peaceful and memorable visit and we recommend our favorite day spas in town for guests who want those special services. Each spa has its own personality and unique services. It’s a matter of matching our guests’ needs with just the right spa experience.

For an authentic Hot Springs spa experience from the famous Bathhouse Row in Historic Downtown, the Quapaw Bathhouse has been beautifully restored and offers quite a number of services. One that is unique to Quapaw is soaking in the warm waters in the thermal water pool, taking a private bath or relaxing in the steam cave. The natural thermal spring that the Bathhouse was built on contains one of the highest mineral contents of all the area springs. Other services Quapaw offers include massages, facials and body treatments. For more information go online to quapawbaths.com or call 501.609.9822.

Three additional day spas we recommend are excellent and near the Inn. Living Wellness Day Spa provides a unique approach to the spa experience combining a full range of services in a private and nurturing environment. For more information go online to livingwellnessdayspa.com or call 501.318.4933.

Thai-Me Spa has a number of custom massages and facial, scalp, hand and foot treatments. The goal at the Thai-Me Spa is for clients “to have an incredible massage experience.” For more information go online to thai-me.com or call 501.520.4772.

Chrysalis Day Spa and Skin Care Center offers spa services including massages, body treatments and facial treatments, laser and brow treatments, waxing and manicure/pedicures. Chrysalis also has a full service salon available for hair treatments including wedding and special occasion hair and makeup. For more information go online to chrysalisdayspa.com or call 501.520.5400.

Why not make it a Spa Weekend at Lookout Point Inn by enjoying one or our Spa packages including Girlfriend Getaways; Hot Springs Fling, which includes a one-hour couples’ massage; or by purchasing a spa basket to continue that spa feeling throughout your stay. Book reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.06155 and we’ll be glad to help you personalize your perfect spa weekend.

Music Lovers Unite for the Hot Springs Music Festival

May 21st, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs Music Festival

For two glorious weeks June 1-14 our city exudes great music. This is the 19th year for the Hot Springs Music Festival and we at Lookout Point Inn are honored to be a sponsor once again for an event which is exhilarating and full of many musical concerts and open rehearsals.

This Festival pairs world-class mentor musicians from major orchestras, chamber ensembles and conservatory faculties with incredibly talented pre-professional apprentices. These two groups play the most incredible music “side by side” in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, and choral and chamber opera repertoire. It is a feast for music lovers from around the globe.

Last year more than 10,000 people attended the Festival events and an additional 6.4 million heard its concerts on nationwide radio broadcasts. It also appears on nine compact discs distributed worldwide on the Naxos/Marco Polo label.

The two weeks of music is serious in focus but performed in a casual atmosphere. It takes place in a variety of non-traditional venues in Hot Springs including historic buildings, art galleries, hotel ballrooms, churches and open-air spaces. Hot Springs is such a great place to host this unique event. In addition to the great music, Hot Springs offers Bathhouse Row with the hot mineral water baths, the National Park trails, the eclectic restaurants and cafes, Garvan Woodland Gardens, art galleries, and much more. For more information on the Music Festival go to www.hotsprings.org.

And, while you’re here enjoying the Festival, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn and enjoy our relaxing respite from the day’s activities. Our 14 well-appointed luxurious rooms all have a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton. We have gorgeous gardens for our guests to enjoy with a hammock, swing, labyrinth, canoe and rides with Captain Ray on the Lake. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Hot Springs music stay with us at the Inn.

Running of the Tubs in Hot Springs AR

May 13th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Running of Tubs Hot Springs AREach year, Hot Springs honors its ‘Spa City’ title by hosting the quirkiest race around—The Running of the Tubs. Costumed teams push authentic bathtubs outfitted with wheels in a sprint downtown. The 9th Annual Stueart Pennington Race, as the Running of the Tubs is formally called, will start on May 17 at 9am.

The rules for the race have some strange standards. Each member must keep one hand on the tub at all times; each of the four members pushing the tub must wear hats and suspenders, and all members must be 18 or older. The fifth member must be in the bathtub for the entirety of the race, taking a bath. Each team must begin and end the race with a bar of soap, a bathmat, a loofah mitt, and a bath towel.

There are also very specific rules for the bathtubs—from wheel and axle size to the minimum size of bathtub. However, when it comes to race strategies and costumes, anything goes! Plus, the rules of the race can change at anytime, including during the race. Teams can win the travelling winner’s trophy, or a Most Original Tub or Most Humorous Tub trophy.

The audience for the Running of the Tubs race is encouraged to participate in the spirit. Bring your water guns, and don’t forget to wear your robes, house slippers, and shower cap! The race supports the Downtown Merchants Christmas Tree Fund, but it’s free for spectators, so come enjoy the festivities.

If you’d like to join in the fun, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your adventure. Each room comes with a view of Lake Hamilton, a gourmet breakfast in the morning, and a luxurious bed for relaxation. You can reserve online or call 501.525.6155 for more information on our Hot Springs luxury lodging.

Arkansas State HOG Rally in Hot Springs AR

May 2nd, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hog Rally 2014‘Tis the season for motorcycles to roar through Hot Springs, AR! The Arkansas State HOG Rally returns to the Spa City June 5-7. With beautiful scenery in the country and historic buildings downtown, Hot Springs offers an interesting ride for bikers.

This year, the committee leading the conference has been brainstorming new ideas to make the rally more exciting. They’ll have a few surprises up their sleeves, but they definitely have some good entertainment lined up. On Thursday night, Dean Agus & The Legacy will be playing; on Friday night, you can enjoy the Party Crashers, and on Saturday, Mustang Sally will be playing for those that attend the rally.

Of course, the Rally itself has some fun events lined up—from the classic Poker Run and Dice Walk to Biker Bingo and a tattoo contest. Plus, bikes will be honored in true form on Friday afternoon with the staging and parade downtown.

You won’t be disappointed by the beauty of Hot Springs or the beauty of its people. The community embraces bikers with warmth and hospitality, and that certainly rings true at Lookout Point. You will be pampered from the moment you walk in the door, with an Innkeeper’s Reception that includes complimentary wine and dessert, to the luxurious linens on your bed and the whirlpool tub in your room, to the gourmet breakfast served each morning with a smile.

If you would like to reserve your stay at our Arkansas bed & breakfast during the HOG Rally, you can do so online or call us at 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to make your rally experience fantastic!

A Lobster Party in Spa City

March 25th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lobster MealJust as the weather begins to get warmer in Hot Springs National Park, making you long for summer on Lake Hamilton, the Spa City Blues Society is ready to satisfy your craving! On April 19th, they are hosting The 5th Greatest Lobster Party Ever in the Downtown Farmers Market.

The party will feature lobster tail—live, cooked, or frozen. In addition, guests will be able to take their lobster with them (carry-out) or eat at the Lobster Party. With the Spa City Blues Society at the helm, there will be live music for you to enjoy while eating, as well as beer and wine. It’s sure to be a party you won’t want to miss!

Although the party is on the 19th from 4-7:00pm, the last day to get your order in for the delicious lobster is April 11th. For those that want to enjoy the party but not the lobster, there are also sausage plates available.

Don’t forget to add a stay at Lookout Point to your plans. Each of our rooms has a view of Lake Hamilton, as well as a gourmet breakfast in the morning and a luxurious bed for relaxing in the evening. You can reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

To order your lobster meal, visit the Spa City Blues Society website.

Where to Enjoy Beer in Hot Springs AR

March 16th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

If you’re hoping to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in Hot Springs National Park, we have made a list of the Top 3 Places to Enjoy Beer near the parade site downtown.

  1. breweries in ArkansasLast fall, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery opened its newly renovated doors to showcase its beer tasting area. The historic bathhouse is an ideal spot for watching Central Avenue or taking in the scenery of downtown. They have a great selection of beer (with their own brew, Vapor Valley Spirits, set to debut later this year), and the staff is very knowledgeable about the different beer options. And bonus, the food is excellent, too!
  2. This bar is known for its Al Capone affiliations, but today The Ohio Club is filled with blues music and a smiling crowd. It is the oldest bar in Arkansas, with a wood frame bar back and intricate carvings of mermaids and horses. The setting in a turn of the century building steeps into the atmosphere. You can enjoy a different side of history as you savor a beer at the mahogany bar.
  3. Set in a cellar in Spencer’s Corner, which is incredibly close to the parade location, Steinhaus Keller is well-known for its collection of German beers. You can sit in their Biergarten and enjoy live entertainment while you sip your brew.

If you are visiting Hot Springs, AR for your spring getaway, be sure to book your room at our bed and breakfast on Lake Hamilton and enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning. You will be pampered for an evening of fun on the town, and we’ll be excited to hear about your adventures exploring breweries in Arkansas! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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