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Your Guide to the Garland County Fair in Hot Springs AR

September 11th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Garland County FairSome of my favorite memories of my childhood involve spending time at the county fair. We would eat funnel cakes and corn dogs, watch the Demolition Derby, and ride the ferris wheel. Each year, the Garland County Fair rolls into town just in time for fall to be kicking into gear. Enjoy all the rides and carnival food you can stand this week, from September 12-17, 2016.

Each day of the county fair, you can enjoy carnival food and rides, and the arts and crafts fair. There are games for you to win prizes and lots of rides made especially for children. There are even gospel concerts at 7pm most evenings. Plus, on Friday and Saturday you can also enjoy the Demolition Derby at 7:30pm, a rousing event that involves a tournament-style wrecking of cars until the final round on Saturday night.

The Garland County Fair is the perfect trip for an Arkansas getaway, giving you time to make fun memories and enjoy the lovely fall weather. Tickets for a full day of fun at the fair are $20-25, and you can find out more information about the fair events and schedule on their website.

While you enjoy your getaway in Hot Springs National Park, stay at Lookout Point. You can begin each day with gourmet breakfast and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and it can end with a soak in the whirlpool tub and sleep between luxurious sheets. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your Arkansas vacation!

 

Spa City Summer Fest 2016: JazzFest and Blues Festival

August 25th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Spa City Summer FestThe Spa City Summer Fest will be combining two unstoppable musical forces this Labor Day–Jazz and Blues. For one weekend, you can experience two very different, active genres with a schedule that will excite and dazzle you.

Sensing that the Hot Springs Jazz Society and the Hot Springs Blues Society complement each other, they decided to join forces to celebrate the 25th Hot Springs Jazz Festival and the 20th Hot Springs Blues Festival at one time. The Jazz Festival will take place from Aug. 31 to Sept.4, while the Blues Festival will be running during the weekend from Sept. 3-4.

Although it is not the first time these two festivals have joined forces, they did work together to create a schedule that would appeal to both of their audiences. They are especially excited for Saturday’s programming, which will have both jazz and blues music playing downtown from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

As you plan your Labor Day getaway, plan to visit the Spa City Summer Fest. You can stay at Lookout Point, where you will have gorgeous views of  Lake Hamilton and gourmet breakfast every morning. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We’d love to help you plan your vacation!

For the most updated listing of artists for the Blues Festival or more JazzFest details, be sure to check out their websites.

 

Check Out the Hot Springs AR Art Scene

July 22nd, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Art abounds in Hot Springs from so many different venues. The atmosphere in Hot Springs is conducive to inspiring quite a few local artists. The medium varies but the art and galleries are quite impressive.

Favorite Local Artists:

 

Family enjoying art from a Hot Springs, AR art galleryOne of our favorite local artists, Robin Young, is not hard to find. Robin is one of our fabulous innkeepers at Lookout Point and her art is displayed prominently down the hallway on the first floor. How inspiring for all of us at the Inn to work with Robin and be able to enjoy her artwork every day. She has watercolors of animals, children, nature and local well know Hot Springs subjects, all of which are for sale. Robin owned an art gallery outside of Washington D.C. and has a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Another of my favorite local artists is Alison Parsons. Alison uses whimsy in her animated paintings saturated with bold color. We have a few of her pieces at our Hot Springs inn and she owns Alison Parsons Gallery in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Her paintings can be found throughout the world and her creativity is certainly a treasure for Hot Springs.

Richard Stephens is another of my favorite local artists. His work is featured in several of the galleries downtown. We have a couple of his pieces in the Inn and get lots of ooohs and aaahs over them. According to his website, “Although recognized for his landscape, architectural and figurative work Stephens feels the real subjects of most of his paintings are his brushwork and the light he tries to capture and amplify through value contrast and an unexpected color palette.

For the size of Hot Springs, we are blessed with quite a few local art galleries. Most of the galleries are situated in the same area of Hot Springs and are fun to browse from gallery to gallery and enjoy some time taking in some of the local artistic talent.

On the first Friday of each month the galleries offer Gallery Walk. The art galleries stay open in the evening from 5-9 p.m. and serve wine, tea, lemonade and appetizers. Gallery Walk brings in visitors to our area and is an enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening.

We’d love to have you stay with us at the Inn and to help you organize a Hot Springs art getaway. Guests can start at the Inn by talking with Robin about her work and about art and artists in the area. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous weekend exploring the Hot Springs AR Art Scene.

10 Summer Kids’ Activities in Hot Springs AR

June 18th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

mid america science museum

Mid-America Science Museum Skywalk

Summer reminds us of all the activities in Hot Springs AR that are great to enjoy with a kid (or as a kid at heart!). Here are ten of our favorite kids activities in the area:

10. Cutwell for Kids – On the first Saturday of every month, Cutwell 4 Kids (a non-profit organization) hosts a program at Maurice Bathhouse to allow kids to paint and create. Materials are provided to give kids an equal chance to express themselves artistically. It’s a great way to take in the history of downtown Hot Springs while creating something new. Plus, you can always follow it up with a cupcake from Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcakes!

9. Mid-America Science Museum – A great option for a rainy day or an inside activity, MASM has wonderful, engaging exhibits designed to spark your scientific understanding. Learn new things through observation and discovery at the newly renovated Smithsonian Affiliate.

8. Magic Springs & Crystal Falls – This amusement park has two sides–one dedicated to rides and the other to a water park. Both offer numerous fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

Kids Activities Hot Springs AR7. Hiking – Especially good for summer mornings, hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors and find new pockets of adventure. Our favorite trails are at Lake Catherine, which also has a waterfall for you to enjoy.

6. Lookout Point Cooking School for Kids – The Lookout Point Cooking School class for kids, which usually takes place in July, is a fun way for kids to learn basic kitchen skills, eat some tasty food, and spend a day making something in the kitchen. You can learn more about what’s in store for this year’s class (on July 25) on our website.

5. Movies at the Market – Each Thursday during the summer, Hot Springs hosts a free movie night at the Farmers Market. The movies are all family friendly, and there are snacks available for purchase. Check out the whole schedule.

4. Crystal Digging – Like going on a treasure hunt, digging for crystals gives kids the opportunity to discover souvenirs for themselves. Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mind, where the Inn recommends you dig, also has zip lining for the adventurous ones!

3. Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic – Maxwell Blade creates a magic show that’s entertaining for all ages. With equal parts of comedy and illusion, this show is a great way to spend an evening in Hot Springs National Park.

2. Food Truck Fridays – Make Friday the Fun Day by trying different kinds of foods downtown at the Farmers Market. With so many tasty options to choose from, you are sure to enjoy the fun atmosphere and music as much as you like the food.

1. Water Activities – There are five lakes around Hot Springs, including Lake Hamilton which our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is located on. Enjoy the lake with swimming, fishing, going on a boat tour with Captain Ray, or even canoeing in the Lookout Point canoe.

If you’d like help creating a great getaway for your family, stay at Lookout Point, where you can start each day with a gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Family Fun On the Playlist at 2016 Magic Springs Concert Series

May 17th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Magic Springs Concert Series 2016The Magic Springs Concert Series is known for attracting a variety of musicians–from current pop and country to 80s and 90s hits to Christian artists. This year’s line up is sure to please the entire family, or be a lovely outing for two.

Starting June 4th with Hunter Hayes (pictured above), the concert series will have a different band every Saturday until September 4th. The lineup includes Hinder, MercyMe, Cheap Trick, Maddie & Tae, Dwight Yoakam, Blues Traveler, and more. Each concert takes place in the Timberwood Amphitheatre, where you can listen to great music while relaxing on the lawn.

Plus, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Amusement Park is a destination in itself! Magic Springs has roller coasters and kids rides, bumper cars and swings, and even more fun rides. Crystal Falls, attached to Magic Springs, has water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river for relaxing. You can start the day enjoying the rides, each some lunch at the park, spend the afternoon enjoying the water slides, and then finish the fun day at one of these concerts!

If you would like to reserve a stay in Hot Springs AR for your getaway, try Lookout Point. You could begin each day of your stay with gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton as you eat your gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.535.6155 for more information.

You can see the entire concert series line up on the Magic Springs website.

Valley of the Vapors 2016 Hot Springs AR

March 10th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Valley of Vapors Hot Springs AR 2016The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival is around the corner, from March 18-22, and we can’t wait to see all the musicians in the lineup.

Each year, this festival showcases some of the best independent acts from around the country, as well as hosting workshops, and VIP parties. The festival officially kicks off with the four bands pictured (to the right), beginning at 7pm at Low Key Arts on 118 Arbor Street.

The festival has a little something for everyone. There is karaoke, knitting and photography workshops, thrift store craft shows, album release parties, crawfish boils and brunch shows, and so much more. (You can find the entire schedule on their website.) A wide variety of musical genres are represented, and you have the option of buying festival passes, day passes, or even paying at the door if you want to see one specific event.

Since the events take place at different locations throughout the festival, you will get a chance to dive into the local flavor of Hot Springs National Park while listening to some amazing music. It’s a great way to get into the Spring season!

While you are enjoying the festival, stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. Lookout Point is the perfect sanctuary during your Arkansas getaway, with gourmet breakfast each morning and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Top 5 Restaurants for Casual Dining Hot Springs AR

February 23rd, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

In addition to the fine dining choices in Hot Springs National Park, there are great casual spots for you to enjoy while you visit. These restaurants are perfect for lunch or a casual dinner before enjoying the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton from Lookout Point.

Tamales Rolandos Hot Springs AR

Josefina’s Tamales at Rolandos Nueve Restaurante

5. Rocky’s Corner – Conveniently located across from Oaklawn Park Race Track, Rocky’s Corner has the best pizza in town. The atmosphere is very casual, with different sports featured on the televisions. Of course, you can always have their delicious pizza delivered directly to our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, too!

4. Bleu Monkey Grill – This restaurant specializes in quirky pairings–like their delicious shrimp tacos with mango salsa–bringing together tastes from different cultures. It’s perfect for a casual Sunday or Monday dinner during your getaway!

3. Cafe 1217 – With a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, and gorgeous desserts, Cafe 1217 is the ideal place for lunch. Try their Warm Pecan Crusted Goats Cheese Salad or the Chipotle Turkey Burger before walking downtown!

2. Rolandos Nueve Restaurante – Located downtown, this restaurant is a wonderful mix of Cuban and Ecuadorian food. You’ll love their Queso Flamado and Josefina’s Tamales!

Risotto Back Porch Grill Hot Springs AR

Special Risotto at Back Porch Grill

1.Back Porch Grill – This restaurant is just minutes from the Inn, and it has some beautiful lake views for you to enjoy while you dine. We love the avocado fries to start and the Marsala topper on steak.

You can enjoy these restaurants and many more when you plan a getaway to Hot Springs AR. There is great food waiting for you, starting each day with a gourmet breakfast at Lookout Point. Reserve your stay at our Hot Springs luxury lodging online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Our Top 5 Favorite Hot Springs Restaurants for Celebrations

February 2nd, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

 

Hot Springs attracts some mighty fine chef’s and restaurants!  We are fortunate to have great options to recommend to guests.  This Top 5 list includes our favorites for celebrating a special occasion, such as anniversary or birthdays, or even a win at the races! Reservations recommended for all of these places, and when you are our guest we will be delighted to take of this for you.

 

 

Top Restaurants in Hot Springs, AR

J&S Italian Villa

5: J & S Italian Villa. Located in Temperance Hill Shopping Center, with authentic and specialty Italian dishes.  Tip: Check out their lovely bar with live piano player.

 

4:  Central Park Fusion.  In the historic downtown. Beautiful presentation of delicious food, using much local and organic choices.  Tip:  Can get noisy so consider avoiding peak times.

 

 

Hot Springs, AR Restaurants

KJ’s Grill

3:  KJ’s Grill.

Known for great steaks cooked to perfection, plus

fabulous shrimp. Tip: Try the Bada Bing Shrimp appetizer.

Indescribably good!.

 

 

 

2: Park Avenue Bistro. You’ll probably meet the earnest and creative chef while dining here. Tip: great Sunday prix fixe dinners.  Plus lamb anytime.

 

Drum roll, please.  Now for our absolute favorite restaurant in Hot Springs coming in at Number One:

 

Best Hot Springs Restaurants

Luna Bella

 

1: Luna Bella.  Located only ½ mile from the inn, our guests rave about this restaurant. Extensive yet reasonable wine list, great service without stuffiness.Fresh, seasonal fish flown in. Tip: Try the crab cake appetizers, or the cabbage salad, or the splendid scallops or halibut, or pasta dishes.  Ok—I’ve never had a dish here that I did not love.

 

 

 

 

 

We invite you to experience comprehensive pampering at Lookout Point, and we promise to point you in great directions for your favorite dining experience.  Book online, or call 501-525-6155.

Top 5 Romantic Spots in Hot Springs AR

January 21st, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Lookout Point engagedWith Valentine’s Day around the corner, romance is on our mind more than ever. Hot Springs has great restaurants, gorgeous views, and a wide variety of activities, so we have narrowed down our Top 5 Favorite Romantic Spots in the area to help you plan a romantic getaway.

5. Grand Promenade – A brick walkway that runs parallel to downtown, the promenade offers gorgeous views of the historic district. Feel free to walk the length, linger on some benches for some conversation, or take the stairs down to the street. Keep the conversation going by enjoying a cup of coffee or tea at Kollective just down the street!

4. Luna Bella – This Italian restaurant has been a fan favorite of our guests for many years. It has incredible food, a great wine list, and a romantic atmosphere. You will love every moment, from the service to the tiramisu.

Valentine's Day Hot Springs AR3. Garvan Woodland Gardens – There is nothing more romantic than flowers, and this botanical garden has acres of them! Take a walk through the blooms, perhaps with a picnic packed, and take a few hours to enjoy each other.

2. Couples Massage at Quapaw Baths – This historic bathhouse is so luxurious you will feel your troubles melt away. We particularly recommend the couple’s private bath and massage.

1. Lookout Point Inn – Gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton await you at the Inn, as well as whirlpool tubs, gourmet breakfast, and luxurious linens. Let the Innkeepers pamper you during your tranquil, romantic getaway.

Are you ready to plan your romantic getaway to Hot Springs AR? You can reserve your stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast online or call 501.525.6155 for more information (or help planning!).

Quirky Activities: AR Shorts Film Festival

December 17th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

AR Shorts FestivalOn January 2, the 9th Annual Arkansas Shorts festival will be taking place at the Arlington. Low Key Arts, who is responsible for the Hot Water Hills and Valley of the Vapors indie music festivals, will be hosting the event.

The AR Shorts Festival showcases short films made by Arkansas residents, from professionals to hobbyists and beginners. Each film is 10 minutes or less, and the festival is segmented into “E for Everyone” at 5pm, and “Mature audiences” beginning at 8pm. Before each screening, there will be a cash bar and reception.

Founded in 2008, the festival highlights a variety of film types, from musical to experimental, to animation, narratives, and documentaries. The full schedule will be released on Dec. 23, both on their website and their Facebook.

Come join us as we begin the new year with this celebration of art! Lookout Point would love to welcome you to this quirky city, with gourmet breakfast each morning and luxurious linens to end the day in peace. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

You can get your tickets to the ‘jewel of January’ for $10, at the Arlington on the night of the event.

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