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Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey

January 13th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

We are fortunate to have many local artists in Hot Springs and one we continually hear about is Linda Williams Palmer. Linda is known for her photographs and color pencil drawings of the “Champion” trees in Arkansas. The Arkansas Forestry Commission has designated more than 125 Arkansas trees as “Champions,” which means they are the largest of their species in the state. Arkansas is known as the Natural State and part of the beauty throughout the area can be seen in the majestic trees.

Palmer currently has an exhibit “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey” at the Hot Springs National Park Cultural Center in the Ozark Bathhouse in Historic Downtown Hot Springs through August 2015. The exhibit features large and detailed drawings and documentary photographs of 18 champion trees. This is one incredible exhibit not to be missed.

The “Champion” trees are located throughout Arkansas and Hot Springs is fortunate to have five local trees designated as “Champions.” The Hot Springs trees are American Basswood, Serviceberry, Sourwood, Magnolia Umbrella and Horse Chestnut. They are situated in different sites around the city. The exact locations of the champion trees may be found at the Arkansas Forestry website.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network featured the champion trees and Palmer’s artwork in an original 60-minute documentary. The documentary was recognized with several awards including an Emmy for Best Cultural Documentary and Best Cinematography in the 2014 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Exhibit curator Barbara Satterfield of Conway said the exhibit includes anecdotes and stories to encourage multi-generational conversations. She said, “The goal is to bring people together to enjoy Arkansas’ greatest natural resources – its land and its people.”

Making a trip to Hot Springs to see the “Champion Trees” exhibit would make a great weekend getaway. Hot Springs is home to several outstanding art galleries in the downtown area. The first Friday of each month Gallery Walk takes place and the local galleries stay open from 5-9 p.m. and serve wine and appetizers. So, the combination of the new exhibit along with Gallery Walk would make a great cultural arts weekend.

And, while in town, we’d love to have you stay with us at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast. We have a beautiful Inn where all rooms include a view of picturesque Lake Hamilton. Our rooms are incredibly comfortable and our breakfasts are delicious – the best in Hot Springs. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you with reservations and information on the fabulous new “Champion Trees” art exhibit.

Martin Luther King Weekend Getaways in Hot Springs AR

January 4th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Oaklawn Races Hot Springs ARAs the new year begins and winter continues onward, begin planning a getaway to enjoy Hot Springs AR. The Martin Luther King weekend is a perfect time to experience the joy of Spa City as the town celebrates a national hero.

The Oaklawn Race Track will have races going all weekend, including Monday, for those that are interested in seeing the exciting horse races. For this season only, the general admission fee is free, so be sure to make a trip to see the races and explore Oaklawn’s newly expanded construction.

There will be special events in town that weekend, including a parade on Jan. 19 to celebrate Martin Luther King. The parade begins at 10am downtown, followed by programs in Horner Hall in the Convention Center. You will not want to miss out on this commemorative parade.

And in true Hot Springs AR fashion, the Ohio Club bar will be celebrating its former patron Al Capone. Since it’s the famous gangster’s birthday, there will be live music and drink specials as well as costume contests. Get your best gangster outfit together and celebrate in style on Jan. 17 at 8pm. You might just learn more about famous gangsters and baseball players while you listen to some great music by the Ohio Club Players.

While you are Martin Luther King Weekend getaways in Hot Springs National Park, stay at Lookout Point where luxurious beds and a gourmet breakfast are waiting just for you! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your memorable getaway.

Top 6 Gift Ideas in Hot Springs AR

December 7th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Tea Supplies Lookout Point6. Tea making set: Make every cup of tea the best with quality loose-leaf tea, a hand-thrown ceramic mug, and a tea pot that guarantees you’ll never have leaves swirling in your cup. You can find all of these items in the Lookout Point Gift Shop, or you can go one step further and buy loose-leaf tea from local favorites, Java Primo.

5. Gift Certificates to Local Highlights: The Spa City area has a lot for friends and family to explore, no matter the season. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Luna Bella. Dig for crystals or zipline over a quartz mine at Ron Coleman Mining. Explore scientific mysteries at Mid-America Museum. The possibilities are endless, and gift certificates to any of these would be a fantastic gift for loved ones.

4. 8 Broads Cookbook: Hot off the presses, the 8 Broads Cookbook is a gift that keeps giving inspiration year-round. We’re not trying to give you any spoilers, but there is great food just waiting to be made from these recipes. To add an extra special element, try making a dessert recipe from the book and packaging it with the book for the gift. Yum!

3. Extended Passes: Season passes for 2015 are on sale for Magic Springs; it’s a family-friendly park with a water park and a lively concert series that you’ll definitely want to enjoy with your friends and family! As always we also recommend a Garvan Gardens membership, since the botanical gardens are gorgeous year-round.

2. Local Art: Let your loved ones keep the flavor of Hot Springs with them year round by investing in local art pieces. You can enjoy the watercolors by our own Innkeeper, Robin, or get a handcrafted wooden bowl or sculpture from Forest Path Gallery. Your friends and family will delight in these keepsakes for years to come!

1. Day at the Spa: Hot Springs National Park is known as Spa City for a reason! Give your loved one the gift of absolute relaxation when you present a gift certificate to Quapaw Baths & Spa, Living Wellness, or Chrysalis Day Spa. For a special presentation, have a stocking full of bath products (like the glorious ones found in our gift shop) to accompany the certificate.

As always, the best gift for the holidays is time with family and friends. If you’d like to consider Lookout Point as a venue for that quality relaxation time, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

‘Voices of Angels’ Concert is a Heavenly Experience

November 30th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

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courtesy of Toni Spears at The Muses

Last year Ray and I along with friends attended the “Voices of Angels” Concert in Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens. It was probably the highlight of the Christmas season in Hot Springs for me. The talented musicians were very gifted and delivered a performance in the lovely chapel that I will always remember. Some of the beautiful songs in the concert were traditional and some were new to me, but each one touched me to my core.

I highly recommend the “Voices of Angels” 9th Annual Christmas Concert this December performed by The Muses Creative Artistry Project at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., and at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Garvan Gardens. This is a treat you’ll enjoy and remember throughout the season.

Last year as I sat and listened to the concert I truly felt as if I had been in the presence of angels. My mind was quiet, my body was still, my heart was light and my spirit soared. No other holiday event I attended captured the essence of Christmas quite like the “Voices of Angels.” I was truly blessed to be in the presence of angels for a short while.

This year the Muses will also incorporate ballet dancers from the Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theater who will perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” For more information or tickets call 501.609.9811.

I urge you to consider attending the concert. And a great coupling with the “Voices of Angels” Concert would be to plan to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn for the weekend. We offer a quiet meditative Inn to restore your spirit and help you return to the peaceful, joyous holiday season with renewed hope and full of love. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great weekend that might even become a tradition. We plan to make the “Voices of Angels” a tradition in our family.

Great Gifts: Swiss Diamond Pans Now Available in Hot Springs, Arkansas

November 25th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

These gems are actually made from hundreds of thousands of nano-diamonds, so they literally are “gems”.  I can honestly say that these are the best pans that I’ve ever cooked with, and we use a minimum of 2 Swiss Diamond pans in the inn every single day! They get heavy duty use, including being stuck under a high broiler for our frittatas.

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As the only Swiss Diamond retailer in Central Arkansas, you are invited to come to the inn to do some Christmas shopping from 10 am- 7pm. Our small gift shop features a nice variety of the pans. Next month I’m giving Tim & Lisa some of these pans for their wedding present, and I hope they haven’t seen this blog yet. Small Business Saturday is November 29!

Last Christmas, I gave the 10 inch fry pan to my son-in-law, Robby, for Christmas. He’s a great cook, and the morning chef in his household. He regularly fussed about the eggs sticking in his pan. The Swiss Diamond pan seemed like a perfect gift, and I must admit he was a skeptic. Two weeks after Christmas, I received this note via snail mail, “Kristie, thank you for the Swiss Diamond pan. It’s the BEST Christmas present I’ve ever received. I love it.”  Still makes me smile, because he’s received some mighty fine presents in the past. Good cooks love these pans!

Diamonds are a Chef's best friend!

Diamonds are a Chef’s best friend!

What makes them so special? The triple diamond coating is durable, conducts heat better than metal, and is long-lasting. There’s no peeling or flaking like other non-stick pans. According to the company,

The Swiss Diamond coating is recognized all over the globe for its long-lasting quality, excellent heat conduction and superior nonstick performance. Chefs worldwide agree, “Diamonds are a chef’s best friend!”

I would agree! These pans are not cheap–rather they are an investment, and worth every penny. The  pans start at $44.95 in our gift shop, and on Small Business Saturday you’ll receive a 10% discount.

See you then,

Kristie

 

Where to Mountain Bike in Hot Springs AR

November 9th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

philbalchinflickrOne of the secret gems in Hot Springs is the mountain bike (and hiking) trails at Cedar Glades Park. There are 15 miles of premium trails, which were voted best trails in the state by the Arkansas Mountain Bike Racing Series.

The trails have an interesting mix of long descents and medium climbs. Another unique feature to these trails is their interconnecting nature, enabling cyclists to mix and match to get the distance wanted. Plus, the trails section through different views—from pine forest to glades to mature hardwood forest.

The trail surface is loose but not slippery, and the materials used (soil, rock, and a bit of sand) drain quickly to let cyclists ride without fear of mud, even if it rained that morning. Cedar Glades prides itself on trails that challenge, not frustrate. It makes for a fun trip for the each person!

If you want to experience even more of what the park has to offer, you can always explore the 432 acres of beautiful cedar forests, see streams from the observation deck, climb the 35-foot climbing wall, enjoy the three story tree house or disc golf course. You can take a loaded Lookout Point backpack to enjoy at the pavilions or scenic overlooks.

While you are in town enjoying all Cedar Glades Park has to offer, stay at Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is perfect for relaxing after a bike ride—luxurious linens, whirlpool tubs, wine at the Innkeeper’s Reception, and a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Hot Springs AR

October 14th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

thanksgiving hot springs arAs October settles in, I can’t help getting excited about autumnal food flavors—like cinnamon, pumpkin, roasted pecans, and baked apples. That, of course, also has me ready for Thanksgiving Dinner!

Lookout Point hosts Thanksgiving Dinner each year, providing guests with a gourmet meal to celebrate the holiday. The atmosphere at the Inn is tranquil and welcoming; this permeates the dinner celebration, including limited seating for the meal itself to maintain the calm environment.

The Thanksgiving Dinner this year will be catered in by local chefs, The Green Herb. Their mission is to bring a meal that has beautiful presentation as well as top-notch flavors. You can’t go wrong with that!

The menu for this year is as follows: Butternut Squash Soup to start. It will be followed by Baby Green with Pears and Pecans, Roasted Turkey with Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Sweet Potato Gratin, and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. For dessert, there will be old fashioned Pumpkin Pie and Southern Pecan Pie.

To add some extra goodies to look forward to during your stay, try the Thanksgiving Package. It includes two seats at the Thanksgiving meal, ½ dozen chocolate covered strawberries in your room upon arrival, and passes to Garvan Gardens to see the holiday lights.

If you’d like to reserve your seat at the Thanksgiving feast, call 501.525.6155 or reserve your stay online with ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ in the notes. We would love to welcome you during this season of gratitude, when we are incredibly thankful to have such wonderful guests.

Magic Screams In Hot Springs AR

September 30th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Magic ScreamsWhere can you find zombies and ghouls kind enough to take pictures with? Magic Screams! Each year the theme park in Hot Springs AR transforms from Magic Springs into a haunted adventure for the month of October.

Filled with family-friendly fun, Magic Screams has a Trick-or-Treat trail, contests, and spooky shows for you to enjoy. The live shows play in the evening on Saturday and Sunday, and they include the “Reunion of Souls: Apocalypse” and “Captain Ghoul and the Gang.” There are also fright flicks on the movie trail; these vary each weekend, beginning with Despicable Me 2 and ending with Monster House.

No Halloween event would be complete with a haunted house, and Magic Screams has several. There are four to choose from, including the bridge, lakeside theater, and a family-friendly pirate themed house across from Plummet Summit. Check the schedule before you go in, because some of these haunted houses have a “chicken hour” on purpose!

The Magic Screams event takes place every weekend from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (including Halloween Night). On Saturdays, the park is open from 4pm to 11pm; on Sundays, it is open from 4pm-9pm. You can find out more about admission prices on the website.

While you are in town, dressed up in ghoulish fun, we hope you’ll consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. The tranquility will be a lovely break from the fright-tastic fun you’ll be having all weekend. Plus, each room includes a gourmet breakfast in the morning, a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton, and the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon for a great snack. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Fabulous Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Hot Springs

September 7th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Vina Morita Hot Springs ARRay and I and some friends had a great evening at the August Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. It was such a fun evening with a delicious four-course meal paired with top flight wine selections.

We arrived at 7 p.m. and were immediately given a glass of Albarina 2013 Valinas Ramon Bilbao white wine from Rias Baixas Spain. The wine was light and summery and just perfect for the start of a wonderful evening. As we were seated at our table, we were presented a list of 15 wines available for tasting and enjoying throughout the evening. As we offered a toast at our table our server brought our first course, Ensalada de Seta al Ajillo or oyster mushrooms, chile guaffillo, jicama, cucumber, kale and radish with Chardonnay sauce. It was just as good as it sounds. The presentation was beautiful and the salad was extraordinary.

As we drank, ate and enjoyed conversation at our table, before we knew it the second course was beginning to be served consisting of Crema de Cilantro. The soup was outstanding with just a hint of cilantro, served warm in a cocktail glass. As we enjoyed our soup, we continued to taste a couple of different wines.

The third course was, of course, our main course and it was Chilpachole de Mariscos consisting of king crab, scallops, mussels, shrimp and tilapia. The presentation was stunning and the fish was scrumptious. We all cracked our crab and enjoyed all the fish with a delicious dipping sauce. We chose a wine to accompany our main course. Some of the favorites at our table were the Melange White 2012 Waterbrook, Merlot 2012 Barone Fini from Tentino Italy, and Malbec Corazon del Sol from Mendoza, Argentina.

Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be having a festive evening. Every part of the well planned evening was perfect. The final course was a delicious light Fresas con Crema y Helado or ice cream with strawberries. The night was complete with a grand dinner including outstanding wine, great hosts and atmosphere and good conversation. The next Wine Pairing Dinner is scheduled for Sept. 18. For more information on Vina Morita call 501.625.7143.

For guests coming into Hot Springs for a getaway, I highly recommend planning a stay with us at Lookout Point Inn and including a Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita. This restaurant is a Hot Springs gem and not to be missed. At Lookout Point we’ll provide you a wonderful place to stay on beautiful Lake Hamilton with outstanding rooms, beds and a fabulous gourmet breakfast. Our Inn is a perfect place to watch the sun set in the afternoon on the lake from each guest room. Book your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Hot Springs weekend.

Found: Four-Legged Family Member!

September 4th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Welcome, Otto!

Paws in Prison

Sweet Otto

The newest addition to our family is a gentle guy with the sweetest disposition. Otto appears to be a one year old black lab/boxer mix, and he is recent stellar graduate of the Paws in Prison program. After being rescued from a kill shelter by CARE (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort), and placed in the prison program.This amazing program is such a win-win. The selected prisoners are taught by a professional dog trainer, and the dog is placed with the prisoner 24/7 to be trained. Otto comes to us house trained (we didn’t have the time nor energy to train a pup), knows many of the AKC commands, doesn’t pull on a leash, and we just love him! Most days Otto spends his time at Lookout Point Inn, tucked away in a back office. But if you need a dog fix while you’re here, you are welcome to take Otto for a walk! He would love it, and probably will share a slobbery kiss.

Earlier this year, our dog Nikki adopt a dog(a yellow lab mix) was diagnosed with lymphoma. While she lived several more happy months, she passed away at the beginning of summer.

We are grateful to our extremely thoughtful and kind staff for placing a tribute to Nikki in the garden. She’s facing the waterfalls, appropriate since she loved to romp in the water. Thank you so much to our very special team at Lookout Point!

If you are seeking Hot Springs, AR dog friendly lodging, you’ll love it here. Four guest rooms are available to folks traveling with their four-legged friends. We would love to welcome you!

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