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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.

Where to Propose in Hot Springs AR

February 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the Month of Love, here is a list of our Top Nine Romantic Spots in Hot Springs National Park. These would be great spots to keep in mind if you’re planning a proposal!

  1. Garvan Woodland Gardens: If you forgot the flowers, you can take your beloved on a walk through 210 acres of them! Not only will you enjoy the scenery, but you’ll appreciate the private forest setting and gorgeous smells of the blooms.
  2. The Grand PromenadeThe Grand Promenade: The Promenade above the historic Hot Springs district is a lovely brick path with red benches for walkers to rest. It makes for a picturesque setting for a romantic stroll.
  3. Boat Rides on Lake Hamilton: Use the calming waters of Lake Hamilton as a peaceful, private setting for your romantic moment. You can take a sunset boat tour with Captain Ray, rent a boat, or paddle out in the Lookout Point canoe.
  4. Mountain Tower Overlook: While you look down at the beauty of Hot Springs AR, take an instant to luxuriate in the view with your dearest. A breathtaking view is always an amazing backdrop for a romantic moment.
  5. Luna Bella: With an intimate atmosphere and attentive service, Luna Bella is the best restaurant in town for an exquisite meal with your darling. The food is beautifully presented, and it tastes even better!
  6. Gulpha Gorge in Hot Springs ARLake Catherine or Gulpha Gorge: For a hiking adventure, and privacy among the beauty of nature, a trip to Lake Catherine State Park or Gulpha Gorge is the perfect solution! You could hike by the waterfalls at Lake Catherine or near the stream at Gulpha Gorge and never tire of the view. If you really want to kick it up a notch, try packing a romantic picnic lunch to enjoy while on your hike.
  7. Lookout Point Lakeside Inn: Lounge in the hammocks by the water and look at the stars. Walk on the path in the garden. Relax in the whirlpool tub in your room. Snuggle by the fire. Eat a delicious breakfast served by joyful innkeepers. From the moment you step inside the door, Lookout Point is a little slice of paradise designed to pamper guests with a peaceful retreat.
  8. Arlington Park: See the hot springs as they flow into the fountain in Arlington Park. The green space in front makes for a lovely setting for an afternoon of reading under the shade of a tree. With the Superior Brewery next door, you could make it an afternoon adventure!
  9. Carriage Ride through Downtown: Horse-drawn carriage rides are always a lovely option for a bit of romance. Ride through the historic district and recreate some of the most romantic moments of all time. You can snuggle up and take in the sights with your beloved.

If you would like to add a stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast to your romantic getaway this month, you can reserve your stay online or call (501) 525.6155. We wish you all the joy of family and friends during the Month of Love!

Oaklawn Is Off to the Races, Starting Jan. 10

January 6th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Oaklawn Racing Hot Springs ARThe exciting annual Thoroughbred Racing Season begins at Oaklawn Racing Track this week. Starting Jan. 10 at 1pm, there will be races every weekend until April 12. Races meet from Thurs.-Sun., but there will also be races on Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.

Oaklawn is famous for the Arkansas Derby and the Racing Festival of the South. Fans come from around the world to see horses as they get ready for the Triple Crown races, and to have an enjoyable time in one of the nation’s oldest racing tracks. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and spend a day amongst a crowd of energized people.

For those that find the betting as exciting as the races, Oaklawn is one of the most competitive and rewarding tracks in the U.S. There are promotions for fans (including a new app Oaklawn is launching for this season), as well as millions available for purses.

If you are planning to come in for the races this year, consider staying at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. When you stay two nights in January, you can receive complimentary admission to the Oaklawn Jockey Club (dress code enforced), as well as a gourmet breakfast in the morning, relaxing views of Lake Hamilton, and a chance to brag about the day’s race events to staff and other guests.

You can reserve your stay at Lookout Point online or call us at (501) 525.6155. For a list of the stakes for each race, be sure to check out Oaklawn’s calendar.

Taste of the Holidays in Hot Springs AR

November 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Mid America Science Museum Taste of the HolidaysOn Sunday, December 1st, you can enjoy the fares of 18 prestigious restaurants in Hot Springs AR by attending the Taste of the Holidays celebration at the Mid-America Science Museum.

The event will feature some of our favorite establishments—like Ambrosia Bakery, Café 1217, and House of Flowers. There will be an auction (both silent and live), and entertainment provided by the Shady Grove Band. The atmosphere will be friendly and festive, and you won’t want to miss the fun!

Taste of the Holidays is about more than the fabulous cuisine. For the past 13 years, Mid America Science Museum has hosted this event as a fundraiser for the museum. MASM is focused on providing hands-on educational opportunities for all ages, and Taste of the Holidays is a pivotal part of keeping that dream alive.

If you would like to participate in the event, contact Cara Matthews at 501.767.3461501.767.3461, ext. 18. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door, and proceeds benefit the worthwhile Mid-America Science Museum.

To end the festive evening, consider relaxing in a luxurious, comfortable bed at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast. With a calming view of Lake Hamilton, you will be pampered into a feeling of peace. You can reserve a stay online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information.

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens

November 7th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland GardensGarvan Woodland Gardens will turn into a magic winter wonderland starting on Nov. 23rd. Until December 31st, you can see the gorgeous Holiday Lights ablaze in the gardens, lighting up 17 acres with holiday cheer.

Along with one of the best light displays in Arkansas, the Holiday Lights will also entertain you with music. The 50-foot tall animated Rose Tree (located in the Rose Garden) plays uplifting tunes, and the brand new musical “piano” will be the center of the Great Lawn display. From 5pm to 9pm nightly, you can walk the grounds, enjoying the winter celebration while drinking a cup of complimentary hot chocolate.

After enjoying the marvelous light exhibit, which contains 2 million twinkling bulbs, you can warm up by the fire at Lookout Point. You can reserve your room online or by calling 501.525.6155501.525.6155; we will have a cup of hot chocolate waiting for you!

To purchase tickets to see the holiday lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens, see their website.

Haunted Tours in Downtown Hot Springs AR

October 23rd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Haunted Spot on Tour in Hot Springs AR

Taken by a guest on the Hot Springs AR Haunted Tour

It seems only appropriate that we should tell you about Hot Springs Haunted Tours right before Halloween. The holiday is such a fun time of the year to learn about haunted buildings, ghosts, history, folklore and the paranormal both past and present.

Some of the stories you’ll hear on the tour include haunts, murders, mysteries, deaths, ghosts and suicides. A few of the places you’ll visit on the walking tour are the Malco Theater, West Mountain, the old Army hospital now used for rehabilitation and several haunted houses along the way. This is all spooky stuff for sure.

The 90-minute walking tour takes place every evening at 8 p.m. with a 10 p.m. tour on Friday and Saturday nights. The owner suggests wearing comfortable shoes and bringing your camera. You never know when you might be able to photograph a ghost.

So, for a fun Halloween outing, come and enjoy the Hot Springs Haunted Tour and we’d love for you to stay with us at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast while you’re in town. We’ll have hot chocolate and snacks available when you return from your tour along with a beautiful room, warm, comfortable bed and fabulous breakfast the next morning.

If you’re still in the Halloween spirit, you can also sit on your patio or balcony and tell more ghost stories. Make reservations at online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information on how to reserve your spooky stay.

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