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Our Favorite Restaurants in Hot Springs, AR for Lunch

July 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Each day, guests ask for suggestions for good lunch spots at restaurants in Hot Springs Arkansas. While the list is long, we narrowed the choices to our top five favorites:

  • Cafe 1217– fresh ingredients prepared from scratch with naturally beautiful presentation, in a casual and friendly atmosphere. The menu changes monthly.

    Java Primo: fresh wraps

    Java Primo: fresh wraps

  • Java Primo–fresh coffee roasted in Arkansas, featuring brunch and lunch specialties. The fresh salads, wraps and paninis are exceptional. Top it off with a scrumptious homemade dessert.
  • J & S Italian Villa– great Italian fare presents a wonderful aroma as you enter the lovely restaurant. Simply delicious with superb service.
  • Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante–mouth-watering Latin American food mixed with southern hospitality. The murals are hand carved by Rolando! Yummy and charming.
  • Lookout Point Lakeside Inn–lunch available for our lodging guests with the absolute best scenery in Hot Springs. Delicious and simple fare of organic salads or freshly prepared sandwiches. Dine by the waterfall, or we’ll pack a picnic lunch in a custom backpack ready for you to enjoy anywhere.

Makes me hungry just thinking about it! Of course, we’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast, where we’re always glad to help with any decisions for great dining while you’re here.

Friday Night Is for Strolling in Hot Springs AR

July 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National ParkEach month, Hot Springs highlights the downtown strip with Stroll the Boulevard. If you are interested in fashion, art, or antiques, the third Friday of every month is marvelous for you! The shops stay open a little later (until 8pm) for those taking their time to enjoy the view from the sidewalks of Bathhouse Row.

When you enjoy the quaint shops on July 19th, you might also want to peek into the Miss Arkansas Pageant at the Summit Arena. The pageant, which has records dating back to 1933, has worked hard to maintain tradition while providing a forum for young women to express their creativity and intelligence.

The pageant is a precursor for the Miss America pageant that will take place in September this year. The 76th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant will feature a performance from Miss Arkansas 2012 Sloane Roberts each night, from July 14th to the 20th.

On crowning night, July 20th, the Miss Arkansas Pageant has a special treat for American Idol fans. Rachel Hale, who was one of the Top 20 females in this year’s competition, will be singing. The Arkansas native was featured on the show for being the “happiest contestant,” as well as for her lovely voice. Your ticket to that performance will certainly be scrapbook worthy!

Whether you walk downtown Hot Springs to enjoy the architecture, shop for vintage treasures, or to get a close look at the future Miss Arkansas, you will certainly enjoy strolling along Central Avenue next weekend.

If you would like a relaxing place to rest your feet (and your head!) after walking, add a stay at Lookout Point by calling 501.525.6155. You can get recommendations to the best shops and galleries while eating dessert at the Innkeeper’s Reception on Friday!

Hot Springs Arkansas Hosts Mystery Theater Event

July 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Mystery TheaterAlthough the Spa City is a hot spot for concerts this summer, it is busy adding to its artsy reputation by strengthening theater events in the city. Downtown, for example, the Five Star Dinner Theatre is open year round, offering different selections of entertainment for you to enjoy while you dine.

But this weekend, July 12th and 13th, The Regency is hosting a special Mystery Dinner Theater experience.  “Last Respects Paid: Death of the Godfather” centers around a wake honoring Vito Corleone. It will be a treat for fans of The Godfather.

Details of Corleone’s death are unclear, and the drama promises to keep you on your toes. Influential members of the most powerful Mafia family in New York will make an appearance to honor Don Corleone while you eat dinner catered by the Porterhouse. Together, you will figure out the What and Who of Corleone’s death.

It might be difficult to figure out all the clues to Corleone’s death, especially if his family takes his advice: “Never tell anyone outside the family what you are thinking.”

You can rest up for a weekend of sleuthing at Lookout Point. Call 501.525.6155 to reserve your Arkansas getaway today!

Musical Summer Ahead for Hot Springs AR

June 22nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Although the Hot Springs Music Festival is over, the Spa City still has plenty of options for summer music enjoyment.

One week from today, Music in the Park will be taking place at Lake Catherine. The event features Fer Goodness Sake, a group that sings mostly blue grass, country, and folk tunes. If the variety of music doesn’t hit the spot, the free Dutch oven cobbler definitely will!

lake catherine state parkBefore the event, you can always walk the beautiful hiking trails located at Lake Catherine. You can sit by the waterfall while you wait to dive into that cobbler and some Southern music.  Lookout Point can give you maps to all the best spots.

Just before Independence Day, on July 3rd, Lee Greenwood will be playing for the Spa Blast crowd at Oaklawn Racing Track. The event begins at 5:30, and it ends with fireworks. With an inflatable kid’s zone, “family-priced” concessions, and free entry, Oaklawn definitely has a good time in store for you.

As a little treat, Greenwood is recording the event for a live album. He is letting fans request songs via social media or email. You can read more information about that here, if you’d like to contribute.

On July 6th, we’ll have even more good Southern music playing at Magic Springs. Lynyrd Skynyrd will start at 8 o’clock at the Timberwood Ampitheater. Skynyrd plays the rock side of Southern music, with hits like “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” making them unforgettable to multiple generations. You can sit on the lawn and have a good time with the band and the rest of the crowd!

When you’re thinking of enjoying music during your Arkansas vacation this summer, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your fun time. Give us a call at 501.525.6155 to reserve your room today!

Ten Reasons to Plan an Outdoor Adventure with Lookout Point

June 11th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

hsporch1.       You can enjoy the garden, described as an “idyllic getaway” in the Betters Homes and Gardens blog. It is the perfect way to start a day filled with outdoor activities. Don’t forget to lie in the hammocks to get a little sun!

2.       Waiting for you on the boat dock, a canoe is itching to be out exploring Lake Hamilton. We’ll show you the life jackets and oars, and then you get to have a fun time paddling around the bay and islands.

3.       If you’re interested in swimming in the lake, there are steps leading directly from the garden into the tranquil waters. We’ll provide the beach towels!

4.       You can relax your mind by walking the labyrinth in our garden.

5.       Hot Springs AR has lovely hiking trails, taking advantage of the lakes and the mountain scenery. Lookout Point is happy to give guests maps to the best spots.

6.       Captain Ray gives boat tours of Lake Hamilton on his pontoon boat. There’s no better way for you to see the mansions lining Lake Hamilton or hear a little about the history of Hot Springs.

7.       With plants catering to butterflies, you can take some amazing photographs of flowers and wildlife. Be sure to stop and smell the rose bushes and magnolia trees.

8.       You can fish off the dock at the bottom of the hill. If you’d prefer to look at fish, there’s a pond by the waterfall with coy and goldfish, too!

DSCN02689.       For bird watchers, there are feeders outside the dining room. From cardinals and hummingbirds to ducks, birds stay active for guests to enjoy while eating breakfast or walking the garden. For those interested in catching sight of an eagle (which sometimes grace the area), binoculars are available for use.

10.   The gardens are also a lovely spot to start another kind of big adventure—marriage. If you are thinking about Arkansas weddings, you can read more about our wedding packages here.

For even more options for an active vacation, check out Lookout Point’s Active Lifestyles packages. Call 501.525.6155 to start your Arkansas getaway today!

 

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.

Romantic Dinners to Remember in Hot Springs

May 9th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

One very special and personal touch our Hot Springs bed and breakfast offers to our incredible lodging guests is a private full-service dinner for two

Dining with a lake view

Dining with a lake view

prepared at Lookout Point Inn. It can be a romantic candlelit dinner by the waterfalls outdoors with an amazing view of Lake Hamilton as a backdrop or a cozy dinner in the quiet and well-appointed dining room. Either place is a perfect spot for an outstanding meal.

Guests will have our private Chef Eve (of Chiffonade Chef Services) who prepares the scrumptious custom-planned event. If you have a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday, or if you’re planning to propose, this could be the perfect way to show your special someone how much they mean to you with a dinner to remember.

You’ll pick the a menu that is just right and incorporate the most breathtaking setting in Hot Springs – this has to be the best combination for celebration during your Hot Springs getaway.

          Call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll start planning your exceptional dinner rendezvous.

 

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.

10 Fabulous Reasons Business Travelers Make the Switch to a B&B/Inn

April 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

OK, I know quite often we talk about the advantages of staying at an inn or bed and breakfast over a hotel. There are just so many good reasons, but what about the incentives for weary business travelers? Some of our very favorite business travelers continue to stay with us again and again, and some so often they are considered part of the family. They come to the inn tired and leave refreshed.

View from Your Guest Room

View from Your Guest Room

Here are 10 Fabulous Reasons they say they continue to choose an inn over a hotel stay:

  1. Free wifi AND free parking
  2. Calm, serene lake views from every room
  3. Secure and Quiet Setting
  4. Late check-ins always accommodated
  5. Special weekday Corporate rates for business travelers
  6. Grab N Go breakfasts for really early departures
  7. Complimentary refreshments available 24/7
  8. A complimentary glass of wine awaiting the guest’s arrival
  9. Great beds
  10. Our own Rewards-for-Stays Program (ReST)

So, if you’re a business traveler and would consider making the switch from a hotel, give us a call @ 502.525.6155. Once you’re here you’ll be hooked and we hear you’ll never go back to the box hotels again.

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

 

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