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Hot Springs AR Horror Film Festival Set to Spook

September 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Horror Film FestivalGet into the Halloween spirit early this year by attending the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival. The festival will take place from Sept. 26-29 at the Central Theatre, the oldest Motion Picture Theater in Arkansas.

The premiere of the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival is determined to bring filmmakers and film fanatics together for a weekend of spooky fun. There will be movies from all over the world and in many different genres—horror, sci-fi, thriller and fantasy, to name a few—to entertain the audience.

You can take part in panel discussions, question and answer sessions with a variety of film professionals, and see an assortment of flicks. Also, there will be a film competition, awards, and a reception, as well as “Film Spook Shops” for attendees to see production gear and techniques.

Next to the Central Theatre is the Grand Central Hall, where filmmakers and fans, celebrities and industry professionals can meet in the Vapor Lounge for special events and live entertainment.

With a long list of special guests and pictures ranging from short to feature length, there is something for the film enthusiast inside you at this terrifying event. You can purchase tickets to the festival ahead of time or at the door.

To relax after a scary day of film antics, stay at Lookout Point. You can reserve your tranquil room online or call us at 501.525.6155.

Weekend of Wonder to Wow Hot Springs AR

September 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Magic Festival in Hot Springs AR

In honor of his 17th year at the Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic, Maxwell Blade is hosting a festival of master magicians called Weekend of Wonder. The event will take place from September 20-22.

Blade’s co-host is Jay Scott Berry, an internationally known “Master of the Art.” Between Berry and Blade, their magical flare will appeal to a wide range of audiences, young and old. In addition to shows, there will be a magical marketplace, contests, street performers, colorful banners, lectures and workshops on the art of magic, and many more surprises along the way. Also, a grand gala will take place during the festival, reminiscent of a bygone era with elegant tones.

These two men and John Venus, who will be assisting them in producing and planning the festival, will hold a spectrum of fantastic shows at the Maxwell Blade Theater and select venues throughout Hot Springs. Each event is designed to excite the imagination and inspire amazement.

“Anyone who suggests that there is no such thing as real magic,” Berry says, “doesn’t understand what real magic is. Magic lives forever, in our dreams, in our imagination. Magic is the most ancient and mysterious of Arts. We amaze, we amuse and we inspire. Even though the effects may be illusion, the experience is very real.”

And you can experience the magic brought to life in Hot Springs National Park! Be sure to check out the website to find out more about the other performers attending—Jeff McBride, Michael Ammar, Dirk Losander, and Daryl Sprout. The variety of styles from these performers promises to keep audiences in a state of wonderment.

To continue your sense of awe, reserve your stay at Lookout Point. You can marvel at our gourmet breakfasts, the lush garden, or the size of the crepe myrtle trees. Reserve your room online or call at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information. Let the magic begin!

Fishing Tournament To Take Over Lake Hamilton

August 29th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

fishing on Lake HamiltonIn less than a month, fishermen will be readying their gear for the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Hamilton. The contest will take place at the Andrew G. Hulsey Fish Hatchery this year, just a few miles from Lookout Point.

The tournament is expecting 225 participants, but it is still registering anglers and boaters, and it is open to the public. An Arkansas fishing license is required to participate, but those can be purchased by calling 800.364.4263800.364.4263. You can find more specific details about entering the tournament on the website.

Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs AR is home to two previous state record catches, making it one of the top fishing spots in the state. On September 21st and 22nd, you can join the other fishers to see who has the winning catch!

Add a stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast to your getaway. When you aren’t fishing off the dock, you can relax and enjoy the view of Lake Hamilton from your own room. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information today!

Bikers Make a Statement during Fall Rally in Hot Springs AR

August 18th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Bike Rally in Hot Springs ARNothing can adequately describe the entrance of bikers as they roll into Hot Springs during the Motorcycle Rally in early September. Hundreds of bikers enter the city ready for lots of scenic trail rides in the hills near Hot Springs. They definitely make an impact while they are here, where they are welcomed with open arms. I always enjoy the days they are in town with the rumble of the bikes and the excitement the bikers exude.

The 8th Annual Hot Springs Motorcycle Rally takes place Sept 5-7th with cooler temperatures and lots of events centered on the Rally. Plans include a bike show, parade, rides, vendors, field events and kids’ events. Top name entertainment is available Friday, Sept 6th with country music entertainer Lee Brice. Grand Funk Railroad from the 1970s is the featured entertainer Saturday night, Sept. 7th. For additional information, check out the website at www.thehotspringsrally.com.

So, grab your skid lid and hammer down to Hot Springs during the Rally. You won’t be disappointed. And, we’d love to have you as guests at Lookout Point Inn while you’re here. It’s the best place in town to enjoy a relaxing retreat after an exciting day at the Rally. We have a perfect place to unwind with the most comfortable beds and baths anywhere, patios and balconies with gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton and a breakfast to die for. After a night with us you’ll be ready for the next day’s biking adventure. Reservations fill quickly, so give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

MOCA (Hot Springs) Exhibits Arkansas Champion Trees

August 11th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

One of my favorite nature drawings includes the beauty and grandeur of trees. Trees were a part of the longing to move to Arkansas, and I love the magnificence of Arkansas trees. So, I was thrilled to hear of the extraordinary exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art titled “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey” in downtown Hot Springs by local artist Linda Williams Palmer.

Lookout Point Loves ARkansas Champion trees

An Arkansas Champion

The exhibit consists of 18 colored pencil drawings, detail drawings, photo-documentation of trees, short anecdotes and stories, informative text panels and a brochure on Arkansas forests, history, art and science. The artist’s medium is Prismacolor Pencils on textured papers and extends through August 24.

Barbara Satterfield, Exhibit Project Manager and member of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, said, “The exhibit gives us all an opportunity to celebrate Arkansas’ greatest natural resources – its land and its people.”

            If you’re looking for a late summer Arkansas getaway, the “Arkansas Trees” exhibit could be one of many reasons to visit Hot Springs. And, we’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast while you’re here. Call 501.525.6155 for reservations. We’d love to help you plan your trip.

Brewery Opening in Hot Springs Bath House

August 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Superior BathhouseRose and Todd Cranson, tuba players in their spare time, are using their creative spirits to make beer for others’ enjoyment. With their prime location beside the Arlington Lawn, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery is looking forward to pleasing locals and tourists with their fare.

The Superior is the first brewery to be located inside a National Park. Located on Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs, the building was once a bathhouse itself. In the past two years, the Cransons have slowly cut through the red tape to open their dream project.

Each step of the construction process had to be approved by the National Park Service, but for the Cransons, it was a dream worth waiting for. However, in honor of the time it took to open the first phase of the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery, the first beer brewed on the premises will be called Red Tape Red Ale. Each glass will come with a red ribbon wrapped around the glass.

Right now, the owners have opened the tasting room and restaurant. Their custom built beer taps feature a variety of brews, some of which are made directly in Arkansas. The Cransons aim to use as much local produce as possible in their restaurant, where they offer pub fare to accompany the beer.

The brewery is opening in phases as construction continues, but this fall the Superior is hoping to begin brewing their own beer on site. It will be the world’s first brewery or distillery to use thermal spring water as the main ingredient. The naturally hot springs flowing under downtown will also help them stay energy efficient.

If you’d like to get a taste of the brewing process and view the historic bathhouse, you can also enjoy one of the weekly tours of the building. Afterwards, you can drink a beer while looking out the 75 feet of windows in their sun porch. It would be a refreshing treat to add to a stay at Lookout Point.

Call us at 501.525.6155 to reserve your room in our Arkansas bed and breakfast, and you can spend your evenings relaxing by Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs National Park.

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!

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