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Hot Springs Turns up the Green for St. Paddy’s Day

March 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

If you love parades with leprechauns, quirky floats, marching bands and Irish Elvis impersonators, then you’ll absolutely love the First Ever Tenth Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Come celebrate the Irish!

Come celebrate the Irish!

Just the name makes me laugh and that’s exactly how much fun you can count on at the event. After participating in the 2012 festivities, I wouldn’t miss this year’s celebration for anything. And, I hope you won’t either.

The grand marshals for the parade are Bo Derek from the movie “10” and John Corbett, the TV star from “Northern Exposure.” Previously, Bo and John were each grand marshals in different years, now we’re excited to have this long-time couple share the duties!

The 98-foot-long parade (for real – it’s really only 98 feet) is held on Bridge Street with a green celebration and green libation and includes the kissing of the Blarney Stone.

I hope I have convinced you to come and enjoy the traditional Irish celebration on Bridge Street in Hot Springs on March 17 in a very non-traditional manner. You’ll have lots to tell your friends!

And, please while you’re in town – make your visit complete with a stay at Lookout Point Inn. Call 501-525-6155 for reservations or book online.

Say “I Love You” in Hot Springs

January 18th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Those are the words we all long to hear and the reason for Valentine’s Day. It’s never too early to start thinking about your sweetie and making plans for the special day. And, I do have a perfect suggestion – How about a romantic stay at Lookout Point Inn anytime in February OR a gift certificate for an anytime stay?

Celebrate Love!

Celebrate Love!

Your beloved will treasure you even more after a fabulous few days at Lookout Point. The Inn resonates romance from the luxurious rooms with balconies or patios overlooking the lake, to a fire perfect for snuggling, or time alone in the gardens. What could be more perfect for the one you love?

We also have two perfect packages to add on to your romantic getaway: Love Me Tender or Inn the Mood both include roses, champagne and toasting glasses, fine chocolates and a basket with cheese, crackers and fruit.

There are also so many fun and romantic things to do in Hot Springs: a candlelight dinner at one of the fine restaurants, a stroll through beautiful woodland Gardens, a hike leading to spectacular waterfalls, a soak in the thermal waters or a fun-filled day at the races.

Don’t hesitate to make your reservations at 501.525.6155. The Inn fills quickly for this wonderful celebration of love.

Bird Watching in Arkansas

November 6th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

I believe one of the best bird watching places on the globe is right here in Hot Springs. One of the most effective ways to still your thoughts and slow down is to sit for a while and simply enjoy watching birds. Observing these fascinating creatures, especially in fall and winter, and paying attention to their life patterns recharges our battery, clears our mind and rekindles our soul.

With the holidays fast approaching what a wonderful way to calm our fast pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery by watching our fine feathered friends. At Lookout Point Inn we are seeing extraordinary birds on our feeders including finches, cardinals, tufted titmice, blue jays, woodpeckers and chickadees – to name a few.

We’d love to have you visit the inn and spend some time with our lovely array of Arkansas birds. Call for reservations @ 501.525.6155.

Beautiful Gardens Full of LIfe in Hot Springs

October 28th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Thanks to our recent guest, Melanie, we have incredible new photos from our gardens, and we just have to share them with you!

With a little patience and a watchful eye, you will be treated to the wonder of ever changing beauty in the gardens of our inn. We would love to welcome you to Lookout Point!

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2012

October 4th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the delights of living in or visiting  Hot Springs in October is the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Hot Springs Film Festival 2012

This year the Festival had some challenges from a spring storm that damaged the historic Malco Theatre, where the festival takes place. But the Festival lives on and will be a fun and exciting part of fall in Hot Springs October 12-21.

We are proud to be a sponsor of the festival and would love to have you stay at Lookout Point for the multicultural and intergenerational festival. If you’ve had the privilege of attending the Festival in the past or you’ve never attended, this would be a wonderful year to plan a fall excursion to Hot Springs.

The list of films and the full Festival schedule will be posted soon.

Fabulous Fall Escape to Hot Springs

September 6th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of my favorite times of year is quickly approaching. Cooler days and the beauty of the fall season bring such a refreshing change of pace. The break from the heat itself increases my energy level and makes me want to be outside enjoying the splendor that autumn brings.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

Autumn in Hot Springs

To honor the season we’ve prepared a “Leaves, Lakes and Waterfalls Package”, to encourage you to take a break and come spend a few days with at Lookout Point. Enjoy the colorful foliage in the Ouachita Mountains and the serenity on Lake Hamilton. The ducks, geese and birds are plentiful during the season and fascinating to watch in the early morning or late afternoon as they prepare for their migration.

With the cooler breezes and the gorgeous leaves comes a sense of relaxation and slowing of pace to let your spirits soar and your mind slow down. The great hiking trails leading to some awe-inspiring waterfalls are picturesque during this time of year.

Our “Leaves, Lakes and Waterfalls” package includes (avail Oct 1-Nov 30):

  • 3 nights at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, recently named one of the top 10 B&B/Inns in the U.S. by Trip Advisor for 2012
  • Spectacular lake view from every room
  • Map to the best hikes, with waterfalls as the destination
  • Souvenir Picnic Backpack loaded with hearty lunch, wine, plates, and more
  • Admission for 2, Garvan Woodland Gardens
  • 90-minute boat tour of Lake Hamilton with Lookout Point’s “Capt. Ray” (thru Nov 2)
  • Admission for 2, 21-story Mountain Tower
  • Private couples’ thermal mineral bath at the Quapaw Bathouse & Spa

Because this is such a popular time at the inn, make your reservations early @ 501.525.6155 and spend time looking forward to your fabulous fall escape.

Hot Air Balloons Take Over Hot Springs September Skies

August 19th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

If you’ve got people in your life full of hot air – the Legends Balloon Rally

Legends Balloon Rally

might be just the event to enjoy together, September 21-22, 2012. The Rally is a great place to work off some of that energy, to share a few laughs and to experience the beauty and splendor of the balloons. Hot Air Balloons always elicit a feeling of exhilaration and pure delight. In all sincerity, the rally is a  wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.

The Legends Balloon Rally has been a part of the end of summer/beginning of fall happenings in Hot Springs since 2008. Every year the event brings visitors from outside the area and folks from Hot Springs. The Rally includes hot air balloon competitions, a car show, a free concert and plenty of time to gaze into the sky and enjoy the balloons with the array of bright colors.

One of my favorite parts of the Rally is the Balloon Glow Friday and Saturday night around dusk. At that time of evening the colorful and majestic balloons are tethered to the ground for the unforgettable balloon glow display. The evening light elicits a beautiful addition to the luminosity of 25 or more balloons. It truly is a sight to behold – the result is astonishing!

After spending the night at the inn and enjoying a gourmet breakfast and a cup of our special blend coffee, you’ll be ready for the Rally, which is held at Hot Springs Memorial Airport. For more information, contact or call our office at 501.525.6155 or visit the Legends Balloon Rally.

Walking the Labyrinth at Lookout Point, Hot Springs

July 11th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

When Ray and I first talked about building Lookout Point Inn we discussed the possibility of incorporating a labyrinth

Labyrinth in Hot Springs Arkansas

Lookout Point’s Labyrinth

into the landscape. Then, the more we planned the more it became a very necessary component of our design. The labyrinth is a beautiful part of our landscape sitting adjacent to the gardens and breathtaking yet calming view of Lake Hamilton.

The design is the Chartres 11 Circuit Labyrinth. It’s an old design that comes from the 13th century and the original can still be walked in the Chartres Cathedral in France. This design has been duplicated many times in many places all over the world. The experience of walking a labyrinth is meant for all faith traditions and is considered a form of walking prayer and meditation. For me, walking the labyrinth calms my mind and opens my heart.

We’ve had many guests walk our labyrinth during their stay at the inn. We’ve also had weddings, baptisms, Easter Sunrise,  and other services held on the labyrinth. It is such an integral part of who we are,  and it invites those who walk the labyrinth a quiet and reflective journey away from our busy lives. I’d love to have you walk the labyrinth on your next visit to the inn or use the labyrinth to celebrate a meaningful event in your life.

Walking the labyrinth does not demand a great amount of concentration in order to benefit from the experience. The sheer act of walking a complicated path …begins to focus the mind. A quiet mind does not happen automatically. But the labyrinth experience …helps us distinguish superficial extraneous thoughts from the ‘thought’ that comes from our soul level and that each of us longs to hear.  —Dr. Lauren Artress,“Walking a Sacred Path”

Fun On Crystal Clear Lake Hamilton

June 12th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most beautiful lakes in Arkansas is literally in our back yard. Lake Hamilton

Beautiful Lake Hamilton

is gorgeous and offers so much fun year ‘round but especially during the summer months. Guests at our Hot Springs B&B all have awesome views inviting you to sit and spend some quiet time gazing on the beauty of the lake. It soothes your soul and slows a racing mind.

In addition to slowing down and getting in touch with the natural beauty, the lake has opportunities for all water lovers. From July 6-31, guests at Lookout Point can receive a free boat ride for two with Captain Ray when  staying four nights at the inn. If you haven’t had a boat ride with Capt. Ray you’ve missed out on a wonderful experience on the lake–and most of his stories are true!

You may also use our canoe free of charge and, of course, take a swim in the refreshing water. Beach towels provided, of course. We’re happy to help in renting kayaks, delivered to the inn for you. If you’ve never been in a kayak or SUP, this summer might be the time to add this exciting adventure to your repertoire.

For those who love to fish, we have different options to offer. Guests may  fish off our seawall as often as you like, catching crappie, bream and bass. (Try saying crappie, bream and bass fast three times!)  If you want more fishing adventure, we can arrange a guide who will assist you on an area lake, promising you’ll make some great catches. Advance reservations required for the fishing guide.

Another option on the lake is renting a pontoon boat from a nearby marina. We’re always eager to help guests make arrangements and send you off for a fun day on the prettiest lake in the area.

When we say crystal clear Lake Hamilton, we are serious! The lake is clean and really clear to seven feet. The bottom is shale and, therefore, not muddy! What more can water enthusiasts ask for from a lake?

Hot Springs Music Festival: The Spice Of Life June 3-16

June 3rd, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Our lovely city is famous for outstanding visual and performing arts. Visitors to Hot Springs June 3-16 are in for an awesome treat with “The Spice of Life”, presented by the Hot Springs Music Festival. <a href=

With 20 concerts and 250 rehearsals open to the public, music spices up a trip to Hot Springs during the festival. One really unique concert, on Saturday June 9, features a moving concert along Bathouse Row in the Hot Springs National Park.

Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 Music Festival. We hope you’ll come stay at the inn, and enjoy great music!

 

 

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