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Hot Springs, Arkansas Colorful Past, Present and Future

September 8th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs is rife with an interesting history starting with the Native American inhabitants before the first Europeans arrived. The Native Americans referred to this area as Valley of the Vapors and they obviously understood the significance of the hot springs, befitting from the healing of the hot mineral waters.

In the mid-1500s Spanish and French settlers came to the area and Hernando de Soto visited the region in 1541.Historic bath houses in Hot Springs, AR In the late 1800s bathhouses were completed and Hot Springs became an elegant spa resort. President Andrew Jackson named Hot Springs as the first federal reservation in 1832, which was essentially America’s first national park. For centuries, continuing today, people traveled to the Spa City for healing!

U.S. presidents visited Hot Springs to soak in the hot mineral waters and enjoy the flourishing amenities. In the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, Hot Springs became a popular spot for organized crime vacations with Al Capone, Frank Costello, Bugs Moran, Lucky Luciano visiting the area on a regular basis. The lively Gangster Museum will fill in the fun details!

In the 1880s, the Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs) held spring training in Hot Springs with many teams following.  Many baseball greats including Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Cy Young trained in Hot Springs with their teams long before the grapefruit and citrus leagues began spring training in Arizona and Florida. The Army and Navy Hospital, the first combined hospital designed to treat patients in the Army and the Navy, opened as the first of its kind in the U.S. in Hot Springs.Famous Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, AR

Thoroughbred racing started in Hot Springs in 1904 at Essex Park with Oaklawn Park opening the following year. For more than 100 years, talented horses and horse people come to the city. Hot Springs has lots of historical places to visit in the city and lots of rich history to learn about. Some of the famous historical places in Hot Springs include:

Planning a weekend to learn more about the rich history of Hot Springs will be both educational and fun. Stay at the Lookout Point while you’re in town for a great way to complement your getaway retreat. We offer a beautiful Inn situated on Lake Hamilton with relaxing and gorgeous views of the Lake from each room. Our gourmet breakfasts are out of this world and our attention to detail in every area of the Inn is exquisite. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your visit to this lively Spa City.

We are excited to live in Hot Springs, and look forward to the city’s grand future.

 

Summer at the Hot Springs Farmers Market

June 11th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Farmers MarketThe Hot Springs Farmers Market supplies produce that is extremely healthy, plentiful and locally grown in early summer. In the last few seasons the Market has added Food Truck Friday on the last Friday of the month through October and Movies at the Market on Thursdays through July.

All of the events at the Farmers Market are fun and entertaining for locals and a special attraction for our visitors to Hot Springs. During the summer the Market is open 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays or until the produce runs out and 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Market always offers quality home-grown produce, and some additional items include:

  • Fresh herbs, plants and flowers
  • Eggs and meat products
  • Fresh-baked breads and desserts
  • Local honey, jams, jellies and spreads
  • Live music

Food Truck Friday started in 2015 and was such a hit it has continued. Food Truck Friday takes place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the last Friday of the month at the Farmers Market. Some of the vendors include:

  • Cajun Delights @ Kristina’s
  • Itz Gud Fud
  • Little Penguin Tacos
  • Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches
  • Stevie’s Lunch Box
  • Whitworth’s Concessions

Movies at the Market offers free movies on Thursday evenings in June and July in a family friendly atmosphere. Participants are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets, pets on leashes, bug spray, plus ice chests (no glass containers).

The fun summer movies include:

  • June 9 Jurassic World
  • June 16 Karate Kid
  • June 23 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • June 30 Cinderella
  • July 7 Despicable Me2
  • July 14 Blue Hawaii
  • July 21 Top Gun

The Hot Springs Farmers Market has a lot to offer of good family fun. Our out-of-town visitors can add a bit of local food and excitement to the list of enjoyable things to do in Hot Springs.

While in the area, we would love to have you stay with us at our Hot Spring bed & breakfast. The gardens are blooming; the canoe, kayaks and Captain Ray’s boat trips are great hits; our delicious breakfasts include summer fruit and veggies; and the view of the lake from each of our rooms is stunning. Sounds like fun? It is! Make reservations for a Hot Springs getaway early as we fill up quickly in the summer. Reserve online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your summer adventure.

The Hot Springs Farmers Market has so much more than just fresh produce. Food Truck Friday, Movies at the Market there’s so much to check out!

St. Patty’s Day in Hot Springs Spells FUN!

February 16th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Events

St. Pat’s Parade, Hot Springs

It is so much fun to attend the 13th Annaul First Ever World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Hot Springs!  Truly, the actual parade is only 99 feet long, and a high school band cannot play all at the same time–only for 99 feet.  The entire experience is a hoot. The parade has garnered attention around the globe and increased in popularity among locals and tourists who come to town for the celebration.

This year, the official parade starter is actor Gary Busey, and the celebrity Grand Marshals are actor Kevin Bacon, along with his brother Michael Bacon.  After the parade, the Bacon Brothers Band provides a free street concert!

A word to parade newcomers: get a spot along the parade route early, dress in green and get ready to have a blast.  An assortment of entertainment during the parade includes:

  • Irish Elvis Impersonators
  • Green Irish Wolfhounds

    The Bacon Brothers

    The Bacon Brothers

  • Zany floats
  • Marching bands, playing for 99 feet
  • Candy and beads tossed to the crowd
  • New surprises every year

Make plans to visit for St. Pat’s festivities on March 17 and stay at our Hot Springs, Arkansas bed & breakfast/inn. Our luxurious rooms are incredibly comfortable and individually appointed.  Delicious breakfast are served each morning in our dining room (or on trays to your room), where our guests enjoying bird watching. The cardinals entertain every morning, plus lots of other varieties.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs, AR

Wacky Fun

Make reservations early online or give us a call at 501-525-6155.  We’ll assist in planning a great St. Patrick’s Day and Hot Springs getaway!

Merry Christmas from Lookout Point

December 23rd, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Lookout Point Inn

Lookout Point Inn HolidayWith the gratitude of Thanksgiving still present, Lookout Point is so excited to celebrate the joy of Christmas! The season is filled with love and laughter, miracles and compassion. It inspires us year-round to keep our hospitality at its best, just as the Innkeeper who found room in a manger for a wandering couple did once upon a time. We hope you have a joyful time with family this Christmas and share that holiday spirit with those around you.

If you would like to celebrate the season by giving a loved one a gift certificate, or reserving a getaway at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, you can book your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

Pearl’s Girls, An Original Play :: Garvan Woodland Gardens

October 15th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, AR

Anthony Chapel

Pearl’s Girls, written by local playwright Isabel McQuiston, is an award-winning one act play centered on Pearl and her three daughters. The play will be premiered on October 25, 5:00pm in the stunning Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

According to McQuiston, “My mother was Pearl, and my sisters and I often referred to ourselves as Pearl’s girls. I was the youngest, my three sisters were all several years older. They have all passed.”

The play’s setting is the home of Pearl, and touches on the challenging issues after a loved one has died, including how to divide belongings.

We invite you to stay at the Inn during this beautiful season of autumn, and enjoy an original work of live art!

Tesla Car Charger in Hot Springs!

August 30th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Thanks to Tesla Motors Destination Charging program and 170+ forward-thinking, business-savvy, and environmentally-conscious Select Registry member properties, road trips just got easier for Tesla Model S owners.  Our inn, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, is one of those 170+ environmentally conscious properties!  We are pleased to have the new Tesla and Universal charging stations, available free of charge to our guests.

Tesla Car Chargers

Electric Car Chargers

 

Select Registry is the first independent hospitality organization to enroll this quantity of properties all at once, and the only group that consists of unique and quality-assured lodging. Select Registry joins a rapidly-growing network in Tesla’s program, in which Tesla partners with hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world, offering High Power Connectors at locations where drivers have time to charge their vehicles for a couple of hours, or overnight.  We are definitely proud to be a member of Select Registry, and to offer these new charging stations!

Tesla’s growing Supercharger network (now 425 stations along frequently-traveled highways) has inspired Model S owners to hit the road in increasing numbers. Owners can drive all day, charging for 30-40 minutes at Superchargers, and then stop at night to stay and charge at a Select Registry property with a Tesla High Power Wall Connector (this charger adds 58 miles of range per hour, topping off Model S’s full 265 miles of range in just a few hours.)

We look forward to welcoming electric car drivers, and making their trip a little more beautiful with a stay at our Hot Springs lakeside inn!

Favorite Hamburger Spots :: Father’s Day in Hot Springs, AR

May 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

With Father’s Day coming June 21, there’s no better way to celebrate your ol’ Dad than treating him to a really good burger. In Hot Springs we have quite a few fabulous places to choose from. It all depends on how you like your burger.

Three of Ray’s favorite Hot Springs hamburger places are:

BubbaLu’s Bodacious Burgers & Classy Dogs in Historic Downtown Hot Springs offers old fashioned burgers made from Black Angus beef. The name itself makes me stop and smile and so do the cheeseburgers and onion rings. I added a diet Coke, but I understand the malts and milkshakes are delicious. So, if you’re downtown cruising with your Dad, treat him to one of Hot Springs’ finest – a bodacious burger from BubbaLu’s.
KJ’s out on Airport Road is my all –time favorite Hot Springs burger. The 1/2 –pound burger is a little ominous, but they are perfectly prepared and utterly delicious. Add fries or onion rings and I guarantee your dad will walk away having thoroughly enjoyed his Father’s Day treat. The desserts are also scrumptious, but there was no way I had room for dessert after a 1/2 –pound burger.
The Ohio Club also in Historic Downtown Hot Springs offers several varieties of tasty burgers. The mushroom, Swiss burger was mouth-watering and the fries and onion rings completed the meal. The Ohio Club is the oldest bar in Arkansas and it is quite authentic. The food is great and the atmosphere is plenty of fun, with live music daily. The drinks from the famous bar are refreshing and go great with the burgers.
There are plenty of additional places to enjoy burgers in Hot Springs, but these are three of our favorites. They are all quite different in atmosphere, and the food in all three places is exceptional.
While celebrating Father’s Day, Dads would also enjoy staying at Lookout Point Inn. We offer gourmet breakfasts, our own custom ground coffee and lots of treats available throughout the Inn. There are lots of places to sit and watch birds, to enjoy a ride in our canoe on Lake Hamilton or to take a boat ride on the lake with Capt. Ray. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Father’s Day celebration.

Special Promotions for Spring & Summer in Hot Springs

May 5th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Because we enjoy living in Hot Springs and want to share some of the opportunities for fun in our own backyard, we have plenty Packages and Specials available for guests. Spring and summer are excellent times of the year for enjoying all Hot Springs has to offer.

Snowball Room - Hot Springs Spring Getaway

Snowball Room

For the May Special Deckless Delight, if you stay 3 nights in either the Queen Deluxe Sunset Room or King Deluxe Snowball Room (our only 2 rooms without a deck or porch), you’ll receive $100 off! Some restrictions apply, including Memorial Weekend of course.

We offer several Packages for our guests and their families and friends. Each Package is explained in detail on the website along with costs.

Our Packages for fun in the Hot Springs sun include:
Romance Packages for a romantic getaway including:Romantic Picnic in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Hot Springs Honeymoon Packages to celebrate the beginning of a life together
Outdoor Adventure Packages for fabulous outdoor fun Family Vacation Packages to encourage families to play together
Girlfriend Getaways to honor the lives of women Special Occasion Packages to celebrate special events such as birthdays and babymoon:
Create Your Own Package for anything we haven’t already thought of!

In addition to the packages, we offer Specials at the Inn including a Hybrid Discount electric-carof $10 per night Sunday-Thursday for guests driving a hybrid to the Inn. Our Mighty Military Discount includes a 10 percent discount off room rates Sunday-Thursday for all active duty men and women serving in the military.

What could be better than choosing one of our preplanned Packages or Specials for a fabulous Hot Springs vacation? Our Hot Springs bed and breakfast is the perfect setting for any vacation. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

Innkeepers in Leadership

April 9th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

One of the truly unique things about staying at Lookout Point is the Innkeepers and staff dedicated to making your stay a memorable (and peaceful) one.

Lookout Point Lakeside InnThe two owners, Ray & Kristie Rosset, find it incredibly important to be involved in the hospitality industry. Ray has served as the President of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Arkansas for over a year; just as that role shifted, he became the President of the Garland County Chapter of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. He also serves on the board for the Arkansas Lodging Association.

Kristie, in addition to being a member of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, is a member of the Leadership Board for the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals.

The Rosset’s involvement in the hospitality industry increases their knowledge and passion for hospitality, while also keeping current in the field. Plus, they meet some great people along the way, and they come back to the Inn to share their passion with staff and guests.

If you’d like to experience the rejuvenation of our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, and meet Ray & Kristie in person, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Hot Springs, AR Chocolate Festival

January 18th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Chocolate Festival - Hot SpringsThe tastiest fundraiser in Hot Springs, AR is back on Feb. 1, 2015! All proceeds from the Chocolate Festival go towards the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic, which provides healthcare for those in need.

This decadent event takes place at Embassy Suites every year, and it involves much more than just tasty treats. While guests walk around enjoying the chocolate provided, there is also a silent auction filled with great prizes and live entertainment.

Guests at the Inn are very aware of how much we love chocolate. (Chocolate Covered Wednesdays make that obvious indeed!) Each year, we look forward to this festival in Spa City, and we would love to share the experience with our guests.

While you enjoy this delicious fundraiser in town, stay at Lookout Point. You can indulge your sweet tooth during the afternoon, relax in a luxurious bed that evening, and enjoy a gourmet breakfast the next morning! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Admissions for the event are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You can contact the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic for more details on the event at (501) 318-1153.

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