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Don’t Miss the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival!

October 5th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

The 2nd Annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival is taking place just in time to get you into the mood for a Fright-tastic Halloween. This year the festival takes place from Oct. 23-26 at the historic Central Theater downtown.

The HSHFF takes pride in honoring not just horror films, but also sci-fi and thriller films. This mix of fantasy and intrigue with slashers and thrillers gives each audience something new to treasure. The director, Bill Volland, has a background in art direction and set design, giving a unique perspective to the horror genre. The hostess this year is actress and filmmaker TamaHot Springs Horror Film Festivalra Glynn, known for her role in Halloween 5.

The special screenings taking place at the 2014 Hot Springs Horror Film Festival are “The Oscar Legacy,” “Jersey Shore Massacre,” “Tales of Poe,” and a teaser for “Blood Reservoir.” There will also be a film-marketing seminar hosted by Ted Hatfield, who is also achieving a Lifetime Achievement Award. The full schedule will be up on the website soon, where you can also purchase tickets.

In preparation for the film festival, the Hot Springs Arts and Film Institute will also be hosting the Theater of Horror at the Central Theater. It promises to be a combination of entertainment—from movie to theater to haunted attraction. The showings will happen each Thursday through Sunday, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 2. More information about that attraction is available on the website as well, and all proceeds support the film festival.

While you are in town enjoying the thrills of the films, add a stay at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast to your agenda. You can extend the movie fun during your stay, with a library of DVDs for you to choose from and complimentary popcorn (and snacks!) available 24 hours a day. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

23rd Annual Documentary Film Festival is Hot Springs, AR Treasure

September 28th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Documentary Film FestivalI love to go to the movies. It’s a treat I treasure anytime I am able to go see a film I’ve looked forward to watching. Of course, popcorn and soda go along with the outing. So, each year when the Documentary Film Festival comes to town, Ray and I try to take some time off to see some of the fabulous films that are featured.

This year the Festival takes place Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel and Low Key Arts. The breadth of the international films includes an amazing lineup. What attracts me the most in watching the documentaries are the many subjects covered in the films. Last year the selection was great; I feel this year’s films may be even better.

Opening Night, Oct. 10, features “Glen Campbell…I’ll be Me” and looks to be an amazing evening for film aficionados. Some of the schedule for the evening includes a screening of the movie at 6:15 p.m. followed by a Q&A with Director and Producer James Keach, Producer Trevor Albert along with some members of the Campbell family including Campbell’s wife Kim and children Ashley, Cal and Shannon. Other events are also scheduled after the Q&A. For more information, a schedule and ticket information go online to www.hsdff.org.

The entire schedule of films is not on the website yet, but will be there soon. The featured documentaries this year include:
“Satellite Beach”
“The Story of the Rhinestone Cowboy”
“Meet the Patels”
“An Honest Liar”
“Stray Dog”
“George Takei”

One of my favorite events to attend in the fall is the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. I’m looking forward to the excitement of seeing some great documentaries this year. We love to have out-of-town guests who come to the Film Festival to also stay with us at the Inn. We have a great place to retreat to during the day or after the films in the evening.

Lookout Point is situated on Lake Hamilton with each of our unique rooms sharing a view of the lake. The cooler air is inviting and our gardens and labyrinth are great places to sit, be still and enjoy the great weather. Our beds are luxurious with fabulous linens and our breakfasts are superb. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great week or weekend at the Documentary Film Festival.

Where to See the Best Hot Springs, Arkansas Fall Foliage

September 17th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

autymn leaves at Lookout PointArkansas is known for its natural beauty—the mountains that showcase gorgeous sunsets and the lakes that exude fun and tranquility at once. One facet of this beauty that draws in visitors from all over the world is the changing color of leaves in fall. These fall colors of Hot Springs, Arkansas add warmth to the landscape that dazzles the eye.

One way to really enjoy the Arkansas fall foliage in the area is to take advantage of the Fall Colors Package at our top rated Hot Springs, AK bed and breakfast; it includes passes to the gorgeous Garvan Woodland Gardens and tickets to the Mountain Tower Overlook, as well as a boat tour of Lake Hamilton with Captain Ray. During your stay, you can also enjoy a loaded picnic backpack with lunch, all prepared by the Lookout Point staff. Not only do you get to take the adorable, and very useful, backpack home with you, but there are also two steel water bottles for you to remember your getaway.

As the weather cools off and you begin planning your autumn getaway, consider staying at our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast. In addition to the amenities of the Fall Colors Package, you will enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning, outstanding views of Lake Hamilton and the Ouachita Mountains, and luxurious beds to rest on at night. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room, Part 2

September 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

lookout point snowball roomIn Part 1, we covered the essentials of a great bed and the need to de-clutter. Now, let’s look at the smaller items in a guest room that create big impact. These simple steps create a big welcome for your guests, and don’t require a big cash outlay or a lot of time.

1. Lighting:  Good bedside reading lights are critical. Place a lamp at each beside table, using a 23 watt compact florescent or LED light (equivalent to an old 100 watt bulb).  Any less brightness does not provide enough light for bedtime reading. If you don’t have the space for 2 bedside tables, mount small lamps to the wall at the sides of the bed frame. Avoid ceiling lights, especially lights attached to a ceiling fan.

2. Welcome note: On a simple note card, jot a simple yet personalized note of welcome to your guests. It only takes a moment, and it touches the heart.

3. Water: Place a small carafe with 2 glasses, or a couple of bottles of water in the room. Again, it’s a simple and thoughtful touch. Your guests won’t need to stumble to the kitchen or bathroom in search of a sip of water.

4. Noise abatement: All of our guest rooms, both at the inn and at our home, provide a Sleep Sound Machine. Your place may be noiser, or even quieter, than your guests’ abode. The Sleep Sound machine neutralizes sounds with a soft white noise, and provides a soothing background for super-quiet spaces.

5. Towels/face cloths: Set out a towel and face cloth for your guests, in an obvious place (bathroom or guest room) so that they don’t need to hunt. Add a bowl of amenities to the bathroom with a collection of soaps, travel toothpaste, shampoo so that your very special guests might have a selection.

6. Reading Material: Your guests will appreciate  a small selection of reading materials, such as a local travel guide and/or current magazine. Just remember to balance items in the room with providing clear spaces for your guests to place their own belongings.

Finally, the most important item in creating a welcoming space is your very own special brand of hospitality. With your genuine warmth combined with  a soothing smile, your guests will feel pampered.

To learn more hospitality tips, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. The Innkeepers will be happy to share their insight with you! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Pet Friendly Hotel Honors Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

September 9th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Pet Friendly B&BAt our award winning Hot Springs bed and breakfast, some of our favorite guests have paws. When dogs arrive they are greeted in the room with treats and their own welcome letter. Each pet friendly room has direct access to the gorgeous garden (and Lake Hamilton, for those water-loving pups), as well as a porch.

Dogs at the Inn have a great time with their owners—from walks in the garden to trips in the canoe, to breakfast by the waterfall. The Innkeepers help them plan a dog-friendly getaway to Hot Springs National Park, which can include a trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens or Lake Catherine.

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog month in October, when you visit our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast with your furry friend, the dog lodging fees will be donated to the Garland County Humane Society. The GCHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing unwanted, abandoned, and neglected/abused pets. Lookout Point is proud to offer assistance to this organization, and we hope that you will join us in supporting them.

Reserve your dog-friendly Arkansas getaway at Lookout Point online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to welcome you and your four-legged friend to this beautiful city as autumn sets in!

Found: Four-Legged Family Member!

September 4th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Welcome, Otto!

Paws in Prison

Sweet Otto

The newest addition to our family is a gentle guy with the sweetest disposition. Otto appears to be a one year old black lab/boxer mix, and he is recent stellar graduate of the Paws in Prison program. After being rescued from a kill shelter by CARE (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort), and placed in the prison program.This amazing program is such a win-win. The selected prisoners are taught by a professional dog trainer, and the dog is placed with the prisoner 24/7 to be trained. Otto comes to us house trained (we didn’t have the time nor energy to train a pup), knows many of the AKC commands, doesn’t pull on a leash, and we just love him! Most days Otto spends his time at Lookout Point Inn, tucked away in a back office. But if you need a dog fix while you’re here, you are welcome to take Otto for a walk! He would love it, and probably will share a slobbery kiss.

Earlier this year, our dog Nikki adopt a dog(a yellow lab mix) was diagnosed with lymphoma. While she lived several more happy months, she passed away at the beginning of summer.

We are grateful to our extremely thoughtful and kind staff for placing a tribute to Nikki in the garden. She’s facing the waterfalls, appropriate since she loved to romp in the water. Thank you so much to our very special team at Lookout Point!

If you are seeking Hot Springs, AR dog friendly lodging, you’ll love it here. Four guest rooms are available to folks traveling with their four-legged friends. We would love to welcome you!

Inspirational Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library

August 24th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chihuly at Clinton Presidential LibraryOne of the nice things about living in Hot Springs is the close proximity to Little Rock and all the cultural arts available in the city. Currently, one of the astonishing art displays in Little Rock is the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library.

Dale Chihuly is a renowned American artist, who is well known internationally, and helped to elevate the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. His presentation of color, shape and form are exquisite. His talent is amazing and such a gift for anyone who visits his exhibits. We’re lucky to have such amazing art to experience in Little Rock through January 5, 2015.

Four specific installations are featured at the Clinton Library including Red Reeds which is visible outdoors at the entrance and has dramatic lighting at night; Sea Blue and Green Tower which is situated in the Sky Lobby and includes about 700 hand-blown glass elements; the Mille Fiori installation that features an incredible Dale Chihuly garden of glass; and Seaforms and Drawings which reflects inspiration from the sea and is on view in a temporary exhibition space. The Chihuly glass is just amazing. His art is an inspiration to be more creative and think outside the box. His advice for young aspiring artists is: “Surround yourself with artists and see as much art as possible. Go with your gut and create something that nobody has ever seen before.” For more information on the Chihuly exhibit go online to www.clintonfoundation.org/Chihuly.

If you’re planning a trip to the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Library, we’d love to have you come to Hot Springs to spend some time with us and stay at Lookout Point Inn. We have artists’ work on display in our common areas and support all the cultural arts. Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with all rooms having a view of the lake, most with patios or balconies. It is a beautiful place to unwind and enjoy the peaceful gardens and labyrinth and the serenity and beauty of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan a trip to Hot Springs with a special excursion to Little Rock to the Chihuly Exhibit.

Hot Springs AR Jazz Fest 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Each year the Hot Springs Jazz Society presents a festival promoting jazz music in Spa City.

For the 23rd year in a row, the JazzFest will feature Arkansas’ Jazz Artists. The first day of the festival begins onHot Springs Jazz Festival Sept. 16 with Guitar-rama, an event featuring six different guitar players from all genres of music. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, you can learn about the history of the musical movement at Jazz 101.

The festival continues until Sept. 21, with a free event on Saturday called Jazz in the Streets. That event will happen under the Broadway Street Bridge, from 11am to 5pm. For the first time, the free event will also include Dancing in the Streets, featuring TwiceSax. The genres will range from Dixieland to Latin Jazz and everywhere in between.

The Hot Springs Jazz Society prides itself on not just promoting jazz, but also perpetuating and preserving it as an original American art form. Each of the events during the festival go toward this purpose—not just providing entertainment, but providing a sense of history for jazz music as a whole. To find out more information about JazzFest or buy tickets, visit the website at hsjazzsociety.org or call 501.627.2425.

While you are enjoying the music from the festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. There are comfortable beds with luxurious linens, gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and scrumptious breakfast awaiting you! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to Find Ice Cream in Hot Springs AR

August 7th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Nom Bars Hot Springs AROne of my favorite ways to cool off in the summer is eating ice cream—whether in milk shakes or banana splits or generous scoops or root beer floats. When the air is humid and hot outside, frozen treats hit the spot! Here’s a list of the Top 4 Places for Frozen Treats in the area:

4. Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery – Superior does a very good job with everything they try, from brewing their own root beer to their lunch menu and some particularly tasty gelato. The flavor of the gelato is dense, and the texture of the gelato is smooth. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere lovely, and the location is tough to beat! It is a definite must-see when in Hot Springs National Park.

3. Scoops—A great stop for handmade ice cream. The flavors are classic and always taste wonderful. The creamy texture of the ice cream is perfect. The atmosphere itself is very casual, with picnic tables and walls painted with cartoon cows. It’s a great stop for families in particular. (Kids really love the cotton candy flavor!) As the name suggests, ice cream is their specialty, and they love to keep dreaming up new flavors.

Dolce Gelato Hot Springs AR2. Dolce Gelato—Nestled in Cornerstone shopping center, Dolce Gelato takes the atmosphere all the way to Italy, with Italian pop music playing on the radio and décor that reminds you of a coffee shop. The owners do most of the making of the gelato, and the serving. They are very knowledgeable about their product, and they have a variety of flavors for you to try. Bonus: they let you mix the flavors within your cup, so if you are eyeing the lemon and the amaretto, you can have the best of both worlds!

1. Nom Noms Mexican Grill & Chill—This is a local favorite, and not just because they have the largest variety of flavors in town (about 44). Nom Noms covers all the bases with the “chill” portion of their restaurant—including sorbets, sherbets, and Nom Bars, all homemade. They use the freshest ingredients in their products, making them fresh daily, and it really shows in the end result. You definitely need to enjoy this hidden gem when you are in Spa City.

When you travel to Hot Springs to take your ice cream tasting tour, consider staying at Lookout Point. You can have a gourmet breakfast in the morning, ice cream for lunch, and a night relaxing in a luxurious bed afterwards! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

18th Annual Hot Springs, AR Blues Festival

July 29th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Blues FestivalLabor Day weekend in Hot Springs, AR is getting some swagger this year with the Hot Springs Blues Festival. The Spa City Blues Society has hosted the festival for the past 18 years, and they are excited to present the 2014 festival at Hill Wheatley Plaza from Aug. 29-31.

The festival has been extended to Friday night this year, giving blues music lovers even more to enjoy! The lineup includes headliners Larry Garner, JP Soars & the Red Hots, Ghost Town Blues Band, and Barbara Blue, as well as several more.

Along with great music, the festival will also feature an Artist’s Alley where local artisans can display and sell their wares. The Spa City Blues Society will host music-related workshops and after parties in local venues with regional acts.

You can read more about the festival, including up to date start times and more about the guests performing, on their website.

While you are in town enjoying the 18th Annual Blues Festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. There are great views of Lake Hamilton, tasty gourmet breakfast, and a gorgeous garden waiting for you to enjoy. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We’d love to help you plan your Labor Day getaway!

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