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Arkansas Derby April 12, 2014

March 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

For the entire week leading up to the Arkansas Derby, race fans are treated to exciting days during the Racing Festival of the South. With apple trees in blossom (hence the Apple Blossom Race on Friday, April 11), it’s a gorgeous site for fast tracks and beautiful horses. Winners of the Arkansas Derby move on to the Kentucky Derby, and historically we’ve seen some amazing horses at the Arkansas Derby.

Besides cheering the races, you’ll have fun people watching. Hats of all shapes and sizes will be sported! Plus visit the paddock to see the horses up close, and marvel at the ferocious strength packed into the small-statured jockeys.

Of course, you may want to make some money on the races. Here are Kristie’s sure-fire tips for betting: 1) Always bet on Calvin Borel. Of course, he doesn’t always win but I sure respect this jockey! 2) If Calvin’s not racing, bet on the female jockey. Yep, she doesn’t always win either, but women jockeys are so new and rare that I like to root for them. 3) The grey horse.

These tips are sure to cost you some money, but you might just break even and call it a good day of entertainment.

We’d love to welcome you to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast inn during the races! The inn is just a few minutes from Oaklawn, and we’ll assist with other tips, dining reservations, and pamper you during your stay.

 

 

Dionne Warwick Celebrates 50 Years of Music at Oaklawn

September 1st, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

 

Dionne Warwick can take me back to my childhood and teenage years in a heartbeat with her soulful music and remarkable perspective on life. I enjoy her songs immensely and I’m thrilled that she’ll be in concert in Hot Springs Sept. 12 at  the Oaklawn Finish Line Theatre.

Picture of Ms Warwick in black dress, big smile and short grey hair

Coming to Hot Springs!

 

            She blends pop, gospel and R&B and transcends music boundaries in many areas including race and culture. If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, you’ll remember “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” “Walk on By,” “Promises Promises” and “Say a Little Prayer for Me.” Another of her memorable recordings was “That’s What Friends are For” with Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. She is a classic you don’t want to miss at any age.

 

            If you haven’t gotten tickets or made plans to attend her concert, then I urge you to reconsider and make this your first fall Hot Springs getaway. Get ready because Three Dog Night is also coming this fall. We’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs B&B for the concert weekend.  Make your room reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155. Concert tickets go on sale Sept. 3. Just call 501.623.4411, extension 340 for ticket information.

 

 

Oaklawn “Ponies Up” January 11-April 10

January 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

A brand-spanking new thoroughbred horse racing season gets underway in Hot Springs at Oaklawn Racetrack Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Everyone gets all gussied up and the horses seem more handsome than ever on Opening Day. And, then we are all off to the races! OK, that’s about all the horse references I can write  in one paragraph.

On a little more serious hoof, the racetrack offers some of the most competitive racing in the U.S. with more than $20 million available for purses and a multitude of popular promotions fans look forward to every season.

If you’ve never been to a horse race, or never been to a race at Oaklawn, or if you come every year – there are so many reasons to give Oaklawn a try again and again this season. Some of the highlights are:

  • Jan. 11: Opening Day
  • Jan. 12 $.50 corned beef sandwiches and $.10 soft drinks
  • Jan. 21: Free Oaklawn Cap Giveaway/$100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes
  • Feb. 18: $55,000 Progressive Cash Giveaway/$250,000 Southwest Stakes
  • March 16: Boat and Truck Giveaway/$500,000 Rebel Stakes Day
  • April 10: Racing Festival of the South

Of course, we want you to stay at Lookout Point when you come to the races making your experience more enjoyable. When you stay two nights in January on race days, you’ll receive complimentary admission to the exclusive members-only Jockey Club (dress code enforced). A comfortable bed, delicious breakfast and other guests at the inn discussing the day’s race events (some of it exaggerated, of course) – what could be more fun!

Just give us a call at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation.

Oaklawn Concerts and Lookout Point Inn: A Great Duo!

May 17th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

If there weren’t already plenty of fun things to do in Hot Springs, add to your list the five concerts coming to town presented by The Finish Line Concert Series at Oaklawn.

So, plan your Hot Springs vacation around one of the great concerts and, of course, make your reservations to stay our Hot Springs B&B!

The outstanding series includes a concert a month for five months:

  • June 7 The Oak Ridge Boys. OK, maybe they should be called the Oak Ridge Old Dudes.
    Oak Ridge Boys

    Boys? Really??

    But their four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of Country hits and awards.

  • July 19 Diamond Rio performs their show-stopping country hits. They’ve sold more than 10 million albums, receiving Grammy and Country Music awards.
  • Aug. 23 Paul Revere and The Raiders

    Fashion style?

    come to Oaklawn with a style (do they still dress colonial?) and sixth sense for pleasing an audience.

  • Sept. 27 Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers take the stage representing a four-decade career from dusty Texas stages to the White House to Broadway.
  • Oct. 25 The Texas-bred band Lonestar finishes the concert series marking their 20th anniversary. The band is well known for merging their country roots with rich melodies and vocals.

Tickets for all the performances go on sale 10 days before each concert at 9 a.m. Call 501-623-4411 ext. 340 for reservations. Ticket prices start at only $19.95, and the theatre seats only 700–very intimate.

Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn April 11-14

April 1st, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the year’s biggest events, the Racing Festival of the South, brings tens of thousands race fans to Hot Springs.

Thoroughbreds at Oaklawn

Major races and special events happen through the week.  On Saturday mornings, Dawn at Oaklawn provides horse enthusiasts up-close and personal experience with the horses, trainers, and jockeys. It’s a time to see the horses in a stress-free, non-racing environment, when they’re way more playful!

For the Apple Blossom race on Friday, April 13, we’re awaiting official news of Havre de Grace, the current Horse of the Year, defending her crown. Apparently her owners will decide by April 7 if she will make another appearance at Oaklawn. What an opportunity to see an amazing horse!

On Saturday, don a hat and come to the Arkansas Derby. You’ll see top horses, have fun, and spend the day in a beautiful setting.

We’d love to welcome you to Lookout Point for the Racing Festival!

Off to the Races: Oaklawn Race Season Opens Jan. 13!

January 8th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Excitement is mounting in Hot Springs, as the horses, owners, jockeys and fans return to Oaklawn Races for the 56-day live meet. Throughout the season, over 2600 horses will be stabled and ready to race.

Oaklawn Races, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Racing at Oaklawn

With the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, enjoy 4 days of live thoroughbred racing this weekend. On Saturday Jan 14, Oaklawn’s famous corned beef sandwiches are only 50 cents!

When staying at our Hot Springs B&B for a minimum of two nights in January, you are welcome to be our guests at the exclusive, members only Oaklawn Jockey Club.  OJC is a special place to watch the action, with great service, great food, and great views! We will be glad to make the reservation for you.

(Note:  strict dress code enforced at the Jockey Club, including sport coat required for men, and no denim).

And they’re OFF!

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