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How to Plan Your Arkansas Spring Break in Hot Springs

February 20th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

When daffodils start blooming, spring is drawing near. All this winter weather has families excited to plan for their Arkansas Spring Break, a time in which the weather will be a bit warmer and the flowers starting to show their colors.

St. Patrick's Day in Hot Springs AREach year, Hot Springs marches spring in with a celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The First Ever 11th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade features marching bands, leprechauns, unique floats, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and Irish Elvis impersonators. The Celebrity Grand Marshal for 2014 is Jim Belushi, so there will be plenty of laughs, too. This quirky parade always has a surprise planned, so come paint the town green and discover the magic!

While you are in town for the parade, you can enjoy a show at Maxwell Blade’s Theater of Magic, stroll through the flowers at Garvan Woodland Gardens, paddle around Lake Hamilton in the Lookout Point canoe, and eat some delicious dessert at Fat Bottomed Girls Cupcakes. That’s just the beginning!As you plan your spring getaway, remember that the Lakeview Terrace Condo is perfectly suited for families, with a 36-foot deck and a spacious, relaxing interior. Reserve your stay at our lakeside bed and breakfast in Hot Springs, AR online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We’d love to help you plan your vacation!

Where to See Daffodils in Hot Springs, Arkansas

February 15th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Garden Gardens

Hooray! The daffodils are blooming in our garden! What a wonderful reminder that spring is actually coming. Every winter when I’m worn out with the cold, that first burst of color and bloom in our gardens makes me believe once again in the hope of renewed life with the arrival of springtime.

Garvan Gardens, a short drive from the Inn, also has a few early daffodil bloomers with more to come with the warmer weather. Feb. 15-March 15 is the official Daffodil Days at the Gardens. Check out their facebook page for posts on the daffodils as they emerge.

When the flowers are in full bloom, Daffodil Hill at Garvan Gardens is a spectacle to behold. The color and variety of the first signs of spring is certainly worth a trip to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. We’ll provide maps and tips to make your stay extraordinary.

This is a perfect opportunity to plan a getaway to our bed and breakfast in Hot Springs, AR while you’re taking in some of the spring flowers in our area. Our guests enjoy spending time in our gardens, walking the labyrinth, napping in the hammock or reading a book on the balconies and patios outside each room. It’s also fun to take the canoe out to enjoy the peace and tranquility on Lake Hamilton.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that daffodils begin blooming right around Valentine’s Day. There is certainly a lot of love in the air, and we’re celebrating the new joy all around us. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Arkansas getaway.

Where to Propose in Hot Springs AR

February 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the Month of Love, here is a list of our Top Nine Romantic Spots in Hot Springs National Park. These would be great spots to keep in mind if you’re planning a proposal!

  1. Garvan Woodland Gardens: If you forgot the flowers, you can take your beloved on a walk through 210 acres of them! Not only will you enjoy the scenery, but you’ll appreciate the private forest setting and gorgeous smells of the blooms.
  2. The Grand PromenadeThe Grand Promenade: The Promenade above the historic Hot Springs district is a lovely brick path with red benches for walkers to rest. It makes for a picturesque setting for a romantic stroll.
  3. Boat Rides on Lake Hamilton: Use the calming waters of Lake Hamilton as a peaceful, private setting for your romantic moment. You can take a sunset boat tour with Captain Ray, rent a boat, or paddle out in the Lookout Point canoe.
  4. Mountain Tower Overlook: While you look down at the beauty of Hot Springs AR, take an instant to luxuriate in the view with your dearest. A breathtaking view is always an amazing backdrop for a romantic moment.
  5. Luna Bella: With an intimate atmosphere and attentive service, Luna Bella is the best restaurant in town for an exquisite meal with your darling. The food is beautifully presented, and it tastes even better!
  6. Gulpha Gorge in Hot Springs ARLake Catherine or Gulpha Gorge: For a hiking adventure, and privacy among the beauty of nature, a trip to Lake Catherine State Park or Gulpha Gorge is the perfect solution! You could hike by the waterfalls at Lake Catherine or near the stream at Gulpha Gorge and never tire of the view. If you really want to kick it up a notch, try packing a romantic picnic lunch to enjoy while on your hike.
  7. Lookout Point Lakeside Inn: Lounge in the hammocks by the water and look at the stars. Walk on the path in the garden. Relax in the whirlpool tub in your room. Snuggle by the fire. Eat a delicious breakfast served by joyful innkeepers. From the moment you step inside the door, Lookout Point is a little slice of paradise designed to pamper guests with a peaceful retreat.
  8. Arlington Park: See the hot springs as they flow into the fountain in Arlington Park. The green space in front makes for a lovely setting for an afternoon of reading under the shade of a tree. With the Superior Brewery next door, you could make it an afternoon adventure!
  9. Carriage Ride through Downtown: Horse-drawn carriage rides are always a lovely option for a bit of romance. Ride through the historic district and recreate some of the most romantic moments of all time. You can snuggle up and take in the sights with your beloved.

If you would like to add a stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast to your romantic getaway this month, you can reserve your stay online or call (501) 525.6155. We wish you all the joy of family and friends during the Month of Love!

Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Honors Month of Love

February 2nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

This February, celebrate all the love in your life with a getaway at Lookout Point. You can enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton from your room, eat a scrumptious breakfast in the dining room, sit by the fire in the sitting room, and drink a glass of wine or tea while exploring the library.

champagne toast in Lookout Point gardenAnd to honor the month of love, the Inn is offering a special discount on the decadent Great Romance Package. The romance begins as soon as you enter your room—with champagne, a cheese and cracker basket, and a dozen roses awaiting you. Later, you can enjoy the spa basket of goodies in your whirlpool tub. After eating a gourmet breakfast the next morning, you can explore Hot Springs, like the Mountain Tower Overlook, or relax with a couple’s massage.

The next two days of your trip will be filled with a peaceful atmosphere; you can walk through the gorgeous Garvan Woodland Gardens, eat at a local restaurant with your dining certificate, or shop for antiques and unique finds in the shops in Spa City. To remember your stay, you will take souvenir champagne flutes home, as well as some tranquil memories.

If you would like to rejoice with the loved ones in your life, reserve your stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast online or by calling 501.525.6155501.525.6155. We would love to help you create the perfect relaxing getaway!

Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast Celebrates Chocolate Cake

January 27th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lookout! Chocolate CakeIn honor of National Chocolate Cake Day on January 27, we are sharing one of our current favorite recipes here at Lookout Point: Lookout! Chocolate Cake.

The ingredients are listed on the recipe card to the right, but the directions will start right here:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Use the first set of ingredients (in black) to make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix for 3 minutes with electric mixer. Stir in the coffee by hand. Pour evenly into two prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes in preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients (in purple). Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and powdered sugar alternately with the milk, coffee, and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
  5. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.

If this recipe interests you, consider enrolling in our very first Chocolate Covered Cooking Class on Feb. 7. You can learn more about this exciting opportunity by calling 501.525.6155. Enjoy your cake today!

 

Chocolate Covered Cooking Class at Lookout Point

January 22nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chocolate Covered StrawberriesChocolate is such a wonderful treat year ‘round, but it’s exceptionally sweet near Valentine’s Day. To celebrate this wonderful confection, we have a cooking class scheduled to teach our guests how to make a few of our favorite chocolate recipes, which we prepare at the Inn.

If you’ve always wondered how we make our Decadent Chocolate French Toast, Chocolate Chip Ricotta Muffins or an Inn favorite, our famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries, this is the class to sign up for. This is the perfect time to learn our secrets and prepare an exceptional chocolate treat for the important people in your life for Valentine’s Day. According to an anonymous writer, “Never underestimate the power of chocolate.”

The class takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday Feb. 7, a week before Valentine’s Day, at the Inn in our kitchen. The cost is $50, or if you stay with us for the weekend, the cost is $40.

We’re eagerly awaiting spending time with our guests who want to learn how to make several of our special chocolate recipes, including a few we make for breakfast.

Make plans to spend the whole weekend with us and enjoy attending the Chocolate Covered Cooking Class on Friday. Horse racing at Oaklawn is up and running in Hot Springs and would make a fun outing on Saturday. Make reservations online or call us at (501) 525.6155. We look forward to spending time Friday making chocolate treats with our very special guests!

Bald Eagles Soar in Hot Springs in the Winter

January 10th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Just a few months ago, I was sitting on my deck at home with Ray drinking coffee when we spotted a bald eagle. I can’t begin to tell you how exhilarating it was to see our country’s national symbol – the bald eagle – perched in a tree in our back yard.

bald eagle in hot springs arBald eagles are a unique combination of beauty and efficient design that pass over most of Arkansas during the winter months and are easily spotted in the Hot Springs area at Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks.

Lake Catherine Park hosts a Bald Eagle Tour Weekend which includes boat tours and hikes in search of the soaring eagles as they pass over the area. Events are scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 17-19. A more detailed schedule will be available near the event weekend at lakecatherine@arkansas.com or by calling the Lake Ouachita Eagle Tours. There are eagle watch cruises out of the Lake Ouachita State Park using a covered barge that cruises the shoreline of the lake watching for eagles. The Eagle Tours last about 1½ hours and are offered January 18-19. Contact the visitor center at the Park at lakeouachita@arkansas.com or by calling 501.767.9366501.767.9366 for a schedule and more information.

We look forward to the Bald Eagle Tours in January and love to hear stories in the evenings from our guests of the adventures in searching for the magnificent bald eagles. Please make plans to stay with us at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast when you make reservations for the Bald Eagle Tours at Lake Catherine or Lake Ouachita. The Inn is a warm wonderful place to return to after a day of eagle watching. We’ve got homemade hot chocolate, teas and our special blend of coffee so that you can warm up quickly by the roaring fireplace or in your luxurious room.

The Inn is close to the State Parks and would complete a wonderful Arkansas retreat weekend. Make reservations online or call us at (501) 525.6155 for more information. Don’t forget your binoculars and cameras!

Hot Trends in Small Weddings

January 8th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Since small weddings are her specialty, our wedding coordinator Tiffany has compiled a list of the hottest trends in small weddings for future brides.

As for the big picture, elopements are becoming more popular as couples look to save money and create a relationship-focused marriage. These intimate ceremonies have personal touches and a stress-free atmosphere, and the customization opportunities for the couple are endless. Our elopement packages offer a variety of personalized options for a “wedding for two.”

For details within a small wedding, a classic color scheme is still popular—neutrals with metallic punches. Using white or cream as a backdrop for a small wedding provides an elegant way to tie all the elements of the wedding together, from the dress to the tablecloths to the chairs. A few metallic elements add sparkle to an understated color scheme—a silver cake stand, glittering gems on the table, or rhinestone bouquet wrap.

The biggest bonus of a small wedding is the cherished atmosphere. One way that couples are capitalizing on this is by taking a personal photo with each guest at their wedding. Besides the great social media moments that you can get from such a display, the guests at the wedding will feel that much more beloved and included in your special day.

Following the wedding, the reception is becoming more casual and experimental with a focus on appetizers. From mini-quiche to Caprese salad skewers to potato nachos and beyond, appetizers are great for variety. Delicious small bites are a thoughtful way to feed guests at afternoon receptions, especially if you’re heading to a restaurant afterward for dinner.

To find out more about small weddings and their latest trends, and our own wedding packages, call 501.525.6155. We would love to make your wedding a timeless, stress-free event!

Oaklawn Is Off to the Races, Starting Jan. 10

January 6th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Oaklawn Racing Hot Springs ARThe exciting annual Thoroughbred Racing Season begins at Oaklawn Racing Track this week. Starting Jan. 10 at 1pm, there will be races every weekend until April 12. Races meet from Thurs.-Sun., but there will also be races on Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.

Oaklawn is famous for the Arkansas Derby and the Racing Festival of the South. Fans come from around the world to see horses as they get ready for the Triple Crown races, and to have an enjoyable time in one of the nation’s oldest racing tracks. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and spend a day amongst a crowd of energized people.

For those that find the betting as exciting as the races, Oaklawn is one of the most competitive and rewarding tracks in the U.S. There are promotions for fans (including a new app Oaklawn is launching for this season), as well as millions available for purses.

If you are planning to come in for the races this year, consider staying at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. When you stay two nights in January, you can receive complimentary admission to the Oaklawn Jockey Club (dress code enforced), as well as a gourmet breakfast in the morning, relaxing views of Lake Hamilton, and a chance to brag about the day’s race events to staff and other guests.

You can reserve your stay at Lookout Point online or call us at (501) 525.6155. For a list of the stakes for each race, be sure to check out Oaklawn’s calendar.

Five Advantages of Small Weddings

December 31st, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Here are the top five reasons to have a small wedding:

deluxe-dream5. Freedom to customize: With a small guest list, you are free to customize every aspect of your wedding to reflect the two of you! Plus, if you are into DIY (and Pinterest, like we are), a small wedding is the perfect place to unleash your creative juices with crafty projects.

4. More “wow” for less money: One of the top reasons that couples often have small weddings is to save money; but for those that would like to have all the bells and whistles, a smaller guest list means that your money stretches farther. At our Hot Springs bed and breakfast, that includes the added benefit of an experienced wedding coordinator, who makes sure that your day is beautiful, personal, and stress-free.

3. Creative venue options: With less guests, you can take advantage of picturesque spots that accommodate smaller numbers—from outside weddings with exotic destinations and gorgeous scenery, to restaurants, museums, and bed and breakfasts, and everything in between. To see some beautiful photos of weddings performed lakeside, look at our gallery.

2. Intimate atmosphere: A smaller wedding means you get to spend more time with your guests, welcoming them into the bigger picture of your marriage.

1. Focus on marriage: The best part of a small wedding is that the focal point is on the connection that will make your marriage the center of your life. Small weddings celebrate that inner circle of friends and family that keep you, as a couple, united.

If you would like to learn more about intimate weddings and elopements at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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