May 21st, 2014 by
For two glorious weeks June 1-14 our city exudes great music. This is the 19th year for the Hot Springs Music Festival and we at Lookout Point Inn are honored to be a sponsor once again for an event which is exhilarating and full of many musical concerts and open rehearsals.
This Festival pairs world-class mentor musicians from major orchestras, chamber ensembles and conservatory faculties with incredibly talented pre-professional apprentices. These two groups play the most incredible music “side by side” in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, and choral and chamber opera repertoire. It is a feast for music lovers from around the globe.
Last year more than 10,000 people attended the Festival events and an additional 6.4 million heard its concerts on nationwide radio broadcasts. It also appears on nine compact discs distributed worldwide on the Naxos/Marco Polo label.
The two weeks of music is serious in focus but performed in a casual atmosphere. It takes place in a variety of non-traditional venues in Hot Springs including historic buildings, art galleries, hotel ballrooms, churches and open-air spaces. Hot Springs is such a great place to host this unique event. In addition to the great music, Hot Springs offers Bathhouse Row with the hot mineral water baths, the National Park trails, the eclectic restaurants and cafes, Garvan Woodland Gardens, art galleries, and much more. For more information on the Music Festival go to www.hotsprings.org.
And, while you’re here enjoying the Festival, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn and enjoy our relaxing respite from the day’s activities. Our 14 well-appointed luxurious rooms all have a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton. We have gorgeous gardens for our guests to enjoy with a hammock, swing, labyrinth, canoe and rides with Captain Ray on the Lake. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Hot Springs music stay with us at the Inn.
May 15th, 2014 by
The Magic Springs Amusement Park has opened for the season, but the fun really kicks off on May 31. As Crystal Falls, the water park, opens, the concert series begins! Zendaya (from the Disney channel) kicks off the summer of concerts, quickly followed by Austin Mahone.
Though the Magic Springs Concert Series starts with pop acts, it also has country, christian, alternative, and even Tesla, an 80s rock act that’s still going strong. The full line up can be seen on the website, but there is a live band playing every weekend from May 31 to August 9.
You can spend a day playing in the water park—splashing in the Crystal Cove Wave Pool, sliding down water slides, or relaxing in the Kodiak Canyon Adventure River; then, you can spend the afternoon riding roller coasters in the amusement park before heading over to the Timberwood Ampitheater to see live music. The Ampitheater keeps the family fun spirit of Magic Springs by providing plenty of green space for families to sit and enjoy the entertainment, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs!
If you add a stay at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast to your vacation, we can offer discounted prices for admission to Magic Springs, as well as providing a gourmet breakfast to help you fuel up for your day of fun. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your summer getaway!
May 13th, 2014 by
Each year, Hot Springs honors its ‘Spa City’ title by hosting the quirkiest race around—The Running of the Tubs. Costumed teams push authentic bathtubs outfitted with wheels in a sprint downtown. The 9th Annual Stueart Pennington Race, as the Running of the Tubs is formally called, will start on May 17 at 9am.
The rules for the race have some strange standards. Each member must keep one hand on the tub at all times; each of the four members pushing the tub must wear hats and suspenders, and all members must be 18 or older. The fifth member must be in the bathtub for the entirety of the race, taking a bath. Each team must begin and end the race with a bar of soap, a bathmat, a loofah mitt, and a bath towel.
There are also very specific rules for the bathtubs—from wheel and axle size to the minimum size of bathtub. However, when it comes to race strategies and costumes, anything goes! Plus, the rules of the race can change at anytime, including during the race. Teams can win the travelling winner’s trophy, or a Most Original Tub or Most Humorous Tub trophy.
The audience for the Running of the Tubs race is encouraged to participate in the spirit. Bring your water guns, and don’t forget to wear your robes, house slippers, and shower cap! The race supports the Downtown Merchants Christmas Tree Fund, but it’s free for spectators, so come enjoy the festivities.
If you’d like to join in the fun, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your adventure. Each room comes with a view of Lake Hamilton, a gourmet breakfast in the morning, and a luxurious bed for relaxation. You can reserve online or call 501.525.6155 for more information on our Hot Springs luxury lodging.
May 7th, 2014 by
The Spa City Blues Society is proud to introduce the First Annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival on May 31. Start the summer off at Hill Wheatley Plaza downtown with samples of craft beers and blues music.
Starting at 6pm, tickets include an unlimited supply of craft beer samples, and some food samples as well. They have an extensive list of beer suppliers being showcased—from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, California, Illinois, and Alabama. There will certainly be tasty options to choose from!
Beer enthusiasts know that it’s one of the oldest drinks people have enjoyed, but it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that the beer industry we’re familiar with began to grow. The modern technology gave brewers more control over their recipes, and it also gave them more ways to create diverse brews. The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival is thankful for that.
While you are in town for the festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your plans. Enjoy relaxing by Lake Hamilton in a hammock, sleeping in luxurious sheets, and eating a filling gourmet breakfast in the morning before sampling some excellent brews. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival is $30 per person if reserved in advance; at the door, the price is $35. You can get tickets, and learn more details as they develop, on the website.
May 2nd, 2014 by
‘Tis the season for motorcycles to roar through Hot Springs, AR! The Arkansas State HOG Rally returns to the Spa City June 5-7. With beautiful scenery in the country and historic buildings downtown, Hot Springs offers an interesting ride for bikers.
This year, the committee leading the conference has been brainstorming new ideas to make the rally more exciting. They’ll have a few surprises up their sleeves, but they definitely have some good entertainment lined up. On Thursday night, Dean Agus & The Legacy will be playing; on Friday night, you can enjoy the Party Crashers, and on Saturday, Mustang Sally will be playing for those that attend the rally.
Of course, the Rally itself has some fun events lined up—from the classic Poker Run and Dice Walk to Biker Bingo and a tattoo contest. Plus, bikes will be honored in true form on Friday afternoon with the staging and parade downtown.
You won’t be disappointed by the beauty of Hot Springs or the beauty of its people. The community embraces bikers with warmth and hospitality, and that certainly rings true at Lookout Point. You will be pampered from the moment you walk in the door, with an Innkeeper’s Reception that includes complimentary wine and dessert, to the luxurious linens on your bed and the whirlpool tub in your room, to the gourmet breakfast served each morning with a smile.
If you would like to reserve your stay at our Arkansas bed & breakfast during the HOG Rally, you can do so online or call us at 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to make your rally experience fantastic!
April 30th, 2014 by
On May 3, 2014, the Sixth Annual World Labyrinth Day will be taking place. People from all over the world will take time out of their weekend to walk a labyrinth in honor of peace and healing.
When the Inn was built 11 years ago, I knew the garden needed the symbol of peace that the labyrinth would provide. The Chatres design is intricate, with twists and turns leading to a six-petal rose in the center. As you travel to the center of the labyrinth, you explore the entire area; this creates a longer meditation experience, and leads to the spiritual enlightenment that the rose symbolizes.
Come celebrate the healing powers of a peaceful walk at Lookout Point by walking the labyrinth in our garden. From 11am-12:30pm, you can meditate while enjoying the view of Lake Hamilton. To take it one step further, we ask that those that walk the labyrinth here donate $5 towards CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which helps to make the lives of children more peaceful.
If you’d like to add a stay at our Hot Springs luxury lodging to your relaxing weekend, you can reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
April 22nd, 2014 by
Along with the sunny days, daffodils and tulips, and outdoor activities, come the golfers ready for a new season and some time on the course. We are fortunate to have plenty of great golf courses in Hot Springs AR to accommodate all of our out-of-town guests along with the local golfers.
Golfing has so many benefits – great exercise, challenging game, good competition, excellent place to socialize and conduct business plus it’s just plain fun–at least for many people. Mostly, it’s an escape from everyday life and it’s so enjoyable to be outdoors this time of year. At Lookout Point Inn we have simplified your golf outing so all you have to do is make a phone call to our bed and breakfast in Hot Springs, AR and show up with your clubs when you reserve our Hole Lot of Fun Golf Package.
The Golf Package includes two nights’ accommodation for two, two rounds of golf for two with cart, and several other amenities Golfers can choose between two beautiful and very different area courses – Glenwood Country Club and Diamondhead Resort Community Golf Course. These are Ray’s favorite courses! For an additional charge, the famous Hot Springs Country Club is often available for a round.
We’d love to help you plan a golf weekend. Of course, if one of you does not enjoy golfing, how about a spa experience? We will customize the package just for you, and arrange tee times and spa appointments. Check out our “Hole Lot of Fun Golf” package on the website, make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your weekend of golf fun.
April 15th, 2014 by
Each year for Mother’s Day, my siblings and I made the entire day a celebration: from breakfast in bed to a cup of peppermint tea before she went to sleep. Usually, we got her a gift and went fishing, mostly so she could relax by the lake. This year, you could pamper the strong ladies in your life in a similar way. There are several options Lookout Point can give you to consider this May.
- Learn new kitchen skills for your breakfast-in-bed plans by attending the Lookout Point Cooking School installment dedicated to Breakfast In Bed: An Art Form on May 9. Use quality ingredients to create a fresh, nutritious meal and a discerning eye to create a beautiful food presentation. As they say, pretty food tastes better! There is limited space for the class, so be sure to sign up soon.
- Bring your loved one to our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast for a truly pampering getaway! Our guest rooms each have a view of Lake Hamilton, luxurious linens on comfortable beds, and a scrumptious breakfast each morning. You can take a walk in the garden, meditate on the labyrinth, or lounge in the sunroom and play a board game. Make the day all about relaxing, and all about her! (You can reserve your stay online anytime.)
- Give your beloved a gift certificate for a stay or an installment of the Cooking School ($50 per person, or $40 per person with a stay at the Inn). There will be several more classes this year, from Puff Pastry Magic on July 23, Cheesecake Heaven on Sept. 13, Soups—from Breakfast to Supper on Nov. 14, to Holiday Desserts on Dec. 6. We would love to welcome your loved one!
If you would like to learn more options for your Mother’s Day surprise, call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your getaway!
April 8th, 2014 by
Robin, one of the Innkeepers at Lookout Point, is known by our guests for her thoughtful hospitality in the evenings. She always has a recommendation handy and a smile on her face.
But before Robin was an Innkeeper, she was a professional artist. She had a gallery in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and she exhibited her paintings at art festivals throughout the East Coast. Robin also served as Artist in Residence in Grand Teton National Park and Hot Springs National Park.
Within the past few months, Robin has started sharing her paintings in the Inn. These beautiful watercolors delight with their depictions of nature, and a few of them have actually found new homes with appreciative guests.
Although her landscapes are inspired by her travels through the American countryside, her new additions combine two of her passions—horses and painting. Influenced by her work with Give Me a Chance Equine Rescue, Robin is displaying an equine series in the common areas of the Inn. The art depicts thoroughbreds, influenced by the active racing season at Oaklawn. These pieces will certainly get you into the mood to see the Racing Festival of the South!
To see the full horse series, reserve a stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast online or call 501.525.6155. Robin can give you the grand tour of her artwork while you enjoy a glass of wine from the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon. She can even tell you about her favorite art galleries downtown, if you are interested in seeing more creative work while in Spa City.
April 6th, 2014 by
There is a magical pleasure in seeing a live performance, and we’re excited to have three theaters in town that really present quality entertainment.
Maxwell Blade’s Theater of Magic goes beyond the illusion to present a show that is fun for all ages. With an interactive stage presence, Maxwell Blade presents magic to audiences with a sense of wonder. The show consists of illusions that dazzle and comedy that will keep you laughing. For nearly 18 years, Blade has been honing his show, adding new effects and pushing himself to be better for each season. Leave reality behind and relish the magic!
Five Star Dinner Theater in Hot Springs, AR is a newer addition to the list, with entertainment that varies from plays like Driving Miss Daisy to tribute musicians. The food is catered in by Porterhouse, which is located next door, but guests are more than welcome to dine elsewhere and enjoy the show at Five Star. You’ll be in for a delight.
The theater closest to the Inn is the Pocket Theater. This community theater in Hot Springs, AR is a non-profit organization, and all the actors are volunteers. They do a wide variety of different plays—from Steel Magnolias to Annie Get Your Gun and everywhere in between. In the beginning of April, they will be featuring Over the River and Through the Woods. This comedy is sure to keep you amused!
If you would like to visit one of these theaters in Hot Springs National Park, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your getaway. With luxurious beds and a view of Lake Hamilton, our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast is sure to provide a relaxing backdrop to your theater scenes.