August 26th, 2015 by
One of the great things to do in New Orleans is to spend some time listening to the amazing jazz performed at Preservation Hall. The wonderful musicians and the incredible jazz they perform fill souls for quite a while.
Coming to Hot Springs Sept. 2-7 is the annual JazzFest and it is a musical treat not to be missed! All the things people love about jazz at Preservation Hall are extended for several days right here in Hot Springs, including Labor Day weekend.
One of my favorite performances is the Jazz Mass on Sunday morning at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The jazz during the service is very soulful and includes some traditional pieces such as “When the Saints Go Marching In.” I feel it is a service that any religious person would enjoy. For more information and a schedule go online to hsjazzsociety.org.
Highlights of the events for JazzFest include:
• Sept. 2 – “Sax in the Park”
• Sept. 3 – “S’Wonderful Dancin’”
• Sept. 4 – “Classical & Jazz Explosion”
• Sept. 5 – “Jazz in the Streets”
• Sept. 6 – “Jazz Mass”, “Jazz After Church”, “Stardust Tea Dance”
If you enjoy listening to jazz and you like to dance, I encourage you to make plans to come to Hot Springs for JazzFest in September. We’d also love to have you complete your trip to Arkansas by staying with us at the Inn–a very few rooms remain available. We provide a luxurious resting place after listening to an afternoon or evening of jazz performances. Our rooms are individually appointed and beautifully decorated. Our balconies and patios offer a splendid view of Lake Hamilton and our gourmet breakfasts are scrumptious and a great way to start every day on your Hot Springs jazz getaway. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your trip.
August 11th, 2015 by
Don’t get me wrong, barbecue is great anytime of the year, but it seems to lend itself best to summer. There are quite a number of great barbecue joints – they seem better described as joints rather than restaurants – all over Arkansas and we have some of the very best right here in Hot Springs.
Three of my favorites are McClard’s, Smokin’ in Style and Stubby’s. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I must I’d lean toward Smokin’ in Style. One of my favorite menu items is a combination of delicious meats with a few side dishes. This is more than Ray and I can eat together, but it makes great leftovers for several days.
McClard’s is probably the most famous Hot Springs barbecue. The food is delicious and the portions are enormous. The décor looks the same as it did decades ago, which is fun and nostalgic. The line to get in tends to be long, especially on the weekends, but the food is certainly worth the wait. McClard’s delivered regularly to the White House during the Clinton years.
Stubby’s looks exactly the way I think a barbecue joint should look.
There is a wall full of old car license plates and signs. Barbecue is ordered while standing in line and it is very tasty. I recently had the pulled pork sandwich with baked beans like my mom use to make, slaw and potato salad – all delicious.
I really enjoy all three Hot Springs barbecue joints and they are certainly part of my summer time food cravings. They are located in different parts of town, easily accessible and a treat for all barbecue lovers.
We’d love to help you decide which barbecue to try and give you directions to the restaurant. We also encourage any Hot Springs visitors to spend time with us at our award-winning bed and breakfast and we’ll treat you like royalty. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous Hot Springs getaway.
August 6th, 2015 by
One of the most delightful evening strolls in Historic Downtown Hot Springs on the first Friday of every month is Gallery Walk. It’s an enjoyable event for those of us who live in Hot Springs and a very special outing for out-of-town visitors who just happen to be in Hot Springs on that Friday evening.
We have a significant number of art galleries in Downtown and they are grouped relatively close together. Gallery Walk takes place from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of each month and includes wine, tea and lemonade along with appetizers for patrons of the arts who come to look and shop at the wonderful galleries. Each gallery is unique and offers such a great assortment of art.
Spiritiles by Houston Llews
Alison Parsons art
A couple of my favorites that are next door to each other are Alison Parsons Gallery
and Gallery Central
, but I thoroughly enjoy browsing in them all. It’s always amazing to me how many new pieces the galleries exhibit from month to month. From Gallery Central, I’ve given various Houston Llew’s Spiritiles (glass infused on copper) as wedding gifts and baby gifts.
An added treat for us for the evening includes eating at Rolando’s, downtown. The food is always fresh and
Rolando’s for great food
delicious. I’ve never gotten a meal I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Also, on Friday and Saturday nights Rolando’s has live music on their very unique and interesting outside patio.
So, my suggestion is to eat an early or late supper at Rolando’s and then mosey on over to the galleries to take your time and enjoy all the art Hot Springs has to offer.
An additional suggestion is to make it a getaway weekend and stay with us at our Arkansas bed and breakfast. We have our own art gallery at the Inn with our in-house artist, Robin Young, who has her incredible work on exhibit and for sale. In addition, every guest room has original fine art! You’ll also love our gourmet breakfasts and our luxurious rooms. Each room has its own individual personality with a peaceful and beautiful view of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a weekend to remember.
August 6th, 2015 by
On Sunday, August 23, the Bank of the Ozarks arena downtown will have a special treat for Hot Springs National Park. Justin Moore will be showcased prior to the final weigh-in of the world championship of professional bass fishing, the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.
Moore is the reigning Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year, and Spa City is excited to welcome the Arkansas-native back home as he moves up in the country world. His music is well-rounded to hit all the favorite styles of country music fans–from sentimental hits to mission declarations and fidelity pledges.
He will be performing at 4 p.m. to celebrate the end of the bass fishing championship, which takes place from August 20-23, 2015. The tournament will feature the 50 best bass fishing professionals in the world, and it will end with a prize of $500,000.
While you are in town to see Justin Moore, and sing along to “Small Town USA,” stay at Lookout Point! Our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast has beautiful views of Lake Hamilton, gourmet breakfast served in the morning, and luxurious beds for resting. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
July 12th, 2015 by
Last year I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Mystic Creatures topiary structures at Garvan Woodlands Gardens. The topiaries are large in scale and it boggles my brain trying to determine how in the world the artists came up with the ideas for each structure and how they carried them out with plants. Each display is made of thousands of brightly colored annuals planted in intricate patterns on steel forms covered with netting and soil.
Move forward to this summer and the Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Takes Flight is even bigger and better than last year and is available through Aug. 31. This is an exhibit that brings out the child in all of us.
I think my favorite of the six topiary creations is Sea Serpent. He’s just magnificent. I spent quite a while marveling at his size and his shape, but also his impish persona.
You really must see this magical mystical creature. Even though the Sea Serpent is my favorite, I also was thoroughly entertained by the other five Mystic Creatures which include:
• 30-foot tall Sasquatch
• Fairy Gourdmother Playhouse
• Family of Marching Mushrooms
• Village of Fairies
• 20-foot wide “flaming” Phoenix
So, while vacationing in Hot Springs, an absolute must is to spend some time at Garvan Gardens with the Mystic Creatures. They are guaranteed to make your trip worthwhile. While you’re in Hot Springs, please also consider staying at the Inn to round out your visit.
During the summer months, it’s quite warm outside. So, enjoy the outdoors and then come to our Arkansas bed and breakfast to spend your quiet, cooler evenings with us. Situated on Lake Hamilton, each room has a view of the lake; most have either balconies or patios. We prepare a wonderful gourmet breakfast fit for a queen or king, luxuriously comfortable beds and linens and beautifully appointed rooms. Part of the charm of staying at a bed and breakfast involves spending time visiting with other guests at the Inn– however the inn is plenty spacious so that you may enjoy as much privacy as you desire.
Make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a delightful Hot Springs retreat.
July 2nd, 2015 by
Hot Springs National Park is known for a myriad of things–from art galleries and bathhouses to hiking trails and gorgeous gardens. But one of the gems in the city’s crown is the night life on Bathhouse Row.
Here are some of our favorite spots downtown:
- Superior Bathhouse Brewery – The brewery is perfect for starting your evening out. They have delicious appetizers (try the Buffalo Chicken Dip!) and craft beer made on site.
- The Ohio Club – Across the street from the brewery, this historic bar has great cheeseburgers and a wonderful atmosphere. Plus, there’s often live blues music.
- Maxine’s – This whiskey bar has a drink menu influenced by writers and movies, and it’s a long one. There are tasty drinks to be experienced, some outside seating for you to enjoy, and often live music for your entertainment.
- Copper Penny Pub – This is a very casual environment, with sports on the televisions and live music played by the front door. The pub fare is classic with a twist (there is tarragon in the Ranch dip, for example), and they have a good list of imported beers on the menu.
- Rolando’s Speakeasy – Step back in time and enjoy classic drinks and costumes. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.
If you would like to experience Hot Springs AR Nightlife, reserve a stay at Lookout Point. The Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon would be the perfect start to an evening on the town. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
June 25th, 2015 by
The newest trends for foodies everywhere to explore is food trucks. There are several in Hot Springs National Park that delight visitors–a few not far from the Inn–and the Farmers Market has decided to highlight these gems every Friday until October 31.
The lineup for the trucks will change a bit each month, but they are stationed for long hours in the market to cater to the lunch and dinner crowds downtown.
The food trucks being featured in Food Truck Friday Hot Springs AR this month are:
- Bionic Grasshopper, serving wraps, sandwiches, and salads.
- Flossie’s Funnel Cakes, offering carnival fare.
- Its Gud Fud, which partners with local farmers to feature gluten, chemical, and hormone-free areas, crepes, and salads.
- Kristina’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Fruit Smoothies, showcases locally grown fruits in freshly made products.
- LA Taco, serves up authentic Latin food creations.
- New Orleans Style Shaved Ice, cooling things down with a summer favorite and yummy flavors.
- Next Level Barbecue, a tasty summer treat.
- Solfood Catering, highlighting vegan goodness for the lunch crowd.
During the lunch crowd, from 11am-1pm, you can be entertained by Mike Fraz, a New Orleans jazz and blues artist. For those exploring during the 5-7:30pm dinner crowd, you can listen to the rock stylings of Two Lane Backdrop.
Food Truck Fridays: A Farm to Fender Event is designed to be family friendly, so bring your lawn chairs, family, friends, dogs on leashes, and bug spray. This is a series you will want to be a part of!
If you would like to add more gourmet food to your vacation menu, reserve your Arkansas getaway at Lookout Point. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
June 18th, 2015 by
In the news this month, Lookout Point had the good fortune to be featured in two different publications.
The Inn was recently featured on OnlyInYourState.com as one of the Top 26 B&Bs in Arkansas! In the article, our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is called “an exceptional inn of obvious distinction” and praised for its pampering and tranquility.
Our Hot Springs luxury lodging was also mentioned in South Texas Living, in their Visit Hot Springs, Arkansas issue. In addition to mentioning the wonderful hospitality found at the Inn, it also highlights the gorgeous sunset cruise with Captain Ray.
The article also features some of our guests’ favorite Hot Springs National Park highlights: Garvan Woodland Gardens, McClard’s Bar-B-Q, and Bleu Monkey Grill.
If you would like to experience the Inn’s hospitality (and gourmet breakfasts!), you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
June 17th, 2015 by
Different groups in Hot Springs take pride in providing fireworks displays to celebrate the July 4th birthday of America. Independence Day is such a patriotic holiday. People all around are dressed in red, white and blue and most are waving flags. Pockets of celebration throughout Hot Springs enjoy cookouts with hot dogs with all the fixings, and make homemade ice cream. We’re pretty much a Norman Rockwell painting covered in patriotism.
To top off the American holiday, three major fireworks displays take place throughout the weekend. They are:
• Magic Springs and Crystal Falls plans to celebrate all month with fireworks each Friday night in July – the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. The events will start about 8 to 8:30 p.m.
• Oaklawn Racing and Gaming hosts a Spa Blast beginning at 4 p.m. July 3 on the Infield at the Racetrack. The event is free and open to the public. It is family-friendly and includes a petting zoo for children. The fireworks start at dark.
• An impressive fireworks show takes place at dusk on July 4 across Highway 7 from the Super Duty Docks and Lift location directly across from the Clarion Hotel. This display is on Lake Hamilton and is a great celebration on the 4th. One of the best ways to see these fireworks is from the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat on their fireworks cruise.
At the Inn we also celebrate the birthday of America during the July 4th weekend. We’re a wonderful place to stay for the holiday. Our comfortable beds and quiet rooms provide a nice place to return to after a fun day in the water, at Garvan Gardens, at Magic Springs or cruising Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Our breakfasts are delicious, the view of Lake Hamilton is stunning and the friendly Inn staff is a treat for our guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for the July 4th weekend.
June 16th, 2015 by
Calling all kids that want to learn more about cooking! Come to our Cooking School on Monday, August 3 from 11am-3pm. Any child age 7 or older is welcome, and the kids will learn some great cooking tips and skills during our time together.
Registration is limited to only 8 children, and there will be one adult for every 2-3 children attending. Last year my grandson, Blaine, popped into the inn’s kitchen when we were winding up a full day of cooking school. Blaine asked: “Grandma, will you do a Cooking School for kids sometime? “ How could I refuse?? So I checked with Blaine to find out what he would like to learn, and he immediately replied “cakes and cookies”.
We’ll learn to make great cakes and cookies, and each child will take home a plate of their creations. A kid-friendly lunch will be served. Cost to attend the class is only $70 per child. Parents, you can go enjoy a few hours alone while we have fun at the inn!
To register for the Cooking School at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, call 501-525-6155. Payment is due at registration, and a 7 day cancellation notice is necessary for a full refund.