A Room with a View

Everyone’s Welcome at our Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

May 13th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Let me be clear. Very clear.  All people are welcome at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn.  When Ray & I created the inn 14 years ago, our vision statement includes recognition that all people will be welcomed with exceptional hospitality.  And we truly mean it and live it.

same sex wedding in Hot Springs, ArkansasWhen it comes to weddings and elopements, the same principle applies:  all couples desiring to marry are welcome!  Since the Supreme Court ruling of June, 2015 we’ve received an increasing number of calls inquiring about same sex weddings.  Happily, we respond that of course we welcome you!  The relief heard in the caller’s voice is often palpable, since that welcome is not always heard here in the south.

Our little city of Hot Springs has a long and rich history of hospitality, whether it be visitors or people relocating to Hot Springs.  The diversity seen and experienced in our town is truly a joy.  All people receive a friendly welcome, in this town known as the Spa City where people have come for healing over the centuries.

The wedding and elopement packages offered at Lookout Point provide a variety of choices, in a stunning lakeside garden setting.  Our Wedding Coordinator, Tiffany, will assist you in creating the wedding of your dreams.  We specialize in intimate, meaningful weddings so the primary restriction that we have related to weddings is size:  up to 30 persons maximum.

Every wedding ceremony at the inn is customized to suit your preferences. For all couples (including same sex couples), a wedding minister is honored to officiate, and adapts the ceremony for you. We will provide suggested vows for the service, however you are welcome to write your own vows. Of course, you are invited to select the site for your wedding, whether in our lakeside gardens or indoors. If you select a wedding package with flowers and reception, Tiffany will consult with you to determine your selections and take care of all the arrangements.  It’s stress-free!

As you celebrate your lifelong commitment, we at Lookout Point are honored to provide a beautiful and loving venue for your wedding.

Give us a call to reserve your very special wedding, 501.525.6155, or e-mail weddings@lookoutpointinn.com for more information from our wedding coordinator.

10 Great Activities for Summertime in Hot Springs

May 11th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

kayaking in Hot Springs, ARWe have fun in our great city year ‘round, but especially in the summertime. Since we have three lakes (Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita) water sports is probably the number one activity guests enjoy during the summer. Every type of water sport imaginable is possible in our area. At our cozy Hot Springs inn we have regularly scheduled boat tours as well as private sunset tours. We also have a canoe (complimentary) and kayaks for rent. That just skims the surface of what Hot Springs has to offer our guests during the warm weather season.

We have more summer events than we can mention in our blog, but our 10 favorites are:

  1. Magic Springs Hot Springs AR“Enchanted Forest” An Art Installation by W. Gary Smith at Garvan Gardens from May through spring of 2017
  2. 5th Annual $86,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge May 1 – July 31 on Lakes Catherine and Hamilton
  3. Crystal Falls Water Park Annual Reopening at Magic Springs May 7 through the summer
  4. 3rd Annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival 6-9 p.m. May 21 at Hot Springs Convention Center
  5. Pocket Theatre production of “Seeing Stars in Dixie” June 3-12 at The Pocket Theatre
  6. Hot Springs Music Festival June 5-18 at various venues throughout Hot Springs
  7. 4th Annual Tinkerfest June 18 at Mid-America Science MuseumBike Rally in Hot Springs AR
  8. Arkansas State Hog Rally June 22-23 at Hot Springs Convention Center
  9. July 4th Celebrations of Spa Blast in the Infield July 1st at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming. Hot Springs Fireworks July 2nd across Hwy 7 near the Clarion Hotel
  10. Jazz Fest Aug. 31-Sept. 5 at various venues throughout Hot Springs

For more information on these events and others visit www.hotsprings.org. Since these are our favorites at the Inn, many additional events in Hot Springs offer more opportunities for fun in the Spa City.

Anytime you are in Hot Springs during the summer months to enjoy water sports or special events, we’d love to have you round out your visit by staying at Lookout Point. Our beautiful Inn, situated on Lake Hamilton, provides views of the lake from every room. Enjoy a delicious freshly prepared breakfast in the relaxing dining room or outdoors on the terrace. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a Hot Springs summer vacation to remember.

Summer dining at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast

Even the Dining Room overlooks Lake Hamilton!

Kick Off Summer with Beer & Fireworks

May 5th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Beer and fireworks at the Hot Springs beer festivalThe month of May kicks off summertime in Hot Springs, and we’re ready to join in the fun!

Warm weather invites craft beer aficionados, so come on to the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival on May 21st at the Hot Springs Convention Center. With more than 70 local and regional breweries attending, you’ll have the opportunity to taste and compare. Purchase tickets for the Beer Festival directly at the festival. The Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery will be present, with tastes of their local brew using the Hot Springs Thermal Waters.

Complete the month with fireworks over the lake on Memorial Weekend. Enjoy spectacular fireworks, date TBD. Your Lookout Point Innkeepers will give you tips for the very fireworks watching locations. Our city celebrates every summer long weekend (Memorial, July 4th and Labor Day holidays) with fireworks over the lake.

We would love to be your home away from home for your trip to Hot Springs!  If you choose to stay 2 nights in May, you’ll receive one complimentary flight of beer at the Superior Brewery plus 2 free Lookout Point beer glasses. Book online, and use code CRAFTBEER16, or give us a call at 501-525-6155.

Top 5 Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

April 14th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Mother's Day Gifts Hot Springs ARSpring has sprung, which means it’s the perfect time of year to appreciate the strong women in your life! Mother’s Day is around the corner, and it has us thinking of what we value most in holiday celebrations–time spent together with family and friends.  With the busy lives we all lead, Mother’s Day has the opportunity to be a day set aside for laughing, talking, and making new memories.

One way that we show our appreciation for all the hard work the women in our lives accomplish is to give them gifts. From the homemade to the big picture items, we have a few suggestions for Mother’s Day gifts for you!

5. Spa Day – Treat her to a day completely focused on pampering her! Whether you give her a spa basket (like the one in the Lookout Point gift shop) or you take her for a massage, it is sure to be a day she appreciates completely!

4. Lookout Point Cooking Classes – Give her the gift of creativity and laughter with a gift certificate to attend the Lookout Point Cooking School! Kristie will make her feel welcome, and she’ll leave with new knowledge and new friends.

3. Gifts in a Jar – Jars are easy to make personal and cute; plus, the gifts travel and store easily! Some of our favorites include bath salts, cookie mix, hot chocolate mix, and pedicure-in-a-jar.

2. Trip to Lookout Point Inn – Our Hot Springs bed & breakfast is the perfect getaway for the women in your life, with a gorgeous garden by the lake and gourmet breakfast each morning. She can explore the many fun activities in Hot Springs while she’s here!

1. Gift Certificate – A gift certificate for a stay at our Arkansas b&b, or to attend one of our cooking classes, will give her the flexibility to enjoy Mother’s Day with family and enjoy personal time later.

If you’d like to experience this sanctuary along the edge of Lake Hamilton, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. Gourmet breakfast and gorgeous views await you!

Celebrating 100 years at Hot Springs National Park!

April 5th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs National Park, named one of the top 15 visited National Parks in the USA, invites visitors from around the globe to downtown Hot Springs. This year the country celebrates 100 years of existence of the national park system, which was by President Woodrow Wilson and signed into law. Hot Springs National Park became an official national park in 1921.

National Park Promenade at Hot Springs National Park

National Park Promenade

According to National Geographic Magazine, “The park calls itself the ‘oldest area in the national park system’ because in 1832, before Yellowstone became the first national park, President Andrew Jackson set aside the hot springs as a special reservation.”

Each day about 700,000 gallons of water flows through 47 springs in Hot Springs National Park. We are so proud of our rich heritage because we are the only place where a national park is actually bordered by a city.

Included in Hot Springs National Park is Bathhouse Row, a part of the National Historic Landmark District and represents an impressive collection of bathhouses. The Hot Springs National Park area includes a number of places to visit and honor our rich history. Some of those include:

Fordyce Vistors Center at Hot Springs National Park

Fordyce Vistors Center

  • Fordyce Bathhouse, the visitor’s center and museum
  • Quapaw Bathhouse, with 4 pools and a modern spa
  • Superior Bathhouse, now a brewery, distillery and restaurant
  • Buckstaff Bathhouse, operating continuously since 1912
  • Ozark Bathhouse, currently a Cultural Center
  • Grand Promenade, a pathway situated above the bathhouses
  • Mountain Tower, 21 stories for an overview of the city and area
  • Jug fountains where people fill containers with hot springs water
  • Hiking trails in the National Park Mountains

We have so many interesting places in Hot Springs to experience every day, and the area situated in the national park is filled with great history and fun things to do. So, when you plan a visit to Hot Springs National Park this year take time to celebrate with us 100 years of being a special place within the national park system.

While you’re here, please complete your trip by staying with us at Lookout Point. We are honored to be in an area rife with history. At the Inn we are situated on Lake Hamilton with beautiful views and a very peaceful setting including our extraordinary gardens. Each of our rooms has its own personality and our breakfasts are, by far, the best in town. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan your trip to celebrate 100 years of national park history.

Here’s a link to a recent CBS news article on Hot Springs National Park.

Cooking School: Marinades, Grilling and Smoking Great Meat!

March 29th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Come join in the fun of Lookout Point’s next Cooking School on April 23!  This is the first time to offer an outdoor cooking school, focused on meats.  Joining Kristie, and leading the class will be her favorite meat masters: son-in-law Robby Theodore and husband Ray.  You’ll learn tips from safety to selection of cuts, cooking techniques, and favorite marinades.smoked ribs from a cooking class in Arkansas

This is definitely not a vegetarian class, however we’ll throw in a grilled veggie and fruit for lunch.  You’ll enjoy grilled steak and Catalina chicken at lunch–that you prepare.  This is a hands-on involved cooking class, with extremely limited number of participants. You’ll learn the secret to slow-cooked smoked ribs, and even take home a sample.

To reserve your spot in the Cooking School, call 501-525-6155. Cost is $70 per person, however if you are a guest staying at the inn the cost is $60 person. We look forward to great food and fun!

 

A Day at the Races :: Arkansas Derby 2016

March 15th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Could another Arkansas Derby winner pull off a Triple Crown victory this year?  Last year’s spectacular American Pharoah captured the Arkansas Derby, and stole our hearts as he went on to win the prestigious Triple Crown. Watching him race was nothing short of breath taking!

This year’s Racing Festival of the South begins April 13, and you’ll see great horses all week.  The Apple Blossom Race is on Friday, and the Arkansas Derby on Saturday April 16 completes the local racing season.  You’ll see some of the finest jockeys, trainers and horses compete.

Don’t forget your beautiful hats, women! Come to watch the people, the horses, and experience the best of springtime in Hot Springs.  We’d love to welcome you to our cozy Hot Springs inn, and currently there is limited availability.  We encourage dinner reservations to be made early, since our city is brimming with visitors for the Derby.

Valley of the Vapors 2016 Hot Springs AR

March 10th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Valley of Vapors Hot Springs AR 2016The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival is around the corner, from March 18-22, and we can’t wait to see all the musicians in the lineup.

Each year, this festival showcases some of the best independent acts from around the country, as well as hosting workshops, and VIP parties. The festival officially kicks off with the four bands pictured (to the right), beginning at 7pm at Low Key Arts on 118 Arbor Street.

The festival has a little something for everyone. There is karaoke, knitting and photography workshops, thrift store craft shows, album release parties, crawfish boils and brunch shows, and so much more. (You can find the entire schedule on their website.) A wide variety of musical genres are represented, and you have the option of buying festival passes, day passes, or even paying at the door if you want to see one specific event.

Since the events take place at different locations throughout the festival, you will get a chance to dive into the local flavor of Hot Springs National Park while listening to some amazing music. It’s a great way to get into the Spring season!

While you are enjoying the festival, stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. Lookout Point is the perfect sanctuary during your Arkansas getaway, with gourmet breakfast each morning and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

31 Hot Springs Adventures in 31 Days

March 1st, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

In honor of the 31 days in March we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do in Hot Springs, AR. Here are some highlights, in no particular order or ranking.Things to do in Hot Springs AR

  1. Gallery Walk – March 4th
  2. Oaklawn Live Thoroughbred Racing
  3. Golf
  4. Alligator Farm
  5. Canoe/Kayak
  6. Superior Bathhouse
  7. Gangster Museum
  8. High School Basketball State Tournament- March 10-12
  9. Mid-America 1st Anniversary Reopening – March 19th
  10. Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulips
  11. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concert @ Garvan Gardens – March 20th
  12. World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade w/ Bacon brothers – March 17th
  13. MassageCraft brews in Hot Springs
  14. Go-karts
  15. LaserTag
  16. Shopping
  17. Hiking Lake Catherine State Park
  18. Miniature Golf
  19. Motorcycle ToursHistoric Bathhouses Hot Springs AR
  20. Board Games
  21. Carriage Rides
  22. Fishing
  23. Crater of Diamonds State Park
  24. Mountain Biking at Cedar Glades Park
  25. Arlington Park – Hot Springs Fountains
  26. Climb Hot Springs Mountain
  27. Mountain Tower
  28. Arkansas Walk of Fame
  29. Bathhouses
  30. McClard’s Famous BBQ
  31. Eat 🙂

Let us assist in planning your perfect spring vacation with a stay at Lookout Point. After a day enjoying these exciting adventures, relax in one of our beautiful rooms and take in the gorgeous views.

Fresh Blooms at Garvan Woodland Gardens

February 25th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

The daffodils have been blooming for a couple of weeks now, heralding the arrival of spring flowers and birds to our Hot Springs, Arkansas area.  This beautiful time of year is perfect for visiting the Garvan Woodland Gardens, with their currently blooming Daffodil Hill. In just a few weeks, the Tulip Extravaganza presents breathtaking colors of exuberant flowers.

In addition to these blooming bulbs, you’ll also find crocus, hyacinths, wildflowers, wisteria, and some azaleas plus dogwoods blooming from now until the end of March. Also, don’t miss the koi pond at the gardens with humongous fish happy to see you!

We invite you to celebrate springtime with a trip to Hot Springs, experience the gorgeous weather and the joy of getting away.  A stay at our Hot Springs boutique hotel de-stresses in the very best way possible.

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