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How Much Will My Wedding Cost?

June 15th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lookout Point WeddingsCongratulations – you’re engaged! Whether it’s been a lifelong dream or something you were certain you’d never do, a wedding is now in your future. Some couples are surprised to find that before the ‘I do’s are exchanged, they will likely tackle a nightmare of planning, budgeting, and stressing.

Last year, nearly 32,000 couples tied the knot in Arkansas, spending an average of $21,450 on their weddings. The largest portion of this cost was spent on the wedding venue, catering and various rentals such as chairs and linens. Other significant expenses include flowers, décor, and lodging during the event. Choosing a venue that includes all these items with your wedding purchase can reduce the cost and simplify decision making.

With weddings, as with life, a well-crafted budget is an indispensable tool, and a plethora of budgeting resources are available through popular wedding planning sites. How can you insure that you keep your budget in check and still have the memorable, stress-free wedding day that you want? It’s all in the numbers, and not just dollars. The guest list is your #1 budget adjustor – with each invited person commonly adding anywhere from $50 to $200 to your total expense. Consider celebrating your union with an intimate group of close family and friends instead of inviting all your distant relatives and acquaintances. Or perhaps enjoy a private elopement ceremony with the option of a casual reception to celebrate with everyone later. You may find that with fewer guests you can afford a few things you really wanted but didn’t think possible – like gourmet hors d’oeuvres, stunning floral arrangements or a deluxe photography package.

One resource that a strictly financial budget fails to address is your time, which is often even more stretched than your dollar. It has been estimated that brides often spend well over 100 hours planning the big day during a typical engagement. That doesn’t sound so bad when you imagine lazy Sunday afternoons spent creating Pinterest boards, but when it comes down to contacting vendors, signing contracts, and actually putting your dreams into action, the time investment becomes more daunting.

An experienced wedding coordinator can handle the majority of the planning tasks that tie up your limited time, allowing you to devote your free time to what’s most important – the relationship that you’re building. At first thought, the idea of hiring a wedding coordinator may sound extravagant – even counterintuitive for those with a limited budget. However, the knowledge base and business relationships that a wedding professional brings to the table will certainly save you time and stress, and often money as well. Some of the best Arkansas wedding venues include an on-staff wedding coordinator, allowing you access to the help you need at a fraction of the cost of hiring an experienced coordinator on your own.

At Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, we create a special experience for every bride and groom, from the luxurious rooms and delicious breakfasts during your stay, to the seamless coordination of your gorgeous lakeside wedding. You choose from a variety of customizable wedding packages to fit different dreams and budgets. Each includes the most stunning outdoor setting for your ceremony and photos, a caring ordained officiant to conduct the ceremony according to your desires, and coordination assistance from start to finish. Let us make your dreams come true!

Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast In the News

June 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

summer in hot springs arJune has been an exciting time for Lookout Point so far. With all of the rain in the area, the garden is bursting with color and life. There are water sports, concerts, and conferences in the area. Families are beginning to travel; adorable couples are becoming newlyweds; fresh produce is abundant at the Farmer’s Market. It’s a lovely time to visit Hot Springs National Park.

With all this summer spirit floating around, the Inn has also received recognition in the news recently. First, Lookout Point was awarded the Certificate of Excellence for 2014 from TripAdvisor. The award is based on the quality of reviews and opinion received on the site in the past year, so we are especially grateful for this honor. Thank you all for consistently giving us outstanding feedback to help Lookout Point become the best it can be!

ruff guide to the united statesRecently, the Inn was also featured in BringFido.com‘s new book Ruff Guide to the United States. The book covers the best places to visit with your dog in all 50 states, including 365 places to stay. In Arkansas, Lookout Point was the only property mentioned. The picks within the book were determined by a coast-to-coast search, as well as polling thousands of dog owners. We’re honored to be included in guide provided by the world’s largest pet friendly travel website! You can pick up the book on their website, if you are interested.

On Tuesday, the Inn was included in a list of the top wedding venues in Arkansas on OnlyinArk.com. The list is organized per region, and the Inn is happy to be representing the Hot Springs area. Each venue listed looks gorgeous, and we are excited to be among such great company! You can view the full list in the article, “Favorite Places for Arkansas Weddings.”

If you’d like to visit the Inn, and possibly bring your dog along or begin a marriage journey, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. Don’t forget that June has a discount on the Renewal of Vows package, and special discount for those that reserve three or more nights. We would love to welcome you during your Arkansas getaway!

Historic Downtown Farmers Market

June 5th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Farmers MarketA wonderful growing trend throughout Arkansas and the country is the revival of farmers markets. We are lucky in Hot Springs to have a wonderful Farmers Market every Saturday morning in our Historic Downtown area. It is a delightful place to spend some time buying local produce and much more, enjoying local musicians, sipping some coffee and visiting with the local farmers and neighbors. It has become a mainstay for many Hot Springs residents and a special attraction for visitors to our city.

Some of the offerings at the Market include quality home-grown produce, fresh herbs, plants, flowers, eggs, meat products, fresh-baked breads and desserts, local honey, jams and jellies. Art, furniture, jewelry, clothing, knife sharpening, soaps and creams, and more are also available on any given Saturday. During the summer the Market is also open on Tuesday evenings.

The Farmers Market has roots back to the mid-1970s, was dormant for a while and reopened in the mid ‘90s. In 2006, Hot Springs received a grant along with donations and built its permanent open-air pavilion at Broadway and Orange streets. It has since become a leading Farmers Market, receiving state and national recognition. It incorporates landscaping by the local master gardeners and a state of the art Cairn Fountain designed by Bennett Brothers Stone. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Summer hours for the Farmers Market are 7 a.m.-noon and Tuesday nights 5-7 p.m. For more information online visit www.hotspringsfarmersmarket.com.

So if you’re planning a vacation to Hot Springs we hope you’ll consider adding a trip to the Farmers Market to your local fun places to visit list. We’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn when you come to town. We offer a beautiful Inn situated on Lake Hamilton with all our rooms offering a view of the lake. Our rooms are individually decorated and named after Arkansas towns. The beds and linens are luxurious and our breakfast is superb. Reservations can be made online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a wonderful Hot Springs vacation.

Where to See Fireworks in Hot Springs, AR

June 3rd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

July 4th Fireworks in Hot Springs ARThe 4th of July is truly a celebration in Hot Springs AR, with firework displays lighting up the sky in various locations throughout the area. Magic Springs, for example, is illuminating the evening in celebration all month, as well as on the 4th.

Spa Blast at Oaklawn Racing Track always draws a large crowd. This year it will begin at 5:30pm on July 3. Spa Blast really focuses on creating a family-friendly environment, with inflatable rides and reasonably-priced concessions. There will also be live music from the country group Downday early in the evening. Typically the fireworks begin at dusk. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for relaxing, but no coolers will be allowed.

Closer to Lookout Point, there will be a stunning exhibit over Lake Hamilton that weekend. All the details are still being lined up, but the same company presented the Memorial Day fireworks recently, and they were beautiful. (The photo above is from a display presented at the same location.)

While you are in town for the holiday, consider adding a stay at our Hot Springs luxury lodging. You can enjoy swimming in Lake Hamilton off of our lake wall, row the canoe in the tranquil waters, or listen to the sound of the waterfall in the garden before spending the evening surrounded by light displays. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where are the Best Spas in Hot Springs, Arkansas?

May 29th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Spas in Hot Springs ARThere’s nothing that soothes my soul quite like an hour or more to myself and a relaxing massage. We are so fortunate to have so many great spas in the Hot Springs area. One of the reasons for our good fortune is that we have healing natural thermal hot springs in Hot Springs, thus the reason for our name. We’re also referred to as spa city!

At Lookout Point Inn we strive to give our guests a relaxing, peaceful and memorable visit and we recommend our favorite day spas in town for guests who want those special services. Each spa has its own personality and unique services. It’s a matter of matching our guests’ needs with just the right spa experience.

For an authentic Hot Springs spa experience from the famous Bathhouse Row in Historic Downtown, the Quapaw Bathhouse has been beautifully restored and offers quite a number of services. One that is unique to Quapaw is soaking in the warm waters in the thermal water pool, taking a private bath or relaxing in the steam cave. The natural thermal spring that the Bathhouse was built on contains one of the highest mineral contents of all the area springs. Other services Quapaw offers include massages, facials and body treatments. For more information go online to quapawbaths.com or call 501.609.9822.

Three additional day spas we recommend are excellent and near the Inn. Living Wellness Day Spa provides a unique approach to the spa experience combining a full range of services in a private and nurturing environment. For more information go online to livingwellnessdayspa.com or call 501.318.4933.

Thai-Me Spa has a number of custom massages and facial, scalp, hand and foot treatments. The goal at the Thai-Me Spa is for clients “to have an incredible massage experience.” For more information go online to thai-me.com or call 501.520.4772.

Chrysalis Day Spa and Skin Care Center offers spa services including massages, body treatments and facial treatments, laser and brow treatments, waxing and manicure/pedicures. Chrysalis also has a full service salon available for hair treatments including wedding and special occasion hair and makeup. For more information go online to chrysalisdayspa.com or call 501.520.5400.

Why not make it a Spa Weekend at Lookout Point Inn by enjoying one or our Spa packages including Girlfriend Getaways; Hot Springs Fling, which includes a one-hour couples’ massage; or by purchasing a spa basket to continue that spa feeling throughout your stay. Book reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.06155 and we’ll be glad to help you personalize your perfect spa weekend.

Music Lovers Unite for the Hot Springs Music Festival

May 21st, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs Music Festival

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.

Magic Springs Concert Series in Hot Springs AR

May 15th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Magic Springs Concert Hot Springs ARThe 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!

Running of the Tubs in Hot Springs AR

May 13th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Running of Tubs Hot Springs AREach 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.

Where to Find a Craft Beer Festival

May 7th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Beer FestivalThe 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.

Arkansas State HOG Rally in Hot Springs AR

May 2nd, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hog Rally 2014‘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!

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