We are delighted to offer a new suite of intimate Wedding Packages at Lookout Point! Designed for brides & grooms seeking a never-to-be-forgotten wedding, the new Diamond Wedding Package offers a memorable experience for all the guests.
The inn’s lakeside gardens, framed by beautiful trees and celebratory 20-foot high feather banners, makes a stunning back drop for your personalized service. Our wedding coordinator, Tiffany, handles all of the details. Which means that the bride and groom can approach their wedding completely stress-free.
We want your wedding to perfectly reflect your personality and character! For more info, contact weddings@LookoutPointInn.com, or give Tiffany or Kristie a call at 866.525.6155.
As I make plans to visit Garvan Woodland Gardens to take in the magnificent array of tulips this month, I became curious about the origin of the beautiful flower. In fact, the story is very intriguing and is quite old.
125,000 Tulips Blooming
Tulips have been a favorite flower of spring gardens for generations. It is the national flower of Turkey and Iran and the floral emblem of Netherlands. The unusual shape and colors of tulips make them one of the most loved flowers on Earth. Because tulips bloom at the start of spring, they symbolize a new beginning.
The tulip originated in Turkey centuries ago and became a symbol of the Turkish Empire. The flower was introduced in Europe in the 16th century. It was then given the name “tulip”, which is the Persian name for “turban.”
In Netherlands in the 17th century, the tulip reached great popularity and was used as a form of currency. The phenomenon became known as “tulip mania” and was a symbol of affluence. The price of a single bulb soared. When the tulip market crashed, it devastated the Netherlands economy and was similar to the 1930s stock market crash in the U.S.
As you know, tulips come in an array of colors and each has a different meaning. All tulips are associated with perfect love, imagination, eternal life and fame. The dark velvet-like center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by passion. The array of bright colors is said to inspire imagination. The symbolism of each different color is significant:
Red – perfect love and passion, a declaration of love
Yellow – cheer, hope, joyfulness and sunshine
White – heaven, purity and worthiness
Purple – royalty and wealth
Cream – eternal love
Pink – happiness, confidence and affection
Orange – happiness, energy, desire, warmth and enthusiasm, passion
The cheerful colorful tulips will begin to emerge about the first of March all over Arkansas and are in wide array in Hot Springs at Garvan Gardens. The Tulip Extravaganza, Hot Springs’ own “tulip manie” includes 125,000 tulips plus hyacinths; red, pink and white azaleas; and thousands of delicate dogwood blossoms.
The “Tulip Extravaganza” is definitely an unforgettable “must-see”. Make plans for a full day at the Gardens and plan to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn to complete your perfect spring getaway. For reservations, call 501.525.6155 for book online.
Just the name makes me laugh and that’s exactly how much fun you can count on at the event. After participating in the 2012 festivities, I wouldn’t miss this year’s celebration for anything. And, I hope you won’t either.
The grand marshals for the parade are Bo Derek from the movie “10” and John Corbett, the TV star from “Northern Exposure.” Previously, Bo and John were each grand marshals in different years, now we’re excited to have this long-time couple share the duties!
The 98-foot-long parade (for real – it’s really only 98 feet) is held on Bridge Street with a green celebration and green libation and includes the kissing of the Blarney Stone.
I hope I have convinced you to come and enjoy the traditional Irish celebration on Bridge Street in Hot Springs on March 17 in a very non-traditional manner. You’ll have lots to tell your friends!
Last week Ray & I were in a little Manitoba, Canada town to bury his 95 year old mother, and to celebrate anamazing life. The temps were about -15 F, and at the snow covered graveside the rose petals froze before we could place them! And then we returned to Arkansas, where in the middle of the bleak cold winter pops a bright yellow happy daffodil, and the phlox is in bloom. It catches me off guard each winter and always gives me a reason to hope. I love everything about the beautiful first blooming flowers with the promise of spring and warmer weather.
A single flower is stunning; a whole field of daffodils is breathtaking. Daffodil Days at Garvan Gardens continues through March 16. At this time (the end of February) 250,000 daffodils in several shades of yellow and orange will make their emergence from the winter Earth. You don’t want to miss this grand entrance of Spring!
Please add a stay at Lookout Point Inn to your fun daffodil excursion. Call us at 501-525-6155 for reservations and we’ll make sure your trip is one to remember. Stay 3 nights in March, and you will receive Garvan Gardens admission for two complimentary.
We’ve reached our 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Inn in February 2003! For Ray and me, it’s been an incredible journey full of all kinds of emotion, but, mostly, pure joy.
We’ve had amazing guests from all walks of life both locally and from all over the world. We’ve had the privilege of sharing their lives for a few days and celebrating their journeys. We are filled with gratitude for our time together and our time at Lookout Point Inn.
During this year, occasionally we’d like to reminisce and share stories and our thoughts with you. To start with, here’s a photo of the property before Lookout Point was built!
Before Lookout Point Construction Began
We encourage you to comment on our blogs or Facebook to tell stories we may not know.
We started with a dream of the finest hospitality anyone could offer and we’ve turned that into a gift of compassion and shared lives – much more than we ever dreamed possible.
Many have come our way and we want to kick-off our year-long celebration with a thank you to all who’ve helped to make our Inn a tremendous success and who’ve made the world a little kinder for us all.
Those are the words we all long to hear and the reason for Valentine’s Day. It’s never too early to start thinking about your sweetie and making plans for the special day. And, I do have a perfect suggestion – How about a romantic stay at Lookout Point Inn anytime in February OR a gift certificate for an anytime stay?
Your beloved will treasure you even more after a fabulous few days at Lookout Point. The Inn resonates romance from the luxurious rooms with balconies or patios overlooking the lake, to a fire perfect for snuggling, or time alone in the gardens. What could be more perfect for the one you love?
We also have two perfect packages to add on to your romantic getaway: Love Me Tender or Inn the Mood both include roses, champagne and toasting glasses, fine chocolates and a basket with cheese, crackers and fruit.
There are also so many fun and romantic things to do in Hot Springs: a candlelight dinner at one of the fine restaurants, a stroll through beautiful woodland Gardens, a hike leading to spectacular waterfalls, a soak in the thermal waters or a fun-filled day at the races.
Don’t hesitate to make your reservations at 501.525.6155. The Inn fills quickly for this wonderful celebration of love.
A brand-spanking new thoroughbred horse racing season gets underway in Hot Springs at Oaklawn Racetrack Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Everyone gets all gussied up and the horses seem more handsome than ever on Opening Day. And, then we are all off to the races! OK, that’s about all the horse references I can write in one paragraph.
On a little more serious hoof, the racetrack offers some of the most competitive racing in the U.S. with more than $20 million available for purses and a multitude of popular promotions fans look forward to every season.
Photo finish at the races
Excitement at Oaklawn
Views from Oaklawn
If you’ve never been to a horse race, or never been to a race at Oaklawn, or if you come every year – there are so many reasons to give Oaklawn a try again and again this season. Some of the highlights are:
Jan. 11: Opening Day
Jan. 12 $.50 corned beef sandwiches and $.10 soft drinks
Jan. 21: Free Oaklawn Cap Giveaway/$100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes
March 16: Boat and Truck Giveaway/$500,000 Rebel Stakes Day
April 10: Racing Festival of the South
Of course, we want you to stay at Lookout Point when you come to the races making your experience more enjoyable. When you stay two nights in January on race days, you’ll receive complimentary admission to the exclusive members-only Jockey Club (dress code enforced).A comfortable bed, delicious breakfast and other guests at the inn discussing the day’s race events (some of it exaggerated, of course) – what could be more fun!
Just give us a call at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation.
If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve or if you’d like a change of pace, we have the perfect solution. Come and spend a few days at Lookout Point, including New Year’s Eve, and we’ll assist you in planning a memorable evening. Hot Springs offers many scrumptious restaurant adventures, with special events on New Year’s Eve.
Then, make it back to the inn before midnight and we’ll have a wonderful time making toasts for the New Year with champagne. Of course, the fireplaces
Snuggle by a fireplace
will be warm and inviting and the champagne chilled.
We’ll also have a pot of black eyed peas on the stove and they’ll be ready by midnight for all our guests to welcome in 2013 with lots of good luck.
Make your reservations early to reserve your favorite room at the inn. It fills quickly for New Year’s Eve. Just give us a call at 501.525.6155.
If you can get away this weekend, Dec 14 &15, we are offering a special holiday discounted rate for any King Deluxe or Queen Deluxe Room. Stay one or more nights, and you’ll receive a 20% discount. Just give us a call at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation.
Words fail to describe the beauty of the lighted walking trails while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate (free).
While you’re in Hot Springs, check out The Muses Christmas concert Sunday afternoon concert in the stunning Anthony Chapel. Lookout Point is proud to sponsor this concert! For tickets, visit the 3 Arts Cafe in the Hale Bathhouse, or online.
There is such beauty and awe when winter comes. The cooler temps and occasional snow move us more indoors but give us plenty of time for genuine reflection and true guidance. I especially love winter at the inn. Inside it’s warm and toasty with a wonderful fireplaces; mugs of coffee, tea and cocoa; and time for quiet conversation and snuggling.
The beauty of the outdoors is certainly different from the warm months on the lake, and it makes us pause, enjoy the majesty of stark trees and soaring eagles, and watch the birds searching for food, seemingly oblivious to the cold. Such a spectacular time of year!
Henry David Thoreau said, “There are from time to time mornings both in summer and winter, when especially the world seems to begin anew.”
I hope I’ve convinced you to come and visit Lookout Point during the winter. It’s definitely a change of pace and a wonderful opportunity to spend time considering all that life has to offer.
Check out the website for our Winter Splendor Package or just make plans for a few days of rest and relaxation with us at the inn. Hot beverages, warm bedding, wonderful fires and gorgeous birds are waiting. Bring your journal and camera. (This morning a guest captured the frost on a bloom.)