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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission :: Celebrating 100 Years

March 11th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fishing on Lake Hamiltonwas established March 11, 1915, to protect Arkansas’ natural resources and provide conservation of both game and fish in the state and will celebrate a special birthday soon. The Commission was influenced by President Theodore Roosevelt and his conservation efforts.

My precious grandson loves to hunt and fish with his dad and thanks to the Game and Fish Commission he has a wonderful place to learn to become a great hunter and fisherman. According to “A Century of Conservation” published for the anniversary, the Game and Fish Commission was established at a time when the conservation of the state’s natural resources was vital for the survival of our game and fish.

Thanks to the president and forward thinking people in Arkansas 100 years ago we have great and abundant natural resources because of the many years of developing and protecting our game and fish. Maybe this is one of the reasons Arkansas is known as the “Natural State.”

At the our Hot Springs B&B we are grateful to be situated on Lake Hamilton, one of three lakes in Hot Springs, where our guests can enjoy boating and fishing during their stay. We always have a canoeCanoe Trip on Lake Hamilton available to use on the lake plus boat tours during the summer months with Capt. Ray. Guests can also reserve a slip and bring their own boat to use on the lake.

Some of our guests enjoy fishing on the lake and especially appreciate time with a professional fishing guide. Two of the many services available in the Hot Springs area we recommend are Sam Richardson Guide Service and Action Fishing Trips.

Enjoying our abundant natural resources in Arkansas and in Hot Springs is something we don’t take for granted. The lakes and mountains are stunning year around. Lakes Hamilton and Catherine are scheduled to be refilled three feet March 6-14. So, we’re getting ready for spring and summer visitors who enjoy the natural beauty in our area.

We’d love to welcome you to our luxurious Arkansas bed and breakfast and enjoy all the amenities on Lake Hamilton. Each of our individually-themed rooms has a lovely view of the lake. Reservations fill quickly this time of year and we wouldn’t want you to miss time on the lake to swim, boat or fish. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Arkansas vacation.

Here’s a special thank you to all the many individuals who’ve helped conserve our Arkansas natural resources for 100 years. Thanks to those efforts my grandchildren’s children and grandchildren will also enjoy hunting and fishing with an abundance of Arkansas game and fish.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Update Hot Springs AR

March 10th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

swon brothers hot springs arThe First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has a few more surprises up its sleeves. Not only have they gotten NASCAR driver Mark Martin to lead this year’s parade, but they are altering the route slightly to make him feel more at home. For the first time ever, Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade will make it a point to turn left. This means the marking of the parade route that traditionally happens at 6:25pm will be more interesting than ever.

Plus, this year there is a free concert after the parade ends. At 7:30pm you can see the Swon Brothers, famously tied to Blake Shelton’s team when they were on The Voice, as they bring country music to the celebration. They are nominated for the Vocal Duo of the year by the Academy of Country Music, and they have been touring with Brad Paisley since January. They are sure to be a delight for all ages!

The parade has also adopted its own mascot, and he’ll be keeping the crowd in the right spirit throughout the race. Be sure to get to the parade spot early so you can see all the action. The Blarney Stone kissing contest starts at 4:30pm, special guests start performing at 5:30pm, and the Swon Brothers will kick off the parade (with Mark Martin at the lead) at 6:30.

There are only a few rooms left at Lookout Point for parade week, and we would love to share our favorite moments of the event with you. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning and rejuvenate in a luxurious bed in the evening. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Valley of the Vapors in Hot Springs AR

March 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

NOTS, VoV Sunday

NOTS, playing at VoV on Sunday

With the collection of artists in the area, it’s no surprise that Hot Springs is home to a successful and entertaining Indie music festival. Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival enters its 11th year on March 20, 2015.

This year, the line-up is filled with talented artists—from The Mutts, to the Memphis Dawls, from Ronnie Hart to The AMFMS, and so many more. (See their website for a full list of the schedule.) There are secret shows to be announced for each day of the festival, keeping the in-the-know feeling present throughout. Plus, there is a trail show each day, bringing music and the outdoors in harmony. It’s perfect for Hot Springs National Park.

But the music is only the beginning for this festival. There are workshops each day, including ones that explain how to tour for artists, a pop-up photography exhibit, and even a comic book producing workshop. This year, they have also added a documentary film showing to several of the days, highlighting the connection to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

The festival begins March 20, and ends on March 24. You can get your tickets ahead of time, or check out the schedule and enjoy some of the free events.

While you are in town for Valley of the Vapors, stay at Lookout Point to fully extend your Indie-loving getaway. You can support a local business, and take advantage of the gourmet breakfast each morning and spectacular views of Lake Hamilton. (It’s a win-win situation.) Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Tiptoe Through Hot Springs Tulips :: Arkansas Spring Getaway

February 22nd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Garvan Gardens

Garvan Gardens Tulips

The Hot Springs Tulips will be blossoming soon and we are excited! With so many garden events at Garvan Woodland Gardens throughout the year that I love to attend that it’s hard to pick my all-time favorite. But, if I did I think it would be Tulip Extravaganza March 22-April 19. The schedule of when the tulips bloom and the colors of the multitude of varieties really make me stop and ponder the intricacies of planning for all the beautiful flowers that come up in the Gardens. No matter how often I go during the season the tulips are stunning.

According to Bob Byers, associate executive director at the Gardens, “Dressed in all the colors of the rainbow, tulips are deservedly an emblem of the return of the sun and it’s hard to beat 138,000 of them.” He said garden favorites are:
• Ollioules (lavender pink with white edge)
• Daydream (orange and yellow)
• Red Impression that are the mainstays along Woodland Walk this year

Garvan Gardens is such a treasure in Hot Springs. Its peaceful, beautiful landscaping including seasonal flowers, special exhibits and exquisite walkways throughout the gardens is world-class. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the splendor and serenity exhibited there.

 

I hope I’ve convinced you to plan a getaway to Hot Springs to enjoy the beauty of the tulips in early spring. While you’re in town we’d also like to convince you to stay with us at our lovely Arkansas bed and breakfast inn on Lake Hamilton. Our garden flowers are beginning to peak through and we have benches, swings, hammocks and a labyrinth with the beauty of Lake Hamilton awaiting your arrival. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan the perfect spring fling.

Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade :: Hot Springs Fun

February 19th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Officially known as the First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this wildly fun and crazy event meets NASCAR next month. Mark Martin, NASCAR legend, has agreed to be the 2015 Grand Marshall. He’ll bring his famous No. 01 U.S. Army race car, on display for two days at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The parade begins at 6:30pm on March 17, however you’ll want to get there early for a good vantage spot. Since the parade is only 98 feet long–the entire length of Bridge Street–it’s a hoot to watch band members start playing at the beginning of Bridge Street and then stop at the end.

At the parade you’ll see Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, Elvis impersonators, marching Irish wolfhounds, bands, floats, and all sorts of odd and goofy groups. Following the parade, the Swon Brothers perform a free outdoor concert.

This parade provides a perfectly fun setting to wear your green and celebrate with 30,000 “Irish” friends. We’d love to welcome you to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast, and we’ll gladly provide best tips for parking and viewing the parade.

Intimate Lakeside Weddings in Arkansas

February 17th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Engagement photos

Just engaged!

If you are one of the many couples who recently became engaged this Valentine’s, you are beginning to make plans for your wedding day. I invite you to picture a different image for your wedding. Rather than spending $25,000 (an average price tag for a typical wedding) and reeling from the stress of the event, you might want to consider a beautiful alternative.

Picture this:

  •  a stress free day, with the details handled by a professional wedding coordinator and customized for you
  • you are surrounded by your closest friends and family–a small, intimate group that loves you
  • you get married in a beautiful garden at the lakeside, with Mother Nature providing the music and backdrop
  • save tens of thousands of dollars! You can put that money towards a home, or education, or simply avoid going into debt.
  • perhaps you might want to elope, and then have a reception back at home. This option also saves lots of money, but you still have the big party with all your friends and extended family.

At our extraordinary Hot Springs wedding venue, you’ll receive our total attention and professional services. We offer a variety of wedding packages, from a simple elopement to the extraordinary Diamond Wedding Package. Our specialty is weddings for up to 25 persons. This is a fabulous alternative to production-style weddings.

To speak to our wedding coordinator, give us a call at 501.525.6155. Or submit a request for proposal, and we’ll get back with you quickly.

Congratulations to all engaged couples planning a wedding!

 

Mid-America Science Museum Re-Opening in Hot Springs AR

February 17th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

museum hot springs arAs you plan your Spring Break Getaway, you might want to include a trip to a jewel of Hot Springs AR: Mid-America Science Museum. A true one of a kind, the museum promotes interactive learning for people of all ages.

For the past few months, the museum has undergone renovations to create even more dynamic exhibits for visitors and locals alike. There will be a Marvelous Motion Gallery, for example, that shows natural marvels–like kinetic energy, gravity, and wave motion. You’ll be able to explore things unique to Arkansas, learn more about light, and discover more about energy and rhythm.

There are so many exhibits planned for the re-opening, including a new dome theater for an array of shows, but the one that is pictured to right is sure to provide enjoyment; the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk extends into the forest canopy surrounding the museum, taking advantage of the natural wonders to provide more hands-on learning opportunities.

The Mid-America Science Museum has always been a perfect stop during a family getaway, but when it opens the doors again on March 7, it is sure to please everyone who visits Hot Springs National Park.

When you are planning your vacation, stay at our Hot Springs AR bed & breakfast. Lookout Point is the perfect spot to relax, canoe on Lake Hamilton, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Daffodil Days Herald Spring in Hot Springs, AR!

February 6th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Daffodil Days are Upon Us!

The very first daffodil bloom of the season makes my heart skip a Daffodil Gardensbeat with excitement and a sense of renewal. I love the stark beauty and quiet of winter, yet that bright yellow bloom gets me thinking about all the good things to come! We’re lucky here in the south, with our early blooms! My first jonquil sprung forth in bloom on January 30 this year.

The Daffodil Days at Garvan Gardens has become a tradition and begins February 15 and continues through March 15. With more than 220 varieties of daffodils in bloom, a stroll through the gardens delights the senses.

Daffodils are the perfect southern spring bulb, in my opinion. These beauties are hardy, bloom and spread each year, plus deer are averse to these flowers. Give yourself a treat and come for a visit to our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast, and the Garvan Gardens! We’d love to welcome you.

Spring Break Getaway in Hot Springs AR

February 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Spring Flowers Hot Springs ARSpring is a time of renewal–with blossoming flowers, green leaves, and an optimistic spirit. Hot Springs National Park is the perfect retreat to enjoy the beautiful season.

The first stop for you on your trip should be Garvan Gardens. The gardens have gorgeous botanical landscapes for you to explore and enjoy on a Spring afternoon. For those that prefer hiking, Hot Springs has many trails to offer. One of our guests’ favorites is at Lake Catherine State Park; it has four different trails for you to choose from, in varying lengths. The great feature of Lake Catherine, other than beautiful views of the lake, is the Falls Branch Waterfall that can be seen from some of the trails.

Next, you should plan for a day digging crystals at Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mine. Spend an afternoon digging at this mine to unearth the possibility of taking home a unique, and beautiful, souvenir. Plus, you can always add an element of adventure by taking advantage of the new zip-lining attraction at Ron Coleman’s as well!

For an evening treat, you should visit Maxwell Blade’s Magic Theater downtown. The show will dazzle people of all ages, and have you laughing as well! For a special treat, try eating Cuban/Ecuadorian food at Rolando’s or authentic Mexican food at Vina Morita before attending the show.

Spring Break trips fill up fast at Lookout Point, and not just because we have a canoe that’s always waiting for an adventure. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast before your adventures each day and rest in a luxurious bed in the evening, all while looking at a breathtaking view of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your Hot Springs AR Spring Break online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to See Bald Eagles in Arkansas

January 25th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

One Saturday morning about 8 a.m. before the first guests arrived for breakfast there was quite a ruckus on the lake from the dining room windows. The water was perfectly calm except for a pretty serious wave rolling to the east about 40 feet wide. A large flock of ducks was tightly huddled and moving quickly together as one body.Bald Eagle - Hot Springs, AR

The reason for their distress was two bald eagles that were swooping in towards them looking for their breakfast. It was quite a spectacle and lasted for only a few minutes before the eagles flew off. There wasn’t even time to get a camera before the eagles had left looking for easier prey.

January and February are bald eagle watching time on the area lakes in Hot Springs. No matter how many times I see an eagle they always take my breath away, and all work stops. With a wing-span of up to 8 feet, they weigh between 9-12 pounds with a length of 35-40 inches. It’s a majestic sight to see one soaring!

One morning at home I looked out to spy two bald eagles that spent most of the day feasting on an animal carcass by the edge of the water. These two eagles took turns at the feast, with lesser birds of prey hovering and hoping for a turn.

According to wild-bird-watching.com, suggestions for embarking on an eagle watching expedition include:

• Get out early. The best time to see one is when the temperature is rising during mid-to late morning

• Stay behind a blind. A tree or a car acts as a blind. People walking around or towards a perched eagle will chase it off its roost. (Note: “our” eagles don’t seem to mind our dog running around!)

• Look near the waterways. Eagles stay about ¾ of the way up trees while fishing from the banks.

• Look into a guided tour in the area.

• Report any nest sightings. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission monitors all eagle nests in the state as part of nationwide conservation efforts.

• Be mindful of the law. Possession of an eagle feather or other body part is a felony with a fine of up to $10,000.

In Hot Springs, eagle watching tours are scheduled on the area lakes. Lake Ouachita has bald eagle tours scheduled for Jan. 25 and 31. For more information or reservations call 501.767.9366. Lake DeGray (501.865.5850) in Bismark has multiple tours scheduled for Jan. 23-25.

At Lookout Point Inn we’d love to have you come to watch for bald eagles and stay with us at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast. We are situated on Lake Hamilton and all of our rooms have a view of the lake. So depending on the flight pattern of the eagles, you might just catch a glimpse of these splendid birds from your patio or balcony.

 

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