September 1st, 2013 by Ray Rosset
Dionne Warwick can take me back to my childhood and teenage years in a heartbeat with her soulful music and remarkable perspective on life. I enjoy her songs immensely and I’m thrilled that she’ll be in concert in Hot Springs Sept. 12 at the Oaklawn Finish Line Theatre.
Coming to Hot Springs!
She blends pop, gospel and R&B and transcends music boundaries in many areas including race and culture. If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, you’ll remember “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” “Walk on By,” “Promises Promises” and “Say a Little Prayer for Me.” Another of her memorable recordings was “That’s What Friends are For” with Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. She is a classic you don’t want to miss at any age.
If you haven’t gotten tickets or made plans to attend her concert, then I urge you to reconsider and make this your first fall Hot Springs getaway. Get ready because Three Dog Night is also coming this fall. We’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs B&B for the concert weekend. Make your room reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155. Concert tickets go on sale Sept. 3. Just call 501.623.4411, extension 340 for ticket information.
August 29th, 2013 by Jenna Tackett
In less than a month, fishermen will be readying their gear for the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Hamilton. The contest will take place at the Andrew G. Hulsey Fish Hatchery this year, just a few miles from Lookout Point.
The tournament is expecting 225 participants, but it is still registering anglers and boaters, and it is open to the public. An Arkansas fishing license is required to participate, but those can be purchased by calling 800.364.4263. You can find more specific details about entering the tournament on the website.
Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs AR is home to two previous state record catches, making it one of the top fishing spots in the state. On September 21st and 22nd, you can join the other fishers to see who has the winning catch!
Add a stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast to your getaway. When you aren’t fishing off the dock, you can relax and enjoy the view of Lake Hamilton from your own room. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information today!
August 25th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
No where else can you find back-to-back Blues and Jazz Festivals with such incredible talent as you’ll find in Hot Springs kicking-off Labor Day weekend. Any blues and jazz fan will love either or both Festivals!
The Blues 17th Annual Festival is Labor Day weekend with a pre-event line-up starting Aug. 28. Gates to the Festival open at 2:30, Aug. 31 and 1:30 Sept. 1 and continue all day. After-parties start at 9 p.m. each night at different locations. So, Blues aficionados get two full days and most of the night with fantastic and diverse blues performances. Check the website for details and ticket information.
Then in less than two weeks later the six-day Jazz Festival takes place Sept. 10-15. Top jazz pianists kick off the Jazz Festival including swing, blues, stride, boogie-woogie, bebop and contemporary. The festival continues each day with different themes in different locations and concludes with Stardust Big Band the afternoon of Sept. 15. For more information see their website.
The perfect addition to the Blues and/or Jazz Festivals would be to stay at our luxurious Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast during the Festivals. This combination would be a great pairing: impressive music and a breathtaking place to rest and rejuvenate. We offer indulgence in each room, a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton and the most delicious breakfast you can find. What a wonderful Arkansas getaway! Reserve your room online here.
August 18th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Nothing can adequately describe the entrance of bikers as they roll into Hot Springs during the Motorcycle Rally in early September. Hundreds of bikers enter the city ready for lots of scenic trail rides in the hills near Hot Springs. They definitely make an impact while they are here, where they are welcomed with open arms. I always enjoy the days they are in town with the rumble of the bikes and the excitement the bikers exude.
The 8th Annual Hot Springs Motorcycle Rally takes place Sept 5-7th with cooler temperatures and lots of events centered on the Rally. Plans include a bike show, parade, rides, vendors, field events and kids’ events. Top name entertainment is available Friday, Sept 6th with country music entertainer Lee Brice. Grand Funk Railroad from the 1970s is the featured entertainer Saturday night, Sept. 7th. For additional information, check out the website at www.thehotspringsrally.com.
So, grab your skid lid and hammer down to Hot Springs during the Rally. You won’t be disappointed. And, we’d love to have you as guests at Lookout Point Inn while you’re here. It’s the best place in town to enjoy a relaxing retreat after an exciting day at the Rally. We have a perfect place to unwind with the most comfortable beds and baths anywhere, patios and balconies with gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton and a breakfast to die for. After a night with us you’ll be ready for the next day’s biking adventure. Reservations fill quickly, so give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.
August 11th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
One of my favorite nature drawings includes the beauty and grandeur of trees. Trees were a part of the longing to move to Arkansas, and I love the magnificence of Arkansas trees. So, I was thrilled to hear of the extraordinary exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art titled “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey” in downtown Hot Springs by local artist Linda Williams Palmer.
An Arkansas Champion
The exhibit consists of 18 colored pencil drawings, detail drawings, photo-documentation of trees, short anecdotes and stories, informative text panels and a brochure on Arkansas forests, history, art and science. The artist’s medium is Prismacolor Pencils on textured papers and extends through August 24.
Barbara Satterfield, Exhibit Project Manager and member of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, said, “The exhibit gives us all an opportunity to celebrate Arkansas’ greatest natural resources – its land and its people.”
If you’re looking for a late summer Arkansas getaway, the “Arkansas Trees” exhibit could be one of many reasons to visit Hot Springs. And, we’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast while you’re here. Call 501.525.6155 for reservations. We’d love to help you plan your trip.
August 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Rose and Todd Cranson, tuba players in their spare time, are using their creative spirits to make beer for others’ enjoyment. With their prime location beside the Arlington Lawn, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery is looking forward to pleasing locals and tourists with their fare.
The Superior is the first brewery to be located inside a National Park. Located on Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs, the building was once a bathhouse itself. In the past two years, the Cransons have slowly cut through the red tape to open their dream project.
Each step of the construction process had to be approved by the National Park Service, but for the Cransons, it was a dream worth waiting for. However, in honor of the time it took to open the first phase of the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery, the first beer brewed on the premises will be called Red Tape Red Ale. Each glass will come with a red ribbon wrapped around the glass.
Right now, the owners have opened the tasting room and restaurant. Their custom built beer taps feature a variety of brews, some of which are made directly in Arkansas. The Cransons aim to use as much local produce as possible in their restaurant, where they offer pub fare to accompany the beer.
The brewery is opening in phases as construction continues, but this fall the Superior is hoping to begin brewing their own beer on site. It will be the world’s first brewery or distillery to use thermal spring water as the main ingredient. The naturally hot springs flowing under downtown will also help them stay energy efficient.
If you’d like to get a taste of the brewing process and view the historic bathhouse, you can also enjoy one of the weekly tours of the building. Afterwards, you can drink a beer while looking out the 75 feet of windows in their sun porch. It would be a refreshing treat to add to a stay at Lookout Point.
Call us at 501.525.6155 to reserve your room in our Arkansas bed and breakfast, and you can spend your evenings relaxing by Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs National Park.
The view of the lobby in Superior Bathhouse before construction.
The lock boxes in the bathhouse were originally used to store customers’ valuables.
An example of the windows the Cransons opened back up.
July 27th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
In Arkansas, the hottest month of the year is August. The air is definitely warmer, and the lake water is refreshing. But, did you know August is also Romance Awareness Month? I guess someone filtered in the hotness factor when deciding on the month for romance! We all know that love is popular at any time, but to honor this month’s theme, our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast is offering the Great Romance Package at a 10 percent discount.
The Package includes:
- 3 nights in your choice of room
- Hearty homemade breakfast each morning
- Spa basket for enjoying your whirlpool tub
- Chilled sparkling wine, fine chocolates and cheese/cracker basket en suite
- 1 dozen long stemmed roses
- Relaxing couples massage
- Admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens and the Mountain Tower
- $50 fine dining certificate to a restaurant of your choice
So, consider bringing your beloved to Lookout Point and celebrating Romance Awareness Month in style at our Arkansas getaway. Check out the Great Romance Package or give us a call at 1.800.525.6155. We’ll be glad to set up your reservation for August so you can celebrate the romance in your life!
July 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Each day, guests ask for suggestions for good lunch spots at restaurants in Hot Springs Arkansas. While the list is long, we narrowed the choices to our top five favorites:
- Cafe 1217– fresh ingredients prepared from scratch with naturally beautiful presentation, in a casual and friendly atmosphere. The menu changes monthly.
Java Primo: fresh wraps
- Java Primo–fresh coffee roasted in Arkansas, featuring brunch and lunch specialties. The fresh salads, wraps and paninis are exceptional. Top it off with a scrumptious homemade dessert.
- J & S Italian Villa– great Italian fare presents a wonderful aroma as you enter the lovely restaurant. Simply delicious with superb service.
- Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante–mouth-watering Latin American food mixed with southern hospitality. The murals are hand carved by Rolando! Yummy and charming.
- Lookout Point Lakeside Inn–lunch available for our lodging guests with the absolute best scenery in Hot Springs. Delicious and simple fare of organic salads or freshly prepared sandwiches. Dine by the waterfall, or we’ll pack a picnic lunch in a custom backpack ready for you to enjoy anywhere.
Makes me hungry just thinking about it! Of course, we’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast, where we’re always glad to help with any decisions for great dining while you’re here.
July 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Each month, Hot Springs highlights the downtown strip with Stroll the Boulevard. If you are interested in fashion, art, or antiques, the third Friday of every month is marvelous for you! The shops stay open a little later (until 8pm) for those taking their time to enjoy the view from the sidewalks of Bathhouse Row.
When you enjoy the quaint shops on July 19th, you might also want to peek into the Miss Arkansas Pageant at the Summit Arena. The pageant, which has records dating back to 1933, has worked hard to maintain tradition while providing a forum for young women to express their creativity and intelligence.
The pageant is a precursor for the Miss America pageant that will take place in September this year. The 76th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant will feature a performance from Miss Arkansas 2012 Sloane Roberts each night, from July 14th to the 20th.
On crowning night, July 20th, the Miss Arkansas Pageant has a special treat for American Idol fans. Rachel Hale, who was one of the Top 20 females in this year’s competition, will be singing. The Arkansas native was featured on the show for being the “happiest contestant,” as well as for her lovely voice. Your ticket to that performance will certainly be scrapbook worthy!
Whether you walk downtown Hot Springs to enjoy the architecture, shop for vintage treasures, or to get a close look at the future Miss Arkansas, you will certainly enjoy strolling along Central Avenue next weekend.
If you would like a relaxing place to rest your feet (and your head!) after walking, add a stay at Lookout Point by calling 501.525.6155. You can get recommendations to the best shops and galleries while eating dessert at the Innkeeper’s Reception on Friday!
July 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset
Although the Spa City is a hot spot for concerts this summer, it is busy adding to its artsy reputation by strengthening theater events in the city. Downtown, for example, the Five Star Dinner Theatre is open year round, offering different selections of entertainment for you to enjoy while you dine.
But this weekend, July 12th and 13th, The Regency is hosting a special Mystery Dinner Theater experience. “Last Respects Paid: Death of the Godfather” centers around a wake honoring Vito Corleone. It will be a treat for fans of The Godfather.
Details of Corleone’s death are unclear, and the drama promises to keep you on your toes. Influential members of the most powerful Mafia family in New York will make an appearance to honor Don Corleone while you eat dinner catered by the Porterhouse. Together, you will figure out the What and Who of Corleone’s death.
It might be difficult to figure out all the clues to Corleone’s death, especially if his family takes his advice: “Never tell anyone outside the family what you are thinking.”
You can rest up for a weekend of sleuthing at Lookout Point. Call 501.525.6155 to reserve your Arkansas getaway today!