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4th Annual Hot Water Hills Music Arts Festival – October 3-5, 2014

September 23rd, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Water Hills Music Festival Hot Springs ARAnother music festival is hitting Hot Springs on Oct. 3-5, 2014 – The Fourth Annual Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival. There will be two stages of music, fine artists, food, wine & beer, and all day long kids’ activities. Bring your lawn chair to Hill Wheatley Plaza downtown to see some indie bands in action. The Hot Water Hills Music Festival will feature two Songwriter Showcases, on Friday and Saturday. In addition, Amasa Hines, Banditos, Dana Falconberry, and Rude King will be performing.

Live Music Hot Springs Hot Water Hills Music FestivalOn Saturday, there is even a kids-centered concert with Laura Lee. There are many other acts lined up, so be sure to check out the website for the schedule. The festival will also have an Art Fair Retro Rummage event filled with handmade items for buying. With a quirky mix of food, art, and music, there is something appealing for hipsters, hippies, children, and everyone in between. Admission for adults is $7. This year, Hot Water Hills is also trying to earn a Zero Waste Event certification. The festival is hoping to preserve not just the community but the beautiful natural environment that the festival takes place in. Nearly everything being brought in to the festival is recycled, reusable, compostable, or borrowed. They would love crowd support to help them keep the waste levels down. Since our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast tries to keep the ecological footprint to a minimum, we are very excited about the festival’s green ambitions.

While you are in town for the Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival, consider adding a stay at our Inn. In addition to having a gourmet breakfast in the morning, there will be a luxurious bed waiting for you at night and a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton to wake you in the morning. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to See the Best Hot Springs, Arkansas Fall Foliage

September 17th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

autymn leaves at Lookout PointArkansas is known for its natural beauty—the mountains that showcase gorgeous sunsets and the lakes that exude fun and tranquility at once. One facet of this beauty that draws in visitors from all over the world is the changing color of leaves in fall. These fall colors of Hot Springs, Arkansas add warmth to the landscape that dazzles the eye.

One way to really enjoy the Arkansas fall foliage in the area is to take advantage of the Fall Colors Package at our top rated Hot Springs, AK bed and breakfast; it includes passes to the gorgeous Garvan Woodland Gardens and tickets to the Mountain Tower Overlook, as well as a boat tour of Lake Hamilton with Captain Ray. During your stay, you can also enjoy a loaded picnic backpack with lunch, all prepared by the Lookout Point staff. Not only do you get to take the adorable, and very useful, backpack home with you, but there are also two steel water bottles for you to remember your getaway.

As the weather cools off and you begin planning your autumn getaway, consider staying at our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast. In addition to the amenities of the Fall Colors Package, you will enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning, outstanding views of Lake Hamilton and the Ouachita Mountains, and luxurious beds to rest on at night. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room, Part 2

September 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

lookout point snowball roomIn Part 1, we covered the essentials of a great bed and the need to de-clutter. Now, let’s look at the smaller items in a guest room that create big impact. These simple steps create a big welcome for your guests, and don’t require a big cash outlay or a lot of time.

1. Lighting:  Good bedside reading lights are critical. Place a lamp at each beside table, using a 23 watt compact florescent or LED light (equivalent to an old 100 watt bulb).  Any less brightness does not provide enough light for bedtime reading. If you don’t have the space for 2 bedside tables, mount small lamps to the wall at the sides of the bed frame. Avoid ceiling lights, especially lights attached to a ceiling fan.

2. Welcome note: On a simple note card, jot a simple yet personalized note of welcome to your guests. It only takes a moment, and it touches the heart.

3. Water: Place a small carafe with 2 glasses, or a couple of bottles of water in the room. Again, it’s a simple and thoughtful touch. Your guests won’t need to stumble to the kitchen or bathroom in search of a sip of water.

4. Noise abatement: All of our guest rooms, both at the inn and at our home, provide a Sleep Sound Machine. Your place may be noiser, or even quieter, than your guests’ abode. The Sleep Sound machine neutralizes sounds with a soft white noise, and provides a soothing background for super-quiet spaces.

5. Towels/face cloths: Set out a towel and face cloth for your guests, in an obvious place (bathroom or guest room) so that they don’t need to hunt. Add a bowl of amenities to the bathroom with a collection of soaps, travel toothpaste, shampoo so that your very special guests might have a selection.

6. Reading Material: Your guests will appreciate  a small selection of reading materials, such as a local travel guide and/or current magazine. Just remember to balance items in the room with providing clear spaces for your guests to place their own belongings.

Finally, the most important item in creating a welcoming space is your very own special brand of hospitality. With your genuine warmth combined with  a soothing smile, your guests will feel pampered.

To learn more hospitality tips, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. The Innkeepers will be happy to share their insight with you! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Pet Friendly Hotel Honors Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

September 9th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Pet Friendly B&BAt our award winning Hot Springs bed and breakfast, some of our favorite guests have paws. When dogs arrive they are greeted in the room with treats and their own welcome letter. Each pet friendly room has direct access to the gorgeous garden (and Lake Hamilton, for those water-loving pups), as well as a porch.

Dogs at the Inn have a great time with their owners—from walks in the garden to trips in the canoe, to breakfast by the waterfall. The Innkeepers help them plan a dog-friendly getaway to Hot Springs National Park, which can include a trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens or Lake Catherine.

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog month in October, when you visit our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast with your furry friend, the dog lodging fees will be donated to the Garland County Humane Society. The GCHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing unwanted, abandoned, and neglected/abused pets. Lookout Point is proud to offer assistance to this organization, and we hope that you will join us in supporting them.

Reserve your dog-friendly Arkansas getaway at Lookout Point online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to welcome you and your four-legged friend to this beautiful city as autumn sets in!

Fabulous Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Hot Springs

September 7th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Vina Morita Hot Springs ARRay and I and some friends had a great evening at the August Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. It was such a fun evening with a delicious four-course meal paired with top flight wine selections.

We arrived at 7 p.m. and were immediately given a glass of Albarina 2013 Valinas Ramon Bilbao white wine from Rias Baixas Spain. The wine was light and summery and just perfect for the start of a wonderful evening. As we were seated at our table, we were presented a list of 15 wines available for tasting and enjoying throughout the evening. As we offered a toast at our table our server brought our first course, Ensalada de Seta al Ajillo or oyster mushrooms, chile guaffillo, jicama, cucumber, kale and radish with Chardonnay sauce. It was just as good as it sounds. The presentation was beautiful and the salad was extraordinary.

As we drank, ate and enjoyed conversation at our table, before we knew it the second course was beginning to be served consisting of Crema de Cilantro. The soup was outstanding with just a hint of cilantro, served warm in a cocktail glass. As we enjoyed our soup, we continued to taste a couple of different wines.

The third course was, of course, our main course and it was Chilpachole de Mariscos consisting of king crab, scallops, mussels, shrimp and tilapia. The presentation was stunning and the fish was scrumptious. We all cracked our crab and enjoyed all the fish with a delicious dipping sauce. We chose a wine to accompany our main course. Some of the favorites at our table were the Melange White 2012 Waterbrook, Merlot 2012 Barone Fini from Tentino Italy, and Malbec Corazon del Sol from Mendoza, Argentina.

Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be having a festive evening. Every part of the well planned evening was perfect. The final course was a delicious light Fresas con Crema y Helado or ice cream with strawberries. The night was complete with a grand dinner including outstanding wine, great hosts and atmosphere and good conversation. The next Wine Pairing Dinner is scheduled for Sept. 18. For more information on Vina Morita call 501.625.7143.

For guests coming into Hot Springs for a getaway, I highly recommend planning a stay with us at Lookout Point Inn and including a Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita. This restaurant is a Hot Springs gem and not to be missed. At Lookout Point we’ll provide you a wonderful place to stay on beautiful Lake Hamilton with outstanding rooms, beds and a fabulous gourmet breakfast. Our Inn is a perfect place to watch the sun set in the afternoon on the lake from each guest room. Book your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Hot Springs weekend.

Found: Four-Legged Family Member!

September 4th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Welcome, Otto!

Paws in Prison

Sweet Otto

The newest addition to our family is a gentle guy with the sweetest disposition. Otto appears to be a one year old black lab/boxer mix, and he is recent stellar graduate of the Paws in Prison program. After being rescued from a kill shelter by CARE (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort), and placed in the prison program.This amazing program is such a win-win. The selected prisoners are taught by a professional dog trainer, and the dog is placed with the prisoner 24/7 to be trained. Otto comes to us house trained (we didn’t have the time nor energy to train a pup), knows many of the AKC commands, doesn’t pull on a leash, and we just love him! Most days Otto spends his time at Lookout Point Inn, tucked away in a back office. But if you need a dog fix while you’re here, you are welcome to take Otto for a walk! He would love it, and probably will share a slobbery kiss.

Earlier this year, our dog Nikki adopt a dog(a yellow lab mix) was diagnosed with lymphoma. While she lived several more happy months, she passed away at the beginning of summer.

We are grateful to our extremely thoughtful and kind staff for placing a tribute to Nikki in the garden. She’s facing the waterfalls, appropriate since she loved to romp in the water. Thank you so much to our very special team at Lookout Point!

If you are seeking Hot Springs, AR dog friendly lodging, you’ll love it here. Four guest rooms are available to folks traveling with their four-legged friends. We would love to welcome you!

Weekend of Wonder to WOW Hot Springs AR

August 28th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Weekend of Wonder magicians Berry & BladeFor the second year in a row, internationally known magicians Maxwell Blade and Jay Scott Berry are teaming up to present a festival magic. Weekend of Wonder, as it is known, will take place from Sept. 19-21 in Hot Springs National Park.

Last year, the magic festival exceeded even the vision of its founders, Blade and Berry. Each show was sold out, with audiences who appreciated magic and wanted to learn more. In addition to the shows, the workshops were also crowded with participants. Because the event was so well received in 2013, even more amazing magicians from around the world have been signed on for this year.

The main venue this year is Maxwell Blade’s theater, but there are 14 other places in the downtown area where magic will be appearing that weekend. “Strolling magic” is a special delight of the festival, and it happens more at the smaller venues so that the audience can have an intimate magic experience. For example, Paul Prater and Daryl Sprout will present a late night show at Fat Jacks on Friday and Saturday, after the main event has finished at Maxwell Blade Theater.

To see the jam-packed list of events and talented performers coming to entertain and inspire in September, check out the Weekend of Wonder website.

While you are in town for the festival, experience the magic of tranquility at Lookout Point. With views of the stunning Lake Hamilton and a gourmet breakfast each morning, you will be prepared to take in all the illusions of the Weekend of Wonder. You can reserve your stay at the Inn online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Inspirational Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library

August 24th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chihuly at Clinton Presidential LibraryOne of the nice things about living in Hot Springs is the close proximity to Little Rock and all the cultural arts available in the city. Currently, one of the astonishing art displays in Little Rock is the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library.

Dale Chihuly is a renowned American artist, who is well known internationally, and helped to elevate the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. His presentation of color, shape and form are exquisite. His talent is amazing and such a gift for anyone who visits his exhibits. We’re lucky to have such amazing art to experience in Little Rock through January 5, 2015.

Four specific installations are featured at the Clinton Library including Red Reeds which is visible outdoors at the entrance and has dramatic lighting at night; Sea Blue and Green Tower which is situated in the Sky Lobby and includes about 700 hand-blown glass elements; the Mille Fiori installation that features an incredible Dale Chihuly garden of glass; and Seaforms and Drawings which reflects inspiration from the sea and is on view in a temporary exhibition space. The Chihuly glass is just amazing. His art is an inspiration to be more creative and think outside the box. His advice for young aspiring artists is: “Surround yourself with artists and see as much art as possible. Go with your gut and create something that nobody has ever seen before.” For more information on the Chihuly exhibit go online to www.clintonfoundation.org/Chihuly.

If you’re planning a trip to the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Library, we’d love to have you come to Hot Springs to spend some time with us and stay at Lookout Point Inn. We have artists’ work on display in our common areas and support all the cultural arts. Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with all rooms having a view of the lake, most with patios or balconies. It is a beautiful place to unwind and enjoy the peaceful gardens and labyrinth and the serenity and beauty of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan a trip to Hot Springs with a special excursion to Little Rock to the Chihuly Exhibit.

Hot Springs AR Jazz Fest 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Each year the Hot Springs Jazz Society presents a festival promoting jazz music in Spa City.

For the 23rd year in a row, the JazzFest will feature Arkansas’ Jazz Artists. The first day of the festival begins onHot Springs Jazz Festival Sept. 16 with Guitar-rama, an event featuring six different guitar players from all genres of music. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, you can learn about the history of the musical movement at Jazz 101.

The festival continues until Sept. 21, with a free event on Saturday called Jazz in the Streets. That event will happen under the Broadway Street Bridge, from 11am to 5pm. For the first time, the free event will also include Dancing in the Streets, featuring TwiceSax. The genres will range from Dixieland to Latin Jazz and everywhere in between.

The Hot Springs Jazz Society prides itself on not just promoting jazz, but also perpetuating and preserving it as an original American art form. Each of the events during the festival go toward this purpose—not just providing entertainment, but providing a sense of history for jazz music as a whole. To find out more information about JazzFest or buy tickets, visit the website at hsjazzsociety.org or call 501.627.2425.

While you are enjoying the music from the festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. There are comfortable beds with luxurious linens, gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and scrumptious breakfast awaiting you! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Barhopping on Lake Hamilton

August 12th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Recently one of our young friends passed her CPA exam and Ray and I decided as a treat for her that we’d take her and her family out on Lake Hamilton to the bars that have lake accessibility. We weren’t able to go to all of them in one evening, but we were able to make two stops for cold drinks and appetizers and the last stop for dinner.

Drinks in Hot Springs ARThe evening was a little warm but once we got out on the water with Capt. Ray at the helm the breezes quickly cooled us off. The night was exceptionally beautiful and we had a wonderful time on our lake adventure.

We all met at the Inn to board the boat and cruised around to our first stop of the evening, Fisherman’s Wharf. This is always a popular restaurant in Hot Springs because it has a large outdoor patio with lots of fans and a great view of the water. We sat outside, of course, and ordered cocktails including a margarita, strawberry margarita, Tom Collins, and a couple of fruity drinks. We also added spinach artichoke dip and fried dill pickles. The drinks and appetizers were quite enjoyable and the outdoor patio was a perfect place to kick off our fun evening. After visiting for a while, we decided to move on to our next destination. It was such fun to travel by boat and enjoy the lake in the afternoon. The water was calm and the lake wasn’t busy. It was the perfect setting for a festive evening.

Drinks in Hot Springs AROur second stop was Barefoots Lakeside Grill, situated on Central Ave. but accessible by boat. We ordered similar drinks, calamari and onion and jalapeno strips. At this stop we decided to eat indoors and cool off a bit. The food was good and we were beginning to get into the barhopping mentality. We stayed quite a while and enjoyed the food and company. When we decided to move toward our dinner spot, it was near sunset.

So, we cruised the lake for a while enjoying the cool breezes and beautiful sunset before embarking on our last stop for dinner at Back Porch Grill. None of us had dined at Back Porch for a while, so we were pleased to be able to drive to the dock and enter the restaurant from the water. By this time, it had cooled off enough that we all agreed eating outdoors would be fun. We ordered another round of drinks including beer and mojitos. We had an assortment of entrees including sea bass with vegetables and the mac and cheese casserole (a hit with everyone at the table), scallops with twice baked potatoes, red snapper with baked potato and two Caesar salads – one with shrimp and one with chicken. Everyone agreed the food and atmosphere were quite enjoyable.

This was an exceptional evening with friends and family, the ambience of Lake Hamilton, and good food and drinks. The evening could be replicated by visitors to Hot Springs. When you come to Hot Springs for vacation or a weekend getaway, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We have a beautiful Inn on Lake Hamilton with lake views in all the rooms. Each room is individually decorated and named after a town in Arkansas. Our breakfasts are the best in town and we’d be happy to share more of our barhopping evening. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

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