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Garvan Woodland Gardens Knows How to Celebrate During the Holidays

October 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The highlight for the Christmas season in Hot Springs is Holiday Lights at Garvan Gardens! This is an event that makes the season come to life with more than four million lights and transforms the Gardens into a wonderland of imagination and delight for children and adults. Even though we’ve yet to celebrate Halloween, I want all our guests to know that we have a wonderful holiday celebration starting in November and continuing throughout the season.

Holiday Lights starts the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas until Dec. 31. We love visiting the Gardens for the Lights with our extended family, where children of all ages are enchanted.

Most nights the Gardens are busy and careful planning on when to arrive helps the outing be even more enjoyable. Along with the Holiday Lights Nov. 21-Dec. 31 are a myriad of holiday events that take place at the Gardens almost daily throughout the season. Some of my favorites are:

  • Workshop on “An All Arkansas Holiday” 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 22
  • Jingle Dogs Pup Parade 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Village Chorale Holiday Lights Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Holiday High Tea 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Classics in the Chapel Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2
  • Ringers of Hope Handbell Choir Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8
  • The Muses “Voices of Angels” Winter Holiday Concert 3 p.m. Dec. 13
  • Crystal Chimes Barbershop Chorus Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15

At the Inn we decorate early so that we stay festive throughout the holidays. We’d love to have guests stay with us while they are in town to see Holiday Lights and take in one or more of the special events that are available at the Gardens.

In order for more people to stay at the inn to visit the Holiday Lights, we have dropped our rates for a Queen Standard Room to the lowest price of the year from December 1-23.  Only $109 per night (Sun-Thur), and that price still includes the freshly prepared breakfast and the Innkeepers Reception every afternoon!

Hot Springs and the Inn are especially charming during the holidays. The view of Lake Hamilton is magical this time of year. The Inn is warm and toasty with fireplaces, hot chocolate and delicious goodies made in our kitchen. Our rooms are beautifully appointed and include comfortable beds and beautiful linens. Make reservations early online or give us a call at 501.525.6155.

Winter on Lake Hamilton

Winter on Lake Hamilton

Crystal Mining Near Hot Springs :: Fall Weekend Getaway

October 23rd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Fall is a great time of year to consider making a trip to Hot Springs to visit the Ron Coleman Crystal Mine in Jessieville, which is a short distance from Hot Springs. The cooler weather makes digging for crystals a lot more fun. For those wanting to learn more about the crystal mines, a digging Lecture Tour is offered at 11 a.m. until noon Dec. 5 at Ron Coleman’s with information on:

  • learning how to dig for crystals
  • explaining what to look for
  • showing participants how to clean crystals
mining in Hot Springs

Dig for quartz in Hot Springs

 

The Crystal Mine is a popular attraction for tourists from all over the U.S. and is touted as one of the best crystal mines in the country. Visit their website for more information  or call 501.984.5396.

While you’re in town, we’d love to have you stay with us at the Inn and let us know firsthand about your crystal mining adventures. We offer guests a luxurious Inn to return to at the end of an exciting day visiting the crystal mines, plus we’ll provide dark towels for cleaning off the crystals and your shoes. 🙂

We have a gathering late in the afternoon with wine or tea and a delicious appetizer before planning your Hot Springs dinner at one of our fabulous restaurants.

Our rooms have luxurious beds and linens, a quiet place for a retreat and a breath-taking view of Lake Hamilton from each room. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you schedule a fun outing at the Crystal Mines. Reservations fill quickly this time of year.

Pearl’s Girls, An Original Play :: Garvan Woodland Gardens

October 15th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, AR

Anthony Chapel

Pearl’s Girls, written by local playwright Isabel McQuiston, is an award-winning one act play centered on Pearl and her three daughters. The play will be premiered on October 25, 5:00pm in the stunning Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

According to McQuiston, “My mother was Pearl, and my sisters and I often referred to ourselves as Pearl’s girls. I was the youngest, my three sisters were all several years older. They have all passed.”

The play’s setting is the home of Pearl, and touches on the challenging issues after a loved one has died, including how to divide belongings.

We invite you to stay at the Inn during this beautiful season of autumn, and enjoy an original work of live art!

Hot Springs AR Wine & Food Fest

October 11th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Hot Springs Wine & Food FestHot Springs National Park is known for its many attributes–the historic district downtown, the Gallery Walk experience, gorgeous lakes and hiking trails, the exquisite Garvan Woodland Gardens, Magic Springs amusement park, and so much more. But it is also known for the quality of its local restaurants, and that list would not be complete without Central Park Fusion.

Last year, Central Park Fusion hosted the first Hot Springs Wine & Food Fest to support Project Hope, a food bank mission that distributes 60,000 pounds of food to agencies in West Arkansas. The event was a tasty success, and this year’s event on Saturday, October 17, promises to be even better.

The chef from Central Park Fusion, Chef Matt Fuller, will prepare savory hors d’oeuvres paired with complimentary wines. There will also be a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Project Hope. You can experience the atmosphere of Central Park Fusion while helping those in the community that would otherwise go hungry.

Lookout Point, only a few minutes away from Central Park Fusion, would love to welcome you on your luxurious getaway. There is gourmet breakfast, peaceful views of Lake Hamilton, and a garden sanctuary waiting for you to enjoy! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for information.

Tickets to Hot Springs AR Wine & Food Fest are $100, and that includes food, wine, and souvenir wine glasses. You can find out more about the event details on their website.

“Ballet & Blooms” at Garvan Woodland Gardens :: Hot Springs Luxury Inn

October 8th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

This fall Garvan Gardens will host a “Ballet & Blooms”

Hot Springs dance show

Garvan’s Ballet and Blooms

special event and reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Anthony Chapel and Garvan Pavilion. This extraordinary event is a one-of-a-kind performance and includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oreuvres and a special performance by Ballet Arkansas. Call 800.366.4664 for reservations and more information.

While you’re in Hot Springs for “Ballet & Blooms” a perfect addition to attending the outstanding event would be to stay with us at the Inn. We offer a welcome respite at the end of the day with a quiet setting on Lake Hamilton, a fabulous gourmet breakfast and award-winning Inn that caters to the comfort of each guest.

This is a popular time of year to visit Hot Springs because of the breathtaking fall colors in our area. So, make reservations soon online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you set up an Arkansas autumn weekend to attend “Ballet & Blooms” and explore all Hot Springs has to offer.

Hot Springs Thanksgiving Dinner :: Exclusive Package at Luxury Inn

October 4th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Thanksgiving dinner in Hot Springs

Thanksgiving dinner

A gourmet Thanksgiving dinner will be served at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day, prepared by Chef Eve of Chiffonade Chef Services! This exclusive dinner is open to only 20 persons, and includes guests staying at the inn and others coming for just the dinner.  The cost is $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, or you are welcome to bring your own wine ($10 corkage fee applied).

Chef Eve is completing the details of the menu, however I can guarantee the meal will be delicious with gourmet touches applied to the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Expect to enjoy soup, salad, an entree with sides, and a yummy dessert.

Catered by Chiffonade Chef Services

Chef Eve

Our Thanksgiving Package, recommended with a 2 or 3 night stay, includes:

  • admission for 2 to Garvan Woodland Gardens amazing Holiday of Lights, with millions of lights displayed.
  • 1/2 dozen chocolate covered strawberries awaiting your arrival
  • Thanksgiving dinner for two.
  • The package cost is $219, added to your choice of room.

We invite you to celebrate and give gratitude at Lookout Point this Thanksgiving!  It’s a great to focus on life’s priorities and to unwind.  Give us a call  at 501-525-6155 to reserve your room, or book online.

Fall Colors in Arkansas :: Luxury Hot Springs Getaway

October 3rd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

If you are searching for beautiful fall colors in autumn, you’ll find a colorful view from your room overlooking Lake Hamilton and the low-lying Ouachita Mountains in the distance. To enjoy a drive through the colors, virtually every drive from Hot Springs sports stunning colors and some twisty roads. Typically every October offers the best weather of the year, too!  Come to Hot Springs and enjoy the gorgeous autumn, a stroll through Garvan Gardens, plus the many festivities happening.

autumn in Arkansas

The website Arkansas.com provides updates of the best times for seeing the fall colors in differing parts of Arkansas.  We’d love to welcome you to Lookout Point and share some of our favorite drives and spots with you! You’ll be happy just staying on our property and enjoy the view. You can book online or call us at 501-525-6155.

 

Spooky October Events in Hot Springs AR

October 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Lake Hamilton Hot Springs AROctober in Arkansas is gorgeous, with fall colors beginning to show and the weather at its finest. It’s the perfect time to explore Hot Springs National Park, especially if you are a fan of Halloween.

Theater of Horror Hot Springs AREach weekend from now until November 1, you can experience an active show called the Theater of Horror at Central Theatre downtown. The event is part movie, part play, and part haunted walk-around attraction, using the historic building to its advantage. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute, and it’s a spooky, wonderful experience.

Staring the weekend of October 10, Magic Springs Amusement Park will transform into the haunted spectacle Magic Screams. Several of the rides will be open, in addition to the haunted houses in the park. There is even a trick or treat trail where kids can play games for candy prizes, and enjoy a small haunted house as well as the kids’ rides. It will be open on Saturday and Sundays each weekend, through November 1.

The weekend of Halloween will have spooktastic fun for you, too! With the Halloween event at Oaklawn Park, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde themed murder mystery dinner at The Regency, and zombie runs taking place, you are sure to have a fun time in Hot Springs!

If you’d like to enjoy all the city has to offer, Lookout Point is the perfect location for your Arkansas getaway. You will have gourmet breakfast each morning, a luxurious bed to rest in at night, and a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton to relax you during the day. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

2nd Annual Dog-Fee Donations :: Support the Garland County Humane Society

September 26th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The month of October marks our 2nd Annual Dog-Fee Donations, in support of adopting rescue dogs. ALL of the $25 per night dog fees will be donated to the Garland County Humane Society.  We chose the month of October because it is one of our busiest months, and it’s “Adopt A Shelter Dog Month”.

Four of our guest rooms are dog-friendly (Hot Springs King Suite, Evening Shade King Deluxe, plus Calico Rock and Possum Grape Queen Standard Rooms) and we’d love to welcome you and your dog friends to the inn.  These rooms are on the first floor, and have a French door directly to the outdoors. You’ll help other dogs find their forever homes!

Our own dog, Otto, is a rescue dog (black lab and Great Dane mix), and would have been put down without the help of others. As a Paws In Prison graduate, Otto came to us trained in AKC commands, too.

Last year, with the help of our guests, we donated over $500 to the local Humane Society. So bring your dog during October, and we’ll provide an extra-warm welcome.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival :: Arkansas Events

September 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival was named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2015 by “Movie Maker Magazine.” This award is a huge honor for our city and for Arkansas. The Film Festival has grown in importance and recognition and now has a prestigious distinction to add to the list of why out of town guests should come to watch the documentaries this year Oct. 9-18.

I’m really proud of the Film Festival but that’s not the reason I continue to take time to go each year. The Film Festival is great fun, extremely entertaining and educational, but most of all it makes me think. The documentaries push me out of my comfort zone and nudge me to look at my personal views on a number of diverse subjects from a different perspective. I think that might be the definition of growth at any age.

The range of subjects for the documentaries is quite broad and they are shown from morning until bedtime for 10 days at the Arlington Hotel and Low Key Arts. The Film Festival is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America. It is also an Academy Awards-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subjects. For more information, visit 2015 Film Festival.

When the air is cooler and the leaves have begun to turn, add the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and you have several great reasons to come and spend a week or more with us at the Inn. Our Inn fills quickly in the fall, so make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a week or more in Hot Springs at the Film Festival. The more films you see the more you will be entertained and challenged.

While you’re at the Inn we offer you a spectacular view of Lake Hamilton from every room. Our beds are extremely comfortable and each room is individually decorated with its own personality. The breakfasts are by far the best in Hot Springs and served in our lovely dining room.

The Inn is a charming bed and breakfast offering a quiet retreat after a day at the Film Festival. Often our guests spend time talking about the Film Festival with other guests and sharing the experiences of the day. #HSDFI

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