December 14th, 2015 by
After all the holiday glitter has been put away and we vow to eat less and exercise more in 2016, horse racing season starts in the middle of January in Hot Springs. Horse racing at Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas is one of the most exciting Hot Springs events that happens all year. The 2016 racing season begins January 15 and runs through April 16. Last year’s winner of the Arkansas Derby, gorgeous American Pharoah, went on the win the Triple Crown!
Oaklawn’s Live Racing
Jockey Calvin Borel
Attending the races is an event our entire family loves, including our grandchildren. We spend a few days each season with our family and friends at the races, with lots of laughter and excitement. Getting so close to these beautiful animals inspires awe. Plus the food at Oaklawn Racetrack is delicious, the atmosphere electric and the horse racing exhilarating.
Races take place four to five days each week, with the calendar on Oaklawn’s website. The attendance at Oaklawn is the envy of most tracks around the country!
Part of the fun of coming to Hot Springs for horse racing is completing the weekend by staying with us at our top rated Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast. We can make reservations for our guests at the private Jockey Club at Oaklawn and enjoy watching the horse races from indoors with great food and easy access for placing bets on each race.
It’s an added treat to return to the luxurious Inn after the races, rest for awhile, make reservations for dinner at one of the fabulous area restaurants, and return to our lovely Hot Springs boutique hotel for a restful night’s sleep. Find your perfect room at our Hot Springs, Arkansas bed and breakfast! Each room has an incredible view of Lake Hamilton. Rise the next morning to the scents of breakfast cooking and coffee brewing. The pairing of Oaklawn horse races with a stay at the Inn makes for a wonderful Hot Springs getaway weekend. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help with all the details.
December 8th, 2015 by
In Hot Springs AR, there are several festive events to help you celebrate the start of a new year, but sometimes the best way to appreciate a new beginning is to spend it in a peaceful, quiet setting. Here are three of our favorite tips to help you start your year on the right note!
- Quality over quantity — The most important part of celebrating the new year is making sure that you are surrounded by people who make you feel happy and secure. The smaller the number of those around, the more meaningful those interactions will be. This is definitely the time to get away with loved ones and concentrate on your relationships!
- Create a new tradition — When I was younger, my family would shoot fireworks on New Year’s Eve; later, we would rush outside to hit pots and pans when the clock struck midnight. Now, however, we prefer things a little quieter. We spend the evening with snack food–popcorn and cookies are a sure staple–and watching some of our favorite movies. With the limited numbers that attend the marathon, each person gets to choose a movie to share with the group. It creates a shared experience, both new and old, and helps us start the new year with a deeper connection. And that’s just one example of how to start a new, fun tradition!
- Start the new year with a bang — Don’t forget to commemorate the time that the year shifts to the next one. Count down, or watch the ball drop in NYC, or toast with a glass of champagne. Start the year with a positive action!
The atmosphere at Lookout Point is perfect for starting the new year with tranquility and close connections. With the snack bar open 24 hours a day, a large selection of movies and books, and a gourmet breakfast waiting for you the next morning, you really want to experience the pampering for yourself.
You can reserve your winter getaway online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to welcome you to 2016!
November 25th, 2015 by
Give thanks. Live in gratitude. These simple messages, if lived out, would make our world a much better place. So here’s my list of gratitude at this time of Thanksgiving. I understand that the only person that I can control is myself, so my hope is that you will be inspired to give thanks and live in gratitude.
Since Ray and I are working on Thanksgiving, we celebrated with our family earlier. This year we each wrote on a notecard what we are thankful for, and then sealed it in an envelope with our name on the outside. Next year, we’ll hand out the cards, and remind ourselves of past events filled with gratitude. Even the young kids participated.
Happy Thanksgiving you all of you!
November 23rd, 2015 by
Known for performing and visual arts, Hot Springs Arkansas presents live musical events to bring gratitude and joy to your holiday spirit! All of these events are held at the Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens. Here’s our Top Ten favs:
- The Muses “Voices of Angels” concert, December 13. Spectacular! If you can only attend one Christmas concert, this is it. We love The Muses so much that we are a small sponsor of this event.
- Classics in the Chapel. Be inspired with piano and vocal classics, December 2.
- Village Chorale Holiday Concert, December 1. You’ll feel the Christmas gratitude.
- Fun City Chorus, a talented barbershop quartet brings great fun on December 7.
5. Ringers of Hope Handbell Choir, a student group from the Ouachita Academy in Amity presents a musical extravaganza including handbells, strings and vocals. December 8.
6. Nutcracker Excerpts, present by Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company. Who doesn’t love seeing talented and cheerful children perform this classic? November 29.
7. Village Chorale Holiday Concert, with holiday inspired songs on December 1.
8. Hot Springs Flute Ensemble presents “Christmas Around the World” December 21.
9. Village Strings Christmas Concert performs a variety of holiday favorites on December 9.
10. Crystal Chimes Barbershop Chorus celebrates the season on December 15.
Most concerts are free, some have a small charge. Check online for full details.
We’d love to have you stay at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn as you prepare for the enchanting holiday season. Feel free to reserve your room online, or give us a call at 501.525.6155.
November 19th, 2015 by
Many events are scheduled for December in Hot Springs including art, music, theater and much more. In the first part of December a few of the events you might enjoy attending each year include:
Photo by Richard Finley
• Holiday in the Park at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Convention Center in Horner Hall. This is an annual holiday event sponsored by National Park Community College and Fun City Chorus. Holiday in the Park includes holiday music by National Park Community College Choir, Fun City Chorus, Soundwaves and several local high schools and elementary schools.
• Gallery Walk from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4. This is a monthly event the first Friday of each month at the local art galleries in Hot Springs. Gallery Walk is a treat every month, but in December it’s a great way to see what’s new in the galleries, enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers, visit with other patrons and maybe get a little Christmas shopping done.
• Christmas Parade, Dec. 7 at 6:30pm with an old-fashioned small town feel in downtown. This year’s theme, “The Art of Christmas” features two amazing local artists Richard Stephens and Gary Simmons as Grand Marshalls. (You’ll find lots of Richard Stephens art at Lookout Point.)
• “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 sponsored by Pocket Community Theater. This play is a delightful production about a couple struggling to put on a church pageant and includes lots of fun and humor.
These are only four of the many holiday happenings Hot Springs has in store during December. Check the calendar for more information and lots more opportunities.
As always, at the Inn we provide a wonderful place for out-of-town guests to stay during December. The Inn will be decorated and ready for the holidays. It is situated on Lake Hamilton and provides toasty fireplaces; mugs of coffee, cocoa and hot tea; afternoon gatherings with holiday treats; and scrumptious gourmet breakfasts.
Rates are at the lowest during December, so make reservations online or give us a call @ 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Hot Springs holiday getaway weekend.
November 3rd, 2015 by
Every year, downtown Hot Springs prepares for the holidays with a community celebration, gorgeous lights, and tasty chili.
The 13th Annual Chili Cook Off and Christmas Lighting will take place from 4-8 pm on Monday, November 23. You can enjoy all the chili your heart desires for $5, and it will take place at the downtown parking deck on Exchange Street. Proceeds benefit the lighting display budget, so that others can enjoy the lights (and this event) for years to come.
The historic downtown area will officially turn on the holiday lights right after the cook off ends, signaling the beginning of the holiday season. There is nothing quite like Christmas lights and a cool evening to get you into the holiday spirit, and we hope that you won’t miss this event!
Stay at Lookout Point during your getaway, where you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast, tranquil atmosphere, and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
October 29th, 2015 by
Taste of the Holidays, November 19 from 6-9pm, is a fun event to support our fantastic Science Museum,
Lightning Made by the Tesla Coil
right here in Hot Springs! A few days ago, Ray & I took our two grandchildren to the museum, and we were blown away with great fun that we all shared! I just bought our tickets to the Taste of the Holidays, determined to support this incredible museum. You might want to make a trip to Hot Springs, and join in the fun. Over twenty vendors will be providing scrumptious treats, we’ll enjoy live music, and the museum staff will entertain with awesome science experiments!
The newly remodeled and updated museum features interactive, mind-boggling exhibits.After 2 hours, we still had not seen nor experienced all of the cool stuff. Quite memorable for my grandchildren was the drum set with head set, making lightning in the Tesla theatre, climbing the tree house, and discovering nature’s power to eliminate dead critters. Fascinating! Note: grandkids or children not required for having fun at the museum!
You are invited to getaway to Hot Springs, and take in the many sights including the Mid-America Science Museum. We would love to welcome you to Lookout Point, and provide great hospitality with comfortable luxury on the shores of Lake Hamilton. It’s a great time to come stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast!
Blaine, Brooklyn & Ray
Exploring the tree house
Creating the Beat
October 27th, 2015 by
The Mrs. Arkansas Pageant is an exciting tradition, with contestants from a broad variety of backgrounds. The contestants are married women; they are secretaries, teachers, administrators, business owners, homemakers, and so much more.
The pageant focuses on celebrating the beauty and intelligence of married women, on the wonderful life that happens after a fairy-tale “ever after” ending. The Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant is the most prestigious pageant for married women in the state, and Hot Springs National Park is always excited to host the event.
The pageant takes place on November 14 at 7pm in the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tickets can be bought at the door, and families are welcome to attend and celebrate the hard-working women in their life.
While you are in town participating in the event, we would love to pamper you at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast. After a rejuvenating night’s sleep, you can begin your day with gourmet breakfast and the delicious Lookout Point coffee blend. You can reserve your stay, and gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton, online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
October 25th, 2015 by
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
October 23rd, 2015 by
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
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.