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1920’s Military Convoy Coming to Hot Springs!

September 24th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs is included as a stop during the upcoming 1920’s U.S. Military Vehicles Convoy that is passing through several states and will be on display in our city Sept. 30-Oct. 2. This Convoy is a 95th anniversary reenactment of a military convoy crossing the U.S. in 1920.

The Convoy includes vehicles from World War I up to several that have recently been released from duty. The military vehicles will be on display in Hot Springs behind the Hot Springs Convention Center in the Church Street Parking Lot. The public is invited to watch the arrival of the vehicles at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 from Park Ave. on to Central Ave. and then on to the Church Street Parking Lot and the departure Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. out of the city.

The Convoy including motorcycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks left Sept. 19 from Washington D.C. and will end Oct. 17 in San Diego, Cal. The Convoy passes through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

If this patriotic military event happens once every 95 years, Hot Springs residents and visitors will certainly want to see the arrival, departure or display of the historic and current military vehicles. We’d love to have visitors to Hot Springs come and stay with us at our Arkansas bed and breakfast situated on spectacular Lake Hamilton. Everything about our Inn is top-notch, including the comfort and luxury of our rooms to our mouth-watering breakfasts prepared by our Inn chefs. This event is coming quickly, so make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll be glad to help you plan your Hot Springs retreat. #MPVAConvoy #LookoutPointInn

Hot Water Hills Indie Music Festival 2015

September 22nd, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Magnolia Sons bandThe Hot Water Hills music festival celebrates independent artists and musicians each fall in downtown Hot Springs AR. Taking place in Hill Wheatley Plaza on October 2-3, the festival will appeal to all-ages.

On Friday, October 2, the gates will open at 4 pm and feature local musicians on the main stage, as well as acts from around the country. Saturday’s line up will start at 4pm, but the gates open at noon that day with activities for children and families.

Each day will have a variety of musical genres represented, such as the motown sounds of Magnolia Sons (pictured here), folk and alternative country music. You can learn more about the full schedule of events on the festival’s website, and there is a little something for everyone.

While you are in town for the festival, you can stay at Lookout Point. Early October is especially beautiful in Spa City, with the weather shifting and the leaves changing. We would love to welcome you to this gorgeous city! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

 

Great Day Trip Ideas from Hot Springs, AR :: Romantic B&B Getaway

September 8th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Earlier this week my daughter, good friend and I set out on a day trip near Little Rock, about an hour from Hot Springs. Our day consisted of seeing some things we’d never experienced before, starting with the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a national historic landmark, near Scott, Arkansas.


Three Toltec mounds remain from the original 18. The Mounds date from the late-Woodland through early-Mississippian Period, which was from A.D. 650 to 1050. The Visitor Center includes artifacts from the site and an archeological research laboratory. Visitors can take a self-guided 3/4-mile trail, 1.6-mile turf trail or a guided tour by reservation. The Toltec Mounds are quite amazing to see and are definitely an Arkansas treasure.
From the Toltec Mounds we drove to the Scott Plantation Settlement. The history of Scott is preserved on the settlement site with an 1840s log cabin, one-room school, hewn cypress corn crib, tenant houses, wash house, smoke house, blacksmith shop, doctor’s office, sorghum mill, ice house, railroad depot and more. It is full of Arkansas history and a great educational opportunity for children and adults.
Just down the road is Cotham’s Mercantile and home of the hubcap burger. The mercantile was built in 1917. Through the years it has been a mercantile store for farmers and plantation owners, a military commissary and a lockup for local law violators. Now, the mercantile is a small cafe and is famous for serving hamburgers the size of hubcaps. The fried pies are really good too. Cotham’s is also a favorite eating place for local politicians including Bill Clinton and David Pryor.
After visiting Cotham’s we went into Little Rock and finished off the day visiting the Civil Rights Museum and Visitors Center. The Center offers lots of information, photos and videos from school desegregation at Little Rock Central High School. It includes stories on The Little Rock Nine, the black students who were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School. The Museum, Commemorative Garden, Historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School are included in the National Historic Site.
From the Toltec Mounds to the Scott Plantation Settlement and Cotham’s Mercantile and then on to the Civil Rights Museum, we had a great day trip learning more about the people and history of Arkansas.
At the Inn, we’d be glad to help you plan a memorable day trip near Hot Springs and we’d love to have you stay with us and let us make the Inn your home base. We have a lovely bed and breakfast and great place to rest and return to at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. Our rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. Our breakfasts are delicious and we offer a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a wonderful time to interact with other guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and let us help you plan a great Hot Springs getaway.

Festival of Magic in Hot Springs AR

September 3rd, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Magic Festival Hot Springs ARMaxwell Blade has been located in Hot Springs, AR for 20 years, but since 2013 he has been steadily perfecting a magical festival that takes place in different locations downtown. This year, the Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic is promising to bring even more fun to Spa City.

From September 25-27, magic will be in the air in Hot Springs. There are several free shows during that time in Adair Park, at Kollective Coffee, Rolando’s, and The Ohio Club. In addition, the featured magicians will perform spectacular one-man shows during the evenings each night of the festival. You can see the full schedule of performances on the festival website.

The festival this year features magicians Ken Boyer, Jeff McBride, Bizarro, Jacquel, and host Maxwell Blade. In includes workshops and lectures as well as performances, giving the audience the chance to witness behind the scenes tips.

While you are learning all the tricks involved with magic, stay at Lookout Point to enjoy the magic of a rejuvenating getaway. Gourmet breakfast, stunning lake views, and luxurious linens await you at our Hot Springs luxury hotels. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Learn about the different kinds of passes available on the festival’s website.

Tesla Car Charger in Hot Springs!

August 30th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Thanks to Tesla Motors Destination Charging program and 170+ forward-thinking, business-savvy, and environmentally-conscious Select Registry member properties, road trips just got easier for Tesla Model S owners.  Our inn, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, is one of those 170+ environmentally conscious properties!  We are pleased to have the new Tesla and Universal charging stations, available free of charge to our guests.

Tesla Car Chargers

Electric Car Chargers

 

Select Registry is the first independent hospitality organization to enroll this quantity of properties all at once, and the only group that consists of unique and quality-assured lodging. Select Registry joins a rapidly-growing network in Tesla’s program, in which Tesla partners with hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world, offering High Power Connectors at locations where drivers have time to charge their vehicles for a couple of hours, or overnight.  We are definitely proud to be a member of Select Registry, and to offer these new charging stations!

Tesla’s growing Supercharger network (now 425 stations along frequently-traveled highways) has inspired Model S owners to hit the road in increasing numbers. Owners can drive all day, charging for 30-40 minutes at Superchargers, and then stop at night to stay and charge at a Select Registry property with a Tesla High Power Wall Connector (this charger adds 58 miles of range per hour, topping off Model S’s full 265 miles of range in just a few hours.)

We look forward to welcoming electric car drivers, and making their trip a little more beautiful with a stay at our Hot Springs lakeside inn!

Hot Springs JazzFest :: Labor Day Weekend 2015

August 26th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

One of the great things to do in New Orleans is to spend some time listening to the amazing jazz performed at Preservation Hall. The wonderful musicians and the incredible jazz they perform fill souls for quite a while.

Coming to Hot Springs Sept. 2-7 is the annual JazzFest and it is a musical treat not to be missed! All the things people love about jazz at Preservation Hall are extended for several days right here in Hot Springs, including Labor Day weekend.
One of my favorite performances is the Jazz Mass on Sunday morning at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The jazz during the service is very soulful and includes some traditional pieces such as “When the Saints Go Marching In.” I feel it is a service that any religious person would enjoy. For more information and a schedule go online to hsjazzsociety.org.


Highlights of the events for JazzFest include:
• Sept. 2 – “Sax in the Park”
• Sept. 3 – “S’Wonderful Dancin’”
• Sept. 4 – “Classical & Jazz Explosion”
• Sept. 5 – “Jazz in the Streets”
• Sept. 6 – “Jazz Mass”, “Jazz After Church”, “Stardust Tea Dance”

If you enjoy listening to jazz and you like to dance, I encourage you to make plans to come to Hot Springs for JazzFest in September. We’d also love to have you complete your trip to Arkansas by staying with us at the Inn–a very few rooms remain available. We provide a luxurious resting place after listening to an afternoon or evening of jazz performances. Our rooms are individually appointed and beautifully decorated. Our balconies and patios offer a splendid view of Lake Hamilton and our gourmet breakfasts are scrumptious and a great way to start every day on your Hot Springs jazz getaway. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your trip.

3 Best Barbecue Joints in Hot Springs

August 11th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Don’t get me wrong, barbecue is great anytime of the year, but it seems to lend itself best to summer. There are quite a number of great barbecue joints – they seem better described as joints rather than restaurants – all over Arkansas and we have some of the very best right here in Hot Springs.

Three of my favorites are McClard’s, Smokin’ in Style and Stubby’s. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I must I’d lean toward Smokin’ in Style. One of my favorite menu items is a combination of delicious meats with a few side dishes. This is more than Ray and I can eat together, but it makes great leftovers for several days.
McClard’s is probably the most famous Hot Springs barbecue. The food is delicious and the portions are enormous. The décor looks the same as it did decades ago, which is fun and nostalgic. The line to get in tends to be long, especially on the weekends, but the food is certainly worth the wait. McClard’s delivered regularly to the White House during the Clinton years.
Stubby’s looks exactly the way I think a barbecue joint should look.

BBQ in Hot Springs

Tasty food!

There is a wall full of old car license plates and signs. Barbecue is ordered while standing in line and it is very tasty. I recently had the pulled pork sandwich with baked beans like my mom use to make, slaw and potato salad – all delicious.
I really enjoy all three Hot Springs barbecue joints and they are certainly part of my summer time food cravings. They are located in different parts of town, easily accessible and a treat for all barbecue lovers.
We’d love to help you decide which barbecue to try and give you directions to the restaurant. We also encourage any Hot Springs visitors to spend time with us at our award-winning bed and breakfast and we’ll treat you like royalty. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous Hot Springs getaway.

Gallery Walk is a Hot Springs Treasure!

August 6th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most delightful evening strolls in Historic Downtown Hot Springs on the first Friday of every month is Gallery Walk. It’s an enjoyable event for those of us who live in Hot Springs and a very special outing for out-of-town visitors who just happen to be in Hot Springs on that Friday evening.
We have a significant number of art galleries in Downtown and they are grouped relatively close together. Gallery Walk takes place from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of each month and includes wine, tea and lemonade along with appetizers for patrons of the arts who come to look and shop at the wonderful galleries. Each gallery is unique and offers such a great assortment of art.


A couple of my favorites that are next door to each other are Alison Parsons Gallery and Gallery Central, but I thoroughly enjoy browsing in them all. It’s always amazing to me how many new pieces the galleries exhibit from month to month. From Gallery Central, I’ve given various Houston Llew’s Spiritiles (glass infused on copper) as wedding gifts and baby gifts.
An added treat for us for the evening includes eating at Rolando’s, downtown. The food is always fresh and

restaurants in Hot Springs, AR

Rolando’s for great food

delicious. I’ve never gotten a meal I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Also, on Friday and Saturday nights Rolando’s has live music on their very unique and interesting outside patio.
So, my suggestion is to eat an early or late supper at Rolando’s and then mosey on over to the galleries to take your time and enjoy all the art Hot Springs has to offer.
An additional suggestion is to make it a getaway weekend and stay with us at our Arkansas bed and breakfast. We have our own art gallery at the Inn with our in-house artist, Robin Young, who has her incredible work on exhibit and for sale. In addition, every guest room has original fine art! You’ll also love our gourmet breakfasts and our luxurious rooms. Each room has its own individual personality with a peaceful and beautiful view of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a weekend to remember.

FREE Justin Moore Concert in Hot Springs AR

August 6th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Justin Moore Hot Springs AROn Sunday, August 23, the Bank of the Ozarks arena downtown will have a special treat for Hot Springs National Park. Justin Moore will be showcased prior to the final weigh-in of the world championship of professional bass fishing, the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.

Moore is the reigning Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year, and Spa City is excited to welcome the Arkansas-native back home as he moves up in the country world. His music is well-rounded to hit all the favorite styles of country music fans–from sentimental hits to mission declarations and fidelity pledges.

He will be performing at 4 p.m. to celebrate the end of the bass fishing championship, which takes place from August 20-23, 2015. The tournament will feature the 50 best bass fishing professionals in the world, and it will end with a prize of $500,000.

While you are in town to see Justin Moore, and sing along to “Small Town USA,” stay at Lookout Point! Our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast has beautiful views of Lake Hamilton, gourmet breakfast served in the morning, and luxurious beds for resting. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

 

Mystic Creatures at Garvan Gardens :: Hot Springs Attraction

July 12th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Last year I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Mystic Creatures topiary structures at Garvan Woodlands Gardens. The topiaries are large in scale and it boggles my brain trying to determine how in the world the artists came up with the ideas for each structure and how they carried them out with plants. Each display is made of thousands of brightly colored annuals planted in intricate patterns on steel forms covered with netting and soil.
Move forward to this summer and the Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Takes Flight is even bigger and better than last year and is available through Aug. 31. This is an exhibit that brings out the child in all of us.
I think my favorite of the six topiary creations is Sea Serpent. He’s just magnificent. I spent quite a while marveling at his size and his shape, but also his impish persona.

You really must see this magical mystical creature. Even though the Sea Serpent is my favorite, I also was thoroughly entertained by the other five Mystic Creatures which include:
• 30-foot tall Sasquatch
• Fairy Gourdmother Playhouse
• Family of Marching Mushrooms
• Village of Fairies
• 20-foot wide “flaming” Phoenix
So, while vacationing in Hot Springs, an absolute must is to spend some time at Garvan Gardens with the Mystic Creatures. They are guaranteed to make your trip worthwhile. While you’re in Hot Springs, please also consider staying at the Inn to round out your visit.
During the summer months, it’s quite warm outside. So, enjoy the outdoors and then come to our Arkansas bed and breakfast to spend your quiet, cooler evenings with us. Situated on Lake Hamilton, each room has a view of the lake; most have either balconies or patios. We prepare a wonderful gourmet breakfast fit for a queen or king, luxuriously comfortable beds and linens and beautifully appointed rooms. Part of the charm of staying at a bed and breakfast involves spending time visiting with other guests at the Inn– however the inn is plenty spacious so that you may enjoy as much privacy as you desire.
Make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a delightful Hot Springs retreat.

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