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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

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.

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