November 19th, 2013 by
As the weather turns chilly in Hot Springs AR, I am looking forward to all my favorite winter activities. There’s nothing like frost on the grass in the morning or snow on the tree branches, but enjoying the winter chill takes a healthy combination of inside activities and outside adventures.
My Top Ten Favorite Winter Activities are:
- Enjoying hot chocolate by the fire – Whether in the packets, using a homemade mix, or melting chocolate on the stove, there is no way to go wrong with watching the light of the fire flicker while enjoying a beverage that warms you on the inside as well.
- Baking cookies—I am especially fond of sugar cookies as the holidays roll around. But if you’d like to enjoy the cookies without the work, you can always eat the cookies at our Innkeeper’s Reception.
- Cozy up in the garden—Put on your cutest mittens (because you can only wear those in winter!), coat, and hat and explore the garden. Lake Hamilton is so tranquil in winter, and you’ll want to take it all in to help your relaxing getaway.
- Take a bubble bath—Bubbles and hot water and a relaxing bath! Oh my!
- Play board games or finish a jigsaw puzzle—The view from the sunroom can’t be beat, except if you’re spending your time beating your traveling companion in a rousing board game.
- Drive and see festive lights—You can always enjoy a brisk walk through Garvan Woodland Gardens and enjoy the holiday lights, but you can also drive through the residential areas in Hot Springs and see how locals celebrate the season.
- Watch your favorite movies in flannel pajamas—It’s a Wonderful Life is only made better when you can watch it from the comfort of a luxurious bed (like the ones in our rooms at Lookout Point) in your favorite pjs.
- Make holiday decorations with your family or friends—The best cards and presents are homemade, so the more memorable decorations should be the same way! Plus, it’s a great way to get quality time with family or friends while exercising your creative side. You can get some ideas from our Pinterest board.
- People watch at your favorite coffee shop—This is the best of both worlds! You can enjoy a hot beverage while watching holiday cheer all around you. My favorite spot for this in Hot Springs is Java Primo. (Their Chai Lattes are incredible!)
- Curl up with a good book—If you read your favorite book from your childhood, you’ll get a tinge of nostalgia with your holiday cheer. Don’t forget to use a warm blanket!
If you’d like to enjoy these activities during your own winter getaway at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155. We’ll keep the hot water on standby for your hot chocolate!
November 12th, 2013 by
On Sunday, December 1st, you can enjoy the fares of 18 prestigious restaurants in Hot Springs AR by attending the Taste of the Holidays celebration at the Mid-America Science Museum.
The event will feature some of our favorite establishments—like Ambrosia Bakery, Café 1217, and House of Flowers. There will be an auction (both silent and live), and entertainment provided by the Shady Grove Band. The atmosphere will be friendly and festive, and you won’t want to miss the fun!
Taste of the Holidays is about more than the fabulous cuisine. For the past 13 years, Mid America Science Museum has hosted this event as a fundraiser for the museum. MASM is focused on providing hands-on educational opportunities for all ages, and Taste of the Holidays is a pivotal part of keeping that dream alive.
If you would like to participate in the event, contact Cara Matthews at 501.767.3461501.767.3461, ext. 18. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door, and proceeds benefit the worthwhile Mid-America Science Museum.
To end the festive evening, consider relaxing in a luxurious, comfortable bed at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast. With a calming view of Lake Hamilton, you will be pampered into a feeling of peace. You can reserve a stay online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information.
November 7th, 2013 by
Garvan Woodland Gardens will turn into a magic winter wonderland starting on Nov. 23rd. Until December 31st, you can see the gorgeous Holiday Lights ablaze in the gardens, lighting up 17 acres with holiday cheer.
Along with one of the best light displays in Arkansas, the Holiday Lights will also entertain you with music. The 50-foot tall animated Rose Tree (located in the Rose Garden) plays uplifting tunes, and the brand new musical “piano” will be the center of the Great Lawn display. From 5pm to 9pm nightly, you can walk the grounds, enjoying the winter celebration while drinking a cup of complimentary hot chocolate.
After enjoying the marvelous light exhibit, which contains 2 million twinkling bulbs, you can warm up by the fire at Lookout Point. You can reserve your room online or by calling 501.525.6155501.525.6155; we will have a cup of hot chocolate waiting for you!
To purchase tickets to see the holiday lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens, see their website.
November 5th, 2013 by
The next issue of Fido Friendly magazine takes a special look at Hot Springs AR. “Hot Springs: This Historic Spa Town Rejuvenates Fido and Family” focuses on the walking trails downtown, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and the calming effects of the hot springs on Bathhouse Row.
The article also highlights “shimmering Lake Hamilton” and Lookout Point! Hot Springs National Park has been a long-time destination for humans, but we are excited to be featured in an article focusing on soothing the canine spirit, too.
If you would like to bring your dog for a tranquil getaway, we would be happy to welcome you and your pet. With a garden to romp in, Lake Hamilton to splash in, and close access to the fun of Bathhouse Row, our Arkansas bed & breakfast is the perfect fit for you and your favorite four-legged friend. To reserve your stay, you can book online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155.
For more information on Fido Friendly magazine, or to read the article when it hits the stands this fall, check out their website.
October 26th, 2013 by
Autumn beauty in Hot Springs!
There are so many things I look forward to when Thanksgiving arrives. Through the years we’ve celebrated with large family gatherings. Then there were times we were a long way from family and celebrated with friends who became like extended family. I’m truly grateful for all the special people in my life with whom I’ve been privileged to break bread.
We’ve continued the Thanksgiving tradition at the Inn with a gourmet dinner fit for a king and queen. The dinner is available to our guests who stay with us during Thanksgiving, and we’ve created a great package around the dinner. We also have limited availability for non-lodging guests to enjoy the feast. Call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for reservations.
Chef Eve, a great personal chef who caters the Inn’s private dinners, creates a delicious meal including:
• Harvest Soup
• Baby Greens with Apple, Cucumber, Walnuts and Poppyseed Dressing
• Yeast Rolls and Butter
• Tender Turkey with Seasonal Chutney on a Bed of an Edaname, Roasted Tomato, Fresh Parsley Succotash
• Smoked Gouda, Mushroom and Roasted Onion Bread Pudding
• Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pecan Tassies
The Thanksgiving package includes 3 nights in a beautiful room, gourmet breakfast and Innkeepers Reception in the afternoon, admission for two to Garvan Gardens Lights on the Landscape, plus ½ dozen chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival.
We’d love to have you come and stay with us at the Inn during Thanksgiving and add the scrumptious meal to your holiday getaway plans. The air is crisp and cool; the leaves are beginning to be gorgeous colors of red, gold and orange; the fires are lit; and the coffee and cocoa are ready. We’re anticipating your visit, and look forward to serving you!
Make reservations online or give us a call @ 501.525.6155501.525.6155.
October 23rd, 2013 by
Taken by a guest on the Hot Springs AR Haunted Tour
It seems only appropriate that we should tell you about Hot Springs Haunted Tours right before Halloween. The holiday is such a fun time of the year to learn about haunted buildings, ghosts, history, folklore and the paranormal both past and present.
Some of the stories you’ll hear on the tour include haunts, murders, mysteries, deaths, ghosts and suicides. A few of the places you’ll visit on the walking tour are the Malco Theater, West Mountain, the old Army hospital now used for rehabilitation and several haunted houses along the way. This is all spooky stuff for sure.
The 90-minute walking tour takes place every evening at 8 p.m. with a 10 p.m. tour on Friday and Saturday nights. The owner suggests wearing comfortable shoes and bringing your camera. You never know when you might be able to photograph a ghost.
So, for a fun Halloween outing, come and enjoy the Hot Springs Haunted Tour and we’d love for you to stay with us at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast while you’re in town. We’ll have hot chocolate and snacks available when you return from your tour along with a beautiful room, warm, comfortable bed and fabulous breakfast the next morning.
If you’re still in the Halloween spirit, you can also sit on your patio or balcony and tell more ghost stories. Make reservations at online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information on how to reserve your spooky stay.
October 15th, 2013 by
Autumn is a beautiful time of year in Arkansas—with leaves changing color on the trees and a chill in the air. Hot Springs National Park shifts seasons with grace, but Garvan Woodland Gardens celebrates fall with gusto.
From October 1 through November 22, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers a rainbow of colors during Fall Flower Days, featuring the chrysanthemum. Volunteers and staff have planted 8,000 garden mums. The blooms last for weeks, and the number of flowers per plant will astound the eye.
In addition to the mums, you can see pansies, violas, asters, petunias, and millions bells, as well as ornamental chard and mustards. The colors of autumn will come alive right before you, showing you many reasons why Garvan Woodland Gardens is ranked as one of the top five botanical gardens in America.
To really enjoy the fall season, stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, where you can see the leaves changing color in our garden as well. You can have the best of both worlds if you take advantage of our October Special; stay three weeknights (Sun.-Thurs.) and get 10% off our Leaves, Lakes, and Waterfalls package (which includes admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens).
You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information. Visit Garvan Woodland Gardens’ website or call 501.262.9300501.262.9300 for more information about the Fall Flower Days promotion.
October 10th, 2013 by
I never lose my sense of wonder when as an ordained clergy I am honored to baptize a precious baby or officiate at a wedding at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast.
Blessing the Rings
It makes me pause in my busy schedule to be grateful for all the clergy who have had a very special impact on my life and on the lives of so many others.
October is designated as Clergy Appreciation Month and October 13 is Clergy Appreciation Day. To celebrate and say thank you we extend a discount to ordained clergy for weekday stays at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast. With quiet rooms, a meditation labyrinth, and a swing by the lake this may be place for your much-needed respite!
Clergy Appreciation Month is also a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these extraordinary people. A great way for churches to show their appreciation for their pastors is to purchase a gift certificate for an Arkansas getaway at the Inn so they can have time to rest and relax. The rooms are exquisite, the beds luxurious and the breakfasts scrumptious. And the Hot Springs Autumn foliage is exceptional.
Give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you create a personalized gift certificate to the Inn for the special clergy in your church. October is such a beautiful month to honor the wonderful pastors in our lives.
October 9th, 2013 by
During the month of October, the Magic Springs theme park takes a spooky turn with its annual tribute to Halloween—“Magic Screams.” Each year, the theme park provides haunted activities for families and those visiting Hot Springs. Attractions at “Magic Screams” include costume contests, haunted houses, and pumpkin painting.
This year, you can enjoy two new shows: “Ghoul & The Gang,” a teen-oriented show with pop music, and “Reunion of Souls: Rock the Dead,” which features hard rock music and dancing ghouls. You could also dance the night away on Saturdays with “The Ghoul Zone,” hosted by a DJ.
For children, “Magic Screams” will keep the kids’ rides open, as well as having a pirate-themed haunted house and a trick or treat area. It’s a family delight that you won’t want to miss!
“Magic Screams” will take place during three weekends in October—the 12th & 13th, the 19th and 20th, and the 26th and 27th. The park will be open from 4pm to 11pm on Saturdays and 4pm to 9pm on Sundays.
Add a relaxing stay at our Arkansas bed and breakfast to your ghoulish getaway. You can watch haunted films on your flat-screen television while enjoying the luxurious bed and linens, just to keep the Halloween spirit. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information.