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Athletic Seniors Arrive Soon for Olympics in Hot Springs

September 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

           Hot Springs is the perfect city to host the Arkansas Senior Olympics. Both “Places to Retire” and “Modern Maturity” magazines rank Hot Springs as one of the best places to retire in the U.S. I like the nice mix of age groups in our city. It’s a great place for people of all ages to live and thrive.

            Many senior adults are living longer and longer and are focused on staying healthy and in shape. Arkansas Senior Olympics is certainly one of the outstanding organizations in the state working hard to help older folks continue to have an incredible quality of life and achieve their health goals. As you probably know, I fit into the category of senior, but I have no idea how that happened so quickly in life!

            The first round of events for the Olympics includes bean bag baseball on Sept. 19 and cycling Sept. 21-22. Then in October the Senior Olympic games take place Oct. 2-6 and include quite a diverse set of events, from badminton to pole vaulting. Participants only have to be 45 to participate. The 45-49 bracket is cleverly designated “The Kids.”

            If I’ve piqued your interest in participating or in spectating, make plans soon to be here in September, October or both and stay at the most luxurious and restful place in Arkansas at our Hot Springs B&B.

           We have wonderful, relaxing rooms, most with whirlpool baths and a stunning view of Lake Hamilton from each balcony or patio. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155. For information on the Arkansas Senior Olympics. These photos shatters some conceptions about aging!

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Weekend of Wonder to Wow Hot Springs AR

September 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Magic Festival in Hot Springs AR

In honor of his 17th year at the Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic, Maxwell Blade is hosting a festival of master magicians called Weekend of Wonder. The event will take place from September 20-22.

Blade’s co-host is Jay Scott Berry, an internationally known “Master of the Art.” Between Berry and Blade, their magical flare will appeal to a wide range of audiences, young and old. In addition to shows, there will be a magical marketplace, contests, street performers, colorful banners, lectures and workshops on the art of magic, and many more surprises along the way. Also, a grand gala will take place during the festival, reminiscent of a bygone era with elegant tones.

These two men and John Venus, who will be assisting them in producing and planning the festival, will hold a spectrum of fantastic shows at the Maxwell Blade Theater and select venues throughout Hot Springs. Each event is designed to excite the imagination and inspire amazement.

“Anyone who suggests that there is no such thing as real magic,” Berry says, “doesn’t understand what real magic is. Magic lives forever, in our dreams, in our imagination. Magic is the most ancient and mysterious of Arts. We amaze, we amuse and we inspire. Even though the effects may be illusion, the experience is very real.”

And you can experience the magic brought to life in Hot Springs National Park! Be sure to check out the website to find out more about the other performers attending—Jeff McBride, Michael Ammar, Dirk Losander, and Daryl Sprout. The variety of styles from these performers promises to keep audiences in a state of wonderment.

To continue your sense of awe, reserve your stay at Lookout Point. You can marvel at our gourmet breakfasts, the lush garden, or the size of the crepe myrtle trees. Reserve your room online or call at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information. Let the magic begin!

Dionne Warwick Celebrates 50 Years of Music at Oaklawn

September 1st, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

 

Dionne Warwick can take me back to my childhood and teenage years in a heartbeat with her soulful music and remarkable perspective on life. I enjoy her songs immensely and I’m thrilled that she’ll be in concert in Hot Springs Sept. 12 at  the Oaklawn Finish Line Theatre.

Picture of Ms Warwick in black dress, big smile and short grey hair

Coming to Hot Springs!

 

            She blends pop, gospel and R&B and transcends music boundaries in many areas including race and culture. If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, you’ll remember “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” “Walk on By,” “Promises Promises” and “Say a Little Prayer for Me.” Another of her memorable recordings was “That’s What Friends are For” with Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. She is a classic you don’t want to miss at any age.

 

            If you haven’t gotten tickets or made plans to attend her concert, then I urge you to reconsider and make this your first fall Hot Springs getaway. Get ready because Three Dog Night is also coming this fall. We’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs B&B for the concert weekend.  Make your room reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155. Concert tickets go on sale Sept. 3. Just call 501.623.4411, extension 340 for ticket information.

 

 

Fishing Tournament To Take Over Lake Hamilton

August 29th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

fishing on Lake HamiltonIn less than a month, fishermen will be readying their gear for the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Hamilton. The contest will take place at the Andrew G. Hulsey Fish Hatchery this year, just a few miles from Lookout Point.

The tournament is expecting 225 participants, but it is still registering anglers and boaters, and it is open to the public. An Arkansas fishing license is required to participate, but those can be purchased by calling 800.364.4263800.364.4263. You can find more specific details about entering the tournament on the website.

Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs AR is home to two previous state record catches, making it one of the top fishing spots in the state. On September 21st and 22nd, you can join the other fishers to see who has the winning catch!

Add a stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast to your getaway. When you aren’t fishing off the dock, you can relax and enjoy the view of Lake Hamilton from your own room. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information today!

Improvisation, Syncopation, Rhythm and Ragtime Saturates Hot Springs

August 25th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

No where else can you find back-to-back Blues and Jazz Festivals with such incredible talent as you’ll find in Hot Springs kicking-off Labor Day weekend. Any blues and jazz fan will love either or both Festivals!

The Blues 17th Annual Festival is Labor Day weekend with a pre-event line-up starting Aug. 28. Gates to the Festival open at 2:30, Aug. 31 and 1:30 Sept. 1 and continue all day. After-parties start at 9 p.m. each night at different locations. So, Blues aficionados get two full days and most of the night with fantastic and diverse blues performances. Check the website for details and ticket information.

Red. white & blue background to the 2013 Jazz Fest in Hot Springs

Then in less than two weeks later the six-day Jazz Festival takes place Sept. 10-15. Top jazz pianists kick off the Jazz Festival including swing, blues, stride, boogie-woogie, bebop and contemporary. The festival continues each day with different themes in different locations and concludes with Stardust Big Band the afternoon of Sept. 15. For more information see their website

The perfect addition to the Blues and/or Jazz Festivals would be to stay at our luxurious Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast during the Festivals. This combination would be a great pairing: impressive music and a breathtaking place to rest and rejuvenate. We offer indulgence in each room, a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton and the most delicious breakfast you can find. What a wonderful Arkansas getaway! Reserve your room online here.

Bikers Make a Statement during Fall Rally in Hot Springs AR

August 18th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Bike Rally in Hot Springs ARNothing can adequately describe the entrance of bikers as they roll into Hot Springs during the Motorcycle Rally in early September. Hundreds of bikers enter the city ready for lots of scenic trail rides in the hills near Hot Springs. They definitely make an impact while they are here, where they are welcomed with open arms. I always enjoy the days they are in town with the rumble of the bikes and the excitement the bikers exude.

The 8th Annual Hot Springs Motorcycle Rally takes place Sept 5-7th with cooler temperatures and lots of events centered on the Rally. Plans include a bike show, parade, rides, vendors, field events and kids’ events. Top name entertainment is available Friday, Sept 6th with country music entertainer Lee Brice. Grand Funk Railroad from the 1970s is the featured entertainer Saturday night, Sept. 7th. For additional information, check out the website at www.thehotspringsrally.com.

So, grab your skid lid and hammer down to Hot Springs during the Rally. You won’t be disappointed. And, we’d love to have you as guests at Lookout Point Inn while you’re here. It’s the best place in town to enjoy a relaxing retreat after an exciting day at the Rally. We have a perfect place to unwind with the most comfortable beds and baths anywhere, patios and balconies with gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton and a breakfast to die for. After a night with us you’ll be ready for the next day’s biking adventure. Reservations fill quickly, so give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

MOCA (Hot Springs) Exhibits Arkansas Champion Trees

August 11th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

One of my favorite nature drawings includes the beauty and grandeur of trees. Trees were a part of the longing to move to Arkansas, and I love the magnificence of Arkansas trees. So, I was thrilled to hear of the extraordinary exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art titled “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey” in downtown Hot Springs by local artist Linda Williams Palmer.

Lookout Point Loves ARkansas Champion trees

An Arkansas Champion

The exhibit consists of 18 colored pencil drawings, detail drawings, photo-documentation of trees, short anecdotes and stories, informative text panels and a brochure on Arkansas forests, history, art and science. The artist’s medium is Prismacolor Pencils on textured papers and extends through August 24.

Barbara Satterfield, Exhibit Project Manager and member of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, said, “The exhibit gives us all an opportunity to celebrate Arkansas’ greatest natural resources – its land and its people.”

            If you’re looking for a late summer Arkansas getaway, the “Arkansas Trees” exhibit could be one of many reasons to visit Hot Springs. And, we’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast while you’re here. Call 501.525.6155 for reservations. We’d love to help you plan your trip.

Brewery Opening in Hot Springs Bath House

August 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Superior BathhouseRose and Todd Cranson, tuba players in their spare time, are using their creative spirits to make beer for others’ enjoyment. With their prime location beside the Arlington Lawn, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery is looking forward to pleasing locals and tourists with their fare.

The Superior is the first brewery to be located inside a National Park. Located on Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs, the building was once a bathhouse itself. In the past two years, the Cransons have slowly cut through the red tape to open their dream project.

Each step of the construction process had to be approved by the National Park Service, but for the Cransons, it was a dream worth waiting for. However, in honor of the time it took to open the first phase of the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery, the first beer brewed on the premises will be called Red Tape Red Ale. Each glass will come with a red ribbon wrapped around the glass.

Right now, the owners have opened the tasting room and restaurant. Their custom built beer taps feature a variety of brews, some of which are made directly in Arkansas. The Cransons aim to use as much local produce as possible in their restaurant, where they offer pub fare to accompany the beer.

The brewery is opening in phases as construction continues, but this fall the Superior is hoping to begin brewing their own beer on site. It will be the world’s first brewery or distillery to use thermal spring water as the main ingredient. The naturally hot springs flowing under downtown will also help them stay energy efficient.

If you’d like to get a taste of the brewing process and view the historic bathhouse, you can also enjoy one of the weekly tours of the building. Afterwards, you can drink a beer while looking out the 75 feet of windows in their sun porch. It would be a refreshing treat to add to a stay at Lookout Point.

Call us at 501.525.6155 to reserve your room in our Arkansas bed and breakfast, and you can spend your evenings relaxing by Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs National Park.

August: Romance Awareness Month

July 27th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Great Romance Package in Romance roomIn Arkansas, the hottest month of the year is August. The air is definitely warmer, and the lake water is refreshing. But, did you know August is also Romance Awareness Month? I guess someone filtered in the hotness factor when deciding on the month for romance! We all know that love is popular at any time, but to honor this month’s theme, our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast is offering the Great Romance Package at a 10 percent discount.

The Package includes:

  • 3 nights in your choice of room
  • Hearty homemade breakfast each morning
  • Spa basket for enjoying your whirlpool tub
  • Chilled sparkling wine, fine chocolates and cheese/cracker basket en suite
  • 1 dozen long stemmed roses
  • Relaxing couples massage
  • Admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens and the Mountain Tower
  • $50 fine dining certificate to a restaurant of your choice

So, consider bringing your beloved to Lookout Point and celebrating Romance Awareness Month in style at our Arkansas getaway. Check out the Great Romance Package or give us a call at 1.800.525.6155. We’ll be glad to set up your reservation for August so you can celebrate the romance in your life!

Our Favorite Restaurants in Hot Springs, AR for Lunch

July 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Each day, guests ask for suggestions for good lunch spots at restaurants in Hot Springs Arkansas. While the list is long, we narrowed the choices to our top five favorites:

  • Cafe 1217– fresh ingredients prepared from scratch with naturally beautiful presentation, in a casual and friendly atmosphere. The menu changes monthly.

    Java Primo: fresh wraps

    Java Primo: fresh wraps

  • Java Primo–fresh coffee roasted in Arkansas, featuring brunch and lunch specialties. The fresh salads, wraps and paninis are exceptional. Top it off with a scrumptious homemade dessert.
  • J & S Italian Villa– great Italian fare presents a wonderful aroma as you enter the lovely restaurant. Simply delicious with superb service.
  • Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante–mouth-watering Latin American food mixed with southern hospitality. The murals are hand carved by Rolando! Yummy and charming.
  • Lookout Point Lakeside Inn–lunch available for our lodging guests with the absolute best scenery in Hot Springs. Delicious and simple fare of organic salads or freshly prepared sandwiches. Dine by the waterfall, or we’ll pack a picnic lunch in a custom backpack ready for you to enjoy anywhere.

Makes me hungry just thinking about it! Of course, we’d love to have you stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast, where we’re always glad to help with any decisions for great dining while you’re here.

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