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Experience Garvan Gardens Holiday Lights in Hot Springs

November 10th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Garvan Gardens Holiday LightsWith Halloween in the rearview mirror, we can’t help but look forward to the holiday season on the horizon. One of our favorite things about the holidays in Hot Springs, AR is the giant, gorgeous light display at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Year-round, Garvan Gardens is 17 acres of beautiful blooms that showcase the natural beauty Arkansas is best known for. During the holiday season those 17 acres transform into over 4 million brilliant bulbs. Around each corner you can see a different vignette, from archways that are perfect for a quick holiday photo to a train for kids to play on to a gingerbread house you can walk through. You can make the trip as long or as short as you would like, wander through the acres at your own leisurely pace.

Located only a few minutes from Lookout Point, the Garvan Gardens holiday lights are a wonderful way to celebrate the joy and beauty of the holiday season. Each night, starting on November 19, the lights will be on display from noon to 9pm. Complimentary hot chocolate in included, so make the trip before the lights fade for the year on December 31!

If you would like to experience the holiday lights for yourself, stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast! There are gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, gourmet breakfast, and tranquility waiting for you. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

To see more of fall foliage and outdoors that Hot Springs National Park has to offer, try our Fall Foliage Package. (It includes tickets to see the beautiful botanical gardens, too!) You can also find our more about admissions to the holiday lights and the hours on the Garvan Woodland Gardens website.

Your Guide to the Garland County Fair in Hot Springs AR

September 11th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Garland County FairSome of my favorite memories of my childhood involve spending time at the county fair. We would eat funnel cakes and corn dogs, watch the Demolition Derby, and ride the ferris wheel. Each year, the Garland County Fair rolls into town just in time for fall to be kicking into gear. Enjoy all the rides and carnival food you can stand this week, from September 12-17, 2016.

Each day of the county fair, you can enjoy carnival food and rides, and the arts and crafts fair. There are games for you to win prizes and lots of rides made especially for children. There are even gospel concerts at 7pm most evenings. Plus, on Friday and Saturday you can also enjoy the Demolition Derby at 7:30pm, a rousing event that involves a tournament-style wrecking of cars until the final round on Saturday night.

The Garland County Fair is the perfect trip for an Arkansas getaway, giving you time to make fun memories and enjoy the lovely fall weather. Tickets for a full day of fun at the fair are $20-25, and you can find out more information about the fair events and schedule on their website.

While you enjoy your getaway in Hot Springs National Park, stay at Lookout Point. You can begin each day with gourmet breakfast and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and it can end with a soak in the whirlpool tub and sleep between luxurious sheets. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your Arkansas vacation!

 

Boating on a Beautiful Hot Springs AR Lake

August 4th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

boat tour 2015Grab your swimsuit, sunscreen, toys and goggles and spend some time in the water this summer. The number one pastime in Hot Springs during the summer months is boating. The water has warmed in our area lakes; lots of boats, skis, wakeboards, tubes and blow-up floats are popping up everywhere on the water. Boating is certainly popular and it’s so much fun.

We spent last night with good friends on our boat. We stopped for a swim and to float around, then we had our supper on the boat and swam some more. Nothing can beat spending quality time with family and friends in the water.
If you don’t own a boat, that is no problem in Hot Springs. We have lots of places to rent boats, skis, tubes, kneeboards, life vests and stand up paddle boards. There are rental places on Lakes Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita. Some of the rental places are:

  • Sunset Cruise Hot Springs ARAqua Fun Boat Rentals on Lake Ouachita
  • Gregg Orr Marine on Lake Hamilton
  • Kahuna Bay Boat Rental & Marina on Lake Hamilton
  • Lake Catherine State Park on Lake Catherine
  • Long Island Lake Resort on Lake Hamilton
  • Paradise Cove on Lake Hamilton
  • Salty Dog Boating Center on Lake Hamilton

For our guests at the Inn we also have boating choices. One of our most popular summer boating outings is with Captain Ray. He offers 90-minute boat tours of Lake Hamilton that include stories of the history of the lake. They are usually from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Capt. Ray also offers private sunset boat tours for two on the Lookout Point pontoon. Kayaks are also available for rental for up to four hours or for a full day. The single person kayaks are easy to maneuver and lots of fun. Our canoes are also popular to use year ‘round but especially in the warm months. For reservations for a boating outing call the Inn at 501.525.6155 or reserve after checking in.

Why not plan a super fun boating vacation in Hot Springs and stay with us at the Inn? We are situated on beautiful Lake Hamilton with stunning views of the lake from each of our rooms. Most rooms have covered balconies or patios and are perfect for outdoor fun. Reservations fill quickly, so give us a call at 501.525.6155 or make reservations online for a fun-filled summer getaway including lake activities. We’ll help you plan your trip!

Check Out the Hot Springs AR Art Scene

July 22nd, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Art abounds in Hot Springs from so many different venues. The atmosphere in Hot Springs is conducive to inspiring quite a few local artists. The medium varies but the art and galleries are quite impressive.

Favorite Local Artists:

 

Family enjoying art from a Hot Springs, AR art galleryOne of our favorite local artists, Robin Young, is not hard to find. Robin is one of our fabulous innkeepers at Lookout Point and her art is displayed prominently down the hallway on the first floor. How inspiring for all of us at the Inn to work with Robin and be able to enjoy her artwork every day. She has watercolors of animals, children, nature and local well know Hot Springs subjects, all of which are for sale. Robin owned an art gallery outside of Washington D.C. and has a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Another of my favorite local artists is Alison Parsons. Alison uses whimsy in her animated paintings saturated with bold color. We have a few of her pieces at our Hot Springs inn and she owns Alison Parsons Gallery in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Her paintings can be found throughout the world and her creativity is certainly a treasure for Hot Springs.

Richard Stephens is another of my favorite local artists. His work is featured in several of the galleries downtown. We have a couple of his pieces in the Inn and get lots of ooohs and aaahs over them. According to his website, “Although recognized for his landscape, architectural and figurative work Stephens feels the real subjects of most of his paintings are his brushwork and the light he tries to capture and amplify through value contrast and an unexpected color palette.

For the size of Hot Springs, we are blessed with quite a few local art galleries. Most of the galleries are situated in the same area of Hot Springs and are fun to browse from gallery to gallery and enjoy some time taking in some of the local artistic talent.

On the first Friday of each month the galleries offer Gallery Walk. The art galleries stay open in the evening from 5-9 p.m. and serve wine, tea, lemonade and appetizers. Gallery Walk brings in visitors to our area and is an enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening.

We’d love to have you stay with us at the Inn and to help you organize a Hot Springs art getaway. Guests can start at the Inn by talking with Robin about her work and about art and artists in the area. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous weekend exploring the Hot Springs AR Art Scene.

Top 5 Romantic Spots in Hot Springs AR

January 21st, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Lookout Point engagedWith Valentine’s Day around the corner, romance is on our mind more than ever. Hot Springs has great restaurants, gorgeous views, and a wide variety of activities, so we have narrowed down our Top 5 Favorite Romantic Spots in the area to help you plan a romantic getaway.

5. Grand Promenade – A brick walkway that runs parallel to downtown, the promenade offers gorgeous views of the historic district. Feel free to walk the length, linger on some benches for some conversation, or take the stairs down to the street. Keep the conversation going by enjoying a cup of coffee or tea at Kollective just down the street!

4. Luna Bella – This Italian restaurant has been a fan favorite of our guests for many years. It has incredible food, a great wine list, and a romantic atmosphere. You will love every moment, from the service to the tiramisu.

Valentine's Day Hot Springs AR3. Garvan Woodland Gardens – There is nothing more romantic than flowers, and this botanical garden has acres of them! Take a walk through the blooms, perhaps with a picnic packed, and take a few hours to enjoy each other.

2. Couples Massage at Quapaw Baths – This historic bathhouse is so luxurious you will feel your troubles melt away. We particularly recommend the couple’s private bath and massage.

1. Lookout Point Inn – Gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton await you at the Inn, as well as whirlpool tubs, gourmet breakfast, and luxurious linens. Let the Innkeepers pamper you during your tranquil, romantic getaway.

Are you ready to plan your romantic getaway to Hot Springs AR? You can reserve your stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast online or call 501.525.6155 for more information (or help planning!).

Quirky Activities: AR Shorts Film Festival

December 17th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

AR Shorts FestivalOn January 2, the 9th Annual Arkansas Shorts festival will be taking place at the Arlington. Low Key Arts, who is responsible for the Hot Water Hills and Valley of the Vapors indie music festivals, will be hosting the event.

The AR Shorts Festival showcases short films made by Arkansas residents, from professionals to hobbyists and beginners. Each film is 10 minutes or less, and the festival is segmented into “E for Everyone” at 5pm, and “Mature audiences” beginning at 8pm. Before each screening, there will be a cash bar and reception.

Founded in 2008, the festival highlights a variety of film types, from musical to experimental, to animation, narratives, and documentaries. The full schedule will be released on Dec. 23, both on their website and their Facebook.

Come join us as we begin the new year with this celebration of art! Lookout Point would love to welcome you to this quirky city, with gourmet breakfast each morning and luxurious linens to end the day in peace. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

You can get your tickets to the ‘jewel of January’ for $10, at the Arlington on the night of the event.

How to Celebrate the New Year in Hot Springs AR

December 8th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

New Year Hot Springs ARIn 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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!

Pearl’s Girls, An Original Play :: Garvan Woodland Gardens

October 15th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, AR

Anthony Chapel

Pearl’s Girls, written by local playwright Isabel McQuiston, is an award-winning one act play centered on Pearl and her three daughters. The play will be premiered on October 25, 5:00pm in the stunning Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

According to McQuiston, “My mother was Pearl, and my sisters and I often referred to ourselves as Pearl’s girls. I was the youngest, my three sisters were all several years older. They have all passed.”

The play’s setting is the home of Pearl, and touches on the challenging issues after a loved one has died, including how to divide belongings.

We invite you to stay at the Inn during this beautiful season of autumn, and enjoy an original work of live art!

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.

 

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.

 

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