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Hot Trends in Small Weddings

January 8th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Since small weddings are her specialty, our wedding coordinator Tiffany has compiled a list of the hottest trends in small weddings for future brides.

As for the big picture, elopements are becoming more popular as couples look to save money and create a relationship-focused marriage. These intimate ceremonies have personal touches and a stress-free atmosphere, and the customization opportunities for the couple are endless. Our elopement packages offer a variety of personalized options for a “wedding for two.”

For details within a small wedding, a classic color scheme is still popular—neutrals with metallic punches. Using white or cream as a backdrop for a small wedding provides an elegant way to tie all the elements of the wedding together, from the dress to the tablecloths to the chairs. A few metallic elements add sparkle to an understated color scheme—a silver cake stand, glittering gems on the table, or rhinestone bouquet wrap.

The biggest bonus of a small wedding is the cherished atmosphere. One way that couples are capitalizing on this is by taking a personal photo with each guest at their wedding. Besides the great social media moments that you can get from such a display, the guests at the wedding will feel that much more beloved and included in your special day.

Following the wedding, the reception is becoming more casual and experimental with a focus on appetizers. From mini-quiche to Caprese salad skewers to potato nachos and beyond, appetizers are great for variety. Delicious small bites are a thoughtful way to feed guests at afternoon receptions, especially if you’re heading to a restaurant afterward for dinner.

To find out more about small weddings and their latest trends, and our own wedding packages, call 501.525.6155. We would love to make your wedding a timeless, stress-free event!

Bring New Traditions to the New Year

December 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

happy new year 2014Lookout Point is gearing up to start the New Year off right. Whether you are looking for luck, prosperity, adventure, or peace, we have some ideas from around the world of how to bring new traditions to your New Year.

For peace in the upcoming year, many traditions start with dispensing with the bad spirits from the year before. In Ireland, they hit the walls and doors of the house with the Christmas bread at midnight; the bread symbolizes abundance taking the place of the bad spirits being scared away by all the noise. Some people write down bad things from the year prior on a piece of paper and burn it, to symbolize a new start.

Of course, you can always follow the Austrian tradition of waltzing as the New Year clock strikes. There is sure to be peace, joy, and music all throughout your year if you begin it that way! Or, you can carry around an empty suitcase in the hopes of attracting adventure like they do in Columbia.

For a little bit of luck, you can leap off a chair at midnight. In Denmark, they do this to literally represent “jumping” into the New Year. In Mexico and Bolivia, people wear yellow underwear when the clock strikes twelve, in the name of luck.

For some prosperity or fortune in the upcoming year, try wearing polka dots and eating round foods. In the Philippines, the round represents prosperity; they even go so far as to follow their ancestors’ footsteps and eat 12 grapes (to represent the 12 months of the year) right before the clock strikes.

first footing traditionThe Scottish do a little bit of everything! They begin the year by singing “Auld Lang Syne” in caroling groups. The first caroler to come to your door is invited inside, and their hair color determines how your next year will go. You’re hoping that a tall, dark-haired person will show up with coal (so the house will always be warm), bread (so the house will never go hungry), salt (so the house will always have flavor), and whisky (for good luck). The tradition is called first-footing, and it certainly starts the year off on the right foot!

You can always participate in the Southern tradition of eating a spoonful of black eyed peas for luck, some greens for prosperity, and some bread to represent an abundance of food. My family also bangs pans together to ring in the New Year, scaring away the bad spirits from the year before.

Whether you are celebrating your own New Year’s Eve traditions or looking forward to starting some new ones, consider ringing in the New Year with a peaceful getaway at Lookout Point. We would love to welcome you, and January, with hope and cheer. You can reserve your room online or call us at 501.525.6155 for more information. Happy Holidays!

Taste of the Holidays in Hot Springs AR

November 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Mid America Science Museum Taste of the HolidaysOn 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.

Fall Flower Days in Hot Springs National Park

October 15th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

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.

Prepare for Christmas Early at the Arts & Crafts Fair

September 30th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs Arts and Crafts FairIf you’re beginning to wonder what you might be getting friends and family for Christmas, one suggestion I have is to make plans to come to the annual Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair Oct. 4-6. Of course, you’ll see things you love and want to buy for yourself, but you might also find distinctive items for Christmas gifts.

            The Arts & Crafts Fair has been a Hot Springs tradition since 1968 and continues to grow and expand each year with more than 250 craftsmen, artisans and vendors from Arkansas and other states. The Fair is located at the Garland County Fairgrounds. The Extension Homemakers Building at the Fairgrounds adds to the Fair by offering hot, nutritious foods and snacks.

            This event unofficially kicks off the Christmas gift buying season with out of the ordinary gift ideas from hand-tuned wind chimes to decorative painted gourds or tin can art. Why not make the Fair a weekend event and attend all three days while staying with us at Lookout Point Inn? Other guests will also be attending the Fair and, oh, the stories we’ll have to share. Make your reservations online or call 501.525.6155501.525.6155. For more Arts & Crafts Fair information, visit their website.

Dog Friendly B&B Excited for Dog Show

September 22nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Dog Friendly Hot Springs AR HotelsI’ve loved dogs my whole life, and probably will always have a big dog. One of my favorite events to watch on TV each year is the Westminster Dog Show, although Ray tends to leave the room.  One day, I hope to attend the Westminster show in person—even if I have to go alone!

So, this year I eagerly await the National Park Kennel Club Dog Show Sept. 27-29 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The all-breed dog show attracts dog fanciers from all over the country and is a fun event for those participating and attending.

I literally could write a book on all the dogs I’ve had during my life. They bring such pleasure and unconditional love along with humor and sometimes exasperation – but always love. An extension of our admiration for dogs includes four rooms at the Inn designated as dog friendly. We have had some incredible four-legged friends as our guests.

Upon arrival, every dog guest receives a special welcome gift and personalized note. All of the dog-friendly rooms feature a porch with direct access to our gardens. If the weather permits, dogs may join their owners for breakfast on the outdoor dining plaza by the waterfalls.

If you love dogs you’ll love the Hot Springs Kennel Club Dog Show. We encourage guests to make reservations with us at Lookout Point for the eventful weekend. We have a beautiful, relaxing Inn for your stay which includes a luxurious room, an incredible bed and linens and a breakfast you’ll be talking about for quite a while. You might even want to purchase a cookbook in our gift shop.

Make the Dog Show a must for a fall Hot Springs getaway. The weather is unbeatable and the lakes are pristine. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155. More information on the Dog Show is available by calling 501.623.2456501.623.2456.

Three Dog Night Set To Entertain Hot Springs AR

September 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

From 1969 to 1974, Three Dog Night was the most popular band in America. Lucky for Hot Springs AR, they will also be the most popular act playing on October 3, 2013.

Three Dog Night will play at Oaklawn’s Finish Line Theater, beginning at 7pm that evening. They’re sure to play some of their top hits—“Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “Easy To Be Hard,” to name a few.

During the early 70s, Three Dog Night sold 50 million records and twelve straight gold LPs; they also had twenty-one consecutive Top 40 hits. The Spa City is looking forward to hearing their favorite songs live. Tickets go on sale Sept. 23, and they will range from $10-$20.

If you are anticipating Three Dog Night’s performance, you can add a stay at Lookout Point to your concert experience. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information.

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!

Friday Night Is for Strolling in Hot Springs AR

July 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National ParkEach month, Hot Springs highlights the downtown strip with Stroll the Boulevard. If you are interested in fashion, art, or antiques, the third Friday of every month is marvelous for you! The shops stay open a little later (until 8pm) for those taking their time to enjoy the view from the sidewalks of Bathhouse Row.

When you enjoy the quaint shops on July 19th, you might also want to peek into the Miss Arkansas Pageant at the Summit Arena. The pageant, which has records dating back to 1933, has worked hard to maintain tradition while providing a forum for young women to express their creativity and intelligence.

The pageant is a precursor for the Miss America pageant that will take place in September this year. The 76th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant will feature a performance from Miss Arkansas 2012 Sloane Roberts each night, from July 14th to the 20th.

On crowning night, July 20th, the Miss Arkansas Pageant has a special treat for American Idol fans. Rachel Hale, who was one of the Top 20 females in this year’s competition, will be singing. The Arkansas native was featured on the show for being the “happiest contestant,” as well as for her lovely voice. Your ticket to that performance will certainly be scrapbook worthy!

Whether you walk downtown Hot Springs to enjoy the architecture, shop for vintage treasures, or to get a close look at the future Miss Arkansas, you will certainly enjoy strolling along Central Avenue next weekend.

If you would like a relaxing place to rest your feet (and your head!) after walking, add a stay at Lookout Point by calling 501.525.6155. You can get recommendations to the best shops and galleries while eating dessert at the Innkeeper’s Reception on Friday!

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