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Barhopping on Lake Hamilton

August 12th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Recently one of our young friends passed her CPA exam and Ray and I decided as a treat for her that we’d take her and her family out on Lake Hamilton to the bars that have lake accessibility. We weren’t able to go to all of them in one evening, but we were able to make two stops for cold drinks and appetizers and the last stop for dinner.

Drinks in Hot Springs ARThe evening was a little warm but once we got out on the water with Capt. Ray at the helm the breezes quickly cooled us off. The night was exceptionally beautiful and we had a wonderful time on our lake adventure.

We all met at the Inn to board the boat and cruised around to our first stop of the evening, Fisherman’s Wharf. This is always a popular restaurant in Hot Springs because it has a large outdoor patio with lots of fans and a great view of the water. We sat outside, of course, and ordered cocktails including a margarita, strawberry margarita, Tom Collins, and a couple of fruity drinks. We also added spinach artichoke dip and fried dill pickles. The drinks and appetizers were quite enjoyable and the outdoor patio was a perfect place to kick off our fun evening. After visiting for a while, we decided to move on to our next destination. It was such fun to travel by boat and enjoy the lake in the afternoon. The water was calm and the lake wasn’t busy. It was the perfect setting for a festive evening.

Drinks in Hot Springs AROur second stop was Barefoots Lakeside Grill, situated on Central Ave. but accessible by boat. We ordered similar drinks, calamari and onion and jalapeno strips. At this stop we decided to eat indoors and cool off a bit. The food was good and we were beginning to get into the barhopping mentality. We stayed quite a while and enjoyed the food and company. When we decided to move toward our dinner spot, it was near sunset.

So, we cruised the lake for a while enjoying the cool breezes and beautiful sunset before embarking on our last stop for dinner at Back Porch Grill. None of us had dined at Back Porch for a while, so we were pleased to be able to drive to the dock and enter the restaurant from the water. By this time, it had cooled off enough that we all agreed eating outdoors would be fun. We ordered another round of drinks including beer and mojitos. We had an assortment of entrees including sea bass with vegetables and the mac and cheese casserole (a hit with everyone at the table), scallops with twice baked potatoes, red snapper with baked potato and two Caesar salads – one with shrimp and one with chicken. Everyone agreed the food and atmosphere were quite enjoyable.

This was an exceptional evening with friends and family, the ambience of Lake Hamilton, and good food and drinks. The evening could be replicated by visitors to Hot Springs. When you come to Hot Springs for vacation or a weekend getaway, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We have a beautiful Inn on Lake Hamilton with lake views in all the rooms. Each room is individually decorated and named after a town in Arkansas. Our breakfasts are the best in town and we’d be happy to share more of our barhopping evening. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where are the Best Spas in Hot Springs, Arkansas?

May 29th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Spas in Hot Springs ARThere’s nothing that soothes my soul quite like an hour or more to myself and a relaxing massage. We are so fortunate to have so many great spas in the Hot Springs area. One of the reasons for our good fortune is that we have healing natural thermal hot springs in Hot Springs, thus the reason for our name. We’re also referred to as spa city!

At Lookout Point Inn we strive to give our guests a relaxing, peaceful and memorable visit and we recommend our favorite day spas in town for guests who want those special services. Each spa has its own personality and unique services. It’s a matter of matching our guests’ needs with just the right spa experience.

For an authentic Hot Springs spa experience from the famous Bathhouse Row in Historic Downtown, the Quapaw Bathhouse has been beautifully restored and offers quite a number of services. One that is unique to Quapaw is soaking in the warm waters in the thermal water pool, taking a private bath or relaxing in the steam cave. The natural thermal spring that the Bathhouse was built on contains one of the highest mineral contents of all the area springs. Other services Quapaw offers include massages, facials and body treatments. For more information go online to quapawbaths.com or call 501.609.9822.

Three additional day spas we recommend are excellent and near the Inn. Living Wellness Day Spa provides a unique approach to the spa experience combining a full range of services in a private and nurturing environment. For more information go online to livingwellnessdayspa.com or call 501.318.4933.

Thai-Me Spa has a number of custom massages and facial, scalp, hand and foot treatments. The goal at the Thai-Me Spa is for clients “to have an incredible massage experience.” For more information go online to thai-me.com or call 501.520.4772.

Chrysalis Day Spa and Skin Care Center offers spa services including massages, body treatments and facial treatments, laser and brow treatments, waxing and manicure/pedicures. Chrysalis also has a full service salon available for hair treatments including wedding and special occasion hair and makeup. For more information go online to chrysalisdayspa.com or call 501.520.5400.

Why not make it a Spa Weekend at Lookout Point Inn by enjoying one or our Spa packages including Girlfriend Getaways; Hot Springs Fling, which includes a one-hour couples’ massage; or by purchasing a spa basket to continue that spa feeling throughout your stay. Book reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.06155 and we’ll be glad to help you personalize your perfect spa weekend.

Where to Propose in Hot Springs AR

February 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the Month of Love, here is a list of our Top Nine Romantic Spots in Hot Springs National Park. These would be great spots to keep in mind if you’re planning a proposal!

  1. Garvan Woodland Gardens: If you forgot the flowers, you can take your beloved on a walk through 210 acres of them! Not only will you enjoy the scenery, but you’ll appreciate the private forest setting and gorgeous smells of the blooms.
  2. The Grand PromenadeThe Grand Promenade: The Promenade above the historic Hot Springs district is a lovely brick path with red benches for walkers to rest. It makes for a picturesque setting for a romantic stroll.
  3. Boat Rides on Lake Hamilton: Use the calming waters of Lake Hamilton as a peaceful, private setting for your romantic moment. You can take a sunset boat tour with Captain Ray, rent a boat, or paddle out in the Lookout Point canoe.
  4. Mountain Tower Overlook: While you look down at the beauty of Hot Springs AR, take an instant to luxuriate in the view with your dearest. A breathtaking view is always an amazing backdrop for a romantic moment.
  5. Luna Bella: With an intimate atmosphere and attentive service, Luna Bella is the best restaurant in town for an exquisite meal with your darling. The food is beautifully presented, and it tastes even better!
  6. Gulpha Gorge in Hot Springs ARLake Catherine or Gulpha Gorge: For a hiking adventure, and privacy among the beauty of nature, a trip to Lake Catherine State Park or Gulpha Gorge is the perfect solution! You could hike by the waterfalls at Lake Catherine or near the stream at Gulpha Gorge and never tire of the view. If you really want to kick it up a notch, try packing a romantic picnic lunch to enjoy while on your hike.
  7. Lookout Point Lakeside Inn: Lounge in the hammocks by the water and look at the stars. Walk on the path in the garden. Relax in the whirlpool tub in your room. Snuggle by the fire. Eat a delicious breakfast served by joyful innkeepers. From the moment you step inside the door, Lookout Point is a little slice of paradise designed to pamper guests with a peaceful retreat.
  8. Arlington Park: See the hot springs as they flow into the fountain in Arlington Park. The green space in front makes for a lovely setting for an afternoon of reading under the shade of a tree. With the Superior Brewery next door, you could make it an afternoon adventure!
  9. Carriage Ride through Downtown: Horse-drawn carriage rides are always a lovely option for a bit of romance. Ride through the historic district and recreate some of the most romantic moments of all time. You can snuggle up and take in the sights with your beloved.

If you would like to add a stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast to your romantic getaway this month, you can reserve your stay online or call (501) 525.6155. We wish you all the joy of family and friends during the Month of Love!

Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Honors Month of Love

February 2nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

This February, celebrate all the love in your life with a getaway at Lookout Point. You can enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton from your room, eat a scrumptious breakfast in the dining room, sit by the fire in the sitting room, and drink a glass of wine or tea while exploring the library.

champagne toast in Lookout Point gardenAnd to honor the month of love, the Inn is offering a special discount on the decadent Great Romance Package. The romance begins as soon as you enter your room—with champagne, a cheese and cracker basket, and a dozen roses awaiting you. Later, you can enjoy the spa basket of goodies in your whirlpool tub. After eating a gourmet breakfast the next morning, you can explore Hot Springs, like the Mountain Tower Overlook, or relax with a couple’s massage.

The next two days of your trip will be filled with a peaceful atmosphere; you can walk through the gorgeous Garvan Woodland Gardens, eat at a local restaurant with your dining certificate, or shop for antiques and unique finds in the shops in Spa City. To remember your stay, you will take souvenir champagne flutes home, as well as some tranquil memories.

If you would like to rejoice with the loved ones in your life, reserve your stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast online or by calling 501.525.6155501.525.6155. We would love to help you create the perfect relaxing getaway!

Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast Celebrates Chocolate Cake

January 27th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lookout! Chocolate CakeIn honor of National Chocolate Cake Day on January 27, we are sharing one of our current favorite recipes here at Lookout Point: Lookout! Chocolate Cake.

The ingredients are listed on the recipe card to the right, but the directions will start right here:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Use the first set of ingredients (in black) to make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix for 3 minutes with electric mixer. Stir in the coffee by hand. Pour evenly into two prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes in preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients (in purple). Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and powdered sugar alternately with the milk, coffee, and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
  5. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.

If this recipe interests you, consider enrolling in our very first Chocolate Covered Cooking Class on Feb. 7. You can learn more about this exciting opportunity by calling 501.525.6155. Enjoy your cake today!

 

Chocolate Covered Cooking Class at Lookout Point

January 22nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chocolate Covered StrawberriesChocolate is such a wonderful treat year ‘round, but it’s exceptionally sweet near Valentine’s Day. To celebrate this wonderful confection, we have a cooking class scheduled to teach our guests how to make a few of our favorite chocolate recipes, which we prepare at the Inn.

If you’ve always wondered how we make our Decadent Chocolate French Toast, Chocolate Chip Ricotta Muffins or an Inn favorite, our famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries, this is the class to sign up for. This is the perfect time to learn our secrets and prepare an exceptional chocolate treat for the important people in your life for Valentine’s Day. According to an anonymous writer, “Never underestimate the power of chocolate.”

The class takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday Feb. 7, a week before Valentine’s Day, at the Inn in our kitchen. The cost is $50, or if you stay with us for the weekend, the cost is $40.

We’re eagerly awaiting spending time with our guests who want to learn how to make several of our special chocolate recipes, including a few we make for breakfast.

Make plans to spend the whole weekend with us and enjoy attending the Chocolate Covered Cooking Class on Friday. Horse racing at Oaklawn is up and running in Hot Springs and would make a fun outing on Saturday. Make reservations online or call us at (501) 525.6155. We look forward to spending time Friday making chocolate treats with our very special guests!

Oaklawn Is Off to the Races, Starting Jan. 10

January 6th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Oaklawn Racing Hot Springs ARThe exciting annual Thoroughbred Racing Season begins at Oaklawn Racing Track this week. Starting Jan. 10 at 1pm, there will be races every weekend until April 12. Races meet from Thurs.-Sun., but there will also be races on Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.

Oaklawn is famous for the Arkansas Derby and the Racing Festival of the South. Fans come from around the world to see horses as they get ready for the Triple Crown races, and to have an enjoyable time in one of the nation’s oldest racing tracks. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and spend a day amongst a crowd of energized people.

For those that find the betting as exciting as the races, Oaklawn is one of the most competitive and rewarding tracks in the U.S. There are promotions for fans (including a new app Oaklawn is launching for this season), as well as millions available for purses.

If you are planning to come in for the races this year, consider staying at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. When you stay two nights in January, you can receive complimentary admission to the Oaklawn Jockey Club (dress code enforced), as well as a gourmet breakfast in the morning, relaxing views of Lake Hamilton, and a chance to brag about the day’s race events to staff and other guests.

You can reserve your stay at Lookout Point online or call us at (501) 525.6155. For a list of the stakes for each race, be sure to check out Oaklawn’s calendar.

Lookout Point Featured For Mountain Views

December 4th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

mountain view from guest roomAlthough we are pretty proud of our view of Lake Hamilton, it’s the Ouachita Mountains that got Lookout Point featured in an article on Huffington Post recently.

The article by BnBFinder.com founder Mary White highlights 7 bed & breakfasts with lovely mountain views. Along with our peaceful view of the mountains and the lake, the Inn is showcased for its gourmet breakfasts and calming labyrinth trail.

You can take advantage of the mountains surrounding the area for a hiking trip (and we’ll show you the best trails!) or a scenic afternoon drive. The natural landscape will never cease to amaze when you’re at Lookout Point.

With cooler weather settling into Hot Springs National Park, now is the perfect time to take advantage of our gorgeous views and hot coffee. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens

November 7th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland GardensGarvan 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.

Lookout Point In Fido Friendly Magazine

November 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

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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.

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