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Garvan Woodland Gardens Knows How to Celebrate During the Holidays

October 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The highlight for the Christmas season in Hot Springs is Holiday Lights at Garvan Gardens! This is an event that makes the season come to life with more than four million lights and transforms the Gardens into a wonderland of imagination and delight for children and adults. Even though we’ve yet to celebrate Halloween, I want all our guests to know that we have a wonderful holiday celebration starting in November and continuing throughout the season.

Holiday Lights starts the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas until Dec. 31. We love visiting the Gardens for the Lights with our extended family, where children of all ages are enchanted.

Most nights the Gardens are busy and careful planning on when to arrive helps the outing be even more enjoyable. Along with the Holiday Lights Nov. 21-Dec. 31 are a myriad of holiday events that take place at the Gardens almost daily throughout the season. Some of my favorites are:

  • Workshop on “An All Arkansas Holiday” 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 22
  • Jingle Dogs Pup Parade 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Village Chorale Holiday Lights Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Holiday High Tea 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Classics in the Chapel Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2
  • Ringers of Hope Handbell Choir Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8
  • The Muses “Voices of Angels” Winter Holiday Concert 3 p.m. Dec. 13
  • Crystal Chimes Barbershop Chorus Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15

At the Inn we decorate early so that we stay festive throughout the holidays. We’d love to have guests stay with us while they are in town to see Holiday Lights and take in one or more of the special events that are available at the Gardens.

In order for more people to stay at the inn to visit the Holiday Lights, we have dropped our rates for a Queen Standard Room to the lowest price of the year from December 1-23.  Only $109 per night (Sun-Thur), and that price still includes the freshly prepared breakfast and the Innkeepers Reception every afternoon!

Hot Springs and the Inn are especially charming during the holidays. The view of Lake Hamilton is magical this time of year. The Inn is warm and toasty with fireplaces, hot chocolate and delicious goodies made in our kitchen. Our rooms are beautifully appointed and include comfortable beds and beautiful linens. Make reservations early online or give us a call at 501.525.6155.

Winter on Lake Hamilton

Winter on Lake Hamilton

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!

“Ballet & Blooms” at Garvan Woodland Gardens :: Hot Springs Luxury Inn

October 8th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

This fall Garvan Gardens will host a “Ballet & Blooms”

Hot Springs dance show

Garvan’s Ballet and Blooms

special event and reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Anthony Chapel and Garvan Pavilion. This extraordinary event is a one-of-a-kind performance and includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oreuvres and a special performance by Ballet Arkansas. Call 800.366.4664 for reservations and more information.

While you’re in Hot Springs for “Ballet & Blooms” a perfect addition to attending the outstanding event would be to stay with us at the Inn. We offer a welcome respite at the end of the day with a quiet setting on Lake Hamilton, a fabulous gourmet breakfast and award-winning Inn that caters to the comfort of each guest.

This is a popular time of year to visit Hot Springs because of the breathtaking fall colors in our area. So, make reservations soon online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you set up an Arkansas autumn weekend to attend “Ballet & Blooms” and explore all Hot Springs has to offer.

Mystic Creatures at Garvan Gardens :: Hot Springs Attraction

July 12th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Last year I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Mystic Creatures topiary structures at Garvan Woodlands Gardens. The topiaries are large in scale and it boggles my brain trying to determine how in the world the artists came up with the ideas for each structure and how they carried them out with plants. Each display is made of thousands of brightly colored annuals planted in intricate patterns on steel forms covered with netting and soil.
Move forward to this summer and the Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Takes Flight is even bigger and better than last year and is available through Aug. 31. This is an exhibit that brings out the child in all of us.
I think my favorite of the six topiary creations is Sea Serpent. He’s just magnificent. I spent quite a while marveling at his size and his shape, but also his impish persona.

You really must see this magical mystical creature. Even though the Sea Serpent is my favorite, I also was thoroughly entertained by the other five Mystic Creatures which include:
• 30-foot tall Sasquatch
• Fairy Gourdmother Playhouse
• Family of Marching Mushrooms
• Village of Fairies
• 20-foot wide “flaming” Phoenix
So, while vacationing in Hot Springs, an absolute must is to spend some time at Garvan Gardens with the Mystic Creatures. They are guaranteed to make your trip worthwhile. While you’re in Hot Springs, please also consider staying at the Inn to round out your visit.
During the summer months, it’s quite warm outside. So, enjoy the outdoors and then come to our Arkansas bed and breakfast to spend your quiet, cooler evenings with us. Situated on Lake Hamilton, each room has a view of the lake; most have either balconies or patios. We prepare a wonderful gourmet breakfast fit for a queen or king, luxuriously comfortable beds and linens and beautifully appointed rooms. Part of the charm of staying at a bed and breakfast involves spending time visiting with other guests at the Inn– however the inn is plenty spacious so that you may enjoy as much privacy as you desire.
Make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a delightful Hot Springs retreat.

Planning for Arkansas Summer Vacations

April 5th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Crystal Bridges Museum ARArkansas has lots of opportunities for exciting, beautiful and educational experiences throughout the state. Some of my favorites are Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, William J. Clinton Library and Museum in Little Rock and Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Even though all three places are in different locations, they would be excellent choices for summer fun.

Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation for all to enjoy. The name comes from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction is incorporated in the building. The amenities include:

  • Permanent collection of art spanning five centuries of American masterworks
  • Temporary exhibits featuring different artists
  • Restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds
  • Museum store
  • Library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material
  • Sculpture and walking trails

Clinton Library ARWilliam J. Clinton Library and Museum is part of a unique heritage for preserving the documents and artifacts of our American presidents and offers historical insights from the time period in which they lived. The Clinton Library and Museum includes:

  • Replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room
  • Documents, photographs and videos
  • Interactive stations
  • Timeline and alcoves that highlight domestic and foreign policy and life in the U.S
  • Museum store and beautiful restaurant in the museum
  • Special exhibits

Garvan Woodland Gardens were donated by local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Garvan as an incredible gift to all people. They are botanical gardens situated in the Ouachita Mountains with outstanding seasonal displays of nature. The Gardens include:

  • A canopy of pines reaching skyward protecting delicate flora and fauna
  • Gentle lapping waves of Lake Hamilton with 4.5 miles of wooded shoreline
  • Anthony Chapel Complex
  • Restaurant and gift shop
  • Children’s area
  • Special exhibits and workshops throughout the year

These three magnificent places in Arkansas are some of my favorite examples of the beauty and wonder we offer visitors and guests in our great state. Hot Springs is a central location to stay while visiting all three places. We’d love to have you stay with us at our Arkansas Bed and Breakfast and make us your home base during your visit to Arkansas. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a memorable vacation.

Tiptoe Through Hot Springs Tulips :: Arkansas Spring Getaway

February 22nd, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Garvan Gardens

Garvan Gardens Tulips

The Hot Springs Tulips will be blossoming soon and we are excited! With so many garden events at Garvan Woodland Gardens throughout the year that I love to attend that it’s hard to pick my all-time favorite. But, if I did I think it would be Tulip Extravaganza March 22-April 19. The schedule of when the tulips bloom and the colors of the multitude of varieties really make me stop and ponder the intricacies of planning for all the beautiful flowers that come up in the Gardens. No matter how often I go during the season the tulips are stunning.

According to Bob Byers, associate executive director at the Gardens, “Dressed in all the colors of the rainbow, tulips are deservedly an emblem of the return of the sun and it’s hard to beat 138,000 of them.” He said garden favorites are:
• Ollioules (lavender pink with white edge)
• Daydream (orange and yellow)
• Red Impression that are the mainstays along Woodland Walk this year

Garvan Gardens is such a treasure in Hot Springs. Its peaceful, beautiful landscaping including seasonal flowers, special exhibits and exquisite walkways throughout the gardens is world-class. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the splendor and serenity exhibited there.


I hope I’ve convinced you to plan a getaway to Hot Springs to enjoy the beauty of the tulips in early spring. While you’re in town we’d also like to convince you to stay with us at our lovely Arkansas bed and breakfast inn on Lake Hamilton. Our garden flowers are beginning to peak through and we have benches, swings, hammocks and a labyrinth with the beauty of Lake Hamilton awaiting your arrival. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan the perfect spring fling.

Daffodil Days Herald Spring in Hot Springs, AR!

February 6th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Daffodil Days are Upon Us!

The very first daffodil bloom of the season makes my heart skip a Daffodil Gardensbeat with excitement and a sense of renewal. I love the stark beauty and quiet of winter, yet that bright yellow bloom gets me thinking about all the good things to come! We’re lucky here in the south, with our early blooms! My first jonquil sprung forth in bloom on January 30 this year.

The Daffodil Days at Garvan Gardens has become a tradition and begins February 15 and continues through March 15. With more than 220 varieties of daffodils in bloom, a stroll through the gardens delights the senses.

Daffodils are the perfect southern spring bulb, in my opinion. These beauties are hardy, bloom and spread each year, plus deer are averse to these flowers. Give yourself a treat and come for a visit to our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast, and the Garvan Gardens! We’d love to welcome you.

Spring Break Getaway in Hot Springs AR

February 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Spring Flowers Hot Springs ARSpring is a time of renewal–with blossoming flowers, green leaves, and an optimistic spirit. Hot Springs National Park is the perfect retreat to enjoy the beautiful season.

The first stop for you on your trip should be Garvan Gardens. The gardens have gorgeous botanical landscapes for you to explore and enjoy on a Spring afternoon. For those that prefer hiking, Hot Springs has many trails to offer. One of our guests’ favorites is at Lake Catherine State Park; it has four different trails for you to choose from, in varying lengths. The great feature of Lake Catherine, other than beautiful views of the lake, is the Falls Branch Waterfall that can be seen from some of the trails.

Next, you should plan for a day digging crystals at Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mine. Spend an afternoon digging at this mine to unearth the possibility of taking home a unique, and beautiful, souvenir. Plus, you can always add an element of adventure by taking advantage of the new zip-lining attraction at Ron Coleman’s as well!

For an evening treat, you should visit Maxwell Blade’s Magic Theater downtown. The show will dazzle people of all ages, and have you laughing as well! For a special treat, try eating Cuban/Ecuadorian food at Rolando’s or authentic Mexican food at Vina Morita before attending the show.

Spring Break trips fill up fast at Lookout Point, and not just because we have a canoe that’s always waiting for an adventure. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast before your adventures each day and rest in a luxurious bed in the evening, all while looking at a breathtaking view of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your Hot Springs AR Spring Break online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to See the BEST EVER Holiday Lights in the Whole Wide World!

November 20th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Anthony Chapel Hot Springs ARYou may think that I’m exaggerating a wee bit, but seriously, the Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens are truly the finest display of holiday cheer that I have ever experienced. At Garvan Gardens from November 22-December 31, you don’t just see the lights, you experience them! Strolling through 17 acres with over 4 million lights is pure enchantment for people of all ages.

The 50-ft. Rose Tree spectacularly choreographs brilliant lights with grand musical scores. Captivating! For a bonus, you’ll even receive a free cup of hot chocolate. Plan to take your best family Christmas photos in this beautiful setting.

For those unable to walk the distance, golf cart tours with a docent are available for additional charges (and sometimes a longer wait).

Make sure to visit the stunning Anthony Chapel (across the parking lot). Many evenings you’ll be treated to free concerts in the Chapel, beginning with the Opening Night Concert with the Village Big Band on November 22. Throughout the season, various styles of holiday concerts—from piano to handbells, strings to flutes, Barbershop Chorus to classical—you’ll find a concert or two sure to delight you and your family.

We invite you to stay at Lookout Point when you visit the Holiday Lights, and offer you a special gift through December 23 to make your trip more affordable. When you stay 2 nights in December and mention promo code Gift14, you’ll receive $100 off the already reduced December price. Give us a call at 501.525.6155 or reserve online.

See you soon, we hope!

Where to See Tulips in Hot Springs AR

March 2nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

orange tulips

Seas of Tulips

As the weather heats up, the daffodils and hyacinths at Garvan Woodland Gardens will be joined by friends—the tulips! With over 130,000 blooms planted for this year’s event, the tulips are sure to be a breathtaking sight.

The Extravaganza officially begins on March 19 in the botanical gardens, and it continues for a little over a month. Before it ends in April, the tulips will be joined by beautiful azaleas and dogwood blossoms, both of which are lovely reminders of the new beginnings taking place in Spring. The actual dates that the tulips bloom depends on the weather (it’s been a cold winter, after all!), but regardless, you will definitely see some beautiful flowers when you visit.

Lookout Point is only a few minutes away, so reserve your stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast online to see the Gardens in all their glory. You could plan to take advantage of our March special, too; when you stay 3 weeknights, you receive admission for two to the Gardens for free! Give us a call for more information at (501).525.6155.

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