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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!

Great Gift Giving Idea for Your Holiday Shopping

December 14th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

With a shorter holiday shopping season this year, the time for holiday gift buying is now. If you’re like me, I have waited too long to come up with very many creative gift ideas. So, if you are searching for a great and memorable gift with no hassle, I suggest a gift certificate for a stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. You may select a gift certificate in any amount from $50 on up, or let us customize a special gift certificate package for you.

Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas

 

In fact, you can plan an entire Hot Springs getaway weekend for a loved one by including a gift certificate from the Inn, one for your favorite restaurant in town and one for Hot Springs entertainment – the Oaklawn Races begin Jan. 10 this year!

A perfectly planned Hot Springs retreat after the holidays would be a fabulous holiday gift for anyone on your Christmas gift list. You might check out our Winter Splendor Package at the Inn online for a wonderful winter retreat package. We can help you plan the entire event. Call us at 501.525.6155 for assistance or order your certificate online. It will only take about 10 minutes to have your gift giving complete without a trip to the mall.

While you’re at it, add a reservation for yourself to make sure you get the gift you want for Christmas. January is a great month for bald eagle watching all around the Hot Springs area.

 

           

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.

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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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.

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.

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!

Music Fills the Air in Hot Springs in June

May 16th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

HSMF logoBeginning June 2, we will all be able to listen to live classical music in historic downtown Hot Springs Arkansas. The Hot Springs Music Festival has concerts each night for two weeks with different programs and in different venues, including the Arlington Hotel, several churches, Historic Bathhouse Row and ending at Oaklawn VPA Magnet School on June 15. On June 8 the unique, outdoor Progressive Concert begins at 7:30 and the audience will move with the band down Bathhouse Row in the National Park.

This is the 18th season for the Festival, which is titled “Coming of Age” and celebrates the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner’s births and the centennial of Benjamin Brittan’s. Some of the song selections for the programs come directly from these three composers’ operatic repertoire, promising an entertaining festival from start to finish.

The concerts and venues are listed on the Festival website along with ticket information. This is such a wonderful event in Hot Springs, bringing in talented musicians and allowing the audiences to enjoy world-renowned music.

Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the Festival. If you’re looking forward to this Festival as much as we are, we hope you’ll consider adding a stay at our luxury Hot Springs resort to your getaway. Call us at 501.525.6155 for more information.

Romantic Dinners to Remember in Hot Springs

May 9th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

One very special and personal touch our Hot Springs bed and breakfast offers to our incredible lodging guests is a private full-service dinner for two

Dining with a lake view

Dining with a lake view

prepared at Lookout Point Inn. It can be a romantic candlelit dinner by the waterfalls outdoors with an amazing view of Lake Hamilton as a backdrop or a cozy dinner in the quiet and well-appointed dining room. Either place is a perfect spot for an outstanding meal.

Guests will have our private Chef Eve (of Chiffonade Chef Services) who prepares the scrumptious custom-planned event. If you have a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday, or if you’re planning to propose, this could be the perfect way to show your special someone how much they mean to you with a dinner to remember.

You’ll pick the a menu that is just right and incorporate the most breathtaking setting in Hot Springs – this has to be the best combination for celebration during your Hot Springs getaway.

          Call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll start planning your exceptional dinner rendezvous.

 

Thrills and Thrilling Concerts at Magic Springs, Hot Springs!

May 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the opportunity to visit the always-active Magic Springs in Hot Springs AR. The amusement park has a few surprises up its sleeve this year, including a new water park addition, Splash Island, and a lively concert series.

Thrilling rides at Magic Springs

Thrilling rides at Magic Springs

From 90s favorites to 80s legends, Christian and country artists, some rock and alternative groups, and even a pop act, there is a little something for everyone in this year’s line-up. The series begins just before Memorial Day on May 25th with Collective Soul, and it continues all summer, giving you plenty of chances to catch some of these acts.

The concerts are held outside in the Timberwood Amphitheater. The events are family friendly, with people camped out on the lawn with blankets and chairs. The atmosphere is best soaked up with sunglasses, sunscreen, a big smile, and a glass of water. To make a day of it, visit the park prior to the event and ride some roller coasters or swim at Crystal Falls.

While you are enjoying the concert series, feel free to add a stay our Hot Springs bed and breakfast to your fun agenda. We are only minutes from Magic Springs, and we’ll save you money with discount admissions to the amusement park!  Call us at 501-525-6155 for reservations and we’ll make sure your trip is filled with smiles.

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