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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.

A Dog’s Perspective of Hot Springs Dog-Friendly B&B

April 27th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

When we turn onto Central Avenue in Hot Springs, I can’t help but sit up in my seat to watch the buildings pass. We are here twice a year, so I know exactly where we are going. As the wind blows past the windows, I see Lake Hamilton in the distance. Just thinking about the all the grass and flowers waiting for me makes me SING. Really loudly.

The other dogs I see just don’t understand. They must not be going to Lookout Point.

 When we round the curve to park in front of the inn, I am anxious to get out the door. As soon as I am inside the room, I want to eat all the treats waiting for me, but my master insists I look at the note written for me first. “Dear Lany,” it says, “enjoy a pawfect stay.” I ignore all the stuff written in the middle because there is a hammock outside calling my name.

pet friendly Arkansas b&b

Whew, naptime!

It really is the perfect spot for a nap, even if I have to share it. Sometimes I like to go for a swim.

dog friendly Hot Springs hotel

Alert on the labyrinth

Splashing around in the water makes my masters laugh. They don’t get upset if I get them wet because we each have our own beach towels, but I like to sit in the labyrinth and let the sun warm me up.

I play for as long as I can, running on the path in the garden and by the waterfall. I make sure to keep an eye on all the birds that like to eat from the feeders at the top of the hill. One of my favorite things about staying here is exploring the garden. There are always flowers to sniff and grass to sit on.

I know we just left Lookout Point, but I am ready to go back right now.

Lany, (a beautiful vizsla and frequent guest at Lookout Point)

If you would like to bring your dog to stay at our dog-friendly Hot Springs B&B, call us at 501.525.6155 and make a reservation today. Dogs are welcome in the 4 first-floor guest rooms. 

 

Arkansas H.O.G. Rally Soon to Hit Hot Springs

April 14th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

May 2-4 Hot Springs is loud and lively with bikers who come in for the Arkansas H.O.G. Rally. Bikers love the hot time in the city from the moment they ride into town, enjoying the stunning Arkansas scenery along the way. The Hot Springs community welcomes the Rally with open arms and true Arkansas hospitality!

Arkansas H.O.G Rally Fun

Arkansas H.O.G Rally Fun

 

In addition to the picturesque spring scenery and winding roads, bikers enjoy the many special events planned for the Rally. Friday night includes entertainment by LaFuSo, 11 talented musicians from NW Arkansas and SW Missouri. Country music legend Sammy Kershaw performs Saturday night. He’s had a steady stream of major hits since his debut in the 90′s.

At our Hot Springs B&B, we love having bikers with stay with us during the Rally (or anytime), and we provide covered parking for the bikes. If you love all the action and rumble during the day, you’ll equally love our luxurious Hot Springs lodging with breathtaking views of Lake Hamilton, plus savor a long soak in your whirlpool tub.

We will pamper you upon arrival, and take good care of you all weekend. Call 866.525.6155 for reservations, or reserve online. A few great rooms are still available.

10 Fabulous Reasons Business Travelers Make the Switch to a B&B/Inn

April 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

OK, I know quite often we talk about the advantages of staying at an inn or bed and breakfast over a hotel. There are just so many good reasons, but what about the incentives for weary business travelers? Some of our very favorite business travelers continue to stay with us again and again, and some so often they are considered part of the family. They come to the inn tired and leave refreshed.

View from Your Guest Room

View from Your Guest Room

Here are 10 Fabulous Reasons they say they continue to choose an inn over a hotel stay:

  1. Free wifi AND free parking
  2. Calm, serene lake views from every room
  3. Secure and Quiet Setting
  4. Late check-ins always accommodated
  5. Special weekday Corporate rates for business travelers
  6. Grab N Go breakfasts for really early departures
  7. Complimentary refreshments available 24/7
  8. A complimentary glass of wine awaiting the guest’s arrival
  9. Great beds
  10. Our own Rewards-for-Stays Program (ReST)

So, if you’re a business traveler and would consider making the switch from a hotel, give us a call @ 502.525.6155. Once you’re here you’ll be hooked and we hear you’ll never go back to the box hotels again.

A Bit of Tulip History, Prepping for Hot Springs’ Tulip Extravaganza

March 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

As I make plans to visit Garvan Woodland Gardens to take in the magnificent array of tulips this month, I became curious about the origin of the beautiful flower. In fact, the story is very intriguing and is quite old.

125,000 Tulips Blooming

125,000 Tulips Blooming

Tulips have been a favorite flower of spring gardens for generations. It is the national flower of Turkey and Iran and the floral emblem of Netherlands. The unusual shape and colors of tulips make them one of the most loved flowers on Earth. Because tulips bloom at the start of spring, they symbolize a new beginning.

The tulip originated in Turkey centuries ago and became a symbol of the Turkish Empire. The flower was introduced in Europe in the 16th century. It was then given the name “tulip”, which is the Persian name for “turban.”

In Netherlands in the 17th century, the tulip reached great popularity and was used as a form of currency. The phenomenon became known as “tulip mania” and was a symbol of affluence. The price of a single bulb soared. When the tulip market crashed, it devastated the Netherlands economy and was similar to the 1930s stock market crash in the U.S.

As you know, tulips come in an array of colors and each has a different meaning. All tulips are associated with perfect love, imagination, eternal life and fame. The dark velvet-like center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by passion. The array of bright colors is said to inspire imagination. The symbolism of each different color is significant:

  • Red – perfect love and passion, a declaration of love
  • Yellow – cheer, hope, joyfulness and sunshine
  • White – heaven, purity and worthiness
  • Purple – royalty and wealth
  • Cream – eternal love
  • Pink – happiness, confidence and affection
  • Orange – happiness, energy, desire, warmth and enthusiasm, passion

The cheerful colorful tulips will begin to emerge about the first of March all over Arkansas and are in wide array in Hot Springs at Garvan Gardens. The Tulip Extravaganza, Hot Springs’ own “tulip manie” includes 125,000 tulips plus hyacinths; red, pink and white azaleas; and thousands of delicate dogwood blossoms.

The “Tulip Extravaganza” is definitely an unforgettable “must-see”. Make plans for a full day at the Gardens and plan to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn to complete your perfect spring getaway. For reservations, call 501.525.6155 for book online.

Tulips galore!

Tulips galore!

Spring's Glory

Passionate Purple Tulips
Passionate Purple Tulips

Delicate Dogwoods

 

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