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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

 

Hot Springs Turns up the Green for St. Paddy’s Day

March 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

If you love parades with leprechauns, quirky floats, marching bands and Irish Elvis impersonators, then you’ll absolutely love the First Ever Tenth Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Come celebrate the Irish!

Come celebrate the Irish!

Just the name makes me laugh and that’s exactly how much fun you can count on at the event. After participating in the 2012 festivities, I wouldn’t miss this year’s celebration for anything. And, I hope you won’t either.

The grand marshals for the parade are Bo Derek from the movie “10” and John Corbett, the TV star from “Northern Exposure.” Previously, Bo and John were each grand marshals in different years, now we’re excited to have this long-time couple share the duties!

The 98-foot-long parade (for real – it’s really only 98 feet) is held on Bridge Street with a green celebration and green libation and includes the kissing of the Blarney Stone.

I hope I have convinced you to come and enjoy the traditional Irish celebration on Bridge Street in Hot Springs on March 17 in a very non-traditional manner. You’ll have lots to tell your friends!

And, please while you’re in town – make your visit complete with a stay at Lookout Point Inn. Call 501-525-6155 for reservations or book online.

Daffodil Days

February 28th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Last week Ray & I were in a little Manitoba, Canada town to bury his 95 year old mother, and to celebrate anamazing life. The temps were about -15 F, and at the snow covered graveside the rose petals froze before we could place them! And then we returned to Arkansas, where in the middle of the bleak cold winter pops a bright yellow happy daffodil, and the phlox is in bloom. It catches me off guard each winter and always gives me a reason to hope. I love everything about the beautiful first blooming flowers with the promise of spring and warmer weather.

Daffodil Days

Daffodil Days

A single flower is stunning; a whole field of daffodils is breathtaking. Daffodil Days at Garvan Gardens continues through March 16. At this time (the end of February) 250,000 daffodils in several shades of yellow and orange will make their emergence from the winter Earth. You don’t want to miss this grand entrance of Spring!

Please add a stay at Lookout Point Inn to your fun daffodil excursion. Call us at 501-525-6155 for reservations and we’ll make sure your trip is one to remember. Stay 3 nights in March, and you will receive Garvan Gardens admission for two complimentary.

 

 

10 Years of Gratitude in Hot Springs!

February 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

We’ve reached our 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Inn in February 2003! For Ray and me, it’s been an incredible journey full of all kinds of emotion, but, mostly, pure joy.

We’ve had amazing guests from all walks of life both locally and from all over the world. We’ve had the privilege of sharing their lives for a few days and celebrating their journeys. We are filled with gratitude for our time together and our time at Lookout Point Inn.

During this year, occasionally we’d like to reminisce and share stories and our thoughts with you. To start with, here’s a photo of the property before Lookout Point was built!

Before Lookout Point Construction Began

Before Lookout Point Construction Began

We encourage you to comment on our blogs or Facebook to tell stories we may not know.

We started with a dream of the finest hospitality anyone could offer and we’ve turned that into a gift of compassion and shared lives – much more than we ever dreamed possible.

Many have come our way and we want to kick-off our year-long celebration with a thank you to all who’ve helped to make our Inn a tremendous success and who’ve made the world a little kinder for us all.

 

Oaklawn “Ponies Up” January 11-April 10

January 2nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

A brand-spanking new thoroughbred horse racing season gets underway in Hot Springs at Oaklawn Racetrack Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Everyone gets all gussied up and the horses seem more handsome than ever on Opening Day. And, then we are all off to the races! OK, that’s about all the horse references I can write  in one paragraph.

On a little more serious hoof, the racetrack offers some of the most competitive racing in the U.S. with more than $20 million available for purses and a multitude of popular promotions fans look forward to every season.

If you’ve never been to a horse race, or never been to a race at Oaklawn, or if you come every year – there are so many reasons to give Oaklawn a try again and again this season. Some of the highlights are:

  • Jan. 11: Opening Day
  • Jan. 12 $.50 corned beef sandwiches and $.10 soft drinks
  • Jan. 21: Free Oaklawn Cap Giveaway/$100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes
  • Feb. 18: $55,000 Progressive Cash Giveaway/$250,000 Southwest Stakes
  • March 16: Boat and Truck Giveaway/$500,000 Rebel Stakes Day
  • April 10: Racing Festival of the South

Of course, we want you to stay at Lookout Point when you come to the races making your experience more enjoyable. When you stay two nights in January on race days, you’ll receive complimentary admission to the exclusive members-only Jockey Club (dress code enforced). A comfortable bed, delicious breakfast and other guests at the inn discussing the day’s race events (some of it exaggerated, of course) – what could be more fun!

Just give us a call at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation.

Special Rates December 14 & 15 in Hot Springs!

December 12th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

If you can get away this weekend, Dec 14 &15, we are offering a special holiday discounted rate for any King Deluxe or Queen Deluxe Room. Stay one or more nights, and you’ll receive a 20% discount. Just give us a call at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation.

While you’re in Hot Springs, don’t miss the magical light shows at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

http://youtu.be/SKCNmlexHbA

Words fail to describe the beauty of the lighted walking trails while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate (free).

While you’re in Hot Springs, check out The Muses Christmas concert Sunday afternoon concert in the stunning Anthony Chapel. Lookout Point is proud to sponsor this concert! For tickets, visit the 3 Arts Cafe in the Hale Bathhouse, or online.

 

Holiday Gifts: a Certificate For a Luxurious Arkansas Getaway

November 28th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One comment we hear again and again is how much our guests love getting gift certificates

Christmas Tree at the Inn

for a stay at the inn. In the midst of your holiday shopping, if you are stumped about what gifts to get your family and friends, we’d like to suggest a gift certificate from Lookout Point Inn. We have certificates available in any amount.

Could there be a better gift to look forward to in the new year than a wonderful stay at Lookout Point Inn? Give us a call @ 501.525.6155 and we’d love to mail gift certificates to you or directly to your loved ones in time for gift giving. Or you may also purchase a gift certificate online.

A gift certificate for a weekend at Lookout Point Inn is also a trendy idea for honoring business associates who have worked hard and helped your business succeed and grow. It is a unique gift and much more appreciated than a fruit basket.

Beautiful Gardens Full of LIfe in Hot Springs

October 28th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Thanks to our recent guest, Melanie, we have incredible new photos from our gardens, and we just have to share them with you!

With a little patience and a watchful eye, you will be treated to the wonder of ever changing beauty in the gardens of our inn. We would love to welcome you to Lookout Point!

Thanksgiving Dinner in Hot Springs

October 17th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Our Thanksgiving feast alone is worth the drive to Hot Springs! Add a few nights stay at the inn, and you’ve created a fabulous and relaxing holiday for giving thanks. Chef Eve (our personal chef for private dinners) creates a magical meal, including:Thanksgiving Dinner in Hot Springs

  • Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Croutons and Shredded Parmesan
  • Harvest Salad with Corn, Cukes, & Almonds with Poppyseed Dressing
  • Pear Nectar Glazed Roast Turkey on Scallion Redskin Mashed Potatoes
  • Apple Orange Cranberry Relish
  • Savory Blue Cheese Bread Pudding with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Apple Dumplings with Spiced Cream and Pumpkin Petit Fours
  • Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle, (or bring your own bottle)

My mouth is watering as I type the menu!!! Our Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at 5:00pm, and until November 15, reservations are available only for our lodging guests. After November 15, if any spaces remain available we will accept reservations from non-lodging guests.

Of course, we’ve designed a Thanksgiving Package around the feast. In addition to the dinner, the package includes: 3 nights at the inn, gourmet breakfast each morning, admission for two to Garvan Garden’s Lights on the Landscape, a bottle of French sparkling wine in your room, and 1/2 dozen chocolate covered strawberries.

Give us a call to reserve your place for Thanksgiving, 501.525.6155. We hope to see you soon!

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2012

October 4th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the delights of living in or visiting  Hot Springs in October is the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Hot Springs Film Festival 2012

This year the Festival had some challenges from a spring storm that damaged the historic Malco Theatre, where the festival takes place. But the Festival lives on and will be a fun and exciting part of fall in Hot Springs October 12-21.

We are proud to be a sponsor of the festival and would love to have you stay at Lookout Point for the multicultural and intergenerational festival. If you’ve had the privilege of attending the Festival in the past or you’ve never attended, this would be a wonderful year to plan a fall excursion to Hot Springs.

The list of films and the full Festival schedule will be posted soon.

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