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Fabulous Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Hot Springs

September 7th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Vina Morita Hot Springs ARRay and I and some friends had a great evening at the August Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. It was such a fun evening with a delicious four-course meal paired with top flight wine selections.

We arrived at 7 p.m. and were immediately given a glass of Albarina 2013 Valinas Ramon Bilbao white wine from Rias Baixas Spain. The wine was light and summery and just perfect for the start of a wonderful evening. As we were seated at our table, we were presented a list of 15 wines available for tasting and enjoying throughout the evening. As we offered a toast at our table our server brought our first course, Ensalada de Seta al Ajillo or oyster mushrooms, chile guaffillo, jicama, cucumber, kale and radish with Chardonnay sauce. It was just as good as it sounds. The presentation was beautiful and the salad was extraordinary.

As we drank, ate and enjoyed conversation at our table, before we knew it the second course was beginning to be served consisting of Crema de Cilantro. The soup was outstanding with just a hint of cilantro, served warm in a cocktail glass. As we enjoyed our soup, we continued to taste a couple of different wines.

The third course was, of course, our main course and it was Chilpachole de Mariscos consisting of king crab, scallops, mussels, shrimp and tilapia. The presentation was stunning and the fish was scrumptious. We all cracked our crab and enjoyed all the fish with a delicious dipping sauce. We chose a wine to accompany our main course. Some of the favorites at our table were the Melange White 2012 Waterbrook, Merlot 2012 Barone Fini from Tentino Italy, and Malbec Corazon del Sol from Mendoza, Argentina.

Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be having a festive evening. Every part of the well planned evening was perfect. The final course was a delicious light Fresas con Crema y Helado or ice cream with strawberries. The night was complete with a grand dinner including outstanding wine, great hosts and atmosphere and good conversation. The next Wine Pairing Dinner is scheduled for Sept. 18. For more information on Vina Morita call 501.625.7143.

For guests coming into Hot Springs for a getaway, I highly recommend planning a stay with us at Lookout Point Inn and including a Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita. This restaurant is a Hot Springs gem and not to be missed. At Lookout Point we’ll provide you a wonderful place to stay on beautiful Lake Hamilton with outstanding rooms, beds and a fabulous gourmet breakfast. Our Inn is a perfect place to watch the sun set in the afternoon on the lake from each guest room. Book your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Hot Springs weekend.

Weekend of Wonder to WOW Hot Springs AR

August 28th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Weekend of Wonder magicians Berry & BladeFor the second year in a row, internationally known magicians Maxwell Blade and Jay Scott Berry are teaming up to present a festival magic. Weekend of Wonder, as it is known, will take place from Sept. 19-21 in Hot Springs National Park.

Last year, the magic festival exceeded even the vision of its founders, Blade and Berry. Each show was sold out, with audiences who appreciated magic and wanted to learn more. In addition to the shows, the workshops were also crowded with participants. Because the event was so well received in 2013, even more amazing magicians from around the world have been signed on for this year.

The main venue this year is Maxwell Blade’s theater, but there are 14 other places in the downtown area where magic will be appearing that weekend. “Strolling magic” is a special delight of the festival, and it happens more at the smaller venues so that the audience can have an intimate magic experience. For example, Paul Prater and Daryl Sprout will present a late night show at Fat Jacks on Friday and Saturday, after the main event has finished at Maxwell Blade Theater.

To see the jam-packed list of events and talented performers coming to entertain and inspire in September, check out the Weekend of Wonder website.

While you are in town for the festival, experience the magic of tranquility at Lookout Point. With views of the stunning Lake Hamilton and a gourmet breakfast each morning, you will be prepared to take in all the illusions of the Weekend of Wonder. You can reserve your stay at the Inn online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

25 Years of Incredible Art in Hot Springs AR

July 22nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Gallery WalkOne of the many cherished events that I love in Hot Springs the first Friday evening of each month is Gallery Walk. The Walk is an informal invitation from the art galleries in Historic Downtown Hot Springs to come and browse the new art; enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers; and visit with friends, artists and gallery owners. Every time I go I come away amazed at the wide range of artists who live in Hot Springs. My creative juices always begin to flow after visiting with local artists and gallery owners. It’s such an enjoyable evening.

The 25th Anniversary of Gallery Walk will be celebrated the weekend of August 1-3. The kickoff Friday, Aug. 1, focuses on opening receptions at all downtown Hot Springs galleries from 5-9 p.m. with some special exhibits, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Then on Saturday, special events are scheduled throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Some of the titles for the creative exhibits and workshops are:

“Women’s Paint Out” at Gallery Central
“Rock Music” at Blue Rock Studio
“Travel and Painting: Two Passions Combined” at Justus Fine Art Gallery
“The Creative Power of Depth of Field, Aperture, and Shutter Speed in Photography” at Taylor Bellott Nature Gallery
“How to Start Collecting Art,” “Inspiration and Process,” and “Essential Elements” at Justus Fine Art Gallery

Much more is planned in the galleries during the day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. For more information and a schedule contact Dolores Justus at 501.321.2335 or go online to hotsprings.org.

If you’ve been thinking about a trip to Hot Springs this summer, this would be a great weekend to come and visit. A perfect pairing for the 25th Anniversary of Gallery Walk would be to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. After three days of enjoying all the arts have to offer at Gallery Walk, returning to a calm, peaceful Inn on Lake Hamilton would make an incredible weekend. We have quiet places to sit and visit, gorgeous scenery of the lake and our gardens, and a gourmet breakfast that is always an artistic endeavor. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fabulous weekend with the anniversary of Gallery Walk.

Historic Downtown Farmers Market

June 5th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Farmers MarketA wonderful growing trend throughout Arkansas and the country is the revival of farmers markets. We are lucky in Hot Springs to have a wonderful Farmers Market every Saturday morning in our Historic Downtown area. It is a delightful place to spend some time buying local produce and much more, enjoying local musicians, sipping some coffee and visiting with the local farmers and neighbors. It has become a mainstay for many Hot Springs residents and a special attraction for visitors to our city.

Some of the offerings at the Market include quality home-grown produce, fresh herbs, plants, flowers, eggs, meat products, fresh-baked breads and desserts, local honey, jams and jellies. Art, furniture, jewelry, clothing, knife sharpening, soaps and creams, and more are also available on any given Saturday. During the summer the Market is also open on Tuesday evenings.

The Farmers Market has roots back to the mid-1970s, was dormant for a while and reopened in the mid ‘90s. In 2006, Hot Springs received a grant along with donations and built its permanent open-air pavilion at Broadway and Orange streets. It has since become a leading Farmers Market, receiving state and national recognition. It incorporates landscaping by the local master gardeners and a state of the art Cairn Fountain designed by Bennett Brothers Stone. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Summer hours for the Farmers Market are 7 a.m.-noon and Tuesday nights 5-7 p.m. For more information online visit www.hotspringsfarmersmarket.com.

So if you’re planning a vacation to Hot Springs we hope you’ll consider adding a trip to the Farmers Market to your local fun places to visit list. We’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn when you come to town. We offer a beautiful Inn situated on Lake Hamilton with all our rooms offering a view of the lake. Our rooms are individually decorated and named after Arkansas towns. The beds and linens are luxurious and our breakfast is superb. Reservations can be made online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a wonderful Hot Springs vacation.

Running of the Tubs in Hot Springs AR

May 13th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Running of Tubs Hot Springs AREach year, Hot Springs honors its ‘Spa City’ title by hosting the quirkiest race around—The Running of the Tubs. Costumed teams push authentic bathtubs outfitted with wheels in a sprint downtown. The 9th Annual Stueart Pennington Race, as the Running of the Tubs is formally called, will start on May 17 at 9am.

The rules for the race have some strange standards. Each member must keep one hand on the tub at all times; each of the four members pushing the tub must wear hats and suspenders, and all members must be 18 or older. The fifth member must be in the bathtub for the entirety of the race, taking a bath. Each team must begin and end the race with a bar of soap, a bathmat, a loofah mitt, and a bath towel.

There are also very specific rules for the bathtubs—from wheel and axle size to the minimum size of bathtub. However, when it comes to race strategies and costumes, anything goes! Plus, the rules of the race can change at anytime, including during the race. Teams can win the travelling winner’s trophy, or a Most Original Tub or Most Humorous Tub trophy.

The audience for the Running of the Tubs race is encouraged to participate in the spirit. Bring your water guns, and don’t forget to wear your robes, house slippers, and shower cap! The race supports the Downtown Merchants Christmas Tree Fund, but it’s free for spectators, so come enjoy the festivities.

If you’d like to join in the fun, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your adventure. Each room comes with a view of Lake Hamilton, a gourmet breakfast in the morning, and a luxurious bed for relaxation. You can reserve online or call 501.525.6155 for more information on our Hot Springs luxury lodging.

Where to Celebrate World Labyrinth Day

April 30th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lookout Point LabyrinthOn May 3, 2014, the Sixth Annual World Labyrinth Day will be taking place. People from all over the world will take time out of their weekend to walk a labyrinth in honor of peace and healing.

When the Inn was built 11 years ago, I knew the garden needed the symbol of peace that the labyrinth would provide. The Chatres design is intricate, with twists and turns leading to a six-petal rose in the center. As you travel to the center of the labyrinth, you explore the entire area; this creates a longer meditation experience, and leads to the spiritual enlightenment that the rose symbolizes.

Come celebrate the healing powers of a peaceful walk at Lookout Point by walking the labyrinth in our garden. From 11am-12:30pm, you can meditate while enjoying the view of Lake Hamilton. To take it one step further, we ask that those that walk the labyrinth here donate $5 towards CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which helps to make the lives of children more peaceful.

If you’d like to add a stay at our Hot Springs luxury lodging to your relaxing weekend, you can reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day

April 15th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Each year for Mother’s Day, my siblings and I made the entire day a celebration: from breakfast in bed to a cup of peppermint tea before she went to sleep. Usually, we got her a gift and went fishing, mostly so she could relax by the lake. This year, you could pamper the strong ladies in your life in a similar way. There are several options Lookout Point can give you to consider this May.

  1. Lookout Point Cooking SchoolLearn new kitchen skills for your breakfast-in-bed plans by attending the Lookout Point Cooking School installment dedicated to Breakfast In Bed: An Art Form on May 9. Use quality ingredients to create a fresh, nutritious meal and a discerning eye to create a beautiful food presentation. As they say, pretty food tastes better! There is limited space for the class, so be sure to sign up soon.
  2. Bring your loved one to our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast for a truly pampering getaway! Our guest rooms each have a view of Lake Hamilton, luxurious linens on comfortable beds, and a scrumptious breakfast each morning. You can take a walk in the garden, meditate on the labyrinth, or lounge in the sunroom and play a board game. Make the day all about relaxing, and all about her! (You can reserve your stay online anytime.)
  3. Give your beloved a gift certificate for a stay or an installment of the Cooking School ($50 per person, or $40 per person with a stay at the Inn). There will be several more classes this year, from Puff Pastry Magic on July 23, Cheesecake Heaven on Sept. 13, Soups—from Breakfast to Supper on Nov. 14, to Holiday Desserts on Dec. 6. We would love to welcome your loved one!

If you would like to learn more options for your Mother’s Day surprise, call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your getaway!

Where to Discover Equine Art in Spa City

April 8th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Robin Young paintingRobin, one of the Innkeepers at Lookout Point, is known by our guests for her thoughtful hospitality in the evenings. She always has a recommendation handy and a smile on her face.

But before Robin was an Innkeeper, she was a professional artist. She had a gallery in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and she exhibited her paintings at art festivals throughout the East Coast. Robin also served as Artist in Residence in Grand Teton National Park and Hot Springs National Park.

Within the past few months, Robin has started sharing her paintings in the Inn. These beautiful watercolors delight with their depictions of nature, and a few of them have actually found new homes with appreciative guests.

Although her landscapes are inspired by her travels through the American countryside, her new additions combine two of her passions—horses and painting. Influenced by her work with Give Me a Chance Equine Rescue, Robin is displaying an equine series in the common areas of the Inn. The art depicts thoroughbreds, influenced by the active racing season at Oaklawn. These pieces will certainly get you into the mood to see the Racing Festival of the South!

To see the full horse series, reserve a stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast online or call 501.525.6155. Robin can give you the grand tour of her artwork while you enjoy a glass of wine from the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon. She can even tell you about her favorite art galleries downtown, if you are interested in seeing more creative work while in Spa City.

A Lobster Party in Spa City

March 25th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lobster MealJust as the weather begins to get warmer in Hot Springs National Park, making you long for summer on Lake Hamilton, the Spa City Blues Society is ready to satisfy your craving! On April 19th, they are hosting The 5th Greatest Lobster Party Ever in the Downtown Farmers Market.

The party will feature lobster tail—live, cooked, or frozen. In addition, guests will be able to take their lobster with them (carry-out) or eat at the Lobster Party. With the Spa City Blues Society at the helm, there will be live music for you to enjoy while eating, as well as beer and wine. It’s sure to be a party you won’t want to miss!

Although the party is on the 19th from 4-7:00pm, the last day to get your order in for the delicious lobster is April 11th. For those that want to enjoy the party but not the lobster, there are also sausage plates available.

Don’t forget to add a stay at Lookout Point to your plans. Each of our rooms has a view of Lake Hamilton, as well as a gourmet breakfast in the morning and a luxurious bed for relaxing in the evening. You can reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

To order your lobster meal, visit the Spa City Blues Society website.

Bald Eagles Soar in Hot Springs in the Winter

January 10th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Just a few months ago, I was sitting on my deck at home with Ray drinking coffee when we spotted a bald eagle. I can’t begin to tell you how exhilarating it was to see our country’s national symbol – the bald eagle – perched in a tree in our back yard.

bald eagle in hot springs arBald eagles are a unique combination of beauty and efficient design that pass over most of Arkansas during the winter months and are easily spotted in the Hot Springs area at Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks.

Lake Catherine Park hosts a Bald Eagle Tour Weekend which includes boat tours and hikes in search of the soaring eagles as they pass over the area. Events are scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 17-19. A more detailed schedule will be available near the event weekend at lakecatherine@arkansas.com or by calling the Lake Ouachita Eagle Tours. There are eagle watch cruises out of the Lake Ouachita State Park using a covered barge that cruises the shoreline of the lake watching for eagles. The Eagle Tours last about 1½ hours and are offered January 18-19. Contact the visitor center at the Park at lakeouachita@arkansas.com or by calling 501.767.9366501.767.9366 for a schedule and more information.

We look forward to the Bald Eagle Tours in January and love to hear stories in the evenings from our guests of the adventures in searching for the magnificent bald eagles. Please make plans to stay with us at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast when you make reservations for the Bald Eagle Tours at Lake Catherine or Lake Ouachita. The Inn is a warm wonderful place to return to after a day of eagle watching. We’ve got homemade hot chocolate, teas and our special blend of coffee so that you can warm up quickly by the roaring fireplace or in your luxurious room.

The Inn is close to the State Parks and would complete a wonderful Arkansas retreat weekend. Make reservations online or call us at (501) 525.6155 for more information. Don’t forget your binoculars and cameras!

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