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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Update Hot Springs AR

March 10th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

swon brothers hot springs arThe First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has a few more surprises up its sleeves. Not only have they gotten NASCAR driver Mark Martin to lead this year’s parade, but they are altering the route slightly to make him feel more at home. For the first time ever, Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade will make it a point to turn left. This means the marking of the parade route that traditionally happens at 6:25pm will be more interesting than ever.

Plus, this year there is a free concert after the parade ends. At 7:30pm you can see the Swon Brothers, famously tied to Blake Shelton’s team when they were on The Voice, as they bring country music to the celebration. They are nominated for the Vocal Duo of the year by the Academy of Country Music, and they have been touring with Brad Paisley since January. They are sure to be a delight for all ages!

The parade has also adopted its own mascot, and he’ll be keeping the crowd in the right spirit throughout the race. Be sure to get to the parade spot early so you can see all the action. The Blarney Stone kissing contest starts at 4:30pm, special guests start performing at 5:30pm, and the Swon Brothers will kick off the parade (with Mark Martin at the lead) at 6:30.

There are only a few rooms left at Lookout Point for parade week, and we would love to share our favorite moments of the event with you. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning and rejuvenate in a luxurious bed in the evening. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Mid-America Science Museum Re-Opening in Hot Springs AR

February 17th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

museum hot springs arAs you plan your Spring Break Getaway, you might want to include a trip to a jewel of Hot Springs AR: Mid-America Science Museum. A true one of a kind, the museum promotes interactive learning for people of all ages.

For the past few months, the museum has undergone renovations to create even more dynamic exhibits for visitors and locals alike. There will be a Marvelous Motion Gallery, for example, that shows natural marvels–like kinetic energy, gravity, and wave motion. You’ll be able to explore things unique to Arkansas, learn more about light, and discover more about energy and rhythm.

There are so many exhibits planned for the re-opening, including a new dome theater for an array of shows, but the one that is pictured to right is sure to provide enjoyment; the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk extends into the forest canopy surrounding the museum, taking advantage of the natural wonders to provide more hands-on learning opportunities.

The Mid-America Science Museum has always been a perfect stop during a family getaway, but when it opens the doors again on March 7, it is sure to please everyone who visits Hot Springs National Park.

When you are planning your vacation, stay at our Hot Springs AR bed & breakfast. Lookout Point is the perfect spot to relax, canoe on Lake Hamilton, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Top 6 Gift Ideas in Hot Springs AR

December 7th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Tea Supplies Lookout Point6. Tea making set: Make every cup of tea the best with quality loose-leaf tea, a hand-thrown ceramic mug, and a tea pot that guarantees you’ll never have leaves swirling in your cup. You can find all of these items in the Lookout Point Gift Shop, or you can go one step further and buy loose-leaf tea from local favorites, Java Primo.

5. Gift Certificates to Local Highlights: The Spa City area has a lot for friends and family to explore, no matter the season. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Luna Bella. Dig for crystals or zipline over a quartz mine at Ron Coleman Mining. Explore scientific mysteries at Mid-America Museum. The possibilities are endless, and gift certificates to any of these would be a fantastic gift for loved ones.

4. 8 Broads Cookbook: Hot off the presses, the 8 Broads Cookbook is a gift that keeps giving inspiration year-round. We’re not trying to give you any spoilers, but there is great food just waiting to be made from these recipes. To add an extra special element, try making a dessert recipe from the book and packaging it with the book for the gift. Yum!

3. Extended Passes: Season passes for 2015 are on sale for Magic Springs; it’s a family-friendly park with a water park and a lively concert series that you’ll definitely want to enjoy with your friends and family! As always we also recommend a Garvan Gardens membership, since the botanical gardens are gorgeous year-round.

2. Local Art: Let your loved ones keep the flavor of Hot Springs with them year round by investing in local art pieces. You can enjoy the watercolors by our own Innkeeper, Robin, or get a handcrafted wooden bowl or sculpture from Forest Path Gallery. Your friends and family will delight in these keepsakes for years to come!

1. Day at the Spa: Hot Springs National Park is known as Spa City for a reason! Give your loved one the gift of absolute relaxation when you present a gift certificate to Quapaw Baths & Spa, Living Wellness, or Chrysalis Day Spa. For a special presentation, have a stocking full of bath products (like the glorious ones found in our gift shop) to accompany the certificate.

As always, the best gift for the holidays is time with family and friends. If you’d like to consider Lookout Point as a venue for that quality relaxation time, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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!

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