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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival :: Arkansas Events

September 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival was named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2015 by “Movie Maker Magazine.” This award is a huge honor for our city and for Arkansas. The Film Festival has grown in importance and recognition and now has a prestigious distinction to add to the list of why out of town guests should come to watch the documentaries this year Oct. 9-18.

I’m really proud of the Film Festival but that’s not the reason I continue to take time to go each year. The Film Festival is great fun, extremely entertaining and educational, but most of all it makes me think. The documentaries push me out of my comfort zone and nudge me to look at my personal views on a number of diverse subjects from a different perspective. I think that might be the definition of growth at any age.

The range of subjects for the documentaries is quite broad and they are shown from morning until bedtime for 10 days at the Arlington Hotel and Low Key Arts. The Film Festival is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America. It is also an Academy Awards-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subjects. For more information, visit 2015 Film Festival.

When the air is cooler and the leaves have begun to turn, add the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and you have several great reasons to come and spend a week or more with us at the Inn. Our Inn fills quickly in the fall, so make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a week or more in Hot Springs at the Film Festival. The more films you see the more you will be entertained and challenged.

While you’re at the Inn we offer you a spectacular view of Lake Hamilton from every room. Our beds are extremely comfortable and each room is individually decorated with its own personality. The breakfasts are by far the best in Hot Springs and served in our lovely dining room.

The Inn is a charming bed and breakfast offering a quiet retreat after a day at the Film Festival. Often our guests spend time talking about the Film Festival with other guests and sharing the experiences of the day. #HSDFI

Spring Break Getaway in Hot Springs AR

February 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Spring Flowers Hot Springs ARSpring is a time of renewal–with blossoming flowers, green leaves, and an optimistic spirit. Hot Springs National Park is the perfect retreat to enjoy the beautiful season.

The first stop for you on your trip should be Garvan Gardens. The gardens have gorgeous botanical landscapes for you to explore and enjoy on a Spring afternoon. For those that prefer hiking, Hot Springs has many trails to offer. One of our guests’ favorites is at Lake Catherine State Park; it has four different trails for you to choose from, in varying lengths. The great feature of Lake Catherine, other than beautiful views of the lake, is the Falls Branch Waterfall that can be seen from some of the trails.

Next, you should plan for a day digging crystals at Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mine. Spend an afternoon digging at this mine to unearth the possibility of taking home a unique, and beautiful, souvenir. Plus, you can always add an element of adventure by taking advantage of the new zip-lining attraction at Ron Coleman’s as well!

For an evening treat, you should visit Maxwell Blade’s Magic Theater downtown. The show will dazzle people of all ages, and have you laughing as well! For a special treat, try eating Cuban/Ecuadorian food at Rolando’s or authentic Mexican food at Vina Morita before attending the show.

Spring Break trips fill up fast at Lookout Point, and not just because we have a canoe that’s always waiting for an adventure. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast before your adventures each day and rest in a luxurious bed in the evening, all while looking at a breathtaking view of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your Hot Springs AR Spring Break online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Inspirational Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library

August 24th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chihuly at Clinton Presidential LibraryOne of the nice things about living in Hot Springs is the close proximity to Little Rock and all the cultural arts available in the city. Currently, one of the astonishing art displays in Little Rock is the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library.

Dale Chihuly is a renowned American artist, who is well known internationally, and helped to elevate the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. His presentation of color, shape and form are exquisite. His talent is amazing and such a gift for anyone who visits his exhibits. We’re lucky to have such amazing art to experience in Little Rock through January 5, 2015.

Four specific installations are featured at the Clinton Library including Red Reeds which is visible outdoors at the entrance and has dramatic lighting at night; Sea Blue and Green Tower which is situated in the Sky Lobby and includes about 700 hand-blown glass elements; the Mille Fiori installation that features an incredible Dale Chihuly garden of glass; and Seaforms and Drawings which reflects inspiration from the sea and is on view in a temporary exhibition space. The Chihuly glass is just amazing. His art is an inspiration to be more creative and think outside the box. His advice for young aspiring artists is: “Surround yourself with artists and see as much art as possible. Go with your gut and create something that nobody has ever seen before.” For more information on the Chihuly exhibit go online to www.clintonfoundation.org/Chihuly.

If you’re planning a trip to the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Library, we’d love to have you come to Hot Springs to spend some time with us and stay at Lookout Point Inn. We have artists’ work on display in our common areas and support all the cultural arts. Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with all rooms having a view of the lake, most with patios or balconies. It is a beautiful place to unwind and enjoy the peaceful gardens and labyrinth and the serenity and beauty of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan a trip to Hot Springs with a special excursion to Little Rock to the Chihuly Exhibit.

Hot Springs AR Jazz Fest 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Each year the Hot Springs Jazz Society presents a festival promoting jazz music in Spa City.

For the 23rd year in a row, the JazzFest will feature Arkansas’ Jazz Artists. The first day of the festival begins onHot Springs Jazz Festival Sept. 16 with Guitar-rama, an event featuring six different guitar players from all genres of music. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, you can learn about the history of the musical movement at Jazz 101.

The festival continues until Sept. 21, with a free event on Saturday called Jazz in the Streets. That event will happen under the Broadway Street Bridge, from 11am to 5pm. For the first time, the free event will also include Dancing in the Streets, featuring TwiceSax. The genres will range from Dixieland to Latin Jazz and everywhere in between.

The Hot Springs Jazz Society prides itself on not just promoting jazz, but also perpetuating and preserving it as an original American art form. Each of the events during the festival go toward this purpose—not just providing entertainment, but providing a sense of history for jazz music as a whole. To find out more information about JazzFest or buy tickets, visit the website at hsjazzsociety.org or call 501.627.2425.

While you are enjoying the music from the festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. There are comfortable beds with luxurious linens, gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and scrumptious breakfast awaiting you! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Barhopping on Lake Hamilton

August 12th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Recently one of our young friends passed her CPA exam and Ray and I decided as a treat for her that we’d take her and her family out on Lake Hamilton to the bars that have lake accessibility. We weren’t able to go to all of them in one evening, but we were able to make two stops for cold drinks and appetizers and the last stop for dinner.

Drinks in Hot Springs ARThe evening was a little warm but once we got out on the water with Capt. Ray at the helm the breezes quickly cooled us off. The night was exceptionally beautiful and we had a wonderful time on our lake adventure.

We all met at the Inn to board the boat and cruised around to our first stop of the evening, Fisherman’s Wharf. This is always a popular restaurant in Hot Springs because it has a large outdoor patio with lots of fans and a great view of the water. We sat outside, of course, and ordered cocktails including a margarita, strawberry margarita, Tom Collins, and a couple of fruity drinks. We also added spinach artichoke dip and fried dill pickles. The drinks and appetizers were quite enjoyable and the outdoor patio was a perfect place to kick off our fun evening. After visiting for a while, we decided to move on to our next destination. It was such fun to travel by boat and enjoy the lake in the afternoon. The water was calm and the lake wasn’t busy. It was the perfect setting for a festive evening.

Drinks in Hot Springs AROur second stop was Barefoots Lakeside Grill, situated on Central Ave. but accessible by boat. We ordered similar drinks, calamari and onion and jalapeno strips. At this stop we decided to eat indoors and cool off a bit. The food was good and we were beginning to get into the barhopping mentality. We stayed quite a while and enjoyed the food and company. When we decided to move toward our dinner spot, it was near sunset.

So, we cruised the lake for a while enjoying the cool breezes and beautiful sunset before embarking on our last stop for dinner at Back Porch Grill. None of us had dined at Back Porch for a while, so we were pleased to be able to drive to the dock and enter the restaurant from the water. By this time, it had cooled off enough that we all agreed eating outdoors would be fun. We ordered another round of drinks including beer and mojitos. We had an assortment of entrees including sea bass with vegetables and the mac and cheese casserole (a hit with everyone at the table), scallops with twice baked potatoes, red snapper with baked potato and two Caesar salads – one with shrimp and one with chicken. Everyone agreed the food and atmosphere were quite enjoyable.

This was an exceptional evening with friends and family, the ambience of Lake Hamilton, and good food and drinks. The evening could be replicated by visitors to Hot Springs. When you come to Hot Springs for vacation or a weekend getaway, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We have a beautiful Inn on Lake Hamilton with lake views in all the rooms. Each room is individually decorated and named after a town in Arkansas. Our breakfasts are the best in town and we’d be happy to share more of our barhopping evening. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

On the Lookout: Labor Day in Hot Springs AR

July 17th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs Bed & BreakfastSummer is in full swing in Spa City, with concerts, water sports, and afternoons spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors. While you are soaking in the summer sun, you might also be planning your next big getaway—Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day Weekend in Hot Springs AR is filled with all your favorite holiday activities—great food, shopping, and perfect weather for enjoying the outdoors. You can have a picnic lunch (packed by Lookout Point) while you enjoy Garvan Woodland Gardens or the hiking trails at Lake Catherine. Follow up a day outside by enjoying gelato or cold beer at Superior Bathhouse Brewery downtown.

The next day, you can shop in the boutiques downtown or browse through antique shops and flea markets. And for dinner you need to enjoy a Labor Day favorite: barbeque! McClards and Smokin’ In Style are local favorites that pack Southern flavor into their dishes.

If you are planning your trip, consider reserving your room at Lookout Point this weekend. Until July 20, you can receive 5% off your 3 night stay. (Make sure that your dates include at least 1 night between the dates of Aug. 29, 30, or 31.) The canoe is waiting for you to enjoy, so reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Three Lakes in Hot Springs, AR Offer Abundance of Water Sports

July 7th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Lake HamiltonOne of the most enchanting reasons to choose to come to Hot Springs for a vacation is the beauty and availability of water sports on any of the three picturesque lakes in the area – Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita and Lake Catherine.

For our guests at Lookout Point Inn who want to bring a boat with them, we offer a slip rental during their stay at the Inn. For our guests who want a leisurely boat ride on Lake Hamilton, Capt. Ray offers a boat trip from Lookout Point Inn. We even have weddings from time-to-time on the boat. We also have a canoe at our boat dock for guests to use on the water, as well as two kayaks guests can rent. Our Two Lakes, Three Nights Package offers kayaking with a professional guide on Lake Ouachita and canoeing on Lake Hamilton with a special picnic lunch for two including a souvenir backpack and water bottles, giving guests the opportunity to fully enjoy the water.

Guests who want to rent a boat, houseboat, kayak, canoe, jet skis, wave runners, kneeboards, tubes, or any water toys have a wide assortment of places to rent on each of the area lakes. On Lake Hamilton we recommend Salty Dog, Kahuna Bay Boat Rentals, Lake Hamilton Watersports, Inc., or Marineland. Lake Ouachita offers Tiny’s Water Toys, Lake Ouachita State Park Marina, or Echo Canyon Marina. The smaller of the three lakes, Lake Catherine, offers boat and kayak rentals at Lake Catherine State Park Marina at affordable rates.

Hot Springs is situated in such a beautiful area with three gorgeous lakes. We’d love to have you plan a vacation to Lookout Point Inn and include one of the many choices for water recreations. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your stay and schedule the right water sport for you and your family.

Top Ten Winter Activities in Hot Springs AR

November 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Snow at Lookout PointAs the weather turns chilly in Hot Springs AR, I am looking forward to all my favorite winter activities. There’s nothing like frost on the grass in the morning or snow on the tree branches, but enjoying the winter chill takes a healthy combination of inside activities and outside adventures.


My Top Ten Favorite Winter Activities are:

  1. Enjoying hot chocolate by the fire – Whether in the packets, using a homemade mix, or melting chocolate on the stove, there is no way to go wrong with watching the light of the fire flicker while enjoying a beverage that warms you on the inside as well.
  2. Baking cookies—I am especially fond of sugar cookies as the holidays roll around. But if you’d like to enjoy the cookies without the work, you can always eat the cookies at our Innkeeper’s Reception.
  3. Cozy up in the garden—Put on your cutest mittens (because you can only wear those in winter!), coat, and hat and explore the garden. Lake Hamilton is so tranquil in winter, and you’ll want to take it all in to help your relaxing getaway.
  4. Take a bubble bath in the Number Nine roomTake a bubble bath—Bubbles and hot water and a relaxing bath! Oh my!
  5. Play board games or finish a jigsaw puzzle—The view from the sunroom can’t be beat, except if you’re spending your time beating your traveling companion in a rousing board game.
  6. Drive and see festive lights—You can always enjoy a brisk walk through Garvan Woodland Gardens and enjoy the holiday lights, but you can also drive through the residential areas in Hot Springs and see how locals celebrate the season.
  7. Watch your favorite movies in flannel pajamasIt’s a Wonderful Life is only made better when you can watch it from the comfort of a luxurious bed (like the ones in our rooms at Lookout Point) in your favorite pjs.
  8. Make holiday decorations with your family or friends—The best cards and presents are homemade, so the more memorable decorations should be the same way! Plus, it’s a great way to get quality time with family or friends while exercising your creative side. You can get some ideas from our Pinterest board.
  9. People watch at your favorite coffee shop—This is the best of both worlds! You can enjoy a hot beverage while watching holiday cheer all around you. My favorite spot for this in Hot Springs is Java Primo. (Their Chai Lattes are incredible!)
  10. Curl up with a good book—If you read your favorite book from your childhood, you’ll get a tinge of nostalgia with your holiday cheer. Don’t forget to use a warm blanket!

If you’d like to enjoy these activities during your own winter getaway at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155. We’ll keep the hot water on standby for your hot chocolate!

Lookout Point In Fido Friendly Magazine

November 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset


The next issue of Fido Friendly magazine takes a special look at Hot Springs AR. “Hot Springs: This Historic Spa Town Rejuvenates Fido and Family” focuses on the walking trails downtown, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and the calming effects of the hot springs on Bathhouse Row.

The article also highlights “shimmering Lake Hamilton” and Lookout Point!  Hot Springs National Park has been a long-time destination for humans, but we are excited to be featured in an article focusing on soothing the canine spirit, too.

If you would like to bring your dog for a tranquil getaway, we would be happy to welcome you and your pet. With a garden to romp in, Lake Hamilton to splash in, and close access to the fun of Bathhouse Row, our Arkansas bed & breakfast is the perfect fit for you and your favorite four-legged friend. To reserve your stay, you can book online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155.

For more information on Fido Friendly magazine, or to read the article when it hits the stands this fall, check out their website.

Fishing Tournament To Take Over Lake Hamilton

August 29th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

fishing on Lake HamiltonIn less than a month, fishermen will be readying their gear for the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Hamilton. The contest will take place at the Andrew G. Hulsey Fish Hatchery this year, just a few miles from Lookout Point.

The tournament is expecting 225 participants, but it is still registering anglers and boaters, and it is open to the public. An Arkansas fishing license is required to participate, but those can be purchased by calling 800.364.4263800.364.4263. You can find more specific details about entering the tournament on the website.

Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs AR is home to two previous state record catches, making it one of the top fishing spots in the state. On September 21st and 22nd, you can join the other fishers to see who has the winning catch!

Add a stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast to your getaway. When you aren’t fishing off the dock, you can relax and enjoy the view of Lake Hamilton from your own room. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information today!

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