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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.

Arkansas Derby April 12, 2014

March 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

For the entire week leading up to the Arkansas Derby, race fans are treated to exciting days during the Racing Festival of the South. With apple trees in blossom (hence the Apple Blossom Race on Friday, April 11), it’s a gorgeous site for fast tracks and beautiful horses. Winners of the Arkansas Derby move on to the Kentucky Derby, and historically we’ve seen some amazing horses at the Arkansas Derby.

Besides cheering the races, you’ll have fun people watching. Hats of all shapes and sizes will be sported! Plus visit the paddock to see the horses up close, and marvel at the ferocious strength packed into the small-statured jockeys.

Of course, you may want to make some money on the races. Here are Kristie’s sure-fire tips for betting: 1) Always bet on Calvin Borel. Of course, he doesn’t always win but I sure respect this jockey! 2) If Calvin’s not racing, bet on the female jockey. Yep, she doesn’t always win either, but women jockeys are so new and rare that I like to root for them. 3) The grey horse.

These tips are sure to cost you some money, but you might just break even and call it a good day of entertainment.

We’d love to welcome you to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast inn during the races! The inn is just a few minutes from Oaklawn, and we’ll assist with other tips, dining reservations, and pamper you during your stay.

 

 

Oaklawn Is Off to the Races, Starting Jan. 10

January 6th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Oaklawn Racing Hot Springs ARThe exciting annual Thoroughbred Racing Season begins at Oaklawn Racing Track this week. Starting Jan. 10 at 1pm, there will be races every weekend until April 12. Races meet from Thurs.-Sun., but there will also be races on Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.

Oaklawn is famous for the Arkansas Derby and the Racing Festival of the South. Fans come from around the world to see horses as they get ready for the Triple Crown races, and to have an enjoyable time in one of the nation’s oldest racing tracks. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and spend a day amongst a crowd of energized people.

For those that find the betting as exciting as the races, Oaklawn is one of the most competitive and rewarding tracks in the U.S. There are promotions for fans (including a new app Oaklawn is launching for this season), as well as millions available for purses.

If you are planning to come in for the races this year, consider staying at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. When you stay two nights in January, you can receive complimentary admission to the Oaklawn Jockey Club (dress code enforced), as well as a gourmet breakfast in the morning, relaxing views of Lake Hamilton, and a chance to brag about the day’s race events to staff and other guests.

You can reserve your stay at Lookout Point online or call us at (501) 525.6155. For a list of the stakes for each race, be sure to check out Oaklawn’s calendar.

Great Gift Giving Idea for Your Holiday Shopping

December 14th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

With a shorter holiday shopping season this year, the time for holiday gift buying is now. If you’re like me, I have waited too long to come up with very many creative gift ideas. So, if you are searching for a great and memorable gift with no hassle, I suggest a gift certificate for a stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. You may select a gift certificate in any amount from $50 on up, or let us customize a special gift certificate package for you.

Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas

 

In fact, you can plan an entire Hot Springs getaway weekend for a loved one by including a gift certificate from the Inn, one for your favorite restaurant in town and one for Hot Springs entertainment – the Oaklawn Races begin Jan. 10 this year!

A perfectly planned Hot Springs retreat after the holidays would be a fabulous holiday gift for anyone on your Christmas gift list. You might check out our Winter Splendor Package at the Inn online for a wonderful winter retreat package. We can help you plan the entire event. Call us at 501.525.6155 for assistance or order your certificate online. It will only take about 10 minutes to have your gift giving complete without a trip to the mall.

While you’re at it, add a reservation for yourself to make sure you get the gift you want for Christmas. January is a great month for bald eagle watching all around the Hot Springs area.

 

           

Musical Summer Ahead for Hot Springs AR

June 22nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Although the Hot Springs Music Festival is over, the Spa City still has plenty of options for summer music enjoyment.

One week from today, Music in the Park will be taking place at Lake Catherine. The event features Fer Goodness Sake, a group that sings mostly blue grass, country, and folk tunes. If the variety of music doesn’t hit the spot, the free Dutch oven cobbler definitely will!

lake catherine state parkBefore the event, you can always walk the beautiful hiking trails located at Lake Catherine. You can sit by the waterfall while you wait to dive into that cobbler and some Southern music.  Lookout Point can give you maps to all the best spots.

Just before Independence Day, on July 3rd, Lee Greenwood will be playing for the Spa Blast crowd at Oaklawn Racing Track. The event begins at 5:30, and it ends with fireworks. With an inflatable kid’s zone, “family-priced” concessions, and free entry, Oaklawn definitely has a good time in store for you.

As a little treat, Greenwood is recording the event for a live album. He is letting fans request songs via social media or email. You can read more information about that here, if you’d like to contribute.

On July 6th, we’ll have even more good Southern music playing at Magic Springs. Lynyrd Skynyrd will start at 8 o’clock at the Timberwood Ampitheater. Skynyrd plays the rock side of Southern music, with hits like “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” making them unforgettable to multiple generations. You can sit on the lawn and have a good time with the band and the rest of the crowd!

When you’re thinking of enjoying music during your Arkansas vacation this summer, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your fun time. Give us a call at 501.525.6155 to reserve your room today!

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.

Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn April 11-14

April 1st, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the year’s biggest events, the Racing Festival of the South, brings tens of thousands race fans to Hot Springs.

Thoroughbreds at Oaklawn

Major races and special events happen through the week.  On Saturday mornings, Dawn at Oaklawn provides horse enthusiasts up-close and personal experience with the horses, trainers, and jockeys. It’s a time to see the horses in a stress-free, non-racing environment, when they’re way more playful!

For the Apple Blossom race on Friday, April 13, we’re awaiting official news of Havre de Grace, the current Horse of the Year, defending her crown. Apparently her owners will decide by April 7 if she will make another appearance at Oaklawn. What an opportunity to see an amazing horse!

On Saturday, don a hat and come to the Arkansas Derby. You’ll see top horses, have fun, and spend the day in a beautiful setting.

We’d love to welcome you to Lookout Point for the Racing Festival!

Off to the Races: Oaklawn Race Season Opens Jan. 13!

January 8th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Excitement is mounting in Hot Springs, as the horses, owners, jockeys and fans return to Oaklawn Races for the 56-day live meet. Throughout the season, over 2600 horses will be stabled and ready to race.

Oaklawn Races, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Racing at Oaklawn

With the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, enjoy 4 days of live thoroughbred racing this weekend. On Saturday Jan 14, Oaklawn’s famous corned beef sandwiches are only 50 cents!

When staying at our Hot Springs B&B for a minimum of two nights in January, you are welcome to be our guests at the exclusive, members only Oaklawn Jockey Club.  OJC is a special place to watch the action, with great service, great food, and great views! We will be glad to make the reservation for you.

(Note:  strict dress code enforced at the Jockey Club, including sport coat required for men, and no denim).

And they’re OFF!

Fun Times at the Arkansas Derby!

April 17th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

The 2011 thoroughbred horse racing season ended on Saturday with an exciting Arkansas Derby.  The breathtaking finish scored an upset victory for ArchArchArch.  Many Lookout Point guests enjoyed the entire week of Derby Days.

Horse Racing Fans

Arkansas Derby Fans

These featured guests travel from Illinois, Missouri, Florida, and Ohio each year, staying at Lookout Point for the past 7 years.  Great laughter fills the inn, especially after the bloody Mary’s. Each year we look forward to the Arkansas Derby and the arrival of special guests!

It’s not too early to reserve your room for the 2012 Arkansas Derby, April 12-15.

Oaklawn Jockey Club: Come to the Races

March 10th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

Live thoroughbred horse racing and spring in Hot Springs have been going together for more than a century.  Lookout Point offers a new benefit to guests:  complimentary admission to the exclusive Oaklawn Jockey Club.  A lovely, elegant, smoke-free, members only setting with great food and awesome view of the track plus the Ouachita Mountains.

Excitement at Oaklawn

Just stay two nights, with at least one of the nights Sun-Thur, and we’ll provide admission to the Jockey Club.

Note: you’ll need to observe the OJC dress code (no jeans or running shoes, sport coats for gentlemen).  Admission is NOT available on Arkansas Derby Day.

Racing season continues through April 16, with races every Thursday thru Sunday.  Call the inn 501-525-6155 to make reservations for your stay and the OJC admission.

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