This little city of Hot Springs, and the surrounding area, never stops. Each season offers spectacular activities, with winter no exception. Wintertime is one of my favorite times in Arkansas, with the starkness of the trees, birdwatching, and exceptional hiking opportunities. Here’s a list of our top five winter experiences:
Birdwatching. A variety of birds and waterfowl spend their winters in Hot Springs. Bald eagles, osprey, cormorands, coots, cardinals, tufted titmouse, juncos, chickadees, finches of all varieties, several types of woodpeckers, doves, and the list goes on. Dozens of cardinals nest on our property, so you are guaranteed to see them at our feeders.
Garvan Woodland Gardens. Throughout December, the Holiday Lights are a magical wonderland. Although the gardens are closed in January, you’ll find great walks along blooming camelia trails and thousands of stunning daffodils during the month of February.
Bald Eagle Tours. Three nearby state parks offer tours via boat to see the wintering bald eagles. The tours, at Lake Ouachita, Lake Catherine and Lake DeGray State Parks require advance reservations.
Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa
Hiking. With cooler temps, no humidity, and few people on the trails, winter may be the very best time for outdoor enthusiasts. With lots of hiking trails, from easy to challenging, we’ll provide suggestions and maps for our guests. The Hot Springs National Park provides many hiking trails, plus the nearby state parks also have fabulous hikes.
Thermal Water Relaxation. When coming to the Spa City, a soak in the thermal waters may be just the prescription for removing aches and pains. Check out the Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa, where you can spend an entire day soaking in pools of warm thermal water.
Oaklawn Thoroughbred Racing. Starting January 13, live horse racing returns to Oaklawn!
Enjoy a great getaway to Hot Springs this winter! We’ll be happy to make activity suggestions for you, and we promise to have the fireplace roaring on chilly evenings so that you might snuggle with a cup of hot cocoa. To reserve your room, book online or call 501.525.6155.
With the Inn decked out for the holidays, we are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit! One of our favorite things about this time of year is taking time to enjoy holiday performances with friends and family. For the next few weeks, there are two plays guaranteed to remind you of the spirit of the holiday, of the important relationships and connections in your life.
At the Pocket Theatre just a few minutes from the Inn, It’s a Wonderful Life will be performed by local actors. As one of the most well-known and loved movies of all time, this play will remind you of the importance of family and community, just as the events in the play convince George Bailey of the wonder of his own life. It’s the perfect play for the lovely community of Hot Springs National Park, and it will be performed as live theater for the next two weekends. You can find out more about the schedule and tickets, on the Pocket Theatre website.
From now until December 26, you can watch another classic performed at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre–A Christmas Story. The play will cast a nostalgic eye upon one of your favorite holiday films, complete with a leg-shaped lamp and a pink bunny suit. There will be plenty of laughs for you, your friends, and your family. Find out more about performance, including tickets, on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre website.
If you would like to plan a holiday getaway, we would love to help! You can stay at Lookout Point, begin each day with gorgeous views and a gourmet breakfast, and enjoy the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon before going to see a live theater performance. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
From all of us at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, we genuinely send greetings to you and yours for a Thanksgiving week filled with love and gratitude. Whether you are surrounded with a rambunctious family, or spending a quiet holiday alone, we wish you all the very best.
Here at the inn, we are especially grateful for:
a new baby boy, Axel, born this month into our staff family to long-time employee Rufina
our truly kind and wonderful guests, who create a joyful place to work
the beauty of nature in our stunning gardens, along with the variety of birds and waterfowl. The bald eagles returned this week, too!
good health, and a team who truly cares for each other when good health does not always reign
the promising future of baby Kameron (former Innkeeper Annalee’s baby), who lived through devastating disease this year. His family moved to North Carolina for a complicated, rare surgery for Kameron, and the news is hopeful!
It would be a joy to welcome you to the inn soon. Winter is a spectacular time to visit Hot Springs, especially the month of December with gazillions of lights throughout town.
Those of us who are dog lovers are grateful for the unconditional love of our pets. Consider bringing your pup to Jingle Dogs Pup Parade at Garvan Gardens on December 5 at 5pm. Your pup can visit Santa and even get a photo taken. Our rescue dog Otto (lab/great dane) may have to miss this event, however. My guess is the parade really wants “well-behaved” dogs.
Music fills the air in November and December in Hot Springs with concerts all over town. The concerts range from big band to string ensembles to handbells to women’s barbershop chorus to flutes and more! We start celebrating before Thanksgiving and keep the music going until Christmas.
With so many opportunities to get into the holiday spirit, plan a trip to Hot Springs in order to get into a peaceful and grateful frame of mind!
The Hot Springs top holiday concerts venues include:
The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens hosts 15 concerts this season! A glorious setting to put you in the Christmas spirit, brings glorious music. One of our favorites is the Muses “Voices of Angels” Concert, with Lookout Point a sponsor for the event. For a full listing, visit Garvangardens.org.
Five Star Dinner Theatre dinner presents Five Star Christmas Shows with dinner starting at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 16-18 and 22-23. Call 501.318.1600 for more information.
Christmastime in Arkansas LIVE featuring Ned Perme and the Ned Perme Band, Buddy Jewell, Frank Byers, Heather Hoyt, Steve McCann and Anne Benoit and the Rock Solid Band at 7 p.m. at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, and sell out quickly.
Holiday in the Park, an annual holiday musical event sponsored by National Park Community College, Fun City Chorus and several local school choirs, takes place 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The entrance fee is two non-perishable food items–what a wonderful deal.
With all the holiday festivities, we’d love to have you come and stay with us at the Inn during the holidays. The Inn is decorated and festive and a wonderful place to stay after a day of holiday fun. You’ll find hot chocolate, tea and coffee available and a wonderful afternoon gathering including wine, tea and holiday goodies. Make reservations soon, we are already beginning to fill for the holidays. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Hot Springs Holiday Adventure.
With Halloween in the rearview mirror, we can’t help but look forward to the holiday season on the horizon. One of our favorite things about the holidays in Hot Springs, AR is the giant, gorgeous light display at Garvan Woodland Gardens.
Year-round, Garvan Gardens is 17 acres of beautiful blooms that showcase the natural beauty Arkansas is best known for. During the holiday season those 17 acres transform into over 4 million brilliant bulbs. Around each corner you can see a different vignette, from archways that are perfect for a quick holiday photo to a train for kids to play on to a gingerbread house you can walk through. You can make the trip as long or as short as you would like, wander through the acres at your own leisurely pace.
Located only a few minutes from Lookout Point, the Garvan Gardens holiday lights are a wonderful way to celebrate the joy and beauty of the holiday season. Each night, starting on November 19, the lights will be on display from noon to 9pm. Complimentary hot chocolate in included, so make the trip before the lights fade for the year on December 31!
If you would like to experience the holiday lights for yourself, stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast! There are gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, gourmet breakfast, and tranquility waiting for you. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
To see more of fall foliage and outdoors that Hot Springs National Park has to offer, try our Fall Foliage Package. (It includes tickets to see the beautiful botanical gardens, too!) You can also find our more about admissions to the holiday lights and the hours on the Garvan Woodland Gardens website.
Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is bursting with pride! Southern Living Magazine‘s November 2016 issue has named our inn as one of “The South’s Best Inns” and its choice for the state of Arkansas.
Southern Living noted that Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, located on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, is truly an inn for all seasons and for all reasons. From the nearby world-renown springs to horse racing season, from the inn’s setting with its plethora of nature to the inn’s comfortably elegant rooms, creative breakfasts, and magical labyrinth, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is an Arkansas bed and breakfast treasure as guests, and now Southern Living have discovered.
As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving in a few weeks, I have been thinking past holidays. Some years we spent with extended family, some times with just our “nuclear” family, some years with friends, and many holidays have been spent working to ensure others have a great holiday.
We strongly believe that living a life of gratitude is far more significant than displaying gratitude on an assigned date. However, there truly is something special about Thanksgiving: the food, the time with family/friends plus the intentional time to give thanks.
For what are you most grateful?
Here’s our 2016 Gratitude list:
The daily presence, grace and forgiveness of our loving Creator
Our competent and kind staff, who care deeply for our guests and each other
Close-by friends and family, who enrich our lives with their presence
Faraway friends and family, providing awesome travel destinations blessed with love
Our spectacular guests, who bring joy to the inn every single day!
Our goober rescue dog, sharing goofiness and hair always
Art! Our city is a mecca for deeply satisfying visual and performing arts
Nature. Surrounded by trees, hills, water, wildlife and such beauty fills our soul.
We invite you to reflect on the meaningful points in your life, and express your gratitude.
It would be a joy to welcome you to Lookout Point this Thanksgiving! For dinner on Thanksgiving day, one of the best spots in town to feast with a “Thanksgiving inspired” menu is Park Avenue Bistro. We’ll be happy to make dining reservations for you. Feel free to book your room online, or give us a call at 501-525-6155. From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
One Hot Springs gem that is often times overlooked is quartz mining. In fact, geologists have named Arkansas and Brazil as the best places in the world to find quality quartz crystals. In 1976, the quartz crystal was named the official Arkansas state mineral.
The Ouachita Mountain surrounding Hot Springs was considered a mystical location by Native Americans. The crystals which come from the mountains were believed to have sacred and spiritual significance. Historical evidence indicates that Native Americans as early as the 1500s were using quartz in tools and weaponry.Then in the early 1900s because of its ability to maintain steady vibrations, quartz was mined to use in oscillators. Oscillators can be used in computers, clocks, watches, radios and metal detectors.
Found in Arkansas at Coleman’s
Ron Coleman’s in Jessieville and Wegner’s in Mount Ida, both near Hot Springs, give visitors two extraordinary places to go prospecting for quartz crystal deposits. Coleman’s and Wegner’s offer:
All-day unlimited digging
Gift shops with quartz crystals to purchase
Even though the mines are open all year, the best months for digging are spring and fall when the temperatures are milder. It’s best to wear old clothes and shoes because digging for crystals is a dirty business. The best days for digging are after a rain. For more information check out colemanquartz.com or wegnercrystalmines.com.
Coming to Hot Springs for a Quartz Crystal Mining Getaway would be lots of fun and educational. We’d love to have you stay with us at our Hot Springs inn, and we’ll provide directions plus dark towels for cleaning up after your dig. We have wonderful rooms that are both comfortable and quiet and offer a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton. Fall is here offering cooler temperatures and would be the perfect time to check out the mines. Make your reservations for the Inn online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fun-filled Hot Springs vacation.
We are so very fortunate to have Kollective Coffee+Tea in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. First of all, the coffee and tea is superb and includes batch, manual and nitro cold brew coffees; espresso; latte; cappuccino, flat white, mocha, caramel latte, cortado and a large selection of loose-leaf tea. Second of all, Kollective sponsors Wednesday Night Poetry from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday and Lattes & Lit once a month.
The setting for this interesting coffee shop is impressive and comfortable, and the friendly staff makes the experience so much fun. It is a great place to order an memorable cup of coffee or tea along with something delicious to eat, and then spend time enjoying the wonderful historic architecture of the building and the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Wednesday Night Poetry features local, regional or touring artists who speak/perform for about 20 minutes. Then, Open Mic lets anyone perform for 3-4 minutes with readings, recitations or singing. Lattes & Lit is a monthly literary round table presenting a guest speaker extending interesting insights and then opening the conversation for discussion.
For a great getaway, stay at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn and continue with the great atmosphere from the coffee house. We offer a wonderful, tranquil experience at our Hot Springs luxury inn on the shores of Lake Hamilton. Our rooms and gathering places are incredibly comfortable and well appointed. We offer gourmet breakfasts (along with custom blend coffee) and beautiful gardens. Make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fabulous escape.
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America and an Academy-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. Yes, you get to vote on films, interact with actors, producers and directors and watch films from morning until late at night. Consider dressing the part for a raucous screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (featuring Barry Bostwick in person, oh my!)
This is truly one of the greatest events in Hot Springs, and folks travel from all over North America to attend our Film Festival. Get a VIP pass, and enjoy the entire scene. Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the HSDFI, and to host one of those actors named above. But we’re not telling the name, or when.
We’d love to have you be a VIP at Lookout Point for the Film Festival. You’ll be treated royally, as every guest experiences that enters our doors.
For those special people in your life, consider the gift of an awesome experience with a Gift Certificate to stay at Lookout Point! We will customize the gift card for you, in the amount of your choosing. (Many people select from $250-1,000).
Order Online or call 501-525-6155. Perfect for adult “children”, parents, weddings, anniversaries, or to honor employees.