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Catch the Big One (Al) on Hot Springs’ Lakes

June 28th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Lake Hamilton from our Hot Springs, AR inn

View from Lookout Point Inn

In the great state of Arkansas, many people love to fish. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and kids enjoy spending time on the lakes fishing. Each year our city has a Fishing Challenge on Lakes Hamilton and Catherine with cash awards totaling $86,000! The biggest award goes to the angler who catches Big Al. He hasn’t been caught in the last four years and he’s worth $10,000!

Eight prize fish totaling $7,500 in prize money have been caught so far this summer.

Hot Springs fishing

Why not plan a trip to Hot Springs and try fishing for Big Al? The winner will go home $10,000 richer. Besides Big Al, the contest has additional smaller prizes of $500 to $5,000 to anglers who catch fish with tags that include a phone number and a prize number.

The released fish for the Fishing Challenge include:

  • Largemouth bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • White bass
  • Crappie

    Fishing in Hot Springs, AR

    Photos: AR Game & Fish

  • Walleye

Plenty of fishing goes on at the lakes besides the Fishing Challenge. Anglers come with their own boats, rent boats from businesses in Hot Springs or at the state parks, or fish from the bank. At the Inn, we have guests who enjoy fishing from our dock or from the canoe. We also have one extra boat slip that guest’s may reserve for their boat, complimentary.

Plan a fishing getaway and stay with us at the Inn! If you’re interested in having a fishing guide, we can organize that also. We’d love for one of our guests to win a big prize in the Fishing Challenge, so make reservations at our Hot Springs inn or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan an exceptional fishing expedition.

10 Summer Kids’ Activities in Hot Springs AR

June 18th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

mid america science museum

Mid-America Science Museum Skywalk

Summer reminds us of all the activities in Hot Springs AR that are great to enjoy with a kid (or as a kid at heart!). Here are ten of our favorite kids activities in the area:

10. Cutwell for Kids – On the first Saturday of every month, Cutwell 4 Kids (a non-profit organization) hosts a program at Maurice Bathhouse to allow kids to paint and create. Materials are provided to give kids an equal chance to express themselves artistically. It’s a great way to take in the history of downtown Hot Springs while creating something new. Plus, you can always follow it up with a cupcake from Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcakes!

9. Mid-America Science Museum – A great option for a rainy day or an inside activity, MASM has wonderful, engaging exhibits designed to spark your scientific understanding. Learn new things through observation and discovery at the newly renovated Smithsonian Affiliate.

8. Magic Springs & Crystal Falls – This amusement park has two sides–one dedicated to rides and the other to a water park. Both offer numerous fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

Kids Activities Hot Springs AR7. Hiking – Especially good for summer mornings, hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors and find new pockets of adventure. Our favorite trails are at Lake Catherine, which also has a waterfall for you to enjoy.

6. Lookout Point Cooking School for Kids – The Lookout Point Cooking School class for kids, which usually takes place in July, is a fun way for kids to learn basic kitchen skills, eat some tasty food, and spend a day making something in the kitchen. You can learn more about what’s in store for this year’s class (on July 25) on our website.

5. Movies at the Market – Each Thursday during the summer, Hot Springs hosts a free movie night at the Farmers Market. The movies are all family friendly, and there are snacks available for purchase. Check out the whole schedule.

4. Crystal Digging – Like going on a treasure hunt, digging for crystals gives kids the opportunity to discover souvenirs for themselves. Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mind, where the Inn recommends you dig, also has zip lining for the adventurous ones!

3. Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic – Maxwell Blade creates a magic show that’s entertaining for all ages. With equal parts of comedy and illusion, this show is a great way to spend an evening in Hot Springs National Park.

2. Food Truck Fridays – Make Friday the Fun Day by trying different kinds of foods downtown at the Farmers Market. With so many tasty options to choose from, you are sure to enjoy the fun atmosphere and music as much as you like the food.

1. Water Activities – There are five lakes around Hot Springs, including Lake Hamilton which our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is located on. Enjoy the lake with swimming, fishing, going on a boat tour with Captain Ray, or even canoeing in the Lookout Point canoe.

If you’d like help creating a great getaway for your family, stay at Lookout Point, where you can start each day with a gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

10 Great Activities for Summertime in Hot Springs

May 11th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

kayaking in Hot Springs, ARWe have fun in our great city year ‘round, but especially in the summertime. Since we have three lakes (Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita) water sports is probably the number one activity guests enjoy during the summer. Every type of water sport imaginable is possible in our area. At our cozy Hot Springs inn we have regularly scheduled boat tours as well as private sunset tours. We also have a canoe (complimentary) and kayaks for rent. That just skims the surface of what Hot Springs has to offer our guests during the warm weather season.

We have more summer events than we can mention in our blog, but our 10 favorites are:

  1. Magic Springs Hot Springs AR“Enchanted Forest” An Art Installation by W. Gary Smith at Garvan Gardens from May through spring of 2017
  2. 5th Annual $86,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge May 1 – July 31 on Lakes Catherine and Hamilton
  3. Crystal Falls Water Park Annual Reopening at Magic Springs May 7 through the summer
  4. 3rd Annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival 6-9 p.m. May 21 at Hot Springs Convention Center
  5. Pocket Theatre production of “Seeing Stars in Dixie” June 3-12 at The Pocket Theatre
  6. Hot Springs Music Festival June 5-18 at various venues throughout Hot Springs
  7. 4th Annual Tinkerfest June 18 at Mid-America Science MuseumBike Rally in Hot Springs AR
  8. Arkansas State Hog Rally June 22-23 at Hot Springs Convention Center
  9. July 4th Celebrations of Spa Blast in the Infield July 1st at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming. Hot Springs Fireworks July 2nd across Hwy 7 near the Clarion Hotel
  10. Jazz Fest Aug. 31-Sept. 5 at various venues throughout Hot Springs

For more information on these events and others visit www.hotsprings.org. Since these are our favorites at the Inn, many additional events in Hot Springs offer more opportunities for fun in the Spa City.

Anytime you are in Hot Springs during the summer months to enjoy water sports or special events, we’d love to have you round out your visit by staying at Lookout Point. Our beautiful Inn, situated on Lake Hamilton, provides views of the lake from every room. Enjoy a delicious freshly prepared breakfast in the relaxing dining room or outdoors on the terrace. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a Hot Springs summer vacation to remember.

Summer dining at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast

Even the Dining Room overlooks Lake Hamilton!

Kick Off Summer with Beer & Fireworks

May 5th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Beer and fireworks at the Hot Springs beer festivalThe month of May kicks off summertime in Hot Springs, and we’re ready to join in the fun!

Warm weather invites craft beer aficionados, so come on to the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival on May 21st at the Hot Springs Convention Center. With more than 70 local and regional breweries attending, you’ll have the opportunity to taste and compare. Purchase tickets for the Beer Festival directly at the festival. The Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery will be present, with tastes of their local brew using the Hot Springs Thermal Waters.

Complete the month with fireworks over the lake on Memorial Weekend. Enjoy spectacular fireworks, date TBD. Your Lookout Point Innkeepers will give you tips for the very fireworks watching locations. Our city celebrates every summer long weekend (Memorial, July 4th and Labor Day holidays) with fireworks over the lake.

We would love to be your home away from home for your trip to Hot Springs!  If you choose to stay 2 nights in May, you’ll receive one complimentary flight of beer at the Superior Brewery plus 2 free Lookout Point beer glasses. Book online, and use code CRAFTBEER16, or give us a call at 501-525-6155.

A Day at the Races :: Arkansas Derby 2016

March 15th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Could another Arkansas Derby winner pull off a Triple Crown victory this year?  Last year’s spectacular American Pharoah captured the Arkansas Derby, and stole our hearts as he went on to win the prestigious Triple Crown. Watching him race was nothing short of breath taking!

This year’s Racing Festival of the South begins April 13, and you’ll see great horses all week.  The Apple Blossom Race is on Friday, and the Arkansas Derby on Saturday April 16 completes the local racing season.  You’ll see some of the finest jockeys, trainers and horses compete.

Don’t forget your beautiful hats, women! Come to watch the people, the horses, and experience the best of springtime in Hot Springs.  We’d love to welcome you to our cozy Hot Springs inn, and currently there is limited availability.  We encourage dinner reservations to be made early, since our city is brimming with visitors for the Derby.

31 Hot Springs Adventures in 31 Days

March 1st, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

In honor of the 31 days in March we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do in Hot Springs, AR. Here are some highlights, in no particular order or ranking.Things to do in Hot Springs AR

  1. Gallery Walk – March 4th
  2. Oaklawn Live Thoroughbred Racing
  3. Golf
  4. Alligator Farm
  5. Canoe/Kayak
  6. Superior Bathhouse
  7. Gangster Museum
  8. High School Basketball State Tournament- March 10-12
  9. Mid-America 1st Anniversary Reopening – March 19th
  10. Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulips
  11. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concert @ Garvan Gardens – March 20th
  12. World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade w/ Bacon brothers – March 17th
  13. MassageCraft brews in Hot Springs
  14. Go-karts
  15. LaserTag
  16. Shopping
  17. Hiking Lake Catherine State Park
  18. Miniature Golf
  19. Motorcycle ToursHistoric Bathhouses Hot Springs AR
  20. Board Games
  21. Carriage Rides
  22. Fishing
  23. Crater of Diamonds State Park
  24. Mountain Biking at Cedar Glades Park
  25. Arlington Park – Hot Springs Fountains
  26. Climb Hot Springs Mountain
  27. Mountain Tower
  28. Arkansas Walk of Fame
  29. Bathhouses
  30. McClard’s Famous BBQ
  31. Eat 🙂

Let us assist in planning your perfect spring vacation with a stay at Lookout Point. After a day enjoying these exciting adventures, relax in one of our beautiful rooms and take in the gorgeous views.

Top 5 Winter Activities in Hot Springs, Arkansas

January 14th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

We are so fortunate to live in an area that is brimming with activities during the winter months. We don’t have much time between the end of the holidays and the beginning of fun and diverse activities in January in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

 

 

Bald Eagle thrills guests

Bald Eagle thrills guests

One of the most exhilarating events that we look forward to in the winter months is watching for bald eagles at the Inn. In addition, several state parks in the area have eagle watching tours including Lake Catherine, Lake Ouachita, DeGray Lake Resort and Pinnacle Mountain near Little Rock. It never gets old to see a bald eagle in flight. Check the state park websites for information on the tours.

 

 

Top 5 Winter Activities in Hot Springs, Arkansas:

  1. winter in Hot Springs, ArkansasBird Watching at the Inn includes watching flocks of many different species of birds on our feeders during the winter.
  2. Hiking during the winter is a great time to bundle up and head to one of the trails at the state parks, pack a picnic lunch and spend time in nature.
  3. Horse racing at Oaklawn starts Jan. 15 and continues every weekend until the middle of April. We are members of the Jockey Club and offer the opportunity for our guests
    to experience the horse races indoors in the luxury and quiet of the Jockey Club. The photo to the right is of Abel Flores (recent guest) riding the beauty Tapiture at Churchill.  Last year’s Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah won the Arkansas Derby!
Oaklawn Racetrack Hot Springs, Arkansas

Award winning photo by Barbara Livingston

  • Mid-America Museum continues to receive accolades for the fabulous exhibits at the Museum. It is a great place to visit anytime but especially when it is cold during the winter months.
  • Garvan Woodlands Gardens is also a fun place to visit year round. In February there are special events planned. Feb. 20 Nolen Buffalo will conduct several workshops titled “Do It Yourself” including beer making. Both events sound like fun.

 

 

 

If you are looking for a weekend getaway during the winter, we encourage you to come to Hot Springs and enjoy one or several of the activities that take place in January and February. Of course, the perfect pairing with the winter events includes a stay at the Inn. We have the fireplaces going; hot chocolate, tea and coffee brewing; a beautiful room with exquisite linens and comfortable beds waiting and plenty of time to grab a pair of binoculars and sit for a spell watching birds. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a winter retreat to remember.

Lookout Point Inn Cooking School :: 2016 Cooking Classes

January 7th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Cooking Classes in 2016 Include Lots of Instruction and Fun

 

We’ve had such a great time at the Lookout Point Inn Cooking School sharing our love of cooking with the wonderful people who’ve attended our classes. I’m not sure who has more fun, the staff or the attendees. We have a great line-up this year for our Cooking School starting in February and continuing through November.

 

The 2016 line-up includes:

  • Saturday, Feb. 6  Best of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, Part 1, with guest Chef Joyce Schulte from Seattle, one of the 8 Broads!
  • Saturday, April 23   Marinades, Grilling and Smoking Great Meat with Robby Theodore & Ray Rosset
  • Monday, June 27  Old Fashioned Cooking in Memory of Lula Barnes with guest Larie Engles
  • Monday, July 25  Cooking with Kids
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 Everything Bread: from Yeast to Sweet! With guest chef Kathryn White
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 Cheesecake Heaven with cheesecake queen Tiffany Wilson

 

cooking classes Hot Springs, Arkansas

If you love to cook and you’re always eager to learn more or if you are just beginning to learn to cook, you’ll take away a lot of new ideas and skills from spending time with us at Cooking School. We have a few guest instructors this year including two of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, mh master griller son-in-law Robby Theodore and Ray, and my good friend Larie Engles. Of course, I will be presenting/sharing all of the Cooking Schools along with the guest chefs.

 

Cooking School is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more detailed information check our website. The classes fill quickly so register early.  Attendees who are also guests at the Inn get a discount on Cooking School.

 

 

Staying at the Inn enhances the joy of attending the Cooking School. We have luxurious rooms all with a view of Lake Hamilton, scrumptious breakfasts, a wonderful staff who enjoy sharing their knowledge about Hot Springs and a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a chance to meet other guests. Make room reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll be glad to assist you.  ~ Kristie Rosset

 

 

 

Note:  Cooking School costs $70 per person ($60 if staying at the inn), payable at time of reservation for the Cooking School. Full refund offered if cancelled at least 7 days before the school.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr and Civil Rights in Arkansas

December 29th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Each year we pause to remember Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, along with the holiday on Jan. 18 and his powerful contributions to our country. Hot Springs honors Dr. King with a parade in historic downtown Hot Springs on Jan. 18.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

In the same spirit of gratitude, this past year I visited the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The site includes a Visitor Center with lots of interesting exhibits telling the stories of the Little Rock Nine at Central High School; Commemorative Garden; Education Center at the historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School.

At the Visitor Center my daughter, friend and I spent lots of time reading and listening to stories about the events surrounding the desegregation of Central High School in 1957. This was an historic event for the entire country and helped Arkansas offer a better and more equitable way to educate all of our children.

It occurred to me that making a visit to the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site around the time we celebrate MLK Day would be a great way to honor Dr. King’s memory. The Site is operated by the National Park Service and is open every day except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. For more information go online to www.nps.gov/chsc or call 501.374.1957. The onsite park rangers were information and helpful, and very open to being asked lots of questions.

It’s only an hour’s drive to the Historic Site in Little Rock from Hot Springs from the Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs bed and breakfast would be a great place to stay during the MLK weekend. We would be glad to help our guests plan a trip to Little Rock. In addition to the Historic Site, the Clinton Library is also a great place to learn a little more about our national and Arkansas history. At the Inn, we have a great location on Lake Hamilton to return to in the evening and a delicious breakfast to enjoy the next morning.

We’re glad to suggest places to dine and visit explore in Hot Springs.  Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll make suggestions for a wonderful Arkansas adventure.

Oaklawn Racetrack Hot Springs, Arkansas – January 2016

December 14th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Oaklawn Race Track in Hot Springs, AR

After all the holiday glitter has been put away and we vow to eat less and exercise more in 2016, horse racing season starts in the middle of January in Hot Springs. Horse racing at Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas is one of the most exciting Hot Springs events that happens all year. The 2016 racing season begins January 15 and runs through April 16. Last year’s winner of the Arkansas Derby, gorgeous American Pharoah, went on the win the Triple Crown!

Attending the races is an event our entire family loves, including our grandchildren. We spend a few days each season with our family and friends at the races, with lots of laughter and excitement.  Getting so close to these beautiful animals inspires awe.  Plus the food at Oaklawn Racetrack is delicious, the atmosphere electric and the horse racing exhilarating.

Races take place four to five days each week, with the calendar on Oaklawn’s website. The attendance at Oaklawn is the envy of most tracks around the country!

Part of the fun of coming to Hot Springs for horse racing is completing the weekend by staying with us at our top rated Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast. We can make reservations for our guests at the private Jockey Club at Oaklawn and enjoy watching the horse races from indoors with great food and easy access for placing bets on each race.

It’s an added treat to return to the luxurious Inn after the races, rest for awhile, make reservations for dinner at one of the fabulous area restaurants, and return to our lovely Hot Springs boutique hotel for a restful night’s sleep. Find your perfect room at our Hot Springs, Arkansas bed and breakfast! Each room has an incredible view of Lake Hamilton. Rise the next morning to the scents of breakfast cooking and coffee brewing. The pairing of Oaklawn horse races with a stay at the Inn makes for a wonderful Hot Springs getaway weekend. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help with all the details.

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