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Five Wonderful Winter Activities in Hot Springs, AR!

December 6th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

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:

Male Cardinal in Hot Springs, AR

Male Cardinal

  1. 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.  
  2. 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. 
  3. 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

    Quapaw Bathhouse & Spa

  4. 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.  
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.

Top 4 Hot Springs Holiday Concerts 2016

November 21st, 2016 by Ray Rosset

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Boating on a Beautiful Hot Springs AR Lake

August 4th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

boat tour 2015Grab your swimsuit, sunscreen, toys and goggles and spend some time in the water this summer. The number one pastime in Hot Springs during the summer months is boating. The water has warmed in our area lakes; lots of boats, skis, wakeboards, tubes and blow-up floats are popping up everywhere on the water. Boating is certainly popular and it’s so much fun.

We spent last night with good friends on our boat. We stopped for a swim and to float around, then we had our supper on the boat and swam some more. Nothing can beat spending quality time with family and friends in the water.
If you don’t own a boat, that is no problem in Hot Springs. We have lots of places to rent boats, skis, tubes, kneeboards, life vests and stand up paddle boards. There are rental places on Lakes Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita. Some of the rental places are:

  • Sunset Cruise Hot Springs ARAqua Fun Boat Rentals on Lake Ouachita
  • Gregg Orr Marine on Lake Hamilton
  • Kahuna Bay Boat Rental & Marina on Lake Hamilton
  • Lake Catherine State Park on Lake Catherine
  • Long Island Lake Resort on Lake Hamilton
  • Paradise Cove on Lake Hamilton
  • Salty Dog Boating Center on Lake Hamilton

For our guests at the Inn we also have boating choices. One of our most popular summer boating outings is with Captain Ray. He offers 90-minute boat tours of Lake Hamilton that include stories of the history of the lake. They are usually from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Capt. Ray also offers private sunset boat tours for two on the Lookout Point pontoon. Kayaks are also available for rental for up to four hours or for a full day. The single person kayaks are easy to maneuver and lots of fun. Our canoes are also popular to use year ‘round but especially in the warm months. For reservations for a boating outing call the Inn at 501.525.6155 or reserve after checking in.

Why not plan a super fun boating vacation in Hot Springs and stay with us at the Inn? We are situated on beautiful Lake Hamilton with stunning views of the lake from each of our rooms. Most rooms have covered balconies or patios and are perfect for outdoor fun. Reservations fill quickly, so give us a call at 501.525.6155 or make reservations online for a fun-filled summer getaway including lake activities. We’ll help you plan your trip!

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.

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