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Rock Hounds Love Crystal Mining in Hot Springs

October 20th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Crystal mining in Hot Springs, AR

Digging at Ron Coleman’s

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.

Crystals Found in Arkansas at Coleman's

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:

  • Daily mining
  • Mine tours
  • 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.

Hot Springs, Arkansas Colorful Past, Present and Future

September 8th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs is rife with an interesting history starting with the Native American inhabitants before the first Europeans arrived. The Native Americans referred to this area as Valley of the Vapors and they obviously understood the significance of the hot springs, befitting from the healing of the hot mineral waters.

In the mid-1500s Spanish and French settlers came to the area and Hernando de Soto visited the region in 1541.Historic bath houses in Hot Springs, AR In the late 1800s bathhouses were completed and Hot Springs became an elegant spa resort. President Andrew Jackson named Hot Springs as the first federal reservation in 1832, which was essentially America’s first national park. For centuries, continuing today, people traveled to the Spa City for healing!

U.S. presidents visited Hot Springs to soak in the hot mineral waters and enjoy the flourishing amenities. In the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, Hot Springs became a popular spot for organized crime vacations with Al Capone, Frank Costello, Bugs Moran, Lucky Luciano visiting the area on a regular basis. The lively Gangster Museum will fill in the fun details!

In the 1880s, the Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs) held spring training in Hot Springs with many teams following.  Many baseball greats including Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Cy Young trained in Hot Springs with their teams long before the grapefruit and citrus leagues began spring training in Arizona and Florida. The Army and Navy Hospital, the first combined hospital designed to treat patients in the Army and the Navy, opened as the first of its kind in the U.S. in Hot Springs.Famous Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, AR

Thoroughbred racing started in Hot Springs in 1904 at Essex Park with Oaklawn Park opening the following year. For more than 100 years, talented horses and horse people come to the city. Hot Springs has lots of historical places to visit in the city and lots of rich history to learn about. Some of the famous historical places in Hot Springs include:

Planning a weekend to learn more about the rich history of Hot Springs will be both educational and fun. Stay at the Lookout Point while you’re in town for a great way to complement your getaway retreat. We offer a beautiful Inn situated on Lake Hamilton with relaxing and gorgeous views of the Lake from each room. Our gourmet breakfasts are out of this world and our attention to detail in every area of the Inn is exquisite. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your visit to this lively Spa City.

We are excited to live in Hot Springs, and look forward to the city’s grand future.


Lake Catherine State Park: Summer Day Trips

August 21st, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Lake Catherine hikingLake Catherine is the smallest of our three area lakes near Hot Springs and is the least crowded, and one of the true gems in our area. It is easy to make a day of fun spending time hiking at Lake Catherine State Park, lunching on Lake Catherine in Diamondhead and spending the afternoon among the trails and beautiful flowers at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Since the mornings are a little cooler, starting your day early at Lake Catherine State Park for an early hike on one of the four lovely hiking trails is a great way to kick off a day of fun enjoying the beauty of the area. The four hiking trails are:

  1. Slunger Creek Nature Trail, 5/8 mile for hikers of all levels
  2. Dam Mountain Trail, 4 miles, moderate difficulty with streams and cascades
  3. Horseshoe Mountain Trail, 3 ½ miles, moderate difficulty with scenic vistas
  4. Falls Branch Trail, 2 miles, moderate difficulty with a waterfall

Lake Catherine State ParkAfter a morning of hiking at the state park, visitors can leave and go a couple of miles down the road to the newly opened Eagles Point Grill & Marina in Diamondhead (pictured here). The marina café is situated on Lake Catherine with lake views and tables on the deck. The food is delicious with one of the specialties being fresh shrimp flown in each day. The hamburgers are also scrumptious and notoriously large. Appetizers include fried mushrooms, stuffed jalapenos, quesadillas, fried pickles, loaded fries and Zydeco shrimp. There’s much more on the menu. The restaurant is the perfect stop to rest, enjoy the lake and replenish with great food.

From Diamondhead it’s only a short drive to the world-class Garvan Gardens. The Gardens are beautiful all year, but they are fun to visit in the summer with blooming annuals and perennials especially colorful this time of year. Be sure and take your camera, water bottle and comfortable shoes because there are about 5 miles of walking trails. The Chipmunk Café in the gardens is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy a cold drink and snack. Special events are going on throughout the summer and are enjoyable to plan a visit around.

Lookout Point Inn is a short distance from Lake Catherine and a relaxing place to return to after a day of hiking and fun. We have snacks and cold drinks waiting in our snack bar and a delicious afternoon gathering with dessert, appetizer, tea and wine. Our rooms are beautiful and incredibly comfortable. Most rooms have a patio or balcony to enjoy during the day and evening. Make reservations for the Inn online or by calling 501.525.6155.

Check Out the Hot Springs AR Art Scene

July 22nd, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Art abounds in Hot Springs from so many different venues. The atmosphere in Hot Springs is conducive to inspiring quite a few local artists. The medium varies but the art and galleries are quite impressive.

Favorite Local Artists:


Family enjoying art from a Hot Springs, AR art galleryOne of our favorite local artists, Robin Young, is not hard to find. Robin is one of our fabulous innkeepers at Lookout Point and her art is displayed prominently down the hallway on the first floor. How inspiring for all of us at the Inn to work with Robin and be able to enjoy her artwork every day. She has watercolors of animals, children, nature and local well know Hot Springs subjects, all of which are for sale. Robin owned an art gallery outside of Washington D.C. and has a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Another of my favorite local artists is Alison Parsons. Alison uses whimsy in her animated paintings saturated with bold color. We have a few of her pieces at our Hot Springs inn and she owns Alison Parsons Gallery in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. Her paintings can be found throughout the world and her creativity is certainly a treasure for Hot Springs.

Richard Stephens is another of my favorite local artists. His work is featured in several of the galleries downtown. We have a couple of his pieces in the Inn and get lots of ooohs and aaahs over them. According to his website, “Although recognized for his landscape, architectural and figurative work Stephens feels the real subjects of most of his paintings are his brushwork and the light he tries to capture and amplify through value contrast and an unexpected color palette.

For the size of Hot Springs, we are blessed with quite a few local art galleries. Most of the galleries are situated in the same area of Hot Springs and are fun to browse from gallery to gallery and enjoy some time taking in some of the local artistic talent.

On the first Friday of each month the galleries offer Gallery Walk. The art galleries stay open in the evening from 5-9 p.m. and serve wine, tea, lemonade and appetizers. Gallery Walk brings in visitors to our area and is an enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening.

We’d love to have you stay with us at the Inn and to help you organize a Hot Springs art getaway. Guests can start at the Inn by talking with Robin about her work and about art and artists in the area. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous weekend exploring the Hot Springs AR Art Scene.

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 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.

Top 5 Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

April 14th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Mother's Day Gifts Hot Springs ARSpring has sprung, which means it’s the perfect time of year to appreciate the strong women in your life! Mother’s Day is around the corner, and it has us thinking of what we value most in holiday celebrations–time spent together with family and friends.  With the busy lives we all lead, Mother’s Day has the opportunity to be a day set aside for laughing, talking, and making new memories.

One way that we show our appreciation for all the hard work the women in our lives accomplish is to give them gifts. From the homemade to the big picture items, we have a few suggestions for Mother’s Day gifts for you!

5. Spa Day – Treat her to a day completely focused on pampering her! Whether you give her a spa basket (like the one in the Lookout Point gift shop) or you take her for a massage, it is sure to be a day she appreciates completely!

4. Lookout Point Cooking Classes – Give her the gift of creativity and laughter with a gift certificate to attend the Lookout Point Cooking School! Kristie will make her feel welcome, and she’ll leave with new knowledge and new friends.

3. Gifts in a Jar – Jars are easy to make personal and cute; plus, the gifts travel and store easily! Some of our favorites include bath salts, cookie mix, hot chocolate mix, and pedicure-in-a-jar.

2. Trip to Lookout Point Inn – Our Hot Springs bed & breakfast is the perfect getaway for the women in your life, with a gorgeous garden by the lake and gourmet breakfast each morning. She can explore the many fun activities in Hot Springs while she’s here!

1. Gift Certificate – A gift certificate for a stay at our Arkansas b&b, or to attend one of our cooking classes, will give her the flexibility to enjoy Mother’s Day with family and enjoy personal time later.

If you’d like to experience this sanctuary along the edge of Lake Hamilton, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. Gourmet breakfast and gorgeous views await you!

Celebrating 100 years at Hot Springs National Park!

April 5th, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs National Park, named one of the top 15 visited National Parks in the USA, invites visitors from around the globe to downtown Hot Springs. This year the country celebrates 100 years of existence of the national park system, which was by President Woodrow Wilson and signed into law. Hot Springs National Park became an official national park in 1921.

National Park Promenade at Hot Springs National Park

National Park Promenade

According to National Geographic Magazine, “The park calls itself the ‘oldest area in the national park system’ because in 1832, before Yellowstone became the first national park, President Andrew Jackson set aside the hot springs as a special reservation.”

Each day about 700,000 gallons of water flows through 47 springs in Hot Springs National Park. We are so proud of our rich heritage because we are the only place where a national park is actually bordered by a city.

Included in Hot Springs National Park is Bathhouse Row, a part of the National Historic Landmark District and represents an impressive collection of bathhouses. The Hot Springs National Park area includes a number of places to visit and honor our rich history. Some of those include:

Fordyce Vistors Center at Hot Springs National Park

Fordyce Vistors Center

  • Fordyce Bathhouse, the visitor’s center and museum
  • Quapaw Bathhouse, with 4 pools and a modern spa
  • Superior Bathhouse, now a brewery, distillery and restaurant
  • Buckstaff Bathhouse, operating continuously since 1912
  • Ozark Bathhouse, currently a Cultural Center
  • Grand Promenade, a pathway situated above the bathhouses
  • Mountain Tower, 21 stories for an overview of the city and area
  • Jug fountains where people fill containers with hot springs water
  • Hiking trails in the National Park Mountains

We have so many interesting places in Hot Springs to experience every day, and the area situated in the national park is filled with great history and fun things to do. So, when you plan a visit to Hot Springs National Park this year take time to celebrate with us 100 years of being a special place within the national park system.

While you’re here, please complete your trip by staying with us at Lookout Point. We are honored to be in an area rife with history. At the Inn we are situated on Lake Hamilton with beautiful views and a very peaceful setting including our extraordinary gardens. Each of our rooms has its own personality and our breakfasts are, by far, the best in town. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan your trip to celebrate 100 years of national park history.

Here’s a link to a recent CBS news article on Hot Springs National Park.

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.

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