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New Look for Hotel Rooms Overlooking Lake Hamilton

January 31st, 2017 by Ray Rosset

At Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, we are constantly making changes and updating guest experiences. The conversion of the former Possum Grape Queen Room to the Paris Queen Room is complete. And we are so delighted with the changes!  In case you don’t know, all of our rooms are names after towns in Arkansas. There really is a Paris, Arkansas.

Old Possum Grape Room:

Possum Grape Room

New Paris Room:
Paris Room

closeup of our Paris room at our hotel on Lake Hamilton

updated bathroom in one of our lake view rooms

In addition to the new Paris Room, the bathroom of the Birdsong room has been freshened with new floor and shower floor tiles, plus a beautiful granite vanity top.

Prior to Update:

original bathroom in the Birdsong room

Updated Birdsong Bathroom:

updated bathroom at our boutique hotel on Lake Hamilton

bathroom makeover

You are invited to come check out the changes. As Katie wrote in a recent Trip Advisor review, “We were the first to stay in Paris, and we LOVED it. With warm gray, black and white, and accents of red, it is the ultimate combination of comfort and sophistication. The bathroom was also renovated and includes a really nice deep soaker tub.” 

Reserve your room online or give us a call at 501-525-6155.  See you soon!

Two Fun February Events in Hot Springs

January 24th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

In addition to live horse racing and romantic getaways throughout the month of February, two different but entertaining events occur.

The Home & Garden Show showcases vendors with the very latest ideas and equipment for indoor and outdoor living. Some of the companies include landscaping, windows and doors, painting, cleaning, siding, electronics, lawn mowing, hot tubs, pools, energy savings and plumbing. Anyone interested in updating or changing indoor and outdoor spaces would enjoy time at the show.

treats from the Hot Springs Chocolate FestivalOn Feb. 5 the 13th Annual Chocolate Festival takes place at Embassy Suites. This event is a fundraiser benefitting Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic. It’s a day to indulge in decadent sweets for a very good cause. In addition to chocolate, the festival includes a silent auction and live entertainment. Sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy chocolate and contribute to a good cause. The lines are often long, so we recommend purchasing tickets prior to the event.

 Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is a great place to stay in Hot Springs for a weekend seeking home improvement ideas and eating lots of great chocolate. In the afternoon at the Inn, you’ll enjoy a reception including wine, tea and appetizers, and frequently we serve chocolate desserts.

Don’t miss out on this fun first weekend in February. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you with your plans. Check out our specials offered throughout February. 

Love Is In The Air Throughout February

January 17th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

chocolates and rosesLong stem roses, champagne, fine chocolates, couples massage… It is easy to romance your Love in Hot Springs while staying Lookout Point.  In addition to the luxury accommodations, you and “Your’s truly” will wake up to gourmet breakfast and then an innkeepers reception in the afternoon.  You can stay “inn” watching a movie, reading a book by the fire, or bird watching in the gardens. 

If you wish to venture out we will be happy to help reserve you a table at one of our favorite local restaurants.  While out for an evening head downtown for a horse drawn carriage ride to enjoy a one of kind historic downtown experience. Love in Hot Springs, AR

Throughout February, save $20 when you stay any two nights in February, and add the Inn the Mood Package (reg. $90, now $70 with this offer). Plus we’ll sprinkle fresh rose petals in your private bathroom. Use code LOVE17 when booking online. Just select your room, then add the Inn the Mood Package.  

Your Next Getaway: Holiday Recovery

January 4th, 2017 by Ray Rosset

holiday recoveryEach year, the holidays are filled with many gatherings. Though these range in size, are filled with great food and amazing fellowship with friends and family, the weeks of gatherings and shopping leave me feeling overwhelmed. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I leave the holidays feeling like I need to recharge.

The new year offers the opportunity to start fresh, rejuvenate. After the decorations are put away, I find that the perfect solution to a peaceful January is a change of pace. A relaxing getaway is a great option for giving you a much needed break.

Some of our best tips for recovering from the holidays are:

  • get great rest in a great bed, with soft sheets and sumptuous pillows
  • take time for you–a soaking bath or relaxing with a great view
  • give yourself time to reflect and refresh by taking a walk outside

At Lookout Point, we can help you with the best steps you need to create a relaxing getaway for you, or for you and your loved ones. Hot Springs National Park has a beautiful backdrop for holiday recovery, with quaint shops and hiking trails and lovely festivals. The Inn will be the perfect sanctuary for your rejuvenation, and you can reserve your stay online or call 501.515.6155 for more information.

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.

Southern Living Picks Hot Springs Inn for The South’s Best Inns!

November 4th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Our Hot Springs Inn featured in Southern Living MagazineLookout 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.

We’d love to welcome you for a relaxing getaway to Hot Springs!

2016 Thanksgiving Gratitude in Hot Springs

October 26th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

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!family at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

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.

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