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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!

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission :: Celebrating 100 Years

March 11th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fishing on Lake Hamiltonwas established March 11, 1915, to protect Arkansas’ natural resources and provide conservation of both game and fish in the state and will celebrate a special birthday soon. The Commission was influenced by President Theodore Roosevelt and his conservation efforts.

My precious grandson loves to hunt and fish with his dad and thanks to the Game and Fish Commission he has a wonderful place to learn to become a great hunter and fisherman. According to “A Century of Conservation” published for the anniversary, the Game and Fish Commission was established at a time when the conservation of the state’s natural resources was vital for the survival of our game and fish.

Thanks to the president and forward thinking people in Arkansas 100 years ago we have great and abundant natural resources because of the many years of developing and protecting our game and fish. Maybe this is one of the reasons Arkansas is known as the “Natural State.”

At the our Hot Springs B&B we are grateful to be situated on Lake Hamilton, one of three lakes in Hot Springs, where our guests can enjoy boating and fishing during their stay. We always have a canoeCanoe Trip on Lake Hamilton available to use on the lake plus boat tours during the summer months with Capt. Ray. Guests can also reserve a slip and bring their own boat to use on the lake.

Some of our guests enjoy fishing on the lake and especially appreciate time with a professional fishing guide. Two of the many services available in the Hot Springs area we recommend are Sam Richardson Guide Service and Action Fishing Trips.

Enjoying our abundant natural resources in Arkansas and in Hot Springs is something we don’t take for granted. The lakes and mountains are stunning year around. Lakes Hamilton and Catherine are scheduled to be refilled three feet March 6-14. So, we’re getting ready for spring and summer visitors who enjoy the natural beauty in our area.

We’d love to welcome you to our luxurious Arkansas bed and breakfast and enjoy all the amenities on Lake Hamilton. Each of our individually-themed rooms has a lovely view of the lake. Reservations fill quickly this time of year and we wouldn’t want you to miss time on the lake to swim, boat or fish. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Arkansas vacation.

Here’s a special thank you to all the many individuals who’ve helped conserve our Arkansas natural resources for 100 years. Thanks to those efforts my grandchildren’s children and grandchildren will also enjoy hunting and fishing with an abundance of Arkansas game and fish.

Inspirational Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library

August 24th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chihuly at Clinton Presidential LibraryOne of the nice things about living in Hot Springs is the close proximity to Little Rock and all the cultural arts available in the city. Currently, one of the astonishing art displays in Little Rock is the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library.

Dale Chihuly is a renowned American artist, who is well known internationally, and helped to elevate the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. His presentation of color, shape and form are exquisite. His talent is amazing and such a gift for anyone who visits his exhibits. We’re lucky to have such amazing art to experience in Little Rock through January 5, 2015.

Four specific installations are featured at the Clinton Library including Red Reeds which is visible outdoors at the entrance and has dramatic lighting at night; Sea Blue and Green Tower which is situated in the Sky Lobby and includes about 700 hand-blown glass elements; the Mille Fiori installation that features an incredible Dale Chihuly garden of glass; and Seaforms and Drawings which reflects inspiration from the sea and is on view in a temporary exhibition space. The Chihuly glass is just amazing. His art is an inspiration to be more creative and think outside the box. His advice for young aspiring artists is: “Surround yourself with artists and see as much art as possible. Go with your gut and create something that nobody has ever seen before.” For more information on the Chihuly exhibit go online to www.clintonfoundation.org/Chihuly.

If you’re planning a trip to the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Library, we’d love to have you come to Hot Springs to spend some time with us and stay at Lookout Point Inn. We have artists’ work on display in our common areas and support all the cultural arts. Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with all rooms having a view of the lake, most with patios or balconies. It is a beautiful place to unwind and enjoy the peaceful gardens and labyrinth and the serenity and beauty of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan a trip to Hot Springs with a special excursion to Little Rock to the Chihuly Exhibit.

Three Lakes in Hot Springs, AR Offer Abundance of Water Sports

July 7th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Lake HamiltonOne of the most enchanting reasons to choose to come to Hot Springs for a vacation is the beauty and availability of water sports on any of the three picturesque lakes in the area – Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita and Lake Catherine.

For our guests at Lookout Point Inn who want to bring a boat with them, we offer a slip rental during their stay at the Inn. For our guests who want a leisurely boat ride on Lake Hamilton, Capt. Ray offers a boat trip from Lookout Point Inn. We even have weddings from time-to-time on the boat. We also have a canoe at our boat dock for guests to use on the water, as well as two kayaks guests can rent. Our Two Lakes, Three Nights Package offers kayaking with a professional guide on Lake Ouachita and canoeing on Lake Hamilton with a special picnic lunch for two including a souvenir backpack and water bottles, giving guests the opportunity to fully enjoy the water.

Guests who want to rent a boat, houseboat, kayak, canoe, jet skis, wave runners, kneeboards, tubes, or any water toys have a wide assortment of places to rent on each of the area lakes. On Lake Hamilton we recommend Salty Dog, Kahuna Bay Boat Rentals, Lake Hamilton Watersports, Inc., or Marineland. Lake Ouachita offers Tiny’s Water Toys, Lake Ouachita State Park Marina, or Echo Canyon Marina. The smaller of the three lakes, Lake Catherine, offers boat and kayak rentals at Lake Catherine State Park Marina at affordable rates.

Hot Springs is situated in such a beautiful area with three gorgeous lakes. We’d love to have you plan a vacation to Lookout Point Inn and include one of the many choices for water recreations. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your stay and schedule the right water sport for you and your family.

Where are Hiking Trails in Hot Springs AR?

June 26th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

My exercise of choice is walking so taking a guided hike in Hot Springs National Park with a park ranger is a treat I enjoy as often as I can. We are fortunate that the north end of the city is included in Hot Springs National Park.

Hot Springs National ParkOne of the many advantages of visiting Hot Springs is the availability of a myriad of hiking trails in the National Park. As a result we have park rangers who are very knowledgeable about the area and plan guided park hikes for Saturday mornings year around. In the summer the hikes are extended from Wednesday through Saturday.

The hikes led by park rangers take place 9 a.m.- noon on one of the trails in the Park. Those wanting to participate in a guided hike meet in front of Fordyce Bathhouse in the middle of Bathhouse Row at 9 a.m. The guided park hikes begin June 11 and continue throughout the summer. Dogs are welcome on hikes also as long as they are on a leash and as long as their owners clean up after them.

Some of the health benefits from walking in a forested setting include boosting mood, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, increasing vitamin D levels, improving the ability to concentrate, improving physical health, and, in children, reducing symptoms associated with ADHD.

The National Park has 26 miles of trails with easy access. So when you come to town for a visit remember to bring your athletic shoes, water bottle and some sun screen and plan to take in a guided tour on one of the trails. For more information on the hikes, go online to www.nps.gov/hosp or call 501.620.6715

And, when you’re planning your vacation to Hot Springs, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We’re tucked away on Lake Hamilton in a beautiful setting with a flowering garden and labyrinth near the water. All our rooms are extremely comfortable, with luxurious beds and a gorgeous view of the lake. Our breakfasts are by far the best in Hot Springs. We offer an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy nature. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fun trip to Hot Springs including a guided park hike.

New! Lakeside Garden Wedding Packages on Lake Hamilton

March 18th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

We are delighted to offer a new suite of intimate Wedding Packages at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast! Designed for brides & grooms seeking a never-to-be-forgotten wedding, the new Diamond Wedding Package offers a memorable experience for all the guests.

The inn’s lakeside gardens, framed by beautiful trees and celebratory 20-foot high feather banners, makes a stunning back drop for your personalized service. Our wedding coordinator, Tiffany, handles all of the details. Which means that the bride and groom can approach their wedding completely stress-free.

We want your wedding to perfectly reflect your personality and character! For more info, contact weddings@LookoutPointInn.com, or give Tiffany or Kristie a call at 866.525.6155.

Beautiful Gardens Full of LIfe in Hot Springs

October 28th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Thanks to our recent guest, Melanie, we have incredible new photos from our gardens, and we just have to share them with you!

With a little patience and a watchful eye, you will be treated to the wonder of ever changing beauty in the gardens of our inn. We would love to welcome you to Lookout Point!

USA Today Picks Lookout Point for Leaf Peeping!

October 6th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Leaf peeping in Arkansas is a lovely experience.

Lookout Point offers great views

View fall foliage from your deck!

We’ve just started to see a few leaves turning, and usually peak season is the end of October or early November. Lookout Point has been privileged to receive great publicity lately, in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

In USA Today, “This 12-room lodging in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking Lake Hamilton offers leaf-peeping from private decks. Peak foliage may not be happening till late October or in November.

Lookout Point was named one of the top ten B&B’s (by The Huffington Post) for enjoying fall foliage from the comfort of your own porch at the inn. The blog from The Post states: “Indulge in deep relaxation at the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn which is surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and overlooks placid Lake Hamilton. Enjoy your morning coffee and the foliage view from your private deck before taking a walk along the labyrinth waterfront trail.”

We are honored to be included in these prestigious publications! If possible, come to the inn and enjoy some beautiful fall foliage in Arkansas!

Walking the Labyrinth at Lookout Point, Hot Springs

July 11th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

When Ray and I first talked about building Lookout Point Inn we discussed the possibility of incorporating a labyrinth

Labyrinth in Hot Springs Arkansas

Lookout Point’s Labyrinth

into the landscape. Then, the more we planned the more it became a very necessary component of our design. The labyrinth is a beautiful part of our landscape sitting adjacent to the gardens and breathtaking yet calming view of Lake Hamilton.

The design is the Chartres 11 Circuit Labyrinth. It’s an old design that comes from the 13th century and the original can still be walked in the Chartres Cathedral in France. This design has been duplicated many times in many places all over the world. The experience of walking a labyrinth is meant for all faith traditions and is considered a form of walking prayer and meditation. For me, walking the labyrinth calms my mind and opens my heart.

We’ve had many guests walk our labyrinth during their stay at the inn. We’ve also had weddings, baptisms, Easter Sunrise,  and other services held on the labyrinth. It is such an integral part of who we are,  and it invites those who walk the labyrinth a quiet and reflective journey away from our busy lives. I’d love to have you walk the labyrinth on your next visit to the inn or use the labyrinth to celebrate a meaningful event in your life.

Walking the labyrinth does not demand a great amount of concentration in order to benefit from the experience. The sheer act of walking a complicated path …begins to focus the mind. A quiet mind does not happen automatically. But the labyrinth experience …helps us distinguish superficial extraneous thoughts from the ‘thought’ that comes from our soul level and that each of us longs to hear.  —Dr. Lauren Artress,“Walking a Sacred Path”

Fun On Crystal Clear Lake Hamilton

June 12th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most beautiful lakes in Arkansas is literally in our back yard. Lake Hamilton

Beautiful Lake Hamilton

is gorgeous and offers so much fun year ‘round but especially during the summer months. Guests at our Hot Springs B&B all have awesome views inviting you to sit and spend some quiet time gazing on the beauty of the lake. It soothes your soul and slows a racing mind.

In addition to slowing down and getting in touch with the natural beauty, the lake has opportunities for all water lovers. From July 6-31, guests at Lookout Point can receive a free boat ride for two with Captain Ray when  staying four nights at the inn. If you haven’t had a boat ride with Capt. Ray you’ve missed out on a wonderful experience on the lake–and most of his stories are true!

You may also use our canoe free of charge and, of course, take a swim in the refreshing water. Beach towels provided, of course. We’re happy to help in renting kayaks, delivered to the inn for you. If you’ve never been in a kayak or SUP, this summer might be the time to add this exciting adventure to your repertoire.

For those who love to fish, we have different options to offer. Guests may  fish off our seawall as often as you like, catching crappie, bream and bass. (Try saying crappie, bream and bass fast three times!)  If you want more fishing adventure, we can arrange a guide who will assist you on an area lake, promising you’ll make some great catches. Advance reservations required for the fishing guide.

Another option on the lake is renting a pontoon boat from a nearby marina. We’re always eager to help guests make arrangements and send you off for a fun day on the prettiest lake in the area.

When we say crystal clear Lake Hamilton, we are serious! The lake is clean and really clear to seven feet. The bottom is shale and, therefore, not muddy! What more can water enthusiasts ask for from a lake?

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