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A Little History Lesson on Our Beautiful Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas

July 28th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

Of course everyone knows of Hot Springs, Arkansas as the “The Spa City”. Hot Springs is ripe with day spas and massage parlors. Bathhouse row, located in the historic district downtown, is one of the town’s biggest draws with the historical significance in and of itself. But what about the lakes? Here in Hot Springs, we know how to spend the summer!

First, a little history lesson…

Hot Springs is home to one of Arkansas’s aptly named “Diamond Lakes”.

And oh how they sparkle! Look!

In addition to being truly beautiful, the diamond lakes are also useful! Who knew?! Lake Hamilton, for example, was created by Arkansas Power & Light in 1932 with the vision of harnessing the natural power of running water to generate hydro-electricity. This would ensure the town could continue to support growth. With the installment of Carpenter dam a success, Lake Hamilton was born!
Lake Hamilton is over 7,000 acres of fun and not to mention some of the best fishing in the state. Residents and tourist alike get out on the water to cool off during the summer. At any given time, one would see jet skis, inner tubes, pontoon boats and skiers taking advantage of the spacious lake. Off of the main channel, you can find residents floating along in their canoes, paddle boats, and even simple inflatable rafts. Much of the lake is lined with condos, houses, and restaurants.
Visit Hot Springs!  Relax! Experience the beauty of Lake Hamilton for yourself!

Hot Springs hosts a chocolate-covered February!

January 31st, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

This month Hot Springs Arkansas is the place to be for all you chocolate lovers out there! On February the 6th, Embassy Suites will host the 6th Annual Chocolate Festival. Join the Hot Springs Hospitality Industry and indulge in “chocolate for charity” benefiting the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic.

Remember that each and every Wednesday here at Lookout Point is a Chocolate Covered Wednesday. Starting with a Berry Breakfast Sundae and ending with a little treat to finish of your evening as you retire into luxury.

Book a two night stay during the week this month and receive a complimentary half-dozen chocolate covered strawberries as well as our fine Risqué sparkling wine to savor with your sweetie. This special will only last for a limited time.

So many yummy reasons to reserve your Hot Springs getaway at our bed and breakfast inn!

Oaklawn Live Racing Season!

December 30th, 2010 by Kristie Rosset

The 107th Annual Live Racing Season opens this month at Oaklawn! The season starts January 14th with live races Wednesday though Sunday at 1:30 pm and on Saturdays at 1pm. Join with thousands of people from all over the world that travel here for the ultimate Spa City thrill, the horse races. Derby Day is April 16th!

 Come stay in Hot Springs at our bed & breakfast and we promise to get your race day off to a good start with a freshly prepared hearty breakfast!


Willie Nelson Coming to Hot Springs, Feb 21

January 20th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

American icon Willie Nelson will perform live at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs on Feb. 21, 2010.  The arena is a smaller, more intimate venue to see and enjoy this concert.  Of course, you’re invited to stay at Lookout Point while in Hot Springs for the concert!

“Nelson is widely recognized as an American icon. His distinctive music and other social and political activities sometimes take a backseat to his pop-culture public image, marked by his red hair, often divided into two long braids partially concealed under a bandana. He has been active in social and political causes ranging from tax protests to support for a Democratic effort in the mid-2000s to bust up a Republican gerrymandering attempt in Texas.”  HotSprings.org. 

Currently Willie Nelson is performing in Austin to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief.

Lookout Point on the Wheel of Fortune, TOMORROW, Sept. 30, 2009

September 29th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

You are invited to watch Wheel of Fortune tomorrow, September 30, to see a prize on the wheel from Lookout Point Lakeside Inn!  It will be exciting to hear Pat Sajak and Vanna White talk about the inn.  Certainly we hope a contestant wins the week long stay packed with great Hot Springs activities.  We hope you’ll watch Wheel of Fortune tomorrow, and provide some feedback on this blog or Facebook.

Frequently we hear,  “Wow!  How did you get on Wheel of Fortune?”  Bedandbreakfast.com is the exclusive contact for bed & breakfast prizes on the Wheel.  In April, we were contacted by Bedandbreakfast.com, asking if we were interested in providing a package for “Rooms With A View” week.  With an enthusiastic yes, we provided the details of a weeklong package, B-roll (video used for television), plus photos and descriptions of the inn.  During the summer, we learned that Lookout Point was selected.  The show was taped on August 6, and now the time is here.  Thanks for watching!

Kristie Rosset

August Special at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

August 13th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

It’s back to school season, and perhaps you’d like to sneak away for a couple of days before life gets too hectic.   We’re offering an August Special:  stay two nights anytime through the end of August.  You’ll receive one-half dozen chocolate covered strawberries in your room awaiting  your arrival, plus a chilled bottle of French Sparkling Wine (Risque by Toad Hollow) or a chilled bottle of sparkling juice. 

As an added bonus, the gardens are still lush and green.   From our Texas friends and guests, especially around the Austin area, we hear how dry and brown the earth is from the continuing drought.   That certainly isn’t the situation here on Lake Hamilton!  We’d love to see you, and hope you can get away for an end of summer trip.

Be sure to ask for the August Special.

Wine, Food & Art Extravaganza May 3 in the Hot Springs National Park

April 13th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park

An annual highlight for the Hot Springs National Park is the “Wine, Food & Art Extravaganza”. Held on May 3, 2009, the event successfully raises funds for the historic bath house renovations. Always a sell out, the Extravaganza is open to only 350 participants, with ticket cost of $100 per person. This is the ONLY time that all of of the bath houses are open, and these architectural jewels are worth the admission price. Not to mention the excellent food, wine and terrific art of local artists.

Here’s the promo from www.hotsprings.org: The 13th annual Wine, Food and Art Extravaganza will be held on historic bathhouse row in downtown Hot Springs. Eight bathhouses, many wineries, several chefs from local restaurants and a variety of art galleries will pool their talents to benefit the Friends of the Fordyce and Hot Springs National Park. This is the only time of the year the bathhouses are open to the public.

Give the inn a call at 501-525-6155/866-525-6155 to reserve your room for May 3, and we’ll also reserve your “Wine, Food & Art Extravaganza” tickets. Reserve soon, in order to still get a ticket.

Why stay at a bed & breakfast/inn? Thoughts from Hot Springs, Arkansas

April 6th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

View from Lookout Point guest roomsRecently, Ray & I stayed in a major (upper end) hotel for a wonderful conference.  As dedicated inn-goers, we have not stayed in a big hotel in recent years.  What a shock!  In this economy, resistance to the rates at the inn are true concerns that we hear.  However, check out this comparison of Lookout Point Lakeside Inn and the major hotel.

Upon arrival at midnight, we entered the lobby and our ears were nearly shattered with the noise of 3,000 teenagers shouting throughout the atrium of this 24 story hotel.  Lookout Point:  quiet.

Hotel Parking:  $27 per day                   Lookout Point:Complimentary    

Wireless internet:  $12.95/day PER computer   Lookout Point:  Free

Drinking Glasses:  $3.75 for two (there was no glassware, only styrofoam!)                                      Lookout Point:  Free          

Bottled Water:  $6/bottle           Lookout Point:  complimentary

Coffee:  $4/cup                               Lookout Point:  of course, free

Snacks:  $9/ea & up                      Lookout Point:  complimentary

Soft drink: $3.50                           Lookout Point:  free

Bellman:  $5 each time               Lookout Point:  free

Wine per glass:  $10-15              Lookout Point:  free at Innkeeper’s Reception

Breakfast:  $20 per person       Lookout Point:  Gourmet and complimentary, of course.  It’s part of the inn experience!

In-room movie:  $15                  Lookout Point:  complimentary movies

These additional add-ons can easily run beyond $124 per DAY!  Holy cow!  And the hotel’s daily rate was comparable to Lookout Point’s lower priced rooms (this was the negotiated conference rate).  Rack rate was higher than our rooms. 

Comparing room rates between an inn and a hotel is like comparing dogs and camels.  It’s not the same animal!  At inns, including ours, everything except lunch & dinner is included:  great breakfast, beach towels, canoe, movies, snack bar with soft drinks, Innkeeper’s Reception with wine & cheese & dessert, bottled water in the room.  In addition, the beds are dressed with great linens including fitted sheets.  (It just irks me in a hotel to have the sheet pull out because the hotel didn’t bother to use fitted sheets on the mattress.)  Plus the towels are fluffy and always in great condition. 

As you travel, consider treating yourself to a great stay at an inn or bed & breakfast:  you get a LOT of pampering for your hard earned dollars! 

If you have stories to share of your own experiences of the differences between hotels and inn/b&b’s I’d love to see your comments posted here.  Thanks!

Kristie Rosset

Mother/Daughter Getaway to Lake Hamilton

March 15th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Mother & Daughter getawayLarie & Abby, from the Dallas area, enjoyed a weekend away from responsibilities and work.   After two days of pampering, including a soak in the Hot Springs thermal mineral waters and great dining at Central Park Fusion, the duo returned home refreshed.  What a great way to spend time with one of the most important persons in your life–your mom or daughter.  Thanks for coming to Lookout Point, friends!     –Kristie

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