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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.

Summer at the Hot Springs Farmers Market

June 11th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Farmers MarketThe Hot Springs Farmers Market supplies produce that is extremely healthy, plentiful and locally grown in early summer. In the last few seasons the Market has added Food Truck Friday on the last Friday of the month through October and Movies at the Market on Thursdays through July.

All of the events at the Farmers Market are fun and entertaining for locals and a special attraction for our visitors to Hot Springs. During the summer the Market is open 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays or until the produce runs out and 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Market always offers quality home-grown produce, and some additional items include:

  • Fresh herbs, plants and flowers
  • Eggs and meat products
  • Fresh-baked breads and desserts
  • Local honey, jams, jellies and spreads
  • Live music

Food Truck Friday started in 2015 and was such a hit it has continued. Food Truck Friday takes place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the last Friday of the month at the Farmers Market. Some of the vendors include:

  • Cajun Delights @ Kristina’s
  • Itz Gud Fud
  • Little Penguin Tacos
  • Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches
  • Stevie’s Lunch Box
  • Whitworth’s Concessions

Movies at the Market offers free movies on Thursday evenings in June and July in a family friendly atmosphere. Participants are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets, pets on leashes, bug spray, plus ice chests (no glass containers).

The fun summer movies include:

  • June 9 Jurassic World
  • June 16 Karate Kid
  • June 23 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • June 30 Cinderella
  • July 7 Despicable Me2
  • July 14 Blue Hawaii
  • July 21 Top Gun

The Hot Springs Farmers Market has a lot to offer of good family fun. Our out-of-town visitors can add a bit of local food and excitement to the list of enjoyable things to do in Hot Springs.

While in the area, we would love to have you stay with us at our Hot Spring bed & breakfast. The gardens are blooming; the canoe, kayaks and Captain Ray’s boat trips are great hits; our delicious breakfasts include summer fruit and veggies; and the view of the lake from each of our rooms is stunning. Sounds like fun? It is! Make reservations for a Hot Springs getaway early as we fill up quickly in the summer. Reserve online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your summer adventure.

The Hot Springs Farmers Market has so much more than just fresh produce. Food Truck Friday, Movies at the Market there’s so much to check out!

Family Fun On the Playlist at 2016 Magic Springs Concert Series

May 17th, 2016 by Jenna Tackett

Magic Springs Concert Series 2016The Magic Springs Concert Series is known for attracting a variety of musicians–from current pop and country to 80s and 90s hits to Christian artists. This year’s line up is sure to please the entire family, or be a lovely outing for two.

Starting June 4th with Hunter Hayes (pictured above), the concert series will have a different band every Saturday until September 4th. The lineup includes Hinder, MercyMe, Cheap Trick, Maddie & Tae, Dwight Yoakam, Blues Traveler, and more. Each concert takes place in the Timberwood Amphitheatre, where you can listen to great music while relaxing on the lawn.

Plus, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Amusement Park is a destination in itself! Magic Springs has roller coasters and kids rides, bumper cars and swings, and even more fun rides. Crystal Falls, attached to Magic Springs, has water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river for relaxing. You can start the day enjoying the rides, each some lunch at the park, spend the afternoon enjoying the water slides, and then finish the fun day at one of these concerts!

If you would like to reserve a stay in Hot Springs AR for your getaway, try Lookout Point. You could begin each day of your stay with gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton as you eat your gourmet breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.535.6155 for more information.

You can see the entire concert series line up on the Magic Springs website.

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.

Lookout Point Inn Cooking School :: 2016 Cooking Classes

January 7th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

Cooking Classes in 2016 Include Lots of Instruction and Fun

 

We’ve had such a great time at the Lookout Point Inn Cooking School sharing our love of cooking with the wonderful people who’ve attended our classes. I’m not sure who has more fun, the staff or the attendees. We have a great line-up this year for our Cooking School starting in February and continuing through November.

 

The 2016 line-up includes:

  • Saturday, Feb. 6  Best of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, Part 1, with guest Chef Joyce Schulte from Seattle, one of the 8 Broads!
  • Saturday, April 23   Marinades, Grilling and Smoking Great Meat with Robby Theodore & Ray Rosset
  • Monday, June 27  Old Fashioned Cooking in Memory of Lula Barnes with guest Larie Engles
  • Monday, July 25  Cooking with Kids
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 Everything Bread: from Yeast to Sweet! With guest chef Kathryn White
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 Cheesecake Heaven with cheesecake queen Tiffany Wilson

 

cooking classes Hot Springs, Arkansas

If you love to cook and you’re always eager to learn more or if you are just beginning to learn to cook, you’ll take away a lot of new ideas and skills from spending time with us at Cooking School. We have a few guest instructors this year including two of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, mh master griller son-in-law Robby Theodore and Ray, and my good friend Larie Engles. Of course, I will be presenting/sharing all of the Cooking Schools along with the guest chefs.

 

Cooking School is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more detailed information check our website. The classes fill quickly so register early.  Attendees who are also guests at the Inn get a discount on Cooking School.

 

 

Staying at the Inn enhances the joy of attending the Cooking School. We have luxurious rooms all with a view of Lake Hamilton, scrumptious breakfasts, a wonderful staff who enjoy sharing their knowledge about Hot Springs and a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a chance to meet other guests. Make room reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll be glad to assist you.  ~ Kristie Rosset

 

 

 

Note:  Cooking School costs $70 per person ($60 if staying at the inn), payable at time of reservation for the Cooking School. Full refund offered if cancelled at least 7 days before the school.

 

Gratitude Abounds at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

November 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Give thanks. Live in gratitude. These simple messages, if lived out, would make our world a much better place. So here’s my list of gratitude at this time of Thanksgiving. I understand that the only person that I can control is myself, so my hope is that you will be inspired to give thanks and live in gratitude.

  • God’s grace, that does not require perfection, just love.
  • Family,
    Thankful for my husband of 40 years

    Thankful for my husband of 40 years

    where I am touched by God’s good grace every time I am in their presence.  They put the “flesh” on God for me.

  • Friends near and far, who accept our crazy lifestyle as innkeepers, and love us anyway.
  • The team that creates the magic of Lookout Point–including the Innkeepers, housekeepers, the gardener, the fix-it guy, and the painter. You are all amazing!
  • Our guests, who are the best guests in the whole world.  Thank you for appreciating Lookout Point, and being so kind.
  • Utility workers, such as electricity linemen, gas guys, plus cable and phone technicians. After last week without service, we are especially grateful to people working around the clock and in bad weather to ensure service!
  • The joy of living in a beautiful location, with lakes, trees and mountains.

Since Ray and I are working on Thanksgiving, we celebrated with our family earlier. This year we each wrote on a notecard what we are thankful for, and then sealed it in an envelope with our name on the outside. Next year, we’ll hand out the cards, and remind ourselves of past events filled with gratitude.  Even the young kids participated.

Happy Thanksgiving you all of you!

Kristie

2nd Annual Dog-Fee Donations :: Support the Garland County Humane Society

September 26th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The month of October marks our 2nd Annual Dog-Fee Donations, in support of adopting rescue dogs. ALL of the $25 per night dog fees will be donated to the Garland County Humane Society.  We chose the month of October because it is one of our busiest months, and it’s “Adopt A Shelter Dog Month”.

Four of our guest rooms are dog-friendly (Hot Springs King Suite, Evening Shade King Deluxe, plus Calico Rock and Possum Grape Queen Standard Rooms) and we’d love to welcome you and your dog friends to the inn.  These rooms are on the first floor, and have a French door directly to the outdoors. You’ll help other dogs find their forever homes!

Our own dog, Otto, is a rescue dog (black lab and Great Dane mix), and would have been put down without the help of others. As a Paws In Prison graduate, Otto came to us trained in AKC commands, too.

Last year, with the help of our guests, we donated over $500 to the local Humane Society. So bring your dog during October, and we’ll provide an extra-warm welcome.

1920’s Military Convoy Coming to Hot Springs!

September 24th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs is included as a stop during the upcoming 1920’s U.S. Military Vehicles Convoy that is passing through several states and will be on display in our city Sept. 30-Oct. 2. This Convoy is a 95th anniversary reenactment of a military convoy crossing the U.S. in 1920.

The Convoy includes vehicles from World War I up to several that have recently been released from duty. The military vehicles will be on display in Hot Springs behind the Hot Springs Convention Center in the Church Street Parking Lot. The public is invited to watch the arrival of the vehicles at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 from Park Ave. on to Central Ave. and then on to the Church Street Parking Lot and the departure Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. out of the city.

The Convoy including motorcycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks left Sept. 19 from Washington D.C. and will end Oct. 17 in San Diego, Cal. The Convoy passes through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

If this patriotic military event happens once every 95 years, Hot Springs residents and visitors will certainly want to see the arrival, departure or display of the historic and current military vehicles. We’d love to have visitors to Hot Springs come and stay with us at our Arkansas bed and breakfast situated on spectacular Lake Hamilton. Everything about our Inn is top-notch, including the comfort and luxury of our rooms to our mouth-watering breakfasts prepared by our Inn chefs. This event is coming quickly, so make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll be glad to help you plan your Hot Springs retreat. #MPVAConvoy #LookoutPointInn

Great Day Trip Ideas from Hot Springs, AR :: Romantic B&B Getaway

September 8th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Earlier this week my daughter, good friend and I set out on a day trip near Little Rock, about an hour from Hot Springs. Our day consisted of seeing some things we’d never experienced before, starting with the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a national historic landmark, near Scott, Arkansas.


Three Toltec mounds remain from the original 18. The Mounds date from the late-Woodland through early-Mississippian Period, which was from A.D. 650 to 1050. The Visitor Center includes artifacts from the site and an archeological research laboratory. Visitors can take a self-guided 3/4-mile trail, 1.6-mile turf trail or a guided tour by reservation. The Toltec Mounds are quite amazing to see and are definitely an Arkansas treasure.
From the Toltec Mounds we drove to the Scott Plantation Settlement. The history of Scott is preserved on the settlement site with an 1840s log cabin, one-room school, hewn cypress corn crib, tenant houses, wash house, smoke house, blacksmith shop, doctor’s office, sorghum mill, ice house, railroad depot and more. It is full of Arkansas history and a great educational opportunity for children and adults.
Just down the road is Cotham’s Mercantile and home of the hubcap burger. The mercantile was built in 1917. Through the years it has been a mercantile store for farmers and plantation owners, a military commissary and a lockup for local law violators. Now, the mercantile is a small cafe and is famous for serving hamburgers the size of hubcaps. The fried pies are really good too. Cotham’s is also a favorite eating place for local politicians including Bill Clinton and David Pryor.
After visiting Cotham’s we went into Little Rock and finished off the day visiting the Civil Rights Museum and Visitors Center. The Center offers lots of information, photos and videos from school desegregation at Little Rock Central High School. It includes stories on The Little Rock Nine, the black students who were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School. The Museum, Commemorative Garden, Historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School are included in the National Historic Site.
From the Toltec Mounds to the Scott Plantation Settlement and Cotham’s Mercantile and then on to the Civil Rights Museum, we had a great day trip learning more about the people and history of Arkansas.
At the Inn, we’d be glad to help you plan a memorable day trip near Hot Springs and we’d love to have you stay with us and let us make the Inn your home base. We have a lovely bed and breakfast and great place to rest and return to at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. Our rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. Our breakfasts are delicious and we offer a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a wonderful time to interact with other guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and let us help you plan a great Hot Springs getaway.

Hot Springs JazzFest :: Labor Day Weekend 2015

August 26th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

One of the great things to do in New Orleans is to spend some time listening to the amazing jazz performed at Preservation Hall. The wonderful musicians and the incredible jazz they perform fill souls for quite a while.

Coming to Hot Springs Sept. 2-7 is the annual JazzFest and it is a musical treat not to be missed! All the things people love about jazz at Preservation Hall are extended for several days right here in Hot Springs, including Labor Day weekend.
One of my favorite performances is the Jazz Mass on Sunday morning at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The jazz during the service is very soulful and includes some traditional pieces such as “When the Saints Go Marching In.” I feel it is a service that any religious person would enjoy. For more information and a schedule go online to hsjazzsociety.org.


Highlights of the events for JazzFest include:
• Sept. 2 – “Sax in the Park”
• Sept. 3 – “S’Wonderful Dancin’”
• Sept. 4 – “Classical & Jazz Explosion”
• Sept. 5 – “Jazz in the Streets”
• Sept. 6 – “Jazz Mass”, “Jazz After Church”, “Stardust Tea Dance”

If you enjoy listening to jazz and you like to dance, I encourage you to make plans to come to Hot Springs for JazzFest in September. We’d also love to have you complete your trip to Arkansas by staying with us at the Inn–a very few rooms remain available. We provide a luxurious resting place after listening to an afternoon or evening of jazz performances. Our rooms are individually appointed and beautifully decorated. Our balconies and patios offer a splendid view of Lake Hamilton and our gourmet breakfasts are scrumptious and a great way to start every day on your Hot Springs jazz getaway. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your trip.

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