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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!

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.

How to Celebrate the New Year in Hot Springs AR

December 8th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

New Year Hot Springs ARIn Hot Springs AR, there are several festive events to help you celebrate the start of a new year, but sometimes the best way to appreciate a new beginning is to spend it in a peaceful, quiet setting. Here are three of our favorite tips to help you start your year on the right note!

  1. Quality over quantity — The most important part of celebrating the new year is making sure that you are surrounded by people who make you feel happy and secure. The smaller the number of those around, the more meaningful those interactions will be. This is definitely the time to get away with loved ones and concentrate on your relationships!
  2. Create a new tradition — When I was younger, my family would shoot fireworks on New Year’s Eve; later, we would rush outside to hit pots and pans when the clock struck midnight. Now, however, we prefer things a little quieter. We spend the evening with snack food–popcorn and cookies are a sure staple–and watching some of our favorite movies. With the limited numbers that attend the marathon, each person gets to choose a movie to share with the group. It creates a shared experience, both new and old, and helps us start the new year with a deeper connection. And that’s just one example of how to start a new, fun tradition!
  3. Start the new year with a bang — Don’t forget to commemorate the time that the year shifts to the next one. Count down, or watch the ball drop in NYC, or toast with a glass of champagne. Start the year with a positive action!

The atmosphere at Lookout Point is perfect for starting the new year with tranquility and close connections. With the snack bar open 24 hours a day, a large selection of movies and books, and a gourmet breakfast waiting for you the next morning, you really want to experience the pampering for yourself.

You can reserve your winter getaway online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to welcome you to 2016!

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival :: Arkansas Events

September 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival was named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2015 by “Movie Maker Magazine.” This award is a huge honor for our city and for Arkansas. The Film Festival has grown in importance and recognition and now has a prestigious distinction to add to the list of why out of town guests should come to watch the documentaries this year Oct. 9-18.

I’m really proud of the Film Festival but that’s not the reason I continue to take time to go each year. The Film Festival is great fun, extremely entertaining and educational, but most of all it makes me think. The documentaries push me out of my comfort zone and nudge me to look at my personal views on a number of diverse subjects from a different perspective. I think that might be the definition of growth at any age.

The range of subjects for the documentaries is quite broad and they are shown from morning until bedtime for 10 days at the Arlington Hotel and Low Key Arts. The Film Festival is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America. It is also an Academy Awards-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subjects. For more information, visit 2015 Film Festival.

When the air is cooler and the leaves have begun to turn, add the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and you have several great reasons to come and spend a week or more with us at the Inn. Our Inn fills quickly in the fall, so make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a week or more in Hot Springs at the Film Festival. The more films you see the more you will be entertained and challenged.

While you’re at the Inn we offer you a spectacular view of Lake Hamilton from every room. Our beds are extremely comfortable and each room is individually decorated with its own personality. The breakfasts are by far the best in Hot Springs and served in our lovely dining room.

The Inn is a charming bed and breakfast offering a quiet retreat after a day at the Film Festival. Often our guests spend time talking about the Film Festival with other guests and sharing the experiences of the day. #HSDFI

Spring Break Getaway in Hot Springs AR

February 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Spring Flowers Hot Springs ARSpring is a time of renewal–with blossoming flowers, green leaves, and an optimistic spirit. Hot Springs National Park is the perfect retreat to enjoy the beautiful season.

The first stop for you on your trip should be Garvan Gardens. The gardens have gorgeous botanical landscapes for you to explore and enjoy on a Spring afternoon. For those that prefer hiking, Hot Springs has many trails to offer. One of our guests’ favorites is at Lake Catherine State Park; it has four different trails for you to choose from, in varying lengths. The great feature of Lake Catherine, other than beautiful views of the lake, is the Falls Branch Waterfall that can be seen from some of the trails.

Next, you should plan for a day digging crystals at Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mine. Spend an afternoon digging at this mine to unearth the possibility of taking home a unique, and beautiful, souvenir. Plus, you can always add an element of adventure by taking advantage of the new zip-lining attraction at Ron Coleman’s as well!

For an evening treat, you should visit Maxwell Blade’s Magic Theater downtown. The show will dazzle people of all ages, and have you laughing as well! For a special treat, try eating Cuban/Ecuadorian food at Rolando’s or authentic Mexican food at Vina Morita before attending the show.

Spring Break trips fill up fast at Lookout Point, and not just because we have a canoe that’s always waiting for an adventure. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast before your adventures each day and rest in a luxurious bed in the evening, all while looking at a breathtaking view of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your Hot Springs AR Spring Break online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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.

Hot Springs AR Jazz Fest 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Each year the Hot Springs Jazz Society presents a festival promoting jazz music in Spa City.

For the 23rd year in a row, the JazzFest will feature Arkansas’ Jazz Artists. The first day of the festival begins onHot Springs Jazz Festival Sept. 16 with Guitar-rama, an event featuring six different guitar players from all genres of music. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, you can learn about the history of the musical movement at Jazz 101.

The festival continues until Sept. 21, with a free event on Saturday called Jazz in the Streets. That event will happen under the Broadway Street Bridge, from 11am to 5pm. For the first time, the free event will also include Dancing in the Streets, featuring TwiceSax. The genres will range from Dixieland to Latin Jazz and everywhere in between.

The Hot Springs Jazz Society prides itself on not just promoting jazz, but also perpetuating and preserving it as an original American art form. Each of the events during the festival go toward this purpose—not just providing entertainment, but providing a sense of history for jazz music as a whole. To find out more information about JazzFest or buy tickets, visit the website at hsjazzsociety.org or call 501.627.2425.

While you are enjoying the music from the festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. There are comfortable beds with luxurious linens, gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and scrumptious breakfast awaiting you! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Barhopping on Lake Hamilton

August 12th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Recently one of our young friends passed her CPA exam and Ray and I decided as a treat for her that we’d take her and her family out on Lake Hamilton to the bars that have lake accessibility. We weren’t able to go to all of them in one evening, but we were able to make two stops for cold drinks and appetizers and the last stop for dinner.

Drinks in Hot Springs ARThe evening was a little warm but once we got out on the water with Capt. Ray at the helm the breezes quickly cooled us off. The night was exceptionally beautiful and we had a wonderful time on our lake adventure.

We all met at the Inn to board the boat and cruised around to our first stop of the evening, Fisherman’s Wharf. This is always a popular restaurant in Hot Springs because it has a large outdoor patio with lots of fans and a great view of the water. We sat outside, of course, and ordered cocktails including a margarita, strawberry margarita, Tom Collins, and a couple of fruity drinks. We also added spinach artichoke dip and fried dill pickles. The drinks and appetizers were quite enjoyable and the outdoor patio was a perfect place to kick off our fun evening. After visiting for a while, we decided to move on to our next destination. It was such fun to travel by boat and enjoy the lake in the afternoon. The water was calm and the lake wasn’t busy. It was the perfect setting for a festive evening.

Drinks in Hot Springs AROur second stop was Barefoots Lakeside Grill, situated on Central Ave. but accessible by boat. We ordered similar drinks, calamari and onion and jalapeno strips. At this stop we decided to eat indoors and cool off a bit. The food was good and we were beginning to get into the barhopping mentality. We stayed quite a while and enjoyed the food and company. When we decided to move toward our dinner spot, it was near sunset.

So, we cruised the lake for a while enjoying the cool breezes and beautiful sunset before embarking on our last stop for dinner at Back Porch Grill. None of us had dined at Back Porch for a while, so we were pleased to be able to drive to the dock and enter the restaurant from the water. By this time, it had cooled off enough that we all agreed eating outdoors would be fun. We ordered another round of drinks including beer and mojitos. We had an assortment of entrees including sea bass with vegetables and the mac and cheese casserole (a hit with everyone at the table), scallops with twice baked potatoes, red snapper with baked potato and two Caesar salads – one with shrimp and one with chicken. Everyone agreed the food and atmosphere were quite enjoyable.

This was an exceptional evening with friends and family, the ambience of Lake Hamilton, and good food and drinks. The evening could be replicated by visitors to Hot Springs. When you come to Hot Springs for vacation or a weekend getaway, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We have a beautiful Inn on Lake Hamilton with lake views in all the rooms. Each room is individually decorated and named after a town in Arkansas. Our breakfasts are the best in town and we’d be happy to share more of our barhopping evening. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

On the Lookout: Labor Day in Hot Springs AR

July 17th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs Bed & BreakfastSummer is in full swing in Spa City, with concerts, water sports, and afternoons spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors. While you are soaking in the summer sun, you might also be planning your next big getaway—Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day Weekend in Hot Springs AR is filled with all your favorite holiday activities—great food, shopping, and perfect weather for enjoying the outdoors. You can have a picnic lunch (packed by Lookout Point) while you enjoy Garvan Woodland Gardens or the hiking trails at Lake Catherine. Follow up a day outside by enjoying gelato or cold beer at Superior Bathhouse Brewery downtown.

The next day, you can shop in the boutiques downtown or browse through antique shops and flea markets. And for dinner you need to enjoy a Labor Day favorite: barbeque! McClards and Smokin’ In Style are local favorites that pack Southern flavor into their dishes.

If you are planning your trip, consider reserving your room at Lookout Point this weekend. Until July 20, you can receive 5% off your 3 night stay. (Make sure that your dates include at least 1 night between the dates of Aug. 29, 30, or 31.) The canoe is waiting for you to enjoy, so reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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.

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