We desired to spend a relaxing July 4th long weekend, away from our hectic work schedule and busy life- a weekend of leisure, rest and fun and zeroed in on “Hot Springs, Arkansas”.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a room for July 4th long weekend, as every lake front cabin and hotel room was booked for that weekend!
We changed our initial plan and decided to visit Hot Springs during June 28th weekend instead. Luckily, we were able to find a lake front room in “Lookout Point Lakeside Inn”. Having read some raving reviews about this inn, we booked the “Possum Grape” room with lake view. The rooms of this inn range from $262 to $500 per night, but it is totally worth your money! 🙂
If you are a BMW owner, you can also avail 25% discount for each day on the room at this inn. You need to inform them during booking and provide them with your BMW certificate when you check-in.
|Name||Address||Phone #||Price||Website Link|
|Lookout Point Lakeside Inn||104 Lookout Circle
Hot Springs, AR 71913
|501-525-6155||$262-$500 per night||http://lookoutpointinn.com/|
A lovely couple Kristie and Ray own the “Lookout Point Lakeside Inn”. They were warm, friendly and amazing hosts who make sure you have a fantastic stay.
Built on Lake Hamilton, it was a magnificent lake front view from our room. Took a few steps down to Lake Hamilton and enjoyed the breath-taking scenery. We strolled in the inn’s garden and relaxed on hammocks and swings on the banks of Lake Hamilton. Breezy winds, birds chirping, fresh smell of flowers , pristine lake – It was perfect!
Every morning, scrumptious breakfast was served facing the gorgeous lake . Menu included blueberry pancake, strawberry soup, cereals, banana nut bread, English muffin, walnut and pecan cake etc. If you are lucky to relish their blueberry pancake, it beats IHOP hands down! 🙂
Lake Ouachita State Park: We headed to “Lake Ouachita State Park” to hike the Dogwood Trail and also for marine activities. It is an hour drive from Lookout Point Lakeside Inn. The two famous trails are Dogwood Trail and Caddo bend Trail. Dogwood trail is 1/2 a mile and is easy trail, where as, Caddo Bend Trail is 3 hours long and is strenuous. We hiked the Dogwood Trail. It was fairly easy. Hiking in the woods was beautiful.
|Lake Ouachita State Park||5451 Mountain Pine Road Mountain Pine, AR 71956||501-767-9366||http://www.arkansas.com/outdoors/camping/state-parks/detail.aspx?park=9|
Our next stop was “Lake Ouachita Marinas“. You can rent pontoon boats, ski boats, motor boats, fishing boats, party barge, canoe, kayak, pedal boat, water skis, wake boards etc for two hours, four hours or the whole day for different price ranges.
We drove a rented 20 ft “ski boat” for 2 hours(price $150), exploring Lake Ouachita, enjoying the marvelous view of lake Ouachita encapsulated by Ouachita Mountains. It started to rain heavily, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. We continued driving in the rain, racing around, accelerating and de-accelerating speed at various intervals, enjoying the adrenaline rush, the breeze and capturing photos and videos. It was stupendous!
On Saturday, Ray, the owner of lookout Point Lakeside Inn took us on a 2 hour pontoon boat ride on Lake Hamilton(price $25 per person). He provided a guided tour on the pontoon boat, explaining the history of lake Hamilton, lake Catherine, Garvan gardens, and various lake house properties residing on the lake Hamilton and Catherine. It was a great ride! If you happen to be at Lookout point lakeside inn, do not miss this tour!
We later headed to Quapaw Baths and Spa for our rejuvenating “Revive Package” (price $295 for couple package) which included the following:
– 20 minute Private Mineral Bath with Citrus Mimosa Aromatherapy.
– 40 minute Swedish Massage
– 25 Minute Citrus Revive Facial
– 10 Minute Tea Tree and Orange Foot Scrub
It was exhilarating!! Our body, mind and soul was revitalized.
|Quapaw Baths & SPA||413 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901||(501) 609-9822||quapawbaths.com/|
We took a stroll in Hot Springs Downtown. A small natural hot water spring is a tourist attraction. Many tourists were flocked there, touching the hot water of the spring and capturing pictures.
“Belle of Hot Springs” sunset Cruise was our last destination for the day. It was a 2 hour cruise on Lake Hamilton. Sunset cruise started at 7pm. Vegetarian dinner was also provided which included chips and dip, fruit juice for appetizers, salad, mixed sauteed vegetables, mashed potato, brown rice, green beans for main course and choice of cheesecake, chocolate cake, peach cobbler for desserts. Cruising on the lake, admiring the sunset was a splendid experience!
|Belle of Hot Springs Cruise||5200 Central Avenue Hwy 7 South
Hot Springs, AR 71913
And the fabulous Hot Springs trip came to an end! Our BMW X5 completed its first road trip! 😉
If you are a nature lover, looking forward to a relaxing, rejuvenating and enjoyable getaway, this is your destination!