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Crown Point Resort

Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512 PHONE: (870) 670-5091 Map it / View Street Address
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Featured Review: Crown Point Resort

by Jan/Ralph Cohen, Kansas City, Mo 
First printed in May/Jun 2009

My husband and I asked RCI for an exchange in northern Arkansas. We wanted something within reasonable driving distance from our home in Kansas City. Our first choice was Bella Vista, but there was nothing available, so we were offered Crown Point Resort. We spent a very relaxing week in a condo right on the edge of the 650 acre Crown Lake.

Our unit had one bedroom and two baths, one with a shower and the other with a whirlpool tub. Another large room contained living and dining areas and the kitchen, which was well equipped with a full-sized stove and refrigerator and a microwave. The rooms were very nicely decorated in a tasteful country style with too many knickknacks to count. The units on the lake are for RCI exchanges. They are two-story, the upper one with a deck and the lower one with a small patio furnished with a love seat rocker and a single rocker. There are shared grills by every two units. Our condo was on the lower level and could be reached either by an outside staircase or an inside one.

This is definitely not a resort for anyone who would have difficulty with stairs; there are lots of them. Farther up the hill from the lake are very attractive log cabin duplexes and some single family homes, but we were told that these were reserved for the owners. Frankly, we felt that our location right on the lake was better. An activity card gave us free access to canoes, a gym with good equipment, a game room (which we didn't venture into; because at our age, we don't understand any of those games), and indoor and outdoor pools. There was a sand beach area for swimming in the lake.

Sunday morning was the usual presentation of activities and information about places of interest in the area. The resort activities included a bar-be-que, an ice cream social, water aerobics, Bingo, and an evening's entertainment with a guitarist. A man named Bill Terry who owned a fishing guide service told about fishing on the White River and said that you could catch 60 trout in a day. My husband is thinking, "No way." The following day he and a man from a neighboring condo teamed up for a trip on that river. Between them, they caught 47 trout and had at least 13 other strikes, so old Bill wasn't exaggerating after all.

We learned that the White River is considered the number one river for rainbow trout fishing in the United States. Of course, it was catch and release; you're allowed to keep 5 fish and the guide does the cleaning and filleting. My husband had a very enjoyable day and we had two delicious meals from his catch, but they were the most expensive trout we've ever eaten. The day's fishing cost him about $135. While he was gone, I had a massage at the small spa on the resort grounds. It cost much less, but naturally, it didn't last as long.

Another day, my husband and I drove through the mountains to Mountain View to visit the Ozark Folk Center State Park. They had all sorts of demonstrations of old-time crafts and, in the afternoon, a presentation of Irish dance by a troupe of young people from St. Louis. The afternoon show is repeated in the evening, but I wouldn't recommend returning to Crown Point after dark on those extremely winding, mountainous roads.

The only hitch in the week was that we had neglected to read the fine print in the RCI information which said, "Resort located in a dry county." We were looking forward to Margaritas on our patio as we watched the sun sink over the lake. We planned to buy our supplies at the supermarket when we got there. No such luck. Not a drop of alcohol to be had, and the closest available place to get any was too far away.

However, it wasn't completely a teetotaling week, since there is a private club at the nearby Hillhigh hotel which allows you to become a member simply by signing their book. They also have a very good restaurant, so we visited their club a couple of times. The next time we go to Arkansas, it will be BYOB.

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