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Lookout Point Cooking Classes Schedule for 2015

December 18th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most entertaining additions we incorporated at Lookout Point Inn for 2014 was Cooking School for our guests and friends in the community. We had such fun teaching cooking students how to make chocolate treats, egg dishes, breakfast in bed, puff pastry, cheesecake, soups and holiday desserts.

We had students who were already great cooks and wanted to learn more along with students who had cooked very little and were eager to gain confidence cooking. We met great people who participated in our classes in 2014 and hope to have them back in 2015 along with new students who want to learn more about cooking.

Our classes are hands-on for all students in our kitchen at Lookout Point. We teach students to prepare several recipes during the cooking school and then we eat some of what we prepare for lunch. Tiffany and I have such fun teaching the classes and we always learn something new from our students.

Last year we cooked a variety of foods for Cooking School and we have our schedule ready for the new year. The cost is $70 per person ($60 if you are a guest at Lookout Point for the class). The classes meet from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The 2015 schedule for Cooking School includes:

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A gift certificate for a Lookout Point Cooking Class or for all the classes is a perfect Christmas gift idea for all cooks and aspiring cooks. A stay at the Inn the night before and after the cooking class makes the class just that much more fun. The classes fill quickly so be sure to reserve your spot for the class and reserve a room at the Inn to complete your stay.

Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with each room having a lake view. Every room is different and named after an Arkansas town. Our breakfasts are delicious and the grounds and labyrinth are beautiful and special places for resting and rejuvenation. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your cooking classes hot springs ar and room reservation.

How To Decorate for the Holidays

December 11th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Lookout Point ChristmasJust in case you haven’t yet decorated for the holidays, I have five suggestions to help your home achieve Christmas cheer without making you crazy. Begin by getting out the décor that you already have in storage boxes.

1. Cull! Remove old, tired decorations and Christmas ornaments unless an item has a very special emotional bond for you. If it’s your Grandma’s homemade ornament, keep it and use it. Otherwise, discard/give away the stuff that has seen better days and do not repack to have to deal with next year. Tired wreaths with sagging bows do not create a welcome on your front door!

2. Organize and group items by themes, textures or colors. For example, gather your Santas together, the snowmen in a separate spot, all of your purple and white ornaments together, etc. Whatever you have in your collection of décor, separate and look at it carefully. Your collections have greater impact when grouped together, so give it a try.

3. Now decide the spots in your home that will really highlight your collections. Is it a mantle over the fireplace, the top of your china cabinet, a bookshelf, a tea cart, or a Christmas tree?

For example, on a mantle at the inn we grouped a couple of St. Nicks together with greenery and ornaments in coordinating colors that are happy with the art work already on the wall. It was so easy, and looks great.

4. Look for objects in your home to enhance your collection that are not holiday décor.  I gathered a collection of snowmen to place on top of a sofa table. A couple of the small, fabric snowmen were “squishy”, so they are now sitting in old-fashioned champagne glasses for a little elevation and quirkiness. Use colorful books or boxes to place under objects in order to provide a variety of heights and interest.

At the Inn, we placed several of our small vases used for weddings, and added them to the mantle and lobby table to complement the mardi-gras themed decorations this year. Jewel tones of purple, green, and blues are featured on the tree and throughout the inn.

5. To decorate the tree, a color scheme or theme makes this job easy. First place the lights. Decide on your color or theme, and then gather those from your stash. At the inn, we adjust or change the color scheme every year, adding a few new ornaments of varying sizes for interest. Don’t limit your tree decoration to ornaments, either. Big, bold colorful flowers are beautiful on a tree, and hide gaps in the branches. The colorful netting, the can be purchased in rolls, adds great interest.

Another idea: gather small tree branches from the yard, and spray paint in a sparkly color that suits your theme. Use wire to fashion your own creative tree topper!

Another theme for your Christmas tree might be simply ideas from your childhood. How about a Barbie tree, or firetruck tree? Just add ornaments and ribbons of complementary colors, and you’re set with a lovely tree that brings joy and smiles.

Finally, when it’s that dreaded time to take down the holiday decorations, CULL! In 2015 you’ll be glad you completed that step.

8 Broads Cook Up New Recipes

December 9th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

8 Broads in the Kitchen CookbookThe Eight Broads in the Kitchen are celebrities in the hospitality industry for their expertise as Innkeepers and chefs. When 8 Innkeepers who love to cook get together, you can probably guess what one of their favorite activities is—sharing recipes!

This week, they are proud to begin sharing those recipes with the world in their brand new cookbook. Just in time for the holidays, you can learn delicious breakfast, lunch, and dessert recipes; what a great source of inspiration for the season!

8 BroadsWe are not the only ones really excited for this to hit the shelves. The cookbook has already been featured on Zesterdaily.com, which praised not only the cookbook but collective expertise of the 8 Broads. (Plus, it has a sneak peek at 6 of the recipes from the book that are great for every day food preparation.)

You can order your gorgeous, hardback copy of the cookbook by calling 501.525.6155. Or, you can order directly from Eightbroads.com. The cost is $29.95, including shipping. The sooner you order, the quicker you can start making delicious recipes, so order quickly.

For those wanting a one-on-one experience with the Broads, Kristie Rosset and Kathryn White will be teaching a Lookout Point Cooking School Installment on January 31, 2014 entitled Raising Dough. You can find out more information (and reserve your spot) by calling our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast. Space is very limited.

Top 6 Gift Ideas in Hot Springs AR

December 7th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Tea Supplies Lookout Point6. Tea making set: Make every cup of tea the best with quality loose-leaf tea, a hand-thrown ceramic mug, and a tea pot that guarantees you’ll never have leaves swirling in your cup. You can find all of these items in the Lookout Point Gift Shop, or you can go one step further and buy loose-leaf tea from local favorites, Java Primo.

5. Gift Certificates to Local Highlights: The Spa City area has a lot for friends and family to explore, no matter the season. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Luna Bella. Dig for crystals or zipline over a quartz mine at Ron Coleman Mining. Explore scientific mysteries at Mid-America Museum. The possibilities are endless, and gift certificates to any of these would be a fantastic gift for loved ones.

4. 8 Broads Cookbook: Hot off the presses, the 8 Broads Cookbook is a gift that keeps giving inspiration year-round. We’re not trying to give you any spoilers, but there is great food just waiting to be made from these recipes. To add an extra special element, try making a dessert recipe from the book and packaging it with the book for the gift. Yum!

3. Extended Passes: Season passes for 2015 are on sale for Magic Springs; it’s a family-friendly park with a water park and a lively concert series that you’ll definitely want to enjoy with your friends and family! As always we also recommend a Garvan Gardens membership, since the botanical gardens are gorgeous year-round.

2. Local Art: Let your loved ones keep the flavor of Hot Springs with them year round by investing in local art pieces. You can enjoy the watercolors by our own Innkeeper, Robin, or get a handcrafted wooden bowl or sculpture from Forest Path Gallery. Your friends and family will delight in these keepsakes for years to come!

1. Day at the Spa: Hot Springs National Park is known as Spa City for a reason! Give your loved one the gift of absolute relaxation when you present a gift certificate to Quapaw Baths & Spa, Living Wellness, or Chrysalis Day Spa. For a special presentation, have a stocking full of bath products (like the glorious ones found in our gift shop) to accompany the certificate.

As always, the best gift for the holidays is time with family and friends. If you’d like to consider Lookout Point as a venue for that quality relaxation time, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

‘Voices of Angels’ Concert is a Heavenly Experience

November 30th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

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courtesy of Toni Spears at The Muses

Last year Ray and I along with friends attended the “Voices of Angels” Concert in Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens. It was probably the highlight of the Christmas season in Hot Springs for me. The talented musicians were very gifted and delivered a performance in the lovely chapel that I will always remember. Some of the beautiful songs in the concert were traditional and some were new to me, but each one touched me to my core.

I highly recommend the “Voices of Angels” 9th Annual Christmas Concert this December performed by The Muses Creative Artistry Project at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., and at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Garvan Gardens. This is a treat you’ll enjoy and remember throughout the season.

Last year as I sat and listened to the concert I truly felt as if I had been in the presence of angels. My mind was quiet, my body was still, my heart was light and my spirit soared. No other holiday event I attended captured the essence of Christmas quite like the “Voices of Angels.” I was truly blessed to be in the presence of angels for a short while.

This year the Muses will also incorporate ballet dancers from the Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theater who will perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” For more information or tickets call 501.609.9811.

I urge you to consider attending the concert. And a great coupling with the “Voices of Angels” Concert would be to plan to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn for the weekend. We offer a quiet meditative Inn to restore your spirit and help you return to the peaceful, joyous holiday season with renewed hope and full of love. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great weekend that might even become a tradition. We plan to make the “Voices of Angels” a tradition in our family.

The Gratitude List: The Top 6 in Hot Springs

November 27th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

As we prepare for a full house for Thanksgiving in Hot Springs, AR with our guests at the Inn, Ray and I are reminded of the many points of gratitude in our lives. We tend to live as people of gratitude, recognizing most days that life is such a surprising journey and the best response is gratitude.  So here are our Top 6 Gratitude List. You might want to create your own Gratitude List this Thanksgiving.

6. Our Lookout Point Guests. We say it often: “We have the best guests in the whole world!” Interesting, kind, loving, funny and sometimes quirky. Our guests make for quite memorable times, and we are grateful!Lake Hamilton

5. The Scenic Setting of Lookout Point on Lake Hamilton. Every single day that we serve breakfast, and look at the view that many of our guests are seeing for the first time, we are grateful for such serene calm. The still water reflecting the morning sun, the mountains in the distance, birds singing, and the splendid colors join together to exclaim: our Creator designed a masterpiece. We never take this setting for granted!

4. The Dynamism of Hot Springs. This small city that offers diversity of experiences–from world class performing arts, restaurants and botanical gardens to the challenging outdoor sports of mountain biking, hiking and water sports. Living in Hot Springs is never dull! We are grateful to the progressive leaders such as Jim Fram and Steve Arrison seeking to move the city to greater heights.

3. Good People With Whom to Work. All of us have worked in unhappy situations, and so we deeply appreciate the great team of 10 people that work together at Lookout Point. Every person cares deeply about our guests’ comfort, and breathe hospitality. Tricia, Robin, Tiffany, Jenna, Sonja, Maria, Elena, Antonia, Rufina, Leticia and Sky: words are inadequate to express our abiding gratitude and joy in sharing work with you.Grandchildren

2. Friends and Family.  We are brought to tears, fortunate to have a few very dear friends and a family that shares life, laughter and love at every opportunity. We are humbled by the goodness of these most precious relationships.

1. Faith that sustains, always.

 

It would be our joy to welcome you to Lookout Point! You may be overcome with a sense of sheer gratitude when you visit. You can reserve your stay with us online, or give us a call at 501.525.6155.

Great Gifts: Swiss Diamond Pans Now Available in Hot Springs, Arkansas

November 25th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

These gems are actually made from hundreds of thousands of nano-diamonds, so they literally are “gems”.  I can honestly say that these are the best pans that I’ve ever cooked with, and we use a minimum of 2 Swiss Diamond pans in the inn every single day! They get heavy duty use, including being stuck under a high broiler for our frittatas.

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As the only Swiss Diamond retailer in Central Arkansas, you are invited to come to the inn to do some Christmas shopping from 10 am- 7pm. Our small gift shop features a nice variety of the pans. Next month I’m giving Tim & Lisa some of these pans for their wedding present, and I hope they haven’t seen this blog yet. Small Business Saturday is November 29!

Last Christmas, I gave the 10 inch fry pan to my son-in-law, Robby, for Christmas. He’s a great cook, and the morning chef in his household. He regularly fussed about the eggs sticking in his pan. The Swiss Diamond pan seemed like a perfect gift, and I must admit he was a skeptic. Two weeks after Christmas, I received this note via snail mail, “Kristie, thank you for the Swiss Diamond pan. It’s the BEST Christmas present I’ve ever received. I love it.”  Still makes me smile, because he’s received some mighty fine presents in the past. Good cooks love these pans!

Diamonds are a Chef's best friend!

Diamonds are a Chef’s best friend!

What makes them so special? The triple diamond coating is durable, conducts heat better than metal, and is long-lasting. There’s no peeling or flaking like other non-stick pans. According to the company,

The Swiss Diamond coating is recognized all over the globe for its long-lasting quality, excellent heat conduction and superior nonstick performance. Chefs worldwide agree, “Diamonds are a chef’s best friend!”

I would agree! These pans are not cheap–rather they are an investment, and worth every penny. The  pans start at $44.95 in our gift shop, and on Small Business Saturday you’ll receive a 10% discount.

See you then,

Kristie

 

Where to See the BEST EVER Holiday Lights in the Whole Wide World!

November 20th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Anthony Chapel Hot Springs ARYou may think that I’m exaggerating a wee bit, but seriously, the Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens are truly the finest display of holiday cheer that I have ever experienced. At Garvan Gardens from November 22-December 31, you don’t just see the lights, you experience them! Strolling through 17 acres with over 4 million lights is pure enchantment for people of all ages.

The 50-ft. Rose Tree spectacularly choreographs brilliant lights with grand musical scores. Captivating! For a bonus, you’ll even receive a free cup of hot chocolate. Plan to take your best family Christmas photos in this beautiful setting.

For those unable to walk the distance, golf cart tours with a docent are available for additional charges (and sometimes a longer wait).

Make sure to visit the stunning Anthony Chapel (across the parking lot). Many evenings you’ll be treated to free concerts in the Chapel, beginning with the Opening Night Concert with the Village Big Band on November 22. Throughout the season, various styles of holiday concerts—from piano to handbells, strings to flutes, Barbershop Chorus to classical—you’ll find a concert or two sure to delight you and your family.

We invite you to stay at Lookout Point when you visit the Holiday Lights, and offer you a special gift through December 23 to make your trip more affordable. When you stay 2 nights in December and mention promo code Gift14, you’ll receive $100 off the already reduced December price. Give us a call at 501.525.6155 or reserve online.

See you soon, we hope!

Top 5 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

November 18th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

  1. Winter Wedding Hot Springs ARNo Sweat, Literally. In cooler weather, you don’t have to worry about make up sweating off your face. And those overcast days mean that your photos will be void of all squinting eyes.
  2. Romantic Atmosphere. What says romantic evening more than a glass of wine while sitting by the fire? If you stay at Lookout Point for your honeymoon, you can enjoy complimentary wine at the Innkeeper’s Reception. You can drink that wine by the fire in the living room or within the comfort of your own room.
  3. Gorgeous Winter Themes. Take advantage of the frosty temperatures and warm up the color scheme for your wedding with gorgeous jewel tones. Or you can give your event a frosted, glamorous appeal with silver accents, white table cloths, and light blue accents. Bonus, these colors are flattering on nearly all skin types, making your event pristine in photographs.
  4. Holiday Event. Take advantage of the time off that your friends and family have for the holidays and make your event one to remember. Not only will your guests love having another meaningful occasion to attend during the holidays, but it means that they will always remember the date of your event!
  5. Save money. The lowest lodging rates of the year can be found in winter months, making your dream of an extended honeymoon a reality. One other advantage of having a winter wedding includes saving money on decorations, since most establishments are already beautifully decorated for the season. These things mean that your budget can stretch further, and that is always exciting.

If you would like to know more about lakeside weddings at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, you can request more information online or call 501.525.6155. We would love to help you plan your celebration!

Where to Shop for Small Business Saturday

November 13th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Small Business Saturday began as an American Express marketing idea in 2010, but it has quickly expanded to benefit small businesses across the globe. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, customers begin their holiday shopping while supporting local establishments.

The AMEX advertising campaign was filled with important facts; small businesses, for example, drive the local and national economy by creatingLake-Hamilton jobs and giving back to the community. There are 27 million small businesses in the United States (like many of inns in the Select Registry), and those help foster a feeling of community in the area.

Local businesses truly need your support, since most do not last past the five year mark. This year, on November 29, consider supporting them and posting about your finds on social media with #SmallBusinessSaturday. In addition to marking things off your holiday list, you will be giving back to an organization that truly cares about the area and promoting awareness of small business’ importance to the world.

If you’d like to support our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast on Small Business Saturday this year, you can order online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. For that day only, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchases as our thank you for participating in this awareness-driven event.

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