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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.

Humble Gratitude to Our Veterans

November 11th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

On this Veterans Day 2014, all of us at Lookout Point offer a deep gratitude to every person that has proudly served our country.  Nearly every family in this great country has been personally impacted by service of a loved one in a branch of the military. From those of us who have not served in the armed forces, THANK YOU to every veteran and every soldier currently serving. Your efforts continue to make a difference in this world!

Veterans Day

Percy with Drill Sargeant

In our family alone, my father-in-law Arthur Rosset was a part of the D-Day invasion (Canadian Army) at Normandy that was the turning point for WWII. It took 50 years, when attending the anniversary in France, before he began to even speak of his experiences.

My father, Don Noerrlinger, served in the US Army  during WWII, mostly in France.

My son-in-law, Devin, served 5 years with the Marine Corps, with tours of duty in Iraq.

My godson, Percy Gardner, is a new private in the US Army serving his first duty station.

I invite you to join me in sharing the names of your loved ones and family members who have served. It’s the least we can do–offering our thanks.

P.S. Active duty military receive a 10% discount on weekdays–always–at the inn.

Where to Mountain Bike in Hot Springs AR

November 9th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

philbalchinflickrOne of the secret gems in Hot Springs is the mountain bike (and hiking) trails at Cedar Glades Park. There are 15 miles of premium trails, which were voted best trails in the state by the Arkansas Mountain Bike Racing Series.

The trails have an interesting mix of long descents and medium climbs. Another unique feature to these trails is their interconnecting nature, enabling cyclists to mix and match to get the distance wanted. Plus, the trails section through different views—from pine forest to glades to mature hardwood forest.

The trail surface is loose but not slippery, and the materials used (soil, rock, and a bit of sand) drain quickly to let cyclists ride without fear of mud, even if it rained that morning. Cedar Glades prides itself on trails that challenge, not frustrate. It makes for a fun trip for the each person!

If you want to experience even more of what the park has to offer, you can always explore the 432 acres of beautiful cedar forests, see streams from the observation deck, climb the 35-foot climbing wall, enjoy the three story tree house or disc golf course. You can take a loaded Lookout Point backpack to enjoy at the pavilions or scenic overlooks.

While you are in town enjoying all Cedar Glades Park has to offer, stay at Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is perfect for relaxing after a bike ride—luxurious linens, whirlpool tubs, wine at the Innkeeper’s Reception, and a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

When to See the Holiday Lights in Hot Springs, AR

October 30th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Downtown AssociationOne of the best things about Hot Springs National Park is the holiday season. I love all of the cheer—the bright lights, festive music, and sense of compassion. This really kicks off downtown near Thanksgiving, when the Hot Springs Downtown Association hosts the Chili Cook Off.

In addition to all-you-can-eat chili, the event is the beginning of the holiday lighting season in Spa City. For four hours, guests eat on Central Avenue while waiting on the colorful display to begin. The historic area takes on a new level of glee, delighting onlookers and preparing them for the holiday season.

This year, for the 12th Annual Chili Cook Off, chili will be available in the Exchange Street Parking Plaza from 4-8pm. Lights will be turned on after the event. All proceeds support the Deck the Park Challenge (the catchy name for decorating the downtown area every year), and the cost is $5 for as much chili as you want!

Cooking begins at 1pm for participants, so you can see the action begin as you walk along Bathhouse Row. While you are in town to see the festivities, consider staying at Lookout Point. You can relax with some hot chocolate while enjoying the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

See Autumnal Art at Lookout Point

October 26th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

autumn art hot springs arA few months ago Robin, one of our beloved Innkeepers, began sharing her artwork at the Inn. She occasionally switches out the selection, based on the season or the number of paintings that found happy homes with guests.

Over the weekend, she put up gorgeous new watercolors that I have to share with you! Each landscape is filled with depictions of nature around the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. For two weeks, Robin was given a cabin to paint the beauty around her. As Robin said, “The grandeur of the Tetons and the magnificence of the animals who live there are hard to describe in words… so I used watercolor.”

Inspired by the tales of the 1988 “Summer of Fire,” some of the paintings have an eerie orange tint in the background, enhancing the natural colors of the fur. A few of the paintings are serene in color composition, with mountains and sky and water seamlessly flowing into each other to create a sense of calm (like the one to the right). The combination of both in the same display creates a fabulous sense of life and color and how the two are connected.

If you would like to see the elk deer, moose, bears, and bison meandering through the hallway in beautiful watercolor, reserve an autumn getaway at Lookout Point. You can browse the gallery while you enjoy the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon, with wine, dessert, and light appetizer in hand. For more information, call 501.525.6155 or reserve your stay online.

Lookout Point Cooking Class: Soups Installment

October 16th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

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With the weather cooling down, Kristie and Tiffany are very excited about the next installment of the Lookout Point Cooking School. Soups—from Breakfast to Supper—will teach students all the details of making some of the Inn’s favorite soups on Friday, November 14.

For breakfast soups, students will learn about the classic Ray’s Strawberry Soup and the newest cousin to that, Peach Soup. Both make for a refreshing start to the day! Other soups that you can learn hands-on include Baked Potato Soup and two different kinds of chili (both traditional and chicken and white bean chili). A cooking installment at Lookout Point would not be complete without taste-testing the products and enjoying laughs over lunch!

Gluten Free Potato And Bacon Soup - Cooking Class in ArkansasThe space for students in the kitchen is limited, and it helps to create a more helpful learning environment. Kristie and Tiffany make the time to assist each student in every aspect of creating the dishes, with useful tips and time-saving techniques. Plus, the Lookout Point Cooking School definitely helps guests make new friends!

To reserve your spot in the next installment, call 501.525.6155. The cost is $50 per person, or $40 if you are staying at the Inn. Those staying at the Inn can look forward to a gourmet breakfast in the morning before the class begins, and a luxurious bed to relax in after the class has finished. You can reserve your stay online or call our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast for more information.

Where to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Hot Springs AR

October 14th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

thanksgiving hot springs arAs October settles in, I can’t help getting excited about autumnal food flavors—like cinnamon, pumpkin, roasted pecans, and baked apples. That, of course, also has me ready for Thanksgiving Dinner!

Lookout Point hosts Thanksgiving Dinner each year, providing guests with a gourmet meal to celebrate the holiday. The atmosphere at the Inn is tranquil and welcoming; this permeates the dinner celebration, including limited seating for the meal itself to maintain the calm environment.

The Thanksgiving Dinner this year will be catered in by local chefs, The Green Herb. Their mission is to bring a meal that has beautiful presentation as well as top-notch flavors. You can’t go wrong with that!

The menu for this year is as follows: Butternut Squash Soup to start. It will be followed by Baby Green with Pears and Pecans, Roasted Turkey with Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Sweet Potato Gratin, and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. For dessert, there will be old fashioned Pumpkin Pie and Southern Pecan Pie.

To add some extra goodies to look forward to during your stay, try the Thanksgiving Package. It includes two seats at the Thanksgiving meal, ½ dozen chocolate covered strawberries in your room upon arrival, and passes to Garvan Gardens to see the holiday lights.

If you’d like to reserve your seat at the Thanksgiving feast, call 501.525.6155 or reserve your stay online with ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ in the notes. We would love to welcome you during this season of gratitude, when we are incredibly thankful to have such wonderful guests.

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