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Thank You From Hot Springs, Arkansas

November 26th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Gratitude changes my perspective immediately. When I remember to be grateful, almost any situation I find myself in changes directions. And, so this is my theme for Thanksgiving.

Gratitude for simple things.

Gratitude for simple things.

I would like to express gratitude and say thank you to the wonderful people in my life – those I work with each day (especially my husband of 38 years, Ray),  the special guests who visit the Inn, my family and friends I enjoy spending time with, and to Hot Springs for providing a beautiful and fun place in which to live.

            My life is so full of interesting experiences – some challenging and others filled with great joy, all capable of becoming more meaningful when I look on them with appreciation. I truly believe this is what Thanksgiving was meant to be – a time to experience and show gratitude.

            At Lookout Point Inn we love the holidays: the cool, crisp weather, making cookies with my grandchildren, decorating the Inn for Christmas, visiting Holiday Lights at Garvan Gardens and in Downtown Hot Springs, offering Thanksgiving dinner to guests at the Inn and in the community, and so much more.

            So, thank you to all the guests we’ve had the privilege of meeting and getting to know during the last 11  years. I’ve said it before and it is still true: YOU are the best guests in the entire world! If you haven’t spent time with us during Christmas, treat yourself to a weekend getaway in Hot Springs and stay at the Inn. What a great Christmas gift to give yourself.

We’re getting the decorations out, Christmas desserts are planned for the afternoon reception, and almost every day there is an entertaining event somewhere in Hot Springs. We’ll be blogging about many of them. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155.

Top Ten Winter Activities in Hot Springs AR

November 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Snow at Lookout PointAs the weather turns chilly in Hot Springs AR, I am looking forward to all my favorite winter activities. There’s nothing like frost on the grass in the morning or snow on the tree branches, but enjoying the winter chill takes a healthy combination of inside activities and outside adventures.

 

My Top Ten Favorite Winter Activities are:

  1. Enjoying hot chocolate by the fire – Whether in the packets, using a homemade mix, or melting chocolate on the stove, there is no way to go wrong with watching the light of the fire flicker while enjoying a beverage that warms you on the inside as well.
  2. Baking cookies—I am especially fond of sugar cookies as the holidays roll around. But if you’d like to enjoy the cookies without the work, you can always eat the cookies at our Innkeeper’s Reception.
  3. Cozy up in the garden—Put on your cutest mittens (because you can only wear those in winter!), coat, and hat and explore the garden. Lake Hamilton is so tranquil in winter, and you’ll want to take it all in to help your relaxing getaway.
  4. Take a bubble bath in the Number Nine roomTake a bubble bath—Bubbles and hot water and a relaxing bath! Oh my!
  5. Play board games or finish a jigsaw puzzle—The view from the sunroom can’t be beat, except if you’re spending your time beating your traveling companion in a rousing board game.
  6. Drive and see festive lights—You can always enjoy a brisk walk through Garvan Woodland Gardens and enjoy the holiday lights, but you can also drive through the residential areas in Hot Springs and see how locals celebrate the season.
  7. Watch your favorite movies in flannel pajamasIt’s a Wonderful Life is only made better when you can watch it from the comfort of a luxurious bed (like the ones in our rooms at Lookout Point) in your favorite pjs.
  8. Make holiday decorations with your family or friends—The best cards and presents are homemade, so the more memorable decorations should be the same way! Plus, it’s a great way to get quality time with family or friends while exercising your creative side. You can get some ideas from our Pinterest board.
  9. People watch at your favorite coffee shop—This is the best of both worlds! You can enjoy a hot beverage while watching holiday cheer all around you. My favorite spot for this in Hot Springs is Java Primo. (Their Chai Lattes are incredible!)
  10. Curl up with a good book—If you read your favorite book from your childhood, you’ll get a tinge of nostalgia with your holiday cheer. Don’t forget to use a warm blanket!

If you’d like to enjoy these activities during your own winter getaway at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155. We’ll keep the hot water on standby for your hot chocolate!

Gourmet Thanksgiving Feast at Hot Springs B&B

October 26th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Autumn beauty in Hot Springs!

Autumn beauty in Hot Springs!

There are so many things I look forward to when Thanksgiving arrives. Through the years we’ve celebrated with large family gatherings. Then there were times we were a long way from family and celebrated with friends who became like extended family. I’m truly grateful for all the special people in my life with whom I’ve been privileged to break bread.

We’ve continued the Thanksgiving tradition at the Inn with a gourmet dinner fit for a king and queen. The dinner is available to our guests who stay with us during Thanksgiving, and we’ve created a great package around the dinner. We also have limited availability for non-lodging guests to enjoy the feast. Call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for reservations.

Chef Eve, a great personal chef who caters the Inn’s private dinners, creates a delicious meal including:
•    Harvest Soup
•    Baby Greens with Apple, Cucumber, Walnuts and Poppyseed Dressing
•    Yeast Rolls and Butter
•    Tender Turkey with Seasonal Chutney on a Bed of an Edaname, Roasted Tomato, Fresh Parsley Succotash
•    Smoked Gouda, Mushroom and Roasted Onion Bread Pudding
•    Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pecan Tassies

The Thanksgiving package includes 3 nights in a beautiful room, gourmet breakfast and Innkeepers Reception in the afternoon, admission for two to Garvan Gardens Lights on the Landscape, plus ½ dozen chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival.

We’d love to have you come and stay with us at the Inn during Thanksgiving and add the scrumptious meal to your holiday getaway plans. The air is crisp and cool; the leaves are beginning to be gorgeous colors of red, gold and orange; the fires are lit; and the coffee and cocoa are ready. We’re anticipating your visit, and look forward to serving you!

Make reservations online or give us a call @ 501.525.6155501.525.6155.

Fall Flower Days in Hot Springs National Park

October 15th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Autumn is a beautiful time of year in Arkansas—with leaves changing color on the trees and a chill in the air.  Hot Springs National Park shifts seasons with grace, but Garvan Woodland Gardens celebrates fall with gusto.

From October 1 through November 22, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers a rainbow of colors during Fall Flower Days, featuring the chrysanthemum. Volunteers and staff have planted 8,000 garden mums. The blooms last for weeks, and the number of flowers per plant will astound the eye.

In addition to the mums, you can see pansies, violas, asters, petunias, and millions bells, as well as ornamental chard and mustards. The colors of autumn will come alive right before you, showing you many reasons why Garvan Woodland Gardens is ranked as one of the top five botanical gardens in America.

To really enjoy the fall season, stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, where you can see the leaves changing color in our garden as well. You can have the best of both worlds if you take advantage of our October Special; stay three weeknights (Sun.-Thurs.) and get 10% off our Leaves, Lakes, and Waterfalls package (which includes admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens).

You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information. Visit Garvan Woodland Gardens’ website or call 501.262.9300501.262.9300 for more information about the Fall Flower Days promotion.

Honor Your Pastor During Clergy Appreciation Month

October 10th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

I never lose my sense of wonder when as an ordained clergy I am honored to baptize a precious baby or officiate at a wedding at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast.

Blessing the Rings

Blessing the Rings

It makes me pause in my busy schedule to be grateful for all the clergy who have had a very special impact on my life and on the lives of so many others.

October is designated as Clergy Appreciation Month and October 13 is Clergy Appreciation Day. To celebrate and say thank you we extend a discount to ordained clergy for weekday stays at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast. With quiet rooms, a meditation labyrinth, and a swing by the lake this may be place for your much-needed respite!

Clergy Appreciation Month is also a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these extraordinary people. A great way for churches to show their appreciation for their pastors is to purchase a gift certificate for an Arkansas getaway at the Inn so they can have time to rest and relax. The rooms are exquisite, the beds luxurious and the breakfasts scrumptious. And the Hot Springs Autumn foliage is exceptional.

Give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you create a personalized gift certificate to the Inn for the special clergy in your church. October is such a beautiful month to honor the wonderful pastors in our lives.

Improvisation, Syncopation, Rhythm and Ragtime Saturates Hot Springs

August 25th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

No where else can you find back-to-back Blues and Jazz Festivals with such incredible talent as you’ll find in Hot Springs kicking-off Labor Day weekend. Any blues and jazz fan will love either or both Festivals!

The Blues 17th Annual Festival is Labor Day weekend with a pre-event line-up starting Aug. 28. Gates to the Festival open at 2:30, Aug. 31 and 1:30 Sept. 1 and continue all day. After-parties start at 9 p.m. each night at different locations. So, Blues aficionados get two full days and most of the night with fantastic and diverse blues performances. Check the website for details and ticket information.

Red. white & blue background to the 2013 Jazz Fest in Hot Springs

Then in less than two weeks later the six-day Jazz Festival takes place Sept. 10-15. Top jazz pianists kick off the Jazz Festival including swing, blues, stride, boogie-woogie, bebop and contemporary. The festival continues each day with different themes in different locations and concludes with Stardust Big Band the afternoon of Sept. 15. For more information see their website

The perfect addition to the Blues and/or Jazz Festivals would be to stay at our luxurious Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast during the Festivals. This combination would be a great pairing: impressive music and a breathtaking place to rest and rejuvenate. We offer indulgence in each room, a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton and the most delicious breakfast you can find. What a wonderful Arkansas getaway! Reserve your room online here.

August: Romance Awareness Month

July 27th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Great Romance Package in Romance roomIn Arkansas, the hottest month of the year is August. The air is definitely warmer, and the lake water is refreshing. But, did you know August is also Romance Awareness Month? I guess someone filtered in the hotness factor when deciding on the month for romance! We all know that love is popular at any time, but to honor this month’s theme, our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast is offering the Great Romance Package at a 10 percent discount.

The Package includes:

  • 3 nights in your choice of room
  • Hearty homemade breakfast each morning
  • Spa basket for enjoying your whirlpool tub
  • Chilled sparkling wine, fine chocolates and cheese/cracker basket en suite
  • 1 dozen long stemmed roses
  • Relaxing couples massage
  • Admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens and the Mountain Tower
  • $50 fine dining certificate to a restaurant of your choice

So, consider bringing your beloved to Lookout Point and celebrating Romance Awareness Month in style at our Arkansas getaway. Check out the Great Romance Package or give us a call at 1.800.525.6155. We’ll be glad to set up your reservation for August so you can celebrate the romance in your life!

Fresh, Flavorful Breakfasts Outshine Hot Springs Hotels

July 1st, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Last week I attended a meeting in Baltimore, and stayed in a very well respected hotel chain with one of the larger self-service breakfast buffets. The only fresh item on the buffet was a banana! Pre-packaged foods and reconstitued scrambled eggs and sausage just cannot compete with the breakfasts served at our Hot Spring B&B.

I love to play with food, and creating fresh breakfast dishes using local products as much as possible is especially fun! As a member of the Eight Broads in the Kitchen, I continually gain new ideas from my colleagues par excellance. Among the Eight Broads, the discussion recently turned to breakfast salads.

When the temperature was nearing 100 degrees outside, I decided it was time to experiment and served a Breakfast Salad last week to great reviews. Poached eggs served over an arugula/spring mix topped with a homemade orange vinaigrette was light and tasty! Most guests said they’ve never had salad at breakfast, but really like it. In addition, we servedfresh peaches with cream, and a cinnamon crunch coffee cake.

Here’s some photos of recent dishes served at Lookout Point. Way better than a chain hotel breakfast!!

 

Musical Summer Ahead for Hot Springs AR

June 22nd, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Although the Hot Springs Music Festival is over, the Spa City still has plenty of options for summer music enjoyment.

One week from today, Music in the Park will be taking place at Lake Catherine. The event features Fer Goodness Sake, a group that sings mostly blue grass, country, and folk tunes. If the variety of music doesn’t hit the spot, the free Dutch oven cobbler definitely will!

lake catherine state parkBefore the event, you can always walk the beautiful hiking trails located at Lake Catherine. You can sit by the waterfall while you wait to dive into that cobbler and some Southern music.  Lookout Point can give you maps to all the best spots.

Just before Independence Day, on July 3rd, Lee Greenwood will be playing for the Spa Blast crowd at Oaklawn Racing Track. The event begins at 5:30, and it ends with fireworks. With an inflatable kid’s zone, “family-priced” concessions, and free entry, Oaklawn definitely has a good time in store for you.

As a little treat, Greenwood is recording the event for a live album. He is letting fans request songs via social media or email. You can read more information about that here, if you’d like to contribute.

On July 6th, we’ll have even more good Southern music playing at Magic Springs. Lynyrd Skynyrd will start at 8 o’clock at the Timberwood Ampitheater. Skynyrd plays the rock side of Southern music, with hits like “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” making them unforgettable to multiple generations. You can sit on the lawn and have a good time with the band and the rest of the crowd!

When you’re thinking of enjoying music during your Arkansas vacation this summer, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your fun time. Give us a call at 501.525.6155 to reserve your room today!

Ten Reasons to Plan an Outdoor Adventure with Lookout Point

June 11th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

hsporch1.       You can enjoy the garden, described as an “idyllic getaway” in the Betters Homes and Gardens blog. It is the perfect way to start a day filled with outdoor activities. Don’t forget to lie in the hammocks to get a little sun!

2.       Waiting for you on the boat dock, a canoe is itching to be out exploring Lake Hamilton. We’ll show you the life jackets and oars, and then you get to have a fun time paddling around the bay and islands.

3.       If you’re interested in swimming in the lake, there are steps leading directly from the garden into the tranquil waters. We’ll provide the beach towels!

4.       You can relax your mind by walking the labyrinth in our garden.

5.       Hot Springs AR has lovely hiking trails, taking advantage of the lakes and the mountain scenery. Lookout Point is happy to give guests maps to the best spots.

6.       Captain Ray gives boat tours of Lake Hamilton on his pontoon boat. There’s no better way for you to see the mansions lining Lake Hamilton or hear a little about the history of Hot Springs.

7.       With plants catering to butterflies, you can take some amazing photographs of flowers and wildlife. Be sure to stop and smell the rose bushes and magnolia trees.

8.       You can fish off the dock at the bottom of the hill. If you’d prefer to look at fish, there’s a pond by the waterfall with coy and goldfish, too!

DSCN02689.       For bird watchers, there are feeders outside the dining room. From cardinals and hummingbirds to ducks, birds stay active for guests to enjoy while eating breakfast or walking the garden. For those interested in catching sight of an eagle (which sometimes grace the area), binoculars are available for use.

10.   The gardens are also a lovely spot to start another kind of big adventure—marriage. If you are thinking about Arkansas weddings, you can read more about our wedding packages here.

For even more options for an active vacation, check out Lookout Point’s Active Lifestyles packages. Call 501.525.6155 to start your Arkansas getaway today!

 

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