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Thanksgiving Dinner in Hot Springs

October 17th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Our Thanksgiving feast alone is worth the drive to Hot Springs! Add a few nights stay at the inn, and you’ve created a fabulous and relaxing holiday for giving thanks. Chef Eve (our personal chef for private dinners) creates a magical meal, including:Thanksgiving Dinner in Hot Springs

  • Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Croutons and Shredded Parmesan
  • Harvest Salad with Corn, Cukes, & Almonds with Poppyseed Dressing
  • Pear Nectar Glazed Roast Turkey on Scallion Redskin Mashed Potatoes
  • Apple Orange Cranberry Relish
  • Savory Blue Cheese Bread Pudding with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Apple Dumplings with Spiced Cream and Pumpkin Petit Fours
  • Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle, (or bring your own bottle)

My mouth is watering as I type the menu!!! Our Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at 5:00pm, and until November 15, reservations are available only for our lodging guests. After November 15, if any spaces remain available we will accept reservations from non-lodging guests.

Of course, we’ve designed a Thanksgiving Package around the feast. In addition to the dinner, the package includes: 3 nights at the inn, gourmet breakfast each morning, admission for two to Garvan Garden’s Lights on the Landscape, a bottle of French sparkling wine in your room, and 1/2 dozen chocolate covered strawberries.

Give us a call to reserve your place for Thanksgiving, 501.525.6155. We hope to see you soon!

USA Today Picks Lookout Point for Leaf Peeping!

October 6th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Leaf peeping in Arkansas is a lovely experience.

Lookout Point offers great views

View fall foliage from your deck!

We’ve just started to see a few leaves turning, and usually peak season is the end of October or early November. Lookout Point has been privileged to receive great publicity lately, in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

In USA Today, “This 12-room lodging in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking Lake Hamilton offers leaf-peeping from private decks. Peak foliage may not be happening till late October or in November.

Lookout Point was named one of the top ten B&B’s (by The Huffington Post) for enjoying fall foliage from the comfort of your own porch at the inn. The blog from The Post states: “Indulge in deep relaxation at the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn which is surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and overlooks placid Lake Hamilton. Enjoy your morning coffee and the foliage view from your private deck before taking a walk along the labyrinth waterfront trail.”

We are honored to be included in these prestigious publications! If possible, come to the inn and enjoy some beautiful fall foliage in Arkansas!

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2012

October 4th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the delights of living in or visiting  Hot Springs in October is the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Hot Springs Film Festival 2012

This year the Festival had some challenges from a spring storm that damaged the historic Malco Theatre, where the festival takes place. But the Festival lives on and will be a fun and exciting part of fall in Hot Springs October 12-21.

We are proud to be a sponsor of the festival and would love to have you stay at Lookout Point for the multicultural and intergenerational festival. If you’ve had the privilege of attending the Festival in the past or you’ve never attended, this would be a wonderful year to plan a fall excursion to Hot Springs.

The list of films and the full Festival schedule will be posted soon.

Free Night, Nov. 11, for Vets through B&B For Vets Campaign

September 23rd, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Each year, Lookout Point gladly donates free nights to Veterans for the “B&B for Vets” Campaign,

Thank you, Veterans and Active Military!

through the Better Way to Stay program. Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will open their doors to active military and vets (plus one guest) on Sunday, November 11, 2012. It’s one way to say thank you for your service by offering a free room to those who’ve served, or are serving currently,  in our military.

Lookout Point is donating four room nights on November 11 this year to veterans. Last year, more than 900 B&B/Inns in North America donated rooms to veterans, and over the four year history of the B&B For Vets program, more than 50,000 room nights have been donated!

Not only will you receive a beautiful room with an awesome view, but we will also serve you a delicious breakfast in the morning. It’s time for you, our veterans, to be pampered!

Call us at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation. And watch the Better Way to Stay website for more B&B/Inns in Arkansas offering their rooms to donate. (Some are just now starting to add their free nights).

We humbly thank you, dear veterans!

 

Fabulous Fall Escape to Hot Springs

September 6th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of my favorite times of year is quickly approaching. Cooler days and the beauty of the fall season bring such a refreshing change of pace. The break from the heat itself increases my energy level and makes me want to be outside enjoying the splendor that autumn brings.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

Autumn in Hot Springs

To honor the season we’ve prepared a “Leaves, Lakes and Waterfalls Package”, to encourage you to take a break and come spend a few days with at Lookout Point. Enjoy the colorful foliage in the Ouachita Mountains and the serenity on Lake Hamilton. The ducks, geese and birds are plentiful during the season and fascinating to watch in the early morning or late afternoon as they prepare for their migration.

With the cooler breezes and the gorgeous leaves comes a sense of relaxation and slowing of pace to let your spirits soar and your mind slow down. The great hiking trails leading to some awe-inspiring waterfalls are picturesque during this time of year.

Our “Leaves, Lakes and Waterfalls” package includes (avail Oct 1-Nov 30):

  • 3 nights at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, recently named one of the top 10 B&B/Inns in the U.S. by Trip Advisor for 2012
  • Spectacular lake view from every room
  • Map to the best hikes, with waterfalls as the destination
  • Souvenir Picnic Backpack loaded with hearty lunch, wine, plates, and more
  • Admission for 2, Garvan Woodland Gardens
  • 90-minute boat tour of Lake Hamilton with Lookout Point’s “Capt. Ray” (thru Nov 2)
  • Admission for 2, 21-story Mountain Tower
  • Private couples’ thermal mineral bath at the Quapaw Bathouse & Spa

Because this is such a popular time at the inn, make your reservations early @ 501.525.6155 and spend time looking forward to your fabulous fall escape.

Hot Air Balloons Take Over Hot Springs September Skies

August 19th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

If you’ve got people in your life full of hot air – the Legends Balloon Rally

Legends Balloon Rally

might be just the event to enjoy together, September 21-22, 2012. The Rally is a great place to work off some of that energy, to share a few laughs and to experience the beauty and splendor of the balloons. Hot Air Balloons always elicit a feeling of exhilaration and pure delight. In all sincerity, the rally is a  wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.

The Legends Balloon Rally has been a part of the end of summer/beginning of fall happenings in Hot Springs since 2008. Every year the event brings visitors from outside the area and folks from Hot Springs. The Rally includes hot air balloon competitions, a car show, a free concert and plenty of time to gaze into the sky and enjoy the balloons with the array of bright colors.

One of my favorite parts of the Rally is the Balloon Glow Friday and Saturday night around dusk. At that time of evening the colorful and majestic balloons are tethered to the ground for the unforgettable balloon glow display. The evening light elicits a beautiful addition to the luminosity of 25 or more balloons. It truly is a sight to behold – the result is astonishing!

After spending the night at the inn and enjoying a gourmet breakfast and a cup of our special blend coffee, you’ll be ready for the Rally, which is held at Hot Springs Memorial Airport. For more information, contact or call our office at 501.525.6155 or visit the Legends Balloon Rally.

Much Motorcycle Mania in Hot Springs

August 5th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Our city once again hosts the Hot Springs Rally Sept. 6-9 for a multitude of motorcycle enthusiasts. Not only is the rally a roaring good time

Hot Springs Rally

for bikers to ride the trails through the beautiful scenic mountain curves, but the Schedule of Events also offers entertainment all weekend from concerts to a parade to antique motorcycles in the park.

Two concerts this year feature Mustang Sally on Friday night, Sept. 7, and Foreigners on Saturday, Sept. 8. The festive parade starts on Friday evening and concludes with the Mustang Sally concert at the Convention Center.

If you’re tired just reading about the motorcycle rally and weekend full of events, consider escaping each evening by staying with us at Lookout Point Inn on Lake Hamilton to refresh your body and spirit. The inn is the perfect place to continue your conversations from the day, rest and take a break from all the motorcycle excitement.

Guests can soak in our wonderful whirlpool tubs and get a great night’s sleep in our luxurious beds. The view and sunset on the lake, which is visible from each of our rooms, is both relaxing and inspiring. We also have an added convenience for our motorcycle guests with covered parking. Did I mention the breakfasts are a gourmet delight – a perfect way to start the day!

For more information on the inn, please contact us at www.LookoutPointInn.com or on the rally, contact www.thehotspringsrally.com.

Historical Perspectives in Nearby Little Rock

July 28th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

An added advantage of having our inn in Hot Springs is the close proximity to Little Rock. Often our guests add a day onto their Hot Springs vacation and enjoy visits to two of the national historic sites in Little Rock.

One of my favorite places to return to in L.R. is the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

Clinton Library, Photo by Hallock

Every time I visit I learn something new!  The library includes exhibits (such as a table set for a head of state dinner, and Mrs. Clinton’s inaugural gown). Regardless of your political perspective, this is an interesting outing. In addition to the history, including the archival collection and research facilities, the museum includes replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room.  You can actually sit in the president’s chair.

Another part of our remarkable national history in Little Rock is the Central High School National Historic Site, recognized throughout the country for the role it played in the desegregation of U.S. public schools. Located in an old 50′s style gas station, the stories come alive describing the courage of the Little Rock Nine integrating the school, protected by National Guardsmen.

One of Lookout Point’s previous guests was a skinny 19 year old college student in 1957, called up to active duty for the Guards. He describes the fear, as first they were called by the governor to prevent the 9 students from entering. Shortly after, under Presidential orders, these same Guards were then called upon to protect the students.

At the museum I learned that the Arkansas governor actually shut down the high schools the following year, rather than allow integration. Thanks to the determination of mothers across the city, the schools were eventually reopened.

During your day in Little Rock, enjoy lunch in the River Market district, overlooking the wide Arkansas River. Bosco’s is a fav of ours, with their micro-brews.

 

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How to Relax in Hot Springs!

July 14th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Sometimes we just need to getaway, chill, and have some down time. When you come to our inn on Lake Hamilton, you’ll find there are LOTS of great things to do in the area. But you may be like our guests, Bo and Teresa, who needed some time to relax. Here’s some of the many ways they discovered at the inn to soak up some tranquility and pampering:

Walking the Labyrinth at Lookout Point, Hot Springs

July 11th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

When Ray and I first talked about building Lookout Point Inn we discussed the possibility of incorporating a labyrinth

Labyrinth in Hot Springs Arkansas

Lookout Point’s Labyrinth

into the landscape. Then, the more we planned the more it became a very necessary component of our design. The labyrinth is a beautiful part of our landscape sitting adjacent to the gardens and breathtaking yet calming view of Lake Hamilton.

The design is the Chartres 11 Circuit Labyrinth. It’s an old design that comes from the 13th century and the original can still be walked in the Chartres Cathedral in France. This design has been duplicated many times in many places all over the world. The experience of walking a labyrinth is meant for all faith traditions and is considered a form of walking prayer and meditation. For me, walking the labyrinth calms my mind and opens my heart.

We’ve had many guests walk our labyrinth during their stay at the inn. We’ve also had weddings, baptisms, Easter Sunrise,  and other services held on the labyrinth. It is such an integral part of who we are,  and it invites those who walk the labyrinth a quiet and reflective journey away from our busy lives. I’d love to have you walk the labyrinth on your next visit to the inn or use the labyrinth to celebrate a meaningful event in your life.

Walking the labyrinth does not demand a great amount of concentration in order to benefit from the experience. The sheer act of walking a complicated path …begins to focus the mind. A quiet mind does not happen automatically. But the labyrinth experience …helps us distinguish superficial extraneous thoughts from the ‘thought’ that comes from our soul level and that each of us longs to hear.  —Dr. Lauren Artress,“Walking a Sacred Path”

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