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Latte, Cappucino, Poetry and Lit in Historic Hot Springs

October 5th, 2016 by Ray Rosset

We are so very fortunate to have Kollective Coffee+Tea kollective coffee shop in Hot Springs, ARin Historic Downtown Hot Springs. First of all, the coffee and tea is superb and includes batch, manual and nitro cold brew coffees; espresso; latte; cappuccino, flat white, mocha, caramel latte, cortado and a large selection of loose-leaf tea. Second of all, Kollective sponsors Wednesday Night Poetry from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday and Lattes & Lit once a month.

The setting for this interesting coffee shop is impressive and comfortable, and the friendly staff makes the experience so much fun. It is a great place to order an memorable cup of coffee or tea along with something delicious to eat, and then spend time enjoying the wonderful historic architecture of the building and the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.Cozy sitting area in Hot Springs coffee shop

Wednesday Night Poetry features local, regional or touring artists who speak/perform for about 20 minutes. Then, Open Mic lets anyone perform for 3-4 minutes with readings, recitations or singing. Lattes & Lit is a monthly literary round table presenting a guest speaker extending interesting insights and then opening the conversation for discussion.

For a great getaway, stay at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn and continue with the great atmosphere from the coffee house. We offer a wonderful, tranquil experience at our Hot Springs luxury inn on the shores of Lake Hamilton. Our rooms and gathering places are incredibly comfortable and well appointed. We offer gourmet breakfasts (along with custom blend coffee) and beautiful gardens. Make your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fabulous escape.

Our Top 5 Favorite Hot Springs Restaurants for Celebrations

February 2nd, 2016 by Kristie Rosset

 

Hot Springs attracts some mighty fine chef’s and restaurants!  We are fortunate to have great options to recommend to guests.  This Top 5 list includes our favorites for celebrating a special occasion, such as anniversary or birthdays, or even a win at the races! Reservations recommended for all of these places, and when you are our guest we will be delighted to take of this for you.

 

 

Top Restaurants in Hot Springs, AR

J&S Italian Villa

5: J & S Italian Villa. Located in Temperance Hill Shopping Center, with authentic and specialty Italian dishes.  Tip: Check out their lovely bar with live piano player.

 

4:  Central Park Fusion.  In the historic downtown. Beautiful presentation of delicious food, using much local and organic choices.  Tip:  Can get noisy so consider avoiding peak times.

 

 

Hot Springs, AR Restaurants

KJ’s Grill

3:  KJ’s Grill.

Known for great steaks cooked to perfection, plus

fabulous shrimp. Tip: Try the Bada Bing Shrimp appetizer.

Indescribably good!.

 

 

 

2: Park Avenue Bistro. You’ll probably meet the earnest and creative chef while dining here. Tip: great Sunday prix fixe dinners.  Plus lamb anytime.

 

Drum roll, please.  Now for our absolute favorite restaurant in Hot Springs coming in at Number One:

 

Best Hot Springs Restaurants

Luna Bella

 

1: Luna Bella.  Located only ½ mile from the inn, our guests rave about this restaurant. Extensive yet reasonable wine list, great service without stuffiness.Fresh, seasonal fish flown in. Tip: Try the crab cake appetizers, or the cabbage salad, or the splendid scallops or halibut, or pasta dishes.  Ok—I’ve never had a dish here that I did not love.

 

 

 

 

 

We invite you to experience comprehensive pampering at Lookout Point, and we promise to point you in great directions for your favorite dining experience.  Book online, or call 501-525-6155.

3 Best Barbecue Joints in Hot Springs

August 11th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Don’t get me wrong, barbecue is great anytime of the year, but it seems to lend itself best to summer. There are quite a number of great barbecue joints – they seem better described as joints rather than restaurants – all over Arkansas and we have some of the very best right here in Hot Springs.

Three of my favorites are McClard’s, Smokin’ in Style and Stubby’s. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I must I’d lean toward Smokin’ in Style. One of my favorite menu items is a combination of delicious meats with a few side dishes. This is more than Ray and I can eat together, but it makes great leftovers for several days.
McClard’s is probably the most famous Hot Springs barbecue. The food is delicious and the portions are enormous. The décor looks the same as it did decades ago, which is fun and nostalgic. The line to get in tends to be long, especially on the weekends, but the food is certainly worth the wait. McClard’s delivered regularly to the White House during the Clinton years.
Stubby’s looks exactly the way I think a barbecue joint should look.

BBQ in Hot Springs

Tasty food!

There is a wall full of old car license plates and signs. Barbecue is ordered while standing in line and it is very tasty. I recently had the pulled pork sandwich with baked beans like my mom use to make, slaw and potato salad – all delicious.
I really enjoy all three Hot Springs barbecue joints and they are certainly part of my summer time food cravings. They are located in different parts of town, easily accessible and a treat for all barbecue lovers.
We’d love to help you decide which barbecue to try and give you directions to the restaurant. We also encourage any Hot Springs visitors to spend time with us at our award-winning bed and breakfast and we’ll treat you like royalty. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous Hot Springs getaway.

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.

Where to Find Ice Cream in Hot Springs AR

August 7th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Nom Bars Hot Springs AROne of my favorite ways to cool off in the summer is eating ice cream—whether in milk shakes or banana splits or generous scoops or root beer floats. When the air is humid and hot outside, frozen treats hit the spot! Here’s a list of the Top 4 Places for Frozen Treats in the area:

4. Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery – Superior does a very good job with everything they try, from brewing their own root beer to their lunch menu and some particularly tasty gelato. The flavor of the gelato is dense, and the texture of the gelato is smooth. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere lovely, and the location is tough to beat! It is a definite must-see when in Hot Springs National Park.

3. Scoops—A great stop for handmade ice cream. The flavors are classic and always taste wonderful. The creamy texture of the ice cream is perfect. The atmosphere itself is very casual, with picnic tables and walls painted with cartoon cows. It’s a great stop for families in particular. (Kids really love the cotton candy flavor!) As the name suggests, ice cream is their specialty, and they love to keep dreaming up new flavors.

Dolce Gelato Hot Springs AR2. Dolce Gelato—Nestled in Cornerstone shopping center, Dolce Gelato takes the atmosphere all the way to Italy, with Italian pop music playing on the radio and décor that reminds you of a coffee shop. The owners do most of the making of the gelato, and the serving. They are very knowledgeable about their product, and they have a variety of flavors for you to try. Bonus: they let you mix the flavors within your cup, so if you are eyeing the lemon and the amaretto, you can have the best of both worlds!

1. Nom Noms Mexican Grill & Chill—This is a local favorite, and not just because they have the largest variety of flavors in town (about 44). Nom Noms covers all the bases with the “chill” portion of their restaurant—including sorbets, sherbets, and Nom Bars, all homemade. They use the freshest ingredients in their products, making them fresh daily, and it really shows in the end result. You definitely need to enjoy this hidden gem when you are in Spa City.

When you travel to Hot Springs to take your ice cream tasting tour, consider staying at Lookout Point. You can have a gourmet breakfast in the morning, ice cream for lunch, and a night relaxing in a luxurious bed afterwards! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Summerfest on Park Avenue in Hot Springs, AR

July 25th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Historic Hot Springs National ParkWith the 25th Anniversary of Gallery Walk coming up on Aug. 1-3, it’s time to highlight another festival that happens in Hot Springs, AR on a regular basis: Summerfest on Park Avenue.

Like Gallery Walk, the festival is designed to showcase the beauty of Spa City and the eclectic talent of its residents. Every 2nd Saturday (from May to October) this 7 block event presents Historic Park Avenue as an extension of the downtown area.

Merchants and residents of Park Avenue team up to offer sidewalk sales and entertainment, as well as sidewalk cafes. Vendors sell everything from metal and wood crafts to jewelry, to organic fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. The food can hit whatever spot you are craving—tacos, pizza, smoked ribs, ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more. The entertainment includes music (for June it was X Factor’s J Ryan), live pottery demonstrations, and a painting party.

Come enjoy the beautiful tree-lined street and festive atmosphere on Aug. 9, Sept. 13, and Oct. 11. You can eat a gourmet breakfast at Lookout Point before the festival, and relax in a luxurious bed after! Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to Enjoy Beer in Hot Springs AR

March 16th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

If you’re hoping to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in Hot Springs National Park, we have made a list of the Top 3 Places to Enjoy Beer near the parade site downtown.

  1. breweries in ArkansasLast fall, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery opened its newly renovated doors to showcase its beer tasting area. The historic bathhouse is an ideal spot for watching Central Avenue or taking in the scenery of downtown. They have a great selection of beer (with their own brew, Vapor Valley Spirits, set to debut later this year), and the staff is very knowledgeable about the different beer options. And bonus, the food is excellent, too!
  2. This bar is known for its Al Capone affiliations, but today The Ohio Club is filled with blues music and a smiling crowd. It is the oldest bar in Arkansas, with a wood frame bar back and intricate carvings of mermaids and horses. The setting in a turn of the century building steeps into the atmosphere. You can enjoy a different side of history as you savor a beer at the mahogany bar.
  3. Set in a cellar in Spencer’s Corner, which is incredibly close to the parade location, Steinhaus Keller is well-known for its collection of German beers. You can sit in their Biergarten and enjoy live entertainment while you sip your brew.

If you are visiting Hot Springs, AR for your spring getaway, be sure to book your room at our bed and breakfast on Lake Hamilton and enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning. You will be pampered for an evening of fun on the town, and we’ll be excited to hear about your adventures exploring breweries in Arkansas! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Lookout Point Cooking School: Eggstreme Eggs, March 29

February 23rd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Tiffany and I had so much fun leading the Chocolate Covered Cooking Class before Valentine’s Day that we have already scheduled the next class for Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Eggstreme Eggs. This time we’ll have recipes and tips on making delicious protein-packed egg recipes just in time to create new dishes for your Easter brunch. Guests rave about our breakfasts, so here’s your chance to learn how we make the magic!


The Cooking School includes hands-on learning techniques starting with the basics of poaching and boiling eggs; preparing the recipes together as a class; sharing cooking tips, the best kitchen tools to use and information about ingredients. We promise you’ll have fun and take home new skills.

The Eggstreme Egg class also features two of the Inn’s breakfast egg dishes, including an omelette roulade with hollandaise sauce and a frittata. We’ll also bake meringue cookies with the egg whites left from hollandaise sauce. Yum!

The cost for the class is $50 person, or $40 if you stay for the weekend at the Inn. In addition to the class, you’ll be treated to the lunch that prepare, samples to take with you and a gift bag with Lookout Point goodies.

We’d love to have you come for the Cooking School and extend your stay through the weekend. After class, there will be plenty to keep you entertained in Hot Springs with the Oaklawn races and spring flowers, including the Tulip Extravaganza blooming at Garvan Gardens.

Call us at (501) 525.6155 to reserve your spot in the Eggstreme Eggs Cooking School and/or to stay with us for the weekend. We’ll be happy to help you plan your Hot Springs Getaway weekend.

Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast Celebrates Chocolate Cake

January 27th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lookout! Chocolate CakeIn honor of National Chocolate Cake Day on January 27, we are sharing one of our current favorite recipes here at Lookout Point: Lookout! Chocolate Cake.

The ingredients are listed on the recipe card to the right, but the directions will start right here:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Use the first set of ingredients (in black) to make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix for 3 minutes with electric mixer. Stir in the coffee by hand. Pour evenly into two prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes in preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients (in purple). Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and powdered sugar alternately with the milk, coffee, and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
  5. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.

If this recipe interests you, consider enrolling in our very first Chocolate Covered Cooking Class on Feb. 7. You can learn more about this exciting opportunity by calling 501.525.6155. Enjoy your cake today!

 

Chocolate Covered Cooking Class at Lookout Point

January 22nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chocolate Covered StrawberriesChocolate is such a wonderful treat year ‘round, but it’s exceptionally sweet near Valentine’s Day. To celebrate this wonderful confection, we have a cooking class scheduled to teach our guests how to make a few of our favorite chocolate recipes, which we prepare at the Inn.

If you’ve always wondered how we make our Decadent Chocolate French Toast, Chocolate Chip Ricotta Muffins or an Inn favorite, our famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries, this is the class to sign up for. This is the perfect time to learn our secrets and prepare an exceptional chocolate treat for the important people in your life for Valentine’s Day. According to an anonymous writer, “Never underestimate the power of chocolate.”

The class takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday Feb. 7, a week before Valentine’s Day, at the Inn in our kitchen. The cost is $50, or if you stay with us for the weekend, the cost is $40.

We’re eagerly awaiting spending time with our guests who want to learn how to make several of our special chocolate recipes, including a few we make for breakfast.

Make plans to spend the whole weekend with us and enjoy attending the Chocolate Covered Cooking Class on Friday. Horse racing at Oaklawn is up and running in Hot Springs and would make a fun outing on Saturday. Make reservations online or call us at (501) 525.6155. We look forward to spending time Friday making chocolate treats with our very special guests!

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