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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.

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.

Hot Springs AR Documentary Festival

September 24th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs Documentary Film FestivalThe annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will celebrate its 22nd year from Oct. 11-20, 2013. As per usual, it will show a variety of films, from short to feature length. The festival will take place at the Arlington and the Maxwell Blade Theater in the historic downtown area.

Since the beginning, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has entertained and educated more than 400,000 people. Along with the films shown, the festival also has cultural activities and special programs for participants to enjoy. Through forums, discussions groups, and teaching, HSDFI brings social knowledge to all ages through film.

The festival is run by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, which houses one of the largest documentary film libraries with over 18,000 titles. The staff, over 200 volunteers, and board of directors are very excited for this year’s event, and we certainly are, too! For ticket information for the HSDFF, view their website.

If, after viewing documentary films, you’d like to relax at Lookout Point and view more films from the comfort of a lush bed, reserve your stay online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155.

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:

Celebrating Love at Lookout Point: Not Long Enough!

June 15th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Yesterday, Ray & I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary, and I am so grateful to this patient and good man for his kind and generous  spirit. Part of our anniversary traditions include expressing gratitude for our lives shared, and enjoying a nice bottle of red.

For years I’ve been interested to hear long-time married people tell the stories of creating a successful marriage. And now we are one of those “long-time” couples! I really don’t understand how it happened so quickly!

When my parents celebrated their 50th anniversary, I asked them the secret to their successful marriage. My mother said the typical answers: don’t go to bed mad, love each other, etc. My father bluntly replied: Do what SHE says! Of course, he promptly received the reaction he desired.

A few days ago, Lucian and Wanda

Wanda & Lucian (back), Tammy & James (foreground)

celebrated their 45th anniversary at Lookout Point. One morning they dined outdoors by the waterfalls, and shared conversation with James and Tammy, who will be married this fall at the inn. Lucian offered a great piece of advice to the upcoming groom. Whenever Lucian is asked how long he’s been married, he responds by looking lovingly & directly into Wanda’s eyes, and says “Not long enough!”

What a beautiful reply! It’s true: Ray & I have not been married long enough. Here’s to many more great decades together. And to all of you celebrating a June anniversary: congratulations!—Kristie

Lake Hamilton Wedding in Hot Springs

April 21st, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

On a gorgeous April day, with a perfectly blue sky and slight breeze, Jeff and Tracy exchanged vows at Lookout Point.

Congrats, Jeff & Tracy!

Standing before family and friends, the couple chose the lakeside labyrinth for the site of their lakeside garden wedding.

Tracy’s stylish bridesmaids carried yellow bouquets, and the chairs were also adorned with yellow pom-poms.

Congratulations to the happy couple! We wish you all the best.

There are many good reasons to choose a stress-free intimate wedding. Give us a call, and we’ll be pleased to assist you.

Bill’s Tree: In Memorium

March 29th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

As innkeepers, we see a great variety of people from all over the world.  Meeting interesting, kind, funny, and curious persons is a great perk of this job! Guests who return to Lookout Point over and over again weave their way deep into our hearts.

Bill & Cheryl are two of those people woven onto the fabric of the inn, with their gentle spirit and zest for life! Married in Hot Springs years ago, they soon found our inn. Lookout Point became their spot to stay, and they even renewed their marriage vows in our gardens. Often coming with family, the inn rang with laughter and joy with every visit.

Three years ago in March, Bill died suddenly while on vacation with Cheryl and their teenage son. The shock and grief gripped their community in Missouri, and rippled to other states. Bill was a community leader, Boy Scout volunteer, physician, and so much more. In the midst of grief, even “his” innkeepers needed to do something, while feeling so helpless.

lakeside gardens in Hot springs

Bill's Tree

So we planted a tree. A dogwood.

The first summer, the tree struggled, telling us it was not happy where planted. Our gardener relocated the tree.

The second spring, the tree did not bloom but seemed content.

This month,  in the 3rd spring, profuse blooms are covering this small tree. Bill’s tree is happy and thriving. I am grateful to have known Bill, and to be reminded of life’s beauty through Bill’s tree!

Small Weddings Save Big Money & Reduce Stress

March 4th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Small, intimate weddings are growing in popularity for lots of really good reasons:

  • lots of money saved
  • reduces the stress of planning a major event
  • the bride and groom are surrounded by their very closest family and friends
  • time to focus on the marriage, instead of the wedding
  • a small destination wedding may become a fun family reunion!

On Leap Year Day, Jack & Michelle

Hot springs wedding

Leap Year Wedding

exchanged vows in a lovely ceremony at the Anthony Chapel of the Garvan Gardens.  Immediate family from all over the U.S. gathered, enjoying time together.

Following the wedding, the wedding party returned to Lookout Point for photographs, the wedding reception, and wedding dinner (catered by Chef Eve). Jack’s twin sister Jill was also present—too funny (Jack & Jill)!

Michelle & Jack taught me something new: steam punk. What great guests!

Springtime is a beautiful time of year to be married in our gardens by the lake. Give us a call at 866.525.6155 to reserve your Hot Springs wedding!

Better Homes & Gardens Blog Brags on Hot Springs

February 26th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

The editor of Better Homes & Gardens Country Gardens magazine,

BHG Country Gardens editor James Baggett

James Baggett recently included Hot Springs, Garvan Gardens, and our inn in the  BHG blog.  It was our honor to welcome James to the inn!He’s been a magazine editor for 30 years, and he is full of life, and great ideas. Rarely one to sit still, when he had a few extra minutes James could be found in our gardens, deadheading flowers.

When James asked if he could re-pot our house plants, I was speechless! Within a week of his departure, our houseplants had all been lovingly tended.

Here’s James’ comments about our Hot Springs B&B:

But the highlight of my too-short visit had to be my impeccable accommodations at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn. Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking a serene bay of Lake Hamilton, the inn—built in 2003 in the Arts and Crafts architectural style—is surrounded by pretty manicured gardens and pathways and waterfalls that lead to the lake itself, where turtles gently paddle near the water’s edge. Innkeepers Ray and Kristie Rosset have created a labyrinth for guests to explore, above. (Remember, you get lost in a maze and find yourself in a labyrinth.) While I slowly followed the twists and turns of the labyrinth, hummingbirds were busy sipping nectar from the many flowering shrubs and perennials that line the paths that crisscross this idyllic getaway. Like I said, it’s especially comforting to reflect on just such an escape at precisely this time of year.

 

Thank you, James! We would love to welcome YOU to enjoy Hot Springs, Garvan Gardens,  our inn, and perhaps find yourself in our labyrinth.

British Couple Travel to Hot Springs to Exchange Vows

December 29th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

Jim and Wendy traveled a long distance to marry:  all the way from England to Hot Springs. The lovely and kind couple exchanged vows

Hot Springs Wedding

Jim & Wendy's Arkansas wedding

on a rather balmy December afternoon, allowing great photos in our gardens.

Incorporating British traditions into the setting, the initial toast was for the Queen, followed by a toast to the couple–a first at Lookout Point!

We send our best wishes, as Wendy & Jim return to their home in England. We’re honored that you chose to marry at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast.

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