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Where to See the Best Hot Springs, Arkansas Fall Foliage

September 17th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

autymn leaves at Lookout PointArkansas is known for its natural beauty—the mountains that showcase gorgeous sunsets and the lakes that exude fun and tranquility at once. One facet of this beauty that draws in visitors from all over the world is the changing color of leaves in fall. These fall colors of Hot Springs, Arkansas add warmth to the landscape that dazzles the eye.

One way to really enjoy the Arkansas fall foliage in the area is to take advantage of the Fall Colors Package at our top rated Hot Springs, AK bed and breakfast; it includes passes to the gorgeous Garvan Woodland Gardens and tickets to the Mountain Tower Overlook, as well as a boat tour of Lake Hamilton with Captain Ray. During your stay, you can also enjoy a loaded picnic backpack with lunch, all prepared by the Lookout Point staff. Not only do you get to take the adorable, and very useful, backpack home with you, but there are also two steel water bottles for you to remember your getaway.

As the weather cools off and you begin planning your autumn getaway, consider staying at our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast. In addition to the amenities of the Fall Colors Package, you will enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning, outstanding views of Lake Hamilton and the Ouachita Mountains, and luxurious beds to rest on at night. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room, Part 2

September 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

lookout point snowball roomIn Part 1, we covered the essentials of a great bed and the need to de-clutter. Now, let’s look at the smaller items in a guest room that create big impact. These simple steps create a big welcome for your guests, and don’t require a big cash outlay or a lot of time.

1. Lighting:  Good bedside reading lights are critical. Place a lamp at each beside table, using a 23 watt compact florescent or LED light (equivalent to an old 100 watt bulb).  Any less brightness does not provide enough light for bedtime reading. If you don’t have the space for 2 bedside tables, mount small lamps to the wall at the sides of the bed frame. Avoid ceiling lights, especially lights attached to a ceiling fan.

2. Welcome note: On a simple note card, jot a simple yet personalized note of welcome to your guests. It only takes a moment, and it touches the heart.

3. Water: Place a small carafe with 2 glasses, or a couple of bottles of water in the room. Again, it’s a simple and thoughtful touch. Your guests won’t need to stumble to the kitchen or bathroom in search of a sip of water.

4. Noise abatement: All of our guest rooms, both at the inn and at our home, provide a Sleep Sound Machine. Your place may be noiser, or even quieter, than your guests’ abode. The Sleep Sound machine neutralizes sounds with a soft white noise, and provides a soothing background for super-quiet spaces.

5. Towels/face cloths: Set out a towel and face cloth for your guests, in an obvious place (bathroom or guest room) so that they don’t need to hunt. Add a bowl of amenities to the bathroom with a collection of soaps, travel toothpaste, shampoo so that your very special guests might have a selection.

6. Reading Material: Your guests will appreciate  a small selection of reading materials, such as a local travel guide and/or current magazine. Just remember to balance items in the room with providing clear spaces for your guests to place their own belongings.

Finally, the most important item in creating a welcoming space is your very own special brand of hospitality. With your genuine warmth combined with  a soothing smile, your guests will feel pampered.

To learn more hospitality tips, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. The Innkeepers will be happy to share their insight with you! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Pet Friendly Hotel Honors Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

September 9th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Pet Friendly B&BAt our award winning Hot Springs bed and breakfast, some of our favorite guests have paws. When dogs arrive they are greeted in the room with treats and their own welcome letter. Each pet friendly room has direct access to the gorgeous garden (and Lake Hamilton, for those water-loving pups), as well as a porch.

Dogs at the Inn have a great time with their owners—from walks in the garden to trips in the canoe, to breakfast by the waterfall. The Innkeepers help them plan a dog-friendly getaway to Hot Springs National Park, which can include a trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens or Lake Catherine.

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog month in October, when you visit our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast with your furry friend, the dog lodging fees will be donated to the Garland County Humane Society. The GCHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing unwanted, abandoned, and neglected/abused pets. Lookout Point is proud to offer assistance to this organization, and we hope that you will join us in supporting them.

Reserve your dog-friendly Arkansas getaway at Lookout Point online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to welcome you and your four-legged friend to this beautiful city as autumn sets in!

Found: Four-Legged Family Member!

September 4th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Welcome, Otto!

Paws in Prison

Sweet Otto

The newest addition to our family is a gentle guy with the sweetest disposition. Otto appears to be a one year old black lab/boxer mix, and he is recent stellar graduate of the Paws in Prison program. After being rescued from a kill shelter by CARE (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort), and placed in the prison program.This amazing program is such a win-win. The selected prisoners are taught by a professional dog trainer, and the dog is placed with the prisoner 24/7 to be trained. Otto comes to us house trained (we didn’t have the time nor energy to train a pup), knows many of the AKC commands, doesn’t pull on a leash, and we just love him! Most days Otto spends his time at Lookout Point Inn, tucked away in a back office. But if you need a dog fix while you’re here, you are welcome to take Otto for a walk! He would love it, and probably will share a slobbery kiss.

Earlier this year, our dog Nikki adopt a dog(a yellow lab mix) was diagnosed with lymphoma. While she lived several more happy months, she passed away at the beginning of summer.

We are grateful to our extremely thoughtful and kind staff for placing a tribute to Nikki in the garden. She’s facing the waterfalls, appropriate since she loved to romp in the water. Thank you so much to our very special team at Lookout Point!

If you are seeking Hot Springs, AR dog friendly lodging, you’ll love it here. Four guest rooms are available to folks traveling with their four-legged friends. We would love to welcome you!

Inspirational Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library

August 24th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chihuly at Clinton Presidential LibraryOne of the nice things about living in Hot Springs is the close proximity to Little Rock and all the cultural arts available in the city. Currently, one of the astonishing art displays in Little Rock is the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library.

Dale Chihuly is a renowned American artist, who is well known internationally, and helped to elevate the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. His presentation of color, shape and form are exquisite. His talent is amazing and such a gift for anyone who visits his exhibits. We’re lucky to have such amazing art to experience in Little Rock through January 5, 2015.

Four specific installations are featured at the Clinton Library including Red Reeds which is visible outdoors at the entrance and has dramatic lighting at night; Sea Blue and Green Tower which is situated in the Sky Lobby and includes about 700 hand-blown glass elements; the Mille Fiori installation that features an incredible Dale Chihuly garden of glass; and Seaforms and Drawings which reflects inspiration from the sea and is on view in a temporary exhibition space. The Chihuly glass is just amazing. His art is an inspiration to be more creative and think outside the box. His advice for young aspiring artists is: “Surround yourself with artists and see as much art as possible. Go with your gut and create something that nobody has ever seen before.” For more information on the Chihuly exhibit go online to www.clintonfoundation.org/Chihuly.

If you’re planning a trip to the Chihuly Exhibit at the Clinton Library, we’d love to have you come to Hot Springs to spend some time with us and stay at Lookout Point Inn. We have artists’ work on display in our common areas and support all the cultural arts. Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with all rooms having a view of the lake, most with patios or balconies. It is a beautiful place to unwind and enjoy the peaceful gardens and labyrinth and the serenity and beauty of the lake. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan a trip to Hot Springs with a special excursion to Little Rock to the Chihuly Exhibit.

Hot Springs AR Jazz Fest 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Each year the Hot Springs Jazz Society presents a festival promoting jazz music in Spa City.

For the 23rd year in a row, the JazzFest will feature Arkansas’ Jazz Artists. The first day of the festival begins onHot Springs Jazz Festival Sept. 16 with Guitar-rama, an event featuring six different guitar players from all genres of music. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, you can learn about the history of the musical movement at Jazz 101.

The festival continues until Sept. 21, with a free event on Saturday called Jazz in the Streets. That event will happen under the Broadway Street Bridge, from 11am to 5pm. For the first time, the free event will also include Dancing in the Streets, featuring TwiceSax. The genres will range from Dixieland to Latin Jazz and everywhere in between.

The Hot Springs Jazz Society prides itself on not just promoting jazz, but also perpetuating and preserving it as an original American art form. Each of the events during the festival go toward this purpose—not just providing entertainment, but providing a sense of history for jazz music as a whole. To find out more information about JazzFest or buy tickets, visit the website at hsjazzsociety.org or call 501.627.2425.

While you are enjoying the music from the festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. There are comfortable beds with luxurious linens, gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton, and scrumptious breakfast awaiting you! Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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.

18th Annual Hot Springs, AR Blues Festival

July 29th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Blues FestivalLabor Day weekend in Hot Springs, AR is getting some swagger this year with the Hot Springs Blues Festival. The Spa City Blues Society has hosted the festival for the past 18 years, and they are excited to present the 2014 festival at Hill Wheatley Plaza from Aug. 29-31.

The festival has been extended to Friday night this year, giving blues music lovers even more to enjoy! The lineup includes headliners Larry Garner, JP Soars & the Red Hots, Ghost Town Blues Band, and Barbara Blue, as well as several more.

Along with great music, the festival will also feature an Artist’s Alley where local artisans can display and sell their wares. The Spa City Blues Society will host music-related workshops and after parties in local venues with regional acts.

You can read more about the festival, including up to date start times and more about the guests performing, on their website.

While you are in town enjoying the 18th Annual Blues Festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. There are great views of Lake Hamilton, tasty gourmet breakfast, and a gorgeous garden waiting for you to enjoy. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We’d love to help you plan your Labor Day getaway!

How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room: Part I

July 27th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

guest bedroom decoratingDo you have a room that needs an update focused on creating a restful and welcoming space for your company? If you enjoy receiving company that stays overnight, you might want to implement a few of these guest room ideas. Of course, if you are in the “company is like fish” camp, and don’t want guests to stay any length of time—you might want to make sure your extra bedroom resembles a storage shed.

I love welcoming guests—both at our Hot Springs, Arkansas bed and breakfast and at my home! Creating a comfortable space adds to a happy experience, so here are my tips for a guest room of any size.

1) guest room ideasDe-clutter. This may be the most important step for creating a comfortable space. Remove almost all of your stuff from the dresser top and bedside tables, allowing easy space for your guests to place their stuff without feeling they are invading your space. What should remain on a dresser top? Besides lamps, a cute little bowl for holding your guest’s jewelry and small odds & ends. Perhaps a small clock, although this is far less important with the ubiquitous presence of smartphones. If the dresser top is large, add an artifact such as a piece of pottery, a jar candle, or for a real welcome, a framed photo of your guests.

2) The bed. Comfort is key here! Unless your bed will collide your guests into the center from sagging, there’s probably no need to buy a new mattress/box springs. Just upgrade the comfort level of your current bed with a really fluffy, high quality mattress pad. Add to the bed a fine set of sheets (400+ thread count cotton sheets or microfiber). It goes without saying that the bed should be already made prior to arrival of guests, and looking pretty!

Next, you’ll need a good quality blanket and bedspread. If your blanket resembles the quality of a cheap hotel from decades past, get rid of it. Heavy comforter sets may look pretty, but be careful of the weight for sleeping. On the other hand, if it’s an old cotton blanket in good condition, use it! In the south, we definitely prefer cotton blankets and bedspreads, and in summertime the blankets may even be forfeited. Chenille or matelesse cotton bedspreads are available at inexpensive prices, if you need to purchase a bedspread.

3. guest bedroom ideasPillows. Old, hard or flat foam pillows have got to go. I recommend four pillows on the bed, with two soft pillows and two firm. Many people sleep with two pillows, and offering a variety of pillow choices is a nice touch. Are you a synthetic or a feather pillow lover? The quality of synthetic pillows has dramatically improved, and the issues of feather allergies has mostly disappeared with the new feather pillow techniques. So use what makes you happy!

What about those small decorative pillows on the bed? While a pretty touch, don’t go overboard with throw pillows on the bed unless you have a large room with an extra chair that can be dedicated to tossing all of the pillows. You don’t want guests tripping over these pillows in the middle of the night, and most of us prefer to not throw pillows on the floor. I prefer to keep it simple, with no more than 3 accent pillows. One round bolster works perfect!

4. The bed frame. Test it! That’s sleep on your guest bed. We tell new innkeepers to sleep in each of their guest rooms at least once a year. Not only sleep in the guest room, but pack a suitcase to get a better feel for how the space works. If your bed frame is creaky and squeaky, can you resolve the problem areas? If not, your guests will be awakened every time they turn over. We once had a guest bed with a painful footboard; guests were always banging their shins on the footboard. What a bad design!

There are many inexpensive alternatives to purchasing a new bed frame, including DIY projects. A headboard may be attached to the wall, not the bed, and creates a sense of space. Large pieces of art, a ladder painted and turned on its side, or even a piece of fabric covered plywood provide beauty in your guest room. An inexpensive metal bed frame completes the bed.

If you are investing in a new or different bed, what size should you consider? If you have the space, I recommend a queen bed. Most couples will be comfortable in a queen bed, and it takes up little additional room. A standard/full size bed tends to feel too small for most couples today.

Stay tuned for Part II of “How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room” for more guest room ideas for your home!

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.

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