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Where to Shop for Small Business Saturday

November 13th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Small Business Saturday began as an American Express marketing idea in 2010, but it has quickly expanded to benefit small businesses across the globe. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, customers begin their holiday shopping while supporting local establishments.

The AMEX advertising campaign was filled with important facts; small businesses, for example, drive the local and national economy by creatingLake-Hamilton jobs and giving back to the community. There are 27 million small businesses in the United States (like many of inns in the Select Registry), and those help foster a feeling of community in the area.

Local businesses truly need your support, since most do not last past the five year mark. This year, on November 29, consider supporting them and posting about your finds on social media with #SmallBusinessSaturday. In addition to marking things off your holiday list, you will be giving back to an organization that truly cares about the area and promoting awareness of small business’ importance to the world.

If you’d like to support our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast on Small Business Saturday this year, you can order online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. For that day only, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchases as our thank you for participating in this awareness-driven event.

Humble Gratitude to Our Veterans

November 11th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

On this Veterans Day 2014, all of us at Lookout Point offer a deep gratitude to every person that has proudly served our country.  Nearly every family in this great country has been personally impacted by service of a loved one in a branch of the military. From those of us who have not served in the armed forces, THANK YOU to every veteran and every soldier currently serving. Your efforts continue to make a difference in this world!

Veterans Day

Percy with Drill Sargeant

In our family alone, my father-in-law Arthur Rosset was a part of the D-Day invasion (Canadian Army) at Normandy that was the turning point for WWII. It took 50 years, when attending the anniversary in France, before he began to even speak of his experiences.

My father, Don Noerrlinger, served in the US Army  during WWII, mostly in France.

My son-in-law, Devin, served 5 years with the Marine Corps, with tours of duty in Iraq.

My godson, Percy Gardner, is a new private in the US Army serving his first duty station.

I invite you to join me in sharing the names of your loved ones and family members who have served. It’s the least we can do–offering our thanks.

P.S. Active duty military receive a 10% discount on weekdays–always–at the inn.

See Autumnal Art at Lookout Point

October 26th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

autumn art hot springs arA few months ago Robin, one of our beloved Innkeepers, began sharing her artwork at the Inn. She occasionally switches out the selection, based on the season or the number of paintings that found happy homes with guests.

Over the weekend, she put up gorgeous new watercolors that I have to share with you! Each landscape is filled with depictions of nature around the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. For two weeks, Robin was given a cabin to paint the beauty around her. As Robin said, “The grandeur of the Tetons and the magnificence of the animals who live there are hard to describe in words… so I used watercolor.”

Inspired by the tales of the 1988 “Summer of Fire,” some of the paintings have an eerie orange tint in the background, enhancing the natural colors of the fur. A few of the paintings are serene in color composition, with mountains and sky and water seamlessly flowing into each other to create a sense of calm (like the one to the right). The combination of both in the same display creates a fabulous sense of life and color and how the two are connected.

If you would like to see the elk deer, moose, bears, and bison meandering through the hallway in beautiful watercolor, reserve an autumn getaway at Lookout Point. You can browse the gallery while you enjoy the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon, with wine, dessert, and light appetizer in hand. For more information, call 501.525.6155 or reserve your stay online.

Lookout Point Cooking Class: Soups Installment

October 16th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Ray's Strawberry Soup - Cooking Classes in ArkansasFun Cooking Classes in Arkansas

With the weather cooling down, Kristie and Tiffany are very excited about the next installment of the Lookout Point Cooking School. Soups—from Breakfast to Supper—will teach students all the details of making some of the Inn’s favorite soups on Friday, November 14.

For breakfast soups, students will learn about the classic Ray’s Strawberry Soup and the newest cousin to that, Peach Soup. Both make for a refreshing start to the day! Other soups that you can learn hands-on include Baked Potato Soup and two different kinds of chili (both traditional and chicken and white bean chili). A cooking installment at Lookout Point would not be complete without taste-testing the products and enjoying laughs over lunch!

Gluten Free Potato And Bacon Soup - Cooking Class in ArkansasThe space for students in the kitchen is limited, and it helps to create a more helpful learning environment. Kristie and Tiffany make the time to assist each student in every aspect of creating the dishes, with useful tips and time-saving techniques. Plus, the Lookout Point Cooking School definitely helps guests make new friends!

To reserve your spot in the next installment, call 501.525.6155. The cost is $50 per person, or $40 if you are staying at the Inn. Those staying at the Inn can look forward to a gourmet breakfast in the morning before the class begins, and a luxurious bed to relax in after the class has finished. You can reserve your stay online or call our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast for more information.

Where to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Hot Springs AR

October 14th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

thanksgiving hot springs arAs October settles in, I can’t help getting excited about autumnal food flavors—like cinnamon, pumpkin, roasted pecans, and baked apples. That, of course, also has me ready for Thanksgiving Dinner!

Lookout Point hosts Thanksgiving Dinner each year, providing guests with a gourmet meal to celebrate the holiday. The atmosphere at the Inn is tranquil and welcoming; this permeates the dinner celebration, including limited seating for the meal itself to maintain the calm environment.

The Thanksgiving Dinner this year will be catered in by local chefs, The Green Herb. Their mission is to bring a meal that has beautiful presentation as well as top-notch flavors. You can’t go wrong with that!

The menu for this year is as follows: Butternut Squash Soup to start. It will be followed by Baby Green with Pears and Pecans, Roasted Turkey with Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Sweet Potato Gratin, and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. For dessert, there will be old fashioned Pumpkin Pie and Southern Pecan Pie.

To add some extra goodies to look forward to during your stay, try the Thanksgiving Package. It includes two seats at the Thanksgiving meal, ½ dozen chocolate covered strawberries in your room upon arrival, and passes to Garvan Gardens to see the holiday lights.

If you’d like to reserve your seat at the Thanksgiving feast, call 501.525.6155 or reserve your stay online with ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ in the notes. We would love to welcome you during this season of gratitude, when we are incredibly thankful to have such wonderful guests.

Fall Harvest at the Hot Springs Farmers Market

October 7th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Arkansas Farmers MarketAlong with the crisp, cool air come different kinds of produce at our local Farmers Market. We are fortunate in Hot Springs to have the Farmers Market all year. The seasonal produce and winter hours change, but the farmers and crafts people keep coming during the colder months. The October hours for the Market are Saturdays from 7 a.m.-noon and 9a.m.-noon November-April.

Ray and I always enjoy going to the Market on Saturday mornings. We usually run into someone we know and if we don’t we take a few minutes to slow down, enjoy looking at the produce and visiting with some of the great farmers in our area. I always come away invigorated with my sacks full of great local produce.

Downtown Hot SpringsThis time of year the produce from the fall harvest includes lots of kinds of squash, zucchini, gourds, pumpkins, fresh greens, peppers and much more. Also, there are a multitude of different canned goods, great hot sauce, local honey, baked goods and plenty of craft items for sale. Last weekend the SPCA was at the Market with dogs to be adopted. (Dogs on leashes are also welcome.)

The Market is located near Historic Downtown Hot Springs at 121 Orange St. near Orange and Broadway. For more information go online to hotspringsfarmersmarket.com. So, if you’re coming to Hot Springs for a weekend getaway, make plans to visit the Market on Saturday mornings and take a little of Hot Springs back home with you.

While you’re in town, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We offer a wonderful place to vacation and rejuvenate. At the Inn we have lots of places to sit outside and enjoy the weather and Lake Hamilton. When it gets a little cooler we’ll have a fire in the fireplace. The inside common areas have several spots to curl up and read a book, write a letter, play a game or cards or take a quick nap. The ambience is relaxing, luxurious and quite comfortable. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you schedule a wonderful weekend in Hot Springs.

Don’t Miss the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival!

October 5th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

The 2nd Annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival is taking place just in time to get you into the mood for a Fright-tastic Halloween. This year the festival takes place from Oct. 23-26 at the historic Central Theater downtown.

The HSHFF takes pride in honoring not just horror films, but also sci-fi and thriller films. This mix of fantasy and intrigue with slashers and thrillers gives each audience something new to treasure. The director, Bill Volland, has a background in art direction and set design, giving a unique perspective to the horror genre. The hostess this year is actress and filmmaker TamaHot Springs Horror Film Festivalra Glynn, known for her role in Halloween 5.

The special screenings taking place at the 2014 Hot Springs Horror Film Festival are “The Oscar Legacy,” “Jersey Shore Massacre,” “Tales of Poe,” and a teaser for “Blood Reservoir.” There will also be a film-marketing seminar hosted by Ted Hatfield, who is also achieving a Lifetime Achievement Award. The full schedule will be up on the website soon, where you can also purchase tickets.

In preparation for the film festival, the Hot Springs Arts and Film Institute will also be hosting the Theater of Horror at the Central Theater. It promises to be a combination of entertainment—from movie to theater to haunted attraction. The showings will happen each Thursday through Sunday, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 2. More information about that attraction is available on the website as well, and all proceeds support the film festival.

While you are in town enjoying the thrills of the films, add a stay at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast to your agenda. You can extend the movie fun during your stay, with a library of DVDs for you to choose from and complimentary popcorn (and snacks!) available 24 hours a day. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

23rd Annual Documentary Film Festival is Hot Springs, AR Treasure

September 28th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Documentary Film FestivalI love to go to the movies. It’s a treat I treasure anytime I am able to go see a film I’ve looked forward to watching. Of course, popcorn and soda go along with the outing. So, each year when the Documentary Film Festival comes to town, Ray and I try to take some time off to see some of the fabulous films that are featured.

This year the Festival takes place Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel and Low Key Arts. The breadth of the international films includes an amazing lineup. What attracts me the most in watching the documentaries are the many subjects covered in the films. Last year the selection was great; I feel this year’s films may be even better.

Opening Night, Oct. 10, features “Glen Campbell…I’ll be Me” and looks to be an amazing evening for film aficionados. Some of the schedule for the evening includes a screening of the movie at 6:15 p.m. followed by a Q&A with Director and Producer James Keach, Producer Trevor Albert along with some members of the Campbell family including Campbell’s wife Kim and children Ashley, Cal and Shannon. Other events are also scheduled after the Q&A. For more information, a schedule and ticket information go online to www.hsdff.org.

The entire schedule of films is not on the website yet, but will be there soon. The featured documentaries this year include:
“Satellite Beach”
“The Story of the Rhinestone Cowboy”
“Meet the Patels”
“An Honest Liar”
“Stray Dog”
“George Takei”

One of my favorite events to attend in the fall is the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. I’m looking forward to the excitement of seeing some great documentaries this year. We love to have out-of-town guests who come to the Film Festival to also stay with us at the Inn. We have a great place to retreat to during the day or after the films in the evening.

Lookout Point is situated on Lake Hamilton with each of our unique rooms sharing a view of the lake. The cooler air is inviting and our gardens and labyrinth are great places to sit, be still and enjoy the great weather. Our beds are luxurious with fabulous linens and our breakfasts are superb. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great week or weekend at the Documentary Film Festival.

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.

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