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Lookout Point Cooking Classes Schedule for 2015

December 18th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most entertaining additions we incorporated at Lookout Point Inn for 2014 was Cooking School for our guests and friends in the community. We had such fun teaching cooking students how to make chocolate treats, egg dishes, breakfast in bed, puff pastry, cheesecake, soups and holiday desserts.

We had students who were already great cooks and wanted to learn more along with students who had cooked very little and were eager to gain confidence cooking. We met great people who participated in our classes in 2014 and hope to have them back in 2015 along with new students who want to learn more about cooking.

Our classes are hands-on for all students in our kitchen at Lookout Point. We teach students to prepare several recipes during the cooking school and then we eat some of what we prepare for lunch. Tiffany and I have such fun teaching the classes and we always learn something new from our students.

Last year we cooked a variety of foods for Cooking School and we have our schedule ready for the new year. The cost is $70 per person ($60 if you are a guest at Lookout Point for the class). The classes meet from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The 2015 schedule for Cooking School includes:

Hot Springs AR Cooking School

A gift certificate for a Lookout Point Cooking Class or for all the classes is a perfect Christmas gift idea for all cooks and aspiring cooks. A stay at the Inn the night before and after the cooking class makes the class just that much more fun. The classes fill quickly so be sure to reserve your spot for the class and reserve a room at the Inn to complete your stay.

Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with each room having a lake view. Every room is different and named after an Arkansas town. Our breakfasts are delicious and the grounds and labyrinth are beautiful and special places for resting and rejuvenation. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your cooking classes hot springs ar and room reservation.

Top 6 Gift Ideas in Hot Springs AR

December 7th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Tea Supplies Lookout Point6. Tea making set: Make every cup of tea the best with quality loose-leaf tea, a hand-thrown ceramic mug, and a tea pot that guarantees you’ll never have leaves swirling in your cup. You can find all of these items in the Lookout Point Gift Shop, or you can go one step further and buy loose-leaf tea from local favorites, Java Primo.

5. Gift Certificates to Local Highlights: The Spa City area has a lot for friends and family to explore, no matter the season. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Luna Bella. Dig for crystals or zipline over a quartz mine at Ron Coleman Mining. Explore scientific mysteries at Mid-America Museum. The possibilities are endless, and gift certificates to any of these would be a fantastic gift for loved ones.

4. 8 Broads Cookbook: Hot off the presses, the 8 Broads Cookbook is a gift that keeps giving inspiration year-round. We’re not trying to give you any spoilers, but there is great food just waiting to be made from these recipes. To add an extra special element, try making a dessert recipe from the book and packaging it with the book for the gift. Yum!

3. Extended Passes: Season passes for 2015 are on sale for Magic Springs; it’s a family-friendly park with a water park and a lively concert series that you’ll definitely want to enjoy with your friends and family! As always we also recommend a Garvan Gardens membership, since the botanical gardens are gorgeous year-round.

2. Local Art: Let your loved ones keep the flavor of Hot Springs with them year round by investing in local art pieces. You can enjoy the watercolors by our own Innkeeper, Robin, or get a handcrafted wooden bowl or sculpture from Forest Path Gallery. Your friends and family will delight in these keepsakes for years to come!

1. Day at the Spa: Hot Springs National Park is known as Spa City for a reason! Give your loved one the gift of absolute relaxation when you present a gift certificate to Quapaw Baths & Spa, Living Wellness, or Chrysalis Day Spa. For a special presentation, have a stocking full of bath products (like the glorious ones found in our gift shop) to accompany the certificate.

As always, the best gift for the holidays is time with family and friends. If you’d like to consider Lookout Point as a venue for that quality relaxation time, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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.

Great Gifts: Swiss Diamond Pans Now Available in Hot Springs, Arkansas

November 25th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

These gems are actually made from hundreds of thousands of nano-diamonds, so they literally are “gems”.  I can honestly say that these are the best pans that I’ve ever cooked with, and we use a minimum of 2 Swiss Diamond pans in the inn every single day! They get heavy duty use, including being stuck under a high broiler for our frittatas.

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As the only Swiss Diamond retailer in Central Arkansas, you are invited to come to the inn to do some Christmas shopping from 10 am- 7pm. Our small gift shop features a nice variety of the pans. Next month I’m giving Tim & Lisa some of these pans for their wedding present, and I hope they haven’t seen this blog yet. Small Business Saturday is November 29!

Last Christmas, I gave the 10 inch fry pan to my son-in-law, Robby, for Christmas. He’s a great cook, and the morning chef in his household. He regularly fussed about the eggs sticking in his pan. The Swiss Diamond pan seemed like a perfect gift, and I must admit he was a skeptic. Two weeks after Christmas, I received this note via snail mail, “Kristie, thank you for the Swiss Diamond pan. It’s the BEST Christmas present I’ve ever received. I love it.”  Still makes me smile, because he’s received some mighty fine presents in the past. Good cooks love these pans!

Diamonds are a Chef's best friend!

Diamonds are a Chef’s best friend!

What makes them so special? The triple diamond coating is durable, conducts heat better than metal, and is long-lasting. There’s no peeling or flaking like other non-stick pans. According to the company,

The Swiss Diamond coating is recognized all over the globe for its long-lasting quality, excellent heat conduction and superior nonstick performance. Chefs worldwide agree, “Diamonds are a chef’s best friend!”

I would agree! These pans are not cheap–rather they are an investment, and worth every penny. The  pans start at $44.95 in our gift shop, and on Small Business Saturday you’ll receive a 10% discount.

See you then,

Kristie

 

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

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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.

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