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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.

Three Lakes in Hot Springs, AR Offer Abundance of Water Sports

July 7th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Lake HamiltonOne of the most enchanting reasons to choose to come to Hot Springs for a vacation is the beauty and availability of water sports on any of the three picturesque lakes in the area – Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita and Lake Catherine.

For our guests at Lookout Point Inn who want to bring a boat with them, we offer a slip rental during their stay at the Inn. For our guests who want a leisurely boat ride on Lake Hamilton, Capt. Ray offers a boat trip from Lookout Point Inn. We even have weddings from time-to-time on the boat. We also have a canoe at our boat dock for guests to use on the water, as well as two kayaks guests can rent. Our Two Lakes, Three Nights Package offers kayaking with a professional guide on Lake Ouachita and canoeing on Lake Hamilton with a special picnic lunch for two including a souvenir backpack and water bottles, giving guests the opportunity to fully enjoy the water.

Guests who want to rent a boat, houseboat, kayak, canoe, jet skis, wave runners, kneeboards, tubes, or any water toys have a wide assortment of places to rent on each of the area lakes. On Lake Hamilton we recommend Salty Dog, Kahuna Bay Boat Rentals, Lake Hamilton Watersports, Inc., or Marineland. Lake Ouachita offers Tiny’s Water Toys, Lake Ouachita State Park Marina, or Echo Canyon Marina. The smaller of the three lakes, Lake Catherine, offers boat and kayak rentals at Lake Catherine State Park Marina at affordable rates.

Hot Springs is situated in such a beautiful area with three gorgeous lakes. We’d love to have you plan a vacation to Lookout Point Inn and include one of the many choices for water recreations. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your stay and schedule the right water sport for you and your family.

Where are Hiking Trails in Hot Springs AR?

June 26th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

My exercise of choice is walking so taking a guided hike in Hot Springs National Park with a park ranger is a treat I enjoy as often as I can. We are fortunate that the north end of the city is included in Hot Springs National Park.

Hot Springs National ParkOne of the many advantages of visiting Hot Springs is the availability of a myriad of hiking trails in the National Park. As a result we have park rangers who are very knowledgeable about the area and plan guided park hikes for Saturday mornings year around. In the summer the hikes are extended from Wednesday through Saturday.

The hikes led by park rangers take place 9 a.m.- noon on one of the trails in the Park. Those wanting to participate in a guided hike meet in front of Fordyce Bathhouse in the middle of Bathhouse Row at 9 a.m. The guided park hikes begin June 11 and continue throughout the summer. Dogs are welcome on hikes also as long as they are on a leash and as long as their owners clean up after them.

Some of the health benefits from walking in a forested setting include boosting mood, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, increasing vitamin D levels, improving the ability to concentrate, improving physical health, and, in children, reducing symptoms associated with ADHD.

The National Park has 26 miles of trails with easy access. So when you come to town for a visit remember to bring your athletic shoes, water bottle and some sun screen and plan to take in a guided tour on one of the trails. For more information on the hikes, go online to www.nps.gov/hosp or call 501.620.6715

And, when you’re planning your vacation to Hot Springs, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We’re tucked away on Lake Hamilton in a beautiful setting with a flowering garden and labyrinth near the water. All our rooms are extremely comfortable, with luxurious beds and a gorgeous view of the lake. Our breakfasts are by far the best in Hot Springs. We offer an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy nature. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fun trip to Hot Springs including a guided park hike.

Oaklawn Theater Concert Series 2014

June 17th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Air Supply in Hot Springs AROaklawn Racing Track is best known for its thoroughbred racing season, but Arkansans know there are a few more intriguing aspects of the site. The gaming center, for example, is open year round and gives customers the opportunity to try out their good luck.

The other part of Oaklawn that draws guests in is the Finish Line Theater. Each year, Oaklawn hosts a concert series of major acts that draw in crowds from all over the South. This year the season kicks off on June 19 with Air Supply, the famous 80’s rock duo. On Aug. 21, Aaron Neville will be playing his characteristic Cajun-infused soul music. Kenny Rogers will croon country music on Sept. 25, and 38 Special will end the series with Southern Rock on Oct. 9.

Tickets for these concerts sell fast, so you’ll want to reserve your spot ahead of time. With the wide range of genres, the series is set to give everyone something to be excited about.

When you grab your tickets for the concerts, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. Each room has a view of Lake Hamilton, adding an element of relaxation and pampering to your trip. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to See Fireworks in Hot Springs, AR

June 3rd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

July 4th Fireworks in Hot Springs ARThe 4th of July is truly a celebration in Hot Springs AR, with firework displays lighting up the sky in various locations throughout the area. Magic Springs, for example, is illuminating the evening in celebration all month, as well as on the 4th.

Spa Blast at Oaklawn Racing Track always draws a large crowd. This year it will begin at 5:30pm on July 3. Spa Blast really focuses on creating a family-friendly environment, with inflatable rides and reasonably-priced concessions. There will also be live music from the country group Downday early in the evening. Typically the fireworks begin at dusk. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for relaxing, but no coolers will be allowed.

Closer to Lookout Point, there will be a stunning exhibit over Lake Hamilton that weekend. All the details are still being lined up, but the same company presented the Memorial Day fireworks recently, and they were beautiful. (The photo above is from a display presented at the same location.)

While you are in town for the holiday, consider adding a stay at our Hot Springs luxury lodging. You can enjoy swimming in Lake Hamilton off of our lake wall, row the canoe in the tranquil waters, or listen to the sound of the waterfall in the garden before spending the evening surrounded by light displays. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Where to Find a Craft Beer Festival

May 7th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Beer FestivalThe Spa City Blues Society is proud to introduce the First Annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival on May 31. Start the summer off at Hill Wheatley Plaza downtown with samples of craft beers and blues music.

Starting at 6pm, tickets include an unlimited supply of craft beer samples, and some food samples as well. They have an extensive list of beer suppliers being showcased—from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, California, Illinois, and Alabama. There will certainly be tasty options to choose from!

Beer enthusiasts know that it’s one of the oldest drinks people have enjoyed, but it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that the beer industry we’re familiar with began to grow. The modern technology gave brewers more control over their recipes, and it also gave them more ways to create diverse brews. The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival is thankful for that.

While you are in town for the festival, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your plans. Enjoy relaxing by Lake Hamilton in a hammock, sleeping in luxurious sheets, and eating a filling gourmet breakfast in the morning before sampling some excellent brews. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival is $30 per person if reserved in advance; at the door, the price is $35. You can get tickets, and learn more details as they develop, on the website.

Arkansas State HOG Rally in Hot Springs AR

May 2nd, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hog Rally 2014‘Tis the season for motorcycles to roar through Hot Springs, AR! The Arkansas State HOG Rally returns to the Spa City June 5-7. With beautiful scenery in the country and historic buildings downtown, Hot Springs offers an interesting ride for bikers.

This year, the committee leading the conference has been brainstorming new ideas to make the rally more exciting. They’ll have a few surprises up their sleeves, but they definitely have some good entertainment lined up. On Thursday night, Dean Agus & The Legacy will be playing; on Friday night, you can enjoy the Party Crashers, and on Saturday, Mustang Sally will be playing for those that attend the rally.

Of course, the Rally itself has some fun events lined up—from the classic Poker Run and Dice Walk to Biker Bingo and a tattoo contest. Plus, bikes will be honored in true form on Friday afternoon with the staging and parade downtown.

You won’t be disappointed by the beauty of Hot Springs or the beauty of its people. The community embraces bikers with warmth and hospitality, and that certainly rings true at Lookout Point. You will be pampered from the moment you walk in the door, with an Innkeeper’s Reception that includes complimentary wine and dessert, to the luxurious linens on your bed and the whirlpool tub in your room, to the gourmet breakfast served each morning with a smile.

If you would like to reserve your stay at our Arkansas bed & breakfast during the HOG Rally, you can do so online or call us at 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to make your rally experience fantastic!

Where to Discover Equine Art in Spa City

April 8th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Robin Young paintingRobin, one of the Innkeepers at Lookout Point, is known by our guests for her thoughtful hospitality in the evenings. She always has a recommendation handy and a smile on her face.

But before Robin was an Innkeeper, she was a professional artist. She had a gallery in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and she exhibited her paintings at art festivals throughout the East Coast. Robin also served as Artist in Residence in Grand Teton National Park and Hot Springs National Park.

Within the past few months, Robin has started sharing her paintings in the Inn. These beautiful watercolors delight with their depictions of nature, and a few of them have actually found new homes with appreciative guests.

Although her landscapes are inspired by her travels through the American countryside, her new additions combine two of her passions—horses and painting. Influenced by her work with Give Me a Chance Equine Rescue, Robin is displaying an equine series in the common areas of the Inn. The art depicts thoroughbreds, influenced by the active racing season at Oaklawn. These pieces will certainly get you into the mood to see the Racing Festival of the South!

To see the full horse series, reserve a stay at our Arkansas Bed & Breakfast online or call 501.525.6155. Robin can give you the grand tour of her artwork while you enjoy a glass of wine from the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon. She can even tell you about her favorite art galleries downtown, if you are interested in seeing more creative work while in Spa City.

Where to Watch Live Theater in Hot Springs AR

April 6th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

top theaters in hot springs arThere is a magical pleasure in seeing a live performance, and we’re excited to have three theaters in town that really present quality entertainment.

Maxwell Blade’s Theater of Magic goes beyond the illusion to present a show that is fun for all ages. With an interactive stage presence, Maxwell Blade presents magic to audiences with a sense of wonder. The show consists of illusions that dazzle and comedy that will keep you laughing. For nearly 18 years, Blade has been honing his show, adding new effects and pushing himself to be better for each season. Leave reality behind and relish the magic!

Five Star Dinner Theater in Hot Springs, AR is a newer addition to the list, with entertainment that varies from plays like Driving Miss Daisy to tribute musicians. The food is catered in by Porterhouse, which is located next door, but guests are more than welcome to dine elsewhere and enjoy the show at Five Star. You’ll be in for a delight.

The theater closest to the Inn is the Pocket Theater. This community theater in Hot Springs, AR is a non-profit organization, and all the actors are volunteers. They do a wide variety of different plays—from Steel Magnolias to Annie Get Your Gun and everywhere in between. In the beginning of April, they will be featuring Over the River and Through the Woods. This comedy is sure to keep you amused!

If you would like to visit one of these theaters in Hot Springs National Park, consider adding a stay at Lookout Point to your getaway. With luxurious beds and a view of Lake Hamilton, our Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast is sure to provide a relaxing backdrop to your theater scenes.

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