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NPCC Hospitality Class Tours Lookout Point

March 3rd, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Warm monster cookies, chock full of chocolate chips and M&M’s, and friendly smiles greeted the students.   The National Park Community College hospitality class, led by chef and instructor Karla Nardi, toured Lookout Point Lakeside Inn this week.  The viviacious class took notes and asked lots of questions, with an exam following later in the week.

From questions about marketing to design, breakfast menus to environmental issues, the students eagerly  soaked up the information.  One of the students, making a career change, actually worked on the construction of Lookout Point 8 years ago!  We love sharing our story of becoming innkeepers, and we heartily encourage the students to pursue their passion.

Culinary Class for Innkeepers at Rockefeller Institute

February 22nd, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Lookout Point innkeepers Ray, Annette, and Kristie are attending the statewide Bed and Breakfast Association of Arkansas Conference 2010, kicking off with a lively cooking class.  Held at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute high atop Petit Jean Mountain, the center provides a state of the art culinary and meeting facility.    The institute chefs demo’d Deconstructed Eggs Benedict, Roesti (a potato dish from Sweden), candied bacon, and breakfast parfait using baked oatmeal.    The eager innkeepers then gathered in the cooking lab to test our hands at the dishes.  The noise level soared, with 25 chefs seeking pots, preferred knives, and of course different spices to add our own take on the recipes.

And then we tasted the creations…yum!  We’ll definintely be adding Deconstructed Eggs Benedict to the Lookout Point menus.  Ray conquered his hollandaise fears!  And Annette’s Candied Bacon tasted divine.

Jan. 15 Birthday Celebrations at Lookout Point

January 9th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

CMartin Luther King, Jr.ome celebrate birthdays with cake and refreshments on January 15!  It’s a big day:  the hero of my childhood, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 81 on January 15.  That’s reason enough to celebrate.  His life and his death had a big impact upon me and our country!

As a child moving to Arkansas during the days of segregation, I felt in my soul the pain of separation and prejudice based upon color.  I didn’t understand the separate drinking fountains and entrances.  Hearing Dr. King speak, stirrings of hope and truth rang clear. 

Believing that all life is a gift, I think the day of our births are worthy of celebration.  January 15 is also my birthday, and I’m honored to have been born on Martin Luther King’s day! 

I invite you to come stay at Lookout Point, have a slice of celebratory cake and a glass of wine or tea, and share a dream.  I hope to see you on my birthday.  :)

Kristie

Holiday Tip from Lookout Point

December 19th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

PoinsettiasHere’s an easy trick for keeping poinsettias looking fresh and beautiful for the entire month, and beyond.  Ice.  That’s it.  Simply place 1/2 cup of ice on each poinsettia in place of water.  Do not even think about watering these beautiful plants!

I learned this trick years ago when serving the church, and we had hundreds of poinsettias.  Most of the plants die, or begin looking wilted, from too much water.  They don’t like wet feet.  The ice slowly melts, providing a more constant source of nourishment.

Almost daily guests ask how we keep the poinsettias looking so lovely, and we’ve had the flowers for 3 weeks already.  Sometimes I think if I know something, then the entire world probably knows it.  Yet I’m learning this tip may not be so widely known.

I would love to hear your helpful hints for the holidays!  What makes your life a wee bit easier this month?

Kristie

Christmas Joy and Gift Certificates

December 8th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Christmas at Lookout Point Lookout Point Christmas treeEach year the Lookout Point’s Christmas decor changes, and becomes even more beautiful.  These photos don’t adequately display the feel of the inn in this holiday season!  Yet the decor certainly puts us in the mood for celebrating.

Today we hosted the area innkeepers for a Christmas luncheon:  a fun time of sharing food, ideas, and gratitude for each other.

If you don’t have your Christmas shopping finished, please consider a gift certificate to stay at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn.  The certificates may be customized for you, and are available in any amount.   The certificates make perfect gifts for the parents who have everything, or your adult children that need time away from stress, Lookout Point is the perfect answer.  Of perhapsy you would like to truly honor a boss or employee with a special gift.  We would be honored to assist with you holiday shopping in this way.  Just give us a call at 501-525-6155 or tollfree 866-525-6155 to order your gift certificate.

Red Hat Luncheon at Lookout Point

December 3rd, 2009 by Ray Rosset

The Babes of Wine and RosesWafting through the inn today were the peals of laughter, carols sung in three part harmony, and the delicious scent of maple praline bread pudding baking.

These wonderful women, The Babes of Wine & Roses, celebrated time together with a luncheon at Lookout Point.  The organizer, Kit, commented in an e-mail to Lookout Point: 

Dear Kristie & Ray, On behalf of The Babes of Wine and Roses, many thanks for a terrific luncheon today.  We all agreed that you have a charming Inn and it was so much fun to take your tour.  Our luncheon was a great success due to your gracious hospitality.  Thank you for making this one terrific Christmas party for our group. We will definitely be letting our neighbors know what a gem you have there and also other Red Hat groups in The Village.  Thanks again.
 

New Idea for Sharing Gratitude from Lookout Point

November 25th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

I love Thanksgiving!  It’s the one holiday with no pressure, except for great food.  No gifts to buy, no new clothes needed.  The holiday began more than two hundred years ago by a declaration of Congress, for the purpose of giving thanks.

Each year at the Thanksgiving table, I invite/cajole/beg family members into sharing their thanks.  Our daughters have complained about this for years.  As in, “oh no, here she goes again.”   This year we started what I hope is a new tradition, one that I read about in a magazine on a recent flight (but I don’t remember the zine, perhaps Real Simple?).

At each place setting, a notecard, envelope and ink pen werewritten gratitude awaiting.  Following the blessing, every family member was invited to write down their gratitude, seal the envelope, and write their name on it.  Next Thanksgiving, the cards will be returned and hopefully will provide a wonderful memory.  Guess what?  No complaints were heard, and even enthusiasm for this exercise was expressed.  Wow!  Now, if I can remember where I put those cards next year…….

I am abundantly grateful for the privilege of serving our guests at Lookout Point, and doing so with my beloved, Ray.

Kristie Rosset

Lookout Point Package lifted off Wheel of Fortune

October 1st, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Yesterday’s ten seconds of fame for Lookout Point, featured on the Wheel of Fortune, flew by!  We appreciate all the comments that we have received from the friends and fans of Lookout Point.  The inn’s package on the wheel was on the way to being won by a contestant, until she lost her turn suddenly.  The Room With A View Week highlighted the gorgeous and calm lakeviews found at the inn, and the announcer butchered the pronounciation of the Ouachita Mountains, seen from the inn.  Of course, most people mispronounce the word, correctly pronounced “Waw’-chi-taw.

Watching the show was surreal, and the 10 seconds flew by.  Yet it was an honor to be asked to provide a package.   And we certainly wish a contestant had won.  What did you think of the show?

Kristie

Lookout Point on the Wheel of Fortune, TOMORROW, Sept. 30, 2009

September 29th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

You are invited to watch Wheel of Fortune tomorrow, September 30, to see a prize on the wheel from Lookout Point Lakeside Inn!  It will be exciting to hear Pat Sajak and Vanna White talk about the inn.  Certainly we hope a contestant wins the week long stay packed with great Hot Springs activities.  We hope you’ll watch Wheel of Fortune tomorrow, and provide some feedback on this blog or Facebook.

Frequently we hear,  “Wow!  How did you get on Wheel of Fortune?”  Bedandbreakfast.com is the exclusive contact for bed & breakfast prizes on the Wheel.  In April, we were contacted by Bedandbreakfast.com, asking if we were interested in providing a package for “Rooms With A View” week.  With an enthusiastic yes, we provided the details of a weeklong package, B-roll (video used for television), plus photos and descriptions of the inn.  During the summer, we learned that Lookout Point was selected.  The show was taped on August 6, and now the time is here.  Thanks for watching!

Kristie Rosset

Inn Supports Beauty & the Brush at Garvan Gardens Sept 13-15

September 4th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Come to Hot Springs to experience art in action, September 13-15!  See the creative process in action as top landscape and floral plein-air artists capture the beauty of Garvan Woodland Gardens.  Then enjoy the fruits of the artists’ talents on Thursday, september 17 for a special showing of work created during the painting event.

Garvan Gardens painter

Garvan Gardens painter

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is proud to support Beauty and the Brush by hosting the talented artist Jacquelyn Kaucher.  Her bold and large paintings, using watercolors and acrylic, are a glorious feast for the eyes.  We look forward to meeting Jacquelyn, and seeing her art!

If you can visit Hot Springs during Beauty and the Brush, Sept 13-15, we’d love to welcome you to Lookout Point.  Ask for the September Special, and you’ll receive a complimentary dinner for two at the inn.

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