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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.

Where to Mountain Bike in Hot Springs AR

November 9th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

philbalchinflickrOne of the secret gems in Hot Springs is the mountain bike (and hiking) trails at Cedar Glades Park. There are 15 miles of premium trails, which were voted best trails in the state by the Arkansas Mountain Bike Racing Series.

The trails have an interesting mix of long descents and medium climbs. Another unique feature to these trails is their interconnecting nature, enabling cyclists to mix and match to get the distance wanted. Plus, the trails section through different views—from pine forest to glades to mature hardwood forest.

The trail surface is loose but not slippery, and the materials used (soil, rock, and a bit of sand) drain quickly to let cyclists ride without fear of mud, even if it rained that morning. Cedar Glades prides itself on trails that challenge, not frustrate. It makes for a fun trip for the each person!

If you want to experience even more of what the park has to offer, you can always explore the 432 acres of beautiful cedar forests, see streams from the observation deck, climb the 35-foot climbing wall, enjoy the three story tree house or disc golf course. You can take a loaded Lookout Point backpack to enjoy at the pavilions or scenic overlooks.

While you are in town enjoying all Cedar Glades Park has to offer, stay at Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is perfect for relaxing after a bike ride—luxurious linens, whirlpool tubs, wine at the Innkeeper’s Reception, and a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

When to See the Holiday Lights in Hot Springs, AR

October 30th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Downtown AssociationOne of the best things about Hot Springs National Park is the holiday season. I love all of the cheer—the bright lights, festive music, and sense of compassion. This really kicks off downtown near Thanksgiving, when the Hot Springs Downtown Association hosts the Chili Cook Off.

In addition to all-you-can-eat chili, the event is the beginning of the holiday lighting season in Spa City. For four hours, guests eat on Central Avenue while waiting on the colorful display to begin. The historic area takes on a new level of glee, delighting onlookers and preparing them for the holiday season.

This year, for the 12th Annual Chili Cook Off, chili will be available in the Exchange Street Parking Plaza from 4-8pm. Lights will be turned on after the event. All proceeds support the Deck the Park Challenge (the catchy name for decorating the downtown area every year), and the cost is $5 for as much chili as you want!

Cooking begins at 1pm for participants, so you can see the action begin as you walk along Bathhouse Row. While you are in town to see the festivities, consider staying at Lookout Point. You can relax with some hot chocolate while enjoying the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

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.

Magic Screams In Hot Springs AR

September 30th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Magic ScreamsWhere can you find zombies and ghouls kind enough to take pictures with? Magic Screams! Each year the theme park in Hot Springs AR transforms from Magic Springs into a haunted adventure for the month of October.

Filled with family-friendly fun, Magic Screams has a Trick-or-Treat trail, contests, and spooky shows for you to enjoy. The live shows play in the evening on Saturday and Sunday, and they include the “Reunion of Souls: Apocalypse” and “Captain Ghoul and the Gang.” There are also fright flicks on the movie trail; these vary each weekend, beginning with Despicable Me 2 and ending with Monster House.

No Halloween event would be complete with a haunted house, and Magic Screams has several. There are four to choose from, including the bridge, lakeside theater, and a family-friendly pirate themed house across from Plummet Summit. Check the schedule before you go in, because some of these haunted houses have a “chicken hour” on purpose!

The Magic Screams event takes place every weekend from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (including Halloween Night). On Saturdays, the park is open from 4pm to 11pm; on Sundays, it is open from 4pm-9pm. You can find out more about admission prices on the website.

While you are in town, dressed up in ghoulish fun, we hope you’ll consider adding a stay at Lookout Point. The tranquility will be a lovely break from the fright-tastic fun you’ll be having all weekend. Plus, each room includes a gourmet breakfast in the morning, a gorgeous view of Lake Hamilton, and the Innkeeper’s Reception in the afternoon for a great snack. You can 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.

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