January 7th, 2016 by
Cooking Classes in 2016 Include Lots of Instruction and Fun
We’ve had such a great time at the Lookout Point Inn Cooking School sharing our love of cooking with the wonderful people who’ve attended our classes. I’m not sure who has more fun, the staff or the attendees. We have a great line-up this year for our Cooking School starting in February and continuing through November.
The 2016 line-up includes:
- Saturday, Feb. 6 Best of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, Part 1, with guest Chef Joyce Schulte from Seattle, one of the 8 Broads!
- Saturday, April 23 Marinades, Grilling and Smoking Great Meat with Robby Theodore & Ray Rosset
- Monday, June 27 Old Fashioned Cooking in Memory of Lula Barnes with guest Larie Engles
- Monday, July 25 Cooking with Kids
- Saturday, Sept. 24 Everything Bread: from Yeast to Sweet! With guest chef Kathryn White
- Saturday, Nov. 12 Cheesecake Heaven with cheesecake queen Tiffany Wilson
If you love to cook and you’re always eager to learn more or if you are just beginning to learn to cook, you’ll take away a lot of new ideas and skills from spending time with us at Cooking School. We have a few guest instructors this year including two of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, mh master griller son-in-law Robby Theodore and Ray, and my good friend Larie Engles. Of course, I will be presenting/sharing all of the Cooking Schools along with the guest chefs.
Cooking School is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more detailed information check our website. The classes fill quickly so register early. Attendees who are also guests at the Inn get a discount on Cooking School.
Staying at the Inn enhances the joy of attending the Cooking School. We have luxurious rooms all with a view of Lake Hamilton, scrumptious breakfasts, a wonderful staff who enjoy sharing their knowledge about Hot Springs and a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a chance to meet other guests. Make room reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll be glad to assist you. ~ Kristie Rosset
Note: Cooking School costs $70 per person ($60 if staying at the inn), payable at time of reservation for the Cooking School. Full refund offered if cancelled at least 7 days before the school.
December 29th, 2015 by
Each year we pause to remember Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, along with the holiday on Jan. 18 and his powerful contributions to our country. Hot Springs honors Dr. King with a parade in historic downtown Hot Springs on Jan. 18.
In the same spirit of gratitude, this past year I visited the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The site includes a Visitor Center with lots of interesting exhibits telling the stories of the Little Rock Nine at Central High School; Commemorative Garden; Education Center at the historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School.
At the Visitor Center my daughter, friend and I spent lots of time reading and listening to stories about the events surrounding the desegregation of Central High School in 1957. This was an historic event for the entire country and helped Arkansas offer a better and more equitable way to educate all of our children.
It occurred to me that making a visit to the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site around the time we celebrate MLK Day would be a great way to honor Dr. King’s memory. The Site is operated by the National Park Service and is open every day except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. For more information go online to www.nps.gov/chsc or call 501.374.1957. The onsite park rangers were information and helpful, and very open to being asked lots of questions.
It’s only an hour’s drive to the Historic Site in Little Rock from Hot Springs from the Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs bed and breakfast would be a great place to stay during the MLK weekend. We would be glad to help our guests plan a trip to Little Rock. In addition to the Historic Site, the Clinton Library is also a great place to learn a little more about our national and Arkansas history. At the Inn, we have a great location on Lake Hamilton to return to in the evening and a delicious breakfast to enjoy the next morning.
We’re glad to suggest places to dine and visit explore in Hot Springs. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll make suggestions for a wonderful Arkansas adventure.
December 23rd, 2015 by
With the gratitude of Thanksgiving still present, Lookout Point is so excited to celebrate the joy of Christmas! The season is filled with love and laughter, miracles and compassion. It inspires us year-round to keep our hospitality at its best, just as the Innkeeper who found room in a manger for a wandering couple did once upon a time. We hope you have a joyful time with family this Christmas and share that holiday spirit with those around you.
If you would like to celebrate the season by giving a loved one a gift certificate, or reserving a getaway at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, you can book your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!
December 17th, 2015 by
On January 2, the 9th Annual Arkansas Shorts festival will be taking place at the Arlington. Low Key Arts, who is responsible for the Hot Water Hills and Valley of the Vapors indie music festivals, will be hosting the event.
The AR Shorts Festival showcases short films made by Arkansas residents, from professionals to hobbyists and beginners. Each film is 10 minutes or less, and the festival is segmented into “E for Everyone” at 5pm, and “Mature audiences” beginning at 8pm. Before each screening, there will be a cash bar and reception.
Founded in 2008, the festival highlights a variety of film types, from musical to experimental, to animation, narratives, and documentaries. The full schedule will be released on Dec. 23, both on their website and their Facebook.
Come join us as we begin the new year with this celebration of art! Lookout Point would love to welcome you to this quirky city, with gourmet breakfast each morning and luxurious linens to end the day in peace. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.
You can get your tickets to the ‘jewel of January’ for $10, at the Arlington on the night of the event.
December 14th, 2015 by
After all the holiday glitter has been put away and we vow to eat less and exercise more in 2016, horse racing season starts in the middle of January in Hot Springs. Horse racing at Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas is one of the most exciting Hot Springs events that happens all year. The 2016 racing season begins January 15 and runs through April 16. Last year’s winner of the Arkansas Derby, gorgeous American Pharoah, went on the win the Triple Crown!
Oaklawn’s Live Racing
Jockey Calvin Borel
Attending the races is an event our entire family loves, including our grandchildren. We spend a few days each season with our family and friends at the races, with lots of laughter and excitement. Getting so close to these beautiful animals inspires awe. Plus the food at Oaklawn Racetrack is delicious, the atmosphere electric and the horse racing exhilarating.
Races take place four to five days each week, with the calendar on Oaklawn’s website. The attendance at Oaklawn is the envy of most tracks around the country!
Part of the fun of coming to Hot Springs for horse racing is completing the weekend by staying with us at our top rated Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast. We can make reservations for our guests at the private Jockey Club at Oaklawn and enjoy watching the horse races from indoors with great food and easy access for placing bets on each race.
It’s an added treat to return to the luxurious Inn after the races, rest for awhile, make reservations for dinner at one of the fabulous area restaurants, and return to our lovely Hot Springs boutique hotel for a restful night’s sleep. Find your perfect room at our Hot Springs, Arkansas bed and breakfast! Each room has an incredible view of Lake Hamilton. Rise the next morning to the scents of breakfast cooking and coffee brewing. The pairing of Oaklawn horse races with a stay at the Inn makes for a wonderful Hot Springs getaway weekend. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help with all the details.
December 8th, 2015 by
In Hot Springs AR, there are several festive events to help you celebrate the start of a new year, but sometimes the best way to appreciate a new beginning is to spend it in a peaceful, quiet setting. Here are three of our favorite tips to help you start your year on the right note!
- Quality over quantity — The most important part of celebrating the new year is making sure that you are surrounded by people who make you feel happy and secure. The smaller the number of those around, the more meaningful those interactions will be. This is definitely the time to get away with loved ones and concentrate on your relationships!
- Create a new tradition — When I was younger, my family would shoot fireworks on New Year’s Eve; later, we would rush outside to hit pots and pans when the clock struck midnight. Now, however, we prefer things a little quieter. We spend the evening with snack food–popcorn and cookies are a sure staple–and watching some of our favorite movies. With the limited numbers that attend the marathon, each person gets to choose a movie to share with the group. It creates a shared experience, both new and old, and helps us start the new year with a deeper connection. And that’s just one example of how to start a new, fun tradition!
- Start the new year with a bang — Don’t forget to commemorate the time that the year shifts to the next one. Count down, or watch the ball drop in NYC, or toast with a glass of champagne. Start the year with a positive action!
The atmosphere at Lookout Point is perfect for starting the new year with tranquility and close connections. With the snack bar open 24 hours a day, a large selection of movies and books, and a gourmet breakfast waiting for you the next morning, you really want to experience the pampering for yourself.
You can reserve your winter getaway online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to welcome you to 2016!
November 25th, 2015 by
Give thanks. Live in gratitude. These simple messages, if lived out, would make our world a much better place. So here’s my list of gratitude at this time of Thanksgiving. I understand that the only person that I can control is myself, so my hope is that you will be inspired to give thanks and live in gratitude.
Since Ray and I are working on Thanksgiving, we celebrated with our family earlier. This year we each wrote on a notecard what we are thankful for, and then sealed it in an envelope with our name on the outside. Next year, we’ll hand out the cards, and remind ourselves of past events filled with gratitude. Even the young kids participated.
Happy Thanksgiving you all of you!
November 23rd, 2015 by
Known for performing and visual arts, Hot Springs Arkansas presents live musical events to bring gratitude and joy to your holiday spirit! All of these events are held at the Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens. Here’s our Top Ten favs:
- The Muses “Voices of Angels” concert, December 13. Spectacular! If you can only attend one Christmas concert, this is it. We love The Muses so much that we are a small sponsor of this event.
- Classics in the Chapel. Be inspired with piano and vocal classics, December 2.
- Village Chorale Holiday Concert, December 1. You’ll feel the Christmas gratitude.
- Fun City Chorus, a talented barbershop quartet brings great fun on December 7.
5. Ringers of Hope Handbell Choir, a student group from the Ouachita Academy in Amity presents a musical extravaganza including handbells, strings and vocals. December 8.
6. Nutcracker Excerpts, present by Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company. Who doesn’t love seeing talented and cheerful children perform this classic? November 29.
7. Village Chorale Holiday Concert, with holiday inspired songs on December 1.
8. Hot Springs Flute Ensemble presents “Christmas Around the World” December 21.
9. Village Strings Christmas Concert performs a variety of holiday favorites on December 9.
10. Crystal Chimes Barbershop Chorus celebrates the season on December 15.
Most concerts are free, some have a small charge. Check online for full details.
We’d love to have you stay at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn as you prepare for the enchanting holiday season. Feel free to reserve your room online, or give us a call at 501.525.6155.
November 19th, 2015 by
Many events are scheduled for December in Hot Springs including art, music, theater and much more. In the first part of December a few of the events you might enjoy attending each year include:
Photo by Richard Finley
• Holiday in the Park at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Convention Center in Horner Hall. This is an annual holiday event sponsored by National Park Community College and Fun City Chorus. Holiday in the Park includes holiday music by National Park Community College Choir, Fun City Chorus, Soundwaves and several local high schools and elementary schools.
• Gallery Walk from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4. This is a monthly event the first Friday of each month at the local art galleries in Hot Springs. Gallery Walk is a treat every month, but in December it’s a great way to see what’s new in the galleries, enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers, visit with other patrons and maybe get a little Christmas shopping done.
• Christmas Parade, Dec. 7 at 6:30pm with an old-fashioned small town feel in downtown. This year’s theme, “The Art of Christmas” features two amazing local artists Richard Stephens and Gary Simmons as Grand Marshalls. (You’ll find lots of Richard Stephens art at Lookout Point.)
• “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 sponsored by Pocket Community Theater. This play is a delightful production about a couple struggling to put on a church pageant and includes lots of fun and humor.
These are only four of the many holiday happenings Hot Springs has in store during December. Check the calendar for more information and lots more opportunities.
As always, at the Inn we provide a wonderful place for out-of-town guests to stay during December. The Inn will be decorated and ready for the holidays. It is situated on Lake Hamilton and provides toasty fireplaces; mugs of coffee, cocoa and hot tea; afternoon gatherings with holiday treats; and scrumptious gourmet breakfasts.
Rates are at the lowest during December, so make reservations online or give us a call @ 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your Hot Springs holiday getaway weekend.
November 3rd, 2015 by
Every year, downtown Hot Springs prepares for the holidays with a community celebration, gorgeous lights, and tasty chili.
The 13th Annual Chili Cook Off and Christmas Lighting will take place from 4-8 pm on Monday, November 23. You can enjoy all the chili your heart desires for $5, and it will take place at the downtown parking deck on Exchange Street. Proceeds benefit the lighting display budget, so that others can enjoy the lights (and this event) for years to come.
The historic downtown area will officially turn on the holiday lights right after the cook off ends, signaling the beginning of the holiday season. There is nothing quite like Christmas lights and a cool evening to get you into the holiday spirit, and we hope that you won’t miss this event!
Stay at Lookout Point during your getaway, where you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast, tranquil atmosphere, and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.