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Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast Celebrates Chocolate Cake

January 27th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lookout! Chocolate CakeIn honor of National Chocolate Cake Day on January 27, we are sharing one of our current favorite recipes here at Lookout Point: Lookout! Chocolate Cake.

The ingredients are listed on the recipe card to the right, but the directions will start right here:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Use the first set of ingredients (in black) to make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix for 3 minutes with electric mixer. Stir in the coffee by hand. Pour evenly into two prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes in preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients (in purple). Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and powdered sugar alternately with the milk, coffee, and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
  5. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.

If this recipe interests you, consider enrolling in our very first Chocolate Covered Cooking Class on Feb. 7. You can learn more about this exciting opportunity by calling 501.525.6155. Enjoy your cake today!

 

Chocolate Covered Cooking Class at Lookout Point

January 22nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Chocolate Covered StrawberriesChocolate is such a wonderful treat year ‘round, but it’s exceptionally sweet near Valentine’s Day. To celebrate this wonderful confection, we have a cooking class scheduled to teach our guests how to make a few of our favorite chocolate recipes, which we prepare at the Inn.

If you’ve always wondered how we make our Decadent Chocolate French Toast, Chocolate Chip Ricotta Muffins or an Inn favorite, our famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries, this is the class to sign up for. This is the perfect time to learn our secrets and prepare an exceptional chocolate treat for the important people in your life for Valentine’s Day. According to an anonymous writer, “Never underestimate the power of chocolate.”

The class takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday Feb. 7, a week before Valentine’s Day, at the Inn in our kitchen. The cost is $50, or if you stay with us for the weekend, the cost is $40.

We’re eagerly awaiting spending time with our guests who want to learn how to make several of our special chocolate recipes, including a few we make for breakfast.

Make plans to spend the whole weekend with us and enjoy attending the Chocolate Covered Cooking Class on Friday. Horse racing at Oaklawn is up and running in Hot Springs and would make a fun outing on Saturday. Make reservations online or call us at (501) 525.6155. We look forward to spending time Friday making chocolate treats with our very special guests!

Bald Eagles Soar in Hot Springs in the Winter

January 10th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Just a few months ago, I was sitting on my deck at home with Ray drinking coffee when we spotted a bald eagle. I can’t begin to tell you how exhilarating it was to see our country’s national symbol – the bald eagle – perched in a tree in our back yard.

bald eagle in hot springs arBald eagles are a unique combination of beauty and efficient design that pass over most of Arkansas during the winter months and are easily spotted in the Hot Springs area at Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks.

Lake Catherine Park hosts a Bald Eagle Tour Weekend which includes boat tours and hikes in search of the soaring eagles as they pass over the area. Events are scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 17-19. A more detailed schedule will be available near the event weekend at lakecatherine@arkansas.com or by calling the Lake Ouachita Eagle Tours. There are eagle watch cruises out of the Lake Ouachita State Park using a covered barge that cruises the shoreline of the lake watching for eagles. The Eagle Tours last about 1½ hours and are offered January 18-19. Contact the visitor center at the Park at lakeouachita@arkansas.com or by calling 501.767.9366501.767.9366 for a schedule and more information.

We look forward to the Bald Eagle Tours in January and love to hear stories in the evenings from our guests of the adventures in searching for the magnificent bald eagles. Please make plans to stay with us at our Hot Springs bed and breakfast when you make reservations for the Bald Eagle Tours at Lake Catherine or Lake Ouachita. The Inn is a warm wonderful place to return to after a day of eagle watching. We’ve got homemade hot chocolate, teas and our special blend of coffee so that you can warm up quickly by the roaring fireplace or in your luxurious room.

The Inn is close to the State Parks and would complete a wonderful Arkansas retreat weekend. Make reservations online or call us at (501) 525.6155 for more information. Don’t forget your binoculars and cameras!

Hot Trends in Small Weddings

January 8th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Since small weddings are her specialty, our wedding coordinator Tiffany has compiled a list of the hottest trends in small weddings for future brides.

As for the big picture, elopements are becoming more popular as couples look to save money and create a relationship-focused marriage. These intimate ceremonies have personal touches and a stress-free atmosphere, and the customization opportunities for the couple are endless. Our elopement packages offer a variety of personalized options for a “wedding for two.”

For details within a small wedding, a classic color scheme is still popular—neutrals with metallic punches. Using white or cream as a backdrop for a small wedding provides an elegant way to tie all the elements of the wedding together, from the dress to the tablecloths to the chairs. A few metallic elements add sparkle to an understated color scheme—a silver cake stand, glittering gems on the table, or rhinestone bouquet wrap.

The biggest bonus of a small wedding is the cherished atmosphere. One way that couples are capitalizing on this is by taking a personal photo with each guest at their wedding. Besides the great social media moments that you can get from such a display, the guests at the wedding will feel that much more beloved and included in your special day.

Following the wedding, the reception is becoming more casual and experimental with a focus on appetizers. From mini-quiche to Caprese salad skewers to potato nachos and beyond, appetizers are great for variety. Delicious small bites are a thoughtful way to feed guests at afternoon receptions, especially if you’re heading to a restaurant afterward for dinner.

To find out more about small weddings and their latest trends, and our own wedding packages, call 501.525.6155. We would love to make your wedding a timeless, stress-free event!

Oaklawn Is Off to the Races, Starting Jan. 10

January 6th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Oaklawn Racing Hot Springs ARThe exciting annual Thoroughbred Racing Season begins at Oaklawn Racing Track this week. Starting Jan. 10 at 1pm, there will be races every weekend until April 12. Races meet from Thurs.-Sun., but there will also be races on Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.

Oaklawn is famous for the Arkansas Derby and the Racing Festival of the South. Fans come from around the world to see horses as they get ready for the Triple Crown races, and to have an enjoyable time in one of the nation’s oldest racing tracks. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and spend a day amongst a crowd of energized people.

For those that find the betting as exciting as the races, Oaklawn is one of the most competitive and rewarding tracks in the U.S. There are promotions for fans (including a new app Oaklawn is launching for this season), as well as millions available for purses.

If you are planning to come in for the races this year, consider staying at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. When you stay two nights in January, you can receive complimentary admission to the Oaklawn Jockey Club (dress code enforced), as well as a gourmet breakfast in the morning, relaxing views of Lake Hamilton, and a chance to brag about the day’s race events to staff and other guests.

You can reserve your stay at Lookout Point online or call us at (501) 525.6155. For a list of the stakes for each race, be sure to check out Oaklawn’s calendar.

Five Advantages of Small Weddings

December 31st, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Here are the top five reasons to have a small wedding:

deluxe-dream5. Freedom to customize: With a small guest list, you are free to customize every aspect of your wedding to reflect the two of you! Plus, if you are into DIY (and Pinterest, like we are), a small wedding is the perfect place to unleash your creative juices with crafty projects.

4. More “wow” for less money: One of the top reasons that couples often have small weddings is to save money; but for those that would like to have all the bells and whistles, a smaller guest list means that your money stretches farther. At our Hot Springs bed and breakfast, that includes the added benefit of an experienced wedding coordinator, who makes sure that your day is beautiful, personal, and stress-free.

3. Creative venue options: With less guests, you can take advantage of picturesque spots that accommodate smaller numbers—from outside weddings with exotic destinations and gorgeous scenery, to restaurants, museums, and bed and breakfasts, and everything in between. To see some beautiful photos of weddings performed lakeside, look at our gallery.

2. Intimate atmosphere: A smaller wedding means you get to spend more time with your guests, welcoming them into the bigger picture of your marriage.

1. Focus on marriage: The best part of a small wedding is that the focal point is on the connection that will make your marriage the center of your life. Small weddings celebrate that inner circle of friends and family that keep you, as a couple, united.

If you would like to learn more about intimate weddings and elopements at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Bring New Traditions to the New Year

December 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

happy new year 2014Lookout Point is gearing up to start the New Year off right. Whether you are looking for luck, prosperity, adventure, or peace, we have some ideas from around the world of how to bring new traditions to your New Year.

For peace in the upcoming year, many traditions start with dispensing with the bad spirits from the year before. In Ireland, they hit the walls and doors of the house with the Christmas bread at midnight; the bread symbolizes abundance taking the place of the bad spirits being scared away by all the noise. Some people write down bad things from the year prior on a piece of paper and burn it, to symbolize a new start.

Of course, you can always follow the Austrian tradition of waltzing as the New Year clock strikes. There is sure to be peace, joy, and music all throughout your year if you begin it that way! Or, you can carry around an empty suitcase in the hopes of attracting adventure like they do in Columbia.

For a little bit of luck, you can leap off a chair at midnight. In Denmark, they do this to literally represent “jumping” into the New Year. In Mexico and Bolivia, people wear yellow underwear when the clock strikes twelve, in the name of luck.

For some prosperity or fortune in the upcoming year, try wearing polka dots and eating round foods. In the Philippines, the round represents prosperity; they even go so far as to follow their ancestors’ footsteps and eat 12 grapes (to represent the 12 months of the year) right before the clock strikes.

first footing traditionThe Scottish do a little bit of everything! They begin the year by singing “Auld Lang Syne” in caroling groups. The first caroler to come to your door is invited inside, and their hair color determines how your next year will go. You’re hoping that a tall, dark-haired person will show up with coal (so the house will always be warm), bread (so the house will never go hungry), salt (so the house will always have flavor), and whisky (for good luck). The tradition is called first-footing, and it certainly starts the year off on the right foot!

You can always participate in the Southern tradition of eating a spoonful of black eyed peas for luck, some greens for prosperity, and some bread to represent an abundance of food. My family also bangs pans together to ring in the New Year, scaring away the bad spirits from the year before.

Whether you are celebrating your own New Year’s Eve traditions or looking forward to starting some new ones, consider ringing in the New Year with a peaceful getaway at Lookout Point. We would love to welcome you, and January, with hope and cheer. You can reserve your room online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information. Happy Holidays!

Great Gift Giving Idea for Your Holiday Shopping

December 14th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

With a shorter holiday shopping season this year, the time for holiday gift buying is now. If you’re like me, I have waited too long to come up with very many creative gift ideas. So, if you are searching for a great and memorable gift with no hassle, I suggest a gift certificate for a stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. You may select a gift certificate in any amount from $50 on up, or let us customize a special gift certificate package for you.

Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas

 

In fact, you can plan an entire Hot Springs getaway weekend for a loved one by including a gift certificate from the Inn, one for your favorite restaurant in town and one for Hot Springs entertainment – the Oaklawn Races begin Jan. 10 this year!

A perfectly planned Hot Springs retreat after the holidays would be a fabulous holiday gift for anyone on your Christmas gift list. You might check out our Winter Splendor Package at the Inn online for a wonderful winter retreat package. We can help you plan the entire event. Call us at 501.525.6155 for assistance or order your certificate online. It will only take about 10 minutes to have your gift giving complete without a trip to the mall.

While you’re at it, add a reservation for yourself to make sure you get the gift you want for Christmas. January is a great month for bald eagle watching all around the Hot Springs area.

 

           

Lookout Point Featured For Mountain Views

December 4th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

mountain view from guest roomAlthough we are pretty proud of our view of Lake Hamilton, it’s the Ouachita Mountains that got Lookout Point featured in an article on Huffington Post recently.

The article by BnBFinder.com founder Mary White highlights 7 bed & breakfasts with lovely mountain views. Along with our peaceful view of the mountains and the lake, the Inn is showcased for its gourmet breakfasts and calming labyrinth trail.

You can take advantage of the mountains surrounding the area for a hiking trip (and we’ll show you the best trails!) or a scenic afternoon drive. The natural landscape will never cease to amaze when you’re at Lookout Point.

With cooler weather settling into Hot Springs National Park, now is the perfect time to take advantage of our gorgeous views and hot coffee. You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Thank You From Hot Springs, Arkansas

November 26th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Gratitude changes my perspective immediately. When I remember to be grateful, almost any situation I find myself in changes directions. And, so this is my theme for Thanksgiving.

Gratitude for simple things.

Gratitude for simple things.

I would like to express gratitude and say thank you to the wonderful people in my life – those I work with each day (especially my husband of 38 years, Ray),  the special guests who visit the Inn, my family and friends I enjoy spending time with, and to Hot Springs for providing a beautiful and fun place in which to live.

            My life is so full of interesting experiences – some challenging and others filled with great joy, all capable of becoming more meaningful when I look on them with appreciation. I truly believe this is what Thanksgiving was meant to be – a time to experience and show gratitude.

            At Lookout Point Inn we love the holidays: the cool, crisp weather, making cookies with my grandchildren, decorating the Inn for Christmas, visiting Holiday Lights at Garvan Gardens and in Downtown Hot Springs, offering Thanksgiving dinner to guests at the Inn and in the community, and so much more.

            So, thank you to all the guests we’ve had the privilege of meeting and getting to know during the last 11  years. I’ve said it before and it is still true: YOU are the best guests in the entire world! If you haven’t spent time with us during Christmas, treat yourself to a weekend getaway in Hot Springs and stay at the Inn. What a great Christmas gift to give yourself.

We’re getting the decorations out, Christmas desserts are planned for the afternoon reception, and almost every day there is an entertaining event somewhere in Hot Springs. We’ll be blogging about many of them. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155.

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