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Food Truck Fridays in Hot Springs AR

June 25th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

solfood catering arThe newest trends for foodies everywhere to explore is food trucks. There are several in Hot Springs National Park that delight visitors–a few not far from the Inn–and the Farmers Market has decided to highlight these gems every Friday until October 31.

The lineup for the trucks will change a bit each month, but they are stationed for long hours in the market to cater to the lunch and dinner crowds downtown.

The food trucks being featured in Food Truck Friday Hot Springs AR this month are:

  • Bionic Grasshopper, serving wraps, sandwiches, and salads.
  • Flossie’s Funnel Cakes, offering carnival fare.
  • Its Gud Fud, which partners with local farmers to feature gluten, chemical, and hormone-free areas, crepes, and salads.
  • Kristina’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Fruit Smoothies, showcases locally grown fruits in freshly made products.
  • LA Taco, serves up authentic Latin food creations.
  • New Orleans Style Shaved Ice, cooling things down with a summer favorite and yummy flavors.
  • Next Level Barbecue, a tasty summer treat.
  • Solfood Catering, highlighting vegan goodness for the lunch crowd.

During the lunch crowd, from 11am-1pm, you can be entertained by Mike Fraz, a New Orleans jazz and blues artist. For those exploring during the 5-7:30pm dinner crowd, you can listen to the rock stylings of Two Lane Backdrop.

Food Truck Fridays: A Farm to Fender Event is designed to be family friendly, so bring your lawn chairs, family, friends, dogs on leashes, and bug spray. This is a series you will want to be a part of!

If you would like to add more gourmet food to your vacation menu, reserve your Arkansas getaway at Lookout Point. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Arts & the Park Celebration :: Hot Springs Events

April 28th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

 

Spring Events in Hot Springs, AR

Arts & the Park

We are fortunate to live in a community who honors and respects the cultural arts. It seems we have visual and performing arts, literary, music and dance festivals on regular basis. Also, that attention to the arts also spreads into our schools. It’s no wonder we have such talented artists, writers, musicians and dancers in the Hot Springs area!

This spring we have a 10-day celebration of regional artists of all disciplines for Arts & the Park, May 1-10 throughout Hot Springs with the majority of the events taking place in Historic Downtown. Arts & the Park is sponsored by the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance, a non-profit organization consisting of area artists, gallery owners, arts organizations and arts supporters. The mission of this organization is to see the Hot Springs arts community thrive and grow. For more information on the event go online to hotspringsarts.org. The May Celebration features:

Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance

Arts & the Park Paint Jam

• Studio Tours
• Plein Air Paint-Out
• PaintJam
• Art Fest
• Music and juried artisan work
• Docent-led sculpture tour
• Farmers market events
• Theatrical debuts
• Dance performances
• Concerts
• Yoga classes, and more
We have local art displayed at the Inn by Robin Young, a local artist and a member of our staff, plus art from several area artists. The Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton and is a respite after a day of fun attending art events or playing at some of the enjoyable local fun spots in town. Our rooms are individually named after Arkansas towns and each is decorated differently. We have porches and balconies for doing a bit of sitting and enjoying the lake, birds and waterfowl. The Inn fills quickly in the spring, so make reservations online or by calling 501.525.6155 and we’ll try to answer any questions you might have about the Arts & the Park Celebration or other places to visit in the area.

Pi Day of the Century

March 14th, 2015 by Ray Rosset

Pie DreamsIt’s the Pi Day of the century today–3.14.15. Although our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast loves celebrating Pi Day with pie more than the average person, we came across a blog that we’d like to share with you instead. This blog post, which you can read here, was written by Bill Penzey at Penzey Spices. We use those spices nearly every day at the Inn, and we absolutely love them.

Here’s one of our favorite quotes from the post:

In Pi, the number is all the value and beauty and wonder that is at the heart of the reality science holds. In the gift of a good slice of pie, the desert is all the kindness and compassion that our shared humanity encompasses. Pi Day really is ready to become so much more.

Don’t forget to enjoy a piece of pie while you celebrate Pi Day 2015!

Mid-America Science Museum Re-Opening in Hot Springs AR

February 17th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

museum hot springs arAs you plan your Spring Break Getaway, you might want to include a trip to a jewel of Hot Springs AR: Mid-America Science Museum. A true one of a kind, the museum promotes interactive learning for people of all ages.

For the past few months, the museum has undergone renovations to create even more dynamic exhibits for visitors and locals alike. There will be a Marvelous Motion Gallery, for example, that shows natural marvels–like kinetic energy, gravity, and wave motion. You’ll be able to explore things unique to Arkansas, learn more about light, and discover more about energy and rhythm.

There are so many exhibits planned for the re-opening, including a new dome theater for an array of shows, but the one that is pictured to right is sure to provide enjoyment; the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk extends into the forest canopy surrounding the museum, taking advantage of the natural wonders to provide more hands-on learning opportunities.

The Mid-America Science Museum has always been a perfect stop during a family getaway, but when it opens the doors again on March 7, it is sure to please everyone who visits Hot Springs National Park.

When you are planning your vacation, stay at our Hot Springs AR bed & breakfast. Lookout Point is the perfect spot to relax, canoe on Lake Hamilton, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. You can reserve your stay online, or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Lookout Point Cooking Classes Schedule for 2015

December 18th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most entertaining additions we incorporated at Lookout Point Inn for 2014 was Cooking School for our guests and friends in the community. We had such fun teaching cooking students how to make chocolate treats, egg dishes, breakfast in bed, puff pastry, cheesecake, soups and holiday desserts.

We had students who were already great cooks and wanted to learn more along with students who had cooked very little and were eager to gain confidence cooking. We met great people who participated in our classes in 2014 and hope to have them back in 2015 along with new students who want to learn more about cooking.

Our classes are hands-on for all students in our kitchen at Lookout Point. We teach students to prepare several recipes during the cooking school and then we eat some of what we prepare for lunch. Tiffany and I have such fun teaching the classes and we always learn something new from our students.

Last year we cooked a variety of foods for Cooking School and we have our schedule ready for the new year. The cost is $70 per person ($60 if you are a guest at Lookout Point for the class). The classes meet from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The 2015 schedule for Cooking School includes:

Hot Springs AR Cooking School

A gift certificate for a Lookout Point Cooking Class or for all the classes is a perfect Christmas gift idea for all cooks and aspiring cooks. A stay at the Inn the night before and after the cooking class makes the class just that much more fun. The classes fill quickly so be sure to reserve your spot for the class and reserve a room at the Inn to complete your stay.

Our Inn is situated on Lake Hamilton with each room having a lake view. Every room is different and named after an Arkansas town. Our breakfasts are delicious and the grounds and labyrinth are beautiful and special places for resting and rejuvenation. Make reservations online or call us at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your cooking classes hot springs ar and room reservation.

Top 6 Gift Ideas in Hot Springs AR

December 7th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Tea Supplies Lookout Point6. Tea making set: Make every cup of tea the best with quality loose-leaf tea, a hand-thrown ceramic mug, and a tea pot that guarantees you’ll never have leaves swirling in your cup. You can find all of these items in the Lookout Point Gift Shop, or you can go one step further and buy loose-leaf tea from local favorites, Java Primo.

5. Gift Certificates to Local Highlights: The Spa City area has a lot for friends and family to explore, no matter the season. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Luna Bella. Dig for crystals or zipline over a quartz mine at Ron Coleman Mining. Explore scientific mysteries at Mid-America Museum. The possibilities are endless, and gift certificates to any of these would be a fantastic gift for loved ones.

4. 8 Broads Cookbook: Hot off the presses, the 8 Broads Cookbook is a gift that keeps giving inspiration year-round. We’re not trying to give you any spoilers, but there is great food just waiting to be made from these recipes. To add an extra special element, try making a dessert recipe from the book and packaging it with the book for the gift. Yum!

3. Extended Passes: Season passes for 2015 are on sale for Magic Springs; it’s a family-friendly park with a water park and a lively concert series that you’ll definitely want to enjoy with your friends and family! As always we also recommend a Garvan Gardens membership, since the botanical gardens are gorgeous year-round.

2. Local Art: Let your loved ones keep the flavor of Hot Springs with them year round by investing in local art pieces. You can enjoy the watercolors by our own Innkeeper, Robin, or get a handcrafted wooden bowl or sculpture from Forest Path Gallery. Your friends and family will delight in these keepsakes for years to come!

1. Day at the Spa: Hot Springs National Park is known as Spa City for a reason! Give your loved one the gift of absolute relaxation when you present a gift certificate to Quapaw Baths & Spa, Living Wellness, or Chrysalis Day Spa. For a special presentation, have a stocking full of bath products (like the glorious ones found in our gift shop) to accompany the certificate.

As always, the best gift for the holidays is time with family and friends. If you’d like to consider Lookout Point as a venue for that quality relaxation time, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Great Gifts: Swiss Diamond Pans Now Available in Hot Springs, Arkansas

November 25th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

These gems are actually made from hundreds of thousands of nano-diamonds, so they literally are “gems”.  I can honestly say that these are the best pans that I’ve ever cooked with, and we use a minimum of 2 Swiss Diamond pans in the inn every single day! They get heavy duty use, including being stuck under a high broiler for our frittatas.

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As the only Swiss Diamond retailer in Central Arkansas, you are invited to come to the inn to do some Christmas shopping from 10 am- 7pm. Our small gift shop features a nice variety of the pans. Next month I’m giving Tim & Lisa some of these pans for their wedding present, and I hope they haven’t seen this blog yet. Small Business Saturday is November 29!

Last Christmas, I gave the 10 inch fry pan to my son-in-law, Robby, for Christmas. He’s a great cook, and the morning chef in his household. He regularly fussed about the eggs sticking in his pan. The Swiss Diamond pan seemed like a perfect gift, and I must admit he was a skeptic. Two weeks after Christmas, I received this note via snail mail, “Kristie, thank you for the Swiss Diamond pan. It’s the BEST Christmas present I’ve ever received. I love it.”  Still makes me smile, because he’s received some mighty fine presents in the past. Good cooks love these pans!

Diamonds are a Chef's best friend!

Diamonds are a Chef’s best friend!

What makes them so special? The triple diamond coating is durable, conducts heat better than metal, and is long-lasting. There’s no peeling or flaking like other non-stick pans. According to the company,

The Swiss Diamond coating is recognized all over the globe for its long-lasting quality, excellent heat conduction and superior nonstick performance. Chefs worldwide agree, “Diamonds are a chef’s best friend!”

I would agree! These pans are not cheap–rather they are an investment, and worth every penny. The  pans start at $44.95 in our gift shop, and on Small Business Saturday you’ll receive a 10% discount.

See you then,

Kristie

 

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.

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.

Fabulous Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Hot Springs

September 7th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Vina Morita Hot Springs ARRay and I and some friends had a great evening at the August Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. It was such a fun evening with a delicious four-course meal paired with top flight wine selections.

We arrived at 7 p.m. and were immediately given a glass of Albarina 2013 Valinas Ramon Bilbao white wine from Rias Baixas Spain. The wine was light and summery and just perfect for the start of a wonderful evening. As we were seated at our table, we were presented a list of 15 wines available for tasting and enjoying throughout the evening. As we offered a toast at our table our server brought our first course, Ensalada de Seta al Ajillo or oyster mushrooms, chile guaffillo, jicama, cucumber, kale and radish with Chardonnay sauce. It was just as good as it sounds. The presentation was beautiful and the salad was extraordinary.

As we drank, ate and enjoyed conversation at our table, before we knew it the second course was beginning to be served consisting of Crema de Cilantro. The soup was outstanding with just a hint of cilantro, served warm in a cocktail glass. As we enjoyed our soup, we continued to taste a couple of different wines.

The third course was, of course, our main course and it was Chilpachole de Mariscos consisting of king crab, scallops, mussels, shrimp and tilapia. The presentation was stunning and the fish was scrumptious. We all cracked our crab and enjoyed all the fish with a delicious dipping sauce. We chose a wine to accompany our main course. Some of the favorites at our table were the Melange White 2012 Waterbrook, Merlot 2012 Barone Fini from Tentino Italy, and Malbec Corazon del Sol from Mendoza, Argentina.

Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be having a festive evening. Every part of the well planned evening was perfect. The final course was a delicious light Fresas con Crema y Helado or ice cream with strawberries. The night was complete with a grand dinner including outstanding wine, great hosts and atmosphere and good conversation. The next Wine Pairing Dinner is scheduled for Sept. 18. For more information on Vina Morita call 501.625.7143.

For guests coming into Hot Springs for a getaway, I highly recommend planning a stay with us at Lookout Point Inn and including a Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita. This restaurant is a Hot Springs gem and not to be missed. At Lookout Point we’ll provide you a wonderful place to stay on beautiful Lake Hamilton with outstanding rooms, beds and a fabulous gourmet breakfast. Our Inn is a perfect place to watch the sun set in the afternoon on the lake from each guest room. Book your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Hot Springs weekend.

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