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Brewery Opening in Hot Springs Bath House

August 8th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Superior BathhouseRose and Todd Cranson, tuba players in their spare time, are using their creative spirits to make beer for others’ enjoyment. With their prime location beside the Arlington Lawn, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery is looking forward to pleasing locals and tourists with their fare.

The Superior is the first brewery to be located inside a National Park. Located on Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs, the building was once a bathhouse itself. In the past two years, the Cransons have slowly cut through the red tape to open their dream project.

Each step of the construction process had to be approved by the National Park Service, but for the Cransons, it was a dream worth waiting for. However, in honor of the time it took to open the first phase of the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery, the first beer brewed on the premises will be called Red Tape Red Ale. Each glass will come with a red ribbon wrapped around the glass.

Right now, the owners have opened the tasting room and restaurant. Their custom built beer taps feature a variety of brews, some of which are made directly in Arkansas. The Cransons aim to use as much local produce as possible in their restaurant, where they offer pub fare to accompany the beer.

The brewery is opening in phases as construction continues, but this fall the Superior is hoping to begin brewing their own beer on site. It will be the world’s first brewery or distillery to use thermal spring water as the main ingredient. The naturally hot springs flowing under downtown will also help them stay energy efficient.

If you’d like to get a taste of the brewing process and view the historic bathhouse, you can also enjoy one of the weekly tours of the building. Afterwards, you can drink a beer while looking out the 75 feet of windows in their sun porch. It would be a refreshing treat to add to a stay at Lookout Point.

Call us at 501.525.6155 to reserve your room in our Arkansas bed and breakfast, and you can spend your evenings relaxing by Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs National Park.

August: Romance Awareness Month

July 27th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Great Romance Package in Romance roomIn Arkansas, the hottest month of the year is August. The air is definitely warmer, and the lake water is refreshing. But, did you know August is also Romance Awareness Month? I guess someone filtered in the hotness factor when deciding on the month for romance! We all know that love is popular at any time, but to honor this month’s theme, our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast is offering the Great Romance Package at a 10 percent discount.

The Package includes:

  • 3 nights in your choice of room
  • Hearty homemade breakfast each morning
  • Spa basket for enjoying your whirlpool tub
  • Chilled sparkling wine, fine chocolates and cheese/cracker basket en suite
  • 1 dozen long stemmed roses
  • Relaxing couples massage
  • Admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens and the Mountain Tower
  • $50 fine dining certificate to a restaurant of your choice

So, consider bringing your beloved to Lookout Point and celebrating Romance Awareness Month in style at our Arkansas getaway. Check out the Great Romance Package or give us a call at 1.800.525.6155. We’ll be glad to set up your reservation for August so you can celebrate the romance in your life!

Friday Night Is for Strolling in Hot Springs AR

July 12th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National ParkEach month, Hot Springs highlights the downtown strip with Stroll the Boulevard. If you are interested in fashion, art, or antiques, the third Friday of every month is marvelous for you! The shops stay open a little later (until 8pm) for those taking their time to enjoy the view from the sidewalks of Bathhouse Row.

When you enjoy the quaint shops on July 19th, you might also want to peek into the Miss Arkansas Pageant at the Summit Arena. The pageant, which has records dating back to 1933, has worked hard to maintain tradition while providing a forum for young women to express their creativity and intelligence.

The pageant is a precursor for the Miss America pageant that will take place in September this year. The 76th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant will feature a performance from Miss Arkansas 2012 Sloane Roberts each night, from July 14th to the 20th.

On crowning night, July 20th, the Miss Arkansas Pageant has a special treat for American Idol fans. Rachel Hale, who was one of the Top 20 females in this year’s competition, will be singing. The Arkansas native was featured on the show for being the “happiest contestant,” as well as for her lovely voice. Your ticket to that performance will certainly be scrapbook worthy!

Whether you walk downtown Hot Springs to enjoy the architecture, shop for vintage treasures, or to get a close look at the future Miss Arkansas, you will certainly enjoy strolling along Central Avenue next weekend.

If you would like a relaxing place to rest your feet (and your head!) after walking, add a stay at Lookout Point by calling 501.525.6155. You can get recommendations to the best shops and galleries while eating dessert at the Innkeeper’s Reception on Friday!

Owner of Our Hot Springs B&B Honored in Innkeeping Now

June 1st, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

In the spring issue of Innkeeping Now, readers can see the influential leaders in the industry for 2013. To our delight Kristie Rosset, one of the owners of Lookout Point, is featured on that list (and the front cover!).

Innkeeping Now coverWhile the list features marketing professionals, innkeepers, chefs, photographers, and those who do a little bit of everything, it stresses that each of these individuals shares a common “strand of hospitality DNA: sharing.” The influential members featured are driven by a sense of community within the innkeeping world, and they are involved in making that sense stronger and giving it direction.

In the article, Kristie is recognized for the countless hours she spends working behind the scenes on PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) activities. She has served in many leading roles in the past, and she continues to help direct the organization in a very intentional, strategic course. Jay Karen, the PAII president said, Kristie “is in a seat of power, and she’s doing a very good job with it.”

Working outside of her own inn has been essential to Kristie for her well-being, as well as to the inn’s success. It helps Kristie and Ray, her husband, develop friendships across the continent and stay in conversation about the best innkeeping practices.

As Karen said, “The fingerprint [of the influential members] is having a passion for the industry that is just overflowing.” At Lookout Point, we all know that Kristie has that passion in spades.

If you would like to read the entire article, it can be viewed here.

To meet the wonderful Kristie and Ray, call us at 501.525.6155 about making a reservation at our Hot Springs hotel.

Music Fills the Air in Hot Springs in June

May 16th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

HSMF logoBeginning June 2, we will all be able to listen to live classical music in historic downtown Hot Springs Arkansas. The Hot Springs Music Festival has concerts each night for two weeks with different programs and in different venues, including the Arlington Hotel, several churches, Historic Bathhouse Row and ending at Oaklawn VPA Magnet School on June 15. On June 8 the unique, outdoor Progressive Concert begins at 7:30 and the audience will move with the band down Bathhouse Row in the National Park.

This is the 18th season for the Festival, which is titled “Coming of Age” and celebrates the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner’s births and the centennial of Benjamin Brittan’s. Some of the song selections for the programs come directly from these three composers’ operatic repertoire, promising an entertaining festival from start to finish.

The concerts and venues are listed on the Festival website along with ticket information. This is such a wonderful event in Hot Springs, bringing in talented musicians and allowing the audiences to enjoy world-renowned music.

Lookout Point is proud to be a sponsor of the Festival. If you’re looking forward to this Festival as much as we are, we hope you’ll consider adding a stay at our luxury Hot Springs resort to your getaway. Call us at 501.525.6155 for more information.

Hot Springs Turns up the Green for St. Paddy’s Day

March 5th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

If you love parades with leprechauns, quirky floats, marching bands and Irish Elvis impersonators, then you’ll absolutely love the First Ever Tenth Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Come celebrate the Irish!

Come celebrate the Irish!

Just the name makes me laugh and that’s exactly how much fun you can count on at the event. After participating in the 2012 festivities, I wouldn’t miss this year’s celebration for anything. And, I hope you won’t either.

The grand marshals for the parade are Bo Derek from the movie “10” and John Corbett, the TV star from “Northern Exposure.” Previously, Bo and John were each grand marshals in different years, now we’re excited to have this long-time couple share the duties!

The 98-foot-long parade (for real – it’s really only 98 feet) is held on Bridge Street with a green celebration and green libation and includes the kissing of the Blarney Stone.

I hope I have convinced you to come and enjoy the traditional Irish celebration on Bridge Street in Hot Springs on March 17 in a very non-traditional manner. You’ll have lots to tell your friends!

And, please while you’re in town – make your visit complete with a stay at Lookout Point Inn. Call 501-525-6155 for reservations or book online.

Volunteering Motivates Hot Springs’ Innkeeper to Keep Growing

September 18th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

When Lookout Point was just a speck in our eyes, Ray & I discovered the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) and quickly became members. We were delighted to discover a comprehensive industry surrounding innkeeping, and the amazing on-going learning opportunities through PAII. More than 10 years ago, we attended our first Innkeeping Conference in Chicago–learning great stuff to make us better, and more professional, innkeepers.

Since that time, we continue to grow and learn through the many offerings of PAII. Not only do we learn from PAII and the wonderful network of Innkeeper colleagues, but we began volunteering.

CEO Jay Karen, and Board Chair Kristie Rosset

Over the years, Ray & I have led workshops & webinars, introduced speakers, and served on planning committees.  It’s a joy to give back to the association that continues to teach us so much! Ray & I agree that volunteering brings an additional layer of joy to our lives! Yes, volunteering takes up precious time, commitment, and money–but the investment is worth it.

A few years ago, I was elected to the Board of Directors. Then in January, 2012 I was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of PAII. We recently moved PAII’s headquarters from New Jersey to Charleston, South Carolina. Last week featured a series of leadership meetings, and it was my pleasure to visit for the first time our new headquarters.

If you have ever dreamed of becoming an innkeeper, I urge you to check out PAII to learn everything possible before making the jump. And come stay with us at Lookout Point– we’ll gladly share information with you.

We urge you to volunteer in whatever arena brings you joy and fuels your passion for life.

A Doily-Free Better Way to Stay!

April 29th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

If you haven’t stayed in a bed and breakfast or an inn recently or ever, you’re missing pure pleasure in travel adventure.

Years ago bed & breakfasts conjured up visions of old Victorian houses that smelled funny and had white doilies (looks like a crocheted placemat that your grandmother made) on every table top. That just isn’t the case anymore. Take a look at the  Death to Doilies video and make your next reservation at a bed and breakfast. We would especially love having you visit us at Lookout Point Inn in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Here you’ll have an escapade of pure pampering and luxury.

Lookout Point is the vision Ray and I had years ago to provide a beautiful, serene setting on Lake Hamilton that would serve as a sanctuary of peace and tranquility for our special guests who were looking for a place to relax and unplug.

If you have never had a bed and breakfast experience or it’s been a long time since you treated yourself, you’ll be amazed at the extraordinary opportunity that awaits you. —- by Kristie Rosset

 

8 Broads in the Kitchen Featured in Boston Examiner

December 18th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

As a member of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, I was delighted to see our food blog covered in the Boston Examiner this past week. You’ll find some great holiday recipes on the site, including Evil Toffee (so named because it cannot be resisted, it’s so darn good).

The 8 Broads formed to create a fun food website, where we could offer tips and recipes to share with other foodies. In the process, we’ve become fast friends. In addition to the blog, we write for magazines, teach food demos, lead webinars, and have done radio shows.

I just posted to the blog my mother-in-law’s fabulous Christmas butterscotch marshmallow bars.

Butterscotch Bars

Only made at Christmas, these treats remind us of long-ago times in Winnipeg, filled with laughter and bitter cold weather.

What holiday foods bring back memories for you?

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Hot Springs!

December 8th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

New Year’s weekend is a great time to celebrate life and love at our Hot Springs B&B! At midnight, we’ll have a glass of bubbly sparkling wine

New Year's Toast

(our guests love the Toad Hollow Risque that we serve) for your toast, and even a pot of black eyed peas for extra good measure.

Create a memorable start to the New Year with your loved one. Here’s our suggestions for a perfect weekend:

Friday: arrive at Lookout Point & begin relaxing. Dine at Luna Bella (reservations recommended)

Saturday:  After your gourmet breakfast, visit the downtown Hot Springs National Park, and take a soak in the thermal waters at the Quapaw bath house. Explore art galleries and museums downtown

Return to the inn for the afternoon Innkeeper’s Reception (refreshments plus wine/tea). Take a little nap.

Visit the final evening of the Lights on the Landscape at Garvan Woodland Gardens with a lovely stroll through the gardens.

Enjoy a late dinner at Bohemia (continental cuisine). The New Year’s Eve special is 4 courses for only $24! Great food, and friendly service. Reservations required, and we’ll take of all concierge for you.

Midnight: celebrate at the inn with a complimentary toast and some black-eyed peas.  The night is still young! What a great way to welcome 2012.

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