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Innkeepers in Leadership

April 9th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

One of the truly unique things about staying at Lookout Point is the Innkeepers and staff dedicated to making your stay a memorable (and peaceful) one.

Lookout Point Lakeside InnThe two owners, Ray & Kristie Rosset, find it incredibly important to be involved in the hospitality industry. Ray has served as the President of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Arkansas for over a year; just as that role shifted, he became the President of the Garland County Chapter of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. He also serves on the board for the Arkansas Lodging Association.

Kristie, in addition to being a member of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen, is a member of the Leadership Board for the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals.

The Rosset’s involvement in the hospitality industry increases their knowledge and passion for hospitality, while also keeping current in the field. Plus, they meet some great people along the way, and they come back to the Inn to share their passion with staff and guests.

If you’d like to experience the rejuvenation of our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, and meet Ray & Kristie in person, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Update Hot Springs AR

March 10th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

swon brothers hot springs arThe First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has a few more surprises up its sleeves. Not only have they gotten NASCAR driver Mark Martin to lead this year’s parade, but they are altering the route slightly to make him feel more at home. For the first time ever, Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade will make it a point to turn left. This means the marking of the parade route that traditionally happens at 6:25pm will be more interesting than ever.

Plus, this year there is a free concert after the parade ends. At 7:30pm you can see the Swon Brothers, famously tied to Blake Shelton’s team when they were on The Voice, as they bring country music to the celebration. They are nominated for the Vocal Duo of the year by the Academy of Country Music, and they have been touring with Brad Paisley since January. They are sure to be a delight for all ages!

The parade has also adopted its own mascot, and he’ll be keeping the crowd in the right spirit throughout the race. Be sure to get to the parade spot early so you can see all the action. The Blarney Stone kissing contest starts at 4:30pm, special guests start performing at 5:30pm, and the Swon Brothers will kick off the parade (with Mark Martin at the lead) at 6:30.

There are only a few rooms left at Lookout Point for parade week, and we would love to share our favorite moments of the event with you. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning and rejuvenate in a luxurious bed in the evening. Reserve your room online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Valley of the Vapors in Hot Springs AR

March 1st, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

NOTS, VoV Sunday

NOTS, playing at VoV on Sunday

With the collection of artists in the area, it’s no surprise that Hot Springs is home to a successful and entertaining Indie music festival. Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival enters its 11th year on March 20, 2015.

This year, the line-up is filled with talented artists—from The Mutts, to the Memphis Dawls, from Ronnie Hart to The AMFMS, and so many more. (See their website for a full list of the schedule.) There are secret shows to be announced for each day of the festival, keeping the in-the-know feeling present throughout. Plus, there is a trail show each day, bringing music and the outdoors in harmony. It’s perfect for Hot Springs National Park.

But the music is only the beginning for this festival. There are workshops each day, including ones that explain how to tour for artists, a pop-up photography exhibit, and even a comic book producing workshop. This year, they have also added a documentary film showing to several of the days, highlighting the connection to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

The festival begins March 20, and ends on March 24. You can get your tickets ahead of time, or check out the schedule and enjoy some of the free events.

While you are in town for Valley of the Vapors, stay at Lookout Point to fully extend your Indie-loving getaway. You can support a local business, and take advantage of the gourmet breakfast each morning and spectacular views of Lake Hamilton. (It’s a win-win situation.) Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Martin Luther King Weekend Getaways in Hot Springs AR

January 4th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Oaklawn Races Hot Springs ARAs the new year begins and winter continues onward, begin planning a getaway to enjoy Hot Springs AR. The Martin Luther King weekend is a perfect time to experience the joy of Spa City as the town celebrates a national hero.

The Oaklawn Race Track will have races going all weekend, including Monday, for those that are interested in seeing the exciting horse races. For this season only, the general admission fee is free, so be sure to make a trip to see the races and explore Oaklawn’s newly expanded construction.

There will be special events in town that weekend, including a parade on Jan. 19 to celebrate Martin Luther King. The parade begins at 10am downtown, followed by programs in Horner Hall in the Convention Center. You will not want to miss out on this commemorative parade.

And in true Hot Springs AR fashion, the Ohio Club bar will be celebrating its former patron Al Capone. Since it’s the famous gangster’s birthday, there will be live music and drink specials as well as costume contests. Get your best gangster outfit together and celebrate in style on Jan. 17 at 8pm. You might just learn more about famous gangsters and baseball players while you listen to some great music by the Ohio Club Players.

While you are Martin Luther King Weekend getaways in Hot Springs National Park, stay at Lookout Point where luxurious beds and a gourmet breakfast are waiting just for you! You can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to help you plan your memorable getaway.

2015 Race Season Begins at Oaklawn in Hot Springs AR

December 23rd, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Oaklawn Hot Springs ARIt’s off to the races again on Jan. 9! The exciting horse race season is about to begin at Oaklawn Race Track, and we’re so excited for the very full calendar up ahead.

The races happen every weekend from Jan. 9 until the Arkansas Derby on April 11, 2015. The Arkansas Derby is the final race of the Racing Festival in the South, which draws in thousands of racing enthusiasts from all over the world. You can see the full schedule, complete with purse amounts, on their website.

On Jan. 10, Oaklawn will officially kick off the season with its annual Corned Beef Day; you can enjoy corned beef sandwiches for 50 cents and soft drinks for 10 cents. It doesn’t get better than that!

As an added bonus for 2015 guests, Oaklawn’s updates are finally finished. To thank the public for its patience during renovation, Oaklawn is waiving general admission fees for the 2015 season. Plus, the expansion means that there are more games in the casino, and a new bar & grill for guests to enjoy as well. Oaklawn is ready to celebrate the completion of their project, and they’d love for you to take part in that joy!

When you stay two or more nights at Lookout Point in January, you can receive 2 free admissions to the Oaklawn Jockey Club, where you can watch the live action races in style. Plus, adding a stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast will insure a delicious gourmet breakfast before the races begin and a luxurious bed to relax in after the races are finished for the day. You can reserve your getaway online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

‘Voices of Angels’ Concert is a Heavenly Experience

November 30th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

christmas concert hot springs ar

courtesy of Toni Spears at The Muses

Last year Ray and I along with friends attended the “Voices of Angels” Concert in Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens. It was probably the highlight of the Christmas season in Hot Springs for me. The talented musicians were very gifted and delivered a performance in the lovely chapel that I will always remember. Some of the beautiful songs in the concert were traditional and some were new to me, but each one touched me to my core.

I highly recommend the “Voices of Angels” 9th Annual Christmas Concert this December performed by The Muses Creative Artistry Project at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., and at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Garvan Gardens. This is a treat you’ll enjoy and remember throughout the season.

Last year as I sat and listened to the concert I truly felt as if I had been in the presence of angels. My mind was quiet, my body was still, my heart was light and my spirit soared. No other holiday event I attended captured the essence of Christmas quite like the “Voices of Angels.” I was truly blessed to be in the presence of angels for a short while.

This year the Muses will also incorporate ballet dancers from the Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theater who will perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” For more information or tickets call 501.609.9811.

I urge you to consider attending the concert. And a great coupling with the “Voices of Angels” Concert would be to plan to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn for the weekend. We offer a quiet meditative Inn to restore your spirit and help you return to the peaceful, joyous holiday season with renewed hope and full of love. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great weekend that might even become a tradition. We plan to make the “Voices of Angels” a tradition in our family.

The Gratitude List: The Top 6 in Hot Springs

November 27th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

As we prepare for a full house for Thanksgiving in Hot Springs, AR with our guests at the Inn, Ray and I are reminded of the many points of gratitude in our lives. We tend to live as people of gratitude, recognizing most days that life is such a surprising journey and the best response is gratitude.  So here are our Top 6 Gratitude List. You might want to create your own Gratitude List this Thanksgiving.

6. Our Lookout Point Guests. We say it often: “We have the best guests in the whole world!” Interesting, kind, loving, funny and sometimes quirky. Our guests make for quite memorable times, and we are grateful!Lake Hamilton

5. The Scenic Setting of Lookout Point on Lake Hamilton. Every single day that we serve breakfast, and look at the view that many of our guests are seeing for the first time, we are grateful for such serene calm. The still water reflecting the morning sun, the mountains in the distance, birds singing, and the splendid colors join together to exclaim: our Creator designed a masterpiece. We never take this setting for granted!

4. The Dynamism of Hot Springs. This small city that offers diversity of experiences–from world class performing arts, restaurants and botanical gardens to the challenging outdoor sports of mountain biking, hiking and water sports. Living in Hot Springs is never dull! We are grateful to the progressive leaders such as Jim Fram and Steve Arrison seeking to move the city to greater heights.

3. Good People With Whom to Work. All of us have worked in unhappy situations, and so we deeply appreciate the great team of 10 people that work together at Lookout Point. Every person cares deeply about our guests’ comfort, and breathe hospitality. Tricia, Robin, Tiffany, Jenna, Sonja, Maria, Elena, Antonia, Rufina, Leticia and Sky: words are inadequate to express our abiding gratitude and joy in sharing work with you.Grandchildren

2. Friends and Family.  We are brought to tears, fortunate to have a few very dear friends and a family that shares life, laughter and love at every opportunity. We are humbled by the goodness of these most precious relationships.

1. Faith that sustains, always.

 

It would be our joy to welcome you to Lookout Point! You may be overcome with a sense of sheer gratitude when you visit. You can reserve your stay with us online, or give us a call at 501.525.6155.

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.

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.

Pet Friendly Hotel Honors Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

September 9th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Pet Friendly B&BAt our award winning Hot Springs bed and breakfast, some of our favorite guests have paws. When dogs arrive they are greeted in the room with treats and their own welcome letter. Each pet friendly room has direct access to the gorgeous garden (and Lake Hamilton, for those water-loving pups), as well as a porch.

Dogs at the Inn have a great time with their owners—from walks in the garden to trips in the canoe, to breakfast by the waterfall. The Innkeepers help them plan a dog-friendly getaway to Hot Springs National Park, which can include a trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens or Lake Catherine.

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog month in October, when you visit our Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast with your furry friend, the dog lodging fees will be donated to the Garland County Humane Society. The GCHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing unwanted, abandoned, and neglected/abused pets. Lookout Point is proud to offer assistance to this organization, and we hope that you will join us in supporting them.

Reserve your dog-friendly Arkansas getaway at Lookout Point online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. We would love to welcome you and your four-legged friend to this beautiful city as autumn sets in!

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