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Wine, Food & Art Extravaganza May 3 in the Hot Springs National Park

April 13th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park

An annual highlight for the Hot Springs National Park is the “Wine, Food & Art Extravaganza”. Held on May 3, 2009, the event successfully raises funds for the historic bath house renovations. Always a sell out, the Extravaganza is open to only 350 participants, with ticket cost of $100 per person. This is the ONLY time that all of of the bath houses are open, and these architectural jewels are worth the admission price. Not to mention the excellent food, wine and terrific art of local artists.

Here’s the promo from www.hotsprings.org: The 13th annual Wine, Food and Art Extravaganza will be held on historic bathhouse row in downtown Hot Springs. Eight bathhouses, many wineries, several chefs from local restaurants and a variety of art galleries will pool their talents to benefit the Friends of the Fordyce and Hot Springs National Park. This is the only time of the year the bathhouses are open to the public.

Give the inn a call at 501-525-6155/866-525-6155 to reserve your room for May 3, and we’ll also reserve your “Wine, Food & Art Extravaganza” tickets. Reserve soon, in order to still get a ticket.

Easter Sunrise at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, Hot Springs

April 12th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

easter-09-001Every Easter, I have the great privilege of celebrating Easter with a sunrise service on our lakeside garden labyrinth. This morning the rains held off until after the service, the birds sang out in loud chorus, and we heard the holy resurrection story from the Gospel of Mark, in both English and Spanish. Guests, staff, and friends are gently invited to the service. Our guests tell us that they feel invited, but not pressured in any way to attend. Some watch the service from their windows, others savor much needed sleep.
A blessed Easter to all!
Kristie Rosset

Laid Off Getaway Giveaway!!! Lookout Point Offers Great Package

April 9th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Laid off?  Stressed out?  The trauma of losing one’s job & livelihood often produces extreme tension for a marriage and family.  Lookout Point Lakeside Inn strives to bring a sense of hope and tranquility.  Each month, one lucky “laid-off couple” will receive a complimentary two night stay (Sun-Thur) at our award-winning inn, plus a gourmet breakfast for two each morning, the Innkeeper’s Reception every afternoon, and chocolate covered strawberries in your romantic room.


To register for the Laid Off Getaway Giveaway, simply write a letter to Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, and describe why YOU deserve to win the getaway and stay at Lookout Point.  Include the basic details of your lay off (date, employer, and phone number for verification requirement). 

Send the letter to:  Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

                              Attn:  Susan

                              104 Lookout Circle

                              Hot Springs, Arkansas   71913

 Or e-mail innkeeper@lookoutpointinn.com, attention Susan.

All letters received by April 30, 2009 will be considered for the May 1 drawing, with the stay to be completed during May.  One lucky winner will be selected on the first of each month, with the stay to be completed during the month of the drawing.  

Why stay at a bed & breakfast/inn? Thoughts from Hot Springs, Arkansas

April 6th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

View from Lookout Point guest roomsRecently, Ray & I stayed in a major (upper end) hotel for a wonderful conference.  As dedicated inn-goers, we have not stayed in a big hotel in recent years.  What a shock!  In this economy, resistance to the rates at the inn are true concerns that we hear.  However, check out this comparison of Lookout Point Lakeside Inn and the major hotel.

Upon arrival at midnight, we entered the lobby and our ears were nearly shattered with the noise of 3,000 teenagers shouting throughout the atrium of this 24 story hotel.  Lookout Point:  quiet.

Hotel Parking:  $27 per day                   Lookout Point:Complimentary    

Wireless internet:  $12.95/day PER computer   Lookout Point:  Free

Drinking Glasses:  $3.75 for two (there was no glassware, only styrofoam!)                                      Lookout Point:  Free          

Bottled Water:  $6/bottle           Lookout Point:  complimentary

Coffee:  $4/cup                               Lookout Point:  of course, free

Snacks:  $9/ea & up                      Lookout Point:  complimentary

Soft drink: $3.50                           Lookout Point:  free

Bellman:  $5 each time               Lookout Point:  free

Wine per glass:  $10-15              Lookout Point:  free at Innkeeper’s Reception

Breakfast:  $20 per person       Lookout Point:  Gourmet and complimentary, of course.  It’s part of the inn experience!

In-room movie:  $15                  Lookout Point:  complimentary movies

These additional add-ons can easily run beyond $124 per DAY!  Holy cow!  And the hotel’s daily rate was comparable to Lookout Point’s lower priced rooms (this was the negotiated conference rate).  Rack rate was higher than our rooms. 

Comparing room rates between an inn and a hotel is like comparing dogs and camels.  It’s not the same animal!  At inns, including ours, everything except lunch & dinner is included:  great breakfast, beach towels, canoe, movies, snack bar with soft drinks, Innkeeper’s Reception with wine & cheese & dessert, bottled water in the room.  In addition, the beds are dressed with great linens including fitted sheets.  (It just irks me in a hotel to have the sheet pull out because the hotel didn’t bother to use fitted sheets on the mattress.)  Plus the towels are fluffy and always in great condition. 

As you travel, consider treating yourself to a great stay at an inn or bed & breakfast:  you get a LOT of pampering for your hard earned dollars! 

If you have stories to share of your own experiences of the differences between hotels and inn/b&b’s I’d love to see your comments posted here.  Thanks!

Kristie Rosset

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