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Gratitude Abounds at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

November 25th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Give thanks. Live in gratitude. These simple messages, if lived out, would make our world a much better place. So here’s my list of gratitude at this time of Thanksgiving. I understand that the only person that I can control is myself, so my hope is that you will be inspired to give thanks and live in gratitude.

  • God’s grace, that does not require perfection, just love.
  • Family,
    Thankful for my husband of 40 years

    Thankful for my husband of 40 years

    where I am touched by God’s good grace every time I am in their presence.  They put the “flesh” on God for me.

  • Friends near and far, who accept our crazy lifestyle as innkeepers, and love us anyway.
  • The team that creates the magic of Lookout Point–including the Innkeepers, housekeepers, the gardener, the fix-it guy, and the painter. You are all amazing!
  • Our guests, who are the best guests in the whole world.  Thank you for appreciating Lookout Point, and being so kind.
  • Utility workers, such as electricity linemen, gas guys, plus cable and phone technicians. After last week without service, we are especially grateful to people working around the clock and in bad weather to ensure service!
  • The joy of living in a beautiful location, with lakes, trees and mountains.

Since Ray and I are working on Thanksgiving, we celebrated with our family earlier. This year we each wrote on a notecard what we are thankful for, and then sealed it in an envelope with our name on the outside. Next year, we’ll hand out the cards, and remind ourselves of past events filled with gratitude.  Even the young kids participated.

Happy Thanksgiving you all of you!


2nd Annual Dog-Fee Donations :: Support the Garland County Humane Society

September 26th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

The month of October marks our 2nd Annual Dog-Fee Donations, in support of adopting rescue dogs. ALL of the $25 per night dog fees will be donated to the Garland County Humane Society.  We chose the month of October because it is one of our busiest months, and it’s “Adopt A Shelter Dog Month”.

Four of our guest rooms are dog-friendly (Hot Springs King Suite, Evening Shade King Deluxe, plus Calico Rock and Possum Grape Queen Standard Rooms) and we’d love to welcome you and your dog friends to the inn.  These rooms are on the first floor, and have a French door directly to the outdoors. You’ll help other dogs find their forever homes!

Our own dog, Otto, is a rescue dog (black lab and Great Dane mix), and would have been put down without the help of others. As a Paws In Prison graduate, Otto came to us trained in AKC commands, too.

Last year, with the help of our guests, we donated over $500 to the local Humane Society. So bring your dog during October, and we’ll provide an extra-warm welcome.

1920’s Military Convoy Coming to Hot Springs!

September 24th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs is included as a stop during the upcoming 1920’s U.S. Military Vehicles Convoy that is passing through several states and will be on display in our city Sept. 30-Oct. 2. This Convoy is a 95th anniversary reenactment of a military convoy crossing the U.S. in 1920.

The Convoy includes vehicles from World War I up to several that have recently been released from duty. The military vehicles will be on display in Hot Springs behind the Hot Springs Convention Center in the Church Street Parking Lot. The public is invited to watch the arrival of the vehicles at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 from Park Ave. on to Central Ave. and then on to the Church Street Parking Lot and the departure Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. out of the city.

The Convoy including motorcycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks left Sept. 19 from Washington D.C. and will end Oct. 17 in San Diego, Cal. The Convoy passes through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

If this patriotic military event happens once every 95 years, Hot Springs residents and visitors will certainly want to see the arrival, departure or display of the historic and current military vehicles. We’d love to have visitors to Hot Springs come and stay with us at our Arkansas bed and breakfast situated on spectacular Lake Hamilton. Everything about our Inn is top-notch, including the comfort and luxury of our rooms to our mouth-watering breakfasts prepared by our Inn chefs. This event is coming quickly, so make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll be glad to help you plan your Hot Springs retreat. #MPVAConvoy #LookoutPointInn

Great Day Trip Ideas from Hot Springs, AR :: Romantic B&B Getaway

September 8th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Earlier this week my daughter, good friend and I set out on a day trip near Little Rock, about an hour from Hot Springs. Our day consisted of seeing some things we’d never experienced before, starting with the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a national historic landmark, near Scott, Arkansas.

Three Toltec mounds remain from the original 18. The Mounds date from the late-Woodland through early-Mississippian Period, which was from A.D. 650 to 1050. The Visitor Center includes artifacts from the site and an archeological research laboratory. Visitors can take a self-guided 3/4-mile trail, 1.6-mile turf trail or a guided tour by reservation. The Toltec Mounds are quite amazing to see and are definitely an Arkansas treasure.
From the Toltec Mounds we drove to the Scott Plantation Settlement. The history of Scott is preserved on the settlement site with an 1840s log cabin, one-room school, hewn cypress corn crib, tenant houses, wash house, smoke house, blacksmith shop, doctor’s office, sorghum mill, ice house, railroad depot and more. It is full of Arkansas history and a great educational opportunity for children and adults.
Just down the road is Cotham’s Mercantile and home of the hubcap burger. The mercantile was built in 1917. Through the years it has been a mercantile store for farmers and plantation owners, a military commissary and a lockup for local law violators. Now, the mercantile is a small cafe and is famous for serving hamburgers the size of hubcaps. The fried pies are really good too. Cotham’s is also a favorite eating place for local politicians including Bill Clinton and David Pryor.
After visiting Cotham’s we went into Little Rock and finished off the day visiting the Civil Rights Museum and Visitors Center. The Center offers lots of information, photos and videos from school desegregation at Little Rock Central High School. It includes stories on The Little Rock Nine, the black students who were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School. The Museum, Commemorative Garden, Historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School are included in the National Historic Site.
From the Toltec Mounds to the Scott Plantation Settlement and Cotham’s Mercantile and then on to the Civil Rights Museum, we had a great day trip learning more about the people and history of Arkansas.
At the Inn, we’d be glad to help you plan a memorable day trip near Hot Springs and we’d love to have you stay with us and let us make the Inn your home base. We have a lovely bed and breakfast and great place to rest and return to at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. Our rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. Our breakfasts are delicious and we offer a gathering in the afternoon with refreshments and a wonderful time to interact with other guests. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and let us help you plan a great Hot Springs getaway.

Hot Springs JazzFest :: Labor Day Weekend 2015

August 26th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

One of the great things to do in New Orleans is to spend some time listening to the amazing jazz performed at Preservation Hall. The wonderful musicians and the incredible jazz they perform fill souls for quite a while.

Coming to Hot Springs Sept. 2-7 is the annual JazzFest and it is a musical treat not to be missed! All the things people love about jazz at Preservation Hall are extended for several days right here in Hot Springs, including Labor Day weekend.
One of my favorite performances is the Jazz Mass on Sunday morning at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The jazz during the service is very soulful and includes some traditional pieces such as “When the Saints Go Marching In.” I feel it is a service that any religious person would enjoy. For more information and a schedule go online to hsjazzsociety.org.

Highlights of the events for JazzFest include:
• Sept. 2 – “Sax in the Park”
• Sept. 3 – “S’Wonderful Dancin’”
• Sept. 4 – “Classical & Jazz Explosion”
• Sept. 5 – “Jazz in the Streets”
• Sept. 6 – “Jazz Mass”, “Jazz After Church”, “Stardust Tea Dance”

If you enjoy listening to jazz and you like to dance, I encourage you to make plans to come to Hot Springs for JazzFest in September. We’d also love to have you complete your trip to Arkansas by staying with us at the Inn–a very few rooms remain available. We provide a luxurious resting place after listening to an afternoon or evening of jazz performances. Our rooms are individually appointed and beautifully decorated. Our balconies and patios offer a splendid view of Lake Hamilton and our gourmet breakfasts are scrumptious and a great way to start every day on your Hot Springs jazz getaway. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan your trip.

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.

Inn the News in June: Arkansas Getaways

June 18th, 2015 by Jenna Tackett

Lookout Point Lakeside InnIn the news this month, Lookout Point had the good fortune to be featured in two different publications.

The Inn was recently featured on OnlyInYourState.com as one of the Top 26 B&Bs in Arkansas! In the article, our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast is called “an exceptional inn of obvious distinction” and praised for its pampering and tranquility.

Our Hot Springs luxury lodging was also mentioned in South Texas Living, in their Visit Hot Springs, Arkansas issue. In addition to mentioning the wonderful hospitality found at the Inn, it also highlights the gorgeous sunset cruise with Captain Ray.

The article also features some of our guests’ favorite Hot Springs National Park highlights: Garvan Woodland Gardens, McClard’s Bar-B-Q, and Bleu Monkey Grill.

If you would like to experience the Inn’s hospitality (and gourmet breakfasts!), 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.

Barhopping on Lake Hamilton

August 12th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Recently one of our young friends passed her CPA exam and Ray and I decided as a treat for her that we’d take her and her family out on Lake Hamilton to the bars that have lake accessibility. We weren’t able to go to all of them in one evening, but we were able to make two stops for cold drinks and appetizers and the last stop for dinner.

Drinks in Hot Springs ARThe evening was a little warm but once we got out on the water with Capt. Ray at the helm the breezes quickly cooled us off. The night was exceptionally beautiful and we had a wonderful time on our lake adventure.

We all met at the Inn to board the boat and cruised around to our first stop of the evening, Fisherman’s Wharf. This is always a popular restaurant in Hot Springs because it has a large outdoor patio with lots of fans and a great view of the water. We sat outside, of course, and ordered cocktails including a margarita, strawberry margarita, Tom Collins, and a couple of fruity drinks. We also added spinach artichoke dip and fried dill pickles. The drinks and appetizers were quite enjoyable and the outdoor patio was a perfect place to kick off our fun evening. After visiting for a while, we decided to move on to our next destination. It was such fun to travel by boat and enjoy the lake in the afternoon. The water was calm and the lake wasn’t busy. It was the perfect setting for a festive evening.

Drinks in Hot Springs AROur second stop was Barefoots Lakeside Grill, situated on Central Ave. but accessible by boat. We ordered similar drinks, calamari and onion and jalapeno strips. At this stop we decided to eat indoors and cool off a bit. The food was good and we were beginning to get into the barhopping mentality. We stayed quite a while and enjoyed the food and company. When we decided to move toward our dinner spot, it was near sunset.

So, we cruised the lake for a while enjoying the cool breezes and beautiful sunset before embarking on our last stop for dinner at Back Porch Grill. None of us had dined at Back Porch for a while, so we were pleased to be able to drive to the dock and enter the restaurant from the water. By this time, it had cooled off enough that we all agreed eating outdoors would be fun. We ordered another round of drinks including beer and mojitos. We had an assortment of entrees including sea bass with vegetables and the mac and cheese casserole (a hit with everyone at the table), scallops with twice baked potatoes, red snapper with baked potato and two Caesar salads – one with shrimp and one with chicken. Everyone agreed the food and atmosphere were quite enjoyable.

This was an exceptional evening with friends and family, the ambience of Lake Hamilton, and good food and drinks. The evening could be replicated by visitors to Hot Springs. When you come to Hot Springs for vacation or a weekend getaway, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We have a beautiful Inn on Lake Hamilton with lake views in all the rooms. Each room is individually decorated and named after a town in Arkansas. Our breakfasts are the best in town and we’d be happy to share more of our barhopping evening. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 for more information.

Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast In the News

June 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

summer in hot springs arJune has been an exciting time for Lookout Point so far. With all of the rain in the area, the garden is bursting with color and life. There are water sports, concerts, and conferences in the area. Families are beginning to travel; adorable couples are becoming newlyweds; fresh produce is abundant at the Farmer’s Market. It’s a lovely time to visit Hot Springs National Park.

With all this summer spirit floating around, the Inn has also received recognition in the news recently. First, Lookout Point was awarded the Certificate of Excellence for 2014 from TripAdvisor. The award is based on the quality of reviews and opinion received on the site in the past year, so we are especially grateful for this honor. Thank you all for consistently giving us outstanding feedback to help Lookout Point become the best it can be!

ruff guide to the united statesRecently, the Inn was also featured in BringFido.com‘s new book Ruff Guide to the United States. The book covers the best places to visit with your dog in all 50 states, including 365 places to stay. In Arkansas, Lookout Point was the only property mentioned. The picks within the book were determined by a coast-to-coast search, as well as polling thousands of dog owners. We’re honored to be included in guide provided by the world’s largest pet friendly travel website! You can pick up the book on their website, if you are interested.

On Tuesday, the Inn was included in a list of the top wedding venues in Arkansas on OnlyinArk.com. The list is organized per region, and the Inn is happy to be representing the Hot Springs area. Each venue listed looks gorgeous, and we are excited to be among such great company! You can view the full list in the article, “Favorite Places for Arkansas Weddings.”

If you’d like to visit the Inn, and possibly bring your dog along or begin a marriage journey, you can reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information. Don’t forget that June has a discount on the Renewal of Vows package, and special discount for those that reserve three or more nights. We would love to welcome you during your Arkansas getaway!

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