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8 Broads Cook Up New Recipes

December 9th, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

8 Broads in the Kitchen CookbookThe Eight Broads in the Kitchen are celebrities in the hospitality industry for their expertise as Innkeepers and chefs. When 8 Innkeepers who love to cook get together, you can probably guess what one of their favorite activities is—sharing recipes!

This week, they are proud to begin sharing those recipes with the world in their brand new cookbook. Just in time for the holidays, you can learn delicious breakfast, lunch, and dessert recipes; what a great source of inspiration for the season!

8 BroadsWe are not the only ones really excited for this to hit the shelves. The cookbook has already been featured on Zesterdaily.com, which praised not only the cookbook but collective expertise of the 8 Broads. (Plus, it has a sneak peek at 6 of the recipes from the book that are great for every day food preparation.)

You can order your gorgeous, hardback copy of the cookbook by calling 501.525.6155. Or, you can order directly from Eightbroads.com. The cost is $29.95, including shipping. The sooner you order, the quicker you can start making delicious recipes, so order quickly.

For those wanting a one-on-one experience with the Broads, Kristie Rosset and Kathryn White will be teaching a Lookout Point Cooking School Installment on January 31, 2014 entitled Raising Dough. You can find out more information (and reserve your spot) by calling our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast. Space is very limited.

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.

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

 

Where to See the BEST EVER Holiday Lights in the Whole Wide World!

November 20th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Anthony Chapel Hot Springs ARYou may think that I’m exaggerating a wee bit, but seriously, the Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens are truly the finest display of holiday cheer that I have ever experienced. At Garvan Gardens from November 22-December 31, you don’t just see the lights, you experience them! Strolling through 17 acres with over 4 million lights is pure enchantment for people of all ages.

The 50-ft. Rose Tree spectacularly choreographs brilliant lights with grand musical scores. Captivating! For a bonus, you’ll even receive a free cup of hot chocolate. Plan to take your best family Christmas photos in this beautiful setting.

For those unable to walk the distance, golf cart tours with a docent are available for additional charges (and sometimes a longer wait).

Make sure to visit the stunning Anthony Chapel (across the parking lot). Many evenings you’ll be treated to free concerts in the Chapel, beginning with the Opening Night Concert with the Village Big Band on November 22. Throughout the season, various styles of holiday concerts—from piano to handbells, strings to flutes, Barbershop Chorus to classical—you’ll find a concert or two sure to delight you and your family.

We invite you to stay at Lookout Point when you visit the Holiday Lights, and offer you a special gift through December 23 to make your trip more affordable. When you stay 2 nights in December and mention promo code Gift14, you’ll receive $100 off the already reduced December price. Give us a call at 501.525.6155 or reserve online.

See you soon, we hope!

Top 5 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

November 18th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

  1. Winter Wedding Hot Springs ARNo Sweat, Literally. In cooler weather, you don’t have to worry about make up sweating off your face. And those overcast days mean that your photos will be void of all squinting eyes.
  2. Romantic Atmosphere. What says romantic evening more than a glass of wine while sitting by the fire? If you stay at Lookout Point for your honeymoon, you can enjoy complimentary wine at the Innkeeper’s Reception. You can drink that wine by the fire in the living room or within the comfort of your own room.
  3. Gorgeous Winter Themes. Take advantage of the frosty temperatures and warm up the color scheme for your wedding with gorgeous jewel tones. Or you can give your event a frosted, glamorous appeal with silver accents, white table cloths, and light blue accents. Bonus, these colors are flattering on nearly all skin types, making your event pristine in photographs.
  4. Holiday Event. Take advantage of the time off that your friends and family have for the holidays and make your event one to remember. Not only will your guests love having another meaningful occasion to attend during the holidays, but it means that they will always remember the date of your event!
  5. Save money. The lowest lodging rates of the year can be found in winter months, making your dream of an extended honeymoon a reality. One other advantage of having a winter wedding includes saving money on decorations, since most establishments are already beautifully decorated for the season. These things mean that your budget can stretch further, and that is always exciting.

If you would like to know more about lakeside weddings at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, you can request more information online or call 501.525.6155. We would love to help you plan your celebration!

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.

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.

Found: Four-Legged Family Member!

September 4th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Welcome, Otto!

Paws in Prison

Sweet Otto

The newest addition to our family is a gentle guy with the sweetest disposition. Otto appears to be a one year old black lab/boxer mix, and he is recent stellar graduate of the Paws in Prison program. After being rescued from a kill shelter by CARE (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort), and placed in the prison program.This amazing program is such a win-win. The selected prisoners are taught by a professional dog trainer, and the dog is placed with the prisoner 24/7 to be trained. Otto comes to us house trained (we didn’t have the time nor energy to train a pup), knows many of the AKC commands, doesn’t pull on a leash, and we just love him! Most days Otto spends his time at Lookout Point Inn, tucked away in a back office. But if you need a dog fix while you’re here, you are welcome to take Otto for a walk! He would love it, and probably will share a slobbery kiss.

Earlier this year, our dog Nikki adopt a dog(a yellow lab mix) was diagnosed with lymphoma. While she lived several more happy months, she passed away at the beginning of summer.

We are grateful to our extremely thoughtful and kind staff for placing a tribute to Nikki in the garden. She’s facing the waterfalls, appropriate since she loved to romp in the water. Thank you so much to our very special team at Lookout Point!

If you are seeking Hot Springs, AR dog friendly lodging, you’ll love it here. Four guest rooms are available to folks traveling with their four-legged friends. We would love to welcome you!

25 Years of Incredible Art in Hot Springs AR

July 22nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Hot Springs AR Gallery WalkOne of the many cherished events that I love in Hot Springs the first Friday evening of each month is Gallery Walk. The Walk is an informal invitation from the art galleries in Historic Downtown Hot Springs to come and browse the new art; enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers; and visit with friends, artists and gallery owners. Every time I go I come away amazed at the wide range of artists who live in Hot Springs. My creative juices always begin to flow after visiting with local artists and gallery owners. It’s such an enjoyable evening.

The 25th Anniversary of Gallery Walk will be celebrated the weekend of August 1-3. The kickoff Friday, Aug. 1, focuses on opening receptions at all downtown Hot Springs galleries from 5-9 p.m. with some special exhibits, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Then on Saturday, special events are scheduled throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Some of the titles for the creative exhibits and workshops are:

“Women’s Paint Out” at Gallery Central
“Rock Music” at Blue Rock Studio
“Travel and Painting: Two Passions Combined” at Justus Fine Art Gallery
“The Creative Power of Depth of Field, Aperture, and Shutter Speed in Photography” at Taylor Bellott Nature Gallery
“How to Start Collecting Art,” “Inspiration and Process,” and “Essential Elements” at Justus Fine Art Gallery

Much more is planned in the galleries during the day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. For more information and a schedule contact Dolores Justus at 501.321.2335 or go online to hotsprings.org.

If you’ve been thinking about a trip to Hot Springs this summer, this would be a great weekend to come and visit. A perfect pairing for the 25th Anniversary of Gallery Walk would be to stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. After three days of enjoying all the arts have to offer at Gallery Walk, returning to a calm, peaceful Inn on Lake Hamilton would make an incredible weekend. We have quiet places to sit and visit, gorgeous scenery of the lake and our gardens, and a gourmet breakfast that is always an artistic endeavor. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fabulous weekend with the anniversary of Gallery Walk.

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