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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.

How Much Will My Wedding Cost?

June 15th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Lookout Point WeddingsCongratulations – you’re engaged! Whether it’s been a lifelong dream or something you were certain you’d never do, a wedding is now in your future. Some couples are surprised to find that before the ‘I do’s are exchanged, they will likely tackle a nightmare of planning, budgeting, and stressing.

Last year, nearly 32,000 couples tied the knot in Arkansas, spending an average of $21,450 on their weddings. The largest portion of this cost was spent on the wedding venue, catering and various rentals such as chairs and linens. Other significant expenses include flowers, décor, and lodging during the event. Choosing a venue that includes all these items with your wedding purchase can reduce the cost and simplify decision making.

With weddings, as with life, a well-crafted budget is an indispensable tool, and a plethora of budgeting resources are available through popular wedding planning sites. How can you insure that you keep your budget in check and still have the memorable, stress-free wedding day that you want? It’s all in the numbers, and not just dollars. The guest list is your #1 budget adjustor – with each invited person commonly adding anywhere from $50 to $200 to your total expense. Consider celebrating your union with an intimate group of close family and friends instead of inviting all your distant relatives and acquaintances. Or perhaps enjoy a private elopement ceremony with the option of a casual reception to celebrate with everyone later. You may find that with fewer guests you can afford a few things you really wanted but didn’t think possible – like gourmet hors d’oeuvres, stunning floral arrangements or a deluxe photography package.

One resource that a strictly financial budget fails to address is your time, which is often even more stretched than your dollar. It has been estimated that brides often spend well over 100 hours planning the big day during a typical engagement. That doesn’t sound so bad when you imagine lazy Sunday afternoons spent creating Pinterest boards, but when it comes down to contacting vendors, signing contracts, and actually putting your dreams into action, the time investment becomes more daunting.

An experienced wedding coordinator can handle the majority of the planning tasks that tie up your limited time, allowing you to devote your free time to what’s most important – the relationship that you’re building. At first thought, the idea of hiring a wedding coordinator may sound extravagant – even counterintuitive for those with a limited budget. However, the knowledge base and business relationships that a wedding professional brings to the table will certainly save you time and stress, and often money as well. Some of the best Arkansas wedding venues include an on-staff wedding coordinator, allowing you access to the help you need at a fraction of the cost of hiring an experienced coordinator on your own.

At Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, we create a special experience for every bride and groom, from the luxurious rooms and delicious breakfasts during your stay, to the seamless coordination of your gorgeous lakeside wedding. You choose from a variety of customizable wedding packages to fit different dreams and budgets. Each includes the most stunning outdoor setting for your ceremony and photos, a caring ordained officiant to conduct the ceremony according to your desires, and coordination assistance from start to finish. Let us make your dreams come true!

Arkansas Derby April 12, 2014

March 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

For the entire week leading up to the Arkansas Derby, race fans are treated to exciting days during the Racing Festival of the South. With apple trees in blossom (hence the Apple Blossom Race on Friday, April 11), it’s a gorgeous site for fast tracks and beautiful horses. Winners of the Arkansas Derby move on to the Kentucky Derby, and historically we’ve seen some amazing horses at the Arkansas Derby.

Besides cheering the races, you’ll have fun people watching. Hats of all shapes and sizes will be sported! Plus visit the paddock to see the horses up close, and marvel at the ferocious strength packed into the small-statured jockeys.

Of course, you may want to make some money on the races. Here are Kristie’s sure-fire tips for betting: 1) Always bet on Calvin Borel. Of course, he doesn’t always win but I sure respect this jockey! 2) If Calvin’s not racing, bet on the female jockey. Yep, she doesn’t always win either, but women jockeys are so new and rare that I like to root for them. 3) The grey horse.

These tips are sure to cost you some money, but you might just break even and call it a good day of entertainment.

We’d love to welcome you to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast inn during the races! The inn is just a few minutes from Oaklawn, and we’ll assist with other tips, dining reservations, and pamper you during your stay.

 

 

Where to See Tulips in Hot Springs AR

March 2nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

orange tulips

Seas of Tulips

As the weather heats up, the daffodils and hyacinths at Garvan Woodland Gardens will be joined by friends—the tulips! With over 130,000 blooms planted for this year’s event, the tulips are sure to be a breathtaking sight.

The Extravaganza officially begins on March 19 in the botanical gardens, and it continues for a little over a month. Before it ends in April, the tulips will be joined by beautiful azaleas and dogwood blossoms, both of which are lovely reminders of the new beginnings taking place in Spring. The actual dates that the tulips bloom depends on the weather (it’s been a cold winter, after all!), but regardless, you will definitely see some beautiful flowers when you visit.

Lookout Point is only a few minutes away, so reserve your stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast online to see the Gardens in all their glory. You could plan to take advantage of our March special, too; when you stay 3 weeknights, you receive admission for two to the Gardens for free! Give us a call for more information at (501).525.6155.501.525.615

Lookout Point Cooking School: Eggstreme Eggs, March 29

February 23rd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Tiffany and I had so much fun leading the Chocolate Covered Cooking Class before Valentine’s Day that we have already scheduled the next class for Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Eggstreme Eggs. This time we’ll have recipes and tips on making delicious protein-packed egg recipes just in time to create new dishes for your Easter brunch. Guests rave about our breakfasts, so here’s your chance to learn how we make the magic!


The Cooking School includes hands-on learning techniques starting with the basics of poaching and boiling eggs; preparing the recipes together as a class; sharing cooking tips, the best kitchen tools to use and information about ingredients. We promise you’ll have fun and take home new skills.

The Eggstreme Egg class also features two of the Inn’s breakfast egg dishes, including an omelette roulade with hollandaise sauce and a frittata. We’ll also bake meringue cookies with the egg whites left from hollandaise sauce. Yum!

The cost for the class is $50 person, or $40 if you stay for the weekend at the Inn. In addition to the class, you’ll be treated to the lunch that prepare, samples to take with you and a gift bag with Lookout Point goodies.

We’d love to have you come for the Cooking School and extend your stay through the weekend. After class, there will be plenty to keep you entertained in Hot Springs with the Oaklawn races and spring flowers, including the Tulip Extravaganza blooming at Garvan Gardens.

Call us at (501) 525.6155 to reserve your spot in the Eggstreme Eggs Cooking School and/or to stay with us for the weekend. We’ll be happy to help you plan your Hot Springs Getaway weekend.

Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Honors Month of Love

February 2nd, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

This February, celebrate all the love in your life with a getaway at Lookout Point. You can enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton from your room, eat a scrumptious breakfast in the dining room, sit by the fire in the sitting room, and drink a glass of wine or tea while exploring the library.

champagne toast in Lookout Point gardenAnd to honor the month of love, the Inn is offering a special discount on the decadent Great Romance Package. The romance begins as soon as you enter your room—with champagne, a cheese and cracker basket, and a dozen roses awaiting you. Later, you can enjoy the spa basket of goodies in your whirlpool tub. After eating a gourmet breakfast the next morning, you can explore Hot Springs, like the Mountain Tower Overlook, or relax with a couple’s massage.

The next two days of your trip will be filled with a peaceful atmosphere; you can walk through the gorgeous Garvan Woodland Gardens, eat at a local restaurant with your dining certificate, or shop for antiques and unique finds in the shops in Spa City. To remember your stay, you will take souvenir champagne flutes home, as well as some tranquil memories.

If you would like to rejoice with the loved ones in your life, reserve your stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast online or by calling 501.525.6155501.525.6155. We would love to help you create the perfect relaxing getaway!

Oaklawn Is Off to the Races, Starting Jan. 10

January 6th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

Oaklawn Racing Hot Springs ARThe exciting annual Thoroughbred Racing Season begins at Oaklawn Racing Track this week. Starting Jan. 10 at 1pm, there will be races every weekend until April 12. Races meet from Thurs.-Sun., but there will also be races on Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.

Oaklawn is famous for the Arkansas Derby and the Racing Festival of the South. Fans come from around the world to see horses as they get ready for the Triple Crown races, and to have an enjoyable time in one of the nation’s oldest racing tracks. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and spend a day amongst a crowd of energized people.

For those that find the betting as exciting as the races, Oaklawn is one of the most competitive and rewarding tracks in the U.S. There are promotions for fans (including a new app Oaklawn is launching for this season), as well as millions available for purses.

If you are planning to come in for the races this year, consider staying at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. When you stay two nights in January, you can receive complimentary admission to the Oaklawn Jockey Club (dress code enforced), as well as a gourmet breakfast in the morning, relaxing views of Lake Hamilton, and a chance to brag about the day’s race events to staff and other guests.

You can reserve your stay at Lookout Point online or call us at (501) 525.6155. For a list of the stakes for each race, be sure to check out Oaklawn’s calendar.

Five Advantages of Small Weddings

December 31st, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

Here are the top five reasons to have a small wedding:

deluxe-dream5. Freedom to customize: With a small guest list, you are free to customize every aspect of your wedding to reflect the two of you! Plus, if you are into DIY (and Pinterest, like we are), a small wedding is the perfect place to unleash your creative juices with crafty projects.

4. More “wow” for less money: One of the top reasons that couples often have small weddings is to save money; but for those that would like to have all the bells and whistles, a smaller guest list means that your money stretches farther. At our Hot Springs bed and breakfast, that includes the added benefit of an experienced wedding coordinator, who makes sure that your day is beautiful, personal, and stress-free.

3. Creative venue options: With less guests, you can take advantage of picturesque spots that accommodate smaller numbers—from outside weddings with exotic destinations and gorgeous scenery, to restaurants, museums, and bed and breakfasts, and everything in between. To see some beautiful photos of weddings performed lakeside, look at our gallery.

2. Intimate atmosphere: A smaller wedding means you get to spend more time with your guests, welcoming them into the bigger picture of your marriage.

1. Focus on marriage: The best part of a small wedding is that the focal point is on the connection that will make your marriage the center of your life. Small weddings celebrate that inner circle of friends and family that keep you, as a couple, united.

If you would like to learn more about intimate weddings and elopements at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast, call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Bring New Traditions to the New Year

December 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

happy new year 2014Lookout Point is gearing up to start the New Year off right. Whether you are looking for luck, prosperity, adventure, or peace, we have some ideas from around the world of how to bring new traditions to your New Year.

For peace in the upcoming year, many traditions start with dispensing with the bad spirits from the year before. In Ireland, they hit the walls and doors of the house with the Christmas bread at midnight; the bread symbolizes abundance taking the place of the bad spirits being scared away by all the noise. Some people write down bad things from the year prior on a piece of paper and burn it, to symbolize a new start.

Of course, you can always follow the Austrian tradition of waltzing as the New Year clock strikes. There is sure to be peace, joy, and music all throughout your year if you begin it that way! Or, you can carry around an empty suitcase in the hopes of attracting adventure like they do in Columbia.

For a little bit of luck, you can leap off a chair at midnight. In Denmark, they do this to literally represent “jumping” into the New Year. In Mexico and Bolivia, people wear yellow underwear when the clock strikes twelve, in the name of luck.

For some prosperity or fortune in the upcoming year, try wearing polka dots and eating round foods. In the Philippines, the round represents prosperity; they even go so far as to follow their ancestors’ footsteps and eat 12 grapes (to represent the 12 months of the year) right before the clock strikes.

first footing traditionThe Scottish do a little bit of everything! They begin the year by singing “Auld Lang Syne” in caroling groups. The first caroler to come to your door is invited inside, and their hair color determines how your next year will go. You’re hoping that a tall, dark-haired person will show up with coal (so the house will always be warm), bread (so the house will never go hungry), salt (so the house will always have flavor), and whisky (for good luck). The tradition is called first-footing, and it certainly starts the year off on the right foot!

You can always participate in the Southern tradition of eating a spoonful of black eyed peas for luck, some greens for prosperity, and some bread to represent an abundance of food. My family also bangs pans together to ring in the New Year, scaring away the bad spirits from the year before.

Whether you are celebrating your own New Year’s Eve traditions or looking forward to starting some new ones, consider ringing in the New Year with a peaceful getaway at Lookout Point. We would love to welcome you, and January, with hope and cheer. You can reserve your room online or call us at 501.525.6155501.525.6155 for more information. Happy Holidays!

Great Gift Giving Idea for Your Holiday Shopping

December 14th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

With a shorter holiday shopping season this year, the time for holiday gift buying is now. If you’re like me, I have waited too long to come up with very many creative gift ideas. So, if you are searching for a great and memorable gift with no hassle, I suggest a gift certificate for a stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast. You may select a gift certificate in any amount from $50 on up, or let us customize a special gift certificate package for you.

Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas

 

In fact, you can plan an entire Hot Springs getaway weekend for a loved one by including a gift certificate from the Inn, one for your favorite restaurant in town and one for Hot Springs entertainment – the Oaklawn Races begin Jan. 10 this year!

A perfectly planned Hot Springs retreat after the holidays would be a fabulous holiday gift for anyone on your Christmas gift list. You might check out our Winter Splendor Package at the Inn online for a wonderful winter retreat package. We can help you plan the entire event. Call us at 501.525.6155 for assistance or order your certificate online. It will only take about 10 minutes to have your gift giving complete without a trip to the mall.

While you’re at it, add a reservation for yourself to make sure you get the gift you want for Christmas. January is a great month for bald eagle watching all around the Hot Springs area.

 

           

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