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Speaking Out Against Bigotry

August 3rd, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

Recently, a lone innkeeper in New Jersey has received lots of attention from social and traditional media for her vile comments against persons based upon their sexual orientation. It pains me to read some folks posting that they choose to NOT stay at a B&B/Inn out of fear that there will be some freaky crazy innkeeper!  At Lookout Point, we join the thousands of other innkeepers across North America in the practice of genuinely welcoming all persons to the inn. We promise to provide exquisite hospitality, great rooms, and be professional!

Innkeeper, Kristie Rosset

It is my privilege to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors of our industry association, The Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII). Yesterday PAII issued a press release condemning the actions of bigotry.  Here’s the press release in it’s entirety (sorry, it’s long but just in case you are interested in reading…)

Innkeeping Association Condemns Innkeeper’s Facebook Rant

 In response to the recent episode in Edgewater, New Jersey, in which the innkeeper at the Whitebriar Bed and Breakfast posted hateful remarks on their Facebook timeline about LGBT people, the board of directors of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) made the following statement:

B&Bs and inns all across the world have been well-known to welcome all persons, including lesbian, bi-sexual, gay and transgender travelers. Many LGBT travelers have sought out the unique, warm hospitality offered by innkeepers as their preferred means of lodging.

While we believe in the First Amendment right to freedom of speech in the United States, we take issue with the extreme hatred displayed by the innkeeper at the Whitebriar Bed and Breakfast in Edgewater, New Jersey. The attack is not becoming of a professional innkeeper, and it is an embarrassment to our industry.

The board of directors condemns the action of this individual innkeeper, and encourages all innkeepers to maintain proper decorum when communicating with the traveling public. In addition, we urge all innkeepers, as proprietors of businesses open to the public, to create and support warm, hospitable experiences for all travelers, regardless of their sexual orientation.

“On social media web sites, we expect to see some form of bigotry almost daily,” said Jay Karen, President & CEO of PAII. “But I was honestly shocked to see such hatred from an innkeeper. My experience with the thousands of innkeepers I’ve met over the years has been quite contrary to the behavior we saw this week. I stand with our board in condemning the language expressed by this innkeeper.”

Kristie Rosset, chair of the PAII board and owner and innkeeper of the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, Hot Springs, AR, concurred, “As professional innkeepers, our industry strives to provide all guests with an oasis from life’s demands and stresses. I am deeply saddened by this lone innkeeper’s actions. In an industry of over 20,000 properties in the U.S. and Canada alone, I hope travelers will give B&Bs and inns a try, and experience what many travelers already know – B&B’s offer the best experience of lodging and hospitality.”

About PAII:The Professional Association of Innkeepers International, founded in 1988, and headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, is the innkeeping industry’s largest trade association. PAII provides education, communications, public relations, advocacy, networking, and research services to its membership and the greater industry. In addition, PAII has created and is spearheading the “Better Way To Stay”, an industry-wide campaign to help travelers discover today’s inns and B&B experience. For more information, visit www.innkeeping.org.

 

Hot Springs Spreads Holiday Cheer

December 1st, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

Get in the spirit of the season starting Friday at 4:30 with the  Gingerbread House celebration in the historic downtown – a free event featuring caroling, tree lighting and refreshments.  Later Friday evening, stroll through the famous art galleries during the monthly Gallery Walk with the vibrant downtown Christmas display lighting your way.  Chances are you’ll find the perfect gift for the everyone on your list!

The fun continues Saturday afternoon at 2:00 when the Santa Train arrives in Hot Springs bearing gifts for all the children.  Other holiday events this weekend include the Pocket Theatre’s musical production OLIVER! and Garvan Gardens‘ Lights on the Landscape.  Come home to a luxury room at our Hot Springs B & B each night, and relax in the spirit of this most joyful time of year!

Dallas Morning News Features Hot Springs & Lookout Point!

June 5th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

Today’s Dallas Morning News features “Rejuvenating Hot Springs“, focused on the new life in the historic Hot Springs bathhouses.

Lookout Point Inn featured in DMN

Dallas Morning News June 5, 2011

Special contributor Sophia Dembling describes the new life of 3 beautiful bathouses: one now the Muses Creative Artistic Project; one a beautiful spa; and one the gorgeous Museum of Contemporary Art.

Hot Springs is also the place to come for your personal rejevenation!

Thanks, Sophia, for including our Hot Springs bed and breakfast in your article.  We are honored!

Favorite Ice Cream scoops in Hot Springs, Arkansas

May 30th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

Ahh, sitting outside on a warm evening, enjoying a great scoop or two or three homemade ice cream.

Triple Ice Cream scoops

Here’s our favorite ice cream spots in Hot Springs:

1.  Nom Noms, Mexican Grill-N- Chill. Who would have thought a Mexican grill rates with fantastic homemade ice cream? In a non-descript former fast food building, this place rocks. I tried the strawberry sorbet with cake batter, and Ray had nutella heath icecream.  Smooth as silk.

2. Scoops Ice Cream. Scoops is probably the better known, and is a very popular ice cream spot.  Great flavors and friendly service.

When you stay at our Hot Springs bed & breakfast, we promise to send you to ALL of the best spots in the area.

Hot Springs & Lookout Point Lakeside Inn Featured

May 21st, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

Author C. J. Good recently published an online article featuring the area and our Hot Springs bed & breakfast inn. Thanks!

Relaxing at Lookout Point

Relaxing on Lake Hamilton

See “Marilyn Monroe” May 4-15 in Hot Springs!

April 26th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

The new Arkansas Theatre Works presents Marilyn–Forever Blonde, the Marilyn Monroe story told through her own words and songs.

Marilyn: Forever Blonde

Marilyn at the Arkansas Theatre Works

We’re excited about this new live theatre venue in Hot Springs.  The opening season features 5 great shows.

Marilyn–Forever Blonde captures rave revues, and features Sunny Thompson in the role of Marilyn.

Of course, you’re invited to stay at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, and enjoy the show.

“It is a haunting image that Sunny Thompson creates.  Every nuance, every eye blink, every gorgeous gown and her walk is Marilyn.  This is truly one of the greatest performances of the modern stage.”  San Francisco Online Daily News


Oaklawn Live Racing Season!

December 30th, 2010 by Kristie Rosset

The 107th Annual Live Racing Season opens this month at Oaklawn! The season starts January 14th with live races Wednesday though Sunday at 1:30 pm and on Saturdays at 1pm. Join with thousands of people from all over the world that travel here for the ultimate Spa City thrill, the horse races. Derby Day is April 16th!

 Come stay in Hot Springs at our bed & breakfast and we promise to get your race day off to a good start with a freshly prepared hearty breakfast!

~LeAnne

Hot Springs Art Show Features Lookout Point’s Gardener!

December 19th, 2010 by Kristie Rosset

You’ve seen the beautiful work in our gardens by Pat Daulong. He’s been called by many the Hardest Working Man Alive. In addition, Pat is a talented artist!

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn artist

Painting by Pat

Come to the Art Exhibit and Show, Hot Springs Airport, Saturday December 18, 1-3:00pm  of two fine artists.  Proceeds from the art sale benefit Our Promise, a non-profit group caring for persons with cancer.

Promise is an acryonym for Prescription Assistance, Resources, Outreach, Monetary Assistance, Involvement, Support Services, and Education–provide relief to persons suffering the hardships of cancer.  Pat’s painting featured here was accomplished while he was undergoing cancer treatments, so he has first hand knowledge of the issues faced.

Warm up with Lookout Point’s Winter Splendor Package!

December 10th, 2010 by Kristie Rosset

Snuggle up with your loved one and Lookout Point’s  Winter Splendor Package which includes a two night stay in a luxurious room of your choosing, a pair of Lookout Point pottery mugs (hot chocolate included!), a beautiful Christmas ornament to adorn your tree each holiday season and spectacular views of Hot Springs and Lake Hamilton. Admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens breathtaking “Lights on the Landscape” is also included until December 31st!

Lights on the Landscape!

Imagine this as your background for the seasonal family photo!

Absolutely Stunning!

Foggy Autumn Morning on Lake Hamilton

October 30th, 2010 by Kristie Rosset

Fog shrouded Lake Hamilton throughout breakfast, then cleared to a brilliant blue sky day.  Just in time for “Captain” Ray’s boat tour of the lake.

Hot Springs, Arkansas autumn on the lake

Morning at Lookout Point

It’s a gorgeous time of year to visit Hot Springs.

Have a Happy Halloween, friends!

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