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Discarde D’Arte Recycled Sculpture Show in Hot Springs

April 24th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Lookout Point advidly recycles and seeks ways of minimizing waste.  So we’re excited to attend the 6th Discarde D’Arte Recycled Sculpture Contest at Hollywood Park, May 8, 10am-5pm.  Hollywood Park just happens to be Nikki’s (our yellow lab mix) favorite.

The Recycled Sculpture Contest showcases the artistic talent and creativity of area individuals, civic, school and other groups using recycled, and/or reused items as the media for art. Prizes are awarded to winners by popular vote.  Enjoy a great walk while admiring creativity.

Muses Creativity Week Enjoys Tea at Lookout Point

April 3rd, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Lookout Point Lakeside In hosted the participants of the Muses Creativity Week for high tea and a labyrinth walk last Sunday.  While sipping on tea and savoring scones, the group delighted to the amazing music of Shana Norton, harpist from Austin, Texas.  This was a first for the inn–the soothing harp melodies wafting throughout.  Shana treated us to one of her own compositions, entitled “Spa Day” written after a day of relaxation at a Hot Springs bath house.   What a blissful moment!

The Muses, under the direction of talented Deleen Davidson, is a creative artistry project, blending fine art, classical music, and creative education.  The Spring Creativity Week embraced art, music, poetry, and dance.   How appropriate to end a dynamic and creative week with a walk on the labyrinth, offering a time of centering and peace.  Thank you, Muses!

Kristie

The Muses

Sure Sign of Spring’s Arrival at Lookout Point Inn

March 27th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

For five years Ricky and Lucy have arrived by mid-March.  Last week we wondered, where are they?   These lovely mallards returned to their summer “home” in time to delight guests at the Innkeeper’s Reception on Friday.

Each year, these two become a bit more brave, although as you can tell from the photo Lucy still does not like to have photos taken.   This morning, they dined below the bird feed while guests enjoyed their breakfast.  Then off to the waterfalls & our pond for a swim and nap.

Ricky & Lucy aren’t talking about their trip, nor why they arrived more than a week late.  We’re left guessing.  And grateful for their appearance and the wonderful rhythm of life.

Kristie

7th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 5th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

A sense of humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves.  Enjoying sheer silliness.  Truly that’s the nature of the people of Hot Springs.  The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is testimony to this fun-loving town.

The parade lasts a total of 99 ft–the entire length of Bridge Street.   For a High School band, that means only 99 feet of the band can play at one time!

The gold at the end of the rainbow may be found in Hot Springs, Arkansas, along with celebrity Grand Marshal Bo Derek, green fireworks, Irish belly dancers, floats, Irish Order of Elvi (a group of Elvis look-alikes), marchers, Irish Wolfhounds, and the Pub-Crawl.

  Previous grand marshals include Mike Rowe (of TV’s Dirtiest Jobs), Mario Lopez, and Norm from “Cheers”.   Come enjoy a good laugh, green fireworks, and perhaps a pint of green beer.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Gallery Walk, March 5, Hot Springs

February 28th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Gallery Walk, held the first Friday of every month, welcomes visitors and local folks to the amazing art galleries in downtown Hot Springs.  This Friday, March 5, from 5-9pm, the art galleries will be open.  Stroll the downtown, sip a glass of wine, nibble on refreshments provided by the galleries, and visit with the artists.

One of our favorite local artists is Richard Stephens, a nationally recognized and award-winning watercolorist.  He recently visited Lookout Point gardens, and captured the peaceful feel of our gardens and Lake Hamilton.  When you stay at Lookout Point, you’ll see several pieces of his original art.   Some of our favorite galleries include Blue Moon, Alison Parsons, Justus Fine Art, Gallery Central, and the Fine Arts Center.

Hot Springs, Arkansas was named the 4th best arts community in the United States (right behind Santa Fe).   Who knew?  Come on to Hot Springs for a lovely, almost springtime evening at Gallery Walk.

Daffodils Days at Garvan Woodland Gardens

February 4th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Nothing heralds the beginning of springtime like the first blooms of spring!  Last week on a walk in the park, Ray & I saw a proud, yellow jonquil and I immediately felt more hopeful.

Hundreds of thousands of daffodils stand in full glory at the Garvan Gardens Daffodil Days.  From February 15 through March 7th, bask in the glorious display of color as more than 175,000 daffodils are showcased. Take a walk to the Three Sisters of Amity Daffodil Hill and see Mother Nature at her best with this magnificent showcase of yellow and white daffodils!

Of course, the Lookout Point gardens will be soon bursting forth with color also. We look forward to seeing you in the spring.

Kristie

And They’re Off! Live Thoroughbred Racing at Oaklawn Jockey Club

January 10th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Live Racing Begins Jan 15, 2010

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas launches the 2010 race season with four days of live racing, beginning Friday, January 10.   The annual back-in-time Saturday features bargain 50 cent corned beef sandwiches (Oaklawn has GREAT corned beef) and 10 cent soft drinks.  Such a deal, if you don’t mind waiting in line!

Oaklawn has the highest attendance of any live race meet in the U.S., with enthusiastic fans, trainers, and owners coming from all over the country.   Since I know nothing about racing, I enjoy watching the horses, jockeys, and people studying the racing forms.   While we serve breakfast at the inn, guests pore over the morning’s guides, circling in on their favs.

Come visit Lookout Point and Hot Springs during the race meet!  We’ll be happy to make reservations for you at Oaklawn Park.

Southern Living Magazine "Best of the South": Hot Springs and Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

December 20th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

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On Thursday we received a call from a guest, congratulating Lookout Point for selection in Southern Living Magazine’s “Best of the South”.  What a delightful phone call to receive!

The January, 2010 edition of Southern Living includes articles featuring the “Best of” from many states.  Southern Living named the Best Attraction in Arkansas–Hot Springs National Park.  And the place to stay:  Lookout Point!  Also included is McClard’s Bar-B-Q for lunch (yummy) and relaxing at the Quapaw Baths & Spas, with dinner at Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurant.

We’re truly honored and humbled to be recognized by such a great magazine.  Check it out–get a copy of the new Southern Living.

High Teas Celebrate Christmas in Hot Springs

December 18th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

English Guests (plus Adam) at TeaButter brickle scones, warm, with Devonshire cream.  Petite fours, Christmas style.  Curried chicken sandwiches.  Cucumber sandwiches.  Fine Portsmouth teas in 3 delightful varieties:  Earl Grey La Creme, Love Me Tender, and African Rooibus.  Friends at tea

High Teas at Lookout Point begin with selecting your teapot from our vast selection, and conclude with a tour of the inn and gardens.  Lots of laughter, conversation, and joy ring through the inn.

Hot Springs, Arkansas Named Top U.S. Travel Destination!

December 10th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs, Arkansas Bath House RowOur delightful and beloved town, Hot Springs, Arkansas was named one of the TOP FIVE travel destinations in the United States in 2010 by Trip Advisor!  According to Trip Advisor, the top consumer generated travel review site in the world, Hot Springs ranked #3 in their top travel destination for 2010, just behind Seward, Alaska and Hyannis, Massachusetts.   Completing the list of the Top Five travel destinations are Chinle, Arizona and Waimea, Hawaii.

Although we’re obviously partial, we think Hot Springs is one of the most beautiful and friendly places on the earth.  At the inn, waking up to the calming lake views and the low lying Ouachitas Mountains, hearing the birds sing, and smelling the freshly ground coffee brewing starts the day perfectly.  Yes, we’re partial. And we are so grateful to live in this fantastic town!  It’s a pleasure to see Trip Advisor recognize this jewel of a city.

Kristie & Ray Rosset

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