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Lookout Point featured in New York Examiner

April 2nd, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Lookout Point garden stairs

The inn’s gardens are bursting forth with beauty, and the New York Examiner blog agrees.  Check it out at Garden Variety at a Bed & Breakfast.  We’re delighted to be included in the article.

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

NPCC Hospitality Class Tours Lookout Point

March 3rd, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Warm monster cookies, chock full of chocolate chips and M&M’s, and friendly smiles greeted the students.   The National Park Community College hospitality class, led by chef and instructor Karla Nardi, toured Lookout Point Lakeside Inn this week.  The viviacious class took notes and asked lots of questions, with an exam following later in the week.

From questions about marketing to design, breakfast menus to environmental issues, the students eagerly  soaked up the information.  One of the students, making a career change, actually worked on the construction of Lookout Point 8 years ago!  We love sharing our story of becoming innkeepers, and we heartily encourage the students to pursue their passion.

American Idol – Lookout Point Connection Tonight!

January 27th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Check out American Idol tonight to see Stephanie Daulong auditioning in Dallas.  How is Stephanie connected to Lookout Point, you ask?  She’s the daughter of the hardest working man in Hot Springs:  our gardener and friend, Pat Daulong.  Stephanie’s beautiful voice should take her a long way in the AI competition.

Although we’ve never heard Pat sing in public, he is an accomplished artist in his own right.  Besides his talent in the gardens, he’s also an impressionistic painter.

Best of luck, Stephanie!  We’ll cheer you on to Hollywood.

Book Signing at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

January 22nd, 2010 by Ray Rosset

becoming a Justice Seeking CongregationWhat an honor to host our friend, the Rev. Dr. Bill McElvaney for a book signing at Lookout Point on January 18!  His 8th book, Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation, is an invitation and challenge to wrestle with the Church’s God-given justice vocation.

Dr. McElvaney is a long time peace and justice advocate in both the local church and academy.  He served for years as a pastor of United Methodist congregations, president of St. Paul School of Theology, and professor of preaching and worship at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas.  In addition, he was one of my favorite professors when I was a ministry student years ago!

All proceeds from his book benefit two charities.  If you want to struggle to make the connection between faith and social reality, get a copy of his book at Barnes & Noble.com or Amazon. com.  What an amazing man.

–Kristie

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

December 20th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

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Photo selected for the Southern Living article

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.

Holiday Tip from Lookout Point

December 19th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

PoinsettiasHere’s an easy trick for keeping poinsettias looking fresh and beautiful for the entire month, and beyond.  Ice.  That’s it.  Simply place 1/2 cup of ice on each poinsettia in place of water.  Do not even think about watering these beautiful plants!

I learned this trick years ago when serving the church, and we had hundreds of poinsettias.  Most of the plants die, or begin looking wilted, from too much water.  They don’t like wet feet.  The ice slowly melts, providing a more constant source of nourishment.

Almost daily guests ask how we keep the poinsettias looking so lovely, and we’ve had the flowers for 3 weeks already.  Sometimes I think if I know something, then the entire world probably knows it.  Yet I’m learning this tip may not be so widely known.

I would love to hear your helpful hints for the holidays!  What makes your life a wee bit easier this month?

Kristie

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’ Famed Garvan Gardens Events in December

December 6th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Garvan Gardens Christmas lightsOne of the wonderful aspects of living in, or visiting, Hot Springs Arkansas is strolling through the Garvan Gardens in December.  This wonderland of lights never fails to inspire and strike awe for all ages of folks.

Our family enjoyed a long walk through the gardens, amazed by the variety of light displays.  On the chilly night, the complimentary cup of hot cocoa near the miniature railroad provided a warm treat.

In addition to the lights, Garvan Gardens hosts terrific concerts in the Anthony Chapel.  December 7: Holiday concert with the chorus of Ouachita Baptist University; December 8: Holiday concert featuring the Henderson University Chamber Chorale;  December 13:  Voices of Angels with the talented Deleen Davidson, 5:00pm; December 21:  Hot Springs Flute Ensemble; December 22:  Concert with vocalists Stephen and Denise Edds.

Red Hat Luncheon at Lookout Point

December 3rd, 2009 by Ray Rosset

The Babes of Wine and RosesWafting through the inn today were the peals of laughter, carols sung in three part harmony, and the delicious scent of maple praline bread pudding baking.

These wonderful women, The Babes of Wine & Roses, celebrated time together with a luncheon at Lookout Point.  The organizer, Kit, commented in an e-mail to Lookout Point: 

Dear Kristie & Ray, On behalf of The Babes of Wine and Roses, many thanks for a terrific luncheon today.  We all agreed that you have a charming Inn and it was so much fun to take your tour.  Our luncheon was a great success due to your gracious hospitality.  Thank you for making this one terrific Christmas party for our group. We will definitely be letting our neighbors know what a gem you have there and also other Red Hat groups in The Village.  Thanks again.
 
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