November 6th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
I believe one of the best bird watching places on the globe is right here in Hot Springs. One of the most effective ways to still your thoughts and slow down is to sit for a while and simply enjoy watching birds. Observing these fascinating creatures, especially in fall and winter, and paying attention to their life patterns recharges our battery, clears our mind and rekindles our soul.
With the holidays fast approaching what a wonderful way to calm our fast pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery by watching our fine feathered friends. At Lookout Point Inn we are seeing extraordinary birds on our feeders including finches, cardinals, tufted titmice, blue jays, woodpeckers and chickadees – to name a few.
We’d love to have you visit the inn and spend some time with our lovely array of Arkansas birds. Call for reservations @ 501.525.6155.
November 1st, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
One of the most dazzling exhibitions in Hot Springs each year is “Lights on the Landscape” at Garvan Woodland Gardens. From Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m. the Gardens twinkle with more than 1.8 million brilliant bulbs. This display of lights is one of the most anticipated events in Arkansas and is filled with expectation and excitement for the holiday season. As an added treat, the Gardens also allow dogs to come along for the outing.
If you’ve never visited the Gardens, this would be the perfect opportunity to plan a trip to the holiday display and to stay with us at the inn. Or, if you return year after year to enjoy the sights, please consider making us your holiday headquarters during your trip.
As an added bonus, Lookout Point is offering very special low rates ($99/night) in our Queen Standard rooms for the first 3 weeks of December, on weeknights Sunday-Thursday. Just give us a call to make your reservation at 501.525.6155.
Thanks to some great guest photos, enjoy these photos from last year’s Lights on the Landscape.
October 28th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
October 17th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
Our Thanksgiving feast alone is worth the drive to Hot Springs! Add a few nights stay at the inn, and you’ve created a fabulous and relaxing holiday for giving thanks. Chef Eve (our personal chef for private dinners) creates a magical meal, including:
- Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Croutons and Shredded Parmesan
- Harvest Salad with Corn, Cukes, & Almonds with Poppyseed Dressing
- Pear Nectar Glazed Roast Turkey on Scallion Redskin Mashed Potatoes
- Apple Orange Cranberry Relish
- Savory Blue Cheese Bread Pudding with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Apple Dumplings with Spiced Cream and Pumpkin Petit Fours
- Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle, (or bring your own bottle)
My mouth is watering as I type the menu!!! Our Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at 5:00pm, and until November 15, reservations are available only for our lodging guests. After November 15, if any spaces remain available we will accept reservations from non-lodging guests.
Of course, we’ve designed a Thanksgiving Package around the feast. In addition to the dinner, the package includes: 3 nights at the inn, gourmet breakfast each morning, admission for two to Garvan Garden’s Lights on the Landscape, a bottle of French sparkling wine in your room, and 1/2 dozen chocolate covered strawberries.
Give us a call to reserve your place for Thanksgiving, 501.525.6155. We hope to see you soon!
October 6th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
Leaf peeping in Arkansas is a lovely experience.
View fall foliage from your deck!
We’ve just started to see a few leaves turning, and usually peak season is the end of October or early November. Lookout Point has been privileged to receive great publicity lately, in USA Today and The Huffington Post.
In USA Today, “This 12-room lodging in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking Lake Hamilton offers leaf-peeping from private decks. Peak foliage may not be happening till late October or in November.
Lookout Point was named one of the top ten B&B’s (by The Huffington Post) for enjoying fall foliage from the comfort of your own porch at the inn. The blog from The Post states: “Indulge in deep relaxation at the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn which is surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and overlooks placid Lake Hamilton. Enjoy your morning coffee and the foliage view from your private deck before taking a walk along the labyrinth waterfront trail.”
We are honored to be included in these prestigious publications! If possible, come to the inn and enjoy some beautiful fall foliage in Arkansas!
October 4th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
One of the delights of living in or visiting Hot Springs in October is the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
Hot Springs Film Festival 2012
This year the Festival had some challenges from a spring storm that damaged the historic Malco Theatre, where the festival takes place. But the Festival lives on and will be a fun and exciting part of fall in Hot Springs October 12-21.
We are proud to be a sponsor of the festival and would love to have you stay at Lookout Point for the multicultural and intergenerational festival. If you’ve had the privilege of attending the Festival in the past or you’ve never attended, this would be a wonderful year to plan a fall excursion to Hot Springs.
The list of films and the full Festival schedule will be posted soon.
September 23rd, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
Each year, Lookout Point gladly donates free nights to Veterans for the “B&B for Vets” Campaign,
Thank you, Veterans and Active Military!
through the Better Way to Stay program. Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will open their doors to active military and vets (plus one guest) on Sunday, November 11, 2012. It’s one way to say thank you for your service by offering a free room to those who’ve served, or are serving currently, in our military.
Lookout Point is donating four room nights on November 11 this year to veterans. Last year, more than 900 B&B/Inns in North America donated rooms to veterans, and over the four year history of the B&B For Vets program, more than 50,000 room nights have been donated!
Not only will you receive a beautiful room with an awesome view, but we will also serve you a delicious breakfast in the morning. It’s time for you, our veterans, to be pampered!
Call us at 501.525.6155 to make your reservation. And watch the Better Way to Stay website for more B&B/Inns in Arkansas offering their rooms to donate. (Some are just now starting to add their free nights).
We humbly thank you, dear veterans!
September 18th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
When Lookout Point was just a speck in our eyes, Ray & I discovered the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) and quickly became members. We were delighted to discover a comprehensive industry surrounding innkeeping, and the amazing on-going learning opportunities through PAII. More than 10 years ago, we attended our first Innkeeping Conference in Chicago–learning great stuff to make us better, and more professional, innkeepers.
Since that time, we continue to grow and learn through the many offerings of PAII. Not only do we learn from PAII and the wonderful network of Innkeeper colleagues, but we began volunteering.
CEO Jay Karen, and Board Chair Kristie Rosset
Over the years, Ray & I have led workshops & webinars, introduced speakers, and served on planning committees. It’s a joy to give back to the association that continues to teach us so much! Ray & I agree that volunteering brings an additional layer of joy to our lives! Yes, volunteering takes up precious time, commitment, and money–but the investment is worth it.
A few years ago, I was elected to the Board of Directors. Then in January, 2012 I was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of PAII. We recently moved PAII’s headquarters from New Jersey to Charleston, South Carolina. Last week featured a series of leadership meetings, and it was my pleasure to visit for the first time our new headquarters.
If you have ever dreamed of becoming an innkeeper, I urge you to check out PAII to learn everything possible before making the jump. And come stay with us at Lookout Point– we’ll gladly share information with you.
We urge you to volunteer in whatever arena brings you joy and fuels your passion for life.
September 6th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
One of my favorite times of year is quickly approaching. Cooler days and the beauty of the fall season bring such a refreshing change of pace. The break from the heat itself increases my energy level and makes me want to be outside enjoying the splendor that autumn brings.
Autumn in Hot Springs
To honor the season we’ve prepared a “Leaves, Lakes and Waterfalls Package”, to encourage you to take a break and come spend a few days with at Lookout Point. Enjoy the colorful foliage in the Ouachita Mountains and the serenity on Lake Hamilton. The ducks, geese and birds are plentiful during the season and fascinating to watch in the early morning or late afternoon as they prepare for their migration.
With the cooler breezes and the gorgeous leaves comes a sense of relaxation and slowing of pace to let your spirits soar and your mind slow down. The great hiking trails leading to some awe-inspiring waterfalls are picturesque during this time of year.
Our “Leaves, Lakes and Waterfalls” package includes (avail Oct 1-Nov 30):
- 3 nights at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, recently named one of the top 10 B&B/Inns in the U.S. by Trip Advisor for 2012
- Spectacular lake view from every room
- Map to the best hikes, with waterfalls as the destination
- Souvenir Picnic Backpack loaded with hearty lunch, wine, plates, and more
- Admission for 2, Garvan Woodland Gardens
- 90-minute boat tour of Lake Hamilton with Lookout Point’s “Capt. Ray” (thru Nov 2)
- Admission for 2, 21-story Mountain Tower
- Private couples’ thermal mineral bath at the Quapaw Bathouse & Spa
Because this is such a popular time at the inn, make your reservations early @ 501.525.6155 and spend time looking forward to your fabulous fall escape.
August 19th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset
If you’ve got people in your life full of hot air – the Legends Balloon Rally
Legends Balloon Rally
might be just the event to enjoy together, September 21-22, 2012. The Rally is a great place to work off some of that energy, to share a few laughs and to experience the beauty and splendor of the balloons. Hot Air Balloons always elicit a feeling of exhilaration and pure delight. In all sincerity, the rally is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.
The Legends Balloon Rally has been a part of the end of summer/beginning of fall happenings in Hot Springs since 2008. Every year the event brings visitors from outside the area and folks from Hot Springs. The Rally includes hot air balloon competitions, a car show, a free concert and plenty of time to gaze into the sky and enjoy the balloons with the array of bright colors.
One of my favorite parts of the Rally is the Balloon Glow Friday and Saturday night around dusk. At that time of evening the colorful and majestic balloons are tethered to the ground for the unforgettable balloon glow display. The evening light elicits a beautiful addition to the luminosity of 25 or more balloons. It truly is a sight to behold – the result is astonishing!
After spending the night at the inn and enjoying a gourmet breakfast and a cup of our special blend coffee, you’ll be ready for the Rally, which is held at Hot Springs Memorial Airport. For more information, contact or call our office at 501.525.6155 or visit the Legends Balloon Rally.