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Is Grand High Tea An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

May 13th, 2018 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Is Grand High Tea an idea whose time has come?  “Maybe so”, say’s Sharon Welch-Blair of The Empress of Little Rock, known as the “Downtown Abbey” in Little Rock, Arkansas, for it’s keeping of elegant traditions of more than 100 years ago.  “We started serving “Grand High” Tea as a way to fill an otherwise […]

Best Small Wedding Value

February 5th, 2018 by Sharon Welch-Blair

When your wedding budget begins exploding it becomes obvious that getting the best small wedding value becomes a challenge.  Doing things yourself feels like the right choice, but sacrificing your ability to enjoy this special time by stressing yourself out may not be the best option.  Finding a boutique property that offers not only consulting […]

Episode 5-The Empress Series-Christmas Magic!!-a guide thru vintage Victorian Christmas Decorations

December 22nd, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Episode 5-The Empress Series-Christmas Magic!! Welcome to Episode 5 – the Empress Series-Christmas Magic at the Empress.  Join me at as we do a walk thru of the gorgeous decorations put up by the elves at the Empress. As we pass thru the Victorian gates at the Empress, Rudolph and Mrs. Rudolph grace the fountain.  The […]

Empress Series-Episode 3-Petit Jean Room

November 28th, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

The Empress Series-Episode 3-The Petit Jean room, brings our series of videos to four.  This room at The Empress of Little Rock is named after the legend of Petit Jean from the 1700’s, the French girl who couldn’t bear to see her love sail away to the new world. The Petit Jean Room is filled […]

Empress Series – Episode 4 – The Washburn-Welch Room

October 3rd, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

EPISODE 4 – THE WASHBURN-WELCH ROOM The Washburn-Welch Room at The Empress of Little Rock is named for two Presbyterian Ministers who came to Central Arkansas in the early 1800’s at the request of the Cherokee Indians and ultimately founded the First Presbyterian Church in 1828.  It is the oldest continuous congregation West of the […]

Empress Series – Episode 2 -John Edward Murray Suite

September 19th, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

At The Empress of Little Rock, The John Edward Murray Mini-Suite is one of our most unique and romantic rooms because it resides in the 3 1/2 story Gothic Queen Anne tower overlooking the front fountain and feels like two separate rooms.  Originally Mr. Hornibrook’s Morning Parlor, it is named for Pine Bluff native and […]

The Empress Series- Episode 1-Hornibrook Suite

September 7th, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Amazing guest experiences start with guest service and luxury guestrooms. Welcome to The Empress Series: Stories From an 1888 Gothic Queen Anne Mansion with amazing guest rooms!!

Katy Perry Comes To Little Rock

May 27th, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Kathy Perry Concert comes to Little Rock in January. The Empress is the place to stay.

New York Times: Tired of Mother’s Day Brunch? Try Tea!

April 29th, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

New York Times is offering a better alternative to Mother’s Day Brunch, a unique experience with Mom with a British bent, Victorian Grand High Tea. An opportunity to connect with our vintage past and our family ties!

Best Travel Deals? The Truth About Booking Engines

March 28th, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

    Are you getting the best travel deals by booking thru online booking  engines (OTA’s)? Or are you losing options because the travel industry is being gobbled up by key players like Expedia, Sabre (the booking engine for American Airlines) and other large players, not unlike the Walmart experience in the 1980’s and 90’s? […]