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Five myths about bed and breakfasts

December 29th, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Everett Potter, Special for USA TODAY4:02 a.m. CST December 29, 2015 ( Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) In a world where Airbnb and VRBO have become go-to choices for accommodations, the cozy bed and breakfast seems to have been all but forgotten. Yet many of these small, welcoming family-run places have changed with the times. You might […]

Decadent New Year’s Eve Soup

December 24th, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Our New Year’s Eve party planning is in full swing!  Want a sneak peek?  Here is the recipe for our decadent New Year’s Eve soup:       Leek and Brie Cream Soup 2 cups chopped leeks (white and tender green portions) 3/4 cups chopped celery 1 tablespoon chopped shallots 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1 […]

New Year’s Eve in Little Rock

December 22nd, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

New Year’s Eve in Little Rock means our “Downton Abbey” Wine Dinner Dance hosted by Sharon Welch-Blair and Bob Blair. Book your reservations now for this annual New Year’s Eve  “Victorian Affair”.  Known asone of the top New Years Eve events in Central Arkansas area, The Empress of Little Rock will host an evening of food, wine, dancing, […]

Ride the Streetcar

December 8th, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

  Ever see those big yellow trolleys cruising the downtown area and wonder, “What are those?”  Three replica vintage streetcars operate on the 3.4-mile route linking some of the most vibrant destinations in the River Cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. The streetcars operate on an overhead power supply and travel across the […]

Holiday Tea…Bring on the Brie!

December 4th, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Our Holiday Tea is almost upon us!!! Join The Empress of Little Rock on Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 p.m for the first annual Holiday Christmas Grand High Tea and Tour of the Hornibrook Mansion. Start  your holiday season in the elegant “Quapaw Quarter” with a tour of the beautiful and elegant “Hornibrook Mansion” now known as The Empress of […]

The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care

December 3rd, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there!  They are hung, they are hung, the stockings are hung.  The Empress is getting dressed in her Christmas best and we are so excited to see the tinsel, the garlands, the trees, the presents, and yes…the stockings! […]

Arkansas Civil Rights History

November 30th, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Did you know that Arkansas is known nationwide for it’s importance in the history of civil rights?  You can now visit Little Rock and enjoy an Arkansas Civil Rights History Tour DOWNLOAD THE FREE MOBILE APP HERE Central High School Desegregation Crisis 1957 Mosaic Templars of America – International Fraternal Organization Vibrant Historic African American Business, Entertainment […]

The Little Mermaid at The Rep

November 25th, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Not far from the Empress of Little Rock in downtown Little Rock is the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.  This world class theater features top-notch performances of some of the world’s greatest plays.  This month welcomes another amazing production of a family favorite. From the creators of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Little Shop of Horrors, […]

Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade

November 23rd, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

          Break out your festive attire, get out your calendars and get into the holiday spirit; the 27th-Annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (LRCVB), will march through Little Rock on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Serving as this year’s Grand Marshal is former […]

8th Annual Celebration of Lights

November 18th, 2015 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Start (or finish) your holiday shopping at The Promenade’s 8th Annual Celebration of Lights.  Bask in the merry music and bright lights during the Promenade’s Celebration of Lights Saturday, Nov. 28 while enjoying FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, musical entertainment and a special tree lighting ceremony.  Take pictures with princess and elf cutouts, […]