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Fall Leaf Peeping Time…

October 15th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

When is the best timfall leaves 2e to visit Arkansas? Some say that it is the summer, with our many lakes and rivers available for swimming and boating. Others say that spring is the best time to visit Arkansas, when the tulips and daffodils bloom in huge colorful fields In my opinion, autumn in Arkansas is one of the best times to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the Natural State. Arkansans and visitors both await the changing of leaves and the cooling temperatures for their fall leaf peeping journey. The Natural State is the perfect place to see Mother Nature’s canvas in all of its glory. Some say our colors rival the New England States.

So when is the best time to see the leaves change in Arkansas? Sadly, there is no way for us to know before the actual event begins, but we do have a fun cheat fall leaves 3for your vacation planning…weekly fall color reports from those who live in the area and watch the leaves change. The first report appeared on www.Arkansas.com on September 28. Each week new reports will be posted on Thursday afternoon after 4 p.m. and will be noted with a fall foliage icon. If you want to get out and see the beautiful routes where the reds, golds and oranges of autumn foliage line the roads, the web site will also have suggested scenic routes for viewing the foliage and attractions along the way.

What is the best way to enjoy the season in Little Rock?  By coming to The Empress and taking advantage of our Leaf Peeping Fall Foliage Package!

Better Way to Stay…Adult Way to Stay

October 11th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

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Better Way to Stay supports bed and breakfasts across the nation.

Last month we introduced you to the Better Way to Stay website and their “Hotel Package” video.  We enjoy the fun that it had showing the differences between hotels and bed and breakfasts and we hope you did too.  What other videos does the website have to offer?  How about an amusing take on why an “Adult” way to stay might be better.  Many bed and breakfasts are adult only (the Empress will allow children over 6, but very rarely have any children present) and this differs greatly from a hotel, where the crying infant next door might keep you up all night.

Why else is adult-only sometimes preferable?  How about a wine hour and champagne chilling in your room and a quiet soak in one of our jacuzzi tubs.  We at the Empress love our own children, but know that sometimes it is wonderful to just get away…and we hope to offer you the very best way to stay.

To book your next adult getaway at the Empress, call us at 501-374-7966 or visit our accommodations page.

 

 

“Tales of The Crypt” comes to Mount Holly Cemetery

October 8th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

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Tales of The Crypt in Mount Holly Cemetery

Held the second Tuesday of October, Tales of the Crypt is an annual Mount Holly Event during which drama students from Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School are each given a person buried in the cemetery to research. They then prepare short monologues or dialogues, complete with period costumes, to be performed in front of the researched person’s grave.  Award-winning local costumer Debi Manire will once again provide the wonderful historical characters’ costumes.  Audiences are led through the cemetery from grave to grave by guides with candles. Al

The 20th Annual “Tales of the Crypt” will be held  at Mount Holly Cemetery, 1200 South Broadway, Little Rock, Arkansas on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm.  Admission is free to the public, however donations to Mount Holly Cemetery are appreciated and aid in the maintenance of the cemetery.

Don’t forget to find the grave of James Hornibrook, the original owner of The Empress of Little Rock, and view his well-known death mask.  Then come stay at The Empress and view his portrait in our Hornibrook Room!

Better Way to Stay…The Hotel Package

September 16th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

hotelpackagesAs a continuation of last week’s “Free at a B&B” post, we thought you might like to see Better Way to Stay’s video “The Hotel Package”. What is Better Way to Stay?  I think their own words (from their website) say it best:

“The Better Way To Stay, is a grassroots campaign to help travelers discover today’s inns and B&B experience. Brought to you by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International and hundreds of B&B associations, directories, vendors and innkeepers, the Better Way To Stay campaign seeks to bust myths and build confidence in the B&B brand. While hotels and motels are one option, inns and B&Bs add amenities like complimentary breakfasts, free parking, afternoon or evening refreshments, free wi-fi adding up to $150 per two-night stay in extra value. Add a smile at check in and an innkeeper who remembers your name at the end of a long day, and the list of B&B bonuses becomes priceless.”

Pretty neat stuff, that aligns perfectly with the mission of The Empress and other bed and breakfasts.  So enjoy this fun and funny video and then book your room with The Empress to get the “bed and breakfast package” where it began!

 

 

Find it for Free at a B&B!

September 10th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

pumpkin puff pancakesLittle Rock is an amazing city with several amazing hotels…BUT, what those amazing hotels don’t offer is a wide range of amenities that come FREE with every stay at The Empress of Little Rock.  What?  You didn’t know that B&Bs offered special services that you don’t see in hotels?  What are these services?

How about a concierge?  Instead of relying on a guidebook, let our innkeeper give you the insider’s scoop on all of the best that the area has to offer. Maybe a gourmet breakfast appeals to you?  The Empress is known for her amazing 2 course candle-lit breakfasts in our grand dining room.  Afternoon or late night snacks while you are kicked back watching tv?  Don’t pay for chips in a vending machine, at The Empress we offer ice cold water and juice, biscotti, trail mix and crackers to all of our guests for FREE.  Tired of paying $6 per glass for wine at the hotel bar?  The Empress offers a wine hour every evening and will serve you a glass at no charge!

There are many other things that you can get for free at a bed and breakfast, such as parking, wi-fi and even new friends!  We invite you to get out of the hotel rut and try a bed and breakfast today…you won’t be sorry!  To book a room at The Empress, call us now at 501-374-7966…or check out all of our unique rooms here.hd-packages

40th Annual Little Rock Farmer’s Market

September 2nd, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

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Located in the River Market’s two outdoor, open-air pavilions, which overlook Riverfront Park and the Arkansas River, the Little Rock Farmer’s Market is celebrating its 40th year. Every Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, enjoy the market that is loved by both locals and tourists. Filled with farmers selling farm-fresh produce straight to consumers from the backs of their trucks, the Farmer’s Market has served as a seasonal institution and local destination favorite for four decades.
Find bargains on Arkansas crops and an array of handmade arts and crafts from April through October. Some of the produce you will find at the market includes: peaches, eggplant, strawberries, watermelon, beans, peas, corn, herbs, plants, greens, tomatoes, plums, berries, beets, cucumber, peppers, potatoes, squash, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, onions, spinach and radishes.

A weekend stay at The Empress of Little Rock is the perfect time to visit the Little Rock Farmer’s Market and find your favorite crafts, fruits and veggies to take home and enjoy during the week. Call to book your stay now, while the market is still in season…501-374-7966!

Abundant fresh produce at a farmers market

Great War Memorial Balloon Race

August 27th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

balloonThis year the Great War Memorial Balloon Race celebrates it’s 3rd anniversary. This three-day event takes place on August 29-31 and in addition to filling the sky with spectacular balloons for three days, there will be jazz music, food, vendors and more. There will also be children’s activities, such as a splash fountain, carnival games, inflatables, interactive projects and fun foods like ice cream, shaved ice, lemonade and corndogs.

Take a tethered balloon ride 50-100 ft. into the air or attend a church service with music. There is plenty to do for the whole family! Stay the whole weekend at The Empress to get all three days of fun and the third night is only $79! (call 501-374-7966 for details)balloon race

Autumn Wedding Season Approaches…

August 21st, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Autumn is my 246809_10150270717723475_1051523_nfavorite time of year for weddings at The Empress.  The flowers are blooming, the grass is green (and not dead from the heat of summer), the breezes are cool and the evenings still long.  Our Secret Garden is a beautiful, awe-inspiring spot for an outd302815_10152391079988475_1329546032_noor wedding.  A walled garden with a beautiful gazebo (with a gorgeous stained-glass window), a grotto with trickling water sounds, all white flowers and a green lawn.  Then enjoy your reception in our Victorian mansion or tented outdoors off of our conference center.  The choice is yours, but the hassle is ours.  An all-inclusive package lets you pass the work to us.  Bring your groom and your dress, and let the Empress do the rest!

Here are some wonderful pictures of weddings here at The Empress.  There are SO MANY MORE!  on our Facebook page that you can browse for inspiration.  We love all of the brides we have hosted here, and hope to meet many, many more!  Learn more about our wedding packages here!

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Chihuly Exhibit at Clinton Library

August 21st, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Looking for something unique to do while staying at The Empress?  Through January 5, 2015, the Clinton Library will be hosting the artwork of renowned American artist Dale Chihuly.  Born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1941, Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art.  He is renowned for his ambitious architecturaChihuly_Exhibit_Clinton_Library_Little_Rock_4095-001l installations around the world in historic cities, museums and gardens.

This exhibit is described as an immersive and astounding visual presentation of color, shape and form.  I would describe it as simply, amazingly, beautiful.  Glass is twisted into amazing gardens and beams of light and color.  The incredible variance of shades and colors is breathtaking.  This is a definite must see for all looking for beauty that is a bit outside of normal.Chihuly_Exhibit_Clinton_Library_Little_Rock_4080-001

Quapaw Quarter:Where Little Rock’s History Lives

August 14th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

curan hallThe Hornibrook Mansion is a spectacular building sitting in a neighborhood of spectacular buildings. The beauty of this beloved historic district will be highlighted during an exhibit at Butler Center Galleries. The exhibit, titled Quapaw Quarter:Where Little Rock’s History Lives, will be displayed through November 1st.

The Quapaw Quarter is the moniker typically used for downtown Little Rock and the surrounding neighborhoods of historic buildings. An overview of the area will give a representation of the growth and the changing of tastes and lifestyles that has taken place form the time of the oldest surviving structure (The Hinderliter House, from 1827) all the way to modern construction. We plan to visit and enjoy this glimpse into past decorating trends and other interesting tidbits, and hope all of our guests will do the same!

Stay in one of the famed Quapaw Quarter Mansions…The Empress of Little Rock! Book now by calling 501-374-7966.

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