Posts Tagged ‘Bed and Breakfast in Little Rock’

Little Rock Restaurant Month

July 31st, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

A beloved annual tradition is about to make restaurant monthits return to Little Rock…Restaurant Month!!!  Restaurants from across the city put together a variety of weekly specials during the month of August, offering goodies such as discounts, free appetizers and desserts, or even specially priced prix-fix menus.  It is the perfect time to try that place you heard about a year ago, or for vacationers to try out all of Little Rock’s finest…while getting great values on delicious food!

Little Rock has a vibrant, diverse, oft-awarded dining scene that we hope our guests get to explore during their trip.  So get some southern food, or something with a locavore flair, or maybe something that is a bit more international.  You can find a new favorite during Little Rock Restaurant Month!

Check here starting August 1st for all of the weekly specials.

 

 

 

SoMa in Southern Living

July 31st, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Southern Living bernice gardenmagazine is an institution in the south.  Our favorite recipes, decorating ideas and crafts all come from its glossy pages and colorful online stories.  So of course, SoMa residents were thrilled to see our neighborhood featured as “The Next Great Neighborhood” on The Daily South blog.  For those new to the neighborhood or just visiting, SoMa is what we call the area on the south end of Main Street.  Slightly separate from the bustle of downtown, SoMa still maintains a vibrancy that you can only get in an urban setting.  Regulars enjoy the fresh baked breads and goodies at Community Bakery and Boulevard Bread Company.  We walk down streets that are adorned with art to our own community garden.  We eat locally grown food at The Root Cafe and enjoy small batch ice cream at the Green Corner Store.  And we often enjoy a band and nightcap at South on Main.  We love our neighborhood.  We love that this area surrounded by tree-lined streets and historic houses is once again home to a thriving business, art and entertainment scene.  Wboulevard breade hope you will join us at The Empress and learn to love it too!

If you want to read this article and look at their beautiful pictures, go here.

 

Ahh…to be young…

July 26th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

The Blair’s granddjena blairaughter Jena has spent the summer busily working at The Empress.  She has been a huge help, doing everything from answering phones and taking reservations to cleaning rooms and checking in guests.  Another great thing she brings to the table is the optimism and ingenuity of youth.  A great example of this young, fun attitude is a recent birthday celebration we had for Shana, Sharon’s executive assistant.  A birthday of a staff member is always celebrated with a card and a cake (or sometimes cupcakes!) and it fell on Jena to order the cake and buy the card for this particular celebration.  The cake was ordered in plenty of time (and, being from Community Bakershana birthday picy, was absolutely DELICIOUS) but the card was forgotten until the last minute.  Instead of a last minute dollar store run or a quick search for appropriate clip art, (solutions we old people would embrace)  Jena wasted no time in breaking out her youthful creativity and art skills  and quickly created a card using nothing but paper, pens, sharpies and a lot of imagination.  Shana pronounced it the best card to ever be presented at The Empress (and the cupcake wasn’t all that bad either!).

Tour an Award Winning Distillery in Little Rock

July 23rd, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

rock town Want to know where your bourbon comes from? How about your Gin? Just want to know how a distillery functions? Well Little Rock’s Rock Town Distillery is the place to learn all about what you pour over rocks…or do you take your shaken? Located in downtown Little Rock, this artisan craft distillery welcomes visitors to learn more about their products during a tour and taste. Enjoy the lively tour, which introduces you to the “grass to grain” approach of using local grains, and then take the opportunity to taste Rock Town’s spirits. What kind of spirits? How about Brandon’s Vodka and Gin, Young Bourbon (this one won Best American Bourbon in London’s World Whiskies awards!), Hickory Smoked Whisky, Riverboat Rum, Arkansas Lightning and Apple Pie Lightning.
rocktown tour After your taste and tour, get a cab (or a sober friend) to take you back to The Empress. We are sure Mr. Hornibrook (the house’s original owner, who also happened to be a successful saloon owner) would appreciate your choice of activities.
The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Forty-five minute tours are 4 p.m. during the week and 1:30 and 3 p.m. on weekends. Tours explain the process of making spirits, from selecting the grain to filling the bottles. Tastings are restricted to ages 21 plus. $7/adult. RockTownDistillery.com.

Cultural Cuisine at Forty Two

July 17th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Want a uniquforty two atw wineglassese and fun-filled dining experience while staying at the Empress?  How about an opportunity to explore the world, while leaving your passport at home?  Forty Two, the restaurant at the Clinton Presidential Center, offers this opportunity at its Around the World dining event.  Every third Thursday of the month, they invite guests to explore the sights, sounds and flavors of countries across the globe.  A different country is featured every month, giving diners the chance to have their taste buds take a tour from Italy to India, without having to leave Little Rock.

 

A five-course tasting menu provided, with a bargain price of only $27.95, giving visitors the unique chance to sample distinctive flavors from around the world while enjoying a beautiful waterfront Arkansas setting.  Enjoy the culture of Melbourne, Australia on July 17th, and then come back for Jeonju, South Korea on August 21st!forty two plates

Reservations are required, as this event is extremely popular and seating is limited.  See more at Forty-Two’s website.  Or you can call them at 501-537-0042 to make your reservation.

 

 

 

Green Thoughts about Rising Food Costs

July 17th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Homemade loaves of bread

Fresh out of the oven!

I’m guessing you’ve already figured out foods are going up in cost rapidly.  What a challenge it has been to continue to provide a rich and varied menu that makes a meal special and stay within a budget.  In the last couple of years, we’ve been looking at ways we can improve the experience while cutting the costs, from food to cleaning.  With nine guest rooms, it doesn’t take long to add up.  So here’s a couple of things we’ve come up with that we feel good about that might work for you also.

1-Make you own bread (bread makers make it easy and you know what’s in it) .  But mixes are very expensive.  We decided that making our own mixes made sense and making 10-12 at a time and putting them in zip lock bags allowed us to buy flour in bulk.  We can rinse and reuse the bags, so we don’t add more plastic to the environment.  It costs less than $1 a mix making that many at a time, including your time.  Our guests love the smell of fresh baked bread wafting thru the house.  But they really love the 1″ thick slices of decadent french toast and the cheese strata made with the heels and tops of the loaves.

2-We have our own “Victory Garden” where we raise our own herbs, squash for our golden breakfast pie,  cucumbers for our tea sandwiches, figs we use as fresh fruit and we even created a new fig soup for the fall, and now we have our first crop of grapes.  We’ve also added a persimmon tree, and we have blackberry canes as well.

Tune in for more “green” ideas and how our experiements have worked out.  We’d also love to hear about what unusual thing you’ve done to reduce costs and be “green”

July 4th Brunch at The Empress

June 10th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

June 10,2014 by Lisa

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Join us for a tradition at The Empress, Brunch potluck with Mimosas on the grounds, July 4th at 9:00 a.m.  Bring a breakfast dish to share and we will enjoy good times and friendly conversations.  Brunch starts at 9 am.  Coffee, mimosas and  juice  for the kids will be provided by The Empress! Orange juice for the mimosas is sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association.   We can’t wait to see you.  Afterwards, treat yourself to a free day at the Clinton Presidential Museum and then listen to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra serenade you as fireworks explode at POPS at the River!  Weekend getaway package specials are also available  at 501-374-7966!

Happy Independence Day!!

So Much to Celebrate in May!

May 1st, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Swing Garden at The Empress

 

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Welcome to May!  Especially after  cold winters  like the past one, we’re excited to WELCOME SPRINGTIME!!  May is a month full of  holidays, so The Empress staff wants wish all of you the best as you celebrate Mother’s Day, as well as  Cinco de Mayo and most of all remember our nation’s service men and women on this Memorial Day.

Looking for the Best things to do with  Mom on this Mother’s Day?  The Empress is once again hosting Mother’s Day Grand High Tea. Step her back in time to the Victorian Era where  beautiful big hats & gloves  were the norm.  Or book her one of our beautiful Spa Suites and let us arrange for her hour long relaxing message with Leslie.

History buffs, this one’s for you. Located in downtown Little Rock, the Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour of Homes May 10 & 11th, The tour contains Little Rock’s most historic homes and mansions, some predating the Civil War and many on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wanting to celebrate  Cinco de Mayo?  Visit South Main Street restaurants for your Cinco de Mayo  celebration.

Travel Rally Day!  Tuesday, May 6th from 2:00-2:30 The Bernice Garden, South Main District (SoMa)  1401 S. Main St. National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-11)

Riverfest Weekend in the Rock!    Music lineup  includes: Chicago, Cello Green,  Hank Williams Jr,  The  Fray, Three Days Grace, Lee Brice, Buckcherry,  Easton Corbin,  Robert Randolph,  Jamey Johnson & The Wallflowers. The Family Zone will offer free entertainment for families!  In the Family Zone, you will find tons of activities and entertainment including the Family Stage, the Super Retriever Crown Championship Series, the Weenie Dog Derby, the K-9 Friz-B-Crew, Ruff on the River Pooch Parade, the Rock ‘N Ride Poker Run, the Rock ‘N Stroll Fun Run 5K, Arkansas Renewable Energy, International Village activities, a Baggo Tournament and much more. Or you may choose to visit part of history at The  Clinton Center while at Riverfest!  End your weekend with the Fireworks Show on Sunday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m.  Music will be simulcast throughout Riverfront Park and broadcast on The Point 94.1. You don’t want to miss Arkansas’ most spectacular show!

Mark your calendars  now to enjoy Springtime in May with us at The Empress,  call Lisa  and book your  reservation now.

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South Main Streets Marching into Spring

March 11th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Riding along the Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

A beautiful ride over the Arkansas River

Just a few short blocks from The Empress is South Main and we’re excited
about welcoming Sweet Home furnishings, great new antique architectural pieces or
shabby chic, now located at 1324 South Main Street, and  Moxy
Modern Mercantile – Vintage Store,  home to 500 modern
shabby chic & great new items. These add to the Green Corner Store which
has many unique gift items  & great
home style ice cream, YUM!  Both new business now OPEN!!

Speaking of South Main, has anyone tried the new bike lanes out yet? Now that the weather is warning up the cabin fever can come to an end, we’re ready to burn off some of those winter pounds so put on your helmets and roll the spokes!  If biking isn’t your thing then you may want to stretch your legs in the Downtown Dash 10k/5K Run on March 15th 8:00 AM, presented by the Junior League of Little Rock.

Little Green in your blood? Ok, Ye Lucky Irish Lades there’s  plenty for you too.  Starting out on March 15th with the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Parade Route begins at Fourth & Rock in downtown Little Rock, passing Dugan’s Irish Pub  at Third & Rock, travels east on Third, turning north on Sherman, then west on President Clinton Blvd through River Market .

Excitedly Anticipating The Holiday Season!!

November 7th, 2013 by Lisa

As the seasons are changing we at the Empress are excitedly anticipating the Holiday Season.  Our Christmas decorations will go up right after Thanksgiving with decorated trees in every room and our grand rotating Victorian Tree in the parlor.  Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church puts on a Christmas Tour of Homes and the Empress is honored to be included in this years itinerary.  So, mark your calendars early as we look forward to see you and sharing the Spirit of Christmas!

The fun doesn’t end at Christmas, it’s never too early to make your New Years Eve Reservations. Comhornibrook christmas treee toast the New Year with us at our annual New Years Downton Abbey Wine, Dinner & Dance. We will have live music to dance to in the Victorian Fashion, a four-course gourmet meal with wine pairings, and a toast to aud lang syne as the clock strikes twelve.  A quick stroll up the stairs as the party winds down will take you to one of our incredibility romantic suites. Seating is limited at this exclusive “Downton Abbey” style event, so make your plans early to reserve yours!.Reflections of Christmas

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