Posts Tagged ‘Holiday Lodging in Arkansas’

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 .

TSO Comes Back to Little Rock!!!

September 16th, 2013 by Lisa

trans siberian orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O’Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli  (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. The band gained in popularity when they began touring in 1999 after completing their third rock opera, “Beethoven’s Last Night.” By 2007, The Washington Post referred to them as, “a touring juggernaut” and describing their music as, “Pink Floyd, meets, The Who, meets Yes.”  TSO has sold more than 9 million concert tickets and over 8 million albums. The band’s musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve (the final installment of their Christmas trilogy), and their two-disc Night Castle. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers,”enough pyro to be seen from the international space station”, moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music.

Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium These numbers are even more impressive when you factor in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, never playing a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act.

See this amazing show in Little Rock on Friday, December 20, 2013!  This show sells out nearly every year here in the Rock, so get your tickets now!  Bring your friends or your significant other and enjoy a weekend at The Empress topped off by the TSO playing The Lost Christmas Eve!!!

New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance Recipes showcased on Channel 7

December 14th, 2011 by Lisa

 

The Empress’ own Sharon Welch-Blair will be showcasing the talents that have earned her the nickname “The Victorian Martha Stewart” on Saturday Morning Daybreak on December 17th.  The Segment, which will air at 7:50 am and will showcase Sharon’s amazing Sweet-Potato Vichyssoise with Peanut Noshes, the first course of the New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner and Dance, where the soup will be served (along with a fabulous 4-course dinner with wine pairings.)

The Dinner Dance was recently featured in About.com’s “Top 9 New Year’s Eve Parties in Arkansas“.  Ring in the New Year with elegant style at an intimate dinner party setting and a Champagne Toast at midnight!  Tickets are $200 a couple including a special discount if purchased before December 26th.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance are available by calling the Empress at 501-374-7966.

And Check Back with our Blog after Sharon’s appearance on Saturday to get her recipe for that amazing Sweet Potato Vichyssoise! http://theempress.com/2011/12/14/the-empress-makes-a-grand-appearance/

“The Nutcracker” dances into Little Rock

December 6th, 2011 by Lisa

Nothing brings the magic of the holiday season to life better than the
world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker! Join Ballet Arkansas as they ring in
the holidays with Tchaikovsky’s magical score performed by the Arkansas Symphony
Orchestra. With enchanting costumes and original choreography the tradition of
The Nutcracker will create unforgettable memories for children of every
generation.  Showings are  Saturday, December 10 at 7pm and Sunday, December 11 at 3pm.

Bring your little sugarplum fairy or prince to the annual Nutcracker Tea to
meet their favorite character. For more details visit
www.BalletArkansas.org.

Groups of 10 or more should call the Box Office at (501)666-1761×100 for
discounted tickets.

After viewing this family favorite, return to The Empress of Little Rock Bed and Breakfast and curl up in front of a fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa and a loved one.  A perfect ending to a perfect evening.

 

The Holidays on Parade in Little Rock

November 28th, 2011 by Lisa

The Empress invites you to stay in luxuy at an 1888 Victorian Bed and Breakfast and take in the 2011 Annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade.  Sponsored by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, the parade will begin at 2nd and Broadway, follow Broadway to Capitol Avenue and then proceed down Capitol Avenue to the State Capitol.  An annual tradition, this year’s parade is sure to be an afternoon of festive fun!  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joined by various entries such as marching bands, floats, cars, animals and much more!

Following the parade at dark (approximately 6pm)  enjoy the Lighting of the State Capitol Ceremony with entertainment and fireworks!

Want a fun weekend getaway that includes Holiday Magic?  Book a room with the Empress to enjoy the festivities in style!  Ask us about our Holiday discounts!

A Christmas Classic comes to Life

November 21st, 2011 by Lisa

The Empress invites you to come stay in one of our award-winning suites during the Holiday Season and enjoy the Christmas Magic that Little Rock has to offer.  Coming up at the Rep is a classic holiday offer that promises to offer audiences all th nostalgia of the holidays wrappen up in a lively musical retelling with unexpected Broadway flair.  A Christmas Carol, The Musical will surprise and delight those who are familiar with the original, while entertaining the entire family with a fast-paced, fun and imaginative holiday classic they’ll not soon forget.

For tickets and additional information, visit www.therep.org .  For additional nostaligia, get a room at The Empress and immerse yourself in an 1880s Christmas! www.TheEmpress.com

See Sharon on Saturday Daybreak-November 12, 2011

November 12th, 2011 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Our very own Sharon Welch-Blair will be on Saturday Daybreak, Channel 7, tomorrow morning at 8:15.  She will be demonstrating how to make one of our guests favorite fall breakfast recipes, Pumpkin Puff Pancakes with Hot Cider Sauce.  Find this great recipe below!!  We hope you enjoy it!  And don’t miss our favorite Victorian “Martha Stewart” on TV discussing all the great things to do in Little Rock during this holiday season.  Celebrate all the great activities with a stay using our great “Home For the Holidays” Package, Christmas Magic at The Empress of Little Rock.

Pumpkin Puff Pancakes

1 c. all-purpose flour

1 Tbls. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

½  tsp. salt

½  tsp. ground cinnamon

1 c. milk

½  c. canned pumpkin

2 slightly beaten egg yolks

2 Tbls. cooking oil

2 egg whites

Combine first 5 ingredients in
large mixing bowl.  In another mixing
bowl, combine milk, pumpkin, egg yolks & oil.  Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture all at
once.  Stir just till blended

Beat egg whites till stiff
peaks form.  Gently fold into pumpkin
mixture.
Pour about ¼ c. batter onto
hot, lightly greased griddle, for each pancake.
Cook till pancakes are golden brown, turning to cook second sides when
pancakes have bubbly surfaces and slightly dry edges.
Serve with Hot Cider Sauce.

Makes 14 4-inch pancakes 

Hot Cider Sauce

¾  c. apple cider or apple juice

½  c. brown sugar, packed

½  c. light corn syrup

2 Tbls. butter or margarine

½  tsp. lemon juice

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a
medium saucepan.
Stir over medium heat till
sugar dissolves & comes to boil.
Simmer mixture 20 minutes more until consistency of thin syrup.

Makes 1 cup

 

Thanksgiving Special!

November 8th, 2011 by Lisa

The Empress invites you to spend
your Thanksgiving Holiday in Victorian Splendor.  This two day package includes
your luxurious room, reservations for Thanksgiving Day at Ashley’s Four-Star, Fine Dining
Restaurant, where a 5 course set menu will be served from 12pm-5pm and
recommendations and directions for outstanding Black Friday
shopping!
Act now and receive a 3rd  night for only $50! 
Call the Empress at 501-374-7966 and reserve your room today