Posts Tagged ‘Lodging in Little Rock’

The Empress of Little Rock “Only in Arkansas”

July 31st, 2013 by Lisa

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KARK 4 reporter Josh Berry came out last week and met with “The Empress” herself, Sharon Welch-Blair.  The two discussed the historical significance of The Hornibrook Mansion and the beauty of it’s architecture.  So why is this amazing structure so uniquely Arkansan?  In the words of Innkeeper Jessica Ledbetter (that’s me!)” You’re sitting on a foundation of Little Rock blue granite.  All the bricks were construction bricks baked right here on site. Even the wood was milled here in Arkansas.”

Watch the segment on The Empress of Little Rock!

Great Time Had by all at Independence Day Celebration!

July 10th, 2013 by Lisa

We love having friends, family, neighbors and guests to entertain, so nothing is better than having them all together!  Our 4th of July celebration (which we combined with the Hornibrook Mansion’s 125th birthday celebration) was so much fun!  All of our nearest and dearest gathered in our gardens to eat, drink and be merry.  Friendships were renewed and new friendships made and potluck dishes were shared by all.  We adore this yearly tradition and cannot wait for next year to do it again!

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Independence Day Brunch at The Empress

July 2nd, 2013 by Lisa

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Guest, Friends, Family and Neighbors, don’t forget the Picnic Lunch on The Empress grounds this Thursday for the 4th of July.  Bring a dish to share and we will enjoy good times and friendly conversations.  Brunch starts at 9 am.  Coffee, juice boxes for the kids and mimosas will be provided by The Empress and the DNA!  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!

 

Happy Independence Day!!!

The Empress is Once Again “Best of the Best”

May 31st, 2012 by Lisa

AY Magazine published their annual “Best of The Best” edition in May.  The magazine polls Arkansans, asking for their favorites in areas ranging from medical care to nightlife.  Here at The Empress, the category we are most interested in is, of course, best Bed and Breakfast.  And the winner of this prestigious award?  Once again it is The Empress of Little Rock!!!  Other Bed and Breakfasts receiving runner-up rewards this year were The 1890 Williams House Inn and Lookout Pointe Inn, both in Hot Springs.

We would like to congratulate these and other winners in categories such as favorite restaurant, shopping center and bank.  And thank you to all of the AY Magazine readers who voted for The Empress as Arkansas’ Best Bed and Breakfast!

See a digital copy of the “Best of the Best” issue at:

http://issuu.com/laurenhampton/docs/aymagazine-may-2012/74?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

Hot Dog Mike Serves up an Unforgettable Lunch

March 26th, 2012 by Lisa

Looking for a great, unusual, casual place for lunch during your stay at The Empress?  Look no further than the famous hot dog stand of Hot Dog Mike.  You will have to look up his location on facebook, twitter or www.hotdogmike.com, but finding him is well worth the effort.  Try the woopighotdog for an tasty change from the normal hot dog.  Or if you like the normal hot dog, the basicallydeliciousdog is just what you were looking for.

With his fedora atop his head and thick, Elvis Costello-style black-framed glasses on his face, Hot Dog Mike is the perfect host as he slings dogs in his custom made tshirt (which you will want)!  You won’t be disappointed, and you will leave so full your fluffy bed at The Empress will be the perfect spot for the afternoon!

 

 

The Miracle Worker comes to The Weekend Theater

March 19th, 2012 by Lisa

Are you staying the upcoming weekend at The Empress and looking for a bit of extra entertainment?  How about going to The Weekend Theater

For those who enjoy the magical world of live theater, The Weekend Theater is a unique black-box theater at the corner of 7th and Chester Streets in Little Rock, Arkansas. The audience can enjoy the intimacy of the small theater in a wonderful, comfortably remodeled theater House with a new stage lighting system to bring The Weekend Theater productions to life. The Weekend Theater is decidedly New York in character – apartments upstairs, theater downstairs, pizza joint/microbrewery across one street, and the local fire station across the other!

Currently playing at The Weekend Theater isThe Miracle Worker By William Gibson.  The show finishes up it’s run on March 23, 24.

One determined person can make a world of difference, even save a life – and if you’ve ever doubted that, then William Gibson’s classic play “The Miracle Worker” will convince you otherwise. It is the story of how teacher Annie Sullivan opened up the world of blind, deaf, and mute Helen Keller.  Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 24.  Tickets, $16 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors age 65 and older, can be ordered online at the theater’s Web site, www.weekendtheater.org, or purchased at the door before each performance, based on availability. Reservations are no longer taken by phone, but you can get more information about this show and upcoming events by calling (501) 374-3761.

The Rep Welcomes you to Girls Night Out!

March 7th, 2012 by Lisa

Need something to do while staying at the award-winning Empress of Little Rock?  If soaking in your jacuzzi tub or sitting in our gardens is too relaxing…the Rep offers ladies some excitement!

On March 29, 2012, from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., enjoy wine, lite bites and shopping in The Rep’s Main Lobby and Foster’s Bar.  This is followed by The Wiz on the Rep’s Mainstage at 7:00 p.m.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre hosts Girls Night Out at The Rep featuring chic fashions, shoes and accessories from N’chole Ferorce, Vogue Visage, Princess Breeze Boutique, Scentsy and DSW. Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. shop some of the latest spring fashions then at 7:00 p.m. watch see the cast ease on down the road in the musical The Wiz on The Rep’s Mainstage.

Explore two floors of clothing, shoes and accessories at Girls Night Out at The Rep while listening to the soulful jazz melodies of Rodney Block. Enjoy lite bites and delectable desserts from Brown Sugar Bakery. The first 100 ladies at Girls Night Out will receive an exclusive gift bag and receive one voucher for a free drink in The Rep’s new bar, Foster’s.

Call The Rep Box Office for tickets to Girls Night out at (501) 378-0405.

 

P Allen Smith~Garden Home Events

March 6th, 2012 by Lisa

P. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer and lifestyle expert and host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table and the syndicated 30-minute show P. Allen Smith Gardens.  His Garden Home, located at Moss Mountain Farm in Central Arkansas,  is offering Open House Tours throughout the year.  Throughout the month of March, he will present his beautiful daffodil gardens.  All tours include a lunch and a guided tour of the house, gardens, and farm.  Joins early Spring worshipers from across the region in celebrating an early spring right of passage, the annual Daffodil Festival and enjoy a wonderful day at our very own P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm.  And join us here at The Empress for an elegant and luxurious stay to top off your trip.
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Daffodil Tours

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Guests Loved our Fall off of the Bone Tender Braised Lamb!

January 17th, 2012 by Lisa

Braised Lamb Chops with Red Wine and Figs

 Active time:  20 minutes

Total time:  1 hour and 50 minutes

Serves 4

Start braising anywhere from two days to two hours before serving; as the meat stands in the rich cause, the flavors have more time to develop.

 

4 lamb should chops (about 1 inch thick)

1 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted and coarsely ground

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

3/4 cup full-bodied dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon

1/4 cup red-wine vinegar

2 cups chicken stock

7 ounces Calimyrna figs

2 dried bay leaves

 

1.        Preheat oven to 305 degrees. Season lamb with fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in large high-sided ovenproof skillet over high heat. Sear chops until well browned, about 5 minutes per side.

2.        Add wine and vinegar. Boil until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Add stock, figs and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.

3.        Braise lamb in oven, covered, for 45  minutes. Uncover. Braise, basing often, until lamb is tender and just falling off the bone, about 45 minutes more. (If liquid is not sauce like, simmer over medium-heat until thickened.) Serve lamb with cause.

 

Make ahead braised lamb chops can be refrigerated for up to two days. Reheat briefly, covered, in a low-temperature oven.

“Giving Social”

December 15th, 2011 by Lisa

 

It’s the Holidays, and everyone is looking for a great deal.  Whether it is for yourself, a loved one or both, the gift of a luxurious stay at The Empress is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  So we would like to offer you a crowd pleasing deal to go with your crowd pleasing stay:  Buy a $100 gift certificate, receive a $25 gift certificate for free!

There is no better way to say “I love you” than gifting the pampering and romance that only The Empress can provide~  Call quickly, this offer is for a limited time only!  501-374-7966!

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