Posts Tagged ‘The Empress of Little Rock’

Pumpkin Puff Pancakes, an Autumn Treat…

October 21st, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

pumpkin puff pancakesThe Empress of Little Rock has long been known for the amazing breakfasts that are served daily in the grand formal dining room.  Bob Blair and Sharon Welch-Blair have created a menu influenced by both their travels and their many years as owners of The Empress.  Each day at The Empress promises a new and even more delicious entree for you to eat by candlelight.  Some of our favorites include Ham and Asparagus Bundles, Grand Marnier French Toast and warm Toasted Cheese Strata.  But one of our most popular dishes is only served in the fall and winter, and guests await impatiently for Pumpkin Puff Pancake season to roll back around.  The Empress is now serving this delectable dish, but we are including the recipe here, so that all of our friends can enjoy them at home as well.

Good luck on your version of our well-known autumn favorite, but if you want to get them directly from the source, book a night at The Empress now!

PUMPKIN PANCAKES USING BISQUICK
2 Cups Bisquick
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (check color of mixture to make sure this is enough can go up to ¾ cup)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
2 slightly beaten egg yolks
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons oil
4 egg whites beaten till they form peaks
Combine milk, pumpkin, egg yolks, & oil to Bisquick- stirring just to blend.

Gently fold beaten egg whites into batter. Check thickness – if necessary add more milk

HOT CIDER SYRUP:
3/4 CUP APPLE CIDER
1/2 CUP BROWN SUGAR
1/2 CUP LIGHT CORN SYRUP
1/2 TEASPOON LEMON JUICE
1/8 TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON
1/8 TEASPOON NUTMEG
Combine ingredients and heat 20 minutes to reduce

 

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!

75th Annual Arkansas State Fair!

September 26th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

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Department of Parks and Tourism Photo

Along with dozens of pigs, poultry, cattle, and goats, the entire state of Arkansas will be celebrated at the 75th annual Arkansas State Fair held in Little Rock.

This 10-day family-oriented event, which will run from Oct. 10–19 this year, serves up entertainment and educational opportunities that emphasize livestock, agriculture, the arts, and technology. Throughout the fairgrounds, visitors can enjoy a variety of shows and activities designed for all ages.

At the New York Daredevil High Dive Show, spectators can see performers plunge from dizzying heights into pools of water. Visitors also can watch swine go snout to snout in a series of competitive pig races. During the Swamp Masters Gator Show, viewers can witness a man wrangle an 8-foot, 200-pound alligator.

Arkansas State Fair Photo

Arkansas State Fair Photo

To commemorate the 75th anniversary, an act unlike any other to ever appear at the Arkansas State Fair will entertain guests. Rock-It The Robot is a 9-foot-tall robot that will ramble around the fairgrounds awing crowds with its built-in sound system, light show, and dance moves.

In addition, the fair always features livestock shows, an exotic petting zoo, arts and crafts, and carnival rides. Competitive pageants and rodeo events round out the activities.

The fairgrounds are located at 2600 Howard St. in Little Rock. Tickets will be available beginning Sept. 2.

Call (501) 372-8341 for more details, or visit www.arkansasstatefair.com.

And don’t forget to book your room at The Empress, only a short drive from the fairgrounds!  Call us at 501-374-7966.

ACANSA Arts Festival has Something for Everyone…

September 23rd, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

acansas logoStarting on September 24th and lasting through the 28th, the ACANSA Arts Festival will feature 26 visual and performing works by both established and emerging artists in diverse venues throughout Little Rock and North Little Rock. Enjoy both sides of the Arkansas River during the five days of “Southern Celebration of the Arts” with exhibits, workshops and performances by Arkansas artists as well as exciting opportunities to experience performances by world renowned artists.
The name ACANSA comes from the native Quapaw tribe, that was often referred to as the “people of the southern place” or “Acansa” in the Siouan tongue. The arts festival has adopted this name to honour their commitment to celebrating the uniquely rich cultural vitality of the region, one that has helped make this area part of the “New South” culture, one that is vibrant, cosmopolitan and filled with charm, hospitality and natural beauty.
We hope that arts and culture lovers who come to enjoy the festival will also enjoy the architectural wonder that can be found throughout Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter, and especially in the historic Hornibrook Mansion, also known as The Empress of Little Rock. Come stay with us and enjoy arts and culture during the day and a cultural landmark at night!

Find more information about the festival here.

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

Shermans Travel Names 10 Free Attractions in Little Rock

September 4th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

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During a visit to The Empress, there is always a wide array of events, attractions, dining experiences and outdoor activities available (and the expert knowledge of our concierge to point you in the right direction). But did you know that Little Rock had a variety of attractions that you can visit for FREE?

Travel deal and advice website Shermans Travel recently blogged about “10 Free Attractions in Little Rock”. According to writer Kimberly Button, “Long known for its political prowess as Arkansas’ capital, the riverfront city of Little Rock is now showing off a softer side, with an eclectic mix of history and nature that appeals to travelers. Surprisingly, some of the biggest attractions at this offbeat destination are also the free ones.”

Here is their list of attractions that you will be amazed at the low price (hint:free):

1. Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
There’s no escaping the fact that President Bill Clinton got his start to the White House in this city, so why not embrace it and tour his former home? Eleven governors have set up residence with their families in the circa 1950 Georgian colonial mansion. Tours must be scheduled in advance.

2. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
The Little Rock Nine were nine African American students who tried to enter an all-white school following the Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education. It was at this high school, still open to students, that racial barriers began to crumble during the highly televised event. Ranger-led tours are free of cost, but reservations are required.

3. Historic Arkansas Museum
All things Arkansas are celebrated at this destination that showcases art and artifacts from the state from the past 200 years, including a Knife Gallery highlighting the story behind the bowie knife.

The attractions above are all within walking distance of the Empress and are amazing historic sites. The remainder of the list includes The Old Mill, The Old Statehouse Museum, H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden, Heifer Village, Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, The Witt Stephens Jr. Arkansas Nature Center, and Riverfront Park.

– See more at: http://blog.shermanstravel.com/2014/08/25/10-free-attractions-in-little-rock-arkansas/#sthash.JKEvdfOB.dpuf

Book your stay at www.TheEmpress.com
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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

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