Posts Tagged ‘The Empress of Little Rock’

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

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.

Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Danson discuss “South on Main”

August 11th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

south-on-mainSoMa’s own South on Main got a shout out on The Jimmy Kimmel Show. During a recent appearance, Kimmel and Ted Danson discussed the popular restaurant co-owned by Danson and wife (and Arkansas native) Mary Steenburgen along with Steenburgen’s niece Amy Bell’s and her husband (and chef) Matt Bell. The restaurant has become famous for its cocktails and live music (in conjunction with literary magazine Oxford American).

Watch the video of Danson, and then visit South on Main yourself!!!