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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!!!

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!).

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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Halloween at Moss Mountain Farm!!!

October 7th, 2013 by Lisa

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A spectacular event is planned for October 26th at Moss Mountain Farm!  Celebrate Halloween in a totally unique way, with a bonfire, music to dance the night away and a Halloween feast provided by Scott McGehee, the genius behind ZaZa’s, Big Orange and Local Lime!  The event benefits the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Interested in the Menu?  I sure was!

Hors D’oeuvres: Goat Cheese with Fig and Peach Jam, Thyme and Toasted Hazelnuts.  House Made Country Pork Terrine with Dijon, Cornichons and Pickled Onion.  Caponata with Eggplant, Peppers, Tomato, Currants, Pine Nuts and Green Olive.

Dinner: Turkey and Pumpkin Chile with Fried Sage and Sour Cream (vegetarian version will be available).  Ruby’s Skillet Cornbread with Fresh Corn and Green Chilies.

Sweets: Arkansas Black Apple Caramel Apples with Spiced Pecans.  Ginger Cake Squares with Salted Butterscotch and Crème Fraiche.  S’mores Bars with Bruleed Fresh Made Marshmallow Cream.

So are you ready to sign up?  Tickets are $150 per person and space is limited.  Call 501-519-5793 to book!

Need a place to stay?  The Empress would love to have you!  Call us at 501-374-7966 for a room!  We are decked out in creepy decorations and ready to celebrate!

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!

Join The Empress and P. Allen Smith for an Unforgettable Weekend!

March 6th, 2013 by Lisa

daffodil tourP. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer and lifestyle expert, AND host of two public television program, “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, is offering Open Tours throughout the year.  Through 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.

Join P.Allen Smith and The Empress for an unforgettable weekend. This special package includes a two night stay at The Empress of Little Rock, 20% off of a carriage ride through Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter Historic District and a bottle of champagne! Add a 3rd night for only $79.00!

 

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