The Blair’s granddaughter 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 Bakery, 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!).
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July 26th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair
May 1st, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair
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.
October 7th, 2013 by Lisa
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!
July 31st, 2013 by Lisa
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!
March 6th, 2013 by Lisa
P. 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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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: