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Summer Suds Tour in Little Rock

Microbreweries are booming in Central Arkansas. Beat the heat with a brew in your hand and catch all these great local events! 


See the Terry Gilliam classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Tuesday, July 26 as part of Diamond Bear Movie Night at Riverdale 10. Diamond Bear Brewing Company will be on site to provide samples of all of the Diamond Bear products.  Diamond Bear Brewery has won numerous national and international awards for its world class beer, including Gold Medals at the 
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prestigious Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.

What goes better with beer than baseball? The Arkansas Travelers play Springfield on August 7th at Dickey Stephens Park. It's Family night so get your $3 discount tickets at local Edwards Food Giant stores!

Saturday, July 30 throw back a few tall ones at Stone's Throw Brewing in downtown Little Rock. It's the brewery's 3rd birthday celebration and they'll be hosting guest brews from around the state including Bubba Brew's, Damgoode, Blue Canoe and Lost Forty. There will also be plenty of food trucks and live music.  Get more info here!

Grab some suds on August 6th at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival. This event, in its 3rd year, brings together some of the best craft beers the state has to offer, as well as specialty brews from across the nation. Get to know the brewers and sample over 400 beers. Get your advance  tickets  today!

Christmas in July Savings!
Right now stay two nights at The Empress and save 20%. Stay three nights and save 30% Offer is only valid on new reservations for arrival dates between July 20-August 5, 2016. Offer must be mentioned at time of reservation and cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon, discount, or gift card.

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Purchase a gift certificate between now and August 5, 2016 and receive an extra $10 for every $100 you spend!

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Sleep as well as you did while you were here! Order one set of our softest sheets and get a 2nd set for 25% off!

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Buy one luxurious Empress robe and get the 2nd for 25% off.

From Our Kitchen:

Social tea drinking, or at least a dedicated tea hour is often accredited to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford. She popularized afternoon tea in the 1830's. In America, both before and after the Boston Tea Party, the custom was associated with only the upper crusts of society. The beverage was imported, which made it expensive, and only those with free time during the workday, fancy clothes and equally refined manners were to participate. During the mid-nineteenth century, there was a booming silver plating industry, also new silver deposits were discovered in Nevada. Suddenly, specialized service pieces began appearing in households and many of them were for tea service. One such piece was the biscuit purse or biscuiteer. These 'purses' were a luxury item, though incredibly functional for the hostess to serve her guests still warm scones or tea breads. The double and sometimes triple compartment purses kept heat in while still displaying the freshly made treats.The tradition of Grand High Tea continues each Sunday at 3 PM at The Empress of Little Rock. Call to schedule your tea and tour today!
 
The Empress' very own biscuit purse with our Irish scones

Queen Victoria Scones

2 c. Flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
7 Tbsp. butter (Softened)
4 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
6 oz. craisins
½ c. whipping cream
1 tsp. salt
         
* Crumb flour, butter, sugar, baking powder and salt - Mix dry ingredients well then add butter.
* Add eggs slowly. Add raisins. Add cream; mix to smooth dough.
* Use 6" cake pan
* Turn out onto floured board
* Cut into 8 pieces
* Egg wash, (egg whites only) bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes.


Serve warm. May add dollop of whipping cream or heavy cream.

 
Voices From the Past
Each room at The Empress has been  
lovingly restored to its former Victorian
grandeur. If you have ever spent the
night in one of our lovely suites, you
know what a magical experience it 
can be. Each month we will share an
entry from the bedside journals. We 
hope that sharing these stories with 
you will remind you of  'the forgotten
experience' and urge you to return.


-April 4, 1998 Hornibrook Suite

"What a wonderful evening filled with the quiet serenity of the 1880's. Our evening in The Empress was a complete surprise to me, being passionately planned by my wife, Kathi, for my 46th birthday. A beautiful, wonderful, and thoughtful 'bride' she is. Life is often hectic and the days just seem to hurry by us. However, there are those who make life all that it should be, and Kathi does that for me. She led us to The Empress to enjoy life together in a home that personifies a grand romantic era. The Empress was first brought to being in 1888. The wedding band on Kathi's hand first adorned that of her great grandmother in 1889. Our imagination took us back to that time. Thank you for bringing your dream to a reality so that others may share it. There is nothing like looking out our window to see the splendor of the dogwoods in full bloom."