Have a “Downton Abbey” New Year’s at The Empress of Little Rock



Looking for a special way to welcome in the new year? Dust off your formal attire and make plans to experience a New Year’s Eve celebration Downton Abbey-style at The Empress of Little Rock. Or you can don your favorite Victorian garb and dine as the Crawley family would.


The Downton Abbey Affair features dancing, live performance by classical musicians, and a four-course dinner. Each entrée is being paired with a featured wine selected to complete that particular dish, handpicked by The Empress wine sommelier. The elegant Victorian menu includes Beef Wellington and champagne. The black tie event is limited to 40 guests. Only a few openings for the New Year’s bash remain. For prices and availability, visit theempress.com/packages/offers/2014-new-years-eve/ or call 501-374-7966.


The holiday tradition is back by popular demand, according to owner Sharon Welch-Blair. “New Year’s Eve is the most exciting night of the year at The Empress and we love sharing it with our guests.” Sharon and her husband Bob are hosts for the evening.

Several packages are offered by the inn featuring the Spa Suites with hydro-massage showers, Jacuzzis, candlelit gourmet breakfasts, evening cocktail hours and special holiday stay discounts. You can attend the dinner without spending the night.


The Empress of Little Rock, or The Hornibrook Mansion, as it was called when built in 1888, and was considered the most magnificent home in Arkansas. It underwent a massive total renovation in 1993 and has won numerous awards including Trip Advisor’s Reader’s Choice for the last two years, “Best of the South” by BedandBreakfast.com, Top 25 Inns in the South by National Geographic Traveler, and most recently the Fourth Most Romantic B&B in the United States by Country Almanac and Top Ten Most Coziest B&B by SmarterTravel.com. The Blairs were named “2009 SBA Small Business of the Year for Arkansas”. The Empress of Little Rock has been consistently named “Best of the Best” by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and AY Magazine. For further information please call 501-374-7966.