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  • Daydreaming is part of the experience when you go there
  • I love the way it looked with the fireplace � very warm and welcoming

    • by arabgirl28

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      I am drawn to everything that vaguely resembles an antique. The Empress is a historic bed and breakfast. Daydreaming is part of the experience when you go there. You can imagine yourself going back in time and enjoying all the niceties that we don’t do these days.

      The Empress gives special attention to their southern hospitality where a simple Hi or thank you is always heart felt and part of daily life. The people working at the Empress visited with us and provided us with little tidbits of information about the B&B and the area of Little Rock. I got the history of the gentleman that owned the place and how he died of a stroke at the end of the driveway. How it was a lady’s college, a boarding house and nursing home and finally a B&B.

      The architechure of the Empress is very ornate and distinctly Victorian.

      The B&B had lots of fringe in it. Curtains had fringe, furniture had fringe � I’m surprised the stove didn’t have fringe. It has a corner tower which contained a very large library and lots and lots of stained glass. At the top of the stair case there was a really, really large stained glass window. I am assuming it was 16 x 16 feet. It looks like it was put in between to other pieces of glass like a sandwich so nothing would break it or discolor it. That was gorgeous. The woodwork was dark and heavy. There are beautiful large wide crown mouldings and handmade medallions on the ceiling - quite a sight.

      Our bedchamber had beautiful stained glass in a few of the octagon windows. The curtains were very draping with gold fringe on them. The walls were a combination of colorful floral wallpaper ...

      • and wainscoting on 2 walls. It was different, but very pretty. I love the way it looked with the fireplace � very warm and welcoming. Our room had cable tv, cd and tape player, sitting area, cushy robes and queen feather bed. The bathroom had a very decorative clawfoot tub with the funny looking knobby fixtures. The lighting is very soft and reminds you of 100 years ago when things were lit by oil lamps. There was a buttery yellow and blue tile on the floor and the combination was just beautiful.

        We paid $200 plus for the room so it came with a gourmet breakfast by candlelight. Everything was fresh like the orange juice and sweet rolls and the eggs are from a farmer near to the Empress which are delivered daily. The silverware were actual silverware and very ornate! The food was to

        die for. Much of it was made with very rich whole cream and wonderful sauces.

        They even gave us recipes from the dishes we ate there. One I thoroughly enjoy is the cream of apple soup. It sounds kind of odd but boy, it was good.

        4 baking apples 1 cup of water 1/4 cup sugar (or to taste) 1 tsp. lemon juice 1/4 tsp. nutmeg - for garnish 1 cup whipping cream, 2% milk

        Peel, core, & quarter apples. Place in 3 qt. saucepan w/water, sugar, lemon juice. Cook over low heat until soft & falling apart (approx. 30 to 40 min.). Mash w/potato masher. Add more water as needed. Add whipping cream & milk to desired consistency.

        We spent a lot of time out on the porch sitting in the wicker furniture and reading. No children were allowed to stay. The place is strictly for adults with expensive taste and a love for the good things.

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