Today I’m to tell you how to be a tourist in my city. Unfortunately for you, I don’t live anywhere swanky or drop dead awesome… but it’s not too shabby around here either.
First thing’s first: Let’s drive a smidge north to where I lived for 23 of my 25 years on this planet to Bentonville. We’re going to visit Crystal Bridges, the museum of American Art. We might munch at Eleven, their restaurant, or mosey up to 21C Hotel for lunch at The Hive.
Take a walk down Main Street to see some of the most beautiful historic homes and enjoy the small town feel that everyone raves about in Bentonville. I will let you go in the Walmart museum if you feel the need, but I will not join you. #sorrynotsorry
We can drive by the Walmart Home Office, if you’d like… but it’s lame and ugly. Again, not sorry.
We’ll come back south, to where I’m more comfortable and you’ll feel less stuffy and judged. Fayetteville. The place I have chosen to be my home.
We’ll spend the morning walking around downtown, popping into boutiques like Riff Raff, Savoir Faire, and E. Leighs. This weekend I discovered a beautiful paper shoppe, Shindig Paperie, and you’ll buy a few notecards to share with friends. We will indulge in a cup of coffee at my personal favorite Arsaga’s, and potentially a cupcake at Bliss Cupcakes on the square.
We’ll have lunch at Hugo’s, the basement burger joint, and then walk around the University of Arkansas campus. It’s especially beautiful this time of year.
After a long night on the patio at Apple Blossom eating our weight in beer cheese queso drinking Kessler Pale Ale (you can choose your own beer, if you must), we’ll head to the drive in and sneak a few beers in the trunk. We’ll roll the windows down and laugh and talk about the movies even if they’re Disney movies we’ve seen a million times, then we’ll fall asleep before the late movie because it’s late and because this time of year is perfect for that.
Bright and early we’ll pop over to Briar Rose (which is technically Farmington, AR… but potato- potahtoe) and have the best cinnamon roll you’ll ever have and fresh coffee with homemade whipped cream.
After carb loading we’ll head to Devil’s Den State Park, where you can actually appreciate the beauty of the Ozark’s and work off the unknown amount of calories in the cinnamon roll.
There is actually plenty more to do here… We can visit Monte Ne, the abandoned resort, which is one of the coolest things I’ve seen. We can go out on my parent’s sail boat on Beaver Lake, and even drive down to Eureka Springs if you are feeling adventurous.
Come visit, won’t you?