A Local's Guide to Northwest Arkansas
Arts & Culture
No matter if you’re traveling to Northwest Arkansas for work or leisure, you need to make the most of your time here by experiencing everything from the beautiful natural wonders to the genuine small town charm. Take it from someone who was born and raised here, Northwest Arkansas has something to offer everyone. Whether it's the world-renowned museums, the plethora of hikes with breathtaking views, the hospitality of the locals or the delicious things the locals cook up, there’s a reason this fast growing area is consistently voted as one of the best places to live in America.
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Where to stay in Northwest Arkansas
Inn at Carnall Hall
Where history whispers through elegant halls, offering timeless comfort and a glimpse into the past.
21c Museum Hotel Bentonville
An art-filled hotel with a hotspot restaurant, walking distance to Bentonville’s town square and culture centers.
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Things to do in Northwest Arkansas
Experience Crystal Bridges Museum: Prepare to be enchanted by the beauty of Crystal Bridges, a captivating art museum surrounded by nature. Immerse yourself in the diverse collection of artworks and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding landscape.
Live Like a Local: Explore the vibrant downtown areas of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale. Each town has its own personality that you can experience through farmers markets brimming with fresh produce or lively First Fridays events and unique shopping opportunities. Grab a coffee, buy some flowers, say hi to as many friendly dogs (and owners) as you can take and truly live like a local.
Stroll Through 21C Museum: Dive into the world of contemporary art at 21C Museum, where thought-provoking exhibits and installations will challenge your perceptions and ignite your creativity.
Hike at Devils Den State Park: Discover the natural wonders of Devils Den State Park, where lush forests, picturesque hiking trails and stunning rock formations create a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Challenge Yourself at Climb Bentonville: Get ready to conquer new heights at Climb Bentonville, a thrilling indoor climbing gym that offers challenges for climbers of all levels. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, the adrenaline rush is guaranteed.
Ride the Trails on a Mountain Bike: Pedal your way through the scenic trails of Bentonville, a mountain biking haven. With a variety of trails catering to different skill levels, mountain biking enthusiasts will find themselves in two-wheeled paradise.
Take in the Views at the Momentary: Immerse yourself in art, music and culture at Momentary, a vibrant contemporary arts space that hosts captivating exhibitions, live performances and engaging events that will leave you inspired. You also have to check out the Tower Bar here for a great view of Downtown Bentonville with some really creative and refreshing drinks!
Places to eat & drink in Northwest Arkansas
Ozark Mountain Bagel Company: Start your day with a delicious bagel and a cup of freshly brewed coffee from Ozark Mountain Bagel Company, a local favorite known for their fresh homemade bagels.
Onyx Coffee Lab: Fuel up with a perfectly crafted cup of coffee at the world famous Onyx Coffee Lab, where passion for coffee meets artistry. Savor the rich flavors and enjoy the cozy atmosphere.
Ricks Bakery: Indulge your sweet tooth with delectable pastries and baked goods from Ricks Bakery, a beloved local establishment that has been delighting taste buds for years. Try the old-fashioned glazed donuts and thank me later!
Wrights BBQ: Treat yourself to a mouthwatering barbecue feast at Wrights BBQ, where tender meats, smoky flavors and savory sides come together for a satisfying flavor experience.
Hugos: Enjoy a delightful lunch at Hugos, a charming eatery known for its fresh ingredients and creative culinary offerings. From salads to sandwiches, their menu has something for everyone.
Feed and Folly: Experience a true farm-to-table lunch at Feed and Folly, where locally sourced ingredients shine in their delicious and hearty dishes. Indulge in the flavors of the region while supporting local farmers.
Oven and Tap: Relish a memorable dining experience at Oven and Tap, where wood-fired pizzas, artisanal dishes and a warm ambiance create the perfect setting for a delicious dinner. Their fried cheese starter followed by a Sweet Joe pizza is a hard meal to beat.
Preacher's Son: Delight in a unique dining experience at Preacher's Son, a restaurant housed in a converted church that serves innovative and sustainable cuisine. Enjoy the divine flavors and the one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
Lady Slipper: Unwind and enjoy craft cocktails at Lady Slipper, a stylish bar with a sophisticated atmosphere. Sip on expertly mixed drinks and savor the evening.
Bentonville Brewery: Discover the local beer scene at Bentonville Brewery, where a wide selection of brews awaits. Enjoy the laid-back vibe and take in the sun on their massive patio (with its own dog park for your entertainment.)
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