AOK Guide to Bentonville, Arkansas

AOK Guide to Bentonville, Arkansas

Travel blogger Amanda Martin shares a weekend travel guide to Bentonville, Arkansas

Whats up from Bentonville, Arkansas! This publish has been on my to-do checklist for solely too lengthy. My dad and mom moved to Northwest Arkansas about 4 years in the past….and it’s whole a hidden gem. I really like to go to and discover the world. It’s jam filled with good meals, purchasing and out of doors actions. Bentonville is named the birthplace and headquarters of Walmart however the metropolis is a lot greater than that. It boasts a novel aesthetic that I can solely describe as historic southern attraction blended with eclectic hipster vibes. 

Arkansas is the “Pure State” and Bentonville is situated within the Northwest nook of the state on the sting of the Ozark Mountains. It’s completely stunning (particularly within the fall) with tons of timber, hills, lakes, rivers, trails and curvy roads. It’s a simple drive from Oklahoma, North Texas, Missouri, Kansas and even western Tennessee. There are additionally plenty of different small cities surrounding it together with Rogers, Bella Vista, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville and Springdale, all that are charming in their very own methods! 
Apologies upfront for not having a ton of fine photographs for the actions and eating places….since my dad and mom, my brother, and some shut associates stay in NWA (NW Arkansas), I am often extra centered on the folks in entrance of me and fewer centered on taking photos for the weblog or Instagram once I’m on the town. The under photographs have been taken during the last couple of years! 
travel blogger @amandasok kayaks in Northwest Arkansas
What to Do
Crystal Bridges Museum – disclaimer: I’ve but to go to the Crystal Bridges Museum….. however I do know it is likely one of the hottest vacationer points of interest in NWA! They try to unite the facility of artwork with the fantastic thing about nature. The museum is nestled in 120 acres of Ozark woods and surrounded by 3.5 miles of strolling trails all whereas being proper in the midst of downtown Bentonville. Through the holidays, they placed on the “North Forest Lights” show on the encompassing trails.
The Walmart Museum – situated within the unique Walton’s 5 & 10 constructing on the sq. (which opened in 1900), the museum at all times has free admission and tells the story of Sam Walton / the start of Walmart. I really like that it nonetheless appears like a mother and pop store on the within and features a yummy ice cream soda store! Sam Walton and the Walton household actually helped make Bentonville what it’s as we speak and their story of beginning small and rising to be such a serious industrial retailer is actually inspiring! Notice: on the time of posting, the museum is closed attributable to covid.

Bike & Hike –  There are soooo many trails in NWA – 140 miles to be actual (each paved and unpaved)! Tanyard Creek Nature Path (which is definitely situated simply north of Bentonville in Bella Vista) is my private favourite for a fast hike. It’s only 2.2 miles however has a stunning stream and waterfall – it’s particularly fairly within the fall when the leaves are turning colours. Biking is a BIG deal in Bentonville, folks come from miles round to mountain bike the Ozark mountain trails. You possibly can lease bikes from Phat Tire if you do not have your personal! Discover path information right here.

Go to the Lake – NWA is dwelling to tons of lakes, streams rivers to discover! Many are open to the general public and supply seashores or boat leases (like paddle boards, kayaks, paddle boats or canoes). Discover lake information right here.
lifestyle and travel blogger Amanda's OK hikes the Tanyard Creek Nature Trail in Northwest Arkansas
The place to Eat & Drink
Onyx Espresso Lab – my favourite espresso OF.ALL.TIME. I purchase their beans to make use of at dwelling and at all times need to make a cease on the espresso store for an Onyx Delight (a honey, cinnamon, vanilla latte)! It is also simply tremendous aesthetically pleasing with fairly tile counters, greenery and wooden + yellow accents. Notice: on the time of posting, Onyx is open for takeout solely attributable to covid. 
Oven & Faucet – native pizza restaurant named for it is wooden fired pizza oven and beer faucet wall! 
Tavola Trattoria – tremendous yummy Italian meals. Come hungry and prepared for all of the carbs! I like to recommend the saltimbocca …. insert drool emoji. It should depart you miserably full from all of the wealthy creaminess however it’s well worth the ache. 
Tusk & Trotter – an American Brasserie with informal but upscale meals made with native elements when potential. Every part I’ve had right here is at all times drool worthy, filled with wealthy taste and really distinctive! 
Louise – this cafe is situated within the Thaden Fieldhouse on the little Bentonville airport! The diner-style cafe faces the runway so it’s actually enjoyable to look at planes take off and land while you’re consuming. It’s named for a Bentonville native, Louise McPhetridge Thaden, who was one of many biggest feminine aviators of her time. They’ve a fantastic brunch, lunch and dinner menu with plenty of wholesome, vegetarian and vegan choices. 
Pressroom – this cute, brilliant and ethereal restaurant has slightly little bit of all the pieces! A terrific espresso/beer/wine/cocktail drink menu in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, Pressroom will please everybody! 
Crepes Paulette – my household talked about this restaurant a lot that by the point I attempted it, I had extraordinarily excessive expectations……and I used to be not disenchanted! They provide genuine French crepes (all handheld) with a fusion of different cuisines and flavors inside! They’re owned by a Bentonville native + her French husband! They began as a meals truck and have expanded right into a brick and mortar location. 
Scotch & Soda – a fantastic place for a craft cocktail! This whiskey bar has a recent, upscale tavern vibe. They’ve over 300 whiskies out there and supply whisky flights and yummy bites. Don’t fret, in the event you aren’t a whiskey individual they provide different liquors as nicely! 
eighth Avenue Market – this “meals hub” is such a enjoyable place to go to and hang around at! They’ve a ton of meals stalls, meals vans, a brewery, a large life dimension shuffle board recreation, plenty of lounge areas to sit down in…. the native culinary faculty is even situated right here! I LOVE Markham & Fitz (a chocolate store with the most effective chocolate bars + sizzling chocolate drinks), Yeyo’s (scrumptious tacos), The Holler (the last word “hang around” space with meals, drinks and life dimension shuffle board), and Bike Rack Brewing. There are additionally plenty of little meals stalls and retailers (together with a tremendous cheese store). 
hot chocolate from Markham & Fitz at 8th Street Market

Onyx coffee in Bentonville, Arkansas is travel blogger Amanda Martin's favorite coffee
The place to Store
Elysian – that is my favourite boutique in Bentonville! They’ve such stylish, fashionable, and distinctive items. 
Treatment Highway – this boutique has the best moral and distinctive presents, garments and equipment.
Swanky Stylish – a basic boutique with unique areas in DFW. They delight themselves on maintaining costs reasonably priced and all of their items are in-style and lovable! 
Label – this retailer has SUCH good premium designer manufacturers (suppose: Free Folks, Lack of Colour, Barefoot Goals, and many others.) however the costs are stern! I often simply look, drool and get outfit inspiration! 
travel and lifestyle blogger Amanda Martin shares Bentonville, Arkansas's historical charm
The place to Keep
21c Museum Resort – in the event you’ve been round for lengthy chances are you’ll acknowledge the identify “21c” from plenty of my OKC posts! This boutique resort chain has a location in Bentonville, too, which in fact comes with it is personal trendy museum and bar/restaurant (The Hive)! I’ve not personally stayed on the Bentonville location (as a result of I keep at my mother or father’s home when I’m on the town), however whether it is something just like the OKC location, I do know it might be an exquisite dwelling base to your NWA keep. 21c at all times has huge, lofty rooms with plenty of pure mild plus they’re pet pleasant they usually present bike leases! 
travel and lifestyle blogger Amanda Martin shares her weekend guide to Bentonville, Arkansas
Bentonville (and all of NWA) is the right weekend getaway vacation spot for a household, a pair, or a bunch of associates! It’s large enough to maintain you occupied and entertained however sufficiently small that you could squeeze all of it into a number of days. In addition they have plenty of enjoyable occasions all year long (when covid is not occurring) so remember to try Go to Bentonville’s calendar! When you have been, I might love to listen to what your favourite spots are. If you have not been, what are you ready for?! 
Amanda's OK Blog

Powered by WPeMatico

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

78  +    =  88