It really isn’t hard to find a place to chill out in Arkansas. With the abundance of lakes and rivers, beautiful views from mountaintops and back-country trails, we don’t have to travel far to find some time to commune with nature and do a little “forest bathing”. (That’s a real thing, look it up!!)
But some places are better than others for getting quiet, so we’ve put together a little list of places that make meditating easier.
There are a lot of reasons to appreciate the population growth Northwest Arkansas has experienced over the last twenty-odd years. Diversity, cultural entertainment options, retail accessibility are a few. But I would be lying if I said that the rise in the number of places to find good pie wasn’t also on the list.
Arkansas is home to a wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems, from the Ozark Plateau in the north, to the Delta in the east and south, and vast swaths of rich former prairie in the middle. And we can’t forget the amazing stands of pine forests on the western border. In each of these areas, there are wildflowers that can be found almost year-round.
For many of us, summertime in Arkansas brings to mind the sound of the electric ice cream maker. There are still electric ice cream makers available for sale in the world – some even have a cool vintage look with the little wooden barrel sides. But when you have an option for creamy, cold goodness available from a local food truck, the time and effort involved in making it yourself is greatly diminished. Hence, the popularity of a Fayetteville favorite, Chunky Dunk: A Milk & Cookies Truck.
As a writer, a good cup of coffee and free wi-fi is not just a luxury, it’s practically a requirement. There are days that, if I tried to work from home, the ever-present housekeeping tasks would intrude on my focus and prevent me from sitting down and getting words written. On those procrastination days, I have to pack up my laptop and planner and get out of the house, and I recently found a new spot that I’m loving a lot.
Taking a stroll around the Fayetteville, Arkansas square on a Saturday morning during farmers’ market season is a kind of Nirvana for anyone interested in the art and science of people-watching. It’s part social outing, part grocery shopping, part entertainment event, all rolled into one square block of one of the prettiest town squares in the state.
One booth that has steady sales and lots of return customers each week is Dripping Springs Garden.
School is out, the sun is shining, and for folks near Northwest Arkansas who love rusty old metal anything, handmade and unique accessories and home decor, vintage landscape paintings and ALL the old feedsack quilts, it’s also time for the Spring edition of The Junk Ranch in Prairie Grove!
One of the newest eateries in Bentonville is on a mission. Ozark Mountain Bagel Company wants to “spread joy, love and cream cheese” on their traditionally-made bagels, but you won’t find just plain white dough covered with lox in their kitchen – the recipes are as diverse as the community they serve. Owners Bill and Sheila Ford, are spreading joy, love and cream cheese in their new Bentonville eatery.
In Northwest Arkansas, like many other communities in the state, there are a number of thrift stores that offer a place to donate the things I’ve worn or looked at all winter and am now ready to pass along. But I’m not just a thrift store donor – I also buy 90% of my household goods and clothing secondhand.
Shopping thrift stores can be fun and a great money-saver if you know what you’re looking for, but you can waste precious time if you aren’t sure where to start. All thrift stores are NOT equal.
If you grew up in the 1980s and 90s, the words “Pac-Man” and “Frogger” may inspire flashbacks of time spent at video arcades. Even the local pizza joint, movie theater or gas station usually had a room that offered a selection of pinball and table console video games. If you obsessed about getting out of school so you could run to the 7-11 to see if you still had the high score on Asteroids, Arkadia Retrocade in Fayetteville will be a fantastic blast from the past.
Arkadia Retrocade opened in...
A century ago, the Ozark Chinquapin Tree (you might have heard it called an Ozark Chestnut) would have been a common sight as you wandered the forests of Arkansas.
As Talya Tate Boerner was growing up on her family’s cotton farm in Northeast Arkansas, she says she didn’t really think about being a writer, but her love for English class and the habit she had for writing little stories in her journal indicate that the seed was planted pretty early on.
As you’ve seen in several previous posts, an amazing number of Arkansans are busy in their workshops making delicious and beautiful things for us to give to our loved ones throughout the year.
The mountain vistas of the Ozark Mountains may not make you think immediately of an ocean floor, but that’s exactly what much of our region was just over 300 million years ago.
For many Arkansans, Fort Smith is a city full of historical significance, and they may know the stories of outlaws and hanging judges. But there’s a new breeze blowing in this river town that doesn’t include cowboy boots, unless they’re larger-than-life and painted on the side of a building.