Experience your new home away from home in Fayetteville, Arkansas with this quick guide to our favorite spots.
Surrounded by the Boston Mountains, painted with trees and made up of sweet southern hospitality, Fayetteville, Arkansas is an ideal home away from home. Its historic downtown square, the University of Arkansas and sports culture provides something for anyone and everyone to enjoy, and the arrival of spring has made everything from hiking and fishing to float trips and rocking climbing available to Fayetteville visitors.
Stay: Pratt Place Inn
What better way to end a long day in an unfamiliar city than somewhere that provides a balance of VIP-style service and the comfort of home? Pratt Place Inn and Barn is a local gem just west of the University of Arkansas’s Razorback Stadium. The boutique hotel offers lodging that welcomes guests with its Southern charm and European grace, and the Inn’s barn is also Northwest Arkansas’ most sought-after wedding venue.
2231 West Markham Rd.; prattplaceinn.com
Eat: Greenhouse Grille
Fayetteville’s awarding-winning Greenhouse Grille is best known for its focus on fresh ingredients, using local and organic options whenever possible. But don’t think its healthy mission leads to unsatisfactory food. Greenhouse’s menu features everything from mouth-watering hand cut sweet potato fries to risotto with locally grown butternut squash and pepper jack cheese burger with sautéed onions and avocado mayo.
481 S School Ave.; greenhousegrille.com
Do: Eureka Springs
For a trip within a trip, make the less than an hour drive to Eureka Springs, where you can soak up the beauty of the town’s picturesque historic district and stop by one of many one-of-a-kind shops or restaurants. On a sunny weekend, explore one of the many lakes and springs via boat or canoe, or take advantage of the annual Festival of the Arts, which showcases the local arts scene through exhibitions and events all May.
Shop: Lola Boutique
Downtown Fayetteville’s Lola Boutique is a favorite among stylish locals and fashion hunters just passing through thanks to an assortment of interesting basics, showstopping pieces and polished accesories. The shop’s modern, monochromatic interior lets clothing from labels like Cynthia Vincent, Rachel Zoe, Current/Elliot, Mara Hoffman and Elizabeth and James steal the spotlight. For a taste of the store’s chic offerings before or after your visit, check out owner Anne E. Cottrell’s blog, which features inspiration on how to style Lola’s pieces.
339 W Ave.; lolaboutique.com