Travel Destination: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Whenever I travel, I try my best to explore the city and connect with locals to find out the best hidden gems to then come share with you all here. That old school connection is what Old World New is all about. I’m so happy to be the direct connection in this travel post for y’all this time, since we are talking about my home town!
Fayetteville, AR is nestled cozily in the Ozark Mountains, which actually aren’t mountains – they’re just really big hills. Nevertheless, the rolling hills are covered with beautiful trees and lush fields. The best travel sight ever is when you are driving through northwest Arkansas during the fall – it is then that you can witness the gloriousness of the leaves changing colors. Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas, and Arkansans are serious about their Razorback football. I could really go on for days educating you all on my hometown – such as how it is illegal to spit on the side walk (that’s an old law that was never repealed or changed), but I’ll just get to the good travel info that you need. Let’s go to Fayetteville, y’all.
Where to Stay
Fayetteville has 3 local Bed & Breakfasts (all within one mile of each other), along with the usual chain hotels. I chose to stay at the Stay-Inn-Style Bed & Breakfast, just one street away from the Fayetteville Town Square.
Where to Eat
I could tell you every place I’ve ever eaten and every dish I like best, but I’ll spare you (for now, it will have its own post later), and I’ll give you a few out of my Top 10. I always have a hard time choosing between the last two, so if you’re in Fayetteville for two days or so, make your way to both!
Arsagas at the Depot
Crepes for breakfast, dinner and dessert!
Hole in the wall catfish joint. Not really a hole in the wall, but the food tastes so great, you’d think it was. I’ve hosted my family reunion dinner here, met with friends casually, and had Sunday dinner here. The catfish is good, but I love frog legs, and their frog legs are great! Also, I dare you to eat your fair share of fiixins (an endless appetizer of cole slaw, pickles and hush puppies) and finish your entire meal afterwards. I double dog dare ya!
From happy hour and appetizers to 15th & 23rd birthday parties being thrown here, Powerhouse has held me down!
Sights to See
So much for saving the best for last, I had to make this the first on my list of sights to see. This is my favorite place in the world, point blank period. This photo shows why.
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s first home was in Fayetteville, AR, where Bill taught at the Law School. They were married in this home.
University of Arkansas Campus
Full of historic and new buildings. Some of my favorite spots are the Arboretum at Old Main (pictured above) and the Greek Theater.
You can hike right in Fayetteville and even make your own outdoor oven-baked pizza (by appointment) at Mount Kessler.
The traditional Farmers’ Market happens on Saturday mornings at the Town Square. Not only can you buy local produce, flowers, and crafts, but you can also shop and eat at all of the stores that are on the square, you can adopt pets, and you can also hear music from local musicians on every corner.
I hope y’all make it to the Ozark Mountains, find my home city of Fayetteville, AR there, and explore some (or all) of the places I have told you about. I had a lot of fun backtracking my life in the form of facebook photos to find some of these pictures to share with you. Fayetteville is truly a great southern college city with a loving home-town feel. When you visit Fayetteville, follow this post for a virtual tour guide. Travel Destination: Fayetteville, Arkansas – accomplished!
xoxo, dolls & dudes