I don’t know what I was expecting when Visit Bentonville invited me to be part of a group of bloggers to explore the city, but I am definitely glad I went! From food to shopping to the arts, I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay in the town previously best known as the home of Walmart. I found out it’s SO much more.
I won’t lie, I’m almost always here for any place that has a good food scene. I’ve gone on trips where my sole reason for being there was the food. I was pleasantly pleased with the food and drink scene in Bentonville.
Note: all of the enclosed videos in this post are very short and don’t have any sound so you can watch them from anywhere
Pressroom is such a cute spot where you can pull up to work and grab a pumpkin spice tea or a specialty latte. And of course you can grab some delicious comfort food as well.
They have the most delicious curry fries and pizzas! I had a speciality pizza with artichoke that at the moment is available on Wednesdays, but looking at the menu, their Greenie comes pretty close to what I had.
This is located inside the amazing 21c Hotel and Museum (it’s dope—it’s like a museum and a hotel rolled into one). I looooved the pimento cheese and the roasted pumpkin hummus, the fried eggplant, and the Hive burger.
I’m STILL thinking about The Eleven Burger. Yuuuum.
This is set in a building that used to be a church—the decor is phenomenal! I can’t say enough about their Fog Lifter cocktail (Cathead vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, pomegranate juice, orange simple mist)—it’s one of their best sellers for a reason. I’m also down with the gluten free smoked chicken pasta.
Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art
Crystal Bridges is the most beautiful museum I’ve ever seen. It’s a magnificent property that you can explore indoors as well as outdoors via the most gorgeous scenic trails. You can explore a majority of the exhibits at no cost as it is sponsored by Walmart.
I spent most of my time inside the Amy Sherald exhibit (she’s the artist behind Michelle Obama’s portrait at the Portrait Museum in DC), but was also taken on a joyful trip down memory lane via the Black is Beautiful exhibit by Genevieve Gaignard. In this piece you can walk right into the childhood bedroom of a young Black girl born in the 80s. Everywhere I looked I saw something that reminded me exactly of my own 80s/90s childhood: the Queen Helene cocoa butter, the Michael Jackson Thriller ViewMaster, the chocolate Cabbage Patch Kids, the xylophone, omg—SO MANY MEMORIES.
I also loved how much art was inside that spoke to much of today’s current social issues regarding race, economics, etc.
Again, no clue what I was expecting Bentonville, Arkansas to be like—perhaps deep down I was expecting farmers and cowboys? But it’s this really eclectic mix of Midwest and southern charm all rolled into one. I love how the buildings give a nice blend of rustic and modern. Much of Bentonville reminded me of a waaaaay less crowded Williamsburg—you have the cool places to eat and drink, the arts, and a good mix of people from not only around the U.S. but also around the world. I was born and raised and still live in the biggest city in the country, but I do love visiting smaller towns and seeing what life is like there. It also helps when they have great food and places to see like Crystal Bridges.
Now I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t stop in a boutique. I found the cutest gold lame pleated skirt at Label—which you can see in the video above.
All in all, I was enamored by Bentonville’s charm and really enjoyed my short time there.
Have you ever been to Bentonville? Have questions? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Jacket: ooooold from Piperlime which doesn’t even exist anymore
Sunglasses: Tom Ford
Earrings: ASOS (sold out—similar here)
Hair: Big Chop Hair Summer Curl custom colored by Gabrielle Corney