As the world around us begins to open back up, now is the best time explore Bentonville, and take full advantage of the natural beauty of the Ozarks. Lovers of the outdoors will find miles of biking and hiking adventures, art enthusiasts will experience world class institutions throughout the city and foodies will never go hungry! 21c Bentonville makes the perfect home base for your adventure. The hotel has prioritized the safety of both teammates and guests, so you’ll find new cleanliness and wellness policies. Not everything has changed; you’ll still experience the same southern hospitality and amazing contemporary art exhibitions that have made the hotel an attraction in itself. Located just a block over from the picturesque Bentonville Square with its pretty plot of green flanked by the courthouse, bank, and five-and-dime store, seems to shine brightest in the sunshine. Here are our can’t-miss recommendations for what to do while you’re in town:
Start your day with breakfast and coffee from local favorite Onyx Coffee Lab. For a unique breakfast experience, head over to Louise – an all-day café in Thaden Fieldhouse so you can eat on the runway- watch planes take off or enjoy the lake views. Take advantage of their large patio and lawn. If it is Sunday and you are in the mood to brunch, Preacher’s Son is a must.
Ready to explore Bentonville? Don’t forget a mask as some places may require one. Stroll through The Crystal Bridges Art Museum to experience the power of art with the beauty of nature. A one-of-a-kind of experience with both interior galleries and outdoor trails. The Hank Willis Thomas Exhibit:All Things Being Equal… has been extended. Thomas examines popular culture and how art can raise awareness in the ongoing struggle for social justice and civil rights. This past year, Crystal Bridges opened a brand new contemporary art space, The Momentary, which has been built in a former cheese plant. Head up to The Tower bar for cocktails plus the best views in Bentonville. The dual exhibition between Crystal Bridges and The Momentary, State of the Art 2020is free at both locations and features work from a group of 61 diverse artists across the country.
Here for the great outdoors? We don’t blame you! Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Park has something for everyone including clean flow, major downhills, technical rocks, and huge beams. While in the park, you can spot remnants of a long-abandoned railroad project. In fact, take the Rock Ledge Trail that starts at Crystal Bridges to follow this old railroad bed that was built through some of the rockiest terrain in the area. Razorback Regional Greenway: Running through an array of natural features, you’ll spot idyllic lakes, flowing creeks and vistas while cycling on the Greenway. From 21c, you’d be wise to take the trail north towards Bella Vista. This will take you through the scenic Compton Gardens and past Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. On the trail, you’ll see plenty of other bikers, as well as runners, walkers, and rollerbladers. For those looking to just dip their toes into cycling, you can borrow one of 21c’s complimentary cruiser bikes to enjoy the sights of Downtown Bentonville.
Have you worked up an appetite? Executive Chef Matt McClure and his team of The Hive are serving up some of the best High South food in the state. After dinner end the night playing shuffleboard at The Holler- 8th Street. Or grab a pizza from Oven and Tap to-go and enjoy a picnic in The Square. Followed with a nightcap from Undercroft-try one of their Signature Cocktails like the Double Barrel or The OG Fizz.
We hope to see you in Bentonville. Plan your adventure today!