Looking for a romantic getaway for you and your significant other that has the beauty and excursions of far away places but is actually a hop, skip and a jump out your front door? Then look no further than Bentonville. With plenty of exquisite restaurants, galleries and outdoor activities, Bentonville can make you feel like you’ve hopped off a plane and landed in a prime vacation destination – but without the risk of traveling during a pandemic.
Bentonville is ready for the lucky couple who will get to enjoy the many highlights the city has to offer. A one-night stay at the singular 21c Museum and Hotel has been arranged. 21c is a jack of all trades in its convergence of a hotel, art gallery and gourmet restaurant. There is so much to explore in the hotel alone, but the weekend doesn’t stop there.
Enjoy dinner for two at The Preacher’s Son, a restored historic church known for its incredible fine dining. Executive chef Neal Gray, an Arkansas native and highly experienced culinary artist, has created a balance between exquisite cuisine and approachability. The restaurant partners with many local farmers and producers to create the fresh taste that can only be found in Arkansas.
If there is one thing that most Arkansans can’t live without, it’s coffee. Bentonville is the place to get that coffee fix, and the Getaway Weekend has everything taken care of. There will be a coffee experience with Airship Coffee. The coffee shop has a wonderful story that coincides with their wonderful brew. Airship Coffee is a hub in Bentonville for its comfortable atmosphere and with its new location, a perfect spot for cyclists looking for the perfect mountain trail.
The other tasty treat Arkansans can’t survive without is chocolate – so don’t worry, there will be chocolate. The treat will come from 8th Street Market, and for those unfamiliar with Bentonville, this market is a food hub for the community to let loose and support local vendors. A common theme in Bentonville is the adhesiveness of the community. The city has many up-and-coming local businesses that allow the city to continue growing and earning its name as a must-visit in the state.
Crystal Bridges Museum and the Momentary are two sites that cannot be passed up when staying in Bentonville. Fortunately, the Getaway Weekend features visits to both. The current exhibits at Crystal Bridges include the “North Forest Lights,” “Crafting America” and “After the Last Supper.” The Momentary will soon feature “Sarah Cain: In Nature” from February 13 to May 30.
Covering all the bases, Bentonville knows no limits to what it can provide to the public – proving that Bentonville is the prime vacation spot. “Our city is truly a unique destination filled with culture and a real sense of community. A warm welcome and friendly smile are something everyone experiences as soon as they arrive,” says Aaron Mullins, director of communications and marketing at Visit Bentonville.
Bentonville trails can lead you to Crystal Bridges, the Downtown Square and almost directly anywhere. “Most people are immediately struck by the quality of art, cycling, and natural beauty we have to offer. Whether it’s touring the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Momentary, the Walmart Museum, the 21c Museum, or just exploring our vast trail network from the downtown square, we know couples will enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend in Bentonville,” Mullins says. “We also know they’ll be delighted to find a wide variety of restaurants, boutiques, breweries, and coffee shops in our little slice of paradise.”
This travel destination provides all the perks of going out of state but adds the chance to support Arkansas’s own businesses. The perfect romantic getaway is only up the street. Go ahead and pack your bags and get the car started!