With spring right around the corner, many of us need a weekend getaway to say goodbye to winter and start enjoying the warmer weather, longer days and sweet smell of springtime air. Fayetteville is an ideal in-state destination this time of year. Downtown Fayetteville features all of the great things about the city: restaurants, nightlife, trails, shopping, entertainment and more.
Two great places to stay downtown are the Dickson Street Inn, a boutique bed and breakfast, and Graduate Fayetteville, located on the square and designated “Bike-Friendly” by the League of American Bicyclists. The Razorback Regional Greenway runs right through the heart of downtown, so many guests ditch their keys, opting to bring a bike — or take advantage of the city’s ride-share bikes and scooters.
For shopping, both The Milk Carton and modern mercantile City Supply are excellent stores for gifts. Maude Boutique caters to fashion-forward ladies, and Block Street Records caters to music lovers with an eye for vintage and vinyl.
Art enthusiasts can do a scavenger hunt for public art, which is always popping up. Recent installations by L.A.-based Bumblebee and local artists Octavio Logo and Eugene Sargent are awe-inspiring.
The Walton Arts Center host two plays this month: A Midsummer Night’s Dream March 12-13 and Broadway’s Next Hit Musical March 18-19.
When it’s time to fuel up, downtown restaurants are diverse and delicious. Hammontree’s serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Xuma Kitchens features Mexican high cuisine, and Wake and Bake is a new bakery and brunch spot with a rooftop patio.
Want to enjoy a cocktail or local craft beer? Downtown Fayetteville is within the newly formed Outdoor Refreshment Area, which allows you to take drinks outside from more than 60 businesses.
However you like to unwind, downtown Fayetteville has it!