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It’s Breakfast time!

February 13th, 2016 by Laughlin House

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Open-Faced Breakfast Quesadillas

Guests often ask us to name our favorite thing about running a B&B. I can name many: sharing our home with our guests … getting to know a little about them … assessing their interests and making recommendations … and watching people fall in love with Bentonville.  (A bit less exciting — yet the majority of a small-time innkeeper’s life — is housekeeping. Dishes, room cleaning, maintenance, laundry, laundry and more laundry. Did I mention laundry? I can fold fitted sheets in my sleep.)

But of all the activities I love the best, I’d have to say playing host at the breakfast table is my favorite. To us it’s more than serving a memorable meal. It’s our time to get to know our guests.  So we put a lot of time, effort, and planning into breakfast each morning.

Every day we get the pleasure of waking up the house to comforting smells of locally roasted coffee, bacon, cinnamon-y baked breads and fresh-cut fruits. Delicious scents vary by day, of course, and (hint, hint) depend on any dietary restrictions or food allergies that we’ve been made aware of the day before ;-).

When the doors open and our guests emerge, it’s show-time.

Cheerful morning greetings. Bottomless coffee. Juice and fresh-cut fruit. The homemade entree du jour — could be Don’s Savory Waffles Benedict or Jenny’s Orange Ricotta Pancakes, or perhaps it’s Open-Faced Breakfast Quesadillas or Banana-Stuffed French Toast. Whatever the dish, it was made with love and served with much anticipation.

Once everyone has been served and they’ve made themselves comfortable, the real conversations start. The topics are endless.

We’ve learned a little bit about: What it was like to grow up in the Bachman-Wilson house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright … The process for shipping entire painting exhibits to other countries … All about working with Ansel Adams … What goes through one’s head when restoring a gown from Gone with the Wind … The coolest places to see on travels from Stuttgart, Germany, to Stuttgart, Arkansas … Walking the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain … Building a home in a Quonset hut … Hundreds of stories about grandchildren … Blowing glass marbles and the unbelievable collectors’ market for them …

You never know where the conversation may be headed next.

And you never know just who you may meet. We’ve had people from all walks of life chat with us over breakfast at our table. Broadway actors, philanthropists, artists, police officers, novelists, chicken farmers, textile conservators, biographers, World War II widows, librarians, bridal parties, neuroscientists, doctors, college professors, train conductors, real estate developers, Walmart suppliers, IRS collectors, doctors, newlyweds, retirees from a hundred different professions. They come from Paris, TX and Paris, France; Miami, FL and Miami, OK; Ontario, CA and Ontario, CN.

Tonight we have guests from St. Louis, Little Rock and Jackson, TN. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s breakfast discussions will reveal. I can smell the bread baking in the oven right now. The anticipation is sweet.

Until next time …

 

10 reasons to visit Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas this winter

November 19th, 2015 by Laughlin House

The colder the temps in Bentonville, the brighter the spirit – which is all the more reason to come visit this winter! Here are just a few of the things to look forward to in the weeks to come.

2015 Lighting of Square

  1. Winter Festivities begin.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Downtown Bentonville will be transformed into winter wonderland, with a variety of activities around the Square throughout the day.

— Start bright and early at the Square to cheer on your favorite runner in the annual Girls On the Run NWA 5k and 10k race. Race activities begin at 7 a.m.

— Afterward, shop for handmade, local gifts at the Winter Market inside the Meteor Guitar Gallery (128 W Central Ave.), from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

— Stick around for Ice skating. The Rink at Lawrence Plaza opens for the season starting at noon.

— Finally, the official Lighting of the Square ceremony starts at 6 p.m. on the Square. Be sure to stay for the orchestra, lighting of the tree, and ice skating show at Lawrence Plaza, starting a few minutes after the ceremony on the Square.

— (And we’d be remiss if we failed to mention Fayetteville’s Lights of the Ozarks, whose ceremony takes place the night before, Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.) Truly a mesmerizing spectacle of color and light.

  1. Call those Hogs! There are still a couple of Razorback home games left this season … why not take the opportunity to cheer them on?!
    – Saturday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m. Arkansas vs. Mississippi State.
    – Saturday, Nov. 27, 1:30 p.m., Arkansas vs. Missouri

 

  1. Picturing the Americas exhibit at Crystal Bridges, featuring more than 100 oil paintings, watercolors, prints, and photographs from artists in North and South America. Crystal Bridges is the only museum in the U.S. to host this exhibition. Open from Nov. 7 through Jan. 18.

 

  1. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson house is now open for tours on the Crystal Bridges grounds! Open for tours daily except Tuesdays. No cost, but advance tickets are required.

 

  1. Crystal Bridges recently extended its hours on Thursdays! You can now stay until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – which also means that their restaurant, Eleven, is open for dinner an extra day, too. Fantastic!

 

  1. Speaking of Eleven, if you haven’t experienced a Wednesday Over Water (WOW), you must go! A monthly event in the Crystal Bridges award-winning restaurant (for ages 21 and up) that mixes art with food and drink, it’s an experience that engages all the senses. The next one, themed “High South’s Greatest Hits” is on December 16 at 6 p.m. Make your reservations – these events tend to sell out fast.

 

Christmas Parade 2013 from roof of Walmart Museum

Christmas Parade 2013 from roof of Walmart Museum

  1. Annual Christmas Parade – one of the largest daytime parades in the state, according to the Visit Bentonville website. Thousands of participants will march or float down Main Street on Saturday, December 12, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  1. Warm up with a round of beers at one of the many new microbreweries, cideries or wineries in the area. Explore the Fayetteville Ale Trail on your own (be sure to have a designated driver), or book a tour with one of the new tour companies, like Hogshead Tours.Breweries by city include:

Bentonville: Bike Rack Brewery, Bentonville Brewing Company (you can walk to these from our B&B!)

Rogers: Ozark Beer Company, Core Tasting Room, Foster’s Pint and Plate

Springdale: Core Beer Company, Black Apple Crossing Cidery, Saddlebock Brewery

Fayetteville: Apple Blossom Brewery, Columbus House Brewery, Fossil Cove Brewery, West Mountain Brewing Company

 

  1. Go for a bike ride on sections (or all!) of the Razorback Regional Greenway to take in the beauty of NWA this winter. The main artery of a more elaborate trail system built in NWA over the last few years, the Greenway is officially open all the way from south Fayetteville all the way to Bella Vista. It’s a beautiful ride no matter what time of year. According to findings from a study published by the Walton Family Foundation, Northwest Arkansas has almost as many cyclists daily per capita as San Francisco.
  2. Or go for a walk! According to that same study, NWA has as many pedestrians per capita as San Diego (and more than Portland, OR!) There are plenty of brand new destinations to walk to from the B&B, including the recently opened downtown Walmart Neighborhood Market, Onyx Coffee Lab, Backwoods Bentonville, (soon to relocate) Pressroom and more!

No matter what your reason for visiting, we’ll be glad you came. Cheers!

 


 

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