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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!