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So many potential uses for a unique property in Downtown Bentonville!

March 26th, 2018 by Laughlin House

Ever since Laughlin House has been listed on the market, many people have asked us whether we’re selling it as a B&B.  In short, the answers is ‘maybe.’ Laughlin House has been a fabulous bed and breakfast, but there’s no reason to limit the possibilities for the property. With our location in downtown Bentonville, and our zoning (Downtown Edge), there are tons of potential uses  – both residential or commercial. Here are some ideas we had. We’d love to see what potential buyers come up with!

How about living in it, you know, as a house? You bet! We’ve made no weird or awkward updates to the property that would limit its use to just a B&B – so if you’re in need of a gorgeous house in an ideal location, Laughlin House may be the perfect home for you.

How about an office? Yes! The set-up is perfect for law offices, marketing agencies, co-working space, whatever you can think up! The house is divided into no less than 10 unique spaces in the main house, plus another couple in the garage. The possibilities are endless.

How about an art gallery? We can think of no better setting for all manner of art to display. Add a wine bar or taproom and you’ll have some built-in traffic.

Spa? Cool. We love that idea. There are even two separate washer/dryer hookups, so you can do all the laundry you want.

Cyclist Retreat? Um, awesome. Recently we had a group of eight cyclists reserve the house for the week, and they rode all the mountain bike trails in the area. Plenty of space to store the bikes. Luxurious accommodations for the group. What’s not to love?

Event space? We’ve had some pretty great events here. There’s nothing better than a springtime event in the yard – throw all the doors open, add a bit of live music. The house loves it.

Retail? With those 10-12 unique spaces inside the house, several different boutiques, shops, or other businesses could come together to create a really cool shopping vibe.

How about a restaurant? Well, why not? The zoning is already there – you’d just need to either to convert the kitchen (or garage space) into a commercial kitchen or maybe add a food truck to serve as the kitchen space. Then (for any of these ideas, of course) apply for the appropriate conditional use permit, and … Voila! The house is a restaurant. (Or maybe a high-end bar. Or both.)

Why not keep it a B&B? Great! And if you want to keep our current furnishings, that’s an option, too.

Laughlin House is such a unique, wonderful space. We want to see it continue to flourish after we’ve moved on. Interested in exploring one of these possibilities? Call our real estate agent, Michelle Dearing at 479-366-7321.

Our favorite dog-friendly patios in Downtown Bentonville

May 3rd, 2016 by Laughlin House

Three seasons of the year, you’ll likely find the three of us (Don, Jenny and Twinkie) haunting one of several dog-friendly patios at one of the great restaurants or microbreweries in the downtown area. Nothing beats a laid-back afternoon, drinks and appetizers in hand, dog at our feet, surveying the swirl of activity around the Square. It’s our version of good old-fashioned Porch Sittin’.
Patios that welcome dogs are a must, of course. Also, visitors take note: If there’s a fence/rail around the restaurant’s patio, you can enjoy alcohol outside. No rail? Sorry, no alcohol.

One of Twinkie's favorite dog-friendly patios in Bentonville

Where there’s a patio, there’s a Twinkie.

Our favorites:

Pressroom. — Not only do we get to dine on some of the most delicious culinary creations in town, but Twinkie gets doted on by all of the staff. We have yet to meet a server or bartender who doesn’t make a beeline to give her some love and attention. Here’s a handy tip from experience – if you bring your dog along, you might want to refrain from sitting in the lounge chairs at the north end of the patio – the low-slung table is just the right height for your pooch to mooch.

Ramo d’Olívo — The vinegar and oil shop and soon-to-open sandwich shop has a really great little wine bar that spills out onto a lovely, ever-expanding garden and patio area. The shop’s owner, Laura, has been working her master gardener magic on the outdoor space. We’re here at least twice a week. I order a glass or two of cabernet, Don orders a pint or two of his favorite local stout or IPA, we share a meat and cheese plate, and Twinkie has come to expect her two biscuits, brought to her with a flourish from James (the manager) and/or Stephanie, who lavishes her with attention. They also have patio space heaters and a basket full of blankets for chilly days. (We just took advantage of them yesterday.)

Bike Rack Brewery — small local microbrewery just a few blocks from us (in the new Arts District) with a great patio area. Dogs are always welcome. Twinkie can’t walk past Bike Rack without turning in to the gated patio – she apparently thinks it’s her home away from home. (What does that say about us, I wonder?)  One of our favorite things about it is that it’s attached to Pedaler’s Pub and it’s situated across the street from a couple of food trucks, so you can get some food in your belly to help cushion the beer. We usually sit on Bike Rack’s patio and order a pizza or salad from next door.

Pedaler’s Pub — has excellent, wood-fired, gourmet pizza, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. The pizzas are just big enough for two to split without feeling ridiculously full; and if you’re watching your carbs, the entree salads are big and filling. Their patio (in the back) is a great place for dogs to hang out while their owners eat. They have local brews on tap – but you can also order a beer from Bike Rack Brewery next door and bring it over.

Bentonville Brewing Company — (Yes, another brewery – just off the bike trail.)  Bentonville Brewing Company is dog-friendly all around. They allow dogs both inside their taproom and out on their patio. It’s a bit further from the B&B for us, a few blocks south of the Square, but the mile-or-so walk is a good way to burn off some of the beer calories and to tire Twinkie out. Erin and Dara and the rest of the crew keep dog biscuits and big vats of water on-hand for dog friends who sidle up to the bar. There’s a stage for live music, and they also have a food-delivery partnership with Blu Fish Market, which is about a block down the street from their space.

Outside of Bentonville, you can find us on the patio at Apple Blossom Brewery in north Fayetteville or the Farmer’s Table in south Fayetteville.

These are just a handful of awesome dog-friendly patios throughout Bentonville and NWA. Once we venture out to find more dog-friendly patios, we’ll add them to our list and you’ll probably find us there, too.

See you on a patio soon!


New additions to the downtown Bentonville scene

February 8th, 2016 by Laughlin House

These past few months have seen a flurry of new activity around the square, adding several new great places to eat, drink and shop within an easy walking distance from the B&B.

The new Midtown Shopping Center a couple of blocks from us has opened with a bang, bringing with it the new Walmart Neighborhood Market Downtown (yay! It’s changed our lives), Onyx Coffee Lab (a hip, trendy coffee bar), the newly relocated and expanded Pressroom restaurant (beautiful setting, excellent food), Lola boutique (clothing for women), The Independent (clothing for guys), and Backwoods Bentonville (an outdoor outfitter).

Also new – across from 21C Hotel you’ll find a great little boutique called In Season, filled with high-end clothing and gifts, all made in the U.S.

A bit further south on NW A Street, across from Bike Rack Brewery and Pedaler’s Pub on the ground floor of the Thrive housing complex, the new Foxhole Public House is now serving coffee, food and cocktails. Across the way is Gearhead Outfitters, specializing in activewear apparel and gear.

The Square and surrounding areas are transforming before our eyes. With these additions to the already thriving foodie scene, fun local shops, trails and museums, Don and I pretty much have no need to drive anywhere anymore, and neither do our guests.

There’s so much more on the horizon with all of the construction and development happening around us. More places, events and unique experiences to come in the next few months. Stay tuned for updates!


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!