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7 reasons to visit Northwest Arkansas this fall

September 1st, 2016 by Laughlin House

Crystal Bridges Pond

Fall is an especially popular time to visit Northwest Arkansas. Here are our top 7 reasons why we love this season:

#1: Two words: Razorback Football. Who needs a pro football team when you have the Razorbacks? People around here are serious about our H
ogs. On game weekends, Fayetteville and the surrounding towns transform into a sea of red … tailgaters abound, a crackle of excitement in the air, the sounds of the Hog Call on the breeze. Season starts September 3. Check out this year’s schedule.Arkansas-Razorback-Logo-2001

#2: Bikes, Blues and BBQ. September 21-24, 2016.  Motorcycles for miles — time to get revved up! The third-largest motorcycle rally in the country, BBBBQ plays host to hundreds of thousands of bike enthusiasts, free live music, bike shows, organized rides, demo rides from top motorcycle brands, and a BBQ cookoff for state championship claim.

#3: Arts and Crafts Fairs, October 13-16, 2016. The original War Eagle Craft Fair has brought artisans, craftsmen and craft enthusiasts to the area for years. Visitors can find original, handmade work such as folk art, paintings, pottery, decorative items, quilts, clothing and jewelry, antiques, and more. Now in nine different venue locations around the area, visitors can pick their favorite venue or try to work them all in!  But don’t worry, if you can’t make it during Craft Fair season, you can always purchase local art in our little gift room when you stay with us

#4: Leaf Peeping. It’s no secret that Northwest Arkansas is gorgeous during the fall. It turns into a wonderland of reds, yellows and oranges. The peak week for color seems to vary by year, but late October is generally the best time to visit the Bentonville area to see the brightest colors.  And with the 36 miles of Razorback Regional Greenway Bike Trail linking up all the major
towns in NWA, you can immerse yourself in the color like never before!

Weeks of yard work at Laughlin House

#5: International Mountain Bike Association World Summit, November 10-12, 2016 — right here in Bentonville!  Mountain bike enthusiasts from all over the world will descend on our beautiful town for the IMBA World Summit that includes keynote speakers, educational sessions, an expo, networking and opportunities to explore our world-class mountain bike trails.

#6: Fresh Fall Flavors in our Foodie Heaven: Bentonville is quickly becoming known for its “High South Cuisine”, created by our concentrated collection of talented chefs who specialize in preparing fabulous dishes with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms. Fall dishes are sure to include creative variations on our favorite winter squashes, seeds and apple dishes. The Downtown Bentonville food scene is THE place to go beyond pumpkin spice. Cannot. Wait.

#7: Octoberfest Beer, of course. With more than a dozen craft breweries already here — and more on the way — you can bet that there will be some excellent Octoberfest brews to taste across the area. Explore the Fayetteville Ale Trail to try several of our favorites. Even more breweries and ciders are featured in the NWA Travel Guide. (Tip: Try the Core Brewery tasting room a couple of blocks from our house. Happy Hour is every Sunday-Thursday from 5-7 p.m. $2 pints, y’all! You can’t beat that!)

See you this fall!

Bentonville Film Festival returning May 3-8

February 28th, 2016 by Laughlin House

With Bentonville’s biggest “hometown company” being none other than Walmart Stores, Inc., our town plays host to droves of business people every week selling products and services. And because Walmart is the largest seller of goods in many consumer industries – including the entertainment industry – it should come as no surprise that from time to time, some of the business people visiting are pretty famous and influential.

You never know who you’ll run into on the Square or at Crystal Bridges or at the Walmart Home Office. Celebrities like Tom Cruise and Harry Connick, Jr., dining at Tavola Trattoria (it happened, I swear!)  George W. Bush riding the mountain bike trails (I kid you not. Saw it with my own eyes.) Drew Barrymore promoting her Walmart-exclusive makeup line “Flower”.  Famous musicians, athletes, business icons, world leaders, philanthropists, politicians … the list of names and causes who’ve visited our town is endless.

In May, (May 3-8, to be exact), Bentonville will host more notable personalities than normal as they serve as judges, panelists, speakers and hosts for the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF). Geena Davis is the co-chair of the event, and she brings friends and colleagues along with her to promote the festival. Last year attendees had the opportunity to hear Geena, Rosie O’Donnell, Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Soldedad O’Brien, and plenty of other famous faces in film and media speak.

WAY beyond just a place for celebrities to converge, BFF promotes a worthy cause. Its mission is to champion women and diverse voices in media. The festival is intended to bring together filmmakers and media content creators to influence media in depicting a range of gender and diversity.

In order to qualify for BFF, film submissions must meet at least two of the following criteria: the film must have a female or diverse director, producer, writer or lead character, or that at least half of the cast, crew or extras are either female or diverse (or both!).

And the other really, really awesome thing about it — the winning films are automatically guaranteed distribution, which could include a theatrical release via AMC theaters,  television release via STARZ and Lifetime, and digital and retail home entertainment distribution in partnership with Walmart.

This year all of the film screenings are rumored to be in the downtown area, which we’re really excited about. More details about the schedule and venues to come as soon as its been released!

BFF is just one of several events we can count on to be fun, entertaining and educational this year.

In fact, be on the lookout for more exciting events in the area in 2016. Coming November 10-12, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will be hosting its World Mountain Bike Summit in Bentonville! According to their website, the World Summit program “includes keynote speakers, educational sessions, an expo, networking and—of course—plenty of time to explore local trails.”

More to come on that, too.

Until next time …

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