Oh goodness. This is gonna be a long one, with lots of pictures, so just go ahead and prepare yourselves roadtrip-style: get your snacks, take a bathroom break, pack up your pillow, get comfy.
We stayed in Bentonville, AR. over the weekend and had the. loveliest. time. Like I said in my last post, this area is one of my very favorites to visit. The area is so pretty, there are lots of different things to do, the people are really friendly, so many charming, yummy places to eat… I could go on about my love for this place for the next 5 years, so I’ll stop there. You get the picture
We arrived at our hotel Friday evening around 6, and we were starving! I’d seen good reviews online for a restaurant called Table Mesa, and had my heart set on eating there all day. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. First of all, it’s on the square, which is just the cutest little downtown area EVER! Lots of little eateries, most of which have tables to eat outside with a view of the prettiest fountain surrounded by flowers. Anyway, the food at Table Mesa was so. so. soooo. good. We ordered cream cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates as an appetizer, and they were gone before I could even consider taking a picture. Oh my word. I know I’ll fall short, but I’m going to try to remake them at home. So delicious. And the atmosphere of the restaurant is so cool! Trendy and casual, the brick walls made it feel almost coffee house like, but definitely nicer. There are tea light candles on all the tables which add a little bit of romance. I just loved it!
After dinner we walked across the street to sit by the fountain. There were lots of families out and about, and live music. The people here obviously love/appreciate their community, and everyone was just having a really nice time!
After we left, we went to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This place is really cool! The architecture of the building itself is so unique. We went a couple of years ago, but it was near closing time, so we didn’t get to really appreciate the whole experience. I enjoyed the artwork, but I could. not. get over the frames! They are so intricate and detailed and beautiful!
Saturday morning we went to the Bentonville Farmers Market (on the square), which was really more like a little street fair! So many vendors, all offering the most amazing produce, flowers, decor… it was amazing. I was dying over some of the bouquets and fruit (the blueberries looked so good!), but just came away with a bottle of boysenberry syrup (which is really tasty!). We kind of planned the trip around the Farmers Market. The first time I saw this little event was on our first trip back in 2012, but our day was already planned and we didn’t really have time to look around. We went to Eureka Springs last year and made our way back over to Bentonville on that trip, but it was during the middle of the week, so we missed it again. Third time’s a charm, right? I didn’t want to miss it again, so we made sure to come on a weekend and make it a priority this time around. So much fun!
From there we walked to a couple of boutiques (which I wanted to move in to. They had the cutest things, and Posh Alley Boutique had the most amazing smelling candles!), and then drove to Compton Gardens just a little bit down the road. We actually missed our turn and had to come back because the gardens are tucked away behind trees. I didn’t expect what we saw… the cutest little trail beneath towering trees, a tiny stream running over stones, several little bridges. It was lovely. Also, humid.
After the gardens, we made our way over to Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers and did a little shopping. Matt was in serious need of some new summer shirts, and I’ll never turn down an opportunity to shop I love this mall. It’s really nice to walk around outside, and last time we came here there was live music and a big outdoor seating area on a patch of grass. The landscaping here is just beautiful! I did manage to find a bag from Target that I’d been searching for, which was just the cherry on top of the whole day! We ate at Fish City Grill for lunch, where I had some pretty delicious fish tacos.
Sent this to Matt to get his opinion and help make my decision. His response? “Hm, hard to tell. I really don’t know. You’ll have to pick.” That boy
We got back to the hotel in the early afternoon and decided to take advantage of the hot tub for a few minutes, then relaxed in our room for a couple of hours. It poured for about 45 minutes before dinner, but was really nice and cool after that. And then my favorite meal of the trip: Sushi House. Oh my goodness guys. First of all, the service is A.MAZ.ING. We got our food in less than 10 minutes after we ordered it, and the staff is super ridiculously friendly. We had several different servers because they all just pitched in and helped. Everything was DELICIOUS. We ordered 2 rolls and chicken teriyaki. What we didn’t order that was just on the house? Miso soup, salad, 2 different rolls, and edamame. I couldn’t believe the feast in front of us! Also, it is the freshest, yummiest sushi I have ever. had. I wish it wasn’t 5 hours away. But then again, that might be a good thing. I was 2 bites away from having Matt roll me out of the restaurant. #noregrets
Sunday morning after checkout we stopped at Starbucks and I finally got to try the Oprah Chai Latte. OMGYUM. Chai is my favorite drink in the fall, and this one is so delicious. It’s different than your standard chai, in my opinion, in that it isn’t as spicy. Really good!
Then we headed out! I was so sad to leave. I’ve been trying (and failing ) to convince Matt to move here since we first visited in 2012. I just love it!
We have a couple of other trips planned this summer, and I can’t wait to share them with you! Let me know if any of you have vacays planned, I’d love to hear about them!