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The Northwest Arkansas Visitors Guide is published annually by the Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association. Sandy Luetjen………............President Kent Butler……….........Vice President Jacqueline Wolven………....Secretary Marilyn Heifner………...........Treasurer

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Top: Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs (photo courtesy) Bottom L-R: Lake Bella Vista (by Marc Henning); Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (photo courtesy); Pinnacle Hills Promenade, Rogers (photo courtesy Visit Rogers)


About NATA The Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association (NATA) is the official nonprofit organization established for the purpose of encouraging and stimulating tourism travel and vacation business to and within the Northwest Arkansas region. It is one of 12 regional associations in the state created by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and includes Benton, Washington, Carroll and Madison counties. In addition to promoting the Northwest Arkansas region overall, NATA also represents, promotes and markets the four-county area’s many attractions, destinations and tourism entities. To learn more, visit NorthwestArkansas.org.

Board of Directors 2014-15 NATA is guided by a Board of Directors made up of Northwest Arkansas tourism and hospitality industry leaders. PRESIDENT Sandy Luetjen City of Siloam Springs VICE PRESIDENT Kent Butler The Great Passion Play SECRETARY Jacqueline Wolven Eureka Springs Downtown Network TREASURER Marilyn Heifner Fayetteville A&P Commission PAST PRESIDENT Jack Moyer Crescent Hotel / Eureka Springs

ELECTED DIRECTORS

ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVES

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Kathy Ferguson Bella Vista Village POA

Dana Mather Main Street Rogers, Inc. Diane Carroll Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Carroll County Sandy Martin Arts Council of Eureka Springs Madison County Daniel Godwin Withrow Springs State Park Ted Johnson Madison Coffee House Washington County Darcy Ballew Walton Arts Center Laura Jacobs University of Arkansas Mike McFarland Springdale A&P Commission & Arvest Bank

Tammy Thurow* Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber Kalene Griffith Bentonville CVB Mike Maloney Eureka Springs A&P Commission Mike Bishop* Eureka Springs Chamber Kym Hughes Fayetteville A&P Commission Jennifer Irwin* Fayetteville Chamber David Pemberton* Huntsville Chamber Visit Rogers Caroline Reddmann Springdale A&P Commission Patti Eiland* Siloam Springs Chamber

REGIONAL PARTNER Northwest Arkansas Council Top: Kings River; Inset: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Bottom: Downtown Fayetteville Square (photos courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism)

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table of contents 8 Regional

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8 Northwest Arkansas Map

27 Museums & Galleries

9 Visitor Information Centers

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Entertainment 31 Performing Arts

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Adventures 41 Lakes & Rivers 43 State Parks & Trails 46 Display Gardens 48 Daredevil Fun 49 Caves & Caverns 49 Go Wild! 50 Scenic Rides

22 Siloam Springs Snapshot 24 Springdale Snapshot

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Top (L-R): NWA Trails (photo courtesy Univ. of Ark.); Downtown Eureka Springs (photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism); Fayetteville Farmers Market, (photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P Commission) Bottom (L-R): Crystal Spring Trail, Bentonville (photo by Dero Sanford); Twin Springs Park, Siloam Springs (photo by Feyerabrand Photoartists); Walmart AMP, Rogers (photo courtesy)


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58 History & Heritage

59 Historical Sites, Museums & Monuments 63 Heritage Trails

74 At-A-Glance Index

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*For a listing of area attractions, see the At-A-Glance section, pgs. 74-80.

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Visit Rogers 317 W. Walnut Street Rogers, AR 72756 479.636.1240 (local) 800.364.1240 (toll free) www.VisitRogersArkansas.com

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Eureka Springs Visitors Information Center 516 Village Circle / Pine Mountain Village 479.253.8737 (local) 800.6EUREKA (toll free) Eureka Springs, AR 72632 www.EurekaSprings.org

Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce 103 E. Main Street Huntsville, AR 72740 479.738.6000 www.huntsvillearchamber.com

Siloam Springs Welcome Center 200 U.S. 412 Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479.524.4445

Bentonville Welcome Center 13750 Visitors Center Drive Bella Vista, AR 72714 479.855.3111

Arkansas State Welcome Centers:

Springdale Chamber of Commerce 202 W. Emma Avenue Springdale, AR 72765 479.872.2222 www.springdale.com

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Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau 104 E. Central Avenue Bentonville, AR 72712 479.271.9153 (local) 800.410.2535 (toll free) www.bentonville.org

Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce 108 E. University Street Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479.524.6466 www.SiloamChamber.com

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Fayetteville Visitors Bureau 21 S. Block Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 479.521.5776 (local) 800.766.4626 (toll free) www.ExperienceFayetteville.com

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Bella Vista Village POA 98 Clubhouse Drive Bella Vista, AR 72715 479.855.8000 (local) 866.242.1361 (toll free) www.BellaVistaPOA.com

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Welcome to

Outside of the nation’s very largest metropolitan areas, virtually no place in the U.S. is adding tourist amenities faster than Northwest Arkansas. It seems every year there’s a new attraction or venue to celebrate in the region. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 10 NorthwestArkansas.org

Photo by Stephen Ironside


Long heralded as a terrific place to enjoy the great outdoors, Northwest Arkansas also offers one-of-a-kind, big city attractions to complement the region’s quick access to lakes, mountains, hiking trails and rivers. A major tourist destination has been added just about every year since 2008, starting with the opening of Arvest Ballpark in Springdale as the home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league baseball team. Since then, Northwest Arkansas has welcomed Bentonville’s acclaimed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, arguably the most important new museum in the U.S. in decades; the Walmart AMP, an outdoor music venue bringing national headlining acts to Rogers; and the new Siloam Springs Kayak Park on the Illinois River for some serious whitewater action. Two major openings are slated for 2015 and should be ready for the busy summer and fall months that are popular times to visit Northwest Arkansas.

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The Amazeum, an exciting children’s learning museum in Bentonville, will be open mid-year, situated at the entrance to Crystal Bridges. Meanwhile, the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 36-mile paved trail network that meanders through six Northwest Arkansas cities, should be complete by springtime – sure to be a hit with locals and visitors alike.

Siloam Springs Kayak Park

Clockwise top to bottom: photo courtesy Walmart AMP; photo courtesy City of Siloam Springs; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P Commission

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Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

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Northwest Arkansas is a place of historical significance where important Civil War events took place, including the Battle of Pea Ridge among others. In modern times, the region has been shaped by highpowered leaders, such as former President

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Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The couple married in Fayetteville while they were faculty members at the University of Arkansas law school. The region is also home to popular music festivals, the much-loved arts community of Eureka Springs, a huge farmers market movement and Bikes, Blues and BBQ, one of the nation’s largest motorcycle rallies. Outdoor opportunities abound at state parks, national forests, Beaver Lake (with its 28,000 acres of clear water), the nearby Buffalo National River, and other area parks, lakes and rivers.

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The energy of Northwest Arkansas is unmatched as it’s home to the beloved Arkansas Razorbacks where the University of Arkansas provides some of the best collegiate sports venues in the nation. Three Fortune 500 companies – Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport Clockwise top to bottom: photo courtesy Univ. of Ark.; photo courtesy Rogers Lowell A&P; photo courtesy City of Siloam Springs; photo courtesy Univ. of Ark.


Welcome to Northwest Arkansas

the cities of Bentonville, Bella Vista, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Huntsville, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale – communities that continue to grow together as a dynamic region, while maintaining the warmth and hospitality that is characteristic of Arkansas as a whole. Downtown Eureka Springs

Services – and more than 1,400 Walmart suppliers that include well-known industry leaders such as Procter & Gamble, Heinz and Coca-Cola work together to drive the region’s fast-growing economy. Having hit the half-million population mark in 2014, Northwest Arkansas includes

You’ll find Northwest Arkansas friendly and comfortable. Outdoor recreation, as well as city fun, are a big part of the area’s appeal. Each city boasts gorgeous scenery, which is a Northwest Arkansas trademark. In the pages to follow, discover what makes each of these cities unique and why more than 3 million people visit Northwest Arkansas each year. Enjoy!

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Clockwise top to bottom: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; photo courtesy Walmart; photo courtesy Bentonville CVB; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P Commission

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City Snapshot

Bentonville

A New American Town Downtown Bentonville

Bentonville’s appeal comes from its ability to retain that small-town feel, while being home to the world headquarters of retail giant Walmart and emerging as a new arts and cultural haven. There are 72 historic buildings and homes in Bentonville, including the 1875 Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens. The downtown square features historic monuments and quaint shops, and is home to the 1928 Benton County Courthouse, a three-story neoclassical structure.

The Walton family has been generous to Bentonville and the region, as demonstrated with the 2011 opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Founded by Alice Walton, this internationally acclaimed museum features masterworks from Colonial times through today, along with touring exhibitions. New for 2015, the Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Bachman House – originally built in

While you are downtown, visit The Walmart Museum, which houses the original 5&10 store that Sam Walton opened on the town square in 1950. The museum boasts original floor tiles and a tin ceiling straight out of an earlier era, while interactive exhibits tell the American success story of Walmart.

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Bentonville At-A-Glance County: Benton Population: 40,167 Area: 31.29 sq. miles Founded: 1837 Popular Attractions Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / pg. 27 21c Museum Hotel / pg. 28 14 NorthwestArkansas.org

Amazeum / pg. 30 Arend Arts Center / pg. 32 Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra / pg. 34 Compton Gardens / pg. 46 Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park / pg. 54 Melvin Ford Aquatic Center / pg. 55 Museum of Native American History / pg. 60

Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens / pg. 60 Slaughter Pen Bike Trail / pg. 44 The Walmart Museum / pg. 61 Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau 104 E. Central Ave. (800) 410-2535 BentonvilleUSA.org

Clockwise top to bottom: photo by Emily McArthur; photo courtesy The Walmart Museum; photo courtesy Bentonville CVB


New Jersey – has been dismantled and reconstructed on the museum grounds. The opening of Crystal Bridges has also brought new cultural offerings downtown, such as the 21c Museum Hotel, which offers luxury accommodations with a contemporary art museum of its own. Meanwhile, downtown offers a full roster of festivals and family events. Visitors are filling up new restaurants and shops, and the atmosphere is trendy and colorful. The Amazeum, a brand new learning museum for children of all ages, also opens this year, and nearby, the Museum of Native American History boasts one of the

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most comprehensive artifact collections in the South. Many of the major points of interest are connected by municipal trails, and cyclists love to ride Bentonville’s Slaughter Pen trails with more than 20 miles of the finest single track in the country. The city is also near area lakes, state parks, golf courses, and other outdoor opportunities.

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Originally established as a summer resort town, Bella Vista Village evolved into a popular retirement community that young couples and families are now embracing, too. It has 36,000 acres of recreational offerings and more than $35 million in leisure amenities.

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The community also features 117 holes of golf, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 12 lighted tennis courts, racquetball courts, miniature golf courses, playgrounds, parks, pavilions, walking and biking trails, outdoor basketball and pickle ball courts, an RV park, fitness and recreation centers, and a gun range.

Popular Attractions Bella Vista Golf Courses / pg. 53 BV Historical Museum / pg. 62 Bella Vista Trails / pg. 44 Cooper Chapel / pg. 74 Veterans Wall of Honor / pg. 62

Top to bottom: photo by Timothy Hursley; photo by Marc F. Henning

Outdoor recreation is king here, and the Village’s seven beautiful lakes are ideal for fishing, skiing, swimming, boating, photography, wildlife watching and simply enjoying the great outdoors.

Bella Vista Lakes / pg. 41 Bella Vista Village POA 98 Clubhouse Dr. (866) 242-1361 BellaVistaPOA.com NorthwestArkansas.org 15


City Snapshot

Eureka Springs The Extraordinary Escape

Winding mountainside streets that don’t meet at right angles are the first clue that Eureka Springs has a flair all its own. The town’s Victorian architecture beckons visitors to enjoy leisurely scenic drives past historic homes of all shapes, sizes and colors hugging the picturesque cliff sides.

Downtown Eureka Springs Inset: Thorncrown Chapel

Eureka Springs’ entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 150 independent and unique retail shops and restaurants fill the town’s many elaborate Victorian gingerbread storefronts, and amazingly there’s not one national chain in its historic district. The culinary offerings on tap are plentiful, including American, Bavarian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Thai. The heavy influence of an artist community is obvious – from the beautiful galleries of fine art and fine jewelry, to creative outdoor art installations and art workshops. Festivals and special events are held year-round,

Eureka Springs At-A-Glance County: Carroll Population: 2,095 Area: 6.8 sq. miles Founded: 1879 Popular Attractions Aviation Cadet World / pg. 62 Blue Spring Heritage Center / pg. 46 16 NorthwestArkansas.org

spanning the gamut from classical music, opera, blues and jazz, to UFOs, antiques and the visual arts. Regular musical shows and The Great Passion Play draw visitors, as do other attractions such as the E. Fay Jones architectural delight that is Thorncrown Chapel and the incredible Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. The town is a favorite destination for motorcyclists, as well. Nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, Eureka is also a great hub for outdoor activities. Trout fishing is popular on the White River, and in Eureka Springs West, Beaver Lake offers the fun of water sports, camping, fishing and hiking. Mountain biking and zip lining are also popular here.

Cosmic Cavern / pg. 49 Eureka Springs Downtown District / pg. 30 Eureka Springs Historical Museum / pg. 60 Keels Creek Winery / pg. 74 Lake Leatherwood / pg. 45 Opera in the Ozarks / pg. 34 Ozark Mountain Ziplines / pg. 48 The Great Passion Play / pg. 31 Thorncrown Chapel / pg. 74

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge / pg. 49

Eureka Springs Visitors Information Center 516 Village Circle Pine Mountain Village (800) 6-EUREKA EurekaSprings.org

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Fayetteville The College Town

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The region’s largest city, home to the University of Arkansas and its beloved Razorbacks athletic teams, Fayetteville has long been at the very heart of Northwest Arkansas. Established in 1871, the U of A is the state’s flagship educational institution and consistently racks up academic accolades, while its state-of-the art sports facilities are some of the finest in the nation.

Dickson Street Entertainment District

Fayetteville At-A-Glance County: Washington Population: 78,960 Area: 53.85 sq. miles Founded: 1828 Popular Attractions Arkansas Air and Military Museum / pg. 59 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks / pg. 46 Butterfield Overland Trail / pg. 63 18 NorthwestArkansas.org

Fayetteville is home to an eclectic mix of people who take care to preserve the old, while embracing the new. History buffs can go back to the days of early aviation at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum, or see the early years of Bill and Hillary’s famous union at the Clinton House Museum. The historic Trail of Tears and Butterfield Overland Mail Co. Stagecoach route also pass through Fayetteville; both are part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System. Year-round, Fayetteville boasts a wide variety of unique destinations and events including Bikes, Blues and BBQ – the largest charity motorcycle rally in the country. First Thursday celebrations turn the downtown square into a vibrant arts district, while the Fayetteville Ale Trail lets connoisseurs experience the city’s microbrew culture firsthand.

Clinton House Museum / pg. 59 Fayetteville Ale Trail / pg. 74 Fayetteville Farmers Market / pg. 72 Fayetteville Underground / pg. 28 Headquarters House Museum and Garden / pg. 62 Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at WAC / pg. 29 Lake Fayetteville / pg. 45 Northwest Arkansas Mall / pg. 80 Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course / pg. 54

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas / pg. 34 Terra Studios / pg. 29 TheatreSquared / pg. 31 University of Arkansas / pg. 12 Walton Arts Center / pg. 31 Lake Wedington / pg. 41 Fayetteville Visitors Bureau 21 S. Block Ave. (800) 766-4626 ExperienceFayetteville.com

Clockwise top to bottom: photo by Steve Moore; photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P Commission; photo by Wesley Hitt


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From April through November, the Fayetteville Farmers Market fills the historic downtown square with fresh and organic foods, artisan crafts, music and fun, all in the quintessential setting of an attractive and thriving downtown. The downtown square and surrounding area is also known for its beautifully manicured gardens and specialty retail

Completing the downtown scene is Walton Arts Center, the region's epicenter for the performing arts, including touring Broadway productions. Fayetteville also has an extensive trail system with miles of new multiuse routes being added each year. And nature enthusiasts flock to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, with acres of themed gardens and the region’s only butterfly house.

The Huntsville Farmers Market is a popular place for residents and visitors to mix and mingle. Groups can enjoy the Ozark Natural Science Center, a residential ri Sp W i t h r ow field science center that offers hands-on activities, guest lodging, and miles of trails. Pa r k

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shops. And just blocks away, the Dickson Street Entertainment District is the hip place for more unique shopping, locally sourced restaurants and nightlife with tons of live music options.

Nearby attractions include the Kings River, one of the few remaining pristine free-flowing rivers in the country – a beautiful float any time of year. Other outdoor attractions include War Eagle Creek, Sweden Creek Falls, Arkansas Natural Heritage areas, and Withrow Springs State Park.

Popular Attractions Huntsville Farmers Market / pg. 72 Madison County Fair / pg. 67 Ozark Natural Science Center / pg. 74 Withrow Springs State Park / pg. 43

Top: photo courtesy Botanical Garden of the Ozarks; Bottom: photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

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Rogers

Where Possible Lives Downtown Rogers

The beauty and appeal of

Rogers can be found in its combination of nature, shopping and entertainment opportunities. Experience the best in big-name entertainment at the new Walmart AMP, which opened in 2014. Enjoy an impressive lineup of music superstars as they grace (or strut!) the stage at Arkansas’ largest outdoor music venue.

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Rogers At-A-Glance County: Benton Population: 60,112 Area: 37.94 sq. miles Founded: 1881 Popular Attractions Beaver Lake / pg. 41 20 NorthwestArkansas.org

The Pinnacle Hills Promenade outdoor retail center is home to premium stores and restaurants including Sephora, Pottery Barn, WilliamsSonoma, P. F. Chang’s and more, with the state's only Cabela's also located nearby. A business district with the newest hotels, restaurants and convention amenities, and a downtown loaded with history and hospitality welcome visitors with open arms. Downtown shopping is still a unique experience with quaint shops, locallyowned restaurants and brick-lined streets. The town is also home to numerous flea markets and antique malls. But just at the outskirts of these vibrant city offerings is Beaver Lake, featuring fishing, boating and all the water sports residents and visitors love. It’s also the location for the annual Walmart FLW professional fishing tour. Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area and War Eagle Mill round out the nearby outdoor offerings.

Daisy Airgun Museum / pg. 60 Hobbs State Park Conservation Area / pg. 43 Rogers Aquatic Center / pg. 55 Rogers Historical Museum / pg. 60 Rogers Little Theater / pg. 32 Scenic Hwy. 12 / pg. 45 Walmart AMP / pg. 31

War Eagle Cavern / pg. 49 War Eagle Mill and Bridge / pg. 62 Visit Rogers 317 W. Walnut St. (800) 364-1240 VisitRogersArkansas.com

Top to bottom: photo courtesy Rogers A&P; photo courtesy Pinnacle Hills Promenade; photo courtesy Rogers A&P; photo by Clayton Taylor


Our city motto is Where Possible Lives. So it’s only fitting that Rogers is a destination that is as accessible as it is exciting. Come enjoy the unmatched combination of great lodging with over 2,000 available hotel rooms, outdoor activities, excellent shopping, fine dining, and much more — all at prices that can accomodate any budget. Go to visitrogersarkansas.com to learn more or call 1-800-364-1240.

Scenic Highway 12 20 Miles Southwest of Eureka Springs 15 Miles East of Rogers

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Siloam Springs

picnic and pavilion facilites. The entire downtown is listed on the National Historic Register and is home to restaurants, shops, lodging and access to 10.5 miles of trails surrounding the city.

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The town is also home to John Brown University, with its Berry Performing Arts Center, which along with Sager Creek Arts Center, leads the way for local arts and entertainment. The Siloam Springs Museum preserves history dating back to 1839.

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Siloam Springs At-A-Glance County: Benton Population: 15,856 Area: 11.07 sq. miles Founded: 1882

Popular Attractions Siloam Springs Historic Downtown / pg. 22 Siloam Springs Museum / pg. 61 Cherokee Casino / pg. 74 Sager Creek Arts Center / pg. 34 Siloam Springs Kayak Park / pg. 48 The Family Aquatic Center / pg. 55

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City Snapshot

Springdale

Home to Baseball, History & Bull Riding Springdale is home to Tyson Foods Inc., one of the world’s largest food producers, established here in 1935. The Rodeo of the Ozarks, held annually since 1944, showcases some of the best rising stars in professional bull riding, and remains an important point of pride and passion. Both have been defining factors of this city for decades. And since 2008, another major draw is cheering on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league pro baseball team at

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its home field, Arvest Ballpark, which is also a spectacular regional venue hosting festivals, fairs and other events. Outstanding entertainment can be found downtown at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, with its regularly scheduled regional theater productions and visual arts exhibitions. And the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, established in 1965, continues to tell essential stories of the past history and heritage of Springdale and the surrounding region. Also downtown, the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers regular sightseeing excursions featuring stunning Ozark Mountain views.

Rodeo of the Ozarks Inset: The Jones Center

Springdale At-A-Glance County: Washington Population: 75,229 Area: 41.80 Founded: 1838 Popular Attractions Arkansas & Missouri Railroad / pg. 50 24 NorthwestArkansas.org

Located in eastern Springdale, The Jones Center features indoor pools, basketball courts and ice skating, and is also home to a farmers market.

Arts Center of the Ozarks / pg. 29 Northwest Arkansas Naturals / pg. 11, 53 Saddlebock Brewery / pg. 74 Sassafras Springs Vineyard / pg. 74 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History / pg. 61 Springdale Aquatic Center / pg. 55 The Jones Center / pg. 55

Tontitown Historical Museum (near Springdale) / pg. 62 Tontitown Winery (near Springdale) / pg. 74 Springdale Chamber of Commerce 202 W. Emma Ave. (479) 872-2222 springdale.com

Top: photo courtesy Northwest Arkansas Naturals; Inset: photo courtesy Jones Center; Bottom: photo courtesy Rodeo of the Ozarks


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Northwest Arkansas has a diverse and sophisticated arts scene that includes an American art museum with international appeal, as well as makers of fine Ozark crafts, acclaimed sculptors and painters, emerging opera stars, traveling Broadway shows, live community theater, arts festivals and more. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 26 NorthwestArkansas.org

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Museums & Visual Art Galleries

Explore Northwest Arkansas’ art museums and galleries, and discover works by local artists as well as those from across the globe. Several communities also host monthly art walks or gallery receptions in their arts districts. Photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

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600 Museum Way, Bentonville crystalbridges.org / 479-418-5700 Uniting the beauty of art and nature, this world-class museum celebrates the American sprit with a wide-ranging collection of masterworks from the Colonial era to present time. Its permanent collection boasts iconic images such as Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter and Asher Durand’s Kindred Spirits, while the museum

offers a changing array of special exhibits, such as the Van Gogh to Rothko: Modern Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery exhibit Feb. 21 through June 1, 2015. Nestled on 120 acres of pristine forest, the museum features galleries both indoors and out, as well as arts education classrooms and studios, a library, restaurant, meeting space, and store. Miles of walking trails traverse the grounds, some which are dotted with outdoor sculptures, including a James Turrell Skyspace. Admission is free. NorthwestArkansas.org 27


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200 NE “A” St., Bentonville 21cMuseumHotels.com/bentonville 479-286-6500 Curated rotating exhibitions, dynamic installations and live art events make this 104-room boutique hotel a unique contemporary art museum and cultural civic center. It has more than 12,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space. Iconic Green Penguins show up throughout the building, including at the popular onsite restaurant The Hive.

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101 W. Mountain, St. 222, Fayetteville fayettevilleunderground.com / 479-871-2722 Home to artist studios and galleries, the Underground showcases regional art and hosts national and international exhibitions. This nonprofit organization offers interactive arts events including music and spoken word performances. Exhibitions change frequently, and monthly opening night receptions are coordinated with downtown Fayetteville’s First Thursday art walk.

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Arts Center of the Ozarks

214 S. Main St., Springdale acozarks.org / 479-751-5441 Gallery showings for local and regional artists as well as many visual arts classes are offered here. The ACO has been making great entertainment and creative educational opportunities possible for all ages since 1967.

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery

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495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600 Located inside the Walton Arts Center, the gallery serves to connect patrons to the visual arts. It is used as an exhibition gallery space for both accomplished and emerging artists, as well as for temporary displays relating to performing arts offerings.

UA Fine Arts Center Gallery

116 Fine Arts Center, Fayetteville art.uark.edu/fineartsgallery / 479-575-7987 Part of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, the gallery features student works as well as works of visiting artists and faculty.

Windgate Visual Arts Galleries at John Brown University

2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs jbu.edu/art/gallery / 479-524-9500 The Windgate west building has generous gallery space capable of hosting a variety of shows, including many of John Brown University’s finest local artists, faculty and students. The Windgate east building features the solo and collaborative work of JBU students.

Terra Studios

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12103 Hazel Valley Road, Fayetteville terrastudios.com / 479-643-3185 or 800-255-8995 This whimsical art park is home to the world-famous Bluebird of Happiness. Watch the glassblowers, buy unique gifts, enjoy a snack in the cafe, play games, take a class or meditate at the labyrinth. Open daily. NorthwestArkansas.org 29


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eurekasprings.org / 866-947-4387 About 400 artists work in Eureka Springs, a friendly Ozark Mountain town filled with Victorian architecture and numerous galleries. With its entire downtown district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the town has been named one of the Top 10 Small Market Arts Destinations by American Style and one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Amazeum

209 NE 2nd St., Bentonville amazeum.org / 479-696-7938 Opening in 2015, the facility will contain about 50,000 square feet with an acre of outdoor space and is meant to engage the imagination of children of all ages, bringing art and science to life through hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs and resources. Expect elements such as a climbable canopy structure, exploratory wet lab, and a Tinkering Studio for budding inventors.

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Performing Arts

Community theater, dinner theater, traveling Broadway shows, symphony orchestras, headliner concerts, summer opera festivals and more make up the flourishing performing arts offerings in Northwest Arkansas. Walton Arts Center

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495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600 As the region's performing arts powerhouse, Walton Arts Center presents major Broadway productions, as well as music, dance and theater acts from around the world. Connecting and engaging audiences through inspiring arts experiences, it is the largest and busiest performing arts center in the state.

Walmart AMP

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5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers walmartAMP.com / 479-443-5600 This new outdoor amphitheater hosts celebrity headlining concerts from the best of every musical genre. With seating for 10,000 (3,000 covered chairs plus lawn seating), this venue also has great sight lines, concessions and other facilities, and is centrally located off I-49 in Rogers’ vibrant commercial district.

The Great Passion Play

set, and special lighting and sound effects on a large outdoor stage. The Institute of Outdoor Drama in Chapel Hill named it “America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama.” Also on the grounds: Christ of the Ozarks Statue, Holy Land Tour, Moses Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a section of the Berlin Wall, Church in the Grove, Bible Museum, Sacred Arts Museum and a buffet restaurant.

TheatreSquared

505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville theatre2.org / 479-443-5600 The region’s only year-round professional theatre company produces 160 annual performances reaching 30,000 patrons. It is Arkansas’ home for professional playwrights, developing scripts through the Arkansas New Play Festival and producing new works and world premieres each year.

University Theatre

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville theatre.uark.edu / 479-575-4752 The U of A’s Theatre Department presents a number of ticketed shows throughout the year. These first-rate productions offer invaluable hands-on experience for student actors, designers and crews.

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935 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs greatpassionplay.org / 800-882-7529 From May through October, this play depicts the last week of Christ’s life on earth with live animals, a cast of 170, a multi-level

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214 S. Main St., Springdale acozarks.org / 479-751-5441 From drama and dinner theatre to concerts and musicals, the ACO stage is full of entertainment. Private and semi-private acting classes are available, too.

Rogers Little Theater

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116 S. 2nd St., Rogers rogerslittletheater.org / 479-631-8988 Located downtown in the historic Victory Theater, this nonprofit community theater produces plays and musicals and offers special events throughout the year.

Arts Live Theatre

818 N. Sang Ave., Fayetteville artslivetheatre.com / 479-521-4932 This nonprofit theatre company offers programming by and for children and youth. With four to five mainstage productions each year, it features a series of after school, spring break and summer camp programs for grades K-12 in theatre production, acting, television production, radio theatre, reader’s theatre and more.

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Trike Theatre

209 NE 2nd St., Bentonville triketheatre.org / 479-464-5084 Northwest Arkansas’ professional theatre for youth, its mission is to encourage and inspire youth to see, participate in and learn through theater. A resident company of Walton Arts Center, Trike is rostered with the Arkansas Arts Council both as an Arts-InEducation and Arts-On-Tour organization.

Arend Arts Center

500 Tiger Boulevard, Bentonville district.bentonville12.org / 479-254-5000 A hub for school and community arts, the stage features performances from the elementary level to high school concerts and drama productions. Other community based arts organizations use the center as well.

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2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs jbu.edu / 479-524-9500 Located at John Brown University and home to the 500-seat Herklotz Auditorium, BPAC has a full orchestra pit and a 1,500-squarefoot performance area for orchestral concerts, choral concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, chapel services and more.

301 E. Twin Springs, Siloam Springs 479-957-1195 Offering community theater since 1984, the center is located in the old sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville sonamusic.org / 479-521-4166 Celebrating its 60th Anniversary Season this year, SoNA presents classical and pops performances under the direction of acclaimed Maestro Paul Haas. The performance season typically spans fall through spring.

Arend Arts Center, Bentonville arkansasphilharmonic.org / 479-841-4644 Under the baton of Maestro Steven Byess, this performing symphony offers several concerts each year with a mission to broaden and deepen the appreciation of the musical arts.

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16311 U.S. 62 W., Eureka Springs opera.org / 479-253-8595 Celebrating its 65th Anniversary Season in 2015, Opera in the Ozarks presents three fully-staged operas during its annual summer opera festival (June/July), where audiences enjoy 24+ performances by nationally auditioned emerging opera professionals in an air-conditioned outdoor theater. Singers are accompanied by a gifted orchestra featuring professional musicians from across the country.

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for 65 Years of Outstanding Performances! The Tales of Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach

Join us for our 65th Anniversary Season as Opera in the Ozarks presents another company of talented emerging artists.

La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi

24 Performances June 19 – July 17, 2015

La Cenerentola (Cinderella) Gioacchino Rossini

Visit opera.org for ticket and schedule information

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Eventful Arts

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firstthursdayfayetteville.com / 800-766-4626 A cultural arts experience on the downtown square, First Thursday in Fayetteville features the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities. This free event feels like a giant gallery opening every first Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., April through October. Also explore surrounding shops and restaurants offering special discounts during the event.

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eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com An “artrageous” parade, dozens of special art exhibits, artist demonstrations, receptions, gallery strolls, studio walks, concerts, art classes, theater and more are represented in this month-long event.

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waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600 The festival’s goal is to celebrate artists, influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives. That translates to awesome events such as riding your bike to trailside concerts. The Artosphere Festival Orchestra is a featured experience, too. The festival includes kids and family events, movement, visual arts and music performed throughout Northwest Arkansas June 16-27, 2015. Events are free or low cost to ensure the arts are accessible to the entire community.

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Eventful Arts

Jazz Eureka

jazzeureka.org Eureka Springs is hopping each year with free music in Basin Spring Park and big name acts at other venues around town.

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Bentonville Art and Culinary Festival

downtownbentonville.org Each summer in Bentonville, this festival celebrates art in all its forms with programming such as special culinary events, visual arts, live music, creative children’s activities, and film workshops.

Eureka Springs Blues Festival Weekend

eurekaspringsblues.com Presented by the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Blues Weekend is June 18-21, 2015. The main headliners are Chubby Carrier, Carolyn Wonderland and Walter Wolfman Washington. Shows will be held in various venues around Eureka Springs.

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waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600 Featuring three days of evening events for wine novices and connoisseurs. Discover new vintages with hundreds of wines on hand for tasting, and sample cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants. The epic toast takes place June 11-13, 2015 at Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street in Fayetteville’s entertainment district.

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Fayetteville Roots Festival

fayettevilleroots.com This four-day urban music festival celebrates music, food and culture. Local, regional and national artists play on multiple stages in multiple locations, with the main headliners featured each evening. Food sold during the festival focuses on locally grown produce, locally raised meats and locally made products.

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Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival

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Ozark Folk Festival in Eureka Springs

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Wakarusa Music Festival

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Harvest Music Festival

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seedlingfilm.com This annual independent film festival showcases Arkansas filmmakers. The lineup covers about 40 independent films in multiple genres including feature, short, documentary, animation, music video, and films with Arkansas connections.

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Outdoor Adventures Exploring the great outdoors in the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks can mean seeing the sun come up over a foggy river as you cast your line for trout, the wind against your face as you zipline through a hardwood forest, or the thrill of speeding across a lake in a bass boat. It can be the exhilaration of a skydive, or hiking and biking challenging trails. It comes in the form of watching eagles soar, paddling through whitewater, or relaxing by a campfire. Lake 40 Beaver NorthwestArkansas.org

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Lakes & Rivers

Beaver Lake

recreation.gov / 479-636-1210 Located in the Ozark Mountains with prime access points in or near Rogers, Eureka Springs and Springdale. Beaver Lake is a glistening treasure for boating, water sport lovers, anglers, hikers and birdwatchers. The 28,000 acres of clear water are surrounded by forests, tall bluffs and meadows. Campgrounds, resorts, marinas, restaurants and outfitters are plentiful.

Bella Vista Lakes

BellaVistaPOA.com / 479-855-8000 In the extreme northwest corner of Arkansas, Bella Vista offers seven lakes for fishing and water sports. Use of the lakes and facilities is available to all Bella Vista Village property owners and their guests.

Northwest Arkansas is blessed with rich scenery and numerous lakes and rivers that make this area a paradise for a multitude of outdoor activities. Lake Wedington

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15689 Lake Wedington Entry, Fayetteville recreation.gov / 479-442-3527 Surrounded by a lush hardwood forest and the 424-acre Lake Wedington Recreation Area, this 102-acre lake is regularly stocked with fish. The area is popular with anglers, canoeists, campers, hikers, mountain bikers and wildlife watchers. Amenities include a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes.

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nps.gov/buff / 870-439-2502 Experience towering limestone bluffs, whitewater rapids, inviting gravel bars, the Boxley Valley Historic District, Lost Valley, Indian Rockhouse and more along the nation’s first national river, which begins in neighboring Newton County and meanders through the Ozarks for about 135 miles. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available.

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arkansas.com The upper reaches of the White River are popular for canoeing from late October through spring, particularly the 31-mile stretch from near Fayetteville to below Brashears. Below Beaver Dam, near Eureka Springs, the White is a great cold-water trout fishery with numerous guides and outfitters to serve tourists.

Kings River

arkansas.com Popular with canoeists and kayakers, the Kings River provides about 50 miles of easy floating water, including popular stretches in both Carroll and Madison counties. Unique flora and fauna are found on its rocky banks and bluffs, and deep pools provide great fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass and other fish.

Mulberry River

arkansas.com / 479-964-7236 Excellent whitewater is found on this 70-mile river that was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1992. For canoeists and kayakers, it has rapids rated Class II-IV during the spring. With easy access from

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the nearby Pig Trail Scenic Byway, much of the river is within the 1.2-million-acre Ozark National Forest with several public campgrounds along its course.

Illinois River

arkansas.com This spring-fed river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye and flows into northeast Oklahoma. Near Siloam Springs, enhancements have been made to the Illinois to make it a nice Class II play spot for kayakers year round. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available.

Lake Sequoyah Park

6608 E. Lake Sequoyah Dr., Fayetteville With 1,400 acres of land and 389 acres of water, this park offers boating, fishing, nature watching, picnicking and hiking. The park has a marina, boat ramp and courtesy dock, while nature trails provide gorgeous views of the lake with plenty of fishing access. The area is noted for its plentiful bird population, including the Great Blue Heron, American Bald Eagle and Belted Kingfisher.

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Devil’s Den State Park

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11333 Ark. Hwy 74, West Fork arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden 479-761-3325 Consisting of 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, this park is a favorite for camping, hiking, backpacking, and equestrian and mountain bike trails. A swimming pool, nature programs and cabins add to its rustic appeal.

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20201 Ark. Hwy. 12, Rogers arkansassstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea / 479-789-5000 A natural park with limited development, Hobbs consists of 12,056 acres of diverse Ozark landscape and offers 35 miles of hiking trails, including multi-use and ADA routes. The 17,500-square-foot visitor center

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has interactive exhibits, a wildlife viewing area, and educational programs.

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33424 Ark. Spur 23, Huntsville arkansasstateparks.com/withrowsprings 479-559-2593 Hiking trails offer great views and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is popular. Park activities include camping, swimming, baseball, softball, tennis and picnicking. Canoeing (shuttle services for canoe rentals available) is another favored pastime. The park has a visitor center and gift shop.

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nwatrails.org Extending from Lake Bella Vista in Bentonville to Walker Park in Fayetteville, this 36-mile paved cycling and pedestrian trail links dozens of popular community destinations, including downtown areas, arts and entertainment venues, historic sites, parks, mountain bike trails, shopping areas, and workplaces. It meanders through city parks, open fields, urban forests and tourist destinations in a primarily off-street setting.

Crystal Bridges Trails

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600 Museum Way, Bentonville crystalbridges.org / 479-418-5700 The grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art feature more than 3.5 miles of trails winding through the museum’s 120acre site. Designed to spark the imagination, the trails help guests form connections to the land and its history, as well as enjoy outdoor works of art.

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Slaughter Pen Bike Park

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Off U.S. 71B, Bentonville slaughterpentrails.com This mountain biking park features more than 20 miles of singletrack and a free-ride park for tricks and 16 skinny Northshore log rides. Considered easy to moderate to navigate, the trails run through forested and rocky hillsides.

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BellaVistaPOA.com/recreation/walkingtrails.asp Walking and biking trails in Bella Vista range from level, looping and paved routes to natural surface trails offering rolling contours and a bit more of a challenge.


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Lake Fayetteville Park

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1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Road, Fayetteville accessfayetteville.org / 479-444-3471 This city park boasts 6.9 miles of natural surface and 5.5 miles of paved trails circling the lake for runners, walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers. The park is comprised of 458 acres of land and 194 acres of water. It includes a playground, boat dock and marina, softball complex, and disc golf course.

Lake Leatherwood Park

U.S. 62 W., Eureka Springs lakeleatherwoodcitypark.com / 479-253-7921 More than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails have people flocking to this 1,600-

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acre municipal park that also includes an 85-acre spring-fed lake. Boat rentals, bait and tackle, and a boat dock are available to take advantage of the great fishing. The park also has cottages, campsites, an RV area and picnic areas.

Scenic Highway 12

scenichwy12.com Stretching from Historic Downtown Rogers to connect near Eureka Springs on the south side of Beaver Lake, this scenic highway offers many stops along the way for hiking, swimming, boating, historic discovery and even a visit to a living cavern.

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Display Gardens

From themed gardens to native woodland plants and historic springs, Northwest Arkansas preserves and adds to the outdoor beauty of the Ozarks. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks L

4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville bgozarks.org / 479-750-2620 Offering a horticulture center, plaza, great lawn, 12 themed gardens, and the region’s only butterfly house, the BGO is also popular as a wedding and reception destination as well as a place for educational programs, concerts and plays. Located on approximately 45 acres adjoining Lake Fayetteville, it also serves as a trailhead for the multi-use trail around the lake.

Compton Gardens

312 N. Main St., Bentonville peelcompton.org / 479-254-3870 The gardens showcase 6.5 acres of native woodland plants, walking trails and two

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Arkansas State Champion Trees. It is also a pedestrian access point to the Crystal Bridges Trail. The gardens are located at the former home of Dr. Neil Compton, who spearheaded the effort to protect the Buffalo National River in the ‘70s.

Blue Spring Heritage Center

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Scenic U.S. 62 W., Eureka Springs bluespringheritage.com / 479-253-9244 The historic Blue Spring was a stop on the Trail of Tears. It pours 38 million gallons of water each day into a trout-stocked lagoon. You can also view a historic film, stroll the garden paths, and visit the bluff shelter here. Photo by Stephen Ironside

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Learn, Play, Grow...

Spend a Day in Wonder

12 themed gardens showcasing the beautiful and unique plant life of the Ozarks

Open Everyday 9am to 5pm

4703 N. Crossover Rd. / Fayetteville, Arkansas / 479.750.2620 / www.bgozarks.org

Compton Gardens and Conference Center

This 6.5 acre area has been developed into an Ozark native garden which is quickly becoming a regional destination. Once the home of Dr. Neil Compton, it includes an Exhibit Room of The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens

In 1875, Colonel Samuel West Peel built a marvelous villa tower Italianate mansion which now serves as a historical museum with regularly scheduled tours. Tours available March–December, 10am–3pm / Tues. - Sat. $5 plus tax, adults; $2 plus tax for children Free admission for children under age 6

While visiting, come see our newly renovated Museum Store and grounds at The Peel Mansion. Compton Gardens 312 N. Main St. Bentonville, AR 72712

The Peel Mansion 400 S. Walton Blvd. Bentonville, AR 72712

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Daredevil Fun

Adrenaline junkies find plenty of excitement in Northwest Arkansas with ziplines, skydiving and whitewater rapids.

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Skydive Skyranch

20610 Smith Field Drive, Cecil Smith Airport, Siloam Springs / skyranch.com / 479-651-6160 Enjoy top-notch sport parachuting fun, whether it’s your first jump or you’re training for the national championships. Licensed instructors take you on a tandem skydive for those ready to find out what skydiving is all about.

Ozark Mountain Ziplines

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208 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs ziplineeurekasprings.com / 479-363-6699 See the beautiful Ozark hardwood forest from 200-plus feet in the air as you zipline on cables up to 1,800 feet long. Trained staff provide two hours of exhilarating fun

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19253 Fisher Ford Road, Siloam Springs siloamspringskayakpark.com / 479-524-5779 Positioned along the scenic Illinois River, this engineered river park contains lengths of rapids of about 700 feet with Class II and III difficulty. The ADA designed riverbank allows easy access. The park also has a climbing boulder, a picnic area, accessible walking trails, a rain garden and a designated changing area. It is familyfriendly and alcohol free. All users are strongly encouraged to wear life jackets.

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Caves & Caverns

Explore the underground wonders of the Arkansas Ozarks on guided walking tours or on your hands and knees during a wild cave tour. Cosmic Cavern

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21494 Cavern Road, Rogers wareaglecavern.com / 479-789-2909 The easy guided walking tour has no stairs or tight places and features unusual dome pits, crinoid fossils, rimstone dams, an underground stream and waterfalls. Don’t miss the gemstone panning and Lost in the Woods Maze.

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Go Wild!

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239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs turpentinecreek.org / 479-253-5841 America’s premier big cat refuge offers natural habitat tours daily. Feeding time is

an especially fun time to visit. New natural enclosures enhance the attraction. The refuge also offers Zulu Safari Lodging and RV sites.

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Go Wild!

Wild Wilderness DriveThrough Safari

20923 Safari Road, Gentry wildwildernessdrivethroughsafari.com 479-736-8383 This 400-acre safari is home to a variety of exotic animals, including Bengal tigers, white-faced capuchin monkeys and red kangaroos. Enjoy the four-mile drive-through petting park, and walk-through areas. Pony and camel rides are available on a seasonal basis.

Beaver Lake Eagle Watch and Fall Foliage Tour

4024 Mundell Road, Eureka Springs estc.net/belle / 479-253-6200 Aboard the Belle of the Ozarks, see dozens of points of interest as you cruise Beaver Lake, including Beaver Dam, a 200-acre game preserve island, the prehistoric Ozark Bluff Dweller’s burial ground, and a submerged homestead. Departures take place May-October for 1.25-hour tours on this 50-passenger vessel. October features eagle watching and fall foliage cruises.

Scenic Rides

Sightseeing highways are plentiful in Northwest Arkansas.

Scenic Byways

arkansas.com/places-to-go/scenic-byways Nearby scenic byways include the “Pig Trail” (Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43 and 74.

Top Motorcycle Rides

www.arkansas.com/outdoors/ motorcycling/northwest Eureka Springs is a hub for great motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally. This bike-friendly area has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the “Pig Trail” (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187) and more. 50 NorthwestArkansas.org

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Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours

306 E. Emma, Springdale amrailroad.com / 479-725-4017 Ride in style on the meticulously restored antique passenger cars, ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, while conductors enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area’s rich history. The train travels to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the historic Arkansas River Basin.


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Arkansas Razorbacks

The U of A Razorbacks sports programs and Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball team fill up area stadiums with excited fans.

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350 N. Razorback Road, Fayetteville uark.edu / 479-575-2000 Fans go hog wild to show their support for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks whether rooting for Razorback football, basketball, the baseball Diamond Hogs, women’s basketball, the Gymbacks, women’s volleyball and soccer, or a myriad of other UA sports programs.

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3000 S. 56th St., Springdale nwanaturals.com / 479-927-4900 This minor league member of the Texas League serves as the AA affiliate for the Kansas City Royals. The baseball team is home at Arvest Ballpark, which is centrally located off I-49. Home stands include fun giveaways, and some fantastic firework shows. Season runs April to September. B

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Bella Vista Golf Courses

BellaVistaPOA.com / 479-855-5079 Bella Vista Village offers members and guests six regulation, 18-hole golf courses (Bella Vista Country Club, Berksdale, Dogwood Hills, Highlands, Kingswood and Scotsdale) and one executive, nine-hole golf course (Brittany). Driving ranges and retail golf shops are also available.

Razorback Park Golf Course

2514 W. Lori Dr., Fayetteville razorbackpark.com / 479-443-5862 Fayetteville’s oldest public golf course, it was established in 1958 as a nine-hole course and expanded to 18 holes in 1992. You'll love this course if you have a good short game! NorthwestArkansas.org 53


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The Creeks Golf and RV Resort

1499 S. Main St., Cave Springs creekgolf.com / 479-248-1000 This 18-hole course is scenic and challenging, set along the Spring and Osage creeks in Osage Valley. Amenities include private and group lessons, and a practice range, putting green, chipping and short game area, snack shack, lounge and sports bar.

Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course

3495 E. Goff Farm Road, Fayetteville stonebridgemeadows.com / 479-571-3674 A premier, award-winning course, it features Bermuda fairways, bentgrass greens, and an energetic layout by renowned architect Randy Heckenkemper. It has a 13-acre practice facility and a clubhouse to relax in after a round. Stonebridge Meadows has hosted several prestigious golf events and is on The Natural State Golf Trail.

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When the warm, sunny days of summer come calling, Northwest Arkansas has plenty of splash zones to keep you cool. One even transforms into an ice rink in the winter, meaning the fun never ends.

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215 SW “A� St., Bentonville bentonvillear.com / 479-464-7275 The plaza is a 7,000-square-foot, multi-use facility located just north of the downtown square, which is full of restaurants, shops and a hotel. In warm months, it serves as a splash park with more than 80 fountain jets. Come mid-November it turns into an ice rink. Catch a free movie on a giant blow up screen, or dress up for a themed night for added fun.

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1707 S. 26th St., Rogers rogersar.gov / 479-936-5482 This three-acre water park offers fun for the whole family with leisure, competition and plunge pools, a tot pool, splash pad and lazy river, speed slides, a concession stand and more.

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922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale thejonescenter.org / 479-756-8090 This 220,000-square-foot facility houses the region’s only indoor-ice-skating rink, two indoor swimming pools, a gym, fitness center and food court, classrooms, conference and computer centers, a chapel/auditorium, party rooms and more.

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1100 Watson Ave., Springdale springdalear.gov / 479-750-SWIM Splash pools for young children, and slides, diving boards and deeper pools for big kids make this a great place to play in the summer. Swim lessons, pavilion rentals and private party rentals are also available.

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2000 N.E. Memorial Park Square, Bentonville bentonvillear.com / 479-273-9206 From a one-foot-deep wading pool with a raindrop fountain to a diving well that is 13 feet deep, this aquatic center is for all ages. It also has a one-meter springboard for diving and a 12-foot-tall water slide. The competitive pool, ranging from 3 feet to 8 feet deep, is open for lap and recreational swimming during designated times. Enjoy a shaded picnic area and concession stand.

The Family Aquatic Center

1800 N. Mt. Olive St., Siloam Springs siloamsprings.com / 479-524-2936 Enjoy curvy slides and a large pool to play in at this summer oasis. Groups up to 550 people may rent the center for exclusive use during evening hours.

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Eventful Sports

Run, fish, golf, bike or even watch a demolition derby. There’s always something competitive going on in Northwest Arkansas.

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Rodeo of the Ozarks

nwachampionship.com Presented by P&G, this official LPGA tour event features 144 of the top female golfers in the world. The three-day, 54-hole stroke competition takes place June 22-28, 2015, at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

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rodeooftheozarks.org A Northwest Arkansas tradition, the 71st annual Rodeo of the Ozarks takes place July 1-4, 2015, at Parsons Stadium in Springdale. Nearly 500 professional athletes will compete in seven PRCA and WPRA sanctioned events. The best cowboys and best stock come together for four nights of rodeo action.

Ozark Demolition Derby

rodeooftheozarks.org/ ozark-demolition-derby/ With events in May and October, participants from the four-state area compete for thousands in cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights in a night of fender bending devastation, metal crushing destruction and daredevil motorized mayhem.

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Joe Martin Stage Race

joemartinstagerace.com / 479-521-7766 This nationally contested cycling race in Fayetteville is comprised of a four-day, four-event professional race, and a twoday, three-event amateur race. It is ranked among the top 10 races on the National Racing Calendar. The 2015 race is set for April 23-26.

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slaughterpenjam.com Typically held in September, this threeday festival for riders of all ages kicks off with a trials and BMX demos event on the downtown Bentonville square. The second day features a trail run, music, food, vendors, giveaways, drag races, guided rides, kids events, jump competitions and more. The final day gets serious with the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Race.

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hogeyemarathon.com The 39th annual event is set for March 29, 2015. Routes run through scenic Fayetteville. Races include a marathon, half marathon, 5K run/walk and a four person relay. A pasta dinner and expo round out the fun.

Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

chilepepperfestival.org Created to bring together three Northwest Arkansas cross country races under a single event, it is now one of the premier running events in the nation. College and high school teams battle for prestige and individuals participate in 10K, 5K and one-mile runs. Held at the University of Arkansas’ incredible off road course, all runners can enjoy a hot Mexican food feast after the race – set for Oct. 3, 2015.

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From Ice Age artifacts to the first home of a U.S. President and Secretary of State, Northwest Arkansas offers a variety of historical museums, Civil War battlefields and heritage trails. Whether for historical research, education or simply an interesting outing, visitors will find a number of ways to relive defining moments in time. Pea Ridge National Military Park 58 NorthwestArkansas.org

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history happened. Explore the museums, exhibits and landmarks that are a testament to our region’s rich cultural heritage. Pea Ridge National Military Park

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15930 E. Hwy 62, Garfield / nps.gov/peri A decisive Civil War battle took place here on March 7-8, 1862. Some 24,000 soldiers fought to decide the fate of Missouri, just over the state line. The only national military park in Arkansas, this 4,300-acre historically significant park includes a visitor’s center with educational interactive exhibits, historic buildings, picnic areas, a driving tour and trails for horses, biking and hiking.

506 E. Douglas St., Prairie Grove arkansasstateparks.com / 479-846-2990 This 837.76-acre park was the site of the last Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas. Fought on December 7, 1862, the Confederate defeat here paved the way for control of the region by the Union Army. The park features a museum, visitors center and driving tour. Re-enactments take place biennially in December of even numbered years.

4290 S School Ave., Fayetteville arkansasairandmilitary.com / 479-521-4947 Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas and during American military conflicts. Visit numerous displays of original military artifacts and aviation memorabilia, including historic aircraft many of which still fly. Static displays at the museum range from the Golden Age of Aviation to the jet age, including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and a Navy carrier fighter.

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930 W Clinton Dr., Fayetteville clintonhousemuseum.org / 479-444-0066 One of the most powerful unions in politics started here. Tour Bill and Hillary Clinton’s first home together and see where it all began. Visit the living room where they were married, view rare memorabilia and photos from President Clinton’s early political career and tour the First Ladies Garden. The gift shop is a great place to buy unique mementos. NorthwestArkansas.org 59


guide you through the constantly changing lives of the Native Americans as seen through their artifacts that date back to 14,000 years ago. Photo courtesy Bentonville CVB

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Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens D 400 S. Walton Blvd., Bentonville peelcompton.org / 479-254-3870 Built by Colonel Samuel West Peel, this Italianate mansion has been preserved as a museum of authentic interior design. Its outdoor museum of historic roses, perennials and native plants was once surrounded by 180 acres of apple trees.

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

95 South Main St. eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org 479-253-9417 The Eureka Springs Historical Museum preserves and protects the history of this picturesque town. Known as The Little Switzerland of the Ozarks, this Victorian-esque village and popular tourist destination was and still is a unique community holding fast to its heritage. The whole town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Daisy Airgun Museum

202 W. Walnut St., Rogers daisymuseum.com / 479-986-6873 Enjoy a chronological presentation of Daisy’s history and view the extensive collection of antique airguns, packaging and vintage advertisements. Baby Boomers can reminisce about their first Daisy BB gun and view the prototype of the family BB gun from the movie A Christmas Story.

Rogers Historical Museum

22 S 2nd St., Rogers rogersar.gov/220/Historical-Museum 479-621-1154 You can discover Rogers’ and Northwest Arkansas’ colorful history at this museum through family-friendly exhibits and handson activities. In addition, the museum broadens its offerings through hosting traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, ExhibitsUSA, and other sources of highquality loan exhibitions.

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Siloam Springs Museum

112 N. Maxwell, Siloam Springs siloamspringsmuseum.com / 479-524-4011 The Siloam Springs Museum preserves, interprets and celebrates the heritage of an area with a rich past. At this museum you can explore the past through permanent exhibits highlighting Indian culture, pioneer life, medicine and many other facets of the city’s history.

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118 W Johnson Ave, Springdale shilohmuseum.org / 479-750-8165 This is a regional history museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. It takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s. Most of what you'll see highlights the real shapers of Ozark history - the everyday men, women and children who lived in area towns and rural communities. Along with exhibits, you can explore six historic buildings on the museum grounds.

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105 N. Main St., Bentonville corporate.walmart.com/our-story/history 479-273-1329 The story of Walmart comes alive at The Walmart Museum housed in the original Walton’s 5 & 10 store on the Bentonville Square. Visitors can experience a piece of Sam Walton’s history in a real, functional storefront setting along with a replica of Sam’s office, his trusty old Ford truck and other memorabilia.

University of Arkansas Sports Museums

Razorback Road at Maple Drive, Fayetteville uark.edu / 479-575-2000 The Jerry Jones/Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions Museum (Razorback Football) in the Frank Broyles Athletic Center, along with the Tommy Boyer Hall of Champions Museum (Razorback Basketball and all other sports) and the Razorback Women's Sports Museum, both in Bud Walton Arena, display a century of Arkansas sports memories. Visit the gift shop at Walton Arena for all your Razorback needs.

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Historical Sites, Museums & Monuments

Headquarters House Museum and Garden

118 E. Dickson St., Fayetteville washcohistoricalsociety.org / 479-521-2970 Headquarters House was built by Judge Jonas Tebbetts in 1853 and miraculously survived the Civil War. The Battle of Fayetteville was fought on its front lawn and a doorway bears the scar of a Minié ball bullet, preserving in testament the hard-fought battle that earned the intersection of College Avenue and Dickson Street the title "Bloody Corner."

War Eagle Mill and Bridge

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11045 War Eagle Rd., Rogers wareaglemill.com / 479-492-7324 A visit to the state’s only operating mill provides a taste of the pioneering spirit of the 1800’s. The mill is home to a restaurant, an 18-foot waterwheel and beautiful scenery. The War Eagle Bridge, a one-lane steel bridge built in 1907, adjoins the mill and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Veterans Wall of Honor

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Dartmoor Road, Bella Vista veteransmonumentbellavistaar.com The Veterans Wall of Honor was established in 2004 and is situated on a site connecting to the Lake Bella Vista walking trail. The monument features 25

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walls containing more than 4,100 granite tribute tablets inscribed with the names of service people from 23 states who served in the military from 1776 to 2006.

Aviation Cadet World

542 CR 2073, Eureka Springs aviationcadet.com / 479-253-5008 This museum features aviation related exhibits and attractions, and is located on the grounds of Silver Wings Field, a working runway for private aircrafts. Experience an interactive environment that ignites your imagination with the possibilities of flight.

Bella Vista Historical Museum

1885 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista bellavistamuseum.org / 479-855-2335 This museum features the history, photos and displays interpreting the 100-year history of Bella Vista.

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251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd., Tontitown 479-361-2700 Reflecting the town’s interesting Italian background, the museum includes artifacts from original pioneers and town founders, a pictorial history and information on the town’s annual Grape Festival, now over 100 years old – all housed in the home of Mary and Zelinda Bastianelli, sisters and original settlers.


Heritage Trails

As you drive around Northwest Arkansas you will notice signs designating historic Heritage Trails that not only changed the region, but the country as a whole. Butterfield Overland Mail Trail Route

John Butterfield, a former stagecoach driver from New York, established the Butterfield Overland Mail Route in 1858 with the goal of connecting the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean, delivering mail far faster than by sea. Civil War bushwhackers and hostile Indians in the west spelled an end for the company by 1861.

The Trail of Tears

The federal Indian Removal Act of 1830 allowed the forcible removal of the five tribes, Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw and Seminole, to new lands in the Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). All five tribes passed through Arkansas and many groups traveled through the northwest corner of the state.

Civil War Trails

Several key battles were fought in Northwest Arkansas. Following the Civil War Trails you can explore these routes and battle locations: Cabell’s Route to Fayetteville, the Pea Ridge Campaign, and the Prairie Grove Campaign. For an interactive map and more information about the Heritage Trails, visit arkansasheritagetrails.com.

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Northwest Arkansas comes together for fun and festivity in a variety of ways — to sample chocolate, taste a foamy brew, fly a kite or celebrate spring. All of these events add to the region's colorful and vibrant culture. Block Street Block Party 64 NorthwestArkansas.org

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Downtown Parks, Siloam Springs siloamchamber.com / 479-524-6466 Held the last weekend in April, this awardwinning event draws exhibitors from all over the United States and features hundreds of booths filled with handmade, assembled and resale items. Food vendors provide a variety of good eats, and the KidZone keeps the young ones happy and engaged. This year’s festival is April 24-25, 2015.

From lively festivals and vibrant arts and crafts fairs, to farmers markets, holiday light displays and more, there’s a festival or event for everyone! Kite Festival

Le Chocolate Feast

4201 N. Shiloh Dr., Fayetteville lechocolatefeast.org / 479-640-8319 Sample delicious chocolate treats on Jan. 31, 2015 at the Northwest Arkansas Mall. Even better than the chocolate, the event benefits the Pink Divas of NWA, a local support group dedicated to serving all individuals diagnosed with, being treated for and surviving breast cancer.

Chocolate Lovers’ Festival

207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs eurekachocfest.org / 800-638-7352 Chocolate connoisseurs can satisfy their sweet tooth cravings with cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream, beverages, dipping fountains, novelty products and more. This delectable Valentine’s Day weekend extravaganza benefits area schools and nonprofits. It’s held at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.

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Community Festivals

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239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs turpentinecreek.org / 479-253-5841 Join in the fun of flying your own kite or just watch colorful kites dancing in the sky at this annual festival held at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. On March 28, 2015 this celebration includes vendors, contests and fun activities for parents and children.

Fayetteville Foam Fest


495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville fayettevillefoamfest.com Benefiting Feed Fayetteville, this festival for those 21 or older includes local, regional, national and international brews, live music for your listening pleasure, and food trucks selling their tastiest eats. It typically takes place in May, in the Walton Arts Center parking lot.

Block Street Block Party

Block Street, Fayetteville blockstreetbusinesses.com Waiters’ races, beer gardens, live music, vendors and funky characters help rock Block Street each spring, usually in May. Plus, you get to visit all the great shops and restaurants along the street leading to the Downtown Square. NorthwestArkansas.org 65


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Dickson Street, Fayetteville fayettevillespringfest.com This event began in 1983 by merchants on Dickson Street as a way to celebrate the history, culture and flavor of Fayetteville. Festivities include vendors of local arts and crafts, a pancake breakfast, lots of live music, kid friendly activities, bed races, street food and a 5K run.

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

3303 S. Pinnacle Hills Pkwy., John Q. Hammons Center, Rogers dnbbgcm.com / 479-636-1200 Typically held surrounding Independence Day, teams that compete in a state match are eligible to compete in the Daisy championship, which started in 1965. More than 400 young people ages 8 to 15 qualify for the 5-meter team BB gun competition annually. They shoot a muzzle-loaded, single-shot BB gun named the Daisy AVANTI Champion Model 499 in four positions.

Firefly Fling


4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville bgozarks.org / 479-750-2620 Typically held in July, this family event at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks features nature adventures for all ages and glowing games after dark. Enjoy spectacular performances on the great lawn and watch for Shaky Bugs and Fairy Willow to make their appearances. Food, drink and The Firefly Shoppe add to the festivities. 66 NorthwestArkansas.org

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Dog Day of Summer Festival

Downtown Siloam Springs mainstreetsiloam.org/events / 479-524-4556 Join in the fun on the first Saturday of August. The festival celebrates pets and their people with a dog parade, dog contests, dog training demonstrations, and pet-themed vendors in Twin Springs Park.

Annual VW Festival Weekend 207 W. Van Buren Ave., Eureka Springs eurekaspringsvwshow.com / 479-435-1133 This three-day festival includes an awards show, a swap meet and a tourcade. Don’t miss the parade of every style and color of VW that you can imagine. Typically held in August, this is one of the biggest Volkswagen events in the Midwest.

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Downtown Rogers friscofestival.com / 479-936-5487 This family-friendly, end-of-summer festival honors the town’s rich railroad heritage. Signature events include the Chilisalsapeno Competition, Kids Zone, Frisco Chicken BBQ, Frisco Idol, several car shows, and non-stop main stage entertainment that starts and ends with Friday and Saturday night street dances.

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Community Festivals

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516 Village Circle, Eureka Springs eurekasprings.org / 479-253-8737 Hundreds of antique cars are based at Pine Mountain Village and seen all over the town of Eureka Springs. Typically held in early September, the festival includes a parade through downtown followed by a 1922 bank robbery re-enactment.

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Downtown Fayetteville & NWA Region bikesbluesandbbq.org / 479-527-9993 One of the largest charitable motorcycle rallies in the U.S., hundreds of thousands of bikes can be seen throughout Fayetteville and the surrounding area during this event happening on Sept. 23-26, 2015. Activities for bikers include a Poker Run, a parade and bike show, scenic rides, demo rides and plenty of vendors to buy from. Festivalgoers get a close-up view of motorcycles in all makes and models, from stock bikes straight off the lot to individually customized choppers. Attendees also enjoy live music and barbecue.

County Fairs

Summer just wouldn't be summer without the county fair. With all the funnel cakes, cotton candy, midway rides, country music and juried livestock shows, you're sure to have a great time!

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Arts & Crafts Fairs

The hills are alive with hundreds of thousands of crafts fair-goers each spring and fall in Northwest Arkansas. Spring dates for 2015 are May 1-3, and fall dates are Oct. 15-18. Check with individual shows for exact times and dates.

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11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers wareaglemill.com / 479-789-5343 War Eagle Mill vendors are set up along the mill parking lot grounds. Professional crafts men and women offer original handmade work ranging from country decorative items to antique broken china jewelry. These juried artists come from across the country to sell their wares. You can also explore the old mill and eat at The Bean Palace restaurant.

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11037 High Sky Inn Road, Hindsville wareaglefair.com / 479-789-5398 Across the bridge from War Eagle Mill is the fall War Eagle Fair show, the original crafts fair that started it all back in 1954. More than 250 booths of handcrafted products are displayed by the artisans along the banks of the War Eagle River.

Sharp’s Show

nwacraftfairs.com/sharps_show_ war_eagle.asp / 479-789-5683 This spring and fall show takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill. The fair has more than 250 booths offering visitors a wide array of handmade crafts from skilled artisans located throughout the country. Holiday themed gifts are in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations.

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8464 W. McNelly Road, Bentonville spankercreekfarm.com / 479-685-5655 Returning and new exhibitors from all over the nation can be found at this show, located on a farm setting with a great Ozark atmosphere. Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fair grounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side.


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Arts & Crafts Fairs

Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival

1991 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista bellavistafestival.org / 479-855-2064 This festival has grown to about 300 artisans exhibiting their handmade fine art and crafts. Parking is free for this juried show.

Bella Vista Art on the Creek

8862 W. McNelly Road, Bentonville bellavistafestival.org / 479-855-2064 Located at Wishing Spring Gallery, booths are set up along McKisic Creek’s walkway, inside the studio building and throughout the grounds. Artisans showcase their jewelry, photography, pottery, stained glass, watercolors, fiber and fabric art and various other media.

Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festivals

nwacraftfairs.com/Ozark_Regional_Show.asp 479-756-6954 The largest indoor craft fair in the state, the spring show is held at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale, while the fall festival takes places at the same convention center plus John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers and the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville.

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Jones Center Arts and Crafts Festival

922 E. Emma, Springdale thejonescenter.net / 479-751-9313 The weather is always perfect at this indoor craft show with free parking and free admission. The variety of handmade crafts includes baskets, woodworks, potpourris, wreaths, oil and acrylic painting and more.

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100 N. Dixieland Road, Rogers friscostationmall.com / 479-631-0006 Located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall, it features hundreds of crafters at its spring and fall shows.

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Holiday Events

From Thanksgiving through the New Year, enjoy colorful holiday light displays throughout Northwest Arkansas. Cities also host lighting ceremonies, parades and open houses in shopping districts while Santa makes his first appearance of the season. K

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thelightsoftheozarks.com This well-known lighting display of 450,000 lights extends from around the historic downtown square all the way to Dickson Street in Fayetteville. The lighting ceremony includes pony, camel and carriage rides, and caroling.

Rogers Christmas Parade

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mainstreetsiloam.org With the wave of a magic candy cane, thousands of Christmas lights illuminate in Siloam Springs. The downtown parade has lighted floats, bands, dance troupes, fire trucks and antique cars.

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Bentonville Christmas Parade

bentonville.org One of the largest daytime parades in the state, it takes place in the vibrant downtown area of Bentonville. During the holiday season you can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating at Lawrence Plaza.

Eureka Springs Christmas

eurekasprings.org The Victorian town of Eureka Springs has numerous events during the holidays, including a Tour of Homes, the annual Silver Tea, a Christmas parade and a holiday decorating contest for both commercial and residential properties.

Christmas Parade of the Ozarks

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Farmers Markets

The outdoor Farmers Markets in Northwest Arkansas are pleasing to the palate, eyes and ears. They open in April with most serving customers into November. Fayetteville

Historic Downtown Square fayettevillefarmersmarket.org The Fayetteville Farmers Market offers the finest in locally produced vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods and juried arts and crafts from the four-county area. While Saturday is still the big market with street performers and local musicians, the market is also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A second location is now open on Sundays at the Jefferson Center Playground, 612 S. College Ave.

Springdale

The Jones Center, Emma Ave. & Hwy. 265 springdalefarmersmarket.org All of the products you’ll find at the Springdale Farmers Market are grown or made by farmers and craft vendors in the four-county area. There’s an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, raw honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, and more.

Rogers

facebook.com/rogersfarmermkt Historic Downtown Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, this market offers fresh food from area farmers and crafts from area artisans. 72 NorthwestArkansas.org

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Bentonville


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Historic Downtown Square downtownbentonville.org This Saturday market offers the highest in quality of produce, meats, arts and crafts, and more. Woven into the market experience are special activities and events, including chef demonstrations.

Siloam Springs

Downtown City Park mainstreetsiloam.org This market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, April through October. You can even preorder local goods each week through siloamsprings.locallygrown.net, and pick up your order on Saturday.

Eureka Springs

Pine Mountain Village, Van Buren St. eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com The first solar powered market in Arkansas, this market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Established in 2004, it’s the source for organic, naturally grown food in Carroll County.

Madison County/Huntsville

Historic Downtown Square facebook.com/HuntsvilleFarmersMarket inMadisonCounty Held each Tuesday and Saturday, you’ll find fresh produce and unique crafts sold by area farmers.


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AT-A-GLANCE INDEX

Destination: Northwest Arkansas Attractions BUSINESS

Amazeum Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Blue Spring Heritage Center Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Cherokee Casino & Hotel Compton Gardens Cooper Chapel Cosmic Cavern Fayetteville Ale Trail Keels Creek Winery Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel Ozark Mountain Ziplines Ozark Natural Science Center Sassafras Springs Vineyard Thorncrown Chapel Tontitown Winery Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari

ADDRESS

CITY

INFO

PG. #

209 N.E. 2nd St. 306 E. Emma Ave. 1537 CR 210 4703 N. Crossover Rd. 2416 U.S. 412 312 N. Main St. 504 Memorial Drive 6386 Hwy. 21 North Various Locations 3185 E. Van Buren St. 504 Memorial Dr.

Bentonville Springdale Eureka Springs Fayetteville West Siloam Springs Bentonville Bella Vista Berryville Fayetteville Eureka Springs Bella Vista

amazeum.org 11, 14-15, 30 amrailroad.com 24, 50 bluespringheritage.com 16, 46 bgozarks.org 18-19, 46-47, 66 cherokeecasino.com 22, 81 comptongardens.org 46-47 cooperchapel.com 15 cosmiccavern.com 16, 49, 63 experiencefayettevillestore.com/aletrail 18 keelscreek.com 16 cooperchapel.com 15

208 W. Van Buren St. 1905 Madison 1305 6461 Guy Terry Rd. 12968 Hwy. 62 West 335 N Barrington Rd. 239 Turpentine Creek Ln.

Eureka Springs Huntsville Springdale Eureka Springs Springdale Eureka Springs

479.363.6699 16, 48 479.202.8340 19 sassafrasspringsvineyard.com 24 thorncrown.com 16 tontitownwinery.com 24 turpentinecreek.org 16, 49, 65, 84

21494 Cavern Rd.

Rogers

wareaglecavern.com

20923 Safari Rd.

Gentry

wildwildernessdrivethroughsafari.com

20-21, 49 50

Art Museums & Galleries BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

21c Museum Hotel Galleries 200 N.E. A St. Bentonville Arts Center of the Ozarks 214 S. Main St. Springdale Crystal Bridges Museum 600 Museum Way Bentonville of American Art Eureka Springs Downtown District Fayetteville Underground 101 W. Mountain St. Fayetteville Joy Pratt Markham Gallery Walton Arts Center Fayetteville Terra Studios 12103 Hazel Valley Rd. Fayetteville UA Fine Arts Center Gallery University of Arkansas Fayetteville Windgate Visual John Brown University Siloam Springs Arts Galleries

Dining

INFO

PG. #

21cmuseumhotels.com/bentonville 28 artscenteroftheozarks.org 24, 29 crystalbridges.org 11, 14-15, 27, 39, 44 eurekasprings.org fayettevilleunderground.com waltonartscenter.org terrastudios.com art.uark.edu jbu.edu/art

16, 30 18, 28 18, 29 18, 29, 35 29 29

BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

INFO

28 Springs The CafÊ on Broadway Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking The Grand Taverne Madison Coffee House Rogues Manor Saddlebock Brewery Sweetwater Tavern

100 E University St. 123 N. Broadway St. 26 White St. 37 N. Main St. 105 W. Main 124 Spring St. 18244 Habberton Rd. 201 W. University Ave.

Siloam Springs Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Eureka Springs Huntsville Eureka Springs Springdale Siloam Springs

28springs.com thecafeonbroadway.com ermilios.com grandcentralresort.com/tavern.html madisoncoffeehouse.com roguesmanor.com saddlebock.com innatthesprings1897.com

PG. #

23 23 17 79 63 24 23

Tip: Check out NorthwestArkansas.org for additional dining options 74 NorthwestArkansas.org


Performing Arts BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

INFO

PG. #

Arend Arts Center

500 Tiger Blvd.

Bentonville

district.bentonville12.org

14, 32

Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (The AMP)

Just off I-49

Rogers

arkansasmusicpavilion.com 11, 20, 31, 33

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (seasonal)

Arend Arts Center

Bentonville

arkansasphilharmonic.org

14, 34

Arts Center of the Ozarks

214 S. Main St.

Springdale

artscenteroftheozarks.org

24, 32

Arts Live Theatre

818 N. Sang Ave.

Fayetteville

artslivetheatre.com

Berry Performing Arts Center

2000 W. University St.

Siloam Springs

jbu.edu

32 22, 34

Opera in the Ozarks

16311 Hwy. 62 West

Eureka Springs

opera.org

Rogers Little Theater

116 S. 2nd St.

Rogers

rogerslittletheater.org

Sager Creek Arts Center

301 E. Twin Springs St.

Siloam Springs

479.957.1195

22, 34

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) (seasonal)

Walton Arts Center

Fayetteville

sonamusic.org

18, 34-35

The Great Passion Play

935 Passion Play Rd.

Eureka Springs

greatpassionplay.org

16-17, 31

TheatreSquared

550 W. Spring St.

Fayetteville

theatre2.org

Trike Theatre

107 N.W. 2nd St.

Bentonville

triketheatre.org

University Theatre

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville

drama.uark.edu

16, 34-35 20, 32

18, 31 32 31

Walton Arts Center 495 W. Dickson St. Fayetteville waltonartscenter.org

3, 18-19, 29, 31-32, 37, 65

YOUR NORTHWEST ARKANSAS ADVENTURE STARTS HERE. • Visit Dickson Street for the area’s best shopping, dining and live entertainment. • Hit the Fayetteville Ale Trail and visit the Ozarks’ finest local breweries. • Tour where Bill and Hillary Clinton were married in their first home at the Clinton House Museum. Dickson Street Entertainment District

• Experience world-renowned art at nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. • Explore 70 parks and 40 miles of trails and explore the beauty of the Ozarks. • See the region’s only Butterfly House at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

Visitors Center 21 South Block Ave.

Fayetteville Ale Trail

Lake Fayetteville Trail

800-766-4626 • experiencefayetteville.com


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History & Heritage BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

INFO

PG. #

Arkansas Air & Military Museum

4290 S. School Ave.

Fayetteville

arkansasairandmilitary.com

18, 59

Arkansas Heritage Trails

Arkansasheritagetrails.com

18, 63

Arkansas State Parks

Arkansasstateparks.com

43, 51

Aviation Cadet World

542 CR 2073 Silver Wings Field

Eureka Springs aviationcadet.com Bella Vista

Bella Vista Historical Museum

1885 Bella Vista Way

Butterfield Overland Trail

Northwest Arkansas

Clinton House Museum

930 W. Clinton Dr.

Civil War Trails

Northwest Arkansas

Daisy Airgun Museum

202 W. Walnut St.

Rogers

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

95 S. Main St.

Eureka Springs eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org

16, 60

Headquarters House Museum & Garden

118 E. Dickson St.

Fayetteville

washcohistoricalsociety.org

18, 62

Museum of Native American History

202 S.W. O St.

Bentonville

monah.us

Pea Ridge National Military Park

15930 Hwy. 62 East

Garfield

nps.gov/peri

Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens

400 S. Walton Blvd.

Bentonville

peelcompton.org

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

506 E. Douglas St.

Prairie Grove

arkansasstateparks.com

Fayetteville

bellavistamuseum.org

16, 62 18, 63

clintonhousemuseum.org

12, 18, 59 63 20-21, 60

daisymuseum.com

14-15, 60 59 14, 47, 60 59

Rogers Historical Museum

322 S. 2nd St.

Rogers

rogersar.gov/220/historical-museum 20, 60, 63

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

118 W. Johnson Ave.

Springdale

shilohmuseum.org

Siloam Springs Historical Museum

112 N. Maxwell St.

Siloam Springs siloamspringsmuseum.com

Tontitown Historical Museum

251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd.

Tontitown

The Trail of Tears

Northwest Arkansas

24, 25, 61 22, 61

479.361.2700

24, 62 18, 46, 62-63

Veterans Wall of Honor

Dartmoor Road

Bella Vista

veteransmonumentbellavistaar.com

The Walmart Museum

105 N. Main St.

Bentonville

corporate.walmart.com/our-story/history 14, 61, 83

War Eagle Mill and Bridge

11045 War Eagle Rd.

Rogers

wareaglemill.com

University of Arkansas Sports Museums

Razorback Road at Maple Drive

Fayetteville

uark.edu

ADDRESS

CITY

15, 62 20, 62 61

Lodging BUSINESS

INFO

21c Museum Hotel Galleries 200 N.E. A St. Bentonville 21cmuseumhotels.com/ bentonville

PG. #

14-15, 33

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

75 Prospect Ave.

Eureka Springs

crescent-hotel.com

1905 Basin Park Hotel

12 Spring St.

Eureka Springs

basinpark.com

17, 37

Best Western Inn of the Ozarks

207 W. Van Buren St.

Eureka Springs

innoftheozarks.com

65, 77

Dogwood Cottages

3012 E. Van Buren St.

Eureka Springs

dogwoodcottages.com

Grand Central Hotel & Spa

37 N. Main St.

Eureka Springs

grandcentralresort.com

Holiday Inn NWA Convention Center 1500 S. 48th St.

Springdale

holidayinn.com

Inn at the Springs

201 W. University St.

Siloam Springs

innatthesprings1897.com

Pond Mountain Lodge & Resort

1218 Hwy. 23 South

Eureka Springs

pondmountainlodge.com

Tip: Check out NorthwestArkansas.org for additional lodging options

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Nature & Outdoor Adventure BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

INFO

PG. #

Beaver Lake Northwest Arkansas arkansas.com 12, 16, 20, 41 Beaver Lake Eagle Watch 4024 Mundell Rd. Eureka Springs estc.net/belle 50 & Fall Foliage Tour Bella Vista Lakes BellaVistaPOA.com 15, 41 15, 44 Bella Vista Trails bellvistapoa.com/recreation- walkingtrails.asp Buffalo National River nps.gov/buff 12, 41 Crystal Bridges Trails 600 Museum Way Bentonville crystalbridges.org 44, 46 Devil’s Den State Park 11333 W. Hwy. 74 West Fork arkansasstateparks.com 43 Hobbs State Park 20201 E. Hwy. 12 Rogers arkansasstateparks.com 43 Illinois River Northwest Arkansas 11, 42 Kings River Northwest Arkansas arkansas.com 19, 42 Lake Fayetteville Park 1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Rd. Fayetteville accessfayetteville.org 45 Lake Leatherwood Park U.S. 62 West Eureka Springs lakeleatherwoodcitypark.com 16, 45 Lake Wedington 15689 Lake Wedington Entry Fayetteville recreation.gov 18, 41 Mulberry River arkansas.com 42 Northwest Arkansas Razorback Northwest Arkansas razorbackgreenway.com 11, 44 Regional Greenway Pea Ridge National 15930 Hwy. 62 East Garfield nps.gov/peri 43 Military Park Prairie Grove Battlefield 506 E. Douglas St. Prairie Grove arkansasstateparks.com 43 State Park Scenic Byways arkansas.com/ 50 places-to-go/scenic-byways Siloam Springs Kayak Park 19253 Fisher Ford Rd. Siloam Springs siloamspringskayakpark.com 11, 22, 48 Skydive Skyranch 20610 Smith Field Dr. Siloam Springs skyranch.com 22, 48 Cecil Smith Airport Slaughter Pen Bike Trail Bentonville fasttrails.org 14-15, 44 Top Motorcycle Rides arkansas.com/outdoors/ 50 motorcycling/northwest White River Northwest Arkansas arkansas.com 16, 42 Withrow Springs State Park 33424 Spur 23 Huntsville arkansasstateparks.com 19, 43

Visitor Information BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

INFO

Bella Vista Village POA 98 Clubhouse Dr. Bella Vista bellavistapoa.com Bentonville Convention 104 E. Central Ave. Bentonville bentonville.org & Visitors Bureau Huntsville Area 103 E. Main St. Huntsville huntsvillearchamber.com Chamber of Commerce Siloam Springs 108 E. University St. Siloam Springs siloamchamber.com Chamber of Commerce Eureka Springs 516 Village Cir. Eureka Springs eurekaspringschamber.com Chamber of Commerce Eureka Springs Visitors 516 Village Cir. Eureka Springs eurekasprings.org Information Center Eureka Springs West Tourism Eureka Springs eurekaspringswest .com Fayetteville Visitors Bureau 21 S. Block Ave. Fayetteville experiencefayetteville.com Main Street Siloam Springs 103 E. Alpine St., Ste. 2 Siloam Springs mainstreetsiloam.com NWA Regional Airport 1 Airport Blvd. Bentonville flyxna.com Visit Rogers Springdale Chamber 202 W. Emma Ave. Springdale springdale.com of Commerce Arkansas Welcome Centers Multiple Locations Bella Vista/Siloam Springs

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PG. #

9, 15, 51 2, 9, 14 9, 19, 79 9, 22 9, 16-17 9, 16-17 69 9, 18, 82 23 4 9, 20-21 9, 24 9


“Crossroads to the Ozarks”

Enjoy these many hometown activities in 2014 Farmers market Every Tuesday and Saturday May thru October Madison County IPRA Rodeo – July 25-26 Movies on the Square – First Saturday, May thru September Madison County Fair – August 16-24 Wakarusa Music Festival – June 5th-8th Around the Community Festival – Saturday September 6th Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream Social – Saturday June 7th Annual light of Town Christmas Lights Friday November 21st Thunder on the Mountain Country Music – June 13 Annual Christmas Parade Saturday December 6th Madison County Relay for Life – Friday June 27th For more information about these events and other activities please contact Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce | PO Box 950 Huntsville, Ar 72740 479-738-6000 chamber@madisoncounty.net

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Madison Cof fee House 105 W. Main St.,

Flea Market & Gifts

Huntsville, AR.

CAFE

Fresh Baked Delights

MadisonCoffeeHouse.com 479-738-5311

Open All Year

ROMANTIC CABINS/COTTAGES IN THE WOODS JACUZZI’S/WEDDINGS

Lori’s Closet

“If you don’t like what is in your closet, come and check out mine” David & Lori Pemberton, Owners 106 N. Harris St | Huntsville, Ar 72740 “On the Square in Huntsville” E-mail: dpember@madisoncounty.net

479-738-6011

1-479-253-5549

3012 E. Van Buren Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632 www.dogwoodcottages.com


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Sports & Recreation BUSINESS

ADDRESS

CITY

INFO

Bella Vista Golf Courses The Creeks Golf and RV Resort The Family Aquatic Center The Jones Center Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink & Splash Park Melvin Ford Aquatic Center Northwest Arkansas Naturals Razorback Park Golf Course Rogers Aquatic Center Springdale Aquatic Center Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course

Multiple Locations 1499 S. Main St. 1800 N. Mt. Olive St. 922 E. Emma Ave. 215 SW ‘A’ St.

Bella Vista Cave Springs Siloam Springs Springdale Bentonville

bellavistapoa.com creekgolf.com siloamsprings.com jonescenter.net bentonvillear.com

2000 N.E. Memorial Park Square 3000 S. 56th St. 2514 W. Lori Dr. 1707 S. 26th St. 1100 Watson Ave. 3495 E. Goff Farm Rd.

Bentonville

bentonvillear.com

Springdale Fayetteville Rogers Springdale Fayetteville

nwanaturals.com razorbackpark.com rogersar.gov springdalear.gov stonebridgemeadows.com

Fayetteville

arkansasrazorbacks.com

University of Arkansas Razorbacks

PG. #

15, 53 54 22, 55 24, 55 14, 54, 71 14, 55 11, 24-25, 53 53 20, 55 24, 55 18, 54 12, 53

Shopping & Services BUSINESS

ADDRESS

Bentonville Farmers Market Downtown Eureka Springs Farmers Market Pine Mountain Village Fayetteville Farmers Market Downtown Fresh Harvest Tasting Room 512 Village Circle Helen Dansker, Realtor 3463 Bella Vista Way (Crye-Leike, Realtors) Lori’s Closet 106 Harris St. Madison County/ Downtown Huntsville Farmers Market Northwest Arkansas Mall 4201 N. Shiloh Dr. Pinnacle Hills Promenade 2203 Pinnacle Hills Blvd. Regina Hladick 809 S. 52nd St. (Coldwell Banker Realtors) Rogers Farmers Market Downtown Siloam Flowers and Gifts 201 S. Broadway Siloam Springs Farmers Market Downtown City Park Springdale Farmers Market The Jones Center 2 Gals’ Junk 120 S. Broadway

CITY

INFO

Bentonville Eureka Springs Fayetteville Eureka Springs Bella Vista

downtownbentonville.org eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com fayettevillefarmersmarket.org freshharvest.co helensellsnwahomes.com

PG. #

Huntsville Huntsville

479.738.6011 facebook.com/huntsvillefarmersmarket

77 19, 72

Fayetteville Rogers Rogers

northwestarkansasmall.com pinnaclehillspromenade.com 479.366.8042

65, 73 4, 20

Rogers Siloam Springs Siloam Springs Springdale Siloam Springs

facebook.com/rogersfarmermkt 479.524.4447 mainstreetsiloam.org springdalefarmersmarket.org 479.228.1289

72 72 19, 72, 75 73 25

72 23 72 72 23

Tip: Check out NorthwestArkansas.org for additional shopping options

Festivals & Events

See pages 64-71 for a listing of community festivals and special events taking place throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Eventful Arts See pages 36-38 for a listing of art related events.

Sporting Events See pages 56-57 for a listing of sports related special events.

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Advertiser Index 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 1905 Basin Park Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 2 Gals’ Junk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 28 Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Arkansas State Parks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Bella Vista Village POA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Bentonville CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.. . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Cafe on Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Castle Rogues Manor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Cherokee Casino & Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art . . . . . 39 Cosmic Cavern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 City Of Huntsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 City of Siloam Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Daisy Airgun Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Dogwood Cottages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Eureka Springs CAPC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Eureka Springs School of the Arts. . . . . . . . . . . 82 Eureka Springs West Tourism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Fayetteville A&P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Fayetteville Farmers Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Fresh Harvest Tasting Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Grand Taverne at the Grand Central Hotel. . . . . 17 The Great Passion Play. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Holiday Inn / NWA Convention Center. . . . . . . . 25 Helen Dansker - Crye-Leike, Realtors . . . . . . . . 25 Inn at the Springs & Sweetwater Tavern . . . . . . 23 Lori’s Closet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Madison Coffee House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Main Street Siloam Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Northwest Arkansas Mall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Northwest Arkansas Naturals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport . . . . . . . . . 4 Opera in the Ozarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Peel Mansion & Compton Gardens. . . . . . . . . . 47 Pinnacle Hills Promenade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Rogers Historical Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Siloam Flowers & Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 SoNA/Symphony of Northwest Arkansas . . . . . 35 Terra Studios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Visit Rogers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Walmart AMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 The Walmart Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Walton Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake. . . . . . . . . . . 21

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