Bentonville is hip. Some of us know because we are from around here. We’ve visited this awesome little city harboring a major art museum, great restaurants, and one of the most attractive downtown squares in America. Now others know it because The Washington Post has listed the city on its “In” list for 2013.
See for yourself by clicking here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/features/2012/year-in-review/the-list.html. As it suggests, just book yourself a flight to XNA and head to Bentonville for some great eats and much more. You’ll be surprised at what you find.
The small-town feel of Bentonville belies the corporate energy of the international headquarters of Wal-Mart’s Stores Inc. located near the heart of the city. Bentonville is visited by hundreds of vendors to Wal-Mart, which was founded by Sam Walton.
Established in 1836 as the first county seat in the state of Arkansas, Bentonville has maintained the historic character of the town. Within the city limits, there are 72 historical buildings and homes, including the 1875 Peel House Mansion and Historical Gardens. Within Benton County, there are 140 Civil War sites.
The Bentonville town square embraces a Civil War statue, benches, fountain, and beautiful gardens surrounded by quaint shops and excellent restaurants. A main attraction on the square is the Wal-Mart Visitor Center. The center is housed in Sam Walton’s original variety store, which now traces the origin and growth of Wal-Mart. The center was created as an educational and informative facility about this American retailing success story.
The 21C Museum Hotel will open in early 2013 on the northeast corner of the square and is a short walk to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This four-story boutique museum hotel will have rotating exhibitions, and culinary offerings, along with 104 rooms and more than 12,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space.
Crystal Bridges opened on 11-11-11 and is a a premier art institution dedicated to American art and artists. It houses a permanent collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day, and touring collections from national art institutions. You can enjoy the art as well as the surrounding park and nature trails. It also has a restaurant and a store.
Bentonville is situated in the Ozark Mountain region near lakes, state parks, and numerous outdoor opportunities. Mountain bikers are drawn to the 5.18-mile Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Trail. Water sports and camping are popular at nearby Beaver Lake. There’s a combination of five more public and private golf courses in Benton County.
In the northwest corner of the state, Bentonville is adjacent to Rogers and Bella Vista, and is 30 miles from Fayetteville. It is five miles from Pea Ridge National Military Park, 19 miles from Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, and 38 miles from Eureka Springs.