We invite you to have “More Fun Per Gallon” in Arkansas this year. Each day we will be blogging on different Arkansas destinations that can be reached on one tank of gas or less. This is basically every corner of The Natural State. We hope these suggestions help you in planning a trip to remember.
Today’s Trip: Stuttgart
My One Tank Travel suggestion for the Arkansas Delta today is Stuttgart. Known as the “Duck and Rice Capital of the World,” Stuttgart is known for great duck hunting, rice production and a festival that pulls the two together, the World Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival.The festival brings in visitors from across the state, the region and the world. This year’s dates are Nov. 17-24.
My first suggestion for a visit to Stuttgart is a stop at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie. The museum tells the story of agriculture and the pioneers who came to and farmed the Grand Prairie. Exhibits include award-winning game calls, an antique decoy collection, and the history of rice milling. Don’t miss the “Early Morning Duck Hunt on the Grand Prairie,” a room where visitors get to “experience” the sights and sounds of a hunt.
Catch a show or a concert at the Grand Prairie Center, located on the campus of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. The $15.4 million auditorium and convention facility serves as the center of the fine arts program for the college and hosts a variety of performing arts events and concerts throughout the year.
The Arts Center of the Grand Prairie hosts a variety of events year-round, including art shows by local and regional artists, special workshops, dinner theater productions and art classes.
No visit to Stuttgart is complete without a stop by Mack’s Prairie Wings, America’s premiere waterfowl outfitter. You’ll find everything from duck calls to boats to hunting gear to duck blinds. For the non-hunters, Mack’s offers the famous MPW t-shirts, home décor, casual clothing and footwear, and a variety of gift items.
When it’s time to eat, I have a few suggestions as well! If a sandwich or salad makes your tastebuds tingle, head to the Country Gossip. Hankerin’ for some soul food? Dew-Baby’s should be on your radar. Our own Kat Robinson says Dew-Baby’s has some of the best pan-fried chicken she’s ever eaten. She also swears by the egg custard pie. If pizza is calling your name, zip on over to Larry’s Pizza. If you’re in the mood for some spice, check out some of the Cajun specialties at La Petit Cajun Bistro.
Before leaving, check out Stuttgart’s downtown area. There are some great shops and also some of the most interesting architecture in the Arkansas Delta.
So fill your tank, grab the family and head to Stuttgart for the day, the weekend or the entire week! Safe travels!