One Tank Travels: Fayetteville

All you have to do is look at the T-shirts being sold in Fayetteville right now to see it is a fun, laid back place to be. Popular slogans include “Keep Fayetteville Funky” and “Fayettechill.” And then there are the I love Arkansas and the Hogs themes as well – of course!

What makes Fayetteville so culturally appealing? Its creativity, for one. Artists and musicians abound. You can fine funky to fine art everywhere – from coffee shop walls to shops and galleries to the Walton Arts Center. First Thursday takes place on the downtown square and is a popular monthly event centered on art and the Fayetteville Underground gallery space. There are plenty of performance arts too at Arts Live Theatre and Walton Arts Center. Musicians entertain on the square during Farmer’s Market, at bars and restaurants, at house concerts, and at large venues the Arkansas Music Pavilion or Walton Arts Center. The city is also home to the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas.

Speaking of the Farmer’s Market, Fayetteville has one of the finest you’ll find anywhere. Three days a week on the square colorful umbrellas shade fresh produce, flowers, arts and crafts, and more as throngs of people peruse the goods and chat with friends. You can get a chair massage, buy coffee or pastries from a vendor and enjoy the gardens surrounding this beautiful downtown.

Fayetteville is a college town, home to the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Razorbacks. You can feel the hum of excitement in the air on game day. But the university also gives intelligence, sophistication, knowledge, entrepreneurialship, and cultural diversity to this city.

And Fayetteville folks also love to support local businesses. Boutiques for clothing, arts and gifts, home décor, handmade items, and antiques can be found all over town. Restaurants range from Mediterranean to Mexican, breads to cupcakes, and down home southern fried to organic. The downtown square and Dickson Street in the city’s entertainment district are vibrant with local business, although, make no mistake, you can find local shops and restaurants throughout the city as well. Nightlife ranges from live music to dance clubs. You’ll find college student hangouts, comfortable dive bars, sports bars, and wine and martini bars.
History is preserved here too with venues like the Clinton House Museum, a 1930s English-style bungalow that was the first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton, the National Cemetery, and the historic Headquarters House Museum and Garden. Both Union and Confederate troops used this 1953 home as headquarters during the Civil War.

Parks and trails make a city as well. In Fayetteville parks range in size and amenities with everything from lakes to disc golf to walking paths, trails and playgrounds. The city has a substantial paved trail system used by bikers as a mode of transportation to get around town as well as by those looking for exercise and fun.
Other fun attractions include: Arkansas Air and Military Museum, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, University of Arkansas Sports Museums, and Terra Studios. Spas and great architecture? Got those too.
All of these components can be seen in the event offerings of the city too. Don’t miss the upcoming Fayetteville Roots Festival. Fayetteville is also known for its annual Chili Pepper Run, and Bikes, Blues & BBQ, and Lights of the Ozarks.

Fayetteville. Go there. Get the shirt.

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