Top Spots and Best Ofs

Jill M. Rohrbach

I meant to blog each of these news bits and accolades as they came across my desk beginning in April and sporadically up to the present. Somehow time got away from me. But you still might want to know some of the best of the best places in Arkansas, so I thought I’d tell you about these in one combined blog.



According to the American Planning Association, Spring Street in Eureka Springs is one of America’s 10 Best Streets. See more here:



Fayetteville appears on’s recent list of “25 Best Places to Retire.” The story lists the population, median home price and state income tax rate. It describes the advantage of retiring in this college town and the natural beauty that is its setting. Read the story at Best Places to Retire.


Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest was named a Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association for 2011.
ABA’s Top 100 Events in North America is an annual compendium of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. Each spring, a committee of ABA-member motorcoach and tour operators selects the Top 100 Events for the subsequent year; the list is unveiled in September. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by ABA members. From among the winners, ABA names the Number One Event for both the United States and Canada.

Arkansas Trail of Lights and Hot Springs’ Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade also made the list.



Fayetteville, Little Rock, and Fort Smith made the Forbes’ list of Best Business Cities. According to the Arkansas Business, “All three made the top 85 metro areas, although each dropped from its 2009 Forbes ranking.”


Springdale was also named as one of the 100 Top Places to Live in 2010 by RelocateAmeric. For the second straight year, Springdale is ranked as Arkansas’ Best Place to Raise Kids by BusinessWeek.


named Mountain Home as one of the top 10 trout-fishing towns in North America. For more information, visit


Yet another distinction has been accrued by the city known as Mid-America’s art capitol.  NICHE magazine recently named Eureka Springs’ Iris at the Basin Park Gallery as one of 2009’s Top Retailers in the country. 

Eureka Springs’ accolades don’t stop there. The town was chosen
as one of This Old House’sBest Old-House Neighborhoods 2009. Check out for the compete list of honorees.

Also for Eureka Springs is a designation as one of the nation’s Top 25 Arts Destinations. The town ranked number 10 in the Small Cities category in


magazine’s annual arts destinations poll.


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