Fayetteville and Bentonville, Arkansas

When I Went: April 26-28, 2012

Was That the Best Time of Year to Go? Yes. The weather was beautiful. Arkansas is so green and lush during the springtime.

Why I Went There: We went there to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday. After seeing American Idiot (the Green Day musical) in Dallas, we wanted to see it one more time. The Walton Arts Center was the nearest venue remaining on the tour. 

We Stayed Here: The Inn at the Mill

You Won’t Want to Miss: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is absolutely phenomenal. It is a wonderful architectural achievement, in addition to having a very interesting collection of American art.

Eat Here: James at the Mill, which is a restaurant connected with Inn at the Mill, is an elegant restaurant with delicious food. The chef has been nominated for a James Beard award.

Play Here: Dickson Street, the entertainment district adjacent to the University of Arkansas campus

If I Went Again: I’d go for longer so that we would have time to walk the trails around Crystal Bridges.

How Did You Get There From Dallas? We drove. It took about 5 hours from Dallas.

Other Tips For Fellow Travelers: For a wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle of Dallas, this is a great place to visit.

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