A few weeks ago Germaine and I headed to Bentonville, Arkansas for work and had such a romantic time there. Bentonville is in the middle or nowhere, dead center of small town America, but don’t let that deter you.
Bentonville, is a vibing, eclectic city and the birthplace of Walmart. The city is a mix of oldschool and modern. It boasts the cutest shops, eateries and even has a town square. While there we strolled through the farmers market and stopped for ice-cream at The Spark Cafe which is part ice-cream shop, part Walmart Museum.
Before I jump to far ahead, let me tell you about the hotel.
Where to Stay
We checked in to 21C Museum Hotel about mid morning. 21C is a boutique hotel, restaurant and museum in one.
As soon as we stepped foot out of our vehicle we could see art displays both outside and through the large glass windows of the hotel.
Once inside the lobby, there was even more eye candy to take in. The entire lobby is a museum and there is art on each floor.
We stayed on the 4th floor in a King suite with views that overlooked downtown Bentonville. The weather was so perfect while we were there and gave me the perfect natural light to snap pictures of the modern bedroom decor.
Everything about this hotel was welcoming and gorgeous. The staff who opened the doors at the hotel all day long as we went back and forth were amazing. The front desk staff was super attentive and the housekeeping made me feel like a queen in a palace.
Waking up to such amazing sunlight every morning, gave me just the natural energy boost I needed to feel at home away from home.
Getting ready in the mornings in the spacious well-lit bathroom was just what I needed to start my day right. The light color palate and gold accents were just my style.
Our room was so comfortable and quiet that I was able to work in my room during the day. This sofa and chaise lounge was perfectly placed in front of a picturesque window overlooking Bentonville. It was perfect for working a bit in between events.
Where to Eat
When you’re in Bentonville you definitely want to check the 8th Street Market. It’s a market with an array of food trucks, local shops and restaurants. Once at the market everything is walking distance.
Our first stop was The Holler, a fun hangout with food and shuffleboard.
What to Eat
We had the Impossible™ Burger which is a meatless, vegan patty and we had the BBQ Dry Rub Wings. The dry run on the wings are so flavorful. It gives the wings a deep smokey flavor and makes them taste like barbecue potato chips.
Next we stopped at Sweet Freedom Cheese for a charcuterie board so delicious I now I have to step up my charcuterie board game up. I tasted the smoothest tasting olive I’ve every had in my life paired with some of the smokiest gouda ever.
For dessert we went by Markham & Fitz Chocolate for a bean a bar tasting tour in the chocolate factory. They hand make their chocolate desserts and drinks using cacao beans roasted, ground and molding right in the shop.
During the tasting we tried chocolate made from beans all over the world. We were able to experience the tasting process from nib, to liquid chocolate to the bar.
Our weekend in Bentonville, Arkansas was truly amazing. I hope this guided tour of our weekend gave you few ideas on where you can stay and eat when in town.