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Staycation: Spring Break In the Natural State

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Planning a vacation can be stressful, especially one that is out of state or the country. Have you ever thought about planning a "staycation?" A staycation involves activities that are within driving distance, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of finding overnight accommodations. It also gives you flexibility with planning and can save you some money. With spring break coming up, we wanted to put a list together of some places in our home state of Arkansas that are staycation worthy!  For this list, we focused on cities and places that are outside of the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan…
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Meet the Team Monday - Steve Fineberg

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  Today’s team member is an important one. Without him, there is no team. He is our fearless founder and leader, Steve Fineberg. Steve has been in the commercial real estate industry for many years and he knows the Northwest Arkansas area like the back of his hand. We enjoy the office community Steve has created and the company he has built.     Where are you originally from? I grew up in Ft. Smith with my younger brother who is now a doctor in Ft. Meyers, Florida. Our family was not what you would call affluent, there were struggles.…
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True Detective Season 3 in Northwest Arkansas

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  Filmed in Northwest Arkansas, Season 3 of True Detective is currently airing on HBO. Many local landmarks will be featured throughout the season. Filming locations included Herman's Ribhouse, Hugo's, the Fayetteville Square, various locations on the University of Arkansas campus, and Devil's Den. Check out the video below to see what the True Detective cast and crew had to say about Northwest Arkansas.     
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The Northwest Arkansas New Year – Things to do in 2019

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So long 2018! We are ready to kick it in gear and see what 2019 has in store! We want to help you out with your planning for this new year so we compiled a list of new and noteworthy places around Northwest Arkansas that you should check out. We hope you are able to find some time in 2019 to experience all that Northwest Arkansas has to offer!   Outdoor Adventures Northwest Arkansas has so much to offer for active lifestyles and is continuously growing its outdoor activities. There are many free and accessible adventures for you and your…
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Northwest Arkansas One of Best in US...Again!

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For the second consecutive year the Fayetteville Metropolitan area (commonly known as Northwest Arkansas) has been named one of U.S. New’s & World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” When compiling their report, US News analyzed 125 of the largest metro areas scoring them in several key factors such as job markets, value, and quality of life. The Fayetteville Metropolitan area which includes the cities of Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Springdale, was given an "overall score" of 7.3. The Northwest Arkansas Metro area scored just four tenths of a point lower than #1 ranked Austin, TX. NWA’s Quality of…
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First a Film Festival Then a Theater | Downtown Bentonville

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For several years Bentonville has had the opportunity to host its very own film festival.   This has always been a special and exciting event for the area except for one minor glitch, Bentonville did not have its own movie theater.  Well, that no longer is the case for the Bentonville Film Festival and movie audiences in Northwest Arkansas.  On November of this year, Bentonville opened the doors to the Skylight Cinema in Downtown Bentonville.  As it often is with all things Bentonville, a run of the mill theater would not do.  Lucky visitors to the Skylight will be able to…
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New Report Shows NWA Continues Economic Climb

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A new report, 2017 State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report, researched by the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research and published by the Northwest Arkansas Council shows positive signs for the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan area. In every major category that should be growing, such as employment and education, NWA is trending up. One of the most positive signs of the area’s strength is total employment which rose 4% over last year. Even more impressive is that total employment outpaced the region's population growth by 1.7%. The employment growth was, “a pace that was faster than all…
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Walmart Announces New Campus

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Walmart Stores Inc. has recently announced their intention to build a brand new home office a few mile from their current headquarters. Rumors had been swirling for a while as many people started noticing Walmart buying up land between SE J Street and SE Moberly Avenue. The move was officially announced to employees via email by current CEO Doug McMillon. The age of the current home office, which was built in 1971, and the need for one unified campus were among the reasons given by McMillon for the move. The new campus will be approximately 30 acres with frontage along…
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NWA Schools Best in State

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Finding a house can be hard. Finding a house in a good school district is even harder. It may be true in other places but that is definitely not the case for Northwest Arkansas. U.S. News & World Report's annual high school rankings list has 7 Northwest Arkansas schools ranked in the top 10 in the state. Coming in at number 1 was Haas Hall Academy, a charter school based in Fayetteville. The rankings are a combination of several key factors including: College Readiness, AP tests taken, AP tests passed, math profenciancy & english profenciancy. The grades are then averaged out…
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21c Bentonville One of Best in US

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21c Museum Hotel's Bentonville location has recently been named as the one of "The Top 15 City Hotels in the Continental United States" by travelandleisure.com. The Bentonville hotel ranked eighth in the country with a score of 94.95. According to Travel and Leisure, "Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value." Bentonville wasn't the only 21c property to make the list, the Oklahoma City location came in at #3 with a score of 95.77. The Bentonville 21c, which opened in 2013, features a 104 room hotel as well as 12,000 feet of museum exhibition space. The museum is…
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Power of Music Festival Amps Up NWA

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While much of the focus this week will be on the Bentonville Film Festival arriving to Downtown Bentonville, we aren't over a festival that just departed. The Power of Music Festival just wrapped up Saturday after putting on eighty shows in just three days. The new Bike Rack Brewing building on 8th St served as one of the 8 stages for the festival (Photo credit: POM Festival)   As it goes with Bentonville, they put their own twist on the music festival genre. They didn't bring in the artists that sing your favorite songs you hear on the radio, they brought…
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Lake Atalanta | New Beginnings

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For many who’ve lived in the Northwest Arkansas area, and in particular, Rogers, Lake Atalanta was just a place to visit for the annual Halloween haunted house.  Fortunately, times have changed for the area known as Lake Atalanta, just east of downtown Rogers, and certainly the change has been dramatic and for the better.  The Lake Atalanta area and the park around it are set to become a destination site for Northwest Arkansas visitors and residents who are looking for an area surrounded by natural beauty and opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor fun activities.   More than 50…
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Downtown Bentonville Inc. | Driving Growth & Fun

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    Downtown Bentonville Inc's logo affixed to their office located at SW A Street It was not long ago that Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas and particularly the Downtown Bentonville Square, was just a quiet neighborhood  where one could go and have a leisurely walk without much to do.  My, how times have changed. Today the Downtown Bentonville area and the Bentonville Square are vibrant and have become points of destination for many that want great entertainment, good food, and a variety of activities throughout the year. Much of this change came as a result of the magnificent Crystal Bridges of American…
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Northwest Arkansas Microbreweries | Saddlebock Brewery

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Steve Rehbock, Owner of Saddlebock Brewing Co. | Published by Arkansas Green Guide 2015, photography by Karen E. Segrave Owner of Saddlebock Brewery in Springdale, Steve Rehbock, was a home brewer 10 years ago when he noticed a trend hitting the country. Similar to the coffee explosion in the 1980's, the United States was beginning to buy and love craft beer. Since all of the large beer companies had sold to foreign investors, and the only way to get an American beer was local crafters, market projections showed continued growth for the industry. That's when Rehbock decided it was time…
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Northwest Arkansas Microbreweries | Bike Rack Brewing Co.

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Bike Rack Brewing Co. held a big title in Northwest Arkansas when the owners opened its doors to an eager public in October 2014. As Bentonville's first small-scale brewery, there were a lot of expectations. Although now they're joined by at least one other craft beer company, they have created their own market and beers, making them a solid part of the NWA craft beer community. "Before Bike Rack came into existence, we were just a bunch of home brewers supporting local biking events with a variety of styles [of beers] ... we've continued that tradition of catering to local…
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Northwest Arkansas Microbreweries | Apple Blossom Brewing Company

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According to the Northwest Arkansas Council, the region's craft beer production has grown 778 percent since 2011. This rising industry not only attracts tourists and young professionals, but also provides opportunities to entrepreneurs who are thirsty for new ventures. Evan McDonald moved to Northwest Arkansas with plans to establish a brewery. Today he co-owns Apple Blossom Brewery in Fayetteville, one of 10 local microbreweries in Benton and Washington counties. Before breaking into the local brewing scene, McDonald partnered with Sammie Stephenson, Joe Utsch and Al Schaffer to open Smoke & Barrel, a top-shelf whiskey bar and music venue on Dickson…
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Pedal it Forward NWA | Donating Bikes & Changing Lives

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Just south of Bella Vista Lake, a modest corrugate warehouse sits just off McNelly Road. On most days, the workshop and warehouse are nothing out of the ordinary, but on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings, the doors are wide open for volunteers and donors. In less than a year, volunteers at Pedal it Forward NWA have refurbished and donated hundreds of bikes to community members of all ages. On a bright Saturday morning, co-founder David Tovey and his son Evan are hard at work repairing bikes and reviewing distribution lists. Referencing the age, weight and height of each potential recipient,…
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Northwest Arkansas Microbreweries | Ozark Beer Co.

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Starting a medium-scale brewing company in a competitive market may seem risky to some, but Business Manager Lacie Bray and Brewer Andy Coates of Ozark Beer Co. in Rogers are familiar with taking risks. Their story begins on a river in Colorado, where they started their journey together as rafting guides. Little did they know that same river would bring them to Arkansas, Bray's home state, where they'd be brewing their own craft beers. Ozark Beer Co. is quickly growing in the Northwest Arkansas hospitality and restaurant industry, where patrons can't get enough of local flavor. Where virtually no local…
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